Friday, June 6, 2014

Julianne - 6 months

6 months...

Half a year...

I still can't seem to figure out where time goes, and how fast my baby is changing!

This month, like all the previous ones, has been filled with new milestones and growth.
Julianne's 6 month stats:
Weight: 17 lbs 1 oz (67th percentile)
Height: 27.25 in (93rd percentile)
Head Circumference: 44 cm

This is a very rare occurrence for our little one - Falling asleep in the rocking chair.
She still needs loves to be swaddled in order to sleep.  Doug and I have mentioned on numerous occasions, we do not remember Dallas or Reba moving and wiggling as much as Miss Julianne does!

Julianne is ever so close to army crawling...
I know it is very difficult to see, but her bottom two front teeth finally popped through!!!
Julianne loves toys/books that make a crinkling sound.
We get tons of smiles from our little girl, but still not much laughing!
She cannot get enough of her toes!  She loves to hold on to them while eating and while getting her diaper changed.
Julianne hasn't tried too many foods yet.  She likes bananas and applesauce, and she will do rice cereal as well as oatmeal.

She is wearing size 3 diapers and size 6-9 month clothes.

Julianne is down to nursing every 4 hours.  It will be interesting to see how her schedule/sleeping changes now that I will not have to wake her up in order to get Dallas and Reba to school...

Finally, two of Julianne's newest tricks include:
tripod sitting
rocking on hands and knees
Until next time...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Granny's Surprise Birthday Celebration

This summer my Grandma (also known as Granny and GG) will turn 80! We thought it would be wonderful to have all the grandkids and great-grandkids "home" at the same time to have a birthday dinner.  When my mom shared the news with Granny a few weeks before the party, she was beyond excited to have everyone there.  But what she didn't know was that we were also have a surprise party for all her extended family and friends after lunch and pictures!

This weekend was the best time to get everyone together.  We met at the Putnam Inn in Greencastle for lunch, and then we headed to a local park for a few pictures.  

One funny story I have to share is this: My sisters and I met my aunt and uncle before lunch to decorate and put out the cake, plates, snacks, etc.  My aunt had purchased a balloon bouquet, with one of the balloons saying "Happy 80th Birthday".  Fast forward an hour or so - while eating lunch, Aunt Katie and Dallas are talking with GG.  Aunt Katie says, "Dallas do you know how old GG is?"  Dallas answers, "Yeah, she's 80. Didn't you see the balloons?"  Luckily, GG didn't hear the latter part of the statement and didn't ask anymore questions!

Here are a few of the wonderful memories we were able to capture!

GG and her great-grandkids
L-R: Dallas (6), Julianne (6 mo), Hailee (3), Owen (10 days), GG, Reba (4), Brinley (3), Sariah (5)
The whole clan!
My three kiddos with GG
The grandkids.
That photo was inspired by this one from a few years ago...
As I mentioned earlier in the post, after pictures we headed to the Farm Bureau building where Granny was completely surprised to see friends and family waiting for her!
I didn't take too many pictures at the party, but I did catch the little girls gathered together watching a Tinker Bell movie!
Until next time...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Random May Photos

One of the most fun parts about having two girls - getting to dress them alike every now and then.  Reba thinks it is the absolute coolest thing!

One day on Doug's way home from work, he found this guy sitting in the road!  Apparently, it seemed like a great idea to bring him home...
Jep lived with us for a couple weeks before we released him back into a creek.  He was fun for a while, but then he started stinking up the barn!

Our strawberry patch did amazing this year!  I was able to freeze multiple gallon sized bags of berries to use in milkshakes throughout the next year, and I was able to make a few of these gems...
Julianne loves it when Dallas holds her (even if both of them have a hard time sitting still for more than 1 minute)
Reba and one of the many flower bouquets she picked for me this spring
Lastly, to end our month, Dallas had some major dental work done (two teeth pulled and two crowns).  We were so blessed that he did amazingly well with the procedure, as well as the recovery.  He goes back in June to have work done on the other side of his mouth.
Until next time...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Spring is Blooming

A few nights ago, I decided to take the camera around the yard and capture my flowers and garden in bloom.

A hanging basket I got from Pa-paw and Ma-maw for Mother's Day
Dallas picked out these flowers at the greenhouse when we bought plants for the garden
I picked out a couple Gerber Daisies; Dallas and Reba picked out the other flowers at Rural King a few weeks back
Our garden - (l-r) onions, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, kohlrabi, and various seeds
On the other side of the garden are the "hill" plants; cucumbers, zucchini, watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins
The first year our apple tree has had apples!
The peach trees are loaded for the time being (last year, many of them fell throughout the spring)
Another angle of my garden
Reba picked out these flowers at the greenhouse
Our clem did awesome this year! So full of blooms :)
Until next time...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Meal Time!

On May 15th, Julianne got her first taste of "solid" foods.  I started her on Oatmeal cereal because Dallas and Reba didn't care for Rice cereal when they were infants, so I wanted something that had a little bit more flavor.

Daddy was excited to help feed Julianne one of her first meals.

As well as my little mother hen!

Dallas was able to help one day because he was home from school (he had a dentist appointment, and I let him stay home all day).

Julianne has a few items on her meal list: Oatmeal, Bananas, Applesauce, Butternut Squash, and Rice cereal.  I decided to try the Rice cereal because Julianne started spitting up more than normal after eating the oatmeal.  She did much better at keeping the rice cereal down.  I have reintroduced the oatmeal, and she is doing great with it!

Julianne has started to curl up her nose when she eats, and makes a snorting sound.  It's pretty funny.  I remember Reba doing the same thing, but I don't recall Dallas doing it.

Next menu item on the list is going to be green beans, but first I have to dig them out from the bottom of the deep freezer!

Until next time...