4.22.2014

Christa Tuesday - 9 Weeks

I chose to put a picture of Christa in her crib for today's update because she is kicking ass in it. At night we try giving her a couple ounces of formula. Sometimes she is successful. Other times it's about half an hour of crazy struggling and crying. Either way, at about 8 or 9, after she has had her bath, she falls asleep and we put her in her crib. For the past several days, she has slept anywhere from 6-8 hours. It has been amazingly wonderful and my big ol' swollen boobs in the morning are quite the reward.
Christa is deeply in love with things above her like ceiling fans and the dangling butterflies on her little play ground. She waves her arms at them and is fascinated. I wish I was so easily entertained. She's such a chill baby. Other than the bottle attempts and sometimes in her car seat, she is still not much of a crier. She smiles a lot and coos. I think she is trying to laugh. She knows how to make a coughing sound so she does that quite a bit. I really like her and can't believe how quickly she's growing.
And to sign off here, on Good Friday she met her first holiday icon: The Easter Bunny. Well technically she slept through it but he was there. She didn't get to dye Easter eggs like her brother but her first holiday was a good one, I think.

4.21.2014

Weekend Photos - Easter Edition

On Saturday I realized I hadn't taken her wee 2-month photo that should have been taken on Friday. Whoops! Here's a link to her legit portraits.
 Saturday night also brought smoldering and egg dying.
 Casey was in love with these eggs. Couldn't leave them alone. Funny story? It said to make them marbleized by adding vegetable oil but the only oil we had was already used to make food but we used it anyway. Can't really shake that smell, I'll tell you what. All chunky. LOL
 If I was in this picture, it would be 4-generations of ladies.
 My manly husband looks fabulous with a pink drink!
This is totally blurry but Casey had 2 halves of a plastic egg on his ears and Husband and I both said he looked like Princess Leia (See, Andrea? I paid attention.)

4.18.2014

Haiku Good Friday

C-A-S-E-Y
D-O-U-G-L-A-S
That's a haiku name
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So is his sister's
C-H-R-I-S-T-A
A-L-L-Y-N
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Yeah, I got nothin'
Three weeks left of my leave time
Then it's back to work

4.15.2014

Christa Tuesday - 8 weeks

"Sissy, are you a lemur?" were the words uttered by Casey when he saw her in this get-up on the way to school. I broke out her 3-month sized clothing this month. My little girl is getting bigger. She'll be 2 months old on Friday. My how time flies!
She's smiling so much more now and has discovered a bit of a talking voice. She refuses the pacifier but loves to suck on her knuckles. She's getting better at the bottle and gets a few ounces of formula before bedtime. She's getting over her first cold so there has been a lot of snot sucking going on in the house. I find that nursing in excess seems to help her clear up so you know my boobs have been in overdrive.
Husband is wrapping things up at his job because I'm making him quit in May so is down south this week. I have friends and my mom helping in the evening but it's amazing how busy you can be with an 8-week old and a 3.5 year old. It's nonstop. He requires a lot of attention and play, she requires a lot of boob and holding. Then we add Betty to the mix and it's just a whirlwind of activity. I don't know how single mothers (or fathers) do it. Kudos to them but I don't want any part of it.

4.14.2014

Weekend Pics

On Friday, my MIL and I went to a quilt show at the Ventura Fairgrounds. This was one of my favorites and also one of my photo scavenger hunt words (rainbow). Some took people decades to make which leads me to believe I will never be a quilter as I lack serious patience. My MIL, however, is a very good quilter and I'm the proud owner of many of hers.
I bought this at the quilt show because I thought it would just be a cute and silly Easter decoration but it turns out it has a recipe inside to make s'mores. Neat!
Casey loves Play-Doh and one of his favorite things to have me do is make snails. His favorite thing to do himself is to mix the colors which drives the OCD in me kind of insane. Beautiful colors that turn into gray. Every time.
Three words: Why so serious.
Something we always did with Casey as a baby was naked time. Now it's sissy's turn and Casey decided to join in on the fun. So sweet.

4.11.2014

Haiku Friday

In-Laws here all week
They go back home tomorrow
Wish that wasn't so
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It sure has been nice
Having extra helping hands 
Casey's on cloud nine
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Wish they would move here
Michigan's so far away
Cali's much nicer

4.08.2014

Christa Tuesday - 7 Weeks

Christa got the pleasure of meeting her Michigan Grandparents this week! She is the 8th of their grandchildren. I imagine by the time they leave she will not want to be put down because she is getting lots of cuddle time in right now. Casey is home from day care as well so she gets a lot of attention from him too. He loves to hold her but it's rarely for more than a minute at a time. He can't stand when she has her socks on so I hope she doesn't mind being barefoot.
She's growing very quickly. Her 0-3 month clothing is getting to be quite snug. She's staying awake for longer periods of time during the day so that's fun. She has a little jungle gym and that's where she "talks" the most. She still loves to kick the dangling lion but now she's trying to grip the thing it hangs on with her toes. She's getting quite generous with the smiles these days but I sometimes wonder if it's not just gas because she usually lets out a fart when she looks the most happy.
She's getting better at taking a bottle but she still screams at it. I guess we need to find her when she's more hungry. I think mostly, though, before bedtime, she nurses for comfort and my nipple does a better job than that imposter nipple. She slept for 5 and a half hours the other night and then for another 3 after nursing so that was awesome. Wish I could figure out the trick that would make that happen more often!