Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Paige: One Year Old!!! And Walking

RICHLAND, WASH. -- My sweet baby girl is ONE! It makes me emotional just thinking about it! How on earth does time go by so fast? It seems like such a cruel punishment of some sort. I remember so vividly everything from a year ago, like it was just last week... waking up in the middle of the night when my contractions started, sitting through Sunday School breathing through strong ones and telling myself they weren't that bad, crying while I made dinner for Marin because they hurt so bad and Isaac was at work, and feeling a rush of relief as soon as he came home and we made it to the hospital and they admitted me without doing all the "checking" they needed to because those pesky contractions were so intensely painful my toes were curling up in pain. And then just a few hours later... that beautiful baby girl was in our arms. 

Oh what a delight she has been! She is so happy, giggly, sweet, sharing, such a tease, and the prettiest thing.  She is the definition of beauty to me... always happy (unless she's being tormented by her big sister) with smiles for anyone who look her way. 

It's such an emotional thing raising children. Its the greatest thing on earth watching them learn new skills and develop such delightful personalities. But time can be such a cruel thing. It goes by so fast I feel like I barely have time to soak up all these precious moments before my baby is no longer a baby. She's a walking toddler.   

  • 22.7 lbs. (85%)  
  • 30.5 inches tall (91%) 
  • 18.31 HC (88%) 
EATING: The girl loves food.What she doesn't love though is cow's milk. This has made weaning her slightly frustrating.  

SLEEPING: Still naps twice a day.  Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 7 or so the next morning. 

WEARING: Wears anything from nine months to 18 months. 

  • A few weeks ago she decided that she was done crawling and just started walking. She rarely crawls at all anymore and does her cute little wobbly walk with her hands up while she walks. It's my favorite thing to watch. She'll walk one way, lose balance and head in a new direction when she gains back her balance and walk whatever new way with purpose. 
  • When I hold her at night next to her crib, I usually sing a few songs to her before I lay her down. She has started "singing" with me. It's so cute. She just kind of babbles and hums/moans in a sing-songy kind of way.
  • She's happy 90% of the time, unless her big sister is harassing her or she's really tired. 
  • She LOVES being outside. She squeals when we go to the pool or outside to do anything. 
  • If she sees water, she will drink it. This goes for swimming pool water or water in the water table. She just dives her head right in and starts slurping. When the faucet is running in the tub, she goes over and starts drinking it like a drinking fountain.   
  • She is starting to learn how to defend herself a bit from pesky older siblings. If Paige has something Marin wants, Paige will hurry and thrust it to her side as if to guard it. 
  • She also takes great notice in what people (particularly Marin) are interested in. She likes to hurry and crawl/walk to grab whatever it is and then run away with it with a huge smile on her face.  
  • She has gotten more cuddly the older she's gotten. She will often lay her head on mine or Isaac's shoulders when we pick her up... it makes us melt. 
  • She likes to shake her finger at me when I say "no." And when she's doing something she knows she shouldn't, she turns around to look at me with her finger shaking. It's pretty cute. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Paige: 11 Months Old and Taking Steps

RICHLAND, WASH. --  Our little Paige has gathered up the courage to finally start taking steps. She isn't walking, I wouldn't say... that would be much too frightening. But she is taking a step or two here and there.  I think the most we've counted is four steps at a time.  If she takes too many, she likes to hurry and sit herself down and crawl the rest of the way. She took her first steps about a month ago and I thought surely she'd be full on walking by now... but this girl moves at her own pace.

This past month has been filled with traveling and lots of family time.  We headed to Utah earlier this month for a Candrian family reunion in Park City.  It was fun to have family together, even though my little sister and her family weren't there. It doesn't seem to happen very much these days. It's sad to think that Paige is almost a year old and she hadn't even met some of her cousins yet. 

All the cousins in attendance... minus Lincoln who was asleep.

With Grandpa Candrian
With Aunt Brittany
Playing in Grandma and Grandpa Candrian's backyard

Family reunion number two happened this past week at the Oregon Coast with my mom's side of the family... the Thatchers. We grew up going to the Oregon coast with them almost every summer. We spent three days there, and stayed in a beautiful vacation rental in Neskowin, Oregon. Paige loved playing on the beach and digging in the sand. We exhausted both she and Marin out by the end of the weekend. 

Fell sound asleep in grandma's arms 

EATING: Everything. Especially likes fruit and veggies.

SLEEPING: Finally sleeping through the night. Usually.

WEARING: Mostly 12 - 18 month

  • Her second top tooth finally made its appearance this week. For the longest time she just had these three teeth... with just one on the top. It looked kind of goofy. 
  • She is starting to look more like a toddler and less like a baby. 
  • She tries to make some animal noises, though they still don't sound quite like they're supposed to. She now knows what owls, dogs, and cows say. Or at least I know that's what she's trying to say.
  • She likes to search her toy basket for books and then hand me the one she wants to read.
  • She loves the water and will often stick her face in the bathtub, swimming pool or water table to take a drink.
See that fourth tooth finally coming down?

Loves playing with Marin's dolls

Monday, July 11, 2016

Paige: Ten Months Old and a Top Tooth

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Cute little Paige has really got quite the fun personality. She is happy, giggly and likes to chat up a storm. She's also got separation anxiety like you wouldn't believe. If I step anywhere away from her she freaks out like I'm about to head to China or something. 

She finally has a third tooth. Finally. A top tooth decided to show itself a few weeks ago. We keep waiting for the second top tooth to appear, but nada so far. So for now, she is a three-toothed babe! 

  • no doc appointment this month
EATING: The girl loves food. Especially fruit. 

SLEEPING: Still naps twice a day.  Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 4:30 or 5. She goes back to sleep for a few hours after I feed her.  

WEARING: Wears 12-18 generally, with smaller sizes in some things. 


  • Got her first haircut. We put her in the sink, gave her some toys, and I chopped off those long, stringy strands.
  • Words she can say now: Ma, Daddy (sounds like Dah-eee), dog (Da), ball, and just a few weeks ago at church I got her to say Jesus (Jsss). 
  • She likes to crawl off my lap and head toward the nearest exit to try her hand at opening doors. If there is the smallest gap in between a closed door, she will weasel it open and crawl away.
  • She is SO close to taking her first steps. But she's so cautious that she'll stand for a long time and just when you think she'll step forward, she sits instead.
  • It's been this way for a few months, but she DOES NOT hold still if I try to change her diaper. It is the hardest task to complete. 
  • Loves bath time with Marin. She squeals and bounces up and down when we start the water running.

See those stringy strands on the sides? They were getting really bad looking. They had to go.

Despite how the YouTube tutorial depicted, it was actually hard to get her to hold still long enough to even trim off those few strands.

We tried to entertain her in the sink with some toys. It was a challenge. 

LOVES bath time 
My mom made this smocked dress for Marin, but it never fit her at the right season. So, this hand-me-down is brand new.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Paige: Nine Months Old and Standing

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Oh, sweet Paige, please stop growing! I can hardly stand it!  My little baby girl is already nine months. I feel like her personality is really shinning big time these days. The girl is still my happy, giggly baby. She loves to play too. She loves the water, bath time in particular and the swimming pool. She likes to squirm away from us when we are trying to change her diaper or get her dressed, and if we chase after her she crawls faster and lets out a hearty laugh. She has also figured out that if she is hanging on to something, she can still stand when she lets go. She will stand for a good 5 seconds or so before the cautious part of her kicks in, and she slowly lowers herself down.

  • 21.6 lbs. (91%)  
  • 28.5 inches tall (82%) 
  • 17.72 HC (81%) 
EATING: The girl loves food. 

SLEEPING: Still naps twice a day.  Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 4:30 or 5. She goes back to sleep for a few hours after I feed her.  

WEARING: Wears a few nine month things with 12-18 month items thrown in. 

INTERESTING TIDBITS:  She is a speed demon crawler, and makes it all the way up the stairs or down the hall before we even realize she's gone.

-Took her first boat ride over Memorial Day weekend when Isaac's parents were in town. We kept thinking she'd fall asleep, but she fought on and stayed awake and engaged the whole ride.

-She can wave, clap, say Ma, Da, Ba (for ball), and probably a few other things I can't yet understand. 

-She has separation anxiety like crazy and freaks out if I even start to exit the room. The second I pick her up, of course, she acts like nothing was ever wrong. The sweet thing always wants to be held. 

-She is teething (drooling like crazy and always wants to suck on something) and I cannot believe other teeth haven't popped through yet. 

-She likes to climb. If there is something to climb on that leads to something else, Paige will find it. She particularly likes to climb into Marin's little lounge chair, and if the chair isn't leaning into something, the chair topples over with her in it. She has used the chair to climb onto the couch, to see out windows, and to get onto the fireplace bench. 

-She is fascinated with outlets and anything plugged into outlets. We have covers on every outlet not in use, but she somehow manages to unplug everything and check out what's behind it. Heaven help us.

-Though she can now stand on her own, I think taking actual steps may be a ways off. She's pretty cautious. But who knows... I could be wrong, and maybe we'll have a walker on our hands soon.

-She had her first ice cream cone on Memorial Day. We went to a friend's house for dinner and they passed around ice cream cones. I took one, and mistakingly let Paige have a lick. She grabbed her little hands around it as fast as she could and when I tried to pry her fingers off it she threw a fit. So, instead of causing a scene, I just let her keep it. Hey, we only live once, right? 

Isn't she the cutest? She makes me melt.

I like to play peek-a-book with her on the stairs. She giggles every time.

She is such a speed demon on the stairs!

She took her first boat ride over Memorial Day weekend.

She had her first ice cream cone on Memorial Day.

I love watching her sleep. Isn't she such a cute sleeper? And her hair...

She loves the pool! And drinking the pool water.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Paige, Eight Months Old: Waving, Talking, Cruising

RICHLAND, WASH. -- I feel like Paige has grown leaps and bounds this past month. The girl is waving, pulling herself up on everything, climbing stairs, and cruising like a pro. She's also starting to "talk" a lot more. Not long ago, I was worried that she wasn't making many consonant sounds. But, not to worry, the girl started rattling them off in the past week or so and hasn't stopped. A few times she has even said, "Mmmm" and the mom part of me wants to think she is saying, "mom." So, I'm going to keep thinking that.

See those cute little teeth? Her top ones should pop out any day now.

The girl doesn't sit still for a minute. I'll often find her in the front entryway, where she has pulled herself up to see out the windows, which sit just at her level. She stands there for a while, bouncing up and down and chatting incessantly. 

  • Hasn't been weighed or measured this month

EATING: She still eats best when she can feed herself.  

SLEEPING: Naps twice a day, Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed around 7. She often wakes up around midnight or 2 a.m. No idea why. And then again around 6:30. Sometimes earlier and will go back to sleep for about an hour if I feed her. 

WEARING: 9 months and 12 month clothes

INTERESTING TIDBITS: She loves to be held and sitting in my lap. If I'm anywhere within reach, she will crawl to me and pull herself up on my legs to be held. If I'm sitting down on the ground, she will crawl over from wherever she is and climb in my lap. 

-She is climbing our stairs now too! AH! I know we should get a baby gate... but we haven't yet. They're just so trashy looking. She's made her way up 5 or 6 stairs so far. It's quite the work out for that little girl! Thankfully we usually see her making her way to the stairs so we can watch her better. But she is a sneaky one and I've found her there a time or two while I've been making dinner. She's just so fascinated... 

-Since she naps at 1, our church from 11 to 2 is rough toward the end. Thankfully, Isaac is the only one who can get her to fall asleep in his arms still. So, during the third hour of church, he will take her and magically get her to fall asleep in his arms. He has been known to slowly wander past the Relief Society room just so I can see his special talent in action. 

-Her hair, though still wispy and thin, is starting to grow back now. It's coming in a lighter, blonde color. 
The weather has been warming up, so we love being outside!

-She and Marin are cute together. Marin is often too rough with her (I don't think she is aware of her own strength) and sometimes Paige ends up pushed over, with arms strangling her neck, pinned down and in tears. Here's a little peak into their shenanigans... 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seven Months Old: Teeth!

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Paige sprouted her two bottom teeth this month! Consequently, she has had a hard time going to sleep at night. With the way she wears herself out during the day, it's hard to believe she doesn't crash easier. The girl is always on the go, exploring and checking out every nook and cranny. She loves to hang out on the stairs, but isn't quite tall enough to get her chubby little legs up over the first stair to start climbing. 

On the go constantly!

Decorating cookies with cousins

Aunt Mikael and her kids came to play during their spring break

This is the best picture I could get of the girls in matching dresses on Easter. Tough love.

  • Hasn't been weighed or measured this month
EATING: Same as last month. She loves most foods and eats best when I let her feed herself. So, we've been doing a lot of finger foods. She gets distracted so easily if Marin is around and won't eat. 

SLEEPING: Naps twice a day, generally. Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed around 6:30 or 7, but has been waking up soon after I lay her down, because I think her mouth hurts. She will sleep through the night more often than not these days, but occasionally wakes up around 4:30 or 5 am, eat and go back to sleep. She's usually up for the day by 6:30. Marin is up by then too these days (ugh) and if she hears Paige chatting to herself in her crib, she often goes in to join her. Its fun to listen to the two of them laugh and jabber through the baby monitor in my room. When I go to get Paige in the morning's, she'll greet me with the biggest smile and kick her legs and flap her arms. Marin gets an even bigger reaction, followed by squeals. I love these two girls and their cute relationship with each other. 

WEARING: 9 months and 12 month 

  • Her two bottom teeth came in this past week. I have a feeling her two top ones will be following shortly.
  • She's gotten really fantastic at crawling. She goes everywhere and is getting faster at moving around. If I turn my back for two seconds she'll already be in another room and I'll have to go searching for her. 
  • She still doesn't make many consonant noises, like Marin used to at this age, but she has her own sounds she does frequently... Oh's, ah's and uhs, and a lot of ffff's. She also growl's a lot. Marin will copy her and Paige does it right back. This goes back and forth for a while and usually ends up with the girls giggling. It's really cute. I need to remember to record it one of these days. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Paige: Six Months and Crawling

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Cute, little Paige has been making quite the strides. She can now sit up on her own when she's laying down, and this week she just started crawling. She'd been getting up on all fours and rocking and doing downward dog yoga position for quite a few weeks. But, it's official... she is on the move!

She loves playing with these blocks.

  • 19.69 lbs. (91%)  
  • 28.5 inches tall (99.29%) 
  • 17.5 HC (92.39%)
EATING: Loves eating pretty much everything. She has a particular love for eating things that she can hold herself (crackers, bread, apple slices, etc.). She gets distracted so easily if Marin is around and won't eat.

SLEEPING: Naps twice a day, generally. Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She goes to bed pretty early lately... sometimes around 6:30p.m. (usually though, around 7) She's just exhausted by then and can't handle being awake any more. Sometimes she'll wake up around 10:30 or 11pm and then sleep for the rest of the night. Other nights she'll wake up around 1 or 2, and sometimes she sleeps straight through the night entirely.

WEARING: 6 months and 9 months

After weeks of getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth, we officially have a crawler on our hands as of tonight. She often does the downward dog yoga position as well. She has been rolling and does a funny crawl/slide to move around. But tonight, she actually crawled. Isaac and I were cheering her on.

We drove to Utah a few weeks ago, and she did great in the car. She caught a cold our last few days there and that wasn't much fun. We went to Wheeler Farm a few times and she got to see a cow, horse, sheep, pig, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and other random farm animals, for the first time. She seemed pretty neutral on it all.

If Marin is in the room, all eyes are on her and she lights up when Marin pays attention to her. Unless, of course, Marin is trying to play hide and seek and covers Paige with a blanket. She doesn't much care for that.

She is still so happy and smiley most of the time. She had her six month shots yesterday, even though she's almost seven months old (next week) and that has made her kind of clingy and cranky the past few days.

She doesn't like to be left alone. She's usually fine in the mornings to play by herself, but in the afternoons... don't even think about leaving her alone on the ground to play. 

She's pretty quiet, compared to what Marin was doing at this age. Paige laughs and squeals, and yelps, but she doesn't make a lot of consonant noises. The doctor assured me that she has a few months before I start to be worried.

I expect a bottom tooth any day now. She has been drooling a ton and I can feel a tooth making its way up.