Leah Caroline: Months 12-15

November 3, 2014

Leah has pretty much just jumped head first into being a toddler! It’s crazy how different she is now than she was just 3 months ago.

First of all, Miss Leah took her first steps at her 1 year doctor’s appointment which was just 3 days after her birthday. The doctor had already left the room, of course, so he didn’t get to witness her milestone. After that, it took her about 2 weeks to really start using walking as her primary mode of getting around. Just shy of 14 months, she started running. She had incentive, of course, in the form of Caelan running off with some toy or something else that Leah wants. She tries as hard as she can to keep up with him and that definitely requires running!



We went on a family beach trip to the Outer Banks a week after Leah’s birthday. It was her first trip to the beach and she seemed to have a great time. She did the traditional beach napping, plus she also seemed to enjoy playing in the sand and the surf. At this age, she was too young to be frightened by any of the above so it was great to see her having fun!


Mixing it up

Playing in the surf

Playing in the surf

The other major milestone in the past 3 months has been her speech. By her first birthday, she had about 3 words that we recognized. Now at 15 months, she has 15: all done, uh oh, hi, up, Dada, again, Jake, more, bye bye, milk, all gone, Connor/Caelan, waffle, paci, and Mama. Notice that Mama was last :) Caelan was the same way – he didn’t say Mama until 15 months as well! She also seems to understand quite a lot. She’s able to follow simple instructions (“sit down”, “come here”, “get your shoes”) and she understands some of the rules we have for her, even if she’s not great at following them. We haven’t really started time out with her yet, but at this point we are usually redirecting her or removing her from certain situations. For example, she loves climbing up onto the hearth, which we allow as long as she sits. If she stands up, she gets kicked off. I remember this phase with Caelan and it takes a loooooonnnngggg time for these rules and consequences to sink in, but they will eventually.

Leah will also mimic some of our behaviors including blowing kisses, giving kisses, waving “hello” and “good bye”, giving high fives and fist bumps, and I’ve even seen her grab a bag to put over her arm and then wave and say “bye bye” as if she’s leaving with her purse! She also dances. She LOVES to dance!



We’ve started looking at picture books with her and trying to teach her animal sounds. She can’t yet tell you what sound a kitty cat makes, but she’ll tell you that sharks growl and it’s hilarious :)

Leah’s personality is really coming out and she is such a ham. I don’t want to say that she’s “spirited” or “difficult” because I don’t think she is. She just has an older brother who was the poster baby for an easy going baby and compared to him, Leah is a little bit more animated. But she’s a decent sleeper, she plays independently, she is NOT a picky eater at all, and she’s been pretty go-with-the-flow with all the changes in the past few months. But she’s loud and she’s dramatic! If you take something away from her – omg – she will throw herself on the floor and wail. But if you just ignore her she’ll get over herself in a few seconds and go back to whatever she was doing.

Having a blast

Having a blast

Sleep habits are ever-changing. For the most part, Leah has been sleeping through the night about 9-10 hours. Occasionally she wakes up and cries but it’s usually just for a minute and then she’s back asleep. Now waking up in the morning has been the tricky part lately. In the past month or 2, she has decided that 5:30am is an awesome time to wake up. I pretty much hate it! For naps, she’s been transitioning (awkwardly) from 2 naps down to 1. About a month ago, we really tried to push her nap out to after lunch so that she’d be getting 1 substantial mid-day nap. For the most part it worked. She still takes 2 naps occasionally but we try to keep her on the new schedule. And it’s great to put both kids down for 1 nap at the same time. However…Leah is only sleeping about 1.5 hours and Caelan doesn’t sleep at all…Oh well, we’ll take whatever quiet time we can get.



It’s been a busy 3 months for teeth! When Leah turned 1 she had only 4 teeth, but now she has 12! They all, especially the molars, just seemed to come in all at once. Honestly, Leah wasn’t as much of a basketcase about the molars as I expected. I didn’t even notice they were coming in until I happened to check one day and 2 were already in! It seems to be those front teeth that really gave her trouble. The last one came in after the molars did and she was back to being a whiny mess for the few days before it came through.

Upside down Leah!

Upside down Leah!

Leah is still getting 1 very small bottle a day at bedtime but it’s whole milk, not formula. We phased out the formula somewhere between 13 and 14 months. We will probably drop the bedtime bottle in the next few weeks. For meals, Leah eats whatever we’re eating, usually. She’s not picky at all – she seems to love everything! She especially likes peas, grapes, pears, and of course macaroni and cheese. I started giving her a fork/spoon sometimes around 14 months. She had already been using them a bit at daycare and she’s actually not bad with them. But oh man, she’s a messy eater, even without the utensils. Food everywhere.

Eating with a fork

Eating with a fork

Now that Leah is a real toddler and she can run and play, she and Caelan are having a blast together. There are arguments (shrieking, mostly) over toys, but for the most part, they play well together. Since Leah is still little, we sometimes have to step in and make sure Caelan isn’t accidentally being too rough, but overall it’s really nice to just watch them play together. There are plenty of moments where I get to sit on the couch and watch them call for each other, squeal, run and play together and I think THIS makes it all worth it. There are plenty of hard parts to having 2 kids, but the good parts are just SO good. These kids have a live-in BFF, how cool is that?! Of course I expect them to fight and have all the normal sibling issues and who knows if they will remain BFF’s forever, but right now they are having a blast.



We are pretty firmly moving out of baby territory now. I’ve unloaded most of our baby gear and the kids’ outgrown clothes. We’ve left formula behind us with bottles to follow soon. Of course Leah will be in diapers awhile longer, but we’re definitely in toddler territory now. I love this age because it is fascinating and amazing and exciting to watch them learn – and so quickly!! They are little sponges, just soaking up everything around them. It’s also an exhausting age because Leah is old enough to be mobile and to play independently but she’s not old enough to understand limits or know what might be dangerous. We’ve blocked stairs and closed doors to rooms she shouldn’t be in, but otherwise she has free reign on the main level. We kept Caelan on a much tighter leash at this age and we also had a much smaller space. It’s something of a relief to just keep her in ear shot rather than following her every move, but we still have to be careful.

Caelan and Leah at 15 Months Old

Caelan and Leah at 15 Months Old

While Leah IS starting to talk and to be able to communicate with us, there is still a lot we don’t understand and that can be frustrating for both her and us. I’m eager to get to the point where I can really talk to her as a small child and not a baby, but we are a little ways off from that. And I don’t want to rush her either. I love that she does things her own way and in her own time. She’s sweet and funny and enthusiastic and really just such a joy. I’m excited to hear her made up words and funny expressions and to help her learn in the next few months (and forevermore, really!). 15-18 months is when Caelan really had a vocabulary explosion and started talking a lot and as much as I do try not to compare the kids, I am hoping her talking takes off too! Either way, I am excited! The holidays are coming up and this year Leah will at least have some idea about the festivities and that should be a great time :)

Happy 15 Months Bugs!

Happy 15 Months Bugs!

Leah’s 15 Month Stats

  • Wearing 12-18 month tops and bottoms, 18 month sleepers, size 5 shoes
  • Size 4 diapers
  • Weight: we’ll find out today!
  • Length: we’ll find out today!
  • Takes 1 bottle a day at bedtime (3 oz)
  • Loves macaroni and cheese, pacis :( , filling and emptying containers, retrieving shoes, playing in blankets, taking off her socks, and as always her brother <3

Caelan Conversations, Part 14

October 24, 2014


Warning, this post contains accidental adult language 


We are in the car driving to school

CAELAN: Mommy, did you see that school bus?!

SARAH: No, I didn’t, honey.

CAELAN: Mommy, you need to watch for school buses when you’re driving!


CAELAN: Mommy, when I grow up, I’m going to be a Daddy like Daddy. And Leah is going to be a Mommy! Does that sound like a good idea?

SARAH: That sounds like a great idea, monkey!


CAELAN [singing]: Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, is your butt a dream.


Caelan does a somersault.

SARAH: What was that you just did?

CAELAN: A flipper-kit.


SARAH: What number is on our door?

CAELAN: Sixty-one.

SARAH: Try again.

CAELAN: Onety-six….Sixteen!


CAELAN: What was that monster we saw again?

SARAH: That was a Grim Reaper.

CAELAN: Grim Reaper. I’m gonna tell Daddy I saw a Grim Reaper.

A few minutes pass…

CAELAN: Mommy, what was the monster called again?

SARAH: Grim Reaper.

CAELAN: [pauses…..] I’m just going to call it a “monster”.


I hear Leah crying.

SARAH: Caelan, what did you do to your sister?

CAELAN: Nothing. I attacked her and she attacked me.


BILL: What’s the dinosaur’s name?

CAELAN: Fuck a duck.


We are driving to Grandma and Pop’s house.

CAELAN: This is the way to Grandma and Pop’s house. It’s also the way to Grammy and Pappy’s house. Ooh firestation!!

BILL [laughing at Caelan’s abrupt change of attention]: Squirrel!

CAELAN: Did you see a squirrel Daddy? Where’s the squirrel??

The HOUSE Project: Finished

October 3, 2014

I did a horrible job following our house building project on the blog. I posted pictures occasionally on Facebook, but I never felt like I had enough to SAY about it to warrant a blog post.

But now…IT’S FINISHED. And we started moving in less than 24 hours after it was officially ours. To say “we couldn’t wait” would be a ridiculous understatement. We’ve been living there for 3 weeks now and somehow it feels both surreal AND like this house has always been ours. Because, really, it HAS always been ours. It doesn’t feel like we moved into someone else’s home because it never did belong to anyone else.

Selling our townhouse and living in temporary housing was not fun at all, but putting that aside, watching our house being built was amazing. We drove by to visit probably 2-3 times a week during the 4 month build time to check on the progress. Anytime a friend or neighbor drove by and then texted us to tell us the drywall truck had arrived or the siding was going up, we squeeeed and loaded the kids into the car to drive by for a visit. (Okay so it may have just been me doing the actual squeeeeeing, but Bill was excited too ;) )


Our empty lot – March 2014

Our house - September 2014

Our house – September 2014

It’s very surreal to remember standing in our house when it was just plywood – no walls, even – and then now standing on the same spot and seeing…a kitchen…a hallway…

Looking into the kitchen - June 2014

Looking into the kitchen – June 2014


Looking into the kitchen – September 2014

Since we’ve moved in, we’ve been working hard at unpacking. It is likely to take forever and ever. “You have time!” everyone says. And we do, but…we’ve been living in chaos for the past 6 months -first in our super sterile house on the market and then in our box-filled apartment. We’ve been waiting and waiting and counting the days and seconds until we could move into our new house and FINALLY unpack and feel at home again.

So that’s what we’re doing. We’re getting window treatments for our 24 (omggggg) windows. I got a Welcome mat, shelves, storage units, fabric drawers (you can never have too many ;) ), and other such random organizational crap. The UPS guy learned where our house is REAL quick. No doubt we will be BFFs by Christmas (or he’ll hate me, we’ll see).



People keep mentioning painting and decorating to me and yes, I can’t wait to decorate. And yes, despite good advice from a friend to stay away, I’ve been on Pinterest. But really, for now, I am happy to stash any box that says “decor” on it in the basement for the time being and just get things put away first, decorate later. Except for my Fall wreath – gotta have that :)

We are slowly learning how to care for a lawn bigger than a postage stamp…assuming of course that we will even have a lawn! Our grass has struggled during the mostly dry September, but it is starting to come up now. While I squeee over mud room benches, Bill can’t wait for the tractor (riding mower) to be delivered.

Finally some green

Finally some green

When it comes to what I love most about the house, there are a lot of things to choose from! The kitchen, of course. I’m so pleased with how it all came out. It’s hard to choose cabinets and counter tops with swatches but I like the choices we made. I really love the space though. In our townhouse, if all 4 of us were sitting at the dinner table, we couldn’t open the refrigerator door – that’s how cramped it was. Granted, we sort of tried to force that kitchen to be an eat-in kitchen when it really wasn’t, but still. Now we have the morning room and it is perfect. I browse online for a new kitchen table and chairs almost daily. That’s definitely at the top of my wish list but we will probably hold off for awhile.

Morning room

Morning room

A new kitchen table is just one thing on a very, very long wish list we have for this house! But in this case “You have time!” really does apply. We have time for projects and organizing, finishing our basement, adding a patio/deck, etc etc etc. But for now, we are happy to just be HOME.

Caelan Conversations, Part 13

August 8, 2014


Caelan hears the word “America” on the radio and having recently learned about America for the 4th of July…

CAELAN: America? I don’t see America around here!


Caelan and Pop are outside playing golf

CAELAN (matter of factly): We’re going to put the golf away, and then we’re going to go inside and then *I* am going to poop.


At dinner…

CAELAN: I need a spoon for my ketchup.

BILL: Dude, no you don’t.

CAELAN: Okay, I’ll use my fork.

SARAH: Why don’t you use a chicken nugget??

And then he ate his blob of ketchup on its own, with a fork.


Out of the blue…

CAELAN: Daddy, do you have any questions?

BILL: Um…about what?

CAELAN: About trains.

BILL: Oh yes, I have lots of questions about trains!


CAELAN: When is James’ birthday?

SARAH: James has the same birthday as you, June 1.

CAELAN: James the train?

SARAH: No, not James the train…

I pause to try and figure out how to identify James…

CAELAN: Number 1 Mackenzie’s brother, James?


Caelan has 2 friends named M(a)ckenzie and he differentiates them by calling one “Number 1 Mackenzie” (he met her first) and the other “Number 2 McKenzie” (he met her second).


CAELAN: Daddy, what does “E E” spell?

BILL: Um, nothing, buddy. Where did you see that?

CAELAN: I’ll show you.

Caelan takes Bill back to our bedroom and shows him this…



CAELAN: I need a new car.

BILL: Why do you need a new car?

CAELAN: I need a race car to go to work.

BILL: Why do you need to go to work?

CAELAN: Because I need money.

BILL: What do you need money for?

CAELAN: I’m full of money. I need more money.


CAELAN: Daddy, you’re my best friend.

BILL: I thought Evan was your best friend?

CAELAN: Evan wasn’t there today [at school].

SARAH (to Bill): I think you should take it, hon.


One morning, we saw some vultures in our parking lot near the dumpster.

The following morning…

CAELAN: Mommy, are we going to see vultures today?

SARAH: I dunno hon, maybe.

CAELAN: Can I hit the vultures?


CAELAN: Can I push the vultures?

SARAH (bewildered): No!

CAELAN (picks up a small inflatable ball): Can I throw balls at vultures?

SARAH: No, you can’t throw balls at vultures!! (I could not have dreamed up this sentence in a million years.)



Happy 1st Birthday Leah Caroline! (Months 9-12)

August 2, 2014

Time passes differently with a 2nd child…with a probably last child…faster and in more of a blur.

I have been super excited the past month or so, anxiously awaiting Leah’s first birthday but there’s also a tiny layer of guilt in there…like she made her way all the way to 1 and I missed it.

Birth Day

Birth Day

I didn’t miss it, of course, but it’s easy to feel that way sometimes. Since Caelan was such an easy-going baby, everyone told us we were bound to be in trouble with our 2nd baby. But we weren’t. Leah is not quite as laid back as Caelan was, not quite as good a sleeper, and she is a little bit more clingy, but she’s such a smiley, happy baby! She’s loud and talkative and eager to join in with whatever is going on around her.

Laughing at dinnertime

Laughing at dinnertime

But let’s back up. At 9 months, we were just getting started with finger foods (we got a late start). These days, I can usually still get some purees in her, but Leah wants to eat REAL food! Current favorites are grapes, peas, meatballs, and butternut squash. So far, I haven’t come across anything she’s refused to eat. We try to give her some finger foods and some purees at each of her 3 meals.

Loves grapes!!

Loves grapes!!

Around 11 months, we dropped her least favorite bottle (the first thing in the morning one) and replaced it with a pre-breakfast snack of a pouch and dry cereal. She still gets 3 bottles a day, 6-8oz each. I suppose we will try to cut out the daytime bottles over the next month or two, but I’m not sure how that’s going to go. We’re going to start mixing in some milk with her bottles and we’ll phase out the formula (FOR-EV-ER)!!

We were late, too, giving Leah a sippy cup (one more example of 2nd child syndrome). Once we started giving it to her regularly, she quickly became a pro. She is so enthusiastic about tipping the cup and her head back that she’s been known to topple over backwards when sitting on the floor. When I gave her a straw cup, she wasn’t sure how to use it, but the second time I gave it to her, she figured it out. She’s picking these things up fast!


Got the hang of it!

Leah’s sleep is…a little unpredictable. Well, truthfully…it’s been horrible the past month or so. She used to sleep through the night, about 8:30pm-6am. But there were nights when she woke up several times for no apparent reason. We’d let her cry it out and she’d usually be back asleep within a minute or two. Things started to go downhill when we moved into the apartment and Leah and Caelan started sharing a room. We were quicker to go in and quiet Leah when she woke up crying so that she didn’t wake Caelan, but that may have backfired on us. The past month has been pretty rough. We can’t tell if it’s teething or a sleep regression or separation anxiety or a cycle of not enough sleep, but whatever it is, it sucks :( We’ve tried moving her bedtime up, giving her a Ferber refresher, rocking her, rubbing her back, standing next to her crib and *not* rubbing her back, all with varying degrees of success. We will be so happy to get into the new house and get the kids back into their own rooms and hopefully get everyone back on track. The past week or two have been better. Leah has been sleeping about 10 hours at night and waking up 1-2 times but just crying for a couple minutes and then going back to sleep on her own. (I’ve rewritten this paragraph a million times in the past few weeks! Sleep is ever-changing…)

Leah and Daddy

Leah and Daddy

Speaking of teeth (sort of), Leah now has 4. A 5th one has been on its way in for a few weeks now. Getting those teeth in was not pretty. She is definitely a whiny mess when it comes to teething, but I can’t really blame her. I can blame her for biting me though. Yeah, she bites!! She particularly goes for shoulders or knees, but whatever she can get to is fair game. Luckily, she hasn’t bit anyone at daycare (that I know of).

Leah usually takes 2 naps a day. Her morning nap seems to be the good/long one (1-2 hours) and she goes down after her morning bottle around 10-11am. Her afternoon nap is usually much shorter (<1 hour) and the timing changes daily. When Caelan was this age, he had already dropped down to one (questionable) nap, so the fact that Leah is still usually taking 2 naps a day is nice!!


Talking on the phone

Leah’s preferred way to get around is crawling. She is a pro for sure, and she chooses crawling when she wants to get somewhere fast. Around 10 months old, she started cruising but she didn’t really master that until closer to 11 months. It was also around that time that we started encouraging her to walk holding our hands. At 11.5 months she started to try to stand on her own and she could do it for a few seconds at a time. Rather than pulling up on something and then letting go, she would try to stand up from the floor. Her way is harder, but she wasn’t afraid to try!

Working on standing

Ta da!

We can’t tell whether her first solo steps are minutes away or still a few weeks away. She’s getting better and better at walking holding our hands or pushing this toy, but when she lets go she usually just slowly lowers herself to the ground. She can walk holding our hands (or just one hand), but she’s still fairly wobbly. She’ll be walking on her own soon, one way or another!

Learning to walk!

Learning to walk!

In the meantime, Leah is a climber. I keep hearing that girls sit and play quietly while boys jump and climb and wrestle. Not so with our girl! Leah is definitely more of a climber than Caelan was at this age and one of her favorite games involves her getting knocked down when Caelan runs away with a blanket she had just been holding. Maybe the sitting and playing quietly will come when she’s a little older (and we’d more than welcome it!!) but at the moment Miss Leah does love to climb up on anything she can.



We’re pretty sure Leah’s first word was “all done” (“ah da” – a single word to her) around 11 months old. She also says “uh oh” (“uh uh”) and “hi”. While she does say “mama” and “dada”, they aren’t really directed at us, so I can’t count them as words yet. But she’s getting closer. She does say “da” a lot and she’s always pointing at something so that is likely her default word for things until she figures out the real words. We never really made much progress with sign language with Leah. She will occasionally sign “more” but not too often. Like Caelan, she chose to say the words “all done” (ah da) rather than using the sign for that one. I can’t wait for the word explosions that are likely to happen over the course of the next year! Caelan had some hilarious “substitute” words that Bill and I still laugh about (and even use sometimes – nommy, apalumb, leepin). I am excited to see what Leah comes up with!!

It was just about 2 weeks ago that Leah started showing some comprehension of what we were saying and doing. She starts waving goodbye whenever someone gets their shoes on to leave the house. She will point to or crawl to an object if we ask her where it is (it has to be one of only a couple specific things though).

I am especially curious to find out what Leah ends up calling Caelan. At the moment, she doesn’t respond if we ask her where Caelan is, but he is definitely one of her favorite people. (Update! She shocked us by saying “Cay-la” this week when we asked her to say Caelan, but we’re pretty sure it was a fluke. Still…) She loves to follow him around and try to play with him. She yells and tries to get him to yell back and she lights up when she sees him. They are definitely starting to play together more and more now that Leah is mobile and into everything. There is the occasional tantrum or argument over who broke a train track (Leah-zilla!!) or who was playing with which toy first – and no doubt that will get worse in the coming years – but for the most part, they get along well. They’ve been sharing a bedroom for 2 months now and even though Bill and I don’t like that they share a room because of the sleep and bedtime issues it causes, THEY like sharing a room, or at least they seem to in the mornings!


Sibling hugs

Also in the past month or so, Leah has entered into a super fun phase where she screams like she’s on fire if you leave the room. It’s awesome. Separation anxiety is normal for her age, but man, I hope it passes quickly. Caelan never went through this so it’s new to us. Thankfully, Leah seems to be fine with being dropped off at daycare or with her grandparents, it’s just when I leave a room in the house. It happens a lot in the mornings since I have to leave her either in her crib or in her high chair while I get dressed and ready for work. Usually Caelan is with her and sometimes that pacifies her, but not always.

It’s exciting to watch Leah learn how to stand, how to walk, and how to talk. Even though we’ve been through this before with Caelan, it’s STILL just as exciting. The other day, I gasped and clapped as I watched her correct her balance and stand on her own for 7 seconds instead of 5 like the day before. I beamed as she smiled and waved “hello” to Caelan’s preschool teacher. In those moments, I have no memory of her screaming at 1am.


Leah loves the swings!

There are times when it is absolutely exhausting to handle Leah – like when she’s crying and she doesn’t want to be held AND she doesn’t want to be put down. And now she does this cool thing where she arches her back when you pick her up or try and put her in the car seat or high chair. Not always, but when she does it’s pretty frustrating. And then there are times when I come home after work and she lets out a shriek when she sees me, puts her head down, and charges over to me in a furious crawl and with a huge smile. Those times are more frequent than the difficult times, thankfully. The transition over the past year from 1 kid to 2 kids has been overall more easy than hard, but there have definitely been difficult times. The past few months have been difficult as Leah became more and more mobile and Caelan became more and more of a 3 year old AND we crammed ourselves into a tiny 2 bedroom apartment for the summer. Some days I am exhausted and frustrated (and so is Bill) and other days we seem to have it together and I am proud of how well Bill and I handle our kids. It’s a constant up and down and there never seems to be enough time for anything, but it’s worth it.



And I love having a little girl! Not that I don’t love having a boy too, because I do, but before Leah was born, I was wondering how I would handle a girl. I always wanted one of each, but after 2 years of being a “boy mom” I wasn’t quite sure how it would go. Of course so far, it’s pretty much the same. But I like that dresses are an option and that I can buy headbands and hair clips for her. Some people have been surprised by how I dress her due to my being fairly vocal about not being a girly-girl. But her dresses are super cute and sufficiently not frilly. Actually, most of the time, her clothes are pretty neutral and she gets mistaken for a boy more often than not. So while I did feel like just a “boy mom” a year ago, now I feel like just a “mom” :) I love that we’re getting to experience both having a son and having a daughter.


Pig tails!

So…onward now into the toddler years!! I can’t believe it. This year has been such a blur and Leah has been “along for the ride” for much of it. I tell myself that it’s good for her. This is the hand she was dealt – being the 2nd child – and I hope she loves it. She falls down more often, she puts more random things off the floor into her mouth (dead bugs – yep, that happened), but she’ll be better for it somehow. She has a big brother who absolutely loves her and looks out for her and she has parents who, while exhausted, love her to bits as well. I mean just look at this face!!


Heart breaker!

We love you so, so much Leah Bug!! Happy FIRST Birthday!!!


Happy Birthday!

Leah’s 1 Year Stats

  • Wearing 12 month tops and bottoms, and 12 month sleepers, but rapidly growing out of all of the above
  • Size 4 diapers (as soon as this last pack of 3′s is gone)
  • Weight: 21 lbs 11 oz
  • Length: 28 1/2 inches
  • Usually takes 3 bottles a day, 6-8 ozs each plus 3 meals of purees/finger foods a day plus a snack
  • Loves my cell phone, putting anything and everything in her mouth, pacifiers, butternut squash, and as always her brother <3


The HOUSE Project: The longest month…

July 1, 2014

It’s only been about a month since we settled on our town house and it officially became our “old house” (Caelan calls it the “empty house” or the “dirty house”, not sure why). We’ve been settling into our apartment and things are going well. The kids are sharing a room and there is plenty of space for both of them. We did run into a pretty significant sleep regression with Leah and as much as we didn’t want to have to do this in the apartment, we had to do a sleep training refresher. Thankfully, she’s back on track…sort of…some days. Sorry neighbors :/

In the past month, we’ve been unusually busy with moving and unpacking, birthday parties, new babies, and family time. Usually when you’re really busy, time flies by and we’d sure love that since all we’re doing right now is waiting for our house to be built. But somehow, the past few weeks have draaaaaaaaaaaaaagggged on forever! It’s only been a month?! Really?! And we still have 2-3 more months to go :(

They ARE making significant progress on our house though. Here is what it looked like at the end of May…


Day #17

The framing happened fast. It took about 3 weeks. I took the picture below after they had already moved on to the mechanical work inside.

Day #46

Day #46

And speaking of inside…It’s hard to take a meaningful picture because unless you’re familiar with the floor plan, it really just looks like a lot of 2×4′s everywhere. But this picture actually includes quite a few of the rooms in the house.

A view of the inside

At this point, they are working on “boring” but important things like installing duct work, plumbing and electrical. We’ve already made super important decisions like which light switches control which outlets and where the recessed lights in the kitchen will go (“Here-ish,” I said, drawing an imaginary line in the kitchen with my finger. The builder did not hesitate to tease me about my precision :) )

We were more precise with our decisions on the kitchen cabinets which have also been finalized and ordered!



In the next month, they should be finishing up the mechanical work, putting up drywall, and installing the kitchen. We will really be getting close by then. Here’s hoping July moves along at a reasonable pace!

Caelan Conversations, Part 12

June 27, 2014


Caelan has built a train track on the floor and Leah-zilla grabs it.

CAELAN [to Leah, grabbing the track]: You. Are. Devious.


SARAH: Caelan, what’s your favorite word?

CAELAN: “Dang it”


Leah is trying to bite my knee.

CAELAN: Dang it, Leah! Mommy is not food!


SARAH: Caelan, do you have water days at school?

CAELAN: Um…sandwich.

SARAH: ???????


Caelan throws a stack of blank envelopes on the floor.

SARAH: Caelan! Pick those up!

CAELAN: No, I want to make a huge mess!


CAELAN: Daddy, I have an idea. I’m gonna flick you.

BILL: You’ll get a timeout then.

CAELAN: Okay, I won’t. I don’t want a time out.

SARAH: Good decision!

(Sigh. If only he made such sound behavior decisions all the time!!)


CAELAN [singing]: Old McDonald had a farm, ei ei o! And on that farm he had a Count, ei ei o! With a “ah ah” here and a “ah ah” there, here an “ah” there an “ah” everywhere an “ah ah”. Old McDonald had a Count, ei ei o!


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