Wednesday, February 27, 2013

First "Real" Bath

 One of the things that being a mom of three has made me is a bad blogger. I enjoy blogging, I really do. But with a new baby, two attention hungry boys, and a new house, my spare minutes are very few and the spare minutes I do have are spent unpacking. Anyway, these pictures are from Lila's first bath post-cord falling off, which happened on her one week birthday. Her tub was in Vegas already, so we used the sink. While she hated her sponge bath, she loved her first sink bath. And she's loved every tub bath since. She is super chill the entire time--I think she could literally stay in for a good thirty minutes or more (not that we've tried). She only gets mad when she gets out because it's pretty chilly. And now, she rarely cries even then.


 Okay, so she's apparently crying in this picture. But I totally don't remember that happening so we'll just say it didn't. It must not have lasted long!



After her bath, the boys helped lotion Lila up, then helped Grandma dress Lila. They love to choose out Lila's outfits.



And then we had a photo shoot, of course! Lila got to take her first lamb picture...

And then about one million other pictures. I'll spare you posting all the pictures, though.

Finally, we took a picture of all of us, because it's the first day we all put on real clothes. There'd been a lot of sweats up to that point. (And still. The boys love "chillers.") (Okay, okay, I'm wearing a real shirt and yoga pants. I just had a baby.)



Monday, February 25, 2013

The Monthly Lila: 1



I know it's cliché to say that I can't believe she's one month old already--but seriously. One month? That was too fast. If every month is this fast, she's going to be one year in about five minutes.

I love this little outfit--but it's newborn sized and she's already too big for it!

Anyway, here is what you should know about Lila at one month...

Tummy time with brothers.

She is stubborn! She fights sleep like you wouldn't believe. Most newborns (at least my first two) fall asleep rather easily--especially when someone is holding them. But Lila? No sir. From her second day, she has had to be coaxed into sleep. Once she is asleep, she does pretty well, but getting there is not always fun. I have started to employ methods from the Baby Whisperer book to help Lila learn to fall asleep by herself, which are seeming to help. Hopefully we continue to make progress.

She doesn't often (or ever) just fall asleep. So when she fell asleep in her swing, I had to document it.

Lila has outgrown newborn clothes--the sleeves are way too short! She outgrew newborn diapers by about 3 weeks old. She has very long fingers and tiny, skinny feet.

All dressed up for church with Daddy.

For the first few days, Lila rejected the pacifier with a passion--but she always wanted to suck, so I wanted her to take it. Eventually she decided she kind of likes it. She doesn't ever use it when she's awake, but she does use it to help her go down for naps. She also doesn't (generally) use it to sleep in the night.
From her first day, Lila has been super alert. Luckily, she is also super chill. After she eats, she is content to hang out, look around, and just relax for 15-20 minutes. Then she fusses a little but, signaling that she's ready for a nap. She only cries when you're actually trying to get her to sleep. When she wakes up, she cried a little until you get her, stops as soon as you pick her up, then literally patiently waits until I feed her.

All ready for her first Sunday at church. The tights? Swimming in them. At least the waist of the tights fit, though. I tried this outfit on her for her newborn photos and the tights and diaper cover slipped right off. By the time we took this picture (3 weeks old), the tights and diaper cover stayed on!

Honestly, breastfeeding isn't really my forte.  All three of my babies have had issues of one kind or another, and all three have had one common issue: only liking one side. And hating the other side with a passion. With Lila, though, I've sought more help than I did in the past (in part because I realized I needed more help and in part because I had a better support system with my midwife and my Bradley class instructor) and have read a ton of helpful information and (fingers crossed) things are getting better. Lila is a fantastic eater on the side she does like and will finally nurse on her despised side. After my milk came in, Lila wouldn't even latch on her least favorite side (it was seriously a battle--an all out battle), but now I can get her to go for at least ten minutes--and today I even got her to go for twenty-five minutes on her despised side! Maybe this is TMI, but it's a big deal for me!

Meeting Grandma Hambly.

Lila loves to look at faces. If you make eye contact with her, she will stare you down until you look away. And then she'll keep staring. She's not a super smiley baby, but she does have a very cute contented look the majority of the time--especially if you're in a staring contest with her.

Reeder and Lila, sharing deep thoughts.

Kisses from Daddy. He finally got a reaction from a little cheek tickle last night--she smiled faintly. One day that will make her giggle!

We've been trying to do tummy time and, luckily, Lila doesn't hate it. She is content, like she is in most other situations. After about 15 minutes, she'll fuss for a bit to let you know she's done, but other than that she's happy to lay on her tummy and practice lifting her head. She does have quite a strong neck. She hates to be held upright against your chest and will pull her neck back so she can look up at you. She much prefers being cradled--I think she likes to see what's going on.


We love our Lila Jae!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Monthly Asher: 28

Asher was very nervous of Lila and essentially ignored her for her first week of life. But now he loves her. Every time Lila cries, Asher says, "It's okay baby girlfriend! We don't want to be sad!" He asks to hold her at least once a day, and several times a day tries to hold her hand. I sometimes call Lila "dolly," and he's decided he loves that name for her. He often tells me, "Let's call her dolly, Mommy."

Being sweet to baby sister.

Asher is starting to enter the "terrible" phase of being two. He's a really good boy most of the time, but he's started to throw tantrums. He has a hard time sharing. When Reed is playing with a toy and Asher decides he wants the toy (which happens many times during the day), Asher will grab the toy or tackle Reed, then grab the toy. If Asher doesn't get the toy, he cries. He ends up having time outs several times throughout the day--hopefully we'll pass through this stage quickly!

Why is this picture sideways?  No one knows but blogger. Anyway, Ashie Bee is so happy because he's playing a game on Mommy's phone.

Asher is still doing great at using the potty and telling us when he has to go. He recently learned to go potty standing up--but he's so short he has to stand on a stool. He calls this method "tricky style." If I'm feeding Lila, Reed accompanies Asher to the bathroom and Asher usually requests to do "double stream."

I know I already posted the Valentine pictures, but I just love Ashie's face in this one.

Asher refers to himself pretty much exclusively as "Ashie Bee." If you ask him what Reed's name is, he'll tell you, "Bubba." And if you ask if Reed is named "Reed," he'll tell you "nope" and kind of laugh at you.

Showing off his tape measure.

Whenever we clean up toys, Asher tells himself, "Good job!" after every single toy he picks up. It's really, really cute.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese.

Ashie loves to be part of the decision when we're choosing what to have for lunch, a snack, or any meal. His suggestions usually include cereal, a gogurt, string cheese, a peanut butter sam (sam=sandwich), or macaroni. And he's very passionate about them. He'll say, "How bout MACARONI!!!!!!!" with all the zest his little body can muster. Oh, and something I think is cute? He calls "Marshmallow Mateys" the "Jake kind"--it took me forever to understand why, but then I realized that Jake is a pirate (Jake and the Neverland Pirates TV show) and pirates=mateys. Love his little mind.



Asher loves to read books. Several times a day he comes to me and asks, "Tan you, tan you read a book to me?" (tan=can. And for whatever reasons, he always says "tan you" twice in a row.) How can I resist that? We read a lot of books. And generally, as soon as we finish a book, he wants to read the same one again. And again. And again.

My mom was cutting the boys' hair and Asher didn't want his done. My mom told him he'd be handsome and he said, " I'm already handsome!"

 Pre-haircut. He's so, so goofy.

Lila squawked one morning and Asher yelled, "She said neigh!!"

He loves his sister.

I told Asher he was a good boy one day and he said, "Mommy, you a good mommy!"

The cup he's clutching sings "Hit the Road Jack." The boys discovered that song one day and thought it was hilarious because my dad is named Jack. They went around singing it for a few days, then my dad showed Asher this cup. He carried it around every day until we moved. We all got a little tired of the song :)






Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My "Balentimes"

I have four very cute Valentines (Balentimes, according to Asher), and I managed to get a picture of three of them. The boys were SUPER pumped on their Valentines shirts, so please excuse their crazy eyes. Having three children introduces a new realm of challenges into getting a decent picture of everyone at the same time!

Crazy eyes from Asher:

Crazy eyes from Reed:

Kisses for sister:


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Match, Match, Match

I bought some clothes secondhand in preparation for Lila's arrival. One bag of clothes I bought (sounds weird, I know, but it was totally legit) included pink skeleton pajamas, sized newborn. Now, I realize that Lila will be about 10 months old on her first Halloween. However, the boys both currently have skeleton jammies and the thought of three matching skeletons kind of brought tears to my eyes. (Seriously. I cried about everything when I was pregnant.)

And guess what? My three little skeletons looked just as cute as I thought they would. (Sniffle.)


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snapshots of January

I love my iPhone, but its picture taking abilities are  a blessing and a curse. Blessing: I always have my phone handy, so I'm always ready to capture every. single. moment. Curse: I don't pull out my nice camera because my phone is so much more convenient. Anyway, here is a snapshot of our January, according to my phone. (The pictures are in reverse order, from the end of the month to the beginning.)

We moved! We're living in a huge mess but we have a lot of room to play, at least. (And we have THREE kids. How crazy is that?)

Lila's Aunt Jenn sent this beautiful blanket. And Lila actually fell asleep by herself in the swing! (Usually she has to be coaxed into sleep.)

All bundled up to go outside. 

Ashie Bee asked if he could hold Lila and told me, "I'm not nervous anymore!" Now he asks to hold her all the time.

Ryan is officially into busy season. Luckily, he still gets home in time to read the boys a few books before tucking them into bed. 

This shirt is actually a hand me down fro the boys, but I love it and I think that with a bow, Little Miss pulls it off.

It's me! I'm excited about life because my clothes FIT--a strange phenomena that has not ever happened before. With the boys it was months (with Reed over a year) before I could wear my pants again! Granted, my "skinny" clothes don't fit, but we'll get there. I'm only 1 pound over my prepregnancy weight! 

We've been taking walks around the neighborhood to get out of the house. The boys love exploring our new surroundings.

A fun new activity with the boys: bath time for Lila. They love to help.

She's just cute.

The boys love to give Lila their favorite stuff, not including bee ball (the blanket) and Curious.

The boys think it's soooooo funny that Lila's tongue is white after she eats. At Lila's two-week check-up  they got coupons for a free hamburger at Arctic Circle. Of course we finished off dinner with dessert, and they made their tongues white, just like Lila's.

Reed's white tongue.

Daddy spending time with Lila when he was home for the weekend (pre-move).

Her cord fell off really quickly, which made me happy! No more sponge baths for miss!

Reed can generally be found holding Lila.

Before Lila was born, Reed wanted me to make him a hat--then I surprised him with a matching hat for Curious. (Reed chose the yarn colors!)

A late night text before Lila was born--Ryan and I were made for each other.

The shopping cart only had one driver wheel, so the boys shared! (Well, for a few minutes)

Reeder drew this picture of himself and Daddy (it's sideways) to text to Daddy in Vegas.