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.

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.