Photo Friday

And I’m back with another Photo post on a lovely Friday afternoon! Hopefully I can actually get this up and posted since we’re almost at the end of Lewis’ nap time, and Anya doesn’t yet have any set napping time so could wake up at any inconvenient moment.

This post will finish catching us up to the present time with photos from our trip to the lake as well as a few since we’ve been home (which apparently I haven’t been taking very many of.)

Our time at the lake was of course lovely with lots of extended family around. The weather was mostly-good with a couple of rainy days and a few random showers on some of the nicer days, but we managed to keep busy and have fun the whole time. Lewis didn’t seem to remember anything from being up there a year ago, so it was all new and exciting exploration for him. We only swam a few times since the lake was a bit chilly and Lewis didn’t like the days with big waves, but he did have a lot of fun playing with the rocks on shore and swimming when the water was calm.

We are now well settled back into our home routines and have been having daily walks and plenty of art projects and sensory play as usual.

I still haven’t quite figured out how to keep the cleaning/cooking/dishes/laundry/etc. under control while caring for two little ones so I have instituted a new rule of “everyone cleans for 10 minutes after dinner” which has helped marginally. I turn on the timer and try to tell Lewis that it is a game and we have to race and clean as fast as we can before it beeps, but he is having none of that and just tells me he is a very slow cleaner and goes on to prove his point. My hope however is that if we keep it up consistently it will just become accepted fact that we do some cleaning after dinner and he will start to participate a bit more with it.

Anyway, here are some photos!

Lewis' first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn't catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Lewis’ first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn’t catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we've been home.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we’ve been home.

My two wonderful boys. <3

My two wonderful boys. <3

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Selfies with my babies. <3

Selfies with my babies. <3

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

Photo Friday

Time to play a little catch-up with photos! It’s been about a month, I think, since I’ve posted. We’ve been busy! The first week of August Chris’ parents came to visit, and the following week we went up to my family’s cabin on Lake Champlain, where there is no internet access. This past week has been a bit of a blur trying to settle back into regular routines, catch up with laundry, etc. Chris was expecting things to be a bit calmer at work now but he went back in on Tuesday only to discover that they are still requesting them to work 50 hour weeks, so he has worked two late nights already this week and will probably work on Saturday as well. I’m getting a little better at juggling solo bedtime with two little ones, but it is still a bit tricky since Anya likes to spend most of the evening attached to me and nursing constantly, tanking up for the night.

Our week with Chris’ parents was very nice for all of us. This was the first time they have made it out here to see where we live, where Chris works, and of course to meet Anya! Most of the time was spent with them exploring the area a bit on little day trips with Chris and Lewis (the most successful of which I think was to the Albany Pine Bush) while Anya and I hung out here nursing, napping, and attempting to wash some dishes. We also spent time with everyone hanging out here, playing with chalk and bubbles, swimming in the pool, etc. Lewis loved having visitors and by the end of the week was telling them to stay here and not go home! I don’t have a lot of photos from the visit since most of the photos that were taken were on Chris’ phone, but there are a couple here as well as some from before their visit.

They said goodbye Friday night, and Saturday morning was spent busily cleaning and packing to head up to my family’s camp. It was a lovely visit as well but I guess I will leave the details for a later post since these pictures are all from prior to that! Hopefully I will have some time to hop on the computer again soon and sort through the many photos from our trip.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Calmly relaxing after her bath - another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn't get that there would be crying and screaming.

Calmly relaxing after her bath – another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn’t get that there would be crying and screaming.

My two cuties. <3

My two cuties. <3

Art time! He's starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Art time! He’s starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya and Grandpa. :)

Anya and Grandpa. :)

Hmmm... for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.

Hmmm… for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.

Photo Friday

Hello! I seem to be just squeezing this in while it’s barely still Friday, but I figured I’d better do some cuteness sharing while I had the chance since I missed last Friday. :)

It’s amazing how much and how little can happen in a week or two. Our days seem to go by in a blur of sleep-deprivedness, walks, messes, and most of all nursing the baby. Especially earlier this week when she was in the midst of a growth spurt and barely stopped nursing for a day or two. She even took a break from most of her day time naps to gain even more nursing time. Thank goodness she somehow managed to still sleep well for the nights during this. (As well as a baby can be expected to sleep, that is.) Lewis has been a champ and while he clearly would like more interaction from Mommy he is generally quite good at self-entertaining when needed and is still very much in love with his little sister.

Anya is a little darling and spends her days nursing, sleeping, gazing on the world with serious eyes, nursing some more, and gracing us with a few delightful smiles now and then.

Sweet sleeper in a rumpled bed. She often nurses and goes back to sleep for an extra hour or two after the rest of us are up for the day.

Sweet sleeper in a rumpled bed. She often nurses and goes back to sleep for an extra hour or two after the rest of us are up for the day.

Who knew cotton balls could be such a mess!

Who knew cotton balls could be such a mess!

The best thing to do with playdoh? Mix all the colors to a beautiful brown. (Lewis insists that it is black, and he quite purposefully mixed all the colors to achieve this. He also has the same goal when using paints.)

The best thing to do with playdoh? Mix all the colors to a beautiful brown. (Lewis insists that it is black, and he quite purposefully mixed all the colors to achieve this. He also has the same goal when using paints.)

Bubble fun while baby sister sleeps inside.

Bubble fun while baby sister sleeps inside.

Baby story time. <3

Baby story time. <3

This isn't a mess, it is creativity and imagination in action.

This isn’t a mess, it is creativity and imagination in action.

What do you do when presented with a large bag of stuffing? Make clouds, then turn the clouds into a comfy bed!

What do you do when presented with a large bag of stuffing? Make clouds, then turn the clouds into a comfy bed!

Lewis has a recent interest in puppets, particularly marionettes. After watching several youtube videos yesterday about puppet making and various types of puppets, we decided to make our own. Lewis is having fun with his new ghosty friend!

Lewis has a recent interest in puppets, particularly marionettes. After watching several youtube videos yesterday about puppet making and various types of puppets, we decided to make our own. Lewis is having fun with his new ghosty friend!

How do you make a baby even cuter? Decorate their butt with a cute picture!

How do you make a baby even cuter? Decorate their butt with a cute picture!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! Baby Anya is one month old as of yesterday, and of course I have no idea how the month has flown by so quickly. At her well baby visit she weighed in at 10 lb 11 oz, and was 23 inches long. This is fun because they looked up Lewis’ chart and he was also 10 lb 11 oz at one month, and was 23.5 inches long. He was an inch longer at birth though so he had a head start on his height.

Our poor little girl is all covered in a ridiculously terrible case of baby acne. When the first several dots showed up on her tummy and face last week I thought “oh, baby acne, no big deal” but as more and more dots showed up we started to wonder if maybe it was some other kind of horrible rash. Her tummy, chest, back, face, and even her scalp are completely covered, and it is starting now to spread onto her arms as well. The doctor has confirmed that it is baby acne and that we can’t do much besides gentle baths with plain water or a mild soap and just wait for it to clear up on it’s own in the next few weeks. She doesn’t really seem bothered by it, but I’m not sure if we’d know she was anyway since she can’t exactly tell us or attempt to scratch her own back or anything.

Lewis is enjoying our daily walks outside and the fact that he can climb off the stroller and explore while I push Anya back and forth nearby. He’s also enjoying turning the house upside down and dumping out every toy he owns while Mommy is trapped on the couch with a constantly nursing baby and can’t come clean up the resulting messes. He is also clearly loving the color red which he is wearing in nearly all these photos.

Playing with some "Sculpty Sand" which he is really loving and has been asking for frequently.

Playing with some “Sculpty Sand” which he is really loving and has been asking for frequently.

Sparklers for the 4th of July!

Sparklers for the 4th of July!

I love her intense gaze whenever she's studying someone's face.

I love her intense gaze whenever she’s studying someone’s face.

It's beautiful to see how much these two already love each other. <3

It’s beautiful to see how much these two already love each other. <3

All set up for a water transfer experiment.

All set up for a water transfer experiment.

A beautiful mix of art and science. Lewis really enjoyed this, and I'm sure we'll repeat it in the future with different color combinations and maybe different jar arrangements.

A beautiful mix of art and science. Lewis really enjoyed this, and I’m sure we’ll repeat it in the future with different color combinations and maybe different jar arrangements.

She's already starting to look so big/long and losing that newborn look. Her giant cloth-diaper-butt means that she's going to outgrow all her 0-3 month onsies ridiculously soon.

She’s already starting to look so big/long and losing that newborn look. Her giant cloth-diaper-butt means that she’s going to outgrow all her 0-3 month onsies ridiculously soon.

Happy 1 month baby girl!

Happy 1 month baby girl!

Baby smiles make me smile. :)

Baby smiles make me smile. :)

Fun with chalk in the rain.

Fun with chalk in the rain.

Photo Friday

Hello! Anya is 3 weeks old this week, and it is amazing how quickly time is passing! (I know, talk to anyone with children and they’ll tell you how the early weeks/months/years just fly by and are gone before you know it, but this is definitely feeling much faster than it did with Lewis.) We’re still getting along pretty well with Daddy at work. Depending on how Anya times her naps in relation to her brother’s I don’t always get a nap of my own, but luckily she only wakes about twice each night so I’m not as terribly exhausted as I could be. The house isn’t clean, but it never was anyway. Toys are everywhere and dirty dishes are piled in the kitchen as usual. Give me another five years and maybe I’ll crack the code on keeping up with the housework.

We’ve gotten a little better about managing to get outside too. I’ve used a combination of the Moby wrap, ring sling (still getting used to this), and stroller, or leaving her asleep in her bouncy chair in the living room while Lewis and I play outside the front door. Easiest so far seems to be going for walks with her napping in the stroller and letting Lewis run and play alongside us as we go along. This also has the added benefit of getting me a little exercise, and also makes it easy to keep her shielded from the sun.

Meeting Grandpa for the first time. <3

Meeting Grandpa for the first time. <3

Calm and quiet tummy time, busy taking in the world!

Calm and quiet tummy time, busy taking in the world!

Two very serious babies.

Two very serious babies.

Yum! We found some black raspberries while out on our morning walk. Lewis was very excited to "go berry picking."

Yum! We found some black raspberries while out on our morning walk. Lewis was very excited to “go berry picking.”

Baby girl sleeping in the stroller.

Baby girl sleeping in the stroller.

A yummy snack of yogurt and foraged berries.

A yummy snack of yogurt and foraged berries.

Lewis' view of the table as we got our art project ready.

Lewis’ view of the table as we got our art project ready.

Fireworks prints for the fourth of July.

Fireworks prints for the fourth of July.

Spray tan? Oh no, that's just "zombie paint."

Spray tan? Oh no, that’s just “zombie paint.”

Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer! Last Saturday we all went to the Strawberry Festival. Anya obliged us by sleeping in the stroller up until it was almost time to head home. It was a fairly quick trip because Lewis decided he liked riding in the stroller and looking at everything as we walked past, but he wasn’t interested in getting out to actually take a closer look at anything or participate in any of the crafts. He totally vetoed even going close to the petting zoo/pony rides. The one thing he was excited to try though was braking a board in front of the Tae Kwon Do studio. He has been interested in Tae Kwon Do ever since seeing a demonstration in the Niskaday parade, so he thought it was really great that he got to break a board of his own this time.

Chris went back to work on Wednesday, so today is day 3 of me being home alone with the two little ones. So far it is going very well. Anya still sleeps a lot, though we are seeing her eyes open more and more every day. Her sleeping means that I’m still getting plenty of time to play one-on-one with Lewis and even wash a few dishes. The trickiest thing for me has been trying to find the right time to get Lewis outside for some play time. I need to work on getting Anya used to being in (and sleeping in) the sling or other carrier, so that I can carry her around that way while letting Lewis wander and play like he likes to do. The past few days we’ve been sticking to using the stroller outside but she’s really not sure how she feels about that yet either, so we’ve been keeping our trips outside pretty short.

And although she is overall a pretty good sleeper so far, she does seem to be timing some of her awake times rather inopportunely. Apparently when I am cooking lunch or sitting to eat with Lewis is the obvious time for her to also want her lunch, and time for me to cook dinner is of course the perfect time for her to wake up needing milk and snuggles. She has also decided that evenings are for frantic cluster feeding, which means I end up tied to the couch nursing her for a few hours when I’d really like to be able to grab a shower, relax a little bit, or just get to bed! She’s still very tiny though and I know her “schedule” will probably shift 100 times in the next month so I will continue to just follow her cues and daydream about the day when I’ll be able to eat, sleep, and bathe on my own preferred schedule once again. (Overall she is really a very calm and happy baby, and much “easier” than Lewis ever was as an infant.)

Practicing the punch he'll need to use to break the board.

Practicing the punch he’ll need to use to break the board.

Board broken on his second try.

Board broken on his second try.

Lewis is still loving his new baby and asks to hold her multiple times per day.

Lewis is still loving his new baby and asks to hold her multiple times per day.

Oops, that big heavy head is hard to keep supported!

Oops, that big heavy head is hard to keep supported!

The baby has been set down somewhere: cue Lewis immediately appearing to snuggle/kiss/pet/climb around near her!

The baby has been set down somewhere: cue Lewis immediately appearing to snuggle/kiss/pet/climb around near her!

Mommy and baby selfie while sitting outside watching Daddy and Brother coloring with chalk.

Mommy and baby selfie while sitting outside watching Daddy and Brother coloring with chalk.

The two artists, each lost in his own world.

The two artists, each lost in his own world.

My beautiful little sleeper. <3

My beautiful little sleeper. <3

Lewis had fun painting some pictures with watercolors, until he discovered that painting his skin was even more fun!

Lewis had fun painting some pictures with watercolors, until he discovered that painting his skin was even more fun!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! I’m a bit later than usual posting today, but that may end up being the new norm. It turns out it’s a lot harder to find blogging time with a newborn in the house. ;) Normally I’d post during Lewis’ nap time, but today it was much more important to have a lovely two hour nap of my own.

Things are still going along pretty much as they have been. Anya is cute and sweet and sleepy, though we do seem to be seeing her eyes open a bit more each day. So far she seems much more easy-going than Lewis was as a baby, which I am definitely enjoying! She is quite happy to be laid down on a blanket on the floor for 5 or 10 minutes while I take care of the laundry or help Lewis with something. She also seems to enjoy tummy time, which was something Lewis always hated.

Lewis is still adoring her. He seems to think of her as something akin to a kitten – mostly there to be cute and to get petted. Sometimes we have to remind him that she is a person and might night like her face and cheeks to be touched constantly! He’s very gentle though and it is sweet to see how much he already loves her. He is also of course still his usual wild, silly, imaginative self. He has been having fun getting out of the house in the mornings with Daddy, going to cool places like the park, the library, the grocery store, and Daddy’s work.

She's quite happy to nap in her crib by day, but at night she'd much rather be snuggled up with Mommy.

She’s quite happy to nap in her crib by day, but at night she’d much rather be snuggled up with Mommy.

Taking Anya for her first walk on a warm calm evening. Lewis got to test out the standing platform on our new stroller.

Taking Anya for her first walk on a warm calm evening. Lewis got to test out the standing platform on our new stroller.

Lewis playing with his camera, taking pictures of Daddy's hairy legs while sitting on his bench seat.

Lewis playing with his camera, taking pictures of Daddy’s hairy legs while sitting on his bench seat.

Lewis also liked that he could easily hop off the stroller to run alongside us instead.

Lewis also liked that he could easily hop off the stroller to run alongside us instead.

Sweet sleepy girl snuggling with Daddy. <3

Sweet sleepy girl snuggling with Daddy. <3

My little goof ball wearing some sort of mask/costume and probably pretending to be a monster of some sort.

My little goof ball wearing some sort of mask/costume and probably pretending to be a monster of some sort.

And now he's Super Man!

And now he’s Super Man!

Tummy time. She'll lay calmly staring out at the world for a while, then eventually starts bobbing her head around and mouthing on her hands and the play mat.

Tummy time. She’ll lay calmly staring out at the world for a while, then eventually starts bobbing her head around and mouthing on her hands and the play mat.