Scout Ivy at 4 Months

Scout is 4 Months old! And what a doll she is. 

Scout is rolling over from her tummy to her back constantly and chews on her fists. She holds her head and back up like a champ and has officially found her feet! 

She still does naughty things like while she is dozing off, she takes one of her darling little fingers and hooks it under her pacifier and pulls it out. And then she cries and cries. What is that instinct? Why does she do it? It's like she can't help herself. Silly girl.

I have officially named her little Owl Gretchen! 

When she is really mad and lying down on her tummy, she burrows her head and feet in the ground and sticks her chubby, diaper, butt, into the air and yells. It's the cutest thing. And she has started to move more when lying by herself. I will come into the room and she will be at a totally different angle and further away than how she started. It's pretty awesome. 

When Scout is mad at us for not picking her up and once we FINALLY come and get her, she lets out this funny sigh/snort that sounds like a horse. You know the one. It's as if she is saying "you people are the worst" or "it's about dang time". It's one of my very favorite things and she has done it since birth. 

Scout has had quite a few colds. A lot more than Geddy did at this age. But with Geddy, I never really left the house because THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN STRESSFUL. Haha, I've come a long way. Also, I think having an older brother who is now in preschool and constantly touching Scout's hands/face/feet/everything spreads germs quickly. This last cold she had was super sad. She had a terrible fever and then her throat hurt so bad she would barely eat. It was way sad. And we saw a different side of her. She was SENSITIVE. If I coughed a tiny bit while nursing and it startled her, she would unlatch and just wail. And it would go ON and ON and ON. I think we have a bit of a cry baby on our hands. Which is okay but man, it was silly. We are so glad that she is back to good health now and hope to keep her that way! 

Still nurses really well and sleeps okay. Once we hit 4 months, she became a little harder to keep asleep and get asleep. We are working on it. I am thinking of doing some sleep training at 5 months if I can muster the strength. Scout still loves to cuddle. When I go to lay her down for naps, she likes me to hold her while we are both on our sides and hold her hand (that naughty hand that pulls out the pacifier). It's very darling. She is definitely a sweet baby and may be manipulating her Mama just slightly. But why not hold her to sleep while she is little? I may have to break the habit later but they are only little once! 

Scout is still super tall for her age at about 95%. She has a big head at about 80% and is slender at around 40%. She basically has the body percentages I wish I had. Jokes, I love my body. 

Geddy absolutely loves her. Truly, he does. He asks to snuggle her on the daily and will try to play with her. And she has started to smile at him a lot more. They really like each other and it makes my heart EXPLODE. Like, take me to the hospital, tender. He loves to help her take baths (she LOVES baths) and gives her kisses on her cheeks. It's wonderful. Having two kids can be hard but even more rewarding. Because the love feeds off of each other and just expounds. Bless these little spirits in my life. I feel so lucky. 

She still hates her car seat. You should see her face when ever she is in it. If she isn't crying she is rocking an old, grouchy, man face. I'll have to take a picture to document it. 

And there you have it! Our sweet Little Sister. She is such a joy and makes us all so happy. We love you Scooter (that is the nickname that has stuck, sorry Scout!). 

Happy Thursday!



Geddy's First Day Of Preschool!

Well, my Little Dude is growing right up. Two weeks ago, Geddy started preschool. This was a hard and daunting and SCARY thing for me. Not because he is getting so big and not because I don't want him to grow up but it freaked me out that he was gonna be in someone else's care for 2 1/2 hours twice a week. 

I was so worried that they wouldn't understand him or that the kids would be mean to him or that the teachers wouldn't like him. It's the real "Mama Bear" instinct that kicks in and makes me think "nope, he needs to stay with me his entire life" but clearly, that's not healthy. 

So, on the first day we went and met his teachers. They are these two wonderful women (a Mother and Daughter, actually) and they run an incredible preschool from their basement. I had already scoped it out back in May and was really impressed. We got Geddy all cleaned up nice and went to the "back to school" day. I asked Chad to come with me because I needed him to help with Scout (aka, I needed moral support because I was really nervous). 

Geddy was nervous, for sure. He had a few questions and I could tell he was getting tense right before so, we just swept everyone out the door and went. And low and behold it went marvelously. The teachers were terrific and he loved seeing all the wonderful things in his class. And from there it's been really wonderful. He benefits from the stimulation and I benefit from the little break every week. And I feel like he is safe. The teachers say hi to him using his name every time he arrives and he loves to run in with all the other kids and is all smiles when we arrive and when we pick him up. 

Moral of the story, I had nothing to worry about. This is a time of growth for him (and ME). Man I love this kid. He is a terrific soul.

Happy Wednesday! We are so proud of you Geddy!



In July, we had an Olson family reunion and it was a real treat. I was suppose to write this post months ago but, shocker, I forgot! I didn't want to lose these pictures so I am publishing them now so I have record of them. Yay!

Happy Wednesday!



Geddy Warren at 3 1/2 Years Old

And we can't forget about Big Brother! Geddy is about 3 1/2 years old now. He wanted to have his picture taken when I was taking Scout's so that's why he is chillin' in undies and a hoodie. We keep it casual in the de Lisle home, as you can tell. 

Geddy is quite the character. Still full of passion and he feels everything so deeply. If he is sad, he is really sad. If he is mad, he is really mad (and it often includes a couple punches and kicking from him). But when he is happy, he is TRULY happy. And when he is excited, he is very excited and it is extremely contagious. 

Geddy is still extremely active. This boy lives every moment of the day to the fullest. He wants to climb mountains and leap over buildings in a single bound (not literally of course). He is happiest being outside or wrestling or exploring or pretending to be hiding from monsters. Daddy is his favorite playmate because they can be real rough when they wrestle. They will stuff both their shirts with pillows and that makes the wrestling extra fun. Mama is too boring for that, let's be honest.

Although he still really loves dinosaurs and a good truck, Geddy has become ever more interested in Robots. I would love to find him a really cool robot toy, if anyone has a good one in mind, let me know! He still likes to read but would rather play with toys or be outside.

11 hours is about as long as we can get him to sleep at night and naps are a fading memory that happened a loooooong time ago (much to Mom's chagrin ). And when he is ready to wake in the morning, you know. Although he never leaves his room (I don't know how we taught him that but he has never even opened the door to come out on his own at night, we got lucky) he will lay at the foot of his door and yell with the most bellowing of voices, "OPEN DOOR DADDY". It can be quite alarming to hear in the quiet of the night.

I am grateful to say that Geddy has become slightly less picky. We still eat a lot of PB and J sandwiches (on whole wheat bread!) and chicken nuggets, I have now been able to sneak fruits into his diet. He loves fresh orange juice, which I was thrilled to find out. Got to get that vitamin C in there somehow. He also really likes those veggie chips that come in pringles-esq cans. And I fool myself into thinking they are fairly healthy. He will also eat apples and grapes. He really enjoys proteins, like chicken, steak, burger, and tuna every once in a while. Heck, I've even been able to make him a turkey sandwich a few times. This is an improvement people, we were at a standstill just a few months ago. He also eats a lot of yogurt and whole wheat toast. NO VEGGIES though. Like, NONE. So we take a daily vitamin, in hopes that will help him NOT get scurvy (j/k, I know that the Orange Juice will help with that but you get my point).

Geddy still loves nursery and is doing better with friends. We are obviously still learning to share and Geddy has some trust issues with other children. He often assumes they are going to be mean or take toys from him (which they might) so he always has his guard up a bit. I don't know where that came from. Maybe nursery? Haha. I have been really impressed by how well he gets the whole sharing thing. We have to clearly referee situations but if we remind him, he usually gets it pretty good. But he is still a 3 year old so we are always learning!

We have experienced some epic meltdowns, as many do with 3 year olds. But we work through them. Geddy has been working on his potty skills (I say working on because it is really a work in progress but he has done great for the most part). And he starts preschool in September but lets not discuss this because I may start crying or go into a full blown panic. Let's just say Mom isn't quite ready but it's time. Geddy's communication have also exploded in the last 6 months. Hurray!

Geddy absolutely loves his baby sister, Scout. He asks if he can kiss her on the cheek or snuggle her. Like multiple times, every day. He also likes to try and get her to laugh or smile which can get a bit crazy because the longer he tries tickling her or making funny noises or flapping her arms around, the more forceful/loud/violent it can become. He doesn't intentionally mean to get rough but it just happens when your 3 and full of life. So we work on being soft, often. :) In fact we are working on it as I write this and he is "snuggling" her on the couch next to me. Funny kiddos.

There are a few funny things that Geddy has started saying that I want to jot down really quickly.

1) "I'm too sick/tired" which usually means I don't want to go to bed or to leave Grandma's or Grandpa's house or any other activity that doesn't sound appealing to him. Classic!

2) If he can tell that Chad and I are sad or grumpy, he used to ask "are you happy?". That has been replaced with "you be happy". It's a command. Which we usually reply with "No, YOU be happy" and he laughs. Haha!

3) "We have to take a break". He started this one last night when we were trying to put him to bed so this one kinda goes along with #1.

4) Spontaneous prayers. Geddy has gotten really good at praying. Although he prays for the same things, it's nice to know that he has picked up on it. Sometimes, he will ask to say a prayer in the car. And then he will ask to say another one. Two in a row, just for good measure. You keep praying, little dude!

5) Slime and Putty. Chad and I made two first time parent mistakes by buying him putty and slime (on two different occasions). We quickly learned that putty and slime are both, indeed, difficult to clean out of carpet and clothing and are just too tempting to not smash into, both, carpet and clothing. Needless to say we threw both of those items away. Geddy has talked about them everyday since. Like a full on week. Everyday he brings them up and the fact that they were discarded and that the dump truck took them away. They really made an impact on his life so far.

Geddy is still very pleasant and a joy to be around, as long as you can keep up with him! I truly envy his energy. He is an absolute wonder and I learn from him constantly. You're incredible kid!

We love you Geddy!

Happy Friday!



Scout Ivy Baby Blessing at 3 Months Old

Watching her big Brother.

My Baby is 3 Months Old! Whaaaaa?! I cannot tell you how fast it has gone by. Woo, it's crazy. I felt like those first months with Geddy were SOOOO long but not this time. Life is just flying by. And Summer is almost over.

2 weeks ago, Chad gave Scout a Name and Blessing at our Church. It was so amazing and incredibly special. I am so grateful for all the loved ones that were there to support us. It was a big day for our little sister. She was calm and collected during the entire blessing, as she is in general. Some things that really stood out in her blessing were:

- The Spirit will be an early playmate in her life.
- She will seek good things in her life.
- That she may be free of addictive behaviors.
- She will be blessed with protection from the expectations of society and the media.
- That she may seek to define herself by Heavenly Father's definition.
- She will be able to attend and marry in the temple.
- Many around her will seek her wisdom, leadership, and counsel.

It was truly a beautiful blessing. This girl is incredibly loved.

After the blessing we went to Lindon Park and did a brunch with everybody but I didn't get pictures because THAT'S HOW I ROLL. Jokes, I am just terrible at taking pics now. It kinda stresses me out and I wanted to enjoy myself. Deal with it.

These pictures of her in this white dress is actually her blessing gown! My Mom offered to buy her a real official gown (you know the fancy ones) but they aren't really my style. Too much fuss, I suppose. So I opted to go with a really simple eyelet lace number and couldn't have been happier. I made the white bow and we had her wear her moccs because I tried 2 other pairs of shoes that were different and a bit dressier but they didn't fit! Honestly though, I am happy with the moccasins. Thank you so much for the dress Mom, we will cherish it always!

Her blessing day couldn't have gone better, seriously, it was a joyous day. We were so happy to celebrate this little Sister of ours.

On her blessing day! I love this family of mine, so much. 
She wasn't all that impressed however. I love this pic. 

Now, let's discuss what Scout is like at 3 months, shall we?

Scout is a special baby. She is calm. She is sweet and soothing. I have explained that she brings a lot of balance to our family. I have two children at different ends of the active and energetic spectrum (for now, at least) and I love them both equally. It's nice having the balance.

I explained to Chad that Scout brings a peace to me that reminds me a lot of the peace he brings me. Like Chad, she is calm and pleasant. Very likable and loving. (Geddy are many of those things too!). I was always skeptical of little girls. Like there was no way they would be as amazing as little boys. But honestly, they are equally awesome and I am thrilled that I get to experience both.

Baby ankles crossed.

I remember that Geddy would get mad sometimes as a baby. And that fit his fiery personality and his thirst to survive at birth. With Scout, when she gets upset, it often feels like she is just so offended. As if her deepest feelings are so hurt. So it's a sadness rather than anger. I am sure anger will come but we just haven't experienced it yet.

Scout is not as friendly and smiley as Geddy was. Scout only smiles at people she knows and recognizes and even then you have to work for it a bit. Except for when you are changing her diaper, she loves that. It's odd really. She is all smiles. She also gets really smiley and talkative before naps and before she gets cranky and tired. We have yet to hear a real belly laugh but we are hearing little giggly-like sounds, a belly laugh is soon to follow.

She nurses really well and sleeps like a dream. She is still in our bed (*cringe*, I know) but why fix what isn't broken? And no, we don't plan on sleeping with her forever and we will have to do sleep training really soon (she is getting close to being ready) so that will end soon. But I am not gonna lie, those 8 hours of straight sleep at night are pretty amazing, can you blame me for not wanting to move her.

Much like her brother, she isn't really into the swaddling thing. We tried and tried and tried but she always wiggled out or would wake up like a crazy person in an asylum demanding freedom. So now she just wears a long sleeved number so her arms don't get cold and we swaddle her from the armpits down and the arms free. It works for us. We did the same thing G. Scout is 100% a tummy sleeper. I can't wait for her to learn to roll back and forth so we can just fully embrace the tummy sleeping thing. I let her nap on her tummy when I am around and constantly check on her because it's the way she sleeps best. But then it worries me.

Also, like her brother, she loathes her carseat. Unless she is asleep or we are constantly moving, she is unhappy. Still not a big fan of the baby swing and tolerates the bouncy seat for a bit but don't bet on it for very long. She gives Mama time for a quick shower while she is in the bouncy seat but once I am out, I better hustle because she grows quickly impatient.

When we settle her down for sleep and she is drowsy she does the most pathetic whimper as we lay her down. It's like she thinks she is gonna put up a big fuss but totally surrenders. When she is really tired and in a light state of sleep she does this naughty thing where she plays with her pacifier with her hands. Often time she pulls her pacifier completely out of her mouth and then cries sadly because "someone" took it away. It drives me nuts but is equally adorable. Funny girl.

Scout has two different nicknames that we call her most. The first one is "Little Sister/Sis/Sissy" and the second is "Scooter".

At her 2 Month appointment, she was in the 95% for height, 80% for head and 50% for weight. She is our LONG baby!

3 Months is looking good on you Scout!

I wrote Geddy a letter on his Blessing Day and would like to do the same for Scout now.

To My Scout Ivy,

Scout, I connected with you from the minute you were born. Delivering you was one of my biggest physical and mental achievements to this day. It was hard and exhausting but the end reward was unexplainably great. You are a gift to me, your Mother. You've been sweet and soothing from the get go, crying only when you need something and easily soothed by gentle love.

You have shown me a different side of life. A very sensitive, embracing, side. One that has made me grow as a Mother but also as a whole person. Not only have you changed your Mother but you have drastically changed and improved the lives of your Father and your Big Brother. Both those males love you so deeply. Geddy has never resented you but has poured love all over you. Your bond will be strong with your brother, if you let it. And I encourage that you do. 

I sense that you will be a ponderer, that you will truly allow things to soak in and analyze them. Scout, don't let anyone change who you are. You have been blessed with a divinity and you must stand for what you believe in your gut. Know that you are intelligent and that your thoughts and ideas are important. That you can be a strong leader and that you can make an impact on others, whether it be in a family of your own or your education or work; you can do this in all aspects of your life. And with your great strength, allow your tenderness and sweetness to accompany it-- for there is strength in compassion and love. 

Most of all, know that you are so loved. There is not a day in your life when your family hasn't loved you. Not a single day where your Big Brother hasn't kissed you on the cheek or asked to snuggle you. Your Father beams when he holds you and bounces you gently to sleep. We are, and always will be, your biggest fans. We are here to teach you and help you understand this big, incredible, world. It is no coincidence you were sent to us. We need you just as much as you need us. 

Scout, you have brought a peace into my life and I am confident that you will do the same to many others you meet on your journey here on Earth. Never loose that peace. Protect it, cherish it, nourish it. For that Peace is one of your gifts from God. 



Scout Ivy at 2 Months!

Holy cow, it's been 2 months since Scout arrived! It has truly flown by, way too fast. 

And I would also like to mention that we are potty training our Little Dude this week. He was so ready and honestly has done really well. BUT you know all those comments about people HATING potty training? I get it. I totally get it. Potty training is HARD. Particularly if you have a 3 year old who does NOT like being told what to do. We have had some pretty frustrating situations (like when he was in a "think time" and he deliberately peed on the floor). Geddy and I love each other so much, that's obvious but man, he thinks his Mama is some kinda joke. I get so little respect. I wish Daddy could be home all the time because he really cares about what his Dad says. Haha, I am just chopped liver! But, it's good. It's day 3 and he hasn't had any accidents since the first day. AND he is letting us know when he has to go which is a major improvement. He's done super good and has tried his best. Good Job Geddy!!! We are very proud of you!

So yeah, back to Scout. She is super great. Still sweet as a button and calm and patient. She sleeps about the same and is nursing pretty well. She smiles (especially when she is kinda sleepy and just nursed) and coos, it's so adorable. She is still a cuddle bug and loves being held. Scout is very strong and loves to stand and holds her head up really well. She hates her car seat. Loves bath time. She tolerates our little bouncy seat but hates the baby swing (why don't my children like those helpful inventions!?) Her right eye is really weepy. Sometimes she'll wake up with her eye sealed shut because it's all goopy. So we have to take special care of it and massage her little tear duct. We also put a little breast milk in it and it totally helps clear it up. Breast Milk is like magic potion! It also helped her baby acne to clear up. We just put the milk directly on her skin and it helped significantly. 

Having two kids is wonderful. It's hard. Super hard at times but we're making it work and are adapting constantly. Geddy is doing really well with his Sister and loves to give her snuggles and kisses. Geddy also loves it whenever Scout farts or burps. I am so lucky to be the Mother of these spectacular little children. I thank God every night. What a joy.

Geddy wanted to help take the pictures which was...interesting. 

Scout always looks sleepy or concerned, it's just her natural facial expression. Chad had those exact same bags under his eyes when he was a baby so that is where she got them from. Such a cutie.

As we were taking picture Scout slowly started to slide. She wasn't upset about it a bit.

And leave it to big brother to give you a poke when you're down. Haha, that's funny.

Sorry this is blurry! I just wanted to catch her fading smile!

So there you have it! That is our Little Lady (and some Little Dude too)!

We love these kids so much!

Happy Thursday!



Scout Ivy at 6 Weeks!

I am an awesome Mom who COMPLETELY forgot to post these pics of Scout at 6 weeks. Oops! 

This first picture is special because Bobbie (our lady pup) has a picture very similar to this one with Geddy when he was a baby! We think it's cute. And for those who have asked, Bobbie has done amazingly well with the new baby. She is a fan of babies because they are not much of a threat considering they can't move/grab her. Toddler, she doesn't trust at all.

So here she is at 6 weeks old! She was going through a real bout of baby acne at this point, poor thing. I remember that Geddy went through the same thing at about this age. But we have since gotten it under control.  

Happy Wednesday!