Thursday, May 31, 2012

Now That She is 4.5M

I will get around to doing her 4M post!!

 Somehow it has become a tradition to take a picture of the baby at 4M with a helmet on their head...and of course when I say helmet I mean a metal bowl.....So here is Beatrice

 And Anna...

And the man behind the tradition...Benjamin!

So little Beatrice is doing great.  She is the happiest and smiliest....and if I look back to read what I wrote about the other two I probably said the same thing, but this time I mean it.  She is definitely the most content out of the three...or at least a very close tie with Ben.

She can roll from her tummy to her back and I think she can roll from her back to her tummy, but chooses not to LOL!  She still liked to be swaddled to sleep.  Is that weird?  I don't mess with it because she sleeps all night.

She can grab at toys and loves lying on her activity mat swatting and pulling at the toys.  She has discovered her feet and is finding great joy in them.  She is definitely teething because the level of drool is unparalleled and she is constantly munching on her fingers.  I hate teething.

She weighed in at a whopping 10lbs9oz at her well check.  We are redefining BIG in the Salvucci household.  Because this was the first time since birth that she maintained her curve....and that is HUGE!  So she may be in the 3rd percentile for her weight, but she is comfortably holding her own there.

She is truly a joy and a super easy baby that we all adore and love.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This Boy Amazes Me

He is a tenderhearted sweet big brother that has a major soft spot for little Beatrice.

He is a clown......apparently with a very small tush!

With an horrendous interesting fashion sense.  But he is a super hero.  Able to leap buildings in a single bound.

And in the quiet times.  When the littler ones are asleep.  This is what he has learned to do.  Mostly on his own....with just some gentle prodding and direction when he will allow it.

And all while suffering just miserable allergies...the meds zonk him out.  Prayers for his comfort please.

Just look at him...still my sweet first miracle baby who loves to snuggle up with enormous stuffed animals when feeling yucky.  But getting so big and smart......and wonderful in every way.  He is the child of my heart.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yarn Along - Shalom Cardigan

You know when you lose your camera and find in the children's shoe basket?  No?  Hmmmm...maybe these sorts of things only happen to me...

Ohh know when you go to your Tuesday night knitting class and come home to find that your daughter got hold of her Rx steroid ointment for her stoma (ohhh and don't you all have a daughter with a stoma??  No??  Hmmmm) and smeared it over every God loving inch of her body (and her wall) and you have to call poison control?

Yeah...well you get the idea of how my life is going lately and why blogging is simply not happening regularly, but since I FINALLY finished the yoke of my Shalom cardigan thought I would get around to catching up with the Yarn Along this week.  The picture is awful, but I am very pleased with it.  I resized it and wish I could tell you I had rav notes for that, but I don't know how to do that.  So feel free to contact me if you want to know what I did.

As for reading I picked up a copy of Free Range Kids at a used curriculum sale.  I am loving it.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My List of Randoms

Just following Cynthia's lead from over at Finding Great Joy.  She is asking what is on your list of randoms for the day.  Well since my house is on the market and 1. no one has come to see it for well over a month 2. we had sort of let the organized tidy stuff all go 3. so when a realtor called asking if she could show the house that evening (this was yesterday) I of course said YES! 4. But that left me with a HEAP of cleaning to get done in one the entire house inside and out.  5.  But I DID it!  Everything is all shiny and clean!  But now my dilemma is that my house is all clean this morning and so.......other than the feed and dress the kids and that sort of daily stuff I have no cleaning to take care of.  This leaves me with a list of random stuff to do.  So, here is my to do list for today:

1. Pick the rainiest day and then decide you will get all of your out of the house errands done...
2.  Go to Wal-Mart vision center to have them adjust your two week old glasses after having the children use you as a jungle gym rendering your glasses unwearable.
3. Tell yourself that taking a 4 and almost 3yr old to Toys R Us to buy a gift for ANOTHER child is no big deal.....then execute said plan
4. Realize that leaving the house for these errands is the only logical way to maintain the ridiculous level of shiny cleanliness you achieved yesterday......As you are currently hearing, from one floor away, the children breaking out EVERY SINGLE TOY SIMULTANEOUSLY from the toy room.
5. Wonder what Cynthia's news to tell is and sort of think that perhaps you called her on it a few weeks ago. *achem*
6. Hold it all together just long enough to make it to knitting class tonight!

it's all a fine balancing act after all....

Friday, May 11, 2012

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All you faithful followers I am sure have been wondering where we have been.  Battling a tummy bug mostly. Started with Anna and went through all three kids.  Even tiny Beatrice.  Poor little Bea-bug!!  She seems to be doing better.  My children suffer from a strange GI phenomena where they are totally fine all day long...happy, playing, hungry, etc.  As soon as ungodly o'clock hits the little viruses kick in and the puking begins. So, I think last night was the first night with no vomiting in about two weeks now.

The sisters.  Beatrice is all unzipped because she is a drooling mess (Truly she's drooly!) and I was on my way to get her dry provisions when I snapped this pic.  I think Anna's hair has its own gravitational pull.
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I must admit a slight obsession/girl crush/donkey crush/admiration/desire to be best friends with Dwija over at House Unseen. Life Unscripted.  If you have never checked out her blog go visit.  Aside from being hilarious, riotously funny she (and her family) are GUTSY!  They bought a house off the internet sight unseen in rural Michigan and moved out there to discover it was a HUGE disaster house.  But they are renovating it and living the life!  Mortgage free!!  *sigh*  And while you are there definitely click on the tab for That Donkey won't regret it.  
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When I get an idea in my head it is pretty hard to get me to change my mind.  So when a friend on FB mentioned getting new bunkbeds I just couldn't resist the thought of how BADLY something must be done about Ben and Anna's room and that the ONLY reasonable option was bunkbeds.  And afterall we just got our tax return.  And yes, most of it must be signed over to CHOP along with a few internal organs we owe them at this point.  We could spare just a little bit to get bunk beds for Ben and Anna's room.

You can't even take a good picture of the room to demonstrate how there is no room.  There is not room for two twin beds in there, so Anna was still in a crib.  Which was fine because she was having overnight tube feeds and the last thing we needed was her hopping out of bed while still tethered to her pump.  But she is having overnight feeds less and less (like never if I can help it) and she was ready to be in a big girl bed. 

So there you have it. We got the kids bunkbeds from Ikea. They are really nice all solid wood. It was just basically precut and drilled lumber and Cla assembled it all. We were really impressed by the quality and ease of assembling (nothing warped, no missing pieces, no shoddy drilling etc).

Ben wakes in the morning saying how much he loves his bed.

Doesn't every 3yr old's bedroom have a medical pole in it?  No?  How strange...
But look there is actually some SPACE now.

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Speaking of Ikea.....LOVED it!!  I would like to buy a house sight unseen off the internet and renovate it exclusively with Ikea ;)  But really....first of all they should inform you that if you do not have an advanced degree in geography that you might get a little lost and confused, but not to worry because they have so kindly put arrows on the floors so that you know what direction to walk in and don't just go in circles.  It took me about 20 minutes of wandering aimlessly through a warehouse to figure out that there was a showroom upstairs where you can see all of the stuff unboxed and set up.  Duh!  But, just the kid stuff alone SOO cute!  Who knew the Swedes at it in them??
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So now that we got bunkbeds we have two box springs, a head board, a bed frame, a crib, and a crib mattress that have no place to go yeah in theory the bunkbed would save us space, but actually, not so much LOL..In fact if you look at the pic up above you will see that we stored one of the box springs under the bunkbed.  We so need to find a bigger house.  Or at least a house with more storage.  Or as Claudio, says we need a Tardis because apparently they are the size of a telephone booth on the outside, but cavernous on the inside
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Because Beatrice is SOOO drooly she really needs a bib all the time.  My other two were not like that.  They wore a bib to eat and that was that.  So, the bibs I have are mostly stained with food drippings and are generally ugly because WHO CARED?  But Beatrice needs something a little more fashionable, clean looking, and trendy.  So I whipped up this very cute bib for her made out of a shirt that had a stain on it and an old baby towel for the backing.  It is super cute and easy so I will make some more so she can have a nice supply of cute and girly bibs to absorb her drool.

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What is it with my kids and their exersaucers?!!  TOOOOO cute!

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