May 25, 2012

Love Letters (2)

Dearest Noelle,
Will you stop growing so fast already? It makes mommy so proud, happy, excited, anxious, but most of all, sad. I remember everything so clearly, from the moment that I found out you were a girl, to the moment I gave birth to you and you took my breath away to the first night you slept at home in your swing next to our bed. I also remember your first bath, your first night in your crib all alone, the day you laughed out loud, and so much more. How can you already be half a year old now? That went by too fast for me! I know your dad feels the same.


A lady told me at ECFE (who has 2 kids) that the one thing she regrets is not recording everything, writing things down, taking enough pictures, and videos. Dad was there too when the lady said it and that was probably one of our biggest take aways from class. We decided that day that we don't want to forget anything. So I'm committed to writing this blog, and dad is committed to taking lots of videos and pictures of you. We love you so much and we don't ever want to forget all these moments you make us smile, cry and laugh out loud. You are the greatest thing little critter.


Even though there are hard days when I'm crabby, or daddy's crabby, or you are in fact the crabby one, know that we never stop adoring you. It's strange but even though I spend almost every single waking moment with you, the second you go to bed I find myself looking through your pictures. Ask dad if you don't believe me. I never can get enough of you. I think about you constantly, and cannot wait to kiss you and hug you every day. 

Motherhood has changed me, for the better. For example, I am not a morning person. I hate mornings. And you wake up extremely early. I want to scream each morning when you get up but the moment I see your face I melt and I am instantly happy, singing to you and grabbing you into my arms. I also have never been sillier. You give me the confidence to sing although I cannot carry a tune, dance although I have no rhythm and make up wild stories and use my imagination. I make a fool out of myself on a daily basis and frankly, I don't care who sees. I'd do anything to make you smile and laugh. And when you do, I am filled with so much love it's almost embarrassing. I dote on you a lot, I know. I'm one of those parents. But I can't help it. How can any parent not dote on their child? You are the most important and the best part of my day. I can't help but to talk about you and gaze at you constantly. 

Not every day is paradise. Sometimes you scream a lot and I can't figure out what you want with me. Sometimes I don't get enough sleep and I want to cry too. But I have to say it's still a dream come true to have you. I'd rather look after you than anything else. I was meant to be your mommy and I wasn't given anything that I cannot handle. Your colic, your acid reflux, your allergies, your sleep problems...all of that means nothing compared to your smile, your laugh, your little toes, your hugs and your sweet smell.

I love you so much,
Mommy


May 8, 2012

How To: Make A Headband Holder

Miss Noelle; Queen of Big Bows and Over The Top Headbands

A gazillion months ago (or maybe 3 or 4) I had made a bow holder for Miss Noelle to house all of her bows and flower clips and had promised to make her a headband holder as well and just never got to it. Well, finally the time came to make one because her headbands are getting out of control!

Her collection is quite extravagant. 

Mommy has a hard time saying no to headbands...

I ended up making a headband holder in a matter of minutes, easily with some things around the house.

Materials:
  • Oatmeal container (empty of course).
  • Shelf paper with adhesive (same one that we used for her letters that we made).
  • Scissors. (Exacto knife would have worked better but I didn't know where it was.)



With the shelf paper, I covered the oatmeal container with room to spare on the bottom to fold over the edges.



Very simply, this is the result:


Then I could have left the lid black but decided to cover it with the shelf paper.


This is where the exacto knife would have come in handy but I was too lazy to look for it. I just cut the circle out with the scissors. The circle will probably have to be redone, but for now I think it looks fine. 


End result:

Voila! 

It's also great because you can store more headbands, hair clips, bows or whatever else you want inside the container. 



Pretty easy!! Now Miss Noelle and I can go out and buy more headbands! Kidding, kidding...

"Ohhh mommy, I want this one!"

Next project: Something cute to store these hats!



May 6, 2012

Noelle's 6 Months!


Our baby is celebrating her first half birthday! Holy cow! She has been alive for half a year! It's so true what every single parent says about time flying when you have a kid.


Cheeeeese!

Noelle had quite the last month, adjusting to new things, learning a lot and developing a lot. And we did too as parents, as it was a really eventful month for us!



Physically: Our child is becoming quite the moose! She has outgrown her swing and her feet dangle out of her car seat. We've had to pack away a lot of her clothes already since she's sporting 9-12 month sized clothes!

Here is diva wearing a 12 month outfit!


Developmentally: This girl is very social and can recognize people and places now. Even though she has preferences in who she is with, we are happy to find that she is good about going to lots of people and she doesn't have any attachment problems or separation anxiety (yet anyways). She's excellent with her hands and can actually pick up her pacifier and put it into her own mouth now. She can also pull her socks off, to our dismay. She does some new things now that are funny, like when she gets excited she starts making this weird "oh, oh, oh" sound and literally tries to spring out of your arms. She also makes the funniest faces when she eats food. You can tell exactly if the food is a little too tart for her or bitter because her whole face, including those expressionful eyebrows, grimaces.

Check out my jellies!


Going down the big slide with daddy!

Big Changes!
  • We switched Noelle from her hypoallergenic formula to normal cow's milk based formula! This is huge for us for many reasons, but mainly because now we don't have to worry about transitioning Noelle to cow's milk when she turns 1!
  • Her acid reflux is finally starting to improve! After 6 months of being on medication and getting her dosage increased, her spitting up is more under control and the reflux doesn't seem to be bothering her as much anymore.
  • Noelle gets her recommended amount of hours of sleep now, finally, after much needed sleep training! She no longer needs to be bounced, rocked or swaddled at night. We are the happiest parents in all the world!
  • Noelle eats like a regular baby now! She drinks milk every 3-4 hours, and has a "meal" between each bottle feeding, consisting of pureed fruits and veggies! Her favorites include: apples, pears, peaches, sweet potatoes, squash and prunes. She's not a fan of anything green. She reluctantly eats peas and despises and vomits green beans.

Trying peas for the first time.
  • She is starting to show us preferences and more of her temperament and personality! She apparently no longer likes her baths. She used to be in heaven when we gave her baths but now she screams during majority of it! And don't even think about wiping her face when she has food all over it or snot running out of her nose; she shrieks at the top of her lungs if you touch her with a wet cloth! Basically, she is a brat. Haha, just kidding. She loves to be read to now and has finally stopped staring at the TV (thank goodness). She also wiggles a lot during changes now, trying to get away from me and prefers to be nude. She also hates socks and rips them off so that she can put her toes in her mouth. 

Fun:
  • Noelle had an eventful month, going to many social events including 4 birthday parties!

Noelle with Suchi at Anya's 2nd Birthday!

Anya and me. I'll always be her nanny at heart. :)
  • She also went to the water park at the community center for the very first time! She loved it, sitting in the water, standing in it, and being carried in the "deep" end with mommy. (We went there a second time, but she wasn't quite as enthusiastic the second time around, haha.) 

Her first time at the pool with mommy!

Loved it!

Getting ready to go to the pool for the second time!

Noelle may have not enjoyed being in the water this time, but she sure loved Evan!
  • Noelle, Grandma Sue, Auntie Heather and cousin Vivi and I went to a Just Between Friends consignment sale (um, amazing!) and found many new fun toys and books for an awesome deal! Can't wait until the next sale!

Noelle on her new rocking bug that Grandma Sue got her!
  • Frankie Jo started coming this month to our "daycare" and Noelle loves her new friend!

Frankie and Noelle at the park, just hanging out, literally.
  • Noelle had another professional photo shoot! We happened to stop by on the day the studio was taking pictures and Noelle unexpectedly was hauled into a picture with her cousins Ellie and Ava! Pleasant surprise. :) (Although mommy wishes she had known because she would have put Noelle in something that wasn't covered in squash puke!)

Noelle getting in on the picture with her cousins. She was a little confused and bewildered by all the lights and cameras!

The beautiful Wagner girls! Can't wait to see how the real picture turns out!
  • Noelle, Joey and I started going to our Saturday ECFE class which is kind of neat because dads attend this one and get to share their experiences too. (Although, I'll admit Joey isn't a fan. Haha.) We got our plates back too from the Make-A-Plate event we went to last month. 

This year's plates. I'm already excited to add to the collection with next years plates!



Overall it was a great last month. Joey and I had some trying times with our sleep deprivation, exhaustion and messy house but it all worked out. We learned a lot this month and really enjoyed watching Noelle grow in front of our eyes. We mostly learned to cherish our time as a family and let the small things pass. Within a few short weeks we feel as if Noelle is a new baby. It's amazing how quickly children grow and change in such a short amount of time. It's not worth it to stress about the small things because you'll miss all the great things your kid is doing! We can hardly believe that half a year has already passed since she was born. Wow. Looking forward to the next half!! :)

Love,
The Wagners

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