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by Juliemara
07.12.14

Talia and Jordan’s second year photo album. Check it out!

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Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

now my goal is to get their third year caught up before their birthday, then it’s on to Noa’s. I can’t believe she’ll be five months next week.

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Chin up baby

by Juliemara
07.7.14

Getting there

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Almost

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There you go, you got it!

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She’s on the move

by Juliemara
07.1.14

She doesn’t do it every time and it’s usually when I’m not watching but baby Noa is rolling! It took her some time but she not goes from back to yummy and from tummy to back. Maybe it’s just mom paranoia but I think she is hesitant to roll to her tummy when she may bump the side of the toy and hesitant to roll from tummy to back because her head is so big she rolls really fast.

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A trip home

by Juliemara
06.22.14

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20140626-202149-73309980.jpg I recently visited my hometown in North Carolina where my parents and sister still live. It was Noa's first road trip and we celebrated our soon to be born niece at my sisters baby shower. Growing up I had a group of four girlfriends who were my very best friends all thru middle and high school. Since then our friendship as a group has changed and grown, our individual friendships have evolved into more than friendship, I can count on these women through everything. Only one of us lives in our hometown still. One is in Alabama, one in Virginia, one in Maryland and I'm in Georiga. To this day we are all five still the best of friends. Every couple of years we take a trip together and throughout the year we see each other sporadically.
On this trip it hit me how much my life has changed from when I lived in my smaller hometown and as much as I love my life now and wouldn't change a thing I also miss with all my heart those endless hours we use to spend together hanging out and figuring it all out.
My friend michelle, the NC dweller, came over the night we arrived and without any discussion she got the twins in the bath and cleaned before I could barley blink. I was so impressed not many people can wrangle Talia and Jordan and get through a bath without a tantrum or two and she did it. A coupe of days later she had a get together at her house, another one of the five, Tiffany - the Virginia dweller, came in town with her family for the party. It was a perfect hour and half. It was a pre baseball game party and since we didn't go to the game (it was too late for Talia and Jordan) and since I had to wake the girls up from a late nap to go our time there was short, but great. We are we caught up we relished in the simple greatness of an. afternoon spent together. It was the first time in my life that my children were old enough (Noa stayed with the grandparents) to enjoy a cookout and I was not pregnant to enjoy it too. When I was buckling Talia and Jordan in to their car seats I felt so sad to leave not knowing when I would be with these ladies and the special people in their lives again. I hope there are many more times like this to come, I hope I will see Peggy and Jaclyn soon. I hope all our children look forward to visiting each other and much as we all look forward to seeing each other.

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4 months

by Juliemara
06.20.14

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Little Noa, you are so sweet. You smile anytime anyone talks to you. You just wait patiently when everyone is busy around you. You really only cry now when you are tired or hungry. You have a special cry that let’s me know you have a burp stuck. Hehe. You are getting so big. When you had your check up you weighed 13lbs 4 oz and were 23 inches long. But the best part are your chubby little thighs and arms that keep getting squishier and squishier. You are doing great on your tummy, you even enjoy the new view for a while. And being the little show off that you are, you rolled over from your back to your tummy for the first time at your four month appointment. And since then you’ve only done it again with my help. I’m sure you’ll get it eventually.
I just love you little Noa. You are so sweet and such a fun baby. I waste away many an hour just making you smile, but I guess that’s hardly a waste.
I hope I am a good momma to you, I hope I don’t forget to change your diaper or give you water, if I do it’s not because I don’t love you, I just have a lot going on at once and I’m doing my best.

Also, when you are older and you realize you have a lot less of your life chronicled here than your big sisters did, I promise it’s for a good reason. Since I quit working in an office so I can stay home with you I am working on something new that I can do from home.

Please take a minute to check out my new line and let me know what you think!

Crazy Baby Clothing

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Things they say

by Juliemara
06.13.14

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Jordan
When she woke up from her nap we took a few minutes in her room to change her diaper and put on a clean shirt. She looked at the picture (or “pitchchuck” as she calls it) and said “I want to ride a hot air balloon”, “me too” I told her. As we walked through the house she told me “I don’t want Noa to fall out of the hot balloon” I told her we would make sure that Noa is safe.

Talia
She wanted to watch tv, Olivia to be specific. But we needed to find the small remote. When I moved a pillow she saw it on the couch and said “I found it, with my eyes” hehe.

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Latley

by Juliemara
06.5.14

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I love watching her sleep

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Talia is into modern dance performance.

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In order for naps to happen, lunch has to be part of the morning activity, picnics are the easiest. We love our Goodbyn lunch boxes.

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early morning painting.

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The girls rocked their end of year performance.

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We had brunch.

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We went berry picking.

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That face, enough said.

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Chofesh Gadol

by Juliemara
06.3.14

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Hebrew for The Big Vacation. Today was the girls first day of summer vacation. They were completely confused. They didn’t understand why abba had to go to work when they didn’t have to go to school. It was also the first regular ol’ Monday that I got to stay home with all three girls and be a mom all day. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Blue skies, puffy white clouds a perfect 74 degrees. It was the kind of day when I use to sit at my desk on the 12th floor and stare out the window wishing I could be at the park with my girls, today I was. And they were crying for their abba (sigh) . They stopped eventually and once the nanny explained that the video that they watch in Hebrew is about the chofesh gadol they seemed excited about what tomorrow will bring.

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Things they say..

by Juliemara
05.23.14

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As the twins quickly approach their third birthday I cringe at the thought of my toddlers turning into little girls. Sure two toddlers is a handful and exhausting but oh the fun and laughs. I can’t count the number of times each day when their thoughts and actions make me roll with laughter. I know they will always make me smile and laugh but each year it will be for a different reason and their two year old humor will disappear never to return.

Jordan has recently started calling her sister “baba” I have no idea why but it is the cutest thing ever.

Talia loves to play pretend, when she pretends she’s leaving or is actually leaving she say “bye, see you later morrow.”

Abba often comes home with gifts and treats and each time Talia says “to me?” Instead of “for me”.

Jordan loves to ask what everyone’s name is but she has no idea which pronoun goes with which gender, so when the young man at the grocery store is checking us out and Jordan asks “what’s her name?” We get funny looks, I try to explain she’s only two.

Jordan is very curious, she is always asking about things belonging to people she saw a new pair of shoes I’d bought and didn’t recognize them, so she asked “who’s that somebody’s shoes?” Or in the car she’s always asking “who’s that somebody’s car?” Or about people, “what’s that somebody’s mommy?”

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Three Months

by Juliemara
05.19.14

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Miss Noa, you think I’d have time to write more about with all my new found free time since having quit working, but the thing is tacking care of a baby and trying to give your big sisters ample attention doesn’t leave much free time at all. And at the end if the day, I sleep as fast as I can possibly get in bed. I wonder about those people who can sleep for five hours a night and function like a normal human being, I am not one of them.

Enough about me at three months, this is about you. My sweet little baby. It’s a good thing I wrote about those days when you would scream for hours, because they are long forgotten. You seem to be the happiest baby ever. You started smiling about two weeks ago and smile all the time. It’s as if you know what cute means already, when I tell you you are cute, you smile bigger, gurgle, and turn your head to flirt a little. You love to play, I can leave you on your little kick and play piano mat for a good 10+ minutes before I even hear a sound from you. You love to be outside, you love your swing, you even tolerate tummy time for close to 15 minutes at a single time. And you love to just get carried around, propped up on my shoulder or napping in your carrier.

Noa you have perfected your schedule, you eat, play until you hit the 90 minute mark then you sleep until it’s time to eat again. And you are my night time dream baby, you wake up around 3 or 4 and go right back to sleep again until 7. And you burp like a champ right on que.

I could stare at you all day if nothing else had to be done and I think the feeling is mutual. You don’t seem to mind when I share you but no matter who is holding you you are starting at me, you will follow me around a room with your eyes.

Basically you are a tiny little dream. Easy, happy, kind of makes me want another one one day.

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