Monday, September 30, 2013

Toddler v. Camera

Does anyone else out there have this issue? Whenever I bring out my dslr Judah starts freaking out about how he wants to take the picture. Like freaking out to the point of tantruming. It's awesome.

I got a new tilt-shift lens last week and was super excited to play around with it... but that didn't happen. Instead I have over 100 shots by Judah of the dogs and the rug and his feet and the walls. I have chosen to share just a few of his photos with you, because, honestly, his style gets a bit repetitive. And I doubt anyone wants to see a photo (or ten) of where the wall meets the ceiling. I think I got to take maybe 4 images that day. Maybe.

Now, I'm not totally insane. I don't let him actually hold the camera and carry it around. I hold it and he just gets to press the shutter. He will sometimes attempt to look through the viewfinder, but usually just smashes his nose up to it instead.

I'm going to have to institute a straight-up Judah ban from my photography equipment. No picture taking. No touching. No. Nothing. He is not going to be pleased, but too bad. I need my camera, son. Deal with it.

It's really too bad there cannot be a happy medium, but at this age it seems to be all or none. I want to encourage him to take photographs and I love seeing what he comes up with. When he gets older it will be great to share my love of photography with him. I have an old canon rebel that is just sitting on my shelf waiting for him to be old enough to use it without breaking it (by throwing it. Always with the throwing.) Until that day, he will have to be content with being my muse (ha!) and only having access to the camera on my iphone.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shoshana at 2 Months, The Sequel

I really meant to post this follow up a while ago. You know, when she really was freshly 2 months old. But, that just didn't end up happening. This month has been crazy busy. Bill has been working a ton of night shifts (including that 4 day trip to Tacoma that started the day Shosh hit two months). I honestly cannot even remember the last time he had two days off in a row. So, with me basically single parenting I didn't have a lot of spare time to spend on blogging. Thankfully, Bill is home all weekend! Yay! Plus, he took Thurs & Friday off too! Double yay! I spent the last two days catching up on errands and meetings, but now that it is Saturday (and both kids are napping. At. The. Same. Time. I know, right?), I actually have a moment to sit down and write this post.

So, Shosh is now 2 months old. Yup, this summer has flown by (what with moving, Judah turning two, and, you know, Shosh being born). Now the Autumn rain is starting. Well, right now it is actually storming. I just saw a huge pine branch break off an crash down in our backyard. The dogs got scared and started barking. Idiots.

Shoshana is still as cute as can be. And she is still a super easy, good natured baby. Which, I think you deserve if you have a two year old as well (even if your two year old is super awesome, they are still exhausting). She is fine just chilling in her baby bjorn bouncer chair. She only really fusses when she has a specific need that is not being met. Sometimes, when I am busy dealing with Judah and putting him down to for nap-time, she will be in her crib and be mildly upset. I know it will be quicker/easier to get him down first, so she just has to wait. Then when I finish with him she will have already gone to sleep and without ever getting super pissed of anything. I guess second babies learn quickly they just have to deal and make the best of it.

We haven't been doing very well with EC-ing her. It is just tough because we can't give her 100% of our time and attention. I can't sit there watching and waiting for her to pee so I can cue her with the 'pssss' sound, because I am also taking care of her brother, and the dogs, and the house, and maybe (if I'm lucky) myself. When one of us gets one on one time with her it is a lot easier to practice EC. Hopefully, our half-assed attempt will still pay dividends in the long run and the eventual transition from diapers to undies with be smooth and relatively painless.

She is doing lots of social smiles these days. Her little face lights up in a grin when she sees me or her dad after waking up from a nap. Same thing if you make little faces at her and silly noises. So cute.

She is still pretty much a champion sleeper. On average she wakes up around 3 times during the night. However, when Bill was in Tacoma she must have been taking pity on me and she only got up once all night every night he was gone! It was crazy (and awesome), but pretty much only lasted those few nights. Still, if was to happen at all those were definitely the nights I could use it the most.

Shoshi still hasn't had a full immersion soap and water bath. Her bedtime routine continues to be a warm washcloth bath, followed by a full body massage with coconut oil. And you know what? She still doesn't have baby acne or cradle cap!

Shosh is still barfing like a pro. I would say she averages at least one massive barf once every two days. There are little spit-ups here and there throughout the day, but those don't even rank. I'm talking about I need to go and change ALL of my clothes (and hers) because they are that saturated with barf. It is Exorcist style barfing (except it is white, instead of pea green, and her head doesn't spin around, but it does shoot out her nose).

She also is still quite gassy. It is weird, as her poop smells pretty inoffensive (as it is breast-milk poo), but her farts smell like rotten broccoli. You would think they would smell the same, but not so much (or at all, really). Sometimes I will put her down after nursing when it is time for her to sleep and she will be fussing slightly. Then she will fart, relax, and go right to sleep. The other night she actually woke herself up after she farted (just like a dog!). Silly gassy girl.

Shoshana still sleeps in her play-yard next to my side of the bed. We had to put her bassinet away, as she quickly outgrew it. When Judah hit two months we transitioned him out of our room and play-yard, and into his nursery and crib. We have no such plans with her. It help that our bedroom in this house is just that much bigger, so we can easily fit her play-yard and a nursing chair. When we had Judah we also still had both dogs in kennels in our room with us. He also woke quite a bit more and was more sensitive to when Bill had to get up in the morning for work (or when he came home in the middle of the night after a night shift). Shosh just sleeps through it (again, I'm not sure how much of that is due to the different layout/configuration of our room and how much is just that they are different little people).

Hopefully going forward I can actually write these posts closer to her actual monthly birthday. Oh well, at least I got photos of her on the 13th.

Did I mention she really likes sucking on her hand?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Shoshana at 2 months

Shosh turned two months old today. She is great. I love her lots and lots and lots. And she is still a super easy baby. Yay, thanks baby girl!

I took photos of her today. I'll post more later, as well as, write more about what is going on in her cute little life. However, besides being her two month birthday, today was also the day Bill had to leave for Tacoma for work... for the next four nights. Ugh. So I am solo parenting until he gets back. This is the longest I will have been alone with both kids. Actually, it is the longest Bill has been away from Judah. Ever. Not counting this trip, the longest time apart was when we were both away from Judah for our 5 year anniversary trip to the coast last spring (it was for 3 nights). I'm already looking forward to his return.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cannon Beach. Post Labor Day Edition.

We took another trip to the coast this week (on Wednesday). This time around we had better weather. No rain! Can you believe it? The clouds even burned off and we had some blue sky in the afternoon. The wind was pretty minimal too. If you aren't from the PNW, just as an fyi this is pretty much the best you can hope for with a day at the coast.

Since it was after Labor Day the beach was pretty empty with all the kids back in school. Most of the people there were retirees. We still were able to find a few different abandoned sand castles for Judah to destroy though! 

This week marked when many of my teacher friends and former co-workers went back to work. Who are we kidding, they've been working and attending trainings all summer! But this week is the first week back with kids. It made me realize that if I was going back as well (or had a typical 9-5 style job) that I wouldn't have really seen Bill at all these past two weeks, due to him having a ton of night shifts. By the time I would get home in the evening, he would already be gone and when I would leave in the morning he world be fast asleep. Further, he wouldn't see the kids at all, because I would be the one dropping them off and picking them up from daycare. That would be rough! For him and for them. I'm very thankful that I can stay home with them and that we are able to take impromptu fun day trips like this. Our schedule is far from regular, but we are able to get in quite a bit of time all together as a family.  

This time, I didn't bring a dslr along. Everything you see here are iPhone photos. I even got proof this time around that Shosh and I were indeed there as well. 

With the nicer weather, Judah was a bit more adventurous. He actually went into the ocean, but only to his shins or so. He, also, got buried in the sand (vertically). 

It's so nice that the coast is close enough to day trip to from Portland! 

I certainly miss the beauty of the Sound, but it was a pain in the ass to go to the coast in Washington. Hence, we only went once in the 7 years we lived there. 

Plus, the Oregon coast has better beaches than the Washington coast (which tends to be more remote and rugged). 

It's my dream (one of many) to have a little vacation house out on the coast one day. That way we could go during winter and have a place to storm watch. Camping at the coast during the off season just isn't super appealing. Plus, then you don't have to cart as much stuff back and forth since the house would already be equipped. Sigh, someday (hopefully). 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cousin Time

Last week my niece, ToShan Azalea Elizabeth (her name du jour), stayed at my parents house. Her summer camp/day care was off for the week and school didn't start until today (the day after Labor Day). She is now officially a kindergartner! Crazy times.

Judah loves her. He especially love wrestling/tackling her. Earlier this summer she was into the wrestling, but this time around she was not such a fan. She kept telling him, "No!" and telling him not there was an (invisible) line between them and he wasn't to cross it. Shockingly, the do-not-cross-line did not work on Judah. Weird, I know.

Regardless, they had fun playing together. Judah and her hung out 5 out of the 8 days she was there. Azalea (Elizabeth. Whatever.) also really enjoyed Shoshana and kept wanting to hold her. And pick her up. And carry her around. We repeatedly shot her down on picking her up and carrying her, but we let her hold her on the couch (not nearly as much as she would have liked though).

I brought my camera out on the last day she was there (and her parents were there too: my brother & sister-in-law). For the majority of the time my camera was commandeered by a certain toddler and kindergartner.

First up here are my photos:

And now photos by the kiddos:

by Judah
by Azalea
by Azalea
by Azalea
by Azalea (I think)
by Azalea (nope, I stand corrected. By my brother, Toby) 
by Judah
by Judah
by Judah