Considering I spent the bulk of my teenage years completely skirting my dad's camera and my mom's incessant requests to get family photos taken, it's a little bit shocking the amount of pictures I've not only organized but willingly participated in the past few years. It must have something to do with being a parent and realizing how awesome it is to a) have someone else take (good) pictures for you and b) actually get a photo with your whole family in it at the same time! I know I've apologized before but I feel like I need to do it again: mom, I'm sorry for the things I did and pictures I avoided when I was teenager. I wholeheartedly get it now. I sincerely hope this apology voids me from having to go through a similar process with my girls when the day comes and I can't dress them up similarly and force them in front of a camera.... although I highly doubt it for some reason. I'm sure I'll get what's coming to me and more and for this reason, among others, I will get all the pictures taken now, while we can!Read More
Flora Grace is five and a half Months Old!! This was a really big month for all of us as we watched her grow and change and learn so.many. things. At some point around thanksgiving she started crawling and it's been one thing quickly after the other since that point. So as of today she is crawling and sitting up and she has two teeth which are just the cutest little things peeking out from behind her gummy smile. I forgot how horrible teething is but at the same time how accomplished you feel when you break on through to the other side together. I just kept saying this past week - you've done so well my baby! And she'd look up at me with her drooly smile and flash her sore red gums with those two toofies poking through.Read More
Hey hey. So day two after daylight savings time and BOTH kids went to sleep at a reasonable hour - which if you were a fly on the wall in my house about 24 hours ago at this time you would have witnessed my total meltdown over *why doesn't my toddler need sleep* (it's a recurring meltdown and I have it every couple of months. yesterday's was a particular kind of pathetic, I think in part brought on by the fact that I haven't had much consistent sleep myself the past few months coupled by daylight savings - which for some reason didn't even enter into my head before I hit the floor in exasperation. Because duh. Obviously that's why.) I try not to belabour the things that drive me completely crazy at this stage in my life because I'd like to think my kids will read this one day and while I do want it to be my outlet, I also don't want to leave traces of a smear campaign in their honour across the internet in the small event that maybe they make it to these annals when they're old enough to put two and two together and figure out "heyyyyyyy maybe *THAT"S* why I have issues." (I mean, no doubt they'll figure out why and where their issues originate [insert me raising my hand here] but if possible I'd like for them to come about that realization organically......)
Wow - that escalated quickly.
I think what I was trying to say was, it is incredibly *hard* to decide what I want to spend my "free" time doing. Most days I'm too tired to tackle any sort of personal hobby but lately, I'll just be looking at random buildings or listening to talk radio and i think - "that's it. I need to write." Which is odd because I've never really had that urge before. I've always felt like I should write, but should and needing to do it are two very different things. And when I say write I don't mean this blog. Which is why it's hard for me to prioritize my meagre amount of hours (ok let's be honest, hour - no plural) in the day. So on one hand I want to write stuff that's about all these things that I'm seeing and dreaming up, and on the other hand, I really want to keep up with this journal of our life. And then throwing something else random into the mix, just because, I have about 26 sewing projects I'd like to complete between now and Christmas. And of course there's all the stuff I really should do, like clean the downstairs washroom or fold the laundry, or order photos which I always mean to do but never really get around to.
And let's not forget sleep. And exercise. And walk the dog (my poor dog).
So apologies for my completely tangent post. This didn't really go anywhere but the internet has this completely amazing way of helping me work out the kinks. thank you internet.
And june if you're reading we still love you even though you are the world's most unpredictable, stubborn and erratic sleeper. and if you are currently dealing with issues - it was your father. Not me ;)
It's been a pretty busy October and Fall in general and between life and raising these two littles I haven't found myself reaching for this blog that much lately which always makes me sad but sometimes it's just the reality of life these days. I have always been so inspired by those moms out there who can work and do life and parent AND keep up with blogging at the same time. But awhile back I promised myself I'd let it go: when it works it works and when it doesn't I just have to focus on the other things that make a day busy! And this month that's been operating on less sleep (hello sleep regression!), battling (another) wicked sinus infection (really really need to do something about that) and trying in-between to spend some time outside in the beautiful Fall before it completely turns to winter before our eyes! Also, making Halloween costumes because last October I promised myself that this would be the year I would learn to sew so that I could make June's costume by this halloween. I almost didn't make my deadline it and I came in right under the gun frantically finishing these up last sunday in a furious fit of sewing in which I completely left our spare/sewing room covered in millions of pieces of scrap fabric and even more tiny pieces of thread (driving my family crazy in the process!). BUT! I finished. As I told mike it was more about the goal of seeing this through then it was about the costumes when it got down to the wire. I was so happy with how they turned out though and I can't wait to show them to you here!Read More
Flora Grace is officially four (and a half) months old! (Also, I've decided this month that I'm going to stop talking about how I'm doing this monthly photo late.... it's within the fourth month and at this point I'll take that as winning! I'm also just gonna go ahead and assume that I'll probably be tardy the rest of the year and that's ok too. )
When Flora smiles it sounds like a laugh. which means she is just always giggling at us. It's pretty darn incredible to be the funniest person in the room for about 90% of my day...which is 100% more funny than I used to be so I'll take it. I will take my girls as my biggest fan as long as they will let me. But seriously - how does a smile make sound? I never knew until I met my girl Flora. And she also makes these most beautiful "talking" sounds - we'll be cooing at her and she will just stare at us, open-mouthed with a smile and then all of a sudden come back at us with a "geeeeee" or an "aaaaahhhh" in the sweetest little voice you've ever heard. bless her, I'm sure she thinks actual words are coming out of her mouth and honestly they might as well be because I feel like we know just what she's trying to say.
We've been saying it since she was born but she's just a natural at being here (on planet earth!). she is settled with the world - never overly worked up about things- unless of course she's worked up because then girl has a temper. woo! but it seems to take a lot to put her out of sorts. we try to tend to her quickly even if she's not crying because I want to foster that in her - if she's happy it doesn't mean she always has to fend for herself, despite being the younger sister. really she is my dream. I'm not going to compare her to anyone or anything because that would be totally against the rules of motherhood but I'll I have to say is, she is just the most wonderful, lovely baby. She likes to sleep and falls asleep on her own or in my arms and when she breathes in little puffs against my neck it is the most satisfying and wonderful feeling in the world. I love her little sighs and the way she wakes up: happy always! It's so neat to just look over at her crib and watch her open her eyes and yawn and wake up slowly. and then to catch her smiles as she bobs her head across the room in my direction.
Flora's favourite things include blowing raspberries (either us or her she doesn't really mind which), watching us eat (that's a bit unnerving I've got to admit), doing "flying Flora" (airplane style over our heads), things that light up and make sound, tags, tags and more tags, her pink bunny and her pink lovie bunny blanket (without fail, falls asleep clutching these every night). She also seems to like kisses on her neck that almost tickle, and twinkle twinkle little star. She loves being in the baby carrier and looking down at her crazy sister running everywhere. She loves looking up at the trees and sky as we walk. She likes a good sleep - a good afternoon sleep. Which is excellent because so do I flora grace! Her nicknames so far are: Florrie, Flora flora mexico and florrie borrie. She is our happy, beautiful baby with eyes of blue, and four months has gone by all together far too quickly.