Allie’s Winter One-derland

It’s been a couple of weeks since Allie’s first birthday party…but, I only just took the decorations down. So, I thought I might as well share a few photos of our baby girl’s big day!

Since Allie has a February birthday, I decided to go with a Winter One-derland theme. As soon as B heard about the theme, she asked me every day if it was “time for Allie’s wintery party?” That kid loves a good celebration!

I found an adorable invitation on Etsy, and set to work pulling together some pink and gold decor, which was a mix of DIY elements and repurposed Christmas decorations.

Some “in-progress” shots from the party prep

Chester was especially excited to spend an evening punching out a million little snowflakes for the garland, as seen above. And, since I hadn’t done anything remotely creative in forever, it felt good to pull out the glue gun again.

Everything all together, over the fireplace

A’s monthly photos and some of my after Christmas Target/Pier One finds

And, then, because the universe is hilarious, it was 73 degrees and sunny on the day of the festivities. I suppose this was fortunate, because I forgot to get tights to go with Allie’s tutu and onesie ensemble. At least her little legs weren’t cold!

For the food, we ordered hoagies and sides from Primos, but I did make some snowflake shaped sugar cookies and setup a hot chocolate bar with a variety of toppings. This slow cooker hot chocolate is my new favorite, mostly because the longer it sits, the thicker it becomes!

The centerpiece of the buffet was this amazing cake from Sweetbox Bakery. We had this cake for B’s second birthday and it’s now our go-to special occasion dessert. The cake itself is light and fluffy, and the icing is a combination of marscapone, cream cheese and, I assume, crack.

Allie was in a serious mood on the day of the party, due in part to some teething difficulties (which have yet to result in an additional teeth making their appearance). She didn’t let that get in the way of enjoying the sweets!

Slightly confused by the “Happy Birthday” serenade

I was especially excited that the party would provide an excuse to entertain in our new home. We would have never been able to fit 20 plus people in our old house. And, as a result, most of our family gatherings have either been at my mom’s or in the case of all of B’s birthdays, at an outside venue. I’m looking forward to filling our home with family and friends for years to come!

And, finally, what would a post about a first birthday be without sharing a few photos of Alice’s cake smash session with the talented April Ziegler

Not as pretty as our Sweetbox Cake, but I made it myself!

She was hesitant at first, and seemed unsure if she could touch the cake, let alone eat it…

But, I put a little icing on my finger and she quickly got the hang of it!

She certainly did not have the same tearful reaction that her sister did!

Allie loved this birthday crown, and I was so surprised that she kept it on for her photo shoot AND party!

Alice: 12 Months

I used to think that the first year of B’s life was the fastest one of mine…until these last 365 days.

Over the last few days, I’ve been trying to remember the details around Alice’s birth and it’s all a bit fuzzy. I was pretty mad that I had to be induced, feeling like I had somehow failed in some way because my blood pressure was out of control and my body couldn’t just do what it was supposed to on its own. I have a vague memory of watching reruns of Downton Abbey and repeatedly pushing the call button to summon the night time nurse every time it felt like my epidural was wearing off.

But, I clearly remember the moment that they laid her on my chest. Alice’s eyes locked on mine instantly, and it felt like we had known each other forever.

I loved her immediately.

But, bringing her home threw me for a loop. Those first few months were hard. While I was pregnant, other mothers told me how much easier it was for them to go from one to two kids. Not so, for me.

Knowing that Alice was going to be my last baby, I tried to soak in every bit of her newborn-ness, like I did with her sister. But, it turns out that’s a lot harder to do when said newborn cries almost continuously for the first five weeks of life and you are running up and down the steps with a potty train a 2.5 year old.

I remember my exact worst moment: standing in the kitchen, holding a wailing three-week old Alice, willing a bottle to just warm up faster god damn it, while an over tired B tugged on my pant leg while yelling “Mama, mama, mama” over and over again at top volume. All I could do was stare straight ahead and cry myself.

It took months for me to begin to feel like myself again and months after that to even begin to figure how to balance the demands of two tiny humans, along with all of the other things that life dishes out.

But, suddenly, one day, our new normal actually felt…well, normal. It was like she had always been in our lives.

And, before I knew it, it was February 18 again, and the littlest love of my life woke up as a one-year old. She is taking tentative baby steps, learning new words every day (her latest phrase is “good girl”) and getting bigger–in terms of size (21 pounds, 9.5 ounces and 2 and a half feet tall!) and personality–every day.

It’s hard to put into words all of the reasons that Alice is so special…but I’ll try:

Most days, it seems that no one loves life more than our Allie Girl. She smiles with her entire body, and when she laughs, her eyes crinkle so much that they are reduced to tiny little slits. When I’m having a down moment, all I have to do is think of her little face and I can’t help but laugh, too.

In spite of this extreme goofiness, she has a serious side. I frequently catch her in a daydream or intently studying her toys to figure out their inner workings. So, it seems that she’ll either be a stand-up comedian or an engineer.

A always seems to know when someone needs a hug, kiss, a laugh or a pat on the head (for her friends of the four-legged variety). I love how much she loves B. Just this morning, the two of them walked across the living room floor holding hands, and I was so happy because I know that no matter what happens in their lives they will always be each other’s “person.”

She has strong feelings, and she isn’t afraid to let you know about them. When she’s happy, she practically vibrates. When she’s pissed, it’s hard to tell the difference between her and the Hulk. She’s completely and totally herself.

I didn’t think it was possible to feel more love, joy and sense of purpose than I did when B came into our lives. And, then, along came Allie. She was the missing piece in the puzzle of our little family.

Happy Birthday, my Allie.

I’ll love you forever.

I’ll like you for always.

As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.

Alice: 11 Months

I tried to fix her hair for this shoot, but those wisps could not be tamed

By the time B was 11 months old, I was ready to give up on this monthly photo project, because she started to become pretty uncooperative around that time. Alice, on the other hand, LOVES having her picture taken. As soon as we set out this chair, she climbs right in and starts striking poses. It’s making me feel like it won’t be so bad to continue it past her first birthday…which is just a few days away!

Alice can stand up on her own, balance really well, and climb steps but as of this moment, I’ve only witnessed Alice take two baby steps on her own. When she figured out what was happening, she promptly plopped down on her butt. Since then, she’s taken to knee walking, which is hilarious, mostly because she resembles John Leguizamo playing Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! This unique style of movement gets her where she needs to go quickly, and now that she has figured out a way to stay in near constant motion, she is slowly losing her baby fat, which makes me a little bit sad!

One of Alice’s favorite things to do lately is our front window. The sill is just the right height for her to lean on and sometimes I catch her standing there, resting her head on her arms, and daydreaming. Other times, she scoots back and forth from one end to the other, taking in all the sights and generally being nosy.

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She’s learned how to say and shake her head “No” (And, as with her sister, “yes” is taking longer to work on) and I think that I’ve started to hear some new words, too. For example, when I walk into her room in the morning, I usually say “How are you?” and she replies, “Goo!” (which I take to mean “good!”).

Alice generally doesn’t take crap from anyone. If B steals a toy from her, Alice tells her off and then attempts to steal it back. If someone gets to close to her and she’s not in the mood to share her personal space, she will try to claw their eyes out. She doesn’t seem to hold grudges though, because in the next instant she’ll give a “hug” which equate to her wrapping her tiny hands around our necks and pulling our faces towards hers for a slobbery kiss.

During the past month, she’s tried some new, non-pureed foods, including chicken, blueberries and peas. The latter was the only thing she threw on the floor. She is also getting to be a pro at using a sippy cup, which is good, because this house is becoming a bottle free zone right after she turns one…whether she likes it or not. She still has only four teeth to chew with, but we started brushing them anyway. It turns out that it’s one of the highlights of her day, probably because she thinks that the brush and paste are food.

Alice’s favorite things include putting things on her head, showing us her feet (and, when we ask her to show us her belly, hand, ears, etc., she still points to her toes) princess castle and her doll stroller. I’m trying to get her to sit still so I can read to her, but that’s a challenge! There are a few books that hold her attention, mostly of the board, textured and mirror variety, but it’s hard to get her really interested in stories. Most of the time, story time involves me sitting in the chair, reading while she scoots around on the floor. Way different from my experience reading with B, but at least it’s something!

One of this month’s highlights: First carousel ride at the Please Touch Museum

It’s hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks, we’ll be celebrating Allie’s first birthday. I’m looking forward to her party and her first birthday photo shoot and cake smash. Something tells me that she won’t be as sad about having a whole cake to herself as her sister was!

Happy 11 months, Ally O’Malley! I’ll eat you up I love you so!

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Alice: Ten Months

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In yet another example of second-child/second-time-parent syndrome, I almost didn’t post this monthly update. Although we actually took these photos right around Alice’s ten month birthday, the hustle and bustle of getting settled in the new house and celebrating the holidays meant that getting this post together is way, way overdue. In fact, A will be 11 months old in just about a week! But, since these photos are so darn cute—I have to at least say a few words about all that’s been going on in Alice’s world.

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Our girl now has a total of four teeth, with her top two in the front making their way in around the time she hit the ten month mark. And, she knows how to use them—she’s actually developing a bit of a nibbling habit—I currently have a bite mark on my arm to prove it!

Alice flirts with and smilies at everyone she meets. Naturally, everyone thinks she is a total sweetheart. But, man, does she have a devious streak. When she thinks you aren’t looking, she will start rummaging through cabinets, taking stuff out of bags, ripping up paper and generally, just behaving like Godzilla. When you catch her eye, she just snickers and continues down the path of destruction.

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As we settle into the new house, Alice seems to be enjoying having her own room, as well as the fact that our first floor space still needs some furnishing. She and her sister are having a grand old time racing through the empty space. Although A defied all of my predictions and isn’t walking on her own yet, she can easily keep up with—and sometimes even overtake her sister in a race. I love hearing the echo of their laughter as B races through the living room on her tricycle, followed closely behind by A, who is either crawling or pushing a toy at lightening speed.

Currently, Alice loves clapping her hands, blowing kisses and dancing. She continues to learn new words, most of them courtesy of her sister. For example, The BeatBelle that Alice got for Christmas will record your voice and repeat back what you say. B thinks it’s hilarious to hear the robot’s voice say “butt!”…and now, so does A. B is also attempting to teach her the names of all of the members of the Paw Patrol gang—so far, Rubble is her favorite.

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Happy (belated) ten month birthday, Allie Girl! I promise I’ll be on time with your updates going forward so that you have one less thing to put on the list of what you will lament about in therapy someday!

Alice: Nine Months

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As we look ahead to Thanksgiving tomorrow, I could not be more grateful that this little turkey came along nine months ago to make our family complete. There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t bring a dozen (or more) smiles to my face.

At her most recent doctor’s appointment, Alice weighed in at 21 pounds and measured 2 feet and 4 inches long. Basically, she’s a giant. We’ve already moved her from her infant car seat to a convertible because hauling 30-plus pounds of baby and seat to/from the car was leaving me with bruises all over my legs and pulled muscles everywhere!

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A isn’t walking yet, but can now stand for a few seconds on her own—until she realizes that she isn’t holding on to anything. Then, it’s right down on to her backside she goes. Her limited mobility has not continued to get into everything that she possibly can. She is testing out her ability to climb stairs and furniture and spends a lot of time rolling around on the floor, sizing up whether or not she can fit under the furniture. Recently, I turned my back for a second to set B’s breakfast up on the table and A found the carbon monoxide detector that we have plugged into the dining room. She was quite pleased with herself when she figured out how to activate it. The ungodly noise caused B to fall off her chair. Now any time Alice even looks in the general direction of the thing, her big sister reminds me “Don’t put Alice on the floor! She’ll set off the wee-rector.”

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B pretends to be annoyed when A pulls her hair, but I think she actually likes the attention.

Alice is quite chatty and has picked up all kinds of new sounds recently. Her favorite is “uh-oh” which she learned from B’s new favorite book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Sometimes, she’ll even use it in the right context, such as when she dumps her toys all over the floor. I believe that she is also saying “more”, “milk” and “dog,” and she loves to imitate the nonsense sounds that we make at her. Relatedly, she seems to understand just about everything when say. When we ask her to share her toys, Alice gladly hands them over. Say “Alice, kiss?” and she’ll plant the sweetest peck on your nose. Growl her name, and she knows she is in trouble and immediately bursts into tears. It’s all pretty adorable.

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As always, I continue to love watching the interaction between A and B. Alice clearly wants to keep up with and do everything her big sister does. For example, they both like to stand at the coffee table and do puzzles. In other words, B attempts to put the pieces together, Alice pulls them apart and puts them in her mouth. B yells, “Alice, no!”, pulls the pieces away and the cycle starts all over again. It’s also interesting to see the two of them competing for attention. If I’m snuggling B, Alice does everything she can to make a space for herself in my lap. And, once she gets there, she spreads herself out to take up the maximum amount of space. She reminds me of a large German Shepard who thinks she is a lap dog.

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Favorite things this month include her pink giraffe lovey (and throwing it out of her crib with dramatic flair), toys with wheels and waking up in the middle of the night to “talk” to her sister. Least favorite things? Naps. Always naps. And, as the weather gets cooler, we are learning that she is not a fan of hats.

We had a few fall adventures during the last month, including Alice’s first Linvilla Orchards trip.

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Still wearing a grin, after her first bite of cider donut.

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And, of course, we made sure to dress her up in an outfit that was guaranteed to induce a meltdown for her first Halloween.

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I would like to note that we let B pick the costume. So, Alice, when you are reading this someday, you know who to blame for the fact that the hat was so tight that it furrowed your brow for two hours.

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Trick-or-treating with Skye, from Paw Patrol


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“So, wait….I’m supposed to take candy from strangers?”

Finally, Alice received her “get-out-of purgatory for free” card, with her christening day in early November. Alice looked like a princess that day, and was so well behaved in church. She didn’t even cry when the water was poured over her head (her sister, on the other hand, sat in the back of the church with Nee-Nee, loudly announcing to everyone that she wanted to go home, that she was hungry and that she was tired of hearing those “friggin bells”).

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and I’m looking forward to soaking up every last moment of Alice’s first Christmas season!

Alice: Eight Months

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Alice is two-thirds of the way to a year old. What. The. Heck?

The days feel even more hectic than ever lately, what with chasing after two kids, work and all of the rest of things that life throws our way. Alice continues to be one of the things that keeps us on our toes the most, as she is now cruising along the furniture, pushing her toys across the floor and trying to climb everything in sight. If you remember, B didn’t really walk until she was 15 months old. At the rate Alice is going, I’ll be surprised if she isn’t taking steps on her own by Christmas.

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Allie Girl finally cut two teeth (bottom, front), which have been helpful for her expanding interests in food. She is rapidly losing interest in being spoon fed purees and is only happy when we give her a food item or a spoon that she can hold on to, and feed to herself. Current favorites include puffed rice cereal, shredded cheese, pasta and B’s leftovers.

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In a continuation of what I assume are coping mechanisms developed by second children so that we don’t forget about them, Alice’s hobbies seem mostly to revolve around drawing attention to herself. Her newest tricks include pulling all the books of the shelf and tearing up the pages, sneaking up on Poor Tracy and pulling her tail and throwing herself across B’s lap so big sister will pay attention to her. She spent a lot of time this month practicing her wave, “so big!” peek-a-boo and learning to pull off her socks. She has learned that we find these habits oh-so-adorable, and if have to correct her for something, she knows she can pull out all of these out of her bag of tricks and all will be forgiven.

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We all took our first trip to Sesame Place, and while Alice was too little to partake in any of the rides, she didn’t seem to mind watching her big sister nearly pee her pants on the roller coaster. She spent the whole day perched in her stroller, looking around as if to say “Isn’t it so nice that everyone is having a good time?” She is going to make the most adorable little old lady someday.

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Happy 8 months, Alice Girl. I love you more than pumpkin spice lattes!

Alice: Seven Months

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Pouting away, at B’s birthday party

 

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Little B: 3 Years Old

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Alice: Six Months

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

Alice: Five Months


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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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…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.

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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.”

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

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