Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 2012 Newsletter

Ella and Riley,

I think everyone would agree that we've had a busy summer. But, it's been blissful.

Our first family photo 6-27-2012

Ella, you're a month old this week and you're still the sweetest thing I've ever met. You are such a good baby for me, exactly the opposite as your sister. You love me the best, but you're really warming up to your Daddy, and you love to hear your sister's voice.

I didn't know a baby could be so good. After Riley, I was under the impression that babies never slept. I've come to realize that a baby will sleep, especially you, Ella.

You had several fussy days, but after switching to a new bottle you've settled down again. You sleep reasonably well at night, only waking to eat and then going back to sleep. All I can say is, "THANK GOODNESS!" I am more experienced now, but with Riley it was nothing for me to go more than 24 hours without any sleep. Riley never has been a sleeper, and still isn't. But Ella, you're my sleeper. You really are a good baby. I am so in love.

Riley, don't feel left out or neglected. I couldn't make it through the day without you. You are my right hand and you keep me sane. You're someone for me to talk to and you are always ready for a "job." Some days you want to snuggle more than normal, but that's the extent of your jealousy. You love your little sister. When we have visitors, you are so proud to show her off. The pride beams from your face.

You are so smart and you don't forget a thing. We really are impressed with your memory. You reminded Paw-Paw about a shirt he wore on our Summer vacation to Galveston, last year.

People say you look like me. I take that as a compliment. You can be a handful somedays, especially when your imagination gets going. You have brothers, more sisters and a husband. You have a job and pay bills. You wear me out.

School will start in about three weeks and both of you will be in day care. I'm really trying to squeeze in all the kisses and hugs I can before then. I can only hope the work day goes by fast, because I will miss you both so, so much. I'm anxious to get into a routine around work and school though.

I love you girls, more than you can ever imagine. I hope I make you proud to be my daughters.

Love, Mama

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ella's Room

I'm excited to show off Ella's room. Thanks to Pinterest and my sister, Morgan, her room is almost finished!

Above her bed is the letter "E" in a silver frame...
In one corner of her room is this corner shelf my Grandad built. The green vase came from a flower shop when I was in the hospital with Riley. I added the Gerber daisies from Hobby Lobby. I'm also using the shelf a a beginning book shelf. One the second to last shelf are embroidery hoops with fabric in them. The fabric matches all the bedding in the room.

Ella's first book: "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" by Kate Toms. This book is so cute!

This is Ella's bed. I made the fitted crib sheet from a vintage flat sheet of my Grandmom's. The dust ruffle was made out of vintage sheets as well. And the crib bumper I made out of assorted fabric and white minky.

Ella approves!

Also in the room is a twin bed. My Great-Grandmother purchased it in the 50's. The orange pillow case is an oldie from my Grandmom's house. I made the quilt using mostly half-square triangles.

On the wall above the twin bed is more embroidery hoops with fabric.

In the corner above Ella's bed I hung pom poms and lanterns. My sister, Morgan, helped me make the pom poms and did all the arranging because I am not that talented.

My husband also painted the walls. When we bought the house the entire room was the turquoise blue color.  I could handle the blue, but wanted to tame it just a little, so we painted the top half buttermilk cream and my Grandad and husband added the chair rail.

This is my favorite room in the house! And the bed is so comfortable! I have a few more things I want to add. Hopefully I'll get around to them this summer!


Ella Rae Smith

Dear Riley & Ella,

We welcomed someone new on June 26. Daddy is out numbered big time now!
Our family is so very complete now. Ella, You are the perfect baby for our family. You don't cry much, you sleep all the time, and you're just the sweetest little girl. Riley, you're the perfect big sister. You are helpful, except when it comes to throwing diapers away, you're caring, and you are so proud of your little sister.

I couldn't be happier than I am right now. If I would have had another baby like Riley I don't think I could say the same thing. Riley was needy, cried all the time, and never slept. Ella sleeps and sleeps and sleeps. Right now she is sleeping about 20 hours a day. Riley never slept more than 15 hours a day. And when not sleeping, Riley was crying. It's not all her fault; I had no idea what I was doing. Looking back, I'm sure Riley just wanted to eat, but instead I was trying to sing her lullaby's. With Ella, I know a little more and am much more relaxed. So much better the second time around!

Love my girls and my husband so much!

Love, Mama