We kicked off Halloween a little early today with Evie and Suzy's school parade. Evie was very excited to wear her dragon costume and Suzy was thrilled to be allowed to sleep through the whole thing in a stroller. Grammy came along to watch and I was very grateful for some extra hands! After a trip home for some lunch and a rest we headed back out to Joe's work for his office trick-or-treat. Evie made a point of collecting as many lollipops as possible much to the great disappointment of her mother who was hoping to liberate some chocolate after the dear little ones headed off to bed. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.
What a week we've had. I had my gallbladder out last Thursday and between the challenges of dealing with a sick gallbladder and the recovery from the surgery we have needed a lot of help. Grammy spent several days last week at our house taking care of Suzy when I was struggling. Then Grandma flew up at the end of the week to get us through the surgery recovery. Suzy also started daycare yesterday (a week early) to give me a little more time to rest up. It wasn't exactly the end to my maternity leave that I had envisioned but Joe and I are so very grateful to have had all the help. Now we just need to get Suzy adjusted to her new routine so we can get started on our new family normal.
Today Evie read a Fancy Nancy story called "Aspiring Artist" and was so very inspired that she's been playing Art Studio all day long. It's really been pretty cute. All of her stuffed animals have been painting up a storm and she's be working hard to design the perfect studio space. After we got back from the bookstore this afternoon Evie went upstairs to her room for quiet time and quickly got to work on her latest art studio. After 30 minutes or so Joe went up to her room to ask her if she wanted to run some errands with him. She declined, she was too busy with her game (a first for us!). Unfortunately, it seems she got a bit too involved in the creative process. Joe noticed that several pages of my For Better or For Worse comic books had been torn out. When I asked her about it she told me that she needed that paper for her art studio. Wrong answer Kiddo. The books have been taped back together and removed from her room. I have refused to come visit her latest art studio set-up and, as a result, have been listening to choruses of "I'm so angry that you won't come into my art studio" and "You won't let me do anything" all afternoon. In the end, I have no doubt that Evie, who is already a great lover of books, will grow up to be a respecter of books as well. And, for what it's worth, she didn't lay a hand on Calvin and Hobbes.
Poor second child, we're only two months in and already failing to post her milestones in a timely manner. Sorry Suzy, we'll try harder next month!
Evie and I attended a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth called the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Evie got to dress up as one of her favorite characters (Eloise) and we met up with one of her very best friends at the event. The Tea Party was the prelude to a gala evening (adults only). Each table at the gala was designed by a local business and the kids at the Tea Party got to judge each table. There were at least 20 tables and the children weren't allowed to touch them which proved to be a bit of a challenge. We made it through though and Evie and her buddies had a great time. Especially when they found out that ice cream was being served once the judging was complete! Ballet class this week, while not quite as thrilling as a costume tea party, was another big success and oh so very adorable. Click below for another video! Ballet Class
We made our annual trip to Mack's to pick apples today. This was the first year Evie could really pick her own apples and she loved it. Her class studied apples last week so she was well-prepared for our trip. When her teachers asked her at the start of the week what was inside an apple she apparently answered "lollipops". (Some of her classmates were equally uninformed; other answers included "a machine", "a house", "a truck and juice", and "a spaceship".) At the end of the week she was full of apple facts. She will now confidently tell you about the seeds inside the apple (and that you shouldn't eat them). When I asked her what happens if you plant the seeds in the ground she told me that an apple will grow. When I asked her what that apple will be growing on she told me "a vine". Here's to hoping she has that last one sorted out now.
Our evening routine, such as a it is, has been manageable but not ideal. Joe will take Suzy when gets home around 6:30 while I put Suzy to bed. (Great!) Suzy then generally wants to eat within 30 minutes of my return downstairs so Joe and I stagger our dinner around that (Okay.) Then Suzy fuss-naps for the next 2 hours requiring one of us to hold her then entire time. There is generally a great deal of rocking/walking/bouncing involved. Joe and I generally take turns with this. (Not great. Needs improvement.) We put Suzy to bed between 9 and 10 at which time so might be so sleeping we can't get her to eat which cuts into her nighttime sleep. (Cruel, so very cruel.) If we get our timing right and she eats right before bed, then the first stretch of sleep is often 4-5 hours. After that she'll sleep for 2 hour shifts and eat in between. (Not bad for 6 weeks, not bad at all.) So, Joe had this great idea. We could put Suzy to bed around 8 when she transitions from fussing to sleeping. Even if she does her long stretch while we're still up at least we get some baby-free time in the evening. We gave it a try last night and it worked beautifully. She ate at 7:30pm and was in bed just after 8. She fussed a bit right after we put her down but Joe had her sorted out quickly and she slept until 1am. She ate at 1 and then slept until just after 4am. There was a slight wrinkle when she woke up at 5:30 with tummy troubles but after a mini-marathon nursing session she was out from 6:30 to 8am. Joe is a GENIUS. In other news, toddler ballet is still entirely adorable. We love our new dance studio. It is much more organized than our class at the YMCA. Ms. AnnMarie is so very good with the kiddos and even our little distraction-generator listens and follows along. Also, I learned today that Evie thought class was being taught by Ms. Tambourine...I can live with that. Just 98 weeks until Suzy can start! Evie at ballet class
Evie and I are 30 years apart in age. I think maybe we could have passed for sisters though.
Technically this one is a few days late but Suzy doesn't approve of being put down long enough for me to type. (She's a very hardcore snuggler.) We got a lovely smile for our picture though!
Suzy is a bit young yet to have made any of her doctor's developmental milestones (except for the one about gaining weight - 8lbs 14oz already!). That said, we checked off a couple of the lesser known ones this morning. Two weeks ago today Joe and I had plans. Our postdates prenatal testing was scheduled for 9AM and we had decided to leave Evie with Grammy, skip swim lessons, and head out to our favorite breakfast joint (Tuckers!) before going in to see the OB. Suzy, of course, had other ideas and we missed our breakfast date. Two weeks later we decided to remedy that making August 28th, 2015 Suzy's first official trip to a restaurant. Seeing as it was 56 degrees when we woke up this morning, today was also the first day she wore pants. Big doings for a Friday.