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Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Little Rose: 21 Weeks Old

I know I keep saying this but you are such a good baby. Like the best baby ever. It is easy to be a good baby when you are home and everything goes your way. But you are a good baby traveler. You don’t mind your carseat. You love the baby bijiorn. You travel well in a car, on the plane, in a stroller. You love being held and you love exploring around on a blanket on the floor with some random object I found for you to play with. We have changed your routine, your environment, the state you are in the weather and you just continue to chillax and go with the flow. I don’t know how I got so lucky to be your mom.

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We are now in North Carolina visiting your dads parents. And since it worked so well you are back sleeping in a suitcase.

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You have officially found your feet. Anytime that you are sockless, and sometimes when I put socks on you and after you have ripped them off, you have your feet in your mouth. Like you just learned this this week and it was hard to get some photos of you without your feet in your mouth. New skills required. Check. Flexibility I am so envious of. Check.

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And P.S. look at those leg rolls. Delicious.

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One of daddies favorite things is to blow raspberries on your face. Your skin is so fair, and daddy’s goatee is so rough that you often are left with pink pink cheeks. You don’t seem to mind it and he just can’t resist.

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Pink pink and more lovely pink, topped with tutos and bows and everything in between. I just love having a little girl. A little mini me. And I am just loving all these outfits. You are my light and my joy baby girl!

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Christmas Holiday – Day 2: Church

With the time difference, and with being in a new place, and with all of us sharing one room – no one got any sleep last night. I was girding my loins for this, I knew it was going to be tough with the kids. My only hope is they are just as tired as I am and perhaps we will sleep tonight… or they just might decide to boycott sleep forever. SIGH.

Our morning was busy, getting ready for church, everyone dressed and fed and ready to go, and heading out the door. We made it in plenty of time… because the kids were up that early. My Little Cricket just loved the Christmas tree, all the twinkling lights, he has his daddies love for all things pretty and sparkly. We used the TV to keep my Little Cricket entertained for a while.. the whole no rules about TV thing , it was a holiday after all. I had all our stuff laid out in the craft room, which was nice to sprawl out and be able to see everything. And then we all went to bed early, like right after dinner. I was determined to get SOME sleep.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Christmas Holiday – Day 1: Flying to North Carolina

My kids are the best kids on the face of the entire planet… nay the entire universe. They both did fantastically well on our direct flight to North Carolina. Of course I worry, a mother always does, but I had no need too. We went prepared with games and distractions, and when that failed we had tons of yummy snacks and bottles, and when that failed we tried a nap, and when all else failed we busted out the phones (which is a no no in our house). However there is a rule when you are trapped with two tiny children in a tin can 30,000 feet up… anything and I mean ANYTHING goes. My Little Rose was transferred between my lap and my husbands, and when she was ready for a nap she got bundled into the moby. She slept like an angel through half the flight.

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I love to travel and am SO THANKFUL that the kids are so easy going to allow me to travel.

Both Grandma and Grandpa came to pick us up. With the carseats, the stroller and all the bags we needed both cars to get us home. Grandma had dinner all set up in minutes of getting home; homemade tomato soup and salads. And then she busted out the desert. This Pumpkin Spice ice cream that was HEAVENLY. Seriously it was so good we all ended up having seconds. We are gonna have to get 6 more tubs tomorrow.

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Its Beginning to Look Like Christmas in a Bag

We are off tomorrow to go to North Carolina and visit my in-laws for a few days. And then a road trip to Atlanta to rent a large home with the whole family for a week for Christmas. And then off to my husband’s friend’s house to celebrate a few days of New Years!

I have been packing, buying and wrapping gifts for what feels like two weeks. I am going SUPER prepared. We haven’t even left yet and already I am super tired… but that is becoming a perpetual state of existence. Traveling with one kid is hard enough, traveling with two, for a major holiday, to three locations… I be crazy I know, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I jokingly stated that I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it back alive. I am kidding… I think.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Month in Moments: My Little Cricket 31 Months Old My Little Cricket,

It has been a hard emotional couple of weeks but you are constantly reminding me to slow down and just be happy. You are happy almost all of the time. Like seriously kid, all of the time. This biggest change this month is that your language seems to be escalating exponentially. You are mimicking our words constantly and it is an amazing change. You started singing your abcs, counting to ten, mimicking songs from your Leap Frog and the radio. And now you are talking back to the tv characters and to yourself when you are playing. After being virtually silent for so long I am OVERJOYED that you are now sharing so much language with us.

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We are so thankful for speech therapy and every day you are mimicking more words.
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You are also learning more self-help skills. We are working on you taking off your own shoes and socks and you can completely undress yourself, put your clothes in the dirty clothes hamper and your diaper in the trash. You still have no interest in potty training, and frankly I am not pushing you. In fact you haven’t even been able to let me know when you pooped your diaper yet which is the first stage. But we are beginning to work on things since you are obviously getting a little too big for the changing table now.

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Because we were traveling so much, and I think because I was pointing out SO MUCH to you, you are now also pointing out everything. You learned to say ‘see’ and point to something you like and then you are looking back at me to make sure I am looking. I know it is such a little thing but I am so excited that you are not only gesturing but sharing something with me. It just melts my heart everytime you say it.

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You are still a super picky eater, and my little skinny Minnie. When we get back from our Christmas trip I really need to look into getting you into an eating program. The list of things to do is so long, and finding the right person to help us difficult that I just haven’t gotten to it yet. However I realize that even the food you will eat is getting narrower and narrower. It’s time to get help, nutrition after all is a cornerstone to how well your body and brain can work.

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You have this lovely motto. “If it exists I must climb it.” It really used to drive me completely crazy; I am now however resigned to it. You win. I simply now, as long as it is quazi safe, just let you climb. And grit my teeth hoping you won’t fall. God I hope this is a phase that ends quickly

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You also have a love of tight small spaces. It is amazing how you can squeeze your body in these little places. I have to watch you all the time to be sure where you went. For instance at home we have this small chest in your sisters room. You now LOVE going in there. But the first time you went in I started freaking out because I couldn’t find you for a minute. As an added bonus you are walking so much and sticking with me so well that I stopped bringing your seat for the stroller. However when you get tired or want a ride you now just climb into the bottom compartment. Really???? You my little contortion artist are a super star.

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You are starting to develop all these little things and quirks. Things that make you such an adorable unique human being. You love to collect rocks, you curl them in your little hands, or put them in your pocket for me to find days later as I am doing laudry. Those rocks make me smile. Rocks are the only thing that you are collecting right now but you also love to go exploring outside for anything new and unusual. You are also starting to create these little squirrel zones at the house. Little treasure troves full of fun stuff. The one I found this week is in the entertainment center. Something you are not allowed to go in. But you were smart about it. You weren’t putting them through the doors where I could see. No instead you were sneaking these little treasures in through the back air hole. My cleaver little guy.

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You did awesome on our two week road trip vacation. The first week was lots of driving and the second week we spent with my parents. You slept in a different place almost every single night. And every night you slept in bed with us. You were too big for a pack and play but not quite big enough in my opinion to sleep on your own. I was terrified that you would get so used to sleeping with us for the two week trip that it would be so hard to transition you back into your own room and your own bed when we got home. But there was no need to worry. You were a rock star and did just great. Your favorite part may have been at the hotel when we loaded up the cart with all the stuff we needed for the night. You would just hop right on… weeeeeeeee.

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You loved spending so much time with Grandma and Papa. They adored playing with you and you just soaked up all that love. God I wish we lived by more family. It is one of my only regrets in life that we live so far away from family. Grandma and grandpa recorded a few movies for you so when we visited you would have something new to watch. The Lego Movie was a huge hit. We must have watched it 10 times while we were there and you adored it.

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One of our weekly activities that we both love is your art class. You love it because you get to play with other kids, with new toys and with fun art supplies. And I love it because I get to sit and chat with other moms. One of the new toys that they brought out this month was a train set. And you went crazy nuts over it. Totally up your alley. We don’t have a train set yet, and when I saw your joy I knew that that is what we would get you for your Christmas present. I cannot wait until Christmas to give it to you. You are gonna go bannanas!

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I have been working hard at wrapping my head around what is going on with you. Whether you are just having some minor delays or if it is something more. There have been so many appointments, so many people writing up analysis so many tests. Through it all you simply remain as happy as ever. You are my heart and I will always love you. But mommy is also gonna fight like hell to figure out what is going on and to help as much as is amazing super mom possible. This month we visited the preschool I am hoping to send you a few days a week. I am not ready to let you go but even though the experts don’t agree on much of what is going on they ALL agree that getting you around other kids will exponentially increase your language.

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While working on answering the hundreds of questions one that kept coming up over and over again was if you lined up anything. Because obsessively lining things up is a common autism sign. The answer during those screenings was no, but only days after your autism screening at UCLA I came into your room to see your books all lined up; something that you have never done before. I took a deep breath and went in to stack the books back on the shelf. The good news is that you didn’t freak out that I put them away. I will just have to watch you and hope you don’t line anything else up. Hopefully it was just a fluke.

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