Alice: Seven Months

7_month-4

Within days after her six month birthday, Alice figured out how to crawl, sit up on her own and pull up to stand. And, now that she’s figured all this stuff out, she’s really only happy when she’s on the floor, free to move about as she pleases. The crib is already lowered as far as it can go, and when I put her in there, I can practically see the wheels turning in her head as she sizes up the situation and tries to work out an escape plan. It’s only a matter of time.

7_month-7

It’s already next to impossible to take these pictures each month

All that to say, we are just barely keeping up with our Allie Girl these days.

7_month-10

Alice is proving to be an inquisitive gal, seeming to want to understand everything about everything. Nothing holds her attention for very long, so it’s hard to keep her interest with toys or stories. But, of course, she wants all the things that she can’t have—no dog toy or stray floor Cheerio escapes her eagle eye. If she hears a loud noise, she snaps to attention and immediately scurries off to investigate. I predict that when she can speak, “Why?” will be her favorite word.

7_month-12

The Thinker

Speaking of vocalizing, she is usually the most outspoken one in the room, and seems to only have one tone of voice: loud and whiny. I’ll be honest—it’s kind of annoying. I’m hoping this isn’t already a fixed personality trait or some sort of survival mechanism that second children demonstrate so that people don’t forget about them.

7_month-5

She continues to be a voracious eater, and we’ve moved on to finger foods, like puffs, Cheerios, bits of veggies and pasta. My mom sent me a video of A shoveling angel hair into her mouth and I don’t think I have ever seen someone look so gleeful over plain macaroni.

Allie’s favorite things this month included Tracy, things that aren’t really toys (as noted above), Baby Lit books, bobbing up and down to music, spending quality time on the swings at the park, practicing her wave and and playing with the Ballapalooza and B’s Little People toys.

7_month-13

Playing with her sister’s toys, as always

Happy seven months to our noisy, squirmy, curious girl. We love you even when you are yelling at us (which is, well, always).

alice-1

Pouting away, at B’s birthday party

 

Save

School Days

1st_prek-4

Today marks the beginning of a new phase of our lives—The School Days!

1st_prek-1

Tracy is totally smiling here. She’s proud of B, too!

Ever since I registered B for Pre-K in the spring, I have been both looking forward to and dreading this day. Out of all of the milestones we have celebrated so far, this one is most firmly in the most “growing up” category.  This is the start of a part of B’s life that will be separate from the one she shares with us. It’s the first time that someone other than immediate family will watch over her; and, she’ll be making new friends and doing new things that we won’t get to witness firsthand. And, while I was excited for her to indulge her love of learning and build her social skills, I was anxious about her reaction to the new people, new situations and changes in routine that this day would bring (i.e. B’s least favorite things). When we talked about school in the abstract, B seemed excited, but I don’t think she fully grasped the notion that she would be facing this situation without us standing right next to her.

1st_prek-5

So, it was with all of these mixed emotions that we picked out a first day of school outfit, packed up her backpack and headed out the door on our first ever, first day of school.

1st_prek-6

Last night, she said that Arthur was coming to with her, but he was cast aside for Mickey this morning.

And, it all went much better than I anticipated.

1st_prek-7

B was excited to see that her school was adjacent to one of her favorite playgrounds. She went into the building, pretty much willingly, and stood in the back of the room for awhile, surveying the scene. She made the teachers laugh when she said “No!” in answer to every single question that she was asked. Finally, she made her way over to the classroom’s play kitchen and happily played for awhile on her own.

1st_prek-11

We watched the other kids settle in, and I was relieved when I saw how expertly the teacher was able to calm down the criers. Eventually, Chester and I were the last two parents in the room, and predictably, B broke down when we headed for the door. Tears welled in my eyes as I heard the door click shut behind us, while B yelled “No! No! No!” just beyond it. Thank God for the privacy of our car and waterproof mascara.

I kept myself distracted with work for the next couple of hours, mentally preparing to return to find B still in meltdown mode, or perhaps asleep in the corner, after crying herself into exhaustion.

But, when we returned a couple of hours later, B was smiling. Her teacher said she calmed down pretty soon after we left. She enjoyed the playground, shared her Goldfish with the teacher, made her first school art project and played with another little girl. When I picked her up, she got a little teary and said “Mommy, you came back!” But overall, she seemed happy.

1st_prek-13

We are just at the beginning, and I know there is still an adjustment period ahead. But, for now, I am relieved, and just so darn. proud.

Little B: 3 Years Old

Longwood-13

June 2016, Longwood Gardens

I have a three year old.

What. the. heck?

It seemed to happen overnight, but also take 30 years, at the same time. Time starts to work in this weird way when you are the parent of a three-nager, I assume. Yes, B can be as sweet as pie in one moment, telling me “Mommy, I missed you while you was gone” and making me wish I could stop time from speeding by. And, in the next instant, she’ll be mad at me for something and I’m getting a glimpse of what it will be like when she is a teenager; she heads for the front door and proclaims “I’m leaving, Mama!” while I warn her not to let the door hit her in the backside on the way out.

It’s so interesting to see the aspects of her personality that have remained consistent since she was an infant. Although she is getting better with adjusting to new people and situations, I think she’ll always be a cautious, somewhat introverted gal (just like her mama). I’m sure that once she starts school, part-time in just a couple of weeks, she’ll make even more progress. Of course, she says she is excited to play with the other little kids, but I am prepared for major meltdowns for at least the first few weeks. I hope it won’t be too traumatic for her (or me!).

B has entered an inquisitive phase, but instead of the classic “Why?” her favorite question to ask at the moment, is “Where we got this?” She wants to know where every toy, article of clothing, piece of food and furniture in our house came from. If I say a store other than Target, Toys R’ Us or Shop Rite, she tells me it came from there anyway, since those are her among her favorite places to go. The first time she asked me where Alice came from, I stalled for time (so not ready to have that conversation), and said to her “I don’t know, where do you think she came from?” B replied, “We got her from the hospital” and went on her way. Saved, for now.

Related to her love of shopping, she also enjoys most of the commercials she sees on television and can tell you all about the products that are advertised. When she sees a Lysol commercial, for example, she’ll say “Nee-Nee has that. She sprays it when I pee on the potty!” When she sees a Walmart truck, she’ll immediately break into a rendition of their current jingle. The other day she asked me, very seriously, “Mommy, do you have an Amopei (that pedicure file)?” and seemed genuinely disappointed when I said no. And, of course, every toy she sees, she wants. The list for Santa is miles long already. Our girl is a marketer’s dream.

Easter_2016-24

Easter 2016

I have been so proud of the way that B has adjusted to life as a big sister. She and Alice love each other so much and B encourages Alice as she learns new things and explores the world around her. Sure, there are times when jealousy flares. But, for the most part, B is a patient and understanding sibling and does a pretty good job of sharing the grown-ups (and toys) with Alice, when needed. I try to carve out time for things that just B and I can do together, whether it’s a baking project in the kitchen or a quick trip to Starbucks for a cake pop. I’m looking forward to doing more of that as she gets older.

3_Month-9

From Alice’s three month photo shoot. B always has to show her how it’s done.

B’s love for building with blocks has become even more intense–we might be raising an architect! She has become more imaginative with them in the past few months, and manages to incorporate all of her current favorite things into her creations. She can spend hours choosing just the right combination of pieces to build a zoo for her stuffed animals, a playground for her Paw Patrol pups or a Clubhouse for her Mickey Mouse characters. She also loves painting/coloring, decorating with stickers and magnets and playing games on her Leap Frog tablet or my mom’s Nook. Recently, she fell in love with bath tub squirting toys and mini character figurines and has amassed quite the collection of the Bubble Guppy and Paw Patrol variety, which all must sleep in bed with her. Between those and the stuffed animals, it’s hard to find B herself in there!

B’s dislikes at the moment include bugs of any kind, sitting at the dinner table in the evenings (between that and her general picky eating habits, it’s often a battle at our house) and even the mere mention of going to the doctor. No kid likes the latter, of course, but I think her fear was probably heightened when we all got the flu in April. It was the first time that she was legitimately sick and had to take medicine, which was a traumatic experience for all involved. On the plus side, if I need to leave the house or take a work conference call in the evening, we’ll just tell B that I have to go to or talk to the doctor and she lets me go with minimal fuss. When I come back, she’ll ask me “Mommy, do you feel better? Did you get a bandage?” So, for now, our white lie is working.

B is pretty much potty trained at this point, and is even doing pretty well with keeping her pants dry at night. Earlier this year, the transition from her little training potty to the real thing seemed like it would be a battle. But, one day, I just made up a story about the potty fairy, who takes the potties that big kids don’t need anymore and gives them to babies. B easily agreed to give hers up, so we put the potties into hiding and she never looked for them again. If I knew it would have been so easy, I would have made up the potty fairy months earlier! The only thing that is still a bit challenging is getting B to use a public restroom with minimal fuss (again, she’s a pretty cautious kid), but she is slowly getting much better in that regard, which makes our outings much easier.

Smith-6

At Smith Playground, June 2016

B’s favorite place to go, aside from the retail establishments mentioned earlier, is the park. She still loves her swings, but also has become a pro at navigating the slides and other equipment. So, it was only fitting that we had her birthday party at Starr Garden, one of her favorite local playgrounds. She hid behind a tree when everyone was singing Happy Birthday to her, but otherwise had a grand time blowing bubbles, dancing and swinging away for most of the afternoon.

3rd-2

Chicken Dancing

Chicken dancing like a pro

My little B: You drive me crazy and make me laugh everyday–sometimes at the same time. I wouldn’t trade you for the world. I’m so glad you chose me to be your Mama and can’t wait to see what you do next!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Alice: Six Months

6_Month-6

Alice recently celebrated her half birthday, which means we have all survived the first six months as a family of four. I have lots to say about all the crazy that’s been associated with that (not to mention a few more grey hairs). I just wish I wasn’t too tired to write it all down.

6_Month-13

At six months old the only thing this girl seems to want to do is move! She’s surprisingly strong and has been working hard on getting all of her limbs coordinated enough to crawl. She can rock back and forth on all fours now and I’ve witnessed a few scoots here and there, so it’s only a matter of time until she’s off. She recently discovered that she likes to “stand” and play with her toys rather than sit on the floor with them.

IMG_3883

Those chubby little legs!

B wasn’t as curious of a baby as Alice is, so we’ll need to do some serious childproofing in the near future. Alice has plenty of intiative and already has a way of getting into everything! The minute we walk her into a room, she surveys the landscape for things to grab. Changing times have become quite the wrestling match, as she tries to pull the wipes, diapers and toys out of the bin next to the changing pad.

6_Month-10

She loves banging things together and could spend hours rifling through containers of toys and dumping them out onto the floor. She tries steal everything B is playing with. For the most part, B is pretty patient with this, and says “Okay, Alice, you can have a turn!” and makes sure that her baby sister doesn’t put small objects in her mouth. But, of course, we have some moments where B whines and says “No, Alice, your’re too little for that!,” while she wrenches the object away, leaving Alice in tears. At least it’s only blocks and stuffed animals now…before we know it, the battles over clothes and boys will start.

6_Month-17

BFFs

Last month, I said that Alice wasn’t really a snuggly baby. Well, I stand corrected, as she has become a champion snuggler as of late. I forgot how perfectly a baby’s head fits between my neck and shoulder. It’s the kind of thing that makes me want ten more of babies…but then B starts yelling at me and I come to my senses (also, did I mention that I’m tired?). Stranger danger has yet to set in for Alice. She chats, smiles and flirts with everyone she meets and will let just about anyone hold her.

At her six month doctor’s appointment, Alice tipped the scales at 18 pounds, 7 ounces and was 2 feet, 2.6 inches long. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to reuse a lot of B’s clothes because the seasons would be off. But, since Alice is already wearing B’s nine month sized summer items, that hasn’t really been an issue so far.

Her steady progress in the size department can probably be attributed to the fact that she eats everything we put in front of her (and if she could steal our food before it makes its way to our mouths, she probably would). Her appetitie wasn’t even dampened by the minor cold she caught from B recently, and she added peaches, prunes and squash to her repetorie this month, as well as a bit of protein in the form of pureed turkey (blech).

IMG_3810Alice loved her first ride on the swings, and B loved the company!

IMG_3869Partying it up for our friend Jack’s third birthday.

IMG_3898Modeling her sister’s hat on a sunny day.

Happy half-birthday, Alice Girl! I love you more than peanut butter!

Alice: Five Months


5_Month-15

No matter how hard I try, I can’t get those little wisps of hair on the side of her head to go down…and I don’t really want them to.

This has been a month full of milestones for Miss Alice! And, as usual, I’m late with this update, so let’s get right to it!

5_Month-16

Love that smile!

First and foremost, the transition from the Rock and Play to the crib was pretty painless. We put her down the first night, and she whined for about twenty minutes, before flipping over on to her side. She breathed a contented sign and snuggled in for the night. It’s been smooth sailing ever since.

crib

Second night in the crib!

Room sharing with B has gone pretty well so far, too. Sometimes, Alice wakes up super early and starts to babble in her crib, as if she is trying to talk to B. Generally, B just turns on her Glo-Worm, as if to say “I can’t even…” and they usually are both are lulled back to sleep by the music in a matter of minutes. If Alice is really vocal or starts to cry, we’ll bring her into our room or just head downstairs, depending on what time it is time. But, those occurances are pretty isolated and Alice has settled into a routine of waking up at a reasonable hour (generally, between 5:30 and 6 a.m.). Naps are also slowly getting better. There are still some days where she is wide awake after 15 minutes, but we also have more frequent instances of snoozes that are at least an hour (or sometimes two) long!

We started solid foods this month, which has been fun. I can’t say what her favorite thing is at the moment, because she has eaten everything with gusto. She has been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, with the occassional serving of oatmeal, and is already up to eating two small meals a day. I am hopeful that she won’t follow her sister’s lead and turn into a picky eater as she gets older.

5_Month-10

B cheered her little sister on as she tried her first food: sweet potatoes!

5_Month-4

At first she wasn’t quite sure what to do…

5_Month-11

…But in no time, she was trying to wrestle the spoon from my hand.

In terms of her personality, she is still our sensitive girl. My mom and B call her “Cry Baby Blue” for her ability to turn on the waterworks at the drop of a hat. Sometimes, it’s legitimate (as in the other day, when B whacked her in the face with a play telephone). Other times, it’s just because.  There are many times that I hear her sobbing in her crib only to look at the baby monitor to see that she is still sound asleep. I guess she is worried that we’ll forget about her since we still spend 98% of our time keeping up with Hurricane B.

I call Alice “Squirmy Worm.” Unless she is really sleepy, she doesn’t love to be cuddled. Instead, she prefers to roll around on the floor and practice her new skill of sitting up without support (It’s a good thing she doesn’t need the Bumbo seat anymore—her butt kept getting stuck on it!). Related to this near constant motion, she also seems to get bored pretty easily, often whining to ask us to help her change position, give her a different toy or take her to look out the window.

5_Month-1

Discoveries this month included her feet, Tracy and playing peek-a-boo. She now reaches for people, instead of just her toys. In her affectionate moments, she’ll grab both of my cheeks and pull me in for a slobbery kiss (I forgot how gross and adorable infant kisses can be!). She can blow raspberries now, and has been making a lot of new sounds during the past few weeks, including “ma” and “ba.”

5_Month-3

Next month will be Alice’s half birthday and B’s third, so there will be lots to celebrate in the coming weeks!

Save

In the Kitchen With B

IMG_3652

Cupcakes!

B and I have been developing some common interests for awhile now: Starbucks dates. Stickers. Coloring. Puzzles. But, the thing that I think we both enjoy the most is baking together.

At almost 3 years old (!), B is at the stage where she likes to make a mess, be helpful and eat sweets. Fortunately, baking appeals to all three of these things.

I usually pick something simple like chocolate chip cookies, banana bread or a basic cupcake recipe. Toddler attention spans only hold out for so long, after all, so things that I can do from memory and that don’t involve a lot of steps or ingredients are a must.

1

When it’s time to get started, we grab our aprons and her stepstool, line up all of our ingredients and get to work. I measure out the butter, sugar and flour for her to dump into the bowl. She whisks up the dry ingredients and I mix everything together in my Kitchen Aid. She is always in charge of sprinkling in cinnamon, dumping in the bag of chocolate chips or lining the cupcake tins with wrappers, depending on the recipe.

5

I love how she will stick her nose in the mixing bowl and say, “Yum! Smells good!” even if the bowl contains only flour and baking soda at the time. I try to set a good example by not licking the bowl (or eating cookie dough), but she seems to have figured out all on her own that taste testing is one of the best parts of baking.

7

Of course, there are mishaps. Handfuls of flour end up on the floor. Entire containers of rainbow sprinkles scatter across the counter, while I frantically corral them before B eats them all. Meltdowns ensue when as the 13 minutes that it takes to bake a tray of cookies crawl by.  As with most situations involving a toddler, patience is key.

10

Finally, the baked goods make their way out of the oven and onto a plate and a few seconds later, B grins at me with a chocolate-smeared mouth and says “I did a great job, mama…” And, she seems so happy that I don’t even realize that she has danced her way out of the kitchen to go watch a show, leaving me with the clean-up.

11

Alice: Four Months

4_Month-8

This was the month that I really fell in love with Alice. That might sound weird to say, but I remember that this feeling hit me at about this point in B’s life, too. Between three and four months, there are more smiles than tears, routines are somewhat more established and little personalities start to shine through. Basically, babies become more like real people and less like little blobs and life doesn’t feel like it’s spent in constant survival mode at this point.

All that to say, I just can’t get enough of this smiley, chatty, giggly little girl! When I am having a rough day, or B is screaming at me because I put her juice in the wrong cup, one grin from Alice can instantly send my bad mood packing (and, of course, wishing that I could keep her little so that she won’t be able to yell at me, too).

4_Month-5

At her four-month doctor’s appointment, Alice weighed in at 16 pounds, 1 ounce and was 2 feet long. Alice has seemed increasingly interested in the food we are eating lately and puts just about anything in her mouth, so I was excited we got the go ahead to start solid food. We’ll start experimenting with fruits, veggies and oatmeal over the next couple of weeks.

4_Month-3

Sleep continues to go well at night, probably because like every other baby I’ve ever met, Alice loves her Rock and Play sleeper. I said last month that we would be making the move to the crib, but the few naps we have tried there have been disastrous, so we have chickened out. Since Alice seems to have fallen into a pattern of day-time cat napping for 20 to 40 minutes at a time, her hours of stellar sleep at night are pretty important to all of us, as she does get pretty cranky when she is sleep deprived. But, she is soon going to outgrow the Rock and Play, so we are biting the bullet and sending B to my mom’s for a long weekend sleepover over July 4th while Alice gets used to her new situation.  Wish us luck, and please send wine and coffee.

Alice loves sitting with me and B while we read stories and even tries to turn the pages herself. Her favorites are anything featuring Clifford, “Time for a Hug”, “Guess Who?” (mostly, because it’s filled with mirrors and she loves looking at herself) and anything with different textures to play with (the “That’s Not My…” series has always been popular in our house). She has been loving her exersaucer and jumperoo, and still enjoys spending time on the floor from time to time to practice her rolling skills. Since her initial roll last month, she hasn’t really done it again, mostly because she gets stuck on her side and her chubby thighs and belly prevent her from making a full turn!

IMG_3439

I am sure I sound like a broken record at this point, but the thing I am loving most about having two kids is watching how much they interact with each other. I love seeing Alice reach for B and hearing B laugh, even when Alice has managed to grab a fistful of her hair. When B is dancing around the room to the “Hot Dog Dance” from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” Alice looks at her as if to say “Are you always this crazy? And, can I join you?” At the end of the day when Alice is clearly ready for bed, B will pat her on the head and say “What a good baby you are. Mama needs to put you to bed. See ya tomorrow.” Of course, there are the less adorable moments where one of them starts to cry and whine, which immediately sets the other one off. As you might imagine, it’s louder than ever in our house these days.

It’s also funny to see just how different siblings can be, even at such young ages. I mentioned last month that Alice seems to be a bit more sensitive than B, and I’ve noticed that she also is generally less wary around strangers at this age than B was (and continues to be!). B was also the type of baby that would happily nap for three hours in her car seat on a long drive or stroller while we ate at a restaurant or went shopping, but Alice get antsy after being confined for 30 minutes or so. In short, all of the things that I learned and came to expect with B definitely do not apply to Alice.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Alice’s adventures during the last month:

IMG_3148In coordinating outfits for a Memorial Day barbecue at Auntie B’s

20First visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she deemed the T-Rex unimpressive

Longwood-1Enjoying a stroll through Longwood Gardens.

Father's DayDaddy and his girls on Father’s Day

Happy four months, Baby Alice. You bring such joy to all of our lives–we love you more than ice cream on a hot day!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Alice: Three Months

3_Month-2

And, just like that, Alice is already three months old. These first few months definitely felt like they went by more quickly than the first months with B.

Alice didn’t have a doctor’s appointment this month, so I don’t have any weight and height stats to report. But, she is in size six month clothes, and as you can tell from the photos, she is well fed. She finally has been able to stretch her feeding schedule out to every four hours. If mealtime also coincides with naptime, she seems to know just when to wake herself up so she isn’t even a minute late for food!

Last month, I was worried that my comments about her stellar sleep patterns would reverse our luck, but it has been pretty much smooth sailing on that front. She generally goes down—with minimal fuss—around 7 p.m., and will sleep through until around 5 a.m. Yes, that is still really, really early, but at least we are done with those middle of the night feedings. She will be moving in with B next month, so I’m hoping that I won’t have to report that sleep is a disaster for everyone as a result of the shared room situation.

IMG_2802

Bed head.

Alice is generally a happy baby. She stares at us until we smile at her, and then grins back at us. I tickle her constantly just to see her gummy smile and hear her giggle. She is also really nosy. She likes to know what is going on around her at all times, and prefers to be held facing outward so she can survey the room.

3_Month-7

Love this grin!

She is easily annoyed, though. I remember there being occasions where B would hit herself on the head with a rattle or toy and not even flinch. Alice, on the other hand, sobs like the world is about to end and it takes forever to calm her down–unless you hand her a muslin blanket. We stopped using them for swaddling awhile ago, but holding on to them still seems to help her unwind. I think she is going to be the sensitive one.

Alice worked on rolling over a lot during the past few weeks. She could get onto her side, but then couldn’t seem to figure out how to get her arm out from under herself so that she could make a full turn. She finally got it all figured out just yesterday!  She can bring her toys up to her mouth and seems to have taken a liking to B’s old Fisher Price puppies and this cat. She enjoys making faces at the baby in the mirror, surveying the world from her Bumbo seat and imitating the babbling sounds that we make at her.

4

B, is by far, her favorite person. Alice follows her big sister around with her eyes, sometimes contorting herself around my shoulder so that she doesn’t loose sight of B. and I get the sense that she can’t wait until she can join B in dancing around the room and playing at the park.

3

This month, Alice went on a few fun, first outings, including a trip to the zoo, Drexel Alumni Weekend and Spruce Street Harbor Park.

IMG_2688

Alice is not impressed by this rhino…

IMG_2720

…Or, this dragon..(although B really was!)…

IMG_2842

…But, she did decide that Spruce Street Park was slightly impressive.

We are looking forward to more fun in the sun, during the upcoming summer months. Now that I’m back to work full-time, I live for our weekend adventures. There’s nothing that I love more than spending time with A, B and C!

Weekend Adventures: Spruce Street Harbor Park

On weekend mornings, when B wakes up, we tell her that we are going to get ready to go on adventure. Sometimes, it’s a trip the park and Starbucks for a cake pop and caffeine fix. Other times, we take advantage of our memberships at the zoo or the Please Touch Museum (if the weather isn’t great). B is happy doing just about anything and Alice just goes with the flow. And, we all are a bit happier when we can get out of the house for awhile.

Luckily, this is also the time of year when the weather is changing and there are plenty of fun, kid-friendly things to take advantage of in the city. One such destination is Spruce Street Harbor Park, which recently re-opened for its third season along the Penn’s Landing Waterfront.

There are hammocks to lounge on, games to play and food options galore, including an outpost for Jose Garces’ Distrito, Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham, Franklin Fountain and Federal Donuts. A converted shipping container has been turned into a Boardwalk style arcade, complete with video games, Skeeball and a photo booth. On weekends, vendors from the Art Star and the Punk Rock Flea Market set up stands near the Columbus Monument for those who want to partake in a bit of outdoor shopping. Later in the season, the RiverRink will be transformed once again into an outdoor roller skating rink, which I would love to try out with B!

This past Saturday, we had a great time looking at the boats, eating fried chicken from Federal Donuts and playing with gigantic Legos at the park.

IMG_2948

IMG_2829

How she usually spends most of our adventures.

IMG_2832

IMG_2875Actually awake, but pouting about it.

IMG_2882In addition to giant Legos, you can also play giant Jenga, chess or Baggo

IMG_2949

Our waterfront has long seemed like a long stretch of missed opportunities, so I love seeing the space transformed in this way. I think we’ll be spending a lot of time here this summer!

Alice: Two Months

2_Month-5

The flu hit our house recently, so I’m a little bit late with Alice’s two month update. Chester, B and I all came down with it, and we decided that it would be best for her to go stay at my mom’s while we were all full of germs. Although I am so grateful that she didn’t get sick, it was one of the longest weeks of my life. I missed her like crazy!

At her two month appointment, Alice weighed in at 13 pounds and 15 ounces and was 23.5 inches long. This kid loves to eat, and will rarely go past three hours without a feeding during the day. Luckily, nights are much better. She has been sleeping through the night and then some (sometimes for up to 12 hours) for the last couple of days! Of course, I’m sure I just jinxed our good luck by putting that in writing. Oh well…

38

In addition to her food, Alice loves to suck her thumb (she’s still spitting out those pacifiers), grab for her toys while on her playmat, look at the baby in the bathroom mirror and hang around with her big sister. She has revised her previous opinion on white noise and now loves to fall asleep listening to nature sounds on my phone. She is also a champion snuggler and there’s nothing that I love more than the feeling of her little head buried in my neck.

IMG_2518

She has crazy hair, just like her sister did.

18

 

27

Alice went through a fussy period at around six weeks, during which I was convinced that I had given birth to The Most Miserable Baby in the World. We adjusted her formula and she went back to treating us to gigantic smiles and silent belly laughs on a regular basis. I think she is going to be a bit of a goofball.

2_Month-10

Sometimes, she just cracks herself up for no reason at all.

IMG_2171

Alice slept through her first visit to the Please Touch Museum…

IMG_2330

…and through most of the Easter festivities, including an egg hunt, basket opening on Easter morning and dinner at my mom’s. But, she and B looked absoutely adorable in the matching dresses. I still can’t decide who wore it better!

Easter_2016-1

Super excited to go egg hunting!

Easter_2016-15

Easter_2016-23

We tried–and failed–all day, to get a picture of the two of them together…

Easter_2016-26

…And to get a picture of Alice when she was awake. This was the best we could do, just as she woke up from a nap.

I will be heading back to work in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe that three months went by so fast! I could use more time to really figure out how to manage two. Still, I’m grateful for the time with Alice and the opportunity to spend some time with B, while she is at such a fun age. Although I am looking forward to getting back into a real routine, I will miss both of my girls–and our morning snuggles–tremendously!

IMG_2379