Thursday, March 30, 2017

Adele is 14 Months Old


Adele is 14 months now. It is crazy how much faster it goes the second time around. Adele still feels like my baby and she is! It's crazy to think when Esther was 14 months I was already pregnant again. I am enjoying keeping Adele as my baby a little longer this time around. 

Adele walks and runs and climbs everything. I have a funny video of her going down the slide that I'll need to post soon. She is still super chubby and keeping shoes on her chunky little feet is a challenge ha. She wears size 18 month clothes and has for a while now.

Adele was sick with RSV but is on the mend now. She has gone back to sleeping better and usually just wakes up once in 12 hours. She switched to 1 nap a day and it is usually 2 or 3 hours long. She is a great eater and loves all fruits and vegetables. She isn't a huge fan of any grains unless it's sugary like cookies. 

She is a big Mama's girl and cries whenever I leave the room, though she will usually calm down soon after. She loves nursing still and will nurse 3-7 times a day. Whenever she is sick or teething it is way more, if I let her ha. She has the great habit of tugging on my shirt whenever she wants to nurse, especially when we're in public. Other than that annoying habit our nursing relationship is good and I'm happy to nurse her a while longer. She doesn't need to be nursed to sleep anymore and will usually settle down with Leland rocking her. It's nice that she isn't 100% dependent on me anymore.

Adele is THE most affectionate baby I've ever seen. She loves to give kisses and hugs. She is a little shy so usually it's just our family that she'll give them to, and I'm the lucky one who gets the most. Whenever I am holding her she will wrap her little arms around me and lay on the kisses ha. Whenever she is done nursing she always stands on my lap and gives me a kiss. I love it. She also gives Esther kisses all the time, when they hurt each other or just when they're playing. She also loves to kiss all her toys and stuffed animals. I about die it is so adorable. 

Adele is quite the little mischievous baby. Her favorite activities are rummaging through the cupboards, emptying containers and playing in the toilet. It's ok though all her cuteness makes up for it!


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I forgot to add she LOVES to dance! She always shakes her arms to any music we hear. It's adorable. 




All Esther


Here are some of Esther's latest quotes.

Esther: "Mama come here! I draw your hand!"
Me: "Just a minute"
Esther: "Mama right now! 1, 2, 3! That's it! Timeout!"
(I wonder where she gets these things 😭)

I walked into Esther's room after bedtime when she was supposed to be going to sleep. 
Esther: "Mama do you smell something?"
Me: "Yes, what is it?"
Esther: "Poopoos! from me!"

While we were walking in the parking lot
Esther: (singing) Watch out, watch out, cars will getcha, cars will getcha


Esther talking to me while I was in the bath
"Mama you stay right here, no running off ok?"

Me;" Esther sing your favorite song from Moana
Esther; (to wrong tune) "I see water, I be perfect daughter"

Adele was crying in the car
Esther: "She's crying cause she wants love you song (Let me love you)

I locked Esther out of the bathroom so I could have 5 minutes of peace, then I hear her from the other side of the door saying "Oh, Mama lock me out, now I'm sad"

Esther: "I want butterfly wings so I can fly up to the sky and the clouds".



Esther explaining the mechanics of a breastpump
E: "This is my milkshaker, I put it on my belly and the water comes out".

Esther: "Adele has wind coming out of her nose!"

After Adele was laughing hysterically
E: It's not that funny, Dell.

Me: "I spy with my little eye, something red."
E: "Adele's face!"

At church during the prayer
Esther: (very loudly) "DADA! Close your eyes!" (then to me) "I teaching Dada how to do it!"

At church she was stringing cheerios together to make a bracelet
Me: *eats one*
Esther: *aggressive whispering* "No Mama, you can't eat them. Never eat one again, got it? Never do that again Mama."

Esther was playing with an app that had musical instruments
Me: Oh are you playing drums?
Esther: No, not drums! Bongos! Don't call them drums anymore, It's Bongos!

After I found a potted plant that Adele dumped on the floor
Me: Oh no Adele, look what you did!
Esther: (singing) When a baby makes things different, find a way to make things fun!
(This is a song from Daniel Tiger  I sing her whenever Adele is messing her stuff up. 😭)

Earlier this day Esther had jumped on a picture that I was about to hang and broke it. I was super upset about it ha. 
That night we were talking about what reward Esther would get if she stayed in bed.
Me: "What do you want to buy with your stickers? A ball or a bubble machine?"
Esther: "I buy Mama a new picture" </3 </3 </3




Monday, March 20, 2017

Moving Highs and Lows

We did it! We moved into our first house this weekend! All the excitment was pretty much overshadowed by the stress spiral of packing/unpacking. These are the 3 solitary pictures I've taken in the past week because things have just been crazy. In the above picture I was trying to pack and Adele was being fussy so I put her in the carrier, then Esther wanted to be carried too I put her on my back and vacuumed ha. It was quite a workout.


Esther is having a very hard time adjusting to such a big change. Yesterday she was saying she wanted to go back home. She has been really regressing with her sleeping (awake for an hour at 4am 👎) and the lack of sleep isn't helping her moods either. Luckily we have no obligations and we can just stay at home everyday for a while while we all adjust. She does love the backyard and the playroom, I'm hoping she gets used to playing without me right next to her soon. 


Adele loves the house and is so happy exploring everywhere. But she came down with a cold on Friday and it turns out it's RSV. She is doing well considering, but we are doing nebulizer breathing treatments to help her out. She has also been sleeping awful (understandable), but between the two of them I am really scraping by in the sleep department. 

So, all in all, we love our house but it is a big transition for all of us. I am really just in survival mode over here. I am very grateful that we live closer to our family now. We really couldn't have gotten through moving day without them.

I am hoping to get unpacked, at least mostly, in the next few days (lofty goals) and maybe after that I will post some picrures here. Or maybe I'll just catch up on sleep. We'll see ;)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pics n Stuff


We were hit with the stake conference + daylight savings time double whammy today, buuuuut stake conference went much better than expected so 🙌. Also Adele said "Jesus" for the first time today.❤ "He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death." Mosiah 16:9
#hisday #sharegoodness (from Instagram today)


This week has been super busy getting ready to move on Saturday. We have so much packing to do and we have been busy painting the house getting it ready to move in. Leland is there finishing up, and I just got the girls to sleep (by myself, 🙌) so I figured I'd do a post about what we've been up to lately. The painting has been a slow slow process. We were only able to do the kitchen and living room in the past 3 weekends so the rest of the house will just be crazy colors for a while. 


We have all been loving the warm weather. Adele has been exploring outside for the first time since she can walk now. She always goes for the stairs first thing!




This was her face when she saw a dog. So cute! Looks like she will be an animal lover like Esther. 



On Friday Leland only had to work a half shift so we went to Wheeler Farm to explore. It will probably be our last time there until we move. But we will come back for sure because we love that place!


Also on Friday we went to a park in the morning. Esther is getting so good at climbing and is getting braver on the slides too. 


Adele is at the worst age for parks. She wants to play but I have to watch her like a hawk. She is either falling down, about to dive off a cliff, or eating something she shouldn't. At least she's cute right? Here she is eating an orange peel she found. 😒 I'm glad they both love being outside so much though. One person in our family, won't say names, practically hates being outside, so I'm glad these girls are developing a love of the outdoors from a young age. 😊













We've been making a lot of trips to home depot for house stuff (it's crazy how much you need to buy!) this time we scored a car cart. 


Another Dr appointment with this babe.

Adele has been teething and has separation anxiety to the max. She is super fussy in the evenings and only wants mama. Hopefully those darn teeth can come in soon so she can be a happy girl again. 




Esther drew this picture of Leland all by herself. It was her first time drawing a person. I love it so much ha. She got his glasses right on. 


Another one of our "lasts". The last time at our local library before we move. 




I put Adele in Esther's booster chair at the table and she was so happy she just looked like this the entire time. 


She always sleeps exactly like this, I love it. 


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Esther's 3 Year Interview

Esther's 3 year interview from Courtney Hunt on Vimeo.

Esther Turns 3!

Yesterday Esther turned 3 years old! I have been thinking of her as 3 for a while now so I am used to it, but still 3 is so old! Definetly not a baby or a toddler anymore, she's a little kid now. I posted the following on IG (along with the 5 following photos. Who doesn't love insta's new slide show option!?) 

3 years ago sweet little Esther made me a mama. Birthdays are always so bittersweet to me. It is sad to say goodbye to the little baby stranger who we brought home from the hospital, who first taught us to be parents. And to the little toddler who got into everything and would never sit still. Now she is a big three year old who can talk to me and dress herself and loves people. Although I'm always wishing time would slow down, I am looking forward to seeing who she grows into next. 💙 #EstherRichelle #sappypost







On Friday I did a little photo shoot with Esther for her birthday, She was surprisingly very cooperative and I got some really great pictures. 
"Show me how old you are"










Her own pose on this one ;) 




Most of the day we spent at our new house painting. we didn't want to go out since I'm pretty sure we are all still contagious with HFMD. But Esther had fun there anyways. She loves playing in the backyard. Leland set up a new swing that my mom sent for her and she had a blast. I was too busy painting to get any pictures but we are so excited to move in in two weeks!


After painting we decided to go out for ice cream since we had coupons for a free cone. Esther was in heaven there. Both girls had just woken up from naps and were so cute and good. 



 in an ice cream induced daze


Afterwards we came home for presents and cake. I have one style of cake I make for every birthday ha. Esther really liked the butterfly wings and rain coat we got for her. 



I will update this post with her 3 year stats once we go to her well check in a couple of weeks. Esther has a funny, bright and bubbly personality. She loves socializing and friends. She is comfortable talking to most people which seems so strange coming from shy parents like me and Leland. She still struggles to share a bit but overall she gets along well with other kids. She loves Adele and typically plays well with her too. She is a pretty good eater for the most part as long as we don't try to force her to eat anything. If anything becomes a battle with her we always lose ha. She is just really stubborn when she wants to be. She is still a bad sleeper but I think she is slowly slowly getting better, She is not as brave or wild as she used to be, which is fine by me ha. She is fully potty trained now which is so nice. It took us about 6 months to get from 100% diapers to 100% accident free, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. 

She loves to read books and can now recognize a few letters. She knows all her colors and loves any type of art project or craft. She loves helping me with chores and can do a few things by herself. She can count to 10 and sometimes higher but she really isn't interested in anything academic right now. She just loves to play and pretend and is starting to get more and more imaginative. I am of the mindset to just let little kids play to learn and not do anything heavily academic until they are school age, so I haven't really tried to teach her numbers or letters yet. We aren't sure if we will put her in preschool in the fall, but if we do it will probably be something more play centered. 

Her favorite things include princesses, little bear, tall mountain (hiking), my little pony, playing outside, and dancing like a ballerina. 

I am working on her 3 year interview video so that will hopefully be posted soon!






 
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