Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brynn's first Halloween

Well...lights are out...candy is gone...and door is locked.
We are planted on the couch..eating pizza and watching Hocus Pocus one last time for the year.

I wanted to write this up while today was still fresh in my mind.
I could hardly sleep last night knowing today was Brynn's first Halloween.  We went to bed in our lady bug pajamas while visions of candy corn danced in our heads :)

We woke up bright and early at 6:00 this morning.  I guess she was pretty excited for the day..just couldn't sleep anymore ;)

I made some ghost pancakes.  I sat them in front of Brynn for some photo opportunities even though she can't quite yet enjoy festive food.  I am very excited however for the day she can indulge in all the holiday goodness!!!  Needless to say..this sister didn't take two seconds before she dive bombed that whipped cream.  I let her suck on a piece of pancake until it got all soggy and yucky.  I think that made her day.

We got dressed in our holiday best and did some last minute shopping to get candy.

Then we made a stop at daddy's work to take some pictures of the fire puppy at the fire station.  

We came home and Brynn took her afternoon nap while daddy and I watched Coraline.

Around 6 I got Brynn back dressed up in her costume and granmama came over to see her all dressed up for her first Halloween.

She stayed up while we sat on the porch and handed out candy for a little while.  Then it was beddy bye for this fire puppy.  

It was so fun celebrating another holiday with Brynnie.  I'll say it never gets old experiencing things for the first time through your children.  It is the best feeling ever.  I think my heart could just burst.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

beach weekends

It's becoming a weekend ritual nowadays that we spend our Saturdays at the beach.  We have found that Brynn is much happier when she is out of the house & frankly so are we.  We were a little nervous the first time we brought her to the beach...hoping it wasn't a total shit show.  But whatta ya know.  The girl loves it.  Doesn't make a peep the whole four hours we are there.  Just takes it all in.

We set up the giant sheet and umbrella...surround her with some toys...and wallaaa..pure enjoyment.
We play in the sand a little..until she decides to eat fists full of it.

She loves the ocean..and thinks its funny to see us get hit by the waves.

She loves to munch on frozen strawberries in her munchkin with her sunnies on, while taking in the scenery.

& when its finally all just too much...

She zonks out.

& that would be when mommy & daddy bust out the cocktails and tan.

We last about 4 hours and then head home.  Its been pretty much amazing.  Definitely not the same beach days you had back in the day pre-children.   These days require much more time NOT in your beach chair...and much more time covered in sand.  But these days are awesome.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Month 5

Dearest Brynn,

Happy 5 months love.

You are 5 months now and I can't believe it.  It feels like time is flying but at the same time that you have always been in our family.  You have really shined this past month.  You are such a sweet girl, I can't stand it!  This has been my most favorite month of all so far, as you are so much more interactive.  
You have completely lost your little newborn look and now look like a full on little girl baby.  The prettiest little girl baby might I add!  Your cheeks are filling out and I seriously could just kiss them all day long.  I seriously could!  I tell you everyday, and you will probably go to school telling the teacher and other kids this as much as we say it to you, you are just oh so pretty!!!

You are so independent, yet oh so needy!  You want constant attention..and you demand it.  You have perfected a whine these days that basically means I am over whatever we are doing at the moment and you better change things up fast!  & you know what...we do!  I run around like its my job to keep you constantly happy..never letting you get upset or cry!  I think I may be spoiling you...but is that even possible?  I don't know.  Just love you to pieces and is it.  Plain and simple.

You are such a lover these days.  You love love love to be kissed.  It makes you laugh over and over.  Speaking of laughing, you are doing a lot more of it these days.  I have figured out that you will giggle up a storm if I put my nose on your tummy and wiggle my head back and forth.  Or if I put you on my knee and pretend you are riding a pony.  Or if your puppy is going nuts and being silly.  Needless to say I do these things daily just to hear that sweet sound.

You are mommy and daddy's world.  You are the best part of us.
We love you to the moon and back princess.

Mommy & Daddy

Sleep: You have officially figured out how to find your comfy sleep on your belly now.  I put you to bed on your side but you quickly find your tummy.  You will flip your head back and forth side to side until you find what feels just right.  You always need your paci and lovie.  You take that little lovie and rub it against your face and I could just die at the cuteness.  So you are back to being able to sleep though the night except now we have a new problem!  You pee way too much!  I know...sorry for the embarrassing right!  Well you are the pee pee machine as me and daddy call you.  You are filling up your diaper and leaking through your jammies by 4 am every night.  I have tried many tricks and all diapers and nothing is working!!  Hoping to find a solution soon..because we just cant go on like this.

Feeding: We attempted solids again in an attempt to stretch your time between feedings to 4 hours.  I did this by giving you oatmeal around 11am once a day.  It worked and you would wait 4 hours for your next bottle.  But...the next three days you whined...all day... I mean all day.  Nothing I did could make you happy.  You woke up every hour of the night and I thought we were going to lose it.  Until it crossed my mind that maybe its not the teeth and its the oatmeal.  I quite the oatmeal and within 24 hours you were back to oatmeal.  I think your senstive tummy is just still not ready.  We will try again at 6 months.

Birth: 8lbs 9oz
1 month: 9lbs 4oz (50th percentile)
2 months: 11lbs (75th percentile)
3 months: 12.15 (75th percentile)
4 months: 14.6 (between the 50th and 75th percentile)
5 monts: 16 lbs (home measurements)

Length:  Birth:19 inches
1 month: 21 3/4  (75th percentile)
2 months: 23 (50th percentile)
3 months: 24 inches (75th percentile)
4 months: 24 3/4 (between 50th and 75th percentile)

Diaper size:  still fit in a size two but we have moved you to a size three because thats what we have and they seem to fit nicely.

Clothes size:  you are in 6 month clothes now.  They fit nicely and have room to grow.

Hair color:  You lost more hair on the sides but it is starting to come back now.  It is still brown and I think it will stay that way.

Eye color: At birth: deep royal blue
1 month: blue-ish grey
2 months: grey/blue.  sometimes more grey...sometimes more blue
3 months: grey/blue...some flecks of green...some flecks of brown.
4 months: bluish green.  still light.
5 months: blue/green/ tad of brown.

Firsts: first time eating in a restaurant.  You were very well behaved...and super entertained by trying to eat a cinnamon bagel.

Milestones:  You rolled over from tummy to back.  Now you can roll and roll and roll like a means of transportation!  It is so funny.

Favorite toy: Still love Sophie.  Love your crawl ball..and musical piano.  You officially reach for all the dangling toys on your play mat.  You also love to stand on your mat and hold on to the bars.  You think you are so big and look at us like "look at me!"

Monday, October 7, 2013

pumpkin patch

I can't tell you how long I have longed to bring a baby to the pumpkin patch. Year after year going and seeing all the adorable little ones dressed up and propped up against pumpkins while their moms snapped away. Just darling. But this year was my year and gee golly, Brynn was going to be the cutest pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.

I was just obsessed with this day!!! Brynn sat amongst the pumpkins and immediately proceeded to eat pumpkin stems. After realizing that wasn't very appealing she was very taken by all the kids. I don't think she has ever seen so many kids. She could not stop staring. Needless to say, regardless of my endless snapping of pictures and doing everything just short of making a fool of myself to get a just didn't happen. Too much stimulation. I still got some very serious, yet equally adorable pictures of my punkin' though.

 The weather was 93 degrees out and we were dripping in sweat. Not exactly ideal fall pumpkin patch atmosphere. Which is exactly why we will be going again towards the end of the month for the hay ride when we can wear long sleeves and feel more festive. I just had to go ahead and get my pictures of my baby and mums for my porch :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I am your mom

I am your midnight hug- Whether you're a teething baby or a scared toddler, or a broken hearted teen, I'll be there day or night.

I am your helping hand- When you need help climbing up the big slide or building the science project or bringing your own baby into the world, you can count on me.

I am your best friend- whether your happy or sad, good or bad,  joyful or mad, I'll share your joys and sorrows, encourage and guide you, and care enough to always tell you the truth.

I am your example- I'll respect you so learn to respect, listen so you'll learn to listen, forgive so you'll learn to forgive, show compassion so you'll learn to be kind, and be honest so you'll learn to tell the truth.

I am your safe place- when you fail, when you fall, when you're hurting, come to me, and I'll be here with open arms.

I am your pep squad- When you try, I'll root you on. When you succeed, I'll cheer til I am hoarse.  When you fail, I'll hold you close and whisper, "one more time."

I am your protector- Whether you're a frightened toddler or a bullied teen, I'm in your corner, gloves on and ready to help you take on the world.

I am your confidant- Whether you're proud of yourself and need to toot your own horn or ashamed and need to confess your mistakes, I'm here to listen and understand.

I am your parent, but I'm not perfect- When I do something wrong, I'll admit it.  When I'm hurting, I'll let you help.  When I'm struggling I won't pretend everything is ok.  I'll be real so we can have a real relationship.

As long as I'm alive you'll always have arms ready to hug you, ears ready to listen to you and a heart that will never stop loving you.