Monday, October 31, 2011


Elliott was Captain Jack Sparrow for Halloween this year. We found this ridiculous wig and Dan just had to buy it. My mom pitched in and made the little red sash, otherwise we had all the clothes. We went to Multnomah Village today to trick-or-treat and I heard a lot of comments about his costume. Unfortunately, it was had to get him to hold still to take any good pictures.

Holly was a Polar Bear. Thankfully I just stocked up on 3-6 month clothes from my sister and found her outfit in Sarah's bins.

October, where did you go?

Where did this month go? I'm not sure what we have been doing all month, but it certainly got away from me.

Earlier in the month I went to the pumpkin patch with Amy, Caleb and Cameron as well as some girls from a "Mom's Group" I attend on Tuesdays. We got to see a lot of different animals, pick out pumpkins and eat donuts!

In mid-October we drove to Seattle for a baby shower. Dan's sister, Lauren, is expecting her first baby. We are so excited to have a cousin on the Porter side of the family. I brought my camera, but only managed to attempt some family pictures. I think Dan and I look pretty good. The kids, on the other hand....not so great. We'll try again soon.

Holly is a really good baby. I'm not sure if it is because she is #2 and things just seem easier. Or, maybe she is just easier than Elliott was. She is sleeping from about 8 or 9pm until 5am, when she will get up to eat and then go back to sleep until about 8am. Looking back, Elliott had a very similar schedule. We are lucky to have such good sleepers! Holly doesn't mind being on her stomach at all. She will happily play and kick her feet for a few minutes, or until she is tired of holding up her head. In the past week I think she has started some early teething (not expecting teeth any time soon). She will attack some of her toys, or your hand, whichever is closets to her.

Elliott sharing his blanket with Holly and pretending to be asleep. She loves it!

Elliott is his usual self. He is very into playing with Lego's and little cars. It is a daily occurrence that Elliott will dump all his lego's on the floor. We have been trying to teach him how to them pick them up at the end of each day. If he helps enough he can earn a dime! I love that a dime is so worth it to him. He has a very tough streak. He likes to "sword" and "gun" people. He will turn 3 this week!

Making slime on Halloween:

Helping carve pumpkins with Dan:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Roly Poly Holly

On Tuesday Holly rolled over for the first time! We even managed to get it on film, amazing! After looking through iPhoto I found that Elliott rolled just shy of his 4 month Birthday. Yay, Holly! Here is a quick video of her roll:

We weighed her on Monday and found that she weighs approx. 11 lbs 3 oz. She is so much smaller than Elliott was at her age. He was 15 lbs, I think. You can look here to compare the two of them. I think Holly looks so similar to Elliott, just a bit more dainty. Holly, like Elliott, got her first real cold right around 3 months. It lasted a little over a week and her voice is still a little scratchy. She has been sleeping really well, usually heading to bed around 8 or 9 pm and sleeping until about 5am to eat, then heading back to bed. No complaints from me!

Elliott continues to amaze me with the things he says. I really need to start writing them down, because he is too funny. Our friend, Tyson, was cleaning house and brought over a huge bowl full of legos for Elliott to have. It is a bunch of space sets from the 80's and Elliott is over the moon. They are pretty much the only thing he plays with right now. He does really well with Holly. Some days he pays her a lot of attention and others it's like he doesn't even know she is there. But, when he does play with her, it is very sweet.

Here are some recent pictures of the two of them.

I think Elliott said to me, "This is Mr. Wubab....I don't want hold Holly...I like Lego's"

Holly is full of smiles now, she is so sweet.

Playdoh is serious business.

(btw, I even allowed Elliott to mix colors - big deal for me!)

Elliott also takes his Pumpkin flavored milk quite seriously.

Sleep deprivation?