Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tineke at four months

Tineke had a really big month! She has accomplished several new skills, including rolling over (both front to back AND back to front), sleeping in the crib, and getting the hang of nursing at last! She accomplished all of these things within one week. Go big or go home!! The following week was a pretty cranky one as she adjusted to all her new skills, but we're on the up and up once again.

She is a generally smiley little girl, and her giggles & screams of delight are the highlight of my day. This age is so much fun! I am truly thankful that we are past the newborn stage. Sure, I miss the squishy little babe that came home from the hospital four months ago, but we have happily traded in the woes of acid reflux and the "fourth trimester" and eagerly embraced this stage of daily discovery.

Happy four months to our beautiful little girl!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tineke at Three Months

Three months is a happy milestone! At three months, Tineke can roll onto her side, entertain herself on the activity mat for up to a half hour, bounce in the jolly jumper, "talk" to anyone who will listen, and smile at everyone she sees.

About two weeks ago, we put Tineke on reflux medication, and since then we have had a changed baby. Gone are the hours of crying for no reason! She is so easy to read now, and it makes it easier for Shayne and I to relax a bit. Her happiness is contagious! Her whole body gets involved in a smile, almost like she's silently giggling. She's also ticklish, so that's fun.

Tineke and I visited my family in Ontario for a week this past month. She had a great time with Oma and Opa and all her aunts and uncles! Tina slept well thanks to a borrowed pack n play and swing. I especially enjoyed how Oma and Opa played with Tina in the morning so I could sleep a bit longer.

Tina has been fighting a cold since the end of October but it doesn't seem to bother her much. Snot bubbles are pretty gross though! Poor baby.

One of Tina's favourite activities is to watch TV. She could seriously watch as long as I let her. Maybe even an hour at a time. I try not to let her watch too much, but it certainly buys us a few extra minutes of happy before nap time! 

Speaking of nap time, she's got a good routine going on, so I try to stay home as much as possible to help her keep it up. However, nights aren't great yet. She's still up two-three times each night. Meh. It won't last forever.

We had a three month checkup with our family doctor on Thursday and it turns out Tina hasn't gained any weight since she had her two month immunizations in October. I sat her down for a good talking to and said we have to concentrate on gaining weight in the next three weeks (we have another checkup) because she is three months and not even 11 lbs yet! Skinny minny. ;) At least we're getting good wear out of her clothes! She currently wears a few items that she's had since birth, and if we didn't cloth diaper, most of her pants would fall right off her bum.

One more photo before I close: baby selfies! Tineke absolutely loves to see herself in the camera and hams it up every time. She can be mid cry, see herself, and instantly start smiling! Silly, loveable girly!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tineke at Two Months

Tina's two months old! Well, she has been since October 23rd, but I'm dreadfully late in posting about her new accomplishments.

Baby acne is no more! Crossed eyes are also becoming a thing of the past. Tina only crosses them when she's really tired now. Or when she's pooping. It's part of the poop face. ;)

Tina still really loves her swing and usually has at least her morning nap in it. She's starting to settle into a napping schedule - up by 8 for about an hour, a long morning nap followed by a couple hours of wake time, then a shortish nap, up for a little while, and another shortish nap. Then she stays up 'til about 8, so the evening hours can be pretty cranky. Tina has started surprising us with an 8 or 9 hour night once a week. Usually it's Sunday because they are such exhausting days for her. I'm thankful for those nights because I come out feeling well rested, too!

Tina is allowed in our bedroom once a week - Saturday morning - for some giggles and cuddles! On this particular morning she conked out again from all the fun!

Tina definitely prefers her mom, but is pretty good with her dad too. She will stare at him with intense eyes & occasionally even smiles for him.

My goofy little girl! Love her wide range of expressions.

Our first family photo! We definitely missed out on newborn photos, but hopefully we'll get our act together before Christmas so I can send out a photo card. 

Big smiles, crazy eyes, and now cooing & gurgling with the occasional giggle are becoming daily occurrences in this house. It's fulfilling to see a happy baby from time to time so I try to document those happy times as often as I can!

Hehe - my baby looks like she partied a little too hard. ;)

Tineke and I took a nice long walk up to our neighbour's house a few weeks ago. She loves outside and being cuddled with mama in the wrap. She doesn't love being still so if I wear her at home I have to keep moving. I wore her at the grocery store last week and she loved it! So many people and things to see! I also got a lot of compliments from people (especially older women) who thought it was "so nice" that I was wearing my baby. Baby wearing for the win!

Tina can be on her own for a few minutes at a time now! Woohoo!! She likes her vibrating bouncy seat, especially when its paired with TV and a soother. Sometimes we get 15 minutes of happy alone time! I usually fold laundry or wash dishes so she can still see me & that seems to help extend our time, too.

Lest I lead you astray into thinking I have a totally happy baby, here's a picture of reality!! If Tina doesn't like something SHE LETS YOU KNOW. She goes from happy to mad in 5 seconds & its difficult for her to calm down when she's gotten so upset. In particular she doesn't like the car seat, and she lets us know by screaming at the top of her lungs for most of every car trip. It's pretty awful and often leads to more than one of us crying, so we're trying a few different car seats to see if that helps. I've also started sitting in the back seat to try to calm her down (and re-insert the soother) but we haven't found a great solution yet. We're trying to avoid buying a convertible car seat since they're expensive and a bit of a pain with a newborn, although I've heard from many women that it made a huge difference with their little ones. Perhaps when she learns to soothe herself things will be better. Until then...we soldier on.

Here she is, our beautiful, smiley, tall and skinny little Tineke Katherine at two months old! She weighs 10 lbs 6 oz and is in the 90th percentile for length. Overall she's in the 20th percentile for size but my public health nurse told me not to be concerned because it's probably just her genetics since I'm built the same way. We did manage to put away the newborn clothes midway through the month, and we've found that Carter's clothes fit the best for now!

We love our Tina!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

She has arrived!

Bright and early on Sunday, August 23, 2015, Tineke entered our lives weighing 7lbs 14oz and measuring 20.5 inches. She came out squirming and hasn't stopped since. This girl is a mover and shaker! She captured our hearts immediately! Tineke was named in honour of Shayne's grandma, who passed away last November - her name was Tintje but she went by Tina here in Canada. Our girl goes by both Tina and Tineke, depending on our mood. She also goes by "oh my baby", "fusspot", "persnickety", "adorababy", and much more. ;)

Today she is one month old! How is my baby already a month old? Where have these last four weeks gone? Days roll into nights and life goes from one feeding to the next. 

We have had many visitors in and out of the house in the last month, including my parents (Oma & Opa) for almost two weeks. It has been so nice to have extra hands around, especially experienced ones! Grammie spent a lot of time here in the beginning as well. Because of her, we were finally able to get some sleep on day four. Shayne & I agree that we've never appreciated our parents more.

She's my first, so I can't say for sure, but I think she's a fairly easy baby. She eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day, and at night she does a 4 hour stretch followed by a 3 hour stretch, most of the time. She doesn't want to miss out on anything during the day (like her parents!) so she fights sleep. We have a swing that she will usually nap in during the morning but its magic doesn't work in the afternoon all that often. Afternoon naps are induced by a long cuddle session with mama (I'm not complaining!) and don't last too long. Evenings are fussy, but the more she fusses, the longer she sleeps when she finally passes out.

Shayne hasn't been able to spend much time with Tineke as the farm got busy shortly after she was born. It makes me sad that he is missing out on her life, but that's just the reality of having a baby at the beginning of harvest season! It melts my heart when he does get to hang out with her. She definitely recognizes his voice and she gave him some of her first (likely gassy) smiles! One night we had about a half hour of awake time where Tina was content and Shayne & I were able to play with her - and honestly, I think we spent half the time just staring at this adorable little creature that God gave us. 

One of our Tina's biggest accomplishments came as quite a surprise - both to us and to her! She rolled herself over on the change table at 2.5 weeks!! I didn't catch it on camera, but she did push herself up on her hands and knees for a few seconds. Crazy lady!

Baby girl makes so many silly faces. She definitely fits in with her parents! ;)

We were privileged to have Tineke baptized on September 13. She slept through the whole service! So thankful. I was stressed about it because she cries a lot when she's awake. Thankfully Oma worked her magic and baby girl slept peacefully!

I'll leave you with this one - so much cute in one shot. :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hot off the hook: Lamb hats

Alright, they're kind of lamb hats. I like to think of them more as bobble hats - and adorable ones at that. I grabbed the pattern from one of my favourite crochet websites: Repeat Crafter Me. She's a whiz with a hook and her patterns are so easy to follow!

This particular pattern can be found here:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baby D's Nursery {so far}

Decorating the baby's nursery has been a bit of a challenge since we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl, so it's a neutral, blank slate at the moment. However, this room looks one hundred times better than it did when we bought the house, so I'm happy! I plan to bring in more gender specific decorations after Baby D arrives.

As handy as it may have been to have the freezer upstairs, it was moved down to the laundry room as soon as we took possession.

Don't you just "love" that floral wallpaper? Damaged walls hid underneath, unfortunately, but we managed to patch them up a bit, and the crib hides the worst spot anyway. We removed the wall heater since there's also a forced air vent -- almost every room in our home had two heating options so we've been slowly taking back our wall space by removing the heaters. 

I chose to paint the room Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl at 50%. Except, because we had gift cards to Kent, I just got them to colour match a paint that they carry. I won't do that again! I used twice as much paint and had to deal with splatters and runs. I'll be a loyal Ben Moore customer from now on!

That dresser still deserves its own post. I love how it turned out - except, again, I used a cheaper paint from Kent, and it took a long time to dry. It's still a bit sticky, over a month later, but perhaps that can be attributed to the humidity of the season. We'll see how it holds up over the next year. I'm hoping that I won't have to re-paint it because it was a lot of work to get it to this point! Above the dresser, I intend to hang two barn board shelves, but I'm waiting to see how this furniture arrangement works for us over the next few months before I commit to holes in my walls. 

Whether the baby is a boy or a girl, the ruffled curtains are staying up. I love them too much to keep them packed away! These curtains were made from two cheapy bed sheets from Walmart back in 2012 when I moved into my downtown apartment. It was a fun project, albeit a lot of work to do when you don't have a ruffle attachment on your sewing machine. Not to mention the problems of having your iron die mid-project, AND your sewing machine lose its ability to keep tension. Suffice it to say, when the project was finished, I was glad!!

My rocking chair is a gift from my parents. It is so comfortable! I have loved sitting in this chair for years, and now, the thought of rocking my own little one in that very spot has me all emotional and teary eyed. We still need to paint and install the closet doors, although I am starting to think I might just leave the closet open and invest in some organizing baskets for the top shelf. It's handy to have such easy access to the closet, and the chair would be in the way if we put doors up. We'll see how it goes. 

Here's my diaper stash (so far!!) I am loving it. This is where I've invested the most money in preparation for baby. Applecheeks & My Island Baby cloth diapers and inserts. Shayne doesn't really understand why they have to be pretty - but a friend encouraged him to let me go nuts because then I won't want his help with diaper changing. We'll see about that one!!

At the beginning of my pregnancy, in the dead of winter, I felt awful. Some days I moved from the bed to the couch and back again. As a way to keep my mind off how sick I felt, I crocheted this blanket for our little one. I love how it turned out & especially the little anchor, which is a nod toward my Etsy Shop as well as our Island life.

Aww, baby toys! Can't wait to be able to watch our baby play with them as he/she grows. And of course, a baby's book collection should always include Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Heart pieces all over the place.

I feel like "tada!" fits well here. So....tada! What do you think?
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