So this is one of many updates I am owing to the blog. We caught that last round of colds (hopefully the last), similarly to the northern states catching a surprise round of snow today. Like, whaaaaaaa-? I thought we were ready to skip into warmer weather, congratulating ourselves on faring so well.
Speaking of warmer weather, we have been outside plenty:
Baby Sister requires no toys outside. Just plop her on a blanket and she will grin and flap her arms for days.
Finally the plants have started filling out along the back wall. I love the jungle it creates. Ben is on his knees here so don’t get too excited. And then it will turn cold again and I get to put together some outfit like this and kill myself with ridiculous cuteness. Who came up with that hat??
The park is where we live. When we aren’t being hermits at home, at least. The more attention Alina needs, the more intense things get. I find I need some time to catch on to the challenges of two highly demanding little ones as they both reach new milestones. She is a reasonable person in that she doesn’t want to be left behind in a room while we go play somewhere else. But she is a baby, so she doesn’t understand that you are just grabbing your glass of water, or you have to put on your shoes to take her outside, or grab her a hat. So she throws a fit every time I get up. We are all a little anxious for her to get a crawl going.
Bless her heart, though, she is the cutest, sweetest little girl. She gives deliberate hugs and kisses and snuggles, and Ben didn’t start doing that until he was almost a year. She grabs your face with both hands and plants one on you with enormous enthusiasm.
Ben is completely verbal and is great at mimicing us and using subtleties like, “a little bit”, “a couple more” and “what’s going on?”. He practices inflection and volume and humor. He is always surprising me. He can count to thirty, but he first assumed that thirty was “twenty ten”. I will hear him talking to himself while he is playing with his shape sorter and suddenly he will say something crazy, like, “No, this one’s the trapezoid.” What the-?
The crazy behavior that we dealt with when Baby Sis first arrived has calmed completely. Now, I get challenges, but they are on a case by case basis, instead of all day emotional chaos. Right now, he is working me over at bedtime. I get tired of repeating myself because he’s not listening, but I raise my voice and lower my tone and he’s back on task. I wish he would just call my name at night instead of going into hysterics or yelling. We are working on that one. He is pretty eager for our involvement when he plays, but he will also play independently. Today he played outside for almost an hour by himself. I was pretty much jumping with joy.
He loves puzzles. He has two Melissa and Doug puzzles. One is a firetruck and one is the Alphabet train puzzle. That one is amazing, he knows the sequence of the letters without any help, or singing, or anything. He has it all memorized thanks to his Preschool Prep DVD. So he lays them all out himself (as long as you are there cheering him along) and then he stands over the conquered puzzle like so. Also note the groupie on the right.
I’ve been working on the couch. Things move forward, one cushion at a time. It’s slow, but steady.
Baby Sister isn’t as into food as Ben was at her age. Don’t get me wrong, she loves it, she’s thrilled, but she’s not where he was. He was eating huge bites of my burrito at this age and she can’t handle anything more than a puff, a banana or puree. So we are taking it slow. She still only eats two solid meals and those are both usually just baby food. I’m waiting. She will probably just turn a sharp corner in a few weeks.
I got so sick that I had to go to bed, and when our wonderful sitter Thalia came to watch the kids, she helped them make me a card! I feel like a real grown up mom when these things happen. Usually I just feel like “Mary, who then had kids.” Then something like this will happen and I feel like a bonafide MOM. With capitals.
I managed to finally pop or rip the last of the staples from the chaise part of our couch and cut pieces to upholster the base. I am in the process of sewing piping along the arm rest. Then we need to borrow a stape gun and an air compressor and things are gonna get real. I am both thrilled and terrified. Ben was a great helper while I cut a bunch of pieces. He helped by being cute and staying out of my way. I couldn’t believe it, usually I have to wait until he’s sleeping but he just kept me company and played it cool. I did let him lay on the fabric, and he loved that.
I found this amazing fabric on Etsy and was so inspired. I decided I would make a thick warm crib blanket, design three coordinating prints and they would all match one of my stuffed bears. It will make a great jumping off point for a girl’s nursery and I can’t wait to finish it and take photographs. For now the floral prints are up in the shop if you want to take a look. I am also going to have them available as notecards.
This flowery sketch will become a state series I have coming up, some with quotes. I am very much looking forward to that, too. Lots of inspiration lately and I am loving that I have a place to put it!
More updates yet to come, and more industrious creating. I get sick, and buried under chores sometimes and I wonder what posesses me to continue on writing here and making things, but really this is what I do. Parenting and drawing, writing and sewing are who I am, cleaning toilets must come last, right?
Good night everyone! Sending you love from our artsy little home.Pin It