Willa {two months}

weight: 10lbs 3oz
length: 22.25"

Willa is such a joy to have in our home. This girl smiles so often. And when you see a big baby smile, it's hard to not smile yourself. Joy, I tell you. Pure joy. 

Willa is becoming a lot more interactive. She stares at her toys and mobile. In fact, she is happy to be on her play mat for longer periods of time now. She follows me around the room when I am walking around or talking from across the room. She is getting good at holding her head up for a few seconds during tummy time. And, though still wobbly, she is holding it up better and better when I hold her upright. 

Willa is taking a pacifier well and that makes me happy. I personally associate pacifiers with good sleepers, so yeah. And she is doing well in the sleep department. During the day, she doesn't really have a schedule. She sleeps and eats when she wants. She doesn't ever seem to sleep for any super long period of time. Usually just an hour or so. But at night is a whole other story. I put her down around 8pm, swaddled and fed and she has been sleeping until sometime in the 2am hour, waking only to be fed, then is right back down. 

Willa thoroughly enjoys being worn in the wrap and generally will go to sleep almost instantly in it. She prefers being held, but is getting better and better at being left on her play mat or in the swing while she is awake. 

Willa is still in size 1 diapers. She can still fit in some of her newborn clothes, mostly the onesies. And she is fitting well into her 0-3 month clothing. Though shoes are a whole other story! Willa has such skinny little feet and legs that it is impossible to keep any shoes or socks on her feet. Of course, now it's getting warm, so that doesn't matter so much anymore.

And for comparisons sake, at 2 months old, Willa came in third for weight (with Isla first, then Callum and Connor coming in last) and both Callum and Isla were longer than her too. I don't know where Connor stood there, as I didn't measure him.

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Little moments not to be forgotten

// monster truck playing //
// chilling //
// reading //
// car playing //
// swinging //
// more reading //
// tractor play //
// more chilling //

With the arrival of Willa and many a rainy days, we have spent a lot of time indoors over the past six weeks...of course, the beautiful weather the last couple days is changing that. But these photos are a representation of some of the times we have had recently. All of them are from in our house. Like I said, we have spent a lot of time here lately. Isla is exploding with her reading and now reading chapter books in one sitting. Callum is super into his cars and plays with them all the time...and we find them all over the house. And Willa, she is getting used to not being held or worn all the time.

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The kids had spring break last week. Having a newborn and it being Ian's busy season, I knew we wouldn't do much, but I at least wanted to do something. Well, then Callum got super sick all week. It made it next to impossible to leave the house. But, on Friday, we left Callum with Grammy and went to Columbia. There was so much whining, complaining and fighting that went on in my house last week and I am happy to report that my kids literally did none of those three things on our trip to Columbia. 

We started off gold panning, which both the kids loved. Connor ended up finding several little pieces of gold and he was excited. Isla collected the gemstones (or colored rocks...?). Then we walked around the main street before stopping in a place for lunch. Both kids had ice cream and I had the most amazing fresh snickerdoodle cookie. Then we walked around some more. The kids wanted to go back to the gold panning, so we did that. It worked out perfect because I could sit and nurse Willa right by where they were gold panning. Then they climbed the big rocks for a bit before Isla ended up covered in mud...and when I say covered, I mean had to strip down for the ride home covered. And that was our sign to head home! 

It was seriously such a nice day, just watching the kids enjoy themselves and not complain or whine all day. It made me realize that they are often quite happy when we are out exploring and we should probably make sure to do it more often! Though I will admit, it's hard to do with Ian working so much, but we are on the count down...busy season is almost over!!!

^^^ A little gold on his finger than he found all by himself

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Willa {one month}

Willa turned one month old last week. It's been a pretty smooth first month. Willa is, dare I say, an easy baby. Of course, after having a reflux baby and having a baby with colic, any baby without those is easy, haha! She does love (and want to be) being held, but is also perfectly content being worn in her wrap. She is sleeping what I would consider well, as she only wakes to eat, then goes back to sleep. Speaking of sleep, why does EVERYONE want to talk about it with a mother of a newborn?! Honestly, unless you are offering to come help so I can sleep, don't ask about it! It's just annoying. 

Willa started smiling at 2.5 weeks old. And boy is she a smiler. She doesn't hold back and loves to smile for people. But honestly, I've also caught her smiling at a pillow on the couch when I was holding her, so...

Willa gets fussy when she needs to poop or burp, but once it's out, she is happy again. Of course, she has also gotten good at massive blowouts. The amount of poop that comes out of her at one time is impressive. She even did it all over the changing table in the middle of a diaper change one time. It was rather funny...mostly because the kids were freaking out about it.  

I am not sure exactly how big Willa is. At almost 3 weeks, she was 7lbs, 13oz and 21.5 inches long. She is starting to fit in her 0-3 months clothes. She still fits in most her newborn as well. And she has been wearing size 1 diapers from the beginning, just because I have never really done newborn size for any of my kids. Also, I went back and looked and Isla weighed 10.5 pounds at one month!!! What?!? Willa is definitely nowhere near that. She's my little peanut apparently. 

Willa gets lots of love from everyone in the family. Callum has finally come around to her being here and "pets" her...he calls it that and literally pets her head, haha! But I'll take it since he is actually acknowledging her presence and being nice about it. Isla and Connor both love to hold her. But Isla wins the award as most helpful, as she is always willing to lend a helping hand with baby Willa when I need it. 

We are definitely loving having this smily little girl around. 

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Snow Day

We headed up to the snow on Sunday to take Callum skiing for the first time. It was a reward for him hitting a potty training goal. He's been wanting to go "skating" (as he calls it) for a while now. The plan was for Callum to have a two hour lesson, then all of us to go play in the snow. Well, the lesson didn't go exactly as planned. Callum was so excited to go skating, the whole way up the hill. But, then things went downhill. He didn't want his boots on. They finally got the boots on, then he refused to put the skis on. And he never put the skis on. The instructor tried playing with the skis with Callum to warm him up to them, but he just wouldn't do it. So, after about 45 minutes, we put the poor instructor out of his misery and went to play in the snow as a family down the road. 

It was a beautiful day for snow play. Hot out, actually. The kids had fun. Callum lost a boot and refused to put it back on, just playing in his sock...for well over an hour. It was that hot out! Isla was mad that the hills weren't larger for sledding. Apparently she is a bit of a dare devil, or at least thinks she is one! Connor played and dug in the snow. And baby Willa, she just slept. She even slept when I pulled her out of her carrier to take her picture. She only woke when Ian set her in the snow. Girl was out. And she was by far the easiest child on snow day...haha! But she slept the whole way to the snow, nursed, then slept the whole time at the snow. Then nursed again and slept the whole way home again. She obviously found her first time to the snow quite impressive ;)

Even if Callum's ski lesson didn't go anywhere near as planned, I am glad he got to do it. Now he at least knows what it involves...tight boots that he does not like. And we can try again next year. 

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Willa's first bath

This was SO TWO WEEKS AGO, but life and such got in the way and I want to keep trudging along at documenting, so here I am. Willa had her first bath at two weeks old, on March 7th. They don't give baths in the hospital anymore and then we had to wait for her stump to fall off, then I had to order a baby bath, so you know, it all took time!

I saw this bath seat contraption that you can use on the counter and the water just drains back into the sink. I thought it was cool and went for it. It is cool and super easy to use. Willa has been comfortable and has yet to cry for a single bath. She cries when I undress her, but as soon as I put her in the seat and start putting water on her, she is happy as can be. So, I would call it a success. And given that I've had babies in the past that hated the bath, its a nice change. It's also a nice change to just plop a chair on the counter and easily give a bath...I'm going to start singing praises to this contraption like I have been about the velcro saddlers that are magic and my husband is going to accuse me of being paid by the company again! But it's a pretty cool little chair.

In conclusion, this was Willa's first bath. It happened at two weeks old. Isla repeatedly asked me why I was waiting so long to bath her. Willa enjoyed her first bath (and every bath since).

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Connor's Big Weekend

Connor had quite the weekend this past weekend. First up was his pinewood car derby. He got fourth place, which I thought was totally respectable given he mostly made his car himself and it was his first time. He was not impressed with fourth place because he didn't get a trophy. Also, some of the vehicles that people made were legit. Like I am pretty sure Pinterest or something was used as inspiration and I'm still not fully sure how some of the creations were made just out of a piece of wood, but what do I know?!

Next up, Connor had a performance with his band "Storm". It was a band created through a music program he just did. The band is formed and practices for eight weeks, then performs. He was on keyboard. His band is performing again this next weekend, then will be done. He really enjoyed himself and said he would like to do it again. Music has become something Connor has had a lot of interest in recently, so this was perfect for him to do. 

We watched four of the bands (out of 38!) and the level of ability was all over the place. Two of the bands were teenagers and they were really good. The other two were younger kids. Though one kid seemed like he was being tortured up on stage, everyone else seemed to enjoy themselves. And it was fun seeing Connor up on a stage in a big theatre. 

It's fun to watch my kids do things they enjoy and are interested in. I want them to experiment with all different things, to learn what they really enjoy and then spend their time doing what they enjoy.

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