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10 Months

by Juliemara
12.18.14

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Baaaaabyyyyyy, stop getting older! You are only 10 months but I’m pretty sure you think you are three like your sisters.  It’s starting to really bother you that you can’t hop up onto the couch and bed like they do, so I can imagine it’s only a matter of time before you figure it out. You stood on your own once, so I know you can do it. But with two little helpers and your booming voice you don’t have to go very far to get what yo want. You might be the happiest baby ever, and I’m not just saying that because you are mine, you really do smile all the time and you full out giggle at almost any entertainment. Your favorite activities are the parachute at Gymboree, the slide, anything outside and of course eating. You are a really good eater. Fruits are your favorite especially grapes and blueberries, you love tomatoes and cucumbers, chicken and fish. I finally got you to eat avocado by spreading it on an english muffin, and you can just about eat your weight in broccoli and cauliflower. This past week I registered you for school for next year, that was surreal. I know you will love it, but the thought of sending off my tiny baby makes my heart heavy. I love you baby girl. I love how you play and talk and love. I’m sorry you have the cold of all colds but as soon as it’s over you are welcome to start sleeping through the night.  Love, Mommy.

 

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Oh the places you can go…

by Juliemara
11.17.14

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Baby girl, you can do it. You are a crawler! you are so cute when you do. Most of the time you move carefully, slowly as if you are moving across thin ice. But when your sister are involved, you move like you’ve always known how to. My favorite is when you get your little hip caught up on a corner. You’ll learn. You pretty much use your new skill to keep up with the action when Jordan and Talia are home and follow me around when they are not. Part of me knows that you would have so much fun in a daycare, but I’d miss you too much, so story time at the library, Gymboree and playdates will have to do for now. You are such a fun little baby. You nap when you have the chance, if you get woken up by the screaming choir you are usually just as happy to be entertained by them. You love other babies and show that love and friendship by a good head butt. Another one of your best new tricks is mimicking children screaming or dogs barking. you have the sweetest babble and your two bottom teeth are finally making a very slow appearance. I love you so much baby girl. Happy 9 months.

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on the move

by Juliemara
11.11.14

It’s official Noa is a crawler. After several months of threatening this major change in all of our lives we are in the thick of it. Running to close doors, remove leaves, paper, other small objects from her mouth, move whatever Talia and Jordan are working on to high ground before it gets knocked over, or worse, eaten. It’s so cute to watch her crawl and it makes me smile to know that now she can join the fun where ever it may be happening. Almost  ,she still has to master the two treacherous steps between the playroom and the living room. And then I remember with each of the great milestones reached my baby gets that much closer to not being a baby. slow down time, you move too fast. Congratulations to my friend and fellow twin mom Taylor on the birth of her baby boys Mason and Parker. Welcome to the world little ones.

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4 months

by Juliemara
06.20.14

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Little Noa, you are so sweet. You smile anytime anyone talks to you. You just wait patiently when everyone is busy around you. You really only cry now when you are tired or hungry. You have a special cry that let’s me know you have a burp stuck. Hehe. You are getting so big. When you had your check up you weighed 13lbs 4 oz and were 23 inches long. But the best part are your chubby little thighs and arms that keep getting squishier and squishier. You are doing great on your tummy, you even enjoy the new view for a while. And being the little show off that you are, you rolled over from your back to your tummy for the first time at your four month appointment. And since then you’ve only done it again with my help. I’m sure you’ll get it eventually.
I just love you little Noa. You are so sweet and such a fun baby. I waste away many an hour just making you smile, but I guess that’s hardly a waste.
I hope I am a good momma to you, I hope I don’t forget to change your diaper or give you water, if I do it’s not because I don’t love you, I just have a lot going on at once and I’m doing my best.

Also, when you are older and you realize you have a lot less of your life chronicled here than your big sisters did, I promise it’s for a good reason. Since I quit working in an office so I can stay home with you I am working on something new that I can do from home.

Please take a minute to check out my new line and let me know what you think!

Crazy Baby Clothing

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Morning Light

by Juliemara
05.6.14

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The light that comes into our house during the day hours is so beautiful. I read a lot of blogs (or I use to) and look at a lot of beautiful images online. I have learned from looking and reading that a great picture starts with great light. With babies you have to have great light and a happy subject, over the past several years there were only a few Saturdays and Sundays where I was able to use that light to get great photos of Talia and Jordan when they were both happy. I took these photos myself of miss Noa, on a random Tuesday morning, I’m so happy with them and it is one of the many things I am excited to be able to do over the next few years while I stay home to be with my children and take care of my family.  I gave my job my official notice that I won’t be returning, instead I’ll take my kids to school, make them dinner and in time become a work from home mom on something of my own. Hey maybe I’ll become a baby photographer!

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2 month stats

by Juliemara
05.5.14

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Little Noa, your getting big so fast. We had your dreaded two month doctors visit several weeks ago ( I’m doing my best to keep up over here). You rocked the tummy time test for the nurse, lifted your head all the way up and even turned to look at me. You weren’t so willing to show off for the doctor after he made you mad by pushing on your belly. I don’t blame you little baby.

At two months you are weighing in at 10lbs 15ozs, 38th percentile

measured 22″ long, 25th percentile

and head circumference of 38.2cm, which is 50th percentile.

everyone thinks you are really big because of your head.

This visit included your first vaccinations, no fun. But you were a champ. You showed just how loud you can scream but calmed down relatively quickly. Then our nanny just held you until bed time so there wasn’t much to complain about. What a different experience from when the twins were two months.

 

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Noa, 1 Month

by Juliemara
04.4.14

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Noa Mechal Sack, my tiny baby girl. One month went by so fast. Which is why this post is happening weeks late.

The first week we spent just hanging out at the hospital, eating and sleeping. The second week we spent getting adjusted to life at home with a lot of help from Pachelle and Safta, and trying to get your sisters to understand the difference between you and their dolls. Week three Nana came back to help out and hold you. And on week four we realized you had reflux when you would cry any time you were put down while awake.

You had a busy first month, you rolled over from your tummy to your back, you met so many of your sisters friends, you went to the park and wore your first Purim costume (which mommy was too stressed about having you out to remember to take a picture).

For the most part you are an easy baby. The fact that there is just one of you really adds to that ease. You are an awesome sleeper. I know I will eat my words for saying that out loud but I must brag. You just go to sleep at night when it’s time, I lay you down wide awake and after a few grunts you are sleeping like a baby. When you wake up to eat I change your diaper first, feed you and with in 20 minutes you are back to sleep and so am I, until your sisters wake me up screaming.

You love your bath really warm, the vacuum noise, baby massage and your sisters bed time routine. I guess it’s familiar from when you were in my tummy all those months. I’m convinced the reflux is because you are the third. It always happens in the afternoon when your sisters are home from school and awake after their nap. I think you know that the minute you are done eating you are on your own while I get them a snack and an activity. So to avoid being left in the bouncy seat with the same black and white pictures you’ve been starring at for weeks you just keep sucking, which means you eat more than your little belly can take. So now I cut you off, sorry, but it seams to be working along with the medicine.

I love you little snuggle bug, I love kissing your squishy cheeks and how you hold my hand. We are all happy you are hear. You have many of fun months ahead so if it seems a little crazy right now, it is, but it will calm down and just get more fun.

 

Love,

Mom

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Colic

by Juliemara
04.1.14

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I learned what colic means, unexplainable crying episodes around the same time each day, I’m not a fan. It’s like she thinks it’s what she is suppose to do. It’s been going on for a couple of weeks in the late afternoon thru early evening. I wonder if she just thinks that since Talia and Jordan make so much noise during this time she should too?? What ever it is I’ll be glad when she grows out of it, because right now it makes for a difficult end to already exhausting days.

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Three weeks in

by Juliemara
03.12.14

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Three weeks in I am starting to feel more like myself again. I can move around almost as good as I could before I was pregnant although I have to keep reminding myself to take it easy because I get tired very quickly. Despite the fact that Noa is great at night, she eats and goes back to sleep in about 30-45 minutes. 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night is wearing on me. I try to get a nap in when ever I can but it dosent always happen. Otherwise she’s a good baby, eats good, is starting to “play”, and loves it when I sing to her. She has her moments of frustration with that painful newborn screaming, like almost every time she gets her diaper changed. And other times she is as peaceful as can be and She’s getting bigger by the minute.
Talia and Jordan are sleeping fairly well, thankfully. It’s been several nights since one or both have ended up in our bed. I’m sure I’ll regret uttering that statement tomorrow. Someone usually wakes up and calls for us in the middle of the night, but a big hug and a quite song usually sends them back to sleep in minutes. So I am mentally preparing myself for another few years of sleep deprivation and the forgetfulness and lack of patience that comes with it.
Baby Noa hasn’t changed the girls behavior all that much, she dosent impact there lives really, at least not yet. I can’t always go to them like I use to be able to, but I do my best to talk them through boo boos or a frustrating task. For the most part they go about being busy toddlers pretending and playing. And telling me, “we just need to play a little bit” when I tell them it’s time to come inside for dinner.

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Twins are hard

by Juliemara
03.4.14

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Twins are hard. I know that now. Two years ago I would have told you twins aren’t any harder than one baby, they just take longer. But the truth is I didn’t know what I was talking about, I’d never had one baby. And now that I do, I know. That was hard. That was scary. I wasn’t able to do a lot of the things a new mom of one normally does. I had a strict schedule that we kept, I couldn’t spend hours laying around with my newborn in my arms without a worry, because there was another newborn who needed me too. Have you ever tried to hold two newborns at once? My guilt was justified, I just didn’t know it then. Little Noa gets held a lot, probably more than she should, but since I am still healing I am justifying my hours of doing nothing except starring at her sweet sleeping face.
I still have twins, obviously, but they aren’t that hard, ok I lie, they are two, and they have a voice, but the amount of fun they bring to our lives makes the hard times worth it.
I’ll always feel a little sad for Noa that she won’t have that built in playmate. I know the girls will love to have her join them when she is big enough, but it will never be the same as what Talia and Jordan have, and I’m not sure there is anything I can do to prevent her from wishing one day, that she too had a twin. Only time will tell.
I know when I had the girls lots of new twin moms read this blog, I’m not sure how many still do. But now more than ever my heart goes out to these women trying to figure out life with newborn twins. If you have a friend who has or is about to have twins, help them in what ever way you can. Bring food, do the dishes, take out the trash, hold a baby, do a load of wash. Be generous with your time if you can and patient with your friendship. Your friend will come around, but it will take time, she’s busy right now.

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