Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Shopping

This afternoon during nap time Tillie and I went to the mall by ourselves so she could pick out a new school outfit.  I told her we could go to H&M, Gap and J. Crew but if we didn't find anything we could go to the consignment shop in Ada to get a Matilda Jane dress.  (I was kind of hoping she'd vote for the consignment shop...)

We walked into H&M and she immediately picked out this dress.

I had told her she could pick whatever she liked, but since I liked this pattern better I wanted her to at least try it on.

I still liked the plum dress better, but she still liked the stripe so that's what we bought. She said she didn't even need to go to any other stores!

We still walked through Gap and J. Crew, but the only other thing we bought was a cake pop.

Also, the Starbucks barista still remembers my name and I haven't worked in the mall for nearly 2 years!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

4 Months

Bitty Bea is 4 months old!  Here's what she's up to:

Sleep:  I'm going to shoot myself in the foot with this, because every and any time I talk about a possible schedule Bea may or not have it goes to pot.  Eh, the 4 month sleep regression is bound to start soon anyway, so what the heck.  She goes to bed between 8:30-10:30 at night.  Usually it's closer to 9:30-10.  She tends to wake up once in the night around 3ish to eat 4oz.  She's usually awake from 30-60 minutes.  Tim and I take turns doing that.  (I am SO not ready for school to start in that regard!)  He says I get her back to sleep faster, and that may be true.  She tends to get up for the day around 7, sometimes sooner, occasionally later.  She probably takes 4 naps a day, but they're not too predictable.  She usually has one around 9, but that's the only one I could tell you.

Food: All formula and she takes 4-5oz at a time. We have one small liner(Playtex Drop-Ins) left, so I'm going to try moving up to 5-6oz bottles and hopefully giving them less often.  Until a week ago she was taking 5 bottles a day, but recently she added an extra one before bed.  We might start oatmeal this month.  It still seems like too much work at this point.

Play:  She constantly has her hands, blanket or clothes in her mouth, unless she has a pacifier.  She adores her siblings and loves it when the dance for her or tell her stories.  I made a Pandora channel of music for her that always calms her down.  She seems to like music more than Tillie and Teddy did, which is something because they both enjoyed it too.  She squeals, laughs and "talks" a lot.  Til and Ted always want me to interpret what she's "said".  We got the excersaucer out and she likes being up and able to see the room better.  I think in a few weeks we'll get the Jumperoo out.  I suspect she'll love it.  She continues to have the best smiles in the world and loves her muslin swaddle blankies

Size:  We had her 4 month appointment on Friday, so I know she's 14lbs 3.5oz(53%).  That's about a pound bigger than Tillie was at this age and half a pound bigger than Ted.  It's crazy to me that she's still only in the 53rd percentile, because she seems HUGE to me.  She's 24.25"(43%), which is about an inch shorter than other two were, that probably adds to making her seem bigger.  She can still wear 0-3m clothes though.  I've just started pulling out some 3-6m clothes and they fit okay.  She's in size 2 diapers and all her shoes are still to big -- even the size 1!  Tim and I think we can see the beginning of a tooth under her gums, which seems so early, but her hand chewing makes sense with that.  Her hair is still dark, but may be slightly lighter.  It's hard to tell because it's a bit fluffier.  Her eyes are still blue.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bunk Beds

Guess where Tillie and Teddy are sleeping right now?
Yep!  In the same room.  Tim finished putting the bunks together this morning, with some help from Ted.

The first nap/rest time was a success -- after Tim reminded them to be quiet.  They both fell asleep!

Now to move around names, wall art and add some more "Teddy" touches.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3 Months

Happy 3 months little girl!  We moved home from Camp today and Tim realized that at this point she's spent half of her life there!

She's a happy girl who love to smile and tries so hard to laugh.  She gets a few chuckles out every now and then.  She typically wakes up once a night to eat and it's getting easier to get her right back to sleep.  She doesn't have a typical day of naps, but I can sense that's coming.  She's on 100% formula now and takes 4oz bottles.  We just moved her into size 2 diapers, but size 1 still fits, just not over night.  I didn't want to get stuck with  half a box that wouldn't fit so we just decided to size up.  She wears 0-3m clothes, but a few one-piece outfits are getting too short.  She spits up a lot after eating, but nothing as annoying as Teddy did.  She still loves her pacifier(just switched from 0+ to 0-6m) and muslin blankies.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

$1 Sale

Hey! We're still alive and well, but limited computer options make it harder to post from Camp.  Everyone is tired and crabby today, so I have time during naps to post.

Even though it's a crazy madhouse I decided to brave Once Upon a Child's $1 sale this morning. We made a quick zip through the store and here's what found.
I almost put this Gymboree romper back a couple times, but it finally made the cut when I realized there are little bees on it along with the lemons.  I don't want to go crazy about bee items for Bea, but when they're subtle like that I'll do it.  The purple shirt is 18-24m Tea and I'm pretty sure I have pants that match it already.  The last 2 dresses are Baby Lulu.  The yellow should fit this fall and the pink this winter.  The terry skirt should make it cozy.  Tillie really liked that one.

This sale really has the most options for little kids, so since most of Bea's clothes are Tillie's 5 year old hand-me-downs I don't feel bad buying her a few "new" things.  The first Gymboree jumper came with the bodysuit and a diaper cover(6-12m).  The Gymboree sailor dress is 12-18m and should look a lot better after I steam it out.  The flowered dress is linen and Gap.  I've noticed that a lot of the pale blue items that look great on Tillie aren't as pretty on Bea, so this bright flowered dress will be great on hot days next summer.  The Tea tunic is the only thing I got for Til.  It's a 5 and looks huge, but I think it will be super-cute with boots and skinny jeans.

The first three dresses are all size 6-12m.  The pink dress is Angel Dear.  Beatrix looks lovely in rosy pink.  The gold Gap dress matches a skirt Tillie has for this Christmas.  The Pretty Jersey Dress is Baby Boden.  It alone was worth braving the crowds for.  I'd been to OUAC last wee when the sale items were all 50% off and didn't see this dress then.  I totally would have bought it.  I've always wanted a dress in this style -- this one is from last year and looks to be in great shape.  The white eyelet dress is Gap and will also look better after a steam.  I'm a sucker for pretty white dresses.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I have a very similar dress in ivory already.

I'm dying to go to the other store, but it's a busy day at Camp, so I guess I'll check it out Monday afternoon.  Hopefully I can still find some great things.  Oh!  And Ted got 2 swim suits, but I didn't have hangers so you don't get pictures.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2 Months

And just like that, my little girl is two months old.

She still likes to stay awake for a large chunk of time in the middle of the night, but it's getting later(earlier?) than before.  Last night was her best night ever with only being awake from 4-5:15am.  But, now that I've talked about it I'm sure I jinxed it.  She usually is down for the night between 9:30 and 10:30.  She gets up for the day between 6:30 and 8:30 -- it varies a lot.  She can be a good napper, but it's inconsistent and not really on a schedule.  She usually is asleep during mealtimes at camp, but that's while I'm wearing her in a sling.

She's a happy girl who smiles a lot, coos occasionally and tries to laugh.  Her favorite songs are Pretty Little Baby and I'm So Fancy.  So, I guess she's conceited, but at least she has a wide taste in music?  She likes her brother's hair and holding her Aden + Anais blankets.

I don't know how much she gets when I breastfeed her, but she takes between 2-3oz of formula a feeding, except for a 4oz one around 8-9p before bed.  I think we've reached the point where she's getting more food from formula than me, but I've long since made peace with formula.

She has her 2 month appointment tomorrow, so we'll find out how big she is then and she'll get some vaccinations.  Teddy's excited to get a sticker at the office, but I suspect he'll cry when she does.  He ADORES his baby sister.  When it's time to leave the dining hall and someone else is holding her he starts calling out, "Where is Beatwix?  We need Beatwix. Dey gib her back? We NEED our Beatwix."

She's outgrown most of her newborn clothes, but there are a few outfits that still fit.  0-3m fit pretty well, but  most of it is too wide, even though the length is great.  I'm predicting a high percentage for height tomorrow with average weight.  She seems HUGE to me though.  Tillie was 8lbs 7oz at 2 months.  Bea was 8lbs 10oz at 1 month.  She wears size 1 diapers during the day and size 1-2 at night.

Her hair is still dark and not falling out at all.  Her eyes are still the newborn blue color.  Tim really hopes they turn brown.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Interview with
Tillie, age 5 & Teddy, age 2.5

What's Daddy's name? Tim, Daddy

What does Daddy do for fun? Fix things, Drink Coffee 

What does Daddy do at work? Teaches the kids things, Fix!

My Daddy likes to wear:  Shirt and Pants, Coat

My Daddy is smart because he knows:  fix things, to Play!

It makes my Daddy happy when: he hugs me, he eats cake, and with me too!

What is Daddy's favorite thing to eat? Spaghetti, Apples

What does he like to drink? Coffee, Coffee

How old is Daddy? 71, Um, big!

How tall is Daddy? 50, Big!

What is Daddy's hair like? Light brown, It's like your hair.

How much does he weigh? What about 62?, Two and a half.

What makes Daddy the best? When he puts me in bed, When he plays cars

If he could go on a trip, my Daddy would go to: Hiking at the woods, Vacation at the woods

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Help him grow things, Walk 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Camp, 2014

Here's our traditional Opening Day family picture.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No Longer a Preschooler

Tillie had her last day of preschool today.  For kicks, I took her picture again by the school sign.  I can not believe how much she has grown up this year!  She looks so much older.  In September she looked a little nervous, but today she walked up in front of the sign like she owned that school.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

1 Month

One Month:
8lbs 10oz
Newborn and a few 0-3m clothes
Size 1 diapers

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Our Mom By Tillie Leugs (and Teddy Leugs)

Our Mom

By Tillie (and Teddy)
May 2014

I really love it when my mom plays Lalaloopsies. (Teddy: “AND FIRE TRUCKS!”)

My mom likes to wear a dress. (Teddy: “I like a fire truck shirt.”)

My mom always tells me different words every day. (Teddy: “I don’t know…”)

The best thing she does is help me put on my clothes. (Teddy: “Clean up.”)

It makes her happy when we play nice. (Teddy: “I hold sissy.”)

My mom loves to relax at the beach. (Teddy: “in the bathtub.”)

I like it when she gets me snacks. (Teddy got distracted for a few minutes . . . )

The best thing she cooks is spaghetti. (Teddy was still distracted . . . )

When my mom shops she likes to buy any food that she likes to buy. (Teddy:”CAKE!”)

My mom’s favorite household chore is vacuum. (Teddy: “FIRE TRUCK! FIRE TRUCK!”)

My mom’s favorite TV show is a grown up show. (Teddy: “WE WATCH FIRE TRUCK SHOW!”)

If she could go on a trip, she would go to the mall. (Teddy: “A FIRE TRUCK STORE!”)

I love my mom because . . . I don't know. (Teddy: "I don't know...").

You might have seen a little bit of a trend with a few of Teddy’s responses, but I do think he loves his mommy more than he loves Fire Trucks.

Happy Mother's Day, Amber!  Love you!

Thursday, May 8, 2014


80* in May?  It pretty much requires ice cream cones.

After this long winter, we deserve it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

5 Years Old

My first baby turns 5 today!  She has been counting down the days for a month and it's finally here.

Birthday Questions:
1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Barbies
3. What is your favorite fruit?  Raspberries and Strawberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Lalaloopsy
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Smoothies
6. What is your favorite outfit? Pull-Sleeve Dresses (Short-Sleeve)
7. What is your favorite game? Lalaloopsy Puzzle
8. What is your favorite snack? Fruit Snacks
9. What is your favorite animal? Birds
10. What is your favorite song? I don't have one.
11. What is your favorite book? Princess and the Pea
12. Who is your best friend? Beatrix
13. What is your favorite cereal? Cap'n Crunch
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play house in the back yard
15. What is your favorite drink? Water, I mean juice!
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Rosie (Stuffed Bear)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Apple Nutra-Grain Bars
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti, Broccoli and Cake
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Superhero

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beatrix Mae

Beatrix Mae
7lbs 12oz - 21"
6:14pm - April 17, 2014