Friday, April 11, 2014

10 weeks

Dear Baby Scarlett,

It is double digits for you this week, baby girl! You are getting so big, I can hardly stand it. And you are so much more interactive now. You LOVE playing on the kick-n-play mat and you talk up a storm too. I love that I can start to see your adorable little personality.

So, what happened this week? Well, starting with last Friday night, you and I had a little 'snuggle-cation'. Sometimes I feel like I don't get to spend enough time with just you, so I am working on getting better about asking Daddy to take Ellie so we can go have some bonding time. So that is just what we did. Daddy and Ellie went to play and pick up dinner and you and I just went to lay around on the bed and snuggle and spend some much needed time together. I loved it, and I hope that we will be doing that kind of thing more often.

Friday night, though? You were a CRAB. First of all, you didn't want to GO to sleep. Then you woke up in the middle of the night. Yes, I feel like a brat for complaining about one wake up, but I am so used to getting a full night's sleep, that it threw me for a loop and made for very tired parents! I'm very lucky that Daddy happily takes the late-night shifts and I can take the early morning ones so we aren't complete zombies. 

Then, Saturday we met up with some friends for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. You did awesome your first time meeting the bunny and also had lots of snuggles for everyone there. 

The weather is starting to get nicer, so we are enjoying lots of walks too. You usually love being in the stroller and clonk out as soon as we start moving. 

Sunday we had the usual church-gym day. You actually came to the gym for the first time in quite awhile. Aunt Andrea LOVED snuggling you and you were asleep on her shoulder in no time. It was nice to have everyone back at the gym and things back to semi-normal. When we got home, though, all hell broke loose. Dad had to stop and grab that gallon of milk we had forgotten, so I had you and your overtired sister. Let's just say that Dad walked in the door to me nursing both of you just to keep my sanity!

Monday was low-key. You were back to sleeping like normal (thank GOODNESS) but we all needed some time to hang out and recuperate. We had a ot of fun playing, like usual. You are getting to be a rockstar at tummy time these days. You are NOT a fan f floor time, though. You'd much rather be sitting up in someone's lap. I keep joking that you are going to be sitting before you are rolling over because you have NO interest in being down flat at all. Oh, and your legs? I think I've said this before, but they are FREAKISHLY strong. You can stand on your own, just using us for balance. And you've been doing that for a couple weeks. What baby does that? Just my strong little one!

Tuesday we had a very busy day. Aunt Mandy came down to see you guys! You gave her some awesome cuddles and we all went out to lunch. You didn't sleep though lunch this time, but even when you woke up, you were content just sitting there, watching and taking everything in. 

Then, I had a meeting so you had to go to Grandma and Grandpa's. You were a sweet girl, but also showed them how you don't really like to wait for food. Since you don't get many bottles, you are definitely used to eating EXACTLY when you want to, and so you made warming up a bottle for you a little 'fun'. I am so glad both my girls are so patient!

Wednesday and Thursday were both days spent around the house, enjoying the amazing weather. It feels so good to get out of the house with you two! This winter has been so rough. It is funny, even just walking around the neighborhood puts us all in a much better mood. We've been getting stopped lots by neighbors who haven't met you yet. Many of them didn't even really realize you were here! Being holed up in the house this nasty winter has NOT been fun, and I am very glad it is coming to an end. 

 Oh, and one more thing. That Daddy of yours? A complete mushball for you. You two are so adorable together. He loves laying with you when you are playing. And he can calm you down almost instantly by touching your cheek. But my FAVORITE thing is to eavesdrop on you two when he is getting you ready for bed. Hearing him talking to you and making you laugh and coo when you are getting your baby massage is the sweetest thing. He takes such pride in doing the bedtime routine with both you and Ellie and it is just so stinking sweet. And then to see him praying with you as he walks you into the bedroom? That makes me all melty. You are one loved little girl, Miss Scarlett. We are so incredibly glad that you came to be part of our family, as crazy as it can often be! We love you so much and just couldn't imagine a better 10-week-old.

I love you!

Friday, April 4, 2014

9 weeks

My little Smoosh,

You are 9 weeks old today! And I have got to tell you, I fall more and more in love with you every day. We have some Mommy and Scarlett time planned for tonight, and I am looking forward to that. I am trying to make a more conscious effort to spend dedicated time with you. You are so smiley and just love sitting up, face to face, and talking to me. You have a LOT to say. Between you and your sister, I think that Daddy and I will be lucky if we can even get a word in edgewise as you get a bit older!

This was a CRAZY busy week! Saturday morning we packed you and your sister up in the car and headed with Grandma and Grandpa to Wisconsin so you could meet some of your extended family. You did awesome in the car and gave your Great Grandma lots of sweet cuddles. You even did a good job tuning out your sister, who had a BLAST running around the house chasing after Maddy and Carter. I can only imagine the havoc you will wreak when can join in their shenanigans!

We really are lucky that you and Ellie are both so awesome in the car. You were happy to sleep most of the trip, and Ellie was happy to watch "Frozen" and "Beauty".

We got back late Sunday night and Monday morning came much too soon. I could have used a pajama day with you two, but that wasn't happening. We had your 2 month doctor's appointment, so we were up and at 'em early to drop Ellie off at Grandma's and then to get going. Like I wrote about in the other post, you are doing GREAT, but the shots were pretty rough on you. They were rough  on me too. This was the first doctor's appointment for either of you girls that Daddy had to miss, and I think I could have used his support! I was happy to cuddle you, but those little whimpers as you were sleeping were just daggers in my heart. You are normally so content that I hated to see you uncomfortable. Luckily, the weather was pretty nice, so we enjoyed some time outside that afternoon, and even took you kiddos to the park that night.

Tuesday the weather turned a bit cooler, and it was REALLY windy. None the less, I needed to get my booty moving, so I took you guys out for a run. Oh man, it was TOUGH running with that double stroller in the wind. In good news, though, both you kiddos didn't seem to mind. You were both zonked out by the time we got home. Funny girls!

Wednesday was more of the same. We went for a couple more walks and another run. I like being outside and apparently you do too, because it will usually calm you right down!

Thursday I had a doctor's appointment, so you guys hung out with Grandma in the morning. You showed her your funny new trick...going from SCREAMING to zonked out in about 2 seconds. You really are starting to fight sleep like that. I'm not sure why, you are such an adorable little sleepy princess.

It is hard to believe that I could possibly be so lucky to be the Mommy of the two most beautiful, funny, and smart girls on the planet. But you princesses are! I just love you so much. Those sweet cuddles of yours are the best and I am so lucky that I am the one who gets to steal kisses on those chubby little cheeks anytime I want.

I love you so much, Baby Scarlett!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Scarlett's 2 month appointment

I hate shots. Really, I do.

My poor calm girl did not do well with her shots today.The screaming when she was getting them was bad enough. But then when we got home, there was random screaming from time to time. But the WORST? Well, she was extra cuddly, so she curled up on my chest and snoozed, but every so often she'd let out a little whimper. Poor baby. It was one of the most heartbreaking things ever to see my sweet Smoosh in pain, and that Tylenol could not kick in fast enough.

In good news, the check up went well. She was 23 inches tall (77th percentile) 11 pounds on the nose (44th percentile) and had a head circumference of 15 inches (48th percentile). She gave nurse Angie so many smiles that she is in love with Miss Scarlett too.

In good news, however, Ellie was a super big sister and gave Scarlett's Boo-boos lots of kisses:

Is it bad that I am already dreading the 4 month appointment?

Friday, March 28, 2014

8 weeks

Dear Smooshy,

You are 8 weeks old today! So close to two months, and you get more and more fun with each passing day. I love how you interact, and that grin of yours just makes my day!

So what were we up to this week? Well Saturday you had your very first trip to West End Bakery! Yum! I think you will enjoy it more when you can actually enjoy the treats. But Daddy, Ellie and I all enjoyed a donut, and we picked up a birthday cake for me. Then, after nap time, we went looking for some outdoor toys for you and your sister. Your sister for sure needs some things to play on, and I want to spend lots of time outside with you guys this summer, so I am hoping that we can find some good stuff for you girls!

Sunday was your dedication at church! There were a lot less babies this time than when we had the dedication for Ellie, which was nice.

And afterward we went to brunch with Grandma and Grandpa Zaher. Ellie chowed down on blueberry pancakes while you gave sweet cuddles to everyone, my sweet little smoosh!

After that, I had to go to the gym, so you stayed with Daddy and Ellie. It was kind of a rough day, since Ellie did not want to nap. But, you guys did do some playing together. Nothing warms by heart more than seeing you two interacting. Your sister ADORES you. We are constantly hearing "Oh, bayBEE" from her. It is SO sweet. I hope you two continue to play together as nicely as you do now!

And your Daddy? Wrapped around your little finger! Of course. But I do have the sweetest story from Sunday. Daddy had been with you two all day. Your sister didn't nap well, and when I came home it was pretty clear that Daddy had his hands full for the night. So I took you, fed you, and got you snoozing in your swing. Then I went to take a shower. When I got out, you were zonked on Daddy's chest. So, I was concerned you had woken up fussy and Dad wasn't getting his much needed break. Nope! Daddy told me your blanket had fallen off and when he went over to put it back on you, you looked so adorable and cuddly that he just had to snuggle you. As he put it "I had a chest in need of a Smooshy." Awe! Talk about melting!

Monday we hung around home for the most part. We did get out to take a nice walk, but other than that, it was just some much needed time with my two favorite girls, and my favorite fluffball.

Your sister, however, had figured out that when I have my hands full with you, she can misbehave. This started Monday, when she climbed on the hood of the power wheels car. Then, I was changing your diaper and Dad got home. As soon as he stepped in the door, I heard "Ellorie Mae!" Yup, she was standing on the coffee table. What??? That little monkey. And THEN, she climbed into your seat, while it was in the stroller. Phew. That little climber is going to give me a run for my money. Don't watch her, okay Scarlett? I don't know if I can take two little monkeys! 

You are certainly taking after your sister in one way. You are both crabby little bunnies. I love this side-by-side of you two. What do you have against being dressed up like bunnies?

Tuesday brought more SNOW. Ick. We are all done with the snow. I want to to be warm so we can enjoy outside time. We had to run some errands, and then we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa's house since Ellie woke up asking to "swim." That means I got a little extra time to cuddle with you while your sister played fishy. I love that!

Wednesday we needed to do a couple more errands. You were a doll on the eraands, as usual, and your sister good too! Yay! I love good errand days. It makes things so much better for all of us. 

Then we went to the gym. Your sister, the goof, played with Jack's tools. 

And you snuggled LOTS with Aunt Andrea. I didn't think I was going to be able to get you back. She is just magic with all you kiddos. Truff loves her, Ellie loves her, and apparently you love her. I officially need to win the lotto and have her come be our nanny.

Thursday, you had your first road trip! I had to go to Grand Rapids for a meeting and you tagged along. You were perfect in the car, you barely made a peep! Then at the meeting you were content to snooze on my chest most of the day. You were a great 'helper'

Ellie spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa and had a ball. They went to run around the mall. She even got to ride on the rides there. They did, however, spill the beans that they can be turned on with money and now I don't think she will be content just climbing on them. But, I understand...look how happy she was!

That brings us to today. I am exhausted from yesterday and we've got a boatload of packing to do for this weekend. But even when things get crazy like this, it is easy for me to remember that I am blessed with the two best little girls ever, so it is worth all the crazy. I love you so much, little squish, and I hope you know how much your little smiles make me smile. You are an amazing little girl, and I am excited that I get to have a front row seat in getting to see you grow and change.

I love you, Scarlett!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Learning to listen...and talk

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that my Ellie-bean is a full fledged TODDLER. A running, climbing, talking, TODDLER.

And the truth is, I often forget that the little baby I held 18 months ago is not so little anymore. And I still try to treat her like such. And, of course, that is NOT okay with Little Miss Independent. But honestly, we both are learning a lot.

Just like she's learning to talk, I've had to learn to talk a lot more. She wants to know what is going on. And it prevents so many battles when I just talk to her. For example, if I explain to her that we are going to go get her ready for her nap, I get and enthusiastic "Yeah-Yeah-Yeah!" But if I just grab her and take her to her room...meltdown. She needs to know what's going on. But I forget, SO OFTEN. I hurry. I get caught up, and don't want to explain.

And then there is listening. Heaven knows this girl needs to learn something about listening. Of course, I write this as we are deep in the trenched of a climbing stage. At least I hope it is a stage. It started Monday morning. I was nursing Scarlett, heard a giggle, looked behind the couch, and Ellie was standing on the hood of her Cobra. She wouldn't listen, so the car got moved into the dining room. Then, Ryan gets home from work, just as I was changing Scarlett, and found Ellie sitting on the coffee table. What? Can't move that in the dining room. We spent the entire night trying to get her to not climb onto it every 3 seconds (oh, when we weren't trying terribly hard to keep from laughing. Because it is FUNNY. She is so proud of herself and she looks like a seal getting up there.) And then Tuesday? I am trying to get them out of the house when I find Ellie sitting in Scarlett's car seat. No big deal, except it was snapped into the stroller. Sigh. So she had climbed the stroller and gotten into the seat. Her listening skills...not fantastic. But mine? They need to improve too. I am constantly amazed at Ellie when I just listen to her. Those times when I am not stuck on amusing her are incredible. She does her best talking while not distracted, so I really have to take the time to make a conscious effort to not overwhelm her and just to LISTEN.

I'm glad that Ellie is patient with me as I learn how to be the Mom of a toddler, and even more so as I learn to be the Mom of THIS toddler. I love it, but it is significantly different than any learning I've ever done in the past. I only hope I can be as patient with her as she is learning and growing.

Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Weeks

Dear Smooshy Scarlett,

You are 7 weeks old, princess! And what a fun week it was!

On Saturday, we headed out for some errands. Mostly, we are trying to be way more organized with cooking, so we did a mega-grocery run. You were awesome, as usual, and slept through most of that, and then were still out when we got home and prepped everything.

Later that night, we all curled up on the couch and had family movie night, watching The Little Mermaid. No surprise, you snoozed on Daddy's chest. That is your favorite place to be, I think. Snoozing on Daddy's chest or...ahem...attached to my chest!

Sunday we went to church and then headed back home, as usual. You were a doll again, and cuddled with Daddy for the entire service. I am still having lots of fun dressing you and your sister up. I fully expect you two to have some massive therapy bills later, but you princesses look so darn cute! I was so sad when I had to leave to go to the gym, but you had an awesome time with Daddy and Ellie.

Monday was St. Patrick's Day! I already posted about that and all the fun we had. I cannot wait until you can enjoy more of the things that Ellie and I do. You are really starting to watch her and such, though. 

Tuesday was another least at our house. Frozen Day! Your sister has been waiting for that to come out on DVD for awhile now, so of COURSE we had to trek to the mall to pick up our copy. I am sure you will be singing it like Ellie before long, and requesting "Go!" when we get in the car, and telling me "Gin, Gin" (again) when the songs end.

So, of course, then it was another family movie night. We all enjoyed it. You slept on Daddy (see the theme) and we all cuddled on the couch. It was a great movie, except the first 15 minutes when your Daddy and I were a blubbering mess. When you are the Mommy and Daddy to two little princesses, that should come with a warning! I am pretty sure your sister thought I had lost it when I very sternly turned to her and told her that she is to ALWAYS build the snowman. ALWAYS. 

Wednesday was my birthday! Yay! Of course it was the best because I got to spend it with my girls! I just love spending time with you two. Even the little mundane stuff is so much fun! Daddy made me a yummy breakfast and gave me the most gorgeous new necklace with E and S on it. You and your sister hid a card for me on her changing table, which was really sweet too. We enjoyed lots of cuddles and for the most part, you guys were on your best behavior. 

Thursday we had a little date together to go speak at the St. Joe Breastfeeding Coalition. It went really well and I was able to pass along some of the things that helped us all be so successful breastfeeding and help to plan what can be done to support other mommies and their babies. Oh, and I got you weighed. Are you ready for this, smoosh? You are up to 10 lbs 9 oz! Guess I don't have to be worried about waking you up to eat, Miss Sleepypants. You are doing GREAT gaining weight.

Speaking of gaining weight and such, I took a pic of you on Thursday that I just had to compare to your sister. I so often think that you two look completely different, but in reality, your faces are almost identical. It will be so interesting to see how you grow and develop!

Friday the weather FINALLY started warming up, so we were able to take some good walks. You loved walking around the neighborhood, except when the sun would get in your eyes. Your sister loved it too, and walked the entire way down to the cul-de-sac on her own. I was happy that the nice fresh air wore you guys out and I cannot wait to be able to be outside more with you two. I have a feeling we are going to have a lot of outside time this summer!

So what else are you up to? Well you are still a super sleeper, usually giving us at least a 7 hour stretch at night. That is much appreciated, Smoosh! You love looking at lights. And you still love being a million degrees and being all smooshed up in a little ball. You are a big fan of being swaddled, so we are typically swaddling you for naps too these days. And those are responding to Daddy and I by smiling and cooing now. That really is the best thing ever. You especially talk up a storm to Daddy when he gets you ready for bed and then bring you into me. He often comes to bed with eyes a little misty from your adorableness!

One things that you are doing that just crack me up is what I like to call your "Willy Wonka face". I promise, when you get sleepy but are fighting it, your eyes roll and you give this face, just like Willy Wonka. Between that and your sister trying to turn herself into a blueberry a la Violet Beauregard, I sometimes feel like I am in the movie!

Smoosh, you are such a doll and just so perfect for our little family. I love watching you discover all the new things around you. And of course, I just LOVE cuddling with you. You are such a sweet girl, and I am so lucky to be your Mommy!

I love you,

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Mason crew!

We had an awesome, but busy day. In typical fashion, I tried to make it a really fun day for the girls. Well, at least for Ellie. For Scarlett, a fun day is still eat, sleep, poop.

When Ellie got up, I went to greet her with a light up necklace on. She loved anything that lights up/glows! So she was very excited! Then our leprechaun, Lucy, had made breaskfast! Green shamrock pancakes and green milk for everyone!

Ellie was not so sure about the green milk. She definitely gave it the side-eye before she drank it!

Then we had some sweet cuddle time, all three of us. Ellie and Scarlett are really starting to interact now. It just melts my heart to see Scarlett smile at her big sister! She is going to just adore her, I know it!

Grandma dropped by for a bit, so the girls were entertained. Then it was lunch and nap. While Ellie was napping I got to snuggle with my littlest leprechaun! She is starting to smile and interact so much more. She gets smiley when I talk to her pretty often now, and I just love it. Sometimes she will start cooing too. 

Ellie was a little bit of a mess (darn chompers bothering my girl!) but enjoyed some lucky charms after her nap and watched a little Curious George while I fed Scarlett. 

Then, it was erupting shamrocks time! Baking soda and vinegar can keep even my crab happy for a half hour. She loved to use the squirt bottle to make is erupt and then use her finger to pop the bubbles! It was the first time I tried this with her and it definitely won't be the last! There are a bunch of variations of this I will FOR SURE be puling out for this summer. 

Ryan came home and we had dinner. No corn beef and cabbage (we aren't fans of that)...just some yummy rosemary and honey chicken. BUT, Grandma did bring over some yummy cupcakes for dessert. Ellie devoured hers. Ryan and I might have devoured ours too. I plead the fifth. 

Overall we had a really fun day. I am super excited for when Scarlett is older and I can do theme days and projects with both of them. I see this as one big advantage of them being so close. I can put extra time into this kind of stuff, since it will work for both. And it is the kind of stuff I love to do. I think I might have been a pre-school teacher in another life or something...

But, for now, I will simply say that adding a little magic to my family's day is just so stinking fun. I love it to bits! Happy St. Patrick's Day!