30 March 2009

Just an update

I finally finished the Fred sweater for Emily. It is a small size but she still won't be wearing it for a little while. Even though her and her cheeks weigh almost 9 lbs now. You go girl.

The cotton yarn and the spring green color make it, I think, a perfect spring sweater. Every Minnesota girl needs spring sweaters.

The Green Sweater

Svale Sweater

This is the sweater that, if you've seen me in the last 2 months, you've heard me complain about the yarn shop not mailing me the last ball of yarn that I needed. I finally was able to move on with my life by dispatching my dad to the yarn shop. He is retired and, lucky for me, had nothing better to do.

Emily is still sweet as can be. She likes to snuggle, which is so nice for the mommy of a preschooler who lets you snuggle her about once every six weeks ("PLEASE leave me alone!" or "I have put up the [imaginary] NO SNUGGLE sign.").

Bella is coping with Emily by turning on the DRAMA full blast. Which involves a lot of stomping out of the room crying over whatever-it-is-this-time. It is pretty easy to be incredibly un-mommy-ly annoyed by this. But then I see these pictures, taken last weekend, and just look how little and sweet she is.


Bella, Me

And she was quite proud to show off her little sister.

Bella, Emily

And show off her own camera skills.

Bella is a photographer

Emily slept through the whole photo shoot.

Emily Bea


Emily Bea

So sweet.

23 March 2009

Behind the Green Door

Look at our nice new green door.

St. Patrick's Day Family

It was the perfect backdrop for a Saint Patrick's Day family photo, which actually worked on the first try using the tripod.

For the house, I was going for the color scheme they use at Salut Bar Americain in St. Paul. Which apparently is fine on a French bar but fairly controversial out in VH. I have had much amusement listening to my neighbors try to say something neutral about it.
  • It's different!
  • We noticed it right away!
  • What happened to your door?
  • White would match your house better.
  • Did you hold up a paint chip before you painted it?
  • Have you lost your mind? (ok, this one's not neutral)
But then, just as I was starting to wonder why I was the only one who liked it, the Erbert & Gerbert's delivery girl told me she was crazy for the colors of our house. Crazy! I knew there was a reason we loved Erbert & Gerbert's. They're always there for me...with a kind word and an avocado-filled sandwich delivered to my (awesomely green) door.

With all the excitement of the green door and the people visiting to tell me they hate the green door, it's easy to overlook our quiet little Emily Bea.

Emily Bea: 3 weeks

Which is exactly what I did (overlooked her) yesterday when we went to the park. Emily got left in her swing back at the house. Whoops.

Besides the whole child endangerment thing, maternity leave is going great. My to-do list has things on it like, "felt Easter eggs," and "make baby book." Fun stuff! Stuff you don't even need to put on a to-do list. But I do anyway, to remind myself that there are things to do OFF THE INTERNET.

Speaking of fun stuff. I made Bella this little top, from a kit from littlefishbigpond on etsy, which I stumbled on while googling "pride and prejudice," which is something I just randomly do, apparently.

Mod Tunic for Bella

I just love the fabric. Don't you? You don't? Well screw you. I bet the girl from Erbert & Gerbert's would like it.

Shockingly, Bella actually will put it on. And even wear it for short amounts of time. AND allow me take her picture. Which pretty much makes this the most successful garment I've ever made her.

Mod Tunic for Bella

11 March 2009

A New Game

Since I figured Bella would need a little extra attention (and also since I can't stand Chutes and Ladders--CAN'T STAND IT. Yes I know capslock is shouting, that's how bad I CAN'T STAND IT) I made Bella this memory game. She loves it and, when she is paying attention (which is about 10% of the time), she can kick my butt at it.

Matching Game

I used pictures from our past year: spring flowers, kite flying, jack-o-lanterns, the Fair.  And also pictures of everyday around-the-house things, like her favorite toys and foods. 

Matching Game

The game was simple to make, just print out pictures on inkjet fabric (don't forget, like I did, to do two of each picture), stitch them to squares of fabric and batting, and then proceed to kill yourself pinking 144 edges. And don't forget to insert husband commenting, while you are killing yourself pinking 144 edges, "Can't you buy Concentration for like $10?" But, I defensively point out, THAT only buys you $10 worth of love. I am shooting for PRICELESS AMOUNTS OF LOVE. And yes, I was all sassy and capslocky when I said it. I'm as surprised as you are that he puts up with me.

Here's Emily Bea, in repose.

Emily Bea: Usual Pose

She is wearing my favorite outfit from when Bella was a newborn: bunnies sitting on mushrooms. It is microscopic sized, so she'll be able to squish into it for about another 24 hours. After that maybe one of her chins can wear it.

07 March 2009

Cuter than cute

Emily Beatrix

Just look at those cheeks. Sometimes I want to eat them. NOM NOM SMOOCHIE NOM

Little Emily Bea is so super adorable. And she is fitting into our family just fine.

Happy Family

Bella insists on calling her "Emily Elizabeth," the little girl in Clifford the Big Red Dog. So just ignore her if she seems to know what she's talking about. But other than that, the whole I-get-angry-if-anyone-corrects-me-on-her-name thing, she is blossoming as a big sister--very helpful and loving.

Big Sister Little Sister

We are just getting to know her, but so far Emily likes:
  • Drinking bottles
  • Sleeping
  • Hiccuping
  • Making little snorting noises while drinking bottles
  • Making little snorting noises while sleeping
  • Making little snorting noises while hiccuping
She does not like:
  • Sponge baths
  • Having her diaper changed (surprise)
  • Having her nose beeped (wha??? That is one of my only tricks!)
She is the perfect freaking baby, which Brent and I can't quite get over after having been the creators of Baby "Colic Storm" Bella. Five days in with Bella we were filthy, hungry, and gently removing sharp objects from each others' hands.

Five days in with Emily Bea and we're making videos!

02 March 2009

Why Hello, Little One!


Emily Beatrix
Born March 2, 2009
8:34 a.m.
7 lbs, 3 oz
20 inches long