Thursday, October 29, 2009

No More "Pacy"

So Jason and I started talking to Heidi about giving her "pacy" (pacifier) to the baby before Rachel was born. We mentioned how babies use pacys and that big girls don't need them. Since Rachel's birth, giving her pacifier to Rachel has come up a few times and she has always said "in a little bit."

Well, on October 22 (2 days before she turned 3) at bed time, it came up again. Now she decided that Rachel was too small for her pacy, but that she could give it to cousin Becca (who is 3 1/2 months older than Rachel). We asked if she wanted to mail it to Becca and she said yes. So we talked about finding a box the next day and mailing it to Becca.

Jason happened to receive a package the next day - in a box. Heidi took the box from Jason and went upstairs, got her pacy and put it in the box. Then she asked me for tape to close the box. We closed it up and she and Jason walked it to the mailbox and put the flag up. :-)

She hasn't mentioned it any night going to bed. However, it was a bit of an issue when she woken up during the night and at nap time for a few days. But I think we are over the hump and the "pacy" is gone. :-)

I actually did mail it to Becca today - that way no one has to lie later. ;-) 'Cause I'm guessing Heidi will ask Becca or Aunt Kirsten about it the next time we see them - even if it's not 'til Christmas!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Catching Up

So let's just say that life has been busy, crazy, and more busy. I'll try to catch you up on the last month.

Emma has lost her first two baby teeth - the bottom front two. They were quite literally pushed out by the big girl teeth coming in from below. So what is the going rate for the tooth fairy these days?

Here are some pictures of Rachel after her first bath - awhile ago now. :-)
I'm sure you all saw news of the flooding around here in late September. While we live in one of the counties that was hardest hit, we live on the east side and it was the west that got hit the hardest. However we did wake that morning to a garage full of about an inch of water. Jason and my dad spent the majority of the day with the shop vac sucking up the water. We have a couple of ideas of how the water got in, and thus have some projects to take care of so it won't happen again. We generally use our garage for outdoor type stuff, so thankfully nothing of any consequence was ruined or lost.

Emma turned 6 on October 9. We celebrated by taking cupcakes to her class at school that Friday and then as a family going out to dinner for one of her favorites - pepperoni pizza!

Heidi is 3 today! This morning we went to her school's Fall Festival where they had pony rides, inflatable jump houses and slides, and various fair games. We all had a good time. We'll probably let her pick what she wants for dinner and go out as a family.
We did have a family birthday party for them last Sunday. Grandma and Grandpa were able to come down from Ohio for the weekend and Aunt Kirsten and cousin Becca also came for the party from NC. Grammy, Papa, Great Gram, Aunt Michele and cousin Lindsay were also here. It was a really fun time. What a blessing to be surrounded by such loving and supportive family.

Heidi picked out the party hats.

Heidi had a Thomas the Train cake and Emma had a sprinkle cake. I had asked Emma what kind of cake she wanted, and she said, "a cake with sprinkles all over it." So that's what she got. :-)It was a treat to have cousin Becca here. It was the first time we had met her. So we had to get some pictures of all the girls...Not bad for a 6 year old, almost 3 year old, almost 5 month old, and 6 week old. :-)

What a difference 3 1/2 months makes!

Finally, Rachel is doing great! At her 1 month checkup, she weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. She is now 7 weeks old. She is sleeping for longer stretches at night (4-6 hours) and what's really fun is that she is starting to smile in response to us. We'll have to try to catch one on camera. But in the meantime, here are some cute pics.
So this isn't representative of her demeanor very often, but couldn't resist, given the shirt (Thanks Uncle Nate & Aunt Laura).
Daddy and his girls.

So hopefully it won't be another month before I post again, but we'll see.