Monday, February 20, 2017

Cecelia at 7 Months

7 months on February 18, 2017

Cece had a big month!  She not only started to sit up on her own but she also (finally) rolled over both directions and got her first tooth!  At the beginning of the month, she would sit up on her own for a few seconds and then would fall over or lean back against us if we were sitting behind her.  One day though, it must've just clicked because I had some toys in front of her and she sat there for like 10-15 minutes playing with them.  I was shocked but that's the neat thing with babies, so much can change with them in just a few days.  Speaking of which, when I was feeding her breakfast about a week ago, I thought I saw a glimpse of a tooth and sure enough when I put my finger in her mouth to feel around, she had a little sharp point on her bottom gums.  Her first tooth popped through and we seriously had no idea!  She didn't act any fussier or wake up at night crying so fingers crossed she'll be an easy baby when it comes to teething.  Lucy was late getting teeth as a baby (she didn't get her first one until around 9 months) so I honestly wasn't expecting to see one from Cece this early on.  She also started rolling over this month and while it doesn't happen all the time yet (we think she gets lazy sometimes ha!), she definitely knows how to do it.

Weight: Probably around 15 lbs. (She was 14 lbs. 5 oz. on January 20, 2017 at her 6 month apt)

Length: No idea (She was 26.25 in. on January 20, 2017 at her 6 month appt)

Clothes: Pretty much wearing all 6 months clothes still, some 3-6 month outfits/onesies, and a few 9 month sleepers.  She's still wearing size 2 diapers.

Eating: Cece has been eating solids for over a month now and is doing great!  In fact, she's just like her big sister, Lucy, and we haven't found a food she doesn't like yet.  We're doing a combination of purees that we spoon feed her and steamed food that she can "feed" herself and get used to chewing.  We buy the gerber baby food purees and the new flavors she's tried this month are pears, carrots, prunes, peaches, squash, and pears & cinnamon with oatmeal.  She's also had avocado and steamed pears and apples as well as puffs and mum mums.  She's eating 3 meals/day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and is either nursing or taking a bottle (when I'm at work) 3-4x/day with the bottles being around 6 oz although I think we might drop that down to 5 oz this week because we've had some issues with spitting up again.  Cece's also tried to use a sippy cup and it seems like she knows what to do with it but I think she doesn't like that we have water in it instead of milk so she really isn't using a sippy cup yet.

Sleeping: Our only big sleep struggle with Cece has been her taking a morning nap at my parents' house.  She would go days without napping until the afternoon and we finally discovered that it's because at home we always have her in the sleep sack to sleep.  After we bought an extra one for my parents' house, she started taking 1.5 hour naps again.  She also takes about a 1.5-2 hour nap in the afternoon.  Cece goes down for the evening typically around 7:30 PM and will sleep straight through the night (with the occasional wake up if she can't find her pacifier) until 6:30-7:00 AM.

Likes: Pulling hair, waving, playing with the toy vanity/mirror

Dislikes: Having her face or nose wiped/cleaned off, being tired

Milestones: Rolled from back to belly for the 1st time (January 22), rolled from belly to back for the 1st time (February 1), first tooth popped through (February 10), started waving and clapping, first Valentine's Day, first time sitting in the stroller (February 18)





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays to celebrate...mainly because I love all things pink and chocolate.  Now that we have 2 little girls to love on, it was extra special this year and we made sure to celebrate all day long.  

Lucy & Cece got a Valentine's package in the mail from MaMa & PaPa on Monday afternoon and were so excited to open it up to see what special goodies were sent.  Lucy got all her favorites--stickers, stamps, and chocolate as well as a new pair of pjs.  Cece got some adorable onesies and she was thrilled to play with the tissue paper.

Lucy LOVES stickers

New heart pjs for the summer

Cece opening her present

Checking out her new cute onesies

Such a sucker for matching holiday pjs....and I'm not gonna lie, I totally would've bought a pair for myself if they had them in my size

On my way home from teaching Spin/TRX yesterday morning, I swung by Tim Horton's to get a special sprinkle donut for Lucy (and a raspberry filled donut for Todd) to start off our Valentine's day celebration.  I had to work my normal hours in the morning but Todd had taken part of the day off to go to Lucy's preschool party.  I went to her Christmas party in December and since she could only bring one special person, she chose daddy to come this time.  They were already home and finishing up lunch when I got home from work.  Lucy had requested heart pancakes and Todd happily obliged.

The girls in their heart shirts early in the morning before I left for work

Lucy was excited to see a sprinkle donut waiting for her in the kitchen

So yummy!

Making a necklace at her preschool party

Todd & Lucy at preschool

Lucy's heart shaped pancake for lunch

My little sweetheart

Before dinner, we spoiled the girls a bit more with some presents from us as well as presents that Grandma & Grandpa had given them the day before to open on Valentine's day.  Lucy & Cece are so sweet and we have so much fun celebrating these fun little holidays with them.  We ended our day with a our traditional Valentine's dinner from Raising Cane's.  We're fancy like that.

The girls getting ready to open a few presents

Digging right in

Lucy got some Ariel accessories to go with her Ariel costume

Again, Cece was just happy to play with the tissue paper

Opening a present from Grandma & Grandpa

Cece eating a card (notice a theme here?)

Valentine's day overload

Cece with her first homemade Valentine from Grandpa

and Lucy with her homemade valentine from him (he even still made me one too!)

Nothing says romance like chicken tenders and fries

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hanging out with Our Girls

My goal every day we're with the girls for the whole day (Fridays + the weekend) is to get out of the house at least once to avoid going stir crazy.  We've been working on trying to get Cece on more of a morning nap schedule because she doesn't sleep on the go as well any more so most activities have to be planned in the late morning.  On Friday, we ventured to the Westerville Community Center for their toddler time.  I think it had been about a year since I had taken Lucy so she seemed like one of the bigger kids there this time and she definitely enjoyed the arts & crafts room more than last year.  Afterwards, we made our monthly trip to the North Market for lunch which was a bit more challenging now that Cece is eating solids so I actually had to put her in a high chair and feed her.

Lucy riding the "roller coaster"

Lucy spent most of her time either playing on the roller coaster, riding around in the cars, or running down the cheese mat

Cece & I hung out on the mat while watching Lucy (and I purposely put the pacifier in her mouth to avoid her putting all the other toys in her mouth especially since she already has a little bit of a cold)

Making a Valentine for daddy

Play doh

Making a Valentine crown

Lunch at the North Market (I have no idea what Lucy is doing); I usually pack a lunch for the girls and then we get pretzels from Brezel and ice cream from Jeni's

Cece was such a big girl sitting in a highchair

Lucy's view this time was of the butcher shop; she was watching them make meatballs and cut up some ribs

Posing with her ice cream

Yum!

On Saturday morning, we went to the Y where Todd took Lucy swimming.  We're going to Florida next month and figured we should get her into the water again before we leave.  We put Cece in the child watch so I could work out for about 30 minutes and then her & I watched Lucy & Todd swim for about another 30 minutes.  Despite the water being a little cold, Lucy had a great time swimming and it makes me really excited about going to the beach in a few weeks.  While Cece napped in the afternoon, Lucy & I ran a bunch of errands (aka returned online orders) and then we all went to dinner at BJ's Brewhouse.  Again, now that Cece is eating, going out to eat isn't quite as enjoyable and relaxing as it was with just Lucy so we might not be going out quite as often.

Taking a quick break from swimming to warm up for a few minutes

Hanging out with Cece while watching Lucy & Todd swim

Heading back into the water

Swimming to daddy

Jumping off the edge

Todd & his beer flight

I've been on somewhat of a healthy eating kick lately (seriously, I've only had dessert a few times in the last month which is unheard of for me!) and I ordered these Mediterranean Chicken Pita Tacos which were so tasty and on their "Enlightened Menu"; I need to figure out how to recreate these at home

Cece enjoying some sweet potatoes

Sunday always seems like our catch up day and our day we pretty much spend at home.  The morning is always crazy with church and the grocery store and Cece is usually a little cranky when we get home because she's skipped her morning nap.  Todd & I have talked about taking turns going to church and alternating weeks so one of us can take Lucy to Sunday school and one of us can stay home while Cece naps.  All I know is by lunch time on Sundays, I feel like it should already be dinner time!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Birthday Party, Date Night, & the Super Bowl

We had quite a bit planned this past weekend and while I say now that our next few weekends look pretty open, I'm sure things will pop up that will fill them up.  Lucy had another birthday party to go to on Saturday late morning/early afternoon (her fourth in just about a month!) which I don't mind because it gives Todd & I chance to hang out with our friends without having to find a babysitter.  

Tyler's 1st birthday party was Sesame Street themed

Lots of fun snacks & treats like dirt pudding (Oscar & Slimy's trash cans) and chocolate covered pretzels (Abby's magic fairy wands)

Cece playing with a new toy (which reminded us that we have this toy at home in the basement)

Tyler getting ready to blow out the candle on his smash cake

Cece & Keegan "playing" together (never got any pictures of Lucy as she was too busy playing with the other kids her age)

That evening, Todd & I had plans for a big night out! For Christmas, my parents had given us tickets to see The Little Mermaid at the Ohio Theatre which also included a night of babysitting too.  Since we won't be going out to celebrate Valentine's Day, we figured we'd count this as our celebration and go to dinner before the show so we made reservations for The Pearl.  We've only gone to eat there once when it first opened four years ago and it also happened to be early on in my pregnancy with Lucy so I remember enjoying it but not as much as I wish since I was nauseous throughout my first trimester.  Unfortunately, Todd & I left dinner on Saturday night not as impressed with the restaurant as we were hoping.  It was good but not as good as other Cameron Mitchell restaurants and our server wasn't the best either.  For the price of food at Cameron Mitchell restaurants, we expect both the food and service to be top notch.  

Obligatory date night photo (when we don't dress up very often, it's worth documenting!)

 The best part of the meal was Todd's drink (Peanut Butter and Pearl Jam)...

 and our appetizer, Devils on Horseback (cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon)

Todd had the Hanger Steak for his main course...

 and I had the Pub Burger 

We split their signature dessert, Brown Sugar & Butter Pie

Outside the theatre

Sign for the show

Our playbill 

Waiting for the show to start

View of the stage from our seats 

And while I never took a single picture on Sunday, it is worth noting that we went to Sara & Jay's house for a low key Super Bowl party.  Their kids were there as well as Abby & Ryan's two kids (friends of Sara & Jay's; while we'd never met Ryan before, I used to work with Abby years ago and have since hung out with her several times for play dates) so Lucy had fun running around with the kids while Cece just chilled with Todd & I.  We left their house just a little before half time to get the girls home for bed but it was nice to see our friends especially since Sara is due with #3 in just a few weeks.