Baby Boy is 2 Months Old!!

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“Little” Guy turned 2 months old today!  He’s actually huge though!  At least, it feels like he is huge after having some of the teensiest little girl babies around. haha  He weighs 13 lb 6 oz and is in the 75th percentile for weight.  He’s 22 3/4 inches long.

2 months

He outgrew all of his 0-3 month clothes and currently is wearing 3 month outfits.  I think he’ll be moving on to 3-6 month clothes soon!  It’s a workout to keep this kid clothed.  If only it were garage sale season….. SO close, yet so far away.  It’s funny because if we would have taken in a girl, we would have been set for any size nb – 4T, but boy clothes aren’t overly abundant around here.

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watchin

Although Buddy rolled over multiple times when he was younger (on accident), he hasn’t been doing that anymore.  I’m sure he will rediscover it soon though.  He is such a strong guy!  Sometimes I have to adjust the way I’m holding him because he actually will hurt me with his clawing and movements!  He can hold that head up like a pro and loves to crank it back and stare down whoever is holding him.  It’s a little more difficult to get that head up when he’s on his tummy on the floor, but he sure does try!

tough work

tough stuff

He still plays pretty happily on the floor.  He used to just fall asleep wherever, but lately he’s been a little more whiny about that.  He will still sleep great and fairly often, but he prefers I pick him up and put him to sleep (this only takes about 1-2 minutes and he’s out).  With 2 busy, needy girls, he doesn’t always get his way, but when I can I will.  He usually naps in the boppy pillow up on the couch or sometimes on his play mat on the floor.  He has to be pretty tired for the play mat though since he doesn’t usually prefer sleeping flat on his back in the middle of everything.

pale skin

tuckered out

Sleeping at night has been absolutely amazing.  I mean, absolutely amazing!  At least, I think so!!  He’s been doing 8 1/2 hour nights for the last few weeks and it’s SOOoooo, SOOooo nice!!  He’s much fussier in the evening, and I usually let him kind of cry off and on after his 8 p.m. feeding.  That wears him out fast and then he has his biggest night time feeding (4 ounces) at 10:30 p.m. and goes RIGHT to sleep.  He stays that way until I go in at 7 a.m. and wake him up – yes, I actually wake him up in the morning!!  He is awesome.  Maybe I’m just used to nursing babies who usually can’t make it nearly that long, but wow!  I wrap him in a snuggly thing for bed and lay him down awake and he just goes to sleep in there good as can be!

Full Lap

Little One enjoys the girls talking to him and keeping him amused.  He’s starting to like watching them and having them around more and more as he gets older.  Abby is a sweet caretaker with him and will gently try to calm him down when he’s upset.  She will lay by him and put her finger out hoping he will grab on to it.  She loves “teaching him” how to grab the hanging toys on his play mat.  Evie is more rambunctious with her love.  I think she would actually smother him with love if I wasn’t constantly watching.  I’m glad he’s a big baby, because he doesn’t seem to mind when she “hugs” him (aka practically lays on top of him).  She enjoys laying on the play mat by him and talking to him.  They both love “Baby Boy” a lot!

Happy chunk

happy fella

Baby finally started smiling about a week ago and has been doing it more and more.  He LOVES being talked to and will get all excited about talking back.  He does intentionally grab at his toys sometimes although it’s still pretty hit and miss for him.

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It has definitely become “normal” for all of us to have BB with us.  He’s become a part of our family, although we have no idea if things will eventually be changing.  He’s a sweetie.

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tired

chunky monkey

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M Week

M was a fun (and extra long) “week!”  The girls started it out making these awesome marble paintings.  I kind of wanted to make about a million of these!  Aren’t they awesome!?!

Marble Painting 5

Marble Painting 4

The girls used my lightweight aluminum baking dish to put their papers in.  We used old yogurt containers to put the different paint colors in.  Then, the girls used a spoon to get the marble good and coated before carefully scooping it out and plopping it on their paper.  They loved watching it paint the paper as they tipped the pan around.  Evie needed some major supervision as she would have had the pan upside down without, but she thought it was pretty great too. 🙂

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Marble Painting 1

Abby made a mosaic to fill in her block letter “M.”  Evie thought it was fun that Big Sis let her stick some papers on as well.  Abs also made a shamrock mosaic because it’s March!

Mosaic Letter MM is for Mosaic Shamrock

Abigail’s handwriting, tracer, and objects that begin with “M” pages:

Letter M Handwriting PageM Tracer Page Preschool Learning

Objects that start with M

The girls beg for experiments all the time, so they were thrilled when I told them we would be doing a milk experiment this week from laughing kids learn!  I poured some milk in a bowl and each girl got to drip some food coloring in.

Milk Experiment 1

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After checking that out for a bit, we squeezed a drop of dish soap right in the middle and watched the food coloring quickly sweep to the sides.

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Of course after all that watching, I let the girls each poke a toothpick around in the colors and that was quite possibly their favorite part.

Milk Experiment 6

When we were hanging out at my parents’, the girls had their aunties and uncle help them decorate a giant mural.  We had to hang it up for a while so everyone could admire it.

Mural Preschool

Mural

We had ordered a little magnet set in preparation for “M Week” and it was a huge hit with the girlies.  They loved playing with it and testing it all out!!  Here’s Evie giving the horseshoe magnet a try.

Magnet Exploration 1

There were two little cars with snap in magnets.  They would connect or spin away from each other based on how you held them.

Magnet Exploration 2

The girls both loved this little magnetic pole.  It had some magnets you could slide onto it.  They thought it was great when you would push down on the circular magnets and watch them bounce.

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It also came with two little ladybugs and a maze.  Abby was pretty good at holding a magnet underneath the maze and guiding the ladybugs through it.  The girls’ parents had some fun with this set too!

Magnet Exploration

Another day, we used the horseshoe magnet to do some magnet exploration of our own.  Abby helped me collect a variety of objects around our house.  Then she guessed which things would be magnetic and which things wouldn’t.  These were her guesses:

Is it Magnetic Guesses

Then she gave it a try and came up with these results:

Is it Magnetic Results

Afterwards, she thought it would be a fun idea to try and pick up all the magnetic objects at once with her horseshoe magnet.  She managed to do it after a couple tries!

Horshoe Magnet Preschool Learning

Our last activity was homemade maracas.  The idea came from Made Everyday and was a lot of fun!  It was great for this time of year since you need Easter eggs and we are all getting excited for Easter around here. 🙂

The girls spilled spooned some popcorn seeds into their eggs and then I helped them tape them between two plastic spoons.

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I let them use permanent markers to decorate their eggs which was a debatably good idea in Evie’s case.  She loves using markers, but doesn’t get the whole – when you aren’t coloring yet are still holding your marker, it continues to color things for you.  Oh well.  We weren’t planning on keeping our living room rug forever anyway, right?

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Shake, shake, shake!

Homemade Maracas 4

Muffins were a yummy snack for “M Week!”  Check out our current favorite, Raspberry Yogurt Muffins.  Yummy in the tummy!

Raspberry Muffins are Yummy!

Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

 

Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

These muffins from This Mama Cooks are amazing!  They are not as sweet as you might expect a muffin to be, but after a few bites I think you’ll be hooked!  They don’t use a ton of sugar, so if you down say…. 3 or 4 in a morning, you barely even have to feel guilty.  Not that I’ve ever done that or anything.  These also make a great snack for the kiddies.

Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

You can easily substitute both the yogurt flavor and the fruit to switch it up. 🙂

Raspberry Yogurt MuffinsHealthy Raspberry Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6 ounce) container raspberry yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups raspberries (frozen works fine!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 12 serving muffin tray with muffin cups.  Mix dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, oil, and egg until well combined.  Pour into dry ingredients and stir just until combined.  Add in raspberries.  Your mixture will feel pretty thick, but don’t worry about it!  Spoon evenly into muffin tray and pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until browned and toothpick comes clean.

Raspberry Muffins are Yummy!Raspberry Muffins!

L Week

L is for letter!  My friend, Brittany, had just visited us (one of my girls’ favorite people) so Abby thought we should write a letter to her.

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Brittany is so wonderful that the girlies got a letter back in a matter of days!  It was an exciting moment. 🙂

Letter from Brittany!

Abigail’s handwriting practice and tracer page.

L handwriting preschoolL Tracer Page Preschool

Abs was so excited about practicing her letter “Ll’s” all week.  She was loving writing them with sidewalk chalk outside.

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Color, cut, and glue objects that begin with “L.”  For our block letter, Abby practiced some lacing.

Objects that start with LlLacing Block Letter L Preschool

We tried making some homemade lemonade which was a lot of fun!!  The girls thought it was great!

L is for Lemonade!

First, I sliced a lemon in half and let them each try sucking on it.  They were forewarned it would be very sour!!  As expected, I got some pretty good little pucker faces afterwards.  To my great surprise, they both went back for more and would have kept at it if I didn’t cut them off and continue the process. ha!

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Next, we dropped their lemon wedges into ziploc bags and the girls added about 1/2 cup of water and 2-3 teaspoons of sugar to each bag.  Then they squeezed their lemons and shook their bags.  I taste tested a couple times to make sure they were sugared enough.

Lemonade - adding sugarHomemade LemonadeMixing up Homemade Lemonade

When their lemonade was ready to go, we stuck a curly straw in and they slurped away!  I think it was a successful experiment.  Abby later was telling Daddy all about it, “And lemons are sour!  Until we put salt in!”  I quickly assured him it was actually sugar.

Lemonade Slurping

Lemonade with a curly strawLemonade!

For Abby’s quiet time, I set up a little laundry station where she could “wash” her dollies’ clothes and hang them up to dry.  We used an empty plastic bin for her washer and a piece of yarn nailed to the wall for her clothesline.  It was a little tricky for her to manipulate the clothespins at first, but she quickly got the hang of it and thought it was pretty fun.

preschool laundry clothesline

L is for Laundry Preschool

Abigail still enjoys the rock ladybugs from her ladybug number leaf matching activity.  She can easily count to ten, but will often get distracted when I’m having her count something.  Instead of carefully pointing to each object as she counts out loud, she will start to trail her finger, look away, and count until she runs out of numbers.  This was good for her since it made her slow down, look, and think about what she was counting.

Ladybug Counting

The concept of long vs. short was pretty familiar for Abby, so this was a quick worksheet.  She enjoyed it because she got to use glue, while being closely supervised.  I let her use a glue stick independently on two different occasions now and both times she ended with glue smeared all over her papers and empty glue sticks.  According to her, “I just got kind of excited there about my glue!” haha

Long or Short Worksheet   Long or Short Worksheet Preschool

Our lion craft involved paint, which is always a thrill.  Abby dipped a fork in orange paint and used it to make a mane all around her lion’s face.  Afterwards, I let her use up her pile of paint on some scrap paper and that was probably her favorite part.  Messiness is best!!

Fork Lion Mane Preschool Craft

Duplo counting stacks were another way we reinforced careful counting this week.  Abby really enjoyed building the lego stacks just like the pictures, carefully selecting the right colors and doing it all by herself.

Lego Counting

Lego Math Duplos

We did some light experiments before bed one night.  We had just purchased a cheap flashlight, since we somehow didn’t have one up until now.  The girls each took turns running around the dark house and playing some sort of hide and seek game with us.  Then Abby helped collect a few household items and guessed which ones the flashlight would shine through and which ones it wouldn’t.  She was actually right for every guess, except for the aluminum foil.  The aluminum foil and the book were the only two it couldn’t shine through.

What can light shine through

We had Abby practice shining the flashlight at specific objects throughout her room. Then it was time for the finale.  Using a colander, we held the flashlight underneath and created a star filled room!  It was hard to capture on camera, but really awesome!!  You should definitely try this at home. 🙂

Flashlights are fun!Flashlight Sillies

Bedtime Stars

Making StarsLight Star Show