The last time

Alodia turned 6 months old  a couple weeks ago.  My little baby is closer to one than she is to her birth day.  Will and I have always said “we love having nothing to do with each other” meaning that we love being together and having nothing to do.  Lately, as a family, we have been so busy simply spending time together not doing anything of importance and it has been really nice.  Setting aside empty spots in schedules for the entire family is something we plan to do for as long as we can because someday Elizabeth and Alodia will have other priorities.  We need to cherish every moment we’re able to.

Alodia began crawling in her 5th month.  She is pulling up on things, even standing on one foot, and walking along the coffee table and other furniture.  She has her two bottom front teeth, naps in her crib in her own room, rides in a convertible car seat, and absolutely adores her older sister.  She has light brown hair and hazel eyes.  She’s going to be the wild one, we can feel it.

I saw a poem on facebook not too long ago that really resonated with me.  I’ve kept it in the back of my mind, unable yet unwilling, to shake it from my memory:

The last time

We will do everything we can to ensure these girls receive the most positive roots possible.  This poem really forces me to be aware of every little thing I might take for granted. ❤

Valentine’s Day craft inspiration

I love holidays and especially love the fun that comes with them.  People tend to tuck their creativeness away until holidays where it will suddenly emerge!  I wouldn’t complain if we were all creative all the time though. 😉

Crafts and artwork are always fun, and the best thing is that with holidays I don’t necessarily have to be mentally creative or imaginative for the themed crafts since so many people already have been and share their great ideas.

That brings me here, with lovely ideas to do for Valentine’s day crafts for Elizabeth and Alodia which I have rounded up here to share with you.  Once Elizabeth wakes up we’ll begin our craft date on the porch! ❤

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These hearts are quick and easy and can be made entirely with leftover craft scraps and recycling.  How great is that?  I can imagine how cute these would look hanging on a girly Christmas tree, too.

fingerprint-tree

Crafts that celebrate not only a holiday but that also capture a moment in time like these fingerprints are especially dear to me.  This fingerprint heart tree could so easily be mailed to loved ones as a Valentine’s day card!

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These hearts are so pretty I’d love to make some simply to hang in the girl’s play area!  They just use paper, paint, scissors, and shaving cream.  Imagine how fun that will be for little hands to get messy with (even big hands, lets be serious, I’d smush it around too).

I can’t even collect any more at the moment, I’m too eager to get the supplies assembled so Elizabeth can dive right in after waking up before it gets dark and buggy!  Happy Sunday!

Sources: yarn hearts  |  fingerprint tree  |  shaving cream heart

Alodia’s 1 month update

November 9, 2016 | 1 month

Alodia is so laid back and easy going I can’t even believe it. She tolerates any petting, poking, pulling, etc from Elizabeth and all the slobbery licks and nudges from Oscar. She sleeps better than I ever dreamed was possible for a newborn and conveniently isn’t startled awake by any unusual noises. She smiles with her whole face and has already mastered rolling from belly to back. She has olive skin and is already losing her dark brown hair. Her eyes are gray and the sweetest shade of it. As much as we thought we had no more love to give after Elizabeth, this girl made our hearts grow even more.

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5 baby resources I will use with baby #2

Tomorrow I will be 39 weeks pregnant with #2 and since I have spent the last couple weeks (finally) preparing for this baby I thought I would jot down a list of resources or things that I will definitely utilize again.  I tried so many things after Elizabeth was born but these are things that have stuck, or that I have adopted later and stuck with.

The Wonder Weeks

I received this book from a neighbor shortly before Elizabeth was born and it has been such a life saver!  It’s so great to know when to expect to have bad days or weeks.  This book doesn’t just stop there, it also explains why your little one is having  a rough time, what they’re learning, how they are developing, and games or interactions you can work on with them to help them develop to their best potential.  The Wonder Weeks also has an app (the only app I’ve ever purchased) which I also highly recommend to help you have all of the info on hand.  I have enjoyed learning about Elizabeth’s developmental leaps and look forward to going through it again and helping this next little one develop as well!

Baby week by week

Babble has an awesome resource that I have bookmarked to my home screen on my cellphone.  Each week it covers a mental development that your baby will go through around that time, research explanations to back the mental development, and a “brain booster” for you to help your little make the most of their new development!  I LOVE this free resource and it was so fun to play these developmental games with Elizabeth and be able to actually witness her growth as she reached each new stage.

gDiapers

We used gDiapers until Elizabeth was eating food and didn’t have water-soluble poop anymore.  I’d love to get her back into her g’s now that she has “plop-able” poops, however we will be using them on #2 from the start again.  I believe they saved us so much money than if we had used disposables from the start.  We do not use disposable inserts in our g’s, instead we use prefolds folded into thirds as our inserts.

Ergobaby carrier

I noticed while I was pregnant with Elizabeth that you never really saw young babies crying in grocery stores who were being carried, but would frequently see crying babies in infant car seats crying.  Because of that we decided to baby carry.  We have an ergo in each vehicle and carried Elizabeth until she was mobile and enjoyed being in the cart seat.  A couple huge benefit to baby carrying is also that you still have both of your hands to do things with, and you are giving your body a little bit of a work out wearing your growing baby around.

Rockabye Baby CDs

Last Christmas my brother and sister-in-law gifted us our first Rockabye Baby CD and we have been hooked ever since.  Whenever Elizabeth becomes fussy in the car we put the CD on and she calms right down.  It’s fun to listen to the music because the songs are genuinely good songs, they’re just played by different instruments and don’t have vocals.  Best. Baby gift. Ever.

What is something you ended up using for second, third, etc. children?

Breech baby; deliver, csection, ECV…

At my 20 week anatomy scan 19 weeks ago we discovered this baby is breech.  I’ve had it stuck in my mind that she wouldn’t flip on her own the entire time, call it mothers intuition.  I tried everything I knew of throughout the pregnancy including the recommended techniques by spinning babies.  I was facing quite the dilemma.  Weeks went by, people continued to tell me that she’d flip on her own, and before everybody knew it I was 37 weeks, full term, and baby was still standing upright.

At my 37 week appointment I mentioned to the midwife that the baby was breech, which apparently had been left out of all of the paperwork and “nobody knew.”  Not cool, since I had been mentioning it at every appointment to each new midwife I saw only to hear the usual unhelpful response of, “she’ll move on her own.”  This midwife thankfully grabbed a doctor who gave me a list of my options.  He informed me that there were three options total: 1.  Deliver the breech baby vaginally, which he strongly discouraged; 2. Schedule a c-section; or 3.  Schedule an external cephalic version, or ECV, which was what he recommended.  I was aware of the options but appreciated the personal input he had to give simply because I knew it was something normal for him to experience since he was, in fact, an OB.  We scheduled the ECV for 3 days later, about half way through my 37th week of pregnancy for 8 in the morning.

That morning we were to be expected in the Labor and Delivery ward at 6 am, so I woke up at 4:30, showered, got Elizabeth ready, brought her to a friend’s house, then showed up at the hospital.  I opted for a spinal simply because recent studies have proven that the ECV with some form of anesthesia will be more successful than an ECV without, and about 30% more successful at that.  (source)   An additional benefit of opting for the spinal is that if the ECV goes wrong and an emergency c-section is necessary, general anesthesia isn’t needed, and no time is wasted.

For the “no time is wasted” reason, the doctors fully prepped me for a c-section, it really was quite unsettling.  They had me in the Labor and Delivery OR and went as far as to use iodine on my stomach, which for some reason really did surprise me.  However, the ECV lasted literally less than 2 minutes and was successful.  The doctor was very good to say the least.

I had my 38 week check up 5 days later where they confirmed baby has stayed head down, yay!  Now we just wait until labor begins when they’ll confirm one last time that the baby is head down, but I am SO happy this baby is finally in the right position.

Keep us in your thoughts and please will this baby to stay head down and come when she’s ready, healthy and happy! ❤

Two little girls

I am absolutely ecstatic to be having 2 sweet girls only 15 months apart.  I’ve been keeping my eyes open for larger sizes of clothing outfits to match what we already have so I can dress the girls the same/alike without needing to purchase both outfits new.

Awhile back I found a couple pairs of Old Navy pajamas at a used children’s clothing store, nothing is cuter than those little elastic waistbands!  I purchased them both in 12-18 months, they are really small so we’ve already packed them away, but I was able to find one of those sets recently in a 2t size to match!  So awesome.  These girls are going to be even cuter when they’re being nice and matching in their “I love you to the moon and back” pajamas.  I know they will eventually grow out of allowing me to dress them alike, but I’ll eat it up as long as I’m able. 😉

What do you love most about having two children of the same sex close in age?

Baby Butler #2

The following photo is the one we used to announce our pregnancy with Elizabeth.  Our lives have always involved our dogs greatly so we just had to include at least one of them.  Truth be told we tried to include both but whenever Charlie would lay down next to Oscar he would lean away from her and it would get awkward (haha).  Here is 10 month old Oscar reading his baby owner’s manual.

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When the time came to announce our second pregnancy (yay!) we decided to stick to the theme.  We got this book for Elizabeth which has soft covers and board pages, perfect for a little 10 month old!  She didn’t cooperate as well as Oscar did but we kept snapping away and combined two photos rather than using one because we wanted both the cover of the book and a little smiling baby to be included. 13254430_10209602093546141_4060854512374618087_n (1)

Baby Butler #2 due October 4!  ❤