Monday, January 31, 2011

Photo Shoot

I felt obligated to do a little home photo shoot of Jessica in her baptism dress, since I remember taking pictures of Jillian in hers the day or so after her baptism. Jessie was very cooperative!

And if you wanted to see the ones I took of Jillian almost three years they are! Jillian didn't sit up quite as well, but then again, she was only about two and a half months old, where Jessie is almost five months old now.

Jillian, of course, wouldn't be left out of today's pictures. She insisted on donning the dress she wore yesterday and have her picture taken too.

And, I have to include one of these, lest you think I have a cooperative toddler.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Free Portraits

When we had our Christmas pictures taken at Target, they signed me up for some program. You know the buy it for $10, but save about the same amount that day, and get coupons, etc. in the future, blah, blah, blah. One of the perks was a $50 certificate for portraits at a future visit.

Last week we went in to get pictures taken for Jillian's third birthday, and Jessica's first solo pictures.

I must say that for the price, Target does a great job. And these were the best, since I had a coupon for $3.99 portrait sheets. All our portraits were FREE with the certificate. What a deal!!!

Winter = Snow

It's that time of year again. Snow time. And while I do enjoy the white stuff, I feel like we got enough last year to last us for a while. So now that we've had a decent snow, like eight or ten inches (however much actually fell...), I'm ready for some warmer weather.

This snow was a pretty one, but geesh was it ever heavy to shovel!!

I didn't take many pictures of Jillian playing yesterday, because I was, well, shoveling. But today we went out while Jessica napped in her crib (HOORAY!) and I got a few pics of Jilly playing.

After yesterday's shoveling snow play, the girls played on their matching but not matching blankets.

And Jillian modeled her new ballet shoes, that we picked up for the class she's starting on Monday!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lazy Sunday

Well, not totally lazy. We did get up early and the girls and I went to church. Then to Target. Daddy had cooked breakfast and it was just about ready when we got home - sausage gravy and biscuits. YUM.

Then we lazed around and played for the rest of the day. And napped. Ahhhh.

There was some dressing up...

...and some playing with babies...

...and some puzzle time.

Jessie did some playing with her baby gym.

And I played with them. Jillian no longer wants to take pictures with me. But Jessie does!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sleepover and Other Stuff

Thursday night Jillian had her first sleepover! We went and picked up her cousin Mariah in the afternoon and brought her back to our place for the night. As soon as we got home the girls played dress up, watched the ballet movie, and did a lot of jumping around. After dinner, a couple of movies were watched, the jumping ceased (I insisted that the floor needed to rest), and the girls were winding down by around 8pm. A little after 9pm, we headed upstairs for bedtime. Mariah is older than Jillian, by a year and a couple months, so I had to leave the bedroom door *gasp* not gated. Mariah is also a good girl, very sweet, and a great listener. She was ready to go right to sleep! Well, after Jillian got up and out of bed three or four times, she too settled down and the girls slept through the night. Jillian is now sleeping baby-gate free on her own and staying in her room. I heart good examples!!

They had a fabulous time, and I now get the appeal of having a gaggle of kids. At some point, they're going to pair off or group off and play together. You might have to intervene, but groups of kids are more self-entertaining than individuals. And Jillian is pretty good at entertaining herself, but since the baby arrived, I get a lot of, "Mommy, I want doo (juice)", or "Mommy, come wipe myself", or "Mommy, I want watch Toy Stowy wee (three)". I mean, A LOT. So much so that it's not even feasible for me to strap the baby on and try to accomplish anything most days.

Yesterday, while Jilly and her cousin played, I was able to put Jessie in the wrap, cook chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast (with extra batter made for this morning's pancakes), wash dishes, run a dishwasher load, make three kinds of baby food, wash, dry, and fold a load of laundry, put Jessica down for an actual morning nap in her crib, get a shower, and blow dry my hair. Wow is all I can say. The girls definitely left quite a mess in their wake (I cleaned up after bedtime Thursday night, but they helped me clean up before Mariah got picked up yesterday), but having some uninterrupted time to get stuff done made the mess SO worth it!

I didn't take many pictures of the girls, but here they are playing dress up.

And the other stuff...
1. I need a new toothbrush. I put my toothbrush under the faucet yesterday morning, turned the water on, and out dropped a stink bug. Right onto my tooth brush. EW!
2. 2011 is the year of simplifying for me. I keep thinking of stuff to get rid of...I feel like the less extraneous stuff we have, the simpler life will feel. The purge began a couple weeks ago when I took two contractor trash bags full of women's and baby girl clothing to Salvation Army. FULL.
3. I'm making baby food this time around. I had every intention of doing it with Jillian, but just never got to it. So this I am getting around to it. And it's a good thing, because Jessica likes to eat!
4. I learned never to cut your child's hair the day before pictures. Luckily, Jillian's hair has a bit of a wave at the end, so it's not too noticeable, but I did a bad job. Also, I always put her hair in pig tails for pictures, so it doesn't look so ratty. I don't think it shows up, but I probably won't try that again...
5. Jessica is a high maintenance baby. Where Jillian used to play alone and entertain herself from day one, Jessica does not. She demands (and I mean DEMANDS. LOUDLY.) almost constant attention, and usually wants to be held. On top of that she's teething. I'm trying to enjoy it, thinking that this will likely be the last baby we have, but it can be frustrating sometimes.
6. And there was some other randomness I thought of to share, but honestly, I can't remember any more of it right now. Go figure...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Baby Stats

Jessica had her four month doctor appointment on Friday.

She is definitely, without question, bigger than Jillian was.
Length: 24-3/4 inches (75th percentile)
Weight: 11 pounds, 15.5 ounces (23rd percentile)

Being the bad mom that I am, I can't find Jillian's comparative stats for that age. But here's quite a comparison - Jillian at NINE months:
Length: 26-1/2 inches (15th percentile)
Weight: 15 pounds, 4 ounces (10th percentile)

Jessica's weight isn't on a totally different track from Jillian's, but she definitely eats more than Jilly did. But check out that length! I can barely keep her in clothes. So much for her wearing all of Jillian's old stuff. Jilly's six month clothing was ALL summer. And Jessica is already in six month clothes because of her length. Geesh!!

She can already touch the floor and stand up when in the lowest setting in the jumper!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Party

Jillian's 3rd birthday party was a success. Thanks TONS to Dara of Glenn's Gifts and Goodies for making a fabulous Barbie cake!

Here are some pictures from Jilly's special day...