Saturday, December 21, 2013

Santa! I know him!

Our 2013 visit to Santa was a success!!!  I have to give Santa credit because he was just the sweetest man.  We decided to run up to the Denton mall because it is closest to the house, and I honestly didn't have high expectations for the Golden Triangle Santa, but he was great!  He kept waving to all the kids in line as we waited and that helped boost Grey's confidence a lot.  Grey was a little hesitant at first, but once I handed Elizabeth to the big man in red Grey let me set him down next to him. (Peer pressure/big brother protector for the win!) Grey was so happy/excited he looked like he was about to burst!

I was so happy that Grey didn't flip out that I may have teared up a bit and Santa gave me a hug…thanks Santa:) You'll notice that Elizabeth, who smiles ALL THE TIME, was not overly impressed by Santa.  Jared and I looked like a couple of crazy people trying to get them both to smile, but I figure 1)there was no crying, and 2)Grey is smiling, and 3)there was no crying…1 out of 2 kids is a win, right? It certainly beats last year!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas from The Petkoffs

Adventures in Christmas card photography!  

I mistakenly thought wrangling one kid was hard…oh the naivety! They weren't too bad, but I was sweating by the time this was done! Ha!  

 Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas (Outfits!)

We love Christmas, and we can't help but show our cheer everyday!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

5 Months

Elizabeth is 5 months old today! This little girl is growing so much!

 She is still the happiest little thing, and is always ready with a smile!

 Her big brother is completely smitten these days, and can barely keep his hands off of her! Haha it's so sweet!  She gets lots of kisses and hugs.  Who can blame him!  I can't seem to get enough myself! I don't know if it's because she is the last little Petkoff baby, or what, but I just want to snuggle her all the time! In addition to all the love, Grey is also super protective of Elizabeth, and does NOT like it when she goes somewhere without him!
This month she finally grew big enough (with some pillows underneath) to jump in the exersaucer! She loves it! You will notice that she is wearing a bib in the photo below.  She is teething like crazy now and drools all over the place!

She is still sleeping in our room in her pack and play, but since she has decided in the last few days that she would rather "talk" to us in the middle of the night rather than sleep, her days are numbered in the room with us. She did finally start rolling over!  Woohoo! So, I feel better about the move to her own room, but I would really like her to roll a bit more.  Grey was sleeping on his stomach at this age because he would roll over by himself.  I need to stop stressing and just do it!
We went to the pediatric ophthalmologist this month, and Elizabeth will be having surgery on her eyelid. The surgeon said he didn't think it was an immediate concern, so he wants to wait until she is at least 6 months old.  We will probably wait until this summer, but I am glad that we got to talk to the doctor about it.  It sounds relatively minor for a surgery, if there is such a thing on an infant, so I am hopeful that this will be a quick fix.  

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkeys!

We had such a nice thanksgiving!

Don is officially smitten! He held Elizabeth for so long and she was so happy that Jared and I have decided we've found a new babysitter!

We even managed to work in some cousin bowling time:) they were so cute!

The next morning Nanny came back over for a little more Elizabeth time. We also might have had pumpkin pie for breakfast...

And of course it was game on for Christmas outfits the next day!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

4 months

This little lady is 4 months old!  She is still the happiest little thing and I can't believe how quickly time flies!  I feel like she was born just last week!  

You might have noticed that I always refer to her on the blog as being "little"or "petite," and that is because SHE IS SO TINY! We haven't taken her to see the pediatrician since she was 6 weeks old because our doctor allowed us to go ahead and get all of her 2 month vaccines at that visit.  We finally went back to the pediatrician for her 4 month check up (photo below), and her tiny stature has been confirmed (it's not just my imagination:)!

Elizabeth is a whopping 12.5 pounds (14th percentile), and a huge 22 inches long (1st percentile?!?!), BUT, like her big brother, she has lots of brains and her head is measuring in the 85th percentile:) I cannot believe how small she is!  I know that Jared and I aren't exactly giants, but to be in the 1% for height is so funny! I think she can go ahead and cross future WNBA star off her list:) The pediatrician could see that I was concerned and let me know that if she grows even half an inch this month she will be in the 15% for height, so at least there's that.

Just to compare, at 4 months Grey was 15 lbs and 24.75 inches (50% for both). Yowza!

In other developments, she has started teething this month.  Her hands are constantly in her mouth, and she is drooling on all of her cute outfits!

She is also already starting to show signs that she has inherited her Mama's love of shoes. She is so funny about checking out her shoes and socks! She usually only does it after we get her dressed in the mornings too. These are the pictures I get when I try to take them after she's been dressed.

"Oh hey there bunny slippers!"

As she has gotten older she has started to become aware of her surroundings, and she gets really excited to see Grey and I, but she gets super pumped when Jared comes into the room.  It is some seriously heartwarming stuff. She lights up and gets all smiley and starts talking.  Oh my goodness the love is just so palpable! Warm fuzzies!

We are so much more relaxed the second time around, and that is both a good and bad thing.  Good, because I am not a crazy person and I don't sweat the small stuff like when or how to do all of the first time Mom stuff. Bad, because I am SO MUCH MORE relaxed about things like sleeping...For the first 2 1/2 months of her life she slept in a rock and play seat that was inclined to help her with reflux/colic type issues.  Now, the problem is that this was really only necessary for about a month and half, but she slept so well!!  I would have NEVER allowed Grey to do that, but for the sake of my sanity I went with it because she was sleeping.  I realized that she would eventually outgrow the rock and play (even though that seems like it will be much further in the future now) so we have been trying to get her to sleep in the pack and play (baby steps to the crib).  IT HAS BEEN SO HARD!  It's a good thing she's so cute because she is a TERRIBLE sleeper! Grey slept like a...well, a baby...and would pass out and sleep all night from very early on (8 weeks). Nothing messed up his sleep habits, so I was a little spoiled...

She has been in the pack and play for the last two weeks, and was finally getting the hang of it until the weather changed. UGH! Now she's all congested (probably going to have allergies like her big bro) and is back in the rock and play because she keeps coughing and waking herself up.  Bless her heart!  I feel so bad for her, but selfishly, I am dreading starting this all over again! At 4 months Grey was in his crib!  Second child nonchalance is a killer!  Don't let it happen to you! (You're welcome for this PSA:) To document the cute side of this sleep business, here she is snoring up a storm because of her congestion.

This month Elizabeth got to celebrate GG's birthday! She went out to eat with all of us, and slept the whole time.  Yea Elizabeth! Happy Birthday GG!

In serious news, we took her to see the ophthalmologist about her eye. If you zoom in on her photos you can see that she has a little divot/cut in her left upper eyelid (you can see it in the video above).  She was born that way (cue Lady Gaga song) and the pediatrician was worried about it since it hasn't grown together. The ophthalmologist said that it was something we need to have corrected, so we are now going to see a pediatric ophthalmologist/plastic surgeon.  I'm hoping that this is a quick and simple fix that she won't have to deal with in the future.  We go next week for her consultation, so fingers crossed!

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