July 27, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 27 Weeks

 photo 27weeks-1_zpsd34c5571.jpg photo 27weeks-2_zpsb6720719.jpg photo 27weeks-3_zps484859ca.jpg photo 27weeks-5_zpsc87d912f.jpg photo 27weeks-6_zps8d35408e.jpg photo 27weeks-8_zpsaf305505.jpg photo 27weeks-9_zpsd6534b8a.jpg Claire turned 27 weeks today!  This has been a big week for her.  She got her 6 month shots on Monday, she made her first attempts at crawling, she got her first sippy cup, and she cut her first tooth!  We also took her swimming for the first time and she loved it.  This has been a very busy week for her!  I still can't believe my little baby has gotten so big and is learning all these new things.  I really love this age though.  Claire is so fun to play with and it is so much fun watching her learn and discover new things!  

July 26, 2014

Pool Party!

Bryce took the MCAT yesterday (Medical College Admissions Test for those wondering). He has been studying for it all summer long. I think I was almost as excited as he was to have it over with.  I thought we'd celebrate being done with the MCAT & studying with a little pool party that night. photo IMG_1600_zps121bf9e0.jpg photo IMG_1604_zpsa2dc21d5.jpg
Since Claire likes the water so much, we thought it would be fun to get a plastic kiddie pool for her to play in.  We didn't get a chance to fill it up with water until later in the evening so the water was really cold.  The only one that really ended up "swimming" in it was Rory.  I splashed around a little in it with Claire, but she was not a fan of the cold water from the hose.  We are letting the water get nice and warm in the sun for a couple of days and then we'll try playing in it again with Claire.
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Here's Rory enjoying the pool.  She was splashing and rolling all over in it.  I'm pretty sure she thinks we got it just for her.
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Our dinner included all of the quintessential pool party foods.  We grilled marinated steak & chicken, I made a caprese salad, and we had watermelon for dessert.  It was super yummy!
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We let Claire gnaw on our watermelon rinds while we ate.  She was very happy to feel included!
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After we ate dinner, we played outside and let Claire stay up a little past her bedtime so we could watch the sun go down.  It was so nice to have an evening together where the word study did not come up once!  Regardless of where we end up, med school or not, I am so proud of Bryce and how hard he works to achieve his dreams.  I'm not sure how, but I really lucked out in the husband department. 

July 25, 2014

Pioneer Day 2014

We celebrated Pioneer day yesterday by first going to the Pioneer Day Parade in Ogden. 
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Claire had a nice, shaded, front row seat in her stroller.  She loved watching all the floats and especially liked all of the high school marching bands.  This girl seriously loves music!  Rory loved all of the people around and tried to snuggle up to anyone that would pet her.
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Here are a few shots Bryce took of Claire & me hanging out during part of the parade.

Later in the day when it was super hot we decided to go to Pineview and go swimming.  Thanks to a recommendation from my friend we found the perfect baby-floatie for Claire!  While Bryce was blowing up her little tube, I worked on getting her in the water slowly so she would get used to it. When I first started putting more of her body in past her legs she didn't seem like she was going to like it.  She kind of pouted her bottom lip and whined like she was going to cry.  Bryce got done blowing up her tube so we just decided to go for it and put her all the way in.  She kind of gasped at the initial shock of the cold water, but after a couple seconds her body got used to the water and she loved it!  She was kicking her legs, splashing, and giggling the whole time.  We had so much fun!  Here's a little video and lots of pictures from Claire's first swim.
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 photo IMG_1567_zps684df831.jpgRory loves the water too.  She made Bryce play fetch with her the whole time.  Bryce would throw sticks out into the water and Rory would swim out and get them and then swim all the way back with them hanging out of her mouth.  It was pretty funny to watch.   photo IMG_1584_zpsecf66053.jpg photo IMG_1585_zps0cf3ad19.jpg
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While Bryce & Rory played fetch, Claire and I took a little break and warmed up on the beach.  After we finished swimming we went home for dinner and early bedtimes for all of us.  Bryce was taking the MCAT the next morning so he needed to go bed early, Claire was super tired from a long day, and ever since becoming a mom I never pass up the chance for an early bedtime ;).  We missed the fireworks (Claire hasn't seen them yet since she fell asleep early on the 4th too), but next year we promised we are going to make sure we take Claire to a really good firework show to make up for it!

July 22, 2014

Claire's First Crawling Attempt!

Apparently, since Claire is now 6 months old, she decided she is too grown up to just roll around on the floor and thought it was time she learned how to crawl.  Here's a little video of her first attempt.  Gosh, I can't believe she is this big already!

July 19, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 6 Months

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Happy Half Birthday!  Today you turned 6 months old.  I feel like this is a really big milestone in babyhood.  You are growing so much and learning how to do so many new things.  You roll, wiggle, and scoot all over the place.  Lately, you have been pushing up on your knees, much to my dismay, I think you will be crawling sooner than later.  You aren't really doing too well with our deal of you not being allowed to grow anymore ;).  We have your doctor's appointment on Monday so I will have to update this afterwards with your height and weight.   photo IMG_1406-2_zps40bbbb04.jpg
A few of your favorite things right now are your stuffed elephant, Rory, and the tags on blankets and stuffed animals. You love to suck on the tags and can find them on almost anything! You are starting to get really observant and pay attention to little details like buttons, zippers, and snaps on clothing and things.  You also love watching Rory now.  You've finally discovered we have a dog and you watch her all day long.  You love grabbing her fur and you get really excited whenever she comes up and licks you. 
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You haven't cut any teeth yet, but your two front bottom ones are looking pretty close.  You love to gnaw on cold celery sticks and apple slices.  I have found that these work as the best teethers for you!  Although, mine and your dad's knuckles work pretty good too when we're in a pinch.
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You aren't a huge fan of solids yet.  I try to get you to eat them 2-3 times a day.  Some days you'll eat really well, but most days after 4-5 bites you are done.  If I try to get you to eat more you just gag and get mad.  Hopefully you'll start liking them more eventually.  You have also started to show that you have a little bit of a temper (you probably got it from me).  You are always trying to swipe my phone or iPod and chew on them.  If you are successful at swiping it and get it in your mouth, when I take it away you get super mad at me and cry angrily.  At this age I find it pretty cute and it usually just makes me laugh.  In the future when you are older....I probably won't find it as funny.  photo IMG_1400_zps8e230daf.jpgYou love music. Anytime music plays you get excited and start kicking your legs and wiggling. Sometimes I put on Curious George for you to watch, and you LOVE the intro during the music. You get super excited every time I turn it on. I recorded a video of you watching it that's posted below.
You are just the sweetest baby.  You bring so much happiness into mine and your dad's lives.  We're so lucky you are ours.

I love you too much!



P.S. Today is Monday the 21st.  We went to the doctor and you got your 6 month shots.  You did pretty good.  You were a little more vocal and cried more than you have in the past.  You weigh 15 pounds 10 ounces, and are 26 1/2 inches long; 40 percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height.