Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy 3 Months, Vivvers!

Sweet Vivian, you are three months old!

This month has brought warm weather and sun bonnets...

cold weather and wool buntings (handmade by your Grandie)...

lots of stories from big brother...

and oh, so many smiles and laughs.

At three months, you weigh 13 pounds and 9 ounces. You still nurse every two hours, and you still sleep through the night. Earlier this month, you learned how to sit up straight from a reclining position. You lift your head and upper back and curl forward in your bathtub and your bouncy seat until you can nearly sit up straight.

The past couple of weeks you've been trying your hardest to sit up from a lying down position as well. Yesterday in your bassinet stroller, you kept raising your head up to look over the edge. We have a feeling you'll be crawling sooner than we think.

This month we discovered your tickle spot was under your arms, and now we can make you laugh whenever we please.

You're still drooling and chewing on everything: your hands, your clothes, blankets, teething toys, whatever you can get your hands on. But your first teeth have yet to make an appearance. We check your gums everyday and see nothing but pink.

This month you've taken even more of an interest in your brother, constantly craning your neck to see what he's doing and giving him the majority of your smiles and laughs. And for his part, big brother will play with you all day and loves nothing more than holding you in his lap and making you laugh with silly faces.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Before and After

Yesterday I cut off over 12 inches of hair and donated it to Locks of Love. My long hair was just too much to handle with two young kiddos to look after. Most days I barely have time for a shower, and I definitely don't have time to blow dry and style a bunch of hair. Also, Little Vivvers has been pulling my hair out every chance she gets; even pony tails don't deter her. I had so much fun growing it out and had just gotten it to my ideal length when I decided to cut it. I'm still getting used to my boyish hair, but already I love how little effort it takes. Last night I colored it dark brown with organic henna and indigo, a process that would have easily taken 4 hours (and two people to apply it) with my old length. With this short hair, I was able to apply it by myself and it only took about 15 minutes + two hours of processing time.

One day when my kids are older and a little more self-sufficient, I might grow it out long again. But now it's time to be practical.

Friday, March 23, 2012


It's spring and New Jersey is a-bloom...

Little girls are wearing bonnets (and bubbles)...

Little boys are picking flowers for their mamas...

We've had unseasonably warm, summer-like weather for the past couple of weeks, and we've been taking advantage of it by staying outdoors most of the day...

looking for natural wonders...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny from Small Things for another Wednesday Yarn-Along...

On the Needles: A Snake for Mr. S. He's decided on rainbow stripes for the body and a green head.

Off the Bookshelf: If it's possible, I'm tiring of poetry and ready to read some novels. Until I have a chance to swing by the library and pick up another Barbara Kingsolver, I'm reading Jean Rhys, one of my favorite novelists. I've just started Voyage in the Dark, one of her early novels.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Today we said goodbye to a family member and one the best friends I have ever had. Georgia had been suffering from seizures for the past two years due to what the vet believed to be a brain tumor. She had degraded to a point where the seizures were occurring daily; she was almost blind, and all of her personality and spirit was completely gone. If you knew Georgia, please remember how playful and energetic and crazy she could be. Those that never met Georgia, you missed out. She was that smartest most loving dog I have ever known.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Joining Ginny over at Small Things for another Wednesday Yarn-Along...

On/Off the Needles: Finally finished the February Baby Sweater! What would have normally taken me a week to knit took over a month. How's that for two kids for you? But I'm getting better at nursing and knitting at the same, a little more coordinated. Hopefully, this will result in lots of timely finished objects.

Vivvers seems to like her new sweater; she's already chewed all over the yoke. I can tell you Kertzer's Down to Earth holds up quite nicely to a bounty of baby slobber.

I never measured this sweater, just eye-balled everything and luckily it fits to a T (for the moment anyway), although I would have liked a little more length in the sleeves.

Next up on the needles...a snake for Mr. S. We've not yet decided on a pattern, but we do know we want stripes of blue, white and black.

Reading: I've been reading the latest issue of Poets & Writers and dreaming of having the time and money to attend one of the decadent writer's retreats mentioned in this issue. Maybe the one in Key West?

Head on over to the Small Things Blog to check out what others are knitting and reading this week.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy 2 Months!

Happy Two Months, Miss Vivvers!

The past month has brought many smiles, some spontaneous and some coaxed, and lots of interaction. You are cooing to us and just now starting to respond to our coos back. This month you fell in-love with the ceiling fan and smile at every one of them in our home. You also fell in-love with your playmat and the big sunshine at the center of it.

In month two, you can roll onto your side and are trying hard to roll onto your stomach; you can grasp and hold a rattle (crayon, playing card, toy, or whatever we offer you); you can hold your head and chest up all on your own--even while on your belly. But the biggest, hardest thing you are working on this month is growing teeth.

Yep, you're teething at two months old! This doesn't surprise us since big brother had his first two teeth at the ripe old age of three months. All the signs of early teething are there: drooling, hand-sucking, chewing on clothes, teethers, pacifiers. Your pediatrician believes it will be a long, drawn out teething process, but we hope not.

This month you weigh 11 lbs. and 12 oz. and are 23 inches long. You still sleep mostly through the night, going to bed around 9pm and waking to nurse around 3:30 every morning and then going back to sleep until 7 or 8am. You are awake most of the day, cat-napping twenty minutes here and there.

You're growing and learning everyday and we're loving every moment.
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