This Sunday, both girls didn’t feel well plus our car was covered in ice so we couldn’t make it to church. So we had a lovely relaxing day as a family. I fixed pancakes and eggs while we all listened to a couple of sermons by R.W. Glenn on Revelation. Both girls napped a lot thankfully, so Aaron and I had some time on our hands. We played several games of Civilization which made the day pass by quickly. When Brielle was awake, she wanted to walk everywhere. Her walking has finally taken off and it’s fun to watch her happily toddle around the house. They both are feeling better than Sunday, but still have very congested coughs. Hopefully they will be themselves soon.
Naptime. (Playing catch up with this Project)
A handful of pictures of the girls from this morning. They love each other so much! Also, I included some of Brielle sleeping during her naptime. She moved to her toddler bed yesterday and is doing great sleeping in a bed! Evelyn is also in a crib which is nice for Aaron and I to have our bedroom to ourselves. Enjoy the pictures!
Sometimes, it’s hard to remember to take photographs of my children. But I know I want to look back and remember these mornings, with Evelyn in her pink cupcake pjs and Brielle sharing her cheerios with me. I also believe this will help remind me to share pictures with you, my blog friends and family. I know it’s not quite the beginning of the year, but it’s close. So, here’s to Project 52!
Brielle at nearly 18 months old. She played in the suitcase for nearly an hour and a half. I wasn’t about to disturb her!
I’m going through Brielle’s clothes, taking out the 12 month and some of the 18 month size clothing and making room for the 24 month clothes that she is just now fitting into. Evelyn is also bursting at the seams of her newborn size clothes, so I had to replace them with her 3 month things! I had washed the laundry the day before and folded them all, but the drawers were so full nothing more would fit, so I put the stacks of the girls’ clean clothes on the rocking chair. Well, I didn’t watch Brielle closely enough and while I was tending to Evelyn, Brielle found the piles far too irresistible. She picked each piece of clothing up and dropped them on the floor, talking quietly to herself. When I came in, I figured I might as well start switching! Once I had cleaned out the smaller sizes and began picking the clothes Brielle had scattered off the floor, Brielle noticed what I was doing. She started picking items up and handing them to me. Of course, her help was so sweet and much appreciated! She became delighted at helping me and every piece of clothing she picked up she wanted to hand to me. Sometimes I can’t believe what a big girl she is becoming!
I finished Brielle’s drawer and opened Evelyn’s drawer. This drawer is the middle drawer and Brielle could actually reach into it, so now that all the clothes were picked up off the floor, she thought it would be fun to begin pulling Evelyn’s clothes out of the drawer. This is when I decided to get the camera out! I wish I had gotten it out earlier to capture the mess and Brielle’s delight in helping, but here is the little I did get!
Lately, this is where Brielle can be found late in the afternoon. She peers out the window and scrutinizes every car, looking for her Daddy. When he does pull up, she squeals delightedly and crawls rapidly to the door so she’s all ready to be swept up into her daddy’s arms. And the sentiment is definitely mutual because Aaron will right away get down on the floor and play with her. She brings him toys and books to show him as long as he will sit with her. It’s safe to say that this is my favourite period of the day.
This morning I heard happy chattering from Brielle’s room, something I hear nearly every single morning, another thing that makes me so happy to be a mama. I went into her room and this is what I found.
I’m not quite sure how she got her arm through the neck of her pajamas! This is the second time she’s done this. She sure is a crazy kid! The other night I snuck into her room to get something for Evelyn and discovered Brielle sleeping perpendicular to her crib with her legs stuck out of the slats. There was no way I could put her blanket back over her when she was in that position! I wish I could keep snapshots of all of those moments. Thankfully, there are snapshots in my head, memories of moments like these. Like now, as Brielle offers me soggy Cheerios to eat and gives me a toothy grin every time I eat one. I sure love this kid.
How time does seem to fly when I want it to slow down the most! My precious newborn is not a newborn any longer. She has filled out so much since the tiny little girl she was at the beginning. She even has a belly! A testament I guess to what a good eater she is. She still has her red hair, although her hairline has receded some rather like an old man! She has deep blue eyes and pale skin. She smiles nearly the entire time she is awake and giggles too. She loves people and loves to interact. Aaron loves when his little girl smiles at him, so he will get close to her and talk and talk. I love to watch the two of them interact. Evelyn loves her daddy right back too! She is sleeping through the night (praise God!), which makes me feel so good each morning. Brielle still loves to kiss Evelyn on the forehead. She also tries to put Evelyn’s pacifier in her mouth, which is adorable to watch. I can’t wait until Evelyn starts interacting with Brielle. I do believe that Evelyn recognizes her big sister though, because when Brielle leans in to kiss her, Evelyn will smile. Evelyn has also already shown an affinity for music by Bach and Schubert, which differs from her big sister who likes Beethoven and Liszt. (Gotta raise ‘em right!) Of course, our house is filled with many different kinds of music, so they both like many kinds of music.
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
~ Elizabeth Stone
Just a handful of pictures from the last three to four months of Brielle. She has really changed in so many ways. She says Daddy, duck, doggie, bubbles, Mama, more and hi. She cruises and crawls. She pulls herself into her little chair. She wraps her dolls in blankets like I do with her little sister. Most of all, she loves to look at books and be read to.