Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The many faces of Claire

I just had to share a few outtakes from Claire's 6 month photo shoot.  She can make so many different faces it is so much fun.

She is starting to sleep better at night now.  After she made it through her first bout of sickness, she was still wanting to get up and snuggle at night. That was a big no-no. Luckily we just had a few nights where she had to cry it out to get back in the habit of sleeping all night. It was rough but  could have been worse. She never fussed longer than 10 minutes.

For the most part she is a happy happy girl.  She loves to smile and laugh and her face always lights up the minute her dad walks in the door.

Dad loves to tickle her and eat her toes and toss her in the air.  He will do just about anything to get that dimple out.

She had her first tasting of oatmeal tonight and she gobbled it down.  She seems to like the oatmeal cereal much more than the rice. Her little mouth was like a little birdie begging for food.

She is also a big fan of zucchini.  Yellow squash, not so much.  Carrots and sweet potatoes are also a hit. Next on the menu is asparagus.  I hope she likes it because that was the most expensive batch of baby food I've made so far.
She is almost mobile.  She can scoot around pretty good and I know crawling is just around the corner. Yikes!!

That's all for now - you should know I have a 9:00 bedtime.  😉

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Claire Louise - Child of God

Claire Louise was baptized on December 8th.  When I realized that we could have her baptism on the Immaculate Conception I knew that was the date I wanted.  Luckily it worked for both the church and my uncle which made me a happy mama.

Claire's baptismal gown is a very sentimental garment.  It was worn by her dad, her grandma, her great-grandpa and her great-great-grandma.  Yes, you read that right - she is 5th generation to wear this gown.  How precious is that?

This baptismal outfit was 2 pieces.  There was an undergarment and the actual gown.  We got Claire dressed right before the ceremony and took the gown off as soon as we were done.  The gown was beautiful and sentimental and OLD.  It was so thin I was worried Claire might rip it since she was so active that day.

Love it!

Claire was just shy of 5 months when she was baptized.  I thought it was a perfect age.  She was alert and happy and mesmerized by Great-Uncle Fr. Charlie.

Claire Louise - Child of God

Claire with her godparents - uncle Eric and aunt Marcy.

Since Claire wore a family gown, I wanted her to have a keepsake that she could pass down to her own children some day.  I had this little cross bracelet handmade for her by a friend of my mom.  It is a small silver cross flanked by two tiny pearls.  It turned out exactly like I had hoped.

Claire also wore this vintage cameo brooch gifted to her at birth by her great-aunt Faye.  It was such a delicate pin and I felt like it was the perfect addition to her outfit.

The day was so beautiful and special.  There is something comforting about remembering that we are all children of God.  It was a good reminder to me that she is not only my baby, she is God's baby.  And no matter how much I love her, God will always love her more because God is love. 

After the ceremony we had everyone over for a late lunch and cake.  It was so nice to have everyone together to celebrate Claire.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Claire - Six Months

6 month stats:
 25.75 inches - 50%
13 pounds 9.5 ounces - 10%

6 months!  Wow!  The time is really flying baby girl!
Here is everything I want to remember from the past month:
  • You are really starting to crawl and scoot around. 
  • You can scoot backwards pretty good.
  • You had your first Christmas!  You loved your pretty red dress and you got your picture taken with Santa.
  • You experienced your first snowfall.
  • You love to smile, smile, smile, smile.
  • You have the cutest rosey red cheeks.  Big cheeks.
  • You started eating rice cereal and really enoyed it.
  • You can sit up like a big girl!
  • You love playing with your toys.  You are really good at self-entertaining.
  • You had your first sickness - cough and runny nose.
  • You are being a little stinker at night - after your cold, you have been waking up more often.
  • You went to another wedding - this time in your pretty Christmas dress.
  • You celebrated New Year's Eve with Lila and Madi.
  • You love to put your hands in your mouth.  You are a major thumb sucker.
  • You love to roll off your blanket and run your fingers through the carpet. 
  • You love to feel different textures.
  • You still love bath time...a lot.
  • You have a great combover and little side spike. 
  • Gavin is starting to like you more.  He doesn't like for you to play with his toys though. 
  • We packed up all of your 3 month clothes.
  • You are really starting to jabber.  You like to squeal and hear yourself talk. 
In case you missed a recap:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oh no, I would never compare my baby to yours...

....except I am, so deal with it.

Gavin at almost 6 months:

Claire at almost 6 months:
And more photos of Claire eating cereal (for the second night in a row). 

And Amen! Hallelujah! She slept through the night last night!  The cereal must have done the trick to keep her little belly full.  Keep you fingers crossed for us again tonight.
In other news, need more proof that I am turning into a little old lady (other than going to the movies at 10:30 in the am)?
Cookies - but these aren't just any chocolate chip cookies.  These are cookies for a funeral luncheon tomorrow at church.  Yes you read that right - I am on the funeral food committee at church.  The little old ladies signed me up one Sunday while we were enjoying doughnuts after Mass.  The lady that called me told me to drop my made from scratch store bought break-n-bake cookies off at the parish center at 10:00.  I told her that wasn't really going to fit in my schedule (seeing as I actually work a full time job) so here's to hoping I can find someone to take them off my hands after 6:30 mass in the morning. 
Well - it's almost 8:30 so I better get ready for know, little old lady me...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Claire eats big girl food...

...and she was so cute.  Her little tongue was going crazy with the new texture and the little spoon.  Unfortunately, daddy was holding Claire and I was feeding Claire so we didn't get too many photos.  She wasn't too patient for mom to grab her camera between bites...


 On the menu tonight....rice cereal.  We are going to try the cereal for a few days and I hope to make up a batch of carrots for her to start on next week.  That's when it will get really fun....and messy.  :)

After the cereal, daddy fed her the normal bedtime bottle and I couldn't help but notice how cute her little combover is.  She's got a sweet little swirl going on.

Hard to believe that she will be 6 months old on Saturday.  Can someone please stop time?!?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Claire's Birth Story: Part Four

If you want to start at the beginning, here is part one...

When I last left off, the hospital staff was working on my admittance.  Once they left, the nurse came back to check on my progress - I was already at 7 cm!  Yikes!  She asked if I wanted an epidural and I said please please please!! 

The nice anaesthesiologist lady came right in and told me that the IV in my arm was too bad to start the epidural.  I don't know exactly what that meant except that they would have to redo my arm IV before she would put my epidural in.  Argh!  So I am sitting on the edge of my bed suffering contractions, getting my arm IV corrected and getting prepped for my epidural.  I read/heard so much hype about the epidural being painful but I must have had enough other stuff going on that I didn't even notice what she was doing back there.  I was so focused on contractions that I didn't have time to think or worry about any epidural discomfort.  But once the epidural was in....RELIEF!  It took a while for the pain to be totally gone but it was much more bearable right away.  The nurse told me that the epidural can slow things down and they usually plan on a hour per centimeter after it is administered.  Since I was already at a 7, she thought I would have a good 3 hours until I would be ready. 

I was planning on taking a nice little nap in my spare time but my mom called and they were almost to the hospital.  For reference, the current time is about midnight.  The plan was to give my parents the keys to our house and send them on their way so they could get some rest before the baby arrived.  When they got to the hospital, the nurse came in and asked if she could check me one more time before my visitors came in.  She blew my mind when she said I was fully dilated and she would be calling the doctor!  All I could think of was what happened to my 3 hour nap?!?  My parents came in and gave us hugs and when they heard that the doctor was being called, they decided to wait at the hospital.  Everything was happening so fast.  I think Patrick called his parents at this point as well so they could be in the loop. 

The nurse told me that she wasn't going to let me start pushing until the doctor arrived because "this baby was going to slide right out".  My exact words were - "can you say that again?".  That was music to my ears.  My doctor had told me for weeks that my baby was low and actually throughout my entire pregnancy I carried low.  I never had baby limbs up in my ribs.  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that the baby had dropped so much.

The doctor arrived right around 1:00 and popped in to let us know he was there.  The nurse snapped this lovely picture at 1:05:

(Yes - that is a smile on my swollen face)

We were ready to have a baby...


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snowy Sunday

It's Sunday and we have not left the house all day.  Snow accumulation has topped 9 inches and counting.  I'm crossing my fingers for a snow day tomorrow...a girl can hope, right?

This afternoon I snapped a few outdoor photos:

The sheep on the right is completely covered and baby Jesus has almost disappeared under the snow as well...

Love the trees in our backyard - always so pretty

St. Francis is getting buried on our deck.

It was much too cold and windy for Claire to go outside, but we did let her try out a hat inside:

She is such a big cheese!
Yesterday was my *gulp* 29th birthday and Patrick & I celebrated by going to the 10:30 am showing of Saving Mr. Banks.  Yes, we are that old married couple that goes to the movies before noon.  The theater was more crowded than I expected although I was correct in my predicition that we were the youngest ones there.  The movie was a sweet story and appreciated by this lover of Mary Poppins. 
Patrick took me to Hobby Lobby and purchased this for our fireplace mantel next Christmas:

I've been wanting a framed nativity print for several years now and at 80% off - this holy family picture was too beautiful to pass up.  I was immediately drawn to this particular piece because the way baby Jesus is stretching reminded me of Claire when she was born. 
Well, I've got a screaming baby who is ready to splash in a warm bathtub.  Please keep your fingers crossed that I don't have to brave the elements tomorrow!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Seven Quick Takes (13)

It's Friday and I'm linking up with Jen.

1.  Patrick walked in the door tonight after work and his first words were:  What do you mean you don't look good in hats?  Here, here, follow me, come look....  He proceeded to lead me into the front room and reminded me of this:

Our Christmas card photo from a couple of years ago.  I guess it must have a been a pretty good photo or else I wouldn't have sent it out to 50+ people.  I stand corrected.  I look pretty dang good in hats. 
2.  Did anyone else do some after Christmas shopping?  Patrick & I went to Wal-Mart where he scooped up tons of lights and I got Claire's Christmas jammies for next year. We also made a quick stop in Garden Ridge and found this beauty:

3.  If your name is Verby, Ranie, Leslie or Matt - you may have not received our Christmas card.  And by may, I mean you did not receive our card because they were returned to us today.  Boo!

I guess 3 out of 110ish returned isn't bad.  I'll just have to update my Excel spreadsheet for next year.
4.  Taking a quick break for bath time.  Claire LOVES LOVES LOVES bath time.  Last night she stayed in the tub a little too long and got prune toes. 
5.  I'm sitting on our couch and I have this heater pointed right at me:


It's the Holmes heater from Target.  We have two of these plus an older model in our house and I love them.  You can set the room temperature you want and then it will automatically turn on and shut off.  Wonderful.  Go out and buy one for the winter - you won't regret it.

6.  Speaking of Target, have you checked out their new Awesome Shop?  I've browsed through it a few times and it is dangerous because it makes me want EVERYTHING.  It is neat though to see what is trending and hot at the moment.

7.  Patrick got me an anniversary journal for our first wedding anniversary.  I just got around to filling it out last night for our second annivesary.  It took me a while to decide on the popular songs of the year, but I decided on The Fox by Ylvis and Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker.  For our favorite TV shows I chose The Blacklist (oh the drama!) and Project Runway (oh the drama!).  We haven't seen a movie in the theater since last January so I didn't write down any popular movies.  It's really fun to write down memorable events from each year of marriage.  This year's big news was definitely the birth of Claire Louise. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let it Snow....

...let it snow, let it snow!

I love the winter weather and I love my electric blanket!  We got a few inches of snow last night but the roads cleared up quick and we both still made it into work today.

Claire is still sick with a terrible cough/runny nose so we didn't let her go outside and play in the fluffy but I did get some shots from our first snowfall in December that I never shared:

Anyone who's ever said I look good in hats - you lie...but Claire Bear - she can rock a hat. 
The weatherman is calling for more snow on Sunday.  I'm hoping that's not a lie because I didn't make a snowman yet and that is something that Claire needs for her first winter.  And by I, I mean Patrick, hasn't made a snowman....just to be clear. 
Be safe out there - I almost died in our driveway on the black ice.  It was very dangerous but luckily the two trash cans I was pulling gave me something to fall on instead of my rear.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great time ringing in 2014.

We had a blast. This was the first year Patrick & I hosted a NYE party and it was kid-friendly.  Two of my best friends from high school came over and we enjoyed two intense rounds of Pictionary after the kiddos went to bed:

Think I have a few group shots of the night?  Nope.  I totally forgot to grab my camera.  We all slumbered and then I made a french toast casserole and bacon for breakfast.  It was a great night with great friends.
This leads me to my resolutions for 2014:
1.  Take more pictures!  Claire is growing up so fast I need to get more on film.
2.  Make a baby album.  Yes, a real, old-fashioned photo album where you put the pictures in the slots.  I have so much of her on my camera and even on the blog but I need something I can physically hold in my hand.
3.  Blog more.  I'm going to try for at least 2 posts a week, which doesn't sound like much but please hold me to it.
4.  Write one line a day.  Last year, I bought a 5 year memory journal where this is just enough space to write down one thought a day.  I kept the journal on my nightstand and wrote it in every night before bed until July 1.  I made it exactly half the year and then I was super pregnant and Claire arrived and it just kinda got pushed to the back burner fell off the stove.  This year I hope to make it the full year.  I am going to try to go back in time and write about some of Claire's memorable events from July-now. 
5.  Be healthy.  Drink more water.  Make all of Claire's baby food.  Try to exercise??  This one is pretty vague but try to take steps for an overall healthier lifestyle.
That's all for me.  Wish me luck and hold me accountable! 
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