Friday, February 19, 2010

Thoughtful People

Thanks so much to those of you who have helped me out since Clara has been born. There have been some pretty rough days, but also some really good ones. As most of you already know, it is tough taking care of two under the age of two. My patience has been tested and my heart has been pulled. Today I had Clara in my arms because she had been fussy most of the morning and Aiyana stood by me sobbing. She was calling me "Mommy" which she hardly ever says. Her little arms were reached up to me and she cried like her feelings were so hurt. I knew that if I put Clara down she would start crying again. I try to only let Clara cry if I am showering, eating, feeding Aiyana or tending to some other necessity with Aiyana... but what about Aiyana's play time? I felt terrible sitting there and watching her cry so hard. I wish I could divide myself and do more. My friend and neighbor, Angel, came to the rescue and took Aiyana over to her house to play with their daughter Elena. I am so glad she asked me if Aiyana could come over because I never would have asked for the help. To my luck, Clara finally decided to sleep just before Angel arrived. So what better way to spend part of my free time than catching up on my blog? ;o)

I realize that I am surrounded by good people here in Phoenix. I may not have all of my family here, but I have people here who care and that's the next best thing. Just a couple of days ago Sister Lorena Frietz stopped by my house to give me a chocolate cake, snacks for Aiyana and some play-do for her to play with all because she saw on facebook that I was having a cruddy morning. Also, Sister Amberly Robinson saw the same post on facebook and brought me pink flowers yesterday. We have also received dinner from several people at our church (Deirdre Eager, Ashley Nilssen and Lindsay Faller) and let me tell you, that is an awesome thing when you have a newborn in the house. Thank you so much to the women who have stepped in to help me out and make me feel better, I only hope that I can return the favor some day.

My friend Tabby always says that having two is twice the work, but ten times the love. This video says it all for me. My little girls are so special to me and they make the tough days all worth it.

;o( Unfortunately the video is too long for me to post so I either have to try and find software to edit it or else for-go the video. Finding the software seems like too much work at this point. I am really bummed because it is such a cute video. Earlier today I caught Aiyana covering Clara up with a blanket and then she kept patting Clara's tummy and then trying to pick her up by sliding her hands behind Clara's back. She also moved her diaper to the side to see if Clara needed a diaper change, just like mommy does ;o). It is really a darling video clip.

Here are some small clips that I took later in the day. Aiyana is not as nurturing in these, but you will get the idea.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Clara is One Month Old

Clara turned a month old on February 13th. The date snuck up on me and I must say that I was a little sad knowing that my little Clara is not going to be a newborn forever. Don't get me wrong... I love the stages where a baby interacts more, but I also don't want to leave the newborn phase so soon. Clara never fails to make me proud. The day after we brought her home my mom, myself and Dana witnessed true smiles form on her little lips. At just two weeks I caught Clara laughing in her sleep and at three weeks I made her laugh out loud. Clara has also been able to hold her head up on her own since we brought her home. Her eyes light up when you talk to her and she is very engaging. I am so excited to see this little one learn and grow. We love you Clara.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Phoenix Children's Museum

Aiyana had a lot of fun at the children's museum today. Her favorite part was a room dedicated to children under three years old. She spent most of her time in the play kitchen, opening cupboards and re-arranging the pots and pans. It was no surprise to me since that is exactly what she does at home. I must say that it was nice not having to put everything back though. Aiyana also had a good time pushing around a cart filled with flowers. She seems to have an obsession with pushing things around these days. We recently borrowed a friends doll stroller when we realized that Aiyana was hesitant to part with it. Now I know what we will be getting her for Valentine's Day.

Clara enjoyed herself too, just in a less active way. The play room had these pods with cushions that you could lay an infant inside of. It was wonderful. Clara seemed so comfortable and content on her cushion. Humm... I wonder if I could get one of these for home?

Thank you for the free pass Ashley, we had a great time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clara Meets Grandma & Grandpa

Grandma and Grandpa Cummings came to see Clara this past weekend. They thought she was beautiful and grandma couldn't get over how much Clara looked like the navajo dolls she remembers from her childhood.

We celebrated the super bowl with some friends from church that also happen to live in our neighborhood. Their daughter Tessa is just a few months older than Aiyana. The two of them had fun playing and pushing around baby doll strollers. I made guacamole and tried out a new recipe I got off of the Today Show.

Desert Pizza
pizza crust
white chocolate chips

Set the oven to 400 degrees and bake until the dough is finished and the coconut is toasted.

Here's a picture of Clara in her bath... she loves it.

...and here's a video of Aiyana's new made-from-scratch toy...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sleepless Nights

As I was up-loading these pictures and thinking of a title for this post, I realized I was rubbing my eyes until they burned... or maybe my eyes were burning to begin with and rubbing them only made it worse? Probably the latter of the two. Anyway, "Sleepless Nights" seems to sum it all up. Clara is now three weeks old and although I am starting to develop a routine at home, I am also still struggling a bit at night. So last night I had an epiphany... Set aside some of my pumped breast milk and add just a little bit of formula to it then feed it to Clara after I nurse her at bedtime. Walla... We got five hours of sleep with no interruption. It was wonderful. Still not enough sleep, but better than it has been. Needless to say... come three in the morning, after the five hours of sleep, Clara was wide awake and ready for the day ;o(.

Just looking at this cute little face makes it all worth it though.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On My Own...

...during the day for the rest of my maternity leave that is. I took my mom to the airport this morning. She was here for three weeks to see her new granddaughter enter the world and to spend some time with me and the kids. My mom was such a tremendous help while she was here. As most of you know, newborns equal sleepless nights, but my mom would wake with Aiyana in the mornings so that I could sleep in and that was wonderful. I am a horrible nap taker and therefor can't ever catch up on sleep during the day. I am going to try this "nap" thing out today though. Wish me luck!