Saturday, February 21, 2009

For Goma!

Sorry we're so late Goma! Your girls made you some Birthday cookies, but we'll have to make you more because we've almost eaten then all!

Here is your Birthday song!

And here is your Birthday dance!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Helene Marie Update...

Helene Marie is now 2 weeks old. We broke out the baby scale for the first time this morning and she's exactly 1 lb over her birth weight (she's 7 lbs 4oz). She's a great eater (just like her big sister) and starting to be a better sleeper (just like her big sister). We're hoping to take her announcement photos this weekend, so hang in there!

Her first week was spent going to the doctors office everyday, followed by a trip to the lab to get her jaundice levels checked. It was a bit extreme in my opinion, but her doctor wanted to keep a very close eye on her. She's perfectly-perfect now and starting to adjust to life outside the womb.

In fact, I think she's adjusting faster than we are. Going from 1 child to 2 children has been more difficult than we imagined. With Brixie Lee, it took me a couple of months to accept that going anywhere with a kid takes 3 times longer than going it alone. Now I'm starting to accept that it's going to take 10 time longer with 2 kids than with 1. I think that's one of the hardest things for me because I'm a go-go-go kinda girl.

Today Don took his girls shopping and we made it out the door by 9:30am! We started getting ready at 6:30am. And to think, Jerry used to say it was ridiculous when it took me and hour and a half to get just myself ready for high school. This morning all I got to do to myself was brush my teeth, pull my hair back and get dressed! Actually... that's all I do most days!

If you want to see all the pics from Helene's 2 Week photo shoot, check out Don's Gallery.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Brixie Lee Update...

Today Brixie Lee had her 2 year appointment with Dr. Warren and he was extremely pleased with her growth and development. She came in at 29 lbs (75th percentile) and 34 inches (50th percentile). He asked if she could string at least 2 words together. We smiled at each other and said yes. She blew us away back in November when her and I were in Bakersfield. I was talking to Don on the phone (he was here in Chino Hills) and she said, "Goma and Papaw live far, far away from Mommy and Daddy." That would be 11 words! The girl talks my ear off EVERYDAY! She also has numerous songs memorized and loves to sing them to me all day long.

She can count up to 20 and down from 10 (I think that came from Stroller Strides because we count down all the time). She knows all her letters, except lower case b, d, and p get a little mixed up. For her birthday the Rimer Gang gave her the Leap Frog alphabet DVD, so now she knows what sound each letter makes. That is an awesome DVD! Thank you Rimers!

So far she has been a great big sister to Helene. She loves to hold her (for 2 seconds max) and gives her lots of kisses on her head and toes. She even shares her toys, but that may change once Helene can actually play with them. The only negative action toward Helene was actually done in her room when we were not there. We have a video monitor in her room and it was on while she was playing with her doll house. There is a "baby" in the doll house and she was holding it saying, "Baaaaby Siiiiister." Then she would throw it across the room. That went on and on for about 5 minutes. I don't think I'll be having her babysit anytime soon :-)
Our baby girl is growing up so fast. She makes us so incredibly happy and we are so proud of her. We love you Brixie Lee!