23 Months Old

23 Months Old

This was a big month for Alexis! She became a big sister, and is doing a great job helping out with the new baby. She comforts him when he cries, saying, “It’s ok, baby,” and “I know, I know,” and she likes to practice taking care of her dolls the same way she sees mommy and daddy taking care of her brother. Her grandma was visiting all month, and her grandpa came to visit, too! Alexis loved spending time with her grandparents.

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Another Birthday

We have one more birthday to celebrate in our little family! Welcome, Anders. 6 days old and sweet as can be. It is so nice to have a tiny baby to snuggle again.

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22 Months Old

22 Months Old

22 months old and signing “more!” Every month, I think it isn’t possible for her to get cuter and more funny, smart, and all-around wonderful. And every month, I am wrong.

This was Alexis’ last month as an only child. She is excited about her new baby, and likes to tell him, “Baby, get out!” And soon, he will. But until then, Alexis is soaking up the love from mommy and daddy, and grandma, who came to visit for a whole month.

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21 Months Old

21 Months Old

Alexis is 21 months old! I keep thinking of her as my “almost 2-year old.” As she does every month, she’s grown so much. She has started using three word sentences, and tries to do everything by herself. She loves to help me with the laundry, and is a pro at sorting things and switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer. She knows you need to shut the door, fiddle with the dial, and push the button the triangle on it to start the washer, although she doesn’t quite grasp why we adjust the dial yet. When it’s snack time, Alexis knows where we keep her snacks and her dishes, and is able to get what we need to prepare a snack for her.

The First Year

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33 Weeks

33 Weeks

Dear #2,

I’m sorry that my blogging of your imminent arrival has been so spotty, and that with just six weeks to go you still don’t have a name. I promise that despite these lapses, we are very excited about your arrival and have been hard at work preparing for it. Your big sister is eager to meet you. She gives you kisses through my belly and says, “Come out baby!” Mommy and Daddy have a serious case of nesting, and have painted, carpeted, and bought furniture all with an eye towards bringing you home to a place that’s ready for you. We’ve still got work to do, and you still have some important growing to do, so take your time getting to your birth day. And if you could, please, stop sticking your feet up in my ribs. Thanks.

Love, Mommy

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20 Months Old

20 Months Old

Alexis was actually excited to get her picture taken this month! She wanted to sit in the white rocker, and said “Picture! Picture!” Her daddy asked her to demonstrate different signs she knows, and she was happy to oblige. Here, she’s signing “kitty.”

In the last month, she’s had another round of strep, but she handled it like a champion. She is still enjoying signing and saying different letters of the alphabet, identifying letters, and now identifying “words” she sees in her books. (She can’t read, she just knows when she’s looking at a “word.”) And she still loves practicing counting. Alexis’ also finished her second sign language class. She loves going to class and signing, and even likes to sign the words she knows when she’s reading her books.

Signing "snow."

Alexis signing “snow.”

Alexis’ memory is amazing. She seems to know every page of every book she owns. She memorizes the stories we read to her, so she can “read” them to herself, saying the right words with the right pages. Grandma sent her a set of bird flash cards recently. When she saw the woodpecker card, she asked her daddy what it was. He told her, and she said “Gruffalo!” We found her Gruffalo book, and she went right to the page with a small woodpecker in a tree, not even an actual character in the story, pointed to it and said, “woodpecker!” How does she remember all these little details?

One of the sweetest developments this month was a little game Alexis invented, called “Kiss.” She’ll get behind something with a hole, like the bookshelf or a table leg, and call out “kiss!” All adults in the vicinity are expected to immediately come and give her a kiss. If we can’t fit our head through the bookshelf, she’ll come running around the side, saying “too far!” and give us a kiss. She’s become more affectionate all around, freely offering kisses and hugs, and occasionally saying, “I love you.” She has mom and dad wrapped around her finger, competing for the most love.

Every day, it seems like she gets a little cuter and just a little more hilarious. Don’t stop, little one.

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Citrus Lane March 2014 Box Review

Citrus Lane teased me with a coupon code and a hint that the March box would include something from Hape. Another coupon code for $10 off an “Add to Box” item, plus free shipping for that item, allowed to me to also get Alexis a cool new bib covered with little fire trucks for free. (Fire trucks are featured in a song about the color red that we’ve been singing at Sign and Sing Story Time, so they are pretty popular right now.) All that had me sold, and so Alexis received her March Citrus Lane box last week. She was not disappointed.

QubesBecause she has a grandma who likes to send her little presents, Alexis is well aware that people in trucks leave boxes at our door. And when she sees one arrive, she gets very excited and declares, “Box! Scissors! Open!” and “Present!” She loves to unpack the boxes, and makes the most wonderful faces when she pulls out something she knows is for her. The first thing she pulled out of the Citrus Lane box was a long tube of Hape Qubes ($9.99 on Amazon), a set of twelve little wooden sea animals (they also have sets of farm animals, jungle animals, and dinosaurs.) Citrus Lane did really great this month — Alexis is loving dolphins and penguins lately, and they are both in this set. When she saw what she had, she said “Ooooh!” and demanded that we open the tube immediately. She’s still playing with them a week later.

You Are My BabyContinuing with the ocean theme, the box also included a lovely board book called You Are My Baby ($7.92 on Amazon), which pairs ocean animal parents with their babies, both of which have their own set of pages to turn. Alexis and I like to read the book together — I turn the parent pages and she turns the baby pages.

Also in the box was a Medi Buddy ($6.99 on Amazon), which is a compact little first aid kit perfect for a diaper bag. In addition to bandages, antiseptic wipes, and antibiotic ointment, the kit contains stickers, which are Alexis’ favorite part. And finally, a full size container of Orange Vanilla scented Alcohol Free wipes from Clean Well ($4.99 at Drugstore.com). We’ve gotten these wipes from Citrus Lane before, and Alexis loves using them to clean her hands after a snack.

Bumkins Super BibAfter the coupon codes, I spent $4.50 on this box. Just adding up the cost of the items, which are all high-quality and things that we will actually use, this value of this box is $29.89. The box also included special discounts for additional items from Chronicle Books, Hape, and Me4Kidz. Alexis’ bonus bib, an add on item that ended up being free, was also a great addition. It’s a Bumkins Super Bib ($6.73 on Amazon), made of a wipeable fabric that’s easy to clean without being plastic-y, my favorite sort of bib. Overall, this box made both Alexis and I happy. Another success for Citrus Lane.

 

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you $10 off your box, and it will save me $10, too. Everybody wins!

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27 Weeks and 2 Days

Welcome to the third trimester! I’ve been feeling a lot more “pregnant” lately, like my baby (and my belly) have had a growth spurt. Things feel more smushed and I’m getting more heartburn. And I think the photographic evidence supports my feeling:

27 Weeks

The highlight of the week, though, is that I can definitely see my belly move when baby moves. It’s rather weird, watching your belly move on its own.

Both last time I was pregnant, and again this time, one of my worst symptoms was “pregnancy brain.” And this week it’s really been on display. I miss my brain. Pregnancy is also making me even less graceful than I was before. I’m dropping things all over the place. It’s been rough. I’m another broken plate closer to a new set of dishes, though.

I have no idea how we’ve come this far already, and I’m still waiting for time to slow down. Baby still needs a name… and a crib… and a nursery. Next week is my last monthly doctor’s appointment. Then it’s every 2 weeks. No rush, little one.

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26 Weeks and 1 Day

My husband came downstairs from putting Alexis to bed and asked me, “Did you make night waffles?” Of course not. Don’t be silly. I made peanut clusters. 26 weeks pregnant and I am ravenous. Even though my stomach is shrinking, I just couldn’t stop eating today. I have chocolate on the brain, and haven’t quite been able to satisfy my craving. Perhaps it was the fasting that started last night and didn’t end until lunch today, for my glucose tolerance test, that has made me so hungry.

Baby boy is growing. He’s kicking, punching, and doing barrel rolls increasingly frequently, and they are definitely getting stronger. I’m feeling fuller and more squished inside. Hello, heartburn. I’m also getting more clumsy–I broke a plate tonight–and I’ve started having the weird sparkly lights at the edge of my vision that I experienced last time I was pregnant. I had my eyes checked last time and the verdict was that I was having ocular migraines, which are bizarre painless migraines with auras, so I’m guessing that’s what’s happening again. I’ll take it over painful migraines any day.

There are less than 100 days left! Baby is going to be here in 14 weeks, which seems so soon, and we still have most everything to do. No name picked out yet, and the room destined to be the nursery is still very much a guest room, but I have started to give some thought to decorating the nursery. It will be fun to get started on that. First step? Going out and buying flooring for the basement, to replace what was damaged last April during a flood. Once we get a floor down there again, we can start clearing out the new nursery.

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19 Months Old

19 Months Old

Alexis is 19 months old. In the last month, she’s been growing. Eating lots, and improving her skills with fork and spoon while she’s at it. When she has a mind to, she can use her silverware like a pro. But sometimes it’s still fun to smear yogurt everywhere. Alexis has also started experimenting with a regular, open cup. Once she figured out that she has to “tip it,” she’s done pretty well. Of course, she’s also figured out it can be more fun to “dump it!” or blow bubbles in it. I try to not to laugh, because I don’t want to encourage her, but it is pretty funny.

Since we were both sick for much of the last month, Alexis also got a very rare opportunity to spend way too much time staring at a screen. I am not in favor of screen time for children under 2, although we do let Alexis watch an occasional YouTube video. But with Alexis not feeling well, and mama feeling very sick, we bent the rules. One of Alexis’ favorites has been “bunnies! jumping!” Mostly, though, she watched a lot of Baby Signing Time. While I still don’t like her staring at a screen, she did pick up a lot from these videos. She’s learned a ton of new animal signs, and she’s developed an understanding of letters and the alphabet. She points out letters she sees all the time now, and she can sign a fair number of them, too. Now that we’re healthy again we’ve cut back on the screen time, but I’m glad that she was able to get something out of it while she was watching.

Alexis also started counting and talking about numbers a little more. She can identify “one” and “two” objects, recognize the numbers 1-10, and she can count up to 10, although I think she may just know the sequence of the number words, not their meaning. She continues to add new words to her vocabulary all the time, and one of her favorite words/concepts this month was “Everywhere!” Any time she encountered a large group of objects, they were “everywhere!” Spilled flash cards all over the floor? “Cards everywhere!” In a parking garage full of lights? “Lights everywhere!” Looking at the changing pad cover with the owl pattern? “Owls everywhere!” She also let me know that she had learned my name. Usually, I’m “mommy” or “mama.” If I’m not coming fast enough when it’s bath time, though, I’m “Shannon!” It’s hilarious and weird at the same time.

Alexis also finally got that last incisor she was working on for so long, meaning all she has left are the dreaded two year molars. Let’s hope for a little teething reprieve, but then let’s try to get them over with before baby #2 arrives, ok?

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