Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Four Months Old!

We have reached the four month mark of having our Ellie with us!  This little baby is no slouch, having reached several milestones all in a month.  Not only can she roll over from her back to her tummy, she can push herself up on her arms and hold up her head!  Ellie will also play in the exersaucer for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, even if we have to snug her in there with blankets.  She also makes the "mmmmm" sound and Daddy swore she said "mama" the other day.  For Mom her biggest accomplishment is she is now sleeping through the night (most of the time)!  Ellie also celebrated her first Easter and got to meet many family members including Ma-mas' sisters Aunt Ida and Aunt Lisa and her brother-in-laws Uncle Barney and Uncle John.  

Pretty soon I am going to get on that crawling thing!
I like this new perspective!
Yesterday Ellie got a clean bill of health at her well baby check up and received three shots.  She only cried a little bit, though Mama felt like crying herself.  She weighed in at 13 pounds, 6 oz. and measured 24 inches long.  This puts her in the 34th and 26th percentiles, respectively.  I find this interesting because though she was much bigger than her brother and sister when she was born, she is in a lower percentile than both of them at this age.  However! We are extremely glad she is healthy and growing!

Fun at the park!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter at the Ranch

We celebrated Easter this year by spending the weekend at the ranch with members of Ma-mas' side of the family.  Ma-mas, Pa-Pa, and Uncle Clint were there, along with Aunt Ida and Uncle Barney and Aunt Lisa and Uncle John.  We all had a blast enjoying the outdoors, the weather, and all the great food.   Cooper and Penny had the most fun of course, as was evident when they took long naps on Saturday afternoon.  Ellie slept through a lot of her first Easter, but there were lots of extra hands to hold her when she was awake.  
All the girls go for a walk on Saturday morning.
Ellie plays in the pack-n-play on the porch.
Saturday night prep for Easter...dying eggs! Penny only wanted to make pink ones of course.  Cooper liked to make yellow ones, though he liked Pa-Pa's "john deere" egg of yellow and green.
Penny hunts eggs in her pjs, "lucky" hat, and of course those pink boots.
Penny and Pa-Pa discuss egg hunting.  This shot reminded me of a picture I took of these two on Penny's first Easter.
Cascarones (Confetti eggs)!!  Daddy demonstrated to the kids how to break the cascarones by smashing one on his head.  The kids then started smashing them on their own heads, instead of others' heads.  Funny how literal kids can be!
Elvis the dog photobombed the kids' Easter basket picture!
Yay for Ellie's first Easter!
Its as if this kid was born to be at the ranch.  His little self just shines when we are here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Catch-up

The month of April is proving to be just busy busy for us.  A few highlights of the month so far include a trip to visit our friends in Houston, complete with a visit to the Children's Museum.  Cooper and Penny also loved playing with Grayson's toys and radio flyer "roller coaster" toy. We also had a family day-turned-overnight trip to the Ranch.  Pa-pa's cousins were having a reunion at the ranch which was fun to be a part of.  Penny enjoyed showing and asking everyone if they liked her pink boots.  Cooper had fun running all OVER the place and took a particular liking to my uncle, or "Mr. Wally" as he called him.  

First up...Ellie!  This little baby is the picture of perfect behavior.  She still sleeps a lot during the day, which makes it easy for us to go and do!  On top of that, she has started sleeping through the night most nights, which sets up Mom to be in a fantastic mood!
Penny liked the water exhibit of the museum best.
I think Cooper did too!
Grayson, Penny and Cooper check things out.

And later, the Ranch...
Uncle Eric, Jocelyn, Penny, and Cooper play on the swing.
Actually got this stinker to turn around for a picture!
Ma-mas and Penny take a morning walk...Penny in her pjs and pink boots.
A boy and his jeep.
Ma-mas and Penny take a break.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Is it Just Me...

or do we have some good-looking kids??

Happy Spring Everyone!

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Notes

Just a few notes I wanted to record now that March is nearly over:

A funny thing Cooper said this week:  

Coop was pretending that David was working at Starbucks from whom he ordered coffee and cake pops.  Then Cooper told me it was my turn.  I said, "So it's my turn to be the barista?"  Cooper replied, "Yes, and Daddy is the baris-man."
The twins...
A funny thing Penny did this week:

This morning as I nursed Ellie, Penny sat on the couch next to me and nursed and burped her beloved baby doll, complete with lifted shirt and all. Afterwards the exclaimed, "Ellie!  That was a big burp!" (Her baby doll used to be named "pink baby" but her name has been changed to Ellie.)
Isn't she lovely?
A funny thing Ellie did this week:

She rolled over!  (For the first time!) Then she proceeded to get mad because she was on her stomach and couldn't get back!

Ellie on her SECOND visit to Chuck E. Cheese...guess that is part of the gig of being a baby that runs around with preschoolers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Three Months Old!

Ellie is three months old today! Every month older she turns is credulous to me. We are enjoying her so much I have to ask, "Why does this have to go so fast?"  I am happy to report we STILL have quite the good baby on our hands.  It's as if she knows she is supposed to be easy-going so as to complement her crazy siblings.

At three months Ellie:
  • weighs 13.5 lbs and is 23 1/4 inches long. (I thought she was going through a growth spurt!)
  • continues to eat roughly every 3 hours during the day and once in the middle of the night.  Reflux and congestion still plague us though she is so good-tempered, it doesn't seem to bother her much.
  • smiles ALL THE TIME!  It is so easy to make her smile, and Cooper and Penny love to try and extract one.  A lot of the time she accompanies her smiles with a gurgly cooing sound that seems like a laugh to me. 
  • knows her name!  The surest way to get her smiling is to say, "Ellie!"
  • has added the "ga," "ha," and "ya" sounds to her repertoire of sounds she can make.
  • enjoyed a visit from Becky, Ryan and Grayson Egger
This play mat is exhausting!
Smiling big for Mom!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Happy St. Patrick's Day in 2014

Yesterday we celebrated Ellie's first St. Patrick's Day!  We enjoyed a traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage, prepared by our Irish friend Libby at her house.  The meal was delicious, the weather pleasant, and the company entertaining.  The day prompted me to look back on previous St. Patrick's celebrations...the venue hasn't changed but our family has!  This day is just as good a day as any to recognize how lucky we are to have our family, our friends, our health, and our life as a party of five. 

The feast...soooo good!
Cooper amused himself with his favorite poolside activity (besides actual swimming of course)...running laps around the pool.
Ellie and Ma-Mas.  (Germans look good in green too!)
Penny and Ellie watch "The Voice" and wind down at the end of the evening.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Life Between Cold Fronts

After weeks and weeks of cold and wet weather, we experienced nearly two weeks of some warmth!  It was such a relief to get our stir-crazy selves OUTSIDE, and we knew we should take advantage before the weather got bad again.

Cooper and Daddy run off some stir-crazies.
Daddy's office building had an electrical fire, so he has had to work from home for several weeks.  Cooper and Penny LOVED him being home so much.
Ellie likes to go for walks in the stroller! (As long as you don't stop.)
Kids and dogs all enjoyed some lake time.
We even got some pool time!
No one was more thrilled for pool time than Cooper!
And just for fun...bare baby feet!
And just like that, it's cold again!  Here's to a Texas winter...may the weather switch back in a day, or better yet, make way for Spring instead!

Friday, February 28, 2014

GO TEXAN! Day at School 2014

It seems "Go Texan" day is becoming something of a tradition for us.  The preschool celebrates it with special activities and asking the parents to send the kids to school in "cowboy" clothes.  Mom gets to use it as an excuse to dress the kids up and take pictures.
"Smile for Mom..."
"No!  TURN AROUND and smile for Mom!!"
"A real smile please Penny..."
Annnnnnnd, we got it!

Quick swing before the cowboy festivities at school.
Pretty in pink.  One happy little girl today in her favorite color.
Ellie got to "Go Texan" today too!
Baby boots!