Sunday, July 29, 2012

3 and 1

Well, I can officially say that I now know what life is like with a 3-year old and a 1-year old.  Not easy.  So fun, but nope, definitely not easy.  Of course, it's not like I thought it would be, but some days I just look around at the chaos and it does catch me by surprise.

Some updates as of late:
Alex loves swimming, reading books, watching one of her many princess movies (and even a few non-princess ones), doing ANYTHING outside, laughing, and just generally being a happy kid.  She is SO smart (says her biased mommy), and comes up with the most amazing observations and comments on life.  She is a master negotiator.

She is the pickiest eater, and generally eats like a bird.  I'm amazed at how little she eats, and yet how much energy she has.  Her favorite foods are not always the healthiest choices, that's for sure: macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, waffles & syrup, bean burritos, and anything sweet or junk-food related.  She loves all her fruits, but is SO resistant to vegetables.  It's a daily frustration for me and something I have a hard time relating to, because I pretty much love anything that is edible.  We just keep hoping she will turn the corner and start eating more things.  We don't make separate meals for her or cater to her tableside tantrums, but she is just stubborn and will skip a meal rather than eat a vegetable! Grrr......

Alex is an amazing big sister.  I have no complaints in that department, and I'm just so happy to see her love and concern for Kathryn.  She helped teach her to walk, she pretends to read books to her, she plays with her, and is always looking around making sure that baby sister is ok.

Kathryn has been going through a very needy stage lately and has been having some very serious separation anxiety from me.  It gets to be so bad that I can barely walk out of the room at home without her screaming like it's the last time she will see me.  She wants to be held ALL the time.  Not exaggerating, seriously.....all.. the... time!  Alex didn't go through this, (at least not anything noticeable) and I am not sure exactly how to handle it.  My first inclination was to just let her cry for a bit (while staying close) and saying, "I can't pick you up right now while I'm cooking dinner, but Mommy is here, don't worry Kat!" Nope.  Didn't help.  So then I thought, maybe she just needs some Mom time, so I started picking her up--- while cooking dinner, folding laundry (her in my lap), sitting at the computer----pretty much anything.  But it didn't really help reassure her; she still screamed bloody murder for the rare minute that I had to put her down.  My back is killing me and although I love the extra snuggle time, it has been three months of this.  Rich and I both noticed that Alex has started misbehaving and talking back more, and I think it's related to the need for attention since Kat has been taking nearly all of mine.  We are hoping for a change on the horizon soon.

But Kathryn isn't all tears.  She is a sweet girl who idolizes her big sister, loves food (I mean LOVES food, almost anything), and has now taken off walking & running everywhere.  She talks a little, but most of her words are only understandable to us: she says MORE, GO, THANK YOU, BALL, BITE, EAT, BYE-BYE, HI, MAMA, DADA, THOR (our dog's name), WHAT'S THAT?, WHERE IS IT, GOOD GIRL, THERE SHE IS, and a few other little phrases that I can't remember at the moment.  She is definitely a mama's girl and loves just sitting quietly on my lap, sucking her thumb and looking around at whatever action is happening in the room.

Life is just crazy lately.  I'm a little overwhelmed with working full-time and the 1.5 hour commute I have everyday.  I enjoy my actual job, but it takes so much energy to get the girls ready, get myself ready, drive them to daycare, then drive to my territory---I feel exhausted by 8:30 each morning! The daycare being so far away from my house, and my sales territory being pretty far from that---those are the two things that cause me the most stress.  I keep trying to come up with a solution--I really do hate complaining about things without coming up with solutions, but I'm kind of stuck for now.  Oh well.

There are so many other updates, but this is a crazy long post, so I'll end for now.

Some recent pics:

And a really cool look at Alex in 2010 and 2012......crazy how much she looks the same!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kathryn's Cake Smash!

Kathryn is 13.5 months old, and we finally got to do her cake smash photo shoot this past weekend.  Every single weekend for the past 6 weeks, one (or more) of us has been sick with something or another.  So even though I intended to do it at 12 months, it just didn't happen!

It was pretty entertaining to let her play with the cake, but she didn't get into it as much as we thought she would.  Lately her appetite has been insatiable, so we thought she might inhale the cake faster than I could take pictures of it.  But she was pretty dainty about it, and even when we helped her along with a few smears and handfuls of cake, she wasn't a huge fan.  Oh well.   

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lollipop Girls

My girls.  I love them.  I'm trying to practice my studio photography work, and it's really quite funny trying to teach myself from youtube videos and various websites.  I wish I had the time for a real class.  So much more efficient.

This photo is definitely not going to win any studio photography awards.  The lighting is pretty blah and I'm sure it breaks some rules in terms of angles of light and reflectors and white balance.  

But I love it.  It shows my girls' funny personalities.  I love Kathryn's tongue coming out at the exact moment that Alex goes to swipe a lick from her GIGANTIC lollipop.  I love Alex's hand that is about to jump off her lap-- I can just feel the excitement in her very core, and I can hear what must be going through her brain...."CANNNNNDDDDYYY!!!!"

Monday, April 30, 2012

Photo time with Alex

Alex has definitely been needing some one-on-one time with me lately.  Kathryn has been going through a very needy stage, and she is attached to my hip almost constantly, so Alex is starting to feel a little left out.

When we got home from work tonight, Alex said, "I want you to take photos of me, Mommy."  That has NEVER happened! She hates the camera, or at the very least, barely tolerates it, and only with candy bribes coming every few seconds.  So I immediately said yes, and she ran to her dress-up drawers, pulling out a tutu and pearls.  I couldn't help but giggle.

I love my girl.  She is growing up.

Kathryn's 1st BEE Day!

Well, it's official.  I have a one-year old.  We celebrated the busy little bee with a BEE themed birthday party.  I love my party themes, that's for sure!

And it was a fun excuse for a themed photo-shoot too. I dressed Kathryn in a cute little bumble bee tutu that her Aunt Katie found and took some pics to use for her invitations.  Here was the finished product (minus our personal details, because HEY, I'm sure all of you readers--all 3 of you-- are nice, but we don't need to share our home address with the whole world! :)

I had a little onesie personalized with Kathryn's name on it from Christi Creations

I got the party printables (other than the invitation) from Dimple Prints.  

My friend Laura made the beautiful cake.  Thanks Laura!! 

The Menu:  sandwiches ("HIVE yourself a sandwich!"), a vegetable platter ("BEE Healthy!!"),  BEE-BEE-que chips (ha!), Honeycomb pasta salad, yellow & black licorice, honeycomb cereal snacks, Brownie & Pudding Push Pops, and Yellow Creme Oreos.Who knew they even made those things?! I am clearly not up-to-date on my Oreos; they had all kinds of those little cookies!  

Photo credit: Sarah Crank Photography

Happy Birthday Baby KAT! It was a fun party, and I think Kathryn had a blast! She almost fell asleep in her cake, which, if you ask me, is a sure sign of a good party!

Stay tuned for her one-year summary another day! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Easter

We had a nice Easter celebration at the house with family.  Alex actually got into it this year--she was ALL about the candy.  Kathryn liked the plastic easter eggs and the noise they made when she shook them (full of jelly beans).  Altogether a fun day of memories. :) 

Friday, April 13, 2012

(almost) ONE!

Kathryn turns ONE (!!!) next weekend.  Please pass the tissues. :(

AliKat Photography