Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Busy Fall Weekend

We had a pretty busy weekend with a "big" event planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Todd took a half day on Friday since I had off and after he worked from home for 4 hours, we packed up and made the hour drive to the Circleville Pumpkin Show.  Of course, the weather that morning said the rain was supposed to blow over by noon but it was still raining in Circleville at that time when we got there.  Despite being cold and wet (it did eventually stop raining), it was nice that it wasn't really crowded and we didn't have to wait in any long lines to see the pumpkins or for food.  This event is one of my favorites of the entire year and it's the only tradition/event that Todd & I have made it to every year that we've been together (this was our 9th year there!) so even though the weather wasn't the greatest, we still had a good time and I'm definitely glad we went.

Lucy & I in front of the prize-winning pumpkin; it won for biggest pumpkin and weighed in at 1553 pounds

Our traditional picture (we even pulled Cece out of the stroller just for a quick picture)

Somebody (hmmm...I wonder who?) might have stuck her finger in the huge pumpkin pie while we waited in line for pumpkin donuts

It was the perfect day for pumpkin chili

Lucy enjoyed a pumpkin cookie

My favorites are the pumpkin pizza...

and the pumpkin buckeye

And of course, we can't go without getting fried cheese on a stick

Cece was cozy and dry in the stroller

On Saturday morning, Lucy & Cece dressed up in their Halloween costumes and we met Lynn, Olive, & Brody at Boo at the Zoo.  They decorate the zoo for Halloween and had a bunch of different treat stations set up around the zoo for the kids.  It was pretty chilly and windy that day so we made it a couple hours before coming home.

Lucy dressed up as Doc McStuffins

Cece dressed up as an elephant

Getting some candy from the candy king

Going through the hay maze

She made it out!

Lucy & Olive

Two little besties hanging out

For dinner that night, we ventured down to campus to eat at The Chop Shop.  I'd been craving a good burger for a few weeks and this place hit the spot!  Todd & I both had the Western Burger and we split fries and onion rings as well as a peanut butter & brownie milkshake.  I'd definitely go back there again.

Waiting for our food

The Western Burger comes with a giant onion ring on it as well as bbq sauce and bacon

Our milkshake

Hanging out with my girls...and I swear, Lucy looks a lot older than 3 in this picture

We finished out our busy weekend on Sunday by making the 3 hour drive up north for our nephew's birthday party.  He actually turned 10 the day before Lucy's birthday back at the end of September but with his soccer schedule, this was the first free weekend they had for his party.  It was a quick trip but Lucy had fun playing with her cousins and some more of our family was able to meet Cece for the first time.  

The party was soccer themed

Cece & Uncle Brian, her soon-to-be godfather

Nana with 3 of her great-grandchildren

This week looks to be busy too as I have to be at work at 3:45 AM on Thursday and will work close to 30 hours; I typically only work 20 hours and have one full day off but we're really busy right now and they needed me to work extra.  Luckily, we don't have a lot planned for this coming weekend so I'm hoping it'll be more low-key than this past weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cecelia at 3 Months

3 months on October 18, 2016

For the most part, Cecelia has been such a laid back baby.  She is smiling all the time, is happy (except when she wakes up hungry after a nap or is having tummy trouble), and started to coo a lot more this month.  She loves playing on her activity mat (although she doesn't necessarily love tummy time) and will give us big gummy smiles when we make silly faces or smile at her.  She definitely takes after Todd in terms of her laid back & relaxed personality!  Honestly, having a baby has been a lot easier the second time around and she's really adjusted well to just going with the flow and being out and about.  I went back to work last week too and for the most part, she's done well at my parents' house.  I think the only challenging thing is getting her to nap a little bit better and longer when she's over there but from what I've been told, she doesn't really fuss a whole lot (except if she's hungry...notice a theme here?) so apparently her short cat naps are enough.  She's really starting to notice a lot more and is constantly putting everything in her mouth.  I forgot how much babies drool! Her neck is getting stronger too so hopefully we'll be able to put her in the bumbo soon because we noticed the other day that it does seem like she has a little flat spot on the back of head from laying down so much.  We're excited to see what this next month brings for Cece!

Weight: 12 lbs. 4 oz. on October 4 at 2.5 months (68th percentile)

Length: 24 in. on October 4 at 2.5 months (87th percentile)

Clothes: Wearing mostly 0-3/3 month clothes with the occasional 3-6/6 month outfit and size 1 diapers

Eating: She is eating about every 3-3.5 hours during the day and then sleeps straight through at night so she's eating about 5 times/day.  She is still taking 100% breastmilk and I get up around 4:30 AM every morning to pump before working out since she isn't waking up at night.  I have a pretty decent amount of milk stockpiled in the deep freezer and am hoping I'll have enough to last through her first year by the time she's 7 or 8 months old.

Sleeping: Cecelia has been an amazing sleeper from birth and continued to sleep great again this past month.  The only thing that's been tricky now that I'm back to work is getting her to nap in the mornings in something other than the car seat/stroller.  Most days during my maternity leave, we'd be on the go in the mornings to go do something for Lucy (park, story time, walk, mall, etc.) so Cece usually just napped in the car seat but now that she's at my parents' house in the mornings, it's been harder for her to nap for more than 30 minutes or so and she usually does it in the bouncy seat.  She'll take a longer afternoon nap (~2-2.5 hours), swaddled in the crib (we were using the swing for awhile but didn't want her to get to used to that).  She goes to sleep at night around 8:00 PM and will sleep straight through the night.  If it's a work day, we have to wake her up around 6:15-6:30 AM and if it's the weekend, she'll sleep until about 7:00 AM.  We do still have her in the rock 'n play at night and I know that'll be a transition we'll need to make in the next few weeks....although, with her falling asleep so easily in the crib during her naps, I'm hoping it won't be an issue.  

Likes: Blowing bubbles & drooling, bath time, eating, when we make silly faces 

Dislikes: Tummy time, being hungry

Milestones: Celebrated her big sister's 3rd birthday, started going to Grandma & Grandpa's while mommy is at work, first trip to the pumpkin patch

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Annual Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday, we made our annual trip to pumpkin patch and enjoyed a beautiful day at Jacquemin Farms.  This was our third year going and Cece's first trip to the pumpkin patch!  Since it was such a nice day, Lucy was able to play for a bit in the kids' area (last year, it was drizzling when we went so Lucy never got a chance to play) and then we took the hayride out to the pumpkin patch to find a big pumpkin for Lucy and a little one for Cece (per Lucy's request).  After we got our pumpkin, Lucy played for a little bit longer before having a pumpkin donut as a special treat.  I held off on having a donut because I know they won't compare to the ones we'll get on Friday at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, one of my favorite events of the year!

Lucy, Todd, and Cece


Me and my girls

The blow up obstacle course...Lucy loved this!

Crawling in...

climbing up the ladder...

and going down the slide

More slides in the barn

And she played in the corn for a little bit too

Out in the pumpkin patch

Todd cutting our bigger pumpkin off the vine

Lucy found a smaller pumpkin for Cece and tried to pull it off the vine

but daddy needed to cut that one too

Carrying around the little pumpkin

On the hayride back to the farm

Hanging out with Cece while Todd & Lucy bought the pumpkins

Family selfie

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lucy's 3 Year Photos

We had Lucy's 3 year photos taken about a month ago with Amber Elizabeth Photography at Emily Traphagen Preserve in Powell.  The photographer we used for my maternity photos and Cecelia's newborn photos just had a baby herself and wasn't available (although we already have her booked for our Christmas card photo shoot) so we decided to use Amber Elizabeth again since she'd done a good job last year on Lucy's 2 year photos.  We only did a 30 minute mini-session since we knew the best pics we'd get of Lucy would be right at the beginning and her enthusiasm for smiling would quickly disappear.  Let me tell you though, it's almost impossible to get a decent family photo these days with a toddler and newborn so I was pretty pleased with how these turned out...definitely not the best pics we've had but they could've been worse!