Friday, October 17, 2014

Frances' Celebration of Life



Frances: newborn


I love life with two kids. Could. Not. Be. Happier.



My camera has been wonky, folks. Sorry for the dark pictures but I love it when Frances is sleeping and every muscle in her body is relaxed. And so, I include the dark one.
Went to the doc today. Frances is seven weeks old. She weighs 11 lbs 8 oz and is in the 90th percentile for weight! Holy cow, girl! Some days it does seem like she eats all day long. Also it seems like everyday I think, "She must be having another growth spurt." My feelings stand confirmed!
We serve a gracious God. Isn't ironic, when you think of our blind spots, our ignorance, our confusion- and he still forgives and loves mightily, tremendously?





can you see my teeth? (front on the bottom)

Dear Frances,

You are going to be six months old on April 2nd! I can't believe it. Spring has sprung upon us so quickly!

Everyone comments about what big eyes you have. I agree- you have big and beautiful eyes. So pretty!

You love bananas, and pretty much eating in general, although green beans are a stretch. But by golly you still eat them! :)


hee hee... banana face.
You love walks, being in your "bumbo," jumping, being held, smiling, cooing, and even squealing. You love having something in your hands at all times. That might be a habit that needs breaking, but you just cut two teeth, so we'll give you grace. You love these little foam letters that seem like the perfect thing to chew.

Precious Frances Eleanor, you have a beautiful name but for some reason I often call you "Boo." Or "boo boo." :)

You're paying better attention when we read board books, and you seem to be more interested in playing with toys. You can't sit up yet, but you've shown valiant efforts toward that end. Usually I hold your hand to steady you, or you lean up against me to sit up.

You and Molly sure keep me on my toes! Molly loves to make you smile, and she'll say, "There's a smile!" in her baby-talk voice that is so cute. Molly says she wants to grow up and be a Mommy someday! She's practicing with her babydolls, and she's practicing by being a big sister.


A sweet pair, holding hands.

Love you,

Mommy






Today is Frances' 18 month birthday! I can't believe she is already a year and a half. Today is dedicated to the theme "All About Frances."

First of all, Frances loves to sing. Her first song was "God Our Father." Her second song (taught to her by Grandma when she was here to help us move into this house on Kennedy street), was"Ring Around the Rosy." Since then, she has learned "Jesus Loves Me," "Jesus Loves the Little Children," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." She is almost always singing... in the car, in the bath, in her bed. She is a very happy girl.

Frances still loves to eat. She will eat anything and loves most anything... asparagus, tomato soup, green beans, corn (although she likes putting corn up her nose....). Her favorite foods are probably meatballs, pineapple, and bananas. She always asks for "Mo' Pees!!" Stephen's comment a few days ago was, "I have never seen any baby ingest more calories than this child."

Her favorite activities are reading books, taking things out of Daddy's wooden box and Mommy's purse, bathtime, playing outside/in the sandbox, or watching at the window for birds, squirrels, dogs, and cats. She loves our neighbor's dog Tenor, and our across the street neighbor's cats Oscar and Stinky. She loves playing games with Daddy like "round ball, round ball" and tickling. She also loves buckling her stroller buckle and her high chair buckle. Her favorite book is Mother Goose Rhymes. She can read it over and over again!

She does some funny things right now. She loves Molly and loves to crack her up. Lately this has included making bubbles in the tub and both of them dying laughing. They run up and down the living room yelling, "Naked Baby!" doing a little naked dance after their bath. (That's why this blog is private, haha.) Her funny words: she calls candy "Ding Ding" and Chocolate "Choc Choc."

Molly and Frances have a sweet relationship. Frances loves to say Good Morning to Molly and they love playing together.

I can't believe Frances isn't going to be my baby anymore... She is a big girl! And she's going to be the big sister!!!

November 2011 - Frances, age 1, Molly age 3

When Frances was about 20 months old, Molly found the little sewing scissors, and cut paper, leaving it all over the floor in a very large mess. I promptly ordered some safe kid scissors. We waited and she was so excited to see them come in the mail yesterday. She asked me for a stack of papers that she could cut, so I happily obliged, thankful that she wasn't playing with sewing scissors.

I did a few dishes, and when I came back into the blue room, I found a startlingly large pile of baby hair, Frances smiling up at me, acting extremely calm, and Molly calmly sitting next to her, holding with the green safety scissors. Molly had given Frances a very thorough second haircut. After I reprimanded/disciplined her, Molly's comment was:

"Doesn't it look so clean and cool, Mommy? Frances is glad to have that hair out of her eyes."


At 3, Frances ...

loves singing
reading books with Mommy and Daddy
swinging
remembers names well
books she loves... Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dr. Seuss, Rhyming storybooks
tv shows... Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Legoland, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
going for walks
favorite food... pizza and fruit, "scribbled eggs"


Age 0-1
Frances was a very chubby baby. She was in the 90th percentile for weight, so by far our biggest baby. She was a champ! She was born in October, in Annapolis, in the very wee early hours of the morning. I almost didn't make it to the hospital in time, because we had to sloooooowly walk down about 50 steps in our old apartment and she was ready to come!  That first year was so fun to see Molly being the big sister and loving on her like a baby doll! Molly loved being the big sister, and Frances loved the attention!

Age 1-2
When Frances was 1, she loved singing songs. She was an early talker.  First of all, Frances loves to sing. Her first song was "God Our Father." Her second song (taught to her by Grandma when she was here to help us move into this house on Kennedy street), was
"Ring Around the Rosy." Since then, she has learned "Jesus Loves Me," "Jesus Loves the Little Children," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." She is almost always singing... in the car, in the bath, in her bed. She was a very happy girl.When Frances was about 20 months old, Molly found the little sewing scissors, and cut paper, leaving it all over the floor in a very large mess. I promptly ordered some safe kid scissors. We waited and she was so excited to see them come in the mail yesterday. She asked me for a stack of papers that she could cut, so I happily obliged, thankful that she wasn't playing with sewing scissors.

I did a few dishes, and when I came back into the blue room, I found a startlingly large pile of baby hair, Frances smiling up at me, acting extremely calm, and Molly calmly sitting next to her, holding with the green safety scissors. Molly had given Frances a very thorough second haircut. After I reprimanded/disciplined her, Molly's comment was:

"Doesn't it look so clean and cool, Mommy? Frances is glad to have that hair out of her eyes."



Age 2-3

When Frances was two, she still *loved* singing. She also loved swinging, reading books with Mommy and Daddy, and going for walks
She remembered names well, and absolutely loved to learn. We had a book about birds, and she memorized all the types of birds. She also adored a Latin Song CD we listened to and was eager to learn letters and many other things at a very young age. She called candy "Ding-ding" and chocolate "choc-choc."
She loved the books: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dr. Seuss, Rhyming storybooks
She loved the tv shows... Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Legoland, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Her favorite food was pizza and fruit, and "scribbled eggs."

Age 3-4

Right around the time Frances turned 3, she was getting used to being a big sister, because Madeleine had just been born.  We also moved to Chattanooga that year, so it was a big year for her! She loved spending time with all of her grandparents. We got involved in a great parish, and Mass and Sunday School were a big part of her week, including Miss Connie's class.

Age 4-5

Frances attended Family Camp with her grandparents, where she learned songs, prayers, and how to sleep in the woods! She also had a baby brother- Anders. Frances started Pre-K and immediately took her friends and all of the wonderful things she was learning- letters, numbers, and the fun toys in the Pre-K room! (ha, ha)

Age 5-6

Now Frances is about to turn 6. Things she loves: Her baby sister Annabel, walks, riding her scooter, riding her tricycle and bike (almost without training wheels), and she LOVES ballet class and her teacher.  Frances hasn't changed much: She still loves singing songs, learning names, eating (LOL), her grandparents and extended family, and she's always saying cute and funny things.

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