Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Chrismas morning, we woke up to find that Santa had visited our house! I was soooo excited that I woke up Caroline at 8:00 a.m. (she can be a late sleeper sometimes :-)
I tried to run in the living room before Caroline so I could get a picture of her face when she saw the tree, but she was too fast for me and beat me in there. Digging right in to the present opening...she loved it! And it was SO fun to watch her open gifts all by herself this year!
She wanted to play with EVERY toy she opened and needed lots of encouragement to keep opening her gifts. It took us forever!

One of her most exciting gifts! Matt had one of his putters cut down to Caroline's size. He was beyond excited about this gift, and it was really special to watch him give it to her. I know he dreams of playing golf with her one day. She actually was really good...Matt was thrilled. Once he showed Caroline what to do, she used the "correct" grip (whatever that is) and wacked the golf ball every time.
Finally, it was time for her "big" gift. The ONLY thing Caroline wanted/asked for for Christmas this year...
A RED SCOOTER!!! She has wanted a red scooter since playing with her friend, Gracie's, back in June when we were in Colorado. She literally said she wanted a red scooter for Christmas for almost SEVEN months. Whew, glad she finally got it, ha!
In scootin' heaven:
After we were done opening presents at our house, we went to my mom's house to have Christmas over there. I posted pics out of order so these pics are from Matt's parents' house. We headed there after my mom's house.
Santa came to Mimi & PopPop's house:
Uncle Marcus, opening his new wallet with pictures of his niece and nephew inside. I'm sure he can't WAIT to show them off to his friends ;-)Now, maybe I'll be able to get Caroline to eat her veggies
Opening her new art easel from Mimi and PopPop (with the help of Abby Puppy) Santa came to my mom's house too!
My mom gave Caroline these fab pink boots and she went crazy over them. We're in trouble! Playing Santa...Caroline LOVED handing out all of the gifts at both Mimi's and Yaya's house. She would bring a gift to one of us and ask whose name was on it. Then she would give the present to the correct person. So cute.
Playing with my mom
This Little Einstein computer my mom gave Caroline was a HUGE hit
Yaya and Uncle John
After presents at the grandparents' houses, we went home to take naps and get dressed and ready for Christmas dinner at my mom's house. Matt's fam joined us!
Our "Happy Birthday, Jesus" cake
Singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and blowing out the candle
After dinner, we opened presents from my Nannie and Aunt Jean
Caroline loved her shopping cart Nannie gave her and pushed her baby and Mickey around all night
Mimi, with her two grandkids This is what Matthew did most of the day:
Caroline and Nannie
Aunt Jean gave Caroline one of her most favorite presents...a box FULL of fun dress-up clothes to add to her dress-up drawer!
The rest of the evening was spent watching Caroline play with her Christmas presents.
This year's Christmas was so magical and special with both a 2 year old and a newborn. We are very blessed!
It was also a very exhausting Christmas with a newborn, and I feel like I was in a fog most of the Season. I look forward to next year. Hopefully we won't be so sleep deprived during the MOST wonderful time of the year ;-)

Christmas Eve 2010

Christmas Eve was wonderful! We attended our church's 4:00 candlelight service and it was fabulous. It was my first time back at church since Matthew was born, and I so enjoyed worship and listening to a great message about the TRUE reason for this season. It was also Matthew's first time at church and he did really well...slept through the whole thing (which I find just crazy...a creaky wood floor will wake him up at home but a live band playing loud music in his ear won't...hummmm) After church, we went over to my in-laws' house for a yummy supper (my mom, brother, aunt and Nannie met us there after the candlelight service at their church). We combine holidays since both of our families live in Dallas. It's so nice to have everyone together! After dinner and visiting with family, we headed back to our house to open our annual Christmas Eve present...Christmas jammies!
Matthew, of course, had to "open" his "Baby's First Christmas" pajamas :-)
After the kiddos were all cozy in their pjs, we piled into Caroline's bed to listen to Matt read the Christmas Story from Luke (Caroline really started to understand the Christmas Story more this year...it was fun talking about it a lot and watching her act it out with her Little People nativity set all month!)
Then it was off to bed so Santa could come visit. Caroline was SO excited and giddy we were scared she wouldn't be able to sleep. But she slept great, and I even had to wake her up the next morning (I couldn't help it, I was so excited :-) Stay tuned for Christmas Day 2010!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

One Month Old

Our little guy is ONE month old (plus a few days :-)
I can't believe Matthew is one month old already. I guess time flies when you're having fun (and very sleep deprived!) Here are some fun facts about Matthew at 1 month old:
He gained another whole pound and a half in just two weeks and now weighs: 9 pounds, 6 ounces (25%)
He is 20 1/2 inches long (25%)
His head circumference is 14 1/4 inches (25%)
Still quite a tiny guy although he's growing like a weed!
Matthew is a very content, happy baby EXCEPT during and after eating..then he screams his tiny head off (we think he has reflux and are trying some medicine and praying it works QUICKLY)
He's on a pretty good schedule and eats about every 2 1/2-3 hours during the day and 3 1/2 hours at night, sometimes with a 4 hour stretch mixed in...we're SO ready for some longer stretches at night!!
Matthew finally loves his swing (yay) and still likes his bouncy seat and car seat/riding in the car
Favorite place to sleep: in our arms!
He's a BIG cuddler
Loves being swaddled and his paci
Has outgrown most of his newborn clothes and diapers :-(
Now wears size 1 diapers and 0-3 month size clothes for the most part
Loves to stare at his big sister (who, BTW, adores him and kisses him about 100x/day)
Hasn't smiled yet and is just starting to make better eye contact...can't wait for that first big smile
Matthew is growing/changing so fast! We're excited to see what this next month brings. Most of all, we can't wait to spend his FIRST Christmas with him. Even though he has no idea what's going on, it's very special for us!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa Baby

I'm a bit behind in blogging. But when I have free time to either blog or take a nap, the nap wins out most of the time. I've got some catching up to do!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we went to McShan's Florist to see Santa (just like last year and the year before). We just KNEW this year would be the year Caroline wouldn't cry in Santa's lap. We talked to her about it for weeks before we went, and she was SO excited to see Santa.
However, as we got closer to Santa in line, she started getting a little apprehensive:
Trying to be brave and hold it together:
Love her face in this pic :-) Breaking down...oh well, maybe next year
Matthew, on the other hand, did great! Slept right through his first time to meet Santa!
Love this precious pic and how tiny Matthew is in Santa's lap:
Then we went to the florist shop to take some pictures in front of their beautiful decorations. They always do such a terrific job decorating their shop for Christmas!
All smiles now that she has a candy cane and isn't sitting in Santa's lap

Posing in the gingerbread house: