Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Alexandra - 18 months.

Alexandra - 18 months.

We call her the Bulldozer - fearless, careless, and deadly - with a Shirley Temple look and mannerism.

She can go down stairs by herself.

Valeria - 5 1/2 months

Valeria - the Girl Who Cried Wolf.

She cries. People ask me - why is she crying? - as if I am supposed to know.
Well, she cries. the sky is blue. I really don't know. She just cries. Anytime she can't find your eyes she cries.
She can cry as if she's being tortured and she can do it for hours.
She hates being dirty, wet, hungry or lonely. And she makes sure she lets you know that one of those 4 things is going on.

But when she does find your eyes, she has a beaming smile on her face.

Valeria is a slim and tiny baby.

Valeria has strong legs too. Her grandmother thinks she'll be an early walker. She does enjoy playing in the walker.

She rolled for the first time at 4 months old.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Valéria Jan 10, 2017

Primeira queda - da cama. Mamãe tentava ajeitar o sutiã pra dar mama. 

Primeiro sorriso pra mamãe tb. 

O primeiro pra irmã foi ontem. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Too fast. 12-28-16

It went by way.too.fast.
Everyone told me - don't blink.
I did try. I tried to savor every minute. I actually got mad at Dean when he didn't seem to be doing that.
We took pictures, tried to pay attention to every second of every day to make sure we knew the next new thing about her.

But it went by way too fast.

She's a toddler. And I don't like her any less - I still find it amazing to watch her and It upsets me when I don't get to spend time with her - but I miss baby Alexandra. As much as the idea of not being able to travel somewhere new and exciting upset me when I thought of having a baby, this might have been one of the most exciting journeys yet: watching Alexandra go from a tiny sucker and pooper to a curious and captivating little toddler. Her first year of life might have been one of the most exciting years of my life. I wish I had been better about writing things down.

Valeria 3 12-28-16

At around 3 weeks she actually began opening her eyes and spending some time awake and alert.

At around 4 to 5 weeks she began holding her head up when not trying to find food.

At her 1 mo checkup she was still smaller than Alexandra was at birth. But heavier.
Alley      at birth 21in and 7lb 3oz
Valley at 1 mo 20.5in and 8lb 6oz

Still very much a crier, but only wakes up once at night to nurse - at around midnight.

My babies probably know that night feedings are not worth it since I don't stay up long enough to feed them properly.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Valeria 2 - 12-11-16

She has a dimple. At least one kid in this family has some of my genes. 
She doesn't smile as much as Alexandra did. Lots of ugly faces. A few smiles. Tiny eyes. 
She sleeps a lot. 
She takes her time nursing and is very gentle. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lennon 12-09-16

This morning Alexandra saw my Beatles mug and started pointing to J. Lennon's face and saying "Dadda!"