Monday, May 23, 2011

Easter 2011

This Easter was so much fun with our little family. We did our normal Sunday morning church routine, got the girls dressed in their new Easter outfits given to them by their Great Granmommy and went to church to celebrate our Risen King!
Here is a picture of both of them together... seriously getting a picture of my two cuties looking in the same direction and making a decent face is nearly impossible.

Sweet Addison looks so grown up here...

Happy girl playing with her new slinky bracelets from her Easter bucket...

Mommy and McKenna... love her!

Mommy and her girls.... so blessed...

McKenna in her dress... I love that it is blue and white with a dash of pink.

Later that evening Staci and some of our friends came over to hang out. We had so much fun!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

McKenna - 4 Months

4 months... seriously? Time is going by way too fast. McKenna is so much fun and is such a happy baby! Fun Facts:
  • Sleeping through the night - 7:00pm to 7:00am. She sometimes thinks 6am is a good wake up time, but will go back down with a pacifier plug.
  • Grabbing and playing with toys.
  • Loves the exersaucer and play mat.
  • Loves to stand up and face out.
  • Laughs and smiles all the time... all you have to do is look at her, ha. She is such a happy baby
  • Still only rolls from tummy to back. (her body goes wherever her big head goes, ha)
  • LOVES her big sister!
  • Wears size 1 diaper, 0-3 month clothing
  • Does great at the gym and church nursery.
  • Knows our face.
  • Responds to sound.
  • Loves playing with her hands and feet.
  • Naps 3 times a day.
  • Has 5-4-5oz bottles a day.

I took McKenna for her 4 month well check, she had fun playing with the paper on the exam table.

Here are her stats: Weight: 13 pounds, 11.5 ounces (50th percentile) Height: 24 inches (30th percentile) Head Circumference: 41.25cm (75th percentile)

She got two shots and an oral vaccine, she took them like a champ. Dr. Sperling confirmed that she is a healthy baby girl!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Last Easter Addison was crawling... at her first Easter egg hunt she found one egg and was very content. This year was a different story! Brian and I took Addison and McKenna to the preschool / MOPS Easter egg hunt at our church. Here is Brian coaching Addison on egg hunting techniques.She caught on very quickly...
Check out all those eggs! Funny story... Addison would open the egg to see if she liked what was in it before putting it in her bucket. Sometimes she would put the treat in the bucket and throw the empty egg on the ground, silly girl. Her favorite item was the candy "pretty" aka bracelet.
Picture with the "Easter Bunny", McKenna was not thrilled, Addison wanted to read the book...
It was a fun family time for us and I cannot wait for next year when both the kids will be running around collecting eggs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

McKenna Saw a Ghost

Ketchup Counts Right????

Addison LOVES ketchup! When it is offered to her as a dip with hot dogs, chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, french fries, etc. she often dips the food and licks the ketchup off and repeats. Eventually she does eat the main course, but it is after a lot of dips and licks, ha. She even licks the plate to ensure no ketchup goes wasted (she learned this from her father). Luckily I buy the ketchup that is either natural or organic, so it does not have a lot of the unhealthy high fructose corn syrup, etc. I know it is still not the healthiest option, but it still counts for something right?

Neenee the Lovey

At one of Addison's baby showers, I was given a sweet lamb that plays "Jesus Loves Me". It stayed in her crib most of her baby days. Over the past year Addison has become very attached to the lamb and calls it "Neenee". We have a lamb for the house and one at school. I went and bought two more at the Family Christian Bookstore, but somehow Addison knows they are not her Neenee's and has rejected them. Her love for Neenee is so sweet, I often hear her through the baby monitor winding the lamb so it will play "Jesus Loves Me". I also have sung that song to her before bed almost every night since she was born. She often asks for Neenee when she is in need of comfort and won't sleep without it. I am glad she found a lovey that gives her comfort and security.

DeDaddy & Ducks

Recently we took McKenna and Addison to see my Grandfather, it was good seeing him. After our visit we went to Johnny Finn's for lunch and so Addison could feed the ducks. It was so much fun! Thank you GG & Papa for such a wonderful day!
GG & Papa with the girls.
She loved the ducks and could have fed them for hours. It was so cute watching her.
Notice the sign...
She loves lemons, just like her Mama!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day at the Betzen house was very laid back and relaxing. Saturday we had a booth at the CedarFest expo, so yesterday I decided I wanted to relax. We skipped church, Brian made me breakfast, went to Costco, got caught up on some shows and took a nap. It was a good day! Next weekend Brian is taking me out on a date, woohoo.
Mother's day is a day that brings so many mixed emotions for those who have lost their mothers, lost a child or have fertility issues. Yesterday morning I prayed for those who may be hurting. Having two healthy girls of my own are a blessing that I do not take for granted (even though they make me crazy some days, ha).
The picture above was taken on Easter, I love my girls and I am so proud to be their Mommy!

McKenna - 3 Months

Yes, I realize McKenna is almost 5 months, so I thought I better catch up on her monthly blog posts before I forget everything, ha.
McKenna is such an easy baby and brings us pure joy. We call her our "chill baby" because pretty much she just chills out all day.
Fun Facts of the Month:
  • No longer nursing, we give her 3 breast milk bottles and 2 formula bottles a day. Pumping is a huge pain, but I plan to continue as long as I can.
  • Rolls over from tummy to back.
  • Bats at toys on her playmat
  • Very strong neck
  • Makes cute baby sounds: laughing, squealing, screaming, cooing, etc.
  • Blows spit bubbles
  • Easily tracks objects
  • Recognizes our face and voices
  • Loves her big sister!
  • Still has crazy hair, but it is starting to lay down to one side. The back still sticks straight up.
  • Wears 0-3 month clothing, size 1 diaper.
  • Sleeps through the nights 7:30-6:30 (we do not feed her until 7-7:30 though)
  • Takes 3 naps a day
  • Does well in the nursery at church, MOPS and the gym
  • Loves looking around and being outdoors
  • She is a major chatterbox.
  • She does not watch tv :)

I am super bummed that I did not take an official 3 month photo with her duck, oh well. I have one for the 4th month.