Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lucy and Ellory- Twenty-One Months.

Twenty-one months is here already! We met a friend's baby this month and it reminds you of how quickly they grow! Parenthood brings so many bittersweet feelings- bitter how fast they change and grow, yet so sweet to watch and be a part of.

Stats/Doctor visits: Poor Lucy had a left ear infection and then a couple weeks later had croup. We actually took her to the ER on a Sunday because a nurse said we should get her checked out after listening to her breathing on the phone, but thankfully she was okay and getting steroids right away helped quickly. Ellory had a tough cold for about two weeks as well. Considering those things, they handled it well!

Teeth: No new teeth- just waiting on two year molars for both.

Feeding: Their appetites were a little lessened this month with colds/sickness, but overall they are still good eaters. The physical arrangement of eating has been a bit of a struggle, as we got rid of the high chairs because they didn't like sitting in them anymore, but they only sat at the little table for a short while before wanting to be by us, so now they not only want to sit at the big table by us, but that means they sometimes want to sit on our laps too. Not ideal, but oh well I suppose. I know we'll miss it when they are older and never want to sit on our laps anymore. We basically eat all our meals crowded around our kitchen island, because it's so much easier to sweep/wipe up the hard kitchen floor vs. the rug under our dining room table. Both girls really loved pears and yogurt this month, and Lucy especially enjoyed Thanksgiving turkey. They also started taking a chewable gummy vitamin (instead of the gross brown liquid), and they both love it.

Diapers/Clothes: Ellory just switched to wearing a 5 diaper at night because she was leaking out, but other than that they are still wearing 4s. Wearing 24 month/2T clothes.

Sleeping: They sleep from about 8:30-8:30. Sometimes they take a bit to fall asleep or wake up early, but are pretty good about staying content in their cribs. They nap from 1-about 3-3:30. Love going to bed knowing we can (probably) sleep through the night! They've both made me nervous with a few attempts to climb out and praying they don't!

Words: It's so fun hearing them say new words. Ellory learned baboon from a book the other day and it was so funny. Ellory has started using two word sentences. It's hard to not write comparatively between the two sometimes, but I want to try hard to be sensitive to that and describe each uniquely and in their own positive ways. Lucy doesn't have as many words, but she is learning and communication is such a fun thing to watch develop in both of them. Ellory gets upset sometimes if we can't understand her or figure out what she wants. Both are understanding so much and are so proud to follow directions (when they want to, that is.)

Developments: Ellory goes down the stairs by herself now (still hesitantly, but she'll do it). Lucy loves to open and close doors (which makes Ellory mad when she shuts her in or out). Lucy loves to rock and shush her babies. They enjoy getting each others drinks and bringing them to the other. Both do pretty well with leaving the Christmas tree/stockings alone. Lucy's hair is really growing. Lucy always searches for Kley whenever she wakes up and likes to identify facial features and belly buttons. Ellory is pretty good at counting to 10. Usually Norah has her iPad time when they are sleeping, but if they are ever awake, Ellory loves to try to watch with her and Lucy is not interested at all. I think we are all missing playing outside, as we've had some clingy/grumpy nights lately. When we do get to go outside, they both love the pink driving car, Ellory loves the lawn mower, and Lucy loves to try to ride Norah's bike. They are both good with using silverware (though Lucy is fairly messy), and do well with “knowing” our schedule and routines. They both sometimes poop on the potty- Ellory isn't as interested as she used to be; Lucy loves it. They both enjoy Kindermusik class. Lucy loves to take her shoes off in the car and her sleep sack off in her crib.

Favorites: Both- Attempting to hit golf balls, Norah, Kley, pointing out puppies, coloring, walks, milk, being chased, playing in the basement.
Lucy- Grandpas (though we love all family!), emptying dishwasher, holding hands, saying hi to people, dumping buckets out and mixing toys together, mega bloks.
Ellory- Grandmas (though we love all family!), reading books (huge favorite!), animals, stuffed animals.

No one was cooperative for pictures today, so this is what we got. :)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018.

Happy Thanksgiving! We were home for Thanksgiving this year, so we got to see my grandparents (who live in a neighboring town), and spend time fun time with the De Jongs! 

For lunch on Thursday, we went to the big Schut gathering (meaning all my grandpa's siblings and their sides, so a lot of extended aunts, uncles, and cousins). We hadn't gone in a couple years, so I'm glad we were able to go again. It was fun to have people see the girls again, and for some people to meet Lucy and Ellory for the first time. 5 of our 7 grandparents live close to us and it's such a blessing!

Jana found these pilgrim hats from when Elizabeth was little and they were so cute! Ellory wore hers for a long time and Lucy refused to put it on.

Whole family shots are one of my most favorite things.

Nativity playing by the Christmas tree!

We love our Papa and Amma! (Ellory has been sucking her thumb with her finger up like that!)

Thankful for family!

The girls had fun decorating gingerbread houses! Ellory wasn't interested so she was just playing, but Lucy and Norah loved it!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mommy/daughter trip to DC!

Norah and I took a mommy/daughter trip to visit my good friend Stephanie in DC! It was super fun. It was a lot of travel (we were gone Friday-Sunday), but it was so worth it. Kley stayed home with Lucy and Ellory, and they had a good time too and had some help from Amma and Papa. We didn't feel like it was a good time for all of us to go. We didn't want to pay for another ticket, and it would have been much harder to get around the city with three kids vs. one, etc. So just Norah and I headed out! Norah was so excited for months, really, and talked about going often and seeing the White House and riding a plane. All in all, she was an incredible traveler!

When Kley and I went in 2014, we were able to go on the White House Garden Tour, which was amazing, and this time we even got to go INSIDE and have a tour of the East and West Wings! It was so cool to see such an important part of our nation. We had the West Wing tour Friday night; you have to have a guide for that, vs. the East Wing tours that are self guided. You couldn't take pictures inside of the West Wing, but we got some neat pictures with the seals!

I really love this picture. Norah at the White House!

White House Press Briefing room. Crazy to think about all that has taken place there. 

Saturday we went on the East Wing tour. It was so cool! Norah was a bit over it since we had to wait in line for an hour to even get in, but she handled it very well considering. Here's the movie theatre!


Vermeil Room.

China Room.

Chandelier in the East Room.

Green Room.

Blue Room.

Red Room.

Washington Monument from the window.

State Dining Room.

Norah's face clearly expressed how she felt about how long that went. 

But how cool to take a picture in front of the White House!

Saturday afternoon we went to this amazing park and the zoo.

Norah loved the carousel. I remarked that I'd never seen one with such a wide variety of animals before. Stephanie thought it was hilarious that out of all the choices she had, she chose the meerkat. Ha.

The baby orangutan was all of our favorites. 

We also went to Milk, which was amazing. Their signature is that they make all of their ice cream with cereal milk (milk that has been soaked in cereal). Isn't that strange? So unique. Stephanie ordered the plain vanilla version, and it was definitely different than regular ice cream, but good. Norah wanted a "chocolate malt" so we ordered this Choco Pretzel Dulce creation and it was fabulous. Definitely one of my favorite ice cream experiences ever.

It's crazy that this was my fourth time there! Stephanie has lived there for six years now. Kley and I went together in 2013 and 2014, and my mom, Norah, and I went in 2016

We had a great time! We also just went for a few walks, checked out a cute bookstore and found some DC t-shirts for the girls, and made a few meals at Stephanie's apartment, including delicious homemade pizza and pancakes/bacon. Thanks for being a great host, Stephanie! We had a wonderful time and it was so good to see you. We love you! It was fun to have some one on one time with Norah too!