Tuesday, January 10, 2017

11 months

11 months sure snuck up on me! With Viv's birthday in November, then Christmas, and then Rowan's 1st birthday quickly approaching this winter seems like it's moving at lightning speed...which is fine by me! Rowan continues to be the happiest little guy. He's currently getting his top two teeth and has been battling his 100th cold it seems like. He's had a goopy nose for the last two weeks...but otherwise seems to be feeling fine...so it's hard to tell if it's his teeth causing the issues or he is in fact sick. He did develop a little cough so I did take him to the doctor to get tested for RSV. He came up negative thankfully, but we went home with a nebulizer anyway. Naturally, the day after his appointment he seemed to be on the mend....at least his nose doesn't seem to be running as much as before. He's well into 18 month clothes and we've been stocking up for our upcoming trip to Florida next month. He's still in size 4 diapers and weighed 22# 7 oz at the doctor's office last week. He's eating 4 containers of baby food a day in addition to three 4 oz bottles and various 'toddler' food like puffs, yogurt melts, and crackers. A new study was just released stating that it's better for babies to be exposed to nuts earlier than 1 year old (as opposed to previous recommendations). So I mixed in some powered peanut butter into his yogurt today and so far so good! 

He is officially crawling and after he learned to crawl he immediately started pulling up on stuff. We frequently have to get after Viv to leave him alone as she knocks him over all the time. He's not cruising yet but loves to stand. I now have to pick up Wrigley's water bowl to keep him out of it. He loves to play with his bowls and makes a beeline for them whenever I put him on the floor. He's discovered a few new sounds, one being rolling his 'R's'. He sounds like a little motor boat and also uses this sound when he gets upset and fusses....but it's much more high pitched when he's upset. He takes one solid nap in the afternoon usually anywhere from 1 pm to 4 pm. Sometimes I will lay him down in the morning too but most of the time we are in the car running errands so he will take a short nap in the carseat. 

He continues to be a joy! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Years Eve

Once again we conned my parents into babysitting for us on NYE. My college friend and sorority sister, Duce (her college nickname still sticks!) called us up and wanted to know if we would want to join them in the Kellogg's suite for a NYE Bulls game. Sure! Fred Holberg (old ISU coach/player/legend) is currently the Bulls head coach....however, they aren't doing so well. So we made the drive over to Chicago. The view from our hotel room. 

Nathan and I both experienced our first Uber ride. The guy who drove us to the game was very nice, however, our ride back was a bit more scary! Our view from our seats in the suite. It was very nice! All the food and drink you wanted...we even caught a t-shirt. 

After halftime the sweets cart came around. There were all kinds of cakes and cookies...you could even take a shot of chocolate liquor. I brought some Bulls cookies home for Mom, Dad, and the kids. 

The Bulls game was over by 9 or so...they played and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. I'm afraid that Fred is going to be without a job come this spring! We had purchased standing room only tickets at Howl at the Moon....a local dueling piano bar. It was really fun! We had more appetizers, 3 'free' drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. 

The best part was we were within walking distance to our hotel. I'm not gonna lie...I was ready to go to bed by 12:01! 

The next morning Nathan and I walked to Michigan Avenue and over the river. I was sore the next day...I had shin splints from all the walking and my feet hurt from standing/dancing. 40 is rough! 

Here's to 2017! Make it a great year! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas seemed to just fly by this year! We started off the season with the lighted parade downtown. It was our first time going and it was a lot of work, but I'm glad we went. Viv was a little toot most of the evening but we survived! 

We broke out all the holiday movies and the 'old' Rudolf movie soon became a fan favorite. Viv asked to watch it every night before bed. 

Heartland did Santa pet pictures again...so I loaded everyone up and we headed to the clinic. It was pretty busy! Wrigley did great. I was anxious to see how Viv would react to 'Santa'....she saw him and immediately said 'Daddy'! I guess we blew that cover! 

It took him awhile but Rowan finally broke out in tears...he wasn't quite sure about Santa. 

We did brunch with Santa at CRCC again. We had a winter wonderland to get us in the mood as it snowed the whole day. 

Picking out her 'Build-a-Bear'. 

She was very excited to see Santa at Brunch...she willingly sat in his lap. She told him a bunch of stuff...but she hasn't quite grasped that she can ask for presents for Christmas. Rowan was 'ok' with this Santa. 

After brunch we went home and baked Christmas cookies. 

And then we headed to the hill for some sledding. It was the perfect winter day. Both kids seemed to like the snow and Viv insisted she pull her own sled up the hill. She really liked sledding too. 

We picked up an extra kid in our family photo...Claire snuck in!.. But we'll take her! 

Viv put on a little dance routine before Christmas dance break. She did really well! I was very surprised. 

We had our first Christmas with GG Hein. 

Meeting the newest cousin...Elliana...born on December 12. Viv was very interested in her but thankfully not as rough as she is with her brother! 

Modeling his new bib.

Elliana's and Rowan's first Christmas. 

The Montessori kids sang at Echo Hill one Sunday. Viv didn't sing a note and mostly just stood up front and gyrated around. The first couple of songs she turned around and wouldn't face the audience. She apparently needed her own 'handler' since Miss Wendy had to sit next to her. But by the end she started doing her 'heel steps' from dance. I was secretly cheering! 

Then we had the Mangold side Christmas. I hosted at our house since Viv had her Christmas program that morning. 

Incidentally, Gma Jean turned 96 this year...we also celebrated with cake for her. 

(Rowan was napping for this picture)

In addition to all of the other Christmas traditions we tried to teach Viv this year...we introduced 'Elf on the Shelf'. We kept it very simple and didn't even get him out until Dec 21....meet 'Jingle'. Jingle didn't get into very much mischief...he just traveled around the house a bit every day. Viv did like him a lot and did get up and look for him every day. She's been very into watching the 'Elf on the Shelf' movie. Next year should be more fun. We also did an advent sticker calendar with her and made sure to read the nativity story to her every night. She played with her Little People Nativity set and can name all the important characters. She also would talk about Christmas as Jesus' birthday...so she's starting to understand the true meaning of the season. 

We hosted Christmas Eve again at our house with my classic soup and salad night. I introduced beef stew this year in addition to the wild rice soup. The kids were really cute before church. 

St. Marks had the animals again this year...Viv had absolutely no fear of the camel! 

Christmas morning finally came! Mom and Dad stayed overnight with us so they could be present for the kids opening their gifts....I had forgotten how many packages I had purchased!! Geesh! Santa was very good to us indeed! We wore our matching Christmas jammies and Viv loved it! We were reindeer this year and each pj pair (except for Rowan's) came with a Rudolf nose! Wrigley wasn't so excited about this costume! 

The Streeper Christmas was especially chaotic this year. Most of the great grandchildren (Nick's kids left early). 

Santa visited again this year. 

Where did he go?

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We are looking forward to 2017!