Monday, August 11, 2014

Crafty x 2

I'm not a very crafty person.  Sometimes I like doing crafty stuff, but I don't do it often and I don't have a natural knack for it.

Crafty #1
Before Pippa was born I wanted to make her a hair bow holder like this.  Super cute, right?!
I bought all the stuff and then Pippa was born the next day (3 weeks early!).  Obviously, it didn't get done right then.  Or later either because we moved to Germany and we really limited the things we brought with us.

Finally, two years later and just before Baby Roxy is to be born, I made the bow holder.  I used this tutorial from (it's where the first photo is from, as well)

It's not perfect, but I think it is perfectly adorable.

Sometimes the tutorial instructions weren't clear - there are no measurements for the size of the bodice or the skirt!  So I had to eyeball it.  (If you were wondering, my bodice is 11.5 inches along the bottom and 10.5 inches tall.  The skirt is 15.5 inches long.

Crafty #2
We have big families which = a lot of birthdays and anniversaries and they are hard to keep track of - even with putting them in our phones.  For a while I've wanted to make something like this birthday board - minus the Ute theme (source here).

But that's a lot of work and a lot of small pieces.  I recently saw this birthday board (etsy source) and it looks so much cleaner / simpler.  Which is definitely more our aesthetic.  This one sells on etsy for $22.

I made ours for about $4.

I think the square board would proportionally look better, but the square wood piece was $4 and this rectangle piece was 79 cents.  The knob was $1.50 from the hardware store.  I had to use bigger tags because some months are full of events.  Plus with these paper tags, it is super easy to add a new event. Winning.  We hung it by the front door so it's an easy reminder and we see it all the time.

Baby Roxy

I'm 37 weeks along with Roxy.  Soon I'll be more pregnant than I've ever been before because Pippa was born early.  Here's how I look (This photo is from today).

My body handles this pregnancy thing pretty well.  My ankles never swelled up with Pippa and they swelled up for the first time with Roxy a few days ago.  But not crazy swollen, just swollen compared to how they normally look.  I don't think a stranger would have noticed.

Around 27 weeks I found out I have a low platelet count.  It's not too big of a deal and I get my blood drawn every week to check the count.  If my most recent platelet count when I go into labor is under 100, I might not be able to get an epidural (I wasn't planning to get an epidural anyway).  If it's under 100 and I have to have a c-section I will probably have to be placed under general anesthesia.  If it's under 100 I have a slight increased risk of bleeding more after delivery.  But the good news is that my count is usually around 112.  If it gets closer to 100 they might give me steroids which usually increase the platelet count.  But so far so good.

At my 37 week appointment I found out I tested positive for Group B Strep.  Also, not a big deal.  Group B Strep comes and goes in most adults and usually doesn't cause any problems or even symptoms.  There is a small chance that Baby Roxy could get Group B Strep during delivery.  So, I'll have to get IV antibiotics right when I first get checked into the hospital during labor to prevent Roxy from getting it.

Last night I had three hours of Braxton Hicks contractions.  I didn't feel a single Braxton Hicks contraction when I was pregnant with Pippa.  I've had them only one other time so far with Roxy and it only lasted about 30 minutes.  This time they were three minutes apart for three hours but never increased in intensity.  After the first 45 minutes I started thinking that maybe this was real labor because my back was sore, too.  T and I decided to go to bed to get a bit of rest in case it was something.  T fell asleep very quickly and I didn't sleep at all.  Obviously, it turned out to be nothing.

I know it's my second baby, but I'm nervous I won't be able to tell I'm in labor.  With Pippa, it was obvious because my labor started with my water breaking - I didn't have contractions until two hours later and the first contraction I had was so intense it nearly knocked me over.  None of this starting weak business.  So I'm concerned that this time around by the time I figure out that these weak contractions are real labor that they will be intense contractions and we won't have time to get T home from the city / babysitter over / make it to the hospital / get the IV antibiotics into me before Roxy arrives.

We are crazy excited to meet and hold Roxy.  We have no idea what we're in for, but we're excited for it and are so happy it is happening.  Now if we only knew if it is going to be a few more days or a few more weeks...

Prose from Pippa

Pippa is into crying right now.  Not actually crying, but she's got the hang of certain emotions like happy, crying, tired, and hurt.  She always points out when other kids / babies are crying at church or the park or anywhere.  When she's crying (usually fake crying) she'll say in a sad cry voice, "Pippa crwwwying."

Last week she dropped her spoon over the side of her high chair.  "Spoon fall down.  Spoon crwwwying."  It makes me laugh because I've been known to assign emotions to inanimate objects as well (feeling like I should use Windows Media Player because it probably feels left out because I never use it.  Which is ridiculous!)

Two days ago while playing in her room - "Pippa working.  No, Pippa happy!"  That is pretty much how I feel about work, too, little girl! :)

About three weeks ago Pippa started reading to herself.  Just parts of certain pages of certain books that she has memorized.  It's pretty cute.  This one is from "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?"  Sometimes she'll say "Lion mother? (or whatever animal it is)  Yes, of course they do.  Animal mother love.  "  But this time she was only doing part of it.  Still adorbs.


Monday, July 14, 2014


At the park Pippa was looking so big / old!

T was rubbing Pippa's back and she was really enjoying it.  (She's not fussy or sad or tired here, just really enjoying her back rub.)

Super laid back 4th of July.  We went to IKEA and bought a twin mattress for Pippa, then went to a patriotic band concert in the park.  Topped it off with rootbeer floats.  No fireworks for us this year.  (We missed fireworks last year too, but don't feel too bad for us - we were on a beach in Greece!)

She spent half of the time at the concert playing on the playground and the other half marching around in circles with her arms in the air.

Pippa looks so tiny on her twin bed.  It's just a mattress on the floor.  We were going to just buy a new crib for Baby Roxy but Pippa was climbing out of the crib so it was time to move her out of the crib.  (Yes, baby #2's blog name will be Roxy - after the female surfing company.  It's a nod to Santa Cruz (famous for surfing) where we went for this babymoon, just like Pippa's name is a nod to our London babymoon.)

Pippa was having a rough Sunday.  We caved and gave her the binky (usually only for sleeping) and T sang to her and rocked her and she finally calmed down.  It was so sweet.

Pippa still thinks she is one of the big girls at the park and was following these older girls around.  They didn't mind (which makes me so happy) and were tickling her, which of course, she loved.

Pippa loves to draw on the patio doors with our dry erase markers.  She's really good about only drawing on the windows.  She can draw circles (intentionally) and sometimes I think her stuff looks like modern art I've seen in museums (like the side by side circles on the left).

My sister M's family was in the area (sort of) for her husband's family reunion.  They drove a couple extra hours to meet up with us at a park.

This is all five of her boys and Pippa.

Pippa pointed out by name who they were to me several times and has asked for them by name several times since we saw them.  Here they are burying their feet in the sand.  One of Pippa's favorite sand activities.

So hard to get a good photo of all the kids.

This one is almost pretty good, but it's blurry!

And more of the same here.  We took more photos with M's camera so hopefully she puts those up somewhere soon.

We hit up 7-11 on 7/11 for free slurpee day.  Pippa heartily approves.  So much so that she wouldn't give it back to me.  I only intended for her to have one sip!  She ended up eating about half of it.  (We're in the lab here waiting to get my blood drawn for my platelet count.)
After her first sip she said "Coooold!... Good!"  That perfectly sums up a slurpee.

Reading to herself in this funny position at the foot of her bed.  She knows some of the words to some specific pages in her favorite books and will recite them on the correct page.  It's adorable.

Reading and walking.

Yesterday we thought it would be fun to take Pippa bowling.  She's young, but I know a girl whose 18 month old and 3 year old LOVED pushing the ball down the ramp and seeing / hearing the crash of pins.

Pippa was not so excited about it.  She pushed the ball down maybe four times then refused to touch the ball at all.
I bowled three times before I decided it was not a good activity for me (because my abs are non-existent right now and it kinda hurt).  So T ended up bowling for two people for almost all of the frames.    Pippa and I had fun clapping and messing around on the spinny / pushy chairs.

Reading "The Monster at the end of this Book."  They are so cute!

That's what we've been up to.  Nothing too exciting, just regular life.  And it's a really, really good life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Prose from Pippa

Yesterday morning I was feeling really tired so I lied down on the couch.  And fell asleep.

T was playing with Pippa in her room and she noticed I wasn't around.  She said, "Mom - Where go?"  T said, "Mom is sleeping."  So Pippa ran into my room to check.  She didn't see me on the bed and as she ran back to her room she didn't see me on the couch.  She then announced to T,  "Mom - work."

It makes me smile because every time Pippa says, "Dad - Where go?"  I always say and sign, "Dad went to work.  He'll be back later (or soon, if it's the afternoon)."  (Not important to the story, but she almost always responds by saying (and signing),  "Dad - soon.")  So logically, if I'm not around I'm at work!  I love how her mind figures things out!

Also, I think just within the last two days Pippa has figured out what it is to have a song stuck in her head.  It's completely adorable.  Quite often throughout the last two days she's been singing, "Signing Al-Leah" aka "Signing Time With Alex and Leah" the theme song.  The other song is "Walk beside, help find" aka the chorus from "I am a Child of God."  I'm positive Pippa learned that song in nursery at church.  So awesome!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A cousin and grandma visit / babymoon trip all in one

T's mom and niece came to visit for a week!  

We started out by swimming in the pool (no photos - T's mom and I were both always had a kid hanging on to us and T was at work).  Then we drew on the glass balcony doors with dry erase markers - one of Pippa's favorite pastimes. 

We played so many rounds of hide and seek this week.

Coloring after bath time.  Pippa really loved doing everything A was doing.

The next day while T was at work we went to Pier 39 in San Francisco.  Pippa still loved looking at the sea lions and barking at them.  But she didn't call them dogs this time.

It was crazy windy while we were there.

You can kind of tell those are sea lions behind us...

The girls had a fun time playing on these cleat statues (cleats are those things on the dock that you tie your boat to).

We watched a really lame magic show that lasted forever and only had three tricks.  Then we took some photo booth photos that didn't turn out because the machine was broken and the photos were way underexposed.  But then we rode the carousel, which, of course, was a huge hit.

I love how much Pippa loves rides.  I really wish we lived closer to Happy Hollow (a kiddie amusement park) so we could get season passes for her to enjoy the rides all the time!

Grandma was so nice and bought "My Little Pony" horses for the girls at The Pier.

Bath time!

The next day we went swimming again (a little boy taught A to hold her breath under water) and hit the park - I think we did the park everyday.

The reason T's mom came to visit was so she could watch Pippa while T and I went on our babymoon (yes, it's a thing - it's the last vacation together before baby arrives).  For our babymoon just before Pippa was born, we went to London.  This time around we stayed local and went to Santa Cruz.  We were there for four days and Grandma, A, and Pippa joined us for the last 1.5 days.

We left some distractions for Pippa while T and I were gone - individual bubble blowers for both girls (the fan kind with a button so you don't get light headed from blowing) and a new play kitchen and food that we put out literally two minutes before T and I left.  According to Grandma, all went well while we were gone.

On our way to Santa Cruz, T and I stopped at "The Mystery Spot."  It's a place in the Redwoods where gravity / physics seems to be off.

Here's an example.  The floor and walls are flat but T is way slanted forward.

Really, shouldn't I be tipped over by now, especially with a pregnant belly?

It was kind of trippy and made us both feel a little sick.  But worth it - just $6.

My aunt and uncle own a beach house in Santa Cruz and they were SOO nice to let us stay there.  It was gorgeous.  This is the view from the back.  Are you even kidding me?!  We spent a lot of time just hanging out on the deck.  It was wonderful.

A panoramic from the backyard.

To the right of the house was a little cove - totally inaccessible, but awesome for hearing the waves crash.

The Santa Cruz beaches are beautiful and the water is so clear and clean!  Especially compared to beaches in the LA area.  (This is a different beach than the one the house is on.)

I really love this picture of us, even though the wind is doing crazy things with my hair.

That night we went to a SmashMouth concert on the boardwalk.  It was a totally fun, almost movie cliche summer thing to do.  And it was awesome.

One thing I love about Santa Cruz is all the huge murals painted everywhere.  This one was on a random auto shop wall.

The next day grandma, A, and Pippa joined us in Santa Cruz.  Of course we had to hit the beach by the beach house.  It was Pippa's first time in the freezing Pacific, and A's first time in the ocean.

We saw dolphins and otters once while we were on the beach and otters and dolphins twice from the deck of the house.

Pippa would have ran all the way in over her head if we weren't holding on so tight.

Both A and Pippa absolutely LOVED the ocean.


Love Grandma's face here as the freezing Pacific surprises her from behind.  A's surprised face is pretty good here, too.

I wanted to get a photo of A alone with the ocean behind her, but she would not let go of Grandma's hand.  Which was probably good, because those waves were pretty strong.

We tried to pull Pippa out so we could get a family photo with the ocean, but she wasn't having any of it.  
 She kept squirming and shouting, "water! water!" So, like any good parents, we gave up on the photo.

Eventually we did pull Pippa out of the water, despite her protests, because she was shivering and her teeth were chattering.  A stayed in much longer.

T warming Pippa up.


Of course we played in the sand.

No photo, but while we were there we saw a couple get married on the beach.  So sweet.

The girls entertained each other in the back seat with funny faces and funny sounds.  

 I loved watching the moon rise at the beach house.

The moon was so bright on that one stretch of water and it was so dark everywhere else.  I felt like there should have been a boat smuggling something across the cove - it was so much like a movie.

The morning we left to come home.  The ocean is behind us, but it's all blown out.  But it's there.  The most surprising thing is that this photo (with everyone looking at the camera!) was the first and only shot we took.

This photo shows how awkward it is getting to hug T with a belly in the way (I'm 30 weeks here).  Clearly, I have no idea how to pose while pregnant even though this is my second go around.  

Just like we did for Pippa in London, we bought Baby #2 (blog name TBD) a Christmas ornament in Santa Cruz.

After church (Happy Father's Day!), dinner, and baths, Pippa was just about done for the day. Doesn't that look so uncomfortable?

The morning Grandma and A left to go home.

We had such a wonderful time with Grandma and A.  And T and I had a wonderful time, just the two of us, for those two short days and nights.  I'm a big believer in babymoons :)

There were a few bouts where A crying started Pippa crying.  And a few fights over the aquadoodle.  And a few times when Pippa was too close to A and A accidentally pushed her over.  But really, the girls got along really well.  A was so good about sharing with Pippa.  Several times A requested to have Grandma curl her hair so it would be curly like Pippa's (it didn't happen, but it wasn't for the lack of asking!).  I was so surprised at how reverent A was during sacrament meeting - she's only 4 and she sat there so quietly without complaining or even having anything to play with other than the hymn book.  Also, A must be having a growth spurt.  No exaggeration, she ate as much as me at every meal and sometimes (at breakfast) more!

I almost forgot!  The first night Grandma and A slept here the apartment complex's fire alarm sounded at 5:30 a.m.  We all had to evacuate the building in our jammies.  We looked really classy as we walked up the block to the gas station to get away from the loud alarm that was bothering A.  And to get some breakfast.  By the time we got back to the apartment, we were allowed back in, but the only person who fell back asleep was A.  Every morning A woke up after that she would cover her ears in fear that the alarm would start again.