Sunday, May 31, 2015

Molly at 12 Months

I wanted to make sure I had all of Molly's fun 12 month things written down somewhere. I'm not going to lie- I'm not even going to come close to remembering everything, but this little girl is so much fun that I have to try!

-has four teeth and is working on two more on the top. 
-in size 12-18 month clothes
-in size 3 diapers
-sleeps better than before. Some nights will sleep all night in her crib (8:30-6:30) but a lot of times will wake up and end up in our bed. I'd say we are 50/50 right now- and I'll take it because that's more than before! 
-naps great- moving to one nap a day. Usually that is around 1.5-2 hrs. 
-we usually give her a bottle and rock her before bed at night, and then give her a bottle and lay her down in the bed for nap. 
-walks all over, all the time. She is getting good about wearing shoes now- which honestly bums me out because it's just one more thing to remember! 
-is starting to get possessive of toys and wanting a say about what she gets to do. Her little tantrums are just funny to me. 
-loves trucks and things with wheels, yet is equally obsessed with babies. Can you tell she has an older brother and sister?! 
-laughs when she hears someone else laugh, coughs when she hears someone else cough, fake cries when she hears someone else cry- basically she is super alert and in tune to what is going on around her! 
-is talking a ton and just entered that "repeat everything" stage (which I LOVE!). Says (and I know I am forgetting some!): mama, mommy, Molly, dada, Jay, charchar, tex, Ella, beggy (Gebby/Grandeb), pawpaw, Kiki, JJ, chellechelle, ball, kick, night night, baba, bankie, pappy, nack (snack), nono, one/two, hap birt to you, hot, that, are you, wawa, 
-loves to climb and hop off of things
-loves to swim- will "jump" off the side to us!
-loves milk and is the only one in our whole family who does!
-eats like a champ- seriously, eats everything. She loves flavor and there isn't much she refuses!

What a fun little girl she is. She really does have the best personality! I just get a kick out of watching her laugh and discover. She is truly one of a kind!

And for her 12 month measurements....

Height: 30.5 inches (89%)
Weight: 20 lbs, 4 oz (57%)
FOC: 17.75 inches (54%)

CK at a Year:
Height: 30 inches (80%)
Weight: 19 lbs, 9 oz (47%)
FOC: 17.75 (54%)

Jay at a Year:
Height: 32 inches (>99%)
Weight: 22 lbs, 15 oz (75%)
FOC: 18 inches (39%)

Friday, May 22, 2015


Say it ain't so!

Our baby girl is ONE?! One. Why does it seem so young when you are talking about other people's children, but when it's your own it sounds SO big?!

A year ago last night we went into the hospital to start the induction. We had a "last supper" of sorts, kissed our bigs goodbye, checked into our hospital room, and got settled in for what was supposed to be a long night ahead. Little did we know that just a few short hours later, our new and perfect gift would arrive.

At 4:14 am on Thursday, May 22, we welcomed our precious Molly June Squillante into this world! Screaming and wailing and making her presence known!

Though Molly had a rough first couple weeks (she was just trying to get her lungs a great workout), she turned out to be a dreamy newborn. I don't know if it was that she was really that easy, or if having two older kids was such a distraction I just didn't have time to notice otherwise.

She turned out to be my latest crawler (just by a few weeks!) but quickly figured out how much fun it was to be on the move keeping up with her siblings. So much that she was my earliest walker! She developed the most adorable personality and became my little buddy- so go-with-the-flow and a great sense of humor.

She brought a whole new dimension to our family- one that we had no idea we were even missing. This child is so adored by her siblings and parents. She is the perfect addition and has found her little place in our crazy crew.

Molly, we are SO thankful you were placed in our family! We can't wait to see you grow and learn more about who you are. You have made us happier than we could have ever imagined. Happy first birthday, precious girl.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


We suffered through five days of mono, and almost as fast as it came on, it was gone!

We went from this on Wednesday....

to this on Monday....

Huge huge difference!!

Fever went away on Monday (contagious period over!!!), and by Tuesday morning she was absolutely back to her old self!

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes! So glad this little pumpkin is back to her sassy, spunky, smiling self!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

She's Off!

Y'all.... I wrote this mid-April... almost SIX WEEKS AGO. I'm both irritated at myself for not finishing it and posting it and both amazed that Molly has been walking for over a month!

Molly is walking. Did you hear (read) that?! Molly is walking!

I've been slightly denying this for a while now. She took a step here and there a few months ago. Last month she was taking 2 and maybe 3 steps. And a few weeks ago she was taking about 6. Now she can walk around our downstairs. She can walk from her Bible classroom to the lobby of the nursery to the hallway at church. SHE IS LEGIT walking!

She's my earliest walker and it's just crazy to me to watch this little nugget toddle all over!

I LOVE this little series! So typical... Walking everywhere and taking her bow off... Always pulling the bow off!

Love you, little Molly walker!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The One About Mono

My three year old has mono.



How in the WORLD did she get this?! Where did it come from?!

Monday CK told us that her neck was hurting. Not her throat, but her neck. We checked it out and her lymph nodes were HUGE (I seriously thought I looked/felt in the wrong place and was seeing her jawbone) and her tonsils were SO swollen. There were a few white specks on them, but I had no idea those were the "white spots" I was supposed to be looking for.

She didn't have fever, said it didn't hurt to swallow, and was acting fine. This continued for two more days. So we continued about our business- school, gymnastics, play date... Totally fine. No fever. Just swollen lymph nodes and tonsils.

By Wednesday morning when they still weren't getting better, I made the executive decision to pick her up early from school and take her in. The night before she had a 99.5 fever- but most wouldn't even consider that a fever! Nothing in the morning so I sent her to school.  Obviously her body was fighting was some infection, but I just wasn't sure and wanted to know when it would get better.

Upon (brief) inspection, the pedi looked at me and said, "Well it's either strep or mono." So they tested her and SHE HAD MONO. What in the world?!?!?!?! He said lots of things about being contagious, about her now 99.9 fever, and that there is nothing to do for this except rest and wait.

Oh y'all. I am NOT a rest and wait gal. I am an on-the-go gal. We don't have time for mono. We have the last day of school, parties, swim team practice, a visit to see my cousin who is about to move, a bay house rented all of next week through Memorial Day weekend, a date night, etc... THERE IS NO TIME FOR MONO IN THIS HOUSE!

We headed home from the doctor confused because she felt absolutely fine. The only thing she complained of was that her neck hurt and she was afraid the doc would squeeze it and hurt it when he was checking her out. So we got to the car and I loaded Molly in (Charley Kate had already crawled in) and before I could even get in my seat, she passed out. The good thing that came from this is that you can see her little (BIG) lymph node in her neck!

We hung around the house the rest of the day. After nap, CK was definitely more drained than earlier. Still not terrible, but you could tell she had faded some. She ate some fried rice for dinner and headed to bed that evening. But not before I snapped a picture of her neck. So so sad!

This morning she woke up happy but definitely feeling worse than yesterday. Today she looked and acted like a kid with mono. Fever got up to 100.5- so not terrible at all! But her throat was more swollen, and her tonsils were more swollen. She hardly ate anything all day because it hurt too much to swallow. Even drinking was too painful. So there was minimal input and no output.

By this afternoon her tonsils were touching in the back, she had white spots all over them, and she was wheezing while she napped (excuse the graphic pictures). I called the doc and sent him all the pics/video of her. He called in a steroid to help reduce the tonsils!

The rest of the day sort of dragged on. Up and down and all around. Once I'd get her to eat something, she'd get a little spurt of energy and play with her babies, but then she'd crash again and lay on the ground or the couch. Oh, except the steroids. They made her CRAZY. But then she passed out quickly after! Sigh...

Laying near me while I bathed the other kids. 

Finally convinced her a hot bath would help her neck feel better!

Soooo... here we are. Day 2 (of the diagnosis). I'll keep you posted, but send lots of prayers our way for a quick recovery and that her siblings stay healthy, too!

Wanted to include this picture from when we went down the street to pick up Jay from a friend's house. 
She looks so WEIRD to me here- her whole face/neck is swollen! It looks like she has food in her cheeks! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Ballerina

I definitely never blogged about Charley Kate's first ballet experience!

We found the most adorable class for toddler/preschool girls at the really wonderful dance academy near us. It was all girls her age/ability and all from our close neighborhoods. This was really her first "solo" activity and her time to shine.

She loved it!

The beginning of the semester she was totally fired up and loved going every single week. The excitement kind of tapered off in the middle of it and we'd fight each week to get her dressed and there. Once she was in class, she had a BLAST- but for a while the fight was almost not worth it (it's a good thing I'm stubborn!). But then again towards the end once her little friendships were formed, she just loved it so much.

And then there was the "recital." It was just a little recital- during their regular class time in their regular dance room. This was brilliant on their part- 2 and 3 year old girls get nervous in most situations- thank goodness we did this where they were most comfortable!

And this girl, my little Treasure, was born to perform. It was the most fun I have seen her have... probably ever. She laughed and danced and screamed and squealed and smiled throughout the entire performance. She loved having her Daddy and Gebby (Grandeb) and her big brother there to watch (little sis was home with a babysitter- thank goodness- she would have been a bear to try to contain!).

We had so much fun watching that precious girl perform! And it took a lot out of her... She was wiped out after!