Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sometimes a Picture Just Needs Its Own Post

Two Years Old

Adelie is 2 years old.  She is my funny, happy, independent, talkative, active, sweet little girl.  Adelie is still long and lean, weighing about 26 lbs (around the 30th percentile) and measuring 34" (around the 60th percentile).  She mostly wears her 2T clothes, although still needs some of her 18-24 month pants.  She wears her size 6 shoes and her size 4 diapers.  Adelie still naps every day for about 1.5- 2 hours, and she sleeps about 11-12 hours at night in the room she shares with Staley.  Adelie still sleeps in a crib with a plethera of stuffed animals (it seems to grow every night), the 2 little pillows that Staley made for her, and a blanket.  She has a favorite blanket (her purple and white animal blanket, or her "stuffed animal blanket", as she calls it), but is fine if she has to use another one.

Adelie and Pinky Pie--one of the many stuffed animals that lives in Adelie's crib

Likes:  Adelie is a very easy little girl.  She loves to play whatever Staley is playing, but can also entertain herself very well.  Favorite toys include baby dolls, Barbies, mermaids, Paw Patrol characters, figurines, trains, and trucks.  She likes to dress up in dress up clothes.  She also enjoys arts and crafts, and likes to color, draw, paint, glue, and do stickers.  Adelie likes many stuffed animals with Blue Bear and Rainbow Bear as the two she most frequently asks for.  More often, however, she can be seen carrying around a mermaid Barbie.  She is still very active and spends plenty of time climbing on and off of things, running around, and getting into boxes/laundry baskets/toy bins.  Adelie loves to play outside with bubbles, balls, and her tricycle.  She is happy to go on outings and enjoys everything from the library to the park to the zoo to the grocery store.  For as active as she is, she is a good little shopper and will hang out in the cart or her stroller for shopping trips without complaint.

Playing bubbles outside

Adelie enjoys watching her after-nap television show.  When it's her turn to choose a show, she generally picks 'Trucks' (officially "Blaze and the Monster Machines"), Dora (specifically the Dora mermaid episodes), Minnie Mouse, or Paw Patrol.  She also enjoys Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First, and will watch Barbie movies or Tinkerbell movies if that's what Staley picks.  Adelie likes books, with the Little Miss and Little Mr. books remaining some of her favorites.  Other current favorites include books about cars, trucks, and trains.  And, of course, she likes to look at and listen to parts of Staley's books.  She'll point out if a book she's looking at is a "chapter book."

Adelie is still a good little eater.  She will eat most things that are on her plate, even if she informs us that she doesn't like it.  Favorite foods are fruit--any and all fruit in large quantities.  She also likes baked macaroni and cheese, chicken/chicken nuggets, ham, soups, pasta, cheese, most veggies, yogurt, and all sweet treats.

Like her sister, Adelie prefers to wear "fancy" clothes.  Every day, when picking her outfit, she says, "I wear something fancy."  She likes dresses, but prefers tutus or things she can twirl in.  She also loves wearing fancy nightgowns for bedtime, with her new Minnie Mouse nightgown and her Sofia nightgown as her most favorites.  And her new 'Frozen' light-up tennis shoes are her favorite shoes.  And dressing in matching clothes with Staley is always a plus.

Adelie loves dressing like her big sister.
(Notice the mermaid Barbie.  It's a frequent companion.)

Adelie is very social.  She enjoys playing in the nursery at church and loves going to her baby-sitters house.  She also loves all her cousins.  Her older cousins are all very good about including her in their play time.  And, of course, her sister and brother are her very favorite people.  She still generally wants to play with Staley or do what Staley is doing, although is beginning to demonstrate some independent opinions as well.  (Which sometimes leads to a little more dissent among the sisters.)  And she LOVES Briggs.  Her loving can still be a little rough or a little loud or a little too in-his-face, but it's still love nonetheless.

Adelie loves to hold Briggs any chance she gets.

Dislikes:  Adelie is generally pretty easy to please.  Although we do have toddler tears when things aren't going her way, when someone does something she wanted to do herself, when someone has something she wants, when she falls down, or when she is reprimanded, her tears are usually short-lived and she bounces back to her happy little self quickly.  Adelie is not as sensitive about shows and movies as Staley is, but after watching part of 'Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast' with Staley and Zach, she is now quick to inform us that she does not like the Neverbeast.

Life can sometimes be serious.

Skills:  Adelie is very coordinated.  She is good at running, jumping, and climbing.  She still LOVES to climb on and off of things.  She can do a somersault.  She can climb on and off her tricycle, and tries to pedal it, but has not yet mastered pedaling.  (I'm not sure if it's difficulty with pedaling or that her legs don't quite reach the pedals.)  Adelie is good at throwing, catching, and kicking balls.  The gymnastics class she took in the fall was right up her alley, and she has some surprisingly good soccer skills when she practices with Staley.

Adelie is very independent and likes to do things on her own.  She can remove most of her clothes, and can put on skirts, socks, and shoes.  She can wash her hands in our little sink, including turning on the water and getting the soap.  She likes to brush her teeth, although needs help for thoroughness.  She helps with washing herself in the bathtub.  She can eat with silverware and can drink from an open cup, although we still often use cups with lids to avoid inevitable messes and she still resorts to fingers when she wants to eat more quickly.  Adelie is not potty trained, but she will let us know when her diaper is dirty, and will sometimes let us know as she is going.  Adelie prefers to climb into/out of her booster chair at the table and into/out of her carseat in the car independently.  She also likes to buckle herself in.  "Let me do it" is a constant phrase around here.

Putting on her own tutus and headbands is something Adelie often insists on doing.

Adelie is a great little helper.  She can always be counted on to clean up after playing, often without being prompted.  She puts her clothes in the hamper, wipes up her area of the table after meals, and is always happy to get me a burp rag, wipe, or diaper if I ask.  She likes things to be in order, and will fix dresser drawers if they are not fully closed or clothing is hanging out of them.  And she loves to help with cooking, cleaning, or "chores" around the house.  And if I ask Adelie to do something like get her shoes or throw something away or clean up her toys, she is often much quicker to get it done than Staley.  I'm hoping her efficiency will rub off on Staley.

Adelie is very talkative and I can understand most of what she tells me.  She speaks in sentences, using pronouns appropriately.  Adelie knows all her colors, some of her shapes, and can count to 18 (usually skipping 13 and 15).  She can sing her ABCs.  Adelie likes to make jokes, like pointing at Staley and saying, "That's Daddy" or pointing at Briggs and saying, "That's Adelie."  Instead of saying 'yes', she says 'yup.'  She loves to make people laugh, and when she does or says something that people find funny, she'll do it over and over again.  She's going to be our class clown.

Adelie always enjoys a good laugh.

Adelie is just so much fun right now.  Although she is still very active and demonstrates some toddler drama and two year old boundary pushing, she is generally our happy, loving, easy little girl.  I love the cute way she talks.  I love how she sings songs.  I love her laugh, and how easy it is to get her to smile.  I love her easy-going nature.  I love how she always wants to help.  I love how much she enjoys her siblings.  I love her growing independence. I love her exuberant innocence.  Adelie makes every day more fun!!  I just love my Adelie and the little girl she is becoming.

I love our little 2 year old!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birthday Girl

Adelie had a fun, festive, family-filled celebration for her second birthday.  On her actual birthday, Grammie went with us to the Bloomington Children's Museum for a fun morning outing.  Adelie spent the most time climbing and running around in the toddler area, but enjoyed dressing up, painting, climbing in the climber, and playing in the music room as well.  Eating out at the Subway in the train station was a fun lunch treat, as Adelie got pizza, a cookie, AND got to see several trains drive past.  Winner, winner!

Playing in the toddler area with Staley
(And yes, Staley insisted on the striped tights with the striped shirt.  I did talk her out of the floral skirt.)

In the evening, both sets of grandparents joined us for Adelie's birthday dinner of Michael's tortillini and gondola sandwiches topped off with mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Adelie then got to open her birthday presents from us and her grandparents.  She was excited about all her presents, everything from her 'Frozen' shoes to her new baby doll to her Paw Patrol characters.  Staley had picked out a special Minnie Mouse movie and gave Adelie a Minnie Mouse nightgown, which were both big hits.

Excited about her new Paw Patrol toy

On Saturday, we had Adelie's birthday party.  She had a Minnie Mouse themed party, and was excited to share her fun day with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

There were Minnie Mouse decorations...

So excited about the balloons!

Festive fireplace banner

Staley and Adelie helped color and decorate all the Minnie bows.

There were Minnie mouse treats...

Gotta love breakfast foods...paired with cupcakes and Minnie pink punch.

Minnie cupcakes

After singing 'Happy Birthday' to herself, Adelie needed a little help blowing out the candles.

And, of course, there were Minnie games.

The kids pinned the bow on Minnie.
And to celebrate Adelie's two-ness, the grown-ups tried to match up famous duos.

And to top off an already great party, Adelie also got presents.

Present time

But the highlight of the party for Adelie wasn't the decorations or the games or the cupcakes or even the presents.  She had the most fun spending time playing with her sister and her cousins.  And we had a great time celebrating our little 2 year old!

Our little birthday girl!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bath Night

If he had known how much better a real bath is compared to a sponge bath, maybe Briggs wouldn't have insisted on hanging onto his umbilical cord for a full 3 weeks.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Interview with a 2 Year Old

In honor of Adelie's second birthday, I interviewed her.  She does well with conversation and answering questions, but if she doesn't understand something, she'll just say "What?"  So for some of these questions, her answer was initially "what?" until I reworded or asked in a different way.  And some questions, like "what is your favorite toy?" or "what do you like to do at Miss Meagan's house?" were consistently met with "what?" and, therefore, didn't have real answers.  But for the most part, she did well with her interview, so here it is...

What is your favorite color?  "Purple"
What is your favorite food?  "Cheese and crackers.  Fruit."
What is your favorite dessert?  "Mint chocolate chip" (ice cream)
Who is your best friend?  "Gia and Holden and Evie [Everly]"  (from her baby-sitters)
What is your favorite outfit?  "Pink tutu"
What is your favorite show?  "Trucks" (Blaze and the Monster Machines)
Who is your favorite princess?  "Cinderella and Ariel and Jasmine and Snow White"  (Surprisingly, she failed to name Elsa, who seems to be her most favorite.)
Who is your favorite train?  "Percy"
What is your favorite song?  "If I Were a Butterfly" (which was Staley's most recent kid's choir song)
What is your favorite book?  "Mr. Mischief"
What do you like to wear for bedtime?  "Sofia nightgown"
What is your favorite bear?  "Rainbow Bear"
What do you like to listen to in the car?  "Gigglebellies"
What do you like to do in the nursery?  "Play with Miss Alyssa"
What do you like to do with Staley?  "Twirl around"
What do you like to do with Briggs?  "Shake his hand" (and not a congenial 'nice to meet you' shake, but a 'grab-your-arm-and-make-it-shake-up-and-down' shake)

And who is my most favorite 2 year old??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Adelie!

How can it be that my sweet, sleepy newborn...

 my happy, active 6 month old...

my fearless, wild one year old...

my funny, lively 18 month old...

is now my sweet, happy, social, fearless, lively, funny, talkative, loving, energetic 2 year old???

Life is so much sweeter with you in it!!
Happy birthday to my Adelie!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Get So Frustrated

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you have to have an opinion about everything.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you prefer your own way instead of my way.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you constantly insist that you are right.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you lose your temper.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you can't let it go.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you refuse to let me win.

Sometimes I get so frustrated when you dig in your heels.

Sometimes I get so frustrated by your stubborn, opinionated, unwavering, unrelenting insistence on doing things your own way.

Sometimes I get so frustrated, but then I realize... are just like me.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

With a Staley Flair

Staley may want to practice her soccer in the backyard, but she'll do it her own way.

Wearing her favorite "fancy" dress...

and her pink cowboy boots.

She also kept saying, "Whoever scores a goal wins the flying crown."

It may be soccer, but with a Staley flair.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Question of the Day

If you are stuck inside all day for several days in a row with a newborn and two sick girls, does it really matter if you put the St. Patrick's Day onesie on your baby on March 18th instead of the 17th?

Briggs and I didn't think so either.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What We've Been Up To

 We have had another good week so far.  Zach went back to work yesterday.  I'm feeling good and mending nicely.  Little man is doing well with the things he's able to do--namely eating, sleeping, looking cute, and going through diapers faster than we can keep up.  He stayed wide awake for his newborn pictures on Saturday and went to church on Sunday morning to listen to his big sister sing in the kid's choir.  Adelie has been cutting some back molars (we think), but has otherwise been her fun and playful, and slightly more drooly, self.  And Staley is Staley--happy, helpful, and so excited that soccer has officially started.

Staley all geared up for her first soccer practice

Enjoying the nice, spring weather and getting to play outside.

Wide awake and happy--just how we like him!

Never lacking for love from his big sisters.

There is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Good Morning?

Zach is a morning person.  I am not.  He wakes up ready to face the day.  I need to ease into the day a little at a time.  He's perky and happy and ready to go as soon as his feet hit the floor.  I prefer to have some silence and at least a shower before I really want to engage in a conversation.  I am definitely not a little ray of sunshine in the morning, but I never thought much of it...until I saw these traits pop up in my daughter.

Staley wakes up and greets the day much like her mother.  If she wakes up on her own, she takes her time lying in bed and talking/singing to herself before she wants to get up.  But the worst?  Trying to get her up before she is ready.  Getting her up for pre-school on the days I work has been less than enjoyable on many occasions.  It took us WAY too long and WAY too many drama-filled, tear-filled mornings to figure out that it works better for us to wake her up and give her 10-15 minutes before she needs to get ready to ease into the waking up process.

On the flip-side, Adelie takes after her father.  She wakes up and is immediately ready to go.  The other morning was a prime example of their differences.  We went in to the wake the girls up for pre-school and the baby-sitter.  Both girls were sound asleep when we entered their room.  We said, "It's time to get up."  Staley, without opening her eyes, rolled over in bed and pulled the covers up further around her.  In that time, Adelie was already standing up in her crib happily saying, "I'm awake.  I'm awake."

There are many things that I believe Staley inherited from me.  She has my eyes.  My fair skin.  In many ways, from her memory to her firm belief in her opinions to her extroverted tendencies, I see myself.  And I think those are all good things.  But her morning behaviors?  I really wish she had gotten those from Zach.

One Week

Our little Briggs is already one week old!  He's growing and changing and figuring out this world around him.  Early in the week, Briggs had a couple nights where he thought that it would be more fun to be awake and entertained all night and then sleep all day.  However, he seems to have sorted that out and his night time sleep habits have greatly improved.  He generally eats every 1 1/2 to 3 hours during the day and every 2 to 4 hours at night.  Other than eating, he does a lot of sleeping and filling his pants.  He also has demonstrated long periods of being awake (up to 3 hours at a time), which is way more fun during the day than at night.  And although he doesn't enjoy diaper changes, sponge baths (except for hair washing), and being hungry, he's otherwise a very content and mellow little guy.

My little bright eyes

All things considered, it's been a pretty eventful first week of life for Briggs.  He's spent lots of time with his grandparents.

Meeting Uma for the first time

Chilling with Papa

Fun times with Grammie and Grandpa

He's had the chance to meet most of his aunts and uncles and cousins, as well as a few neighbors and friends.

Snuggling with Aunt Jill and Lila

"Aunt" Krista drove several hours just to meet Briggs

Hanging with Aunt Melissa, Caroline, and Liam

Wide awake for his time with Aunt Carrie and Elliott

Getting cozy with cousin Olivia

Some bonding time with big cousin Cade

He road tripped to the doctor where it was determined that he is already gaining back his birth weight.  (He was 7 lbs, 9 oz at birth, 6 lbs, 15 oz when he left the hospital, and 7 lbs even at his 4 day check-up with Dr. Cross.)

He looks so tiny in his carseat.

It's been a fast and fun first week getting accustomed to our new life as a family of five.  Briggs seems to be taking this major life change in stride.  We are loving life with our new little man.  I know these newborn days will fly by so quickly, so I'm trying to soak it all in.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


The other night, Staley got a little teary when going to bed.  She wanted Zach to stay with her.

Zach:  "Why do you want me to stay?"
Staley:  "I'm scared."
Zach:  "What are you scared of?"
Staley:  "I don't want to tell you."
Zach:  "If you don't tell me, I can't help make it better."
Staley:  "Okay.  I'm scared of 3 things.  Number one:  being alone.  Number two:  frogs.  Number three:  forests."

Luckily, Zach could point out that, with Adelie in the bed across the room and Mommy, Daddy, and Briggs downstairs, Staley wasn't alone.  And since our house is generally free from frogs and forests, that fear could at least be dispelled until the next day.  Now if her fear was waking up in the middle of the night to a hungry baby, that might have been a little tougher.

Big Sisters

There were two small members of our household who were very excited about the birth of their new brother.  Staley woke up on his birthday declaring, "It's baby day!!  It's baby day!!"  When she was dropped off at pre-school, she immediately ran around the room to tell each of her little friends that her baby brother or sister was being born that day.  On the day he was born, my parents picked the girls up from pre-school/the baby-sitters and brought them to the hospital to meet their brother for the first time.

Staley was enamored.  She held him for about 15 minutes, singing him soft lullabies, giving him gentle hugs, and talking sweetly to him.

Adelie was initially a little less impressed.  Briggs had given his big sisters gifts when they came to visit, including coloring books and markers.  Adelie helped hold him for about 15 seconds and then pushed him away and said, "Color now."

The next day, however, the girls returned for another visit.  Without the lure of a new coloring book, Adelie was much more interested in her new baby brother.  She held him and tickled his toes...and had to be reminded several times to be gentle.

Tickling Briggs' toes

And since being home, both girls LOVE their baby brother.  Staley is a great helper.  She always asks to hold him, makes up cute little lullabies to sing him, and likes to help with anything I'm doing.  She brings him blankets and stuffed animals, makes little beds for him, tries to entertain him with rattles, and even gently pushes him in the swing (while it is automatically swinging).  He has no lack of hugs and kisses.

What a great big sister!

Adelie is a little more frightening.  She, too, loves to hold him.  For the first several days, she would point at Briggs and say, "Let me hold it."  or "I hold that."  But now, she will refer to him as "him" or "baby Briggs".  She will hold him for long periods of time, which is surprising for Adelie's attention span.  She gives him lots of hugs and kisses and tickles, although has also tried to "help" him open his eyes, bounced around on the bed while he was lying on it, and has rocked him (with a little too much enthusiasm) in his car seat.

Adelie holding her baby brother.

Adelie has also been very interested in baby Briggs eating.  The first time she saw me nursing Briggs, she asked what he was doing.  I said that he was eating.  Confused, she asked, "Baby Briggs eating Mommy's boo boos?"  I guess it does kind of look that way.

Briggs definitely does not lack for any love and attention around our house.  He has two big sisters who dote on him, and I know it's only a matter of time before he loves them right back.

And my heart couldn't be happier.