Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brielle's Table [Handmade]

I'm kind of tired of store-bought toys. And since Brielle's birthday was just one month after Christmas, and she's the second of three daughters, it was hard to think of anything she even needed. After making a dollhouse for the girls for Christmas, I wanted to make something else for Brielle's birthday. And since I'm a practical person, I thought a kid's table sounded like a great idea.

Between having a handyman husband and Ana White's step-by-step plans, this table was pretty easy to make. I really want to learn how to do some woodworking myself, so I made my husband let me help him as he bought and cut the wood and put together the table. He still did the majority of these steps though.

Here's a little proof that I did do some work. I made this face every.time I cut the wood. But hey, I cut my thumb a month ago with a cutco knife and had to get seven stitches, so sharp (and loud) blades still scare me a bit. But I did it, and this saw was really easy to use!

I was terrible at this stage. I thought drilling would be easy. But I definitely need more practice.

 Here's the table and one chair before being primed and painted.

And here it is after being painted! I chose white for the table and Benjamin Moore's azure for the chairs. I was nervous using white because I want the kids to actually be able to use it... and they have dirty hands and color outside of lines, you know? But my husband reminded me that I could repaint it every night if I really wanted to. I probably won't be that obsessive.

The chairs are advertised as $4 stackable chairs. While we definitely spent no more than $4 per chair (I think less, actually), they don't stack the greatest. They will stack, but it's a tight squeeze, and when I pulled them apart, some of the paint came off. But we don't really need to stack them, so I don't mind.

And of course, we need some pictures of the girls enjoying the table :) 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brielle's Development [2 Years]

Happy 2nd Birthday to Miss Brielle! It is so fun watching her personality develop and especially seeing how different it is from Sophie's!

She's grown up so much this last year!

Brielle is talking a lot more these days. Her favorite things to say are: blanky, hard, naughty (mostly referring to the dog), water, more, me (when she wants you to sit next to her or hold her), Sophie, Lyla, pray, thank you, excuse me, coat, shoes, skate, hot, fish, yelling "MEN!" (amen) at the end of a prayer, "Where's (insert name)?"

She also likes to repeat "pa" (for paci) over and over again when Lyla is crying. It's the worst when we're in the car and Lyla is crying. Brielle will start crying and say, "Mama... Lyla... pa!" (repeat twenty times).

We've determined that Sophie is our child who SAYS funny things while Brielle is our child who DOES funny things. Thankfully, she makes us laugh a lot... because when she's not doing that, she's making us pull our hair out. Have I mentioned that she likes to let Milo out of his cage at night when she's supposed to be going to bed? And then Milo chews up stuff? Yes, this child teaches me patience and grace (and justice).

Which brings me to the big girl bed move. She is now sharing a bed with Sophie. She does really good at sleeping on it alone at nap time. Bedtime, with Sophie... not so much.

We tried potty training this past month, buuuut I decided it's more important that I love her than that she's potty trained. She DID go on the potty sometimes ... but then she would stand up and continue to pee all over the floor. So we'll wait a few more months.

She's also slowed down in eating lately, so she might lose those cute chubby cheeks.

In a lot of ways, she seems so much older now... but then she cries for twenty minutes over something, and I remember that she's still little.

9am- Wakes up (this girl can SLEEP!), Eat
12pm- Lunch
1-1:30pm- Nap (Typically sleeps two hours)
5:30- Supper
8pm - Bedtime

Loves: Sitting with people, being held by people, eating, playing with baby dolls, blanky, car rides, her sisters, toothpaste, slides, annoying Sophie

Dislikes: The dog, being left alone, being told no, not being able to do what Sophie does

We tried potty training...

But Brielle thinks it's easier just to grab her diapers and call for me

My mom made her a doll carrier 

We played a game- shoot the marshmallows at the cup of cocoa!

She loves siting on the counter while I cook

She really knows her fashion

That face.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lyla's Development (7 Months)

Lyla Jubilee is 7 months old. She is tiny though, so people are always surprised she's as old as she is. We went to the doctors the other day (I just got a new doctor whom I love!), and we found out she only weighs 11 pounds, 11 ounces. Her head circumference is 16, and she she's 25 1/4 inches long. Since her weight isn't even on the charts, the doctor was a little concerned and is having us give her formula on top of breastfeeding for the next three weeks, and then we'll weigh her again. She won't take a bottle though. Oh, the drama of trying to get a child to gain weight!

She is an excellent eater though. On an average day, she nurses six times a day, eats one whole banana, half a sweet potato, and a third of an avocado. She just doesn't know how to pack fat! To be honest, as a Mama the whole weight thing does stress me out a bit, but I'm reminded daily to take it to the Lord.

Lyla also doesn't sit yet, and I've wondered if that's because of her small size. I'm so looking forward to her sitting so she can entertain herself easier. She is a really great sleeper, but when she's awake, she just wants me to hold her all the time. She's definitely a needy baby. I do think she's become easier in the last few weeks than she was the couple months prior.

This past month, she got her two bottom teeth. She's also become much better at holding things and passing them from hand to hand. 

So I was still swaddling Lyla, and I started wondering if I should not be swaddling anymore. I checked back on Brielle's blogs and realized I stopped swaddling her at 4 months. Oops! So I stopped swaddling Lyla's arms earlier this month, and I think that's actually helped her sleep better.

Likes: Food, being held, blanky, paci, crinkly book, toys with little rings to hold, sleeping

Dislikes: Bottles, being put down

7:30/8am - Nurse/Banana
12pm - Nurse/Food
3pm - Nurse
5:30 - Nurse/Food
8pm - Nurse
10pm - Nurse
(Typically Lyla is awake for 1 hour and 20 minutes after waking up. This is a six feedings schedule which is what she typically does. Sometimes she does five feedings though. I'm really not pushing for five though, with her low weight.)

I started feeling bad that I didn't take many pictures of her with my good camera, so this month I think I overdid it a bit...

 Having her blanket on her face always calms her

She has a reddish tint in her hair. I don't think it'll end up being red, though 

Always chewing on hands

She always pulls up her legs like this

Skinny baby

Decided to pull out the Ergo, and she loved it!