Sunday, November 23, 2014

The beginning of fairies...

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”-J.M Barrie (Peter Pan)

Ellie is a serious little baby. Happy, but serious and I love that about her, but getting her to laugh has been tough. She smiles like crazy (she even has two very specific smiles) and has since the beginning. She would even make smile noises- you know, like just the first breath of a laugh and I guess if we wanted to we could count that as a laugh, but we were holding out for the real deal. 
WELL...
Today she laughed her first laugh! 
And it was glorious.
There we were eating our Sunday breakfast when Maisie decided mid bite to take a little break to jump around the table and it was just too difficult for Ellie to contain her glee. She busted up, complete with a couple happy squeals and a Maisie-like chortle (those of you who knew maisie when she was a baby, know exactly what I am talking about). I have thought about that darling little laugh all day. It makes me excited to hear it more often, but at the same time it was a sweet reminder to take joy in the little things. 
I truly hope that I never take for granted the giggles that fill our home.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A blanket for Ellie

The last 2 months of Ellie's pregnancy I started a little quilt that would become Ellie's special blanket. It was such a peaceful time, soaking in the summer- growing a child while appreciating my time with Maisie. I had originally planned on knitting a blanket similar to Maisie's blanket, but unfortunately I hadn't given myself enough time or enough funds (knitting is time consuming and expensive!) so I decided to do a little hand stitched "quilt". It was so cathartic to be outside while Maisie played with the neighborhood kids, while I sat under the shade of the tree and hand stitched for hours. I never thought I would enjoy hand stitching so much, I was in love with the handmade look... and to me it just screams that it was made with love. I worked on it for a few hours every day for a few weeks and finished it up a few days before the 4th of July- just a couple weeks before Ellie was born.

I wanted to document Ellie's blanket just like I had done with Maisie's, but I am still itching to knit Ellie her own blanket (knit blankets are just so cozy!) so maybe I will do a project swap- I'll make Maisie a hand stitched quilt and then start a knit one for Ellie. I love giving my girls homemade things that will last for years. I hope they love them as much as I loved making them.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gone trick or treatin'

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This year we took forever to decide on what to be for Halloween. We had originally planned either Peter Pan or Alice and Wonderland themes (Mary Poppins was also a contender) but we wanted to spend as little money as possible and also make Maisie happy. So after weeks of throwing around ideas we finally decided on a fishing theme. Maisie the mermaid, Ellie the fish and Austin and I would be anglers. Our sweet friends let us borrow some of their fishing garb and it made for some laughs- look at Austin in those waders. So funny!

We lucked out on weather because that day it was 72 degrees and even that night wasn't cold at all. Last year we were frozen by the end of it all and required emergency hot coco, but this year we were comfortable. Also, to add to the fun, Austin's parents came to town to visit before the weather gets too bad and we can't easily go visit each other. Maisie was in heaven having grams and gramps (her nicknames she gave them). We came home ate Jimmy Johns (Maisie's favorite), made witches brew (complete with cauldron and dry ice) and ate candy and halloween cookies. 

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my first time using royal icing... it didn't turn out too bad seeing that I didn't have the proper piping bags or tips and just used a ziplock with the corner cut off... haha!

It was a very fun Halloween. And let the records show... I now officially don't mind (too much) if it snows. Which is probably a good thing because check out the forecast this week:

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Yuppp... it's getting cold fast. You see those 27s? Those are the HIGHS for that day. Don't even get me started on those lows...Yikes!

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Our lovely (and talented) friend Kristen took some family pictures of us to celebrate being a family of four. It was an amazingly beautiful autumn day in early October and the trees were glowing with soft sunlight- it truly couldn't have been a better day. If only little Ellie could have cooperated a little better, but what can you expect from a 2 month old? It's crazy, but Ellie already looks so different and is so much more expressive, so maybe we will get a few more of just the girls around Christmas time that way Ellie can show off her little personality a bit better.

We are so happy to have these pictures. It's such a good reminder of the sweet season of life we are in and I know we will cherish these for some time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hocus Pocus Halloween event @ Hemming Village

Last Saturday we went to the annual Hocus Pocus Halloween event in Hemming Village. We had so much fun last year that we knew that we had to do it again. We weren't able to stay as long as we wanted because we had a previous engagement, but I am so glad we went even if it was just for an hour and a half. It was 75 degrees and amazing- also it was the last warm day of the year. Get this, snow is being predicted for Sunday... yes, THIS Sunday. Boy, I'm not ready for that, but we have been incredibly lucky to have had such a beautiful autumn. 

I only took a couple pictures this year of the actual event and I don't think I have to give an excuse, but having two kids now changes my ability to bust out my camera as easily. But there was a professional photo booth there though, so that gave us another photo to add.

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On our way back from the event we walked through Porter Park and since it was so beautiful-the park was covered in bright yellow and orange leaves, we decided to have a little makeshift photoshoot.
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Sisters: all fun and games until...
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...some one gets their hair pulled.
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Look at that fist full of hair! Poor Maisie haha!

After we dried a couple tears we tried again, but in a position that Ellie would be less likely to pull hair. Sidenote: Maisie was so good about it. She knows that Ellie can't really control her hands fully yet and that she doesn't know any better, but that doesn't stop it from hurting. No anger, just pain.

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"Here Ellie, hold this instead."

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Friday, October 24, 2014

3 months

Ellie is 3 months old today. It's unreal. I remember time passing rather quickly when Maisie was a baby, but this is just ridiculous! Tell me, does time seem to pass more swiftly with every additional child?

 Let me just get this out there so it can actually start to sink in...

Ellie. Is. Not. A. "Newborn". Any. More.

What!? I no longer have a newborn? Is this real life?!
To the second, 3 months ago I was beyond exhausted, in the hospital and proudly cuddling my sweet baby. And I was in love then, but boy, do I love her to pieces now. To a degree I am mourning the newborn stage, but as Austin says "this stage is so much better because we actually know Ellie and her personality" I suppose he's right, but I already miss those newborn flour sack snuggles.

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But this? Yeah, I'll take this any day.

What's Ellie been up to?

The Basics:
Ellie is chubs. Thigh, arm and wrist rolls days.

She's fairly long- her 3 month footies are already almost too small for her.

Her hair- she still has it! Including the darling tuft of swirls on top.

Her eyes are now blue and almost identical to Maisie's true blue, but just a little darker.

Skills:
chewing and sucking on her hand and fingers. This inevitably leads to lots of cute baby gags, but thankfully no spit up.

Scooting on her back by pushing her legs out.

Talking. Boy, does chattiness run in our genes.

I have never met such a gassy baby. Seriously, she's the queen of flatulence. I gave up dairy almost two months ago thinking she might have a sensitivity, but it seems unchanged. Her gas doesn't seem to bother her and we all, Maisie included, think it's pretty hilarious.

She can roll onto her side from her back, but then gets stuck.


Loves:
daddy's whistle.

Being swaddled.

The swing we are borrowing from our friends.

Her pluggie (pacifier)

Mornings. Oh blissful mornings. Happy babes in mama and daddy's bed.

Diaper changes- she's all smiles when she gets her diaper changed.

the tv (even though we don't let her watch it, she sure does try.)

her schedule.

Baths especially if it includes lavender essential oil.

being in her "birthday suit".

This song from The many adventures of Winnie the pooh, Austin started singing it to her one day and she always smiles as we try to make her "exercise".

Chewing on her dragonfly teether.


Dislikes:
Being sick. Little girl is just getting over her very first cold.

Waiting to be fed.

When Maisie screams "BOO!" really loudly. Which is more frequent than you'd think. Halloween is Maisie's favorite holiday after all.

Any long interruptions to her schedule, but we value flexibility around here, so sometimes we don't exactly stick to schedule.

Getting her neck cleaned out (yuck!)

Nasal aspirators. Enough said right?

Any oral medications or vitamins. Maisie LOVED any form of medicine (I mean it's usually sickly sweet so of course kids love it) but Ellie HATES it. I mean full on. If I do manage to get any in her mouth she will hoard it until she can let it dribble down her chin. And if by any extremely rare chance she swallows any, she will spit it up and she never spits up. Now that's stubborn. How am I supposed to give her the Vitamin D drops?!


Things to remember:
The way she shuffles her feet and does her excited smile (wide eyes, crinkled nose and mouth wide open) when she's about to be picked up.

When she's "talking" (it's more like squawks, squeals and some variegated babbling- but we like to pretend she's telling us stories) it inevitably ends with her complaining. Complete with serious eyebrows.

The way she watches Maisie. It's like she already thinks Maisie is the coolest thing ever. 

Her beautifully pathetic bottom lip when she's crying. She does the full on puppy dog pout and as sad as it is that she's upset, that little turned down lip just is so darn cute.

The way she's so comforted by simply holding her hand or placing a hand on her stomach.

The way she softly opens and closes her hands while she's eating. Or even better, the way she contently smiles after she's full.

Her profile. She has such delicate and teeny features, but they're combined with the most scrumptious cheeks that when I look at her sweet profile being held up by her tiny, but strong neck I just die. She's incredibly kissable people. I dare you not be tempted to smother her with kisses when you see her.

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Whats with sleeping babies that make me melt? I mean to this day when I see Maisie sleeping I feel like my heart is about to burst and now I have double the heart melting moments. Nothing beats a baby who is so comfortable being in your arms that they fall asleep without any work from you.