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.

One Week!

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Baby Anya is a week old as of yesterday, which means it is time for some photo cuteness and a quick update. We are all soaking in her cuteness and sleepy cuddles. Lewis is doing great with her. He loves petting her soft hair and cheeks, and is oh so gentle with her. He has, as expected, gotten a bit jealous at times when Mommy was busy with Anya and couldn’t immediately come help him, but overall he is handling the change very well. We’re lucky that Chris gets to stay home for a couple of weeks while we all work on settling in and adjusting to new routines.

Staring off intently at something interesting.

Staring off intently at something interesting.

Anya started out very very sleepy, waking just long enough to nurse and get her diaper changed between each stretch of sleep. She is starting now to have a bit more awake time between eating and sleeping, and I was pleasantly surprised that she stayed awake and alert for a full hour this morning before drifting back off to dream land. In typical newborn fashion she is happy to sleep in her bassinet during the day but wants nothing to do with it at night, when we’d really like her to be there. We are co-sleeping for now while she adjusts, but also working towards getting her used to her own sleep space since co-sleeping is really not our preferred method.

"Enough pictures mom!" She amazes me with her ability to roll from her back over onto either side. Lewis had no interest in rolling of any sort until he was almost a year old.

“Enough pictures mom!” She amazes me with her ability to roll from her back over onto either side. Lewis had no interest in rolling of any sort until he was almost a year old.

After taking some solo pictures of Anya we asked Lewis to sit and hold her for a few more pictures. He wasn’t very interested at first.

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This picture cracks me up. When we first sat them down he just stared down at the floor and wouldn’t look at the camera or smile.

After a minute he decided to warm up to the camera and gave us plenty of smiles and silly faces.

After a minute he decided to warm up to the camera and gave us plenty of smiles and silly faces.

My two beautiful little loves. <3

My two beautiful little loves. <3

Photo Friday – Special Edition!

Happy Friday everyone! This week you get a special batch of photos showing off our beautiful new baby girl! Baby Anya joined our family at 9:00pm on Tuesday. She takes after her brother weighing a hefty 9 lb 2 oz, and was 20 inches long. She is, of course, absolutely perfect. :)

We were lucky that my mom was able to come out and stay with Lewis while Chris and I were at the hospital. Lewis loved having Grandma here and was sad when she had to go back home yesterday, but he’s looking forward to another visit sometime soon from her and Grandpa.

You get lots of photos today because I couldn’t choose which were best.

At the hospital - almost time for Baby to arrive!

At the hospital – almost time for Baby to arrive!

Holding my sweet baby for the first time. <3 She loves sucking here hands and was bringing them to her mouth almost as soon as she was born.

Holding my sweet baby for the first time.

Daddy's first time holding Anya.

Daddy’s first time holding Anya.

This new world is horrible! Why am I all cold and naked and not being snuggled?!

“This new world is horrible! Why am I all cold and naked and not being snuggled?!”

Sleeping peacefully. She looks a bit like Lewis-as-a-baby in this one.

Sleeping peacefully. She looks a bit like Lewis-as-a-baby in this one.

Happy family. <3

Happy family. <3

Happy Grandma holding her new grandbaby.

Happy Grandma holding her new grandbaby.

Lewis got a special present from his sister: a digital camera of his own!

Lewis got a special present from his sister: a digital camera of his own!

Grandma with a big bundle of blankets and sweet sleepy baby.

Grandma with a big bundle of blankets and sweet sleepy baby.

Lewis was very shy of Anya at first, but he warmed up quickly once we got her home.

Lewis was very shy of Anya at first, but he warmed up quickly once we got her home.

Oops, Anya and I forgot to look at the camera!

Oops, Anya and I forgot to look at the camera!

Maybe my favorite photo. Lewis is thinking "Yes! Mama is conked out and has no idea I stole her phone! Muahahaha!"

Maybe my favorite photo. Lewis is thinking “Yes! Mama is conked out and has no idea I stole her phone! Muahahaha!”

Trying out the bouncy chair. Lewis had almost all his naps in this chair for his first few months.

Trying out the bouncy chair. Lewis had almost all his naps in this chair for his first few months.

Photo Friday

It looks like I’ve been hit full on with pregnancy brain/mom brain today since I completely forgot it was Friday and I needed to do a photo post. Luckily we have a system in place for Chris to text me a reminder, which usually happens just as I’m finishing up the post for the week. Lewis also seems to be cooperating by having a nice long nap so I (hopefully) have time to finish this before he wakes. It’s not surprising since we had a busy morning and he also took a while to fall asleep today. I could hear him being very busy in his bed pretending to be a fork lift, and an excavator, and a dump truck, and I’m sure all sorts of other things too. He is on a construction kick right now because they have been paving in front of our apartments this week and we also took the book Diggers Go out from the library today. (All the books in this series are a lot of fun for toddlers with great pictures and full of fun sound effects. There is a trains one, diggers, planes, and trucks. Lewis enjoys them all.)

We went to the library this morning despite the fact that all I’ve wanted to do all week is sit on the couch. Baby is due Monday, and as I mentioned last week (I think) I am definitely feeling very pregnant now! I get tired if I’m on my feet for much longer than ten minutes, though it actually seems worse when I am just standing in one place (dish washing, prepping dinner, playing outside with Lewis, etc.) than when I’m actually walking and moving. So, I decided we would go to the library since we had a book due next Tues. and also it just seemed like a good idea to get both Lewis and myself out of the house. We had fun and came home with a pile of new books as usual. (Most of which we will read once or twice and then Lewis will declare he doesn’t like them anymore.) After the library we went to Starbucks for a treat despite the fact that it was almost lunch time. Lewis picked his favorite, a cake pop, and I got my decaf coffee frappuccino and we were both happy to sit and relax outside for a little while. Then we came home and had our real lunch which consisted of leftovers for me and a whole heap of peanut butter licked off apple slices for Lewis. I think he may have eaten a few bites of apple too, but mostly he would just live on peanut butter if he could.

Anyway, I know you are all here for the pictures and not my babbling, so here is the cuteness for the week:

Classic tongue-stuck-out in concentration.

Classic tongue-stuck-out in concentration.

My amazing little guy is loving the pool this year and has discovered that he can paddle around on his own with the help of a pool noodle!

My amazing little guy is loving the pool this year and has discovered that he can paddle around on his own with the help of a pool noodle!

I got my big belly into the pool last weekend for a little swimming and it actually wasn't freezing cold, but now the temperatures have dropped down all this week and will be a bit lower next week too, so I will probably be avoiding the cold water again for now!

I got my big belly into the pool last weekend for a little swimming and it actually wasn’t freezing cold, but now the temperatures have dropped down all this week and will be a bit lower next week too, so I will probably be avoiding the cold water again for now!

Gathering pill bugs.

Gathering pill bugs.

This is a boy who doesn't like onions and will pick the tiniest speck out of food, yet when I went to chop up this green onion he insisted that he needed to have it and spent quite a while chomping away on it.

This is a boy who doesn’t like onions and will pick the tiniest speck out of food, yet when I went to chop up this green onion he insisted that he needed to have it and spent quite a while chomping away on it.

Lewis created a sculpture with the wheels for our new stroller.

Lewis created a sculpture with the wheels for our new stroller.

Watching the paving work getting started. They had pick axes and sledge hammers! And a mini excavator! And dump truck! And steam roller! It was a wonderful day of entertainment for Lewis to watch.

Watching the paving work getting started. They had pick axes and sledge hammers! And a mini excavator! And dump truck! And steam roller! It was a wonderful day of entertainment for Lewis to watch.

A Lewis-eye-view of the newly paved road.

A Lewis-eye-view of the newly paved road.

Also by Lewis. A bit of loose pavement, and some cat footprints preserved in our front walkway.

Also by Lewis. A bit of loose pavement, and some cat footprints preserved in our front walkway.

Lewis' view of Mama sitting outside watching him play.

Lewis’ view of Mama sitting outside watching him play.

Photo Friday

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for more cute Lewis photos! This week has been all about things that Lewis can keep busy with while I sit on my butt near by, which has looked like a lot of playing out in front of our apartment with me observing from my lawn chair. Last weekend also included a lot of outside time, but Chris was home so Lewis got a bit more interaction.

The pool opened last weekend and even though we knew the water would be frigid Chris and Lewis decided to give it a try (while I sat in a comfy chair watching the action.) Lewis was rather cautious at first, but eventually decided he loved the water. He also found it rather fascinating that there were bugs in the water. He wanted to rescue all the live ones, and wanted daddy to swish away the dead ones. I joined them to watch (and take pictures) the first day they went, but when they decided to go again the next day I didn’t tag along. It sounds like they had even more fun that day though since they found some pool noodles to play with and Lewis even attempted some solo swimming while hanging on a noodle! I’ll probably send the two of them out again this weekend if the weather is warm enough, although the idea of a freezing cold swim isn’t quite appealing to me at the moment.

Checking for bugs. Not quite ready to get in that cold water!

Checking for bugs. Not quite ready to get in that cold water!

This is about as deep as they got on the first day. Lewis just wanted to go up and down the steps, and thought it was hilarious how his shorts kept filling with air that would then bubble out when he got back in.

This is about as deep as they got on the first day. Lewis just wanted to go up and down the steps, and thought it was hilarious how his shorts kept filling with air that would then bubble out when he got back in.

Showing off his new octopus towel, and some silly faces.

Showing off his new octopus towel, and some silly faces.

Time to wash the car! (Or just get soaked playing with the water.)

Time to wash the car! (Or just get soaked playing with the water.)

Helping Daddy.

Helping Daddy.

Antennae!

Antennae!

I've been rather overheated this pregnancy and enjoying a lot of popsicles, which Lewis thinks is great. he eats them quite slowly though so ends up with melty drippy popsicle juice all over himself and the ground!

I’ve been rather overheated this pregnancy and enjoying a lot of popsicles, which Lewis thinks is great. he eats them quite slowly though so ends up with melty drippy popsicle juice all over himself and the ground!

Awesome dance moves? I'm not really sure what he was doing!

Awesome dance moves? I’m not really sure what he was doing!

We had a rain storm and Lewis thought it was the greatest thing ever that I let him go out and get soaked.

We had a rain storm and Lewis thought it was the greatest thing ever that I let him go out and get soaked.

Playing in the rain is awesome!

Playing in the rain is awesome!