Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's 2012!

Well, I feel like we're almost settled in after getting home this past Sunday... we were in Duluth for over a week. We are putting away Christmas decorations, catching up on laundry, and trying to keep up in general. Duluth was great- Christmas Eve with my family (we missed Andy and Aimee as they had to get back to Iowa, Ben couldn't get time off busy residency, but Jon was home!) We spent Christmas day with Dan's family. The girls got fun new toys- highlights being new dolls, a little people set, movies, books, and trikes (trikes were from Santa!)....and so much more. We probably need to clear out old/baby toys to make room!

New Year's Eve was spent at Dan's family's cabin. The girls did NOT make it to midnight (but their parents made it- barely).  There are a couple of things I'm looking forward to in the next couple of months. Mid-January we bring the girls to the NICU follow-up appointmet to see how they are doing developmentally and physically. I'm not expecting them to be fully caught up quite yet but it's fun to see what they can do. In February, we are taking the girls on the plane to Florida! My parents are renting a condo so we will stay with them. I'm so nervous about the plane part but I don't have to think about it too much yet.

I don't have much to report on- this post is mostly to show-off the latest pictures- but I did want to throw a question out there. Everything I have read says not to be a short order cook, but to me, it's different when we're struggling to make the growth curve. We're on the fine line of turning Sofia (and a lesser extent the other two) pickier than they would because I end up making her other food when she refuses a new meal. Arg! Any ideas for picky eaters? I will try to keep introducing new foods over and over but I need to get calories in her! Plus some of the fattening stand-bys are not working anymore!

Here are some new pictures.
At the winter carnival at the nature center by our house. The girls are looking at the "snow dogs".
Sofia is still not a fan of big animals!
Turkeys and chickens aren't so scary.
The very scary Santa. We were with him 0.2 seconds.
S, J, M in their Christmas dresses! (stuffing their faces with crackers and cheese- yum!)
Josie opening her doll with daddy (thanks Grandma and Grandpa!)
Maddie with Grandpa
Langager family (minus two brothers and a sister-in-law)
Watching the Christmas train with Grandpa
Grandparents with all their grandchildren
Christmas morning discovering the trikes Santa left them (Sofia, Maddie in background)
Cuddling up watching Winnie the Pooh. Peaceful!
Sadly, I didn't get any from the cabin, but I know I will get some from Dan's dad (the designated photographer of the family). Here is a video from our Christmas Eve church service (the church I grew up going to). They attracted quite a little crowd watching them. Lots of pent up energy!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Here's to great things in 2012!!


  1. maybe try milkshakes? you could make the other girls "healthy" banana yogurt ones, then add ice cream and or peanut butter and or tofu and or protein powder to the rest in the blender for a higher calorie one for sofia. serve in those starbuck-y cups with straws and a lid. Julia loves anything with a straw in it.

  2. I have a very picky eater, who has been slim her whole life, so I was a short order cook for her when she was younger and started getting picky. She has two younger sister's who are not picky would go with Mary's idea on shakes or protein drinks, but do that mid-morning and then try and not let her snack too much right before dinner, then she will be a little more hungry and more willing to try new things. It has worked with my younger two girls and they are not picky. I wish I hadn't caved in to my picky eater because she is 9 and it's a challenge to get her to try some things, and she will look at some things and decide she won't like it before trying it too. Thanks for sharing your life with us! I have enjoyed watching your girls grow and change. They are the same age as my youngest (by a few weeks)!