Almost Crawling

LittleL.G. is mobile and can pretty much get wherever she wants to go.  She started spinning on her stomach, and then moved on to army crawling.  Now she can scoot on her bum, drag herself pretty speedily around and gets into the crawling and sitting position from her belly.

MiniM.E. is really excited for her to start crawling... So she's helping with the training:



When MiniM.E. was a baby I used to bathe her every day.  With two kids running around and our new early bedtimes, finding time for a bath seems like an almost impossible task.  Now that LittleL.G. is bigger, I usually throw them in together sometime at the end of the day when MiniM.E. just wants to keep playing and when I should really be making dinner, but something has to give every few days... I don't want to be the mom with the smelly kids.

This week was the first time in a long time that we did separate baths.  Which gave me an extra hand to take a few photos.


Playgrounds and Spraygrounds

That's what summers are made of.  (and pools and lakes, but not in this post)

We made our first trip of the summer to the "Triangle Playground" which was MiniM.E.'s favorite when we lived closer to it.
tire swinging

pumping high!

swinging together

MiniM.E.'s new favorite way to swing in our yard
 The sprayground at West Side Rec was finally open over the weekend and MiniM.E. was literally jumping for joy:

LittleL.G. was less than impressed

chewing on a water bottle was way more fun

and swinging took the cake
 Gavin Park:


Back to the Beach

We have been sleep training LittleL.G. for the past couple weeks, and I have to say she is a much happier baby when she is rested.  And I am a much happier mommy when I am rested.  However, in order for sleep training to work, we have to be home for at least two of LittleL.G.'s nap every. single. day.  That is a huge commitment for me, and so much different from my usual schedule-less days.  But I think it's worth it.  It definitely makes outings challenging because we only have a few hours in between naps.  Yesterday we went to the beach between LittleL.G.'s morning nap and afternoon naps.  Which gave us about 90 minutes at the beach by the time we got there.  I wasn't sure if it would be worth it, but I think shorter activities are better for both girls, so the only one it isn't best for is me because I have to lug, set up, take down and bring back so much that we need for the beach.  Guess I better get used to it because both girls really love the beach.


A Farm Field Trip

Monday we went to a farm with MiniM.E.'s school.  MiniM.E. insisted upon riding the bus, but conveniently, siblings are not allowed to ride the bus.  So we twisted Gram's arm to stay and extra day so one of us could ride with MiniM.E. and the other could drive LittleL.G.

MiniM.E. was looking forward to the farm field trip way back a month or so ago when they started the farm unit and got eggs in their classroom.  

Even though there was much too much talking for a group of 3-5 year olds and it was HOT to be at a farm with animals (so stinky), I think she had a great time (don't let these photos fool you...).  Lots of animals, lots of touching, and a really hot hayride.