Sunday, February 26, 2012

Growing independence and a copy cat

My days around the house are tiring, long, but amusing. Sanaa is becoming more and more independent every day. This week she has shown a great deal of interest in dressing herself, although she gets frustrated easily. There has been a couple of days she has gotten most of her clothes on all by herself. Getting her shirt on is by far the hardest part. One evening after bath she even put on her pjs and brushed her hair all by herself. I cringed a lot as she brushed her hair because she insisted on brushing it upward instead of downwards creating a nice big knot. But at least she tried.

Sanaa has also started to insist on making her own food at times. She has managed to make her very own pb&j sandwich. She had a hard time getting the jam out of the jar but she did all the spreading, put the two pieces of bread together, and even cut her sandwich in half. 

The final thing Sanaa has insisted on doing lately is tying my shoes. She spent about 5 minutes tying one of my shoes and it took me about 5 minutes to get it undone. But at least she's practicing!

The finished product.

And then their is Layla.... little miss copy cat. She has to do everything her big sister does. If Sanaa is dancing, Layla will dance. If Sanaa is reading a book, Layla will look at a book. If I set lunch or dinner on the table and Sanaa refuses to eat any of it, Layla refuses to eat any of it. Ugh.

Layla has also witnessed her sister draw on herself and copied that as well. One day Layla decorated her leg with green marker and the next day she used a pen to decorate her tummy. Layla also used the pen to decorate our couch, which I still need to clean.

Layla was upset that I made her stand next to the tub to take her picture because she really wanted in the tub. She loves bath time!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chalk drawing

Can anyone guess what Sanaa's chalk drawing is? 
She's turning into quite the little artist.

Answer: Sanaa drew me (or in her words, "It's mommy.") Yep, belly and all. I apparently have a very funky hair-do too. What you can't really see from the picture is that she used multiple chalk colors for my hair and belly. I'm quite impressed with her drawing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Homemade bath paints

I had one of those, "why didn't I think of that sooner" thoughts this afternoon. Sanaa loves to paint and do anything artsy. Layla would love to join in, but there are days I just don't want to clean up the mess after Layla. So I looked up how to make bath paints and found a recipe with 3 ingredients on another blog. So cool! I only mixed up two colors since I wanted to see how it went and it went well. The girls, especially Layla, loved it. This is by far the best way to let Layla paint. At least until the weather is warmer and I can hose her down outside.

They painted a good portion of the tub, but also had a great time wiping the paint off! I didn't have to do any cleaning after their bath since they wiped down all the walls for me.

Next I plan to try making bath crayons. I've found several recipes for that as well and I hope that the crayons last longer than just one bath. The girls emptied the small amount of paint I made, which I fully expected them to do and it would be nice to have something for them to draw with/paint with that lasts longer.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Malakai's room

Yesterday I put together most of the crib that Sanaa used to sleep in. The girls "helped" by playing in the room and saying, "Uh-oh" whenever I dropped a screw. I ended up putting it together as a daybed for now because the girls were very excited about using it. I figure Malakai won't be using it for quite some time, so why not let the girls enjoy the room as a playroom until Malakai arrives. Besides it'll only take a couple of minutes to put the fourth side of the crib on and raise the mattress.

The car rug was a gift last year to our girls and I figured that would work well in Malakai's room. It's always nice to be able to use something you already have!
I still have a ways to go with the room. I want to move the curtains in the girls room (they are white with blue stripes) into Malakai's room, but that means finding some new curtains for the girls. I need something kind of heavy since a lot of light comes in through their window and will wake Sanaa up. I also would like to get a crib skirt for Malakai's crib. I've been tossing the idea around of making one and looked up several tutorials on the internet. It doesn't look hard (just a bunch of straight line sewing) but it's a matter of finding fabric and time to actually sew. So we'll see if I actually complete that project or cave in and buy something!

Malakai's room is also a yellowish color which I'm not fond of, so I'd like to repaint the room as well. But that is one project I refuse to tackle when it's just me and the girls. I think the girls would be a little too helpful and get paint all over. I know Sanaa could help since she helped paint Nate's study in our old house, but I'm not sure Layla would that helpful.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a good day! Sanaa had her Valentine's day party and I hadn't planned to attend but for the first time ever, Sanaa started crying at school when I dropped her off. Her teacher was kind enough to pick her up and distract her so I could leave but that was after I promised her I'd be back for her party. Attending a preschool party with a 20-month-old is not my idea of a good time. Thankfully Layla did good most of the time. It was the last 10 minutes that she was a handful.

Sanaa is sitting in the pink chair. She and her classmates got to decorate their own heart shaped cookies and eat them.

At the party Sanaa and her classmates also played a couple games. Watching 3-year-olds play games like bingo and a version of musical chairs in which no chairs are removed is pretty funny. Some of them understood the directions quite well while others looked completely lost. Sanaa did well. She even gave up her chair when one of the boys tried to pull her out of it. The teacher saw that and thanked Sanaa for sharing her chair.
A shot down the table. Sorry that it's blurry but Layla ran across the room to inspect something right as I snapped it.

Sanaa going through all her loot.

Flowers from daddy. The girls got some pink carnations from Nate. He started giving them flowers last year and is continuing the tradition.

Sanaa shared one of her lollipops with Layla and Layla thought that was awesome!

Two sweet sisters. As Sanaa held Layla she said, "I'm holding a baby just like Ariana!" (She was referring to her newest cousin)

The girls also pretended to go camping on our front window sill while I made dinner. Sanaa came into the kitchen twice and scolded me for making too much noise and waking them up!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crafts, cooking, and clothes

We've been busy around here which has been the main reason for not updating the blog. I think about it, but don't quite get around to it. Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I've been helping Sanaa finish making her Valentines' cards for her classmates. Instead of buying a Valentine's card, I decided Sanaa could just paint and decorate some. It was cheaper since we had everything on hand, plus she LOVES to paint.

For Sanaa's teacher we made a picture with a heart flower bouquet (I saw the idea on Pinterest). For the hearts I used some of the paintings that Sanaa had made a few weeks ago. I cut everything out and Sanaa glued the items down. For her classmates I drew a heart on some blank post cards and let her paint them. She then added some heart stamps. On the back of her classmates cards it says, "Happy Valentine's Day" and has a picture of the classmate it goes to.

Layla doesn't like being left out of craft time so this morning we made puppets out of lunch sacks. Layla had a blast using the glue stick and placing the yarn and other items on the bag.

Sanaa's puppet turned out to be a super hero with a cape and she was very proud of it!

Cooking anything has become quite difficult because the minute I begin pulling out ingredients to start cooking I have two little helpers pushing me out of the way so that they can "help." Most days I'm fairly patient with them, but there are some days I just wish they'd leave me alone because I don't want to clean up after them. On this particular day, I was in a good mood and very patient and let them work together to make their own pizza, which is a good thing since cheese ended up all over the floor! 

And finally, in whatever spare time I do have, I've been going through all the clothes the girls have outgrown. One of my cousins helps coordinate a consignment sale in Portland. It's coming up in the middle of March and I'm going to sell all the girl clothes we've accumulated over these past years. So far, I've only gone through the newborn and 0-3 month clothing and it's covering our dining room table. I had no idea we had that much. I still have a couple more boxes to go through but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll get everything priced and tagged in time for the sale.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Baby shower for Ryan and Karen

Yesterday my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my brother and his wife. It was a family baby shower where we invited all the uncles, aunts, and cousins in the area to come meet Ariana and shower Ryan and Karen with girly stuff. I didn't get many pictures because I honestly forgot about the camera and didn't think about it until Ryan and Karen were opening gifts. So I had Nate snap a few pictures for me.

We had approximately 27 family members attend the shower so it was a wonderful turn out. We all had a good time chatting, eating, and holding Ariana.

This is my dad's eldest sister holding Ariana. There is a 20 year age difference between my dad (who is the baby of the family) and the oldest in the family!

Sanaa and Layla had a wonderful time playing with the other cousins. There were 5 other kids there (all older than Sanaa and Layla) but my girls loved the attention they received from my cousins girls. I guess these would be Sanaa and Layla's 2nd cousins. I get so confused after you get past first cousins as to what the relationship is.

I made a diaper bassinet as a small center piece. It was very easy to make. The longest part of the process was trying to find my rubber bands and ribbon since I wasn't sure what box they were still packed in!

Sanaa helped make cupcakes for the shower. She mixed the icing so that it was pink and then put the sprinkles on the cupcakes after I had iced them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Introducing our....

New son! Sanaa's wish came true and we are expecting a boy!

Nate and I were a bit shocked. I think I expected it to be another girl even though I thought it was a boy. For awhile I've been pretty certain we were having a boy since my cravings were drastically different than the previous two pregnancies and every time I thought about decorating the spare room or making a baby blanket I could only envision colors in blue. I didn't even consider picking out a girls name because I didn't think we'd need one. It wasn't until last night after the Sanaa and Layla were in bed that Nate and I finally decided on a girl's name, but I guess we didn't need it. :-)

We've chosen the name Malakai Daniel. (We tried hard to find a boy's name with multiple A's!! Just kidding. But having multiple A's is definitely a theme with us.) We've had the first name picked out for nearly 4 years. The middle name was harder. We had a different middle name picked out and then changed it this morning while we were driving to the doctor's office. We really like how these two names seem to flow together.

(Note from Nate the Word Nerd: Malakai is a derivative of the Hebrew word Malachi which means My Messenger, while Daniel means God is my Judge. It is significant for us that both names are Old Testament prophets, one Minor and one Major. Malachi in particular has always been one of my favorite prophets. By changing the spelling to Malakai we've essentially created a more Arabic word by attaching it to the Arabic root "malak" meaning angel or messenger.)

We got to tell Rosa's parents and aunt Karen in person this time around. We let Sanaa do the honors. When we saw Rosa's mom, Sanaa jumped up and down and said, "It's a boy!" The conversation with Rosa's dad was funnier and it went like this:

Rosa: "Sanaa, do have something you want to tell grandpa?"
Sanaa: "No."
Nate: "You want to tell grandpa what we found out today? Do you want to tell grandpa what you're going to get?"
Grandpa: "Are you getting a bunny rabbit?"
Sanaa: *starts walking away and shrugs her shoulders* "No. It's just a brother."

Malakai is growing well and moving a lot. I've felt the small flutter movements for a little over a week now. The technician doing the ultrasound made the comment that he's a big boy and is approximately 9 ounces in weight (nearly 10 ounces). But according to baby center that's an average weight. So I don't know that he's really that big.

And here's an updated picture of me and my big belly at 19 1/2 weeks. I figured after Sanaa's comment you all might be wondering just how big I am.