Thursday, February 17, 2011

Catching up

So much has happened lately with Clara and Luke and we are way behind in updating on this blog!

Here are some of the highlights:

* After weighing 7 lbs. 4 oz. at birth, then dropping as low as 6 lbs. 9 oz. and not reaching his birth weight again until three weeks old, Luke (now 2 1/2 months old) finally had a growth spurt around Christmas-time and has been gaining ever since. He now weighs in at a whopping 12 pounds 4 ounces!

* Clara (now 14 1/2 months old) is officially walking! Although she took her first (several) steps in my hospital room after Luke was born, she started walking full-time about a month ago. She'll be running soon.

* Clara cracks us up each and every day. She already has her own unique sense of humor. She's also talking up a storm, and some of her favorite words are Daddy, Lukie, baby, Nana, banana, poop, turkey, and amen. We were very excited the other day when she rubbed her eyes and said "night-night" for the first time (she says it all the time, but this was the first time she was clearly communicating to us with words that she was tired). She also likes to say "uh oh!" at totally appropriate times, complete with a look of great concern on her face.

* Luke moved out of the alien phase a few weeks ago when we finally made contact. It's so funny how one day they're just eating, sleeping and crying and then suddenly they are little babies who want to talk and play! Unfortunately for him, I think I was so caught up in the feeding and sleeping parts that I didn't realize he was trying to communicate for a few days. We're on the same page now though :)

* Speaking of that, he loves cooing, smiling and hitting whatever is hanging in his line of sight. He also loves laying on his back on the floor and staring at his big sister. He is obsessed with Clara.

* To my complete surprise, I'm actually doing pretty well at home alone with the two babies while Ryan's at work. We have a routine down now and add in the occasional teething, colds, hysterical fits, sleep training, and some intestinal upset and we still do just fine. My guardian angel is definitely helping out! It also helps that Ryan is able to come home for dinner every night. It's nice to eat as a family and he even gets Clara ready for bed when he has time.

* A BIG part of the reason things are going smoothly is that Luke is getting much better at sleeping. He takes good naps in his crib during the day and sleeps through the night in his crib. Well, last night he happened to wake every two hours which he has down in several weeks, so I'm hoping that's not a new trend!

Of course, what's a blog post on Our Life With Clara and Luke without pictures? Here are some of my favorites from recent weeks:
























6 comments:

Lea said...

Love your new blog header. What a precious picture! Glad to hear things are going so well! Such cuties they both are!

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

Nice tower, Clara, and adorable pig-tails!!!

WHY oh WHY does Clara say TURKEY? HA HA! :)

I can't believe Luke is sleeping through the night! Wow!

I'm glad you did a "catch-up" post!

barbie said...

Great post, i miss hearing from you! I would LOVE to see a video of Clara talking!!!

Glad to hear you are doing so well! I've hear the second one is easier because they are so in love with the older sibling and it's helpful!

Great pictures!!

Karey said...

Lauren - Because she eats it for lunch. She loves it!

And great idea, R! I'll try to get some video of her talking, although she usually stops performing as soon as she sees me pull my phone out! She will sometimes sing along to the song "Baby, Baby" (well, she says the baby part and then yells out "mine, mine!!" at the end) and I've been trying to get that on camera for like two months now!

Tridentine Wife said...

I love the pictures, especially the huge tower of blocks with Clara's big eyes. Did she eventually knock them over?

I still get overwhelmed when my husband comes home late and I have to get two babies ready for dinner, baths, and bed. So yeah you're doing a great job!

Little JoAnn said...

Love the new look, love the pictures, love the tower, love the pig tails, love, love it all...So glad we get to catch up! Life is wonderful and I am just so happy for you. Aren't routines the best???