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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chris: 6 Months

Update time: Chris celebrated his half birthday!

Chris at 6 Months:
  • 27 inches tall (65th percentile) and 16 pounds 11 ounces (38th percentile). He has always tended to be just a little taller and a little skinnier than average with slightly larger than average head.  Sarah outweighed him by 3 pounds at this age. 
  • Spent another month never sleeping and then finally gave in and decided to sleep the day before his 6 month birthday. He went from never napping and waking up 10 times every night to suddenly taking 3 good naps and waking up once or twice. Please don't let this be a fluke. 
  • If he is on the floor, he automatically rolls to his tummy. It is easier to find things to play with and stick in his mouth that way. He also sleeps on his tummy. However, he still can't roll back the other way, so he eventually screams for help to roll over.
  • Tried his first solid food: avocados. He is very jealous of anyone who eats around him and tries to steal food. 
  • He has mastered hair pulling. Sarah is a perfect target with all those curls.
  • His pacifier has been mostly abandoned.
  • Drools everywhere.
  • Such a happy, smiley boy! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chris: 5 Months

Time for another monthly update on our little man. Here is Chris at 5 months:
This month:

  • Weighs in around 16 pounds
  •  Loves to smile, giggle, and kick his feet (thus why all of the smiley pictures are out of focus)
  • Plays in the jumperoo and can finally reach the floor
  • Has taken a greater interest in playing with toys
  • Doesn't sleep. Ever. Mommy is tired.
  • Mastered rolling from back to front. He has rolled the other way once or twice, but he mostly gets stuck on his tummy and then gets mad.
  • Squirms around so much that he never stays where I leave him on the floor.
  • Puts everything in his mouth.
  • LOVES bath time. No matter how grumpy he is, he starts giggling as soon as we turn the water on and then kicks and splashes like a crazy boy.
  • Had his first trip to the emergency room (for a nasty respiratory infection).
  • When all else fails, he calms down by watching cartoons with Mom. 
  • Charms everyone with his beautiful, blue eyes.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chris: 4 Months

Good mom moment: I actually did a monthly photo shoot this time! You should be proud of me. Chris is 4 months old today!
 He is wearing the same outfit as his 3 month pictures, not on purpose.

Highlights of this month for Chris:
  • He loves standing up (with assistance). It makes him giggle every time.
  • So happy and smiley! His little giggle is my favorite.
  • He loves to kick and splash in the bath.
  • Just discovered the joy of stuffed animals and loves to cuddle them. 
  • Less attached to his pacifier as he has discovered how convenient it is to suck on his hands.
  • Down to one arm in his swaddle at night.
  • On a nap strike lately. Most of his naps only last half an hour or so, and then he is tired again half an hour later.  It is an annoying cycle.
  • Starting to grab toys and other things.

 Sarah insisted on getting in on the photo shoot.
 There is such a thing as too much love!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas 2016

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year! We spent the weekend in Baker City with my family.

Building a gingerbread house was an essential activity. It took some convincing to keep Sarah from eating all of the candy before it got on to the house.

 She caught on quickly and had lots of fun placing the candies.
 The next day, she got to eat it. Yummy!
 We brought a whole new meaning to "white Christmas" this year. There was no question as to whether we would have snow. Lots and lots of snow. On Christmas Eve, we went out to soak up some holiday spirit around the community.
We left Sarah and Nelson at the library for a Daddy-daughter date while Aunt Katy and I went out for lunch together. They had fun making sharks and fish.
 We strolled down Main Street and enjoyed the holiday spirit. At some point, Sarah's boots fell off while she was riding on Kelson's shoulders. Shortly after that, she fell fast asleep right on top of Daddy's head while we were in the book store. Christmas is exhausting.
 As is tradition, we had lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner and ate off of fancy china. Sarah was pretty excited to get her own fancy cup.
Our adorable family on Christmas Eve
 All ready to go to bed so Santa could come!
 You may remember that Sarah was not a big fan of Santa the couple of times that they met. It took us about 10 minutes to convince her that it was okay to come down on Christmas morning because Santa had already left. 
 Opening stockings with Grandma and Grandpa

 Chris got tools in his stocking. Every Hindman man needs his own set of tools.

 Santa left so many things for us under the Christmas tree!
 I wouldn't say this child is spoiled at all. (Some of those are Grandma's toys that were just sitting in the playroom. We didn't completely lose control.)
 Since Christmas was on Sunday this year, we all got to dress up in our finest and go to church to remember the Savior on Christmas day.

 Sarah's dress was a gift from Nana Bonnie. So pretty!
 Chris is thinking, "You really think she is ready to hold me?"
 After church, Sarah got to open her big gift from Grandma and Grandpa: a stick horse and a cowgirl hat. It was a big hit. However, she was confused as to why we were calling her a cowgirl. She said, "I'm not a cowgirl. I'm a horse girl." Makes sense to me.
 Soon, the laundry basket became a carriage and Daddy was racing Sarah all over the room. 
 Santa's gift to Sarah was a vintage Little People farm. I've heard that Santa has a good stash of vintage gifts.
 Christmas dinner, complete with paper hats from our poppers.
 We spent the evening playing games and drinking some delicious Italian sodas.
 Jeremy's family was in Seattle for Christmas, so we all got together a few days later for a little more Christmas fun. I finally made it to "the Grinch house" with Sarah. This man in Baker City has been decorating his house and yard with painted cartoon cutouts for decades. He used to put the Grinch on his roof, so that is what we called it as kids. It is really amazing. Sarah was excited to see Pooh, Clifford, and all of the princesses.
 For all of our nieces and nephews this year I made mermaid tails and shark tails, Will was a big fan.
 I also gave Sarah and Anne doll-size tails to match theirs. Sarah thought the little one was more fun.
 A happy Grandma.
 We celebrated New Year's Eve at home with steak, scallop alfredo pasta, and shrimp salad. Yum!

For the special occasion, I actually let Kelson get out the deep fryer. (That doesn't happen very often). For breakfast on New Year's day, we made cheery cheesecake egg rolls. Yum!
This was Sarah's face when we told her that Christmas was over and it was time to take down the decorations. She was so sad. It really was a magical season. 2016 was a great year for our family, full of exciting, unexpected changes and blessings. We are looking forward to 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 2016

We love the holidays! Being able to share the magic of this season with our children and to be near family made this a December to remember.

We went home the day after Thanksgiving and spent the weekend decorating our home for Christmas.  It is always fun to figure out how to decorate a new home after we move.
 You must have a fireplace to hang the stockings on so Santa can come.

 Our pie safe makes a fun Christmas display.
 We added a second Christmas tree to the collection this year, so I got to do a fancy, color-themed tree.
 Sarah was thrilled when we pulled out the Little People nativity and played with it all day.
 Helping Daddy decorate the tree
 Chris is right: It's the best time of the year!

 I had a million things to do one day when Sarah asked to make Christmas cookies. I couldn't say no!
 I normally give Sarah her Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve, but I decided it made more sense to let the kids have them on Thanksgiving. Then they could wear them all season. 
 Sarah came out of her room like this and told me she was a dinosaur. With the headband on her forehead she was Little Foot. When she pulled it over her eyes, she became Sharp Tooth. I have no idea why. 
 Sarah helped Grandma and I make my Grandma's raisin bread. A holiday tradition!
 Kelson had to go to Seattle for work the first weekend of December, so the kids and I went to my parents' house. Grandpa and Chris had some bonding time. 
 We went to the Christmas parade. Sarah went right up front with her cousins and loved the whole thing.
 Our visit to Santa Claus was totally traumatizing. I kind of love this picture
 It took me an hour and 42 steps to put this Little People car ramp together. So complicated! It was a fun gift from Kelson's parents. 
 Sarah came down with the stomach flu one day. She made a valiant effort at playing, but she didn't get far.
 We heard that the town of Caldwell, 20 minutes up the road, had great Christmas lights, so we decided to stop and see them on our way home from Boise one evening. They were amazing! I love making fun discoveries like that.

All of this holiday fun led up to a perfect Christmas. I will give that its own post :)