Monthly Archives: October 2011

Ellie is Three




Ellie turned three! And if you ask her how old she is, she looks at her hands and slowly arranges her fingers and tells you, “I’m free!”, completely charming whoever asked.  Though she knew all her letters and numbers soon after turning 2, she now knows what they are for, that numbers quantify something and that letters make up the words in books and spell her name.


5/15/11 Studying

In the last few months her language skills have skyrocketed.  Not only is she a wonderful conversationalist, she uses excellent grammar and you can often see her brain exploring the words she’s using and putting them together in new ways to subtly change their meaning.  She’s constantly surprising us with the terribly mature words and sentences she uses.  How bittersweet it is to watch your kids growing up!

5/22/11 Found her this way! She'd set up her guys to read to them while on the potty.


Jesse got a soccer ball and we all kick it back and forth, she loves to ride her “bike” and she’s starting to create games to play.  She now arranges her toys into different life situations, sitting a bunch of little animals and people down for meals, or arranging them for naptimes with pillows underneath and blankies on top.  She loves to lay down and play with whatever her baby sisters are batting at.



She still loves books, but movies are also often requested.  She wants to completely independently choose what she wears and usually refuses any help to put it on.  She’s currently in a stubborn phase of refusing to wear long sleeves or pants, so is learning about being cold.  She also prefers her panties off, so we have had to make rules about going outside without clothes on.  Obviously, that they all must be in place before she can go out.

8/24/11 Stinson Beach

8/31/11 Baking a cake

For a long time now, she’s been able to sing all of the songs we sing together and can recite many of her books page by page.  She reads to her babies and I see now, over in her dollhouse, that she has placed the mommy she unwrapped today (from her good friend Brooklyn) onto the toilet.  For, I imagine, an all-night poop.

9/13/11 First day of "school"

9/13/11 See my new shoes?

She is, of course, gorgeous.  Her hair got so long and thick that I trimmed it and will again soon.  It’s still probably blond, but as it gets longer, the new growth might be closer to brown.  Her eyes are a lovely green/brown/blue, that is unlike any hazel I’ve seen before, but could only be called hazel.  Her skin is very soft and sweet and she smells so good when you cuddle up next to her. Her eyebrows are still incredibly expressive.

9/30/11 Gave the babies some toys and blankies


Her skin looks fairly light, but must not be as light as mine, because even with forgetting sunscreen now and then this summer (I’ve been a little distracted), she has yet to ever have a sunburn.  I hope she got Jesse’s family’s tendency to produce melanin rather then burning.  She is still long and lean with a little round belly.  At her 3 year appointment she weighed 27.5 pounds and was 36 inches tall.  Which lands her squarely where she was born, in the 25th percentile for both.  I’d say she’s perfect.

10/7/11 With Faith. Ellie didn't manage to blow out her candles by herself on any of the 3 cakes we lit.


Katy and Lola, 4 Months


Lola on the left, Katy on the right (probably)

Can you believe they’re already four months old? Or that it has only been four months. Which is more incredible? When they were born they were only tiny little handfuls and now they are getting difficult to hold onto 2 at a time.

Very first baby picture - Lola, frothing at the mouth, Katy not yet into the world!

They have come so far in these four months, it’s a shame I haven’t gotten around to writing about them until now.  They have absolutely dazzling smiles with cheek dimples and double chins and raised eyebrows.  As they smile they often initiate a conversation, little buzzes in the throat and ahs and oohs.  I noticed their first smiles within a day of each other when they were 7 weeks old, which was only about 2 weeks gestational age!

6 Weeks

They play with their tongues a lot, seeming to taste the air with them.  I love to see their tongues curling up into their mouths as they smile, sticking out to taste the world and getting ready to curl around when they nurse.  They have the cutest little mouths and when they cry, they stick out their bottom lip far enough to park a small car.

4 Weeks

When they are playing on their backs or getting their diaper changed, they energetically flex and straighten their legs.  When they stretch out their arms, they barely reach higher than the top of their heads.

5 Weeks

They have just started to look at each other and I caught Lola smiling at Katy a few days ago (Katy was looking elsewhere).  They have flipped both from front to back and back to front, but so far don’t reliably do either.  They are playing with toys, if you count looking at and batting with hands playing.  Their favorite inanimate object is the monitor (which hums and slightly flashes its lights) next to the changing table, which they look at immediately and smile and coo at.

4 Weeks

They lost most of their newborn inch long blond hair and have grown back a new centimeter of the same light color.  Light enough that they are called bald by passersby.  Their big eyes have lightened to a fairly bluish tint, which is pretty close to Ellie’s at this age.  They have lost some of their milia, but still have some of the white freckles here and there.  They have very soft and fair skin.  It’s delectably kissable.  Their baby cheeks and fuzzy heads feel like heaven up next to me.

5 Weeks

As I write this they have nursed to sleep and are now sitting up in my arms, curled together with their heads within reach of kisses. And their blond eyelashes against their cheeks and their soft breathing in my ears.  How lucky I am!

3 months - Welcome to the Jungle