It is so hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already! It really did fly by this year for some reason. We had a wonderful holiday and our celebrations stretched over the whole week of Christmas. We had Christmas with Michael's side the Saturday before and Christmas with my side just yesterday. This worked out well for Jonah because he got to open gifts a bunch of different times. He really enjoyed the presents part of Christmas this year and man did he rack up. We are good on toys for a while. I had gotten rid of several toys he never plays with before Christmas but now I think we will have to get rid of even more!
We are truly blessed here in our earthly life!
These two pictures of Haley weren't from Christmas morning but I just had to get them on the blog. We had a little photo shoot one morning and I got some cute ones of her. Baby's 1st Christmas!!
Here's what Santa Claus left for Jonah. He got a Plasma Car, soccer ball, Mickey house shoes, vehicles for his train table, two big puzzles, Melissa & Doug magnetic Joey, Mighty Machines videos, MMCH DVD and the Planes movie! From us he got some clothes and a LeapFrog Reader with some books to go with it.
Santa didn't forget Haley either. She got some baby toys and some play clothes in 6 month size. We also got her more clothes, shoes and socks for the coming months.
Haley just hung out and watched all the unwrapping. :)
Jonah checking out his goods.
Santa also brought our whole family the Hungry Hippos game. It was a hit!
Santa didn't forget Mommy this year either! I got my 10 year old dream and got my first American Girl doll (Kit). I read all the AG books growing up (there were only 4 of them at the time) and always wanted an AG doll. It was on my Christmas list for a couple of years. I never got one but now I have one!! It was a total surprise. Santa (cough, cough...Michael) did very good!
My brother and his wife stopped by Christmas Day and gave the kids their gifts since they wouldn't be able to be at our family gathering later in the week. Jonah got a pop up blind and shot-gun (not real, of course but makes the real sounding noise of one). He loved those!
I hope all your Christmas dreams came true too! I will share more from our family gatherings later.
Our wonderful and amazing local photographer is good friends with Santa Claus so she invited some of her clients to come see him at her studio and get some pictures taken. We jumped at the chance to not have to wait in a long line at the mall with two little ones. She had an adorable backdrop for Santa and Jonah and Haley did great! Christy posted some of the outtakes on her Facebook page this past week and I just had to share the one from our session.
Jonah was pointing at Haley but I'm not sure what he was saying about her. I love Santa's expression here to. Jonah didn't want to sit in Santa's lap but at least he didn't cry so I consider it a success.
Funny story is this Santa is actually the father of one of my childhood friends and he is the biggest jokester around. My childhod friend is also my hair stylist and she dyed his beard and eyebrows white so he could be Santa. It turned out great!
This past Wednesday we had our 2nd Annual Cookie Decorating Party for the youth at my church. As done last year, we played a little scavenger hunt game with all the kids where they had to find all the things that Santa Claus will need for Christmas Eve. The kids enjoy it and love being the one to find the item. This year I made up a checklist for the kids to read (or look at the pictures if they can't read yet) to know what was the next thing we were going to search for. So I thought I would share if in case anyone else wants to play this game at home or at a kid's Christmas party.
Just click HERE to get the PDF document for printing and enjoy!
Welcome to our humble Christmas abode! I am linking up to the Christmas home tour over at Kelly's Korner blog. Please go check out all the others that linked up too. :)
Our too-large-for-our-house Christmas tree. I love it and I love how full it is but it's very wide. It is mostly full of special ornaments. We all get a new one each year at Christmas Eve.
I have this big hutch in our living room that I change out for each holiday and season. It's really the only place that I decorate since we have such a small home right now. I enjoy doing it. We have since added the rest of the hardware. :)
This is another little table I decorate. I got the card holder one year at a DaySpring outlet.
I bought this wreath at a yard sale and the red ornaments in a small collection at a thrift store. I tied them into the wreath last year and added the mesh bow. The bow gets smooshed against our glass outer door. :)
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our house this season. May your own home be filled with the warmth and love of Christ this Christmas and all next year!
Our little Haley-bug turned 4 months old on December 5th! She has been a busy little girl and doing well. We went for her well-checkup today so I have all her stats now.
Weight: 12.9 lbs (16%)
Height: 23.5 inches (10%)
Head Size: 41.5 cm (69%)
Clothes: wearing 3 months and they are good an snug. Also wearing some 6 month sleepers.
Diapers: wearing size 1 diapers still but will be out of those soon.
We did not get to see our regular pediatrician this time because we had to cancel due to the weather last week. So I don't feel like I have a good understanding of how on-track she is weight and height size. The pediatrician we saw basically said we needed to up her formula amounts even though I know she will only eat what she wants to eat. She is still up in weight so that is what I'm happy about. Our normal pediatrician usually says there is no worry because at least she is proportionate. I guess we will just have to see how she does from this appointment to her next one with our Dr.
The Dr. we saw did say she was right on track with all her developmental stuff. So that is great!
Here is our sweet girl at 4 months!
Look at those sweet leg rolls. I don't think she is starving! LOL
Her hair looks really light in this picture but I think it was just the lighting. It still looks dark brown to me.
Loves snacking on those hands!
Haley is still sleeping in her swing and I was relieved to hear from the pediatrician that it's ok for her to do that. We know that once she gains more weight she will need to transition to her crib. She usually goes down around 7:00 and sleeps until around 2-3 am. Then takes a bottle and goes right back to sleep until usually 6:00 am. We will take it! We are still swaddling her but she is getting stronger and able to break out pretty well. She also takes around 3 and sometimes 4 naps a day. Usually two longer ones around 2 hours long and then a late afternoon one for about an hour or so.
Haley's eating has been a little off this past week or so but I think it is due to her having a tiny cold and some congestion in her nose. She normally will take 4.5-5 ounces every 4 hours. She is still doing pretty good with taking her bottle but a lot of times once she stops for a burp she won't take it back. This is the reason that I think her weight isn't as much as it should be. But she will still go 4 hours so I am not sure what to do on that. I say she will eat how much she wants and some days/weeks she wants more and some not so much.
Haley loves to play with her hands the most. She licks on them and will try sometimes to stick her whole fist in her mouth! She also has just found her feet this week. She loves to grab her left one with her left hand the best. She is also batting at all her toys on her play mat and will even grab a hold of one of them and just hang on for a while. LOL She also loves to watch Jonah run all over the place and her first cackle was at him. He keeps her pretty entertained. She also still loves to watch the TV when it's on. Once she hears it she will crane that neck to see it. LOL She also loves to sit straight up and will use her belly muscles to pull herself to sitting up when she is on my lap. She has really good head control too.
Haley is a mostly content baby. She seems to just go along with the flow unless she is getting close to meal time or nap time. Then she gets cranky but that's to be expected. She still can only go about 2 hours of awake time before she is really tired. She rubs that nose and eyes too which is so sweet and something that Jonah never did. She is a smiley baby and will smile and anyone who talks to her. She still is calmed the best by white noise and will usually hush her crying once you turn something like that on.
I can't believe Haley is 1/3rd of the way to being 1! Love our sweet angel-baby!
I went a little cuckoo about the Christmas pajamas this year and bought 2 different pairs for Jonah and a couple for Haley too. We were snowed/iced into our house for 72 hours this past weekend. So the pictures below will show you that I had a little time on my hands with my two kiddos and WiFi. LOL
My sweet, sweet boy! I picked up some reindeer antlers for him to add to this outfit!
Is there anything better than chevron baby leggings with ruffles! I submit there is NOT!