Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Schwartz's vs the Pretty Girl

Sometimes it's ton of fun to have a girl!  Sarah has recently rebelled against hair bows.  She's had a naked head for the better part of a year.  Then when we were visiting my parents over New Years my mom snuck a hair band onto her head and she didn't notice it for a while.  A few weeks ago we were at Target and I made a big fuss over head band and then slipped it on her head while she was distracted.  At first we thought she didn't know it was there but when it fell off she was upset and shouted "Oh no! My pretty head band!"  And asked us to put it back on her.  Score!

So yesterday after dr. appointments we went to the mall to see if we could find some more head bands of various colors.  I was looking for a pink one to match her outfit but she fell in love with this blue one.  She put it on right away and was very excited about it.  Then she turned around and picked out some glasses and popped them on her face and exclaimed, "Look!  I'm pretty!".  The head bands were buy 1 get 1 50% off, so while I don't think she has ANYTHING to match that blue one she wanted it pretty badly so she got that and a nice pink one that will go with many outfits.  We luckily got the glasses away from her when she discovered the cheap plastic bead necklaces.  And though I shouldn't have caved, she doesn't have any and she simply loves them so we also got her a pack of those necklaces that I probably could have got for free if we went to Mardi Gras.  

When we got home she put them away in her purse to play with after her nap.  We've never bought her dress up clothes or play jewelry stuff like that so it was a lot of fun to see how excited she was about it. I think I had just about as much fun as she did watching her pick it out in the store.  But I'm mostly excited I've found a hair accessory that we both can agree on.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Cody's 4 Months Old

4 Month Old Stats:
* Head: 16", 10th percentile
* Weight: 13 lbs 8 oz, 25th percentile
* Height: 25.5", 50th percentile

Cody Man, you're 4 months old now and here's what you've got going on:

* You laugh when you're tickled.  
* You smile real big when you see your sister.
* You reach for toys that are near by when you are on your tummy.
* You throw yourself forward and lean real hard to get things that are on the table when you sit in your bumbo.  (We have to put the tray on it for safety reasons.)
* You think it's hilarious when daddy's holding you and mommy sways forward into your face and says "boo" and tickles your tummy.  So much so that all I have to do is make the tickle claw hand and you start to laugh.
* You love to chew on hands, especially the hands of the person holding you and you will get quite mad if they don't let you.
* You are a slobbery drool machine.  I thought perhaps you were teething by Dr. Catherine checked and said she didn't see anything yet.  (But, Sarah was an early teether so perhaps you will be too.)
* You are a stripper and love to get naked.  As soon as we start to unbutton you for a diaper change you give us a huge smile and sometimes laugh when your diaper comes off.  
* You still don't have a good routine so we're still guessing though out the day when you might be hungry or tired.
* You still don't sleep though the night and it's driving us nuts.  Dr. Catherine says it's because you keep nursing yourself to sleep in the evening so you don't know how to self soothe and put yourself back to sleep when you wake up throughout the night.  
* You like to kick and that turns you in circles when you're laying down.  
* You are a handsome boy.  You have a beautiful face, a sweet smile, and your eyes just light up when you're happy.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Schwartz's vs More Playtime Pictures

It is really hard to describe how happy it makes me to see these two interact.  Yesterday during Sarah's morning cartoons I set Cody down on the couch next to her and she immediately put her arm around him and said, "hi buddy".  Anytime he hears her voice or sees her face he just lights up.  We use to joke that the whole reason we had Cody was because Sarah needed a friend.  I'm glad she's enjoying the best friend we made her.

So to melt your heart, here's some pictures of the 2 playing together.
Sarah got a play styling kit for Christmas.  Here she is putting the fake lipstick on Cody.

Brushing his hair so he can look good for the pictures.

I set Cody down on the couch and asked Sarah to play with him while I made her breakfast.  She went and got him a large selection of toys to play with.  I think the sweetest thing about this is the toys she picked to cover him with.  They are all some of her favorites.  Her 2 baby dolls, her Minnie Mouse, and most importantly her "roar" (lion lovey).

Giving Cody kisses

Sarah's playing with her Minnie Mouse doll and talking to Cody.  I left him laying flat on his back but he curled up and rocked onto his side so he could watch her better.

He's just captivated by her.

I'm so glad they have each other.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Playing Soccer

The weather in Memphis is weird.  Last week there was one random day where it was warm enough to play outside, the next day it was 32 degrees.  But we snapped up the chance to go outside since Sarah has been asking to kick the soccer ball.  
Daddy showing Sarah proper soccer technique.

Action shot!  It really looks like Sarah is actually dribbling the soccer ball in this picture.  I'm pretty sure she's not, but we can still pretend.

Sarah likes to kick the soccer ball, however, she REALLY likes to tell other people to do it.  She'll often pick it up and come put it in front of one of our feet and tell us, "Mommy kick soccer ball!" then after I kick it she'll retrieve it and take it to daddy.  This time it was Cody's turn.  So Chris obliged and helped Cody kick the soccer ball.

Cody loved kicking the soccer ball!  He was smiling really big and laughing out loud!  Now, I'm not sure if it was the soccer ball that was making him laugh so much or all the attention he was getting from his sister, but he had a great time playing soccer with the family.

I hope the winter comes and goes quickly so we can spend more time outside as a family.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Schwartz's vs What I Imagined

Last Tuesday when Chris got home the house looked like it had been stirred with a stick.  Pandora Radio had the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" channel playing loudly on my laptop (if you have toddlers, check it out, it's a good one).  Cody and I were stirring dinner in between busting out some dance moves and Sarah was running around at full speed while screaming and giggling at the top of her lungs.  Chris just laughed and asked, "Is this what you imagined when you pictured our family?"

I didn't hesitate for one second; I simply replied, "Yes!  Didn't you?"

Our life isn't perfect.  Most days are really hard and there are plenty of times that I struggle with envying what others have.  But at the end of the day I know that my children are happy, healthy, and KNOW without a doubt that they are loved by their parents.  And that is exactly what I imagined when I pictured our family.

“Children need sunlight...They need kindness and refreshment and affection. Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can provide an environment of love which will be an environment of salvation.” 
 Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Schwartz's vs the Budding Artist

While we were at Thanksgiving in Mason we went to Ikea to walk around this magical wonderland.  I had never been to such a place as Ikea.  It was pretty neat and I can see why people who have been there love it.  Anyway, I wasn't planning on getting anything, then Elizabeth mentioned the art easel was on sale for $10 and Logan loves it.  Since Sarah loves coloring I thought "what the heck, it's just 10 bucks" and so I picked it up.  (Well, I actually spent $20 since I got it for 10, the big roll of paper for $5, and then a pack of stamper markers, a pack of dry erase markers, and a pack of chalk.  Which I think is really a lot of stuff for about $20.)

Anyway, we decided to give it to her for Christmas instead of her birthday and she LOVES it.  At first I kept the crayons put away but since she's being good I've left them on the easel tray so that she can color throughout the day.  She'll color in the morning during her cartoons.  Then she'll color while I make her lunch.  She'll randomly stop playing with whatever toy and get up and color sometimes.  She has even discovered the back side and has asked for the dry erase markers.  I've let her play with them a few times and she does a really good job of only using one at a time but in her attempts to uncap them she slings them and gets ink on herself and I just can't handle it.  (I'm trying ok...I really am, look I leave the crayons out...that's really good for me!)  One time when she asked for them I told her I didn't know where they were.  She said, "I'll find them" and went over to the brown box where I got them out of.  I didn't even realize she saw me get them from there the first time.  Anyway, they weren't in there but the pack of stampy markers were so she brought those to me and said, "I found it!  Here!  Open please!"  I really didn't want her playing with those yet so I had to concede to go get the dry erase markers out of their hiding spot.

My only complaint is that I wish that the chalk board was magnetic so that she could play with magnets and I could magnet up coloring sheets instead of using masking tape.  But I think I'm going to use a command hook and ribbon and just hang a cookie sheet on the wall next to it for her to play with magnets.  

Anyway, since she's been coloring more frequently we've hit a pretty big milestone (in my opinion).
Sarah is starting to actually color the pictures instead of just scribbling all over them in random places.  If you look closely at the picture she tried to color the tail stripe green in between two of the purple stripes.  And she started to color the face green too.  Since this picture was taken she colored the nose pink and the eyes blue.  I think it's pretty neat her cognitive development here.  She's starting to understand order and boundaries and the whole concept of this fascinates me.  I never told her to color in the lines.  Whenever she'd show me some scribbled up picture I'd cheer over it and tell her it was beautiful.  

She's probably learned some of it from watching Chris and I color with her, but we never encouraged her to do it.  It's also pretty neat to see how she hold crayons.  She holds them the right way like you should hold a pencil.  She rarely ever fist grabs and colors with them.  I'm pretty sure she learned that from watching us.  And that makes me think about all the little things she's watching us do and copying from us.  If she notices the way Chris and I hold a crayon to color and mimics it, what else will she mimic that we do?  (A bit of a heavy parenting moment just came out of my reflecting over how awesome it is that she's trying to color pictures.  Whoa.)

It's so much fun to watch her color.  She just has an expression of pure joy on her face while she's doing it.  She'll name the colors she's using and announce "draw circle" which is about the only thing she can draw.  Then she'll ask one of us to color with her and draw eyes on her circle, or draw her a fish or a house, or a boat.  When she starts asking for more complicated things I have to defer to Chris since he is the artist in the family.  But I just love watching her imagination and creativity spill out on paper.  

I'm just really not looking forward to the inevitable day when I find her artwork on the wall, couch, cat, and Cody.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Time to Move

It was time.  Ok, maybe it was past time.  Chris mentioned it about a month ago, but I just wasn't ready.  Then Cody got sick and so he wasn't ready.  This time though, it was time.  I'm not a big New Year's Resolutioner but I made the resolution to kick Cody out of our room on New Years.  We got home from my parents house at about noon on Monday, Jan 2nd and started getting it ready.  We cleared out all the stuff I had been storing in his bed.  We put away all the clothes I had been meaning to pack away that were on the guest bed.  Chris moved all of his stuff from the basinet into Cody's crib and then night time came.  Cody responds better to Chris.  I don't know what it is, but these guys have a tight bond so I feed Cody and then hand him off and Chris can typically get him down within 10-15 minutes.

He walked in there, laid him in his bed, turned on Scout and left.  I was shocked!  Then he took out the trash and Cody was still fussing!  What was he thinking, but since it's not my problem I waited until Chris came back in to tell him that Cody was fussing.  Chris walked back there and he had already stopped and was sound asleep.  He slept all the way to about 3:45 when I had to go in there and put his paci back in for him.  He was pretty fussy so I thought I was going to have to sleep in there but after I went to the restroom I came out and he was dead asleep again.  Hallelujah!  Then he slept right on until 6:30 when it was time to get up and feed him.  What a great first night!  I know they won't all be fantastic, but I sure think we're off to a good start.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Ringing in the New Year

We spent New Year's at my parents house to do our  Christmas celebrations with them.  The kids of course had a blast!  I thought the adults did too, until Mom got up at the pulpit at church and announced having us over is work!  Ha!  Guess I should stop going on vacation as soon as I get to my parents house.  I let her do all the hard work like feed Sarah dinner and give her a bath.  But I never ask her to change a diaper.  She'll hand those kids off lickity split if they need a change. 
Reading books with Grandma

Playing with Grandpa (before the great diaper blow out)

This being our 3rd Christmas celebration Sarah was finally getting the hang of presents and was excited to open them and pass them out to others.  However, since her birthday falls so close to Christmas she hasn't quite gotten the grasp on the holiday and therefore thought it was Grandpa's birthday.  She and Chris had an interesting conversation about it a few days ago.  We went out to buy my dad's gift and told Sarah that's what we were going to do, "go buy grandpa a present".  Later that evening she told Chris, "Grandpa's birthday!"  And Chris said, "why do you think it's grandpa's birthday?"  Sarah replied in a very manner of fact manner, "presents".  She had yet another very nice Christmas and got her own nativity set to play with and a beautiful dress and new red shoes that she was very excited about.  Cody got a few things also that he's excited about: a Snoopy dog and a wipe warmer. 

Saturday the weather was fantastic!  I think it got up to 70 degrees.  At the front of my parents neighborhood is a nice park and play ground but we've never been able to let Sarah play on it because of age or weather or time.  But this day was too perfect not to pop over to the park. 
Sarah had a great time climbing up into the little fort at the top of the slide.

Cody got plenty of cuddle time with grandma while Chris and I played with Sarah.

Climbing up to the top of the slide like a big girl!

They didn't have bucket swings so Sarah and I got to swing together.  

Cody enjoyed the nice weather and strolled around with grandma when he wasn't being snuggled.

Sarah tickling Cody.  They are already such good friends.

Speaking of letting Grandma feed Sarah dinner.  She stuffed her so full of spaghetti-os and yogurt one night that Sarah was drooling Oreos in the bath (look at her chin):
Her belly was so full it was distended!

Here is Sarah showing off the gorgeous dress that Grandma bought her for Christmas and her new red shoes.  She loved those shoes and kept putting them on and talking about them.  When she couldn't find someone to help her put them on Monday she even did it herself.  They were on the wrong feet but she was able to walk and was happily showing them off.

The other thing I love about this pictures is the headband she's wearing.  She was so consumed with the magnets she was playing with she didn't notice when Grandma slid it into her hair.  We managed to get all of the pictures I wanted taken and just as soon as we were done she touched her head, said, "What's this!" and pulled it out and wouldn't let us put it back in.  But it does give me an idea.  I think I'm going to buy her some cheap headbands and let her play with them like toys and see if we can transition that into being our new hair accessory since she won't let me put bows in her hair anymore.  

It's been a fun holiday season this year.  I'm glad we got to kick it off with Thanksgiving with everyone at Pete's house, have a wonderful Christmas celebration with all of the Schwartz family, and end it with New Year's at my folk's house.  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love, Sarah and Cody