February 10, 2017

thea - eighteen months

Hold me.  We're getting closer to two faster than I can handle!  I tried to convince Elsie she wasn't allowed to turn four, but she went and did it anyway.  Maybe I can keep Thea from having any more birthdays.  Someone has to stay little for me!


Proud of myself, I actually have Thea's measurements.  At her well check she weighed 25 pounds 3 ounces (82nd percentile) and was 32 inches tall (56th percentile).  I felt like her length would have been higher up in the percentiles, she seems tall and I also don't see her as a chubby girl at all.  But whatever.  I think her head was somewhere around the 50th percentile too.  She is wearing 18-24 month as well as some 2T clothing.  Mostly size five shoes, a few sixes in there.  And size five diapers.

Her upper canines are pretty much all the way in, and the bottom gums have started swelling.  Thea has also been shoving her hands way back in her mouth, I don't know if that means the two year molars are moving around at all, or she is just doing it for the heck of it.  But between teething and never ending nasty colds, I feel like the poor girl has been a hot mess for a while.  The bottom of her nose is either cracked and bleeding, covered in boogers, or covered in aquaphor to try and keep it from cracking and bleeding.  I also slipped and used some regular baby wash on her (Shea Organic) thinking since she was older maybe her skin could handle it.  Yeah nope.  She has little eczema spots all over her back and arms. They aren't too bad, but it is clearly from the soap.

Piggy wants more marshmallows.  Lol.

Thea is still the sleep champ in our house.  Not because she sleeps a ton or anything, but she definitely sleeps the most.  And is the easiest to put to bed by a long shot.  She goes to bed between 7:30-8pm, and wakes up anywhere between 5:30-7:30am.  And you really can never predict what you're going to get.  If she had a really short nap then you can maybe guess she'll sleep in the next morning, but not always.  Nap time is between 12:30-1pm, depending on what were doing and when she got up for the day.  She usually sleeps 2-3 hours.  We've added a second baby to the needed crib items.  Going to try and keep the collection from growing for a little bit.  It isn't like they are tiny dolls, not the easiest to drag that crap places!  But watching her snuggle up with the baby dolls still makes me smile.

finally getting some hair!

Lately Thea will repeat almost anything we say.  Some words sound perfectly clear, some words I don't have the slightest clue what she is trying to say.  But for the most part I can figure out what she talking about.  She has been adding more and more phrases.  If I say something like, "Who likes cheese?" she'll respond with "I do!"  It's pretty cute.  She has also learned her name, and occasionally talks in the third person.  Such as "Ee-uh tolor (color)" or "Ee-uh dan (dance)."  The blanket we got her for Christmas has 'Thea Lorraine' embroidered on it, and hearing her try to say the whole thing is adorable.  It comes out something like "Ee-uh oh-waine."  I love it.  Also over the last month she has been very into giving ownership to items.  Distinguishing between people's drinks and plates and clothes and such.  We've picked up that she refers to Elsie as "El-ee", but Ryann as sissy.  Even though she can say Ryann pretty clearly.  I thought that was interesting.

A lot of times I still breeze over stuff, or have a conversation as if Thea isn't listening.  But she usually is and she is pretty dang smart.  She is figuring things out left and right, learning how stuff around the house works, following my conversations and engaging when I didn't think she'd understand.  It is so amazing to watch little brains work and learn.  Thea now can name lots of her body parts and can rattle off dozens of animal sounds.  She regularly crawls around the house pretending to be a dog or a cat.  Thank you very much, sisters, for that one.


Yes, not only is Thea parroting words and phrases, but she is copying her sisters' every move.  One morning I was pouring bowls of cereal for both Ryann and Elsie.  I gave Thea a bowl too.  Then I added milk to the big girls' bowls.  Thea began saying "Ee-uh mil! Ee-uh mil!"  I ignored her for a bit, knowing that if I put milk in her bowl I'd probably be cleaning milk and cereal off the floor in a matter of minutes.  But she looked pretty pitiful, and you know, the third child gets away with everything, so I caved.  I barley put any in there, but to my surprise she managed to eat the whole bowl without spilling and then asked for more.  I guess shame on me for not wanting to give her the opportunity?  Oy.  I'm just tired of constantly cleaning milk off the floor.  The 360 sippy cups are great until they slam into our hardwood floor and explode everywhere.  Does anyone else have that problem?


Thea has more or less mastered shape sorters and understands puzzles.  She loves to put on a tutu and then requests to dance, while putting her hands on her bum and bouncing up and down.  Actually she also feels the need to dance if I put her in a dress in the morning.  Fisher Price Little People still keep her pretty well entertained.  She loves to go in the bounce house, but only lasts a little bit before she bolts back out of the basement.  And she love love LOVES to be outside.  We've had a few warm days sprinkled in here and there and she gets so excited to play in the yard.  She really enjoys going down the slide but it is kind of terrifying.  I have to watch her on the ladder to make sure she doesn't fall off, then run to the other side and catch her because our slide is so dang fast.  For the most part she waits for me, but sometimes I'm cutting it close on getting to the end before her!


And baby dolls.  Man she still loves her baby dolls.  She is so sweet with them most of the time.  The other day I caught her 'reading' to her baby, and having her feel the different sensory spots throughout the book.  It was adorable.  On that note, Thea is enjoying being read to more and more.  I think her favorite books are Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Little Thea.  The latter I got as a Christmas gift for her last year.  It is a personalized book from i See Me and I highly recommend them.  The book is wonderful quality and I'd attribute half of Thea learning her name from reading that book.  She likes to point to her name on each page when I'm reading.  For Valentine's day I picked up Love is a Tutu, and Thea pointed to the word tutu and said "Ee-uh!" I guess she recognized the similar length and the T.  Or something like that, but I thought it was cool.

She still geeks out over Frozen characters.  Still a crazy climber and constantly scaring the crap out of me.  Loves to wear her June + Penny bracelets.  Still hates getting her diaper changed or being offered new foods.  Is still definitely a mama's girl, though she is becoming more and more receptive to other people.  Not necessarily willingly going to other people, but not freaking out when everyone looks at her.  Except for our friend Chris.  She avoids eye contact with him most of the time, haha.


Speaking of being with other people, I left Thea in the church nursery for the first time this month.  The first week I was paged 15 minutes into the service because they couldn't get her calmed down. As soon as I opened the door I could hear her screaming down the hall. Poor girl.  When I got back to my seat she grabbed onto me, held on to Chris's hand, and promptly passed out.  Those 15 minutes wore her the heck out.  I expected the second week to go much the same, but to my surprise she lasted the whole service.  When I picked her up one of the girls was holding her.  They said she cried on and off, but overall did ok.  It'll be two weeks before we can get back to church again, hopefully she still does well.

Really I think 18 months might be one of my favorite ages.  Of course there are things I enjoy about every age, but Thea just makes me smile so much.  I enjoy just sitting and watching her play and explore, and absolutely love all the affection she shows me.


Stay sweet baby girl, I love you!

January 13, 2017

thea - seventeen months

Thank goodness Thea's hair is taking forever to come in.  It is allowing me to still pretend she's a baby, despite the fact that she just keeps growing up!!


She is mostly wearing 12-18 month clothes, but really the 18-24 month outfits probably fit her better.  Depending on the brand, she is in a size 4 or 5 shoe, and wearing a size 5 diaper.  I seriously don't have a clue at all what she weighs or how tall she is, I would just lean towards the upper percentiles.  She is passing up some of the baby friends we hang out with!

I feel like Thea has been continuously teething since she was eight months old or something.  Teeth number 13 and 14 are working their way in on top, and I have a feeling the ones on bottom aren't far behind.  I'm sure by the time those are all the way in she'll start getting more molars or something.  Right now she is doing pretty good, but when those canine teeth were about to push through the gums poor girl was a mess.  She'd point to her mouth and say 'ow.'  So sad!


As far as our kids go, Thea has turned into the best sleeper.  Seeing as she was terrible for so long, it's about dang time.  But really, she goes to bed at 8pm, and wakes up anywhere between 6 and 7:30am.  She usually naps for at least 2 hours a day, but often more like 2.5 or 3.  Generally she doesn't put up a fight about going to sleep at all.  I tell her to lay down with her zebra and her baby, cover her with her blanket, and that's that.  Thank goodness as we are back to fighting sleep battles with the three-year-old.  Oy.  But it's great.  The baby she sleeps with is a Bitty Baby that Grammy got her for Christmas.  She often wants it swaddled and snuggles right up to and says "I wuv you baby."  Just melt my heart why don't ya.  We also got her a new blanket for Christmas.  It is amazingly soft and I want to steal it.  She naturally wants nothing to do with it and will only accept the blanket Chris's aunt made for her.  Maybe I'll steal her new one after all.


Thea's vocabulary grows more and more by the day.  She's got your typical mommy, daddy, mammy (grammy), papa, etc.  She can now pretty much say Ryann, and calls Elsie 'El-eee'.  Gosh what else, they all don't sound exactly right, but she says drink, water, milk, waffle, apple, cheese, sweet treat, please, help, thank you, sorry, dance, bounce house, jump, puppy, baby, Elsa... and a whole lot more.  For the most part I feel like I can have a conversation with her and she can communicate her needs fairly well.  If I can't figure out what she is saying and ask her to show me, she usually can make it happen.  Other often uttered phrases are "NO EL-EEE!" and "NO MINE!!!"  She is a third kid through and through, quickly learning to defend her territory!

But the absolute best thing she says right now is 'wuv you'.  And more often than not they are starting to be unsolicited.  "Mama!" "What Thea?" "I wuv you!"  It is the absolute sweetest.  She is by far our most cuddly kiddo.  She loves to snuggle and give hugs and kisses and pats my back, and gets away with everything because she is so damn cute and sweet.  And then she slaps me in the face but that isn't the point.  Ha.  Between her cuddles and her giant dimples and the 'I wuv yous,' it is so hard to tell her no.


No worries though, I do.  Especially when little miss pickiest eater in the world refuses to eat her dinner and then starts demanding a sweet treat.  She has started leaving the table in tears because she doesn't want to eat, therefore she doesn't get a sweet.  Sorry kiddo, you can't live off of cheese and donuts, as much fun as that would be.  Foods that are usually acceptable are mac n cheese (but only Annie's bunny mac n cheese), deli ham, cheese, blueberries, apples, pears, strawberries, cantaloupe, goldfish, veggie straws, cereal, and anything sugary.  She LOVES donuts.  So much.  Occasionally she'll eat chicken nuggets, and the other night she ate some chicken my mom made after she dipped it in ketchup.  She then proceeded to dip her mango in ketchup but whatever.  She ate it.


Thea is an insane climber.  I have no doubt that the older sisters have something to do with it.  She watches them and then immediately tries to follow.  Thank goodness almost all our furniture is bolted to the wall.  She has nearly made it up in to the bunk bed before I caught her.  I regularly catch her on the kitchen table, and she has almost mastered getting from the stools onto the counter.  It isn't like I leave her unattended for more than 30 seconds at a time either.  She's quick!  The one thing she hasn't tried to climb (knock on wood) is her crib.  I dread the day she realizes she can climb out.  Thus far she hasn't figured out how to turn a door knob, but I don't think that is far behind either.  She can reach them now.

Even though she has never watched the whole Frozen movie, Thea is OBSESSED with the song 'Let it Go', and geeks out whenever she sees the Frozen characters.  She pretty much sings 'Let it Go' all day long.  She makes her toys sing it.  She wants us to sing it.  She constantly wants to watch it on our phones.  Obsessed.


Baby dolls remain her favorite toy.  We have so many now and she loves them all.  We have to burp them and cuddle them and sing to them.  She gives them lots of hugs and kisses and drags them all over the house.  Other favorite toys include a Little People castle, Shape Mags, and Elsie's calico critters house.  She enjoys the bounce house and watching Paw Patrol, and giving me heart attacks on the regular by trying to walk down the steps like a big girl.  She recently started trying to drink out of a regular cup, and I'm pretty impressed by her skills.  I'm sure other kiddos can handle it at an earlier age, I just keep lids on for my own sanity.  But she has to be like her big sisters and loves when I give her a big girl cup.  Books are very much hit or miss, mostly miss, but she occasionally will sit and let me read some.  She always brings me really long books and then gets pissed two pages in.  We still need flaps and textures to keep her interest.

Overall Thea is just so dang fun right now.  And terribly exhausting.  And such a trouble maker.  But lots and lots of fun.


Love you sweet girl!

January 8, 2017

thea - sixteen months

Bahahaha per the usual I started writing this and then NEVER finished it.  So I'm just going to post what I had plus pictures and move on to the 17 month post before the child is 18 months old.  Thea I LOVE YOU.

16 and a half months that is.


Thea has most definitely turned into a full blown toddler the last couple of months.  She is running all over the place, talking up a storm, climbing everything and getting in to EVERYTHING.  She is a tiny tornado leaving a path of destruction every where she goes.  Yay!  Ha.  Really she is so much fun, but absolutely exhausting at the same time.  And she just screams if I try to leave her in the pack n' play or the crib for an extended period of time to try and get something done.  You know, like pee without my shower door being broken off the hinges.

The biggest change to our day to day is that we are no longer nursing!  Just before Thea's 16 month birthday, she stopped falling asleep while nursing.  I really was left with no choice but to put her down awake after that.  The first night I nursed her, laid her down, and she cried for maybe 20 minutes or so?  The next night it was only 10.  Then 5.  Then maybe a whimper.  So a couple nights later I bit the bullet and didn't nurse her at all, just laid her in her crib.  I expected at least a little bit of a fight, but NOTHING.  Not a single tear was shed.  I was absolutely amazed.  I thought naptime would be a different story, but nope.  She went down for her nap like a champ and hasn't fought either since.  She gets excited to cuddle with zebra (her lovey) and a blanket knit by Christopher's aunt.  She tells me 'nigh nigh' and blows me a kiss as I walk out the door.

WHO THE HECK IS THIS KID?!?!  Don't get me wrong, I am so thrilled it wasn't a battle or traumatizing for either of us.  But the amount of sleep battles we've fought over the last 15 months, I just can't believe how easily the switch flipped.  It does, however, make me grateful I didn't force the issue earlier.  I could tell she was different than Ryann and Elsie, she just did not take well to the sleep training at an earlier age.  And now Chris can lay her down for nap or bed no problem.  Freedom!  We haven't really capitalized on that yet as far as date nights go, but hopefully soon.

And that's as far as I got.  Lol.


Thea I do know the amount of words you were saying had increased greatly, and then you are hilarious and cute and oh so ornery.  Love you to pieces girl.

December 14, 2016

thea - fifteen months

My sweet third child, I promise I have not forgotten to take your photos each month.  I've wanted to skip it, because my word taking pictures of you is near impossible.  But I've done it.  Actually sitting down to edit them and write a post?  Uh, well... clearly not happening.  So I'm tossing the 15 months photos here, even though we're only two weeks away from 17 months.  I love you just the same!

Of course I can't find our well check paperwork either, but the little miss was just shy of 23 pounds, and who knows how tall.  Wearing a size 4 shoe, a 4 or 5 diaper depending on what I pulled out of the bag, and 12-18 month clothes.


Sweet baby Thea, you are growing too fast.  Thank goodness your minimal amounts of hair keeps you looking like a baby! :)  I love you so much.

October 18, 2016

thea - fourteen months

Or 14.5 months really.  I almost just waited until she was 15 months and combined the two but then I figured I'd still be behind somehow so....


Taking any photos of this child that aren't candid is absolutely brutal.  Clearly I was torturing her trying to get her to lay on the dang quilt.  While feeding her cereal and playing Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on my phone.  I'm so freaking mean!  Ha.

I made no effort to measure the little miss.  If I was going to guess I'd say 30.5 inches and 21 pounds.  We'll see how close I am when we go to her 15 month well check at the end of the month!  She is wearing 12-18 month clothing, size four diapers and size four shoes.  She has sprouted three new teeth, two on bottom and one molar, bringing her total to nine.  I thought the other molars were coming in close behind, but nothing yet.

Thea is finally starting to sprout some legit hair.  I'm pretty sure Ryann and Elsie were both around 8 months old when the hair started going over the headbands.  Thea is just now getting there.  I can't believe how long it is taking!  On the bright side, even though she keeps getting bigger and doing bigger kid things, the baldness keeps her looking like a baby.  I'll take it.


Sleep can still be a sore subject in our house.  We've recently switched to one nap a day around 12:30, and she'll nap for somewhere between 1.5-3 hours.  You never know what you're going to get.  Same goes for night time.  Thea goes to bed between 7:45-8:15.  Sometimes she sleeps through the night until 6:15 or 6:30am, and sometimes she wakes up and won't go back to sleep.  I try so so hard not to feed her at night, but I usually cave if she has been up for 90 minutes or so.  In general she cries when she wakes up, I ignore her for a while, then I try to rock her back to sleep.  If that doesn't work I'll lay her back in her crib and she screams at me for a while longer.  Very very occasionally she'll lay down and go back to sleep without me nursing her.  Really in the grand scheme of things sleep hasn't bothered me too much.  But the fact that I'm still nursing her to sleep and that she isn't sleeping through the night means I can't confidently leave her overnight yet.  My mom got to experience her middle of the night antics firsthand this weekend.  Sorry mom!

I'm fully aware that I really should stop nursing her to sleep.  For many reasons.  But I LOVE that cuddle time with her.  We are so go go go all the time.  I love holding her when she is calm and quiet so much.  And up until now the times that I really need her to go to sleep without me are few and far between.  Still, it has been 14+ months since Chris and I have gone on a real date.  We haven't left the house together for more than an hour, and it is usually to run some sort of errand, or with a group of people.  We're due for a date night, stat!  I'm hoping to leave Thea with Chris and have him put her to bed, just to see what happens.  Hoping for the best.


Meal times more or less suck these days.  Thea loves food, but a very select number of foods.  And if you put something in front of her that she doesn't like she pretty much loses her mind.  It is ridiculous and so annoying.  She loves blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mac n cheese, deli meat, cheese, pizza, peanut butter & jelly, bread, waffles, pancakes, sweets and squeeze pouches.  Goldfish, cheerios and other snack things of that nature are also a hit.  Beyond that, no dice.  Vegetables are evil, so are most meats.  She freaked out when we tried to serve her spaghetti.  So damn annoying.  She still does a pretty good job with whole milk, but definitely isn't drinking it in excess amounts.


Thea is trying to talk more and more all the time.  I love hearing all of her little words!  Baby is my favorite.  'Bay-beeeee'.  So sweet.  She says mommy, daddy, grammy (mammy), papa, Elsie (El-eee), Ryann (Rah rah), waffle (wah-fuh), milk, hungry (hun-wee), nigh nigh, bye bye, puppy, ball and book (they sound the same, buh), help, please, and probably a few others that I can't think of right now.  She also can follow directions pretty well (when she wants to of course).  For example, I can ask her, "Do you see the lego over there?  Can you put it away in that box?" And she will comply.  She can bring me random things that I ask for.

Her love of books is still slowly growing.  Some really short books with a word per page, she'll ask me to read over and over again.  Flaps also make her attention infinitely better.  Surprisingly she has fallen pretty hard for Goodnight Moon.  It is a good book, of course, but she LOVES it.  Asks for it anytime we are in her room.


Miss Thea is becoming such a little character.  Not that anyone would be surprised, her sisters pack a lot of personality, why would I expect her to be any different?  I swear I could just sit around and watch her play all day long.  Kissing on her babies, playing peek a boo in the teepee, climbing on my back whenever I lay down, haha, she is just entertaining.  She knows just when to give me hugs to get me to do something.  She playfully teases her sisters.  Running is her favorite, she rarely ever just walks.  Walking is way too slow.  She mimics everyone all the time.  The other day while carrying her around I check my step count on my fitbit.  She glanced at me, then tipped her wrist as if she was checking her own watch.  I burst out laughing.


It is a good thing she is so damn cute, because she is such a trouble maker!  And must be out to give me a heart attack.  I swear every time I turn around she has climbed up onto something she shouldn't be on.  When I catch her she giggles like crazy, she knows she isn't supposed to be climbing!  The most recent ridiculous one was after we'd been to the grocery store.  I set a package of toilet paper on the floor and started unloading groceries.  When I turned back around she was standing on top of the package.  Also unrolling toilet paper and emptying out wipes must be some of the greatest joys in the world.  I honestly can't remember what I was in the middle of, but something that I couldn't immediately put down, when I spotted Thea throwing wipes out of a package one by one.  As soon as I said her name she started furiously unloading them as fast as she could before I could cut her off.  Stinker.

She loves to dance.  Whenever she hears music she has to bop around.  I'm pretty sure her favorite song is Handclap.  You have to admit it is pretty catchy.  If I play it she gets all excited and definitely starts clapping!  Thea also likes to try and play soccer just like her sisters.  She loves to kick a ball around the playroom, or outside when we're watching a game.


Love you baby girl.

September 11, 2016

thea - thirteen months

Seeing as the blog has pretty much died, I debated whether I should continue with monthly posts after Thea's first birthday.  But I stretched it to two years with her sister's and I'm not exactly keeping up with a baby book, so if nothing else I can at least post once a month for her, yes?  Apparently not since this post is almost two weeks late....

I can't believe we're already over a month past Thea's first birthday!  Lately I have been such a sap about the passing of time and watching my babies grow.  I'm sure it has something to do with still being undecided if Thea will be our last, but gosh.  Recently I was watching Elsie do laps on the driveway with her scooter, a tutu dress and sneakers on, just humming away with a smile on a her face, and huge lump caught in my throat.  Plus I couldn't stop smiling at her.  She is getting so big! I'm not the best at showing it all the time, but man I love these girls fiercely.

Ok, back on track.  Thea is thirteen months old.

taking this month's photos was nearly impossible

At her post op appointment two days ago they measured her at 30 inches and 21 pounds, but she never actually stood on the scale on her own, was fully clothed, with a saggy wet diaper. And she screamed through the entire appointment so who the heck knows.  On the bright side surgery went well and her head is healing great!  Right now there is still more of a bald patch than I was hoping to see, but the surgeon said the hair follicles can go dormant for a while after surgery.  Hope he is right.  But it looks a lot better.  Seriously the girl was a champ, never really needed any pain meds or acted like it bother her at all.  The worst was following her around trying to keep her from hitting her head on crap.

Thea is wearing some 6-12 months clothes, but mostly 12-18 months.  We've moved up to size four diapers, and while she is still in size three shoes, I think she'll be in fours in that department soon as well.  They just don't slow down with the whole growing thing do they?  Still rocking the same six teeth.  I keep thinking some more have to be on the way, clearly I'm wrong.


Sleep, ha, girlfriend is still keeping me on my toes.  Thea goes to bed between 7:45-8:15, and then wakes up somewhere between 3:30-6am.  I never know when its going to be.  If she wakes before 5:30, I can usually feed her and she'll go back to sleep until 7:30 or 8.  If it is after 5:30 she generally yells at me for 30 minutes or so until I cave and go get her.  For the most part she is still taking two naps a day, 90 minutes - 2 hours each, just depending on how early she was up for the day and what our day looks like.  I'm still nursing Thea before each nap and bedtime.  I'm about ready to cut her off, I just hate the thought of upsetting her.  But I'm holding out hope that not nursing anymore might convince her to sleep until at least the 6 o'clock hour on a regular basis.


Thea has become so freaking picky over the last month.  She is rarely willing to try anything she doesn't know that she likes.  Vegetables are immediately refused.  Most everything else is too, but she might poke at it a bit.  How do they know?!?!  A couple weeks ago I put some cut up grapes on her tray, and she sunk back in her chair and cried "owwwweeeee!" like I'd just punched her.  Dramatic much?  Some times we are offering foods that I'm pretty certain she'll like, but she just refuses to try it, so we stuff it in her mouth anyway.  Probably a frowned upon tactic, but for the most part she realizes we are in fact offering something that tastes good.  Except for the mashed potatoes last night.  She cried about that one for a while.  Whoops.  Her favorite things are strawberries, blueberries, mac n cheese, bread, squeeze pouches and sweets.  She is hit or miss on drinking whole milk.  She never refuses it, just isn't always super excited about it.


We finally have a first real word!  Even though I've been able to understand a few things for a while, last week Thea repeated bubble almost plain as day when we were blowing bubbles.  I think she is just excited about her new found word as I am, if I say bubble she repeats it with such enthusiasm!  She regularly wanders around saying 'weeee! bum bum bum.' What that means I have no idea, but that is what is sounds like.  She has also start trying to say Elsie, which is flipping adorable.  It comes out 'Ehh-eeee!'.  She definitely says baby, dada, sometimes mama, and tries to say grammy (mammy), papa, waffle and book.  She has gotten great and pointing then signing please when she really wants something.  She also says oweee a lot.  Sometimes in context, sometimes when she is just mad.  Oh, she also tries to sing the Paw Patrol theme song.  Nobody else would ever have a clue what she is doing, but I've heard her do it when I turned the show on for the big girls.

how she feels about pictures

Thea's attention span still sucks, but it is slowly growing for books.  When I get her out of her crib she starts frantically pointing at her books saying 'buh buh!' and signing please.  Moo Baa La La La remains a favorite, but lift the flaps and anything with animal sounds are also good.  She can't sit through a story that doesn't have animals or actions.  She loves signing songs too.  She can kind of do the hand motions for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider.  We also have our own motions for Baa Baa Black Sheep that she does as well.

The little miss is really starting to figure out how to hold her own when it comes to her sisters.  They have been really bad about taking stuff from her when she has something they want.  They aren't always the nicest.  So now she straight up teases them, fights back, and waits for the perfect opportunity to take their stuff.  If Elsie has been sitting in her anywhere chair, and gets up to go do something, no matter what Thea runs over and climbs in it.  She'll pick up toys, walk up to Ryann or Elsie and show it to them, then clutch it to her chest and run away.  The biggest battle throughout the day is for my lap.  Generally I end up with both Elsie and Thea crawling on me, neither wants to give up control!


I just can't get over how happy and fun Thea is.  She is turning into a little person with the cutest little personality.  I could watch her play for hours.  She is a total disaster and into everything, but she is so flipping cute.  When she is dumping everything from the kids' dishes cabinet on the floor, she'll take a cup over to the fridge, get up on her tippy toes and pretend she's filling it with water.  She loves to drag clothes (clean or dirty) all over the place and tries to put them on.  She lays her head on the floor and fake snores.  She teases me with kisses, and then puckers up and smothers me in them.  When she gives me a hug she lays in and pats the back of my shoulder.  If she ever catches me laying on the floor she immediately climbs on my back.  She loves the swimming pool and swinging.

Her dislikes include anything that might possibly keep her confined (the pack n play, aka baby jail, is just pure torture), putting pants on, being told no, and those little books with finger puppets that come through the middle.  Those are apparently just plain terrifying.


And I have to throw in this story about our early mornings... A few weeks ago Thea woke up at 4:15am.  I ignored her for a bit but she kept yelling so I went in and fed her, then laid her back down.  She tried to fall asleep for a little while, but then she started crying again.  After another 15 or 20 minutes or so I thought maybe she had pooped (regularly happens in the middle of the night, why?!?!), so I went back in her room.  No poop, she I tried to nurse her a bit longer to lull her back to sleep.  Laid her back down and she SCREAMED.  She was absolutely pissed.  After another 15 minutes I figured maybe I could just rock her for a while.  When I picked her up she immediately stopped crying and started kissing my face over and over again.  Of course I giggled and told her it was time for night night.  So she laid her head on my should and started fake snoring.  WHAT A PUNK.  But pretty much the cutest little blond haired blue eyed punk so whatever.  I tried to rock her but it never worked.  She just kept kissing and hugging me then fake sleeping.  My eyes were watering because I was trying so hard not to bust out laughing.


Sweet girl, I love you so very much.  I can't wait to read this post when you turn into a raging threenager (not that I have one of those right now or anything) and I need to remember that you can be flipping adorable.  :)

August 10, 2016

thea - twelve months

And in the blink of an eye, she's one! We celebrated Thea's first birthday July 28th, and I'm still in denial.  I just can't believe it!  Fastest year of my life yet.


Thea is definitely growing in so many ways.  We actually had two doctor appointments in the span of four days, her pre-op physical at Children's Mercy, and her one year well check with her primary.  At the pre-op appointment they recorded her weight at 19 pounds 14 ounces, and measured her at 29 inches tall.  Three days later the pediatricians office said she was 20 pounds 10 ounces and 30 inches tall.  I highly doubt she grew that much in three days, so I'm guessing someone had their measurements off, but I'm not sure who!  She is wearing 6-12 month clothes, size three shoes, and still size three diapers, but just this past week I've started putting 4's on her overnight.  As soon as we run out of 3's I won't buy anymore.  And still six teeth, but her pedi said she thinks maybe one of her molars is coming in.


Sleep still isn't my favorite subject in this house, but the baby isn't the only one to blame.  A few weeks ago I was up three different times, and it was NEVER with Thea.  For the most part she has started sleeping until 5:30 or 6am, and she takes two naps a day, totaling 4ish hours, so I can't complain too much.  But I really thought once she was sleeping through the night I would be too.  Wishful thinking, obviously.  Miss Thea still doesn't seem ready to drop a nap, so we'll stick with two for a bit longer.  She is also still more or less nursing to sleep.  Oy.  I'm hoping to be away from her overnight in October, so we're going to have to deal with that habit by then.  Mama is ready for a break my love!


Speaking of nursing, we are successfully dropping sessions.  I nurse her three to four times a day.  I don't think she'd really care if she was nursing less, she just likes the soothing aspect of it before going to sleep.  So that is pretty much where we're at.  I nurse her before naps and bed, and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning or first thing in the morning.  Just depends on when she wakes up and whether Chris or I get her out of her crib in the morning.  She is doing great drinking whole milk from a sippy cup, chugging four ounces the first time it was offered to her.


Girlfriend LOVES to eat.  Though she is a bit picky.  Vegetables are evil, sweets are the bomb dot com.  She no longer hates blueberries, and goes bananas for squeezy pouches and cheese. I think her food hierarchy would go sweets, cheese, squeezy pouches, fruit, carbs, meat.  Vegetables wouldn't make the cut at all.  And her love for cake is pretty much unmatched.  I knew she would like it, but Thea attacked her birthday cupcake with out a second thought, and cried when we took it away.  When we brought out her smash cake at her birthday party she more or less cried until it was on her tray.  Then a few days later it was Daddy's birthday, and there were big fat alligator tears when we set a cake in front of him, not her.  Sweet baby I apologize for your sweet tooth, I'm sure you get it from me!


My guess turned out to be correct, Thea was walking by her birthday!  She took her first wobbly steps on July 5th.  After that, there was about a week of just a few steps here and there, mostly when we made her go between Christopher and I.  Then those few steps turned into a few more, and then she started practicing going from her anywhere chair, or 'launch pad' as I was calling it.  Two weeks after her first steps she started standing herself up in the middle of the room, and just two days later, a week shy of her first birthday, she became a full time walker.  She is getting better everyday, but there is definitely a lot more grit than grace, and she definitely looks like a mini drunk most of the time.  When she is getting tired she stumbles more, and then she just keeps trying to walk before she is stood all the way up so the falling becomes a vicious cycle.  Still so fun (yet terrifying) to watch her cute little self walk around!


While I still wouldn't say we have any clear words, Thea's communication skills are starting to explode.  She can sign more, all done and please.  She tells me the animal sounds for dog, cow, bunny (hop hop!), elephant, gorilla (my favorite) and fish.  She waves hi and bye, claps her hands, and throws her arms in the air when we say hooray.  She has the most awesome 'yes' nod, and shakes her head 'no no no' when you tell her not to do something.  Not that she listens, but hey.  She tries to say uh-oh, but it usually just sounds like noises, or uh uh.  She can point out some objects in a book, and is really starting to enjoy being read to.  Her attention span is short, but she regularly brings me books and crawls into my lap so I can read.  Her favorite right now is an Usborne book we got called "All Better".


I'm pretty sure baby dolls are still her favoite toy.  The night before her birthday we had her presents sitting out, when she randomly woke up at 9pm (after going to bed early at 7pm).  She wouldn't go back to sleep so I brought her downstairs for a bit.  She saw a little doll I picked up at Walmart and had to hold it.  I refused to take it out of the box because dang it, it was a present for her actual birthday, so she just carried around the doll inside the box, rocking it, hugging it and patting it.  She also really loves Fisher Price Little People, especially the princess castle.  Swinging is her jam, as is riding in the little push bike we got when Ryann turned one.


Thea really is just so damn cute.  I can't help it, I'm kind of obsessed with her.  It isn't as if I love her more than her sisters, or she is a more easy going baby than them (well maybe?  I have no idea).  I have just been able to enjoy her so much the last several months.  9 months to 18 months might possibly be my favorite.  I can watch her dink around the playroom for a long time, she is absolutely adorable exploring and learning.  Dangerous, yes, this girl seems relatively fearless.  But so so so much fun to watch and be around.


Sweet little Thea, I love you so much.  Happy Birthday.  Now stop growing so fast!

flower headband | crown | floral bloomers | pink bow headband | 'one' onesie by yours truly