Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sweet P at 1 Year Old!

I’m officially almost 2 months late on this update. Have I mentioned that having a preschooler, a toddler, and 3 work-from-home jobs is a bit time consuming?
Sweet P is such a happy and sweet little girl, and her one year birthday celebration was such a gift! After such a rough start and and all of her tummy issues over the course of the past year, celebrating this milestone with her was such a celebration! Along the way there were emotional days where I thought there might never be an end to the screaming, food issues, and sleeping poorly and getting to one year old seemed impossibly far away. But, it came and she is rocking one year old like a pro.
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Weight & Length: Sweet P 22lbs and 3oz (70th percentile) and 29.2″ tall (23rd percentile). Her most impressive statistic is that her head is 47 cm, keeping her in the 93rd percentile for head size. 
Sleeping: We made so much progress by one year! Sweet P is taking two predictable naps and usually sleeping through the night. It would take her about 30 minutes to calm down enough to sleep for her naps and at bedtime, but since she still sleeps at least an hour and a half for each nap and her only occasional night wakings were for a pat on the back and pacifier, we are quite happy! She’s still a night owl and sleeps from about 9pm-8am, with naps around 10am and 2:30pm.
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Here is my beef cube “cake” with coconut milk kefir “frosting.” She loved it!
Eating: Sweet P made so much progress between 9 and 12 months! She has beef broth, beef, pork broth and pork, coconut milk kefir, breastmilk, and cod liver oil. This is not much variety for most one year olds, but it’s a lot when just a few months ago I couldn’t imagine her tolerating any solids at all! I was able to make a beef birthday “cake” with coconut milk kefir “frosting” which she devoured. I will share more about her progress with the GAPS diet in an upcoming post.
Clothing: Sweet P now wears all 18 month clothes. The pants might be a bit long, but they fit everywhere else.
Personality: Sweet P really deserves her code name of “Sweet P!” She is SO sweet and loves to cuddle and give us hugs. She also loves holding, feeding, and kissing her baby dolls. One of her favorite things is climbing into Little PiƱata’s bed when we get him up from his nap and snuggling with him. I will say that when she’s not happy, or has a toy taken away, she still has quite the high pitched scream. You know your child has a high scream when hearing the sound of a siren makes you think your baby has woken up from their nap.
Milestones & Firsts (since 9 months):
-First plane ride
-Started clapping
-Mastered pulling up, even in a sleep sack!
-Stands independently for several seconds
-Started waving
-Replaced scooting with crawling
-Tried and succeed for the first time with solid food! (Beef, pork, and coconut milk kefir)
-Started cruising
-First Halloween (our little Piglet) & Thanksgiving
-Transitioned to a sippy cup from a bottle during the day
-Mastered pincer grasp with solid food

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

December Photos!

So, just a couple of months late, here are some pictures from our fun-filled December! I accidentally uploaded them in the wrong order, so here we are starting at the end of December instead of the beginning. Whooops! :)

It was a really fun Christmas with both kids. PLUS, we celebrated Sweet P's first birthday! What a year it has been. I had lots of "what last year was like" thoughts as we prepared for her birthday and Christmas, knowing that we didn't even know about her last year the first week of her life. She has sure had some trials this year, but we are so grateful that she is our daughter! More than a year later it still seems unreal that we have two (great!) kids! 
Super Hero Cousins! 
Our Sweet P LOVES babies. Here she is feeding one of Christmas gift baby dolls. 
Christmas gift hat and gloves! (And another baby doll)
Precious photo of the buddy with Uncle Adam
His easel was a great gift for Nana and Papa!
The buddy's first Christmas program! He was a sheep!
I had forgotten how warm it was this Christmas! I can't believe we were wearing short sleeves on Christmas Eve!
This was a top gift for sure. With all the broth I make for Sweet P for her diet, this large stock pot has been a life saver! 
Opening gifts
The buddy and his grandpa are big basketball fans. So, he got a "fathead" of Steph Curry for his wall.
Family date to the Nutcracker! The buddy LOVED it! 
Sweet P's birthday "cake"
How in the world is she already one!?
This sweater was made for Dave by his aunt when he was a kid! 
Christmas lights! (with our adorable sheep baby)
Santa wasn't the biggest hit ever. haha
Decorating
I couldn't resist posting this sweet photo of these two. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We're Still Here!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm the worst blogger! Eek!

I am awful at checking blogs and even worse at writing them. :/ I didn't realized exactly how bad it was until I saw that I hadn't posted since October. Sheesh! That's almost 4 months now! Almost 1/3 of a year. That's just plain embarrassing.

But, we are here and doing well. Holidays were crazy, jobs are busy and kids are time consuming, but we are doing so well. I recently had a very close friend ask how I was really doing and I answered with "grateful". I feel so grateful for both of our kids, our new home, jobs with good insurance, etc. There was quite some time I never thought we would get here (especially the good health insurance part... haha). We spent YEARS waiting and praying for Dave to have a full-time job, waited for kids (not as long as some, but it obviously wasn't an easy process), spent over a year looking for a home, dealt with pretty frustrating health/tummy issues with Sweet P (we are making lots of progress but it's still SLOW), and being on the 'other side' of several of these trials we are so, so grateful.

But, I do know that life is not designed for my comfort, so I know more trials await us in the future. But, today, I am grateful. Both kids are (mostly) sleeping all night and (finally) going to bed at a reasonable hour. Yay! This is much progress, especially considering how I kind of thought I would never sleep again during Sweet P's colic phase.

So, nothing terribly exciting has happenned in the time I haven't blogged. I would like to share more about our journey with the GAPS diet for Sweet P, and share some sweet photos from Christmas and our recent trip to the beach (Can I just say that I LOVE it when family moves to great vacation spots!), but for today this update will have to do. :)

I know there aren't many people that follow our blog anymore, but I know there are those of you out there still waiting for so many things in your life, and I'm still thinking about and praying for you all whenever you come to mind (which is often!).