Monday, January 19, 2015

Indoor Shoes

I pulled Tillie out of bed tonight because I found a sweet deal on shoes that would work great for indoor school shoes next year.  There were three pairs available in her size and I wanted to know which ones she liked best.

"Well, I like two of them, the blue and the pink.  But, I want the blue ones because I don't want a shoe in my favorite color for 1st grade.  My favorite colors are red, pink and yellow."

"Oh, you think your favorite color might change?"

"No, I don't want to wear my favorite color on a shoe if I'm already wearing it.  Can I go back to bed now?"

"Yes, goodnight!"

To Tim - "She made a really good point, blue shoes are more likely to go with her outfit when she's wearing pink, red or yellow."

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nine Months

Sleep:  Beatrix goes to bed at 7pm and we get her up for the day betwen 7:00-7:30am.  Some days she sleeps all night, some days she does not.  I don't feel tired every day anymore, so that's a good thing.  She takes one 15-90 minute nap around 9:30 and takes another 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon.

Food: She takes 4 6oz bottles a day and loves to eat "real" food.  She eats a full meal at dinner and something small at lunch.  Right now her favorites are broccoli, shredded cheese, spaghetti, cooked carrots and veggie straws.  We still feed her purees, but she would rather eat what we're having.  I've just introduced her to pureed pouches, which will be nice when we're on the go.

Play: She's clapped before, but this week she's been clapping ALL DAY LONG.  She loves it, especially if you comment on the fact that she's clapping.  (Obviously that calls for more clapping.)  She sometimes waves.  She's been getting louder and likes to make Ma-ma-ma and La-la-la sounds, among others.  She still enjoys her jumperoo, but only if someone is watching her congratulating her on her great jumping skills.  She smiles at everyone in grocery stores and makes friends wherever she goes.

Movement:  She crawls all over the house now.  Miraculously, she waiting until after Christmas, so we took our tree down shortly after the 25th.  She is starting to try to pull up, but usually stops when she gets to her knees.  She easily gets herself into a sitting position on her own.

Size: On our home scale she's still just over 20lbs.  Her appointment is on Tuesday, so I'll update this then.  I packed away the 9m(6-9m) clothes a couple weeks ago because she was too tall for them.  She fits into 6-12 and 12m(9-12m) clothes nicely.  She's wearing 6-12m shoes and I moved up to size 4 diapers(But that was mostly a logistics thing, I think size 3 would fit for about a month still.).  Her first tooth finally popped through on Wednesday and other is half-way through today.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Easter Shopping

"Tillie, which dress is your favorite?"

"My favorite is... all of them."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Pictures, 2014

In January it snowed.  And it snowed.  The first two days back from Christmas break were snow days, along with others in the month.  It was also wicked cold.

There was still a lot of snow in February, but on the 18th it was 44*.  That felt warm enough to my kids to not want coats.  The sun was out and I couldn't argue.

Tillie did 6 weeks of dance at the Wyoming Parks and Rec.  Because of the snow days one was canceled and it pushed the recital into March.  In other words(in case you forgot already), this winter was snow and more snow and cold.  Forever.

April 17 brought the cutest baby born this year.  She's not as snugly(she'd rather be moving) and her hair isn't as dark, but she's still the cutest girl who loves her blankies and pacifiers.

Tillie turned 5 in May.  She also "graduated" from preschool.

Like we always do in June, we moved to Camp.  I also made sure the kids got to do other fun summer things like visit the local farmer's market to get fresh Michigan strawberries.

With Tim's huge writing project from the first half of the year finally completed in July he did a lot of projects around the house like refacing our front steps, cleaning out the "dog-run" and putting together a campsite for the kids to play with.  Tillie and Teddy ran a mini-Camp out here, ringing the bells for their meals and everything.

The long-awaited bunk beds for Teddy and Tillie's new shared room arrived in August.  Teddy dropped the screws in all the slats for Tim to tighten.  I was a little nervous about how bed time and nap time would go, but the transition couldn't have been smoother.  They really love being together.  I still have to share pictures of their room, but I have to finish the decorating first(like making Ted's silhouette).

Tillie started Kindergarten in September.  He was a little jealous when we first left her on the playground, but he's quite fond of running errands with just Beatrix and me.  She can't talk, so he gets to make most of the the choices.  I think they were both happy to see each other again when we picked Til up on the first day.

My boy, who gets angry if you refer to him as baby, turned 3 in October.  We made a lot of trips downtown to ArtPrize, which all the kids enjoyed.

November brought a white Thanksgiving.  I don't think anyone was really surprised when it started snowing in November.  It just seemed par for the course for the year.  Beatrix didn't really seem to care one way or another about the snow, but once we got her out in the sled she really enjoyed it.

There's been no snow really in December, which was totally weird, but I'll be honest and say I kind of liked it.  I think I'm still scarred from last winter and am just enjoying wearing ballet flats instead of Uggs.  Among many other festive outings and parties, we went to the Gardens to see the trains and trees.  These three are so much fun.

Happy New Year!  While I haven't gotten much sleep this year, I wouldn't trade a single minute.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Stockings, 2014

Here's what my kids will find in their stockings this year.

Little People Hedgehog set
Wood ring teether
Little People Cinderella & Prince Charming
Camelbak water bottle
BlaBla bird rattle
Mam pacifiers
Sweet Potato puffs
Doll dress

Batman Build-A-Bear costume
Cars Band-Aids
Hello Kitty Pocky Sticks
Doll outfit
Flynn Fire Engine train
Mike the Knight Klip-Klop
Spiderman glow stick
Mini Mentos
Schleich baby tiger
Yogurt raisins

Fairy puzzle
Frozen Band-Aids
Mini Mentos
Hello Kitty doll outfit
Gymboree necklace and bracelet
Frozen Spot It!
Hello Kitty Pocky Sticks
Schleich baby hippo
Yogurt raisins
Build-A-Bear outfti
crewcuts glitter purse

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

8 Months

Sleep:  I think it's better.  Sometimes I sleep through her waking and Tim get up and gives her a pacifier.  Sometimes I hear hear and turn off the monitor.  She goes to bed around 7 and we get her up for the day around 7:15.  Every morning between 5:30-6:15 she wakes and Tim gives her back her pacifier.  She takes 2 naps at 9:30 and 1:30.

Food:  Nothing has really changed since last month, but we have given her more "real" food.  She loves everything so far, but so did my other now picky kids at this age.  She's quite good at picking up food and feeding herself.

Play:  She loves stealing toys from her siblings and putting everything in her mouth.  She loves playing peek-a-boo and laughing at you.  She makes a lot of sounds and loves to screech.

Movement:  She's getting pretty close to crawling and has the longest reach you can imagine.  If she has a wall or couch to push up against she can get into a sitting position from her stomach.  She's quite proud of herself when she does that!  I've caught her trying to clap once or twice, but she's not consistent yet.

Size:  On our scale at home she's 20lbs.  She wearing 6-12m with room for growth.  9m pants are starting to get too short.  She can still wear 3-6m shoes, but they're pretty tight(I need them for Christmas outfits, so she just needs to stay the same for one more week!).  I started giving her the 6+ pacifiers, but she still uses the 2+ more often.  She wears size 3 diapers.  Still no teeth.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


My baby was the angel in the Christmas program at church.

I've never enjoyed a Christmas program so much.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Presents, 2014

I like to keep a record of what we give the kids for Christmas.  These are the three gifts they're each getting from us this year.

Klip Klop Stable

Sooth & Glow Giraffe

BlaBla Doll Violet

Lego Duplo Train

Twilight Turtle

Imaginext Ambulance & Police Car

Build-A-Bear Hello Kitty (Unstuffed)

Twilight Ladybug

Calico Critters 'Let's Go Camping'

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santa Pictures

We don't do Santa at our house, but we're not "anti-Santa".  If I have a chance for free Santa pictures, we go for it!

Last year Teddy was very wary of sitting by Santa.  The only reason he came sat(as far away from him as he could) on the bench was so that he could get a candy cane.  I wasn't too surprised when I he acted weird and wouldn't sit down last night.  We convinced him to stand by the chair.

After seeing Santa, the kids were given Frozen Jelly Bellys, so I called Ted over to come pick one out.  When I turned around I saw him walking towards Santa to sit on his lap!  I guess he just wanted the prime seat, or maybe he thought it was okay since the girls survived.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Card, 2014

If we somehow missed your address this year, consider this your virtual card from our family:

And the back:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hand-Me-Down Props

One of the random fun things about working at J. Crew was the props we would get to decorate the store.  Usually we kept them and re-used them for various things, but every January we'd get a "purge" list of things to discard.  Sometimes they really were trash(multi-colored paper polygon shapes we had to put together) and some were useful(brightly colored thick cardboard present boxes).  One year every store was given a vintage sled for in the window.  From the pictures I saw, most stores received runner sleds, but my store was sent a gorgeous baby sled.  I was the merchandising manger at the time and I immediately told any and everyone that when it was on the purge list I had dibs.

Tillie's first winter it was still on the "Keep List", but they let me borrow it for a weekend to take some pictures of her in it.

Okay, they weren't great pictures, but Tillie loved her ride and it made me happy seeing her in the sled I'd loved for so long.

By the time Teddy was born, it was all mine.  My kids were thrilled!  It really is more functional than other sleds of this style I've tried.  Kizie had a modern version, but she slid around in it and tipped over a bit.  My kids just sit in this so nicely.

Maybe they just didn't like sharing it, because the next year Teddy was all about riding in my sled.

We've had a ton of snow all week, but today was the first day I got Beatrix in it.  She thought it was the best thing, ever.  I mean really people, she got a flu shot 15 minutes prior!

Also, how cute is my baby?

Monday, November 17, 2014

7 Months

Cutie Bebe is 7 months old today!

And she's wearing the Goodwill dress I bought almost 2 years ago!

Sleep: Some nights are better, most are the same.  Someday I'll sleep all night, right?  Her daily naps are roughly the same as last month.  When it is time for bed we just put her in bed with a sleepsack, pacifier and  small blankie and she puts herself to sleep.

Food: Bottles are the same.  She gets a jar of food at both lunch and dinner, but sometimes she's a bugger about eating it.  I think she would rather eat "real" food, so we've started to give her cooked veggies and fruits that we're having for dinner.  She loves puffs and BabyMumMums.

Play: Any and everything she can reach will end up in her mouth.  She still loves her jumperoo and excersaucer, but I'll probably keep only the jumperoo out once we get our tree.  There just isn't enough room!  She likes playing peek-a-boo and no one makes her smile more than Tillie and Teddy.  We let her ride Sandy with Tillie at Meijer and she thought it was the coolest thing ever.  She's a big hamball and loves people.  She's starting to make a lot of sounds and occasionally mimics us.

Movement:  Up until this point I've been discouraging crawling (Christmas tree soon, eek!), but I don't think I'll do that anymore.  (I'd been sitting her up anytime she got on her stomach and tried reaching for things.)  She'll probably be crawling before 8 months and we'll just have to get out the playyard for around the tree!  She sits like a champ and can stand if you put her up by railing or chairs.

Size:  She's wearing 6-12m clothes and shoes.  I can still get some 3-6 month shoes and outfits on, but not for long.  She's wearing 16" headbands and size 3 diapers.  She's a tall girl.  She doesn't have any teeth yet, but that one is still so close.  I really can't believe it hasn't poked through yet!  Her hair keeps getting lighter, but it's still not white like Tillie and Ted's.  It looks like her eyes will be staying blue!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mommy's Dress

I had my 6 months pictures taken in this dress, so I thought it would be fun to do a comparison with Beatrix!  I wish I taken them when Bea first was learning to sit so she would have been leaning more like I was.

I have people tell me that they think Bea looks like me, but I don't really see it.  Maybe these pictures will show you why!

She's a cutie though, that's for sure!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beatrix's Nursery

I took these pictures a while ago but I finally got around to posting them!

Here's a facebook album with all the pictures.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Who needs naptime?

 *Note: Normally when she is not sleeping when she's suppose to be she's not this pleasant. I guess today was a Halloween Miracle.