What’s Going On?

Happy New Year to everyone! The Higgs Family is hoping to make it the best year yet for the family as a whole, for our well-being – physically and spiritually. We have lots of things planned for 2012, finances and time permitting. Here’s a short list of things we want to accomplish this year:

  • Take a family vacation to Disney World.
  • Redecorate our home. We’ve started on the living room and are moving to the play room next.
  • Buy a new vehicle for Ted that will fit the whole family.
  • Move closer to family – this has been on our list for a while, but I have a feeling that this year or next year will finally be our year.
  • Spend more time together.

Since the new year started, Elle has started cheerleading and also discovered a loose tooth on January 14. She is so sweet to Rhett and baby talks to him a lot. She loves to cover him in kisses and shares with him very well. It’s heart-breaking how quickly she has been growing up these last few weeks. Santa was good to her at Christmas; he gave her the coveted Jessie with the yarn hair. Mommy and Daddy got her a Princess Charm School house, Barbie doll, and DVD. Her Christmas favorites were the gifts from Auntie Diane – a Polly Pocket airplane with a ton of accessories and a bride dress-up set.

Rhett “flipped the switch,” as Ted refers to it, on December 27 and has been talking and picking up new words at a rapid pace. He is constantly trying to communicate and says “thank you” for everything. He says things like truck, stars, train, me see, whassat?, stop it, monkey, blankie, and paci. He’ll repeat pretty much anything you ask him to and it’s somewhat comprehensible. Santa brought Rhett a stand and play race track that is as tall as Rhett. Mommy and Daddy got him small plush figurines of Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, Big Bird, and Grover.

Sara is such a sweet little puppy. She loves being around her family and loves to lick on Rhett. She has been tearing up the backyard on her little outings so we are trying to figure out what we should do about that since we would really like to start working on the backyard as well. Our goal is to make it comfortable for us to hang out outside and also a fun place for the kids and Sara to play.

There’s lots in store for 2012! We hope your plans bring you as much joy as ours do.

Word Play

Rhett’s vocabulary lately:

Uh oh!
Bye – sounds more like buh
No – his favorite answer to EVERYTHING.
Hello
Ball
Up – another favorite
Ba-ba – for his nightly bottle
Cool – Ted’s been teaching him this one, but I don’t think he understands the meaning.
Want some? – says it just like Grandma “wan-chum”
More – just like Elle used to, “mo, mo, mo, mo, mo?”
Dog
Mama
Dada
Elle
and of course Coco, every grandchild’s favorite.

Words I’m surprised he hasn’t picked up because of the frequency that they are used: monkey, blankie, and paci.

It’s so amazing watching him be more secure with his footing and it’s very apparent that he’s trying to get everywhere as quickly as possible. Yesterday the whole family spent some time outdoors with the neighbors (the first cool evening of the summer/fall). We let Rhett walk around freely and he was so happy just toddling around the driveway, sidewalks, and other neighbors’ driveways. His little cheeks got a little red, but he so enjoyed the freedom.

Elle, on the other hand, is playing around with the idea of rhyming words. She asks Ted and me random, “Do you know what rhymes with ___?” questions and has a lot of fun thinking up words; some of the words are even made up, but they do indeed rhyme. She’s able to recognize a few more letters–R, N, I, S, and F–and she loves when we go places and I ask her to tell me what letters she sees on the big store signs. She is also loving Sesame Street when she didn’t have much of an interest before. I think she likes it more because of the letter of the day.

While the children still aren’t able to play well together, I’m still hopeful for the day. Right now, Elle makes so many attempts to love on and have fun with Rhett, but it seems he sees her as more of a nuisance at this point. I’m sure once he get’s past the independent play stage that he’ll appreciate her much more. Although, Elle does have an adorable sign on her door that says for Rhett to keep out. I’ll have to take a picture and post it tonight.

Infrequent, I Know

I wanted to update this blog more regularly with things going on in our lives, but I’ve learned that life is very hectic with two children. The only down time we have is when the children are sleeping and I’m usually ready to go to bed right after they do. Tonight is a rare night.

This past weekend, I took Rhett and Elle to Sea World and let them splash in the Bay of Play area. They loved it and it was a nice way to enjoy the hot summer day. After playing in that little area, I took them around the lazy river one time and then planned on taking them to the toddler area only to find that it was under construction for a new water park. So we all walk down the long and winding handicap accessible path (for the stroller) and by the time we get to the wave pool, Rhett has fallen fast asleep.

Poor Elle really wanted to be in a pool, but we had to turn right back around and walk all the way back to the car to head home. She was really good and didn’t even complain about a) not getting to go into the small pool, b) having to walk all the way back to the car (in fact, she was optimistic and said she was getting her exercise), and c) how hot it was.

Elle is enjoying dance; this year we have her in ballet and Mexican Folkoric. I also started a Facebook page – called Elle, Oh Elle – of all her little quotes by request and also because it was starting to take over all my status updates. I’ve been teaching her letter recognition and we’re also introducing letter sounds. Once Rhett is asleep, she and I work in a workbook given to her by her cousin Hayden. She really loves learning and all the practice writing her letters. She can identify and write: A, C, D, E, F, J, L, X, & Z so far. Elle also LOVES drawing lately. It’s pretty much completely replaced dress-up, Barbies, miniature princess, miniature Strawberry Shortcake, and Rapunzel play-time. She draws every day and I enjoy seeing all of her creations. I will need to start posting more of those.

Rhett started walking August 18th and since then he’s been practicing more and more. He’s doing really well these days. Even when he falls down, he picks himself right back up and tries again. I love it. His poor little thighs must be so sore from all the squatting he’s been doing trying to sit down and stand. He has all four teeth exposed on top finally, happened about a month ago. He says: catch, throw, ball, uh oh, hello, bye bye, vroom vroom, mama, dada, Elle, shhhh, no no, and Coco (Grandpa V). He’s trying to communicate a lot more and REALLY loves his bed time stories. He also loves just sitting quietly and looking at the pictures in books.

Where Have We Been??

Busy sums it up just about right. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to:

June 18th: Elle had her first ever ballet recital at Reagan High School’s Auditorium. She wants to go back to ballet already.

June 19th: Father’s Day. We spent the day with Ted shopping and playing at Kiddie Park.

June 25th: Elle and I went on a date to see Pinaklicious, just us girls with our girlfriends, Fawn and Tangie. It was great spending time with my first baby.

June 26th: We drove to Boerne early in the morning to meet Nana for a belated birthday breakfast.

And ongoing in the month of June, I was planning and shopping for Rhett’s first birthday party which we celebrated a little early on July 3rd.

The birthday party threw Elle off for the day a bit. July 3rd marks the first day Elle went to bed for nap thinking it was nighttime. Except from Facebook, “I have been laughing about her confusion all evening. Reminds me of the time I woke up from a nap freaking out and asking my parents to take me to school only to find out the sun was setting, not rising. Lol”

July 4th: low key bbq at my parents’ house.

July 5th: Ted and I drove up to Austin to see Rocky Votolato, one of our favorite musicians.

July 7th: Rhett had his one year check-up with some shots. 😦 He cried a lot more than Elle did. Elle would cry when the shots happened and as soon as they were done and I held her, she would stop. When I held Rhett, he just kept wailing and even after he calmed down he was still milking it. :/ Rhett weighed 21lbs 1oz and is in the 25th percentile for weight. I was alarmed, but the doctor wasn’t worried. She explained that he’s burning everything he is eating. He also measured in at 30 inches in length and is in the 60th percentile for height, so he’s right about average.

Here are some memorable quotes from Elle:

‎”We want to keep him around for a lot of days.” -Elle, on warning me to not roll the windows up on Rhett’s fingers. 6/14

‎”I don’t want to go ANYWHERE where there’s records!!” —Elle who’s apparently tired of record hunting with Ted. 6/17

‎”I’m allergic to the breakfast Daddy made me.” —E. Ted says she doesn’t even know what allergic means. Elle shouts, “It means it makes you SICK!” 6/22

“Those ants will not bite me because they know who’s boss.” —E 6/22

‎”I’m hearing the joyous sound of song.” —E‎ 6/25

Rhett hands Elle his pacifier and Elle says matter-of-factly, “Sorry. I am not a baby.” 6/27

Elle: I can see HEB from here!
Me: that’s cool!
Elle: that’s because I have far away eyes. 7/11

“Mom! There’s like 25 miles of soap on the bathroom [floor]. ugh! alright. who did this? who ruined my bathroom?” 7/19

“You’re not listening to me, you fool!” 7/19

Lastly, in the last three days, Rhett’s front teeth have started pushing through even more so it actually looks like he has teeth. He gets mad when we stop brushing his teeth and is so calm and relaxed when we are brushing. 🙂

Oral Surgery

Tomorrow morning I have oral surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed – finally. I was supposed to schedule it after Rhett was born, but life has been so hectic since then. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. I’m really hoping I have a high pain tolerance with this.

In other news, Rhett has become so much more vocal and mobile. He is crawling SO fast now. This past weekend, I spent a majority of the time spent doing housework stopping every 10 to 30 seconds to move him back to a safer location or to remove something from his mouth. Everything goes in his mouth. He also will not sit still for a diaper change anymore. He claps, loves to play with any kind of ball, scrunches up his shoulders with a huge smile on his face, nods yes, shakes his head no when he starts eating, can tell us when he is done eating, and follows me around the house like a puppy. He really is at such a cute age. I wish I could stay home and play with him all day.

Elle is getting very excited about her ballet recital. Her instructor has been telling her class a lot about it and preparing them for it as well. We had photos taken on Sunday. She had a swollen eye due to a bite, but I think they came out great. We placed the order today, so keep an eye out for a treat in the mail.

Elle is still constantly cracking us up with her silliness and logic. Tonight when I was trying to bribe her with nail polish to try a slice olive or a mushroom, she said, “I will eat those when I’m older, okay?” She still expected her nails painted. haha.

Ted has been on a diet for about a month now. He and his partner at work are having a competition to see who can lose the most weight. All the years that I’ve been married to him, I’ve encouraged him to make healthier choices in his diet, learn portion control, and also not load up on the main course while forgoing the essentials like vegetables and fruit. Almost five years and all it took was about one month with his sales partner engaging him in a competition for him to finally take his own initiative to eat healthier. Annoyed

Sorry I’ve been slacking on pictures. As always, most of them are on Facebook. We have our video camera back, so you may start to see more snippets of the kids.

Rhett’s Third Tooth

Rhett is getting a third tooth. This time the one next to his bottom left. 🙂 It seems like his teeth are coming in much slower than Elle’s. I didn’t document her teeth coming in, but I feel like she had a lot more teeth at ten months old.

Rhett is Advancing Rapidly!

So recently Rhett finally decided to start crawling on his hands and knees and although he has known how to do this, he has preferred the Army low crawl to the actual crawl. Well, that was until yesterday. So here’s the advancements  Rhett has made in his mobility in the last two days:

  • He’s started crawling on his hands and knees a little more yesterday.
  • He’s PULLING himself up to a standing position today!
  • AND he’s now awkwardly CRUISING along things. TODAY.

This little boy will be walking before I know it. Elle was excited to see Rhett’s new capabilities and I joked with her that they would be chasing each other around the house in no time. She seemed to like that idea a lot. I can’t believe how fast our babies are growing up!