We are getting a lot more sleep around here these days!! I completely forgot what 8 hours of good sleep will do for you. Kate is sleeping close to 12 hours which makes everyone very happy (including her)! She really sacks out at the end of the day so I wanted to include some pictures. There are so many good ones of her in her crib but I never want the flash from the camera to wake her up so we may have to keep those in our memories. She has become quite the diva while she sleeps. She usually has both arms folded behind her head like she is doing some serious thinking while she sleeps. By the looks of that little round tummy and chunky monkey thighs she is doing some serious growing! Sweet dreams baby girl!!
We had the most wonderful beach weekend! For the first time it was just our little family at the condo. Peyton and I felt like we were on a real family vacation. It's been a long time since we've had a getaway and Kate couldn't have been better. She loves the beach! Friday night we had so much fun cooking dinner, drinking wine and listening to music. Peyton and Kate even had their first dance! That was a special moment for me- she is officially a Daddy's girl. She slept for several hours on the beach Saturday but Sunday was just too hot. She made it for a little while but we decided to call it a day pretty early. Kate has had her first real laugh attack. She got so tickled on Saturday while I was talking to her and just couldn't quit giggling. It was priceless. She is "talking" up a storm now and keeps us quite entertained. We have really entered into such a fun time with her. I know there will be a lot more fun in our future!Thanks to GG (Great Granny) Kate has a precious new pink bathing suit. This one is a tankini and she loves to pull up the ruffle to show us her belly. Maybe she's ready for a bikini. Her daddy says she may never have one of those!!
Kate is taking a bath!! Bath time has really become such a fun part of our day. When we first brought Kate home and tried to bath her on the sponge she absolutely hated it. I can imagine it was pretty cold and who wants to be naked on the kitchen counter getting water poured all over you. We started rushing through bath time just to get finished with it before she had a major melt down and usually during that time Peyton was no where to be found. Once we were able to move Kate to the bath tub things starting getting better and Kate really started to enjoy bath time. Peyton came back around and has really taken over this time with baby. I love to watch the two of them interact during bath time or just take a break for a few minutes. Since the lady at the grocery store told me I need to be pouring water over her face at bath time so she will be a good swimmer (don't you just love all the unsolicited advice you get when you have a baby) Peyton has made sure Kate gets at least one face full of water each bath. She just holds her breath and usually giggles when it's over. We are bound to have a little fish by next summer! I love seeing Kate wrapped up in her towel after her bath all squeaky clean and relaxed. Her favorite thing in the world is to have her hair brushed so she knows that is coming next! I snapped these pictures of Kate in the tub and just had to jot down some thoughts about this fun and special time in our day.
On another note, we had a wonderful dinner with Nonie, Ben, Annie and Aunt Lulu last night. If only we had recorded our attempt to have dinner all together about 6 weeks ago when the babies took turns screaming their heads off. This time, both girls just sat quiet and content. Annie has changed so much and it really makes me excited to think about what good friends our girls will be and how fun it will be to watch them grow up together. We picked up all our wedding presents from Peyton's parents house today (yes, we got married 2 years ago and they were still there). It was so much fun to open everything and it brought back such great memories of that happy time! Our dining room now looks like a china store so I have lots of work cut out for me figuring out where it is all going to go. That's a job for tomorrow. I hear Kate and Peyton having a conversation in the kitchen so I think I'll go join them. What a nice ending to a wonderful weekend!
Kate slept through the night!! It only took 3 months, 1 week and two days... but who's counting. Of course, I know that she could wake up every hour tonight but at least we know it is possible for her to get 8 straight hours of sleep. Peyton thought I should feel very rested today as well but I woke up all night long waiting for her to wake up. My mom says I will do that for a long time. She slept from 10:00 to 5:37 and went back to sleep from 6:00 to 8:30. She's gotten great about waking up in her crib and just spending some time looking up at her mobile and talking/singing to herself. Peyton got her up to play but she probably would have stayed happy there for at least another 30 minutes.Since most people know how much I love my sleep these last few months have been hard to say the least. I knew if we hung in there she could do it. Next step- an earlier bed time.
On a similar note, I made it through my first movie last night without falling asleep. It was Rendition. The movie was just okay but it must have held my attention enough because I didn't conk out on the couch like I usually do. Maybe now Peyton will let me put some of my girlie movies back on Netflix. He was getting pretty tired of me insisting on watching something and then falling asleep. Elizabeth: The Golden Age was his final straw and it has been manly movies ever since.
Tonight Nonie and Ben are coming over with Annie! Annie is exactly one month older than Kate so it will be fun to see them together.