12.04.2014

evidence: making faces

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Recently discovered photos on my phone... along with 200 more.

12.02.2014

evidence: crayons

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Someone prefers their crayons naked and broken in half.  At least half of the box.
But then, "Oh no, my colors are broken, Oh no mama.  Oh No!"

12.01.2014

2 months

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Two months little one.  
And lots of new things are happening.  

You smile.  It is one of my favorite things right now - getting a gummy smile from you.  You recognize the voices and faces of the people you know and really prefer your daddy and sister Eva.  You seem to laugh, but so far it is a silent and sweet head bob with a huge grin.  No giggles yet, but I am sure they are coming.  You are cooing and chattering all the time.  It is the sweetest sound.

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At your check-up today you weigh 10 lbs. 14 oz and are almost 23" tall.  Right on track and holding steady in those percentile curves.  You had to get some nasty shots.  Theo was there and after the first shot he started yelling "Stop it, stop it" (really thop it, thop it) at the nurse.  He was pretty mad and shaking his finger at her.  Then while I soothed you he came and patted your head, "It's okay Lena, it's okay. Shhh Shush Lena." You really smooth his edges little one. 

You still are refusing a bottle or a pacifier.  Trials have mostly ended up with blood curdling screams or you gagging and throwing up.  I am hopeful that you will change your mind so we keep trying.  You have been making a concerted effort to get your thumb in your mouth and I would rather that not be a battle we fight later... so we press on. 

You are hitting a little pattern with eating and sleeping.  Mostly eating every 2-3 hours during the day with a long stretch at night from about 10-3.  You will throw in a round or two of cluster feedings - eating every 30 minutes or so for a few hours.  We had few weeks where you were such an unhappy camper.  There were long bouts of crying and screaming.  A few days of reflux meds and you have been a much happier baby.

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Here is one from a few weeks ago earlier in November... can't believe how much you have grown.

Seeing you grow and watching you become a part of our family has been amazing to me.   How things shift and make room, how hearts grow. Being a big sister again has made Eva so very motherly.  She loves to care for you and help me.  Becoming a big brother has been so great for Theo.  He is a pretty rough and tumble guy, but he slows down almost everytime he passes you just to say hello and maybe even kiss your head.

We love you Helena.

11.18.2014

naps

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Nap time is a group effort over here.

11.17.2014

looking up

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These two crack me up.  Everyday.

In this newborn phase, I feel like I am playing catch-up all day long. But I never really get there... never catch up.  It is a blurry, exhausting, survival mode kind of time over here.  There are moments where I feel like I am doing everything wrong, and what I am not doing wrong already should have been done yesterday.  It is a time of "just making it" and constantly praying for patience, 30 minutes of more sleep, and 60 seconds of quiet.  

Then I stop and look up because these two crazy monkeys are trying to get my attention.  I make myself take a deep breath and decide to forget that I haven't showered in a while.  I just sit still. I sit and let these two entertain me with a puppet show over the back of the couch.  

It was a great show.

11.05.2014

fall

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leaf collecting

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homecoming parades

napping

pizza picnics

getting acquainted

off roading

first walks

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trick-or-treat

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candy snacking





11.03.2014

evidence: rug

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Must have lost something under there?