Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

This Easter had PERFECT weather. It was nearly 20 degrees the whole weekend! I felt so blessed.

Saturday we spent hours out in the sun in shorts and t-shirts starting our tans for the summer. If I want color I have to work at it. My two big girls turn brown at the slightest glimpse of the sun. I am jealous of their amazing tannable skin. It must be their gypsy blood.

We started the weekend at the clinic all getting diagnosed with bronchitis. The antibiotics had us starting to feel better quite quickly though. Saturday morning we dyed Easter eggs. It was really beautiful to see how much more engaged Sofie was this year. Both big girls had fun watching the eggs change color while Evie looked on from her Bumbo seat.

We went to Jon's Mom's place for the afternoon and played at the park with the girls, their uncle Tony, Auntie Lisa and Gramma. Dinner was delicious but it was the first time I'd eaten meat in nearly a months and I paid for it the next day!

Sunday morning Livi woke up just after 7 am as usual and found the trail of eggs that the Bunny dropped while he was hopping around the house. The trail leads to the baskets where they got a few chocolates, a kite each, and a shirt for Livi, skirt for Sofie and an outfit for Evie since she didn't chocolates.

We also started a tradition last year that Livi was really excited about. We plant some Easter eggs and they grow in to candy or chocolate lollipops! Unfortunately, we have some racoons that spend some time in a tree in our backyard. Although the lollipops were wrapped in plastic, they ate them up! Thankfully, we checked before Livi saw them and Jon was able to run down stairs and steal some of the chocolate lollipops Marmee was going to give the girls. He got those in the ground and the mess cleaned up just in time!

Eggs going in the ground.

Lollipops grew with Easter Bunny magic!

We went to church then enjoyed a tea party lunch with my family! I even got a nap in the afternoon. All in all, a blessed Easter.

Happy Easter! He is risen!

3 Months Old!

Evie is 3 months old now! I'm really enjoying this stage and wanting time to slow down. She is much more interactive and a lot more sturdy. She can hold her head up really sturdy and sit on our laps better now too. She is starting to reach out for things and holding toys. She is tentative to put toys in her mouth and chew but it is starting. She is smiling lots but laughter is still a luxury. She has been sick though which may be contributing. We've all had colds for about 2 weeks and Livi, Evie and I have all been left with terrible coughs. We went to a clinic yesterday and it turns out we all have bronchitis!

Since being on the antibiotics Evie has gotten a bit louder and a bit more fussy. The meds could be giving her a tummy ache, she is starting to teethe from the amount of drool being seen and she could be in her 3 month growth spurt. Fun times! I think we will start seeing her personality more now that she will be feeling better. She laughed just before she was two months and we've had to work really hard to get a giggle out of her since. Today, we've got giggles relatively easily, finally! She must have been feeling worse than I thought to keep her from laughing :(

Evie is 15lbs and still growing. Her being sick has slowed down her growth a bit but she is starting to just fit in 9 month clothes!

Evie is still the most content baby. She its just so relaxed! She does prefer to be held but I don't mind, most of the time. She LOVES watching her sisters play. We put her in the exiscauser already, even though she is a little small. It gives her a little more eye level and protection :) Her sisters can't maul her there and she is up on their level more to play!

Evie found her thumb finally. She doesn't consistently get it but it will come I think. She only takes the soother when she is tired and frustrated from trying to get a good suck out of her hand.

Evie is such a joy. We all adore her. Sofie is gentle with her and loves to lay beside her. Livi is stilling enamoured with "her baby". When Evie cries Livi gives me instructions on things to try. It's cute but can be annoying depending on my mood! Evie loves her sisters too. She smiles when she sees them and kicks her legs ferociously.

She's so long!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

World Down Syndrome Day 2013!

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! 
It is a day to celebrate people who have Down Syndrome. 
A day to remember, or maybe realize, that DS is AWESOME!

I don't really have anything profound to say. I just want to remind people to see their ability. 

We can explore.

We can be Mexican princesses.

We can be loved.

 We can be brave.

We can get tattoos!

We can accomplish goals.

 We can be proud Aunties.

We can be adopted.

We can enjoy fine wine!

We can believe in Santa!

We can be friends.

We can go camping!

 We can meet a princess.

We can swim in the ocean.

We can babysit.

We can be grumpy.

We can pole dance.

We can play music.

We can be a flower girl.

We can be long awaited for.

We can be goofs.

We can learn two languages and move across the world.

We  can be a big sister.

We can have fun!

We can hate the snow.

We can be cute!

We can bake.

We can be granddaughters.

We can be sisters.

We can be gentle.

We can give great hugs.

We usually steal the show. 

We can be a Daddy's girl. 
We can be inspiring. 

Don't underestimate us.