Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekly Update


Olive:
1:: She's in a big copying phase. Everything I do with Riggins she does with her baby. She holds the binkie in her teeth the way I do, when I lay Riggins down her baby will be laying right by him, and everytime I get Riggins out of his swing she says 'Baby turn!' and puts her baby in.
2:: Since day light savings anytime she sees the sun going down she says 'It's so dark!' and we ask her what that means and she says bathtime instead of bedtime.
3:: Anytime she is wondering where Taylor is she yells 'TAY!'
4:: She has this weirdo scratchy voice she's been using lately. It's hilarious.
5:: She rolled down the stairs and it scared her really bad. She totally caught herself but it was a little scary!

Riggins:
1:: He is the chubbiest baby. His cheeks get bigger everyday and so does his belly. His legs still aren't that big yet. Waiting for the rolls to come.
2:: He all the sudden has become not a great sleeper. He used to wake up once or twice a night, but now it's a lot more and he isn't always going back to sleep.
3:: If I don't nurse him when I go to the gym early, he is always cuddling in bed with Taylor drinking a bottle. It is very cute.
4:: He's in size one diapers, but I think I need to move him up to two because he has a blowout almost everyday.
5:: Sometimes he gets fussy or overly tired and doesn't want to nurse so I give him a bottle and he eats it up.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekly Update


Olive:
1:: We went up to Logan to see Milo and went to a big jumping place. Olive climbed to the top of the biggest slide all by herself over and over.
2:: After the first time she didn't even want me to climb up with her. She wanted to do it alone. Miss Independent.
3:: She is in a possessive phase, and will move another kid's arm out of the way when they are touching what she wants. Don't know how to stop that...
4:: There was a big pile of leaves at Kylie's house and Olive jumped right in and said 'Mom! I'm swimming in the leaves!'
5:: She always says she is a ghost, I am a pumpkin, and Taylor is a skeleton. But she pronounces it 'skeleskin'. She loves Halloween.


Riggins:
1:: He used to poop about once a week, but now he has started everyday, and mostly having a blowout.
2:: He had one when I got to Kylie's apartment. Luckily I had an extra outfit and diaper!
3:: He is so chatty and coos and talks back to me when I talk to him.
4:: He straightens his arms and kicks his legs when he gets excited. And makes the cutest little facial expressions.
5:: He will follow me with his eyes around the room. If he can see me he's happy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekly Update


Olive:
1:: Everywhere we drive or walk, Olive looks for pumpkins on the porch of houses. She will yell 'DERS SOME!' and then I yell it too and she laughs and we do it over and over when we see them.
2:: She was going back and forth between the couch and she said 'Mom, I bouncy!'.
3:: Anytime she sees halloween outfits she will always say 'Buzz Halloween!' She understands she is going to be buzz.
4:: She loooooved trick or treating. She actually made it about an hour and understood what to do.
5:: She wanted to open some candy right away, but actually kept most of it in her bucket the whole time. She also chose the black and white striped bucket instead of the pumpkin bucket.


Riggins:
1:: He was the cutest Woody I have ever seen. Even if Olive wasn't Buzz, I would have wanted him to be Woody because it was perfect.
2:: I had to actually cut the crotch of the costume because he was too long for it, and it would barely velcro shut because he is so chubby.
3:: He is always happy to be along for the ride and sat in the stroller while we trick or treated until he got cold.
4:: He's on a pretty good schedule where he takes 3 naps a day. His morning and night naps are shorter, and his afternoon one is pretty long as long as he's in his swing or Olive is quiet.
5:: His favorite person is Taylor. He will always smile at him and laughs at him more than anyone else.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: We went to the pumpkin patch and gardner village and she loved it! Now everywhere we go she likes to look for pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, and witches! Halloween is going to be so fun with her this year.
2:: She asks to go swimming every day no matter what. Good thing we are in St. George for a few days!
3:: She was so good on the drive down. She's a good age where she will just sit and play and can communicate anything she needs. I was super impressed with her.
4:: Every morning she asks if baby brother is awake. And if dad is awake. Or at work.
5:: She loved playing with the kids in St. George. She gets along great with anyone who isn't her age. 2 year olds she struggles with because they both want the same things and they just take it from each other. We're learning.

Riggins:
1:: He is so chatty! He will coo back and forth with me forever. Just talking.
2:: He already knows about the camera. When I pull it out he will stop and just stare at it.
3:: The mornings are my favorite when his arms come out of the swaddle and he stretches and is so smiley.
4:: He is still the gassiest baby. Pooping a little more, still not every day though.
5:: He was an angel on the drive to St. George. We stopped once to nurse and he slept probably 3/4 of the way.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: Every morning when I go to get her out she says 'goo morning!'
2:: She loves to watch Taylor drive to work every morning that she's awake when he leaves.
3:: She can spot any car that looks like someone's she knows, even if it's in a different color.
4:: Anytime we walk past the picture of Riggins and her on the wall she has to tell me 'baby brudda awake! Ollie laughing! Momoo tickle me!'
5:: She loves to hide or cover her face and when we ask where Olive is she pops out and yells 'There I is!'

Riggins:
1:: He is so interactive and has been smiling this past week!
2:: He likes Taylor the best, and will laugh when Taylor tickles his feet with his beard.
3:: He is a nursing champ and takes a bottle so well. I never worry when I leave him with someone.
4:: He loves to be swaddled to sleep.
5:: He loves his binkie, but doesn't need it to sleep. It helps him get to sleep, but he doesn't need it to stay asleep.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: Anytime she sees any Halloween decorations she yells 'BUZZ HALLOWEEN!' She knows she's going to be buzz, but I'm not sure she knows exactly what that means yet.
2:: She makes everything into a slide. The arm of the couch, my legs, a cushion, if it can be slid on, it's a slide.
3:: She mimicks everything I do lately. Now when she wants something she'll point to it and start nodding and smiling like that will get me to let her do it. It's hilarious.
4:: She loves to 'watch yedders'. I took tv away from her for 4 weeks, but have been easing back into it because I need it to occupy her sometimes. She can watch letters as much as she wants as far as I'm concerned because she learns so much! We are on letter sounds and sight words.
5:: It's been getting dark earlier and she knows that means bedtime. She'll say 'it so dark!' and I'll ask what that means and she'll either say 'bedtime' or 'it's so light!' to avoid bedtime. Haha.

Riggins:
1:: I say this all the time but he is the easiest baby ever. He is just CHILL all the time.
2:: He gets the cutest dimples in his forehead when he wrinkles it and I love them.
3:: We blessed him on Sunday and he was an angel. I got him to sleep but he woke up when I handed him to Taylor but he was silent his whole blessing. Taylor did an awesome job.
4:: He was hilarious in his blessing outfit. It was the one Taylor wore for his blessing. It had a bonnet which made his cheeks divine, and it showed off his huge belly and chicken legs.
5:: He's been going a week between poops. It's crazy when he actually poops because it's SO MUCH. But it doesn't leak out which is a good thing!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: Anytime I try to move Olive out of the way or get her to go somewhere she looks up at me shocked and goes 'Don't pusha me!'
2:: Her naps might kill me. If she does take one, it takes forever to get her down and she is up all night until like 10 pm. If she doesn't take one by 4 pm I am ready to give her away and I get no alone time, but she does go down at night easy at like 7. It's a weird transition period.
3:: She asks to go to nana's house everyday since she spent a few days there after riggins was born.
4:: She was watching sing and came to me crying so hard. She got sad when everything collapsed and all the characters were sad. It was the sweetest thing ever.
5:: Lately when she's not going to bed she says it's because 'I so hungy'. So I have to get her a snack which results in tons of crumbs in her bed.
6:: We went on a drive to see the leaves and she is constantly asking to go to the mountains now. And she sees leaves on the ground and says 'leaves fall down!'

Riggins:
1:: He's on a pretty good bedtime routine and is ready for bed around 8 pm ish.
2:: He is still sleeping anywhere and is so much easier to get to bed than olive. I just get him to take his binki and with in minutes he's out with just a tiny rock.
3:: He looooves bathtime.
4:: I've been bathing him in my bath with olive out of convenience and he just lays there and smiles.
5:: He is so alert it's crazy. He seems a lot older because of his size but also because of how alert he is when he is awake.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weekly Update

 Olive:
1:: When she gets a little hurt she will ask for a bandaid. For a few weeks she wanted one on her belly button because she saw one on Riggs' before his cord fell off. She also gets 'scratchy' skin because of her eczema.
2:: She pees through her diaper a lot. It's so annoying. I try to only give her one bottle and not one in the middle of the night or it will happen and we have to wash everything.
3:: She has been to two tumbling classes and it's so cute. She loves to run and jump around, I'm hoping it will teach her to listen a little bit better.
4:: She knows when it's dark and that means it's bedtime. It's getting dark earlier and she'll look out the window and say it's dark!
5:: She holds the video monitor and pretends it's a phone. She'll say 'hello? Kelsie Meek!' and laugh and look at me. She also will just randomly say Kelsie Meek! She thinks it's hilarious, and it is.

Riggins:
1:: I forget just how much newborns sleep and that they can sleep anywhere. It's so nice.
2:: The binkie has actually been so nice. I can lay him down with it in, and he will fall right asleep. Or in the car if I can tell he's hungry but we aren't home yet I will pop it in and he will be fine or fall asleep.
3:: We went to church for the first time and other than a big melt down right when we got there he basically slept the entire time.
4:: Everytime anyone sees him they always say 'Look at all that hair!' It's so fun.
5:: He is starting to interact and has started smiling!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: Olive is starting to express and recognize her feelings. If I tell her we're gong to the park she says 'Yay! Excited! Happy!' She also tells me when Riggins is happy or sad.
2:: Anytime she is carrying something a little heavy she says 'I'm stwong.'
3:: We do night time affirmations, and she can do a lot of them by herself. I'm kind, brave, smart, special, loved, can do hard things, a child of God.
4:: We nannied the Lehmans and she was in heaven. I need to get myself a teenager and a dog and we'd be set.
5:: Taylor went back to work, and the first day Olive sprayed my purfume in her eyes and fell off the kitchen counter.

Riggins:
1:: He pees through outfits all the time, but this week he had his first two blowouts in the same day.
2:: He will get a little fussy at night, or if he hasn't pooped. I try to just get him to sleep then he is okay and usually poops while asleep.
3:: He has slept until 4 a couple times, but still gets up about 2-3 times a night.
4:: He is the noisiest sleeper ever. He keeps me up, but I have gotten used to it. Like he grunts and snores so loud! I'm tempted to put him in his own room so I only wake up when he really needs to eat.
5:: He got a little bit of baby acne, not too bad though.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weekly Update


Olive:
1:: Has discovered she can unlock and open any door.
2:: She opens the front door and just wants to sit on the porch. Luckily she doesn't run away... Yet.
3:: She is a big helper and loves to watch me change Riggs' diaper and throw it away. She can also get the diaper out for me.
4:: She went to her first tumbling class and loved it. She was hysterical and ran everywhere and couldn't care less if I was there. She went between two different adults during parachute time. She's brave and independent. She could also listen to directions a little better... Hopefully that will improve.
Riggins:
1:: He is waking up more at night. Pretty consistently at 1 am, 3 am, 6 am, and 8:30 am. Then he will sleep a lot of the morning.
2:: I try to have him sleep a lot of different places so he's not too used to his rock n' play. He is pretty good so far!
3:: He is such a sweaty boy. Especially on his hair and head. Every morning he is sweaty and we sleep with a fan on and I just wrap him in a light swaddle.
4:: He is so good at taking a bottle! Thank goodness.
5:: He is a gassy baby and almost always poops right after he eats or he will fuss until he does.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Weekly Update

Olive:
1:: Says 'dive' when she doesn't know the answer to the question. Olive, guess who's coming over today? "DIVE!"
2:: Says HA when she knows she's being a stinker or when she's fake laughing.
3:: Loves Toy Story lately. I think she's going to be Buzz for Halloween.
4:: Dances to the song "Shake it off" and knows a lot of the words.
5:: Was absolutely terrible during our family pictures. It's becoming a tradition. I knew from the minute she woke up they would be a disaster because she was cranky and didn't want us to tell her what to do. Hopefully we got at least one good picture...

Riggins:
1:: He is seriously the best baby. Sleeps so much and is pretty happy when he's awake.
2:: Or he's eating. He's always eating.
3:: He weighs 10 pounds at 2 weeks! (86% percent) 15 inch head (97% percent) and 22 inches tall (96% percent). He's our big, happy, healthy boy!
4:: He loves the bath! And he doesn't cry when he gets out.
5:: He doesn't mind getting his diaper changed. Honestly the only time he cries is when he's hungry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Weekly Update


Olive:
1:: She grabs a glowstick 'wand' and yells SWAH! and points it at Taylor or I. I don't know where she got it but it's hilarious. She usually calls me Kelsie when she says it. And if she doesn't know where it is she asks where her SWAH went.
2:: She says 'scuse me' anytime someone or something is in her way. If she's trying to go around the dishwasher she will say 'scuse me!'.
3:: She loves to help me 'mix' food and cook. She grabs the measuring cups and will get out spices or sugar for me to put in it.
4:: When she wakes up in the morning she immediately asks for baby brother. She isn't overly interested, but she does like him and asks about him.
5:: She constantly asks for the iPad. She will say 'I play games?' and if I say no she will say 'Watch a show?' over and over. She does the same thing with swimming. She asks over and over and I say no and she thinks it's funny.
6:: She's been to time out a lot since Riggs was born... I caught her saying 'no no baby!' to her doll. Then she said 'fold your arms' (which is what we have her do when she's in timeout). I asked her what the baby did and she said 'Baby jump on table'. Which is what she's been to timeout for a lot this week. Yikes, at least it means she's picking up that she shouldn't be jumping on the table to the couch?


Riggins:
1:: He has been the best baby from the get go. Our first night home and ever since he has been waking up twice a night. He just turns his head back and forth and grunts a little bit, then I feed him and he goes back to sleep. 
2:: He looked exactly like Olive when he was born. He looks a little less like her now, but he makes so many of the same facial expressions she made as a newborn with his lips and eyes, makes me thing they will end up looking just alike. 
3:: I never imagined I would have a baby with so much hair! Especially since Olive was bald until she was 18 months. It has been so fun and awesome to have a baby with hair, even though it does get really greasy from being touched all day. 
4:: He is a gassy baby. He poops or toots everytime I feed him, and it always sounds worse than it actually is. 
5:: I swear he gives these little smirks when Taylor or I are talking to him. He is the most content and happy baby. We can not get enough of him and are so lucky he's ours. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Girl

Olive loves being outdoors, no matter what season. But I think summer takes the cake. She could spend all day everyday swimming, eating popsicles, riding her wiggle car, going to the park, coloring with chalk, blowing bubbles, playing in her water table, going down the slide. It has been so hot that if we aren't at the pool we are pretty much inside, but she still begs to go outside any chance she can. It will be nice when the weather cools down a little so we can go outside more!



Friday, April 28, 2017

Olive June at 21 Months


Olive is 21 months now, and I feel like all the sudden she is so old and grown up! She is just a little girl now and is so smart. She can recognize and say all of the letters, can count to 10, and knows all of the colors and most shapes.

She recognizes most animals in a book including bear, dog, sheep, monkey, mouse, bee, spider, bird, chicken, horse, cow, elephant, snake, zebra, cat, dog, fish, ladybug. And lots more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

She sleeps with her dog and elephant that she calls 'One', has added in her fox that was supposed to be baby brother's, and now has added in a bunny. She asks for all four every night. And when I say 'Let's get a baba and go ninight with your dogdoo.' And she goes 'and amials.' She just calls them all her 'animals'. : )

She loves Zootopia. And will frequently ask for the 'bu bu bunny'. She likes Moana and will ask for it too. She likes Trolls except for the part with the spiders, but she doesn't ask for that one. She just started asking for the 'dog dog' which is Secret Life of Pets. When the dogs go away she asks 'where go?' and when she can't see the dog she goes 'Max?'. She will really watch most movies but those four are her favorites. She also likes to watch preschool prep which is how she's learned her letters and colors.

She is scared of bugs and trucks. She will put her hands on her head and look at me and say
"I skared!?" in a high voice almost like a question. I don't know where she learned it but it's pretty cute and I'm trying to teach her she doesn't need to be scared of those things. So I will say they are nice. And she goes "and cute and funny." So bugs and trucks are nice, cute, and funny.

She sings songs with me, finishing the last word of the phrases in You Are My Sunshine, Rain Rain Go Away, I Am A Child of God, and How Far I'll Go from Moana.

When I'm putting her down now if we haven't said prayers before I'm giving her a bottle she will stop drinking and say 'a paier?' And I'll ask if she wants to say a prayer. And she'll go "Yeah."

Each night when I'm putting her to bed I make her repeat 'I am kind. I am brave. I am smart. I am special. I am talented. I can do hard things. I am a child of God.' She is starting to remember it and after I tell her to repeat I am kind she wlll go 'I bave'. And she knows just when to say 'God'.

She likes to color but she LOVES stickers. I figured that out and it occupies her for a little bit at church.

She loved dying Easter eggs. She sat there dipping them from color to color for a half hour and hardly gave Taylor and I a glance. I need to have her do it again she was so still and quiet!

Taylor taught her the line from the predator where he goes 'Olive, get to the' and she goes 'Chopper!' But it sounds more like 'a choppa!'

When you say Olive, guess what? She will say 'I wuh you!' (I love you). And you ask how much? And she'll go 'A much.' with her arms stretched out.

Taylor commented that he loves taking her to the grocery store. I wanted to do a giant eye roll because although she is good, its not super fun for me. But then he said it's because she smiles and says 'HI' to everyone she sees and everyone comments on how cute she is. And he is right. I need to be better about enjoying each moment with her and seeing things for how cool they really are, and not get so wrapped up in getting the job done. (Also whenever we go to smiths she immediately says 'nana!' because they have free fruit for kids there and she always chooses a banana. And she likes to ride in the cars)

She has started wanting to walk places when we go to the stores. And I have been letting her because she is really quite good when I let her. She doesn't run away, and stays around me or comes back when I ask her to. She's just such a good girl.

She still sleeps 12+ hours at night. Her naps are a little more hit and miss... Most days she goes down but she is resisting a little more and it takes me longer to get her down.

She loves to give baby brother cuddles and kisses, but has to be on my bare belly. She will sit and pat him and lay her head on my belly going 'ooh brudder'. When I ask where baby brother is she usually pats her own belly. She loves babies so I hope it'll be a good transition when brother gets here.

She is such a sweet little girl. When she sees something she thinks is cute, like the mickey on her diapers, she will go 'a cuddle?' and bring it over to me and climb onto my shoulder so we can cuddle whatever she has together. It is one of my most favorite things that I hope she never stops doing.

She loves chapstick. She will find it and go 'dips?' and usually I pretend it's broken and I can't open it, but when I let her she puts it on over and over again. She likes putting on pink lips and calls herself a princess.

She found a binkie a few weeks ago and is obsessed with it. She knows it's called a binkie and whenever she has it in her mouth she goes 'Toot toot!' from Zootopia. Pretty clever but I also have to hid the binkies now because she will just keep it in her mouth.

She loves baby dolls and pushing them in her stroller. She will also hold them and pat their back and whisper 'shhhh'. So sweet.

She loves to help me while I'm cooking. It's honestly harder having her on the counter but I want her to be involved and watch what's going on. Plus whenever I'm cutting veggies she will just grab them and eat them. Especially tomatoes. She loves gobbling up the tomatoes.

She likes playing with her kitchen downstairs and has gotten good at pretending to to eat the food. She will really play anything, but likes when someone is over, even if she's not playing completely with them, she's more entertained. I hope she and her brother will be able to play together soon.

She is seriously such a joy. The week after Easter was a little rough where she was a little more whiney and threw more fits. I was worried she was entering terrible twos and was thinking if that was what it was going to be like I was going to struggle. But she has snapped out of it and is back to her happy, easy going self. I love her so much. She is just my best little buddy. I'm excited to have another baby, but I'd be lying if I wasn't stressed at how it is going to affect Olive. I hope she always knows how much I love her and am so grateful for her.