Friday, February 16, 2018

Brielle's First Time Reading

Brielle is reading! I've been working with Kaylynn on reading real books, and Brielle wants to do everything Kaylynn does so yesterday she grabbed a book and started sounding out the words. The book was much to hard so I got the first Bob Book for her to try. And she read it! We got book two on video and after that she read book three. I was pretty impressed for so much success on her very first try. I haven't worked with her on reading at all, but she's picked up quite a lot from school happening around her every day. Maybe I won't have to teach her how to read at all. That would be weird.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Emberly is 6 Months Old

Emberly is 6 months old!Yeah, how did that happen? She is sleeping through the night occasionally and takes three good naps a day. She seems to be working on some teeth although they haven't popped through yet which has led to some fussy days. She's eating lots of pureed foods and likes everything she's tried so far, but really doesn't like having her face wiped. We're working on sign language for "milk," "more" and "all done," and I think she's trying them out sometimes. She says da-da and other cute babbles. Emberly sits and stands with support and is a pro at rolling. Her favorite place to hang out is the jumper. She'll try jumping if she's standing in your lap, too. Overall Emberly is sweet, patient, curious, and likes to snuggle and giggle. I'm enjoying all the snuggles I can get in between school lessons and food prep. She's a joy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Snowy Valentine's

A "talking video" from Brielle to brighten your snowy Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Sniffy Face

 Emberly recently started doing the "sniffy face." She scrunches up her nose, puckers her lips and sniffs in and out. I love how babies pick up on humor so early! She is playing around with her expressions and being funny.
It reminds me so much of Kaylynn who had the same phase of doing a sniffy face to be silly. She was nine months old at the time and remains very expressive to this day. Emberly is starting out even earlier just shy of 6 months old. I have no shortage of expressive girls!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Emberly is 5 Months Old

 This little one is growing fast! She's growing out of some of her six month things and she's enjoying eating solids most of the time. We've been trying to work on sleep training so she'll sleep through the night, but so far it only worked for about a week and now we seem to be moving backwards. Last night she was up twice, and I'm so tired! I wonder if she has teeth coming in and her gums are bothering her? She can roll from her back to her tummy but doesn't often go the other way on purpose yet. She's getting stronger abs, likes to sit up with help and loves jumping in the bouncer. Her little jabbers and noises are cute. Lately she's been in to buzzing her tongue and lips. And lots and lots of drool!

Family Photo and the Christmas Eve Service

They were taking family photos at the Christmas Eve service so we got a nice one of the six of us. It's still hard for me to get used to the idea of being a family of six now! The kids are perfect stair steps.

The kids got to sing on stage. It was Brielle's first time and she was so excited. She was front and center but ended up very upset because people were touching her. She was in tears and stared down the kids on either side of her. At one point I was trying to have her come down to me, but that only made it worse because she put her hand behind her ear and said "I can't hear you!" She finally joined in singing "Joy to the World" with a scowl on her face, but at least she was singing. Quite the show stealer. I love her and all her feelings and expression.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Flu, Sleep Training, and First Foods

We've been hit by the flu. I was the first one to come down with it a week and a half ago. Kaylynn, Brielle, Desmond, and Davin all got it in succession with Emberly thankfully being the lone hold out. It's been a doozy. We are all much better, but it's still holding on. Lots of coughs and runny noses. I think as of yesterday we're finally done with fevers. I'm ready for my energy to return.

To help with my energy, I reviewed the book Babywise. We've been doing the feed, wake time, sleep cycle since the beginning, but it's time to get it more scheduled by the clock so I can better plan my day and hopefully sleep through the night with the goal to get to the gym in the mornings. (I've got to get a move-on with these extra 50 lbs to lose.)

In conjunction with the sleep training, I've also introduced solids to Emberly. She kept sticking her tongue out at first and still occasionally clamps her little lips shut so I can't get the spoon in, but bananas turned her around. She volunteered to open her mouth for that. Her first foods include oatmeal, sweet potatoes, bananas, peaches, and squash. A new chapter has begun!

Now that her tummy is more full and her daytime naps are fairly predictable, I'm hopeful that a full night's rest will become the norm. She was in the habit of getting up at 1 and 5 to eat every night leaving two very tired parents, but last night she only woke up at 3 and was satisfied to go back to sleep when her binky was put back in. She slept 11 hours straight. We'll see how tonight goes.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Christmas Time is Here!

This one is for Grandma Linda. She misses the blog and seeing pictures of the grand kids, so I thought I'd revive it and see if I can sustain some kid updates and photos.

It's Christmas! All isn't always merry and bright, but I love the traditions as we celebrate the greatest gift ever. Jesus' birth and life certainly wasn't all merry either, but pain was necessary to bring about our salvation. Real life is a mix of pain and joy, struggle and blessing. Often both can be side by side. So wherever you are at this holiday season, it's okay.

Some pictures of our Christmas season so far...
 Brielle riding Elvis at the tree farm. Desmond and Kaylynn are both too big now.
 Here's our tree! (from Washougal River Tree Farm)
 When did they all get so big?
 Ready to haul it home.
 Kids decorating. The bottom branches are loaded.
 Why?! Why don't Christmas lights work two years in a row?! I can never fix the half that's out.
 My cute little reindeer!
 Adult Christmas party at a friend's house.
 Gaining good head control.
 Brielle loves the camera!
 Christmas lights are up outside.
 Christmas coloring with Brielle.
 Dress from Jeremy's wedding. This is the last time she'll fit in it.
Kaylynn had ballet yesterday. Still loving it!
Ho! Ho! Ho! (one week shy of four months old)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Things to Remember about the Baby Days

Things I want to remember: 3:00 am breastfeeding snuggles.  How she puts her arms down and tucks them in at her sides when sleeping.  Rubbing her face in my shoulder or the bed sheet when she's ready to go to sleep.  Half-asleep breastfeeding with her arm draped across her eyes.  The cute noise she makes when the sneeze almost comes but then doesn't.  Her laughs when I laugh.  The way it tickles her when I'm getting her arms out of her sleeves.  The wide toothless grin I see every day.  Quiet coos and excited squeals.  How music soothes her.  Plump little legs chubbified without the assistance of bottles.  Her left leg pumping when she's excited or upset.  Bright sparkling blue eyes.

The first three months have flown by!  Just like before I couldn't imagine life with one more, but now I just love her to pieces!  Brielle is still sweet, content, easy-going and she's patient if ever there could be a patient baby.  She quietly waits her turn in her car seat sitting in the entry while I make lunch for the other two.  She greets me each morning with a smile. She usually falls asleep with no cries.  She is sunshine in my day.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Brielle is Two Months Old

Today I finally got around to snapping some two month photos of Brielle.  She and Kaylynn have matching dresses so I also took some sister pictures.  So cute!

Brielle is sleeping through the night on a regular basis now. She rarely cries and if she does she'll stop after a few minutes if I can't get to her right away. She's often content to wait her turn. Sweet baby!

Desmond and Kaylynn adore her and love taking turns holding her.  Desmond often writes love notes to her and Kaylynn shares her snugglies.