Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Miriam: 2 months

Miriam is 2 months old today! Hooray hooray! 

Seriously, the last two months have gone so quickly! This is probably in part because she's baby #2, so we've done all this before and it's not so new/hard, in part because Jesse's been in the thick of finals which makes time seem crazy and fast, but also because she's an incredibly easygoing baby so time hasn't dragged ;)

I weighed Miriam today (clothes on, probably a wet diaper, so not an exact measurement) and she's at about 10.5 lbs--so a full 3 lbs heavier than at birth! Way to go baby! (Or should I say "Weigh to grow"? ;D)

Sleeping patterns: Miriam generally goes to sleep between 11 and 12 pm and doesn't wake up for a feeding until 4 or 5--meaning I get a nice 4 or 5 hour stretch of sleep! This has been incredibly helpful :) During the day, she usually naps about 1 hour out of every 3, though she usually has at least one nap during the day that is longer.  


Eating habits: Still breastfeeding every 2.5-3 hours!

 

New discoveries I made: Smiling is FUN! (And oh, how this has enriched our lives!!)


My accomplishments: Playing the "stick out your tongue" game with Daddy! (This game involves alternately sticking out ones tongue and smiling, and Miriam is the best at it!)



Places I went: Mostly just to church and to the library for story time!


Special Memories: There have been so many times in the past month where Nikolai has come up to say hi to Miriam and she's smiled at him lots and lots. He loves this, and it warms my heart to see them interacting so sweetly!


(Don't mind the bumps on Niko's noggin in the above photos...as our friend Jordan said, it looks like he got in a fight with gravity and lost!)

We love you Miriam! Keep on growing!

Friday, April 24, 2015

I suppose they look like siblings

After we took some pictures of Miriam in the yellow chair the other day, I remembered I had some of Niko in the same chair at about the same age, so I decided I had to compare!



Comparing is fun--sometimes I think they looked identical at this tiny-baby stage, but looking at the side by side comparison makes me realize that they definitely look like siblings, but not exactly the same.


Aaand a cute close up of our sweet Miri's face:


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time Out

Nikolai is really big on pretend play these days. This afternoon, I heard him playing a little scenario in which he told his teddy bear that he had to go to time out (likely inspired by his own time out this morning for saying the word "idiot" several times, even after I told him not to). 

I didn't think much of it, but later as I went out to check the mail I discovered his teddy bear, sitting obediently in Niko's normal time out spot:


Apparently all that role-playing wasn't enough to solidify the lesson though--Niko was put in time out not 30 minutes after my discovery for again saying that verboten word.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sibling love

Nikolai LOVES Miriam.

This is usually wonderful but also results in her sometimes getting her cheeks "lovingly" pinched and getting her hair messy with sloppy brother kisses.

For the most part, though, our boy is incredibly gentle (or "gench-el" as he says it) with his little sister. The first thing he says every morning is "Where the baby?" after which he runs to wherever she is and tells her hello. He often likes to play near her, even though she's not very good at playing back yet ;)

Miriam, for her part, really likes to be able to sit up and look around (and especially likes to watch Niko--he must be such a noisy, colorful, exciting blur to her!). When we sat her up in the chair the other day, Nikolai came to join her:




More sibling love: Jesse was holding both children the other night (while they watched the new Star Wars trailer together).


Niko sat there for a little bit, then slowly edged his face over so he could touch Miriam's face with his cheek:


(I don't blame him--her cheek is so nice and soft!)

It's so nice to see our babies loving each other!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Miri sleeps

A funny skill Miriam has acquired in her brief life is the ability to occasionally put herself to sleep. (Nikolai often required swaddling and swaying and singing and shushing and all manner of assistance in getting to sleep, so this is a new one!) Often, we'll be going about our business in the evening while she lies, content, on the floor, only to look down at her a few minutes later and discover that she's fallen asleep, as pictured in the photo below:


Monday, April 20, 2015

Miriam smiles!

A few weeks ago (around 4 weeks old) Miriam started smiling, but for the first while her smiles were rare and elusive so they were hard to catch on camera. But finally, we've caught some! (And they are as precious to us as the rare butterfly they remind us of).

In the first two pictures, she's smiling at Niko, who was just off-screen:


She loves smiling at Niko! And he loves it when she smiles at him!


Random anecdote: one morning Niko was upset about something or other, and nothing I said or did could convince him that things were going to be alright. Then, I noticed that Miriam was in a smiling mood so I said, "Hey Niko, Miriam wants to smile at you!" Distracted, he came over and looked at her. "Smile at her!" I said. He started smiling at her and she smiled in response, and before we knew it, his tears were gone! Miriam smiles for the win!

Below, Jesse coaxes some smiles out of our Miri dearie:



These were taken in the evening after Nikolai went to bed. Miriam goes to bed super late (11-12 pm every night!) which is sort of frustrating sometimes (I just want to go to bed!) but oftentimes it's nice to have some quiet moments with just her. We had a lot of time to enjoy sweet Niko when he was small, so it's nice to have some time to enjoy his sister all by her lonesome as well ;)


Miri (and Niko!) smiles make our world go round!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Super Niko

When Grandma Dolly came, she brought us the movie Big Hero 6. Nikolai spent the week after she left watching it twice a day, every day, and as such has become minorly obsessed with super heroes. 

Well, I've been wanting to sew him a cape for some time, and finally today my energy levels and Miriam's nap aligned and I sat down to sew! I found a great tutorial (here) so 45 minutes and $0 later (I hoard fabric so I already had everything I needed!) it was finished! 

Here's the final product: 


Niko also requested a cape for his dog so I whipped one up with the scraps:



Showing how the dog flies

I asked him to pose with his hands on his hips and this was what I got:



(Look at that little hip! So cute!)

Go go super Niko!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy mama

Something I've realized with Miriam's arrival is that having a newborn and NOT having postpartum depression is so different! (Some of you might remember that I experienced PPD with Nikolai--read more about my thoughts about it here


I was really bracing myself this time around to not feel well again, and to be honest, there were some moments in the first few weeks where I thought perhaps I was going to have PPD again. At almost 6 weeks postpartum, I can comfortably say that, for now at least (PPD can have a late onset sometimes) I am feeling well.


And man, having a newborn and feeling good is so different!

There have been so many times over the last few weeks when I've reveled in Miriam's smallness and cuteness and perfection, and I've turned to Jesse to ask, "Was Nikolai this small/cute/perfect?"

Because frequently I was too sad/sick/depressed with Nikolai to notice those things.


(By the way, the answer is always yes, Niko was that cute too!)


To be honest, I'm trying to enjoy Miriam's smallness for both her and for Nikolai--to sort of retrospectively enjoy how little and perfect Nikolai was now, now that I'm in a better place emotionally and hormonally.


I also want to note that I think having Nikolai around is a big factor in me feeling better this time around, for several reasons.

1) He's proof that I've done this once before, and can do it again! 

2) He's also proof that the hard not-sleeping phase won't last forever ;)

3) He gives me someone to talk to during the day! (Ok, sometimes that talking is arguing over how much tv I'll let him watch, but it's more conversation than we had when he was a tiny baby! ;D)

4) My day with a toddler and a baby is so much more interesting and purposeful than when it was just me and a tiny person at home every day. When he was tiny, my whole day was consumed with taking care of his tiny bodily needs--now, our day consists of so much more, including (but not limited to)  going to the library for story time, reading books, playing outside and seeing friends. 

In short, Nikolai makes life better. Thanks, Niko! 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter

Happy late Easter! 

Things were pretty calm around here. 

Nikolai loved the church Easter egg hunt:



Miriam came too:


Investigating his eggs:


On Easter Sunday, Jesse showed Nikolai some videos about Jesus:


(when they got to the part where Christ returned in his resurrected body, Nikolai, totally unbidden, said, "He's new!")

And to top things off, I made some carrot cake cupcakes (with half wheat flour and some flax meal!)  for dessert. 


It was a lovely holiday!