Sunday, December 30, 2007

I know she's almost 7 months now, but these were Addison's 6 month pictures. They were Christmas presents for the family, so I didn't want to post them before Christmas. Happy New Year everyone!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas with the Larsons! Here is the traditional "Top-of-the-stairs" picture :)

I love my dad!

Addie got spoiled!

Lots of books-

Phil and Kylee

Jeff and Guitar Hero- which we played a lot!!

My girlie on Christmas Day morning.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

We celebrated Christmas with the Sorbels last night. Even though it was past Addie's bedtime, she still did really well! She absolutely loved opening her gifts! She especially liked pulling out the tissue paper. Her Auntie Tricia got her lots of cute clothes, including an adorable gold jacket and a green mini-skirt. Yikes! Uncle Aaron got her that Daisy Duck- the bag and Daisy were as big as she was :) She also got clothes and a book from Nana and Grandpa Sorbel. She was very spoiled! We had a great evening.
On a side note... my hubby passed his 3rd CPA test!!! One to go on January 2nd and then it's official! I'm very proud of him :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our little candy cane is enjoying her jumparoo!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Addison taking a bath sitting up all on her own! Other good news... Brandt doesn't have to be in Salt Lake City next week! So he comes home tomorrow for good! YEAH! Thanks for everyone's love and support :) That's all folks...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

I had the hardest time saying goodbye to Brandt tonight. We've made it 9 weeks and have only 2 to go, so we're definitely on the home stretch... but tonight was hard. Addie and I are going to stay at my mom's for the next two nights, so hopefully that'll make the week go faster. I'll try and take some pics at my mom's and post.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

She loves her toes! See you tomorrow, Daddy!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Me and my girl... just lovin' on her!

Monday, December 03, 2007

6 month appointment today...
20 lbs 5 ounces (95th percentile)
27 1/2 inches (95th percentile)

He he! Gotta love her :)
She's doing a bit better. Back to only waking up once or twice a night, which is good. She's battling a cold- again! So sick of her being sick. Just feel so bad for her! Still teething, but it's better. Amber told us about teething tablets- they are miracles!! Brandt is gone again, but we're definitely on the home stretch of his traveling. 3 weeks left.

Friday, November 30, 2007

That last entry was from Brandt... He's so positive! On a different note, I haven't slept in two nights because of the little girl. I was a little disappointed it wasn't an ear infection, because now what?? I'm assuming it's teeth- or a virus of some sort- or growing pains... Why can't she tell us what's going on? It is amazing though that even though I'm exhausted, a bit crabby, and dreading our evening of "sleep" tonight, I look at her and couldn't love her more! Pray for our night tonight.
We thought Addie was sick today, so Daddy brought her to the doctor. Well, she's not sick. We did get a new reading on the chunker though... 20 lbs 2 oz!!! Wow!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We're having a good week. She has been sleeping well, eating well (squash is her favorite veggie!), and has just been fun this week! It was hard to go back to work yesterday after a LONG weekend home with her. Maybe someday I won't have to leave her on a Monday... We'll see where life takes us!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Addie's starting to sit up on her own. It just happened one day! She holds herself up for about 30 seconds... what a big girl!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Monday, November 19, 2007

Ok- so she got a second tooth on the bottom today... not so exciting, like I wrote yesterday. She is in a lot of pain and cried/screamed for most of the evening. I just felt so helpless. The good thing is, it shouldn't last long, right?!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Some pictures from the weekend... Oh, and Addie got her first tooth! It has popped through on the bottom. So exciting :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's amazing how much they change! The top pic is one month and the bottom pic is 5 months. Crazy! It's nice to see she's filling out her face a little... or a lot :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I never knew a cold could last so long... Today was the worst of it, so hopefully she'll be feeling better tomorrow. She had a fever along with not being able to breathe today. Poor girl- I keep kissing her face telling her to give me the cold. I remember growing up my mom used to say to me when I was sick, "I wish I could take it away from you..." Now I know what she means. I hate seeing Addie sick. She's been pretty pleasant, but just tired of feeling this way. I don't blame her!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

We've been spoiled having Brandt home this week. We will miss you this week, Daddy! See you soon :)
Addie's had a bad cold all weekend. Can barely breathe out of her nose :( Hopefully we're at the end of it, though.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Addie rolls over from back to front now! I get so excited and so proud when she does it on her own :) Such excitement in our lives... hehe!
Thanks for all your ideas on feeding, sleeping, etc. It's nice to have a blog to hear others' feedback. Thanks for encouraging us as we travel down this difficult (but wonderful!) road of parenting.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

We are struggling with Addison sleeping at night. She's got her naps down, falling asleep with minimal to no crying, but the nights have been rough lately. When she slept in her cradle in our room, she was sleeping 8, 9, or 10 hours before waking up. But these last 3 weeks she's been downstairs in her "big crib" and only sleeps 5 or 6 hours at a time at most. Two nights ago it was every 3 hours she was waking up, wanting to eat. I know she can't be hungry after 3 or 4 hours and she's proven to us she can do 9 or 10, but we struggle with how to handle it. Last night we said if she woke up before 3:30AM, we'd let her cry and calm herself back to sleep. Otherwise, I'd wake her up at 3:30, feed her, and hopefully she'd sleep the rest of the night. That's what the books say, to wean them off night feedings, wake them up yourself for a few nights and only feed a few minutes. But last night, 1:00AM came and she was crying. She cried until 1:55, when I finally gave in and fed her. Neither of us knew what to do, or what the right answer was... part of me feels like because I gave in to her, she had won, and know we have to start over. But at the same time, it's hard to listen to her so upset for so long. So... long story short- any suggestions for getting them to sleep through the night??

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween! Got this at a garage sale... I think it's a cat. The red collar part wouldn't button because of her lovely chunky cheeks and lack of a neck :) But she did pretty well in it!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Amber watched Addie the other night when Brandt and I went out. Here's a pic of Addie and Liam... they are too cute :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Monday! We had a fabulous weekend together... We did laundry :) , tried Addie out in new toys, listened to her scream as she fell asleep for naps :( , and just enjoyed having Daddy home! Brandt and I had a date Sunday night. We went downtown and saw "So You Think You Can Dance" on tour. It was a blast! Nice to have a night out and fun to see such a great show- even though Brandt was surrounded by screaming girls all evening - we felt like we were at a Backstreet Boys concert- seriously! Because of our date, he didn't fly out until this morning, so we only have 3 nights apart this week. And next week Brandt has been called for jury duty! Yipee!! He'll be staying here for the week :) Like my sis Kylee, said, "Never knew jury duty could be such a blessing!" That's all for now, folks!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Well... we're finally trying the "lay her down and let her cry" for naptime. My mom started it yesterday. She cried 18 minutes and slept about 35. This morning she cried 4 and slept 45 for my mom. This afternoon for me... cried 50 minutes, is sleeping now :( So hard!!! I just went upstairs, checked on her every once in a while, and wrote in my journal. I've been told by many that it only takes a few times and she'll figure it out. I know to start this whole ordeal earlier with the next child. Addie's been spoiled for too long :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Not much to report... We had a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Friday we laid low, Saturday a good friend of mine got married, and Sunday we had small group after church. Brandt just left again. Another week- here we go...
A question for all you mothers out there. When did you start solid foods? Did you mix the rice cereal with baby food or give it separately? Did it cause stomach aches for the little one? What time of day did you introduce solids? How many times a day?
I guess that was more than a question. We tried Addie on solids for one week but then stopped. She was pretty irritated that week- not sure if that was the cause or not. We still put rice cereal in her bottle at night. She won't take that by spoon. She just spits it out. Just wondering if I should mix it with baby food. Just looking for some advice!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

We are finally home :) It was a wonderful weekend in Salt Lake City. Addie was great on the plane ride there last Thursday, and she was a trooper all weekend. Here are some of the highlights... trip to Saratoga Springs (Brandt wanted to visit there because he remembered it being a stop on OREGON TRAIL...anyone remember that?), mini-golf- twice because we loved it so much, visit to Olympic Park in Park City, shopping, ROOK (when Addie went to bed), eating lots, and just being together! The plane ride home was rough, but we survived :) Could I do it again? Probably... but it is a lot of work for a weekend away. It was nice to see Brandt, hard to leave him, and sad to come home alone again. Here are a few photos from the weekend. Thanks to those of you that prayed for our flights.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Salt Lake City... here we come! Addie and I are flying to Salt Lake City to visit Brandt for the weekend. We leave Thursday evening and return Sunday evening. Pray for the flight. I'm very nervous. I've heard this is the age to do it, though. It's a late flight there, so hopefully she'll be sleeping. I'm looking forward to being there- just not the flying part. We'd appreciate prayers! I'll have pictures on Monday.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

We started Addison on some solids this weekend. She loved applesauce last night, but hated the sweet peas tonight. I don't blame her. They tasted gross! B left again. We had a wonderful weekend together as a family :-) Tomorrow night Addie and I are going to sleep at my parents' house... should be fun!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

We've moved on to a bigger chair! Addie outgrew her other one :) Thanks, Balvins! Brandt comes home tomorrow. We made it! One week down...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

4 months old... 16 pounds, 4 1/2 ounces... 25 inches long. She (and I) survived her shots today. We're doing well. Had a nice meal at a friend's house tonight. We've been well-taken care of this week! Brandt home in 2 days!

Monday, October 01, 2007

I call this "Fun with Food #2" :) Yes, it's a giant pancake... No, she did not eat it... Things are going ok. Addie is 4 months old today! Tomorrow is her doc appointment and shots. I'll report the stats tomorrow.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

We call this picture, "Fun with food!" Brandt enjoys feeding Addie various types of fruit. She just sucks the juice, but it's super cute. Things are going well. Brandt just headed out to Salt Lake City. He is there Sunday through Thursday for the next 3 weeks. Not ideal, but we will survive. He's been really blessed so far with the amount of travel he's had to do (or not had to do, I mean), so we knew it was coming some time. At least he's home for the weekends. On a brighter note, I'll be updating the blog more frequently over the next three weeks - to remind Brandt what he's missing ;) hehe.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Phil and Kylee surprised my mom and dad and came home this weekend. We spent Friday night hanging out with the entire fam! Addie was a riot! They got her laughing hard- it was so fun!