Saturday, October 8, 2016


4 years, 2 years, and newborn. This makes my heart glow.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Gemma at one month

Above (in pink) is Gemma on her one month birthday. Below (in black) is Gemma on her two week birthday.

Here's what Gemma was up to between her birth and one month birthday:

  • Likes being in the carrier and bouncing on the exercise ball.
  • Sometimes takes a binky.
  • Has tiny little chicken legs (like all newborns).
  • Is a very vocal baby. Not so much screaming (though she has her moments), but a pretty large spectrum of grunts, squeaks,  and sighs.
  • Is loved on by older sisters Pippa and Roxy. They really are gentle with her and have yet to unintentionally or intentionally hurt her.
  • Pippa and Roxy (Roxy especially) LOVE to rub her hair. Gemma's hair on top is platinum blonde, but it often looks darker than that because it gets greasy so fast from all the touching.
  • Had a sticky belly button. The stump fell off but it was still sticky underneath so we couldn't give her a real bath for about three weeks. 
  • Took her first vacation to Lake Tahoe.
  • Nursing is... yeah. In the hospital, it seemed like she was the best nurser I've had. But then the day we came home from the hospital she spit up a lot of blood. I pumped and there wasn't any visible blood in the milk. The ask a nurse line sent us to the ER because Gemma was so brand new. The ER doctor (who thought this was our first baby and we just let him) told us that it was blood from me. And it was. Gemma tore me up pretty good. It hurt way too much to nurse so I pumped the next two feedings and both bottles were pink because there was so much blood. (Gemma took the bottles from T just fine.) The next time I nursed Gemma there was a lot of blood in the nipple shield. She spit up blood a few more times. Good news it that even though it's super alarming to us, it doesn't bother her. She's also had blood in her diapers from it. Anyway, I overnighted silverettes to help with the healing. After wearing them for 24 hours, I was doing SO much better. Silverettes are amazing! Overall nursing is going better. 
  • Goes cross eyed easily. 
  • Has a strong neck! Starting at like 2 weeks old Gemma could hold her head up off my shoulder when I put her over my shoulder to burp her. This is a photo of her doing it on her exact one month birthday.

  • Co-sleeping a bit toward the end of the month. This is surprising to me. We didn't really do co-sleeping with the other girls because while baby and T would sleep, I wouldn't. I was too worried about suffocating baby to sleep. But for some reason this time around, I'm not so worried so baby has been sleeping usually one stretch in bed with us (usually the early morning hours) and she sleeps so much better in bed with us than in the crib. But co-sleeping does make me wish we had a king size bed!
  • Doesn't like to nurse to sleep (what?!) and is a light sleeper. Getting her to sleep for the night is a 3 hour affair. 
  • Is freaked out by her own gas. It would be funny if it didn't wake her and make her cry all the time. 
  • Has little poops all the time. We change her diaper before a feeding, after a feeding, before sleep, after sleep, and in between times, too. Literally every diaper change there is some poop in her diaper. At night in the crib we will hear her poop. Change her. Ten minutes later repeat. Ten minutes after that repeat. 
  • After Gemma was born T's mom came for a week to help out. It was fabulous.
  • I adore the newborn stage. Even though nursing hasn't been easy (is it ever easy this early on?), I still love all the other newborn things - the cuddles, the sounds, the tinyness. The happy hormones even make me not feel tired (though I know that won't last!). Gemma is so sweet and beautiful.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nothing beats a good Shatner

That's what T said when I showed him this:

 I found it while blog hopping. I have no idea who this Kelly is, but I LOVE this video!

(It's basically William Shatner telling Kelly Happy Birthday, you're the best and singing the song "Shout." But he doesn't really sing it, just talks it while the background singers sing. The funny-ness of it is a bit lost if you can't hear how he talksings. Sorry, my deaf people. It is ok for your kids to watch, though. The cc are not right.)

***Update: T found this. It's actually an e-card that you can personalize here! And it's not just for birthdays!

We're a laugh a minute

Can't believe I forgot to post this! This post (and photo) is from November 2015! I'll move it there in a few weeks.

We usually have two family home evenings. One with Pippa after Roxy goes to bed (Roxy is usually in bed before T gets home from work) and a second one just me and T after Pippa goes to bed. Also, we usually call family home evening "FHE" (pronouncing it fa-he). After that long lead up this better be funny right? T was saying the prayer for second family home evening:
T: "We're thankful that we could have FHE:V 2 - return of the FHE"
S: *giggles through the rest of the prayer*

Earlier in the night T told me about a run tracking app that tells you how many donuts you can eat after running (based on how many calories burned). T said they need to combo that app with the food ordering app so said donuts are delivered to your door.

S: (lying on back on the floor with arms straight up like a zombie. Suddenly moves straight arms to above head then back down to sides)
S: (very seriously) I just did a back flip in my mind.
T: *laughs hysterically for a long time* after the laughs are a bit calmed down: Where is that donut app when you need it?
S: You think you laughed enough to burn enough calories to get a donut?
T: No! I just want a donut!

(Maybe you had to be there for this one. We seriously laughed for 10 minutes starting with the imagined back flip.)

While outside at Alcatraz
S: Is that a drone?!?! ... Never mind, it's a bird.

T doing some odd body movements
S: What are you doing?
T: I was dancing.
S: Oh. I thought you were trying to kill a bug.

S: Nobody ever says baby, it's always babies. They're like Pringles. You can never have just one. Except babies are non-edible.

We're a laugh a minute

I told the girls we needed to go to the store to get ice cream for daddy. At the same time the girls replied:
Pippa: Ice cream!!!!!!!
Roxy: Daddy!!!!!!!!

Me to T: What do you want for Father's Day?
T: ... ... My two front teeth?
Me: Done! No take backs!

Playing scattergories with my parents all the way back during our New Years trip.
The topic is "Things in a vending machine."
My dad: Vegetables... (T says some stuff.) ... Pasta ... Wait, what's the category?

This one is back from December.
T and I were playing ring around the rosie with the girls. T was lying on the floor and we were around him he made up his own song:
T: Ring around the daddy. Pocket full of daddy. Ashes, ashes we all fall down.
S: Makes it sound like we killed you and chopped you up into pieces.
T: Whatever makes the season festive.