Friday, June 23, 2017

Video Update

I made this video of Leah rolling over last week. Now, she basically flips over the minute I put her down. I've only seen her roll front-to-back once, though, and I thought that was supposed to come first and be easier.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Baby Goes Swimming

Leah went swimming for the first time! It was about 4:30pm and we mostly stayed in the shade.

She really likes the bath, so I thought she'd really like the pool. 

 James was excited to see her in the water.

Here's the first time Amelie went swimming.

And here's a link to the first time James went swimming.

It looks like they were both about 6 months old.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rolling and Moving All Over

I walked in to find Leah like this, just chilling like I hadn't placed her in the center of the buffalo blanket.

I think she might have scooted farther, but she got stuck on the chair. At least she didn't seem upset about it at all.
I can't believe she's this mobile 2 days shy of being 3 months old.

AND THEN she rolled over back-to-front 4 days after turning 3 months old. I missed it - I'd placed her on her back and she was on her front a minute later, happy as a clam. And then she's done it 3 more times in the past 3 days. James was VERY EXCITED to see the second time. I saw the 3rd time, but didn't get a video :)  She's also scooted this far again. James does a funny impression of how she's able to do it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants is a 12-book graphic novel series that Amelie was introduced to by a friend at school. She brought it home (like lice) and now James is also obsessed. Nana Jana has been roped into the phenomenon as well. She's the only one who can be sweet talked into reading the whole thing in one go (they're LONG).

Anyway, we found out that they were making A MOVIE of Captain Underpants and ever since then, James has been PREPARED. Here's the preview:

Here is his reaction to seeing the preview on TV:

And here he is after learning that we would be GOING TO SEE the movie the next day:

We went to the library today to check out some more of the books (did I mention there are *twelve* books in the series, help me). There's been a run on them since the movie, and none were on the shelves - we asked the librarian who pointed us to the "to be shelved" section and we were able to snag one (#11 Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000).

I also go the kids signed up for the summer reading challenge. We got home 1/2 an hour before bedtime, but James already has a sticker. Amelie's challenge is a little harder (1 sticker per hour of reading). They get to pick out a book to keep at the end if they complete the project.

Excuse the mess and the blurry pictures - but hey, they're representative.


Mama & Baby Leah wearing a dress from Aunt Barb's mom: 

Mama & Baby Amelie wearing the same dress: 

Leah's a little bigger in the picture (!) but then I realized she's 3 months old and Amelie was 2 months old. 

I told Sam I wanted a picture of me with Leah because we had one with Amelie wearing the same thing, and somehow he thought I meant *I* was wearing the same thing! Amelie was only a little impressed that she used to fit in the same outfit. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hanging Out with Dad

Leah hanging out with Sam after work.

Saturday, June 3, 2017


James made this super-cute bug craft at school.

He is also in love with this Paw Patrol t-shirt, even though as far as I know he hasn't seen the show. I think there must be a lot of books about it at his school, or several of the other kids are into it. I think we'll let his hair grow for the summer and then cut it before pre-K starts in the fall (we'll see if this bit in front continues to curl up or if it gets in his eyes).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dr Visit

Amelie and Leah and Sam and I all went to her 7-year well-child check, which was conveniently on the last day of preschool for James but when she was already out of school for the summer (one less kiddo to cram in the exam room :)

She was 46 pounds (30th percentile) and 3 feet, 9 inches tall (5th percentile) at the appointment, up from 42 pounds and 3 feet, 7 inches at her doctor's visit last year. Dr. Swofford was impressed with the baby Hatchimal (toy that Amelie brought with us to the appointment in the background).

They gave her this frisbee as part of an effort to increase physical activity, but I think she's fine on that front. We took a health and wellness quiz at the beginning of the appointment and there were no trouble areas, so the nurse just asked her which prize she'd like. As you might imagine, it was used once as a frisbee, many times as another prop in some kind of imaginative game, and is already broken and in the recycle bin.

The girls all went to the park after the appointment (and Sam went back to work).

I should have tried to get one of Leah's many appointments scheduled concurrently, but this one was scheduled a year ago and I didn't think of it. I think we will be able to hit Leah's 6 month appointment and James's 5 year appointment at the same time, though.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Brithday Interview

I think this is our fourth year running with the birthday interview. We did it some this morning and some after lunch.
  1. How old are you? Seven
  2. What is your favorite color? Turquoise
  3. What is your favorite toy? The finger-holding princess thing. It's like ... I guess I'll go get it.  (She ran to get a princess finger puppet to show me.)
  4. What is your favorite game? Hmmm. Plants Versus Zombies
  5. What is your favorite song? Peace for the World
  6. What is your favorite animal? Cat
  7. What is your favorite book? Ora the Sea Monster
  8. What is your favorite movie? I totally do not know. What are some movies that you like? I don't know!
  9. What is your favorite TV show? How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge (that's exactly how she said, it too!)
  10. What is your favorite thing to eat? Noodle packets
  11. Where is your favorite place to go? Grandma Mary's
  12. Who is your best friend? I have a bunch: Hattie, Cormac, Kaitlin and also Ellie my cousin
  13. What is something you learned last year? Adding and subtracting facts
  14. What is something you'll learn now that you're 7? Times! (multiplication)
  15. What is your favorite part of school? Recess and choice time. What is your favorite special? Art and music.
  16. What is hard for you to do? Riding my bike. It stumps me. When I'm riding it, it stops and I can't get it to go again!
  17. What is your favorite thing to do? Listen to music
  18. What do you like about Me (Mama)? I love you
  19. What do you like about Dada? He's funny. Which I also do not like
  20. What do you like about James? He makes things that I really have to think about whether they are true or not
  21. What do you like about Lean? She's cute and her hair is soft and I like her ears
  22. What do you like about yourself? I have a big imagination
  23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A farmer

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Swim Lessons

We did swim lessons at the ARC again this year, but due to general chaos after having the baby, the big kids ended up missing the first two lessons. I'm not sure if we'll sign up for another session later in the summer or not - they are also supposed to play t-ball and coach pitch, but we just got an email from Amelie's coach saying that not enough girls signed up to make 2 teams. And I think just swimming at the Buffaloes' pool and the ARC and Stephens Lake should be good enough practice without formal lessons.

Anyway, here are some pictures from Sam's phone.

Mother's Day

I already posted this on Facebook, but I said that I'd like a photo of me and all three kids for Mother's Day. Of course, we didn't manage it when everyone was wearing nice clothes for church, or over at Luke & Barb's when someone could have taken the photo so that Sam could be in it too, and then the kids insisted on standing on this rock so we get a background of our neighbor's house. I love it!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2 months old

Leah, Sam, and I went to her two-month well-child check yesterday.

Mostly, we talked about her weight. The doctor was really pleased with her gain since she started taking reflux meds (she's up a whole pound since she started it 12 days ago), and we got the green light to try nursing more, and we don't have to go back for 2 weeks, but she's still pretty small and I'm a little nervous.

Weight: 9 pounds, 8 ounces (10th percentile, just about 3 pounds more than when she was born)
Length: 1 foot, 9 inches (3rd percentile, 2 inches more than when she was born, though Dr. Buffaloe says this is not usually an exact measurement)
Head Circumference: 38.5 cm (50th percentile - she's got a giant, genius-sized head like her brother and sister!)
Shots: 3

Leah likes napping, being held and snuggling, being talked to, and taking a bath. She'll sleep a good long stretch at night, but just takes several short catnaps during the day, usually in the swing or bouncy chair. I should probably try to organize these into a more regular pattern. She takes Zantac twice a day - it's minty and she doesn't like it, and a Vitamin D drop once a day - she really likes the way this tastes for some strange reason.  She's been taking about 12 bottles with about 24 ounces of breastmilk each day, anywhere from 1 to 3.5 ounces at a time - again, she's on no kind of regular pattern, which is similar to breastfeeding for a two-month old, but I think that's a little unusual with bottles - and is a lot of dishwashing. We have stopped going to speech therapy since her suck has improved. (I met our speech therapist in the waiting room with her two-month-old waiting on their well-child visit, too). I think most of the problem must have been silent reflux since the Zantac helped so much so quickly, though she still can't seem to hold a pacifier in her mouth. We may have our first kiddo who doesn't love her binky. She also doesn't like it when people sneeze or riding in the car.

This is what Leah looks like at 2 months old!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Newborn Comparison

The other day, someone (probably James) left a blue highlighter on the floor without the cap on and it bled all over our green and cream striped blanket! Disaster! I used the rest of our rubbing alcohol and half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, but I got it out. Whew!



Leah didn't have any pictures in the blanket with her eyes open. I guess it was too cosy: 

Sam commented when we got the photos of Leah from the hospital that "hey, that's the blanket that was in the pictures with James, too," like it was a coincidence :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Play Gym

Baby Leah looks suspicious of the play gym.

Friday, May 5, 2017

School Play

Amelie was Mother Goose in a 1st grade play at Ridgeway last night called "Mother Goose's Character Camp." She was very insistent that the costume needed a whistle.

She told me right as we were getting in the car that she had "duck legs and feet because goose legs and feet are black." And I knew that! I've seen geese! I blame pinterest, where I looked for costume ideas, and also probably the fact that Nana Jana and I put the costume together in about 15 minutes just a few days before the play.

However, she could have reminded me of this fact at some point in the costume-making process before we were literally leaving for the show! We had black leggings and black foam for the feet already!

She was a little distracted by her feathers, but she remembered all of her lines. The rest of the kids are campers, but Bo Peep and the Spider also had fun costumes. Sam and James and Leah and I all attended along with Nana Jana and the Buffaloes. The play lasted 15 minutes :) 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bowl Game Video

There are several variations on the bowl game:

See, Aunt Holly, we're already getting some use out of those baby plates :P

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Easter!

The Buffaloes hosted Easter as usual. (It's tradition! It was rainy last year, too.) It was pretty cool and rainy, so I didn't want to put Leah in a sun dress, but the bunny ears are pretty darn festive. Thank you to Grandma Mary for the sleeper (and also the sleeper in the costume change later).

Leah was sleeping or eating the whole time we were there:

 I think she's complaining to Grandpa.

We were not successful in getting a picture of all three kids together back at our house, either.

James at least was wearing appropriate shoes for the weather:

The big kids did the Easter egg hunt outside. I think James came in last, but we're stinking communists and the eggs were re-distributed so that he got a few more in his basket at the end.


And then this picture is from church (I'm posting late and out of order :)

Big girls!
Thank you Aunt Barb for taking photos while I was occupied! Happy Easter, all!