Thursday, January 26, 2012

embrace the camera jan.26, 2012

i haven't done this in a while.
going to try and get back into the swing of it.
this is our little fam on new year's day.
yep that is the most recent pic i have of the fam.
will do better next time:)

i know, not the best pic of any of us, but this is how it is these days trying to get 2 kiddos to smile and look a the camera at the same time:)

Monday, January 23, 2012

7 months and iphone pics

Elleanor is now 7 months old.
And I am so excited to say that month 6 was a fantastic month at the Maxeiner home!!!
(besides all the yucky allergy/drainage business)
Elleanor has had her first teeth just barely pop through the skin this month. (the 2 bottom front)
And that is all it took.
All it took for this little girl to start some really great sleeping habits!
Guess it was those 2 little toofers that had made the last couple of months of sleep, so inconsistent.
Since just seeing them brake through the skin the sleep has looked like this.
11-12 hours of straight, uninterrupted sleep at night for Ellie.
Naps, she takes 2 during the day.
The first being around 830 where she will usually sleep around 2-2 1/2 hours.
And the next being around 1, where we get approximately another 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Month 6 was definitely a huge month for us!!!
You can tell the whole household is feeling better.
(and this is the reason for all the phone pics below, we have all been embracing our sleep around here so the camera has not been picked up much this month.)

This past Thursday we went in to see Dr. Daley since we missed our shots at our 6 month appt. due to Ellie still being a little sick.  As I said in the last post they made that visit a sick visit, so we got another well check today.  Meaning they did measurements again.  E's weight this time was at 30% instead of the 50% it was at just 3 weeks ago, so either something was plotted a little off at one time or E is on her way to her slim down just like our itty bitty Caraline.  Same thing happened between C's 6 month and 9 month visit, I don't remember the numbers exactly but this is definitely where she started to go way down on the charts,  so I'm kind of expecting to see the same thing with Ellie since I've noticed she has started to loose some of her chunk here lately.  Doc said she looked great, she has some eczema going on on her cheeks (already got meds for that), but other than that she looks just perfect!  I have to brag on Caraline here, she came out of her shell at the doctor's office this visit.  She actually went and played with the toys and when Dr. Daley came in she talked to him and told him where to sit (on his rolling chair), she gave him a high-five and then a hug before he went out, she's pretty darn cute!  Ellie got 3 shots this time because it was also time for her other half of her flu shot, she really cried this time, like held her breath and turned purple cried (last time when she got the first half of the flu shot, she didn't make a peep).

still in a pretty good mood after those shots

other haps:
she is using her voice A LOT! mostly to say dadadada and lalalala.
she is sitting pretty well, we still fall over here and there.
she is really wanting to crawl, think it will happen any day, she scoots backwards and rolls to get where she wants to go right now.
after only about 4 trys at the sippy cup she has gotten figured out! she just needs a little help to hold it.
like i mentioned before, she now has 2 bottom teeth popping through.
she is figuring out the game peek-a-boo. and LOVES it! especially when her sissy is playing it with her.
same foods as last post except we added bananas. and I am making apples this morning so going to have them soon too.
she still will eat anything we give to her, like her mommy not picky at all.
in a month I plan to try yogurt, really nervous about this and praying/hoping she doesnt have any problems with it (bc of her little milk intolerance issue).
and we are officially off of her reflux medicine!!! the doc gave us a prescription at her sick visit the last time and told us we could get it or we could see how she did without it a couple of days.
she did absolutely fine without it. don't get me wrong she still spits up here and there, but definitely not more and maybe even less now than when she was on it, so we got rid of that stuff! it is so nice to not have to worry about that 3x a day anymore!

a few of her favorite things

these girls love them some bathtime.

zoned in on MMC

this pic doesn't show it, but she's gotten pretty good with that cup.

Right now our day looks something like this (for the past 2-3 weeks):
700: wake up, first bottle for Ellie, sippy cup of milk for Caraline while we watch MMC
730/745is: the girls and I sit at the table for breakfast together (unless daddy has made C breakfast with him).
830-1030:  morning nap for E, mommy and C time. 
1100:  2nd bottle for E.
1130/1145ish:  lunch time for us all.
1200:  playtime, sometimes 1 episode of Mickey before naps. or we run errands here if needed.
100-300:  girlies' naptime and mommy's free time!
300:  3rd bottle for E, Caraline usually does some type of activity at this time after her snack (coloring, pay-doh, etc.).
500:  Ellie's dinner time. 
530:  We all play in the kitchen together while mommy fixes dinner.
600:  Dinner time, Ellie joins us in her highchair and plays while we eat if she is happy, if she isn't she takes a little 30minute catnap at this time.
630:  Bathtime fun.
700:  E's last bottle for the day.
730/800ish:  bedtime for both girls.

It's a busy busy day and by the end of it this mommy is down right EXHAUSTED!! But I am so so happy that we are settling down into a routine, it's about dang time!!!!

p.s:  forgot to mention that this little gal got her some new jewelry this month too!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Potty Training...

This morning we were all well rested and have nothing to do but stay inside and enjoy looking out into the back yard and seeing the snow that came last night.  So we decided we were going to give a go at potty training, really give a go, not just play around with it like we have in the past.  Caraline is doing great.  Well if you count at least just sitting on the potty, which in the past has been difficult to get her to do.  She has not pee pee'd on the potty yet today but she has gone by herself and sat on the potty to try without me having to aske her to.  We started around 630 this morning and so far are on our 5th pair of panties.  But we are not giving up like we usually do, there will be no diapers worn in this house today (with the exception of naptime)!  And I must brag on little miss Elleanor too.  She slept 11 straight hours last night without making a move and this mommy got so rested I was able to get up, go to the gym and start my day right, giving me the energy to want to do this potty business!  She has also made it easy this morning for me to give Caraline the attention she needs for pottying seeing as she has now been in her bed napping for and hour and a half!

so enough potty talk, I leave you with these blue eyed beautiful girlies!

Happy Thursday!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas 2011 - part 2

Christmas day.
our little family spent Christmas morning at our home with Memaw here to watch the little girlies open their presents.
they were both so much fun.

so I hear she looks like me, but here I see a whole lotta daddy!

this gal definitely knew what to do with the presents this year.

she was pretty into it too.

Ellie's little kitchen from Santa.

Caraline's big girl kitchen from Santa.

another one of this girl's favorites, she loves her some coloring!

we then went to the hubby's parents house for brunch.
and not just any brunch.
we are talking the best brunch ever!
with the most amazing homemade cinnamon rolls made by y mother in law! (they cant be beat!)

uncle adam feeding ellie her brunch.

the kiddie table.

we then had some playtime after lunch.

ledger and his curls:)

caraline playing with her new counting cookies, great gift!

cousin mel taking care of e.

uncle james has a way with making the babes smile and giggle.

santa zac.

after playtime, naps, other Christmas get togethers, everyone came back for dinner.
another yumm-o meal!
Tim's parents do some unbelievable cooking!!
then it was present time.
unfortunately our 2 year old was being exactly that, 2, and I didn't get any pictures of this time because I was taking care of Ellie and the hubby was 'trying' to control Caraline between her trying to open others presents, screaming and crying, and throwing toys/taking toys away from the other kiddos.
it was flat out, embarrassing! but it was late, she was on overload, and like I mentioned before she is now '2'!
(which this whole 2 year old fit thing is a whole other post in itself)
so no pics of presents and I didn't get pics of all the family members but fortunately Tim's cousin Alicia got lots of super cute pics of everyone, definitely making copies!

somehow in all the chaos I did end up with a cute pic of  mommy and E!

it was a wonderful holiday weekend.
even with all the sickness, surgery, etc.
we enjoyed celebrating Christmas and just being with our family so so so much!
can't wait to do it again next year!

 I'll end my Christmas posts with Dr. Caraline playing with her American girl babydoll she got from Nana and Papa! (this has been a daily thing since Christmas)

Thursday, January 5, 2012


sister love.
nothing better than seeing the bond that is forming right before our eyes!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas 2011 - part 1

celebrating with the Iott's.
Jennifer Iott started as one of my co-workers but quickly became one of my very best friends and a part of my family.
our kiddos exchange gifts every year.
it is usually just kind of a fly by thing, because everyone is so busy this time of year.
but we finally set aside a time for our families to eat and spend time together for Christmas.
it was a fun couple of hours, eating pizza and watching the kids play, just enjoying each others company.
wish we could get more time to enjoy evenings like this together but we all know just how busy life is.
(we did get together to celebrate New Year's though, and it was a good time, even though I was up way past my bed time!)
here are a couple of pics from our evening.

loving some of Mason's toys!

such a cutie!
pretty girl just got done showing us some of her fancy dance moves!

love this girl!

then Christmas Eve was spent at our home with my side of our family.
mom, my 2 sisters, sis's boyfriend, nieces and nephew, plus a cousin and her family.
my sister's and their fams came early for lunch so we could spend the whole day together.
it was so nice because I do not get to see my nieces and nephew near as much as I would like to and when we do we rarely get the whole day all together.
for lunch we had the best ever 'White Chicken Chili' (we have this about once a week in our house), thanks Alicia and Stacy!!
then my kiddos napped while I got to spend time with the other kiddos.
after naps, came the presents.
just ridiculousness!, Memaw (Santa) goes way overboard, but it makes her happy and we all appreciate it so so much!
best surprise present ever:  our kindle fire!!! had no idea! my mom knows this girl loves her some reading!! Thanks mom, your the bestest!
then my mom and my sister Sam fixed almost all of Christmas dinner by themselves!
Sam's first year to make homemade dressing and she did awesome!
my sis Danielle pretty much took care of Ellie for me the entire day.  she loves her some babies!
then for dinner my cousin Jamie, her hubby and their 2 cute girls arrived!
the kids had a blast and dinner was fabulous.  my heart was so full!

fun stuff his aunt sam got him!

 my pretty sis and her cute kiddos!

 so excited about his new sneakers!

 you better believe he's getting put to work with that, thanks mom!

Caraline had to get in on the transformer action.

so into her new puppy!

Olivia lovers her some lalaloopsy!

Natalie's our little artist in the family.

Can't wait to do it all again next year!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

1/2 birthday time!

that's right.
Ellie girl turned 6 months old on Dec. 20th.
I almost had forgot about it because the hubby had surgery this day and things were just crazy with him being laid up and the 2 girls being sick.
yes, sick.
both at the same time and when the hubs couldn't help me with them.
this last week has been extremely challenging but ok, on with our 6 month old!

poor thing got her first ear infection for her 6 month birthday.
this experience was horrible.
all new for us because at almost 2 1/2 Caraline has never had one.
add in teething at the same time for E and sleep had become a thing of the past.
but I can say now that everyone is on the mend and things are getting much less chaotic.
we did have to revisit 'cry it out' at night because the little girl had become spoiled to someone holding her again, so we are getting back on track with the sleeping!

we went yesterday for her 6 month well check, which really turned into a sick visit because I was still concerned about her ear.
the ped said her ear looked just fine but decided that we would wait on shots until she was done with her abx so back in 2 weeks for shots.

stats on this girl:
weight 15lb 10.5oz, 50th%
length 26.5in, 90th%
head 16 1/2in , 50th%

please excuse the seat, she likes to get messy when she eats!

about Ellie,
she smiles and giggles tons.
she also still can go from 0 to 100 in a split second when she is not happy.
eyes still big and blue (who would have thought I would ever have 2 blue eyes babes!)
just waiting for her bottom teeth to pop through, seems like they've been on their way forever.
she loves loves loves to look at her daddy and smile.
and her momma is pretty much her favorite person these days.
she rolls all over the floor, back to belly, belly to back, she gets around!
working on sitting up but her balance just isn't the greatest yet.
she is starting to sing herself to sleep when she is getting tired, cutest thing ever.
this girl loves her food.
she has had sweet potatoes, avocado, green beans, sweet peas, and butternut squash (all homemade).
she was a little finicky with the avocado at first but by the second attempt she was a fan.
this month we will move on to some fruits!

schedule hasn't changed much.
still 4 bottles a day (about every 4 hours)
she gets meals 3 times a day (cereal for breakfast, veggies for lunch and dinner)
2 naps a day (morning is still good, afternoon is still a struggle)
sleeping at night, before this whole ear infection, sickness mess she went down at 730is and got up at 7 most of the time.

love our life.
love our girls.
can't wait to see what the next 6 months bring for sweet Elleanor!