Friday, September 19, 2014

three months






It's true...my baby is already 3 months old!!  What a doll she is and I am not quite sure how we ever lived without her.  We think Caimbree is about 23.5 inches and probably close to 10 pounds, but since we don't have shots this month, we don't have anything official!
 *Grasps things.  She especially likes to put her little hands around her binky, which usually results in her yanking it out.
*Has discovered her tongue and loves to stick it out a great majority of the day.
*Loves to laugh and smile.  So far my easiest baby to get a laugh out of.
*Loves to be held and cuddled, although she also enjoys her play mat and bouncy seat sometimes.
*Fairly tolerant of tummy time, although I am not so great about remembering tummy time everyday.
*Enjoys her bath unless she is hungry or tired, but definitely doesn't like to be cold.
*Coo a lot. We love hearing her little voice.
*Pretty mellow, but if she ever does get upset, she lets you know loudly.
*Sleeps from about 8:30-6:30, although there have been nights where she is up around 2 or 3.  If she does get up in the middle of the night, it's a huge pain because I can't ever get her to go back to sleep in her bed.
*Tends to take a few short cat naps in the morning, a longer afternoon nap, and a couple short cat naps to get her through to bedtime.
*Gets lots and lots of kisses and hugs from her older sisters.  She is definitely loved around here.
*Absolutely loves to be talked to.
*Pat-a-cake is her very favorite game.
*Stating to get a bald spot all around the middle of her head.
*Loves our morning walks and loves to be outside.
*Prefers to be held by mom or dad, but isn't too terribly picky yet.  I have a feeling I have another mama's girl on my hands, but it's too early to tell.
*Wearing mostly 0-3 months, but can fit in newborn pants.
*Seems to be quite easy going.
*When I read to the girls she likes to be a part of the fun.
*Doesn't like to be left in a room alone.
*She gets called by her first and middle name a lot.  We have never really called either of the other girls by their first and middle names, but it just seems to fit.
*Starting to get startled out of sleep by loud noises, which has made some naps a little difficult with the chaos of the older girls around.

Overall, Caimbree is just a sweet, cuddly
little girl!  We absolutely love
having her in our family.
We all have so much fun getting her to laugh
and smile.  

We love you Caimbree Rae!!



Monday, September 8, 2014

caimbree's special day

 Caimbree Rae was blessed Sunday by her dad.  I love that my girls have all been blessed by their dad and I love this picture of Caimbree and Jeff.  Caimbree is such a sweet little angel baby and we are so blessed to have her little spirit in our home.
 Unfortunately all of our family lives far away so Jeff's parents were the only ones who were able to make it.  I wanted to invite a bunch of our friends from Green River but we needed wood and I knew it was going to be a long day for Jeff and his parents and no one would feel up to entertaining.  Plus, I knew there was no way I could get my house company ready and have food prepared for so many people with all 3 girls underfoot.  Either way, it was a nice day and we now have enough wood to keep us warm this winter.
Jeff and his girls. I know I have said this a million times, but Jeff really is the best dad to his three little girlies.
I just love my little girls!  I still can't believe I got three girls.  I always wanted girls and had hoped for at least one.  Now I have 3.  So happy!
 I am so grateful grandma and grandpa have been at all 3 of my girl's blessings.  My girls sure love them!
 Caimbree wore the dress my grandma made for me when I was blessed.  All 3 of my girls have.  I love how simple it is.  She looked beautiful and I was happy with the bow I found for her.
 Oh my goodness.  My heart is just so full of love for this special little girl.  
 I know she was supposed to be in our family and I feel so blessed that she joined us.  
 She is happy and easy going and if she ever is fussy, I usually know exactly what she needs.  Thank you for coming to our family, Caimbree! You are loved and adored by all who meet you and you have completely stolen our hearts.  
You have a great life ahead of you, Caimbree and we are excited to watch you grow and learn.  
WE LOVE YOU!

mud camping

 The weekend before Labor Day we went camping.  We were so excited to go since Jeff's parents and Jeff's good friend were coming along.  The forecast didn't look very promising, but let's be honest, it has done nothing but rain pretty much every weekend all summer long.  Caimbree and Savanna had their shots the day before, which wasn't great timing, but when you have to schedule appointments two months in advance, that's just what happens sometimes.  Anyway, when we headed up the weather wasn't too bad and we even got to take a short ride before lunch. The girls had so much fun in the Rhino.  By evening the weather started turning and we knew we were going to get wet.  Savanna started acting weird at dinner time.  She wouldn't eat and seemed really tired.  I put her to bed early but she just couldn't settle down.  She doesn't sleep well out of her bed so I assumed that's all it was.  We got Heidi to bed and the rain really started coming down.  Then Savanna woke up an hour after she went down.  She was burning up.  I thought it was probably the shots.  I stayed up with
Savanna literally all.night.long.  As in, I did not sleep for one second.  The whole time I was up all I could hear was the rain pouring down.  By morning the rain had turned to snow.  Yes, snow.  Heidi woke up and started saying, "Merry Christmas!"  It was crazy.  I told Jeff to just take me and Savanna home because she seemed to be getting worse.  He decided we could all just go home since we wouldn't be able to go riding or anything.  Well....it had rained so much that everyone's trailers were stuck.  We finally had to just leave them there and go back when it dried out some.  We took Savanna to the Urgent care to find she had an ear infection and strep throat...again.  My guess is that she got it from the stinking doctor's office.  Please tell me why they have toys in a doctor's office.  It irritates me to no end.  Either way, the poor little thing as miserable.  We put her on the only antibiotic she hasn't had a reaction to and she started feeling better.  Of course she was supposed to take it for 10 days but there was only enough for 8 days.  The pharmacy is an hour away so I didn't go get more.  I hope it doesn't screw her already awful immune system up.  From these pictures you would never know she was going to get sick in a few hours.  You gotta love how fast that strep hits and how it seems to come from out of nowhere.  I really, really hope next summer we have more opportunities to camp....in the sunshine!!  I guess we made some new memories either way!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

labor day weekend

 We had a fun Labor Day weekend.  We took the girls down to the Ogden Utah temple open house on Saturday.  We couldn't get a great picture of the girls with the whole temple on our phones and I was a little nervous about Heidi holding Caimbree for too long, but at least we got something.
 The Ogden temple is our temple and it was so fun to see it all finished.  I am so glad we went.  Heidi kept asking to go back the second we walked out the doors.  A week later she is still talking about the temple and asking if we can go see the one Jeff and I were married in.  She keeps saying, "Mom, I like how I feel in the temple."  So glad we went and that she could experience that feeling.
 The girls loved the horses that were on the street and wanted to pose with them.
 This was definitely their favorite horse.
 They also got to check out the horse at Fort Bridger on Monday when we went to the Mountain Man Rendezvous.  
 Besides enjoying the museum, they each got to pick a little bead necklace...definitely the highlight of of the day.
We went to lunch after the rendezvous.  It was a bit of wait since there were so many people in town, but Heidi didn't mind spending the time snuggling her pal. It was a fun weekend and we were just oh so very happy to have Jeff home for an extra day. We sure miss him around here lately.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

preschool

I wasn't going to do preschool with Heidi this year...well, I was, but I was just going to do my own thing.  I had a lot of reasons why I opted out this year, but mostly it had to do with feeling so overwhelmed with 3 little ones age 4 and under.  Everyone said how hard it would be...and it is.  I rarely have 2 minutes to get anything done and I don't feel like I am sufficiently meeting the needs of any of my girls. My friends tried to talk me into joining the group all summer, but I just didn't want to. Well, last night they asked me one last time and after thinking about it and talking it over with Jeff, we decided to let Heidi be with her friends.  I realized that all of the reasons I was keeping her out, were selfish reasons.  She wanted to be with her friends and she loved preschool last year.  Me keeping her home made it easier for me. Plus, Jeff and I feel that she really does need something more and that she gets bored at home.  So, here we go!  She went to her friend Evie's house this morning and she could not wait.  She was all smiles this morning and was begging to go starting around 6:30am.  I think it will be at our house next month so I better start preparing.  After seeing the joy on her face when I picked her up and hearing her tell me all about her day, I felt good about the decision to do preschool again...even though I missed her like crazy the two hours she was gone.  Savanna may have missed her even more.  Poor little thing bawled her eyes out the whole ride home and kept screaming, "HEIDI!  HEIDI!"    It really is such a cute group of girls. Happy first day of preschool, Heidi.  It's going to be a great year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

heidi at 4


 The little girl who first made me a mom is now a big four year old!  It really does seem like yesterday we were bringing her home, yet I have a hard time remembering what life was like before we had her.  She has brought so much joy and love into our home.  Here are a few things about Heidi at 4.

*Lately she likes to dress herself and will occasionally pick dresses.  Then she will tell me all day, "I'm really into dresses lately."
*Starting to enjoy chapter books and I am loving it! So far the  Junie B. Jones series is her favorite.
*Favorite day of the week is library day when she gets a new stack of books.  I don't see her a whole lot on library days because she wants me to read them all to her when we get home and then she hangs out in her room reading them to herself the rest of the day.
*Still a mommy's girl but she doesn't freak out like she used to when I leave the room or the house or drop her off somewhere.
*Starting to enjoy her independence.
*Enjoys playing with other kids, especially if they are older.
*Has an incredible memory.  I am shocked at what she remembers.  One time I told her to remind me to get lemon juice next time we went to the store.  Literally 3 weeks later when we went she said, "Oh and don't forget the lemon juice."
*Has a very,very large vocabulary.  It cracks me up though because she will oftentimes use words incorrectly.  For example, this morning she said, "Come on, Savanna, you little reconcile baby."  I asked her what that meant and she said, "Oh, it just means she likes binkys."
*She is really enjoying learning to write all of the letters.
*Loves to color.
*If she can't do something or doesn't want to do something, she will say, "I will do that when I'm 5."
*Great helper.
*Loves to sing and remembers words to songs like I cannot believe.
*Is shocked out of her mind when someone doesn't follow the rules and talks about it for months.
*You know when she is tired because she does not handle it well.  That is when we see fits and she gets super, super sassy.
*Goes to bed around 8 and is up about 6:30 and takes a nap from about 2-4.  I am ready to be done with the nap, but I am hanging onto it just a little longer while Caimbree gets into a better routine.
*Hates to be dirty or sticky.
*Super responsible.

We love you, Heidi!
You are so smart and we love watching you learn, grow, and become more independent.
We can't imagine life without you!




Saturday, August 23, 2014

2 months

 On the 19th, Caimbree turned 2 months old!  Two whole months! How did two months fly by already?  Oh my goodness, Caimbree is my most enjoyable newborn so far.  She is a real gem and since we all know that can change with the drop of a hat, we are enjoying everyday that has been so enjoyable.

Height: 22.5 inches--25%
Weight: 9 lb 2 oz--10%

Do you see this people??  I have a baby on the growth chart!!  This has never happened before!

*The thing that I feel makes Caimbree super easy is that while she is chill most of the time, if she ever does get fussy, I can generally get her to calm down fairly quickly.
*Swats toys.
*Can tolerate tummy time much better than my other two could, but only for short periods of time.
*Caimbree is very pleasant most all of the time unless she is hungry or tired, then she lets you know loudly, but it's usually to figure out what she needs.
*Likes her bath.
*Loves to smile, smile, smile and loves to look at you with her bright blue eyes.
*I thought her eyes were going to be brown, but they seem to be getting a lot lighter.  So now we are thinking maybe blue or green.
*Caimbree loves to coo and we love to hear her coo.
*Doesn't nap without a binky and prefers to nap in
 arms, but she will occasionally nap in her bed or in the swing.  The best thing is that she doesn't need the swing on, she more just needs an upright place to sleep.
*By far my sleepiest baby.  Some days she is awake more than other days, but she sleeps a large chunk of the day.
*So far my best night sleeper and I am not bragging even a little bit.  I am well aware that I did nothing (definitely less than I ever did with the other two).  I am also well aware that this could change at any moment...especially once those dang teeth come and screw it all up.  I usually lay her down around 8 or 9 and then I get her around 6 or 6:30.  She started this at 6 weeks and there have been a few nights where I have had to get her at 3 or so, but for the most part she gives me until at least 5.  I was not nearly so blessed with this kind of sleeping so early with the other two and I am feeling extra blessed because if she was up every hour like Savanna was, I might be officially crazy.  So I will be grateful for the nights she isn't up, and I will gladly love her and kiss her face when she does wake up.  She is all the proof I need that some babies just naturally sleep better than others.  I say this and now she will probably be up every 2 hours tonight.  Ha. Serves me right!
*She is so loved by her sisters.  Savanna always wants to hold her and kiss her and is always the first to ask where she is in the morning or after a nap.  Heidi loves to read to her, kiss her, and chat with her.  She is super lovable.
*Cuddly, cuddly, cuddly.  By far my most cuddly baby and I am loving it!  I spend a lot of time cuddling my little Caimbree girl.

This little Caimbree of ours is a happy little dream.
We could not love this little angel more.
Thank you for choosing us, Caimbree!  

WE LOVE YOU!