Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Elora, 2 months

Elora, 2 months

This month baby is photographed on Window Dressing Crossweave in Lagoon/Fuschia from HoneyBeGood! Look out for a giveaway of the whole Window Dressing set coming up soon! 

Elora, 2 months

How can it be that we've had this precious little one for 9 weeks already?  At two months old, Elora is nearly bursting out of her 0-3 months clothes and has long outgrown her newborn hats.  With healthy babies there is no still point; all is turning-turning, growing, learning.

Elora, 2 months

Last month she was expressive, but this month we are basking in the sun of wide, gummy smiles.  Smiles for days!  Especially in the mornings.  Her morning awake time is dessert smuggled in at the start of the day.  That's when I took these pictures!  She was slow to warm up to the camera in her face, but she gave in eventually.

Elora, 2 months


Memory Box {Two Months}

Milestones:  Matured vision: she can see us across the room now!  Extended night time sleep: she's going 6-7 hours between feedings at night.  It's lovely to sleep for a bundle of hours at a time again!!!  Once we figured out that she is very sensitive to lights at night (even dim lights), we've had much better luck with getting her to go to sleep at bedtime and after her nighttime feeding too.  Social smile.  Hand to mouth: intentional for the first time today!

Biggest Challenge:  Mold Remediation.  Even though that's not exactly about Elora, it's been the biggest challenge to enjoying her this month.  We discovered a few weeks ago that our small, isolated mold problem was actually a huge, systemic mold problem caused by high interior humidity.  After consulting many companies, educating ourselves and coordinating much help, we've arrived at a solution.  A big part of the solution was 5 days straight of cleaning our entire house all at once.

Cleaning is an understatement.  We had to vacuum all walls, wash everything launderable (except my fabrics), wipe everything wipeable with a special cleaner (like even pens and pencils) and use an air compressor to blow off paper items like files that could be saved.  Lots was thrown out!  Huge deal.  Yesterday was day 5 of house cleaning so we actually have a ton left to do.  It's like we've moved but all our items are sorted by "wipe" or "blow" and can't be unpacked until they are being cleaned outside.

I'm so glad to have gotten this far though.  It was very stressful figuring out how to solve our root problem, how to coordinate the cleaning, all while aware we were living in terrible air quality.  Public service announcement:  Your indoor humidity must stay below 60% or really bad things happen. 

Best Surprise:  A few days ago I was folding laundry alongside Elora's cradle while she was supposed to be drifting off to sleep.  Without moving from my task, I glanced at her just with my eyes.  She noticed that subtle change in my eyes - the eye contact - and immediately smiled!  I restrained my reaction and continued folding to encourage her sleep.  A few more times I would glance at her without moving my head and she would light up with happy smiles.  What a joy to witness this connection and to appreciate how well her brain is working to understand her environment!

Elora, 2 months

Special Memory:  From just about day one Brandon's been calling me "Milk Lady" to baby.  As in, "Don't look at Milk Lady, look at me, look at me!" in a silly voice to get her attention, and "I didn't want to do this, but Milk Lady made me," while doing a task she dislikes, like getting dressed after bath time.  Oh, he makes me laugh!  He'd like to be her favorite, but he'll never overcome the power of the milk-mama bond.  Haha!

p.s. If she calls me Milk Lady when she learns to talk, I won't be laughing then.  Wink.

56 comments:

  1. A beautiful smile. It's heartwarming to hear she is developing well. You will never forget Eleni, but now you can immerse yourself and family in the joy of Elora. I'm so happy for you.

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  2. MOLD?!? That's TERRIBLE!!! I'm so sorry that you are having a mold issue. Sweet baby, Elora, is certainly a light in your day. Hoping the mold is gone so that you can focus your energy on her (and the rest of your family!)

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  3. I felt such joy at reading this! :-) What a precious miracle babies are.

    I sympathize a little on the mold issue - we have similar drama here now. But ours is limited to drywall and flooring, so we have capable contractors handling it. I can't imagine what you have gone through! I hope it gets sorted out soon.

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  4. Is she not adorable. U r so blessed.

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  5. I love seeing these pictures of Elora - thank you so much for sharing her with us!!

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  6. So happy for you and your family.

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  7. She is delicious! I love those toothless smiles! Thanks for posting pics.

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  8. Milk Lady! That is hilarious! The mood however, is not. What an awful thing to have to deal with.

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  9. That smile!

    Sorry about the mold -- but what a smile.

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  10. Just the most precious thing! So happy for you Rachel!

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  11. The mold issue sounds awful. What a drag to have to work so hard to be rid of it.

    My favorite line of this post:

    'Her morning awake time is dessert smuggled in at the start of the day. '

    You have such a lovely way with words.

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  12. She is beautiful! Enjoy this time, my only child turned 30 years old this month and I still remember the joys of her first months of life! Best wishes.

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  13. Oh, she is so precious and cute. Wish I could give her a hug. Enjoy this special time with her!!

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  14. So wonderful to hear how well she is doing. And what a delightful, pretty baby! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  15. Thanks Rachel so much for sharing those most beautiful pics ! Ahh this smile and this whimsical look - who could resist ? I hope you're getting over the mold problem soon.

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  16. She is beautiful and so engaged. Keep up the smiles!

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  17. What a joyful and adorable post!
    Hugs to mama and baby!

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  18. Such a cutie! Eat up those smiles! :)

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  19. Those are some sweet little peanut smiles! And 'Milk Lady'....what a hoot!

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  20. Haha, my husband had a similar name when my kiddos were babies.
    She is so sweet Rachel! How do you get anything done with that much sweetness around ;)

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  21. A true bundle of joy. I have to admit looking at your lovely pictures couldn't help it, I smiled back at her...

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  22. Thanks for sharing this with us! I love to see how happy your little bundle of joy is and how happy you all are as a family:-)

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  23. Mold, no! I am curious if in you research you found HEPA filters to be helpful at all in controlling the spread of mold normally? I have freaked out about this a bit after moving from dry, dry Southern California to Michigan a couple of years ago...

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    1. Well, if you have high humidity indoors nothing will stop the spread of mold as it is so easily airborn and will be moved about by your air conditioning system. The humidity has to be addressed first. But, heppa filters are essential for cleaning up mold. We had to rent a special vacuum with a better heppa filter than our Dyson to vacuum upholstery and large rugs and all the drywall, etc. A heppa filter on a vacuum is a great idea, but it is not a mold solution. If you are finding molding things in your home (even 1-2 things), definitely check your humidity and thoroughly clean or discard of items immediately.

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  24. You looked at her, and she was like "OH YAY, THE MILK LADY IS LOOKING AT ME!! I LIKE THAT LADY!" Too cute! Sorry about the mold. We have an old home, and we've had to do some abatement (of lead paint, GAH), and it was incredibly stressful. I sympathize!

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  25. Such joy! Good luck with the mold issue. That humidity is a bear to deal with.

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  26. I love, love, love this post!!! (Except for the mold part.) I'm so happy to hear all the wonderful details of Elora's 2nd month. And those pictures...

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  27. Elora is absolutely precious and beautiful. It is so heartwarming to see. I have dealt with black mold that I am highly allergic too. It's awful. I'm glad you are dealing with yours. Keep the precious pictures coming.

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    1. Sorry to hear that you can feel our pain =( I figured a public service announcement was in order because in this case a little prevention can go a long way.

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  28. Alora is sooooo cute and happy. She must be a joy to wake up to every day. Yes, you are the milk lady, and Brandon is right... for now. Soon she will be sobbing dramatically when he goes away.
    Sarah is only 19 months and she is so much drama hahaha she makes me laugh. There are days that no matter what happens, it is a crisis worthy of tears.
    Well, now I feel like sobbing about your mold problem!! That is not good. I really hope you find the big problem and get it solved!

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    1. Sounds like emotions are running high over there ;) Yes, we have found the problem and are making good headway on eliminating the mold for god, I feel. It's a lot of work, but it's a problem that is fixable. Nowadays I see a big challenge that way - is this fixable? If so, awesome. Not all problems are.

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  29. Elora is so precious. And she looks so content and like she's saying " Wait mom and dad...won't be long"...
    I also see Eleni, in her "face"....I know the eye color is different.. but she seems to carry her sister's "spirit" ....Does that make sense?
    God's Blessed you with a special little girl��.

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  30. She is so beautiful and it is so nice to hear and feel the love she brings to your family! You are blessed! Your alluding to the 60% mold made me think about my St Simons Island house where I am this week! Terrible humidity always here and wondering if I might have a hidden problem!

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    1. Best to check! You can purchase a gizmo from Lowe's for about $20 that will give an indoor humidity reading. We move it around the house to check different rooms too. I wish we'd known it was that easy to check before! We were completely clueless.

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    2. great tip. I will get one for sure, never heard of the device!

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  31. Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

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  32. So happy for you, I know you're enjoying every minute! What a sweet little cutie!😊

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  33. She is such a little bundle of sunshine, Rachel! You can see Eleni in her, and then I went back and looked at your Christmas post and you can see the older two, as well. It's always fascinating to me about alike/different in families. My kids don't look alike at all. Good luck with the mold problem - I hope your process is successful!

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  34. What a delightful present you gave us with Elora's darling photos. She is so precious. Thank you.

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  35. Babysmiles <3 so so sweet, makes my ovaries sing ;) Sorry for the mold thing, can`t even imagine all that cleaning with three kids and even a baby around. Hope you all are well and not overly exhausted. My husband called me the milk-bar, nice, not :)

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    1. Our husbands seem to share the same sense of humor ;)

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  36. You have been truly blessed with such a beautiful family! Enjoy the New Year. Hugs, Nettie
    (A faithful follower from Spanish Fork, UT.)

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  37. It's lovely to see your sweet baby! Thanks for the pictures!

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  38. She is beautiful and I'm so happy for all of you.
    I could use a little of your humidity. I bought a hygrometer a couple of weeks ago and the humidity was 17%. Eeep! That's like living in the Sahara which is why I had to buy a humidifier.

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  39. She's gorgeous!

    You're probably going to do this anyway, but I want to recommend getting a dehumidifier. Our basement has had mold problems in the past. We use it for storage and I get wheezy from mold spores so it was a big problem. Everything down there was moldy or smelled musty. We got a dehumidifier (humidity was over 90%!) and within a couple of weeks even those fabric items that couldn't be washed no longer smelled musty or made me wheeze.

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    1. Yep, we've purchased a dehumidifier. That's one of the ways we're addressing the problem, along with the massive cleaning and treatment for the crawlspace. Such a job!

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  40. She is SOOOOOOO precious! Yuck to the mold. BUt, what wonderful smiles. enjoy every single moment

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  41. She is wonderful! I wish you and your family every happiness, and continued well being. Thankfully the mould didn't impact on your health. congratulations on all the cleaning.

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  42. Elora is such a beautiful baby, just like her mommy, with her bubbly personatlity already making an appearance in her sparkling eyes and cute little smile. You must be beside yourself with joy every time you look at her. Thanks for sharing her with us. They grow sooooo fast and outgrow everything in the blink of an eye. Good thing 'Milk Lady' sews. lol I think that is so cute. Leave it to a young boy to come up with it.

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  43. Well first and most importantly Elora is SO adorable. Photos of your smiling baby give me baby fever for sure! I also had a question about your mold issue, if you have the time to answer. How did you realize you had a problem? Did you see actual mold on items like books or clothing etc in your home? Or maybe a smell? I am always worried about mold because it gets quite humid here in New England in the summer so I try to be vigilant! Thank you for your help!!

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    1. Yes, we did see mold on items. I kept thinking it was a isolated case here and there, but when we had someone come look they showed us that it was systemic. It helps to use a flashlight to look at the undersides of furniture.

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  44. She is so precious. Thank you for sharing her with us.

    Milk lady made me laugh. I nursed 7 kids and I can totally relate!

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