Archive for January, 2014

Serenity in January

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Sweet sisters =)

Sweet sisters =)

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Serenity has started playing lots of grown-up strategy games lately, especially with her Daddy.  She plays Civilization with him on the computer.  She’s playing Hero Academy on the IPAD (turn based strategy where she plays against Eric.)  She helps him draft for magic.  My favorite, however, since I actually get to play too, is that she plays Dominion.  And she’s GOOD at it!  She pays attention for the entire game, takes her turn, knows what order to play her cards in, everything!  Eric and I usually play with some kind of handicap, like certain cards we can’t buy or extra win conditions, because we have a LOT of practice playing Dominion, but except for that we play to win and she holds her own.  It’s awesome!  A couple of times we’ve even let her stay up past bedtime to play.  She gets so excited and cute, dancing around in the windowsill when she gets a particularly good run of cards.  And she always ends with a good game, even if she’s sad that she lost.

 

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Snack Science with Lorelai =)

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Float or Sink =)

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Human Conductivity

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It’s been an interesting month for Serenity.  She adores Maia.  She asks to hold her and wants to touch her and talk to her all day long.  She even watched her for me while I was in the shower.  I could hear her singing and entertaining Maia the whole time.  She told me that when she grows up she wants to be a Mama like me.  And she wants to have a girl, then one boy, then another girl, just like me.  =)

 

She and Donovan do a good job playing together for the most part, although occasionally they get on each other’s nerves.  Which is natural I suppose, especially since they’re getting more alone time together while I take care of the tiny baby.  Serenity will sing a song repeatedly, even when Donovan asks her to please stop, and I flash back to Jason and me as kids.  =)  So when they start wrangling I seem to say “please use kind voices” a lot.  And reminding them that trying to boss each other around isn’t going to work out well for anyone.  Serenity is great about helping Donovan when he needs it though, whether it’s on the computer or getting him a snack out of the pantry.  Donovan is always counting the minutes until it’s time to pick sister up from school each day, and I look forward to it as well.

 

We went to Science Saturday at school this month.  It was a blast!  I especially liked human conductivity, where we held hands and tried to complete a circuit, which would turn on lights and sounds in the little baton-like circuit we had.  The kids learned that aluminum foil conducts, and string doesn’t.  Whole apples don’t but cut open ones do.  Serenity’s friend Lorelai was in the group with us, and they were so cute together!  So fun!  Serenity liked the sink and float experiment with oranges and lemons, and Donovan liked Snack Science.  (dancing raisins and getting the letters off skittles)

 

Serenity got a few new books from the book fair in the fall that she’s been reading as bed books since then, especially her new Big Book of Space. She’s learned all about the planets, and dwarf planets, and knows more about them than I do already.  She even knows all the names of the dwarf planets, which Pluto got demoted to.  We have also discovered a new favorite book series, the Rescue Princesses!  We got the first from the book fair, and once we finally read it she immediately wanted the next one in the series!  The princesses learn ninja skills and rescue animals, it’s absolutely perfect for my girl =)

 

Taking her fancy umbrella for a spin =)  Thanks Aunt Mary!

Taking her fancy umbrella for a spin =) Thanks Aunt Mary!

Sister pictures =)  She asks for them almost daily =)

Sister pictures =) She asks for them almost daily =)

At the zoo with cousins!  Such fun!

At the zoo with cousins! Such fun!

Playing Hero Academy with Daddy. (Everyone

Playing Hero Academy with Daddy. (Everyone

Serenity reading about Space =)

Serenity reading about Space =)

Playing Mermaid Island with Ann =)  Check out Serenity's braid.  We've been braiding her hair a lot.  It's so long it tangles badly if we don't braid it before bed.  Now she loves it even more because she has Elsa hair.   I've been meaning to take her for a hair cut for weeks, but now she might not want it ;)

Playing Mermaid Island with Ann =) Check out Serenity’s braid. We’ve been braiding her hair a lot. It’s so long it tangles badly if we don’t braid it before bed. Now she loves it even more because she has Elsa hair. I’ve been meaning to take her for a hair cut for weeks, but now she might not want it 😉

Maia is really one month old now =)

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

I went ahead and published the journal and the rest of the pics from this month when I had a few minutes the other day, but she was really just four weeks.  Today she’s actually a month old, and I took a few more pics to commemorate the day =)  Another pic in Granny Hale’s chair, and one with the “My Dad is a Geek” shirt!  Who wants that onesie next?

One month old!  Just a week after the last chair picture but she already seems bigger ;)

One month old! Just a week after the last chair picture but she already seems bigger 😉

 

Caught a little sweet smile =)

Caught a little sweet smile =)

 

At least we remembered this just in time to squeeze her in it =)  We had to drape it over DZ, couldn't get his head in. =)

At least we remembered this just in time to squeeze her in it =) We had to drape it over DZ, couldn’t get his head in. =)

 

Maia is One Month Old!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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1/11 Photo in Great Granny Hale’s Rocking Chair.

 

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Maia's first day home.  She was so much smaller!  Very happy Big Sister =)

Maia’s first day home. She was so much smaller! Very happy Big Sister =)

=)  Big Bro =)

=) Big Bro =)

Maia is a month old!  I haven’t posted from her journal yet, but there are lots of pictures already on the site thanks to Daily December =)  So here are the stories about Maia I haven’t shared yet, and a few pictures from January!

Maia Year One 2013

 

12/26/13

Maia is one week old!  She is such a sweet and contented baby.  She barely cries yet.  If she gets really hungry she’ll fuss a bit, and she objects to diaper changes, but neither of those last long.  Of course, she is still in the sleepy stage, barely waking up to eat at times, but she gets more alert every day, which thrills us all, especially her siblings.  Donovan sang her a lullaby today, and whenever she makes a peep he asks, “What happen to baby?”  Serenity warns us all the time to watch out for Maia, don’t ever step on her or hurt her.  She comes and cuddles in the chair, and is the first one to jump up if Maia needs something.  She tries really hard to hold her head up when she lays on your chest, and when Eric does tummy time she can lift it enough to turn it to the other side.

12/31

We took Maia to the park today.  She was all snuggled up in the Moby wrap, and it was nice, except when the wind blew.  Might have overstimulated her a bit though, because this evening she very clearly demanded Mama.  She has quite a piercing little squeal!  It doesn’t really sound like crying, it’s more indignant than that.  She was fine when I was holding her, but it took her a little time to fall asleep, which was new.

 

I was holding Maia, and rocking her, and thinking it’s just magic.  Holding your baby, knowing that they want you.  She fits just perfectly snuggled on my chest, and I can rest my cheek on her little head and hold her close.  It’s bliss.  I really think I took time to savor and enjoy all three of my babies, but knowing this is my last tiny baby makes it just a little bit poignant too.  I love my family sooo much!

 

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Maia had her two week well baby checkup!  She’s up to 9lbs 3oz, which is way past birth weight! (7lbs 14oz, which dropped to 7lbs 6oz)  No more need to try and feed her at night if she’s sleepy, yay!  She’s also up to 21.5 inches, which is an inch and a half of growth in two weeks!  She’s definitely growing just fine.  She’s already starting to fill our the little sleeper I bought to bring her home from the hospital, which she just seemed to swim in when I put it on her that first day.

 

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Maia smiled at me today =)  After sleeping nearly the entire day yesterday, probably to make up for having run one too many errands the day before, she woke up ready alert this morning.  I was sitting with her on the couch, chattering nonsense and smiling big smiles since she was so awake, and she smiled back!  I didn’t really believe it the first time, but she did it three more times.  She hasn’t done it since then, but that was her most alert time of day.  I think she’s smiled at the kids as well, but I don’t know if it was because they were smiling at her or if she was just happy.  She’s also making cute cooing sounds.  It’s just adorable.

 

We went to Science Saturday and she was a big hit. She got to meet a lot of friends there! She is really cute, all snuggled in the Moby.

 

She’s had a little bit of a stuffy nose this week.  Just enough that she wakes herself up whenever I lay her in her crib.  By the time this passes she won’t know how to sleep anywhere but the swing or in my arms.  She’s just so snuggly it’s hard to care about that though. She puts Eric to sleep every time he holds her in the chair, even if he’s not tired at all.  I love that he enjoys her so much.  He’s such a great daddy!

 

Maia has had two baths now.  She doesn’t seem to be a fan yet, so we’ve kept it pretty quick thus far.  Donovan still asks, “what happen to baby?” anytime she makes a noise of any kind, so he’s quick to defend her when she’s unhappy about something.  Thankfully, that hasn’t been often yet.  =)

 

1/15

Maia is four weeks old today!  She is such a sweet baby, and she is absolutely adored by everyone here.  I love snuggling her and touching her hair.  It’s so very soft!  She is having longer alert periods, and seems fairly content just lying on the floor looking up at the sky or the fan.  Today I had Donovan bring us some books to read to Maia, which had the bonus effect of Donovan listening to books during the daytime.  Usually he’s too busy running or playing board games for books in the daylight.  =)

 

She fills out the onesie I bought to bring her home from the hospital now.  She was swimming in it when she was born, and just a month later it’s just right.  She’s growing so fast!  She has been an easy baby so far.  She never really fusses for me, and if she’s fussing with someone else she usually just wants to eat and rest and even that doesn’t happen often.  Her normal lullabies are Christmas songs.  She was born in the season for my favorite music, so I’m taking advantage and keeping the carols going.  =)

"Donovan's here baby, Donovan's here" =)

“Donovan’s here baby, Donovan’s here” =)

Love swaddled snuggly babies! =)

Love swaddled snuggly babies! =)

Daddy's last day before going back to work... he got as many baby snuggle naps as he could =)

Daddy’s last day before going back to work… he got as many baby snuggle naps as he could =)