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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Babies are Growing Up...

Unlike most of my summer, this week has been very low-key. It's been really nice to be home and just hang out and play together... While I LOVE taking the girls on adventures, it's also fun to have no where to rush off to and no packing of a giant diaper bag!

I am so happy I was able to catch this special moment below on camera, because anyone who knows Kyri knows that she has a terrible gag reflex. While she loves her sister, she isn't always able to show it because the smell of spit-up makes her physically gag. Since Tessa is covered in spit-up 24/7, Kyri pretty much steers clear of her. This particular time, however, Kyri was actually letting Tessa TOUCH her! Tessa completely cracks up whenever Kyri looks at her. Hopefully, they will continue to bond as Tessa grows out of the slobbery stage!

Notice what Kyri's wearing in this next picture...
That's right, "big girl undies"!!! She decided that this was the week to start training. Not sure why. She had been very against it for the longest time, but suddenly decided that she was ready Sunday evening. We humored her for that night, but she woke up asking to wear her "underwears" again the next day. Monday morning was rough. We must have gone through 5 pair in 2 hours. But from lunch on, she was dry! Tuesday and Wednesday she had one accident each day, but other than that she is really doing well. I had so much anxiety about this, but she really took control of it herself. (And that's what everyone kept telling'll happen when they're ready.) I'm still unsure of what to do at nap and bedtime, but for now we're still diapering during those times. We haven't ventured out yet at all this week, except to Grandma and Grandpa's. So, tomorrow's ballet class could be interesting... Wish us luck!
**** UPDATE...We made it through class with no accidents! Relief!!****

This was her first time! Had to get it on film!
Look at that face..."Really mom? The camera in the bathroom?"

And on to my sweet baby Tessa. She is growing like a weed. We're into 6 mos. clothes now and she has been eating 8 oz bottles this week. (This is insane to me because we were lucky to get Kyri to eat 4 oz bottles!) We also tried green beans for the first time today! She ate almost the entire container, but we're going to need a little more practice with the spoon. She wasn't quite sure what to do and kept pushing the food back out with her tongue as you can see in this delicious pic. (By the way, Kyri was gagging the whole time, and I had to keep telling her to stop watching me feed her! I'm pretty sure Kyri takes after her Uncle B with that!)

My baby is sitting now, too! She is getting really good at doing it all by herself. I still make sure to put a pillow around her whenever I need to walk away, because as soon as she looks up from her toys she usually topples over.

And these next pics were just silly pool shots from tonight. With the crazy heat we're having, we decided to take a trip over to Grandma B and Grandpa Larry's house after dinner for a night swim.

My big girl loving her independence in the water.

Tessa B talking to her turtle friend

Kyri and Grandma B


My girls

And a quick family shot for the album!

Why not do a night swim...I have no papers to grade and nothing to plan for tomorrow.
I love summer!!!

(Hopefully those who read my blog know me well enough to know that I'm not trying to rub it in when I write things like that. I just am really enjoying having this time to totally devote to my family. Those who know me also know that I don't deal with stress very well, and during the school year I can be kind of obnoxious. So, I'm loving the stress free days and nights!)

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