Thursday, November 19, 2015

13 1/2 months of heaven on earth Mallie Lynn

We have been so very busy that blog posting has had quite the dry spell.  So....this is more like a 13.5 month update for our sweet and sassy little princess.  

She is growing so quickly and is such a spunky little light in our lives.  She is funny, sweet, cuddly, and loving with a pinch of tough.  She takes her brother's big boy play in stride and has showed us she isn't going to have any issues standing up for herself.  

18lbs and 13oz.  I think it's safe to say we can praise God right now!!!  She loves her Neonate formula and enjoys any chance to eat!  
Feeding:  bananas, and sweet potato, and chickpeas Oh My!  Praise Jesus Sweet girl is food trialing like a champ.  At 12 months we were given the go ahead for starting solids after two months of gut rest.  She has been eager to try anything we have given her and enjoys everything about food!  So far we have one stellar diet!  Banana, avocado, chickpeas, pear, apple, cauliflower, quinoa, potato, and sweet potato, plus cinnamon and olive oil. 

Sleep:  Oh what a relief it is to sleep once more.  Other than a few night wakes to ask for help finding her paci she is golden for a good 10 hrs!  Naps have been moved back to just one in the afternoon and can be anywhere from 20 min to 2hrs. 

Awake: Walking everywhere and often at a baby jog kinda speed this girl loves to go.   She can most often be seen following her big brother around.  She has really started to show us her silly side and has also learned to sit still for 6o seconds.  Sometimes she will even bring us a book, crawl in our lap and listen to consecutive pages being read!!

When she's doing her own thing it usually involves dancing with her puppy or a solo performance of If your happy and you know it.  
 If your happy and you know it clap your hands, stomp your feet, shoot hooray!

Shout hooray is her favorite part by far.  

 Dislikes: not getting the remote or diaper changes, not getting what she wants, having something taken from her reach, the car seat, getting tackled or squeezed by her brother, getting in her car seat.

Temperament: silly, happy, active, eager to laugh, sweet, calm, enthusiastic,

Clothing Size: 12 months shoe size 4

Teeth: 9.5  She secretly popped up with a molar on her bottom right side in the past two weeks and is working on her bottom left canine.  She takes it like a champ with a few more requests for late night cuddles and at times a reduced appetite.  

Diapers: Size 3 

New Milestones: standing up and dancing, twirling around in circles, signing more, signing please, pointing to things she wants and signing please.  Waving and saying bye bye, sleeping with arms out in a sleep sack!!!! No more little woombie worm.  Manipulating toys with ease, loves pushing buttons and any toys that involve pushing shapes or items inside of a slot. 

Words are starting and beginning to grow!   Her first official word beyond "Dada" was "ball".  There are enough of them being thrown, kicked, and bounced around here I feel like it was a pretty smart place to start.  Within days of starting to eat apple she began saying “a puuhhhl” and will now make her requests known.  She has also started mimicking the sweetest little “than kew” I’ve ever heard!!! "Bubble" is uttered any time she sees them even in a book.  She is obsessed with her puppy and can often be found carrying it around the house making “ruff, ruff” noises.
Her brother is making certain that she will be great at all contact sports as his newest obsession is “baby football”.  (What!?)  They love chasing each other and jumping on our bean bag poofs  for fun.  She has started passing out kisses from time to time but no one gets them more often than Henry. 

Happy 13 1/2 happy months!  It was our best yet and oh my goodness I hope you can handle all the love we have for you!  Thanks for making our days a crazy kind of wonderful!!!  

Monday, November 9, 2015

There's no place like home.

Our little tin man got his wish this year.  After seeing the Wizard of Oz at the children's theater this spring he has been utterly obsessed with every tune and character.  So upon announcing his final decision on a costume this year he proceeded to tell us how expected us to dress up too.  It wasn't something we had done before but with as much fun as I had grabbing the sewing machine, crafting up our costumes, and seeing the excitement in our little man's face over it all we may just be "that family" who dresses up every year.  

The kiddos got an extra big treat when we arrived at Gran and Pops to find Gran dressed up for the occasion and fitting right into the theme!!
 We made a trip downtown to visit Pumpkinmania which was quite a site to see.  We gathered ideas for faces to carve on our own pumpkin and after gazing at all that glowing glory Henry decided on a scary face.  
 Henry enjoyed helping scoop and design but Mallie Lynn was less than thrilled with the goop and goo.  
Lil' miss did get her chance to play with pumpkins and decided that shell on, they aren't so bad.  
Our October was filled with every fun filled activity we could squeeze in and we put a huge dent in our fall "to do" list.  So now we sit at the beginning of November watching colors change, leaves fall and the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere.  I'm in my happy place!  Well, who am I kidding?  I'm in my happy place anywhere this little family of mine happens to be.  

Friday, October 30, 2015

A pumpkin with a purpose. #tealpumpkinproject

 Hooray, hooray!  Halloween is here!  A time for dressing up, playing pretend, being a kid, screaming trick or treat and getting candy.   Which is AWESOME!!!!!!!


You're one of many kiddos today with food allergies.  Which in that case means you either can't stand trick or treating or you really learn a lesson in sharing as you dump out every treat you can't eat and give to someone else.  
Thankfully there's the Teal Pumpkin project which let's families know that you're offering tasty treats as well as food allergy friendly options like bubbles, stickers, pencils, or glow sticks.  
Here's the easy way to participate:

Print out a Teal Pumpkin sign here
 Hang it on your door and hit up your nearest Dollar Tree or Target $1 bin section and grab some goodies!  Can't think of one single treat that isn't candy?  Click here for more ideas.  I spent less on "non-food" treats than I did the huge bag of candy I purchased so it really is doable for anyone!  

 Since our little punkin' princess has shown us a whole new world of empathy in regards to food allergies with FPIES we are so very thankful that something like this exists.  Our little Henry is not too interested in art projects these days but once I got him out there with a paint brush in hand I was pleasantly surprised at how much he enjoyed it.  I painted about 1/8th of our big pumpkin while he did the rest, and I'm happy he knows that he is one lucky boy to have the privilege to enjoy this holiday without any restrictions.