Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy New Year... A Little Late

Rory is giving Daddy a pretend haircut.  He's such a good sport!!
I'm not sure who is the most tired in this picture
My sweet Rory and I
Daddy and his precious Abby
Rory was very excited that she got to ride the blue horse on the carousel
Abby really loved the carousel!!

Happy New Year to all of our friends and family. 2011 is already shaping up to be a pretty busy year. We are in full-swing in planning a birthday party for the girls and planning for a new baby in April. Our calendar is already filling up and we haven't even made it through January yet.

The girls will be 3 years old in two weeks. How is that even possible? They have grown from tiny little babies that depended on their Daddy and I for everything into toddlers who don't want us to do anything for them. It is so much fun to watch them learn and grow every day. It's amazing the things that they pick up and learn. We have been working hard on their alphabet, colors, numbers, shapes and much, much more. Both girls are doing wonderful. They can both say their ABCs and count to 20 by ones and to 100 by tens. They both know all of their basic colors and shapes. They are starting to recognize letters by sight and sound. Rory has even started realizing that you can put letters together to make new sounds. Both girls are still enjoying their gymnastics class. They usually manage to scare me every week, but they are doing great! They have started doing flips in class. Of course, the instructors are right there, but it still scares me. They have mostly focused on somersaults, but this last week, they started front flips. The girls thought that was awesome! This last week, Abby decided to try diving off an 8 ft. tall mat to the couple of mats stacked on the floor. All the other kiddos climbed down, but not my daughter. Rory and Abby are both getting very excited about their birthday. Rory informed her Daddy and I that she didn't really think that it was fair that everyone else has gotten to have their birthday before she gets to have another one. We tried to explain to her that is how it works, but she was not happy about it all the same. The girls love to draw, paint and color, so we decided to have their birthday party at a local art studio. The kids at the party will get to paint little projects and then take them home. I think it will be a lot of fun!

We are getting ready for Madelynne to make her appearance. At my last check-up, the doctor said that our sweet baby looks to be very healthy and very active. She is estimated to be about 2 lbs. and 14 inches. She's growing well!  The girls are starting to get really excited, too.  Even Abby is starting to come around a little bit.  She still doesn't like anyone mentioning Madelynne in connection with being "Daddy's girl," but she has started to talk to her some and has even told us that she "loves my siser."  That is huge progress!  Rory is excited beyond belief.  She wants to know everything there is to know about babies, where they come from, how they get in Mommy's tummy, how they get out of Mommy's tummy... etc.  Needless to say, we're having conversations that I won't be prepared to have for several more years.  :)  
It seems like we are running every day.  We look forward to all the joys and adventures that 2011 has in store for us.