Monday, January 12, 2015

More from April

Getting a little out of order in my catching up on the blog.  Most of these pics were from back in April.
Taking the babies to the playground in the baby carriers I made them.

Early May 2014

More cute cheeks

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Easter fun

Betty in a new mama sewn dress for Easter.  It only fit for a couple months then it became Cora's bunny's dress.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby cheeks and toes


Selfies and first beach visit

It's a little embarrassing taking and posting selfies but I just wanted to document how tiny she was so I could look back and remember holding this teeny person all curled up on me.

New baby loving

No baby ever got so many kisses!

Coming home

Fresh home from the hospital! Taking turns holding Betty.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

At the hospital

We named our baby Elizabeth Tam Nielson, planning on using Betty as the nickname for Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is my middle name, and Betty and Tam are my grandma's names.  She was born with some very distinctive birthmarks on her face, just like her big sister Cora.  Like Cora's, these are expected to fade after a year or so.  The nurse informed us that these types of birthmarks are known as angel kisses, and indeed, the one on her forehead looks like a lipstick mark.  I love having this little reminder of where she comes from and treasure the thought of one of our many family members in heaven giving her a parting kiss before sending her down to us.  

Meeting Betty

After church on Sunday the kids went to Grandma and Grandpa's house for a while and then uncle Johnny brought them to the hospital to meet baby Betty.  They loved her right away - especially Cora. She fell right into her role as big sister all over again and has been very loving and protective towards her baby sister ever since.

Birth day!

On March 9th at 4:52 am our baby girl arrived!  She was 7 pounds even and 20.5" long. She was healthy and beautiful and we fell in love with her instantly.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Waiting for baby

Here are some more things that we got up to in the month before the baby arrived.

These are a couple of tops I sewed for Cora.  I made these two and one other that I didn't get a picture of that she never wears - so frustrating!  I love them but she doesn't - even though she said she did when I was making them and even gave me input on details like the pockets.  It's really hit or miss sewing for her and even though I try to pay attention to things like comfort and details she likes, like front buttons, floral fabric, pockets, etc, nothing is a sure bet except maybe pink floral.  

February and Valentine's Day

Here are some of the things we got up to around early February.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Elijah's birthday

Our sweet little Elijah turned 3 on the 29th.  He requested to have "old McDonald's" for dinner.  Then we had a fun, low key family party with an elephant theme, Elijah's favorite animal.  I made a yummy homemade  3 layer chocolate cake with blue buttercream frosting, per Elijah's request.  Cora and Elijah decorated it with skittles and we put an elephant on top for good measure.  That's my new favorite way to decorate birthday cakes - candy border, plastic toy topper, maybe sprinkles and a name or age piped on (but not this time).  Cute and easy and the kids can help!

Big waves

A couple nights last week we drove out to check out the big waves on the North Shore.  The first day it wasn't actually that big, but the kids had fun playing in the sand a bit and we saw a nice sunset.  

Early January

Here are my little chefs in home-sewn chef attire.  Cora has an apron and oven mitts too that I made but wasn't wearing them for this pic.  She is still waiting patiently for me to make her a chef hat too.