Thursday, September 18, 2014

Navy TOMS

My cousin's daughter was over to play for a little bit yesterday afternoon.  They wanted to play outside, so I sent them to get their shoes.  Dia and Ted both came back crying about shoes, so I went to see why.  Turns out they were fighting over their shoes.  They're the same size and same color.

Dia's are in better condition, so if was easy to see whose were whose.  These 2nd cousins are quite fond of each other.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Months


Look who's 5 months old today!

Sleep:  Oy vey.  Nighttime sleep is Bea's nemesis.  No, really.  For the two weeks before she turned 4 months she was walking once to eat.  A few days later she started waking up 20 bajillion times a night.  Or 11.  I lost count.  We stopped feeding her at night, but still still wakes up a ton.  We giver her a pacifier and roll her back over.  Sometimes she goes right back to sleep, sometimes it takes 2-5 tries.  During the day she usually takes 3 naps.  One thing that I find remarkable is that if she wakes up from a nap too early I can usually get her back to sleep by just giving her a pacifier/quick tummy rub.  Probably because she gets so much practice at night.  She goes to bed around 7:30-8:30 at night and gets up for the day around 7:15.  Her naps are usually around 9:15a,  1:30/2:00p and a short one around 4:30p.

Food: Bea now gets 4 6oz bottles a day at 7:30a, 11:30a, 3:30p and 7:30p.  Sometimes they're a little late due to naps or school pick-up.  2 weeks ago we started her on solid food and she LOVES it.  She has one jar of 1st foods around 5:30 every night.  She was indifferent to oatmeal, but has loved peas, green beans and sweet potatoes.

Play: Oh, this girl is a smiler.  She smiles with her whole face.  She can pick up toys to put them in her mouth and loves watching Tillie and Teddy play.  My mom let her hold Tillie's doll Aggie the other day and Beatrix was mesmerized.  She loved looking at the eyes and touching the face.  She adores her muslin blankies likes to snuggle them to her face.  She likes it when you sign her songs and giggles like crazy when you tickle her.  She rolls from her back to stomach all. the. time.  I think she's rolled from her stomach to back once or twice, but I suspect it was on accident.  She wants to be able to sit up so badly, but she just can't do it yet.

Size.  I don't know how much she weighs, but I know she's getting bigger.  I was still squeezing her in some 0-3m outfits, but I packed them all away last week.  She fits nicely into 3-6m clothes, but 3-6m shoes are still too big.  I think her foot is a size 1.  0-3m socks fit best.  She's in size 2 diapers.  We can feel one tooth still trying to break through, but it's been slow going on that front.  Her hair is still light brown and her eyes are still blue.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day Weekend, 5 Years Apart

Beatrix Mae, 4.5 months

Matilda Jean, 4 months

They're wearing a white dress that was mine as a baby.  I wish we had spent the day at Grandma's cottage like we got to in 2009.

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!