Day 135-150: KB Turns 3!

The last few weeks have been a little crazy in the Hall house! Chris and I took a trip to Nashville with friends and then our first little babe turned 3 years old!

Year 3 brought Kensie a new home, a new sister and newfound obsessions with babies, Elsa, make up and “performing” in the living room to songs that she yells at Alexa to play.

KB has blossomed into a full threenager the last few months which is basically a temporary version of bipolar disorder and tourettes all rolled into one.

We go from “EH!!! NO!! YOU’RE NOT MY BEST FRIEND. ELSA AND ANNA ARE MY BEST FRIENDS!” to “Mommmmmmyy. I love you. I wanna snuggle with mommy” in a matter of 90 seconds.

KB loves tutus, dress up, doing her make up, getting her hair done and painting her nails; she even asks me to fix them when they chip…so God bless the man that marries her.

YouTube tutorials are coming soon…

K is still a tiny sprout, siting in the 26th percentile for height…but she finally eats! πŸ˜† …sorta…she LOVES Nana’s cooking and eats noodles, chicken, rice, beans and basically anything anyone gives her unless it’s me or Chris. πŸ™„ Better than nothing?

My absolute favorite part of this girl is her huge HEART. She has an innate ability to care for others, loves everyone and never lets another kid feel left out. If another kid is sad, she tries to cheer them up. She still wants 2 of everything so she can bring one for someone else. Daycare? “I need 2 yogurts. One for Jailene.” Gym? “I need 2 fruit snacks. One for Charlie.” Home? “I need 2 dolls. One for Henley.” …always! πŸ€—

Kens loves her “coffee” aka steamed milk, helping adjust her sister at the Chiro, yelling “RAWR” at everyone to “scare” them, singing along to songs on the radio and every theme song of the shows she likes.

β€œRAWR sister!”

I’m pretty sure her 2 favorite things in life are “sister” and gymnastics. More specifically the “bouncy bouncy” at gymnastics. 🀣

Happy birthday, KB!! I hope blowing out all the campfires (it’s what she calls candles) makes all of your dreams come true! πŸ₯³

While the show has been all about Kens lately…our sweet little Leighton is still over here filling up our hearts with all the love, smiles and angelic behavior. 😊

She’s growing like a weed and we’re pretty sure she’s going to be taller than her big sis, but regardless of height they may very well be twins. πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ

I still do a double take when I scroll through photos because she looks SO much like K did at this age!

Leighton is a MOVER and wants to be part of all the action when she’s being held.

Luckily she also likes to chill, observe and SLEEP. πŸ˜…

These girls are hands down the best part of every day!

Day 133-134: Bye Bye Binky!

I know you’re all shocked at the 2 day update, I am too. πŸ˜‚ But, this was a monumental day I needed to document for forever…Kensie got rid of her binkies!! (Pacifier, whatever.)

We’ve gone through many phases with them where we got her down to only having them at nap/bedtime and it slowly turned back into car rides and then basically, whenever.

The first time we talked about taking them away, she got her molars. Next time, we were moving houses and life was a mess. Then her baby sis was on the way and I just wasn’t fighting that fight…

KB’s pediatrician and dentist both said it was fine for another year, but Chris and I felt like she was ready and old enough to understand getting rid of them.

I read all the methods: cut them, cold turkey, etc etc….

Well we decided to go full bribe mode along with the cold turkey method.

We got her presents for both finishing up potty training (πŸ™„ I’ll save that for another post) and to get her to trade the binkies in. Homegirl LOVES her a good surprise.

SO, I got her a new Elsa Tutu & an Anna and Elsa babydoll that I knew she’d lose her mind over. πŸ€ͺ

K was in a really good mood when Chris brought her home from daycare Monday afternoon…and had a binky hanging out of her mouth. I don’t know why I chose that moment, but I went for it. I told her we had a really big surprise for her if she’d throw her binky in the trash. She immediately said, “okay. Here daddy. Throw in trash.” πŸ˜‚ We told her SHE had to do it. She did. We were a little shocked. Then I was like…shit. We gotta make this count. Go big or go home! I quickly said “go find the rest! They all have to go in the trash for the surprise!” …She did it.

We gave her a new Elsa tutu. She was excited for .2 seconds and then dropped it on the floor, burst into tears and goes “noooo!!! I want my bink binks!”

Internally I was in panic mode. Chris gave me the “yeah, we’re gonna have to do better” face.

I ran into the other room and got the Anna doll and gave it to her. She was PUMPED. A minute later…tears. “But I want Elsa! Please Elsa please?” I looked at Chris. Chris goes, “you’re gonna do it aren’t you. You’re going to give it to her.”

…bet your ass I am. We came this far. We can’t have a meltdown now! 🀣🀣🀣

We told her one more time that if she gets both dolls she never gets her binkies back and they stay in the trash. She said “deal”.

Well, it. Freaking. Worked!!!

“THANKKKK YOU!!! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!” <– I think she said this like 8273 times.

Our last concern was bedtime. I was sure that’s when the meltdown would come. But….NOPE!!! She asked for them and I reminded her of our deal and said she can take her babydolls to bed instead. She said okay and just went to sleep. 😯

She refused to pose with them, but they haven’t left her side since. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

They go to daycare every day and bed every night with her. And everything in between. πŸ˜†

I won’t lie. I felt (and still feel a little) guilty when she asks for her binky. I know it’s a comfort item for her, but I also know it’s a habit that we have to quit at some point. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I’m still shocked at how smoothly it went, but tonight marks night #3 and I think it’s safe to say we are in πŸ‘πŸΌ the πŸ‘πŸΌ clear πŸ‘πŸΌ!!!

Moral of the story? K is always down to be bribed with surprises…just make sure they’re good enough. πŸ˜‚

Day 123-132: Elle is 4 Months!

A little late on this chunkaroo’s 4 month post, but better late than never?

Going to start this one off like every other mom in the world would…with the solid line of “where does the time go? I can’t believe this little one is already 4 months old!”

Elle is weighing in one ounce less than her big sis did at this age, but 1.4 inches longer! I could tell by the onesies she hasn’t worn yet that already don’t fit her long torso. πŸ˜’

She’s teething like crazy and her doctor said her gum was swollen and it looks like another is about to pop through!

Leighton is a little Rollie pollie and can roll from her back to her tummy already! She loves her playmat, making squeaky noises, chewing her fingers, smiling and giving big, wet, opened mouth “kisses”.

Most of all, she loves her some KB!!!

β€œmommy I scare sister! RAWR!” πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

First piggy back ride πŸ˜‚

She can almost sit up and she’s mastered putting her binky in her mouth all on her own! Elle is super content and has officially outgrown screaming in the car. πŸ˜…

While the sound of her screaming is few and far between, if she does cry she won’t stop until she gets what she wants…which is usually milk.

And we still visit the Chiro ever other week!

Working on her selfie game πŸ˜†

Kensie aka Elsa is still a hilarious mess…she’s obsessed with make up and Elsa and her energy is enough to wear everyone around her out. πŸ€ͺ

β€œMommy look I’m workin out!”

We finally turned her car seat around and apparently it’s her new favorite place to nap.

Every single day K tells us (and everyone) that it’s her birthday and that Elsa and Anna are her best friends and they’re coming over to play with her. πŸ™„ They ARE coming to her party, but we never told her that. Since she “met” them at a friend’s party, she’s been convinced of all of this ever since. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I’m hoping she chills out once her real birthday is over because if I have to deal with one more meltdown over her wearing the same damn Tutu 4 days in a row, I might lose my mind. 🀣

There’s a reason God makes them so dang cute!!! ❀️