Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Pictures

Since we have a little inside connection to Santa, we have had our picture made with him several times, and he even came to our house.

First, we had Scout's sixth month picture made on November 20th, by Fairytales Photography. They turned out so cute, and I can't wait to get them back. Here are a few we took with our camera that day.

Second, Santa came to our house to take some pictures with Scout and Makayla for the Marion County basketball program. Here are a few of my favorites.

Last, we went to see Santa at my uncle's real estate office. I haven't got the pictures back from this, but Scout had on the cutest Santa look-a-like dress. When I get them back, I will have to post them. I hear they are really cute!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Celebrating Seven Months

Today, Baby Scout, you are Seven months old.
Sleeping Patterns: Baby Scout, you are a great sleeper at night. You usually go to sleep between 8:00 - 8:30 and get up between 6:00 - 7:00. You don't usually wake up during the night (except for the couple of nights before you cut your first tooth). You still like to have your bottom half swaddled and are a full-time crib sleeper. We still do a bedtime routine of cereal, bath, pajamas, books, eat and then bed. You usually fall asleep while you are eating but if you don't, we might rock you until you go to sleep or sometimes, you will lay in your crib until you fall asleep. Naps are a different story. You hardly ever let me put you down for a nap. We just hold you so you can rest during the day, and you will usually sleep for about thirty to forty-five minutes. When you are just waking up, you are a little grumpy. It takes you a few minutes before you want to play.

What You Like To Do: Baby Scout, you love to swing. It has been too cold to go out, but the few times we have gone out to swing, you have loved it. You love to sit in your playroom and play with your toys. I can only imagine what it will be like on Christmas. At bedtime, you love to be read to by Daddy. You guys have developed a love for several Christmas stories. Most nights, you love to take your bath except for having your hair washed. You have really learned to splash and usually get whoever is giving you your bath all wet. The Christmas decorations are very exciting to you. You love the train at Janny and Granpappy's house and all the lights at our house. We have several pictures of you watching the train go round and round. You love to be rocked and snuggled, and you have one certain position you like to get in to go to sleep. Your newest interest is Chipper. You love to touch his hair and rub him. He doesn't really like it that much though. You also love to clap for yourself and are very encouraged to do this if we say "Yeah, for Scout!"

New Things You Have Done this Month: Baby Scout, you have done so many new things this month. You celebrated your first Thanksgiving and had a good time playing BINGO. You also helped put up Christmas decorations for the first time. You love to look at the lights on the trees. You pulled yourself up to sitting for the first time in your Rock-n-Play and now we don't put you in there anymore. Luckily, you were buckled in, but we officially retired the Rock-n-Play that day. You also had your picture taken with a Guiness Book of World record holder and helped daddy teach his math class for the first time. Mommy took you over to visit Papaw at his house for the first time, and it just made his day. He loves it when you come to visit. You had your picture made in your first snow (it was really just flurries), but the first real snow was this month also. We didn't get a picture because it was too cold. This month, we took you to your first "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on the square. We didn't see Santa, but we did see the Grinch. You really liked him. You smiled and grabbed his nose. You also attended your first two Christmas parties and housewarming party and were really good at all of them. You tried your self-feeder for the first time. You knew to put it in your mouth but didn't really like what was in it. You pushed up on all four knees for the first time by yourself on December 11th and got your first tooth on December 17th. It was your bottom left tooth (from mommy's point of view). Your new talent is clapping for yourself. You can really get those hands together. It is so cute.

Eating Patterns: Baby Scout, you are a pretty good eater. You have now moved to Stage 2 foods and small amounts of table food. You have tried Mum-Mums and puffs, and you don't care for either of them. In the morning as soon as you wake up, you have cereal (your favorite is wheat) mixed with fruit. You usually eat it all and finish the left over fruit as well. At lunch, you have a fruit and a vegetable. If you have a baby food fruit, I give you a table food vegetable and vice versa. You have tried cottage cheese, peas, green beans, peaches, bananas, and carrots. You have also had small bites of grilled cheese, a blueberry muffin, and bread. This totally stresses mommy out trying to make sure the pieces are small enough that you won't choke. At dinner, you have rice cereal mixed with a fruit. In addition, you nurse four or five times a day for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Dislikes: Baby Scout, you don't really have much that you dislike. You don't love getting your hair washed but are getting better about the water trickling down in your face.

Diaper Size: Scout, you wear a Size 3 diaper.

Clothes Size: Scout, you wear all size 6 - 9 months and 6 - 12 month clothes. Your pajamas are all 6 - 9 months too.

Eye/Hair Color: Scout, right now, your eyes are brown color, and I think they are going to stay brown. Your hair is red and is getting darker and darker each day.

You are seven months old!
You are so special!
You are growing way too fast!
We love you!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Home Tour

On Monday, I will be linking up with The Nester for her annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

Hop on over to her blog to find new and exciting Christmas decorating ideas. Here is what our house looks like decorated for Christmas. My favorite addition to this year's decor is my little girl, Scout!

Let's begin . . . . . . . . . . .This is the dining room tablescape that matches the Christmas tree. It was made by wrapping garland around a gold poinsettia with a big bow tied around it, the angel tree topper and Winter Santa. After I did this, I added some wired ribbon, pearls, peace ornament, and snowballs. I love the way it turned out.

This is the tree that is in our dining room. It is in the window so people can see it from the road. It is decorated with all gold and ivory ornaments with ivory pearl stands and a big gold bow on top.
This is our breakfast table. It just has a Christmas table cloth with two beautiful candle holders that Daniel's mom got me for my birthday a few years ago. I hung three holly ornaments from the light fixture.

I have a collection of nativities. This is the Willow Tree one (my mom got it for me for Christmas), and it is one of my very favorites. Please ignore the laundry basket, bag of socks and Cosmo magazine in the background . . . . . .lol!

These are two very classic Santa and Mrs. Claus decorations. They belonged to my grandmother. I love the way they look with the candle tower in the center. I got the cute reindeer stocking holder as a gift a few years ago from my cousin. You are supposed to put little twigs in the two holes on top for antlers. I need to find the perfect twigs.
Here are a few more nativities. One was a wedding gift, one came from my grandmother, others I have just found here and there. I can't wait to add the Little People nativity that Scout is getting for Christmas to this collection.

I can't remember where I got these, but I think they are soooooo cute! They are little candle holder and if you look carefully, you can see the S-A-N-T-A. When the candles are lit, and the lights are out, it looks really neat!

This sort of our Charlie Brown tree for the year. I purchased this last year at the Dollar General to put in my classroom. This year, I wanted a special tree where Santa could leave Scout's gifts. I figured this would work. Well, it is really pitiful. It is not very full and the beautiful Christopher Radko ornaments I have collected over the years just take over and look kind of silly. They are too big. I am definitely looking for a new tree to put in this spot for next year.
This is the Nutcracker-filled mantle. I wanted to get Scout a nutcracker stocking, but I bought the stockings several years ago and now I can't find any with nutcrackers that are not priced unreasonably. I think I might just go to Wal-Mart and get three plain stocking and have them embroidered. Also, I really want to have ones that say Momma, Daddy and Scout instead of Holly, Daniel and Scout.
This might be my favorite Christmas decoration in our house, and I made it all by myself. I added the ribbon, bows, holly, and ornaments to a piece of lighted garland. I love the way it looks going up the staircase.

Santa came to make an appearance at our house to take some pictures. Do you see him peeking through the window. My niece Makayla and Scout were surprised to see him!
This is the tree that matches Scout's room. Daniel's mom saw these at Wal-Mart and told me about it. I decided to get Scout one for her room. It is decorated with pink and white balls, little white Christmas candies, and little white stockings. It has a few glittered Merry, Christmas and Joy ornaments on it too! The snowflake on top finishes it off.
And here is the new addition to our Christmas decor, our sweet little Scout! She loves her pink tree in her room.

Thanks for stopping by my Christmas Home Tour.Leave me a comment if you see something you like or if you have a suggestion for something new to try! And don't forget to stop by next year to see if anything changes or daily to see the adventures of Scout.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Past Few Days

The Wiggs's Family has been taking it easy for the last few days. Scout has had a runny nose and been feeling a little yucky, so we have been just hanging out at home for the most part. Tomorrow, we will be heading bright and early to see Dr. Mangru for our 6 month check up. I can't wait to see how much Scout weighs and how long she is. I am not looking forward to her shots. Until I have an update from our doctor's visit, here are few pictures from what we have been up to the beginning of December.

December 1 - Nathan and Tara came over to play. Instruments were a baby favorite that day! Look at the little band member enjoying the egg shaker, rainmaker and tambourine.

December 2 - Since the day after Thanksgiving, Scout has had the pleasure of being read the Christmas story, The Elf on the Shelf. The story tells that each night the elf flies to the North Pole and tells Santa if Scout has been naughty or nice. Each morning, he is in a new place in the house to watch again.

December 3 - We began our day by heading over to MOPS for a playdate. I didn't get any pictures, but the theme was "Birthday Party for Jesus". The little ones played in the gym and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas while enjoying pizza. After MOPS, we went to visit Papaw. I totally think this was the highlight of his week. He really didn't want us to leave. When we got home, I took Scout out to swing for a few minutes, but it was sooooo cold. She probably would have stayed in the swing forever. She loves it! For dinner, we went to a fantastic Bar-B-Que restaurant on the square with some of Daniel's family. Going out to eat with them has sort of become a weekly event that I really look forward to each week. We always have such a great time.

December 4 - Uncle Avery and soon-to-be Aunt Amanda opened up their new house for a housewarming party. Scout enjoyed visiting with everyone. I enjoyed the yummy food and punch. We finished up the afternoon with a great BINGO game. Unfortunately, I didn't win and neither did Daniel.

December 5 - Do you see the snow in this picture (HA)? Yes, it is there. We bundled Scout up to take her out in her first snow. It was really flurring, but you just can't tell. The weathermen are calling for a little more snow this weekend.

December 7 - Scout officially outgrew her Rock-n-Play today. I put her in it to watch a little TV for a minute, and this is what happened!!!!! She set straight up. Thank goodness for the little buckle!

December 8 - Today, we ventured over to Tara and Nathan's house to have lunch and play. Nathan took a nap so the girls could have a little play time by theirselves. They enjoyed chewing on their toys.

Hopefully, I will have an update on Scout tomorrow and on December 13th I plan to link up with The Nester for the Christmas Tour of Homes. Stop back by and check it out if you like!