Friday, September 3, 2010
Poor Jubilee has had a 10 day cold once a month since we arrived in North America. The changes and transitions take there toll on her little body. It is also hard on her emotionally. She doesn't quite understand why we are never "home", and feels awfully unsettled. So, we have more tears than usual. These challenges have taught me a few things- Change is hard no matter how well you prepare and no matter how wonderful the place you are going to is. I can only do my best to help her transition easily, and comfort when it is not so easy.
On the other side are all the positives! These are to numerous to fit in one post, so for now, here are just a few big ones. Jubilee celebrated her third birthday!
Her world of imagination expands more everyday:
Friday, August 27, 2010
At the time she was pretty colicky, and very sensitive to noises and other stimulation. I cut dairy out of my diet and within 2 weeks she was SO much happier! With the aid of our handy dandy sleep sheep or a fan, we whited out noise for her. She seems to be getting past the easily over stimulated stage- which is great!
In the abilities department, she went from laying there to rolling, to now- getting up on hands and knees and rocking. If we put her into a sitting position, she is quite stable. She even sat up from on her hands and knees yesterday! I am so proud. Her very favorite activity though, is chewing. She has been gnawing on things for a while now, but still has no teeth to show for it. (Which is okay with me!)
Her personality shines out more and more all the time. She is very giggly, especially if Jubilee is near. She is easy going and content, but busy busy busy! When she starts to crawl she will be into everything I'm sure! She is also enjoying North American luxuries like carpet to roll and almost crawl on....
exersaucers...and the jolly jumper!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
For 7 weeks starting May 10th, Stephen was in the island, and I was back in the States, unfortunately, during that time Stephen had our camera, but here are a few from other people’s cameras:
We had lots of fun at my mom and dad’s.
We also made it up to Missouri for my cousin’s wedding-which was gorgeous!
That is all the catch up time I have for today, hopefully I can post again in a few days!
Friday, April 23, 2010
We made an expensive purchase (well, for us penny pinching types) that may seem frivolous to some, but it has been a life savor. We bought a Sleep Sheep by cloudb. We love it!! It is a little stuffed sheep that you select a soothing sound on- rain, stream, ocean, or whale songs. It has adjustable volume and a timer with two settings. What I love about it is that if I put the sleep sheep in the crib with Hope, she can sleep through a Jubilee tantrum or loud song. (Before, just a little giggle out of Jub would be enough to wake her).
Jubilee went through some rough days adjusting, but she seems to be getting back to herself now, which I am super thankful for. Hope is super responsive to Jubilee- smiles at the sound of her voice, etc. Hope is going to be Jubi’s little follower as soon as she is mobile!!
I’m trying to get used to not being able to do as much- newborns sure take a lot of energy (as do busy toddlers). During a several sessions of having a few minutes to myself, I sewed matching dresses for the girls from some ADORABLE fabric:
Well, this post has been a long time coming, but I fear that is all I have time to think of and type for today!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The next morning at 3:30 I woke up again with contractions. By about 4 the pain had kicked it up a notch, so the midwife came on over. She checked me and I was 4 cm dilated and all was well. So, I spent time bouncing on an exercise ball, walking around, resting, getting massaged by Stephen or my mom. A little after 6, Jubilee woke up. She came to check on me and then went down stairs. My mom played with her for a while, and then Ad and Ro (our house mates) took over playing with her so that mom could be with me.
I took a nice hot bath around 7:30, but couldn’t stay in for very long as I started feeling a bit weak. I went back to our bedroom and laid down. At about 8:00 the midwife checked me again. I was fully dilated, so she called the other midwife to come join us. She told me I could push if I wanted to, so at 8:10, I pushed and my water broke. It happened to shoot out all over my midwife’s pants! Ha! Three more pushes and out came the head. One more push at 8:15 and Hope Carolynn Taylor had made her entrance into the world!
She weighed 3.39 kg or 7 pounds 7 oz. She was 55 cm or 21.6 inches long.
Hope and I got into a nice warm bath after the placenta was out. Then, Jubilee came to see her sister. Mom said she almost fell 3 times on the stairs because she was trying to come so quickly. The look of happiness on her face was so precious!!
Hope and I are both doing well, aside from a bit of colic. I am hoping that colic will phase out soon. Jubilee seems to be adjusting. Nap times are the hardest on her at the moment. Stephen is of course super husband and taking superb care of his girls.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Baby booties- from Bernat.com, the softee baby booties. They are the same size despite how the picture makes them look. They are still awaiting buttons though.
Wool diaper covers- The wrap style are the "Daffadowndilly Diaper Wrap" from smithislandfactory.com. The soakers are from a pattern I downloaded from a knitting forum I believe. I made these quite a while ago, so I can't quite remember where the pattern came from.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I’ve been busy on several baby projects. Here is the quilt I made. The back is a cotton jersey.- nice and soft.
I didn’t make it in a typical quilt fashion. I cheated a little. I sewed around the edges with right sides together, then turned and topstitched. Also, I do not have a quilting machine, but I chose to use my sewing machine to quilt anyway!
Monday, January 25, 2010
So far, we have tried out two games with them.1. Putting the blocks onto the color cards- Jubilee is mastering this one pretty quickly.2. Matching the same color blocks together- this one is difficult for her, but not frustrating- so just right!! (As you can see many of the shades are very close, so it is meant to make her concentrate and to develop her eyes.)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Snacks on other letter days have been:
D- dog shaped bread and butter (Jubi cut the dog and spread the butter) and some fruit
E- eggs(She whisked them for me)
F- fun fairy bread (bread cut into little shapes with butter and sprinkles on top), and fruit
G-green grapes and green cucumber
H- don’t remember what she had, but she ate it on the hippopotamus placemat
I- an icee (orange juice and loads of ice put into the blender) and some crackers
J- some jello
K- kefir drink
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
read about the letter in Dr. Suess’ Dictionary, pick out the letter from the alphabet poster upstairs, put the letter into the magnet puzzle on the fridge,
practice writing it on the write and wipe cards and placemat,
and finish with a snack beginning with that letter. Yesterday, we had apples and apricots, today banana and bread with butter, sitting outside on a blanket. (Jubilee cut up her banana and spread the butter herself)