Monday, November 12, 2012
Many of you will recognize this snowsuit. It was given to me by my sister in law after her daughter, Kaitlin used it and then I used it for Bea. It was given to her by someone else who used it for her daughter, or maybe even daughters. Anyway, it's been used at least 5 times and it's still the cutest, puffiest and most hilarious snowsuit in the world. The sad thing is that Violette really hates being in it and does NOT like sledding at all. The other girls couldn't wait to bomb around in that suit at that age. I hope she bucks up and starts enjoying it soon. We have like 2 feet of snow on the ground with sledding hills, snow tunnels and snow caves all over our property!
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 11:20 AM
Monday, October 8, 2012
|My three girls sharing the umbrella stroller in France|
Of all my children's first years, this first year has gone by the fastest. I feel as though I missed a lot of things you did that I was fully aware of with the other kids because of all the changes that have taken place in our lives this past year, but the one thing that hasn't changed is the love that I feel for you every time I see your smiling face toddling toward me.
|Can you not love a little squishy baby|
|Eye Close up|
Violette, you are much like your brother, Henry in many ways, You have the same hair as he did, you have a similar round head, and you have similar temperament. You are very active and now that you started walking, you don't want to do anything but walk around. You also walked at exactly 11 months of age just like your brother, while your two sisters walked at 12 months. You are extremely vocal and you already act like you have your own language, which is also the same as Henry.
|Posing with Pinocchio in Florence|
|Vivi riding a very strange baby swing in France with holes that babies could easily fall right through|
|Violette posing with the most darling Asian boy we met on the street in Florence|
|Posing on a giant fake ship that was used for an old movie. This is what we did when we couldn't find the church one Sunday:(|
|Vivi dancing to an all young boy band on the street in Chamonix. It was like the Jonas Brothers all over again.|
One thing I wish you did is give me hugs. You are so stiff and don't EVER hug me or put your head on my shoulder unless you're asleep. When you're sick you lay on my shoulder and that's always the silver lining to you being sick is that I actually get some snuggle time with you. Henry was also the exact same way, so I'm not too worried because he's always hugging me and wanting to snuggle now. So, I can't wait to snuggle with you someday
|Violette eating peaches when we went peach picking. She LOVES peaches. You can see her under bite pretty well in this shot. Poor thing.|
|Sleeping in the bike seat in Luca, Italy|
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 10:17 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2012
So Violette just started crawling a few weeks ago and only a week or so after she started crawling she started pushing herself up to an unassisted stand. That's all she wants to do. She's so good at it now that she can do her crazy baby double arm wave and still balance. I really hope she doesn't walk while we're in Italy. That's going to be rough since I had planned on carrying her everywhere. I don't want her getting any ideas that she's going to get any chances to walk on that trip! On the other hand, it's kind of nice because she's not that interested in crawling, so she doesn't travel around the house that much. As you can see, she has some pretty sturdy legs! I love to squeeze 'em:)
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 10:18 PM
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
|Have I taken a photo of any of my kids lately where they don't have something on their faces? It's impossible!|
Violette is exactly 8 months old today and she's just starting to crawl. As she struggles to move around the floor, searching for food scraps left behind by Henry and Bea, she breathes very heavily and moans and groans at the difficulty of movement. I know she'll be happier once she gets moving, but for now, she goes backwards more than forwards and she doesn't like being on her stomach. In the past week, however, she's become a pro at rolling over and pushing herself up to a sit from her stomach. Pretty soon she'll be totally mobile! It's been so easy having an immobile baby, especially during this time we have been moving into our new house and I'm dreading having to control two babies who have no concept of danger, but it had to happen some time! She is so happy though and just like all my babies, I don't think she would ever cry if she didn't have siblings fighting over her all the time. All the kids just adore her. Tonight Bea played mommy and I watched her put on an apron, cook dinner for Vivi, then make a bed for her on the floor with blankets and tuck her into bed. Bea will be a great mother someday, just like her clone who is Justin's sister, Stefanie who is also pregnant with baby #5(I'm praying for a girl!).
Violette is also loving food! I didn't feed her until she was 7 months old because I was crazy with the move and all I could do was stick a bottle into her mouth, but she is loving the oatmeal cereal, which none of my other kids liked at all. She doesn't really love it when I mash up what we're eating yet, although I'm trying to get in as much Italian food as I can because I know that's what she'll be eating the entire month of August, She gets a few tastes in every day and then refuses it, but we'll just keep trying until she loves it. We love you Vivi Lu!
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 9:55 PM
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
|Check out that tongue action|
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 1:11 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
|These photos are a little snotty and slimy. All my kids have colds right now. Sorry.|
|Look at that adorable smile though! She's a real sweetheart.|
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 11:21 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
|What a happy girl|
|My little Henrietta. She is the female form of Henry.|
Here is my sweet little Violette with orange hair, wearing a swimsuit with orange slices on it and holding an orange parasol that my mom got for her. Her cheeks and lips are even a nice peachy shade of orange. Orange just makes me happy. How about you?
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 8:31 PM
Monday, March 5, 2012
I haven't taken many photos with my camera of the baby but somehow I always get some good shots with my phone. Here are a few cute ones I got at church.
|I think this is a hilarious face. This is what she looks like a lot because she's always saying something|
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 1:05 PM
Saturday, March 3, 2012
|My one redeeming feature is my buff looking shoulder. Thank you Clementine for keeping my arms strong!|
I got this amazing little collage from my friend Alissa in July when Justin finished taking his board exams, but just barely figured out how to take a screen shot so here I am, pregnant with little Vivi Lu. I'm wearing a dress that is not maternity and don't look at all as spectacular as I thought I did that night. I was trying to go for pregnant/sultry(with the red), but I'm just bulging out all over the place! haha! I pretty much had the fattest pregnancy ever with this tiny little girl.
Anyway, this is the same day I forgot Justin's clothes and we all ate a super fancy dinner up at Sundance while we were all dressed up and Justin had no shirt on, a coat, biking shorts and biking shoes. He could have cared less though since he was so happy about being done with all his tests.
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 11:56 PM
Thursday, March 1, 2012
|Happy, Chubby, and Clean!|
I have had such productive weeks lately and it's all thanks to my super sleeping baby! Violette sleeps next to me on the bed and now sleeps about 12 hours straight and she's the first baby I didn't have to do the transition with a few nights of screaming. She just naturally goes to sleep on her own with a binkie and a blanket over her eyes and falls asleep. I wish I had a crib I could transfer her to so I could get my room back, but hopefully soon we'll move to a new house that has more rooms and we can put all our kids in their own rooms. They'll eventually share rooms but not until they're a little older. Henry wants to be with Violette and Bea wants to be with Clementine. Sounds good to me.
Violette is getting close to rolling over. She tries to twist her body and I think she'll roll pretty soon. She is also close to sitting up, my favorite stage. I can't believe how fast this has transpired. The more babies you have, the faster life flows along. She smiles, talks a lot, is playing with toys, is holding her bottle and starting to enjoy being awake and isn't just sitting around doing nothing during the wakeful hours. Welcome to life little one!
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 3:04 PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
|Blue eyes, red hair and red lips. Doesn't get cuter than that!|
|My three girls! I'm the luckiest mom in the world.|
|Bea loves her baby sister|
She is sleeping in my bed with me, which is different than all my other babies. It's just more convenient when she wakes up at night, plus Justin has decided to sleep in the guest room until next month when she'll be forced to sleep through the night by none other than mean mommy. The day you turn 5 months old, I'm not coming in anymore. Sorry baby doll. That's the way it goes. That's the day Daddy moves back in! Back to the sleep issue though. So, I never snuggle with her when I'm sleeping or anything so is that still called co-sleeping? I never got into that, but maybe I'm doing it now. I really don't know.
She's not sitting up yet, or anywhere close to that, and she's not rolling over and hates to be on her stomach, so no serious progress yet. She's just smiling and laughing up a storm. We love our little redhead.
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 9:33 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 10:19 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
|Look at her double chin emerging and those rosy cheeks. No more starving baby here!|
So just for the record I have to document Violette's first few months of life since we basically have no photos because our camera broke and because it was the holidays and it got hectic around here. Also I have to document that I have been trying to breastfeed her and no matter how much I feed her, she doesn't seem to be getting enough milk, possibly because she sleeps so much at night and even if I feed her every two hours during the 12 hours she's awake, my milk supply seems to be confused. When I stopped pumping exclusively at around 7 weeks and just try to start breastfeeding I got thrush again for like the umteenth time and had to get on serious medication. Thankfully it went away, but during that time I was in such pain that I would just put off nursing for one more hour here and there until I was only nursing like 4 times in a 24 hour period and Violette had so little energy that she wouldn't even cry, but just slept all day long. She went 12 hours one day without even waking up and that's when it hit me, plus that same day I looked at her and she seemed to have that "starving child" look:Hunger in her eyes and cheekbones poking out. I took her to her appointment and she had indeed lost over one pound. I felt horrible and cried in agony at my neglectful behavior. How could I have not known? I guess it's because she never cried that I thought she was fine. Thankfully, our pediatrician immediately had us pump her full of extra milk and formula, which I did, and now she's three months old, doing great, gaining weight and smiling all day long. She still sleeps about 7 or 8 hours straight from when I put her to bed until I wake up in the morning, which is a huge blessing for me, then I nurse her and she sleeps until about noon if I want her to. If not, I get her up and she's awake for a couple hours before needing to take a really long nap. All in all, she probably sleeps around 18 hours per day still if I let her. The least amount she will sleep is about 14, but then she's usually really cranky and wants to be put to bed. All I have to do is swaddle her, nurse her or put her binkie in and lay a soft blankie over her eyes and she'll fall right to sleep. She really is a sweet and easy baby. I even love hearing her little cry because it's so soft and unoffensive. I just wanted to admit to your history that you had a continuation of a rough start and that I'm sorry little one. I felt horrible but now you're my 1st priority right now. I just love you so much!
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 11:39 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2012
|Violette's blessing dress made by my mom|
|Violette starting to smile. She looks just like Henry to us!|
Posted by Amelia Hohl at 2:10 PM