Saturday, August 30, 2008

This week's pictures

We have had some technical difficulties this week, but everything seems to be working again now, so here are some pictures.



Elijah is learning to drink from a big boy cup




This hat came with one of Molly's outfits - the outfit fits Molly, the hat fits Elijah!




Elijah's tunnel!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More


Yep, it's a little crazy ...

Monday, August 25, 2008

The kiddos

Think they look alike?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Two month check-up

Molly was two months old yesterday (wow!) and today we went to see the doctor for her well baby visit. Everything seems to be well and she is growing and gaining weight steadily. She is in the 93% for weight and 95% for height!! Good gracious, I'm not used to those kinds of numbers; Elijah has always been a lightweight for his height. It sure is nice to know that she is getting enough to eat. I've always been a little nervous about that - it's hard to know how much they're getting when you're breastfeeding. She also had her first shots today, so we had to stop and get some infant Tylenol on the way home. She's doing alright so far - hopefully she will just sleep it off!



Some tummy time - Molly is much better at this than Elijah was. (Look, no screaming!)


Another church dress - love those little shoes!

P.S. Happy birthday Cameron! I hope you're having a great day (if you can have a great day at football camp). I don't have the pictures of me as a little kid here, so I can't scan anything in to illustrate this - you can all just imagine 6 year old Julie holding baby Cameron (so cute!)

Update: here's the picture (Thanks, Melissa!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bathing cutie

Here are some pictures of Molly enjoying her bath the other night. Isn't she getting so nice & chubby!?




Thursday, August 14, 2008

Surviving August

Well, here we are in the middle of another crazy August - Patrick's job is always insane at this time of year and he has to work a lot of evenings and weekends. We are looking forward to the end of September when things will calm down a little, but for now, Elijah, Molly and I are getting along as well as we can without much Daddy time. We survived the worst of it last week when Patrick was gone for 5 days. I was surprised at (and thankful for) how well we did! Elijah always has a hard time when Patrick isn't home, and since he is still adjusting to having Molly in our lives, I thought he might really fall apart. Thankfully, he only started to have a hard time in the last two days, and came through it like a champ in the end. Going to church on our own was challenging, but not as hard as I thought it might be, and it was so worth it - Elijah had such a fun time running around with the other kids, and I was really glad to get out and have some grown up conversation!

Anyway, here's some of what we've been doing lately ...

Elijah has been re-learning to play by himself (after a month of fun grandparents to play with he had forgotten!) and I love watching and listening to him as he entertains himself. He has starting building on his own again and I am impressed by his interesting structures! Most days, Molly takes a pretty good nap in the morning and (even if it doesn't last a long time) Elijah and I have some time alone to play together. He continues to talk up a storm and is learning new words all the time. He has a surprising memory and likes to tell me about things he remembers (we still talk about going to the zoo constantly). I think it's fun to hear about what impressed him, and to find out what he likes and doesn't like. He would wear the same t-shirt and PJs every day if I didn't have to wash them!


Molly is growing and becoming more alert all the time. She smiles a lot when she's awake, and is starting to coo and talk when she is happy (especially when she sees Patrick). She doesn't seem to like her car seat much, but goes right to sleep in the Baby Bjorn when we run errands.



We have been working on some projects around here - I am proud of myself for getting some baby announcements mailed out and now Elijah and I are working on thank you notes. He is really enjoying "writing" them!

Here's Elijah coloring:

video

And here is a little video for the grandparents of Molly just being a baby:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tagged!

My friend Wizzy tagged me, so here is some more random information about me ...

Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.

1. I am really uptight about how I load the dishwasher and especially about how I do laundry. Sometimes my laundry systems actually make it overwhelming, even for me, but I do all of it anyway because I'm always afraid something is going to be ruined. Funny how it all has to be done just right, but I don't care about getting it folded and put away! =)

2. I leave random, rambling voice mail messages. People have actually told me that they have saved a message from me to play for other people - that's probably not a good thing! I just don't know how to stop and get off the phone sometimes (also a problem when I am talking to live person, but it's worse when there's no one there to stop me).

3. While I was pregnant (both times) and since I've been carrying a baby around in the car seat carrier, I have an extra-strong fear of falling and/or dropping the baby (especially on the stairs - and we live on the second floor). It's actually worse now that I am trying to carry Molly and hold on to Elijah. I wear my running shoes, which I hate, a lot of the time just because I feel less likely to slip or trip in them.

4. I have lots of quirky clothing issues - pants never fit right in the hip or the length (and why can't they size women's jeans like they do men's jeans? Do women really only come in three heights?), good bras never come in racer back, shoes are never wide enough, whatever. And I will go off on a crazy rant if anyone even mentions nursing bras.

5. I love ordering things online. I think it's partially because I don't have to talk to anyone or be around a bunch of people or drag my kids out to a store, and partially because I love getting things in the mail, and partially (with clothes) because things look so cute in the pictures and there's no disillusioning fitting room mirrors to ruin it. And maybe it seems a little less real, so I don't feel as bad about spending the money ... I tell myself it's necessary sometimes because I have such a hard time finding pants the right length, but I have to be careful or I'll go a little nuts.

6. I love reading, but I have cut myself off from reading fiction since I had kids (except on vacation or after I had surgery). I just can't be a responsible parent when I have a good book to read. My kids would go hungry and sit in their dirty diapers all day - seriously. I can't help it. Maybe someday I'll get to read again, when they are old enough to feed themselves. =)

OK, so I will tag Jackie, Erin, Jessica, Amanda, and Anne (if you're not currently having a baby!) - you can do it if you want to, no pressure.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Seven weeks - the update

I know I haven't written much lately ... it's not that there's nothing to say, but it's just easier to post pictures one-handed than it is to type while you're holding a baby! We are all doing pretty well and getting used to being a family of four and having our days turn around a baby schedule again. Molly is not actually on a firm schedule yet, but she seems to be settling into enough of a pattern that I feel ready to try to give her a schedule based on her patterns. I think Elijah and I will be as glad as she is to have more consistency in our days! Elijah thrives on consistency and has always been very rigid about his schedule - I'm sure Molly will be more flexible (out of necessity!), but I would like to give her as much structure as is reasonable for the rest of us. And, of course, I will be sure to schedule her feedings for times when Elijah doesn't also have something going on - we've had some bad days when they are both hungry and screaming at the same time, and I'd like to avoid that as much as possible!

Anyway, Molly is seven weeks old today! This week I think we've started to return to the land of the living - some days I am still just struggling to keep everyone fed and the meltdowns to a minimum and to get myself a shower! But we've made some progress this week - we have gone out into the world a few times and I'm starting to figure out how to manage both kids in various situations (double stroller? baby bjorn? who rides where in the cart?). I finally attempted taking both kids to the park, to Elijah's great joy, and on Wednesday some friends from church came over for a play date/visit, which was really nice for both Elijah and me.


Miss Molly ("Hey Tallie, let's be twins today!")


Seven weeks old! Wide-eyed and content before nap time.

On Wednesday night Molly slept through the night for the first time (she slept until 5:30 am, which Daddy considers a reasonable time to get up, so I think it counts). She didn't repeat it last night, but I am excited that we are at least heading in that direction! This morning she took a great nap, which let Elijah and I have a fun morning. We played for a little while, and then Elijah watched a short video while I got a little snooze on the couch, and then we played with water out on the deck. Elijah had a great time pouring and splashing and making as much mess as he wanted. It was so nice to get outside and just play with him for a little while.





Water + cups = Fun!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sunday pictures


Molly in her pretty church dress ...


... and comfy casual for Sunday afternoon nap.
Am I cute or what?!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Saturday pictures


Six weeks old, smiling


Sweet baby


Elijah's Bob the Builder outfit - how cool is that!?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bubbles



Delayed pictures

Here are some pictures to illustrate my post from a few days ago ...


The new couch


Molly thinks it's totally comfortable


The new van