Sunday, January 21, 2018

the best biggest brother

Collin is an incredibly sweet big brother to Caroline.  He's wonderful to her, and she really loves him.


Collin is great about cheering on Caroline, speaking to her sweetly, and doing everything he can to make her smile or laugh.  He works hard to keep her safe and is reliable for the "watch your sister for a minute while I go clean up that spill?" moments in our day.


And he loves having his picture taken with her.


I worried 6 years would be too big of an age gap, but I am pleasantly surprised by the sweetness of the relationship developing between Collin and Caroline.  Thank you, Jesus!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Caroline Paige :: 10 months

Our beautiful Caroline Paige is 10 months old!


Caroline is bright and happy and so fun.  She's spunky and attentive, and she loves watching people and looking out the window.  She makes tons of fun facial expressions, has a sweet laugh, makes a really funny tongue-rolling sounds, and says "mamamama" and "babababa."


Speaking of facial expressions, check out this cutie's nose crinkle!


This picture shows two of baby girl's favorite things:  standing and waving.  She wants to stand about 95% of her waking moments, and she's very proud of herself when she waves.


Standing.  All the time.  She's getting really good at cruising around furniture, and she's a professional at pushing her walker around.  She can stand steady for a couple seconds at a time.  She wants to be mobile, but she isn't brave enough to take steps and she hasn't figured out crawling just yet.


Girlfriend doesn't have any teeth yet, but it looks like the top two will come in soon.  She and Collin are racing to see who gets their top two teeth in first!

This month has been a fun one for Caroline at the table, as we've introduced her to lots of new foods.  She sits in her highchair and feeds herself applesauce pouches, and she's happy to try anything I'm having - eggs, meat, veggies, etc.  She also is great at drinking water from a sippy cup.  She still nurses throughout the day for her main nutrition, but table foods are a fun addition to her diet.


Caroline Paige is on a pretty regular schedule.  She sleeps 8pm-8am, then naps 10-noon and 2:30-3:30ish.  She's still swaddled for naps, but unswaddled through the night.  She wakes up happy and loves when we come into her room to get her out of her crib.

Caroline loves being tickled and her best giggles come when she's playing peekaboo.


Big, beautiful eyes.  A bright, gorgeous smile.  The sweetest chubby thighs.


You are deeply loved, Caroline Paige.  Happy 10 months, angel girl!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

afternoon vibes

Lauren wishes she had taken a nap.


Cory isn't thrilled about being awoken from his nap.


But Morgan's bright-eyed and spunky after his nap.


Ha- that's our afternoon!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Ryan and Lauren went to their first-ever Daddy Daughter Dance!


Baby girl was thrilled to wear a fancy dress and spend the evening with her daddy.


Apparently her first stop at the event was the chocolate.


They spent the evening dancing, enjoyed dinner together, and had what Lauren proclaimed to be the "best. night. ever."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

regular days

watching a movie


and lots of laughter


standing big


and looking cute



happy


and happy


and happy


and happy


You know what?  We're so grateful for all these gorgeous smiles!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

BIG standing girl

Caroline Paige loves standing, and our front window is a great place for it.



"Oh!  Hey, Mom!"


Sunday, December 31, 2017

snowy day

 While the big kids go out in the snow to play, 





inside the sweet baby girl will stay.