Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Karsten: 12 Months

Please excuse me. I've been hiding away the last month, trying not to think about the fact that my baby was about to turn ONE.  Just kidding.  But not really.

And today it happened. Karsten is now ONE.  One whole year.  Maybe I should just be like all those other moms that count their kids age in months for EVER.  So for example, if someone asked me how old Kate is, I'd say, "Oh, she's 50 months old."  I'm convinced moms do that because it's just so hard to talk YEARS.  But that's not me, so that won't happen.  Karsten's one.  I'll get over it.

So to make up for lost time, this post is gonna be a big lengthy.  Sorry not sorry.  Here is what the ONE year old has been up to...

We went to the pediatrician today, and she is 20 lbs 9.5 oz (64%) and 30 3/4 inches long (95%).  She wears Size 3 diapers (she's a Huggies girl) and size 9 month clothes. Honestly, 12 month clothes probably fit her a little better but with the changing seasons, she still fits in the 9 month summer stuff well enough to last a little longer before we officially switch to long sleeves for 12 month.

Karsten now has four teeth- two on top and two on bottom. She has two more top teeth that are about to pop through so she has gone from no teeth to 6 in just about 6 weeks.  It's been rough.

This girl loves bath time. LOVES it. I think she would live in the water if we let her. She has so much fun splashing around. When she was teeny, she did not want water to get on her face at all, which obviously made hair washing pretty hard. Now she doesn't care. I can pour a full cup of water on her head and it doesn't bother her in the slightest.

She is walking all over the place. It's hard to believe that she's only been doing this about 4-6 weeks, because she's gotten so good at it. She's nearly to the point of running, though it is pretty fair to say that she almost ran before she walked. She is in such a hurry to GO.  She would have been walking even sooner than she did, but she wanted to start moving before she even got her balance. Just call her Miss Impatient. I joke with Kevin that she got this from HIM. 

She is so rough and tough when it comes to falling down. Girl knows how to take a fall. She knows exactly how to hold her head to make sure it doesn't get bumped. Maybe it is because of having a big sister, but she doesn't cry much from getting boo-boos.

With that being said, she is super sensitive and gets her feelings hurt easily. If she's doing something she isn't supposed to, or about to do something that may hurt her, and you tell her "no", she stops what she's doing, turns around, starts crying and then immediately runs to you. She wants you to pick her up and then she'll bury her head in your shoulder and cry.  My sweet, sensitive baby girl!

I was a bit worried about her eating, because for the longest time she was totally opposed to foods with textures. She would eat purees just fine, but that was it.  She's now eating just about anything you put in front of her.  She loves cheerios, green beans, carrots, sweet potato soufflĂ© (thanks, Kevin!), and basically anything that is on our plates. We haven't found much that she doesn't like yet!

We tried to start transitioning to whole milk a few days ago and it was a little rough.  After an awful diaper rash, along with some blistering on her bottom, we stopped giving her milk and switched back to formula. We're going to transition a little more slowly and mix formula with the milk, but I think it's pretty likely that some of the problem were those 2 top teeth that are about to pop through.

Karsten has started saying so many words lately. Of course a lot of them are words that only WE would understand, but we know what she is trying to say.  She says:
  • Mama
  • Dada and Daddy
  • Bottle (Baba)
  • Hey
  • Bye
  • Bible
  • Uh-oh
  • Ouch
  • Boys (when she is talking to our dogs, Max & Cooper)
  • Up (as in, "pick me up")

She will wave, blow kisses, give you five, "fake" laugh when you ask her to, and copy you doing lots of things.  Just this morning she saw the pediatrician grab some hand sanitizer and start to rub his hands together.  So of course, she started rubbing her hands together just like him.

It is so hard for me to believe that just one year ago, she was this sweet, tiny baby girl...

And now she is this sweet, energetic, smiley (still baby) girl!

A year ago today, our lives had completely changed, and we didn't even know it.  But, the very next day we found out when we got THE CALL from our agency and were told that our daughter had been born the day before.  We prayed for her for such a long time, not knowing it was Karsten we were praying for.  Now we can't imagine our family without her in it.  We are so thankful for the strong, courageous mom that carried this baby for 9 months and then chose US to be her family. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect gift than this child, and for the gift of open adoption.

Happy birthday, sweet girl! We love you more than you'll know!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

First Day of School 2015

A few weeks ago, Kate started school.  She is in K4 this year, at the same church program that she attended last year.  So far things have gone really well and she is enjoying school. I hope that continues and she loves to learn!

Here she is before we got in the car...

Because we were on vacation the week before, we missed the school's open house.  Luckily Kate had gotten to meet her teacher before we left on vacation, because their teachers do home visits before school starts to introduce themselves.  However, since we weren't at open house, Kate had no idea where her classroom was.  So you would think she'd want me to walk her in on the first day, right? I mean isn't that the normal thing for kids to want?

But, nope. When we got there, she BEGGED for me not to walk her in. She kept saying "No! Just go through the car line and drop me off."  And y'all. She had no idea where to go!

I walked her in anyway. Man. We're not starting this in K4!

Fake smiling for the win. 

We're hoping this school year goes as well as the last one! It is off to a fun start!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Karsten: 11 Months

I honestly thought about just copying/pasting Kate's 11 month update and putting it here for Karsten (replacing the pictures, of course).  That's how much these sisters are alike. God is SO in the details. From their development to their tiny attitudes, these girls were meant to be sisters!

So yeah, Karsten is 11 months old.  And by the time I post this, she is already a week into this 11th month. That means in just 3 more weeks, she will be ONE.  Where in the WORLD has the last year gone?  A year ago, we had NO idea that this little girl would be joining our family and changing our world.  Now it's hard to remember life without her.

What is she up to?

Well the biggest thing is - walking! All. Over. The. Place. Girl is on the move.  In all of 3-4 days, she seriously went from taking a step or two, to walking nonstop.  She can stand herself up all by herself (without having to pull up on anything) and can stop, lean over and pick something up, and then stand back up and keep going. So she has it down.

And she LOVES praise and attention.  When she first started taking steps, we'd clap for her and say "Yay Karsten!". She loved it and would get so excited.  Now, after she walks to where ever she is going, she will stop, plop down, and then clap for herself.

She is still sleeping pretty great.  She's been a little "off" the past few days and doesn't want to take her morning nap.  So then she ends up taking an earlier afternoon nap and then going to bed early. I hope this new schedule doesn't stick around because this Mama doesn't love the early bedtimes.  It means I get to see her that much less between getting home from work and putting her to bed! 

She seems SO much bigger to us, but she still wears her 9 month clothes perfectly fine. 12 month dresses and onesies fit her too, but 12 month pants are really just too big.  She's still in size 3 diapers.

She now has FOUR teeth. (See those top two poking through on the picture above?)  At 10 months old she just had one lonely little tooth that had barely popped through.  About two weeks ago this girl was extra fussy for a few days. She just couldn't be satisfied with anything.  She had some pretty bad diapers and diaper rash. Turns out, three teeth were coming through at once. I think that would make anybody fussy. So now she has 4 teeth (two top and two bottom). 

She is still such a Mama's girl, and I'm still not complaining. I'll take it!  The whole walking thing has really added to it though because she can get to me so much faster. I'm becoming pretty skilled at doing things one handed while holding a baby. 

She is still getting 3-4 bottles a day, about 6-7 oz each time. And baby food 3 times a day. She is finally starting to eat more real solid type foods, instead of only pureed baby foods. I think it must have been a texture thing because she did not like anything chunky at all for a while. She had green beans a few weeks ago and loved to pick them up and eat them. She eats nearly any kind of bean (baked beans, pinto beans, etc) and loves mashed potatoes. And puffs. But what baby doesn't like puffs?

She hasn't added a lot to her vocabulary. She'll say Mama and Dada, of course. And "Hey" and "Bye", and waves along when she says them. She says "Uh oh" and will purposefully throw her puffs on the floor and say "Uh oh."  And she will say "Woof", as in, Georgia Bulldogs say "Woof".  Think Daddy had anything to do with that?  Ha!

She has the curliest, prettiest hair and I just love it.  Since my hair is stick straight, I'm learning how this whole curly-hair thing works. It usually has pretty ringlets for the first half of the day, and then she takes a nap (and pulls on her hair when she is tired) and that's the end of the little ringlets.  

She is a lover of music.  At church, we just have to walk into the auditorium and she'll start bouncing and clapping.  We typically keep her in the service with us for the very first song, since she loves the music so much. This morning, she bounced, clapped and "sang" along with the song with so much enthusiasm, the people in the row in front of us turned around and were laughing at her. At home, when the TV is on and some type of music starts playing, she'll start clapping and bouncing along. Such a funny girl.

Big sister is her best friend and her biggest enemy. They have a love/hate relationship for sure.  They love to play with each other, and Karsten still gives Kate the biggest smiles of all of us.  Kate has started calling Karsten "Little Nissy".  We tried to explain that it's "Little Missy" but Kate adamantly disagrees, so "Little Nissy" it is.

Eleven months have flown by, and I can't believe that I'm planning a first birthday party. I know I will blink and it'll be here before we know it!

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