Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rachel with Signing Time

We went to the Walk with Angels again this year, and loved seeing Rachel in concert again! Jon, Gwen, and my mom came also and it was fun to have a bigger group.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Funny Face

Cece was pulling the funniest faces tonight while I was making dinner.  And I love that you can see in this picture that she is starting to fill out.  Her legs are so squeezable!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pony Rides

We checked with Nick, who works at Thanksgiving Point Farms, so we could go when he would be there.  He told us he was working the pony ride on Thursday, so we showed up to see him.  This was the first time Lynnie has completed the ride all by herself, with no one walking next to her.  I was so proud of her!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3rd ABR

Cecilia had her 3rd ABR test done today.  I'm getting better at this whole bring-your-baby-sleep-deprived-to-the-appointment thing.  I woke Cece up at 6:30 a.m., fed her, and then kept her happily awake at home.  When it was time to go, I recruited Ellie to be in charge of keeping her awake in the car.  Ellie was successful in the time it took to drive the big girls to Grandma's house.  Cece cried for about 10 minutes of the 15 minute drive to the audiologist, so I figure she had a 5 minute nap in the interim.

Once we got there, she had her head scrubbed to prepare it for the attachment of the electrodes.  Then I (finally!) fed her and rocked her to sleep.  She was settled by 10:33 a.m. and the audiologist and her intern got right to work.  Cece slept well until they were done around 11:10.  She woke up when they took the electrodes back off of her skin.

Preliminary results show the same things as last time -- no response to sounds up to 90 decibels.  Cece is still too young to officially rule on the Auditory Neuropathy diagnosis, so for now we are sticking with a she-probably-has-this-but-it-may-turn-out-to-be-regular-sensorineural-hearing-loss approach.

Next step?  A sound booth test when Cece is between 6-7 months old, and then trying out hearing aids.
waiting to see the audiologist--so tired!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Waiting

Right before we left the house to go to Cece's well child check, Ellie and Lynnie got invitations to go to a birthday party.  This is Lynnie's first time receiving a personal invitation, and she was so excited that she has been carrying it around all day.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Flood

Some birds have tried to build a nest above our front door, and Greg got the hose out this morning to knock it down and clean up the bird droppings on our porch.  A little while later, we were getting things prepped for a bbq with our friends, and I ran down to the storage room to get some ingredients.

And found a big flood on the floor.

After some investigation, we decided that there was a crack between the porch and wall, and the water from the hose just poured down into the cold storage.

Luckily, we found it quickly and got it cleaned up.  We don't go in the storage room every day, so it was a blessing to discover the water so quickly.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lynnie's First Scripture in Primary

Lynnie had her first assignment in Primary today, and she gave the scripture (2 Peter 3:2).  She was very excited when we practiced, but got a little nervous when it came time to sit in front.  When it was her turn, she hopped right up to the microphone and started repeating me.  About halfway through, her confidence got really strong and she very clearly said all of the words.

P.S.  I love how Greg caught Ellie's friend picking her nose...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sisters

Cece is fascinated by her big sisters, especially Ellie.  If Cece even gets a glimpse of Ellie, she will follow her with her eyes and watch what is happening.  Ellie is really good with her, and likes to be the big sister in charge.

I caught this sweet moment of them snuggling, playing, and talking.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Little Feet Love

We love this little book that has textures inside to touch.  It works with hands and the book was designed for feet.  We had a fun time helping Cece feel the textures with her toes!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Helpers

Ellie graciously offered to hold Cece while I prepared a bottle for her.  Cece was a little fussy since she was hungry, so Lynnie brought Dolphin over to cheer her up.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Swing

We went to the park today and tried Cece out in the swing for the first time.  She kind of just tolerated it.  She didn't cry or get upset, but she didn't seem very excited about it, either.  She is getting so big!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Holding Her Own Bottle

Look, Mom, Cece is holding her own bottle!  She is getting so grown up.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yummy

Cece's favorite toy right now is the rings.  She loves to grip them, and chew on them, and shake them.  We have a lot of them, which is good, because even with 50 or so scattered through the house, it always seems hard to find a few hooked together.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reading

One of the many benefits of having a baby is that I get a lot of reading done.  Cece and I spend a lot of time with her drinking milk, and I almost always use those minutes to read a book on the Kindle app on my phone.  I love that my library has ebooks that you can check out.  I can always find something good to read!

At this point in my life, I read for entertainment--the fluffier the book, the better.  I am working my way through Whitney award authors (whatever titles my library has) and recommendations from book blogs like Bubble Bath Books and Bloggin' About Books.  And of course, a Carla Kelly and a new Dorothy Keddington (AMY--did you know she had a new one?)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Double Stroller?!?

Look, Mom, it's a double stroller!  Push me, push me!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tricycle

Our neighborhood is hilly, which makes it super fun to ride down the hill, and hard work to get back up the hill.  Ellie rode her tricycle to our visiting teaching appointments, and did awesome until we were three houses from home.  Luckily, our nice neighbor saw our plight and pushed Ellie the rest of the way.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Food Nanny's Pizza Dough

Last night, Julie and I went to an event hosted by a ward in our stake (with the whole stake invited) with The Food Nanny.  We spent about 20 minutes in the parking lot chatting, and joked that we should just skip the whole event and get caught up on each other's lives.  But I'm glad we went in.  I learned a lot and came away inspired to do better at meal planning and meal preparation.

Plus, we sat in Julie's driveway talking until after 11, so it turned out all good :)

Tonight, I made pizza using The Food Nanny's 5 minute pizza dough recipe.  It was easy and fast and turned out great.  I quickly made up a pizza sauce using a can of tomato sauce and some frozen, pureed carrots.  Gotta trick Ellie into eating her vegetables.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rolling

Cece's latest trick is rolling up on her side.  She always rolls up on her left side.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kraut Noodles

I got the recipe for Kraut Noodles from Jonette years ago, and it is one of her family's traditions.  It is basically a dumpling, cooked with sauerkraut on top.  The girls and I made a batch today, and Ellie loved them.  Lynnie was not a fan.  But at least we have one convert!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

We were so excited to spend time with Grandma Camp on Mother's Day.

No, really!  We loved every second of it.

Except, perhaps, the seconds where we were trying to take a picture...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Birth Mother's Day

I love the #placed campaign that Birth Mother Baskets started, to bring awareness to good adoption language.  I love adoption, and I especially love our birth moms!  Sending lots of love to {T}, {M}, and {R} on this special day to honor Birth Mothers.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Playing Outside

It's awesome to see Ellie and Lynnie and their pretend play.  And especially awesome to watch them put on all sorts of fun things to keep themselves warm so they can play in the backyard after dinner.

Best part?  Hearing Lynnie say, "I'm the cutest owl ever!" since she is wearing her owl hat.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Orange Nail Polish

Let's paint my nails orange.  And can you take a picture and text it to Tammy?  Tell her that orange is my favorite color, too.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I'm Not Mary

Hi Mom.  I'm Mary.  Except I'm not Mary.  I'm Puppy Elizabeth!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tummy Time

Cecilia loathes tummy time.  She cries and cries, and I can't stand to hear her.  So we haven't done much of it.

Our early intervention specialist, Lori, has convinced me that we have to do it, though.  She says that the muscles that we use to speak are developed through tummy time.  She said if I ever want Cece to speak then she has to do it.

So we set the timer for one minute, and we try hard to distract Cece so she doesn't cry as much.

Ellie is a big help.  She loves to show Cece how to use her muscles.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Pippi Longstocking?

Ellie picked this fantastic outfit this morning, and then she wanted 6 rubber bands in her hair.  She looked adorable!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dinner

We had {R} and some of our other favorite people over for dinner tonight, and it was pretty fun!  It's always a good time when we get to hang out with one of our birth moms.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gardening

The weather was gorgeous today and it was perfect to finish getting our garden boxes ready to go.  Cece took a good nap in the stroller, Ellie helped for a few minutes planting lettuce seeds, and Lynnie helped plant beets, beans, carrots, and potatoes.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Outfit

Ellie loves to pick out Cece's clothes.  This morning she picked this cute onesie and some ruffly pink shorts.  The shorts were a present from Ky.  I'm not quite sure the weather is warm enough for this, but Cece sure looked cute!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dance Recital

Miss Kristin is the best dance teacher!  And the girls all loved their "prize" for participating in the recital:  a butterfly wand.