April was great. We celebrated Easter! Spring has arrived and as always its been the besttttt. Days at the park and picnicing and sunscreen and all the good stuff.
Calvin is doing well. He has become quite a good eater, but also a terrible (!!) teether. Maybe I have forgotten what Annie was like teething, but I definitely don't remember it being this rough. But otherwise, he is just the sweetest baby. He loves when people talk to him in public but always smiles super big and lays his head on my shoulder...like pretending to be shy. :) He has started pulling himself up to standing and definitely enjoys this new trick. The crib is officially lowered.
Annie is also doing well. She likes to play rough with her brother, and she loves caring for her babies. Anything can be a baby for Annie. She picked up a big rock outside the other day and started shushing it and put it on the table to go to sleep. :) She wanted me to lie my head on her chest and she shushed me and called me "baby Mama"...haha! Everything is a baby and everything needs love and bum changes and naps! And she LOVES to chat. When she is feeling comfortable and in a good mood, she is suuuuper chatty!
I'm enjoying my babies, fresh flowers, cooking/cleaning (wow, i know!), my hub of course, and our home/neighborhood...its all just sweet and lovely around here. (just kidding, definitely having some stressful sleepless nights too!)
Well, nap is over and we are heading out to the library!
We have spent most of the month indoors because it has been SO cold, but it has been surprisingly sweet-times. Calvin has established some good napping habits, started eating solids, and is scooting around on the floor a bit more. He has tried pears, sweet potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, bananas, rice and oat cereal, and prunes. Oh, and he had an egg yolk this morning. Loved it. He definitely prefers real-food to baby-food...not crazy about pear puree but if I just let him have a piece of soft pear he LOVES it. So we are skipping purees as much as we can! Also this month, Calvin has moved into the crib and Annie into a big-girl bed on the floor!! We have loved having this mattress on the floor...its where we end up spending a lot of our days...just playing and wrestling on Annie's bed. Annie is talking tons. She refers to her baby-self as "Annie no-hair" or "Annie yittle-hair" and definitely likes talking about when she was a baby. She loves to sing and her 2 favourites are "Dawning Light of our Salvation" (a hymn) and also "1-2-3-4" by Feist. :) She could read for hours and just got a new "real" tea set that she really enjoys!! She is still sleeping 12 hours at night and naps 2.5 hours everyday...and I usually have to wake her up from that nap. :) They are sharing a room (since before Christmas) and its going really well. Calvin is still waking 1-2 times a night (on good nights) but Annie sleeps right through it (most of the time!). Annie asks every day to go to the park, and I have to tell her that soon we can...just as soon as all this crazy snow melts!!
Ok--off to wake Annie up from her nap!
We spent most of this January in TX with my family. We were so happy to skip out on some of the winter and enjoy much nice/fallish weather.
Annie has had a bit of a mental "growth spurt" in January...over the course of a few days she seemed to start making sentences much more often and even started playing different, much more advanced pretend play. Its been fun! She can be a bit more descriptive about things she notices and how she feels. She has started to pray all by herself sometimes...she starts out really strong, naming people that she knows and asking for God to keep them safe and she ends with any words that pop into her head, we've heard phrases like "Ikea hotdog" "nighttime, daytime" and just any random word you can think of.
Calvin is just so sweet. He is definitely an easy-going baby and is ok with anyone holding him, as long as he is being held. :) Still working on getting those naps longer than half an hour each (which can easily become 4 naps a day) and waking up less than 5 times in a night. I didn't worry too much about all the crazy wake-ups while being in Texas, but since we've been home we've managed to get that number down to about 2 wake-ups per night. (usually!) And his naps are actually improving a ton as well...up to 1 hour and even 1 1/2 hours for each. He is 5 months old, rolling over back to front and front to back and he has discovered those toes!! He loves Sophie and LOVES his sister. They make each other laugh a lot now.
Michael is on parental-leave this month and has been able to get so much school done. And we have been so spoiled having him home with us...its been a dream!! I'm dreading the day he goes back to work, but so thankful that he has a job and that he is so hard-working.
And I have been so happy to be back home. I've been taking an online course called "Marriage for Mothers" by Rachel Jankovich and I have been reading some wonderful books too. I have been challenged and encouraged in my calling as a wife and mom.
Well, that's us, and that was January.