March is usually a slow, long month. But this year we had Jack and Sophie in indoor soccer, dance, school, preschool, March Madness, baby time, etc. and it just flew by. Here are the pictures from March.
Most of my pictures are of Annie girl. No surprise there. She has the cutest little face. And I love those smiles. She started giving us a few laughs this month. But they are really hard to get out of her. We have to tickle her legs or her neck for them to come out and it often turns to tears. She is a funny girl. We put her in the bumbo for the first time. Sophie thought it was the perfect time to read her stories. So cute!
Luke is having a hard time adjusting to our mornings at home by ourselves so that Annie can take her morning nap. He asks every morning what we are going to do. And I am slowly running out of ideas. So we color, play games, do the snap circuits, make creations with the perler beads, take silly face selfies or do puzzles. And then we still have 4 hours before the kids get home from school! Ha! Good thing he has 2 days of preschool to occupy some of his time. He loves it so much.
Jack has the best Bear scout leaders. And his group is not easy! But they really give him great experiences and have helped him learn a lot of new things.
Indoor soccer was a lot of fun this season. Sophie took a shot to the face in the first game so she was a little timid the whole season because of that. But she tried hard to be aggressive and keep up with the crazy boys. Jack is talented at soccer but sometimes he likes to be lazy. We try to urge him to be aggressive but sometimes he lacks that competitive drive! He is still fun to watch though and we loved cheering him on.
We finally had a good snow storm. Thankfully it fell on a day off from school and work so we could just stay home! And it always helps when Dan and I can tag team the shoveling. I think it too us over an hour to clear this one away. The kids enjoyed the snow cave that Dan made and that he was around to take them sledding. Me and Annie enjoyed staying inside!
We survived 2 months with our Annie girl. She has not been the easiest baby. But we have seen improvements since adding formula to her diet. She hates having a bath and cries almost any time that she gets dressed. A couple of weeks before her 2 month birthday I started letting her cry herself to sleep for naps. It only took 2 or 3 days and she figured it out and we are so happy. I have noticed that she is really sensitive to missing sleep. If she gets even a little bit overtired she becomes inconsolable and is so hard to get to bed. So we have been spending a lot of time at home, paying attention to the clock to make sure she is not awake too long between naps. It has helped her be happier. She still hates the car seat which is challenging because we are in the car a lot. Thankfully the older kids have adjusted to it and don’t get too worried about her anymore as she screams! Ha! She has started to have some long stretches of sleep at night, going 6-7 hours which is a delight. We sure love her despite the screams. She is the first person that the kids want to see when they wake up in the morning or get home from school. It is pretty sweet. We love her. 2 month stats: 10.8 lbs (50%), 22 inches (50%), 16 in head (98%). Also she was so good for her shots. She definitely cried but was easily soothed. She cried way less for them than she does for bath time. Go figure!
Smiles for days! And doesn’t she look like a different person in each of these pictures? Funny girl.
She isn’t all smiles though. I had to document that sometimes (ok a lot of times) she screams a lot!
This boy is such a fun guy. He has the best time at school with his buddies. I conquered my first time teaching preschool with Annie around. The first day was a little touch and go because she would not let me put her down without screaming. But somehow we made it through. But the second day she was an angel and the kids were obsessed with her. Luke loves his sister and is always willing to sit by her and try to make her happy. One day he brought her a bunch of his toys. He’s the sweetest.
Sophie is often saying “Oh I want to go play (or read, or color, or watch a show) but I just can’t take my eyes off Annie. She is so cute.” Such a good big sister. She loves to read her stories and play patty cake with her.
Jack loves her. He calls her ba-bas. He tries to take care of her in the car when she is losing her marbles. One car ride he bounced her seat the whole time to keep her quiet and then said “Man this girl is exhausting.” Wonder where he heard that from?
Giving her encouragement during tummy time!
Super Bowl snuggles with Daddy.
We started sleep training more aggressively this month. She cried a lot in her bed. But she has gotten much better at putting herself to sleep. I love sleeping baby faces!
I had my first girls night out to celebrate with my bestie Kari on her birthday. Dan texted me this picture of Annie’s worst blowout and it came on his watch! I gave her a high five when I got home. Dan had to bathe her and everything so it was quite the ordeal. Bless his heart for tackling that one.
Cousin besties–Cora and Annie.
She found her hands and her voice this month. The cooing is too adorable for words!