Polar Express 2014

In 2014, we decided to take Payton on the Polar Express. We watched the movie a few times to really get her excited. And she was definitely excited...
Waiting for the train...


Getting her ticket punched...
And checking it out.
And this is what happens when you tell her to smile. 
We got cookies and hot chocolate on the ride. Payton approved!

Looking out the window to see if we were at the North Pole yet.  
Looking for Santa

Shaking her magic bell
And spending time with Santa
All in all, it was a good experience. She loved it. I don't think it is something we will do every year because it is definitely not cheap, but we will probably do it again once Ariana is old enough to understand and enjoy it.
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Wordless Wednesday- a little snow fun (2014)

(And I do mean a LITTLE... because this amount of snow is nothing like what we are usually hit with...)






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Ariana's room reveal

Now that we are all moved in and settled, the first thing I wanted to do was get Ariana's room painted and set up. It was killing me that she didn't have a room. She came home from the hospital to a house full of a boxes, her clothes in plastic bins and drawers, and no room for her. And her room before we redid it was just NOT right for her. So while I was on break from school in February we got her room set.

Here are the before pictures of her bedroom... (forgive the quality- they are cell phone pics that I snapped right after we started pulling the border off the wall... I almost forgot to take any at all.)


As you can see, so NOT girly! And definitely not fit for Ariana..

And here are the after pictures.


Prints purchased off etsy and I just printed  and framed them at home





cell phone pic- decal made by me
another decal made by me



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3 months

Ariana is already 3 months old (I realize this is over 2 weeks late, but I had all the info ready on her 3mos bday... just haven't had time to do the pictures). I am officially back to working. And we are settling into a routine. The first week I went back to work was pretty rough for Ariana and my dad. She was not a happy camper. I was off for a week after that and she was fine for me. The following week things started going well and she was behaving for my dad. Her days with my dad are hit or miss... Unfortunately, while her colic has calmed down a good amount, it is still there and comes out a little bit- luckily just not for hours at a time. 

Sleep-  Ariana is mostly a champ. She did, however, decide the week I went back to work to sleep awful. But that was short lived. MOST nights she eats her last bottle between 7 and 8 and is in bed by 8:30. We put her in her bed awake and she puts herself to sleep. I strongly believe this is the best method. She gets used to going to sleep and doesn't rely on being held, or rocked, or soothed. We have noticed though that the days she doesn't nap well for my dad (most days lately), she ends up waking up between 3 and 4am. I really need her to get her nap situation figured out because we are all tired. She really is good at keeping us on our toes. Some nights we are expecting her to wake up and eat at about 10pm and she sleeps right through it and other nights we think she won't wake up because her last bottle was at 8pm and then she is up at 2 or 3 anyways.
Daily Routine- Hmm this is interesting since we aren't home with her... Ariana wakes up to eat between 5 and 6am usually and then goes back to bed. I leave for work at 6:30 and Tim and Payton leave at about 7:30. My dad comes over and watches her all day. My understanding is that they do quite a bit of cuddling because that is what keeps Ariana happy. When I get home she usually has just eaten or needs to eat again. I play with her for a little bit or she plays in her exersaucer and then typically takes a nap for quite a while. IF Ariana is going to get fussy for me, it is always around 5pm- which of course is when I am trying to cook dinner. So she gets in the baby bjorn and we cook dinner together. After dinner, Tim tries to get some time with her (and that typically involves playing in the playroom with Payton too). She eats her last bottle and if it is bath night, she gets a bath, baby massage, swaddled, and put to bed. 
Feeding- 6 ounces every 4 hours. Sometimes she goes a little longer than 4 hours but typically less. Most days she eats 4 times, but depending on what time she has her first bottle, sometimes it ends up being 5 bottles. Those are the days that she wakes up too early. 
Weight-
birth- 8lbs 3oz... left the hospital at 7lbs 12oz... weight check at 5 days old was 7lbs 14ozWeight-
2 weeks- (which ended up being 2 weeks 6 days)... 8lbs 12oz!  (56th percentile)
1 month- She didn't have a one month appointment so my at home estimate is... 9lbs 3oz
2 months-10lbs 8oz (50th percentile)
3 months- No appointment so my at home estimate is 11lbs 5oz
Height-
birth- 20 inches just like her sister
2 weeks- 20.25 inches (40th percentile)
1 month- My guess would be 21 inches
2 months- 22.25 inches (50th percentile)
3 months- I am estimating 23.5 inches
Diaper size- still in the size 1s...which is a good thing because we have I think 8 more boxes of size 1s in the basement. I am guessing I will be exchanging some of them for size. 
Clothing size- 0-3 months and 3 months are fitting her except some outfits that Payton wore at 3 mos are a little big on Ariana, so I am thinking she is a bit shorter than Payton was. 
Hair color-
birth- brown 

1 month- Still brown but, like her sister, Ariana is losing the patch of hair in the back of her head. She also has a lot less hair than Payton did and it is much thinner. She is also losing hair off the top... she is just a cute hot mess.
2 months- the little bit she has is brown... but there is not much there at all.
3 months- same as last month... brown but not much of it. 
Eye color-
birth- blue/gray 
1 month- Still a very pretty blue/gray color. I love it. 
2 months- still the same... still holding out hope that they stay this way
3 months- still blue/gray. Still holding out hope. 
Favorite toy/entertainment- She has been loving getting in the exercauser. There is a little penguin on there that I think might be her best friend. She will look at it, smile at it, and try to talk to it. She also really likes a toy my parents got her for Valentine's Day- Cody. It is a small little dog/bear/I am not even sure that sings when you push the buttons. 
Nicknames- Bubbles (because she blows bubbles so much), stinka stinks, Baldilocks (given to her by Aunt Ashleigh), Chunks, sleepy head (Payton gave her that one), chunky monkey, Ari, chunker butt, stinka stinks, Ariana so big... 
Funniest moments- hmm I honestly am drawing a blank here... 

Favorite moment- Now that I am back to work, my favorite moments are the moments we can just relax together and when she 'talks' to us. She also loves to give kisses, which I love!
Milestones- Ariana FINALLY started 'talking'... she was starting to coo a LONG time ago, and then she got sick and she stopped. She hadn't done it again this whole time and I was starting to worry, but she has it figured out now. And it is the cutest thing. 
Firsts

Birthday party (for Camila)
Valentine's Day
Time spending more than a couple minutes in the exersaucer 
Bedroom (meaning- we painted it and decorated it and it is ready for her- post on this coming soon)
Time in her crib- she didn't sleep in there, just tested it out while I put laundry away
Time visiting mommy at work


Things Ariana hates- burping- seriously. She SCREAMS when it is time to burp like we are never going to give her the bottle back again. Payton did the exact same thing!
Ariana- you are definitely one to keep us on our toes. We never know what to expect from you. Even when we are having a bad day, we can't be mad for too long because you always try to turn it around and smile. We keep saying if you were our first baby you would be our only because just when we think we have it all figured out with you, you go and change it up. But we have come to learn this is just your little personality and there is nothing we can do, and we wouldn't have it any other way. 

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