(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Summer Sisters

This is a bit late in the day but it’s still Wednesday, right?

It feels like we went from winter to summer without so much as a crisp spring day to show for it. Last year was pretty much the same except that summer came in March and didn’t depart until November.

Seeing as there was snow and hail in mid-Michigan while we were on vacation last week in Cape Cod, we were so happy to come home to 70’s and sunny.

It’s been so hot that we already have the AC on.

But I love it. Love the warmth of a midday sun. Love the rich saturated clear blue sky. Love those fluffy white cotton ball clouds that pass by every so often. Love to walk barefoot in the soft green overgrown grass. Love the cool dark shade of a big ole maple tree.

And these two?

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They love it too. I’m really looking forward to their first summer of playing together.

They are loving their bubbles and sidewalk chalk and tricycles and walks to the playground and generally being silly together.

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And I am looking forward to a summer full of this sweet girl…

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and her sweet smiles.

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And can’t wait for another summer with this amazing young lady and her warm and loving side…

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and her pensive and shy side.

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And sisters.

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I am once again enchanted and in love with every second of watching their relationship blossom. Sisters and BFFs.

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Though we were having a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad day, we still managed to get this lovely family shot.

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A big loving shout out to our amazing photographer Bobbi Rattai who always makes all of us look so good. You can find her on FB HERE

and online HERE.

Hope you had a great Wednesday!! Come back soon…vacation photos will be up Thu and Fri!!

Wordful Wednesday: The Zoo, the Park and the Trampoline

Since the days have been getting cooler and the days a bit shorter we’ve been enjoying the crisp air outside with our extended families. This time of year is especially busy for Michael so the girls and I are often left to our own devices.

On one such day we were got a chance to visit the Potter Park Zoo right here in Lansing with Aunt Jilnar (Michael’s sister). My sis and bro-in-law bought us a zoo membership for Christmas and it was awesome to be able to use it with her.

Since Jilnar lives in Chicago we don’t get to see her often enough, so we all really enjoyed being with her all day.

We got to see goats and chickens, monkeys and penguins. And the lions. We stared at the lions forever.

Then last week in an attempt to walk Leslie’s baby out of her, we took a stroll, hit up the local bakery Sweetie-licious, had a picnic at the park and Izzie tried the swings for the first time. Could that big ole grin on her face be any cuter? She loved the swing!

I’ve said it a million times but the friendship between Cedella and Anna is just incredibly sweet to watch. They fight like sisters and yet they can be so silly and loving to each other. But damn are they both Little Miss Bossy Pants!

(*And you know what? Our attempt helped, well, that and their family tent camping the night before she went into labor. Leslie had her baby this weekend!!!! A baby girl named Amelia!!!! So incredibly excited and happy for the whole family!)

And we finally got a chance to spend time as a whole family on Sunday when we went to our little cousin Salem’s 4th Birthday party. And though there were awesome blue Batman cupcakes, a zillion new toys and a pinata full of candy the real star of the show was the awesome new trampoline in the backyard.

When I asked Salem what her favorite present was, she said “the trampoline”. Which is easy to understand. Cause it’s pretty damn cool.

All the kids absolutely loved it. And while they jumped like crazy after the cupcakes and the candy all of us parents got to feel a bit like kids ourselves, smiling and laughing along.

It was a perfect afternoon spent with Aunt Jilnar and our cousins Mary, Glen and Salem. It’s always enjoyable to spend time with them.

How fortunate are we to have so many fun ways to spend our days and so many lovely people to share them with?

With the football season here it’s easy for our family to get so crazy, stressed and disconnected. But it’s moments like these that remind me how much we have to be thankful for.

A special thanks to the lovely Kristi at Live and Love Out Loud for the fabulous free collage templates that helped facilitate this fun post. Check out her page for some photo inspiration and fun freebies.

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! But I’d love it even more to hear from you. How do you reconnect with your family when life gets busy and stressful? Any tips for making those sparse family moments really count? Any recommendations on cool places to go with your family? Looking forward to your comments :)

Happy Wordless/Wordful Wednesday to all!!

 

 

The Isora Report: Month 2

My sweet little Nugget is already two months old. Ok, actually she’s almost three months old. How crazy is that? And now I feel super duper guilty for missing her first month so first of all I’ll show you the pictures we took last month…

NOW FOR HER TWO MONTH STATS…

Weight: 13.5 lb

Height: 24 in.

Head: 16 in.

Clothing Size: some 3 to 6 month clothes, mostly 6-9 month clothes, nearly out of the newborn diapers. In fact, now that Monk is out of them she is almost exclusively in our GroVia stash. Just check out the onesie in these pics. It’s a 3 month-er holding on for dear life. 😉

She seriously has the most chunky and delicious thighs. This often leads us to need at least a size 6 month pair of pants or leggings. Things that Cedella worn at the end of her first summer Isora is already fitting. And some things she’s already out of.

Her chin and neck rolls just don’t quit and are especially good places to kiss. I should know. I would chew on them if it didn’t make me some kind of weirdo zombie (seriously…what’s up with all the people eaters out there recently? I am NOT ready for a zombie-pocalypse)

Milestones: Smiling. This is pretty much constant. If she’s awake, she probably has a slight smirk on her chubby little face. She started smiling at around one month, just like her sister. Just about anytime she hears my voice she smiles. When Cedella comes near her, she smiles. When she’s sitting in her bouncy chair and sees the little lion guy, she smiles. When she hears her Jiddo’s voice, she smiles. Her Grandma Linda’s face makes her smile. Her Daddy? Definitely makes her smile. She is a very smiley baby.

But as far as other milestones goes she is doing really well holding up her head, though her big brain and cheeks prevent her from holding it up for very long. I’ve noticed when I’m wearing her that she is starting to hold up her head and parascope around, checking things out. She’s a curious little thing.

Recently she began putting weight on her legs (straightening out her legs). She likes standing up and looking around her. It must be so cool to have a new perspective after laying down for so much of your short life.

But perhaps the biggest milestone? SHE’S SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! WHAT?! Did you hear me? That’s right. This girl is sleeping from 9pm to 5:30am just about every night.  And I’ve often had to wake her up to nurse and then she goes right back to sleep. And even at 5:30 she will eat and then go right back to sleep for another couple hours. It’s amazing.

I didn’t really even think it was possible for a exclusively breast-fed baby to sleep so long. But she does. It worried me enough that I talked about it with Zorie’s pediatrician who told me to just let her sleep and pump instead (which admittedly I haven’t done, cause who wants to get out of bed in the middle of the night to pump? Not this Mama). She nurses a LOT during the day. Enough so that she must tank herself up for a big sleep at night.

And now that Cedella is fully potty trained and only rarely having accidents, BOTH girls are sleeping through a majority of the night. I don’t feel like a completely exhausted basket-case every morning. It’s lovely.

Personality: Zorie is funny and easy going. She smiles a crooked little smile at the smallest things. She has man-sized gas and smiles every time she lets one rip (that’s my girl!). If she is fed and has a dry diaper she will just sit in her chair and coo and talk away.

But this is also a girl who LOVES to be held and worn. I’ve been really enjoying how much easier it is to put her in a sling or Ergo for grocery store and shopping. How much calmer and happier she is than Cedella as a baby. I realized today that I have yet to put her in the car seat/stroller combo. Cedella was in that combo a lot. Wearing her on me is just so much nicer for us both. And my baby wearing stash is growing by the second (since we’re fully stocked with diapers I needed a new fluffy obsession, right?)

The sad thing is that because of Cedella’s recent hard times Zorie’s had to CIO on a few occasions. I know she won’t remember it but it kills me that I can’t get to her the second she cries like I did with her big sister, though maybe she will have a higher level of patience than Cedella has. The most important thing to me going forward is to make sure that I treat them both equally, that they both have to wait for one another, to take turns and to share my attention. It’s tricky. But Isora doesn’t seem to be holding it against me. But she does give me the Mean Feet a lot…

Health: Good news? She is gaining weight like a champ and growing like a weed. The bad news? She has gotten two of Cedella’s colds. It sucks because I can’t give her anything for relief but breast milk, which in actuality is the best medicine a baby could get. But when her nose gets so stuffy that she has a hard time breathing, it makes nursing challenging. The lovelies at my La Leche group told me to put milk up her nose to heal the enflamed tissue. Which sounds good in theory but I couldn’t figure out how to get it in there aside from just dribbling it in.

Though thankfully after the last cold cleared up so did her random spitting up out of her nose. Yep. Every time she spit up it would come out of her nose. It was freaky. But again both the Ped and the LLL ladies confirmed that it’s no big deal. And now, just out of the blue, it stopped. So crazy how quickly they grow out of things.

And just like her sister she has a sensitivity to cow’s milk. Boo. It sucks for me cause I can’t have any of the delicious stuff I love. Like milk, sour cream, cheese, yogurt or ice cream…how I miss ice cream. But the good news? Almond milk is delicious, goat cheese doesn’t make her react and not eating so much cheese may be helping my post-partum weight loss. But why oh why does Nutella have milk in it?! Double boo. But this face?

Totally worth no cheese for a few months.

Relationship with Cedella: A few weeks ago Cedella picked up her baby sister and carried her to me while I was in the bathroom. No really. Scared the shit out of me. And the funniest part? Isora didn’t cry or make a peep. She just stared up at her big sister with a silly grin on her face like Cedella was a coolest thing she had ever seen.

Monk loves to hug and kiss her baby sister. And smother her with affection. And lay on top of her when Zorie is in her bouncy chair or swing. It’s a really hard balance. We want to encourage the affection, but we don’t want Zorie getting hurt because Cedella is too rough with her. Cedella learned really quickly to be gentle with the dog. Maybe once Zorie can fight back she’ll get it?

What’s super sweet though is that when Isora cries Cedella goes into full-on little mama mode. She shushes the baby like a professional nanny. And she sings ‘Frere Jacques’ to get her sister to calm down. She’ll hold her little baby hand and tell her “It’s ok Izzie. Don’t worry.” It’s really sweet to see how much she wants to take care of her baby sister.

Nickname Status: For now it’s still up in the air. I call her Zorie. Cedella calls her Izzie. Michael calls her Isora. Everyone else is kind of split on what they call her. It’s funny. Guess we’ll just figure out when she starts talking.

Isn’t she just so beautiful? God I love this girl. These past few months have sped by. But in the quiet little times when it’s just me and her staring into each other’s eyes? Time stops. And life is just…brilliant.