Sunday, September 21, 2014

Recent Adventures

The Relief Society had an opening social doing go carts, and it was awesome!  I wish we did sweet activities like this more often.  I was having nostalgic flashbacks to Fiesta Village.  My face and hands were frozen at the end of my second round- totally worth it!

This is an older picture, but look at this cute family!

I've been experimenting with hair and makeup styles.  I love getting my hair as high as it can go!

The other day, we were looking for one of Theo's baby dolls, and I suggested we look in my room.  After we walked back there, looked, and couldn't find it, Theo said, "ah well.  Good thinkin', Mommy."  That makes me feel good as a Mommy, knowing that I've at least taught him that phrase.

Ruby was six weeks old when I took these pictures.  Are six week old babies usually so strong?   I don't know, but I love it!

We went raspberry picking last week, and I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite thing. We might have to go again when Grandma Teri comes!

We sure live in a beautiful place.

Theo, Ruby and I might not be the most efficient team, but we got a bunch of good berries.

I had to feed Ruby while we were there, and there's nothing better to occupy a boy than a huge mud puddle. 

Want to use this picture as your wallpaper? I am.

Don't worry, he didn't eat a wild animal. We had a great time painting.

Isn't she a dream? I love snuggling a sleepy baby.

When Theo woke up from his nap, the first thing he did was start grabbing for Ruby. I just thought he wanted her to get her off me, but I realized he wanted to hold her.  So I laid her across his lap, and he stroked her face with his blankie and said she was beautiful.  What a sweet brother!

I sure love my family.  Recently, I was getting ready in the bathroom, and Theo came in saying, "Where's my daddy?" Not a usual phrase he uses, since he knows Daddy is usually at school.  So I looked down and saw he was asking on his little Lightning McQueen's behalf after his big Lightning McQueen bath toy.  When he pulled out the bath toy, the two cars hugged and said, "Mmm, Daddy! I love you, Dadddy!" I think we are raising a very warm boy, and that also makes me feel good as a mommy.

One of my favorite things he says is "lass more." That's his version of "last one." So imagine Theo, in his sing-songy voice, with one more Cheerio in his bowl, saying "lass more!" It's pretty darn cute.

One day, Theo chose a bow for Ruby, and obviously he had to choose one for himself, too.

I think it was a couple weeks ago, we were having dinner and Theo was running around not eating.  Corbin jokingly said he would cry and scream like Theo does if he didn't take this bite. Eventually, Corbin did some silly crying and screaming, not unlike what he does often when they play.  But something about it freaked Theo out.  He froze, then started whimpering. Corbin picked him up for a snuggle, and Theo sat back and screamed a primal scream, like his appendix had chosen that moment to burst.

Eventually Corbin got him to calm down, walking him around and playing with toys. But he would still give Corbin a mistrusting look every now and again.  The worst part about it all was the look on Corbin's face, heartbreak. My two boys are so tender sometimes. That part, I love.

And don't worry, Theo was completely over it by the next day. He sure loves his daddy.

Our lovely neighbors let us borrow this fun car until it gets cold.  Theo doesn't quite get how to drive it, but he sure loves sitting in it.

"I wearing makeup."

"Wingardium leviosa!"  (it's really a laser pointer, Theo is like a cat with his love for the dot)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Newborn/family photo shoot

I'm so excited to share these wonderful photos!  The lovely Jill McCracken did a wonderful job at capturing the sweetness of that newborn Ruby.  Thank you so much, Jill!!!

Check out those arm rolls! They've only gotten rolly-er, and I love it.

These are eyes that were just looking into Heavenly Father's eyes. What a precious gift she is to our family.

Talk about looking right into your soul.

It was great having my mom there to wrangle everyone and give picture ideas. 

There are several of us laughing hysterically like this, which are so fun. It was set off by my mom holding me in her arms, but those photos don't flatter anybody.

Three generations of fabulous ladies!

Theo is so sweet to his baby. He always does the little piggies to her toes, and he'll often remind me that she's a beautiful girl.

What a proud daddy!  

It makes me love him that much more to see how he loves his daughter. 

"This is how daddies hold their sons and mommies hold their daughters."  -Corbin

We were outside this afternoon, and saw a very fuzzy caterpillar.  Theo started talking to it, and offered to eat a tomato with it. How kind and generous to share.

There are a little stuffed moon and star attached to a shade on her bassinet. Since she likes to be awake from 8 to midnight, we stick her in there until she gets too lonely and she joins us in our bed.  But in the mean time, she has figured out that if she kicks hard enough, the bassinet moves and wiggles around the star and moon, which she likes to watch.  So while Corbin and I are in our bed, we see hers rocking pretty intensely. What a strong girl!

I can't get enough of these little hands! We sure love our Ruby!

I would also like to give a shout out to the fabulous Sara, for jumping to our rescue on Saturday. We were at a baptism for a friend. Corbin was conducting, and I was nursing Ruby, and Theo was running out the door.  Without our asking or Sara thinking twice, she jumped up and hung out with him until we were ready to parent him again.  She did it twice through the meeting, actually.  I'm thankful for wonderful friends!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ruby: the aftermath

My mommy was here for a week after we came home from the hospital. It was so wonderful on so many levels having her here.  She is the first of our family to come visit Ithaca, and I knew she would appreciate all the beauty to be experienced here.  I was glad to get to share it with her.

It was also nice being able to sit around when I wanted to sit around.  I got to take a nap whenever I wanted! Grandma was so awesome when it came to playing with Theo and getting him all kinds of new toys and treats.  What are Grandmas for?

My mom also did all the laundry while she was here, the dishes, picked up the house, went to the store. She pretty much did all the stuff I didn't want to, and I'm so grateful for it!!

Theo was feeling under the weather pretty much the whole time she was here, so we didn't go out and do as many things as I'd planned on. (I guess I had just had a baby too.  It didn't limit me too much, but I didn't have a problem taking it easy) I don't think she was bored though, having two cute kids to play with and snuggle. 

This was three days after I had Ruby.  My mom kept telling me that I’m the woman that all other women hate, because I bounce back from birthing so quickly. I obviously can't take any credit for it, but I'm grateful.  I feel so good; I love having my body back, and being able to snuggle Theo properly. That was one of the top things I was excited to do after I had that baby.

Theo has adjusted well to being a big brother. He’s not interested in holding her, or fawning over her very much, but he does give her frequent unsolicited kisses.  He also places toys, or even his own blankie, on top of her to share with her.  He’s very gentle with her, even when he gets frustrated that I can’t tend to his whims while I’m feeding her. His latest obsessions are Buzz Lightyear, Cars the movie, and the Big Bad Wolf.  He goes around the house talking about the “Baaaad Wolf,” and I know he’ll get along with the Dr. Who fandom well.

Theo is very careful around Ruby, but doesn't quite get what's right.  He brought a trow pillow into the kitchen, and I told him to take it back in the living room.  When I went in a few minutes later, I saw he had put it right on top of Ruby who had fallen asleep on the floor during tummy time.  Nice try, Theo.

One day, we all went outside to hang out.  Ruby was in her bouncy chair, covered in a blanket and hanging out in the grass.  Later Corbin noticed that Ruby's blanket was gone, and he asked Theo about it.  Apparently, he had decided she didn't need it, took it into the house, and came back out to play.  What a love.

She's a lovely baby, sleeping for 5 hour stretches at night, eating really well, and being very patient with her brother's tough love.

Theo is convinced that the bum cream is lotion, and refused to let me wipe it off his face.  The little stinker has gotten into it several times, and each time he wants to rub it around.  This pic will be blackmail someday.

He found the beanie Ruby got in the hospital, and tried to convince me to put it on.  When I said it wouldn't fit, he demonstrated that it would indeed fit by wearing it himself.  He looks like a little fish monger or something.

Corbin loves snuggling his children.  They are all such sweet snuggle friends.

The other night, we were getting Theo ready for bed.  Corbin told him he could take one toy with him, so he turned to his new Cars from Grandma and tried collecting them all up into his hands.  Corbin repeated, "just one, Theo." and helped him put a few back.  When Theo still had two Cars clutched in his hand, he dropped his head down and walked straight to his bed and climbed in.  It was so cute, we couldn't stop him.

I guess I didn't realize how booty-licious I'd become, until it quickly went away after I had Ruby.  I missed the extra cushion when I was sitting on a park bench watching Corbin and Theo play. 

Here is a behind the scenes shot of Jill McCracken doing the newborn photo shoot.  I can't wait to see those pictures!  We also did some family pictures, and those will be wonderful too.  Thanks Jill!!!

What a wonderful little lady!