Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer time!

What says "summer time" more than a popsicle on the back porch on a HOT afternoon?


Saturday, July 11, 2015

4th of July Catch-up

Well last weekend was the 4th of July, and it was a busy one!  I had Friday off of work, and went ahead and took Thursday off as well.  So Thursday morning, the girls and I hopped in the car to head to the lake!  Kevin was golfing, and he met us there after he finished up.

Thursday was  GREAT lake day.

And unfortunately, Friday and Saturday were pretty overcast and rainy, so we did not end up on the lake again. Bummer.  However, Kevin and I DID get to sneak in a date night and go to see Jurassic World on Friday while my parents babysat.  Score!  We hardly ever do anything with just the 2 of us anymore, so it was nice to have a kid-free night.

We headed home on Saturday and didn't even stay up for fireworks.  Our kids were exhausted from the lake fun, and Karsten had been extra fussy.  Turns out that she had an ear infection and that was the cause of her fussiness.  

I did get a couple of pictures in their 4th of July apparel...

And you see Kate's skirt?  She LOVES skirts and dresses like this.  She calls them her twirl dresses.  I bet you can guess why.  This is what she does when she is wearing them...


I sure do love this girl, and her sister! They make us smile and laugh every single day.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Karsten: Nine Months

Almost exactly a year ago I posted this to Instagram:

And now we’re celebrating this:

How fitting is that verse? In July 2014, we had no idea what was coming up for our family, or when, but God did. He knew that Karsten had already been created and in three short months would be a part of our family. To us it seemed slow, but God knew she would surely come. He is so good!

And now this sweet girl is NINE months old. Nine!

So here's what she's up to these days...

Last month she said her first word, “Dada”. This month she has added two more words to her vocabulary. My favorite, of course, is “Mama”, which she says constantly. She has also added “hey” to the mix.

She started “crawling” at 8 month old, which was more of a scooting on her belly. She sure was working on those arm muscles though. As of just a couple of days ago, she is now crawling the “right” way. Climbing onto things (fireplace). She is pulling up on anything she can reach, and I’ll often go into her bedroom in the morning to find her standing up and looking over her crib at me. She is even starting to cruise around furniture. She will occasionally let go and attempt to stand on her own, but quickly falls back down. She does like to hold our hands and walk all over the place, though she really isn’t all that steady yet. 

She went to the doctor on her actual 9 month birthday (Monday, July 6th) and these are her stats:

18 lbs 11 oz (60%)
28.5 inches long (83%)

Sleep – Awesome.  Except for this last week.  We won't count that though.  When we went to the doctor on Monday, I asked them to check her ears (though I'm sure they would have anyway).  She had been fussy over the weekend, but I honestly thought that since she currently has ZERO teeth, she may be teething.  I figure they are all going to pop through at once and be super painful.  Anyway, she was cranky, but really only cranky in the evening and at night, and she had been pulling on her ears a little.  The doctor checked her ears and yep, they are infected. So baby girl has her very first official ear infection and is on her first antibiotic.  Let me tell you, we are ALL ready for her to be off of it. Whew.  She is a trooper though.

She is starting to eat lots of solids and would rather have real food than a bottle.  We started her with puffs and yogurt melts and she LOVES them.  She does not, however, like stage 3 (chunky) baby foods.  I guess it is the texture or something but she gags on that stuff.  Gotta say I wouldn't be thrilled by it either

Other fun things to note:
She will wave at people and say “Hey!”
She gives wet sloppy kisses, mostly to Mama.
She is a total Mama's girl and is getting pretty spoiled. The ear infection made her clingy but she likes to be held anyway.

Nine months sure have flown by!  This is craziness, I tell you!


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