Friday, January 12, 2018

Winnie Mae is 3

I can't quite believe it! 3 years old today. Winnie came into this world fast on a bright sunny day, fitting as she is such a ray of sunshine in our family! She was then, and continues to be, one of the most cuddly, physically affectionate children I have ever met. She has a special talent for love and can brighten any room. Her New Year's Resolution this year was to give Ruth a hug and kiss every day. Melt my heart. Her and Clara get along and play so well together, which is really just the best pay off as a Mom. They truly love each other and Winnie requests a hug AND A KISS every day when we drop Clara off at school (I should also mention that Clara always acquiesces without complaint). With those blonde ringlets and that dimple it's pretty hard for us to deny her anything.... and I think she's pretty well aware of the fact.

She's earned the nickname "Mighty Mouse" because even though she may be kind of a peanut she packs a punch, literally and figuratively. You can't boss Winnie around! She loves to scrunch up her nose and give grumpy faces randomly to make me laugh. The same face serves as her "baby lion" act, her ROARS are particularly choice. Wrestling with Dad is at the top of her favorite activities and the way she throws her body around without reserve is hilarious. One of her favorite ways to greet other small persons she is fond of (cousins, bff's, Clara, etc) is a running, open armed hug/tackle to the ground. If you have not witnessed this, I recommend that you do so.

She is a girly girl through and through and loves to dance, paint her nails, brush hair (not her own, as it is thick and curly and most often very tangly), and wear "beeful dwesses". Above all, the beautiful dresses. She is quite opinionated about what she wears and getting her dressed is most often a battle of the wills, usually resulting in some form of compromise or peace treaty. She would wear dress up, heels and my red lip stick every single day if she had her way. I took the girls (along with Caroline and Eleanor) to see the Nutcracker in downtown Fresno this year and ever since she has been OBSESSED. She wants to listen to the orchestra music every day in the car, but even better is dancing with Daddy at home (in the frilliest of dresses, obviously) with the sketchy youtube video of the New York City Ballet performing in the background. She gets so serious during the lifts and arabesques. It's amazing.

She loves reading books at night and would really sit and let me read to her for hours. I'll often come into her room after bed to find Clara fast asleep and Winnie quietly thumbing through a book in her bed. She's a night owl, and a late riser...I wonder where she gets that from? Almost every day she begs me to go ride "hoeses" at Papa's ranch. A girl after my own heart.  She is randomly obsessed with my mom's car and anytime she sees her and doesn't get to ride in her car ends up being a little bit of a disappointment. lol. She loves saying family or meal time prayers and it's all Steve and I can do to not burst out laughing. The things she says are random and hilarious and heartbreakingly sweet. Some repeated phrases are "tank you for Sana bwing my bike" "Tank you for pway wif Clara" "beeful dwesses" and there's usually a thank you thrown in there for anything in her line of sight at the time. It's the best.

I should mention that since Clara has been in school her vocabulary has exploded! My pediatrician said it would, but it's just so funny to see how true it's been. We can't get her to stop talking! lol. The best is when she's on a roll but can't think of what to say next so she starts saying "BUT...BUT.....BUT" to hold her place in the conversation. Her little voice is so darling and although Clara and I are the only ones who understand a good chunk of what she says, I've really enjoyed this new "vocal Winnie" phase.

We love you sweet Winnie Mae! We can't imagine life before you came along. Happy Birthday curly sue.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Ruth at 9 months!

I'm literally almost a month behind on this...yikes! The good news is I managed to take the photos and write the update on time...I was just too lazy on the delivery. Sorry Ruth! Mommy had her hands full with the holidays+you and your two sisters but just know that I failed to do this in order to squeeze and mug on you that much more! You are so so loved!

and without further adieu...

At 9 months Ruth...

Scoots/rolls around pretty well but isn't quite crawling, I'm guessing our days of immobility are numbered!

is still giving (quite violent) kisses. I can always count on one right when I pick her up from her nap in the morning.

Loves her sisters! They can always distract and/or cheer her up and often do it without being asked! Nobody can make her laugh like they can.

Gives the best "squeals of delight"! She's so jolly, this is probably my favorite part of babyhood.

is getting really attached to me! She'll still let other people hold her but she immediately looks around to make sure I'm close. Anytime I leave I have to make sure I'm stealthy...

Eats 3 meals a day and has only really dropped one feeding (nursing)... and continues to become more round by the minute.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

8 month old Ruth

THIS BABY. She is full of joy and such a delight to have around! We're all completely enamored of her. Her older sisters dote on her and Steve and I can't help but squish her every time we get the chance. She is such a wonderful addition to our family!

at 8 months old Ruth...

is eating almost everything now... with surprising efficiency

has almost mastered sitting up

 is pretty proud of her tongue and can most often be found giving a squinty eyed smile with that silly tongue sticking out the side

is ultra ticklish pretty much everywhere. It's the best.

has not lost her obsession with hair and usually has at least one strand of mine hiding in one or two of her rolls. Usually the wrist (yes the wrist roll) or the neck. lol

continues to have that reddish brown hair and pretty denim blue eyes

has completely outgrown her bumbo...or I should say, her thighs have!

is slowly but surely working on her hand eye coordination and can now feed herself the occasional cheerio. huzzah!

gets excited and smiles with her head cocked to the side, which is just....I have no words

is starting to grow quite a bit of hair! It seems like just in the last couple weeks it's started coming in thick

sleeps about 11 hours every night

has gotten her first two colds within a couple months of each other :(

chews on anything and everything in her reach, toys and footwear alike (probably the reason for the aforementioned colds)

is starting to get pretty attached to me and will often fuss when I walk out of the room

has been saying "dada" "papa" and "baba" and the other day I even thought I heard a "mama". Of course she was crying at the time which is, I swear, the only way my kids learn to say "mama"! Hilarious, but also probably appropriate.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Clara Rose turns 5 years old

She woke up to the traditional balloons filling up her room and a roll of smarties on her pillowcase (they're her current favorite). We made buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes- minus the sprinkles because I was sure we had some, but apparently not. whoops! Daddy stayed for breakfast and that pretty much made up for it! We took birthday pictures, which we should really just call a dance party photoshoot. Fitting, as any picture she is asked to take involves a series of poses these days. She took treats to her friends at school (smarties with a plastic rocket ship attached) along with her favorite book to read and donate to her class (Olivia the Spy). I picked her up a few minutes early and we went with a couple of friends to get their nails done! We were supposed to go to the My Little Pony movie at the movie theatre but they changed the showtimes the day before, so we had to call an audible on that! Then we went and got Chick Fil A lemonade and headed home for presents, homemade mac n cheese and birthday cake! It was a great day! We loved celebrating our girl and she loved it too :) several times I heard "best birthday ever!" from her, which made my momma heart happy. I love making birthdays special for my girls!

Happy Birthday Clara Rose! You are smart and kind and so full of curiosity. You are the best of big sisters and take care of your little sisters so well. I often thank my lucky stars that you came first to pave the way! You can be shy of strangers but are confident in yourself and who you are. You love make believe and art, digging in the dirt, snails, Watson and Neo, rainbow leaves (leaves that are changing colors), astronauts, reading books and practicing math. You are growing up and starting to do jobs for me around the house to earn money, which is equally fun for both of us, I think. You often tell me that you want to be an astronaut and an artist and a missionary when you grow up. You've also started saying that you want to be in movies so that you can meet unicorns and trolls someday. You're a problem solver and very independent. You can see a solution to anything (even if this sometimes drives me crazy). You love babies and especially Ruth. You LOVE going to Target to get "crafts", it's your very favorite place. You're often expressing love to your family, especially me and your dad which never gets old. You're favorite thing to say to me lately is "Mom, I love you SO much. More than you'll ever know."

I love you so much Clara Rose. More than you'll ever know.  I'm immensely proud of the little girl you are becoming. Happiest of birthdays beautiful girl.