Tuesday, December 30, 2008

4 month milestone

Price slept thru the night for the first time last night, on his four month birthday! Nathan and I had decided the night before that we were going to let him "cry it out". It sounds so cruel I know, but after taking him to the doctor last week and discovering he weighs a whopping 18.2 pounds, I figured he could miss a meal! Nathan kept the monitor by his side of the bed so I would not have to endure listening to him cry. I know I would have caved in. Seriously, all he has to do is flash his little grin and I am putty in his hands!
So the night before last didn't go so well and when he woke up that morning I promise he would not even look at me! Usually when I get him from his bed he is all smiles but it seems he was holding a grudge. We all-together stopped swaddling too (seems they don't really make swaddling blankets for 18-pounders) so poor guy didn't know what had hit him. Nathan without me knowing called his doctor later that day just to make sure we weren't doing something that would scar him for life. The nurse assured him he was perfectly capable of making it thru the night without being fed, so we attempted it again. I dreaded last night afraid that it would be a repeat, but he did it! He slept from about 7:30pm to 7:15 am!
Let's just pray that it was not a coincidence and that this becomes the new routine. Mom and dad are SO ready!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Loving Christmas time

We had a whirlwind Christmas this year - first in Wichita, then back to Houston for Christmas with my family, and then off to Dallas for Christmas with Nathan's family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful families - I am always sad this time of year for people who do not have family to visit or be with during the holidays.
I enjoyed Christmas this year with Ellery so much. She is at such a fun age and although she didn't understand everything, she was excited and curious. She really got into singing Christmas tunes and watching Christmas movies. I think the one big lesson though that I learned was that my 2 1/2 year old would have been perfectly happy with a new baby doll and markers. Nathan and I even commented that we could have stopped at the stocking stuffers and she would have been pleased!
We opened gifts as a family on Christmas morning and then headed over to my parents' house to be with them and Paige and Taylor. My mom always goes over the top and this year that included matching pajamas for the girls. We had such a good time! Paige and Taylor bought Ellery a new jewelry box with a twirling ballerina that was a hit. Paige and I watched the Duggar family marathon on t.v. while the kids were napping.
Our big gift to Ellery this year was a Power Wheels car - a pink Barbie escalade! We (more like I) was so excited about this gift. I decided about a month ago that we would get this for her after seeing a friend's little girls enjoying theirs so much. I looked around online and finally came across the pink one I was wanting. The only problem was that shipping cost half as much as the car itself. There was no way I was going to pay an outrageous shipping cost, so I kept searching and finally came across it at a Toys R Us in Humble. I was so excited too, because now I had concluded that this was THE popular gift of the year and I had found it! Tiffany and I drove out to Humble with Price and Emery while the dads occupied the "big" girls. What a sweet friend to make the trip, only to discover that it would not fit into her SUV. We were bummed but chalked it up to a fun girls trip. We decided to have the store assemble the escalade and Nathan and I would come back for it on a day we didn't have any carseats in the car - so date night to Toys R Us in Humble it was! So romantic - it even included a drive thru Taco Cabana.
Okay so here we are done with opening all of our gifts and headed out to the back of the house to surprise Ellery with the car. We have all cameras in place. She seems super excited at first and hops right into the car, only to push the pedal down and burst into tears. That was it for the escalade - she didn't want to have anything else to do with it. Nathan and I rode around in it on our own a couple of times and my mom mentioned she might could use it to run to Randalls, but other than that it is going to collect dust...hopefully only until she is a little bit older and decides that she isn't scared of how "fast" it goes. Lesson learned.
We just got home tonight from Christmas in Arlington with Nathan's side of the family. Ellery (and Price) seemed to have a wonderful time, getting spoiled some more. Here are some pictures from the past week:

Price was just taking it all in this year

A new double stroller - a mommy of two must have!

a new Snow White dress up set from Lulu and Poppy

This is before she pushed down the pedal

Loving on her new baby doll from Aunt Mere

And a doll house from Bebe and Pops...and yes, she wants to dress like Snow White everyday, all day

Monday, December 22, 2008

A cold weekend

We spent the weekend in Wichita, Kansas visiting my dad's side of the family. We always enjoy catching up with our relatives. My cousins Jill and Jeana are about the same ages as my sister and I so we have always had a great time being together. There was a lot of playing store and rehearsing for the annual Christmas show. Good times.

Unfortunately my family was sick the entire time. It all started with Ellery and by the end of the trip it had managed to spread to Price, Nathan, and I. I am sure it is just a cold but we want to be WELL for Christmas! It is Price's first illness. He is such a sweet boy though even in the midst of not feeling up to par. He still smiled and seemed to enjoy his first plane ride and visit to Kansas. The high one day was 8 degrees! BRRRRR

I didn't feel that well to take pictures or video and am regretting it big time now. Here are a few that I did manage to take.

Mema and Price

And because Jill was looking out for me, she took a few for me as well. Here is Ellery and new member of the family, Harper, who is about 3 1/2 months older than Price.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tagged - 8 Things About Me

My friend Amanda tagged me for this little 8 things about me blog. So here it goes:

8 TV shows I watch (oh geez...I am embarrassed to admit these...please don't judge):
1. The Hills
2. Jon and Kate plus 8
3. America's Next Top Model
4. The Office
5. Top Chef
6. Project Runway
7. The Bachelor
8. lots of ESPN classic football games with my hubby

I must add that I probably watch one of these shows a week. They are not all on the same seasons. No time.

8 Favorite Restaurants (in no particular order):
1. Southwells (best veggie burger, hands down)
2. Escalantes (or any Mexican really)
3. Freebirds
4. P.F. Changs
5. Sushi King
6. Barry's Pizza/ Star Pizza
7. Maggianos - only because that is where we always end up when my sister Paige is in town
8. any place that involves food and conversation with my husband (last night it was chicken nuggets and fish sticks just the two of us at our kitchen table...romantic)

8 Things that Happened to Me Today:
1. Starting at 3:30 am - Price woke up for his middle of the night feeding
2. Went to Ellery's school to watch her Christmas program - she was a sheep and did such a great job!
3. Didn't get any pics because someone forgot to put the recharged battery back into the camera
4. But Nathan did video tape it (he redeemed himself)
5. Celebrated Jesus' birthday at E's school with cake and milk
6. Went to lunch at Fuzzy's with my mom, Ellery, and Pricey
7. Got both kids down at the same time for a nap...hooray!
8. Went to decorate cookies and have a gift exchange at Courtney's house with her sweet girls and Tiffany's sweet girls. Price was way outnumbered.

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Flying to Wichita, Kansas this weekend to see relatives
2. Possibly getting to play in the snow with Ellery while we are there
3. Christmas with my family here (Paige and Taylor being in town)
4. Christmas with Nathan's family in Arlington
5. Price sleeping through the night
6. Ellery being potty-trained (we made a potty chart yesterday!)
7. Seeing my grandmother again
8. My mom's birthday tomorrow!!

8 Things I Wish For:
1. That my mom has a very happy birthday tomorrow
2. Paige to find the perfect job
3. That the weather would just stay the same for at least 3 days here....preferably cooler so we can really feel like it's Christmas-time
4. Health for my babies
5. That my jeans would fit exactly the way they did pre-pregnancy
6. That cookies and broccoli would switch places nutritionally
7. My dog to stop marking his territory on our rugs
8. For peace on earth :)

8 People I Tag:

At first I tagged 8 people but I would love for anyone who reads this blog to participate!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Girly things

Lots of girly things going on at our house the past couple of days:

Price is being forced to hold various princesses - doesn't he look thrilled?

And Ellery is pumping some milk for her baby doll :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus

I was finishing up my Christmas gift shopping on the internet this afternoon and I hear Ellery singing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" over the monitor. Now isn't that what this Christmas season is all about? Thank you my little 2 1/2 year old girl for keeping it real!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Pictures with Santa

Pictures this year went much better than last. Ellery seemed to like Santa except for his glasses. Girl has a thing for glasses - asks everyone to take them off.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's okay to be different

Thank you everyone for the sweet words and for thinking and praying for my family. The past couple of days have been hard, but today we can move forward knowing our Nanny is far better off than any of us here on this earth. We have so many wonderful memories of her that will last forever. I thought of her so many times today as I watched Ellery proudly wear Nanny's fun jewelry around the house and as I baked some Christmas goodies this evening.

So last night I was so excited to gather up the family on the couch and watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I love how there are family Christmas movies that air on the television throughout the month of December. This year Ellery is really starting to get excited about Christmas although she keeps saying that she wants a bigger Christmas tree like Lulu and Poppy's. Sorry dear, the little Montana Slim is going to have to do.
Anyways, she sat through the movie and was very interested in the classic tale about Rudolph and his misfit red-nose. At one point Nathan and I thought we might have to turn it off because we looked over at her and her bottom lip was out and tears trickling down her face. She kept saying, "Rudolph has a red nose." It was really upsetting to her, obviously. We finally got it through to her that the red nose ended up being a good thing because Rudolph could help guide Santa's sleigh, and that it's okay to be different.
As Nathan says, she's so drama. But we love our little drama mama.
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