Saturday, January 20, 2018

Blessing Day

 January 7th was Baylor's blessing day. It was a wonderful day and lots of family came to support us- my parents flew in from Idaho, Dale and Margaret, Anna and Scott and their family, and Aaron and Rachel and their family. I was so worried that Baylor would cry during her blessing like Paige did and tried everything possible to make sure she would be sleeping during it. Right before she was going to be blessed she woke up but she did great. Nate gave her a beautiful blessing. Some of the things mentioned in the blessing were that Baylor would be healthy, follow the words in the scriptures, be a light to her friends and family, develop a testimony of the Savior, that she would share her testimony with others, and that she would be worthy to enter the temple one day. He said that when they were blessing her she gave everyone a big smile but then the binky fell out and Aaron saved her from crying by getting it back in her mouth.

We got back home from church and took some pictures and enjoyed visiting with family.
 All tuckered out from her big day.
 We had a big family dinner and then Nate and I made some donuts for dessert as our way of thanking everyone for coming and just to enjoy.
While we were busy in the kitchen Baylor got passed around and loved all the cuddles.
 The donuts were devoured and were SO good!
 My parents were here for a few extra days. It was nice to visit with them and Baylor and Paige got to have more grandparent time. They are so lucky to have such amazing grandparents on both sides to love them that do so much for them and with them.
 Monday was a beautiful day for January and so while Paige was at school we went on a walk at Nolte State Park.
 Wednesday morning was the day my parents left. We wanted pictures of Paige and Baylor with both of their grandparents. We were planning on having them both in the picture but Baylor decided to sleep in and Paige had to go to school so they each got their own picture. :)
 I have been wanting to get some better pictures of Baylor in her blessing dress. The day of her blessing was busy and we were enjoying family and not worrying about getting the perfect picture so yesterday Nate and I did a little photo shoot with Baylor and the pictures turned out perfect!

Margaret found her dress at the thrift store for 99 cents and I decided to use it but alter it to make it just how I wanted it to look. It was nice to be able to use the dress as a base instead of having to sew a whole dress. This is what the dress looked like before. It had another little bit on the bottom that was eyelet material that I already cut off before I decided to take a before picture. I added the layers on the bottom and it turned out just like I imagined.
 Baylor is one happy baby and has the sweetest smile. She smiles all the time and I love it and I love her so much!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two Months

These two months have flown by and it seems like Baylor has been in our family for much longer than that. She is completely adored by everyone around her and is the cutest little baby. 

Here's what Baylor is up to at two months:
  • She had her two month check up yesterday and she is 10 lbs 3.5 oz (20th percentile) and 22 1/4 inches long (36th percentile) and her head circumference is in the 80th percentile. My babies and their big heads. :)
  • She is such a happy smile and loves to smile at anyone who will talk to her. She is happiest and talks the most right when she wakes up in the mornings. 
  • She is starting to sleep a little longer at nights and is pretty consistent at sleeping from about 9 until 3 which is much nicer for me.
  • When she is tired she rubs at her eyes and grabs her face so we have to keep her nails short.
  • She loves to lay on the ground and kick her legs and listen to whoever is talking to her especially if it is Paige. 
  • When you are holding her she likes to face out and see the world around her.
  • She still loves her showers with dad and the sound of the water instantly calms her.
  • She fights sleep which equals Nate or I walking around a lot until she falls asleep. It's like she doesn't want to miss what is going on.
  • She tries to laugh but it ends up being a cough or sounds like she is about to cry.
  • She is such a cute little thing and her smile completely melts my heart.
Paige loves being a big sister. Paige is such a great helper and likes to change Baylor's diaper if it is just a wet one. She is the best one at getting Baylor to take her binky and loves to read Baylor stories. She also loves that she can hold Baylor while standing and is such a caring big sister. They are so lucky to have each other!


Paige was excited to finally wear their matching dresses from Aunt Anna. They looked so cute!
More cute pictures of the cute two month old.
She is so alert and has beautiful eyes that just take in the world around her.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Snow Day

 During the winter break we had a fun snow day at Nona and Pops. We went over there and first put together a gingerbread house. We have done this for a few years but usually do it before Christmas. This year we didn't get around to it and Paige said how she wanted to do it still so we went to Winco and picked out lots of candy and had fun putting it all together.
Then later in the evening Paige got all her snow clothes on and we went out and enjoyed playing in the snow. When she first went out she wanted a picture by this cute little snowman her cousins made.
Then she went sledding down the small slope and loved it and went over and over. She loved being able to start herself.
 She also wanted a picture by the fort her cousin made. By this time it was starting to melt and fall apart but she still thought it was pretty cool.
 Then Pops and Nate came out for a little bit and then had a snowball fight. I loved watching this and seeing the huge smile on Paige's face as she ran around.
 I love watching Nate interact with his little girls. It makes me love him more and our girls are so lucky to have him.
 She was not impressed that this snowman didn't have a face.
 So she put together his face and loved it. :)
 Then more sledding!
 And some snow angels.
 We were about to go inside but then Myla decided to come out and join us. She wasn't too sure about me but loved sledding with Paige.
 Then Paige worked on building her own small snowman. She stayed out for much longer with Uncle Mike and her cousins. It was fun to watch her throwing snowballs at Mike and playing with Myla. I love that she sees her cousins often and get to play with them.
It was a really fun day and I miss her now that she is back to school. I love spending all the time I can with my family and love the little moments of life with them.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas 2017

 We had a great Christmas! Paige loved every minute of it and enjoyed all the holiday fun throughout the month. On Saturday it was a beautiful but cold day and we first went to Tahoma National Cemetery to see all the Christmas wreaths on the tombstones. It was beautiful to see and I love going there because it is so peaceful there.
 We then went on a quick family walk at Covington Community Park. It was really cold but good to get out. Baby doll even got to join in the fun.
 It was Baylor's first family walk besides walking Paige to school and I am excited for more adventures as a family of four once it warms up more.
 It was nice having Christmas Eve on Sunday this year. We all got to dress up for church and sacrament meeting was filled with amazing music and good reminders of what Christmas is really all about.

Then once we got home we had a little Christmas photo shoot.
 I love both of these smiley girls so much!
 I think this is our first family photo with all four of us in it.
 We then watch the Seahawks game and they actually won! During this time it started to snow and it was pretty exciting to watch it come down and Paige and I ran out for a quick photo and to catch some snowflakes on our tongues. Side note: I haven't held Paige in my arms in over a year and this past week was the first time and it was so sweet to be able to hold her again. She is getting so big and growing too fast that I love the moments that I can still hold her in my arms.
 Then the Christmas Eve party began. We started by signing the Christmas sandwich board.
And started to burn our Santa and tree candles to see how far they would burn down by the end of the night.
 The men making the sandwich. It was a lot smaller this year since it was just us and Dale and Margaret for Christmas Eve this year.
 This sleeping beauty snoozed away during the sandwich making.
All ready to carry around the house
 We joked how almost every year with the pictures of holding the sandwich there is usually a kid crying in the pictures and this year was no different. :)
 Tradition!
 We then each got different pieces from Margaret's misfit nativity and she read the nativity story from the scriptures and Paige set it up after each piece was talked about.
 Then we opened our presents from Nona and Pops.
 Anna and Scott came over with their family later in the evening and Santa even dropped by. Paige would not sit on his lap since she knew it was Peyton.
The candles by the end of the night.
Traditional eggnog toast to finish off the evening.
 We got home and Paige was so excited to open up her Christmas pjs and she was happy to help Baylor open hers too. It was fun to get kind of matching pjs even though it is hard to find matching clothes since there is such a big size gap between the two. Paige was so excited to get Santa's cookies all set up and she went right to bed anticipating the next day.
Baylor woke up around 7 and Nate kept on checking to see if Paige was awake. We were both excited to see her excitement about Christmas morning though we had to wait until 9 when she finally woke up. Paige loved everything she got and Santa spoiled her. She loved opening everyone's presents. She "helped" Baylor open all her gifts and ended up helping us open ours too. She was so just excited about everything! The holidays are the best with kids and seeing the magic of it all through their eyes. Baylor was fussy for most of morning but took a long nap on Nate in the afternoon and woke up much happier. As I have been holding Baylor this month with the Christmas season it makes me think about what Mary thought about holding her newborn child and what was Jesus was like as a baby.
 Some of our gifts this year
 Paige's gifts- she  loved everything she got and is one lucky girl!
 Baylor and her gifts.
 I love all her smiles!
 We had a hummingbird that kept coming to eat throughout the day. It would land on one of the Christmas lights and sit there until it got hungry to eat.
 Paige got some make-up from Santa and loved putting it on her and she even did my make-up too.
Nona and Papa came over to see what we got from Santa and they brought us some snowballs. Paige enjoyed throwing them off the balcony to hit the road below.
 Later in the evening we went over to Dale and Margaret's house for Christmas dinner. We went over a little early to enjoy the snow for a little bit.
 We had a delicious Christmas dinner and for dessert we all enjoyed a snowball with raspberry syrup on it. 
We ended the day with Skyping my parents to show them how our Christmas went. It was a great day and we hope everyone had a great Christmas too!