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.
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.
I am back! I took a little hiatus for awhile, not really intentionally, but I’m ready to post more and keep you all in the know about this little family! I’m not promising anything regular, but I am going to actually post! There’s so much that has happened and that we’ve done, so it’s difficult to know where exactly to start. I know my previous post said “to be continued”, and I do have a partial post written to continue what I was sharing. Hopefully, I will be finishing that soon and posting that for all of you. Today we’re just going to start in the here and now.
Brielle Madelyn is turning 10 months old tomorrow. It’s hard to believe that she’s nearly a year! She is still a baby, but when I think of Brielle as a 1 month old and Brielle as a 10 month old, I feel like she’s practically a toddler! She’s definitely her own little person at this point. She has continued to be a very happy and content child, to the happiness of her parents. We feel very spoiled with such an easy baby. This is what our days tend to look like:
8am – 9:30am: Brielle wakes up with a smile on her face and enjoys her first bottle. We look at books together, read some Winnie the Pooh and The Jesus Storybook Bible.
11am or so: Brielle goes down for her first nap. She tends to talk happily to herself for twenty minutes and then falls asleep.
1pm or so: Brielle gets up and eat some finger foods and then enjoys her second bottle.
Each afternoon tends to be different, in fact, this model is pretty loose, but it helps you all get the idea of what we’re doing each day. When we’re home, she will play on the bed while I fold laundry, or sit in her high chair and play while I work in the kitchen. Other days, we spend the afternoon with her Nana, Nanny (great grandma) and Auntie Amber. She also enjoys riding in the front of a cart at the store and taking in all the sights and smells wherever we are.
Late afternoon, Brielle has her second nap. When she wakes up, she generally sits with us at dinner and eats some sort of finger food, then Aaron gives her her bottle and plays with her until bedtime. Brielle absolutely loves her Daddy. Her face just lights up when he comes into the room, comes home, or interacts with her. Then between 7pm and 8pm Brielle goes to bed.
Some other things Brielle is doing: She loves to stand, but can’t yet stand up by herself. From the very beginning, she has loved to stand in our laps. Lately, I’ve been taking her and standing her up against the couch or the coffee table. She likes doing that, but can’t quite figure out how to maneuver around. She smiles nearly all the time and makes some pretty hilarious facial expressions. Her Nana gave her a dolly, and she loves to hug her and “kiss” her face (which is more like licking her face). She has a yellow giraffe and a pink giraffe and she loves both of them, but the pink one is her favourite. Aaron named it Raffy and she sleeps with it. It is so sweet when you bring Raffy to her because she will grin and reach her arms out to it.
Brielle loves to look at board books. She holds them exactly like she is reading it, and will stroke certain pictures. She likes the picture of the dog in the animal book, and will stroke the puppy and talk to it. We have two board books with pictures of babies in it, and she recognizes that they are babies and will just talk and talk to them.
Brielle also absolutely loves music. She has a little baby radio, with buttons that play different sounds and music, and when you hand that to her she laughs! When music is playing, she rocks her body back and forth like she’s dancing. She definitely has music in her soul! At the moment, her favourite music is Owl City and Beethoven. (Quite the combination eh?)
We love our sweetie so very much. I absolutely love, love, love being at home with Brielle all the time. She changes so much all the time, I wouldn’t want to miss any moment for the world. She is just so much fun to be with.
And now it’s time for the announcement part of this post. We are expecting another little one! We found out just before Christmas, which provided an opportune time to give the news to our respective families. This pregnancy has been smoother than the previous one, which is nice since I already have a baby to take care of! I had a little morning sickness during the first trimester, but it only popped up when I ate something unusual and my stomach was not a fan. Now, the only symptoms I really have would be backaches toward the end of the day. We’re also hoping that preeclampsia would not rear it’s ugly head this time. I am 19 weeks along right now, and we’re scheduled to have an ultrasound next week to find out baby’s gender. We’re pretty excited to find out if we’re going to have another daughter, or our first son. We would love either! Sometimes it seems strange that we’re going to be parents of TWO children!!
Now, this post has simply gotten long enough, so I shall sign off for now, but more to come soon!
Picture credit goes to my mom. Photo was taken over Thanksgiving week while visiting with my family.
When I think over this past year and the ups and downs that Aaron and I have been through, there is a mixture of peace and joy that washes through me. I think the biggest lesson that I’ve had to learn this year was trusting God. In both the little things and the big things, trusting Him that He knows best, He’ll carry us through no matter what. It doesn’t mean He’s necessarily going to fix the source of the worry, but that He is always there for us through the tough circumstances.
We began the year at a loss for where we were going to live. Our lease at the apartment was going to run out at the end of February and we had nothing new lined up. Knowing we couldn’t live there because little Pixie was on the way, we either had to find a new bigger apartment or buy a house. We couldn’t rent a bigger place at the apartment complex where we lived currently because we could barely afford the rent as it was. We also had to find an apartment that allowed “big” animals because of our precious Mocha who is not considered “small” since she’s part German Shepherd. We really wanted a house but we just weren’t sure with finances being tight already. Plus, we needed a credit score to get a loan. Last Aaron had checked, he had no credit score which was just as bad as bad credit in the bank’s eyes. So we set aside our desire for a house and started looking at apartments. For me, that was an instance of really trusting God and laying aside my own desires. I really wanted a house of our own. Someplace I could make mine, someplace I could decorate and add my own touches to. So I had to place my precious little dream in God’s hands and trust that He knew best for our little growing family.
Not even a week later, through some unexpected blessings and the kindness of beloved people, we could begin considering a house again. Aaron called about his credit score and what do you know? He had a credit score! And it was a good one too. So as we gave thanks to God for this precious unexpected gift, we called up a realtor to begin the process of looking at houses. Another blessing in this process was that our realtor was a Christian! He was also a homeschool dad which was an added bonus. Aaron and I spent our nights looking online at houses, discussing things we liked or didn’t like. We found a house online that looked perfect (to us anyway) so we told our realtor we definitely wanted to look at that one. It was at the very top of our price range but we thought it was perfect. The first night we went out to look at houses, we had three lined up. The first one was our “perfect” house. The other two were houses the realtor had picked out. When we walked into the first house, our hearts began to sink. The wood floor throughout the entire house was scratched and definitely would need to be redone. The kitchen, which had looked lovely in the pictures, was actually a little galley kitchen. We walked out of that house pretty discouraged. The next house was one that our realtor had remodeled himself. It had been a foreclosure that he had purchased and fixed up. He had painted the entire house, laid new carpet and new flooring, installed new cabinets in the kitchen, new windows throughout most of the house, and a new toilet in one of the bathrooms. The refrigerator was new, the air conditioner was new, the furnace was new, the water heater was new. We walked in and were blown away. This was a nice house! It had three bedrooms, one and a half baths, and half the basement was finished. It had a large deck out back and the yard was the perfect size. I remember looking at each other, scared to ask what the price was since our previous “perfect” house had been at the top of our price range. But we had to ask before we fell more in love with it. And when we did, I’m sure our faces registered our shock. It was actually quite a bit less than the other house! And so, not even a week later, we decided that house would be ours.
To be continued….
I’ve decided that life outside the womb isn’t so bad after all.
Hunger is so traumatizing!
When I’m not eating I like to go for walks with Mommy (we like to stay as fit as possible),
watching the world go by,
talking with friends,
Well, it’s time to sign off. I’m feeling hungry…