Baby Isla comes to play.

On Friday we had the opportunity to take of Isla, Camilla’s best baby buddy. The girls were just so stinkin’ cute together that I couldn’t resist pulling out my camera. Care to see how our afternoon went?

Baby Isla comes to play!

Isla came while Camilla was napping but when I carried her into the living room, she broke out into the hugest smile.

She has pretty shoes.

I didn’t even bother with toys for a while because they were so amused by each other.

She can walk.

Even though Isla’s about the same size, she’s two months older and can already walk.

Sometimes we get left behind.

This meant that poor Camilla got left in the dust sometimes…

…while at others she was the subject of a little too much attention. (I put the camera down right after this.)

Camilla wishes she could sit up, too.

Camilla was also a little bummed that she can’t sit up by herself yet.

It seems that sitting babies have all the fun. (And the toys.)

Learning to share.

I can see that having friends over is very important when it comes to learning how to share.

For now, though, I am pleased with how well they both did.

Eventually the fussies set in and we moved to the kitchen to have a little snack.

Eating happily.

It’s so fun to have a friend over for lunch!

Isla buckled down and ate her peas with gusto.

Making a big ol' mess.

Camilla, however, was so distracted that she made an even bigger mess of her teething biscuit than usual.

Trying it out for the first time.

Eventually, I gave Camilla a turn in the exersaucer while Isla cruised around the kitchen. I had been trying to convince myself that these things are overrated (and thus we don’t need to have a massive plastic baby gym in our apartment), but alas…Camilla did not get the memo. She loved it.

The excersaucer kept them both happy at once.

What can I say? It kept them both happy at once. I am converted.

(Not shown: the triumph of womanhood in which I held a nursing Camilla with my left arm and fed Isla her bottle with my right. I can feed two babies at once!)

A bit of paper crafting.

I am typing this in between pairs figure skating performances, so we’ll see how that works. Why are my favorite olympic events on so late at night? I have a 5 am alarm clock that never forgets to reset itself.

Belated Valentine's decorations.

I told my mum that I would post photos of a little bit of crafting I did for a Valentine’s Day luncheon at church. I forgot to take my camera on Sunday but I put a few of the garlands up in our apartment since they’re so pretty that I can’t bear to put them away for an entire year. I’d forgotten how much I like red and pink sometimes.

I got the idea from the Purl Bee and wanted to make them in felt but felt wouldn’t fit into my circle cutter and I just didn’t have it in me to cut them all out by hand (I made 54 feet of these).

Paper circle garland.

So, in case you’re wondering, the instructions work just as well with cardstock. The only real problem I had was with the invisible thread: after some practice, I learned to sew a few blank stitches in between circles in order to create some extra space. If you sew them one after another the thread tends to tighten and pulls the circles together, which means that they aren’t free to spin.

Sewn with invisible thread.

I really liked the method of cutting out all your colors, putting them in a bag, jumbling them up, and then just seeing what you get. I think the randomness makes these look more modern, which is something I wanted.

This is unrelated, but here Bean is modeling one of my new(ish) kitchen improvements: I added window film to our sliding glass door. She’s a little miffed because I took away her view, but now she doesn’t bark and wake the baby so much since she can’t see all our neighbors walking their dogs. And I feel free to leave the curtains open most of the time since I don’t think that everyone is using the opportunity to scope out our apartment.

Back to the garlands, though…I made 6 strands of red and pink, 6 of red and white, and 6 of a red/pink/green/blue combo that I’m going to use for Camilla’s birthday (hey, I used to get paid to plan ahead). So now I have plenty to rotate through the different seasons and I have paper and plans to make up a few more colorways. If you’re looking for a cheap craft that looks good on the ceiling, I really recommend these garlands: we think they’re pretty great!

Camilla approves.

All about food.

I waited until Christmas Day to give Camilla her first bite of food because I’m sentimental about stuff like that. She was 6 months old and had been closely watching us put that mysterious stuff in our mouths for weeks so I deemed her ready for some rice cereal. Before we gave Camilla her first bites, I was feeling a little mopey about nursing and how she wasn’t going to want me anymore and that sort of thing. But as you can see, it turns out that I didn’t need to worry: milk is definitely still baby’s first choice.

(These photos are actually from her second taste since the lighting was terrible the first time and I was laughing so hard that all the photos are shakey. But the sequence of events is essentially the same.)

One of her first bites...

What?!? Is this for me?? I am literally shaking with excitement that I get my very own bite of food!

Slurp.

Cough, cough, splutter.

What the heck, people? This is disGUSting! There is no way that this is what you get so excited about.

Ewwwwwy ewwwy ewwy ewy ew.

An empty spoon…now that’s more like it.

Done!

We figured out pretty quickly that the most objectionable element to oatmeal and rice cereal was the texture. So we gave that a break for a few weeks and switched to large pieces of apple and pear that doubled as teething toys. They were a much bigger hit.

Yaaayyy, I know what this is!

This is the good stuff.

Apple is much better than oatmeal, I guess.

I don’t know who they think they’re foolin’ with that other nonsense…rice cereal is for loser babies. I only want apple.

Once, in my (ahem) absence, husband also presented her with half of an overripe cantaloupe.

After inspecting it closely, she tackled the problem with all of her baby skills.

I guess cantaloupe is pretty okay, too.

Her first taste of cantaloupe.

Unfortunately, the arrival of her two bottom teeth meant that handing her big chunks of fruit wasn’t such a great idea anymore since she could break off surprisingly large pieces. Enter those genius little mesh bag thingies.

We stuff a piece of apple or pear in the top, hand it over, and let her work on it for 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

Then everybody is happy.

My only concern is that the mesh part is really hard to clean sans dishwasher. If anyone has any tips, let me know…

Oh, here is a photo of those two little teeth. I know you were really wanting to see them, right?

Two little teeth.

Do not be fooled: they are adorable, but they are also razor-sharp. And gnawing on fingers is their preferred form of entertainment. Camilla has been teething again like crazy recently and I am crossing my fingers that about four more are on the verge of appearing. If only one piddly tooth shows up after a month of this then I am going to be a little put out.

Scootin' on the floor.

Who, me? Make a fuss? You must be joking.

All I do all day is roll around on the floor while Mommy tries to sew.

Playin' with the Beans.

I even play nicely with The Beans.

Now that I have sticky fingers and I’ve learned to throw food on the ground, she likes me more than ever.

It’s funny how that works…