Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Georgia is three and a half!

I haven't done an update on Georgia lately. She had a doctors appointment recently, and I was struck by how grown-up she has gotten over the last 4 or 5 months (since we had last been at the doctors together). She was a bit more obedient, able to sit still for longer periods of time. Her language skills have increased - she is able to explain herself and I am always shocked at her vocabulary and her ability for fast thinking and responding (sometimes in hilarious ways!)  She does have a few funny things she says - "buitar" instead of "guitar" and "butella" instead of nutella. Bessert is dessert.

We got this dress as a hand-me-down a few months ago. She is in love with is! 

Height: 44 inches - way above the 99% line  (the height of an average 5 1/2 year old girl). She has gone through a growth spurt this week and grown a full inch.  When we were in Colorado in the spring, we compared Georgia's height to my sister, Teresa. Teresa is tall - 5'10". Comparing a similar age of Georgia and Teresa (when they were both three), Georgia was a full inch taller than her.

Weight: 44 pounds - 95%

The last rainstorm we had in February

Clothing: wearing anything between 4T and a 6. She has a few odd pieces of clothing larger that fit - for example a size 7/8 dress that is just a tad big, but wearable. Most of the 4T stuff is too short, the 5s and 6s fit her well. I am starting to fill her closet with size 6s and 7s for this next year.

Shoes: 11 (almost in a size 12)
When Titus was a month or two old.... Georgia is a great big sister! 

Some sayings: 

This morning, Georgia woke up and said, "I prayed by myself last night!" She went on to say "I prayed for kids who have no families and no food and no purple beds" In case you don't know, she has a purple bed that she is very proud about. Obviously she feels bad for everyone else who does not have a purple bed.

While we were on our vacation, we asked if she wanted to wear shoes or go barefoot. She replied, "Barefoot. Like a bear!"
We don't get to go very often, but Georgia loves the beach

Georgia is fairly independent and can entertain herself and play by herself for a while. Of course, being the extrovert that she is, she really enjoys playing with other kids and being around other people. She enjoys going to the park, but only if there are other kids playing there. She cried this week when some girls told her they didn't want to play with her. She runs up to every kid she meets and asks, "do you want to play with me?" She gets really hurt when they say "no". I'm trying to teach her that she can just play, without having to ask every kid.

Her favorite color is purple. She loves eating macaroni and cheese (with hot-dogs, or course). She is not adventurous when it comes to choosing ice cream flavors. She will almost always eat vanilla, and sometimes will eat birthday cake flavor or mint and chip. She loves playing pretend and almost always pretends princess. She wants to be Rapunzel, Elsa or Auna, or Cinderella. She loves the movie Frozen (along with every other preschooler). She has most of the songs memorized and will sing them over and over, knowing almost every word. She has been watching Doc McStuffins, a TV show about a little girl who pretends she is a doctor and "fixes" all her stuffed animals. Georgia loves playing pretend and fixes up all her animals and toys with bandaids.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Titus is 9 months

So we have a 9 month old in our house. This month proved a bit difficult for us since we had a vacation to Wisconsin, almost 2 weeks of an ear infection and some teething. Poor Titus was pretty miserable for a while.
After eating refried beans

Height: 28 inches
Weight: 18.5 pounds
Shoe size: 3
Diaper size: 3
Teeth: still at 6, still can see two additional teeth still under the skin

Sleeping: This has been our biggest challenge this month. Due to his ear infection (poor guy), he refused to sleep laying down. Well, he refused to fall asleep while laying down. Once he was out, I was able to set him in his crib and he would sleep relatively well. But, for two-three weeks, I had to put him into the ergo and carry him around while he fell asleep. As cute as it was, it was getting a bit tedious and painful, especially for his older sibling who may have felt a bit neglected. The last couple days we have had a more painful time trying to re-teach Titus to fall asleep on his own in his crib. Hopefully it is a short-lived period in our life and will bring in a new era of easy baby.
The scratch down his face is an accidental meeting with a chicken claw. It was gone after a couple days. 

Nursing: still going great! I love this time with my babies. He nurses about 4 times throughout the day and then 2 times at night.
He is practicing walking! Getting so very close

Activity: Well, because of his ear infection during the first half of the month, his balance was quite off. He was falling a lot, and kept hitting his head - even while crawling, poor thing. Anyways, he had two weeks of inactivity because of this. He is just about ready to walk. I thought for sure he would be walking by 9 months. (Georgia was taking her first steps a week before her ninth month). We'll see if he takes any steps in the next couple of days. He is starting to babble and started saying "da-da-da-da" our last day in Wisconsin. Now he makes a few consonant sounds.
Fun in the airport while traveling

Favorites: He loves eating paper. Toilet paper, newspaper, junk mail, napkins, whatever he can find to eat. He loves playing piano. He will play Georgia's little toy pianos multiple times each day. I am shocked at how long he will play it - often a couple minutes at a time - a great amount of concentration for such a young boy. He does love classical music. When he is trying to sleep (especially during his ear infection days), I would play classical music for him. He instantly calms down. He likes books, balls and cars. He will run cars along the floor, pushing them while he crawls. He likes our push toys that we have, and will walk along while pushing something (often with one hand!).
Meeting Great-Grandpa Brinsko

update 8/8 - while waiting for myself to finish editing pictures (I am so behind right now!) to add into the blog, Titus had a dr. appointment today. He was almost 19 pounds (with clothes on) and 29 inches. The doctor remarked about how advanced he was, and how he is very very active for his age. Titus was crawling, walking, talking and climbing all over the room. We love him so much and are so thankful for his addition to our family!