Thursday, January 28, 2010


I'm not really sure if I just wasn't messy before Nicole came, but I do not remember cleaning as much pre baby as I do post baby. Nicole isn't that dirty because I'm kinda anal about her cleanliness (no jam hands kid for me!), but there always seems to be a lot of mess in the house.

The dishes always need to be done, the kitchen is always a mess, lots of things are untidy, and there is always laundry to do.

Even if I clean, that very same day, things are messy again. I just don't know how this keeps happening to me. I don't know if it is me or the baby, but I feel like it is me because the baby doesn't create many dishes.

This is what I get for cooking dinner every night. Things were a lot cleaner when we ate out all the time. Those were the good old days.

Matt is really good about helping me when he gets home from work, but I feel like I should do it during the day because I need to contribute to the family (since I'm not bringing in any moolah any more). I definitely prefer working to cleaning. But, I prefer being a mom to working. I am definitely getting the better deal.

Well, I'm off to do the dishes... again.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


It has finally happened! Nicole's hair is long enough to put in a little spout.

And she looks so super cute with her little spout. Now no one will mistake her for a boy.

Her hair has been growing longer and longer and I finally tried again to put her hair up. She only lets me do it some days, but it is is just too cute when she lets me and leaves it in.
This is definitely a very fun age. Some times I wish each month would last a little longer so that I could enjoy the age a little longer.
She is now crawling up the stairs and she is very proud of herself when she does it. But, of course it makes me very nervous because I fear that she will fall backward down the stairs. She doesn't know how to get down the stairs and is to afraid to try, even with Mommy's help.
She is still in her "momma's girl" phase, which can be annoying at times. She always wants me to hold her and is very afraid of other people. With the exception of Matt and my Mom, she cries when anyone else holds her. I would very much like her to get out of that phase.

She really loves to look at her scrapbook that I am making for her. It is all pictures of her as a little baby and she loves to turn the pages and kiss the baby. I am way behind on my scrapbooking. I think that it is possible that I took too many pictures of her in her first months because I haven't even scrapbooked past 2 months yet and her scrapbook is full.

I really love scrapbooking. I don't get to do it that often because Nicole doesn't love it as much as I do. My mom has a room dedicated to scrapbooking at her house, so I like to go there to do my work because all the tools I want to use are there. But, alas that I don't get out there that much.

Nicole hates riding in the car (another reason I don't go to my mom's too often). She cries on almost every car ride we take. I'm not sure if it is because she is riding backward or if she just gets bored or if she gets car sick, but I am so done with the crying in the car. I'm hoping that things will get better when we move her to the forward facing carseat. Which won't be until she is one and 25 pounds. But, I am pretty tired of lugging around 35 pounds of car seat and baby, so hopefully it happens soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

9 months!

Nicole is now 9 months old! That is crazy to me. My little baby is all growing and growing so fast! Here are her latest stats: Weight: 20lbs (she has been sick and lost a little weight) Length: 28inches. She is a good sized little girl and healthy with the exception of the cold that we both got.

Sarah's wedding was a couple weeks ago and I never posted on it... and I probably never will. But, these are pictures of Nicole in her little dress that all the little girls wore to the wedding. The headband only stayed in long enough for me to take these pictures and then she tore it out of her hair. But, she looked super cute for like 20 minutes. Then we even took her out of the dress because it had glitter on it that kept coming off and getting onto everything. I am STILL finding glitter in her hair. So, I generously gifted the dress to her cousin Lucy, who doesn't seem to mind glitter everywhere.

Nicole has many new accomplishments and I often feel like she is no longer my baby; she is turning into a little girl. *sniff*

Nicole's words: Mama, Dada, Daddy, Yay!, Baby, Yah yah, and Hi.
Nicole can now crawl and she is fast! We thought she would start crawling at Christmas, but it was another week before she really started to get going. I have to keep an eye on her all the time! I've been baby proofing ever since she started to move around because she seems to get into everything. It has most definitely made my house cleaner.

Nicole has been watching the "Your Baby Can Read" videos and she loves them! She get excited and starts to bounce every time I turn on the dvd. She can now read Clap, Hi, Wave, and Baby. Or, I assume she can because she either repeats the word or does the action.

She is really good at her clapping and waving. She will usually perform those actions when asked. She also gives kisses. Kisses to her are putting her open mouth on my cheek, but she is pretty close.

Nicole one morning when she had crazy hair. I'm so proud of the amount of hair she has grown.

Nicole loves cherios and always wants to eat what I am eating. Unfortunately, most of the time she cannot eat what I am eating. I'm trying to get her to try chunkier fruits, but she gags most of the time when I give them to her. Matt gave her little carrot chunks the other day. The next day, I found whole carrot chunks in her diaper. She still lacks teeth, so most things go down the way they are given to her.

Nicole is pulling herself up on everything! Her favorite thing is to pull herself up using Mommy. I keep telling her that I am not a jungle gym, but she does not or chooses not to understand. She has started pulling herself up in her crib so we finally had to drop the mattress. She didn't seem to notice or care.

I think that she knows the word "no" because when I say it, she smiles and rushes to do whatever I am telling her not to do. But it is so cute that I cannot be mad at her even a little.

Her favorite thing to do is pull herself up, start clapping and say, "yay." She is very proud of her accomplishments.

When she gets upset, she immediately sticks her thumb in her mouth, looks at me and starts crying. She doesn't really suck her thumb, but she chews on it when she cries. I don't know why, but she likes to look at me and then cry. She will bonk her head and not start crying until she sees me, then she will cry. I must be bringing it out in her. She is very much a little drama queen. Figures that my daughter would be just like me.

Now that we are both better, I will be able to enjoy this age. She is so much fun and makes me laugh all the time. She is very independent and wants to do things herself. But, at the same time she is very much a mama's girl. I love seeing her grow up and learn new things, but at the same time I miss my little bitty baby. I think this is part of the evil plot that babies have. They make you love the "baby" phase so that you will always want more babies. Truly ingenius.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

been sick

been very sick for a while now. hope i get better soon. coley sick too.