Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy 5 Months Norah!


Happy 5 months little miss! 

Where has the time gone?! You are growing and changing so much these days. Developing new skills before our eyes. I was watching videos of you during your first few weeks of life, wow. So itty bitty and squeaky! Not so itty bitty anymore. And still sorta squeaky, but not quite the same. I know if I look back on all your other monthly posts I will basically have said the exact same thing. But as any parent can agree, it flies by in a flash. Much more with the second. There is just never enough time in the day to soak up all the cuddles and kisses and playtimes with your kiddos.

my little ham

You now weigh in at 15lbs and are 24.5 inches long. Perfectly adorable in every way. I brought in Harley to give us a little comparison....

he was a super good sport and waited until I said ok before skedaddling  
Harley is the best big brother isn't he? Always give out kisses (extras for you) whenever you need them. And he only asks for a good whiff of your morning breath in return. Oh H.

And you are loving big sister Charlotte. You think she is just so funny!! She can do almost anything and you giggle. I see lots of good playtime in the future.

You are getting much better control over your hands, reaching and grabbing for things all the time. Toys, hair, whatever is right in front of you. And you have a good strong grip. Charlotte and I know first hand just how strong when trying to get back the handful of hair. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes you keep a little souvenir. It is nice to see you playing with more toys, bringing them to your mouth to nibble on, etc. It keeps you occupied and happy a lot more, especially in the car seat. 

And all that hand chewing and drooling has continued this month big time. I anticipate a tooth anytime now, probably by your next month blog post. Besides the drool you are handling it like a champ (thank goodness!).
don't mind me, just going to nibble on this sticker for a minute.
my shirt is wet? where?? how embarrassing. this never happens.

You have also discovered your toes this month. Every time I put you on your changing pad you immediately reach for those toesies with both hands. And sometimes even getting them into your mouth. I am (obviously) extremely jealous. I wish I was that flexible. I tried (just now) just to confirm that no, I can't get my toes in my mouth. Not even close.

I think by next month you will be sitting up. I am happy and sad about this. I like that I would be able to leave you to play with your toys, but sad because it means you are growing up. Becoming independent. Ready to move out. Did I just get ahead of myself there?! Well, you know what I'm saying. I tried to get some pictures of you sitting by yourself.....
leaning really far forward for balance.
 oh oh....timber!!!!
down she goes. have no fear all, I caught her.

I also noticed the other day that you have Daddy's ears...
Matt, you are the father

There were a few important "firsts" this month. First time you got to meet Auntie Sara and Grandma Rachel. They came out for a visit and stayed at our house for a few days. We had a lot of fun and they are already begging to come back and see you girls again!

groupie shot. Look at those foreheads. Norah is obv upset that she too will have a five head

It was also your very first Christmas. Christmas is our big holiday, and my favorite one. I love everything about it and was super excited to celebrate your first. We didn't go anywhere and we didn't have any visitors in town. It was a quiet holiday at home. We definitely missed everyone but had a great time with just us.
a pile of Clutes

Merry 1st Christmas Norah! 
opening a present. Very excited!!!

not too thrilled about that hat. ridiculously cute.
 first meeting with Santa!! 
no tears!

It was also the first time I made you and Charlotte twinnies in your matching jammies.
I should really do this more often.'s cute 2.this is why having two girls is fun right?!

Some other fun photos from this month...
playing house with C, story time!

let's fist bump yo

Christmas Story flashback here
 you handled it much better than Charlotte...
poor C. Only 2 months old here

all snuggled up for ICE

relaxing at gymnastics

not in my face. ugh. sister.

ready for a deep sea adventure 

sister love. 
Harley what did you do?!
 one of my favorites this month. Me and my girls.

 enjoying a trip to the Natural History Museum
your heart sure does belong to Daddy.

It's so funny, every time I think about these monthly blog posts and start to write them I feel like there is not much to say. But then 50 pictures and a few hours later, bam. Guess a lot can happen in a month. 
loving my new bows!! thank you auntie Brandy!!

when it stops sticking to the shirt, go for the face. 5 Months y'all!!

You are a very happy baby, always smiling at everyone you see. And so expressive, especially at meal time. You get so excited, wiggling all around with a big smile on your face. Your personality is really starting to shine. You are a joy to have and we could not imagine our life without you in it. We are so blessed.

We love you so much little Norah!! 

Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Clute Family Christmas 2015

Oh Christmas, you were amazing. Can't we do this all over again in a few months? Oh wait, it's my pocketbook calling....yes I'm being told that it's a no go. Insufficient funds. Blast. I am so sad it's over already. All that prep and planning and excitement gone in a matter of hours. But oh the memories and fun we had! This year it was just us, at home, for Christmas. Norah's very first Christmas. Everything went perfectly and we had a wonderful time together as a family. I tried really hard this year to capture a lot of it on video, but still managed some good photos here and there....
family group photo!!
On Christmas Eve we spent some time at our neighbors house hanging out and making Christmas cookies, then it was time to go home and prep for Santa's visit!! First up: sprinkle the reindeer food Jinx left on our grass. 

step 2: set out the milk and cookies for Santa

step 3: send kiddos to bed, eat cookies, and put out all the presents!! (this took longer than imagined. That art easel was not an easy one to put together!)

step 4: mommy stuffs the stockings  (I got the easy job)

Looks like we were all good this year!

And finally, after a restless night from being way too excited, Christmas morning!! 
Opening up her stocking

Santa got us Aladdin!!
 Pause for breakfast and a picture of the girls. Adorbs.

and of course some cuddles with our reindog harley

After breakfast Norah took a nap while the rest of us opened up some presents...
more jammies!!

our official box chewer

smiles with my girl and our twinnie necklaces

Charlotte Grace and Norah Jane. love this!! Thanks Mom!

new helmet for C

and Daddy too!!

so excited to do some bike riding

Eventually Norah woke up and we continued on with the presents...

Big sister helping little open her gifts
oooo what did I get??!

her Sofia coach!!

very very intrigued

her little farm animals 
You know you are getting older with changing priorities when you request a sewing machine for Christmas. haha. Can't wait to hem something or make a cape! ;)

helping out with the ribbon

see a resemblance? a couple of cuties

Opening her most requested item....Sofia figurines. It was a Sofia Christmas!!

so excited!!
and now Daddy to help open packages and put things together. This is why we keep this handsome fellow around. ;)

serious business over here

selfie with my little

I only had one "surprise" gift for Matt aka not something on his designated wish list and boy was he shocked.....ADELE tickets!!!! I snagged these right when they went on sale last week and was so anxious to tell him but managed to keep the secret :) 
October 2016. date night. 

I somehow managed to convince these two rascals to take a few more photos. How did we get so lucky to have such beautiful little girls?!

Merry 1st Christmas Miss Norah!!

I almost forgot, when Rachel was here we opened up the gifts she got us. She got the girls new sleeping bags for the camper: a fox for Norah and a raccoon for Charlotte. 
Harley wants us to leave these out for him to play with. So comfy!
And I got a new pack for Norah...the Ergo 360. She  can now see out!!

what??! I love this Ma!!
A purrrrrfect hat for winter...thanks Grandma Clute!

For those not on Facebook, here is a little recap of Jinx's adventures at our house over the holidays. There was much more creativity this year and he only forgot to move twice! Charlotte was more excited to see him move about this year, which was a lot of fun. But seriously, why did I even buy this thing? More work for me and with mommy brain it sure is challenging. Can he just go back to the North Pole forever? haha. Until next year Jinxie....maybe.

welcome note and some new goggles


a flour of a mess. Snow angel

Bungy Jumping with Santa. He liked this so much he did it two days in a row!!

tied to the train, what did you do Jinx?!

frozen by Elsa, oh Jinx

Elf band stand. It's Moose on guitar!!

midnight workout session. Macaroni workout bench.

post Christmas morning in her bed, with her new Pooh. Happy girl.

We hope you all had an unforgettable Christmas with your families as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!