Curly Crafty Mom: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Autumn's 2 Year Old Well Visit

I took Autumn in for her two year old well visit on the morning before her Dora birthday party, and she amazed me at how much braver she was at this visit versus her 18 month visit. She got to actually stand on the scale this time, and she smiled at the nurse and doctor. (Well, we did have a few tears over one shot that they gave her.) The doctor noticed an innocent heart murmur on Autumn, which means that he heard a distinct sound when listening to her heart, yet he said this is very common in 2-3 year olds and that her heart is fine. He said these noises are commonly heard in children because their hearts are commonly close to their chest wall. He said he will not check it again until she comes in for her 3 year old visit, and said not to worry... its just a sound not a hole or anything that would require an ultrasound on her heart. That made me feel a lot better, but I will admit I was nervous when he was examining her and he spent extra time listening to her heart.

Since we have taken the binky away (except naps and at night), Autumn's vocabulary has been increasing and she is talking more frequently. Also, her massive drooling has stopped, so the binky was to blame for that! (Thank goodness!)

He suggested taking her for her first dental visit sometime this year, I think I will wait until she is around 2.5 years old. I just do not think she would be crazy about a dentist visit just yet. :)

Autumn was only 8% for weight at her last visit, and is 16% at this visit, so the doctor was happy to see that she has gained some weight. She's still tall and thin, though!

Here are her stats:

Height: 35" (81.66%)
Weight: 24 lb (16.31%)
Head Circumference: 18.58 (42.42%)

Autumn is starting to tell us "No!" and "I can do it!" A LOT these days... She is even starting to use the potty on her own! She has told us to take her diaper off 3 times in the last week, and she sat on her potty and pee'ed right away. She always tells us, "I WENT POOOOOPY" even though its just pee. I am thinking I may start the serious potty training at 2.5, I think she will be ready... where, Nathan we didn't start till he was 3. Autumn is praticing her alphabet but has not quite mastered it yet, and she loves to color and try on Mommy and Daddy's shoes. She is also really big into her Little Mommy dolls and Nathan's wooden Thomas the Tank engines. She takes a three hour nap and sleeps from 7:30/8:00 pm until 7:00 am. What I am really enjoying is that Autumn is really starting to start some independent play, so she isn't hanging on my leg as much these days... Autumn loves to mimic everything her brother does, and she loves to grab the back of Nathan's shirt and they run around while she holds onto the back of his shirt. She is really at a cute age.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mall Santa Photo! (And... WOW, no tears this time!)

Really, I can't believe it. Autumn did not cry for Santa. BTW, isn't her $2.00 dress from Children's Place adorable on her? I got it at the Monster Sale last year with my friend Katie. Nathan did really well, like always!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving...

from one turkey...

to the next.

We had three turkey meals this week... starting with a birthday turkey lunch to celebrate my Mom's birthday on Thursday, then pictured here we are at a turkey feast that we had at my brother and SIL's house on Friday. The last turkey meal was today at Grandpa Craig's house.

While Jeff slaved away in the kitchen, the kids checked out all of the fun toys that Jeff and Tracy had for them to play with. This includes a Polar Express train that they always set up on their coffee table for Nathan, and a baby doll with bottle, Little People Bus and Pet Shop dolls for Autumn to enjoy.

Jeff and his delicious turkey. It was SO good! Thanks, Jeff!

While Jeff slaved away on the turkey, Tracy set the table. They make a great team! Here is me with the kids, gotta love Autumn's 'CHEESE' face!

What is not to LOVE on this plate? Yum! I definitely got seconds!

I am so thankful for family, friends and good food to share this Thanksgiving weekend!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Happenings in Red Bud, IL

Every year we go out to Red Bud, IL during the weekend of their Holiday Happenings celebration. We always have a lot of fun! Especially since it was Miss Autumn's birthday! Here is a picture of us while we are waiting in line for Santa!

The kids behaved so well while we were in line outside the bank waiting for Santa to arrive... look at these smiles.

Autumn got to see Santa up close before he went into the bank. She wasn't so sure of this Santa fellow.

There was so much to see inside the bank while we waited and waited to sit on Santa's lap. Nathan loved the electric train setup.

My cuties.

Autumn and her Uncle Jeff, her best buddy!

FINALLY... after alllll of that waiting... the kids got to sit on Santa's lap. Nathan was excited and told Santa he wants an electric train for Christmas. Autumn, well... she didn't like Santa all so much. Poor girl! Maybe next year???

Back outside. Me and my Birthday girl!

I was giving my Uncle Dwight trouble about his shoes! My second cousin Jeremy gave him his old shoes! They are quite... stylish. ;o)-

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Autumn's 2nd Birthday Party-- Dora Style!

Today we had our families over for Autumn's 2nd birthday party. Autumn loves Dora (especially Dora's backpack and Boots!), so I decided to do a Dora theme. Jeremi created this poster at work and I hung it on one of our large picture frames in the living room. So cute!

Last night I was up until midnight, decorating the house and getting Autumn's gifts wrapped. This year we decided to do something a little different, in that we got her Dora doll house and Little Mommy Playset out of their boxes and set them up unwrapped. This worked out great, because when she woke up she could play with them right away and we didn't have to spend time setting them up.

Ok, so there are still coats on the chairs and the table is a little messy... but I had to show off my streamers that I hung... :o)-

And, the Dora food table. We kept it pretty simple, we had a vegetable tray, pizza from Cici's and cake from McArthurs.

Nathan was a liiittle jealous of Autumn's DORA birthday party. Before the guests arrived, Nathan would get so upset if I wanted to take a picture of Autumn. He demanded to be in the photos, or would dart in front of the camera... which, is so unlike him, because usually he doesn't want me to take pictures of him! heheh. He did have a good time once the guests came, though.

At the party supply store, they had a Dora mask that I just could not pass up. Auttie loved it.

Autumn LOVES her Little Mommy dolls, and Grandma and Pa got her this adorable Little Mommy playset. It is realllly neat, there is a kitchen, sink (that turns into a changing table), bed and feeding area with highchair. Autumn LOVES it!

I got her one of those Baby Alive dolls that you feed and it uhh. Goes Potty. Autumn actually went peepee on the potty at Grandma's yesterday for the first time. She is really showing an interest in potty training. I am not sure what she'll think of this doll, it will be a fun experiment. :o)- And, a messy one!

Autumn can't wait to be a Mommy someday.

Autumn got a lot of cute outfits at her party...

Tracy and Jeff got Tracy this adorable boutique outfit, Tracy's sister embroidered it. Its SO adorable! Her boutique is called Lollipop Embroidery if you are interested in taking a peak.

Autumn loved her Dora purse complete with Dora phone.

Holly helping Autumn open her Dora big wheel. Now, her and Nathan won't fight over his Batman big wheel! We just need to get Little Auttie a helmet very soon!

Uncle Jeff and Tracy

This photo is a little fuzzy... but, here is Autumn with Mommy, Daddy and big bro infront of her cake.

Mommy and Autumn

Autumn's Dora cake

I thought this was an adorable photo I got of Autumn in front of her cake. She is getting SO big, I just cannot believe it. Autumn was SO excited about her cake that she cried after I got it out, because she didn't want to wait to eat it. Unfortunately, we had to have pizza first! She is quite an eater, she had a plate full of veggies and then two slices of pizza. Its nice to have one child that isn't super picky! ;o)-

Tomorrow is Autumn's actual birthday! I am so mixed on how I feel about her turning two... I'm sad at how fast she is growing right before my eyes, yet is is so fascinating to see my beautiful girl bloom into a talkative and "I do it!" independent little individual. I am sure the 2's will bring a lot of special moments.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Feast Day

Today there was a potluck dinner in the church basement for the preschool through first grade classes. I would have brought my Rebel if I had known the kids were going to sing a song before we ate. Nathan is in the preschool 4 class, and they were all turkeys. I must say, Nathan made a great turkey. Gobble, gobble!

This isn't a very good picture, but the preschool 3 class had turkey legs on their hats! So funny!

Here is another photo of some of the other classes.

Little Auttie was so interested in what Big Bro was doing that she kept scooting her little hiney up closer and closer. I think she thought I didn't see what she was up to, but I did! hee, hee!! :o)-

It was a fun night to get to know some of the other parents better, and I made a corn casserole for the first time! Yum!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Feeding the Ducks

Right now, our backyard is covered in leaves and I thought it was the PERFECT cure for the fussies that were going on in our household! Its amazing how fresh air can rejuvenate children! Look at that happy face!

I attempted to get one of those really cool pictures with the leaves being thrown up in the air... uhhh, FAIL. Oh well, every time I thought I was back far enough or zoomed out enough to get all of him, I cropped part of Nathan off! Finally, he got tired of tossing leaves up in the air, and started tossing them at me! LOL! I don't blame him!

Autumn was more interested in the soccer ball than the leaves

Our really nice neighbor Judy came out and let the kids feed the ducks that she has on her field. The kids LOVED this...

It was sooo funny seeing Autumn throw the corn to the ducks. It was cute, just the way she moved her arm when she threw the corn. heheh.

Ducks enjoying their tasty pellets and crushed corn

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


My Mom bought a sand table at a garage sale and Autumn had fun playing in the sand with her old time Little People. Well, she happened to stick one in right where the umbrella is supposed to go. It was stuck, and of course she fussed and wanted it out. Mommy and Grandma could not figure a way to get it out... without, of course, dumping all the sand out. Kids!!! Which, would not be fun! Luckily, Daddy saved the day with some special tools and got Autumn's baby out!

Autumn and her baby.
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