Friday, July 2, 2010
2 Years and 1 Month
Happy Birthday to Mary Ella! And happy one month to little Sam!
These munchkins are definitely keeping me busy. Everyone has asked how I am managing with a toddler and a newborn, and to be honest, it hasn't been nearly as stressful as you might imagine. I think handling a newborn is much easier the second time around - after all, you know what to expect, you know you'll be tired, you know your baby might not act like all the babies the "How to Parent" books tell you about, you know how to balance your busy schedule with a baby that needs to eat every 3 hours - so yes, easier in most aspects. Plus, in my opinion, once you have a toddler, taking care of a newborn is a breeze! Granted, I know this isn't the case for everyone and the Lord has blessed me with a pretty laid back and calm baby boy so far, so believe me, I am thankful.
Here's what these two are up to these days...
At TWO YEARS (wow!), Mary Ella is a fun-loving, joyful and imaginative little girl. She loves to pretend, loves to talk, loves to read, loves to swim, loves to play with other kids, and loves to hang out with her family. Her favorite things to do are to play kitchen, play babies, and play "pet shop." Our cousin Ann Marie was generous enough to donate her Littlest Pet Shop collection to Mary Ella and she absolutely LOVES to play with these little animals and all of their accessories. She LOVES to pretend to cook and she loves to help me in the kitchen as well; she will gladly volunteer to do all the mixing, stirring, egg cracking and pouring, and she doesn't mind making a mess. Cleaning up her messes, well, that's another story. She's not much for picking up her toys, even when asked to, so that' something we're working on. She loves to eat, and although she's not picky, she'd much rather be playing than eating anything - unless of course she's eating suckers, donuts or cupcakes. Like mother, like daughter. She loves Chic Fil A and every time we drive past one she says, "Look, Mama! There it is! Chicken nuggets!" She is speaking in sentences all the time now which is hilarious. Yesterday, she kept saying, "Mama, guess what? It my birthday. I THIS MANY!" and kept holding up one finger. I keep trying to tell her she's actually TWO but she can't quite get it yet. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said what sounded like, "A little baby pup." I just assumed she meant "puppy" and didn't really comment. Later that day she came into the den, dragging my breast pump behind her, and goes, "Look, Mama! A little baby pump!" Ha! Guess she thinks she needs her own breast pump! Sorry, child! Not yet! She loves to sing and her favorite songs are "I Love You" from Barney, "5 Little Monkeys," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "Twinkle Twinkle," ABCs and a song called "Jungle Train" which is on one of our kid songs CDs. She can recognize her name when it's spelled out on a piece of paper and she now officially calls herself Mary Ella although it sounds like "Meemee Ella." She's been a great big sister to baby Sam and is showing more and more interest in him every day; she'll say, "Hey there, buddy" or "Hey big boy" and when he cries she always wants to fix it, with a pacifier or bottle or an extremely LOUD rendition of Twinkle Twinkle while leaning into his ear! We're working on being gentle and using our inside voice. We attempted a photo shoot for some birth announcements earlier this week, and here are some of my favorite out takes...
She was not happy when I asked her to go and lay down by her brother for a picture. This was after a short tantrum.
"Mary Ella, act like you're asleep." It looks so real, doesn't it?!? :)
I am so proud of her and thankful for her and I am trying my best to treasure these days with her, especially since she probably isn't getting the attention she was once used to. I'm doing my best, though.
As for Sam, at one month old he still proves to be a laid back little baby. He weighs 9 pounds, 2 ounces and is 21.5 inches long. He still has not reached his big sister's birth weight at a month old! He is wearing mostly newborn clothes or 0-3 month clothes and has even outgrown a few things - way to go, Sambo! He is more alert these days but still sleeps a good bit. He has been sleeping in his crib for almost a week now. He wakes up every 3 hours to eat and then usually goes right back to sleep. Breast feeding is going well but I am pumping and giving him his milk in bottles because he was spitting up when I nursed him; I think he was getting too much too fast and just couldn't handle it; so now I just give it to him in a bottle and he is eating 4 ounces every 3 hours. He loves ceiling fans, light fixtures, his crib bumpers, and his pacifier; he also loves being held, getting his hair washed, taking baths, riding in the car seat/stroller, and being outside in the evenings; he is always wide-eyed when we are outside.
I am going to post pictures of them in their chairs as soon as I can. We're up at the Compound this weekend - Sam's first trip to the farm. Pictures coming later.