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12 Months Old and Nearly 4

One last gushing over Claire post, I promise. Maybe. Anyway, I had borrowed this quilt to hang up for Claire’s party, which we intended to have in the backyard until mother nature had other plans. It was handmade by my grandma Koster many years ago and I have lots of memories of seeing it around our family cottage. Grandma never got to meet my girls, so it’s kind of cool to see them playing with something of hers. It’s becoming...

Claire Evelyn – 9 Months Old

Claire was 9 months old yesterday. She is the most delightful little girl and I get comments all the time about how she seems happy all the time. She mostly is, unless you get too close to bedtime when she’s just done with everything for the day. She has a lot of stranger anxiety lately, so no offense nice cashier lady at Costco who made her lip quiver and eyes well up just by daring to talk to her. Still...

Claire and Ellie Update

Claire baby is 8 months old! She has had a bit of a rough past month, with pink eye, colds, and other issues, but seems to be getting better every day. We have had some regression with sleep, and I think we spoiled her too much when she was sick. She’s just so sweet otherwise, it’s hard not to give in and hold her when she wants you. We’ve had some milestones happen the past month as well. Claire is...

Claire Evelyn – 4 Months Old

Claire just had her 4 month checkup on Thursday and she’s growing like crazy. She’s 98th percentile for height and 75th for weight (15 lbs, 6 oz). She caught up to Ellie for height who was always around the 98th percent or higher, but she’s not quite as much of a chunk. I spend every day smothering her with kisses and smelling her head. It’s the best! Claire has a new trick that I haven’t caught on camera yet, but...

Ellie – 3 Years Old!

Ellie turned three at the end of August and she has definitely been living up to the term “threenager” lately. She goes from being the sweetest little helper to the most feisty, patience testing little stinker in a span of five minutes. She makes me smile on a daily basis with the funny things she says, and she makes me want to pull my hair out when she asks “why?” for the thousandth time. Sugar and spice....

Introducing Baby Claire

My sweet baby girl will be two weeks old tomorrow, so I thought I should share a bit about her birth and how things are going for us as a family of four. I will keep the birth story pretty clean, but feel free to skip ahead if you’re bored! ...

Thoughts on our Growing Family

Part of me is so excited to be adding another baby to our family soon. We’ve always known we wanted more than one child, so I like thinking about all the fun we will have in the future as a family of four. It’s also a little sad to think about Ellie not being our only baby anymore. She has been a delight and is used to having our full attention. It’s also fun to think of her as a big...

Ellie Update – Ellie Says – 30 months

2 and a half is a challenging age, but boy is it hilarious too. Ted and I catch each other’s eye constantly when we overhear Ellie saying something beyond adorable. I’ve been doing my best to write down the funniest. Enjoy! I just realized the guy behind Ellie here has a Canadian tuxedo on. Oh Pennsylvania… One day in Hawaii, I was wearing a shirt that had a lace overlay. Ellie: You look so pretty mommy! You look like a...

Life Update and Ellie Says

We had a great Christmas and Ellie was spoiled like crazy of course. We were lucky to spend two whole weeks in Michigan with family, so that was a lot of fun. It was low key, relaxing, and we got to see lots of family and friends. I didn’t take many pictures – too busy just enjoying everything I guess. I think Ellie owns pretty much every Peppa Pig toy out there now. She completely understood about presents this year...

Ellie Says Update

I thought it was time for another round of Ellie says. This girl has the vocabulary of a 4 or 5 year old in a 2 year old’s body. She cracks us up all the time and it’s too cute not to share. She has been loving all the fall activities through our playgroup this year. We had a great Halloween party, got to walk in the Hershey parade, have gone apple and pumpkin picking and recently visited a farm...