Friday, February 28, 2014

The fullness of February

 February brought more fun as I continued to grow into my role of mom to two.  Madeleine has done a great job adjusting, and she continues to play well at home (many days) since it's hard for us to get out and about with four-nap Clara!  Madeleine has such an exceptional imagination, and she continues to be lots of fun.  Whether she is singing "Do you want to build a snowman?" into Clara's doorknob or coming up with all sorts of adventures, she continues to be a delight (most of the time.) 

We were able to celebrate Cason's 33rd birthday with a fun, low-key, make-your-own-pizza night.  We had a great time celebrating Cason!  I even made cupcakes with twizzler bites on the top.  That's love!

 Valentine's prep got underway, as I had a fantastic little cupid to help me!  Madeleine loved making things for her class and for our family.   As I've said before, I really enjoy Valentine's day much more now that I am a mama!  She was a great help, and she loves any time she can help cook!
Madeleine's party in her class was so cute.  The kids have grown so much this year.  Of course she had a photo op with Avery.  Avery's family had a tough February as her baby sister Kate was born on the 7th with some health complications.  She spent the whole month in the NICU, but Avery and her parents handled it amazingly!
I love making a big, gaudy deal out of Valentine's day for my sweet girls and husband.  It is just too much fun being a mom during this holiday.  Madeleine was delighted by the hearts she got on her door each morning, and she loved waking up to a decorated breakfast room!
After our family breakfast, we jumped in the car and headed north to Denton.  Cason had a long weekend thanks to President's Day, so it was fun to go celebrate his birthday again, Valentine's day, and have the Monday holiday to really maximize our trip.  We ran some errands in Plano on Saturday, so Gran and Granpa met up with us for lunch.  Granpa gave Clara her lunchtime bottle. :) 
We enjoyed an impromptu chipping contest in the backyard as well.  Madeleine was a real sport about collecting all of the balls that did NOT go into the hot tub.
We ventured to the zoo one Friday - we have a great family membership, but this time we went also for a friend's birthday party.  Thankfully my sweet friend Sara Beth has Fridays off of work, and my sister Liz has every other Friday off of work, so they happened to be free to join us, and I sure appreciated the help!   The weather was perfect for Clara to mostly stay snuggled in the Moby, it was chilly but not too cold.
I also had the chance to go visit previously mentioned baby Kate in the NICU.  It was such a miracle to see how God was continuing to grow and heal her body, and I loved stroking her sweet hair.  What a beautiful baby with a powerful story!  For more of her story, visit Shannon's amazing blog!
It was definitely a full and fun February!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy 3-month birthday, Clara!

Dear Clara, 

We are so excited to celebrate three months with you!  February has been a fun month, and we were excited to have you join us for Daddy's birthday and Valentine's day this year.  You fit in so very well with our family, and we just can't imagine life without you!  

After your 2-month shots, it was time for you to go to the church nursery on Sunday mornings!  You are loved so well there.  Ms. Judy, who took such good care of your big sister, is also your first Sunday School teacher.  She loves you very much. You began this month with a little congestion, and for some reason, that was making it hard for you to nurse.  We started feeding you with mostly pumped bottles, both because it seemed easier for you, and we really wanted to make sure you were getting enough food.  That has translated to always nursing you first thing in the morning, but you prefer bottles the rest of the day.  It actually works pretty well for our busy family!  You have moved over to your bed officially - no more rock and play sleeper in your room.  

You are still very peaceful and love to be cuddled. You still love the Moby, and that makes it easy to take you places and get you to sleep when we are out and about.  You love it when, after your baths, I give you a little massage before bed.  When it gets to the tummy part, you almost always have little baby toots, and it is just so cute. 
One thing you are not always laid back about is your carseat.  You typically are sleeping in it or screaming in it!! Another thing that we were disappointed to find out this month is that you were uninsured!!  When Daddy went in the system to add you after your birth, there was a glitch, and you weren't added. :( Long story short, we had to pay out-of-pocket for your 2-month check up and shots (!) but we purchased you your very own insurance plan.  Goodness gracious. 

You continue to develop more awareness, really responding to us, focusing on different things, babbling, and you even gave me your first giggle.  February in Texas has yielded days when you were really bundled to days when you felt the grass with your bare feet!
We love you, sweet thing!