It’s Been A While…

Hey there! And happy new year! It’s been a long long long time since I’ve posted.

But as I sit here in our home, with all the Christmas decorations finally down, having missed the Downton Abbey premiere because of two children that just didn’t want to go to bed, finally getting around to writing a post I am almost totally unable to think of one thing to write. Because I have a million things I want to write.

In no particular order here are a few things I have on my mind:

Christmas is finally over. The boxes have all been packed and a snug away in the garage until next year. Can’t say that I’ve ever been happy to have it over with either. We started celebrating the day before Christmas Eve and went for six days straight. By the end of it we were all exhausted, crabby, sleep deprived and ill. After six Christmas parties and a birthday party that week I have over 1000 pictures (that’s including our Thanksgiving road trip which I still haven’t posted). I need to edit them and put together a recap post, but it’s a daunting task. And honestly, I don’t even know if I want to see them all again so soon either. Maybe I will conquer that by the end of the week. Maybe I’ll just throw together a few collages. What do you think? Still interested in seeing pictures of Christmas, or ready to forget all about it?

Cedella is turning 3 a week from Monday. 3!!!! WHAT?! So not only do I have a bday party on Saturday to prepare for but I have a letter to write to her and a whole “This is Cedella at 3” blog post to write. There’s so much to say about her. So much that’s new. So much that’s old. And I want to capture it all, all of her, but I can barely get her to stand still, let alone look at the camera so it will have to be very wordy. There are so many crazy silly and unique things about her. Things that I want her to be able to be reminded of when she grows up. Things I want to remember that if I don’t write then down will slip into the ever increasing cracks in my Mom Brain. And then there will have to be a birthday party recap and more pictures to edit.

Isora is growing by leaps and bounds. She started pulling herself up around Thanksgiving, started scooting around the furniture shortly thereafter and now she’s standing alone and is just moments from walking. She says sweet little words like ‘duck’ and her favorite thing to say ‘dada’. She has changed so much in the past month alone that I feel utterly neglectful for not having recorded more about her each month. It really is going by so incredibly fast. But I vow to do a proper update on the 18th. I’m scheduling it now. If you get an empty email that morning you’ll know I’ve forgotten all about it…

Now that it’s really a new year and I’ve gotten motivated to start reorganizing and cleaning it has occurred to me that we have had no schedule or preschool since Thanksgiving. The girls are staying up way past ten at this point and waking up by 8am. In short, they aren’t getting enough sleep. Time to get back into a normal schedule. Dinner before 7. Bath and bed by 8. School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Housekeeping on Tuesday and Thursday.

Of course, throw in a week like this one, that included a day spent entirely in a hospital waiting room, and two drives to Detroit and back, and how could anyone keep a schedule?

Well at least, we kept one of our scheduled events this week. Because we’ve found a class that Cedella actually loves. Gymnastics!! She’s a natural :)

And yes by all means, it’s the beginning of the year and therefore it’s Resolution Season. But I learned from last year’s resolutions that it is lovely to have goals, but having two small children pretty much means that goals should be simple. Like “I resolve to shower more often”. Or “I resolve to not yell at my kids until after I’ve had coffee”. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t set goals that may not be accomplished this year, or ever for that matter.

So for that reason I’m joining up with Alicia at Clever Compass for a new kind of resolution. A Life List. All week long myself and other bloggers are sharing a list of things we want to do during our lifetimes. Travel. Learn. Try. Do. All of it.

And while I can’t wait to read all the other lists out there I really can’t wait to share mine, if only because it is so incredibly liberating and exciting to think about and write about all the things I want to do with my life. So stayed tuned…

And just because I couldn’t let you go without a pic or two. Here’s my future Olympian and her BFF Anna in full training mode…

And just getting a hang of things…

 

 

 

 

The Isora Report: Month 5

Now that we’re caught up with what the Little Nugget has been doing the past few months, what has she been doing this month? Growing and changing right before our eyes. There have been so many new things she’s up to it’s almost impossible to remember it all. But the one thing I do know? Isora is the sweetest and happiest child I’ve ever known. I had no idea I could ever love another child this much.

Weight: 16 lbs.

Height: 24.5 inches

Clothing/Shoe Size: 6-9 months, nothing smaller fits. 9 month pajamas fit perfectly. Size 2 shoes for the fleeting moments she’ll wear them.

Milestones: Rolling over. So she’s been doing this for a month and half but now she’s a rolling master. She will roll herself from one side of the room to the other just to do it. She will roll off the bed or the couch in a hot second. In fact on both mine and Daddy’s watch she has rolled off and bumped her head on floor. In fact we didn’t know she was capable of rolling from her back to her tummy until she rolled off the bed the first time.

It’s adorable to watch her face light up when we all cheer her on as she rolls onto her tummy and up onto her elbows. Or when she giggles and coos after she’s wriggled and scooted her way to some incredibly dangerous and un-babyish item on the floor.

But with being up on her elbows brings the latest development from the past few days. Tummy time has now become up-on-hands-and-knees time. She’s been getting up onto her knees, bouncing and rocking back and forth. She is just so incredibly close to crawling it’s amazing and yet makes me drop a couple of tears in my beer.

How can she be almost crawling already? Is that possible? How can she be growing so fast? It feels like she was just born and now she’s doing so much on her own. Just wish it would slow down…

What’s also not slowing down is her efforts to communicate with us. She is yelling screaming talking all the time lately. She feels the need to fill all the quiet spaces with her in screeching. The other day I took her to work at the store with me.

*For the B&B newbies, my husband’s family owns a liquor store and I like to be handy and run the registers here and there. Cause working a liquor store for free is WAY better than watching Caillou any day.

So I had her in the stroller behind the counter and this guy comes in to buy a pack of cigarettes. I’m ringing him up, chatting about the students coming back, when all of a sudden “Rrrrraaaaaarrrr!!!” The man literally jumped a foot backwards and yelled “What the fuck was that?” I looked down at Izzie, who had a big ole grin on her face and started laughing. “That’s just my baby girl”. There’s a reason she’s taken over the nickname Babysaurus Rex.

If there’s anything our Babysaurus likes more than roaring it’s chewing on things. Fingers, knuckles, toys, blankets, her own clothes, the baby carrier, the car seat straps and well, anything else she can get her hands on. And right now, that includes her feet. She loves putting her toes in her pie hole and going to town.

And with all this chewing comes the drool. We are in official teething territory. And it’s kind of soggy over here.

Our Izzie has become a complete busy-body. She’s always got a toy she’s rolling after or sucking on. And anything Cedella is doing, Isora’s gotta be right in the thick of it. And it seems like the opposite is true too. The second Izzie gets something in her hands Ella’s gotta have it. I have a feeling this will be the way of things for many years to come.

We finally busted the exersaucer out of the garage again. She LOVES it. The noises of excitement that come out of her when she’s playing in there are hilarious. Even funnier? When Big Sister climbs into the little teeny seat to take a turn. It makes us all crack up.

By the end of last month she had started grabbing at our plates and was enjoying a cucumber her Jiddo gave her. Now? Michael had been pretty hesitant to have her eat anything at all. But she has seemed so incredibly ready.

So I started giving her chunks of banana that she can grab and put in her mouth by herself. Today she practically tackled me to get at my goat’s milk yogurt, I put a little on the end of my finger and she loved it. Tonight her Daddy got in the mix and gave her mashed potatoes off his finger. You should have heard the sucking noises she was making. Like she couldn’t get enough of it.

The only awful part (aside from the disgusting diapers to come)? She is starting to chomp on my nipples like she does on her bananas and teethers. I have to be way more diligent about making sure to take her off the breast before she’s just playing. Cause it’s getting painful.

But with all this food she’s enjoying guess that means we’re dragging out the high chair from the garage too. We should put a sign in our front yard that says. “Welcome to our Home. We are now being sponsored by Fisher-Price”. Some day all the plastic shit will be outta here. Right?

Favorites: TV – seems to be incredibly fascinating to her now though it has never even caught her attention before. Going to have to be much more strict with screen time this fall.

Her thumb – there’s nearly nothing her thumb can’t fix.

Her Sofie, her wooden rattle and floppy ear teething ring – the most soothing things for her sore baby gums and very easy for her to hold for long periods of time.

Kira – she is being to find her doggie incredibly interesting. All dogs really. She snatched a giant handful of hair off my grandparents golden Cassie. Poor dog.

Bananas, mashed potatoes and yogurt…oh my!

Least Favorites: The car. This girl HATES being in the car. Like screaming bloody murder for two + hours in the car the other day. And that was including pulling over to nurse and change her diaper 3 times. The drive to Detroit usually only takes and hour and change. It took two and a half the other day. Poor thing just doesn’t want anything at all to do with her car seat. Sure hope she grows out of this phase sooner than later.

What strikes most people about Isora right now is just how good she is. She rarely cries, cause she prefers smiling. In even the most noisy situations (ex. a house full of Arabic relatives) she sleeps like an angel on a cloud. And as long as someone is holding her when she needs to be held, she can see everything and she’s moving, all is right in her world. Strangers everywhere we go remark on her reddish hair and gorgeous blue eyes and her sweet smile. She really is a sweet sweet baby. If every baby was like her I’d change my last name to Duggar.

It’s impossible not to kiss and gnaw on those chubby cheeks and round chin btw. Impossible.

 

 

 

 

The Isora Report: Month 3 & 4

Between our ultra busy soaking-every-last-drop-of-summer schedule and the lightening speed at which Miss Isora is growing and I haven’t been very good about updates. So here’s a very picture heavy drop of her 3rd & 4th month updates. Month 5 is coming up tomorrow.

MONTH 3

Weight: 14.5 lbs.!! Wow!!

Height: 23.5 inches

Clothes/Shoe Size: 3-6 month clothes. Newborn and 0-3 onesies are way too small. Shoes? Nope…it’s summer. Really it’s even too hot for clothes. Hence the sticker on the tummy this month.

Milestones: This month she started her newest most endearing habit. Our little Boogie is officially a thumb-sucker. During our family trip to Oscoda she started sucking her thumb to soothe herself back to sleep and has been ever since. It’s absolutely adorable and no, I don’t plan on making her stop any time soon.

Because of her convenient little thumb sucking we officially moved Izzie to her crib in the girls shared bedroom. Once she’s asleep she’s asleep all night, well, as long as her big sister doesn’t wake her up. I love to go in there when they’re both sleeping and just listen to their sweet sleepy harmonies.

Month 3 also marked her very first laugh. It came when we were giving the girls a bath one night. Somehow we managed to get both girls into Isora’s baby tub and Cedella started splashing the baby. At first it was cute, and then just cause it’s her, Ella started taking it even further and splashing even harder. At first we thought she was crying, turns out she was laughing. Just giggling. With Cedlla giggling even louder and harder over her. She just adores any and every sweet torture that her sister puts her through. Poor thing.

Isora’s first time at the beach was this month too. Despite the chilly cold temperature of Lake Huron in June she seemed to really enjoy getting her feet in the squishy sand and feeling the cool breeze on her face. She never got a chance to put a fistful of sand in her mouth though. Better luck next year I guess :)

Favorites: “Alouette” Grandma Linda started singing her that song and she adores it, sometimes singing this to her is the only way to stop her from crying. Her Mini Sofie giraffe teether and anything she can put in her mouth. Flying like an airplane up in the air. Raspberries on her cheeks and tummy. ANYTHING that Cedella does is her instant favorite thing.

MONTH 4

Weight: 15 lbs.

Height: 24 inches

Clothes/Shoe Size: 6-9 month clothes. A couple 3 month things still fit. Size 2 shoes seem to fit good.

Milestones: Teething has begun. The drool, the constant gnawing on other people’s fingers, even a little bit of bedtime discomfort. She’s been wearing her amber necklace and takes teething tablets when she’s especially cranky.

She’s now a master at the tummy time and rolls from her back to tummy and tummy to back with ease. In fact this month she’s rolled off the bed more times than Cedella ever did. The second you set this child down she is moving.

Little Boogie got to go to her first concert this month too. There was a fundraiser for the Broad Museum in Old Town featuring a band called Janka Nubay and the Bubu Gang. Straight outta Brooklyn by way of Sierra Leone. See hung out in the carrier all night and loved swinging and dancing with me and her dad to the music. And Janka Nubay even pinched her cheeks after. She was definitely the youngest patron of the arts at that show!

This month Izzie got to meet lots of family members and friends she hadn’t met yet. It was so busy I didn’t get a chance to take her monthly pictures. Between visits from our Canadian family, relatives from Lebanon and the Deirmimas annual reunion, it seemed like an entire month full of visits. And she seemed to particularly love meeting her cousin Mila.

And being passed around to everyone at the reunion hafli (dance party). Though, the party may have gone a bit too late for her.

The biggest milestone of this month? Food. She is completely obsessed. Haven’t given her anything more than a chunk of banana in her mesh feeder thingy, but she absolutely loved it. In fact she wouldn’t even let me pry it out of her hands without screaming in protest. So when her Jiddo offered her a cucumber she was all to happy to gnaw on it.

Favorites: Getting tossed up into the air. Being in the baby carrier on my back. “You Are My Sunshine” sung by me, Cedella or both of us. Hanging strawberry toy on her car seat. Bananas. Smiling, she’s always smiling.

Stay tuned…Month 5 is coming tomorrow!!