Carleigh is growing right on track. She is in the 50th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight (she certainly doesn't get that one from me!) She has even grown 2 inches since her 18 month appointment. Perhaps that explains the spell of grumpy, tearful nights we went through.
You are sweet and sassy, smart and determined...some have even called you a diva. You love your "bankie," babies, petting Roxy and giving kisses. My little social butterfly, it is hard to believe you are the same baby who would barely let anyone besides your mommy hold you. You enjoy "booming" your brothers army men and taking the toys he loves, yet cannot go to sleep without giving him a kiss and hug. You are brave, seeming fearless at times. You climb to the top of the highest slides at the playground and squeal with delight going down. Nicolaus won't even do that! Mommy wishes you would eat and drink a little more, but it doesn't seem to keep you from growing. Don't grow up too fast my baby girl! Tonight after stories you asked me to rock you too sleep. I'm so happy you did, it means you're still my baby girl!
* 24 lbs
* Sleeps 10-12 hours at night
* Naps 1.5 - 2 hours during the day
* Goes on the potty, though not potty trained 100%
* Speaking in 3 and 4 word sentences
* Despises shoes and walks on tip-toes
* Loves dresses and galoshes
* Enjoys singing
* Counts to 15
I'm thrilled to be linking up with Harper's Happenings HOTT for the first time! If you've yet to check out this blog, you should because its one of my faves and Harper is just the cutest little thing ever.!
Ever since John and I completed Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (Thanks Dad!) and became debt free (yeah that's right!) a little over a month ago, I have become completely cheap thrifty when it comes to buying clothes for the kids. Especially at this age when they grow so fast and make a lot of messes have so much fun every day. There is one particular kids consignment store I frequent here in town that for the last 5 days of every month they have a 50% sale where certain items have color coded stickers marking them down. Last week I scored everything pictured below for $28.99...including that super cute Baby Gap dress with diaper cover! And old school sit-and-spin. That makes each item less than 3 bucks! I was especially excited to find a few things for Nicolaus because, lets face it, there's just so much more out there for girls. yard sale season is upon us, so I hope to be posting about some more terrific finds soon!
I started the kids on a bedtime routine very early on, and I truly think this is one of the reasons they sleep so well. Our routine starts after I've cleared the dishes from the table and the kids have picked up all their toys--somewhere between 6 and 6:30. We head upstairs and I set out their pajamas and diaper/pull-up. The kids get undressed and use the potty as I fill the tub and then everyone in for washing and play. Depending on mommy's mood the day, a bath can last anywhere from 10 minutes to a half hour. Carleigh usually ends up being the first one out followed by Nicolaus. Once dry, they brush their teeth and I scoop up Carleigh to get her dressed. During this time Nicolaus is usually running, jumping, screaming, laughing, dancing, etc. After combing Carleigh's hair, I help Nicolaus get dressed and snuggle him into our bed to watch a show while I put his Sissy down. She must get a hug and kiss from her brother to even consider heading to her room. After she finds her blankie and chooses a baby or animal to sleep with, we read three stories, kiss goodnight and then she's in her crib for me to sing her a few songs. Sometimes she is asleep before I leave the room--sometimes not. After Nicolaus' show is over, we head to his room for three stories and then climb in his bed together with his truck blankie where I sing to him and tickle his back. He has just started to enjoy listening to music while he falls asleep (some of his favorites are Celtic Dreamland and the Narnia soundtrack). It never fails that he will scream for a drink or to be snuggled again before he falls asleep. The whole process takes about an hour and a half...
I'm usually heading back downstairs to clean the kitchen a little before 8:00 pm .