Our kitchen was the biggest renovation project in the house. The original layout was terrible. Awkward, not functional, and closed in would be words I would use to describe it.
Claire was 9 months old yesterday. She is the most delightful little girl and I get comments all the time about how she seems happy all the time. She mostly is, unless you get too close to bedtime when she’s just done with everything for the day. She has a lot of stranger anxiety lately, so no offense nice cashier lady at Costco who made her lip quiver and eyes well up just by daring to talk to her.
Still no teeth yet, but this girl will eat anything we are eating. She likes spicy Mexican, chili, pesto, any fruit, most veggies, tiny pieces of meat, you name it. She will only tolerate a few kinds of baby food purees, and other than that, she would much prefer to eat adult food. We’re still working on her hand to mouth maneuver skills, but she’s getting better at that every day. She puts food in her fist a lot and can’t figure out how to open her fingers to get it in her mouth.
Claire’s newest trick is getting on her hands and knees in a crawling position, but she still hasn’t figured out how to actually move anywhere yet. And I’m fine with that for a while. It’s so much harder to baby proof the second time around when you have your older kid’s toys everywhere! I just love Claire’s little grin and the fact that she smiles so easily for me all day long. The best is when I get her up from her naps and she just lights up.
We weren’t sure what color her hair would end up. It was definitely more brownish at birth, but now I think we have another little redhead in our family. I think she’s going to end up with my dad’s auburn reddish brown. When I was pregnant with Claire, we used to say she was doing gymnastics all the time because of the crazy flips and kicking she did. She’s still a huge busy body now too. She rarely sits still and always has to be kicking something while you’re feeding her, or she’s trying to roll around and get into everything. She is also a vicious hair puller and gets this evil little grin as she reaches for Ellie’s hair or my own. I’ve resorted to wearing lots of ponytails, but she still grabs the hairs at the back of my neck all the time. Little stinker.
This picture… I mean I just can’t even handle it.
These two love each other so much. Ellie always talks about how she can’t wait until Claire can play with her. I know they will fight, but I also think they will end up being best buddies.
Whenever I go pick up Ellie at school, she’s so proud to tell everyone that Claire is her baby sister. Love these girls so much!
Claire baby is 8 months old! She has had a bit of a rough past month, with pink eye, colds, and other issues, but seems to be getting better every day. We have had some regression with sleep, and I think we spoiled her too much when she was sick. She’s just so sweet otherwise, it’s hard not to give in and hold her when she wants you.
We’ve had some milestones happen the past month as well. Claire is sitting on her own really well now and rarely tips over anymore. She can stand, holding onto a chair or something on her own. She will eat whatever we are eating for dinner. This is major considering she would hardly eat purees a month ago. She loves big flavor. Spice, seasonings, you name it.
She says “dada” and “baba” now. We’ve been working on mama, but she prefers to say dada alllll day long. I think she will probably say “sis sis” or something to that effect for Ellie soon. She can make an “sss” sound and we refer to Ellie as her sissy a lot. She is enamored of Ellie and watches her carefully all the time. She loves to sit and play toys with her and Ellie can make her laugh the best of anyone. They are usually very sweet together.
Claire still loves to pinch and yank hair. She mostly does this when she gets hungry or tired. She will grab big handfuls of your face or neck and pinch as hard as she can – little stinker.
Another new trick is this fake little laugh she does. It sort of sounds like a machine gun. She and Ellie will mimic each other making this noise and each can get the other going.
After being mostly bald her whole life, Claire is finally growing some hair. It’s getting much thicker in the back, and I love how the top gets extra fuzzy after a bath. She hates baths with a passion and screams the entire time. We are hoping she will learn to like them soon if we let her take one with Ellie.
Claire loves dogs and giggles like crazy if ours is being silly. We have to be careful though, since we’ve noticed she breaks out in hives when licked. Claire is starting to have some stranger apprehension and lets out a bloodcurdling scream if she feels scared. She’s definitely more of a mama’s girl than Ellie was at this age. Can’t say I mind too much. I always say she is like an appendage and I feel weird any time I don’t have her with me.
She is still mostly the sweetest little presh ever, but we are definitely starting to see a little more of the spicy side of her personality coming out. If she’s not in the mood to have her diaper changed, watch out! I’m excited for this summer and being able to be outdoors with her more. She loves it!
Ellie bells is growing up so much lately. She speaks like a first grader in a three year old’s body and sometimes I just crack up at the things she says. She is a firecracker and challenges me on a daily basis, but she can be super sweet and helpful when she wants to. We have some hard days where I want to give her to the zoo, but she can also be a lot of fun.
Ellie loves her preschool class and talks about her friends there all the time. I love to hear her stories about who was nice or mean that day, and what songs they sing. She has always needed some structure in her week, so I’m looking for some things to keep her busy this summer. She’s currently in swimming lessons and has made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. She can even swim underwater for a few feet on her own now, which is a drastic improvement over when she started. We often have a battle to get to class, but once she’s there, she does really well. I look back at photos of a year ago and I can’t believe how big she looks now. Even though this is a challenging age with her, I often wish I could keep her from growing up for a little while. She’s not a toddler anymore and soon won’t even fit in the little girls clothes section, which kills me. Love you Miss Bells!
I’ve had a bunch of fun projects through my etsy business lately, so I thought I would share some of my favorites. This project is from a repeat client, whom I have previously done a master bedroom, guest bedroom, dining room, and most recently the den. They were so much fun to work with and I absolutely love how their daughter’s room turned out. She even had some input on the wallpaper selection and other things. In this case, her bed, vanity and flowered pillows were existing pieces to work with, and everything else was new. [Read more…]
Our house is old and kind of quirky. We knew when we bought it that we needed to figure out how to make better use of the space that was formerly an attached garage and converted into living space (by previous owners). We made a few changes before moving in, but we wanted to live with the space for a while before doing too much. You can see the area I’m talking about on the far right of our house.
The real estate listing called the area a 4th bedroom, but it was cavernous and felt more like a basement rec room. We knew we needed a guest bedroom, and I was really hoping for a main floor laundry room. My dad and I tossed ideas back and forth for a few weeks, sketching out the possibilities. We ended up building a wall, dividing the space by 2/3 bedroom, 1/3 laundry/mudroom/TBD. I had him add a nice big coat closet to the laundry side, because we knew we would be mostly coming and going through the back door of the house, which is nearest to this room.
Let’s look at the original space, shall we? [Read more…]
I love that little face so much. This girl brings so much joy to our family and we are so thankful for her. Her personality default is happy all day long and she only cries if she’s tired or hungry.
I don’t have much to say without getting all mom gushy about her. Claire is my little angel baby.
I love this age. She’s finally old enough to roll around and play with toys on the floor by herself for a few minutes, but not old enough to get into too much mischief. We are starting to talk about baby proofing the house soon though – we know it’s coming!
I mean, how could you not want to just squeeze her all day? Love you sweet Claire Evelyn!
Claire just had her 4 month checkup on Thursday and she’s growing like crazy. She’s 98th percentile for height and 75th for weight (15 lbs, 6 oz). She caught up to Ellie for height who was always around the 98th percent or higher, but she’s not quite as much of a chunk.
I spend every day smothering her with kisses and smelling her head. It’s the best!
Claire has a new trick that I haven’t caught on camera yet, but she thinks it’s pretty funny. She blows raspberries (or strawberries as Ellie calls it haha). She can get a fair amount of spit going, so watch out!
Her other trick is rolling over. She can go from her front to her back pretty regularly, but can’t quite get her arm out from under her to go from her back to her front yet. Any day now probably.
I mean, don’t you just want to squish her?
Claire is starting to use her hands to hold and grab for things now. I can’t wait until she can put her own pacifier in and hold a toy long enough to entertain herself.
I thought I would throw in a couple pics of big sister, just because. Ellie loves her window seat in her bedroom and spends a lot of time there playing or looking at books.
And in case you wonder what it’s like to live with a three year old, this pic is a pretty good example. She is full of sass and threenager attitude these days. She still has her sweet moments, but she is definitely sugar and spice. She decided a couple months ago that she was done with naps, and recently started all day preschool, which she loves. My baby is growing up!
Claire is three months old today!
Before she was born, I wondered what her personality would be like, and the answer is that she is the sweetest baby I’ve ever seen. Well, maybe she’s tied with her sister, but in truth, she has an easier smile, and is far less quick to fuss. She is the most laid back little sweetheart and I can’t get enough of snuggling her and smelling her amazing baby smell.
Claire is happy just to go along for the ride. With an older sister, it’s harder to stay at home for naps and things throughout the day, but Claire will sleep anytime, anywhere that she needs to.
She has been sleeping in her crib for the past couple weeks and… sleeping through the night routinely! She goes down around 8:00 pm and doesn’t wake up again until around 7:00 am. Or maybe she does, but we never hear her fussing. I love having her in her own room because she is a grunty/snorty sleeper, which kept waking me up when she was sleeping in our room. She loves to be swaddled, and I swear by that because it worked like a charm with Ellie too.
As far as milestones, Claire has pretty good neck control now. I love to wear her in my Solly wrap and go for walks, or to the grocery store with her in that now. She is a busybody and likes to watch her sister and me walk around. I usually put her in her bouncy seat in the kitchen while I’m cooking dinner and as long as she can see me, she will sit there happily for a while. She has grabby hands lately and pulls on her clothes or pinches my arm or neck while I’m holding her. Sometimes she flashes me her cute little belly if she pulls up her shirt! My favorite thing is that she often gets chatty after eating lately. She makes the sweetest goo goo gaga noises and her face gets so animated like she’s really trying to say something, I can’t even stand it.
It’s crazy how much your heart can grow with each child, and I feel like the luckiest to have such amazing little girls.
Ellie turned three at the end of August and she has definitely been living up to the term “threenager” lately. She goes from being the sweetest little helper to the most feisty, patience testing little stinker in a span of five minutes. She makes me smile on a daily basis with the funny things she says, and she makes me want to pull my hair out when she asks “why?” for the thousandth time. Sugar and spice.
I’ve been waiting to take pictures of my house until everything is “done.” Well, that could be a while. I do have a three year old and a newborn to deal with, so certain house projects have had to be put on hold for a bit. There are other areas where I’m waiting to find the perfect rug, vase, art, pillows, etc., etc… you get the idea. Sometimes it bothers me to look around and see so many things I want to finish, but the thrill of the hunt is half the fun for me.
Anyway, my dining room is looking pretty good these days, now that we have the wallpaper done. I still want to find a buffet for the recessed area, and some art for the wall, but other than that, things are moving along in there.
I’ve shared our breakfast nook/butler pantry before, but I’ve since gotten around to styling the shelves a bit better. I’m still tweaking the middle shelves, but I’m happy with the rest. It’s so nice to have space for all my serving pieces and china now.
The half bath is so hard to get a good picture of. It’s shoebox tiny, but it turned out super cute. I’ll try to get better angles of it another time with a different camera lens. I absolutely love how the wallpaper turned out in there.
The living room is still a work in progress. We just got two new chairs, but are still waiting to order the sofa and a coffee table. I keep working on the shelves – nearly every time I walk by, it’s something a little to the left, something to the right, and something rearranged. I ordered a new mirror for over the fireplace that hasn’t shipped yet, and I still need to work on the art/lamp/accessory situation. I’m in love with our fireplace though, and would like to find a screen for in front of it at some point. Did you know you can order birch logs from Amazon? I mean, what can’t you buy there these days?