Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lately...



listening to: The sound of a baby and a toddler playing, the sound of little feet pitter pattering after me everywhere I go. The sound of the trains that go by 10 times a day. 
craving: A Thanksgiving meal
working on: decorating Alina's room  
loving: my hardworking husband, days at home with my girls,this house we are blessed to rent.
reading: Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
feeling: Hope
wearing: My mom uniform (yoga pants and a tshirt)
smelling: freshly washed baby head
watching: Curious George on repeat
thankful for: A baby that is happy and sleeping, a toddler that is sweet and teachable
wishing: for a cold winter, for BIG changes 








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Monday, September 15, 2014

Alina: Month 6

Month 6

Weight: 2l lbs 6.5 oz
Height: 26.5 inches

Feeding
Alina is doing wonderful with bottle feeding. She is really thriving. For the longest time she only wanted to be fed while she was laying in her swing but recently she has started being content being held while drinking a bottle. That makes me really happy because every mom wants to hold their baby while they eat. She drinks 4-6 ozs every 3-4 hours. We started supplementing with Similac and that has really helped take the pressure off of me trying to keep up with the little butter bean.

Solids
We are still doing baby food. So far she has tried sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, apples, pears, squash, carrots, and blueberries. She seems to be just lukewarm about the whole eating solids thing so I am taking it slow and not pushing her. I am also giving her chunks of banana and other soft food to try and pick up and eat. So far she hasn't swallowed any of it but it's fun for her and she's getting the hang of it. 

Sleeping
We have made leaps and HUGE strides in the sleeping department I am happy to say. She takes all naps and sleeps all night in her crib. She has been doing this for a few weeks now. Weaning her from the swaddle was a hard transition but once she got used to sleeping in her Zipadeezip instead of being swaddled she fell in love with sleeping on her tummy and has been a big girl ever since. She usually takes 4- 1 hour naps a day and goes to sleep at 8ish then sleeps until 5-6 then I feed her and she'll get up for the day around 8:30. It is magical. Now If I could just make myself go to bed at a decent hour I could actually catch up on some sleep. 

Diapering
She is in a size 4 now! We are still using Luvs. 

Bathing
She is taking a bath every other night. We are still using the whale tub and will continue using it until she is able to sit up a little better. Bath tubs are slippery things and she's so active in the tub I know she would flop right over. Every now and then I will throw her in there with Emma and let her play but only when I am able to get down there and keep both hands on her. 

Dressing
She wears 6-9 month clothes and some 12 month stuff if it runs a little smaller. 

Play Time
Her favorite play time activity these days is to sit in the middle of the floor surrounded by toys. She will sit there happily for 30 minutes or more just playing and watching her sister play. She likes the exersaucer and Jenny Jump up for shorter amounts of time. When she tolerates being on her tummy she is trying to scoot and crawl but usually gets aggravated and wants to sit up. 

Family Time
We are getting to the times I looked forward to when I first found out I was having another girl. I knew she and Emerald would be best friends. They are starting to play and interact with each other. Emma loves to make her laugh and talks to her like she can understand what she is saying. She likes to bounce her on the bed (supervised of course) because it makes them both squeal with laughter. Alina's countenance lights up when she see's Emma. She always trying to grab her and be near her. Of course there's the learning to share and not take toys from each other too. But for the most part it has been wonderful and I don't regret for 1 second having them close together.


Firsts:
Said "ma-ma"
Sits up on her own!
Slept through the night
Slept unswaddled












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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How we got rid of the pacifier






I always feel funny blogging about things like this as if I have loads of wisdom to share with other parents. I don't, in case you were wondering. I just know that whenever I am trying to make a decision on how to go about doing something that involves my babies I find reading about others experiences so helpful. So here is our experience in hopes that it will encourage someone. 

Emerald took a paci immediately, we're talking hours after birth. I had a love/hate relationship with the thing until she was able to find and reinsert it in her own mouth in the middle of the night. This happened around 7-8 months. After that I loved it as much as she did. It looked cute and always calmed her down, helped her sleep though the night, helped her sleep in the car...etc. In my head I thought I would take it away around the 1 year mark, well that time came and went. I didn't feel good about it in my mommy heart and it wasn't causing any problems so it stayed. As she neared her second birthday I felt like it was time. I let her keep it during the transition of gaining a baby sister and moving to a new house. I wanted her to have that comfort and mostly I just wanted her to keep sleeping like an angel. Which she did. 

1 month before she turned 2 I decided it was time. Day #1 I got them from her crib in the morning after she woke up and put them away (didn't throw away). Nap time came and she asked for her paci. I told her "no more paci, they're broken". I didn't feel like she would understand much more than that explanation. That first day was rough. She cried her whole nap and couldn't settle herself. That night she fell asleep without trouble because she was so tired from having not napped. She woke at 11pm crying and we had already decided we would go to her if she cried. Her dad rocked her and put her back in the crib awake. She slept the rest of the night fine. 

Day #2 She took about 20 minutes to fall asleep at nap with some minimal crying. Her nap was about 30 minutes shorter than normal as well. That night she had no trouble falling asleep and slept through the night. 

After that we had 2 days of smooth sailing .She only asked for them occasionally and seemed to understand that they were gone.  I thought to myself ,that was way too easy. I was right. For about 4 more days she had rough naps, short naps, temper tantrums, meltdowns and night wakings. It really freaked me out because this is not how my child acts. She is normally very sweet and happy and an excellent and dependable sleeper. I thought I had ruined her good sleep habits. 

Week #2. Things settled down, she became more attached to her stuffed animals and no longer cried at naptime or bedtime. She occasionally asked for them and we talked about how they were gone.  

Present Day: Emma sleeps just fine if not better without her pacis. She doesn't ask for them anymore and doesn't seem bothered by the fact that her sister has one. The rash is gone from around her mouth that was always there when she used pacis. I get to see her beautiful smile and cute teeth. She even has taken a few car naps.
She has become a little attached to having a ball with her when she sleeps. Yes, a ball...not a doll. She doesn't play with it, just cuddles it so we're letting her have them. It's kind of funny actually. She has a crib full of stuffed animals that she loves and still she chooses a ball to take everywhere. 

Overall, I'm glad we did it when we did. I'm happy I didn't force it sooner. 


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

What Alina Loves: Toy Edition

At 5 months Alina is getting to the age where she is interested in toys, especially those she can easily grip and stuff in her mouth. She is so funny concentrating so hard to grab something, then she stares at it in wonder until her grip betrays her. I just love this age. Here are some things she loves right now. 

1.  Bugs and Hugs play gym. This is the same play mat I used with Emma. I really recommend it. She will lay on this thing for 30 minutes. Which is really nice. 


2. Baby Einstein Activity jumper . Her feet just touch the floor in this thing. But you better believe she is jumping like crazy. She will spend another 30 minutes happily banging on the toys and chewing on everything. 

3.  Car seat Hanging toy. This is similar to the one she has here. Hers is an owl and it's just long enough to get in her mouth. She would much rather chew on that than have a paci in the car. 


4. Teething Rings. Obviously. This is a no brainer but I love the kind she can grasp really well. Like these.


5.  Teething Book. Oh man, I love these things. I don't know what it is about these books that make babies love them but it's a fact. Crinkle noise + easy to hold + teething tabs = winner!










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Friday, August 1, 2014

What Emerald Loves : Toy Edition

Here are the toys that Miss Emerald is loving right now

1.  Little Tikes Spiralin Seas Waterpark-She is a girl who loves to play with water so this is pretty much her dream come true right here.



2. Puzzles. Emma has a lot of puzzles. This is her newest one by Janod and I think it is so cute. I saw another mom post it on Instagram months ago and new that she would love it so I put it on my amazon wishlist so I wouldn't forget about it. 
3. Little People. She loves any and everything Little People. These are a couple of her faves. These 2 keep her entertained for hours. 


4. Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe. She has had this for awhile but it is still a daily favorite. 


5. Mega Blocks . Another favorite. As much as I dislike picking them up and having them strewn about, she really loves building with these. 






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Emerald: 2 years old

2 Years ago my baby girl was born. I cannot begin to describe the joy and fulfillment she has brought to our life. Emerald is just about the sweetest little girl you will ever meet. She is painfully shy but once she opens up to you she shines bright. She loves to snuggle and sing songs, she loves to play with her Little People and blocks. She loves the water and would play all day with a bucket of water. She loves to watch Curious George and Daniel Tiger. She gives kisses and hugs to her little sister at random times throughout the day. Every morning she says "Hey Lina, hey sister!". She is the perfect big sister. I just love her and every night I think how blessed we are that she is our first born. She is truly a joy to parent. 

Sleeping
Emma goes to bed at 8 pm every night,  I would say at least 95% of the time. Unless we have an event or she has a very late nap, 8 pm is bedtime and she really thrives with that in place. She wakes between 8-9 am. She takes 1 nap for 1.5-2 hours every day as well. We were blessed with an awesome sleeper. She still sleeps in her crib and has never once tried to climb out. I think we may try a toddler bed around Christmas time. As long as she's comfortable I am in no hurry to have her out. 

Eating
Some of her favorite foods are: Pasta, fruit, peas, corn and cheese. Staples around here for her are grapes (at least a bag a week!), raisins, and noodles of any kind. I have to work with her to get her to eat her veggies. She always goes for the fruit first. She doesn't care for meat or anything with a lot of sauce. She drinks water and Almond milk with the occasional juice. She does have her share of cookies and crackers too. 

Potty Training
She wears target brand pull ups during the day and size 5 luvs diapers at night. She has a potty chair and a few months ago was showing a lot of interest in using it. Unfortunately that was around the time Alina joined our family and I wasn't able to be persistent enough. Now she will sit on it but usually will tell me no if I ask her to use it. 

Wearing
I seriously love dressing at this age. She looks ridiculously cute in everything and will wear anything I put on her without a fuss. She even will keep a bow in her hair and usually requests one before we leave the house. She is wearing size 2t in pretty much everything but since she is pretty dainty she can still wear some 18 and 24 month.  

Hair
Yes , her hair deserves it own category. Emma has amazing hair. She went from a bald baby to a girl with curls to envy. The problem is, it's too short to pull all of it back in a ponytail but too long to look decent left alone. Usually I do a waterspout on top and spritz her curls in the back to tame them. Or if she's playing I'll pull the back up too so she has 2 ponytails. I really look forward to playing with her hair as it gets longer. 

Social
 Emma is terribly shy. To the point of tears. Recently we went to an extended family gathering and she burst into tears at least 5 times when someone she didn't know tried to talk to her. It's worse if they are male. I am told she will grow out of it. For now I just try to warn people and try to assure her that it's okay before it happens. She doesn't know very many kids her age. She's only been to a nursery at church once and that lasted all of 30 minutes. Her favorite person is her cousin Liam who is 2 months older. She loves to play with him. I hope to introduce her to other kids her age so she can branch out and learn to adapt. I would really love to find a mommy playgroup. 

Milestones
-No more paci! 1 month before she turned 2 we took away the pacis and had a rough few days with sleeping but now it is a thing of the past. She sleeps like normal and has no rash around her mouth anymore. 











Thursday, July 31, 2014

Emerald's Curious George Birthday Party !

I can't believe my baby is 2. I know you hear it all the time from mom's everywhere but I literally feel like I just had her, like we were just coming home from the hospital. I regularly look back through the pictures on my phone and I am always amazed because I can see the change and the growth but it seems so sudden. Yet, I know it has been gradual if that makes any sense. 

This post isn't supposed to be a sob fest of how big my girl is but a recap of her birthday party. When I was planning it I tossed around a few trendy ideas for what theme it should be but in the end there was no question. 

Curious George

She LOVES George. The first question out of her mouth every morning is "Watch George?". She has seen every episode several times and still will sit and watch them in rapture. Jonathan and I don't mind. It's a cute show and I actually enjoy watching it. So George it was. 

We just invited family but she had a blast. Her best cousin Liam came so she was a happy camper. Here are some pictures. I wish I had gotten more, but you know how parties are. I was busy enjoying the chaos.


For her birthday this year she got this Little Tikes Water Table. A stuffed Curious George, this beautiful puzzle, the Curious George Movie DVD and a new cup. Along with gifts from the rest of the family. She was so excited! 










Emma's Shirt : Here 
Emma's Bow : Here 
Cupcake toppers: Here
Curious George Decorations: Here  
Fruit Rainbow directions : Here 
(It was so easy to make and was a huge hit!)

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