Monday, March 26, 2012

Look Who's Potty Trained, Too!

Here's a glance at our other potty trained gal!

She's still not dry at night, and from what I hear, that can take a while, so I decided to celebrate her daytime success anyway.  She's been trained during the day nearly as long as Hadley.

Congratulations, Leila!

(This is her cheesy smile, by the way.  They both squint their eyes when they "fake smile".)  :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Once Upon A Lavender

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Leila, in the kingdom of VanHorn.  Leila was a happy girl, and spent most of her time playing with her twin sister, Princess Hadley.

In the winter of Leila's first year, she began to suck her thumb, like many babies.  But unlike many babies, Princess Leila discovered that her thumb-sucking happiness was complete only when she also held onto the cuff of her long-sleeved shirt.

Now, summer was quickly approaching, and Leila's mommy, Queen Heather, knew that short-sleeved shirts would bring great distress to the kingdom.  The Queen saw that the Princess liked to hold onto something while she sucked her thumb, so she sought to give her a gift that would replace her love of long-sleeved shirts.  Her search took her to the jungles of Amazon, where she found the perfect gift: a soft lavender bunny, with ears that were perfect for holding onto.

Princess Leila immediately loved the bunny, who was named Lavender.  She carried the bunny with her everywhere.  Several times, King Tony and Queen Heather had to retrace their steps after going shopping or going on a walk, in order to find the lost bunny.  But most importantly, Leila always had Lavender's ears to hold onto when she sucked her thumb.

Seasons came and went.  Lavender remained a faithful companion.  Princess Leila began talking, and renamed Lavender, "Na-narsh", then began calling her "Nanner".  The Princesses moved from their cribs into big girl beds.

And this is when a dark cloud began to descend for King Tony and Queen Heather.  You see, Nanner was quite flat.  When Princess Leila moved to a big girl bed, Nanner sometimes got misplaced in the sheets and blankets.  Princess Leila couldn't find Nanner in the dark, and called out for the King and Queen to come rescue Nanner.  Once ... twice ... sometimes even three times a night, the King or Queen would wake up to the wails only brought on by a lost bunny.

The Queen couldn't bear the idea of taking Nanner away from Princess Leila.  But the sleepless nights were taking a toll on the kingdom.  So, the Queen turned to her royal advisory board.  Many ideas were given and considered, but only one turned out to be the perfect solution.  Queen Heather fashioned a ribbon, with a clip on both ends.  One clip went onto Princess Leila's shirt, and the other clip went onto Nanner's tail.

Today, the whole kingdom is rejoicing, for Princess Leila no longer misplaces Nanner in the middle of the night.  Hurrah!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Four Month Comparison

Here's Hadley at four months.  According to the baby book, she weighed 12 lbs 10 oz.  Not too shabby for a preemie!

Here's Leila at four months.  According the the baby book, she weighed 12 lbs 9 oz.  Filling out nicely!

...And here's Marlowe at four months.  According to the scale, she's just reached 16 lbs.  Check out those rolls!  I laugh every time I look at this picture.  But she's got a huge amount of happy, too!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Baby "Must-Have" List

I'm not really much of a "brand loyal" person.  And when it comes to baby stuff (and considering the tiny house we live in), I'm very much of a "less is more" kind of person.  But, as I raise my third kiddo, I have found some things that I absolutely love.  Things that I think to myself, somebody should tell new moms to buy this instead of wasting their money on its competitors.

So, I'm doing just that.  Here's my list.  It doesn't include basic life necessities like food, clothing, a place to sleep, and a car seat.  It's not very long, because truthfully, most of the time, one thing is as good as the next.  But these stand out in the crowd.

*WubbaNubs.  I've blogged about this one before.  It's a pacifier, sewed to a stuffed animal.  The weight helps the baby keep it in her mouth.  The size makes it almost impossible to lose.  And the actual pacifier is the brand that hospitals use, so chances are good that if your baby is introduced to a pacifier, it's going to be this one.  (Of course, choosing whether or not to use a pacifier at all is your decision ...)

*Baby Bjorn Soft Bib.  This one was recommended to me by a friend.  It's durable, has a scoop bottom to catch drips and crumbs, and you can just throw it in the dishwasher.  Don't even bother with cloth bibs (they're only useful for drooly babies that need one all the time).  We've tried other ones that have a similar concept, and we were really disappointed.

*Hook-on High Chair.  Why are regular high chairs so huge, if they seat such a tiny person?  And why do you have to buy another, smaller one for when you're traveling or visiting another home?  We love our brand of hook-on high chairs, although I think the concept is more important than the brand.  Ours also had a tray, while many hook-ons don't.

*Johnson's Nursing Pads.  Okay, this one might be a little personal.  :)  But I've seriously tried them all, and this is the only brand I'll buy.

Here are a few things that I thought were worth mentioning, but they're probably not the ONLY brand out there that works.  Or they're not a brand name at all.  :)  (I like that I'm breaking my own rules...)

*Swaddling.  We are swaddle fanatics around here.  We swaddle until our babies can break out of the blanket with a He-Man-like strength.  I feel that our babies (all babies?) sleep better if they're wrapped up tight.  I know there are zillions of swaddle blankets out there, but my favorite is just a really big, light-weight blanket that my mom made when I was pregnant with the twins.

*Snack cups.  My sister gave me a package of 4-ounce snack cups when I was pregnant with the twins.  I thought it was an odd gift.  Now, I use them every day, for food and crafts, and I've even just given empty ones to the kids to play with.

*Moby Wrap.  The truth is, I'm borrowing the Moby that I use right now.  And I'm giving it an honorable mention because I didn't use one with the twins (although there is a "twin hold"!).  I love it because it doesn't hurt my back, it cradles the baby naturally, and there are tons of different holds that change as your baby grows.

*Ikea toddler utensils.  I like that these forks can actually spear food.  Most, if not all, of the other forks we have are so concerned about safety that they're useless.

Phew!  I think that's it.  What about you?  Have I neglected to mention something that you couldn't live without?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"March"ing Along

Hello again!  It's been a while.  We've been doing a lot of things!  The BIG thing is that we're getting our house ready to sell.  We're getting really close to meeting our financial goal, and we haven't even met with our realtor yet, but we've been finishing projects around the house and generally daydreaming.  :)  I'll keep you updated.

I've been busy doing some crafty projects, too.  I can't wait to show you the Easter dresses that I made for my girls!

And, it's been really nice outside lately.  Finally!  So, we've been emerging from hibernation as much as possible.  Lots of playdates and playing outside!

The kids are doing great.  We went through a rough patch with the twins (cabin fever?), but they are back to being their endearing little selves.

And Marlowe is always sweet.  Not sleeping through the night, but sweet.  :)  Having Marlowe in the exersaucer has really opened her up to interacting with the twins.  They gravitate toward her when she's in it, and like to bring her toys and make her smile.

...Speaking of Marlowe smiles, here's a good one.  Growing up so fast!