Sunday, December 14, 2014

Things That Must Go

My favorite radio station of all time is X96.  The morning show has a feature called "things that must go."  Here is my list of things that must go:

  • Pinning things that are a number (50 ways to update your walls, 40 crockpot recipes, etc.)
  • Saying "20 past" or "15 to" instead of the actual time 
  • Elf on the shelf
  • Calling a husband "hubby"
  • Duck face photos
  • Hand sanitizer
  • hands together half bow thing when accepting praise or award
  • The song "Hotel California" - it is impossible to dance to and ridiculously long 
  • Flaky people who post stuff on craigslist but never get back to you
  • The musical "Wicked"
  • Saying "cuz" instead of cousin 
  • Saying "GNO" instead of Girls Night Out.  GNO (pronounced by saying each letter) sounds way too close to gyno (as in gynecologist) to use it.  Ever.  
  • Back scratching in sacrament meetings 
  • "Day in the life of" blog posts
  • Scented soap 
  • Almonds

Roxy at Three Months

 Our sweet Roxy on her three month birthday.  Check out those arm rolls!

Here's what she was up to between the two and three month birthdays:

  • Likes to chew on her left hand (only the left)
  • Still likes looking to the left
  • Caught her first cold from Pippa
  • First move
  • Started cloth diapers 
  • Blowing bubbles 
  • Survived another month of Pippa (yes, this is still an accomplishment and probably will be for her whole first year)
  • New nicknames: Blue eyes, squishy, little love, her (real) first initial
  • Still not best nurser - if I wait too long she just cries and gets so upset and won't latch.  She still pops on and off a lot.  Unlike some babies, nursing doesn't solve all her problems.  But you can definitely tell she's getting enough to eat!
  • Hands open a lot more
  • Stands when we hold her under her arms (ie she will lock her legs and put weight on them)
  • Definite friar tuck situation - the hair on the side and direct back of her head has been rubbed off
  • Still fussy
  • Only eats on one side per feeding
  • Started napping (most days) at least a portion of the time of when Pippa takes her only nap - this is HUGE!  I didn't do anything to make them nap at the same time (I had no idea how to do it), but it happened and I LOVE it!  When this happens I usually nap, too! 

Of course big sister had to get in on the photoshoot action.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A tummy time progression:






Saturday, November 22, 2014

Roxy at Two Months



  • Grew eyelashes - they're mostly blonde / light brown (Roxy started with about six eyelashes per eye)
  • Started getting rolls on her legs, arms, and neck which led to...
  • Beginning neck rot 
  • Off the nipple shield
  • Outgrew newborn clothes
  • Started social smiling
  • Outgrew newborn AND size 1 diapers
  • Survived another month of Pippa - Pippa is finally being less aggressive and playing alone better
  • At the end of the month caught her first cold from big sister
  • Weighs 14 pounds 1 ounce and is 23.25 inches tall

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roxy at One Month


  • Loves bouncing on the exercise ball
  • Loves being in the Baby K'tan
  • Sounds like a baby bird (or perhaps baby raptor) screeching.  It's a different sound than her cry.
  • Still alive after all the smothering from Pippa
  • Has beautiful blue eyes
  • Nicknames of Blue eyes, little girl, little one, little love, lil Roxy (it rolls off the tongue better with her real name)
  • Gave me cracked nipples (sorry, TMI) and now uses the nipple shield 
  • Started on acid reflux meds (just a few days before she turned one month)
  • Pushes her head back out of the K'tan (like she's trying to lean away from me)
  • Still has all her newborn hair

Monday, October 27, 2014

Baby Roxy Newborn Photos

I knew from the very start of Baby #2 that we wanted professional newborn photos.  T had to go to work after his and the family photos were finished.  My mom was in town and she entertained Pippa when Pippa's photos were finished.

These were taken when Roxy was 7 days old.  Here are a few of the photos that we love.









The series of Pippa and Roxy together just about make my heart burst.


This one is Pippa's model face, haha.


We're going to order a giant canvas (like 20x30) of this one.





We did this one specifically for Roxy's birth announcement.





Roxy still looks like this now, just with bigger cheeks. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pippa Says

Upon meeting Baby Roxy for the first time Pippa grabbed Roxy's hand, waved it and said, "Hi Pippa!"  (Pippa still does this)

After hearing Roxy make some baby grunty sounds: "Roxy pig!"

I've been teaching Pippa to say her whole name "Pippa Catherine Anderson" (obviously, none of these names are her real name - it's her whole internet name).

S: Who are you?
Pippa: Pippa Catherine Anderson
S: Who am I?
Pippa: Mommy Catherine Anderson



Two years and Two weeks

It's not easy to prop up a two week old in a chair!  Baby Roxy is so tiny!(Don't worry, my mom's hand is just out of view. She just moved it for the split second for the photo.   It's not the best photo, but we didn't want to try again because Roxy's little head was so floppy.)

Pippa at 2 years and Roxy at 2 weeks with their bears.



And then those three seconds were over.  I feel like the photo below accurately represents how they interact right now.


Pippa at 2

(Mad props to me - this photo was taken on her actual second birthday.  Ta-da!)

Age:
 2  (Here she is saying it.  I love her little voice!)

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Height: 35.75 inches (almost 3 feet!)

Weight: 27 lbs

Favorite:

foods - mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, raspberry lemonade (way watered down), applesauce

toys - alphabet blocks, little people, kitchen and food set

activities - swimming, climbing anything, coloring (on the windows and aquadoodle), people watching (she loves watching older kids), rough housing with T

friends - Sophie, Aubrey, Elias, Zoey

phrases - "Pippa do it!" (or "Mommy / Daddy do it!"), "Pippa fast!" "Biska!" (we have no idea what this one means)

books - "The Monster at the End of the Book,"  any "I Spy," family photo books

songs - "Happy Birthday," "Old MacDonald," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Twinkle, Twinkle"

Out-takes:



Actual Birthday Stuff:

She still doesn't get what birthdays are about so we really could have done nothing (especially since Baby Roxy was just born two weeks ago) but we thought we should still do something special.  Even though we've decided to do a birthday tradition of birthday flowers we didn't do it this year because we already had flowers from Baby Roxy's photo shoot and the flowers that T bought me after Baby Roxy was born.

Pippa got a few presents in the morning - an awesome firetruck (she loves firetrucks!), a necklace and bracelet from grandma, and a tutu from grandma.  And of course the best part was opening the presents! (She is her mother's daughter.)

In the afternoon we went to a splash pad that Pippa loves.  Except when we got there the water was turned off.  Outing fail.  So we came back home, got grandma swimsuit'd up and sunscreen'd up and went to the pool.  Like I mentioned, Pippa loves swimming.


The view I had.

Pippa loves hanging out on the steps and dunking herself under water.  She also says, "Concrete HOT" and splashes water out onto the concrete to cool it. (I think she picked this up because I would splash water on the concrete before I would put her on it to jump in.)

If anything is in the water Pippa takes it out and puts it on the edge.  Cool when it's leaves, not cool when it's a still alive bee.


Even though Pippa had some Grandma aversions while Grandma was visiting, Pippa giggled almost the entire hour she was in the pool with Grandma.  :)

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Then she helped make her own birthday cake.

Of course there was singing and blowing out of candles.  Multiple times.

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We love this girl SO much!

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 momdot.com. (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.