Baby Baby, Family

Six Months, x2

Sissy, two weeks old:

Sissy, six months old:

What we’ve learned:

  • Re-learning cloth diapering, now for two, full time.  Your Alvas finally came in last month while we were out of town.  Kinda’ in love with the cute patterns.  They do give you even more of a badonkadonk, though. ha!
  • I’m learning how to be a SAHM!  Just started, still finding our groove.  But what strikes me the most so far?  How AT PEACE I am, both with the decision, but also just… in general.  No churning gut as the school year starts and I face leaving you both again every day, only to see you for dinner and bath. :-(  No constant racing against the clock, waking you both up, dragging everything to daycare, racing down the highway after work to pick you up and see you. We have TIME, this rare and precious gift.  I am trying to savor it, to revel in our relaxed breakfast time, enjoy our backyard playtime, sing songs during snack, that kind of thing.  And I am LOVING it, and I think you both are, too, which is what is REALLY important.

  • We have figured out baths, again… They can finally be a one-person job!  We have put you back in your baby/toddler tub, because now you aren’t flipping out of the newborn sling or arching your back over the toddler seat.  Just sitting (and reaching and grabbing for whatever catches your eye at the moment).  You really do seem to finally love the water.  We took you to the pool and waterpark a few times now, using a water sling so I could wear you–and you just get so relaxed and zen.
  • How to set up a buffer zone.  You are officially crawling (albeit still very slowly–I suppose you are “creeping.”).  So now we have started setting up pillows anywhere you may roll over unexpectedly or chew on if you reach them, like in front of the sharp corners on the bottom of our coffee table, and over the piano pedals (I’ve caught you gnawing a piano leg more than once). (Here, you’re looking at a squishy book that was MINE, goodness…  35 years ago.)

What you’ve learned:

  • Definite forward motion.  You LOVE it.  You still do the adorable wiggle-wiggle-wiggle-CRASH when you get excited, but also make conscious decisions to go get a toy or a cat or the piano and MOVE.  You are also enjoying your exersaucer lately, and can work up quite the bounce–almost rivaling your brother at this age–ALMOST.

  • It’s so amazing to notice how refined your hand-eye coordination and motor planning are becoming.  You seem like such a thoughtful little one.  You gaze at a toy placed on your high chair tray for a few moments, then turn it over, and chew it, and back off and look at it again–really study it–before dropping it over the side.  ;-)  Then you bend over the edge of your high chair, chew on the arm, and just staaaare at your toy, so far away now.

What we always want to remember:
  • How, for a few weeks, you would sing yourself to sleep.  You would cry, but quickly wind down to a whine, then the whine would turn into little coos, and you would drift right off.  You haven’t done it for a little while now, and I think I missed my window for capturing it on video.  ::sniffsniff::
  • Your first trip to Fritz’s!  You didn’t care as much for the trains as Brother did, but at least you would wear the hat! ;-)

  • How much you love being outside.  You relax and are very chill when we go outdoors.  It’s a great cure for general fussiness, though on your most clingy days, you still prefer I be on the quilt or next to the swing with you.  xoxox

  • Your first trip to the zoo!  You were a trooper!  We bought a little elephant for you in the gift shop.  You love om-nom-nom-ing its trunk.  ha!

  • How Daddy will trim the coffee filters each morning to fit our mini coffeemaker basket, and gift you with a pretty paper crown, fit for our princess.

  • (Lots of first trips this month!) Your first trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art!  You didn’t tolerate the stroller for too terribly long, but were otherwise a peach.  You were particularly attracted to a Tiffany lamp. ;-)  You chose a big knitted block with a cute owl on it as your gift from the gift shop.

Family, Scrapbooking

Layout: (he went) Thattaway

Over a year ago…  Bubby was just over a year old, and our air conditioner went out.  I was expecting Baby Girl, though I didn’t yet realize it.  Thomas had a meeting, and we needed somewhere to escape the stifling heat in our house, so we headed to the playplace at a local mall.  Bubby had a BLAST, crawling, climbing, sliding, and riding all the fun toys.

I used a SG sketch, although I no longer remember which one. It was the first time I tried to really “follow” the sketch, as in using all the measurements, etc., and I found that I didn’t much like it.  It was too fiddly, and time consuming, and frustrating…  I’d much rather look at the sketches, and eyeball it all.  Between the insane trimming and the altering of most of the arrow embellishments, this took far too long.  I LOVE those sketches, but the measuring part is not for me!  LOL

But don’t all the arrows look lovely?  Pretty well cleaned out my arrow stash with this layout.  I have a bunch of Silhouette cuts I should make, clear out some scraps and replenish my stash. :-)  I used mostly chipboard arrows, and then covered them with coordinating paper, but there were some plastic, sticker, acetate, and metal ones in there, too.

I did a lot of stamping and heat embossing with some Studio AE stamps, and then, since I had a lot to say, I typed my journaling.  As a side note, if you’re wondering how I did the pictures, I don’t really recommend it, but here’s how:  I selected all the pics I wanted, then put them into an 8 1/2 x 11 collage.  I didn’t control the arrangement or sizes, just picked one where the ones I liked were big, etc.  Then chopped it up and arranged and trimmed until they fit a sketch.  This was ALSO so time consuming.  I would have been better off thoughtfully arranging them in PhotoSheet, then I could just print and go.  TFL!

Baby Baby

Five Months, x2

Miss Bedelia, two weeks old:

Miss Bedelia, five months old:

What we’ve learned:

  • You have mama’s temperament for mastery of new skills.  You want to be able to do it, and do it well, NOW.  Not after some practice, not by giving it some time, it’s NOW or nothing.  Which may explain your lack of progress on the rolling over/crawling front. :-)  You do scoot backwards, given a long stretch of time, but that’s just not doin’ it for ya.
  • We’re mastering the art of homemade baby food again!  Right now, the freezer is stocked with squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and bananas, with a batch of green beans steaming in the rice cooker as I type.  Your favorites so far have been sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and bananas.  You didn’t care for food at first, so we put it off for awhile until you were really interested.  Then you didn’t care for your first foods–oatmeal, rice, and squash.  But the first time you laid lips on carrots, there was no stopping you! (And no, I don’t blame us for using homemade food, either–we used storebought during our big trip, and you weren’t really a fan, then, either.)
  • I can no longer play on my phone while nursing you or trying to rock you to sleep.  You pay entirely TOO much attention to it.  I also have to set your quilt up downstairs on the other side of the family room, away from the TV.

What you’ve learned:

  • You have figured out that our glasses are not attached to us, and that you can pull them off our face.  You are then, of course, rewarded for it by our surprise, or our grimace, or our “oops!”, so you keep doing it again, and again.  You’re in the grabby/pinchy phases, too, and my cheeks are about to give out. :-)

  • The cats fascinate you.  You watch them as they walk around the room.  You call out when they come near you.  You reach out to touch their fur, so soft…  Thankfully you haven’t grabbed/pinched them yet.  Although luckily, they’re so sweet-natured, you’d only get a handful of fur in response, even if you did.
What we always want to remember:
  • Your first time swimming!  Just in the baby pool in our backyard.  You were not a fan.  But then, it was cold…  So we tried it again on another day, and we let the water warm up all day.  You were not a fan.  LOL  But LOOK HOW CUTE YOU ARE IN YOUR SWIMSUIT!!!
  • You are so cute–you do this great push-up, then see a toy you want, or your brother, or us, or a cat–and get so excited, all your limbs wiggle-wiggle-wiggle at once, and you fall down on your tummy.  Crash landing.  But you’re still so excited over whatever or whoever you saw that caused you to wiggle-wiggle-wiggle, that you don’t care, just give us/them/it a HUGE grin.  SO ADORABLE.

  • Tour de Sissy!  We went on our pilgrimage, to grandparents’ houses and beyond, introducing you to our family and friends.  I’ll do another post about that later. :-)
  • You are blowing raspberries like crazy.  We’re getting fun squeals and real laughs, now, too.  It is hard to tell if the raspberries are a ‘fun’ or ‘frustrated’ sound–but mostly, they seem to be a ‘fun’ one. :-)  Bubby still elicits the best laughs and reactions from you.  HUGE smiles, and you’re reaching for him now, too.

  •  You are an over-achiever–you decided to cut not ONE tooth, but TWO teeth your first time teething.  And you did it on our 2-day return from an 11-day trip around the state, visiting friends and relatives to show you off.  OH.MY.  Poor thing!

Baby, Family, Scrapbooking

Layout: Loads of Love

Hey, all!  I’ve actually managed to scrap since Baby A’s been born!  Four whole layouts…  I’ve gone to a couple of crop nights in the past month with a friend, and it has been so so nice.  This one is the latest.  I started with a handful of pictures and this sketch.

As you can see, I jiggled the title and journaling around a bit.  There just wasn’t a good way to fit those big license-plate-looking stickers, which I really wanted to use, as they supported the theme (uh, and they’ve been in my stash for at least 7 years).  I stamped a border across the top of the pp strips–even though they weren’t license plate numbers, they had the same feel…  I colored each block on the stamp with markers, mostly to have an element that tied in the orange in the pictures and the black in the title with the other colors present in the papers.

You’d think I could have just used different papers–but that Simple Stories collection just refused to be put away…  I loved the denim papers, even with all the resulting flowers on a boy layout. :-)  I figure it’s okay–he’s still a baby.  Surely I can get away with it for now!  The flowers, and journaling block are fussycut from the SS collection.  The hearts are from a couple different punches, and the road sign is a Silhouette cut.  The truck was a happy accident, that led me to the title.  I came across it in some Bella Blvd baby paper as I was filing away scraps, and instantly thought of that old SU! set, Loads of Love.  Perfect for pictures with PaPa, no?  TFL!

Baby Baby

Four Months, x2

Little Miss Rufflebottom, two weeks old:

Little Miss Rufflebottom, four months old:

What we’ve learned:

  • Well, my little failsafe to get Sissy to sleep quit working this month.  You no longer fall asleep while nursing.  Even car rides don’t work the magic they used to.  We’re transitioning back to being at home full time, after being in daycare for 2 months, too, and you are having a little trouble figuring out how to sleep during the day here.  I have finally convinced you to take at least a morning nap in the swing, after a week of trying everything at least 3x.  I’ve even managed to get 2 short naps in your bouncy.  We’ll figure it out.
  • You LOVE having your belly scratched.  Or your cheeks nibbled.  Or your chin(s) tickled.  Sweet, smiley baby!
  • You are going through a clingy phase–which probably wouldn’t be that noticeable except I hurt my back at work and so it has been so difficult to pick you up and carry you, many days.  Moby wrap to the rescue!!  I am hoping it stays sort of cool-ish for a bit longer so I can keep trying to use it!

What you’ve learned:

  • Rolling over, from back to front.

  • How to put things in your mouth–ANYthing!  (Which we have to watch very carefully since Bubbaloo is perfectly willing to bring anything TO you and try to put it in your mouth anyway!)  In fact, call us crazy, but we think you’ve been teething most of this past month…  Lots of drool.  Lots of gnawing on fingers and stuffies.  A newfound love for teething rings.

  • That whole ‘controlling-your-hands’ thing is handy for us, because you also rub your eyes now when you’re tired, a nice clear signal to help you take a nap, and we can give you toys–which you can at least sorta-kinda keep ahold of.
What we always want to remember:
  • You’re going to be a tough cookie, your brother is helping…  He loves you, and wants to play with you–so sometimes he gets a little too excited and is too fast or rough with you.  He was bopping you in the face with your peacock toy, over and over–I scramble to get to you, and he’s just giggling and giggling and saying, “kik, kik, kik!”  I snatched the toy away, and said, “Stop!” and then remembered, Little Man says the same thing when he wants me to kiss his boo-boo.  I asked him if the peacock was kissing Sissy, and he said, “Yeah!”  So I showed him how to do it slowly, and gently, and he did it the right way after that.  So I think it’s mostly just a matter of him learning how to play with a baby. :-)
  • I think one of the biggest benefits to my staying home this next year is that I will get to watch your relationship grow as siblings.  Honestly, I hadn’t even thought about it, really, I felt like this was something we as parents would shape and direct–but you two are really forging your own bond, and it’s amazing for this only to watch.  (He is the reason she had lamb stuffies in the picture up top–he saw the lamb on her sleeper and went to bring his two lamb stuffed animals for her to play with.)

  • Your little chuckles, usually elicited by Izzy or Dada, especially when Daddy does an “Amy Attack” on your brother (hand-over-hand combat) ;-).
  • You talk up a STORM to the ceiling fan.  He’s your bestie.
  • You do this cute little stop-nursing-and-break-into-an-adorable-slow-grin thing, I love it. :-)


Bubby’s Brown Bear Birthday

Try saying THAT three times, fast.

Little Man turned 2 about a month ago.  I finally got the pics edited!  It was based on the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”   The pics we used on the invite (above) were quintessential Bubby.  The invitation read, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?  I see a birthday boy, looking at me!”

We used a mix of bright colors throughout the party, and carried the theme through the food, too.  We had brown bears (chocolate teddy grahams), gold fish (uh…  gold fish.  lol.  ok, gold fish CRACKERS), and red bird punch (fruit punch).  I bought a bouquet of balloons, a handful of brown, then one of each color mentioned in the book.  For favors, each child received their choice of little brown bear (there were 4 different varieties at the store), a set of watercolor paints, and a pad of watercolor paper, since Eric Carle books are so well known because of their gorgeous painted illustrations.

We read/sang the book and learned the sign language for each color and animal.  After goodies and presents, the kids were turned loose in the park.

Happy b-day, Bubbaroo!  You are getting so grown up!!

Baby Baby

Three Months, x2

Baby Girl, one day old

Baby Girl, three months old:

What we’ve learned:

  • You *hate* getting your nose squishied (bulb syringe…)
  • You are also not a fan of the swing, unlike your brother.  You will tolerate it, though, if you must…
  • You will have days where you only take catnaps, and days where you are barely awake for three hours…  You tend to have 1 or 2 very awake days, followed by 1 or 2 almost comatose days.  You aren’t on a schedule yet, although your nighttime sleep is pretty consistent now.  You like to fall asleep around 7:30, eat at 1, 3, and 5:30, then wake around 7:30.  You tend to take a mid morning, mid day, and evening nap, but the timing is still pretty erratic.

What you’ve learned:

  • You are flipping up on your right side!  You can even (just barely) cross your left leg over…  just a little more, and gravity will take care of the rest, and you’ll be rolling over!  (Oooooh, 2 mobile babies??)
  • You are vocalizing with much more variety and range.  You’ve always been pretty expressive, but it is so cute to hear a personality coming out now, too!

What we always want to remember:
  • Your baptism.  It was snowed out last month; this month, we held it on the same day as your brother’s 2nd birthday party.  The grandparents were in, and they, and us, and your godparents all went out for brunch afterwards.  You did pretty well, although you really wanted a nap during pictures. ;-)

  • Your eyelashes are really filling out and growing longer, so beautiful!  Your hair is still dark, and all together with your happy smile, you are the prettiest baby ever!
  • I love how you are grabbing my fingers and cooing and gurgling and raspberrying to me while you sit in your bouncy or on my knees.  Precious, precious girl.  xoxoxox

  • How you survived a weekend home alone with Bubby and Mama.  We made it, somehow, all in one piece.