Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Out of the Mouth of Jake

Jake is a pretty funny guy, he's always said some really funny things.  I wanted to capture some of the things he's said recently...

About Ella:
(when Ella was born, he said to his grandma) "She's so cute, she looks just like me!"

"Mommy, Ella is my sweetheart"

"what I like best about Ella is that she toots... hee hee hee"

"Mommy, Ella will be a girl when she grows up, right?" (me: Ella is a girl now Jake), "Oh, she just has a boy haircut then?!"

"Ella is so cute, when I grow up I'm going to marry her." (John: that's not legal in most states Jake)

About Mommy:
(background: Jake has always had some kind of strange fixation with my hair. Since he could talk he would tell me how much he prefers me to wear my hair down)... "Mommy, you look beautiful today!" (me: Thank you sweetheart!) "Mommy, I like your hair that way... not like when it's in a pony tail" (me: ok, Jake) "Mommy, why do you wear your hair in a pony tail anyway?" (me: because mommy is busy and it's easier honey) "Well, I don't like it when you wear your hair in a pony tail" (me: duly noted Jake!)

Jake Age 4

Brand New Baby!

As I am writing this post, my little angel is asleep in her bed.  Yes, I said ANGEL!  The Dr. definitely diagnosed her acid reflux correctly.  We've been on the medication now for over a week and have seen a drastic difference in her mood.  She is only fussy now when she's tired or hungry -- this, I can handle!

Now... for how long she will sleep?  That is another post altogether!

Here are a few recent pictures....
What are you looking at bunny?

Happy Girl

Ella Bella

Stylin' in my boots!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

(since I am not sleeping as much as most people, shouldn't I feel like I have more time than everyone else???)

Ella is two months old this week, and what a blur it has been!  It does not seem like that much time has passed already, but I definitely feel like she's growing and changing every day.

We went to the Dr. today for her two month appointment.  The poor baby had to get FIVE shots and a new oral Rotavirus vaccine (new since Jake was a baby).  Mom didn't fair too well during the shots - I just cried my eyes out along with her.  So much so that the nurse asked me if I was ok!  Darn hormones!!

One good thing that came out of her appointment is that we may have an answer to why she's been so incredibly fussy.  Really, fussy is a very kind description of what she's been like.  She's just been so very hard.  When we started describing her bahavior to our Dr. today she seemed pretty sure that Ella has acid reflux.  So, we have a new prescription to try and I am really hoping we see a new happier baby in a few days! (I'll keep you posted of course!)

Here are Ella's stats from today's visit:
  • Height: 22 inches (40th percentile) - up from 20 3/4 inches at 2 weeks old
  • Weight: 9 1/2 lbs. (20th percentile) - up from 7 lbs 6 ozs at 2 weeks old
  • Head Cir: 37.8 cm (20th percentile) - up from 35.5 cm at 2 weeks old

Getting SO BIG!

who, me? cute?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Look who's smiling...

BIG smile!

love this smile!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some Sleepy Milestones for Us

This week we had several sleep related milestones...

(1) Jake is officially night-time potty trained (so cool!) -- he's been dry in his pull up for several months now, but we haven't really wanted to deal with any night time accidents since things have just been crazy at home lately.  When we got back from vacation, we were out of pull ups so we were kind-of forced into a night in underwear.  He did great and we're not looking back!

(2) Trent had his first sleep over! -- he has been begging for a sleep over for almost a year now, but we've not been too sure of it.  One of his good friends invited him for a sleep over/birthday party this weekend.  He was SO excited.  We resisted the urge to call numerous times to check on him :)

(3) Ella's new bedtime -- Ella has been much more alert and awake more for the last few weeks.  It's been great because she's smiling now and playing more, but it also made for a very over-tired baby.  Ella is a little more difficult (sensitive?) than we remember Jake being.  She spent the last week screaming her lungs out from around 5pm until we went to bed (and I mean ear-pearcing screaming!).  I did some re-reading of some of the sleep books that we had for Jake and realized that she was just over-tired.  So we started putting her down for bed around 7pm and now we have a nice break in the evening vs. a screaming fussy baby for the last hours of our night!  (I know, DUH mom and dad!!)  She's still not sleeping for more than a 4 hour stretch at a time, but I know that will come soon enough.  Just glad she's a happy baby again!

Ella's "baby leggs"
(the adorable leg warmers she's wearing)

Ella playing and smiling

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas, Christmas and MORE Christmas!

Christmas and the days leading up to it were great.  We celebrated with some friends in early December and had a personal visit from Santa at their house.  The boys thought it was so cool and even Ella had her first meeting with Santa.

The boys tried extra hard to be good this year as we had a new addition to the family (and I am not talking about the baby!)  Yes, we finally got an Elf on the Shelf!  The boys decided to name him Comet and he was magical!  The whole "schtick" wore off after a few days with Jake who told Santa when asked that he is "only sometimes good" to which Santa replied: "well, at least you are honest!"  But with Trent, it was magical!  One evening I was praising Trent for having such great behavior since Ella was born (which has been such a blessing).  I told him that I knew he was being so great because of her, etc.  After I went on and on for a while, he finally spoke up and said: "yeah, and because we have an Elf living with us now and watching everything we do!"... ahhh the magic I tell you!

We went to Hudson Gardens to see all of the lights on the day before Christmas eve.  The weather has been very mild here so we really enjoyed walking around and it was not too cold for baby Ella.  The boys really enjoyed it.

At Hudson Gardens light display

On Christmas eve we decorated a gingerbread house (which the boys were SO excited about) and went to Christmas mass.  We prepared for the big guy by putting out some of the cookies the boys helped me make and some egg nog then it was off to bed!

Trent working hard
Despite how it looks, this picture was NOT easy to get
(but it's a Pham family tradition!)
We spent Christmas day at home just the 5 of us.  It was nice to be home and do the intimate family thing for a change, though we missed being with family.  It was strange to have no where to go, but the boys really enjoyed playing with all of their toys all day.  I made a ham and some of my Aunt Barbara's cheesy scalloped potatoes for dinner which actually turned out good!

The JOY of Christmas morning
(yes, I bribed them with thier new toys to get this picture!)

Ella Bella

Is Christmas over ALREADY!?
Finally we traveled back to Oklahoma City after the holiday and had more Christmas there :)  It was great to see everyone.  John's grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and almost all of his family came in to celebrate with them.  It was a nice to see a lot of his family we haven't seen in a long time.  We got all of the cousins together also - as always all of the boys loved playing together!

The whole PHAM damly!

Monday, January 3, 2011

3 weeks

Ella was 3 weeks old on Wednesday.  My how the time flies by when you have a new born (and are not sleeping!)  At her 2-week appointment, she was already well past her birth weight (7 lbs 6 oz) and had already grown another inch and a half (to 20 1/2 in).  I'm so thankful that she's such a great eater!

We've had tons of help with family here since before she was born.  On Saturday afternoon, we will be on our own for the first time since she was born.  It's been so great to have all the help - now the real test will begin!  We will need a few days I am sure to figure it all out, but hopefully will settle into a routine soon.  Here are a few more pictures of the growing girl!

Jake loves to hold Ella

Ella on her changing table looking at the light

Full of milk

After first bath at home