Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making associations

The things Grace has begun to understand totally amaze me.  In just the past couple of weeks, I’ve watched her begin to make associations that she’s never made before.  The other day I was sitting on the couch and Grace crawled over to visit.  I asked her, “where’s your ducky”?  She turned around to scan the living room floor, which was COVERED in toys and pointed to her duck.  She crawled over, grabbed it and turned to show me.  I was so proud of her!  She also recognizes when she is doing something she’s not supposed to do.  When she is heading over to our potted plants or trying to climb onto the coffee table, we’ll tell her, “Gracie, I see you”, at which point she’ll stop what she’s doing to give us the most mischievous grin she can muster.  I think the thing that has been the most surprising to me is that while I’ve assumed she doesn’t know what something is because she can’t say the word like “duck” for example, that’s not the case.  She may not be able to say some of these things but she certainly knows what they are.

There are so many new words the babe completely understands and has even begun trying to verbalize.  If you ask her, “do you want to read a book” she goes nuts and b-lines for the nearest book she sees.  When you ask, “where’s your ball?”, she will slowly say, “bah” before fetching her ball.  The same can be said for the dogs (aka, dah) and she knows they are in the garage so that’s where she points anytime the doggies are mentioned.  She can also identify her dolls, her play phone, which she holds up to her head for pretend conversations and her sippy cup to name a few.

Last week as we were all sitting on our bed I told Grace, “this is a nose” as I pointed to my nose.  We then proceeded to show her where her nose was and where mommy’s nose was.  That’s literally all it took for her to identify the body part.  Now, when I ask Grace, “where’s my nose”, she reaches out and touches my nose!  She has also learned to hold up her pointer finger when you ask how old she is!  We of course know that she has no idea what it means to be a year old or that holding up her one finger signifies being a year, but the fact that she learned to do it so quickly, has remembered how to do it, recognizes the instruction and responds to our question, well that’s quite impressive if you ask me. :)

I don’t know if this is standard development for an eleven month old but it certainly seems advanced to her mamas (as well as Gracie’s pediatrician)!  Every day she learns something new and it’s just so amazing to watch.

My little smarty pants!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just me and baby G

Yes friends, it’s just me and Grace this weekend.  Georgia is on a work trip and believe it or not, this is the first time that it’s been just me and the babe – like ever.  I will admit that I was a bit nervous on Thursday knowing that my wife was leaving me to parent on my own.  You see, as mamas to a near toddler, we’ve fallen into a pretty comfy routine with Grace.  There are things that I typically do and other things that are G’s department.  One thing that Georgia does every night is put Grace to bed.  I give her kisses and lay with them in our room for a bit but she takes it from there.  I actually tried putting Grace to bed last week because G was sick and it did not go well… She was climbing all over the bed while looking at the door crying for mommy.  Georgia eventually had to step in.  I think the bedtime routine is what made me the most nervous.

Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about!  Last night around 8pm I warmed Gracie’s bottle before lying down with her and she was out in no time.  She went on to sleep 11 hours straight.  Thank you for taking it easy on me, baby girl! 

Aside from that we’ve kept pretty busy…

Grace helped me with a little laundry and by “helped” I mean unfold everything I folded. ;)

The babe made a new discovery.  She can now open the bins in the coffee table and has set her sights on climbing into them.  I’m hoping she’ll forget she found our secret toy boxes because the last thing we need is for one of those heavy lids to fall on her head or smash a finger!

After Grace went to bed I got my craft on!  There are just a few small projects left to finish before next weekend, one of which is Gracie’s party banners.  I plan to post a DIY tutorial on her banners after the party but here’s a little preview of the one I completed yesterday. :)

I also had time to finish the birthday girl’s monthly picture collage.  Thank goodness for early bedtimes and Dateline on Friday nights.  If I could watch murder mysteries and craft every night, I would be one happy girl!

And that bring us to today.  Gracie’s friend Sophia is having her first birthday party this afternoon so we need to get ready.  Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{Gracie’s ONE year pictures}

In just two short weeks Georgia and I will have a ONE year old little girl! 
How in the world did that happen so fast? It took us nearly 3 years to become mamas and for all the tears and all the failed attempts, we now know everything happened for the most perfect little reason.  We were waiting for Grace.

Next weekend we will join our wonderful friends and family to eat cake, sing and celebrate the amazing gift that is our Gracie girl.

There will be balloons, candy, pictures, popcorn and everything else that comes along with an “Under the Big Top” circus celebration!

Thank you, Lindsey for capturing such fun and colorful pictures of our birthday girl. 
We will cherish these images for years to come!

And what kind of a picture fanatic (and proud mama) would I be if I didn’t share just a few more of our favorite pictures from the shoot? ;)

Tutu made by yours truly. :)

What can I say, the babe LOVES cake… She gets that from her mama. :)

Happy birthday baby girl! 
We love you as high as the sky and as deep as the sea.
xo, Mama & Mommy

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Teething is torture…

For both the babe and for her mamas!  Georgia and I have been so lucky when it has come to Gracie’s teething.  Back in November we had no idea she had even begun teething until one day two teeth showed up out of nowhere.  Since then we’ve been able to manage her teething without medicine or anything at all for that matter because she’s handled it like a champ.  Well, that was then and this is now.  It appears that our luck has run out. :(

Gracie’s change in temperament began about two weeks ago when we noticed that it was getting more difficult to put her down at night.  She was much fussier in the evenings than ever before and was not acting like herself at all.  G’s mom let us know that for the past couple of days Grace seemed more agitated in the late afternoons and had begun pulling at her ears quite a bit as well as skipping her mid-day bottle and often her second nap.  We feared that the babe was experiencing her first ear infection so following an evening of excessive crying we made an after hours visit to our pediatrician’s office to check things out.  Thankfully Gracie’s ears were just fine and her pulling of the ears and screaming were simply a result of teething.  We were told to give her baby Tylenol and freeze a few wet washcloths for her to chomp on.  The Tylenol helped a great deal but the washcloths were a no go.  She looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to get her to chew on one, haha.

The one good thing that came out of our evening doc appointment was that we got to weigh Grace for the first time in months.  20 pounds, 9 ounces and growing!

I don’t know why but I always feel guilty anytime I have to give baby girl Tylenol.  Every parent is different but for me, going the medicine route makes me feel like I’m drugging my kid as apposed to finding other means of relief.  I know that must sound crazy considering the fact that baby Tylenol is perfectly safe when used in moderation, but for whatever reason I still feel bad doing it.  For Valentines Day Gracie’s gift from her mamas was an amber necklace, which is supposed to help with teething.  According to the information we received with her necklace, the effect of amber on the human body has been described as among the most powerful and versatile “healing stones”.  The etheric oils, which are released through the body’s warmth, have a soothing effect on babies and children’s teething pains.  Amber is also valued for its relief of allergies, rashes, eczema and arthritis!

Amber was a suggested remedy for Gracie’s teething by her NICU nurse who we still keep in contact with as well as my friend who is a pediatric nurse and a few of my fellow blogging mamas.  I figure that if this many educated women believe in it, it must work!  I hope so anyway.  She’s been wearing her necklace 24/7 for about a week now so I’m ready for those magical powers to kick in at any time. ;)

My mom came over this weekend to check on Grace and filled us in on a little teething remedy she used when I was a baby.  She brought us smoke ribs for lunch (YUM) and when we were finished with a few she told us to give one of the bones to Grace to chew on.  Both G and I looked at her perplexed at which point I replied, “Mom, she’s not a dog”!  My mom urged that we just do it, so we did and guess what?  Grace LOVED it!  She chewed on two bones that I had cleaned and you could just see the relief she felt as she went to work on those bones.  Thanks ma!

To add insult to injury, I pretty much gave my precious teething baby food poisoning yesterday, which made her spill her cookies twice.  It was heartbreaking.  For lunch I served Grace some lean turkey meat I purchased less than two weeks ago and a cheese stick.  She chowed down and when she was almost finished I snagged a piece of her turkey only to discover that it was sour and had clearly begun to go bad.  Unfortunately we realized this too late and the damage was done.  She got sick twice and ended up sleeping with us for fear that she would get sick in her crib and possibly choke.  G is home with her today and she is perfectly fine now that it is all out of her system.

Now does that sound like a fun-filled weekend or what?!  If any of you have teething remedies or helpful tips I would love to hear them.  I’m out of ideas and I fear we are just getting started with this teething stuff.       

8/52: DIY ~ 1st Birthday Edition

7/52: Happy Birthday Olivia!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy LOVE Day!

Happy Valentines Day from our little lovie.

Gracie's LOVE day craft project ~ DIY baby Valentines

Two feet make a heart!

 And a little something for our love bug, xo

Wishing you all a day full of hugs, sweet notes, kisses and lots of chocolate.  
Today and everyday, be sure to stop and smell the roses. :)  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

11 Months of Gracie

Our little stinker turned 11 months on Thursday.  How is this my last monthly post before making the big announcement that we have a one year old?  I could totally cry, seriously.  I know I say this every month – I guess I’m just not used to time passing this quickly.  Fellow parents, does it ever slow down (please say yes)!

I would love to write more about our 11th month with the babe but I threw out my back this morning and it’s killing me to sit up and type right now.  Thanks to my lovie for cleaning and entertaining Grace today while I wallowed in pain and self-pity. ;)   

Here is what our girl was up to in month ELEVEN ~

* On Super Bowl Sunday Grace took her FIRST STEPS!!  We were all playing together on the living room floor when G stood her up to face me and out of nowhere she reached out and took 3 full steps toward me all on her own!  She took 4 steps later in the evening and has walked a few more times since then!  

* We have a full-time crib sleeper, finally!  Grace is approaching her 6th week of sleeping every night, in her crib for 10-12 hours.  Woot!

* She now has 7 teeth, 4 on top and 3 on bottom.  Her toothy little grin melts my heart.

* She decided she no longer wanted us brushing her hair or teeth about 2 weeks ago (little miss independent).  She insists on doing it herself now.  I’m ok with the hair brushing but when it comes to her little chompers, I usually have to hold her arms for 10 seconds or so to get a good scrub.  

* When you ask, “Gracie, how does a car go”, she responds making a “vroom, vroom” sound.  Her imitation of a car involves a lot of lip movement, which is hilarious to watch.  I need to get it on video!

* Her absolute FAVORITE thing to do is help mommy bring the doggies in at night.  All G has to say is, “Gracie, you want to feed the doggies” and she goes nuts.  All 3 pups are so good with her.  

* She is down to around 24 ounces of formula a day and is finished with purées.  We introduced organic whole milk last week and plan to phase it in a little bit at a time.

* She can say mama, mom, baba (bottle), hot; fish, brush, dog and she can sign “water” and “bottle”.

* Grandpa has officially taught Grace how to high-five, lol!

* Some new foods she tried this past month include: Organic chicken, green chile, oatmeal, lo mein noodles, mandarin oranges, grilled cheese, kiwi, Cheerios, turkey, organic mac & cheese, grapes and raspberries.      

* She learned how to feed Ozzie (grandma’s dog) from her highchair so now they have to put him in another room during breakfast and lunch, lol.

* Her favorite foods are black olives, avocado, eggs, peas & carrots and pasta.

* Her favorite ipad games are “Talking Tom” and “Talking Ginger” and she LOVES Mickey Mouse Playhouse.  Saturday and Sunday morning cartoons in bed with coffee and my little family is the BEST part of my week. :)

I just love this picture of Gracie watching the doggies play.  Look at that little face.
Happy 11 months my beautiful baby girl.

P.S. What do you think of the new header?  Can you tell I’m ready for Spring?!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hi there, I’m Kristin!

It's so nice to meet you! I’ve recently come to the realization that several of the friends I’ve made through this blog, otherwise known as my fellow blogging mamas – think I’m my wife, Georgia… lol. It’s true. In reading past comments and interacting with some of you on Instagram and other social networks, it has come to my attention that while most know my name is Kristin, they have confused my face with Georgia’s. I can see how easy it would be to do this… we’re both women, we do resemble each other (which often prompts people to ask if we’re sisters, eww!) and we are both moms to our beautiful babies, Gracie and Will. :) 

I must admit, I’ve done this same thing myself. There is a blog that I had followed for quite some time and realized after 5 months of reading that the face I had been pairing with blog posts was the wrong mom! The mom who I thought was the blogger was in fact the non-blogger (aka, the other mom) and I had been picturing the wrong person for months! I’m sure we’ve all done this. You see pictures on a blog and you envision that person as you read about their many adventures. It can be quite surprising when you realize you had it wrong all along, haha.

In any case, I wanted to set the record straight and introduce myself, Kristin… the Hispanic looking one with long dark hair.  Yes, that's me... the dork in the glasses. Here’s a few things about me, Mama! ;)

* I’ve been blogging here at More Than Words since 2010.

* I’m a left-handed Scorpio.

* I LOVE the water, any kind of water. The lake, the shower, a pool – love it all.

* I came out to my family more than a decade ago and my wife Georgia was the first and forever woman in my life.

* My master's degree is in business administration/human resources management (MBA/HRM) and I work as an HR manager in the healthcare field.

* My hobbies include blogging (surprise!), photography, crafting, DIY-ing, scrapbooking, sewing and I’m somewhat of a movie buff.

* I truly value my friendships. Most of my close friends have been in my life for nearly 30 years.

*Favorite foods include: sushi, Mexican food, cake, black olives and deviled eggs.

* My natural hair color is jet black. I’ve been lightening my hair for years because I feel I look a little mean with super dark hair.

* I am the classic middle child… I have one brother who is 3 years older than me and a sister who is 2 years younger.

* I’m a 4th generation Dallas Cowboys fan.  Go Cowboys!

* Favorite movies include: When Harry Met Sally and So I Married an Axe Murderer and I watch re-runs of Friends every single night before bed.

* If I had to pick one type of music to listen to for the rest of my life – it would be Classic Rock!

* Once upon a time, I wanted to have 4 kids. Then my wife and I went through a 3 year struggle to conceive between our first and second child and ended up finding out that I have MTHFR and I'm infertile. All in all, it took us 7 years to create our beautiful daughter and son and I think we're good! I would love to have 3 kids, but I think we're both ready to just live our lives with the amazing kid's we've been blessed with and be done with the TTC process. For now we're looking to the future and excited to spend our money on family vacations, a bigger home and extra curricular activities for the kids rather than blowing through all our excess funds on fertility treatments and all that comes along with that. If you have any experience with assisted reproduction, I'm sure you're well aware of what a money pit it is! Sheesh!

Now how’s that for putting a face to the name.  Nice to re-meet you! :)
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