Thursday, January 29, 2015

the cutest little snowmen feet

the cutest little snowmen feet
You can find these snowmen feet all over pinterest and I made a variation of them last year (click here).  But that didn't mean I wasn't going to make them again, especially now that we can add Rogue's chubby tiny little foot!
We have been getting little bits of snow here and there and to say Solis loves it is an understatement.  I am more than happy to stay inside when Rogue naps and daddy and his girl play until they have "red marks on their faces", as Solis says.
 Her princess snow woman.  With no eyes.  
But a crown and butterfly wings (which you can't see).
 Another freezing walk around the block.  Only 50 more days till spring!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Snowman Counting Activity

Snowman Counting Activity
Last week, we made a snowman craft (found here).  This week, I broke out some buttons and got my little girl counting.  This was a little simple for my 3 1/2 year old but it's a super cute activity and Solis loved rearranging all the buttons and then sorting them by color afterwards.
cardstock-white and different colors for hats
velcro sticky tape
bag of buttons

First I made the snowman by tracing different size tupperware containers.  Next I cut out 9 hats and wrote the numbers 1-9 on each one.  I laminated the snowman and hats for extra durability but it's not necessary.  The next step was cutting little velcro pieces and placing one on each hat and all the buttons and also 9 pieces on the snowman.  This step isn't necessary either....your child could just place the buttons on the snowman.

And then all you do is pick a hat and count that many buttons to put on the snowman.
Simple enough!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

8 months [babywise]

8 months [babywise]
This was a crazy month.
Rogue turned into a non stop wild man....
and gained 3 top teeth!
He's been crawling since 7 months and started pulling up a week after that.....which he does on everything, resulting in several falls a day as he's learning to find his balance.  We have hardwood floors in our whole house except one room.  So as you can imagine, there are lots of tears everyday.  Shaun joked that maybe we should buy Rogue a helmet b/c he falls so much.  But maybe we should?  I seriously worry he's going to have damage from hitting his head so much.  Poor kid.
This was before we put the gate on the stairs and I found the stinker climbing them.
 Rogue likes to live dangerously.

At 8 months, Rogue's reflux seems to be gone.  He's still on meds and we will wean him soon.  He loves playing with his big sister, exploring every inch of our house, and will stay in his highchair to eat all day long if we let him.  He only cries if he falls or is with a stranger and is quite happy otherwise :)
His schedule this past month:
8am 7oz, solids
10-12 nap #1
noon 7oz, solids
2-4 nap #2
4pm 7oz
6-6:30 nap #3
6:30 solids
8pm 7oz then bed 

Eating: Rogue still takes a bottle 4x a day and eats solids 3x.  He's getting really good at picking up puffies and we will be moving onto finger foods soon!

 Sleep: His sleep is still incredible.  He sleeps around 11.5-12 hours a night straight through.  Takes 2 solid naps and one catnap.  Rogue puts himself to sleep after some quick snuggles from mommy.  I feel so fortunate to have both my babies sleep so good.  Babywise has kept me sane!
Twice a week, I have to wake Rogue only after an hour to pick Solis up from school.
He always looks so peaceful and I hate waking him!

Solis: She is an amazing sister.  Yes, we have our times when she gets frustrated with Rogue b/c he's grabbing her things.  But we're working on how to handle those situations.  Solis gets so excited every time Rogue is up from a nap.  She is really enjoying having a playmate in the house.  I catch them playing side by side daily and it's the cutest thing.  Whether she's dancing around the room or teaching him animal sounds, he giggles at her non stop.  I can only pray they continue this fun loving relationship with each other.
First time Rogue sat in the cart.  They seem unimpressed.
We love this little 19 lb guy so much and cannot imagine our family without him.
Happy 8 months, sweet pea!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Marshmallow Craft

Marshmallow Craft
I used to do a lot of crafts and learning activities with Solis.  Then her little baby brother came into the picture and all those fun activities went out the window and sticker books made a permanent home in Solis's life.  Now that Rogue is getting older and a new year brings resolutions, I found it fitting to start doing crafts again with my Sole-train.

So we are starting off January with a marshmallow snowman.  
First I had Solis draw 3 circles.  This took several tries to put them on top of each other and make them big enough.
Then I put glue on each circle and she placed the marshmallows on the glue.
The end result is an unproportional snowman but she made the circles all by herself and was super proud of it!
Since we had leftover marshmallows, Solis created another masterpiece.  She wrote her name in pencil, I covered it in glue, and she went to work.
 Can't end this post without a picture of our Roguey!
I dressed him in Bengal gear today to support daddy's team for the playoffs.  Rogue was not their good luck charm :(