Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Thanks everyone for your comments/emails about colicky babies! I've heard from a few of you that cutting out dairy, citrus and tomatoey things worked really well for getting rid or at least lessening colic in your babies. So... I'm going to give it a try!

I know I'm a big whiner, but to be perfectly honest I'm not looking forward to this at all! I LOVE my milk and cheese and we tend to eat a lot of tomatoey and meals with cheese so this will be a challenge and lead me down another whole path for meal planning. I just have to be thankful that there are so many other things I can eat. I know there are people out there that have way more food issues(hopefully mine will be short-lived) and that does put it in perspective for me. I'll let you know how it goes!

Emma's Baptism

Emma was baptized last week Sunday by her great grand-father. It was so special to have my Opa baptize my second daughter.  It was almost 50 years exactly since he baptized my mom and 24 years ago since he baptized me. What a wonderful example of God's covenant faithfulness!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us; it was special to have you all there!

A little fuzzy, but the best we've got.

Four generations

Opa and Oma and their grand-daughters

Monday, February 27, 2012


I didn't think I'd forget so quickly. Katie is only two and I can't remember her routine when she was a month old. So for the my faulting memory's sake, I'll write down Emma's "routine" so if/when we happen to do this again, I'll have something to jog my memory. I can't remember a lot of what I did with Katie. When did I start putting her upstairs for her naps? When did she start having regular naps? How long did she sleep for? When did I nurse her?

Mmm... where should I start? When does Emma's day begin, the middle of the night of first thing in the morning?

7/7:30am--wake, nurse, sleep

10/10:30am--wake, nurse, doze off and on

1:30/2pm--wake, nurse, awake off and on

4/4:30pm--nurse, awake off and on

6:30/7pm--nurse, awake

8:30/9pm--nurse, fuss

10/11--nurse, sleep

3:30/4am--nurse, sleep

Emma usually cries after she's put back to bed after nursing in the middle of the night. We don't usually get up unless she won't settle. A good 10-15 minutes of crying off and on is acceptable. For some reason I have no problem letting her cry at night, but it bothers me much more during the day. We got a free swing about a year ago(we never had/used one for Katie) and we brought it down from the attic a few weeks ago. It's saving my sanity. It's usually guaranteed to settle her during the day when I need to take care of Katie or just do my normal work. Emma loves to be held and will usually stop crying the moment she's picked. Yup! She already knows how to work the system!

I don't really feel like I've found my "groove" with Emma yet. And her schedule really isn't much of a schedule. Sometimes she sleeps longer, sometimes she's hungry an hour after I fed her; there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason.

She's suddenly developed a bit of colic too. Normally(stop reading here if you get grossed out easily) she just pukes up milk because she's too full or has a burp. But lately, she's been puking up chunky and seems to have an upset stomach. It's really only happening in the evening and I can't pinpoint it to anything I've eaten.

Katie slept from 10pm-7am when she was nine weeks old. Emma is eight weeks on Wednesday and is a far cry(haha) from sleeping through the night. I don't think we used any "tricks" with Katie: she did kind of did it by herself. Any of you moms out there have any tips? When did your kids start sleeping 8ish hours?

Emma is so different than Katie too! Katie was very calm a quiet(not that you could guess it now), but Emma is wiggly, and nosey, and strong! She's full of smiles these days though and gives the  most adoring looks. It's like she's saying "I love you" with her eyes and smiles. She likes to look at faces and gets bored fairly easily with her mobile.

We love her to pieces and can't imagine life without her!



Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 25, 2012

Katie wearing one of the two Nijntje bibs her great Oma sewed for her birthday! So special that Oma can still make things like this for her great grand-daughter!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Sweetheart!

This little girl turned 2 today! I know it sounds cliche, but I can't believe I have a two-year old! I still feel like I'm just out of highschool, and here I am a mother of two! I have more pictures of Katie's birthday party, but for now I'll just post these ones(which were taken just before she went to bed tonight!), so I at least have a post on her birthday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I love felt. No joke. I discovered it not that long ago and since then I've made several felt projects, not all of which are completed, but I'm getting there! A few days before Emma was born I found a picture of few cute animals made of felt. They were hand sewn and just the sort of quick, hand-sewing project I was looking for.  I made my own pattern from the picture and then went on to add a few more animals to the collection. I love the finished result and think they're super cute! Katie got them for her birthday on Sunday and is loving playing with them.

The set I saw online was four animals: Elephant, Whale, Bird and Frog(the frog was funny looking and I didn't care for it). It was selling for $10 on Etsy. Would you pay that for a hand-made set?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

One Month

This little girl is six  weeks weeks old, but I figured I better get a "One Month" post in and continue the updates like I did with Katie.

At one month Emma is:

  • Nursing 8 times per day, sometimes she gets an extra feeding snuck in there somewhere.

  • Loves to be held

  • Is now in cloth diapers during the day and disposable at night(just a little less work in the middle of the night. Once she sleeps through the night we'll go totally to cloth)

  • Smiles delicious smiles!

  • Is very strong and holds her head up quite well

  • Would sleep in her swing all day and night if we let her

  • Cries a lot more than Katie did and usually has to cry herself to sleep in the evening

  • Is loved more and more each day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Evenings

Around here, sometimes look like this :-)

I didn't get one picture without Ben whistling :-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012


I have a miserable little girl here today. I'm not sure if she's trying to cut her last set of molars or if she's got a flu bug, but either way she is not a happy camper.  She's running a fever of 103 and has this sad, droppy, glassed-over look in her eyes. My poor little girl! I'm very thankful for these Beatrix Potter movies  We have the actual DVD collection; my sister bought them for Katie for her birthday last year. We haven't used them with Katie yet, and this seemed like a perfect time to pull them out. They're very well done, very restful, and easy to watch.  We had them growing up and they're just the perfect thing to watch when you're feeling sick.

**Updated** Ben took Katie to the hospital after supper tonight as her fever went up and she started getting the shakes and chills. She was really dizzy and couldn't stand up so well, so we figured it was an ear infection. The doctor confirmed it and said she had a massive inner-ear infection. She got antibiotics right away and more tylonel to help her fever down.  She's now in bed sound asleep!

a little blurry.....

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Auntie Corina's visit

Auntie Corina aka  "Ankee Keena" came for a visit just a week after Emma was born! It was special to have her here so soon after Emma was born; she and we had to wait three months after Katie was born! This visit was a slightly more relaxed than other visits. We didn't do any gallivanting as it's just a bit more work with the following equation:

2 kids(1 newborn who has to nurse every 3-4 hours) x (2 year-old adjusting to a new sibling) + 1 mother (still recovering from that magical *ahem* experience of giving birth)=stay home!

We drank A LOT of tea, watched old TV shows, read books and ate grilled cheese, chips and chocolate!

Our winter weather was lousy nothing compared to the winter weather they were having in Chilliwack! I think Corina brought the BC weather here and our Ontario winter went west!  But all the snow they had in BC has been melted away by the typical BC rain just in time for Corina to go home. No luck!

Katie is still wondering where Ankee Keena is and I'm sure we'll be answering that question for a while :P Thanks for coming Corina! It was great to have an extra pair of hands(now I'm DEFINITELY not going anywhere!) and it was so nice to sit and relax and chat!