December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

This year is a first for us because we stayed home on Christmas Eve and didn't visit any extended family. While we certainly missed seeing family and it was an adjustment to be on our own, it was nice to have a relaxing day to ourselves and I know it will be nice to be in our own home on Christmas morning.

We had a low key day and then went to the family service at church this afternoon. On the way in to church Lila yelled, "Daddy, hurry up! We're going to a birthday party for Jesus!". And they did, in fact, have the kids sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and had a birthday cake. Lila loved it! Cara slept through church and Lila was very well behaved. Ian sang one song with the middle schoolers and did a great job.

After church we had dinner and everyone got to open one present--new pjs to wear tonight. Unfortunately, Cara took a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time to go down tonight so our evening was not quite as cozy and relaxing as I'd hoped. But...

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born
Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas is Coming

I am copying from Beth again this year and chronicling the girls' Christmas outfits. Lila also had a reindeer sweater dress that she wore on Sunday, but the cow costume covered it so I didn't get a picture of it. Cara had a third Christmas onesie, but she is quite a spitter and that outfit didn't last long on Monday.

Cara in a Christmas tree onesie on Tuesday.
It's a little hard to see, but Cara's onesie has a stocking on it and Lila's shirt says Good Things Come in Small Packages.

Lila in her Snow Angel outfit.

Lila in her gingerbread shirt and Cara in a My First Christmas romper.

December 21, 2009

Girls Night Out

Lila and I had a girls night out tonight to go see The Princess and the Frog. It was Lila's first movie and she loved it. She was wide eyed the entire time and was very well behaved. She loved the big girl experience of sitting in a theater seat, eating popcorn and drinking lemonade. About 10 minutes before the movie was over she leaned over to me and whispered, "I love you." Made my night!!
The movie was VERY cute. I recommend it even if you aren't taking a 2 year old along with you, especially if you're a Disney fan because there were lots of nods to other movies within this one.

December 20, 2009

Christmas Pageant

Today was our church's Christmas pageant. Lila and the other two year olds were stable animals. Ian sang two songs with the middle schoolers. Both kids did a great job!

Lila was a cow and she was SO excited!

And, the stable animals had the best part because they got to eat animal crackers through the ENTIRE pageant.

Ian singing the first song.

Lila in the pageant, but mostly eating animal crackers.

Ian singing "What Child Is This"

We decided just to put a little excerpt on the blog, but let us know if you're interested in seeing more!

December 19, 2009

Some Funnies

Lila is at the stage where she talks ALL.THE.TIME about whatever she's thinking or doing. While it can be draining, it is very entertaining to be inside the mind of a 2 year old. Some highlights:

My friends Shannon and Emily came over to visit on Thursday night and Lila walked up to Shannon and said, "Oh, I LOVE your ring!".

Cara was crying and Lila said to me, "Mommy, Cara is crying. What are you doing to her?"

Yesterday she told me, "I found a little piece of cookie in my highchair from yesterday. I know it's gross but I ate it anyway." (My house is clean, I swear!)

**Disclaimer: I find bathroom/potty talk hilarious, if you don't you won't think this next one is funny.** Lila said, "I have a little bottom so I need to use my little potty seat. Nana has a big bottom so she uses the big potty. Mommy has a big bottom so she uses the big potty too. Daddy has a big bottom and uses the big potty seat, but only when he goes poopy. When he goes pee pee he squeezes his bottom and pee pee comes out."

December 14, 2009

First Real Bath

Cara's umbilical cord FINALLY fell off today and she got to take a real bath. Way more fun than a sponge bath!

December 10, 2009

One Month Old

Cara Grace is one month old today!

December 7, 2009


Cara was laying on her blanket this afternoon so Lila put her Bitty Baby down next to her. Then, Lila decided to lay down too. So cute!

Lila loves her little sister!


We got some snow last night and as soon as Lila saw it this morning she wanted to go play in it. I convinced her to wait until after nap, but by that time a lot of it had melted. She had fun though.

Very excited about the snow!

But once she got out there she wasn't sure what to do, she kept looking at me and shrugging her shoulders.

Tummy Time

Cara doing Tummy Time.

Isn't her little bottom cute?

December 6, 2009

A Visit with Santa

We took the girls to go see Santa yesterday. Thankfully, it went much better than last year. Lila took a few minutes to warm up to Santa, but once she did she was happy to stand by him and have her picture taken. She told Santa that she wanted toys and a Thomas Train that she can ride for Christmas!

Santa and baby Cara

Santa with both girls

Christmas Card Outtakes

I attempted to take pictures of Lila for our Christmas card, but unfortunately I didn't get any that were card-worthy. Mainly, because Lila only wanted to stand by the tree if she could pose next to the Mike Wazowski ornament.

Lila and Mike
After I gave up on taking pictures, Lila carried Mike around with her all day and even took a nap with him. It was just like being in the movie because she kept saying "Mike Wazowski!" over and over.

November 28, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lila and Cara on Thanksgiving

Chris and I with Lila and Cara before Thanksgiving dinner. Ian spent the day with his dad this year.

Cara and her BFF

You may remember that Jaline and I were pregnant at the same time and due just two weeks apart. Well, Jaline delivered beautiful Lola on October 28, making her 13 days older than Cara. The destined to be best friends met for the first time on Wednesday. Lola slept through most of their meeting, but Cara made sure to seal their friendship by spitting up on Lola's sleeve.

November 24, 2009

Oh my goodness!

Lila has started saying, "oh my goodness", but if anyone else tries to say it she tells them, "No. It is MY goodness." She will allow others to say "oh my gosh" though.

Today, Cara was wearing this outfit with the kitten on the bib and there is also a kitten on each bootie. Lila was holding Cara after she got dressed this morning and checking out her outfit. Then she said, "Oh my goodness I love your kitty socks. Oh my goodness I love your kitty bib." Then she picked up each of Cara's feet and said, "Niiiiiiiiiiice."

I was cracking up!

November 21, 2009

Week In Review

We have enjoyed our first week at home as a family of 5. Cara has been such an easy going baby and has fit right in to our busy house!

Cara's first bath at home.

Lila reading stories to baby Cara.

Lila LOVED matching her little sister. I think I am going to have to invest in more matching outfits and hats because it motivates Lila to behave. :)

Mom was here helping all week and Dad came up for a couple of days with Snickers. Lila was THRILLED to see Snickers. I think Snickers wanted to go home!

November 14, 2009

Big Brother Ian

On Tuesday, when Ian came to visit us at the hospital he wasn't all that excited about being a big brother again. He said he already was a big brother and he already had a little sister so Cara being born was no big deal. However, he did open his big brother present-- a hot sauce gift basket.

He came back to visit on Thursday and while I wouldn't say he was excited, he was at least willing to hold Cara long enough to have his picture taken.

November 13, 2009

Newborn Pictures

Cara had pictures taken at the hospital today before we left. To see them click here. The visitor password is 41731282165483. Enjoy!

Coming Home

We got to bring Cara home from the hospital today!

First, Chris gave her a bath.

4 days old (Stay tuned for monthly pictures next to the monkey.)

Dressed in her coming home outfit.

Bundled up and ready to go!

Big Sister Lila

Lila is a great big sister already! She came with my mom to the hospital a few hours after Cara was born. At first she was a little apprehensive, but after about 15 min and a juice from the birthing center's snack room she warmed up to the idea of being a big sister and was ready to hold Cara.
She told us that Cara was very tiny and sweet. Then she gave her kisses and petted her arm and tummy. She loved coming to the hospital to visit us and would run into the room saying "I want to hold Cara!"
She is still figuring out what babies can and can't do. Cara pooped one day while Lila was visiting and while Chris was changing her he said, "Cara, I didn't know you had pooped!" and so Lila said, "Cara, you have to tell somebody when you have to go poopy!". Another time, Lila was holding Cara and Chris told her that they needed to give Cara to me so I could feed her. Lila said, "I have Cheerios and milk. I will feed her!"

Lila holding Cara for the first time.

Opening her big sister present, an American Girl Bitty Baby.

Giving her new baby a hug.

(Ian did not hold Cara on Tuesday, but he did come visit and hold her last night. The pictures are on Mom's camera, but I should have them to upload later today.

Cara Grace is here!

Cara Grace was born on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:37 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Everything went great and according to plan. My c-section got pushed back about a half an hour due to an emergency c-section that needed to go ahead of us, but otherwise everything went smoothly.

I was shocked at how small she was because I was convinced I was having a 9 lb baby. When the nurse came back into the Operating Room to tell me Cara's stats I said, "Are you sure?". haha

We are all doing great and couldn't be happier with the new addition!

Finding out her birth weight.

Mommy and Cara

Getting her first bath. Doesn't she look like she's at the beauty salon?

Daddy and Cara