Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reverie's first food

reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
reverie's first food at 6 months
I waited a couple of weeks after Reverie turned 6 months to start her on solids. There's a part of me that doesn't want her to grow up because she's the baby. There's another part of me that couldn't find time to go to the store to pick up veggies because our schedule's been a bit full. There's the other part of me that didn't want her poop to change because solids poop is pretty gross.

Nevertheless, Reverie was more than ready to start solids. She shuddered at the first bite of zucchini, but downed two ounces right after, accompanied by sips of water. We do a combination of purees and baby-led weaning around here, beginning with purees for the first month or so, and then baby-led weaning thereafter.

Serene and Valor both sat on the same highchair Reverie's sitting in, and they were so excited to pass it down to their baby sister. We think it's so funny to see her sitting in it because she looks so little, but she'll need it adjusted as she grows before we know it. We love that Reverie sits with us at mealtimes now. There's something about having meals together that really implies family.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Serene turns four

Serene turns 4
serene turns 4
serene turns 4
Serene turns 4
serene turns 4
serene turns 4
Serene turns 4
serene turns 4
serene turns 4
Serene turns 4
serene turns 4
serene turns 4
Our big girl is four! Serene requested a "kitty dollhouse" birthday, a concept I tried to execute by incorporating her favorites of late: kittens, the color pink, role-playing, flowers, and pancakes. Since having kids, we've managed to surprise them the morning of their birthdays with a special breakfast and gifts. I originally planned on making a hoop wreath to serve as a backdrop for Serene's birthday breakfast. I wrapped strips of white fabric around a dollar store hula hoop and arranged fresh light pink flowers onto its frame. Floral arranging always makes me nervous because I've much to learn about floral design, but Serene loved it, which is what matters. I cut out cat ears and whiskers to attach onto the hoop wreath, transforming it into a kitty silhouette. "It looks like a married kitty, Mommy!" she exclaimed. We also gave Serene cat ears to wear so she could be a kitty herself.

For breakfast, the birthday girl had a tall stack of pancakes, layered and dusted with powdered sugar to resemble a cake. A silver pipe cleaner twisted into the number 4 was the impromptu cake topper. A few chocolate cupcakes purchased from the store became kitty cupcakes after adorned with cat ears cut from black construction paper. She also had strawberry milk, a blended concoction of milk, strawberries, and honey.

Serene had been asking for a dollhouse for a while, for she has a penchant for role-playing with little figurines. In the midst of researching dollhouses during the couple of months leading up to her birthday, a sweet friend graciously gifted us her daughter's hardly used dollhouse and furniture. Such an undeserved blessing! We got a nursery set to complete the collection so that the doll family includes a baby, just like ours. Serene was so excited to furnish and play with her dollhouse, especially because she has a "daddy doll, mommy doll, jie jie doll, boo boo doll, and mei mei doll."

My heart swells with gratitude to behold the gift Serene is to our family. She is observant, inquisitive, enthusiastic, outgoing, and loving. God uses her to teach me much of Himself through her eagerness to learn about Jesus and anything we're trying to teach her, her willingness to be helpful in a sometimes chaotic household, her tender love for her siblings, and her knack for finding joy in the littlest things. We love you so much, Serene Joy Joy! May you continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our precious Lord and Savior!

Friday, September 29, 2017

The girls

reverie at 6 months
reverie at 6 months
serene at 3 years 11 months, reverie at 6 months
reverie at 6 months
reverie at 6 months
serene at 3 years 11 months, reverie at 6 months
Many comment on Reverie resembling her big sister. Alex and I definitely observe similarities between the girls at the same age. We love these photos of them; the last one makes me crack up because I got a candid shot of Serene and Reverie doing the same thing.