March 1 (We were at Target and I had a gift card…otherwise, I drink Caribou):
March 2: Baby Mohawk
March 3: Hannah’s 2-month checkup and shots (those DID NOT go well, and she was a sad, sad baby for about 24 hours):
March 4: I love this picture so much.
March 5: All together.
March 6: We had a little ice/rain/snow overnight, but the sun eventually came out.
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I never create goals for myself anymore because I never complete them and I feel like a failure. But this month I thought I would try it.
1. Take a family picture, get it printed, framed and hanged (hung?)
2. Blog a little more.
3. Start exercising (walking, doing a Pinterest workout)
4. Get my portion sizes in control (I’m so hungry all.the.time and never feel full)
5. Go through the baby’s clothes (already) and pack up the newborn things
There. Nice, easy, generic goals.
Yesterday was another cold day. I am getting tired of saying that. But, this week is finally supposed to be better. More than one or two days above zero. (When there are several 35*+ days in a row, we can get our toilet fixed!)
Yesterday, we were all sitting on the couch, so I took out my big camera for a few shots. I am still thinking about selling it…but that makes me a little sad, especially when I see pictures like this.
Hannah turned 2 months old last Friday and has her first shots today. I am not looking forward to that, but I am looking forward to seeing how much she weighs, compared to last Tuesday (which was 11lbs.) She started out at 7lbs 12oz, and we are still breastfeeding, so I think we are doing ok. We are also co-sleeping, which is something I used to do with Lauren when she was a baby. (Avery preferred to sleep alone, from Day 1.)
Avery is kind of helpful these days. The novelty of a new baby has long wore off and she would rather play by herself, or just hold and burp the baby then move on. She is learning how to read, by practicing with the books Lauren brings home from school. She loves to write words and type ‘stories’ on the iPad. Every day she asks if we can go to the park or go swimming. I will be so happy when I can tell her YES!
Oh, boy. This kid is equal parts a huge challenge and amazing. We are working through some behavior issues, both at home and at school. She also has some ongoing ear pain, and we can’t figure out why (which we think contributes to the behaviors). She loves school and has quite a few friends. She frequently comes home with drawings from them. BUT…
SHE CAN READ.
She has been reading since late December. To be quite honest, we were all shocked at how fast she picked it up. I thought it would take until 2nd or 3rd grade until she was reading, but halfway through December, she decided it was time. I remember sitting in her classroom on Parent Orientation Day in August, and hearing her teacher say “I will have your kids reading by the end of the school year.” And I thought, yeah right. Not my kid.
Friday’s note from her aide said, ” Lauren is in a reading group now and is the star of the group. We have to tell her she can’t shout out the words so the other kids can sound them out. If they can’t sound them out, Lauren gets to give them the answer.”
She loves to sit and read her books, and look through her flashcards. She started out reading words, then books with short sentences, now she’s reading books with a few sentences per page. According to her aide, she likes the longer books now (more words to read!)
This was one of my big fears about her education – but clearly I didn’t have anything to worry about. I am still unsure of how much she is actually comprehending, but one step at a time, I guess.
Sunday – Lauren putting together her 100 Days project
Monday – Tim and Avery playing outside – it was 40* !!
Tuesday – We had another nice day, so we got a car wash.
Wednesday – Hannah, watching Tim and Avery build a snowman. Hannah was not amused by the cold weather or snow.
(This is the same snowsuit Lauren wore when she was a baby. We had Hannah out for just a few minutes before I took her back inside. This is not an iPhone shot. )
Thursday – We put Hannah’s crib together, even though we have no plans of putting her in it quite yet.
We didn’t do much today – it’s still too cold. Lauren went to school and had a party with ice cream, lemonade and Valentine cookies. She got a lot of candy from her classmates.
Avery and I had an early lunch at McDonald’s (breakfast) and did a little shopping at Target.
When Lauren got home from school, I changed Hannah into her Valentine’s onesie and jeans, and took this photo.
For dinner, I was going to make French Toast and use heart-shaped cookie cutters, but I forgot to use the cutters. Oh well. Tomorrow, we plan on making heart-shaped sugar cookies and using red and pink sprinkles.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hannah is 33 days old today, and her favorite color is purple. The blanket is from Lauren’s Early Intervention teacher (we got this way back in 2009) and the hat was made by the very talented Stephanie.
When I’m sitting up at 2am, feeding Hannah, I see myself in her face. I will admit that I do not like my appearance. I never have and probably never will. But I was a really cute baby. When I first saw Hannah, I saw Lauren. Then at about 2 weeks old, I saw baby Tim. Now I think she looks like me.
Newborn Lauren (Dec 8, 2007):
Newborn Avery (July 31, 2009):
Newborn Hannah (Jan 3, 2014):
Also known as: a post for Gramma. (She likes all the faces babies make.)
(The quilt was made by my friend T.)