Goodbye 2012! Here’s a snippet of our December in Instagram form:
On December 1st, I woke up from a full night’s sleep at my friend Katie’s house. Hayden Kate and I made a quick road trip to Cincinnati to attend a surprise party for her birthday. Hayden Kate did great in a new place and in the car. I was so happy to be able to be there for Katie, but the only way it could happen was if I toted my nursing babe along with me.
Once home, we started our Advent calendar activities with Analiese. One of the first ones was to pick out our Christmas tree. You can see she was pretty excited about it. And just to be clear, this expression and the pose are all her. I was trying to get her to smile (silly me), but this is clearly the picture that was meant to be taken. Analiese is a really funny girl. She has a quirky sense of humor at the age of (almost) 3. She makes us laugh daily. How do little people figure out how to be funny?
Hayden Kate’s 5 month photo shoot had great natural light that brought out her blue eyes in such a vivid way. Her darker baby hair continues to grow, but is quickly being out-shined by blonde locks like her sister.
She still likes to line everything up.
Typically, Analiese and I have an hour or two to spend together while Hayden Kate takes her morning nap. Sometimes, I use this time to shower and Analiese jumps at the opportunity to watch a quick show on the ipad on my bed. Lovie joins her. Lovie goes most places with Analiese, however, we have been working on leaving her in the car when we go out rather than dragging her through every store, play group and class room she frequents.
Sister loves to help. She’s especially interested in how much water Hayden Kate drinks every day. We introduced a bottle of water to accompany her solid foods. She did not know what she was doing for the first three weeks. She’s finally getting the hang of it, but often squirts water out of the side of her mouth with each sip.
One of our Advent activities was to make a paper tree. I did the cutting and Analiese glued the strips of paper down. I heavily assisted with the one we framed. :) There are a few others that did created on her own that didn’t really resemble a tree at all, but she loved being crafty with her mama.
Hayden Kate is sitting up on her own! Occasionally, she’ll topple over to one side or the other, but for the most part, she’s holding herself up and loves to play with toys that we place around her.
And because she can sit up, she can bathe with Analiese. Analiese LOVES this. Hayden Kate gets a little whiney when water gets splashed in her eyes, but Analiese usually offers the same comforting encouragement that her daddy does: “Blink it out, Hayden Kate!”
Baby leg warmers are just the cutest. I had forgotten about these since they were still in Analiese’s drawer. They still fit her, too, but this day at home called for leg accessories.
Of course, Analiese didn’t want to be left out, so she grabbed a pair for herself, too.
And a belt. There are some days where she is adamant about what she wants to wear. She received a dress that is very twirly for Christmas and she didn’t take it off for three days.
This was another craft from our Advent calendar. I had seen it floating around Pinterest and thought Analiese would have fun with it. She had been eyeing the pom poms for days and was so excited when I told her it was time to make something with them. And then I brought out the glue and she was in heaven. The pom poms are hand made in Poland. They took FOREVER to get here and then I had to sign for them, but of course, I wasn’t home. I kept moving the activity in the Advent tin to the next day hoping they would get here. And when they did we had sweet treats to make for our neighbors and mailman. So, I was so happy to finally make these lovely pinecone trees.
It snowed a few days before Christmas. It was just a light dusting, but as soon as she awoke, Analiese ran to get a stool to take a look for herself nonetheless.
This tea party was just the sweetest. Analiese’s friend, Margaux, came over for an hour or so and they played so well together. They said their “pleases” and “thank you’s” and I took lots of videos of them dancing.
This snow suit was in a bin of borrowed clothes from a friend (who also received them second hand). Isn’t this snow suit hilarious? She reminds me of a starfish. Or a Tellatubby.
Analiese got to go see a Christmas play at our church with Ross. It was late enough that I didn’t want to bring a sleepy and hungry Hayden Kate along, so we stayed back while they went on their daddy/daughter date. She felt so special to be with her daddy and to stay up late. Ross said she sang along with songs she knew.
Our neighbors are very sweet retired teachers who bring birthday and Christmas gifts to our girls every year. They were going to be alone on Christmas since their kids and grandkids are out of town, so we invited them over for dinner a few days before Christmas. I picked up this bottle of wine because I liked the label and it didn’t disappoint.
We spent Christmas Eve and the following four days in Indiana with Ross’s family. Ross’s dad heard through the Pinterest grapevine that I might like to try a peppermint white russian. I waited until the kids were in bed and he whipped one up for me. Crushed peppermint stick rim and all.
Playing in front of the fire is so warm and cozy. Hayden Kate really loves this new toy.
There was never a shortage of attention for Analiese at Gigi and Grandpa’s house.
Sleep, which had been fairly predictable for a few weeks, has been off during the day. This means that by the time I feed Hayden Kate before her bed time, she is exhausted and falls asleep in my arms. She’s so warm and soft.
Ross got an espresso machine for Christmas. We are both enjoying it. :)
We celebrated the new year with our friends Krysta and Dan. Much to Ross’s delight, there was a request to watch Step Up. And since we own all four of them, we watched the last dance scenes (after Ross gave a very intricate plot summary) to the first three and watched the entire final movie. It ended with just enough time to pour our glasses of sparkling Spanish wine and cheer to the new year. And then we got up 6 hours later because babies don’t sleep in.