Saturday, November 15, 2014

Olivia {6 Months}

Went to write Livvie's 7 month post and realized I never published her 6 month one because I forgot to upload her pics. At least I wrote everything and took the pics when she was actually 6 months...
Six months this past Saturday and what a great month.
Livvie continues to become such a sweet baby.
She has turned a huge corner from when she was a newborn.
 We've had a big month with lots of milestones.
Livvie has been army crawling all month, and is getting really fast.
Her favorite place to go is the bathroom...why are my kids obsessed with the bathroom?
She is starting to push up on her hands and feet, so I'm sure the real form is just around the corner.

Since 5.5 months, she's been able to go from a horizontal position to sitting up.
She loves that she can sit and crawl around and be a part of the action.
She still doesn't want to miss a thing, and loves playing with her brother's toys.
Brother does not love it so much...
 Just a week ago, she started pulling her self up to a stand as well. 
It has only been a few times, but we've got the crib lowered now because this girl will probably be trying to climb out of it soon at the rate she's going.

About a week after 5 months, her two front teeth broke through. 
Just like with Jack, I had no idea, and my mom had to point it out to me.
While I love the toothless grin, seeing those two little teeth sticking out is pretty adorable.

Right at six months we started cereal, and Livvie loves it!
I was avoiding introducing solids because nursing is just so easy.
And we tried at 5 months with Jack, and he really wasn't into it, so we ended up waiting another month - and even then, he wasn't impressed.
But I should have known Livvie is her own person and would have been into it because she wants to do everything we do.
Seriously, I feel like she isn't even a baby anymore, and she's only 6 months.
Trying to not be emotional about it, but it's been a rough few days...
 Sleeping continues to be going well.
We're still at 3 naps/day: Morning nap around 9; afternoon nap around 1; late afternoon nap around 4. 
She's still somewhat of a cat-napper and 2 of the 3 naps are 45min-1 hr; with the other one sometimes being 1.5-2 hours.
We might be transitioning to 2 naps soon, since sometimes two naps are going over an hour and we have skipped a third nap a few times.

Nighttime sleep is usually from 6:30/7pm - 5:30/6am.
Livvie does anywhere from a 7-9 hour chunk, so usually waking between 1:30-4. If she wakes around 1:30/2, she will usually wake again around 4.
Still, such huge improvements, so I'm not stressed about it, and I feel pretty rested most of the time.

We had Livvie's 6 month check-up this week, so here are her stats:

Weight: 14lb, 10oz  (20th percentile)
Length: 25.5 in (35th percentile)
Head: 16.5 in (35th percentile)
Diaper Size: 2
Clothing Size: 3-6 Month/6 Month
Eating: every 3 hrs. or so; takes 5oz from the bottle when not nursing
Firsts: 2 front teeth; army crawling; pulling to a sitting and standing position
Likes: cereal, brother's toys, laughing at brother, being outside, stroller rides, bath time
Dislikes: Going to sleep (still cries for a few minutes almost every time we put her down), snuggling

Can't believe we've passed the half year mark...

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Already over a week into November.
Can't believe Fall is half-over.
We've barely even had Fall here in California.
So hot.
And the trend has continued into November.
At least the leaves have finally started to change.

October was a super busy month for us, but we were able to do some Fall activities...despite the un-Fall-like weather.

First was our annual trip to Apple Hill.
Jason and I have been doing this since we were engaged and it's such a fun tradition.
Apple Hill is made up of tons of apple farms (and wineries). During Fall they have tons of activities going on at the farms for families and kids.
Or you can just go to indulge in apple-everything.
Even though it was so warm this year and we had to wear shorts, we still enjoyed the apples galore.
It was crazy trying to do this outing with 2 kids this year and it was kinda a bust and we couldn't stay long because Jack was so tired when we got up there. It's a 2 hour drive from our house, we got there at 10, and by 12:30, after the second farm, he fell asleep in the car while driving to the next.
So, back home we went...

Next up - the Pumpkin Patch.
We have a great pumpkin patch about 30 minutes from our house that is on a farm and has tons of activities for kids.

After picking out our pumpkins, we let Jack go over to feed the animals.
He might not be an animal lover...
And we couldn't resist letting him take a ride on the tractor train.
He is so into trains right now and absolutely loved it.
He kept waving to us from across the way.
October always means Grammy's birthday.
This year we celebrated 1 0 3.
Truly amazing.
A few weeks before her birthday, Grammy took a fall in her home and after a trip to the hospital, my mom and aunt decided it wasn't best for her to live by herself anymore.
So, we had her birthday party at her new home's attrium.
Grammy loved every moment and wouldn't stop smiling.
When I found out I was pregnant a little over a year, one of my wishes was that Grammy would be able to meet this baby.
I'm so glad that was able to happen.
Olivia is Grammy's 11th great-grandchild.
The day after Grammy's birthday party, my sister and I went to Game 5 of the World Series.
It was a dream of mine to go to a Giant's World Series, and after not going the last two years, I didn't want to miss this chance. 
With 3 World Series in 5 seasons, I figured it could be awhile until another one happens.
It was a blast.
No regrets.
And, a Giant's win (and shutout)!!
And lastly, Halloween.
I had hoped to continue the 'Jack' costume theme again and have Jack be a Cracker Jack box, with Olivia as a peanut.
But there were no costumes to be found, and I sure wasn't going to be making them...
So, I chose personal costumes.
Jack was a railroad/train engineer to go with his love for trains.
And Livvie was a strawberry to go with her strawberry blonde hair.
Neither Jason or I are big into Halloween, but it was so fun watching Jack trick-or-treat this year.
He walked up to each house and knocked on the door; said his 'tick teat' and grabbed a piece (or two) of candy.
And after each house, he would say 'tank you' and then wave and say 'byeeee' as we walked off.
I wish I took pictures, but I was holding Livvie. It was so adorable.

So, there is our October!
Looking forward to a very mellow November!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Truck on Over {Jack's 2nd Birthday}

It's been over a month, but I wanted to share some highlights from Jack's 2nd Birthday.
I made it vintage truck theme because he LOVES trucks, and I love the look of vintage trucks.
His room is decorated as vintage trucks and planes, so I was able to use a few things from his room as party decor.

The colors were navy, red, and teal. 

I fell in love with these invitations.
Available here.

Last year Jack's party was supposed to be held at a park.
It was seriously the only day it dumped rain that hard in the last year.
I was convinced that this year it was going to be a triple digit heat wave for his party instead.
But I still opted for the park, and it actually was very nice weather.
It was pretty windy though, so my decor didn't last long before things started tipping over or flying away.

I did a horrible job photographing this party, but did manage to grab a few pics...

We kept it pretty simple with just snacks and desserts. Too hard to do a meal at a park and lug everything there.

Food Menu
Corn Dip
Chips and Guac
Fruit Kabobs
Veggies and Hummus
Fruit Puffs
Donuts (spare tires)
Red Vines (jumper cables)

 It was a smaller crowd - just family and 3 of Jack's closest friends (which still added up to about 20 adults and about 10-12 kids).
Jack had a great time and loved all the attention! 

Jack's shirt from here.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Jack Jack!