Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pippa at 4

Here's what Pippa is like at age 4:
  • Likes to pretend to be a cat.
  • Is a rule follower and often tries to be the rule enforcer for Roxy. (Sometimes this is helpful. Other times not so much.)
  • Says "Actually..." quite a bit.
  • Likes to play in the dirt in our backyard
  • Has quiet time while Roxy and Gemma (and mom) nap. Pippa ends up napping during this time about half the time. 
  • Goes to bed around 8 (falls asleep around 8:40) and wakes around 7:20.
  • Her favorite color is pink. She reminds us of this all the time.
  • Is saving her money for "Happy Hollow, a new car, and visiting Grandma." 
  • Is so helpful in the car giving Gemma her binky, holding her hand, and singing to her. (Roxy does this, too. Gemma's carseat is in the middle.)
  • Can buckle and un-buckle her top buckle of her carseat.
  • Is proud of her curlies. (Mom is too!)
  • Loves to wear skirts and dresses. Especially dresses that poof out when she twirls.
  • Is getting slightly sassy - like muttering things under her breath or huffy sighs. 
  • Loves meeting new kids.
  • Wants to be an astronaut / mom / engineer when she grows up. Well, I don't think she really has the concept of what a career is, but she says things like "When I'm big I can be an astronaut if I want."
  • Favorite toys are legos, the marble run, and baby dolls / stuffed animals.
  • Is taking a gymnastics class.
  • Wants to go to school. (We're not doing formal pre-school. Maybe I'll do a post about this later)
  • When playing with Roxy they often pretend to be Eloise, Emmy, or Ann. Not quite sure why they picked those names. We do know two girls named Emmy, and our next door neighbor (an adult) is Ann, but I don't know where Pippa even heard the name Eloise.
The outtakes:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Roxy at 2

Roxy at 2. I'm bummed that the best photo is blurry. But people, taking photos while holding a two week old is not easy!

Roxy at 2:

  • Favorite food is cheddar cheese (a girl after her mom's heart (and stomach))
  • Sings whole songs mostly on tune. Current Roxy hits are "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "I Love to See the Temple," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite."
  • Counts to 10
  • Knows all her colors (she's had these down for quite some time now)
  • Goes to sleep ridiculously easily. She doesn't fight bedtime and if she's not ready to sleep, she will just chill in her crib.
  • Sometimes she likes to hang out in her crib alone even when it's not bedtime. It's not a punishment, she asks for it! Usually when she's upset but sometimes just because. She'll stay in the crib just talking / singing / playing with her snuggle blankets anywhere from 5-20 minutes. I'm actually really glad that she recognizes when she needs some alone time and then she makes it happen. 
  • Copies everything Pippa does.
  • Loves "Baby Bin" (that's how Roxy pronounces baby's real name) and is SO gentle with her. I was so scared that Roxy would be insanely jealous of baby, but she hasn't been at all! It's been a wonderful surprise!
  • When I'm getting ready to nurse baby Gemma, Roxy will open her mouth super wide to show Gemma what she should do to eat. Roxy also likes to "help" nurse Gemma by putting her hand on my breast.
  • Only likes to go slow and low on the swing in our backyard and at the park. Like moving only 6 inches to the front and back slow. But this is progress because she wouldn't even get in the swing the first 3 months we had it. Then for a month she would only sit in it and didn't want to be pushed at all. 
  • Always wants to be first to get her hair done. Requests either a ponytail or clips. If she chooses clips, she wants four or five in her hair at one time. I've taken to hiding the clips and only putting two on the counter. The top of her hair is still straight, but she is getting a few curls around the edges of the straight portion. People stop us all the time to compliment her curls.
  • LOVES playing in the dirt in our backyard.
  • Recently started calling Pippa "AZ" or "Ace-E" instead of just "A."
  • Usually naps from 1:30 to 3 or 3:30. Goes to bed around 8 and wakes around 7:45. Often I'm not sure how long she's been awake because she will just happily chill in her crib. 
  • Still sucks her thumb.
  • Not anymore, but for a while she would say "pie" meaning "up high."
  • Carries her two blankets with her ALL THE TIME around the house (we don't let her take them outside, because who wants to look for lost blankets in the yard, garage, laundry, car, neighbor's, etc?). This leads to many episodes of "where my snuggle blankey go?" She occasionally wakes us up crying in the night asking this. Usually she's sitting on it.
  • Says "pick up me" instead of pick me up. Just since Gemma was born Roxy has started saying it the right way "pick me up" and I miss her saying it the other way.
  • Likes to stretch her arms across a doorway or across the hall and pretend to be a gate, opening and closing for people going by.
  • Has the best hip swing when she jogs / runs. T has a great video of it - I'll try to add it here. 
Right now Roxy is kind of all or nothing. If you ask her to do something and she wants to cooperate she will cheerfully do it right away. If you ask her to do something and she says "no," nothing you will do or say will make her do it. And she says "no" so nonchalantly and just turns and walks away. The things that she says yes or no to are completely arbitrary. I tried to get Roxy to say "I'm two!" But she wouldn't cooperate.

The outtakes:

We love this girl!

Monday, July 11, 2016

4th of July

We had a pretty laid back (though seemingly very long) 4th of July. T left at 6:45 a.m. to set up chairs at the park for the ward's annual 4th of July breakfast. We went to said breakfast and played at the park until 10:30. Then we went shoe shopping (for T - new Sunday shoes - his current ones are 8 years old and totally beat up) and grabbed pizza for lunch. Naps all around then popsicles. I feel like this is a very 4th of July photo. Pippa and Roxy look very much like sisters here.

Then we hung around the house while Pippa said every so often "NOW is it time for fireworks?" We took the girls to the local elementary to play on the equipment ate some Happy Birthday America Cake (complete with singing and candles) and FINALLY it was time for fireworks. We decided to bring Roxy. She had a later and long nap so we though she would do ok - and she did. We went to the same spot as last year - up on a hill and far away so the booms were soft. Here we are waiting for fireworks.

Pippa was more entertained by the annoying group of 7 year old boys than the fireworks this year. They were super loud and distracting, even for me. Roxy seemed to enjoy (or at least be ambivalent toward) her first fireworks. They both stayed awake on the short 10 minute drive home. Next year I think we'll try a closer place - but not too close. Actually, next year I might be home with baby, so we will see.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Mount Tam on Memorial Day

We made plans with T's work buddy to go hiking. We decided on Mount Tamalpais in the North Bay. We also decided to go early in the morning to avoid holiday traffic / get a parking spot. We left the house at 7:20 (go us!) to get to the parking lot before 9. I was a worried about the drive because our girls aren't known for their road tripping skills (still). Luckily they were both happy the entire 1.5 hours there! There was a lot of fog and no traffic. This should be a great view of the ocean. Still a great view.

The other family has two girls whose ages match up (they are slightly older) with our Pippa and Roxy's ages. I used to not understand why you would ever do vacation with another family - it's hard to coordinate and you don't have as much flexibility, but I've since changed my mind. Pippa hiked all 2 miles (not a super long hike, but when you're 3 it's kind of a lot) since she had a friend to run and climb with. I know if it had just been our little family she would have asked to be carried .25 miles in.

We did a 1.5 mile loop then a steep / rocky .3 miles (.6 miles there and back) to the top of Mount Tam. A snack break with our little climbing mountain goats. The big girls really got high up!

View along the trail. Just right of the exact center of this photo you can see the tops of the buildings in San Francisco.

The view looking the other way.

The loop was easy and mostly flat. Our friend's two year old walked the whole way. Roxy was in our new hiking backpack for the entire way.

The .3 mile up to the top was kind of rough and very rocky. SO glad Roxy was in the carrier. We hung out at the top for a long time. I don't think we actually took any photos of the view at the top... But there were lots of great rocks for climbing.

You can't tell in these photos, but the girls actually had to climb far up the rocks to get here.

Ah, one from the very top.

We wanted to take a family photo at the very top, but Roxy was freaking out and would not consent to be held or moved. So we knew it was time to go back down. About 10 steps after we started down Pippa lost a special purple rock she found at the top. Tears commenced and didn't stop until we were back in the parking lot. Roxy fell asleep on the .3 miles back down.

Zero bug bites, zero sunburns, and missed all the holiday traffic (which we saw heading the other direction as we were leaving). It was a good trip! Roxy slept through the transition to the car seat and woke when we stopped for In N Out on the way home. Pippa slept after In N Out until we got home. So another good car ride! Unbelievable! Not that we're planning any road trips any time soon (Roxy still sometimes screams the whole way for a 15 minute trip) but it seems they are getting a bit better.

Our friend took some photos so if we get them we'll toss them up here, too.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quiet time

Around January Pippa started not being tired at nap time. I pushed her nap time back and at first I was super bummed because the girls weren't napping at the same time anymore (aka I wasn't getting to nap and when you're in the first trimester and also have bronchitis you really want to nap all the time). Then Pippa started fighting the later nap so we switched to quiet time.

Quiet time for Pippa is the same time as Roxy's nap. Pippa doesn't have to nap, but she has to stay in her room and be quiet until her bunny is awake. (She has a bunny clock that shows a sleeping bunny when she needs to be asleep and the picture switches to a running bunny when it is ok to be awake / out of her room.) I mostly close the curtains and she chooses toys and books to have in her room (normally toys and books live in the playroom). We started with quiet time being 30 minutes and are now up to about 50 minutes. The first two weeks she would pop out, but now she stays in her room. A good incentive for her is that if she stays in her room for all of quiet time (she can come out if she needs the bathroom) she gets to watch 20 minutes of a movie after. And Roxy is still napping while Pippa watches the movie so I get a bit more quiet time for me, too!

Sometimes (about twice a week) she falls asleep during quiet time. Sometimes she tells me she wants a nap instead of quiet time and that's fine, too. I don't let her sleep past when quiet time is over, though or else bedtime is late. A nice perk (for me) of dropping the nap is that Pippa's bedtime is 7!

Usually Pippa runs out of her room when the bunny wakes up (aka quiet time is over) and tells me she stayed in her room the whole time! When the time comes and goes I go check on her. Sometimes she's absorbed in playing, but mostly it means she fell asleep at some point. Here's what I've discovered a few times: 

I love that sometimes when Pippa sleeps she takes up the whole bed and other times, like this, she's curled in to just a tiny ball on the corner of the bed.

Love that girl and love quiet time!

Roxy sleeping

And some of Roxy sleeping because all babies are cute when they are sleeping.

If Roxy wakes before 7 a.m. we usually pull her into bed with us and she will happily snuggle us for about 20-30 more minutes. Here she is morning snuggling with T (and sucking his finger because we couldn't find a binky - we've since broken her habit of sucking our fingers).

While Pippa was brushing her teeth for bed, Roxy hopped into Pippa's bed and pretended to be asleep. 

And this one of T immediately after Roxy woke him.  He fell asleep playing with the girls. One of the reasons I love this picture is because Roxy looks so much like Pippa at the same age.


Our new house has a covered patio. I've never thought about having a covered patio (just a roof over it, not screened in) before, but now it's definitely on my forever house wish list.  Anyway, back in March we bought a $30 kiddie swing to hang from the ceiling of the patio.

Pippa loves it. Roxy just loves to push it (ending 50% of the time with the swing bonking her in the head). Pippa doesn't always like Roxy pushing her because the pushes aren't big enough.


So I got out the baby jumper and Roxy pushes that. Roxy likes it because it's more her height and I like it because less whining plus it never hits her in the head. They both like pushing dolls / animals in the swings.

Two days ago Roxy asked to go in the swing. Amazing. Before this she would scream and kick if you even tried to put her in the swing (she doesn't like the swings at the park either - I have wondered for a long time (since she was an infant and hated car rides (and still does))if maybe she has a motion sickness thing, but that's a thing for another time). So this was her first time in the swing.
She absolutely did not want to be pushed at all by me or Pippa. But she was fine (and occasionally smiley) just sitting there.