Halloween and Maren's un-happy shots

Family poses by pumpkins

Happy Halloween!  Can you believe December is only a month away!? Where has the year gone.  These last few months have just blown by.

We’ve been working on getting Maren to self soothe and sleep on her own.  She moved into her own crib the night after our last post at 6 weeks.  It took quite a few weeks of rocking and shushing to get her to sleep.  Hours of going up and down the stairs to soothe her over and over.  It became our new hobby and past time.  Luckily, she’s starting to get it and she is settling much quicker now.  I’m really glad we stuck with it because it’s paying off.  Recently we can put her down to sleep around 8:30/9:00 and she may wake once during the night for feeding, then she goes right back down.  She sometimes wakes up a bit earlier than we like her too, so I’ll feed her again and put her back down.  She’s doing super well.  She’s also getting much more independent and will hang out by herself for a bit as well.  She’s not a fan of tummy time, so we don’t do that much, but I suppose we should…

Maisy has been an excellent help and continues to mature.  She is now consistently waking up from naps dry!  We are very proud of her.  She also has a new invisible pal named Katie.  Katie is a boy.  He comes over to play but Maisy often has problems finding him.  Katie is also a bit ill tempered often hitting people and running away.  Maisy is kind to Katie anyway and will pack up her toys so she can give them to him, because he doesn’t have any toys.

Halloween was sure a lot of fun!  Halloween started with good ol’ fashioned pumpkin carving.

Maisy loves Maren, Maren looks worried

Maren charms Mommy

Maisy poses by pumpkin

We had Maren and Maisy’s friends and their parents over.  Satya, Mila and Jada accompanied us on our Trick or Treating.  The girls were so adorable together walking up to all of the houses and then checking their bags for treats.  The dads were all happy to watch the World Series game at our place after the Treating was done.  A great time was had by all.  This year we went by Maisy’s lead.  She wanted to be Snow White, I was the Mean Queen, Todd was the Huntsman and Maren was a Dwarf.  It was very fun!  I got all welled up a couple of times just not believing that Maisy is old enough to be a big girl with friends and going Trick or Treating and all…..  time goes by so fast!

Uncle Steven passes out candy

The Huntsman, Snow White, The Mean Queen and the Dwarf

Maisy and Satya Trick or Treating at Debra and Anne’s

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The Huntsman and the Dwarf

Today Maren had her 2 month well baby check up.  She’s doing very well weighing in at 10 pounds 10 ounces.  She got all of her baby shots today.  It’s so hard to watch!  She was very very sad.  Maisy was strong for both Maren and I cheering us on, saying, “It’s okay, You’ll be alright, Be brave.”  She’s the best big sister!  Maren’s been sleeping ever since we got home.  I hope she feels better soon.  Maisy and I both got our flu vaccinations.  We were both very happy to get Flumist rather than a shot! Now we just need to get Todd vaccinated.

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Maren naps it off

It’s been a non-napathon around here.  We are having some siding replaced on the house as well as having it re-painted, so there is lots of pounding and banging going on.  Needless to say, Maisy doesn’t sleep too well through it.

We are getting along okay and of course some days are better than others.  Typically Todd gets Maisy up in the morning and puts her to sleep at night and I have Maren duty.

Dada and Maisy snuggle

It’s really kind of challenging when Todd works late and I have to put both girls down.  I also agreed to do a small project for work and I’m finding it difficult with all the non napping to get to it, but I’ll make it work.

More next time!

Much love, Todd, Becky, Maisy and Maren