Earlier this evening, there was actually one red raspberry on this bush that looks like it will give us approximately 14 berries this year. It was so bright (and this tiny twig of a bush is so small) that I could see it from across the yard.
When Critter got home from T-Ball, I told him we needed to go see the new raspberry to which he responded “Oh the watering can.” Watering the raspberry bushes and all of our plants really is his tiny tot chore.
When we made our way down to the bushes we watered them and then stopped to admire the one red berry on the bush.
I looked at Critter and asked him if he wanted to eat it or leave it for the bunny (we have a baby bunny who lives in our yard). He chose eat it and so I plucked this one small berry off and after inspection, handed it to him.
He popped it in his mouth and gave me the biggest grin. He ate the berry from the bush he has been taking care of for the last month! He finally got to see how the thousands of raspberry he eats every year begin! Now he wants to eat the unripe ones too!
(Me: Absolutely not.)
Next year there will be more berries. There will be more edible plants. But this year this one berry is really pretty special.
Like, this happened over a week ago but better late than never, right?
Our little lady is four months old. She is 14 pounds 3 ounces and she is 26 inches tall. So she is the tallest that she can possibly be! She is probably going to move into size 12M in the next week or two because her feet are getting too big for her footie jams!
And now she rolls from her back onto her tummy! All the time! She cannot be stopped!
When I show her toys, she reaches both hands forward for them. She loves
reading chewing on her books.
We started sleep training at night. Now she goes down easily at bedtime. I’d say 50% of the time she has no problem going back to sleep when she wakes and the other 50% are a challenge when you add in her newfound ability to roll over! It doesn’t matter, we don’t mind. Last night she slept through the whole entire night so that was a reminder that it all WILL get better.
She cannot stop watching Critter when he is around. Everything that he is doing she wants to observe. And she is still just the happiest, most easy going girl. We could not love her more.
Oh man, you are such a delight. When you are asked how old you are, you hold out your whole hand and say “2!”
You can say four words in a row to express an idea. You can say words with four syllables. You like to “read” your books and point out the exclamation points and question marks and periods. Even though you don’t know words yet, you can point out letters and you know which book is which so when you are “reading” Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? you tell us that story instead of Good Night Moon or Freight Train.
You can count to 10 in English and Hebrew. You can sing the alphabet in English and Hebrew. You know your colors.
You love your “animals” (loveys). You ask for help. Yesterday you proudly proclaimed “all by myself!” for the first time.
You are still a fairly impartial big brother, but ongoing you continue to become more and more interested in Glitter and she adores you. If you are in the same room she would rather watch you than do anything else.
It is impossible to believe two years have gone by since you were born. This has truly been the longest shortest time.
You are my favorite only son, the nicest boy, my best creation.
Before Glitter arrived, I napped when Critter napped. Every single day.
This may have had something to do with the fact that I had a baby who didn’t sleep through the night until he was nearly ten months old or the fact that I was pregnant shortly thereafter but who knows, really.
Before Glitter arrived, I wondered how I would ever have time to pay attention to two children.
I still don’t know.
But the naptime hours are precious. While Critter is sleeping I am not napping with him because I have a little girl who is bright eyed and bushy tailed and wants to read her book about flowers, okay mom? Sometimes it’s her naptime too and for those hours in the day, as she sleeps on me, everything in my house is still. Her, me, him.
And then there are the sometimes mornings when Glitter sleeps in and Critter and I get to eat breakfast in peace with both hands and play choo choos and Hugglesaurus attack and sit and read in my lap. Nothing in my house is still, but for the shortest time, it is just me and my little bud again.
Hey look. A snap of Glitter conducting Baby Business to get us into this. Also shoutout to Kate and Little C for loaning us their Bumbo since Critter never used one.
I suppose I should share some sort of update about the children since Critter turns two at the end of the month! Yes, that means I will be raising a glass to surviving four months of two under two!
December was a month of plagues for Critter. The virus/vomiting incident. The pink eye and subsequent antibiotic eye drop allergy. The grand finale was a plague cough with a VERY low fever that morphed into a double ear infection on New Year’s Day. I will be honest, at the end of that very long-feeling long weekend I was praying to God that the mystery plague was treatable with antibiotics. I am sick of my little guy being sick! It is not fun for anyone.
Is he going through the two year sleep regression? I think so! But we don’t let that bring us down!
With the encouragement of friends we signed him up for some parks and rec activities this spring. We’ll do six weeks of toddler t-ball starting in February and then in March the Dads are in charge of six weeks of toddler basketball one night per week. I have very low expectations but I think it will be fun for him and will help us to pass some of this terrible winter time.
He also alternates between counting items numbering over two or simply declaring them to be “so many.” It seems efficient.
Glitter is my darling dear. She is learning to use her hands and loves (LOVES) to “talk” to us. She is wearing nine month jammies and is still just the sweetest baby.
Her champion sleep has declined and she now wakes up 1-2 times per night like a normal baby (THANK YOU SLEEP REGRESSION) but with the pediatrician’s blessing we’ll do some sleep training after her four month appointment.
After the holidays, we are in desperate need of some routine and structure in our lives. ECFE is starting up again, daycare is back in session after a week off, library storytime is back after a monthlong hiatus. We are ready for all of it.
Every day at home with two of them is still The Most Exhausting, but also every day at home with two of them ends with a feeling of intense gratitude for these little creatures we have been entrusted to shepherd through this life.
Glitter is two months old!
- She is 12 lbs 2 oz and 24″ tall so she is a bean pole!
- She is still in six month clothing but I suspect because of her height (or length at this point, let’s be serious she is not standing up no matter how many times Critter exhorts her to do so) she will be in nine month jammies soon.
- She is a smiler, a lover of songs and reading. A coo-er.
- She has slept 10 hours straight! More times than I can count on one hand! There are a lot of nights where she wakes after 5-8 hours but you guys this is such a different ball game. Marcus and I are still laughing over the fact that we are sleeping the same amount we were LAST November.
- She refuses to take a bottle. We’ve been through Avent, Playtex and Munchkin. Up next: Tommee Tippee and Mam. Sooner or later she’ll figure it out.
Nina asked for a post on what has been useful with two babies. Obviously this will change over the year but here is what has been good for the first eight weeks. I didn’t take pictures, we all have to live with it. Sometimes this is just how it goes. Google what you need to.
The Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame
It was great the first time because I never had to carry the infant carseat anywhere (I don’t care if I am That Person with a stroller). It is great now because I have my hands free to carry a recalcitrant toddler in the parking lot while I push said stroller!
Rock and Play
We don’t cosleep and both of my babies have gone straight into their cribs day one. However I have this on the main floor because Glitter sometimes will give us a nap in there. On the days I have both children at home and it is just a good all around place to set her when I need to give Critter all of my attention. This has definitely gotten more use the second go-round.
We received this shortly before/after (?) Critter was born and it is a lifesaver. It is where I keep half of my frozen breastmilk. All of our frozen meals. An emergency stash of Critter’s favorite foods (nuggets, waffles, bread).
Stuff That Is Not Stuff
The “emergency” diaper bag I keep in my car with changes of clothes for both children, diapers and wipes, a water bottle and snacks for Critter so that I don’t have to take my whole diaper bag with me everywhere.
A basket of special toys for Critter in Glitter’s nursery. This usually buys me about 30 minutes in the morning when we go upstairs to get baby sister.
A Starbucks gift card so I can plop both kids in the car and get a latte at the drive through window and enjoy 15 minutes of peace sitting down knowing my children are contained.
Second time mamas, what things have been lifesavers for you?