May 25, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 18 Weeks

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Claire turned 18 weeks old today.  I've officially lost track of how many times she's rolled over from her tummy to her back.  She rolls all day long!  She still hasn't quite made it from her back to her tummy but she is super close.  The newest thing she has started doing this week is grabbing and eating her toes. It is pretty adorable.  I'll have to get a better picture this next week when she's doing it.  She slept all the way through the night a few times this week and it was so nice!  I'm really hoping she keeps it up.....knock on wood :)!

May 21, 2014

Lydia & Claire Take Two

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My mom bought Lydia and Claire these cute bucket hats for Easter.  We were all at my parents last weekend and Laci and I had both packed the hats for our girls.  I, of course, insisted that we take a few pictures.  Claire isn't quite big enough to sit up by herself so my arm got to make a cameo appearance in all of the photos.  Bryce was kind enough to play photog for us.  Can you believe how much Lydia & Claire have both grown already since this last post a few months ago?  We have so much fun with these girls.  They are starting to smile and interact a little with each other and it is so fun to watch.  These two are going to be best buddies.


May 19, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 4 Months

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Today you turned 4 months old!  This stage you are at is so much fun.  You smile all day long, and you started giggling and laughing over the past few weeks.  You love when I sing to you.  You get the biggest smile on your face and you usually start squealing and "singing" along with me.  You still sing and coo with me when I rock and sing to you before you go to sleep.  This is one of my very favorite things and I hope you continue to sing with me for a long, long time. 
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Over the last week you learned you could make a lot more noise than you used to.  You squeal pretty much all day long now, especially when I change your diaper.  You love your changing pad and the lights hanging above it.  They get you super excited and you kick your legs, flail your arms, and squeal at the top of your lungs.  It's so fun to see you learn and develop all these new little skills.
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You've rolled over from your stomach to your back a total of 5 times (I am one of the weird moms who keeps track of these things:).  You are very close to rolling from your back to your stomach.  You get to your side then you usually hang out there for a bit and then roll to your back again.  
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You put everything in your mouth now and love to chew on your teething rings.  I'm sure in a couple more months you will be sprouting little teeth.  You still sleep pretty good.  You had a few rough nights last week where you woke up more than usual, but you are now back to only waking up once around 4 or 5 a.m.  You go right back to sleep after I feed you and then we start the day at 7:30.

We try to go for a walk every day when the weather is nice.  You seem to like our walks, although you usually fall asleep in the stroller halfway through.  You've gotten more interested in Rory.  You like to watch her, especially during tummy time.  Every once in a while I catch you watching her and you'll get a big grin on your face.  

You are getting really good at putting yourself to sleep at night and for naps.  We rock you and sing to you for a couple of minutes and then lay you in your crib.  You usually just suck on your fingers for a few minutes and then fall asleep without any crying.  I am still so amazed that you have learned how to do this! 

Your dad and I love you so much.  You have brought so much meaning and happiness to our lives.  We think we're the luckiest parents on earth.  We're so glad you are ours!

I love you too much little girl!

Love,

Mom

May 18, 2014

Motherhood

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There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of Motherhood.

Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.

-Elder M. Russel Ballard


I read this talk today and it was such a good reminder of how important the work of motherhood is.  There are definitely difficulties but the shining moments of joy make it so, so worth it.  

May 15, 2014

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

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I found out a few days ago that today, May 15, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.  I love any excuse for a party so I baked my favorite Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe here) and we had a cookie party!  I am planning on making this an annual tradition at our house.  We can't wait until next year when Claire can participate in more than just the picture taking!

Happy 24th Birthday Bryce!

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Bryce turned 24 years old on Tuesday!  He chose Buffalo Wild Wings for his birthday dinner.  We ordered 50 wings to go--lots of leftovers :)-- and ate at home while we watched 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.  
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We finished off dinner with a homemade oreo cheesecake that I made for him.  We're continuing the celebrating on Saturday with plans to go to Scheels where Bryce will pick out his birthday gift (he's very indecisive and still hasn't chosen what he wants).


Happy Birthday Brycer!  I hope I get to spend at least 50 more with you!

May 12, 2014

Like Mother like Daughter

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^Claire^
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^Me as a baby^
I was looking at a few of my baby pictures the other day and found this one I had to post.  Claire obviously has way more hair than I did, but I don't think there's any doubt she's my daughter.  We've found a few pictures of Bryce that kind of look like her too, but for the most part she seems to have taken more after her mom....and I won't lie I kind of love it :). 



Claire Olivia Week by Week: 16 Weeks

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Claire turned 16 weeks old yesterday.  She keeps getting more fun!  She's gotten a lot noisier.  She squeals and coos all day long.  She giggled a few more times this past week too.  I can usually get her to giggle right after her bath.  I tickle her and blow raspberries on her tummy while I'm drying her off and she bursts into the cutest little laugh.  I'm so happy Claire made me a mom.  I got to celebrate my first Mother's day yesterday and Claire was my favorite gift :).

May 5, 2014

A Name & A Blessing

 photo DSC_0261_zps263581fd.jpg"And [Jesus] took a child ... in his arms [and] said ... "Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth ... him that sent me." 
                                                          -Mark 9:36-37
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Claire with her grandparents on the top row and great grandparents on the bottom row  (We are missing a picture of her with Bryce's grandpa since he wasn't able to come to the park but we will make sure to get one another time).
All day long our hearts were so full of gratitude for our sweet daughter and for our wonderful family.  Even after we were home and Claire was exhausted (until she finally crashed and took a three hour nap) we couldn't stop beaming and talking about how much fun we'd had.  It was a perfect day that I will never forget. 

May 4, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 15 Weeks

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**I realized after I posted this a huge thing did happen this week!  Claire giggled at me for the first time.  It was the cutest thing ever.  I was fixing dinner and Bryce was holding Claire.  She was tired and getting kind of fussy so she was kind of crying.  I brought out dinner and swapped Bryce for Claire.  As soon as she saw me she got the biggest smile on her face.  I laughed and started talking to her and she giggled, and then kept giggling for about a minute.  Bryce and I couldn't stop laughing.  It was so dang cute!  I can't wait until her giggles and laughs become regular occurrences.