Monday, December 29, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
My parents came into town the day after Thanksgiving and spent two weeks with us. Of course, the time flew by ridiculously fast, as it always does. They came into town in the evening and I picked them up on my way home from work. My Mom brought up the idea of celebrating a second Thanksgiving so that we could have leftovers. I LOVED the idea, because our leftovers were at Chris' parents house and not really accessible. Chris, who has never understood leftovers anyway, had a really difficult time grasping the concept of creating an overly large dinner expressly for the purpose of enjoying reheated food. I'm sure he'll learn.
It was the first time that my Dad had met Heidi, so that was really fun! We spent a lot of time shopping, because there is little else you can do in the winter in Minnesota. Mall of America it is! I never get tired of going to the American Girl store with Sophia. She just loves to go in there and play with all of the babies. She will have the whole nursery running efficiently. She'll tuck some babies in to sleep in their cribs, and she'll be feeding others and have more still in strollers or car seats, and she'll flit in between them all like a little butterfly, taking care of all of them. She's going to be a wonderful mother someday, I think.
We managed to get a lot done around the house with my Dad's help. All of the decor is put up in the girls room, and some new shelves were added to the wall behind our dining room table so that I had somewhere to hang the stockings (that was the most upsetting thing so far about our new townhome - no mantle!!). We also got the garage arranged well enough that I am now able to park my car in there, which is just wonderful. Although today and this weekend I have not needed it. It is December 15th and 47 degrees right now in Minnesota...can you believe it? Because I can't.
My Mom and I spent a lot of time working together and Heidi's stocking for her house. She got a sugar plum fairy stocking, which I almost got for Heidi because it is terribly cute. I most definitely have a love-hate relationship with those felt applique projects. They always look so nice, you forget about the pain getting there. It was fun to have two people working on it though, the work was more enjoyable and went very fast. Plus, I learned how to do a chain stitch which always makes no sense at all when you look at the picture instructions for how to do it.
The last time my Mom visited, which was sometime in September, we went apple picking and then after that to Minnesota's Largest Candy store, which brags over 100 different kinds of root beer and over 80 different kinds of licorice, and a 90 year old man (or something like that) making homemade pies, and all kinds of fun and exciting candies. So we thought it would be a really fun thing for my dad to see. We started the day out by going to a German market at Gast Haus. Chris and I have been meaning to go to this market for a while, so we went. It's in Stillwater so it is a little bit of a drive. We got all the way out there and it was kind of a bust. Cute, but very small and not as "German-y" as I was hoping it would be. Since that didn't work out, we thought it would be great fun to go to the candy store, which is much the opposite direction, but totally worth it. So on we trek. After over an hour of driving, we finally arrived! As we are driving up to the candy store, we see the sign out front on the marquee says simply "Closed". It was like a moment straight out of the movie Vacation, only we didn't decide to break in and ransack the candy store anyway. Apparently they run from July to November only (which seems like a lot of work for not a lot of open time... I mean, this place is HUGE) so we missed it by like 5 days. #fail
I feel like we spent a lot of time at Hobby Lobby too, but that is just one of those places where it is incredibly easy to spend hours and hours and hours and never actually accomplish anything. We looked at some wedding stuff for Meghan (3 weeks away now! Wow! And: It's a Girl!! Can't wait to meet Claire Marie Bennett!). I also decided that I am going to make a Jesse tree. I downloaded a pattern from Etsy, but I didn't love all of the devotions she had so I am also combining it with an advent devotion that Mom found. I have so far completed two ornaments and will post progress along the way... it'll be something that we do together next year, because I definitely won't have it done by Christmas.
Speaking of stores that you can get sucked into and never ever ever leave, we took a trip to Ikea as well, which is where I found my shelves ($2.00 apiece!!). Every time I go to Ikea I wonder why I ever shop anywhere else... Note to self: They have awesome double sinks there, for some day in the future. They also have lots of kid toys. I found a stuffed moose for Heidi, and a cute little apron for Sophia. Nana and Papa found a bunch of toys for them as well, including some adorable little finger puppets and some food for Sophia's kitchen.
We celebrated an early Christmas with Nana and Papa here. Sophia just had a blast; she was given some fun Bitty Baby toys. She has currently decided that her Bitty Baby, along with almost every other stuffed animal, is named Anna (thank you, Frozen). She had a fun time "making food" for baby with the new Bitty Baby food processor and feeding it to her in her new highchair. She also got this neat B-Toy orchestra that has a dozen different musical instruments and when you place an instrument in the center of the toy, it plays, and you can add up to 6 instruments to create your own little orchestral sound for different songs. Very cool. I have played with it as much as Sophia has. Heidi got some books and a giant Gund teddy bear, and the girls got a matching pajama set in hot pink fleece with cute little doggies on it.
On my last day with my parents (they left Friday, but I had to work) we went to the Minnesota Zoo. Sophia had been talking about going to the Zoo for weeks ("we see animals at the zoo?" almost every night when I put her to bed) so she was just thrilled. I got to try out my double stroller (a Christmas gift for the girls from Chris' grandparents!! LOVE IT! How did I go for four months without one?). We saw the Tropical area and of course the Minnesota area. Sophia loves the wolves and the bears, but unfortunately the bears were hiding away hibernating. We hit up the gift shop at the end (because shopping, that's why) and my dad found an awesome hat with a moose head on it, which he ended up buying. Great souvenir. I shall post a picture of that as well.
Sidenote: My job is awesome. I really do love my job. I work 30 hours over 3 days during the week, so that means that I had 4 days off during the week (plus weekends of course) when my parents were here, and if I had had a normal job I would have had to take 4 vacation days for all of that time off.
Both girls met some big growth milestones while Nana and Papa were here. I would consider Sophia "potty trained" now. Over the past 2 weeks she consistently wore "big girl" underwear, and only had two accidents. She has been wearing them in public and everything now, and even napping without accidents. Last night she even stayed dry in her pull-up. Heidi has been rolling like a champ, and has been really loving her "solid" foods of rice cereal (and she had some butternut squash mixed in the other night too - and loved it).
It is always so hard when they leave, but we'll see them in less than 4 weeks at Meghan's wedding!
She has a pair of footie pajamas, and I think she likes to wear them because they are her only pair like it and the feet being covered is just kind of different and fun. That, and they have a zipper. She loves the zipper.
I put Heidi to bed around 8:00 last night, and then Sophia a little bit after around 8:30-8:45. Since we had my parents here recently we have adjusted to a later bedtime, so I thought tonight might take some time to settle down.
While working on ornament #2 for the Jesse tree, around 10:00, I hear some crying from Sophia. Maybe for about 30 seconds. It stopped, and so I assumed she went back to sleep. Then I hear the same crying again about 10-15 minutes later... and then again after that, maybe 4 or 5 times between 10 and 11.
I sneak into their room to see what's going on, and I see Sophia sitting up in bed, bed sheet and bed spread pulled out and in a knotted mess, mixed in with a furry mess of Mickey and Minnie mouses. She is in the middle of it all with her right arm hanging out of her pajamas, which were unzipped to her tummy. She just looks at me and says "Hi, Mommy". I respond with "Hi Sophia...what's going on?" She explained to me that she was stuck. The poor thing had decided to play around in her pajamas then couldn't get them on and it was keeping her awake.
Pajamas were fixed, but the bed was not salvageable. We sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and I threw some blankets on top of her with a mess of stuffed animals, and said goodnight. And Heidi stayed asleep the whole time. I am very grateful for good sleepers.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Sophia and Heidi generally don't bother each other when one of them wakes up in the night. Sometimes, though, Sophia will wake up but it seems like she isn't bothered by it.
On occasion I will walk into their bedroom and notice that the footstool to their chair is sitting right next to Heidi's crib because Sophia has moved it so she can look in and talk to her.
Two nights ago I heard a little squeak out of Heidi. I turned on the video monitor so I could surveil the room and I noticed some type of object in the crib. I looked closer and realized it was a Minnie Mouse doll. Sophia had placed one of her dolls in the crib to comfort her sister. I love these moments.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
We have an ongoing joke that Heidi is a very serious baby. This proved true at her 3 month pictures, where she smiled one time. Once.
Yesterday my very serious girl turned 4 months old. I don't know that I've ever seen or heard of a baby with so much personality. She's so talkative and quite expressive.
She had her 4 month doctor appointment along with her shots on Monday. She did so well. They only reason she cried was because I had to "cut her off" of her eating to get the shots. The shots themselves hardly phased her. She continues to be tall and skinny, at 99+% for height and 50% for weight.
In terms of breastfeeding, I am 33% done! I know a lot of women really love breastfeeding, and it certainly is convenient, but I am always glad when the weaning age starts. I'm thinking about starting her on solids, maybe some oatmeal and sweet potatoes at the Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
Love watching this girl grow! I thank God for my beautiful babies!
The whole household has a cold. Well, that's not entirely true: Copper is safe so far.
Sophia tends to get really bad mucous buildup in her little nose, and because her nose is tender she hates having it wiped which creates a vicious cycle.
It is the first time Heidi has been sick. It is absolutely terrible to hear a baby coughing.
They are sharing a room now, each girl coughing in turn and almost waking her sister.
Sophia woke Heidi with her coughing a little earlier. Just now I heard Heidi coughing so I turned up the volume on the video monitor and watched to make sure everything seemed ok. She must have half-woken Sophia because in the background I hear a very groggy two-year-old voice say "I want cereal". Cute.
Hopefully these colds end soon! Nana and Papa are coming on Friday so we want health!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Today was really the first time that Sophia and Heidi have interacted when playing. Of course, Sophia has held Heidi and done "check-ups" on her, and Heidi was smiled at or talked at Sophia, but today seemed different. I really had a lot of fun watching them.
Sophia really enjoys Doc McStuffins. She keeps her Halloween costume with her other doctor kit stuff and she will wear the coat and give a full check-up, going through every item in the kit. She started by listening to my heartbeat today. She fixed my ear, put a bandaid on me, checked my eyes, checked my blood pressure, and pulled a splinter from my finger. I started to sing the "I feel better" song from Doc McStuffins about halfway through my check-up and Sophia stopped me, saying "you're not better yet," because she wasn't quite done.
Then she moved on to Heidi. Heidi was smiling at her and trying to play with the doctor toys, too. When she was on the floor on her tummy, she was reaching out to grab the doctor kit and Sophia was instructing her about playing with it.
Then Sophia wanted to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I typically allow her to watch one episode of a TV show before nap time. I turned on Mickey Mouse and Sophia made sure that Heidi had a blanket on and that the blanket covered her toes. Then she snuggled up next to Heidi and shared the blanket with her. Heidi kept rolling on her side towards Sophia and grabbing her jacket or her arm.
After Mickey Mouse, Sophia went down for her nap and I set Heidi in the pack n play. She was so tired from playing with her older sister that she just conked out, which is a rare thing for Heidi. She moved into all kinds of goofy positions in her sleep...as you can see below.
I just had a blast watching these two girlies be sisters. I'm looking forward to more!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
We moved into our townhome about 2 weeks ago. A new place means a new set of rules for Sophia.
For example, we have a new toy chest, so we put one activity away before pulling out a new one.
Our townhome is on the ground floor, all one level. One evening, Sophia had been having fun watching the snowfall through the window. I gave her a bath after dinner, and she went back to watching the window.
I went into the bathroom again to give Heidi her bath. Chris came out of the bedroom and as he was walking down the hallway said "why is it so cold?"
Sophia had unlocked the back door and marched her little self outside to play. In 15 degree weather. In the snow. In her pajamas. With wet hair. And bare feet.
Chris and I (naturally) freaked out and told her to get back inside!
Poor Sophia. She is a very sweet girl and when she gets in trouble for something she didn't know was wrong she tends to get very upset. She just started BAWLING! We had to explain gently that we have to ask mommy or daddy every time we go outside... yikes. All I'm picturing is frostbite or a missing child. Needless to say, we put a child-proofing device on the doorknob after that.
Friday, November 14, 2014
We moves last weekend. I will post pictures once I am no longer swimming in cardboard boxes.
I don't like to have things hanging over my head. That is probably my primary motivation for working hard on things like moving. When I undertake a project, I typically focus obsessively until it's done.
Which is why Heidi's stocking took a week.
Which is why I read books in 2-3 days.
Moving is no different. I woke up Saturday morning to take my first load over at around 7 a.m., and worked like crazy the rest of the day. Chris and his sad said I was a "slave driver". They'd come back to get another load and the crib was taken apart and downstairs, with a pile of other stuff by the door.
By Sunday I had almost all of our boxes broken down and things in their proper places. I just can't handle slow moves and big messes. There is too much to be done!
It is amazing just how much junk is accumulated. I remember as we were packing up our townhome I felt like I was just throwing things away like crazy. I have been doing the same thing again this time. Sometimes I unpack things and wonder what on earth I was thinking when I bothered to save it for a year in storage.
I was also very specific about things in boxes. For example, I didn't just write "kitchen", but I'd write "Coffee mugs, small plates, cheese grater" etc. One such item written on a box was "Jesus poster". It was a poster detailing the genealogy of Christ. Chris was quite adamant about saving this poster, though it spent years sitting behind the bookcase not really doing much...
So... when I packed it, I naturally wrote "Jesus poster" on the box. As we were unpacking last weekend, Chris starts to tease me for being so specific. I show him the poster I was talking about and remind him how he would not let me get rid of it and the next phrase out of his mouth was "oh that poster? Yeah, you can get rid of that. I have that information on Logos [Bible software]." I almost lost it.
The girls adjusted well to the move. We spent the night here Saturday night. Their beds were put together and that was about it... Chris and I slept on a bare mattress with only the mattress cover on it. No pillows. They hadn't been discovered yet. Heidi slept straight through the night for a couple nights, even through Sophia waking up crying around 3 or 4 a.m. 2 nights in a row. Then Heidi woke up around 4 the last 2 nights and Sophia slept right through it. They seem to have a good system of ignoring each other's crying.
Copper has not adjusted well. We have people living above us now and the noise of people walking above him drives him bananas. He will go frantically barking at nothing but a sound as if there is an armed robber threatening to take away his treats for the rest of his little life. He'll adapt...it's just a painful process.
Today I got a cube storage shelf from Ikea for toys and it is a life changer. Previously, for this past week, everything has been piled in a corner in the living room. I was tired of living in a Hoarders episode.
And now I am just down to the final touches of hanging things up. Once that is done I will post some home pictures! For now I'll just put some pictures of cute kids enjoying their new home on here.