Friday, February 14, 2020

Beatrix Birthday Photography

I managed to get a few nice pictures of the sweetest baby in the world.  Mostly she just wanted to suck on her two fingers but we got a few with her hands out of her mouth.  We may or may not have been late for church because of it.

I'm a little proud of the cheeks she has in this next picture.  I work really hard to feed her as much as possible and seeing a little chub on her makes me happy.
She is pretty happy about it too.
Beatrix still doesn't seem one to me, but I definitely remember laboring with her a year ago, so I guess she must be. 
Days before her birthday she started sleeping through the night and we are not going back.  She did it for about a week on her own and now is back to waking up at 2am.  I refuse to feed her then so now it is Bobs turn to be up with the baby in the middle of the night.
Beatrix doesn't say any words.  Mostly she just hangs out with me all day and watches the kids run around the house.  There is a lot for her to watch.
She is so sweet.  Really a easy going and fairly quiet baby.  I'm curious to see what her personality will be like as she grows.  So far her baby personality is much more easy and laid back like Penelope and Leon were.
She can stand up and balance for a few seconds and also walk along furniture.  But she doesn't walk on her own.  She is pretty similar in that regard to my other children
We even made time for a few nice pictures together.  
It was a miracle that she kept the birthday hat on at all.  She really kept taking it off immediately after I put it on her every time.  

I absolutely love her!  I really am going to miss have a little baby around with me all the time.  Maybe I'll get lucky and she won't walk for a few more months.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Beatrix's 1st Birthday

We celebrated Beatrix's first birthday after church today.  She had no clue what was going on, but we all had a good time watching her. 

First up was where we laid out a few items to see which she would go to.  Whichever she chooses will be her future occupation.
It was a little funny because she didn't seem to want any of them.  I'm guessing we didn't put out the right item or maybe she just doesn't want to work.  I had to move to behind the items because she started crawling toward me instead. 

In the end she chose...
 the spoon.  Maybe we have a future baker on our hands.

Next up we tried out a Japanese tradition called Isshou Mochi, which means first birthday rice cake.
 I made a 1.8 kg block of mochi, which is about 4lbs.  We then put it in Calista's backpack and then onto Beatrix. 

According to the internet, "This ritual symbolizes the parents’ wish that the child will successfully navigate the travails of life while remaining in possession of good health, food and emnan (a word meaning peace, harmony, integrity and other such attributes) throughout."  And, "Life is never a smooth ride, it is full of ups and downs, so it is better to let your buttercup know that it's ok to stumble along the way."
Here we go.
 She was not a fan.

We left it on for about two minutes and then freed her.  Check out the video.
 Isshou Mochi

Ok and lastly onto our American tradition of birthday cake.  Beatrix was mesmerized by the candle.
Once Bob blew it out she wasn't sure what to do.  It took some coaxing but we were able to get her to eat a little.

After a couple minutes we just cut it up and put a slice at her seat on the table.  She was much more receptive to that.

Happy birthday Baby Girl!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Beatrix's Monthly Photos

Beatrix's last monthly photo!

These baby dreamscapes were so fun/stressful to put together.  I loved how they each turned out even though some are more perfect then others.  The process most months was a bit of a challenge.  This last month in particular.  It was a difficult to get Beatrix to lay flat on her stomach.  Like an hour of her crying and Scarlett and I trying to get her to lay down.  We also have plenty of issues with the the other kids, mainly Calista messing up my scene.  

In the end she still isn't holding the paint brush and I"m not even sure if most people can even tell what is going on but Beatrix was so over taking this picture I knew we weren't going to get any better. 

It is pretty fun to see them all back to back.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Beatrix Update

I found Beatrix having fun in the bathroom the other day.  She is quite the fan of toilet paper.
We had an hour to kill on base while waiting for the kids and I decided to try out the swings.  She wasn't sure what to think and I was freezing so after a few minutes we just went and sat in the car.  We we both happier in the warm car.
Sometimes she gets stuck behind the curtains, it is pretty cute.
I'm glad that she can watch the older kids playing outside and be entertained.  This way I don't have to go out with her.

We like to take selfies together.  And as hard as I try I cannot get her to keep a bow/hat/or headband on.  

 I can't believe her birthday is coming up!  She is still a little baby to me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Calista Update

Calista is back to taking her clothes off all the time.  It used to be just the diaper but now that she is potty training she takes pretty much everything off all the time.  It is not unusual for me to go in to get her out of bed and find her naked.  Not even a five point harness carseat can keep her shirt on.
This next picture was her at after school pick up.  She took her skirt off twice in ten minutes and I was stuck running around holding Beatrix while trying to put Calista's clothes back on as she fights me and runs away.
I've found that some long sleeve dresses she cannot take off.  She is happy to wear a dress and she has plenty that I don't really care if she ruins a "church dress."  It works well because pants she can always get off, but with the right dress she can be clothed all day.

I saw this picture on the front of the Uniqlo website so I screen shotted it.  I'm not sure if I posted it before.  This shoot was dreadful, Calista cried almost the entire time.  But I'm happy that they at least got one picture that they deemed worthy to use.