Friday, May 26, 2017

Cecelia at 10 Months

10 months on May 18, 2017

I know this 10 month update is about a week late but we had Cece's follow-up appointment from her 9 month well visit this morning to see if she'd gained weight and if she'd made any progress with becoming more mobile.  Good news is that she gained a little over a pound (which although it still puts her in less than the 3rd percentile, our pediatrician was happy with) and she seems to be getting stronger. While Cece isn't crawling yet, she's now able to at least stand and hold onto something without assistance which is a step in the right direction.  Before she literally wouldn't even put her feet on the ground and would just lift her legs up.  We've really been working with her these past few weeks to get her to put more weight on her legs and arms and she's definitely getting better and stronger.  If we put her on all fours, she will stay there for a few seconds before falling down (which a month ago she couldn't do at all) and when she's on her tummy (which isn't very often because she hates it), she can stick her bottom up in the air and kinda scoot forward a few inches or so to grab something in front of her.  I think she's just been taking her time and hopefully we'll start seeing a lot more movement from her in the next month.

Weight:  16 lbs on May 26, 2017 at her follow-up appt (still less than 3rd percentile)

Length: No idea, probably a little over 28 inches (She was 27.75 inches at her 9 month appt)

Clothes: Still wearing all 6 & 9 month clothes as well as size 2 shoes and size 2 diapers

Eating:  Eating has been a breeze with Cece & she still loves any food we give her which makes life a lot easier.  Good news too is that she gained a pound in the last 5 weeks too! I have almost completely weaned Cece and she's down to two nursing sessions (first thing in the morning and before bed at night) but I'm hoping to drop both of those in the next couple weeks.  I still have plenty of milk frozen in our deep freezer so she'll definitely make it to a year solely on breast milk.  After doing this with Lucy, I honestly wasn't sure if I'd be up for doing it again with Cece so I'm actually very proud that I stuck with it.  Those 3:00 AM pumping sessions were worth it! We've also transitioned her from bottles to sippy cups so she gets milk in her sippy cup for all meals.  She eats breakfast around 8:00 AM, lunch around noon, a snack after her afternoon nap around 4:30 PM, and we eat dinner at 6:00 PM.

Sleeping:  Nothing new to report in the sleeping department.  Cece still takes 2 naps/day, typically around 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM with each lasting anywhere from 1-2 hours.  She goes to bed between 7:00-7:30 PM and will sleep until 6:30-7:00 AM.

Likes: Eating, bath time, being outside, being tickled

Dislikes: Being on her tummy, being held by people she doesn't recognize

Milestones: Spent night at Grandma & Grandpa's for the 1st time (May 1), celebrated Mother's Day (May 14), celebrated Mommy's birthday (May 15), top right tooth/4th tooth (May 18)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring is Winding Down

It's hard to believe that this weekend is already Memorial Day weekend and to me that always seems like the real start to summer: kids are out of school, pools are open, and the weather is (hopefully) heating up.  So to me, spring is already winding down and we're getting to my favorite part of the year!  

Last Friday, we headed to the Worthington Touch-a-Truck event right when it started so we could beat some of the crowds and because we had a play date close by later that morning.  This touch-a-truck is my favorite one we've been to just because they have a ton of different vehicles/trucks as well as some inflatables for kids to play on.  This was our third year going and even though we didn't get to spend a lot of time there, we still saw and did quite a bit.

Ready to check out Touch-a-Truck

No surprise that our first stop was the school bus

Lucy in a race car from Magic Mountain

She played in the bounce house for a little bit...

and also went down this slide a few times

She got to meet Skye from Paw Patrol (which I actually had to look up the names of these characters because while Lucy knows what Paw Patrol is, it isn't a show she typically watches)

Lucy loves characters in costume so she also ran over to give Rubble a hug

Posing with him

After Lucy played, we checked out a few more vehicles like this red trolley

We all decided to climb aboard to see what it looked like inside

After about an hour at the Touch-a-Truck, we drove over to Sara's house where our other friend, Emily, was also going to meet us.  Emily drove down from Cleveland with her 2 little girls so we could meet baby Morgan for the first time and hang out.  Sara's littlest one, Hope, is only 1 week older than Morgan so we had quite the handful of kids!  Between the 3 of us, there were 7 kids (6 girls & 1 boy) ranging in age from 5 to 8 weeks.  The kids all had a great time and were really well behaved, I was impressed!  We ended up staying until about 1:00 PM which was probably pushing it a bit since Cece only napped for 15 min in the car (I knew I was going to have to skip her morning nap at home that day) and despite having some snacks, both my girls were getting hungry for lunch.

Hattie, Kendall, & Lucy were completely enamored with Morgan

At one point, Lucy & Kendall were cozy in blankets looking at books together

Playing in their "boat"

And a picture of Cece from later that day at home just because

Saturday flew by in the blink of an eye because I had to teach & do laundry (at my parents' house because our washing machine is currently broken and we're waiting on a part to come in) and Todd was outside most of the afternoon trying to get some yard work done.  Lucy wanted to help Todd mulch which lasted all of about 15 min so after she came in, I played with her while Cece was napping.

Lucy ready to help

Spreading it out

Pretty sure this was far as Lucy got before she was done

On Sunday, Todd & the girls drove up to Leetonia for our niece's 6th birthday party.  After Todd being gone for 2 weeks, I needed a little break from the girls and some time to actually get a bunch of errands done so I stayed home.  While I'm not completely caught up on my to-do list (because let's be honest, is that actually possible?), I definitely put a big dent in it and feel much less stressed out about everything.  My next big thing though is to start planning Cece's 1st birthday party for July.

Audrey's party was ice cream themed and this was the birthday cake (even though I wasn't there, Todd took a few pictures to send me)

Ice cream sundae bar

Birthday girl & Lucy at the present table

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Birthday Celebration for #34

Not only did we celebrate Mother's Day over the weekend but we also celebrated my birthday which was on Monday.  Since they were on back-to-back days, Todd planned fun things for each occasion.  Like I wrote about yesterday, we spent Mother's Day at Inniswood Metro Gardens on a picnic. 

On Saturday night though, Todd had planned a surprise date night for my birthday and my parents graciously came over to watch the girls while we went to dinner at Marcella's in the Short North.  We hadn't gone out on a date since February and after Todd traveling for work for 2 weeks, I think going out was just what we needed.  Now that Cece is a little bit older, I need to see if our high school sitter is willing to babysit.  She had told me when Cece was born, she didn't feel comfortable watching babies so we haven't used her in almost a year since we would need a sitter for both girls.  Anyways, Todd had made reservations for us at Marcella's, one of my favorite restaurants, and had requested a seat by the window since it was a warm night and they would have them open to the street.  

Ready to head out on our date

We sat at that empty table on the left

All smiles on our date

Todd also surprised me with an early birthday present---diamond earrings!

Hands down my favorite appetizer ever is Melted Pecorino Cheese with honey, apple slices, and crostini

I got the Fettucini & Meatball....which was HUGE and I only managed to eat half of it

Todd got the lasagna

After dinner, Todd asked if I wanted dessert so we stopped by the Moonlight Market downtown and I picked out a treat from Mrs. Turbo's Cookies

No surprise that I got a Buckeye Brownie since I can't resist chocolate and peanut butter

On Sunday, my parents came over after dinner so we could celebrate Mother's Day with my mom and they brought a birthday cake too so we had a double celebration.

Lots of pictures with me and my girls from the weekend

 Family pic

Lucy singing Happy Birthday

Helping me blow out the candles

Cece enjoyed some of the chocolate cake

Everyone eating their cake and ice cream

Monday was my actual birthday and since I only work half days, Todd also only worked a half day and was home with us in the afternoon which was really nice.  He spent most of the time though making a Homemade Funfetti Cake and chicken parmesan for dinner.  Both were delicious!  It was definitely a birthday to remember and I felt very spoiled by Todd and the girls.

Lucy helped Todd by licking the icing off the beaters

Homemade chicken parmesan and fettucini

Another day, another picture of us with a cake

And yet another family picture

Officially 34!

 Double layer funfetti cake made from scratch

The icing was really good and wasn't too rich or greasy like a buttercream icing

Nothing beats a piece of cake and scoop of ice cream for dessert

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day this year was absolutely perfect and that included the gorgeous weather!  Todd made his famous Japanese Chicken Salad for lunch and planned a picnic for us at Inniswood Metro Gardens.  I think this is the 7th or 8th picnic we've done for Mother's Day/my birthday and Todd plans it at a different place each year so we can check out "new" parks.  I'd heard great things about how beautiful this park is and quite a few people use it as a place to take professional pictures.  We had our picnic first and then ventured into the actual park to wander around.  There are a bunch of paths and gardens throughout and we probably spent over an hour walking around checking it all out.  Since it was such a warm, sunny day, we decided to cut our trip a little short because we didn't want the girls to get sunburned (and it was way past Cece's nap time).

Entrance to the park

Cece hanging out on the picnic blanket while we unpacked the food

With my girls

Cece dined on a delicious pouch

Todd with the girls...

and another one of me with the girls

All I really wanted was a decent picture of me with Lucy & Cece and I'd say this one was pretty good

Walking across a bridge

Treehouse in the wooded area

Posing inside the tree

My favorite area was Sisters' Garden which is more of the children's area; the white building is Granny's house and behind it is Bessie's Barn and to the left is a working windmill

Lucy playing in the water pumped by the windmill

Hanging out with Cece

Lucy grabbed a pamphlet of the Sisters' Garden and found a bench to sit down to look at it; I just thought this was a cute candid picture of her "reading" the pamphlet

Todd brought the tripod and we attempted a family picture

Lucy threw a penny into the waterfall & I told her to make a wish; she said, "I wish to be a queen!"

Unfortunately, I didn't get many pictures of flowers but did snap a picture of these pretty ones