February 28, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 52 Weeks

Happy Birthday Rory!
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Today is Rory's 1st birthday.  This is the last "Watch Me Grow" post for her.  I have had so much fun doing these posts.  It's been really fun to watch her grow from a tiny puppy into a 55 pound full grown dog.  

We had a little party for her tonight at home.  I made her a doggy cake (recipe here) and we gave her a box of milk bones for her present.  We love our Rory girl so much!  She has been such a great addition to our family.  She has brought both Bryce and I comfort in times of loneliness, happiness when we were sad, and she gave us a responsibility to take care of someone besides ourselves.  I made a video with pictures I've taken of her the past year that is posted below.  I made for us to watch during her party.  I don't really expect anyone else to watch the whole thing, but I'm glad it's documented on the family blog :).

Happy 1st birthday Rory girl!  We are so glad you are a part of our family and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you!

February 23, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 5 Weeks Old

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Claire is five weeks old today!
Remember when I made this hat and booties for her?  It seems like sooo long ago!  I am so happy she is here and finally wearing them.  I can't get over how cute she looks!
I love being this girl's mom.

February 21, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 51 Weeks

 DSC_0256.jpg I'm a few days late posting Rory's weekly update, but I'm finally getting around to it!  She is now 51 weeks old.  In the picture above Rory is laying in one of her "spots".  She likes to have a clear view of the door but then she likes to turn her head backwards and watch me and Claire.

Whenever I lay Claire on a blanket on the floor Rory has to come cuddle up next to her.  It's really sweet.  I love seeing her pay more attention to Claire.  I think this is the beginning of a long friendship.
 photo 12683503085_6d48429e3b_o_zps2b271882.jpg Rory really likes the quilt Claire is laying on from Great-Grandma Mecham.  After Claire got tired I took her in to the nursery to rock and lay her down in her crib.  When I came back Rory had sprawled out on the quilt trying to stake her claim.  She looked so comfy.  I had a hard time kicking her off!  
 photo 12683976544_e2a0840572_o_zps41c0c057.jpg Rory is still the same size.  She hasn't grown in a few months, so she is done growing at this point.  She is very obedient and has matured so much now that she's almost a year old.  She loves cuddling an napping with me, and then loves to play with Bryce.  When Bryce gets home from school or work Rory won't leave him alone for at least an hour.  She will keep bugging him and make sure she gets her play time in.  I can't believe Rory will be one year old in exactly a week!  My little puppy is all grown up :(, which is a bittersweet thing.  I miss how cute and tiny she was but I don't miss the peeing, biting, jumping, and hyperness from the puppy stage.  It feels like a big accomplishment to reach her year mark and see how far she has come in her training.  It took an extreme amount of patience and diligence, but it was oh so worth it!

February 19, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 1 Month Old

   photo DSC_0108_zps84626e82.jpg  Dear Claire,

Today you are one month old.  Your first month of life has gone by far too quickly, but it has been so wonderful.  You have brought so much joy into our lives!  Being your mother is even better than I imagined it would be.  I love spending my days with you.  We have a pretty good little routine, but we are still working on getting your schedule down.  You eat every 2-3 hours, depending on the day.  Some days, probably when you are going through a growth spurt, it seems all you want to do is eat!  On those days I don't seem to get much done, but I don't mind because it means I get lots of extra cuddling in.
 photo 12645959435_047d309a8f_o_zpsed7e44f7.jpg After every feeding we do 45-60 minutes of awake time before you nap.  During your awake times we like to read stories and sing songs in the rocking chair.  You also like spending time in your swing watching the mobile, taking baths, and laying on your back kicking & stretching your legs.  After your awake time you always take a really good nap for 1 1/2- 2 1/2 hours.  I've started having you take at least one nap a day in your crib so when I move you to your nursery at night the transition will be easier.  photo DSC_0207_zps5b77a628.jpg You are a really good baby.  You really aren't ever fussy, and you rarely cry.  The only times you do cry (and it's more grunting then crying) is when you wake up and are wanting to eat.  You love cuddling!  Your favorite place to nap is snuggled up on my chest.  This is one of my favorite things.  I never get tired of holding and snuggling you.  You get the hiccups at least once a day, and they kind of upset you.  It always makes you feel better if I snuggle you on my chest and gently pat your back until they go away.   photo DSC_0208_zpsdad6d636.jpg

You have grown a lot already!  I had your dad weigh himself then hold you and weigh himself again.  I don't know how accurate it is but according to that method you are about 10 pounds.  Goodness, I really can't believe how quickly you are growing.  I want to remember every little detail about you.  You make the cutest little noises all day long, and you grunt and squeak in your sleep.  You still have a full head of dark hair and your eyes already look like they will be brown.  Every time you finish nursing and are half asleep you always have a big grin across your face.  It is the cutest!  Another thing I love is holding you in my arms with your head in the crook of my elbow.  I talk to you and tell you stories and you just stare up at me the whole time.  

You have made me so incredibly happy.  I can't even begin to describe the love that I have for you.  I don't think it is really something you will understand until you become a mother.  I am so lucky you are my daughter.  I feel very blessed to have you in our family.   I am so excited to watch you grow and change, but will you promise to slow down just a little?  I love this little life of ours and I am so glad I get to spend it with you.

Love you too much,


February 16, 2014

Family Pictures

Claire is four weeks old today!  I decided to finally bust out the tripod and take our family pictures before she got any bigger.  Here are our first family pictures with Claire: photo 12578045943_43da4d74fa_o_zps2e4fc402.jpg photo 12578399324_35f869fc8b_o_zpsddf16c70.jpg photo 12577941255_852240e38a_o_zpsf6c74d6d.jpg photo 12578053433_fde3b43ae0_o_zps5484863b.jpg photo 12578409184_cbc9fdace5_o_zps8fc1fa73.jpg photo 12578430144_e52955666f_o_zps7448a281.jpg  photo 12577950755_351a768e39_o_zps785fced0.jpg  photo 12645017313_7207d08f91_o_zps09ae163c.jpg photo 12578425244_17a6d62af5_o_zpsdfaf1afa.jpg photo 12578127935_8041f6a082_o_zpsa40cf200.jpg photo 12577956285_6e5986ac6c_o_zps37eb8494.jpg photo 12577960405_1bec77c916_o_zps54a3aad8.jpg photo 12578041675_a1152b0aa3_o_zpsdcab88d7.jpg

February 13, 2014

A Rainy Thursday

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I spent this rainy Thursday rocking my baby and watching the drizzly weather out the window.  I also changed five diapers, one which caused both Claire and I to need new outfits.  I reintroduced Claire to the The Civil Wars (I listened to them a lot while I was pregnant and I think she remembered them), and wrestled baby socks out of my dog's mouth twice.  I even showered and got ready during nap time.  I'm feeling pretty accomplished.

February 11, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 50 Weeks

 DSC_0182.jpg  photo 12462398523_b93fa10c79_o_zps1bbadf32.jpg  photo 12462401203_b6f3589c0b_o_zps5bb833ab.jpg Rory turned 50 weeks old this past weekend.  She has been really cute with Claire lately.  She's been much more interested in her now that Claire is staying awake more and making more noise (lots of grunting and squeaking).  She does a good job staying calm around her.  It's such a relief to see her respond to Claire so well.  We are grateful to see that all of our preparation and training has paid off!   

February 9, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 3 Weeks Old

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Claire is three weeks old today.  The past three weeks have gone by so fast, but at the same time it already feels like she's always been with us.  I don't know how it's possible, but she gets cuter and more fun every single day.

February 4, 2014

Quiet Winter Days

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The past two weeks have been pretty quiet around our house.  Our days have been filled with lots of naps (for Claire & me), cuddling (for everyone), and reading (for me).  It's a good thing I am such a homebody already.  I have actually really been enjoying myself and have yet to experience any cabin fever.  Between taking care of Claire and hobbling around the house, due to my leg, I have actually stayed quite busy.  My leg seems to be slowly improving.  The feeling is back on the inside half, but the outside half and my entire foot is still numb.  I still can't move my foot or toes, but I am getting really good with my walker and I can even walk around the house without the walker now (with an obvious limp).  
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I finally got some pictures of Claire with her eyes open, which is a serious accomplishment if you know how much she sleeps!  The most eventful thing that has happened lately was probably Claire's two week check up we had yesterday.  She now weighs 8 pounds 9 ounces and is 21 inches long.  She has gained almost a pound and a half and has grown over an inch in length.  No wonder she sleeps so much, she is growing like crazy!  She eats every two and a half to three hours during the day with a small amount of awake time and lots of sleeping in between.  She eats every three to four hours at night, and sleeps fairly well in between.  Now that she's two weeks old I'm slowly going to work on getting her on a more regulated schedule and hopefully I can get her sleeping longer through the night.  If you have any tips on this feel free to share! 

February 3, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 49 Weeks

 photo 12296973995_b131f169c8_o_zps6624e289.jpgDSC_0057.jpg photo 12296978265_91c32eb059_o_zps56dd4f10.jpgRory is now 49 weeks old.  Her 1st birthday is in just a few weeks on February 28th.  She is still doing great with Claire but we are always extra careful and make sure to never leave Rory alone with her.  The picture above is probably the closest we've ever let her get and it was only for a few seconds.  Once I took the picture I made her back up off the blanket.  I doubt anything would happen but I'd rather be safe than sorry :).  We are excited for when Claire is older (&bigger) and they can interact more.  We think they are going to be best buddies!

February 2, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 2 Weeks Old

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