Welp, I’m 2.5 weeks late on this update… probably the latest I’ve ever been on one of these. Whoops! I committed to myself to do these monthly updates at least through the age of 2… so I am almost there! After that, I will still do some sort of update, but I’ll have to figure out what is feasible since I also want to write weekly updates for baby boy like I did for H… Am I crazy or what?! I am just thinking that if I put my plans in writing, it will help hold me to it… and I keep thinking as I’m writing them how much I would LOVE to read updates like this from my mom while I was growing up.
Anyway. Things are still crazy around here and with the holiday photo “busy season” having already started and plenty more coming up, I don’t anticipate them slowing down any time soon… so I’ll jump straight into the update. :)
Weight/Length: I just weighed her a couple of days ago, and she was right at 27ish lbs (26.8). I know she has gotten taller over the last few weeks, because some of her pants have gotten too short, but I am not sure exactly how tall she is at the moment. I’ll go with a little over 34 inches or so. Still in 18-24 months and 24 month shirts and mostly 2T pants now just so they’re long enough… she is long and skinny!
Sleep: No changes, except bedtime seems to have creeped to a little later (9:30 or so), mostly because Jon has been working late and not getting home until 8 a lot of nights. Since she doesn’t have to be up for daycare or school every morning, we are lucky that we can kind of adjust her schedule to make it to where she still gets to spend some time with Jon in the evenings. She is still sleeping until 9:30 or 10ish each morning and naps each afternoon from 2:00 until 5:30 or 6. The girl loves to sleep, just like her Daddy.
Favorite Foods: SOUP! I haven’t found a single type of soup so far (vegetable beef, chili, potato, broccoli/cheddar, taco… can you tell I’ve been having preggo soup cravings?! ha) that she hasn’t loved. Part of it may be that she loves to eat anything out of a bowl and to use a spoon (especially if it’s a “big” spoon like we use), but whatever the reason…she loves it. I have been known to put things in a bowl and TELL her it’s soup even when it’s not (rice, chicken pie, etc.) and it usually works to get her to eat it even if she normally wouldn’t. HA!
She also loves clementines, grilled cheeses (especially dipped in any kind of soup), PB&J and pimento cheese “sanwishes” (she asks for a “sanwish” at every meal), dill pickles, any kind of chips, apples, applesauce, yogurt, waffles, cereal, crackers, and “cookies” (which are really animal crackers).
Developments: I always have such a hard time with this category because I really feel like she is still changing so much just on a daily basis! I think I will start off by saying that if I thought the temper tantrums were bad last month… I had no idea what I was in store for! She has been quite the drama queen lately (remember my worst day ever? And that is just an example of how things have been…) and most of it stems from her lack of patience (I know, I know, where could she have gotten that from? It’s karma I suppose!). She gets extremely frustrated if she can’t do something quickly or the first time (puzzles, shape sorters, etc.) and often times that will spur one of her tantrums. And sometimes, the tantrums come seemingly out of nowhere—seriously frustrating. My main way of dealing with them has been to ignore her (when possible, unless she is doing something that could hurt herself or someone else), but we have also implemented “timeout” for those situations where ignoring it doesn’t work. She mostly just sits on the bottom step of the stairs and screams during it, but she is definitely starting to get the point, because sometimes when she does something, she will look at me and say “no no mommy, no time out”. Nice try, sweetheart, but you’re still going. ;)
H is obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with Ralph. However, she only wants to play with him and love/kiss him on her terms… if he comes up to her to lick her or sit beside her and she is not in the mood, she has started yelling/raising her voice at him, saying “NO RALPHIE NOOOO!” and even sometimes hitting him. Y’all, bless that dog. He is SO good with her and puts up with it, but if she hits him or yells at him for no reason, that has meant an automatic timeout. Afterwards, she will always go to him and say “I sorry Ralphie” and give him a hug and kiss. She DOES love him, but she has got to learn to be sweet to him all the time, because he certainly deserves it. That dog is a saint. (And little does he know that there is going to be another little terror running around here before too long…poooooor Ralphie).
I will switch gears from the behavioral issues we’ve been dealing with (since that is not nearly as fun to talk about…haha) to one of my favorite things she is saying/doing right now. For the longest time, when someone would give her something, she would, without coaxing, say “thank you”. However, lately, I can’t get her to say anything except for “thank-you-I-welcome” (all in one breath) or just “I welcome”. I have to admit that I haven’t been working TOO hard to change it, because it’s pretty stinking cute. I guess she knows that people are just going to say “you’re welcome” when she says “thank you” anyway, so she just cuts straight to it. I love her. :)
Her love for singing and songs has grown even more this month. She sings ALL the time, and she surprises me daily by singing entire songs that I wasn’t even aware she knew all the words to! I think that they must sing “The Wheels on the Bus” at preschool, because she sings that one all the time, and does the cutest little motions with it. Her favorite song for the last couple of weeks has been “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, which she just refers to as “Children” and will say “again!” before I even finish singing the last line. She also loves “Jesus Loves Me” (which she calls “Jesus” or “for the Bible”) and will sing along with me to that one before bed each night. It is just about the sweetest thing ever to hear your child sing that song. Other favorites that she loves to sing by herself are “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Twinkle Twinkle”. I really need to get her on video singing these ASAP. These are the kind of things that I never, ever want to forget.
Hadley seems to be a big fan of sports so far. She is quite talented at throwing and catching balls (we do this a LOT of times during the day…”Mommy, Hadley throw and catch!”), and she loves to kick her soccer ball that Aunt Jennifer gave her and will dribble it while doing laps all around the downstairs. I was not a soccer player, but Jon was… and he is hoping that she keeps loving to play it because I think one of his dreams is to coach her team one day (which I think he would be amazing at!). ;) She has also gotten quite good at catching her little softball in her glove (also a gift from Aunt Jennifer…do you see a theme here?!). Given, it has velcro on it, but she still loves to wear the glove and for me to throw it to her to catch. It remains to be seen whether she will be athletic or even have a real interest in actually playing sports, but so far, it seems promising!
H seems to have inherited my photographic memory. I will tell her now that it can be both a blessing and a curse; a blessing in that it makes studying for tests pretty easy when you can see something once and have it memorized, but a curse in that you remember a bunch of useless numbers and facts. Anyway, she has memorized probably 10 of her books and can “read” them to you (they are mostly books with just a couple of words on each page), and on the rare occasion that she lets us read them to her, she will hurry and try to say the words before we do. It’s pretty dang cute, and impressive!
She has kind of learned to count to 20 in the last couple of weeks. I say kind of because she almost never starts at 1… but usually at 5 for some reason. She is really good at counting from 5-15, and will count from 1-5 if I make her start there, but for whatever reason she just likes to start at 5! ;) Whatever floats her boat, I say. She has also taken a particular interest in her puzzles lately and her favorite way to do them is to hold a piece over the wrong place and say “nooo, nooo” while smiling and then put it in the correct spot and say “yes! yippie!” (speaking of which, I’m not sure who taught her to say “yippie”. I do not say that. But she says it ALL the time!). She still loves to get praised and to be applauded. Little ham.
Bath time is by far her favorite time of the day. I have a bunch of videos on my phone and on Jon’s of her “swimming” and “floating” in the tub—her favorite things to do. I have plans to do another “Things I never want to forget” post soon (I giggled when I typed that, because “soon” in reference to my blogging usually means either “eventually” or “never”) and I will try to get all the videos uploaded for that. Anyway, back in September at the beach, she had gotten really comfortable with swimming in the pool with her life jacket on, and we are going to try to keep her comfortable with it in the hot tub at the lake this winter (temperature turned down, of course…it basically becomes a pool to her!), but in the mean time, she actually does a great job swimming around and floating in our garden tub. She also likes to pretend she is swimming and floating on the floor, but that’s another story…hehe. :)
She continues to enjoy going to preschool on Thursdays and to MOPS with me every other Friday. When we pull into either parking lot, she will say, “friends!” which just makes me smile. I’m glad she has transitioned so well and is loving it. Her teachers always tell me that she is very well behaved (to which I want to respond, “are you sure you’re talking about my kid?!”) and tell me how much she loves singing songs, reading books, and playing outside and in the play kitchen. There have been no tears or really any hesitation from her at all the last several weeks when I drop her off… I’m lucky if I get a “bye bye Mommy” before she’s off to play. Her teachers are fantastic and it is apparent that she loves them SO much!
The last thing I can think of is that H seems to already be developing a bit of a “bossy” personality. Yikes. She orders people (Jon, me, grandparents, Ralph) around like it’s her job…”sit DOWN Papaw, SIT DOWN NOW!” and “Ralphie sit THERE, no not there, THERE!”. Lord help her baby brother once he’s old enough for her to boss around… ;)
I am sure there are many things I am forgetting to mention, but I will come back and update if I think of anything after I post.
Favorite Things/Activities: Her stuffed animals (her Little Mermaid stuffed animal, and baby, currently). ABCs. Counting. Giving kisses and hugs. Talking (ALL the time). Preschool and MOPS. Lilly. Being outside/going for walks. Ralph. Dancing. Bath time (especially splashing Daddy). Swimming. Floating and “swimming” in the tub. Building with blocks. Swinging. Sliding. Bubbles. Elmo. Bubble Guppies. Making people laugh. Jumping. Watching “movies” in the car. Puzzles. Books. Juice. Milk. Running from us while we “chase” her around the house. Making messes. My iPhone. Being cheered for. Eating (sometimes). Sleeping. Getting dressed. SHOES. Doing things herself. Throwing and kicking balls. Singing. Coloring. Drawing. Her Mamaw, Meemaw, and Aunts!
Firsts This Month: First trip to the NC State Fair (she had a ball—see pics below). She also had to take her first antibiotic for an ear infection this month. It wasn’t anything too serious, but she woke up crying from her nap one day saying, “ear hurts”, so we took her in, and sure enough, she had a little infection. She has also had her first “real” (as in, lasted for more than a day) cold(s) since she started preschool. I knew it would happen with all of the germs around, but luckily she has been a trooper through it all.
Nicknames: Ma’am, Little Miss, Haddles, Jenks, Miss Jenks, Jenkins, Jenkers, Stinkins, Stinks, H, Sweet Pea, Sweet Cheeks, Beautiful, Hadley McGee, Sugar, Shug, Honey Bunny, Missy, Shorty (by Pop), Darlin, etc. etc. etc.!
What I’m Thankful For: Our parents for coming up to our house so many times this fall to watch H so that we can go to the State football games. They all live 2+ hours away, so it’s not exactly a quick trip for them to be here, but they have all
begged volunteered to do it and H LOVES having them here… and we could not appreciate it more!
What I’m Looking Forward To: The holidays. For selfish reasons (the food…hello, I’m pregnant), Thanksgiving, but I am most excited for H’s birthday and Christmas this year since she is a little older and will “get it” all more than she did last year. I am really looking forward to spending the time with family and for continuing traditions and making new ones with our little family.
Next Pediatrician Appointment: January 2nd for her 2 year checkup.
Highlights/photos From This Month:
As usual, there are a TON. We have had some fun times this month! I’ll give some commentary through them so that you know what we were doing. :)
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed, and with some fantastic bedhead ;)
H learns to take selfies…
Facetiming with Daddy one night that he had to work late and wouldn’t be home before she went to bed. She fed him animal crackers and gave him kisses. :)
Bath time=favorite. Also “going night night” in the tub…one of her favorite things to pretend.
Another favorite thing to do, wearing Mommy’s shoes!
Wearing her favorite accessories at brunch…and keeping herself entertained!
Drinking from her new favorite cup from Nikki
Current favorite outside activity—sidewalk chalk
Floating in the tub
New circus tent from Mamaw and Papaw—she LOVES it (and so does Ralph)!
Jon’s mom got suite tickets through her work to see Disney On Ice the beginning of October. I wasn’t sure what H would think since she didn’t know who any of the characters were…but she LOVED it. Her favorite part by far was when the Toy Story pig skated out… she squealed, clapped and wouldn’t stop giggling. Jon’s parents also bought her a stuffed Little Mermaid doll there and H and the doll have been inseparable since that day.
My sister-in-law Kelley started homeschooling their kids this year, and we were lucky enough to get to tag along on one of the kids’ field trips to the zoo— we all had a GREAT time! H was so excited to spend the day with Mary (and the boys, too—especially Hayden, who is SO GOOD with her!) and had a ball. I will spare you from most of the animal pics since I posted so many of those the last time we went to the zoo. :)
More sidewalk chalk drawing. Except instead of the sidewalk or driveway, she prefers to draw just inside the garage where the rain can’t wash away her masterpieces. ;)
Oh, just some naked reading by the fire before bedtime… hahaha
Jon’s Uncle Heith and Karen hosted a Halloween/pumpkin carving party a couple weekends before Halloween, and luckily our schedules worked out so we could go! H wore her costume for the first extended period of time, and to my surprise, she did great in it— she loved it and kept mooing at all of the cows. They had the perfect setup there for a mini-photo shoot with the hay bales and the cows in the background…and then later with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, but H was NOT feeling cooperative at all. I still got some cute shots, but she wasn’t feeling smiley. ;)
Do you think she is trying to tell me that she is over my picture taking?!
Since pumpkin carving was obviously out of the question for H (a toddler and knives…no thanks), we picked up some cute stickers for her to decorate her little pumpkin with…and they were a huge hit.
Then it was the adults’ turn to decorate…and I even participated even though I have no artistic ability! Disclaimer: Jon did the “dirty work” aka the cleaning out of the pumpkin for me. The smell of that made me want to barf.
My pumpkin! I got the idea from googling “pregnancy pumpkin” (lol), but I did at least free hand it!
Glow bracelets and necklaces— H’s favorite part of the night.
The next day, we continued the pumpkin/Halloween festivities by meeting up with the Baums at Phillips Farms in Cary. Sarah told a lot about the farm itself in this post on her blog, so check that out if you want to know what all they had there… we loved it and it is definitely going to go on the “do again” list for next year!
Disclaimer: it kills the photographer in me to even post some of these pics, because we were there at the brightest part of the day and well, there’s just not much you can do with bad lighting. Just know that I am aware and please pay attention to the content of the pics and not the technical aspects (saying that more for myself than to anyway of you…hehe). ;)
We started off with the huge slide, which I wasn’t sure how H would handle since she had to go down by herself, but she loved it…twice. :)
Love this family so much!
H was not feeling cooperative for photos AT ALL this day. Maybe it is because we had to wake her up early to leave Concord to get back to meet at the pumpkin patch, or maybe it was just her being a diva.
Lilly loved picking up the pumpkins and finally picked the perfect one. :)
H liked looking at the pumpkins for about 2 seconds…
And then she noticed that there were tons of planes in the sky (we were close to the airport), and that is all she cared about. Planes are much cooler than pumpkins to her, I suppose. Can’t say I blame her, but she did ruin a good photo op. ;)
Ugh. If I had the money or the means, I would develop a maternity clothing line for that “in between” stage where your regular clothes are getting to short/tight but maternity clothes are too big. The following pic is an example of the maternity shirt being too big and it turn making it look like I just had gastric bypass surgery or something rather than like I’m pregnant. ANYWAY.
Lilly posed so sweet in her little bunch of pumpkins! :)
Besties x 2. Actually x 3 if you count the baby boys. Can’t wait to make more of these memories with all four of the kiddos!
As good of a family portrait as we were going to get with H being uncooperative. I’ll take it.
We found some tetherball areas set up and H LOVED it. She caught on to the point of it pretty fast and had a ball hitting the ball around.
Next was the corn pit… basically a giant sandbox but with corn. Whoever thought of this idea—a giant box filled with corn + cups + spoons +kids—is a genius. I need one of these at our house.
We headed over to the giant bouncy pillow thing…H wasn’t comfortable running out on it with the big kids by herself, but Lilly was, and she had a BLAST…it was soooo cute!
H felt ok about going out to jump with Daddy, and L had fun with her Daddy, too. Have I mentioned lately that these two are the best Dads ever?
The Baums headed out to go get Lilly down for her nap, but we decided to stay to check out the stuff we hadn’t seen yet…starting with feeding the goats. H was “baaaaa”-ing at them and loved them.
What is it about these giant boards with holes cut out for your head that make me feel like we HAVE to take pictures in them? H was definitely a fan, too.
We didn’t have anyone there to take a family pic in the next one, so H decided to test out all three of the openings… ;)
Finally, there were two big John Deere tractors there, which H saw and squealed “drive tractor!!”. Her Great-Grandpa Kluttz would be so proud.
Did I mention that H and her mermaid have been inseparable since Disney on Ice? Proof:
Jon took off work early one day so that we could go to the NC State fair… best decision ever to go in the afternoon during the week, we missed most of the crowds and didn’t have to wait in any long lines, etc. H had a ball on the carousel and on the swings (twice) and we all enjoyed some delicious food and especially the pig/goat/duck races.
When we saw the darts game, we knew Jon had to do it. He’s ridiculously good at darts, and of course H wanted a new animal… ;)
We were both secretly thrilled when she said “wolf! wolf!” when we asked her which animal she wanted. ;)
I don’t think preggos are supposed to ride rides, and H technically wasn’t tall enough to ride ANY rides (even the kiddie ones), but none of the carnies questioned either of us and we both had a blast.
Her preferred mode of transportation is always on Daddy’s shoulders. Good thing we got that expensive stroller. ;)
Fair food=heaven for this preggo mama (and H enjoyed it, too!).
Pig/goat/duck races. So cute, and H cheered for them all!
After the races, we asked H what she wanted to do before we went home. Not surprisingly, she asked to do the swings again. This time, she went with Daddy. I could hear the giggles from both of them from the ground!
Last stop: frozen chocolate covered bananas. Maybe her favorite food of the night!
Man it feels good to be all caught up (with H’s update, anyway…still owe a 23 week update for baby boy, but that will have to wait until tomorrow). Too bad it’s only another 2ish weeks before it’s time for another update since I procrastinated for so long on this one!
Anyway. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. :) All for now!