Almost two

Now that spring has arrived and it’s in the 70’s I’ve finally begun to accept that Elizabeth is turning two.  She’s almost two years old, guys!  Two!  She’s the most kind, understanding, docile, and eager toddler I’ve come across.  She’s genuinely a great little girl.  Her temper tantrums make other kid’s good days look bad.  Elizabeth is simply perfect.

Not only that, but Alodia is turning 6 months old this week.  The majority of people say she looks just like Will, but I’ve begun to receive “she looks just like you” comments recently.  Her fist half-year is almost complete.  She’s about to begin sleeping in her own room, eating solid food and she’s SO motivated about it.

I’m in complete denial about these precious little girls growing up, but in all reality toddlers are more fun than babies anyway.

I would have a photo of A from our first beach day of 2017 but she was napping in the carrier while Elizabeth and I walked up and down the beach collecting sea shells, rocks, fist fulls of sand, and shark teeth. So you’ll just have to accept photos of E instead. 🙂

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Silent night

Elizabeth and Alodia both have been going through a developmental leap recently.  Alodia thankfully handles these leaps very well, Elizabeth on the other hand gets immensely stressed out.  Since Elizabeth’s first developmental leap (more commonly known as week 4 sleep regression) was awful.  There isn’t a word I can think of to describe how terrible it was.  She wouldn’t sleep, she wouldn’t be comfortable being set down anywhere, she wasn’t comfortable nursing, she wouldn’t take a bottle.  Something that would work one night would be unsuccessful the next.

I spent one night in the garage with the door open and all lights off rocking her, bouncing her, walking around, sometimes walking on the sidewalk and driveway.  Luckily it was August in the desert so it was comfortable outside in the middle of the night and there were no bugs.

Another night I had to have her in our snugglebug wrap with her only in her diaper, and no shirt on me (yeah, I was desperate) for skin to skin time, but it doesn’t stop there; I had to walk in a circle with a diameter of about 5 feet between our dining room and our living room with the light on above the stove.  Walking in larger circles, in the kitchen, or in the living room weren’t sufficient.  Any other lights weren’t okay.

Other nights were spent on our back patio listening to the coyotes howling and yipping.  That 10 days was the most difficult 10 days of my entire life, nobody was around to help us out even for a few hours during the day, but we made it.

Alodia has never shown any signs of being phased by any leap she has gone through so far.  Sometimes she doesn’t want to fall asleep at night without nursing; that is honestly the worst thing about her leaps, it’s wonderful.

Elizabeth is between leaps right now, Alodia at the end of one of hers, and we’re all working on getting a good schedule.  During E’s most recent leap she didn’t want to go to bed for naps or at night.  Before the leap she would go to bed between 7 and 7:30, wake up around 7 or 7:30, take a nap from about 10 to 12, then another nap from about 3 to 5.  She slept a lot.  During the leap she would go to bed around 8 or 8:30, wake up around 6, and refuse to nap.  Since her leap has been over she’s been back to her 7-7 overnight and two, two hour naps a day schedule.

They are both napping right now.  Alodia slept in her bassinet for the first time last night, and slept through the night for the second time, and I’m feeling great because of it.  I’m sick, but feeling great in the mom sense of the word.

Motherhood is tough, but seeing Elizabeth hold Alodia’s hand last night just before she went upstairs to bed is what makes it all worth it.  I’ll refrain from going into her room to wake her up from this nap since I miss her sweetness.

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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?