Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nursing smiles

Finn is getting to that adorable stage where he pops off the breast when he's nursing to look up and coo and give me big smiles. It is so cute! I am so in love with this little guy.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I am so in love my my baby and love knowing that my body created him, nurtured him in the womb, and has been his sole source of sustenance for these several months since birth. It's just amazing to conceptualize, that a mother's body can do so much!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

"Big girl" puzzle

Juliet has completed this puzzle about 8 times in a row now. She needed a fair amount of help on the first try, but now she's able to complete it with very minimal help. It's amazing to watch her little mind absorb everything and learn so quickly!

With each piece that she complete on her own, she enthusiastically shoots "Yes!" and raises her hands in the air. It's wonderful to watch her pride on her accomplishment!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Audrey and me

21 months

She doesn't get the whole "smile for the camera thing" yet and usually looks grumpy in photos despite her overall contented personality!

Saturday, June 1, 2013


What's happening around here:

Juliet is 3! She is gaining a lot of interest in learning the alphabet. She can recite the spelling of her name by memory, and knows most of the alphabet by sight though she will still look to me for help and reassurance for the tricky ones. She is starting to really enjoy working on the alphabet book that her Aunt Susan ("SueSue") got for her birthday. So far, she can write an "E", "T", and "O" without help. She loves to sing, dance, and play pretend while she wears a princess dress or anything that sparkles. Drawing with markers or painting is also a favorite. The jacaranda trees in our neighborhood are blooming, and we love to play "I Spy" in the car and spot them. It's our favorite tree and I love that she knows their name.

Audrey is 21 months! She is developing her personality and learning in great strides lately. She can count to 10 and sings part of the "ABCs" and loves to sing other songs like "Jingle Bells", "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and "Old MacDonald". She is very verbal and can say just about any word you ask her to, and speaks in phrases and sentences. She is also very physical and loves to race her sister down the sidewalk after shouting, "Ready! Set! Go!". She also is developing a love of books and insists that I read 3 books every night at bedtime: Knuffle Bunny, the Ladybug book, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. She follows Juliet around everywhere and learns everything from her, both good and bad, as evidenced by her latest phrase, "Go away, mommy!".

 Finn is 3 and a half months! He is just the cutest little thing ever and I am soaking in the moments when he is still little because it feels like it is on warp speed this time around. He is eating and sleeping well, nursing every few hours during the day and twice at night (1 am and 4 am). He slept in bed with me for the first 3 months, and now he sleeps all night in his Rock & Play next to my bed. He still is swaddled tight for sleep. Most of his naps occur in a wrap or carrier still (3 naps a day). We are settling into a good routine. He is smiling, laughing, and recently discovered his hands. He enjoys watching his sisters, and being cuddled by mommy. He hates the car just like his sisters did, so driving anywhere sucks.

A tip from mommyland

I've been using coconut oil* to treat Finn's cradle cap, and it has been working very well. Just rub it in, let it set a while, and then gently scrape away the nastiness.

The bonus is that every time I sniff him, I feel like I am on vacation on a tropical island!All I need to do is add a little rum and I'll be all set! ha!

* virgin Coconut oil can be found at Trader Joe's.

Just another Saturday

Gary left this morning for the dentist for some fairly major dental work.

And then...he came back giddy, with this. I never know what to expect from that guy! He is such a big kid. Our backyard is becoming a full blown carnival!