To Top Them Off

You all might have seen what the presents from Santa will be looking like in our house. Click here if you missed it. Well, I have been thinking about what to do about putting their names on them. I can’t write them myself, since that will be obvious in a few years, and I really didn’t want to make individual stamps with each of their names. Russell suggested stamps with just their first initial, but I thought that seemed a little too impersonal for Santa. Then I stumbled upon a free gift tag printable on Pinterest and altered it just a little bit in Paint. This is what I came up with:

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If you would like to recreate these tags (or something similar) for yourself, here are the free resources I used.

Free Printables- Gift Tags, and the font I used for their names is called Things We Said and is available for free download here. I printed them on cream colored paper, and tied them into the twine bow. I think it is the perfect way to top the presents off. Now all we have to do is wait for Christmas!

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Too Long

It has been too long since I have posted anything. And it isn’t for lack of things going on, we have just been busy and I haven’t found the time to write. This post will be a little scattered, so I apologize in advance.

First, Wyatt. He pulled himself up to standing on Saturday. I was able to snap a quick picture. His feet are flat his jammies are just too big and were folded at the bottom.

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He is also making progress with eating after meeting with the speech therapist. His lunch today was the best so far, he took at least one bit of everything on this tray. We have another appointment tomorrow and I am excited to talk to her about how he is coming along and see if she has any more tips or suggestions.

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The kids got to meet Santa at a twin moms event this weekend. The girls are incredibly shy and totally freeze up when strangers are around, so even though they had said they wanted to sit on Santa’s lap I wasn’t going to hold my breath. They didn’t talk or smile for a picture, but they did sit on Santa’s lap, which for my girls shows they were really excited about it. Afterwards they told us all about it too. Kylie told me “Santa said hi to me!” I asked them if they told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and they said no, they were too shy. But they said “Mommy will tell Santa.” They are still learning all about this Santa thing and Kylie was confused about the timeline. After we left the party she said “Santa forgot to give us presents!” So I had to tell her he would come back on Christmas and give her her presents then. On our way driving up to see Santa Russell and I were talking about Santa’s clothes. Russell asked what animal fur is supposed to be red (since in The Night Before Christmas it says he was dressed in fur from his head to his foot) and I said maybe it was dyed. Kylie immediately yelled “Santa no died!!!”

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More From Boy

A few more days have gone by, and Boy has mostly just been hanging around checking things out. One day he hung on the clock in the girls’ room to surprise them when they woke up.

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He hung out in our kitchen for a little while, (sideways/upside down- which the girls thought was SO funny)

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He visited our tree the day after we got it, (please ignore my complete lack of effort in hiding our light wires)

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And one day he must have missed Santa and so he sat in the Santa candy bowl,

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He hung on our living room light,

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and today he is perched on the top of the fridge.

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Some mornings Daddy has been really surprised at how easily the girls find Boy. They are incredibly observant and have had no trouble spotting him before they even eat breakfast. They are having so much from with this tradition and have started talking to Boy about their days. It is so cute. I am really happy we started it this year!

When Santa Comes

I wanted to give a little preview of what it will look like in our home when Santa visits. I know everyone isn’t into the Santa thing and that’s fine. I also think it is a super fun tradition and we are totally going to let our kids enjoy it as long as we can. This is the first year the girls really have any idea about who Santa is. They do know he might bring them presents, but I am not sure they see him much different than they do Dora or Elmo. They have said they want to sit on his lap and touch his beard, so we will see after we make our visit in a couple of weeks. They want Boy, our Elf on the Shelf, to tell Santa good things about them, but that is mostly because they want Santa to say “Wow!” Anyways, I was thinking about what to do with the gifts he will be bringing for them. Should they be wrapped, or unwrapped? There are some people who feel very strongly either way. We always did wrapped, and unwrapping is half the fun, right? But it is clear that Santa needs a different paper from the rest of the family. His elves do wrap them all the way up at the North Pole, so there is no way they could borrow our paper. And since I was going to get something different anyways  I decided to make it special.

Just what should presents from Santa look like? Here is what I came up with:

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I decided to do classic brown paper. I mean the elves sure have lots of presents to wrap, to kids of all ages and both genders. Something pretty basic and simple seems like what Santa would choose. Red twine wrapped around and tied in a bow seemed like a perfect choice to add touch of Christmas color. Then of course it needed a stamp to say who it was from, an official Santa seal. I made this stamp using an eraser. Click here for the file. I obviously did a simple version of the letters since I was cutting it on a stamp, but you get the idea. And yes, it is supposed to be backwards, so when you stamp it it comes out correct.

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That’s it! Perfect for any good little girl or boy!

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Nine Month Stats

Wyatt has his doctors appointment yesterday and is everything is looking pretty good. He is still not eating solid foods yet, and so the doctor referred us to a speech therapist to try to help him work through a texture aversion. I am excited to get a few tips and tricks to try to help my Little Man. But seriously, who would have thought this chubby little baby would need help learning to eat food. Come on! Anyways here are his stats:

Height: 29 inches- 75th percentile

Weight: 21 lbs 15 oz- 75th percentile

Head circumference: 44 1/2 cm- 25th percentile

And he’s happy to boot!

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Nine Months

Wyatt is nine months today! It seems like he has grown up so much this past month. He now has four (going on six) teeth and is officially crawling. He mostly army crawls (belly on the ground) but he is also up on hands and knees sometimes- mostly in the kitchen, which I think is funny because the floor is much more slippery than on the carpet. He is also experimenting with hands and feet, just to make sure he finds the most efficient way to get around. He is an absolute joy and one of the happiest babies ever. He is incredibly ticklish too. His feet, his sides, his armpits, his thighs, his neck, and his back are all places he is ticklish!

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sisters wanted to join in on the photo shoot fun

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crawling away for something more exciting.

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Could this kid be any happier?

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Happy nine months to my Little Man! I love you so much 🙂

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