Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy EIGHT and NINE months, John Collins!

The months are running together. Time is getting the best of me and I'm trying desperately to keep up. This little boy is growing up right before my eyes. He gets sweeter by the second, I swear. I tell no lies. I could eat him up in ONE BITE! And what is sweeter than a sleeping baby....absolutely nothing. So I have to document every chance I get. 
John Collins personality is a bit different than his sister's at this point. Very laid back, always smiling (unless hungry or sleepy, duh), goes with the flow, and LOVES being held and cuddled. He doesn't meet a stranger and is getting to be quite mobile! He got his two front teeth at 8 months. He is army crawling but not up on all fours yet. He is starting to really focus on me saying "mama" "dada" and "bye-bye." He kicks his legs really fast when he is happy and opens his mouth up in the biggest grin.  He loves scooting around in his walker and running into the cabinets. He thinks it is so funny. His favorite "toy" is cords to the vacuum cleaner and hair dryer (out of all the baby approved toys he has). He loves his sister and hardly takes his eyes off of her when she is in the room. He also loves his, Momma and the feeling is quite mutual. He sleeps 12 hours at night and is still taking two naps a day. 
He has more rolls than I can count and I am in love with them.  Caroline was always skinny minny so this chunk is quickly gaining lots of attention for his extra plumpness! We love calling him Big Daddy and Big John-John around here! 
Caroline informed me that "I colored John Coyins" and he didn't seem to mind one bit!
No surprise that big boy loves to eat! Anything, anywhere, anytime. He is ready to put down some food. 
Little boys in bubbles own me. 
Lunchin' at taco mama in a high chair for the first time! 
Nine months brought a trip to the doctor for our check-up. Happy, healthy and handsome were the doctors words and I couldn't agree more. Praising God for a good visit and for making me his momma! 
Just chilling in the waiting room with Daddy! 
He didn't cry once the whole visit. Not even when he got his finger pricked. So brave! 
75% for head circumference. 
75% for weight! 
75% for length at 26 inches 
 Oh John Collins, I am loving watching you grow but at the same time I wish you would stay little forever and ever! 

What's Up Doc?! Caroline's 2 Year Check Up

Caroline's two year old check up was not a fun one. No vaccinations, which was nice, but she was a sick girl with high fever.  These pictures of her are just pitiful but thanks to Dr. McCain, Caroline was feeling better in no time! 
She had been running high fever for several days and the culprit was a nasty ear infection. This was only her second ear infection ever so we are very thankful for that.  Her 2 year check up was scheduled later in the week so we decided to knock it all out at once since we were already there. Sweet girl was such a trooper! 
50% for weight at 26lb 11oz 
90% for height at 2'11" 
She wanted to measure her lovey like the nurse measured her :) 
My long "string bean" :) If you knew me in Jr High you know where she gets it from! 
The gloves provided quite the entertainment while we waited on test results.
At two years old Caroline is quite the chatter box. She is talking in two-three word sentences and will repeat ANYTHING you say to her. She is so very smart. Knows all her colors (and LOVES to go around telling you the colors of everything...that, that, that, that's a blue), sings her ABCs, counts to 10, recognizes her numbers, knows her basic shapes, and can sing several nursery rhymes (Johnny Johnny is our favorite right now).  
She loves playing with her "makeup", watching "educational shows" on her iPad, playing outside at the park (sliding is her favorite), playing in her car in our backyard, playing with her cousins, bath time with bubbles and colored water, and playing kitchen.  She still is sleeping in her crib and is not the least bit interested in potty training. She love for me to brush her teeth and will NOT wear her hair in a ponytail. It's a shame because it is SO CUTE.  She is not the best eater right now and really only loves junk food (fruit snacks are her obsession). If she does eat it is usually grapes, bananas, chicken noodle soup, and mac-n-cheese. 

Her sweet phrases are absolutely precious and melt my heart. The ones she says often are : Mommy, "dold" you! (for mommy, hold you), want Lovey/Paci (a million times a day), where's Daddy/where's Emme/where's John "Coyins"/where's Anna "Cott", I want some miuulk (milk), lub you Mommy, Ina go night night, sings everything to the tune of "daddy finger, daddy finger where are you", yes'mam (with the cutest accent), come'on mommy while motioning you to come with her,.

She makes my life sweeter every day and I still can't believe she is two. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Caroline's Second Birthday Party

Caroline's birthday began by Mommy and Daddy walking into her room holding balloons (thanks Aunt Meghan and Uncle Ed) and singing "Happy Birthday to You!" You could tell that she knew it was her special day! 
We then celebrated with birthday pancakes topped off with a number 2 candle! 
Blowing the candle out! 
Next it was time to go and see her birthday surprise in the front yard.......

Then it was off to Edgewood Creamery for her ice cream party with family and friends! 
So glad Gigi was there to celebrate and thank you for our sweet ice cream dress!
and per usual, Anna Scott got the biggest welcome hug! 
Cousin love!
Big brother was partying too! 
When we sang "Happy Birthday" to Caroline she sat there and looked around at all the people just grinning from ear to ear. She KNEW she was the birthday girl! I was so glad that she felt as special as she is :) 
Sweet friends! 
Sweet Emma from her MDO class!
After the party, we headed home for some outdoor play time and presents! 
Anna Scott made Caroline the most precious card and gave her the best gift....her very first Barbie, the 2105 Barbie, the year Caroline was born. It has blonde hair and blue eyes just like her! 
Justin, the nurse that took care of her at St. Vincents when she had a health scare last month, came to her party and brought her her very own Hello Kitty. She LOVES it and even took it to church with her the next day! 
Lollie and Poppie got her the cutest matching umbrella, rain jacket, and rain boots. We are ready for rainy days! 
Thanks for the big girl chair Granmommy and Grandaddy!! Caroline's new favorite spot!  
You are TWO and we love YOU :) 
Happy 2nd Birthday, Caroline!