Saturday, August 22, 2015

Emerald's 2 Month Update

I got lucky and she had her 2 month checkup on the day she turned 2 months old (August 13) so her stats are prime fresh. She weighs 14 pounds even and is 23-3/4 inches long. That puts her in the 95th for weight and the 89th for height. Holy chunkers! When Molly was that age she was just shy of 11 pounds lol. I commented to the nurse that I'd never seen numbers that high before! These girls are certainly going to be built differently.

Continuing size-wise she's in 3-6 month, and 6 month Carter's brand clothing. She outgrew newborn stuff before she was a week old and basically bypassed 3 months. I'm actually thrilled to bits about it because all of Molly's 6 month stuff is summer, and she has LOADS of 6m outfits, and I was worried I'd have to buy a bunch of 6m winter stuff but now I don't have to! That big box of clothes is getting lots more mileage than I thought and with the way things are going it'll be fall when she's in 9m stuff, which also works out beautifully. She wears size 3 diapers (Luvs) already and there's a good chance she and Molly will be in the same size soon which I'll love.

She finally started smiling a couple weeks ago! I was worried because it took her longer than Molly to smile but she was also born about 3 weeks earlier. She smiles a lot now and is getting more aware of her surroundings which is great. She is very good at holding her head up now and is starting to work on holding up her upper body. Like Molly, she doesn't mind tummy time and is cool to sleep on anyone who holds her both on her tummy and her back. She loves to look around at everything now that she can finally focus her eyes.

She loves to be held and walked around and gets mad if we set her down unless she is really tired. I usually set her in her Rock n Play to sleep but am starting to use the baby swing for her naps too. She gets fussy at around 8-ish every night and sometimes cries for an hour or so but she tires out from that fairly quickly and falls asleep. I go to bed at about 9:30 since I have early work (BUT NOT ANYMORE STARTING MONDAY WOOHOO!) and she sleeps in the bed with me propped between two pillows so she can't go anywhere. She wakes up a few times but knows that dark means sleep so she just lies awake quietly until she falls back asleep and has gotten much better about staying asleep. She nurses at least once but no more than three times, usually at 4am. Because she's my second baby I wake up when she stirs and can nurse her before she cries. I leave her in bed to go to work and she gets up around 7-9 and lately not long before I get home from work at 9:45. She dozes on and off throughout the day with a fairly large nap and a couple small ones thrown in.

She nurses about every 3 hours although she is cool with not nursing for up to 6 hours between her 4am feeding and when I nurse her at around 10. Thankfully she takes a bottle with no problems so I pump for her in the mornings and have a frozen milk stash for when I'm away. I was able to get a free electric pump through my insurance although I vastly prefer my hand pump because I can choose how fast to pump but hey, it was free and it does both sides at once which is nice. I don't think I'll have to pump at work unless I choose to pump on my break on Monday. Something interesting is she has to eat on her terms only. If she's done she'll spit my nip out and won't take it back unless she fell asleep at the boob, then it just slips out. She won't dream feed because of this.

She still only poops once a day but thankfully hasn't had too many blowouts. What a good girl :-)  She toots all day long though lol

My favorite new development is that Emerald is a thumb sucker! She tries SO HARD to get her thumb away from her fist and into her mouth and she spends a lot of her waking hours practicing. She gets really mad when she can't do it and only then is she content to suck on a dummy for a few minutes. I was a thumb sucker so it's fun to see her be like mommy.

Molly LOVES her sister and is all up in her space a lot but Emerald just rolls with the punches and goes back to sleep without a fuss.

That's about it for this month!

Back to Blogging

Oh hi! It's been 17 months since I last blogged! The reason, of course, is because I vlog instead. However, now that I'm a mother of two, vlogging is suddenly much harder due to needing quiet time to record and then edit each video. I don't want to miss anything so I'm back to the blog before it's out of mind, out of life.

So of course a million things have happened since my last post which wasn't even about Molly. The biggest thing by far is that my cycle came back in May, I tried to conceive for five months, got pregnant, and had another baby in June. This vlog should bring you up to speed with all of that:

I've kept a steady and consistent record of Molly's progress on my vlog, as well as weekly pregnancy updates, so I've got quite a few videos up. Molly is about to turn 21 months old and is "talking" a ton, has really long legs, and curly brown hair. She still uses a dummy although she doesn't *need* it, it just makes her a loooot less whiny and has made teething bearable. She says "oh nooooooo-wah!" when she wants something out of reach and says "h'ya go!" when she wants something that we are in possession of (like food, or Ben's tablet).

Emerald is Molly's little sister and our new baby. She looks quite a bit like Molly but is wayyyyyyy bigger. I'll do her 2 month update next but she weighs 4 more pounds than Molly at that age.

For my subscribers that came here from Youtube, hi! I'll still continue to make videos as well, especially when I get pregnant again (hopefully, anyway), but while the time is not great for vlogging I'll be here. I think I can access Blogger at work and if that's the case I'll have tons of ramblers that I don't feel like vlogging. I'll be bringing back the dreamfiles, the children updates, and the porch stories!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Little Tikes Picnic Table {Redo}

I found an awesome pin quite a while ago on Pinterest. It seemed that people were taking that Little Tikes picnic table that everyone seems to own, but never seems to buy, and "upholstering" it to make it personalized. It looked fairly easy; just unscrew it, clean it up, spray paint the legs, and cover the top and seats with printed vinyl (I later found out it was printed fabric and clear vinyl). I pinned dat joint very quickly and set off trying to find such a table.

There are two main designs of this picnic table. The first is smaller, has 8 screws, and the legs are flush with the top and seats. The second is slightly bigger, has no hardware, and the top and seats sit on top of the legs. Currently the only picnic table being sold new is one with the seats and top sitting on top of the legs and now it has a big umbrella hole and well to hold drinks in the middle- not the best to cover without first cutting some plywood or something to cover the holes up. I thought the first one would be way easier and neater to upholster so I set off looking for that one.

I stalked my local Craigslist for a while and a couple picnic tables came up but all of them had the umbrella hole. I looked on Ebay but they were pretty pricey there, plus shipping. I finally decided on Sunday, while both Ben and Molly were sleeping, to place an ad in the wanted section with a picture of the one I wanted and an asking price of $15. The next day after I returned from work and grocery shopping, I checked my email and I already had a reply. I jumped all over that and within two hours the table of my dreams was mine!

Awwww yeahhhhh! I was over-the-moon excited!

I seriously felt like Ralphie from A Christmas Story every time someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday/etc. "I want a Little Tikes picnic table!"

We met up to exchange the goods in a Target parking lot and I took Ben and Molly with me. Since we were there, Ben decided to go look for a white sheet to get started on our living room rearrangement. We couldn't find one cheaper than $40 so I suggested we visit my favorite fabric store to see if it would be cheaper to get some fabric and sew it to size. It wasn't cheaper, but while there, I pretty much immediately found the perfect fabric to wrap my table with. It was everything I wanted: green, chevrons, and colors that would go well with the legs since I didn't want to spray paint them. Ben actually saw one he liked more that was green with zoo animals on it but I didn't want a fabric with characters on it so I turned it down. It was about $8 a yard but on 40% off and I got two yards as per the instructions. It was plenty and I have lots left over for other projects. Cost me about $11.50.

Since the people working table make small talk when cutting your fabric they always ask what you're making. I told them and even though I wasn't going to buy the vinyl that day (I planned to make this next week) she showed me where it was so I could measure and price check. It comes in lots of thicknesses but I just went with the thinnest and cheapest one, which was 40% off from like $1.99, so when I came back the next day I got it for pocket change of $1.90. Yeeeeaaahhhh!

Yesterday I asked my parents if they would come over to hang out and help me move a bookshelf into my old bedroom so I could finally organize AND to get some help cleaning the legs to my table. Since it was an outdoor toy it was pretty dirty and I was able to wash the top and benches in my kitchen sink but the legs were big enough that I would have had to use the bathtub and because of my back injury (yup, still hurts) I would have had a hard time bending over to scrub them. Well, turns out that blowing out the sprinklers doesn't shut off the hose so I was able to take them into the yard and hose them down. Yay! My dad and I drilled some holes in the bottom of the legs so the water could drain and we decided to make the whole table that day while mom and Kyan attended to Molly.

Taking the table apart was easy. This one has 8 screws that are covered with a bright yellow cover. Each cover had a hinge so I just pried them open with a screwdriver and undid the screws. I decided not to keep the covers so I used some black washers my dad had in the toolbox to make sure I didn't mess anything up with their length. After washing the parts you wrap the top and benches with the fabric and just use a staple gun to fasten it in place. We use 5/16'' staples because it's what we had and, until it randomly broke, my dad used his fancy air stapler on the table top. There are plenty of guides linked in the original blog post I found but it was very simple. Once we got them covered in fabric we went over them again with the vinyl and before long all the pieces were done, the table was reassembled, and the result was fantastic!

Chevrons detail

The angle everyone photographs it from... lol

 Molly "trying it out" and fussing because HELLO G-ma, I am only 3.5 months old! I wanna be held and walked around!
(yes, my dad is laying on the floor fixing my clock... wut's it to ya?)

It looks so good and I'm so happy I didn't have to spray paint the legs!!

So... a quick recap:

Table: $15; craigslist
Fabric: ~$11.50; 2 yards; loads left over
Vinyl: $1.90; 1.5 yards; loads left over
Staple gun w/ 5/16'' staples

Total cost: $27.40... Not bad at all! One of these new was prolly like $60. The one they sell now is about 85 bucks so I got a cool personalized table for way less than original!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oh Hi!

Hey, I know it's been a while since I posted here. Part of it is because my back injury blew up to epically painful proportions two weeks ago, making me depressed because I couldn't DO anything but most of it is because I am actively Vlogging now. If you have the time to watch my 20-30 minute ramblefests you can go to my channel HERE. I've got to find a happy balance between the two but yeah, that's where I'm at. There's advantages of both but at the moment I do like Vlogging better than Blogging.

Here's pics because it's been a month since I posted!

 I call this her Fish Mouth :3

 Cuddling before getting up (to find out I can't stand up because of my back waa)

She gets more smiley every dayyyy!! (taken before an evening walk :3)

Her eyelashes are growing soooooo loooong!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stuff Happenings

Yesterday was Molly's 8-week appointment, although she's technically not 8 weeks until Sunday. She weighs 10 pounds and 14 ounces and is 22 inches long now. Such a growing girl! I can definitely tell she's heavier and was guessing she was around 11 pounds. Since her last visit I switched doctors from a pediatrician who works at the hospital to my general doctor who works half a mile from my house and can do all of our care no matter our age. Ben just happened to have the day off so he came with. There was lots of paperwork of course and it was stranger than strange to get the automated reminder for MOLLY and not for JULIA.

Because she isn't physically 2 months old yet they didn't do her shots today so I got that scheduled for two weeks from now so on one hand no fussy baby to worry about but on the other hand it's not done and over with yet. She was a little fussy at the appointment but my doctor, who I've seen since I was about 14, was so excited to see her! She was who I went to when I got pregnant the first time so she's known about my difficulty staying pregnant.

I'll post more update-y stuff in another post once she really hits 8 weeks.

Today, as I know well, is the one year "eutha-versary" of my dear Eenie. She still comes up in conversation every day but my heartbreak has healed and she really, truly, "turned into a baby." My arms are filled once again and I am happy. I'm sure she's quite happy in Kitty Heaven. :-)

Last but not least I made a baby name vlog when I got home from work. It's not the best, since a lot of the questions took me a bit off guard as I don't think of names that way a lot, but it was still really fun! A lot of readers may like my answers to the last question. ;D

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Molly's Future Room

I tried filming a room tour for my vlog today but my iphone ran out of space and shut off after 7 minutes. I decided to try again and rush through it but... I'm not a rushy person at all and it was breathless and frazzled as a result. Plus, Molly started crying halfway through because she got hungry so I'll have to use the good camera at another time. This is literally at least the fifth time I've tried doing her room tour and my iphone has said LOLNOPE and shut off halfway every. freaking. time.

So anyway I thought I'd share some thoughts about it. First of all, it was my dad's studio before, we painted the room green with a blue ceiling and accents, blah blah blah. I feel I've written this down here before. I let the guy at Lowe's talk me into getting a gloss paint instead of a matte and I HATE IT!! Augh it looks so wet and made my color choices look so BAD! The blue is almost non-discernible from the green. It's not bad enough for me to fix just yet but bad enough that I've decided that when Molly is a little older I'll let her pick the color of the room {within reason}. Now that I know that it only takes a gallon to do all the walls and maybe half a gallon for the ceiling/accents I'll be able to either A.) afford that myself or B.) have it be a "Christmas present" from someone. I really like painting stuff and maybe Molly can get in on the action as well.

To be honest, I really want to paint it purple. I'm just drawn to purple walls. A light purple to go with the yellow from my old room we still have would look really nice. Either that or Lesko Diamond Green for a real pop of color! At this rate, I'll be painting it before she gets a chance to have a say. XD

In the future I want to install a loft bed sort of thing. I've been seeing these low top bunks that sit over a full mattress below and I really like that. In my mind I'm going to have at least two girls and they will definitely share a room. I want to maximise space but also have lots of actually-functioning storage since that closet is TINY. They'll be folding more than hanging things up, that's for sure. Oh well, I have a long time to worry about that. Hopefully I can convince her to not pick a licensed character theme so that the room will last longer. Unless it's superhero sheets. Those are always cool. :L

While I'm on this topic I kind of want to turn my old bedroom (the one with no insulation) into a craft room (aka- the last bedroom I'd use to put kids). I'd definitely paint that bright green and I kind of want to paint the door like the 3 doors in the lake cabin (even though that would totally not match the green at all LOLZ). We shall see. First it needs to actually be clean. Heh.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Molly's 6 Week Update

Wow! Molly is already 6 weeks old!! She looks more and more like a little girl every day. Sometimes when I look at her she doesn't even look like a baby.

She has her 8 week checkup next week and I'm thrilled to bits that my general doctor who I have been seeing for about 10 years can and will do her care! I'm particularly happy because the building she works in is about half a mile down the street so I can walk there! All I have to do is pop Molly in either her stroller or the sling and we'll be on our way. Much better than the15-minute drive to the hospital. I'm hoping that since it's the same hospital they can transfer her records easily enough but if not I can kind of remember the results. I did finally hear back that her bloodwork is normal which is nice.

Speaking of doctors, I had my final midwife appointment today. Everything down there looks great and I'm cleared to do anything I was doing before. Now I won't see her for a year, either for my annual checkup or when I get pregnant again, whichever comes first. I am on birth control right now but I'm thinking of stopping it in September to get my body ready for being knocked up around Molly's first birthday. She seems to think I have PCOS since I am so irregular and I was like "wait, do I?" and she said she wasn't sure but it takes more than an ultrasound to diagnose. Since I am popping eggs and haven't had any problems getting pregnant (let's remember I got pregnant 3 times in 7 months) she's not worried about looking into it and neither am I.

So, at 6 weeks old, here's what Molly has been up to!
 I started vlogging this year so enjoy the derpy video hahaha 

Random Molly facts as I remember them:

  • She is getting predictable in her sleeping but of course that has gone out the window as she growth spurts lol
  • She eats every 2-5 hours, only one side
  • She has had some impressive spit-ups lately... she's hard to burp! Plus I think she eats too much at times...
  • She still co-sleeps with us:

  • She takes a pacifier and has no problem spitting it out when she's done with it. She mostly takes it at night and it eventually falls out as she sleeps. She'll takes it occasionally during the day but it doesn't stay in long. If I give it to her and she doesn't want it she gets this horribly offended look on her face. XD
  • She is SO CLOSE to finding her hands! She is grabbing onto stuff and pulls her dummy out all the time on accident, or maybe it's on purpose...  She grabs onto my shirt when nursing and loves to claw at her face.
  • She is starting to outgrow her newborn clothes! Some don't fit at all and the others are getting tight!
  • I'd guess she weighs at least 10 pounds. My back is angry with me.
  • Her eyes are a lovely blue right now.
  • She smiles all the time and recognizes her mommy and daddy by looks and voice. :3
  • Kyan decided to tickle her and she smiled sooo big for her! She also smiles for my parents when she is happy. The best is when she smiles when nursing. Sooo cute!
  • She is almost giggling. I can't wait!
  • She will finally sleep on her back or in her bouncy chair for a bit. Yay!
  • I got my wrap! She falls asleep in it when I get it on right. Right now she's too small to have her legs out but too big to sit in it newborn style so I'll wait a few weeks and try it again.
I know she's low but it was the maiden voyage. :P
  • She's starting to coo and squeak and make all kinds of sounds!
  • She's been more fussy lately because she's growth spurting but she's still really mellow and chill. She loves the bath, riding in the car, changing her panties, etc. Sudden loud noises don't bother her at all except the random time a door closing made her jump and she cried... lol
  • She's found her legs and loves to kick!

She's getting so huge!!!

She's got on the same outfit! As a newborn the sleeves were super long and she has on the hospital shirt underneath. At 6 weeks her feet are starting to get squeezed in there!
(I still love that she's eating the straps as a newborn XD)

Peace out!