Thursday, December 28, 2017

10 month old Wren

Wren turned 10 months old and it as been a whirlwind.  We moved into a new house and it's been so fun to watch her crawl all over the place and explore.  At 10 months....

  • She has had cold after cold after cold which has just been the worst!  Dave and I also got the flu and I think she got it too....there were some hard days this month but I think we are finally over it!  Hopefully!
  • Because of the sickness, sleep has been a distant memory.  Her "schedule" has gone out the window and she had a 2 week stint where she would wake up every hour.  NOT FUN.  Now that the sickness has subsided, we're all hoping to get more sleep.  Because if Wren doesn't sleep well, no one does. 
  • Bathtime is her favorite time of the day, especially with Trey.  I believe it is their sole mission in life to get as much water all over their mother and the bathroom floor as possible.  Trey knows better, but how do you teach a baby to NOT splash!?
  • She learned how to clap and she claps all day long.  She claps when she's happy, sad, hungry,'s kind of funny actually. Sometimes when she wakes up in the middle of the night (royally pissed off, mind you), I'll pick her up and lay her down to change her and all while screaming in my face she's just clapping away.  If that doesn't put you in a good mood at 2:00 am, I don't know what would.  
  • She has 6 teeth.  She got two more on top and she still has the two on the bottom.  She has the cheesiest grin and we just love it!
  • She can stand, but you better old onto her and heaven help us if you let go, or she falls....she likes to stand but is terrified of the concept at the same time.  She hasn't been able to pull herself up yet, but she's content standing in one place.  As soon as you let go, even with one had, she screams and gives you a death stare as if to say "How dare you!?"
  • She has vetoed pretty much any and all food.  I think being sick has really made her dislike food and she doesn't seem interested at all.  She just likes her baba's and always.
  • She can say dada, baba, mama and a whole bunch of nonsense words. She loves to just babble on and on.  
  • Her nicknames have morphed from Wrennie to Wren-a-roo, Wrennie the roo bear, Roo bear, to Roo...which is what we call her most of the time. Nicknames are so weird.  Roo doesn't even remotely resemble her given name, but it just fits.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

9 month old Wren

Wren is growing SO FAST!  We can't believe how big she is.  Here are a few things about our 9 month old Wrenny-Roo:

  • She is FINALLY getting over her colds and is sleeping much better.  She usually goes down by 7:30-8:00 and only gets ups once throughout the night and then she's up and ready to go at 7:00. 
  • As always, she is happiest in the mornings.  She is starting to talk so much and we love it!  She says "da-da" over and over and over again. 
  • She crawls super fast and likes to get herself into trouble.  She loves door stops and any and all cords.  She's also loves looking down the stairs and gets so mad when I put the gate up.
  • She has three teeth...soon to be four.  Teething has not been her favorite thing, but they sure are cute!
  • She loves bath time and still loves to splash.  It's kind of surprising just how much water she gets all over the bathroom floor.  She'll splash water all over face and get it into her eyes, but she just LOVES it. Every time she splashes she cracks herself up and laughs and laughs.
  • She adores Trey and wants to do whatever he is doing.  Trey gets the most smiles by far.
  • She loves snuggles, as always and prefers to be held most of the time. 
  • She can feed herself but pretty much refuses to at night.  You don't mess with her nighttime snuggle time.  Haha
  • She does  this thing with her hands all the time.  She holds them out and then waves them around.  It's hard to explain, but if you know her at all, you know what I'm talking about.  It's like she waves her hands in circles as if she's stretching her wrists.  Super random, but she does it a lot when she's eating. 
  • She has a lot of nicknames, but the current favorite is Roo-Bear.  Or just simply Roo.
She is so sweet and we just adore her!  Love you Roo!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wren at 8 Months

Wren is getting so big and it's breaking this mama's heart.  At 8 months....

  • She has never been a great sleeper, but at the moment she loathes it!  She has been battling cold after cold for the past few weeks and her sleep has pretty much become nonexistent.  Poor thing.  Back are the days of getting up several times a night.  She typically goes down at 8:00 and wakes up at 12:00, 4:00 and then 7:00....Hoping those 12 hour stretches come back soon!  She's also a pretty terrible napper.  20 minutes and she seems to think she's done!  It's a good thing she's so cute because she is NOT a happy camper when waking up.  We've tried to buckle down on routines and create good sleeping habits, but she's just not having it.  It doesn't help that she is the worlds lightest sleeper!
  • She has two bottom teeth, and they are pretty much the cutest things ever.  I think now that she has teeth, she's convinced that she is ready for big people food, because she has pretty much refused to eat any and all baby food for the past few weeks.  She'll have maybe 2-3 spoonfuls and then refuse to open her mouth for anymore.  She does however love to gnaw on oranges, crackers, etc.  She always stares at Trey while he's eating as if to say "HEY! I want that!"
  • She has started to crawl and it's been so fun.  She kind of sways back and forth on her tummy to get to where she wants to be.
  • She can sit up and likes to just sit and put her toys in and out of buckets.
  • She LOVES our phones and is constantly trying to grab them and eat them!
  • She learned how to splash and it's all she ever wants to do during her bath.  She will get water all over her face and not even flinch.  She loves when Trey starts splashing with her and thinks it's the funniest thing in the world.  
  • She can hold her bottle, but most of the time wants to be held to eat.  As always, she would be content being held every waking minute of her life.  She loves to snuggle.
  • She is pretty happy in the mornings and gives the cutest little smiles.  But honestly after that, you'd be pretty hard pressed to get a smile out of her.  Haha.  We often refer to her as having RBBF (Resting Baby Bitch Face) sounds horrible, I know, but it's so true!  We love you Wren-a-Roo but you're kind of a cranky pants.  Family will often do anything in their power to make her smile and she'll just stare at them with this "Are you kidding?" face and look at us like we're crazy.  
  • She has the cutest little voice and babbles on and on.  She says "dada" quite a bit, but I'm not sure if it means anything to her.  My favorite is when she talks to us in the morning.  Oftentimes after picking her up out of her crib first thing in the morning she'll babble really REALLY quietly so you can barely hear her.  It's so sweet and just melts my heart each time.  
  • I feel likes shes's grown so much, but strangers will often comment on how small she is for her age.  I'm intrigued to see how much she has grown when we take her in for her 9 month check up.  Either way, she's perfect!
  • She has the thinnest hair ever (maybe even thinner than mine!) and it shoots straight up on top of her head.  She has one strand that is about 2-3 inches longer than the rest and I just love it.  Her hair is always just a little poof ball and refuses to stay down.
She is so cute and it's been fun to see her little personality come through.  We love you Wren-a-Roo! (her most common nickname). 

3 year old Trey

"Oh Treybies"....."Oh mom!"  This is a common saying in our household and I know I'll forget it if  I don't write it down; so there you go.

Trey has grown so much since we brought Wren home and it is so sad, but so fun at the same time!  Once Trey turned three I felt like the saying "Terrible Twos" was complete nonsense, because three has been so much harder on us!  Trey is either an angel...or not so much.   Haha.  In all seriousness though, Trey is such a delight in our lives and has dealt with the chaos of adding a baby to the family really well.     Here are a few things about Trey at 3 years old:

  • I cannot believe how much his language has exploded the last year.  He knows so much and surprises us all the time with words that he knows and uses correctly.  It's silly, but it really has been so fun to hear him use a word in the correct context and go "What??  Where did you even learn that?!"  For example, the other day he said "Mom, I think it is in a different location"  LOCATION???  Really?? I'm obviously biased, but I think he's pretty smart and it's fun to have "big boy" conversations with him.  
  • He is REALLY shy and prefers to be with adults rather than children.  This is probably due to the fact that he has been the only little kid on both sides of our family.  He goes to daycare once a week and it has been really good for him.  It's so fun to hear him talk about his little friends.  
  • He absolutely adores Wren and it's pretty much the sweetest thing ever.  He loves when she wakes up in the morning, so he can go into her room and say "GOOD MORNING!!!  Hi honey!!!"  He always says it in such a sweet little voice and it melts my heart each time.  He likes to be really involved in helping with her.  He likes to throw away her diapers, and pick out her outfits.  You'll often hear him say "Oh baby Wren....she's just so cute!"  
  • He really loves anything car related and has more Hot Wheels cars than I can count.  He still loves reading and loves to read with Dad each night before he goes to bed.  One of his favorite books right now is "The B Book".  We've read it so many times that he has it memorized.  He loves to "read" it to Dave and is so proud of himself.  
  • He LOVES going to visit family and far prefers his grandma's over anyone else. Grandma Eddy and Grandma Jo both take turns watching the kids each week and he gets so excited when he finds out that he's going to grandmas!  He also loves spending time at Grandma Calls house and often asks when he can go visit Grandma Call.
  • He loves to learn and talk about new things.  He has been obsessed with places lately and wants to know where everyone lives.  He picks up on things so fast and it's been so fun to watch his little brain put things together.
  • He loves to help anyone with anything.  He prides himself in being able to help adults with tasks like loading and unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, fixing anything and everything with tools, cleaning, and so on.  He is the best little helper ever!  Trey just loves having something to do.  
  • He is OBSESSED with Orange Chicken from Panda Express.  It's by far his favorite meal and he requests it often.  I love that way he says "Panda Express".  Whenever he asks for it he gets real quiet and then his tone gets louder and higher as he asks for it, as if it's the most exciting thing in the world. 

We love him and can't believe how much he has grown in what seems like such a short time.  He can be very trying (gotta love these toddler years), but he is hilarious and makes us laugh each day.  We love you Treybies!  (I don't think I'll ever stop calling him that....)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wren at 7 Months

I can't believe Wren is already 7 months old!  She has been such a delight, and as always, we adore her.  Here's a few things to note about 7 month old Wren:

  • She LOVES food.  But not all food.  haha.  She far prefers vegetables over fruit.  The sweetness and tartness of fruit is not something she likes.  She'll usually take a few bites, scrunch up her face in disgust, and then refuse to eat anymore.   However, she'll eat spoonful after spoonful of green beans.  She'll gobble up any vegetable, but green beans are by far her favorite.  
  • She tries to feed herself her bottle, but really just likes to play around with it.  She loves to place her fingers in between her bottle and her mouth.  It's the weirdest thing and kind of annoying, because she is constantly breaking the suction seal she has on her bottle, but insists that she have her bottle AND her fingers in her mouth at the same time.
  • She does not take a binky and she doesn't suck her thumb.  Luckily, she is a very calm and happy baby.  When she is really upset she likes to be swaddled and have blankets next to her face.  
  • She's back to getting up in the middle of the night to eat, but for the most part goes to bed and 8:00 and gets up at 7:30.  She got her first tooth a few days ago so nighttime has kind of been a nightmare, but she's doing pretty well.  
  • She has definitely found her voice and she sure likes to use it.  She loves to babble quietly to her toys, but then she'll just shout and squeal over and over again until you pay attention to her.  She has made the "mama" sound a few times when she is upset, but no "real" first words yet. 
  • She absolutely loves Trey and wants to be around him and watching him.  He pretty much adores her as well and loves to help take care of her. 
  • She rolls and rolls all over the place.  No crawling yet, but you can see that she wants to SO BAD!!  She gets very upset when she can't get to a toy by rolling alone.  
  • She is very content most of the time, but she can sure be stubborn.  If she is playing with a toy and drops it, she'll scream out as if the world was ending.  Haha.  And if you put her down before she's done being snuggled, she'll be sure to let you know. 
  • She is very smiley and happy in the mornings, but doesn't give out smiles very easily after that (unless you're Trey).
  • She is growing SO MUCH and I can tell she's losing that "babyness".  It's so sad but so fun at the same time.  She is so chunky, but strangers will comment all of the time how little she is.  
  • She is such a fun and sweet little baby.  Always up for a snuggle and just loves to be loved.  I think I've said that every month, but it's so true.        

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wren at 6 months

At 6 months.....

  • Weight: 15 lbs 13 oz (42nd percentile) and Height: 2' 1" (15th percentile)  She has gotten so chunky and we love it!  She has the cutest little baby rolls.  
  • We just started her on solids and she LOVES them.  It's been so sad to eat in front of her because she just watches you with her mouth wide open.  She's had squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, and carrots and has loved all of them!
  • She's really good at rolling over and thinks it's the funnest thing on the world...until she doesn't know how to roll back over.  Haha.  
  • Rolling over made bedtime kind of  a nightmare for a few weeks.  We had to stop swaddling her which was really rough for a few nights, but now she just rolls over on her tummy and self soothes.She started getting up again in the middle of the night to eat, but once she started on solids that has stopped and she usually sleeps 10-11 hours!  
  • She's happiest in the morning and loves to just babble and coo.  She has started to be very vocal and we love it!  She loves to talk to her toys.  It's the cutest thing ever.  She grabs her toy and stares at it while just babbling and sometimes yelling at it.  
  • Trey is still the favorite and gets the most smiles by far!  As always, she loves to be loved.  She would be happy being held all day long.  If she's not being held, she's on the floor on her tummy, rolling across the room to get what she wants.
  • She really only cries when she is hungry, tired, or has a dirty diaper.  She does get fussy at times, but she is pretty easy to soothe and just so sweet.      
We get told by family members all the time how lucky we are to have such good babies.  We love our little miss and can't believe how fast these first 6 months have gone by!

Wren at 5 months

Wren is a doll and we absolutely adore her!  At 5 months...
  • She eats 4-6 oz every 2-3 hours.  She's a snacker and likes her food!  We always joke that "It's not easy keeping up these fat rolls!"  
  • It's so sad to eat in front of her.  She smacks her lips ans looks at you like "uhh, I would like some!"  We've given her rice cereal and she loved it despite the fact that 90% of it ended up all over her face and clothes.  Haha.  
  • She still sleeps like a champ!  She's woken up a few times in the middle of the night to eat, but always goes back down and usually sleeps until 7:30 to 8:00.  Such a dream baby!  
  • She takes pretty good naps which is so nice.  She'll usually be up for an hour or so and then go back down for a 2-3 hour morning nap.  It's been nice to have some one on one time with Trey in the mornings.  
  • Speaking of Trey, she absolutely adores him!  He is by far her favorite person and he makes her laugh the most.  We haven't been able to pinpoint what makes her laugh as it's different every time, but Trey can get her to laugh more easily than anyone else.
  • She as discovered her feet and it's the funnest thing to watch.  She loves to grab onto her toes and just sit there rolled up into a ball.  
  • She loves to lay on her play mat and grab her toys.  Most of the time she is content just laying on a blanket and being talked to.  
  • She's started to like the swing and loves to sit in it and listen to music.
  • She is pretty quiet most of the time but has started this "shouting match" way of speaking and it's hilarious.  If she wants your attention she sure knows how to get it.  
  • We all kind of have our own little nicknames for her.  I call her honey, little miss, and sweetheart most of the time.  Trey calls her baby Wren.  Dave likes to call her Wren-a-roo.  We always sing the Winnie the Pooh song but change the lyrics to "Roo bear, Wrenny the Roo bear". 
She really is so happy and content.  We got lucky with her!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wren at 4 months

Wren is such a sweetheart and an amazing baby.  Everyone always comments on how calm and sweet she is.  Wren loves to be loved.  It's as simple as that.  She loves to be talked to and snuggled.

At four months....

  • Started sleeping 10-12 hour stretches!  WOO!!!  We start her bedtime routine at around 8:00 and she is usually down by 8:30-9:00.  We still swaddle her, but she sleeps great and usually doesn't wake up until 7:30 the following morning!  
  • She is so happy in the morning and loves to be talked to.  She smiles so much and we love it!  Sometimes you really have to work for those smiles, but they are worth it!
  • She's started reaching for things and concentrates so hard on grabbing and holding on to things.  It's really sad because she gets visibly frustrated and angry when she can't do something.  Once she get's a hold of something she'll hold on for dear life and never let go as if to say "AHA!!  I got ya!"  She stares it down with such concentration and then gets really mad when she lets go and can't reach it again.  Haha.  I think she was born with my patience (or lack thereof) for things that are difficult for her. 
  • She's getting better at tummy time and is getting really strong.  She has no desire to roll over though.
  • She still despises the car (at least when it's not moving) and we avoid drive thru's at all costs because of it.  
  • She's starting to get more vocal which is so fun.  She likes to squeal and make shouting noises.  Haha.  That's the best way I can describe it.  When she cries, she makes an audible "mama" sound, so I'm counting it as her first word. ;)  
  • She still loves the bath and loves to furiously kick her legs and splash.
We comment a lot on how good of a baby she is.  She is adored by so many and we just can't get enough of her.  We think back on her first few days so much and are so grateful for the strong, sweet little girl she is now!  What a difference four months makes!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wren at 3 months

  • Weighs 12 pounds 15 oz
  • Eats 3-4 oz every 2-3 hours.  She still prefers to snack on an ounce here and there.  
  • Sleeps so well.  We were blessed with two good sleepers and we are so grateful.  We keep a pretty strict routine since that's what we found worked with Trey, and so far it's been wonderful.  We still call it "tubby, baba, seepy nigh night" time.  We have no life outside our  She's ready for a bath at around 8:00 and is usually down by 9:00.  She does still wake up at least once to eat, usually between 5:00 and 6:00, but then she goes back down until 7:00.  It is SO NICE to have somewhat of an expectation for nighttime.  Obviously it's not always perfect, but she does really well.  
  • Naps pretty consistently every 2-3 hours.  She still prefers to be swaddled to sleep, but will sometimes put herself to sleep without it. One of these days I'll get brave and try putting her to bed at night without swaddling.  She's a pretty light sleeper and wakes easily.
  • HATES tummy time.  I try to put her on her tummy at least twice a day, but after 2-3 minutes she starts screaming.  Of course her cries win us over and we turn her over.
  • She has a love/hate relationship with the car.  She's pretty content and happy as long as you're moving.  The second you stop the car she freaks out.  Trey often remarks that "Wren does not like the red lights" because she cries as soon as you stop and then stops crying as soon as you start up again.  And don't even try taking her through a drive thru.  I've never heard her cry harder than when she has to sit in the drive thru.  She really can be quite the little diva.  Haha
  • All joking aside, Wren is truly a sweet baby.  That's the adjective I feel describes her best.  She LOVES to be held and snuggled.
  • Her favorite time of day is first thing in the morning.  She is so smilely and loves to talk to us.  She's pretty quiet compared to Trey at this age, but she has the sweetest little coos.  
  • Trey always calls her "baby Wren" and it melts my heart everytime.  We often refer to her as Little Miss, sweetheart, and Wrenny-Roo.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wren at 2 months

  • Started giving smiles voluntarily.  She's the happiest in the morning right when she wakes up.  It's the sweetest little smile.  She gives her grandma's the most smiles with Daddy coming in at a close second. 
  • Is slowly finding her voice.  She makes little coos here and there, but mostly just likes to listen to people talk to her.  
  • Loves bath time.  It's a surefire way to get her to calm down at night (her fussiest time).
  • We finally have somewhat of a nighttime routine, and it is so nice.  We usually give her a bath at 8:30 and then she's usually down for the night between 9:00 and 10:00.  She usually wakes up between 3:00 and 4:00 am to eat, and then goes right back down until 7:00-8:00.  Did I mention how nice it is!?  Her schedule loving parents are in heaven!  Haha.
  • We found out early on that she prefers to be swaddled.  Such a change for us.  Trey HATED being swaddled so I'm surprised we even tried it.  I'm glad we did because it calms her down. She gets really overwhelmed at night and starts waving her arms uncontrollably, so she can't calm down.  She fights it at first and then quickly settles down and usually stays swaddled all night.  
  • She slept in a little bassinet for the first 6 weeks but sleeps in her crib every night now.
  • Eats 2-4 oz every 2-3 hours.  She likes to snack and acts like she is dying of starvation, then is content after 1 oz. Silly girl.
  • Has the silliest fake cry.  It's so dramatic and Dave and I can't help but laugh when she uses it.  
  • She's a pretty content baby...until she doesn't want to be. Haha.  She really only cries when she needs something, but oh my, when she needs something, she needs it NOW!       
  • She looks so much like Trey.  It's crazy to me how similar they look.  We often joke that she is the girl version of Trey.
  • She kept most of her hair and it's coming in pretty red.  We're thinking it will be strawberry blonde.  She has a ton of little tufts of hair in the back with pretty much nothing on top!  Haha.