Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wallingford Farm

This weekend we jumped right on our fall to do list. We hit up a pumpkin patch. It's more a nursery that has pumpkins but it's all the same. We went to Wallingford Farm in Kennebunk to pick up our first pumpkins of the season. 

Since it is still early we were the only ones there and Amelia was in pumpkin heaven. Colette slept through it. 

Our first patch of the season was a success. We got two pumpkins and they are decorated on our front porch. I normally wouldn't decorate this early but EVERYONE around here has theirs up so we are joining the party. 

Happy Patch'n!

Colette: 8 Weeks

8 Weeks
-Drove the Kangamangus Highway
-Slept 10 hours one night!
-Smiling tons!
-Still very much a red head (with an old man haircut).
-Still has blue eyes. 

Not much new to report. Loving this little ginger. She is a sweet, happy, and very easy baby. We are getting ready to take our first plane ride next week. Can't wait!

Happy Saturday!

ps. Sorry for the short post.I'll have more next week. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So Long Summer, Hello Fall

Happy First Day of Autumn!
 These pictures are from last fall on the Kangamangus Highway.  A must do fall activity in New England.

It seem like overnight summer has left us and fall has wrapped her golden colored arms around us. It is cozy sweaters, boots, tea, soup, and changing leaves over here. In every place I have lived fall has always been such a fantastic time of the year, but New England is a different breed. There is so much to do and don't forget about the leaves...THE LEAVES! I have already gone through 2 batches of my trick-or-trail mix! (candy corn, dark chocolate peanut m&m, & pretzel sticks).

We are celebrating the first day of autumn with our fall bucket list, so here it is:

-Leaf peeping Kangamagus Highway
-Plum Island, Ma
-Keene, NH Pumpkin Carving
-Apple Picking (maybe bake my first apple pie or carmel apples or both :)
-Pumpkin patch'n and carv'n (maybe paint a pumpkin)
-Roast pumpkin seeds
-Salem Witch Museum
-Halloween costume parade
-Trick or treating (in our fantastic costumes...cant' wait to show you)
-Acadia National Park hiking/leaf peeping
-Hay Ride
-PunkinFiddle Festival
-Leaf art
-Leaf pile photo shoot
-Football Game
-Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes
-Apple cider and cider donuts
-Hocus Pocus (at least 15 times)

Can't wait to start crossing things off the list! What is every one's favorite fall activities?

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colette: 7 Weeks

7 Weeks
-First few nighttime walks on the beach.
-More library story time.
-Slept 9 hours last night...fingers crossed she will 
keep it up.

Colette has started smiling a lot more this week. She usually gives a sweet little smile but occasionally I get full gummy dimples. 

When I take these weekly pictures occasionally it takes a few tries to get a good one. This week Colette was not in the mood at all. As soon as I put her down she was crying. As I was snapping some pictures thinking this was gonna be it, Amelia jumped in and cheered her up. Love that!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Colette: 6 Weeks & Life With 2

6 Weeks
-First trip to story time at the library.
-Slept one 8 hour stretch this week. Woohoo!
-Brian finished redoing our roof, no more napping through the
pounding of nails.
-I started Insanity this week! More on that later. 
-Growing out of newborn clothes.
-First week back at church.

Now that we are 6 weeks in I thought it would be a good time to share my feelings on having 2. For the last six weeks it has been survival. I have been just trying to get through one day at a time. Most days looked a little scary. Most days were full of leggings all day, diapers, nursing, diapers, pumping, crying, diapers, napping, and crashing into bed at night. Truthfully I feel like I am just now getting into a rhythm and feeling normal again, well at least a new normal. When I was pregnant I kept thinking that there is no way I can do it. How was I going to give them both what they need and cook, clean, exercise, walk the dog, run errands, and DIY house stuff? Well I have some news...I am getting it done! Not everyday but most days the adjustment hasn't been too great. 

We are really starting to have a good time. We are hitting grocery stores, play-dates, and Dr appointments without much hassle. I think because I have 2 to care for that I have been better about planning ahead, waking up early, and time management. I am getting more done now because I have to be more organized. Does that sound crazy? I did luck out with some good sleepers :)

The best part of having 2 is watching them interact. Amelia is concerned about Colette and wants to be involved in everything. She has taken on the role of a second mom and I feel very proud of how well she handles it. Sometimes I do have to play defense against her so she doesn't "Lenny" poor Colette, but she is overall very sweet. I feel incredibly fortunate that I get to be their mom and they are lucky to have each other. 

Last week my mom complained that I didn't include any pictures so I took some of the girls to contribute to this post. Here you go mom, enjoy!

Most mornings it is just me and Amelia enjoying breakfast for an hour or two. I love this time of the day. I get a lot of Colette time and Brian gets a lot of Amelia time so I really treasure the times when it can just be the two of us. 

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Colette: 5 Weeks & Sleep Training

5 Weeks
-Started sleep training this week
-Never stops moving, unless she is sleeping 
-Celebrated my (Tara's) birthday!
-Surviving our first week alone
-Likes the bouncy seat (finally something)
-Slept first 7 hours stretch (for my birthday)
-First solo grocery trip :)

I had the best birthday this week. Brian took us all out to breakfast at The Egg and I, we went shopping for my birthday gift, the girls slept for 3 hours at the same time!, I painted my nails, and we had sushi (my fave) for dinner. It was so relaxing and I got to do some of my favorite things with my favorite people. I felt really lucky. Colette even slept her first 7 hour stretch the night before as a special birthday surprise to me. 

Speaking of sleeping we started to sleep train Colette this week. With Amelia I followed baby wise and it was magical. She was sleeping 12 hours at night and taking 3 solid naps by 12 weeks. Amelia was always a super sleeper (still is) and Colette is also a very good sleeper. Baby wise follows the "eat, awake, sleep" pattern. Colette is the perfect baby for it. She never falls asleep eating and can fall asleep on her own (without being held). She is doing really well until we hit about 5pm and she doesn't want to take another decent nap. That is usually the time when she does 30 minute naps, wants to eat constantly, and is crabby. Even with the 5pm crabby time she usually goes to sleep for the night at 9:30pm-3:30am and then back to bed until I wake her up at 8am. I also find that she sleeps better when she gets a bath right before bed. I would recommend baby wise to anyone that is having sleep troubles with their babies, or even if you aren't. Baby wise if perfect for getting a baby on a good solid schedule. 

I can't wait to get a full night of sleep. All the days hanging out at the house, watching the clock will be worth it in a few weeks when I have 2 kids sleeping through the night. Keeping my fingers crossed that it continues to go smooth. 

Happy September!!!

ps. We plan on going really hard this fall. I am gonna come back with our fall activity wish list soon!