Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our newest girl friend!

We have a new addition to our girl parties!! Lily's best friend Kat has a new baby sister, Natalie Marie. We are so excited. Now Gemma has a friend too! We got to visit the newest addition today and she is a keeper for sure.
Why can't they just stay this tiny and delicious for a little longer?
She really is a sweet one. I know people always say that but it is the truth.
Tiny yawns are just the best!
She knew she was modeling and gave us a smirk.
Trying to get all the girls together for the first shot of many to come. Gemma is pretty stoked about her new friend. She welcomed her to the group with a backhand to the cheek! Her big sister protects her.
This is about the best they could manage.
Sisters are in love already!! Looking forward to many many play dates in the future!



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Growing brood

We are always trying to get pics of all the cousins together. Now that Gemma has joined the brood we needed a picture of the group. This is no simple feet.

We spent the weekend down in Portland visiting cousins and Joel and Tonya. Grandma and Grandpa had driven up from Cali so we had a great time all together. We had tons of great food. The kids went in the hotel pool two days in a row. We went wine tasting while the kids stayed back with the grandparents. Alex and I got to go out to dinner for our five year anniversary! We had very little sleep (less than our usual small amount).

It was a great time over all. Wish we could do it more often. A huge thanks to Joel and Tonya for hosting everyone and putting up with us all and cooking up some seriously good grub!

Here is the best of the bunch!!
My personal favorites are the out takes though.

Let's start with getting everyone on the couch.
Now we have the "Charlie doesn't want to participate". This is also the "Gemma's hand is reaching out towards Lily."
Hmmm...is she trying to hold my hand?
Let's pout, and Lily's "I don't want her to touch me" view.
We are warming up to the idea. I guess I will be a nice sister and hold your hand.
Daddy's making funny faces. Owen is not impressed. Lily thinks it is great.
Ok this is getting super boring. Are we done yet?

See, the first one is looking even better now that you know how hard it was to get!

Two Hoots

I don't give two hoots if you want to go to bed or not....your going!
That is not what this post is about. It could be, considering we are a bit delerious with lack of sleep. It is about the passion our house has for Owls, and how Lily's passion is spreading to little sister.
We happened across this owl at a store recently and he begged to come home with us. That, and Lily had a runny nose (when doesn't she?) and she happened to hug this little owl and rubbed her runny nose all over him. Clever move kid, you kind of have to buy it after that don't you?
His official name is big owl, after the stuffed animal owl on Kipper of course.
Gemma was not to be left out of the hoots craze. She is quite the chewer and loves toys. Lily at this age had no interest in toys probably because she had her pacifier in her mouth at all times. Gemma, however would prefer a toy any day of the week. She is loving her new "little owl" toy.
Lily just might be sleeping with both owls right now. Well she is not sleeping, she is goofing around as usual, but she has both owls in there with her. Good thing Gemma is so good at sharing, a fact I point out to Lily all the time. She doesn't always reciprocate the sharing with Gemma. Just wait until Gemma is a little older and you will not have control all the time big sister.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Half a year ago...

We had one of these...

And six months later we have one of these...











Thanks to my help during the photo shoot.
We also had a little interruption from sister. She decided to have one of her rare moments of sisterly love.
Lily also likes to hold hands with Gemma on occasion. This sometimes leads to an attempt at ring around the rosie. We did notice that occasionally this loving hand holding turns into "death grip" so we have to monitor this "loving" closely.
Lily needed a few shots with her beloved hoots to end the session.

At six months Gemma is now starting to like to eat solids. She has tried banana, peas, and apple with good old rice cereal. She pretty much tried to spit it all out up until about a week ago. She tends to eat better for her daddy than anyone else.

She has smiles and coos galore and can't get enough of her toes. She often succeeds at pulling off her socks so she can suck on her toes. Her favorite things to watch are Lily and Winston. If only either one of them would return the attention. She loves to chew on toys and will take the pacifier if given it but is not as obsessed with it as Lily was. Maybe we just let her shout it out a little more.

She takes two, two hour naps a day (if we can manage to be home to squeeze them in) or she cat naps in the car seat. She has decided that sleeping long stretches at night is for losers and would rather wake every three hours all night long to say hello and have a bit of milk. This is certainly not enjoyed by anyone else in the family and is a work in progress to save our sanity. At least she does go right back to sleep so she is quick about it.

Her hair is coming in slow as molasses but has a bit of a red hue like Lily's did. Her eyes are just like her dads. Blue on the outside and sort of green in the middle. They look different depending on what she wears and the amount of light but they are just like Alex's. Who knows what color to call them? She is definitely changing in her looks and now is very similar to Lily in baby photos of her at this age.

She is such a good girl and goes with the flow of our crazy daily life. She loves to jump in the jumperoo and doorway jumper much to Lily's delight. She loves to push Gemma and swing Gemma. A little whiplash never hurt at this age right?

She is still on Zantac for her acid reflux, we hope to wean her off after her 6 month doctors visit. The plan was maybe after starting solids she would be able to get off the medicine so we will see. She is finally healthy after two back to back bouts of bronchiolitis. She was a trooper through the illness but no one got any sleep.

She is rolling over front to back (to get out of the dreaded "tummy time") and occasionally from back to front. When she manages to roll over from back to front she looks around and gets mad, like who put me this way I hate it?

No teeth so far which is good for me since I am still nursing. She has a stubborn streak for sure and won't take a bottle. She used to take a bottle but went on strike about a month and a half ago and we can't seem to get her to take it again. Perhaps we will just start a sippy cup sooner and hope for the best.

She is a keeper for sure and we are trying to soak up every minute although it seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. We live our lives to the motto, "the days are long but the years are short" that and "choose your battles" but that is more for the two year old in the house!

Spring Cleaning

We have been taking advantage of a few days of Spring weather and doing some outdoor chores. We weeded, planted, and spread tons (well 10 bags) of mulch. Good thing we had kids so they could help us with chores.
 Due to union rules, there were mandatory breaks to be had. Don't get me wrong, there was some work done.
Then more breaks. This time, break included some bubbles.
You never know, bubbles look so good they might taste good too.
No, Lily they don't taste good. Don't take my word for it though.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Water Baby

This little water baby cannot get enough of the pool. There is nothing cuter than this new swimsuit. It comes with the matching swim hat. A few other moms at the YMCA pool gasped when they saw her and then whispered (loudly) how absolutely adorable she was. Yup, I know. She had a blast swimming with dad and showing him her mad skills. Pretty much every day if you ask her what she wants to do she will say," let's swim in a big pool." The small pool would be our bath tub.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nothing

One of the favorite quotes from Lily's latest favorite show Kipper is, "nothing ever really happens." That is us these days. Not much new. We are ok with that. Better nothing than a whole lot of illness! So here is a peek into our days filled with "nothing" but cuteness.
Still obsessed with getting to try everything her sister has. She climbs in pulls up the blanket, declares herself cozy and stays there for 20 minutes. Whatever. Twenty minutes of relative peace for me.
Love love love my fingers these days. The whole fist tastes even better.
Sister feet! It's the best I could get with wiggly and uncooperative girls. They just grow TOO fast!!
Hope your days are filled with nothing but sunshine and lots of giggles!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sink or Swim

Lily has been taking swim lessons for three weeks now. She missed two weeks due to "the great illness of 2011." Today we were back to lessons and unsure how it would go. I like to call her swim school "sink or swim" because literally you have to swim the first day or they kind of let you sink...a little. They wear floaty "backpacks" as Lily calls them. Not only do you swim the first day, you dive off the side of the pool, and you also dive off the diving board. Let's just say the first two weeks were difficult. There were quite a few tears. She did go back each time though and this week we made it with only a tiny bit of crying. She does enjoy it, she just wants to play and splash the whole time and not have to do the work. I am sure next week will be even better. Here is a small video clip of her diving!