Sunday, December 21, 2014

Quick New York Trip


Earlier this year I told my mom she should do something special for her birthday because it was 12-13-14.  She called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would want to come out for her birthday and I said YES! 

I had to make some arrangements, and my dad said he could come to my house and fill in at home while Ben is at work.

My mom did a get together with her friends to celebrate her birthday, and it was so much fun.  We had a baked potato bar and a German chocolate cake (her favorite).





Of course if me and my mom are together there is going to be sewing!  Carma got introduced to my mom's sewing studio.


Carma got some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa with no other kids to compete with.


Carma got introduced to Grandpa Tom's train room.



We made it down to the city for an afternoon.  This is the view from my step dad's office.  You can see the freedom towers, the river and the Statue of Liberty. 



We also made it over to Rockefeller center to see the Christmas tree.



Carma rolled over to her tummy for the first time.


Carma with grandma in the sewing studio.


And I learned how much I LOVE you FaceTime.  It was so fun to stay connected with my kids at home.  Zephyr would call me on face time multiple times a day, and I loved it, except when he showed me my dad's bruised toe!

Zephyr in this picture is showing off to me that he is eating in the front room.

Autumn told me it was fun to have my dad there, because it was like having a substitute teacher and you can get away with more.



Now me and Carma are on our last leg of the flight home.  Can't wait to be home! 













Tuesday, December 09, 2014

4 month check up

Carma had her 4 month checkup last week.  She has dropped percentiles for all the categories but nothing drastic, so the doctor isn't worried, just said try to feed her an extra ounce at each feeding.

She weighs 14 lbs which is still waaaaay more than Autumn or Zephyr at the same age.

Her head and height are still both in the 90's for percentiles.






She loves chewing on her feet







November catch up


Carma is getting a lot more smiley and interactive.


Prairie loves to take care of Carma for small stretches.  This day she wrapped her all up in her fuzzy blanket.





Carma was sucking so hard on her lips I made sure that Prairie hadn't given her something to eat.


Carma loves having her diaper off, and now immediately grabs her feet when the diaper comes off.


I love Zephyr's unique style.


My neighbor got a new puppy and Prairue is in love.


Carma is my shopping buddy.


She is sucking on her pacifier and her fingers!


Autumn is so good with her baby sister.  It is so near to see them interact and how helpful Autumn is.





Craziness with my phone at church.












Friday, November 21, 2014

Carma is 4 months old!




Carma is 4 months old today! 

 She sleeps 12 hours at night and has been for over a month and a half, and it is wonderful!

She loves chewing on her hands.

She loves grabbing her feet.

She almost always cries when you lay her down to change her diaper, but as soon as you take her diaper off she is so happy.

She has become a lot more smiley, and loves to squeal.

She likes being held and she likes being on the floor.  She still does NOT like tummy time, and is probably the reason she isn't really rolling.

We still swaddle her to sleep.  She takes all her naps and nighttime sleeping in her crib.

She is still exclusively bottle fed breastmilk.  I am still pumping around 30 ounces a day.  I miss breastfeeding, but she is so much healthier than Zephyr at this age, and I am so happy about that.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Autumn's 11th Birthday



Autumn wanted a birthday party.  I am not much of a birthday party person so we came up with a compromise.  Autumn got to invite two friends to spend the afternoon and evening with us, only one is able to actually come. 

We went to a trampoline gymnastics sort of place.  The kids had a lot of fun.







Me and Carma, just hung out and watched the kids and took pictures. (check out that wicked bald spot)


This was Autumn's birthday cake. She wanted a Bundt cake but I didn't grease the pan enough, good thing with the lights out you couldn't tell.








Friday, November 14, 2014

Halloween


Our family in our costumes.  We were themed: Harry Potter


Autumn was Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.


Prairie as Hermione Granger


Emily as Nymphadora Tonks and Zephyr as Harry Potter.

Carma as Hedwig the snowy owl




Trick-or-treating with tarantulas 


Hedwig with an owl


Carma asleep 

I don't have pictures here of all their candy.  Autumn was very pleased with her haul until she found out when I was the same age I got 260 pieces more than her.  She is determined to beat my record next year for her last year of trick-or-treating.