So we also went over to visit my grandmother at her new apartment on Sunday. Belle has on high waters :)
Last weekend we came up with a few family fun activities now that Todd is officially off every weekend, so excited we can do more around Dallas! We ate dinner at Mariano's which is an awesome kid friendly place complete with tortilla makers for kids to watch, saddles to sit on in the waiting area, tons of kids running around and mechanical horses to ride outside! Of course it's also a great place for parents too since they invented the first margarita machine :)
Then we headed to Jump Street on Sunday morning right when they opened at 11am so we were the only ones there at first (which is a good thing because we are working on getting Luna to not be afraid of the trampolines and she gets scared if there are too many kids). It's a huge trampoline place and has an area just for kids under 7 with a bounce house and 3 trampolines. Unfortunately all of the pics and video I took were wiped out when I synced my new iphone, darn! So I have just 1 picture from Todd's phone :( I need to carry my real camera more often I think!
And then this past weekend we took it easy with the rain and stayed indoors, minus a trip to the Co-Op on Saturday. It was nice to relax and not have to be anywhere. PLUS, it is sooo strange to have both of my parents out of the country for 2 full weeks! My dad is on a river cruise down the Rhine with my step mom in Germany and my mom is in Paris with my step dad and they are also going to drive to Spain for some cross country stuff. Going to Europe seems so far off now, but so glad Todd and I went before we had Luna! And while I was at my MOPS on Friday, my mom volunteered to babysit the girls before she left on her trip. She has already texted me from Europe via Whatsap to let me know she misses them.
So we also went over to visit my grandmother at her new apartment on Sunday. Belle has on high waters :)
We also made it out to dinner with Todd's cousin Jeff and Angie and their 3 kids on Sunday night, but before we went Luna busted out my old tricycle! So cute and hate that it's so rusted, but she loved it!
Belle turned 4 months on September 23rd! It has FLOWN by, and I know the newborn stage is tough and you sometimes want to rush it to get to where they are sleeping better and not as fussy, it's still crazy how time has flown.
Here are a few things that she is doing now:
- Her hair is still so cute and red
-Laughing and giggling and the best part is when her big sister Luna makes her laugh. It's hysterical and sooo cute!
-She is now liking tummy time and reaches and grasps for objects on her play gym, and holds onto her feet
-Has rolled over a few times from tummy to back
-She still is being breastfed exclusively, so no solids yet
-Sleep used to be great. I guess that was the only good thing I could report when she was colic as she slept 8 hours a night. But now, she wakes up about 2 times and then has been waking up early! Like 4:30am early. We put her down at night around 7:00pm and are working on getting her to bed earlier so she will sleep later. I guess newborns go in waves with growth spurts and stages.
Her pediatrician, Dr. Deuber said she is doing great! I complained that her sleep isn't so great now and Dr. Deuber said that Belle is a very alert baby and that she will grow up to be smart and that she doesn't tell that to all of her babies :) Well, still, that means I have had 2 alert and fussy babies, what happened to second borns being easier? Oh well, my babies have still been the cutest things ever!!!
As for her stats, she is growing well, but her weight is a little on the small side and hasn't grown much. We are watching for acid reflux and will try to nurse more frequently even though I was nursing every 2-3 hours during the day already.
Weight: 13.4 lbs
Height: 24.75 in
Head: 40.25 cm
We headed to the Arboretum on Friday, the first Arboretum day of the season before the big pumpkin festival opens. It was such a nice day and we have missed going to the Arboretum! Our friends Bao and Tinsley met us as well as my mom and we also met up with Luna's friends Alex and Sam and their mommy and grandma!
Hand Holding, so cute!!
Today a few of us new mommies ventured to Northpark mall so our toddlers could have some fun while we tried to survive with our babies. It started off pretty well with the kids, Luna, Jack and Ella Grace having fun at the duck pond. Then we walked around the mall and the kids had fun holding hands and looking at the water fountains.
Next on the plan was lunch. And while we waiting in line at Chick Fil A, I asked them if it was even worth it to order my own meal because we all knew none of us moms would be able to eat. But we decided to try anyway. So we sat down with our cranky hungry toddlers and crying babies. None of us were really able to eat our food, so we took a few bites and then packed it up.
And then what about summed up our day was when Ella Grace spilled Jenny's soda while Heather was nursing her baby Isla and Jenny was trying to clean it up while holding William in her Ergo carrier, and I was swinging Belle in her car seat carrier to get her to fall asleep. I just started laughing at the madness and took a picture. It was hilarious! One of those things we will definitely look back and laugh. In fact, today at my MOPS meeting, we were discussing life before kids and how we had so much free time, could go out to eat and actually eat, (and go to movies, go to the gym, etc.), remember those days when you had a free Sunday and could lounge on the sofa and watch TV and take a nap?
A day in the life with toddlers and newborns! Spilled soda, nursing mommy and baby wearing all at once!
Belle has just started to really laugh and giggle! It is so cute to hear and watch, and the other day I was feeding Luna while holding Belle, and Belle was loving watching Luna make silly faces!
This video below was the first one I shot last week when I first heard her laugh, excuse my annoying babytalk :)
This weekend we went to the Lake Highlands Early Childhood PTA kick off party complete with train rides, bounce houses, and musician Eddie Coker performing live! Luna rode the train with her daddy and enjoyed seeing all of her friends. Have I mentioned how hard it's been to get a good picture of Luna lately? I can not for the life of me get her to smile, but I promise she is having fun and laughing all the time :) I can't get her to even look at the camera and when she does she is always pouting, I guess that's a 2 year old for you!
After naps we headed to our friends the Adams for an Alabama/Arkansas game watching party. Belle was modeling the 'house divided' outfits of Crimson Red and Longhorn booties.
But the game was such a blow out we all went to hang out by the pool instead. We couldn't drag Luna out of it when it was time to go home or their awesome playroom upstairs!
We headed out to the Lake Highlands Town Center on Sunday for the Splash festival. And we finally saw some dirt on the ground, so that means construction of the town center is FINALLY happening! Come on Taco Diner, HEB and Sushi Zushi- okay, maybe not but I wish! The Splash festival had music, tons of food trucks, bounce houses and pony rides. It was Luna's first pony ride!! She was all smiles and loved it! We also met up with her friend Clay and he rode on the pony behind her. The food trucks were super yummy and I ate at Good Karma, while Todd did the Nami truck.
Luna started her very first Ballet/Tap class on Wednesday! Ever since we went to Bao's daughter Ava's dance recital back in May, Luna has been obsessed with ballet. She watches 'So You Think You Can Dance' with me, and begs for me to show her 'ballet' clips I find on You Tube. So, I searched and searched for a ballet class that was for 2 year olds and wasn't a 'movement' class and finally found one at Studio B in Lakewood! She was soo looking forward to her first class and was super excited when we went shopping for her dance clothes and shoes.
My mom came with me to take her to her first class on Wednesday at 11:30. It's only for 30 minutes, and parents are NOT allowed to watch as it will disrupt class and make it impossible to learn (go figure!). It's hilarious to watch the girls walk in their classroom and then come out with their little bags all ready to go. We can't wait for the Parent Observation Day, and then they will have the Holiday Show and the May Recital.
Here are a few pics from the big day:
I can't believe my little girl started preschool this week ;( I know I will be saying this every year and especially when she gets to Kindergarten and First Grade. This is such a cute age now and I just want to hold onto it. These are the days I am so grateful I can stay home with my girls and be with them at this cherished age.
So a few days before her first day of school, we had Meet the Teacher at her new school, Greenland Hills Methodist. Her teacher is Mrs. Elke and is from Germany originally and has a degree in early childhood education. We love that her new school is so small and everyone knows each other and there are small class sizes. There are 9 kids in her class with 2 teachers and they will be meeting Tuesday/Thursdays from 9-12pm. And they do Kindermusik there, so we won't be doing it together anymore, sigh, but I know it's time for her to move away from the mommy and me stuff and become miss independent.
It's also amazing to me that just 2 years ago, I was going to the same Church for my La Leche Meetings with Luna. Who knew that she would also be going to school down the hall!
Her favorite so far in her new classroom is the rice sensory table and the cupcakes in the kitchen :)
Meet the Teacher Day
First Day of School! No tears, and she ran right into her room! (But of course wouldn't smile or look at the camera as usual, I promise you she does smile!)
Luna and her teacher Mrs. Elke
On Saturday, Luna's new school had a family playday at the playground from 10-12pm. We met a lot of the parents and kids and it was nice to have the dads there too. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Luna's new school? She runs right into her classroom, no tears, and hugs her teacher and never looks back. And I love how small it is and all of the teachers know Luna already and the director is there every morning and at pick up to greet us. And having only about 40 kids total (9 in her class with 2 teachers) and is way better than her MDO/Preschool last year of like 240 kids. It reminds me of my old small preschool.
As I digress, so on Saturday they had the water tables set up outside and were popping popcorn, and served lemonade and cookies while the kids played. Luna had a blast and didn't want to leave, go figure!
We started this blog about 'nothing' a couple of years ago, but now it has turned into a blog about our precious daughter Luna, born on May 13, 2010! And then we welcomed baby Belle, 2 years later on May 23rd, 2012.