Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Sweet Girls!

We are so blessed with our 3 sweet girls.  Each one of them is very special to us.  They each have their own personalities that bring joy and awe to our family.  We love our little girls very much!
Here is an update on each of our girls:

Haley:  Our non stop mover and shaker.  These days Haley does not like to sit still.  She is getting faster with her walking and can almost run.  She likes to jump and stomp her feet.  She loves to be tickled and bounced.  Lately Haley has been having some separation anxiety.  She gets upset if mommy leaves.  She is a momma's girl, but loves to play with daddy.  Haley is still small for her chronological age.  She weighs 21 pounds and wears 12 month clothes.  We have not decided on whether or not we are going to do the growth hormone shots.  We will be seeing the Endocrinologist in March and will need to decide by then.  We are working on getting her to eat more to see if that will make much of an improvement in her height.  Haley is a loveable little girl and melts our hearts.


Rachel:  Rachel is our feisty one and gets into everything.  She keeps us on our toes.  She is very curious about everything and wants to explore.  She has determination and persistence.  She pays attention to detail.  She loves to look at books and play with puzzles (with a lot of assistance).  We are still working on getting Rachel to eat.  She will put foods in her mouth and chew, but doesn't want to swallow much of it.  She is still fed exclusively through her g-button.  She is growing!  She weights 26 pounds and is wearing 18 month to 24 month clothes.  She has her mommy's build.  She is a daddy's girl for sure!  Rachel is doing so well with her progression to walking.  She recently started letting go and taking some steps on her own.  She is still not the strongest at it, but has made so much progress the past week.  We are so proud of her and are glad she is progressing with her walking.  Rachel is such a beautiful girl with her blue eyes.  She's our sweet princess.


Kayla:  Our sweet little Kayla.  She is doing well and is keeping us busy with her feedings every 2-3 hours round the clock.  I'm having to pump in order to give her my breast milk since she is not a very strong eater.  She latches on good, but just doesn't suck strong enough.  She tends to get very comfortable with her feeds and always falls asleep.  She is still sleeping a lot.  She is a sweet baby, but when she does cry she has a strong set of lungs!  She is good at letting us know when she is hungry, gassy or has a dirty diaper.  Kayla looks so much like her daddy.  Those chubby cheeks!  She is a cute little girl and also melts our hearts!


We finally got a first family picture with all the girls.  Its not the best one since our little Christmas tree was behind us and due to where I was sitting the Christmas tree star looks to be sitting on top of my head.



  1. AWEEEE I love it!! I have been following yall for years. I am so happy for you all. Kayla is adorable and well of course little missys Haley and Rachel our just blessings of joy!! :) God bless you all <3

    We live in Houston as well. :)

  2. Your family picture is perfect, Amanda and the star behind you is where it should be. You are an angel, the placement of that star was no coincidence ;-)

    Thanks for the update, your daughters are so incredibly blessed to have you.

    Merry Christmas, Stansels.

  3. Congratulations! Also Merry Christmas. What a beautiful family! All the best from Finland.

  4. Thanks for the updates. It's good to hear about the girls' progress. Merry Christmas to you all!

  5. You certainly do have your hands full! Merry Christmas!

  6. Amanda you look so beautiful! I can't believe you just had a big baby! Beautiful family Christmas photo. Merry Christmas and a very, very Happy New Year to you, Thomas and the girls.

  7. Such sweet photos of the family, and lovely to see Kayla at home now with her sisters! May I wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas and a great New Year. Enjoy as a family.

  8. merry christmas beautiful stansel family !!!!


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