Better late than never, right? And yes, I realize that the photo above does not include her regular stuffed monkey. I’ll have to make it a point this week to take some cute shots of her with it.
We went to the doctor’s office last Tuesday, and Vivien had her 2 year old well-baby exam. I was shocked to see how much my little kiddo has grown! Even more shocked to compare it to her last doctor appointment stats in this post.
Height: 37 inches! 96th percentile! *To be fair, she really didn’t sit still long enough to have a good measurement done, and according to my ruler at home, she’s 37.5″* I love it when people comment about how tall she is, as I’m standing next to her measuring in at 6’1″ myself.
Weight: 27 lbs 55th percentile
- She is wearing a size 3T clothing now. 2T still fits her, but is a bit short. Anything new, I am buying in a 3T. Oh my!
- She is wearing size 5 diapers during the day, and size 6 at night.
- She wears a size 6.5 shoe.
- She has all of her teeth in now- yayy! No more teething, ever!
Her vocabulary is exploding. She will pretty much repeat anything I tell her to say. The funny ones to mention are:
- “Butt-k” (means Puck, our dog)
- “Eeee” (means Pixie, our other dog)
- “Shoosh” (means Fish, or goldfish)
- “Noo-lk” (means milk)
- “Coo-in” (means corn)
- “Ding-Dong!” (is what we call belly buttons. I taught her that, and Eli despises it. I think it’s adorable when she pushes on her belly button and says, “DING DONG!”)
She also says real words, but those are just the funny “Vivien-isms” that I wish I could bottle up and keep forever. Her favorite phrases to say are ”
- Where he/she ‘do?
- There he is!
- We’re hoooome!
- Where Daddy?
- No, it’s mine!
- No, No, No
- We ‘tall Mema/Daddy?
- Hi Street!
- Me get shoes?
- No, you stink!
- Smell ‘em! Pee-U! (her feet)
It’s always something new that’s coming out of her mouth- and it’s always a hysterical surprise.
She’s the queen of goofy faces, and just being all-around silly. She also get’s super angry if she’s not being “paid attention to” for too long. She loves her baby dolls, and seeing babies, and talking about babies, and piling me up with her baby dolls to “watch.” She’s getting better at actually playing with other kids in playgroup, but far prefers older kids- around the age of 4 or so.
Her tantrums have gotten much better, and really she’ll only have 1-2 a week now. Let’s hope it stays that way. She still has a very short fuse though, and get’s frustrated and gives up in dramatic ways. (Yeah, that’s my trait. Sorry, kiddo.)
She’s still cautious, but has really broken out of her shy side and bloomed into a very outgoing kiddo. She loves waving hi/bye to strangers, and talking to anybody who will listen to her yammers.
I don’t think she “gets” that she’s going to be an older sister in a week. We talk about Will all the time, and about Will’s “stuff” around the house, like the swing, and co-sleeper, and bedroom. But I’m fairly convinced that she still thinks that “Will” is a small freckle that I have on my stomach. She always points to it, specifically, and kisses the freckle. Hahaha.
I couldn’t be prouder of this little girl that made me a Mommy- and I love her more and more every single day.
You can see more of Vivien and her amazing clothing she’s sporting in the above picture by checking out this post on Daily Mom: Geek Chic Fashion for Tots, Mamas & Papas Fall 2013
Last week was one of those weeks where I found myself having a meltdown in the shower (a few times.) I like to think that, as Mothers, we all have those days where you want to curl up in the fetal position and physically check out for a few. The worst part about it is that Vivien wasn’t being bad, or naughty, or fussy…..she was sick. Somehow, she contracted strep throat. Randomly and luckily, we had her 2 yr old doctor appointment already scheduled for Tuesday, which I like to think of as the day from hell.
10 times, friends. If you’re wondering. That’s how many times I got thrown up on. A few times in my face, to be exact. Having a 24 month old who is throwing up is awful. There’s no warning. There’s no directing her to the bathroom, or a bucket.
So we spent the week hunkered down in the house and trying to get over this sickness. She’s on antibiotics, and other than sleeping a whole bunch (12-15 hours a night, and a 2+ hour nap every day) she seems to be pretty much over it. Vomit free since Thursday. Her appetite is returning a bit, and she’s just looking lots better.
We spent the weekend getting stuff done around the house. Nesting has hit. Take the nesting and mix it with my insomnia? Well, let’s just say that I was literally scrubbing my refrigerator Sunday at 3:30am. At least I’m productive. We got all of Will’s laundry done, including washing the infant car-seat pads, swing pad, and random other things that smelled like basement storage.
Vivien was great, and loved “helping” put away all the laundry. On Sunday afternoon, Eli ventured out to the front yard to rake up the leaves and mulch them. So, it screamed photo shoot.
It was refreshing to get outside, and Vivien loved running around the front yard, and watching Daddy mow the lawn. We also turned our heads to child labor laws.
I hope everyone else had a great weekend!
It all started out with an inspiration board:
Anchors Aweigh is the theme, and I think I executed it fairly well. In fact, it may be my favorite room in the house right now. Please excuse my choppy pictures, I have a cropped sensor DSLR with a 50mm lens, so zooming in/out or getting a wide angle isn’t possible. But the personal touches that I captured are my favorite part.
To preface, when I say “we” I actually mean Eli. I am the creative person, not the laborer!
The dreaded popcorn ceiling was scraped off first, because we figured that it’d be one of the only opportunities available with a completely empty bedroom. Eli then painted the ceiling and bottom 2/3 of the wall in a white color, and the top in Navy blue (midnight sky by Behr.) He added the rope molding to cover the paint line and add in a bit more of a nautical theme, which I love.
The banners were sewn by Eli’s mom, and will match his crib bedding and personalized quilt, once we boot his older sister out of the crib and move it into his bedroom. (Until then, he’ll be bunking in our bedroom with us anyway, in an Arm’s Reach co-sleeper.)
I made the yarn wrapped monogram (see my how-to tutorial in this post on Daily Mom.) and purchased the life buoy mirror and jute glass decorations at Hobby Lobby.
Speaking of making stuff, Eli also completely made the striped curtains shown above (and you can see my how-to tutorial in this post on Daily Mom.) Yes, he sewed them. No, I have no idea how to sew. What-so-ever. Hate on, haters.
The wrapped canvases I made on picmonkey, and got them printed on canvas through cgproprints.com (which is a local company, and has amazing quality, prices, and free customer pick up, holla!)
A dear friend bought me the nautical boat wheel to hang in the nursery as a baby shower gift. It was such a fun, and perfect surprise!
I must specifically mention the dream catcher, though. The blogging community is amazing. People never cease to surprise me with generosity and love. I had just found out that Will was a boy, and I got tagged on Instagram from a dear blog friend that she’d love to send me a handmade dream catcher for his nursery. It just so happened it was the perfect match for the scheme, and it looks amazing. It’s one of my favorite items in his bedroom, and I think that it’s mostly because of the sentiment behind it.
If you’re interested in ordering a custom dream catcher from Amber, you can contact her through her instagram. (<–Link)
Eli also made a shelf to go right above his changing table (which sports a blue and white chevron changing pad cover. Blogger fo’ life!) The side parts of the shelf are half-wheels. Also, the same friend who bought the wheel for the wall made us the “Poop Deck” plaque. I love it, and it is perfect because of the placement, theme, and overall awesomeness.
Vivien made him his birthday sailor bear, and his Grandma knit him his sailor hat, which will make it’s debut in his professional newborn photos that are scheduled.
And then there’s the cradle, which is actually something that Eli’s grandpa made back when Eli’s older sister was born. All the kids in his family, and even some cousins have slept in this same cradle. It’s kind of cool to stop and think that he’s sleeping in the same place that his Daddy did, 30-something years ago.
Oh, and I’m keeping it real by not cropping out the plastic crate with laundry stacked on top. See that pile of laundry? That’s my to-do list for this weekend. The sizes are all separated, and those are all the 0-6 month clothing that needs to be washed and put away. I can’t wait to get his crib bedding to really complete it all, because it’s the perfect tie-in for all the pieces.
I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into Will’s nursery as much as I had dreaming it up into reality.
Happy Friday, friends!
As the holidays approach, we are all subjected to one of my most dreaded shopping trips of the year- Holiday party dress shopping!
You want to look timeless and sexy, yet don’t want to be mis-labeled in either your or your husband’s office for the next year as something less than flattering. Mix that pressure into my personal hatred of shopping at the mall with a toddler (especially in the holiday season) and you’ve basically painted the picture of my perfect storm. And it ain’t raining water, people.
That’s why I personally fell in love with Shabby Apple long ago. I love their vintage clothing selection, and the fact that they also have many styles available in plus sizes. My personal favorite this year is the Truman dress:
I’m kind of a black dress kind of gal, and love that this look is perfect for a holiday party (think how fab it’d be with a sparkle, or gem-colored shoe!) or any event throughout the year, really. The quality is amazing, and the craftsmanship is immediately apparent.
The style is also very flattering- which is perfect since I’ll be, oh, about 3 weeks post-partum around the holidays. If you’re in the market for the perfect dress for the fall, or holidays, make sure to swing by Shabby Apple and check out their vintage clothing and dresses available. You can thank me later.
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October, especially the end of October for my family, is a blur. Every year it’s like a whirlwind of cramming in birthdays, anniversaries, and a ton of other activities.
As you know, we went to the pumpkin patch, and picked out two amazing pumpkins. The bigger one was top notch. Perfectly rounded, long stem. It was a beaut. But then, this happened:
Have I mentioned that I legitimately worried about my rabbit colony that lives under my porch during the flood, and even wanted Eli to go bail out their hidey hole? NEVER AGAIN, RABBITS. They ate my memories.
It may have also been squirrels. There’s no way to pinpoint, really. Until next year when I set up cameras.
So instead, we had to wait until the day before Halloween to get our pumpkins. That translates to crap pumpkins. The kind with scars, and warts.
Also, I’m posting a diaper picture. The horror! However, I don’t handle messes well. Finger painting will be an activity that will be done elsewhere. Call it being a jerk. We all have our weaknesses, and messes is mine. She was wearing an adorable dress that I didn’t want to slime up, and it was right before bath time- so diaper baby it is.
She reached down into the pumpkin, a few times! She didn’t want to touch the slimey parts, but grabbed the seeds pretty willingly. Then we carved our pumpkin, and put it in the front bay window sill. I’m on to your games, rabbits.
On Halloween, we went trick or treating at some friend’s neighborhood, because it is jam packed with kids. Our neighborhood is mostly older kids and families, so in return, trick or treating just isn’t big here. Bummer. But she had fun with her friends.
Also? She was a champion trick or treater! She walked the whole way (holding hands with one of us) and knocked on each door and said, “Trick or treat!” and “Thank you! Bye-Bye!” It was absolutely adorable, and made my heart swell with pride. She’s fairly outgoing these days and it’s super fun to watch her come out of her shell.
Oh, and even I dressed up. And by dressing up, I mean that I stole Ariel’s idea from instagram, and drew a cat nose and whiskers on my face with eyeliner. And wore a cat ear headband. Original.
I hope everyone’s Halloween was fun, and safe, and that you got away with stealing as much candy from your child as possible.