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Friday, May 23, 2014

A New Niece & Growing Up

May 12, Hailey arrived!  Hailey is niece/nephew #6 for us, and we were beyond thrilled to meet her!  It just happened that my parents were in town the next weekend, so my mom watched Ty and Addi and Nate and I made the 3 hour drive to meet her.  6 hours of driving for 1 1/2 hours of visiting....SO worth it.  I forgot how small newborns are!!

Nate getting in some newborn cuddles


cute little fam )



brother love :)
Addilyn has been very interested in the potty because of Ty.  She always liked to sit on it, but would NEVER go and would sit....and sit....and sit...... One day she decided that she just wanted to go, and did!  She was very proud of herself. She is still in diapers, but for the most part, especially at daycare she is dry.  She does much better at daycare with it, apparently her teachers (thanks Heidi & Daisy!) are the potty whispers because Addi will tell them when she has to go but she'll never tell me.  We'll get there eventually.  
Very excited after going for her first time! Poor Addi is stuck with all Ty's old stuff....but she likes the car potty!

 Ty teaching her about flushing....

Has to check it out! haha

As much as it means my baby is getting older, it will be nice to soon be diaper free in the VG household!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tulip Time

Tulip Time!















I had to include this next picture of Addi in Tip Toes. We had stopped there before going to get junk food (pictured below), but ended up having to go back to Tip Toes unexpectedly.  Addi decided to let loose while we were eating our junk food, and Kara (thanks again Kara!) helped me get her back to Tip Toes, strip her down and clean her off in the bathroom at TipToes.  Addi strutted her naked diaper self while I looked for a brand new outfit.  Thanks Addi for always keeping things exciting!

Now my countdown begins to next year's elephant ear!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Painting & Bye Bye Paci!!


Addi got some paint for her birthday (Thanks Cam!) and couldn't wait to use it. We couldn't find paintbrushes so q-tips had to do!

 Getting messy!
 She loved the paint on her hands!


It was a big weekend for Addilyn!  All week we have been talking about saying goodbye to paci (or nunuk as she calls it).  We started talking about it Monday that we were going to say goodbye soon, and she'd immediately point her little finger at me and tell me "NO!".  By Wednesday she was getting used to the idea and when I'd talk about it she'd say, "trashy!",  as in we are going to throw the paci in the trash.  The paci is such a hard thing for both of us to give up, for me it was her last "baby" part of her.  It was a little bittersweet!

This was Thursday night....one last night

On Friday night it was time to say good bye! Here she is showing them off, she looks really excited, right!?

She got to put her last 3 in a "etty" (pretty) bag. Ty was a great big brother through it all.  "You're a big girl now Addi.  You don't need your nu-nuk. We are going to put them in the trashy, you can do it!"


Blowing one last kiss to them!

Bye Bye Nunuk!

Telling me all about having to say goodbye...

It took her much longer to fall asleep at night but no huge tears.  She rolled around a lot, and we ended up rocking her for a quite a while, but she put herself to sleep without crying! She slept all night but woke up early and didn't put herself back to sleep as she usually does (we'll usually see her trying to find a paci on the monitor and then lay back down).  Hopefully that will change!

The next day she did look in the trash and in a couple other places where her paci's normally end up. No luck.  Today it's been all about finding a new way to calm down when she gets hurt or she's upset.  Overall, it's been a good transition.....crossing my fingers that it stays that way! 

So proud of our Addi girl!