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One Quick Take

September 29, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby

She’s officially on the move. So far the house has remained intact, but we’ll have to make some changes pretty soon. She’s crawling at just-shy of 8 months, and her brother was walking at 10 months. Take your time T2, there’s no rush.

Last Weeks of Immovability

July 24, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby

She’s so close to crawling and this means I’ve got to jump on every opportunity to take pictures of her before she starts scooting away from me all the time.






His Last Name. Her Last Name.

June 27, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby

Throughout my pregnancy we spent hours talking about first and middle names for our second child. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, so we discussed both male and female combinations that we liked. Our criteria for first names was the same as before (minus my thoughts about a theme) and I wanted a family name for the middle name (T1′s middle name is my FIL’s first name). About an hour after I gave birth to our baby girl the midwife asked if T2 was going to take my last name or That Husband’s. We both laughed because we had never considered anything other than the American standard, children take husband’s last name. And so on all the paperwork filled out post-birth the midwife used TH’s last name.

When giving birth in a hospital in the US, the birth certification process is streamlined and under normal circumstances it’s all taken care of by the time you are discharged. Having a home birth means that the parents have to go into the local municipal office with a stack of paperwork and apply for a birth certificate. After a few weeks of procrastination we were preparing for our appointment when I thought back on what the midwife had asked and realized “I want her to have my last name.” I have had a different name from my husband for almost 5 years now, and so far it hasn’t caused any problems. I’ve had a different last name than my son for 3 years, and that hasn’t been an issue either (even with multiple trips out of the country and back).  But most of the males I know would not even consider such a thing with their own children. Read more →

Babies On Wash Day

June 25, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby

Yesterday I came home to my babies after a long weekend in Portland with That Husband. I wanted to have something more substantive up by today, but substance will have to wait (I do plan on writing up a review of our Portland trip at some point).

Today I’ll leave you with T1 and T2 playing in the master bedroom of our EPA house as I packed and worked on the laundry. Four pictures down you’ll see T1 doing something with his fingers – it’s one of his most adorable personality traits. Maybe I’ll be able to share it with all of you now that Instagram has video! You can follow me at







T2 at 4 Months

June 10, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby

4 Months

Nicknames: Mah-ree-ree, Fuzzy Lumpkin, Sweetie Pie, Lovey
Temperament: Predictable and delightful.
Thing(s) I Could Do Without: You are transitioning between eating 4 ounces at a time to 6 ounces at a time, and I never know how much you’re going to need or want at a particular feeding. You’re my hungry hungry hippo!
Thing(s) You Could Do Without: Your brother getting in your face and screaming like lion/bear/banshee.
Item/Toy We Love The Most: The Bjorn babysitter bouncer.
Item/Toy You Love The Most: When we dress you in separates you love to be able to bring your shirt up to your mouth and devour it.
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: Like your brother, you seem to prefer two longer naps instead of three shorter ones.
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Flirting with the pretty bald baby you see in the mirror.

13weeks 14weeks 15weeks 16weeks

 First photo: Brother’s leg warmers and onesie
Second photo: Mama’s
Third photo: Brother’s onesie and pants, pants are Polish (gift from Aunt Zu)
Fourth photo:  Mama’s dress



We went to the park to watch your brother play and you sat in my lap, smiling and even laughing as the other kids ran by. You’re very interested in everything going on around you, and are always happy to have someone look your way and give you some attention. Now when I have you on my shoulder and hold you up to the mirror your face lights up as you see your reflection and think you’ve found a new friend to engage with.

Your brother says your name in the funniest way, something like mBah-ree. Neither of us can duplicate it exactly. He likes to get right in your face and shout very loudly, and sometimes he pushes the boundaries of what’s okay and pushes your boundaries up and down rather violently to try to get our attention. He loves you so much though, and it is a joy to watch you interact with each other. I’ve frequently heard that people have children close together to try to create strong sibling bonds (even though it is incredibly difficult to handle two little people at once) and I am left hoping that your 3-year age difference along with your difference in gender won’t prevent you from being close friends who use technology that hasn’t even been invented yet to talk about their crazy  mom.

You’ve been rolling over more often, from front to back, and once or twice from back to front. You also love to pull the bottom of your dress up to your face and have a little snack. I was thinking that your brother never did that, and then I realized that’s because he never wore dresses. He missed out.

My favorite development this month was when we set you in the Bumbo-style chair for the first time. It has a white cap that goes between the portion on your legs, and whenever we set you in front of that white cap you put all of your effort into getting it off the chair and away from you. It’s amazing to see a baby so young be so determined! It makes me wonder if you will be good at puzzles? I really like puzzles and would love to sit down and put together a jigsaw puzzle with you.

For now though, let’s work on the ability to hold your own bottle. Okay?



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