Life With Ida : 5 Months

5 months already?!  Ida is growing fast and it is so fun to watch how different she is from Cora.  I think it's pretty natural to compare, but we really try to focus on the good qualities.  We were discussing how Ida may be a little harder to comfort when she gets upset, but she rarely cries or gets upset. Ida has a go with the flow attitude and is really mellow.
There are so many little things that she does that I always want to remember... 

... the smile she gives when she sees one of us looking at her.  She gives huge smiles when she hasn't seen one of us for a while.  I always love to sneak in and watch her before she notices me, then watch her face light up when she sees me across the room. 
... how she always scratches her fingers against sheets, clothes, or pretty much anything she can get her hands on. 
... how she cat naps all day long.  She is the best sleeper and sleeps through pretty much anything.  For a while there she was sleeping almost all the way through the night, which is something this working momma really appreciates.

... the way she sticks her little pointy tongue out. 
... how practices blowing raspberries when nobody is watching.
... her love for her pacifier.  She doesn't get fussy much, but the paci calms her right down.

... the way she globs on to you when she cuddles. She loves being draped over my chest or napping in my arms whenever she gets the chance.
... how we can spend the whole day together and she barely makes a peep the entire time.  I feel like we truly enjoy each other's silence and time with Ida almost feels like alone time.
... how her first real giggles were at her big sister being goofy and most of her chuckles are when her sister is getting in trouble.  
... the love she has for Cora is adorable.  Watching their love for each other is one of the sweetest things I've ever witnessed.  

Happy 5 months sweet Ida Rue!  I couldn't imagine our family without you.


Happy Valentine's Day!

I would have loved to do some holiday pictures this year, but I didn't have my stuff together due to the baby, move, and going back to work.  I'm finally starting to hit my groove a little bit, so I got everything together to have a little Valentine's day photoshoot.  Cora loved helping me set up the decorations and picking out what they were going to wear.  My camera battery died after like 5 photos and the girls lost interest pretty quickly while the battery charged.  We had fun, so I'm happy we made the effort.

 Happy Valentine's day friends! 


DIY Painted Heart

This is a DIY from last year that I just remembered we did.  The pictures are saved from snapchat so they aren't the best (#sorrynotsorry), but I thought I'd share since it is an easy DIY and fun for kids. I always love a handmade gift and collaborating with Cora makes it even sweeter.

1. Make Sculpey hearts.  Remember to make a little hole for string if you plan on having them hang anywhere.
2. Bake the hearts and let cool
3. Have toddler paint using a limited valentines color palette
4. Add string and write notes for loved ones


DIY Heart Garland

It will come as no surprise for those of you that follow my Party board on Pinterest, that I love the look of garland.  I wanted to make some decorations for our Valentine's party coming up, but I did not want to spend any money.  This took me about 2-3 hours while watching TV, taking nursing breaks, and letting my toddler help me with the sewing machine pedal.  If I didn't have all of the distractions, I would guess it would probably take about an hour to make 8-10 strands of 5-7' of garland.

1. Gather old packaging paper, gift bags, and birthday cards or anything that you can find that fits in your color scheme.  The pink hearts are cut out from old Victoria Secret bags or birthday cards and probably would have looked good with some of my toddler's drawings from school
2. Start cutting out tons of hearts. For those of you that aren't as cheap as I am, you could probably purchase this heart hole punch and save yourself a lot of time.
3. Feed the hearts into your sewing machine.  Make sure they face the same direction.
4. Hang them all over the place and enjoy!
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