Tag Archives: Марго

October 31, 2014

Marge is 7!

Марго исполнилось 7 месяцев!

Marge turned 7 months old last week. Just some quick facts about her.

Маргоше исполнилось 7 месяцев неделю назад. Несколько коротеньких фактов о ней.

We call her a bun at home.

Дома мы зовём её плюшкой.

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September 22, 2014

Six-months anniversary of our little girl!

Нашей малыше пол годика!

Guess who’s here six-months old? Hooray for our little baby-girl Marge!

Угадайте, кому только что исполнилось шесть месяцев? Ура нашей маленькой девочке Маргошине-горошине!

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August 26, 2014

Marge is five months old!

Нашей малыше пять месяцев!

 

Time flies by, our littlest girl is five months old. As I did it before, I’ m going to share development milestones reached by Marge this month.

Время летит, и нашей малышечке уже пять месяцев. Так же, как и в прошлые разы, опишу этапы развития, пройденные Марго за этот месяц.

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July 22, 2014

Marge is four months old!

Маргоше четыре месяца!

In the blink of an eye Marge got four months old.

Не успели мы и глазом моргнуть, а Маргоше уже четыре месяца.

The nicest of her new skills she mastered this month is giggling. She giggles when somebody tries to kiss her neck, giggles while listening to me singing for her the song about grasshopper (obviously, she finds some of it’s sounds funny). She giggled once during our peek-a-boo play (I was holding Marge in front of a mirror and made her see me and then stepped away from the mirror). She likes that girl in the mirror a lot, that’s for sure!

Наверно, самое радующее из её ново-приобретённых умений — это хихиканье. Она хихикает, когда кто-то пытается поцеловать её возле шеи, хихикает, когда я пою ей про кузнечика (“представьте себе, представьте себе”). Как-то раз она хихикала, когда мы с ней у зеркала играли в “ку-ку” (я держала Маргошу перед зеркалом и то подходила, то отходила). Что не оставляет сомнений, так это то, что маленькая девочка в зеркале ей очень нравится!

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July 18, 2014

When the REAL camera steps in

Когда НАСТОЯЩАЯ камера идёт в ход

I have a pleasant morning ritual. As people drink their coffee and read newspapers in the morning, I enjoy a cup of hot black tea and reading blogs I follow. Those are mostly craft themed.

У меня есть один приятный утренний ритуал. Иной, просыпаясь с утра, за чашечкой кофе читает свежую газетку, а я наслаждаюсь обязательно горячим чёрным чаем и чтением блогов, за которыми слежу. Все они в основном по рукодельной тематики.

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June 23, 2014

Our daughter is three month old!

It’s unbelievable, but Marge is already three month old!

Перевод на русский можно найти ниже.


Marge is sleeping well at nights most of the times. The house is, by and large, clean, clothes are washed. Kids are fed, combed and dressed. In other words, life here has totally returned to normal by now.


Marge has mastered how to touch things with her hands. She doesn’t hold her head steady enough by herself yet, but she started raising it and curiously looking around when laying on her tummy during past two weeks.

Marge doesn’t like sleeping for a long time during the day. It seems, there are too much interesting things for her that are happening around. And she is just afraid of missing something. But it’s not a big problem for me, because my older daughters entertain her a lot with pleasure (really, I don’t have to ask at all!). Besides, she doesn’t mind (I would even say “enjoys”) laying on the floor and watching us moving around the house.

Marge doesn’t roll over yet. She lays on her back and is fully content of everything.

Weather forecasters have promised unusually warm summer for Latvia, but it seems, they’ve mistaken again. After two weeks of a very strong wind outside it started to pour every day and temperature lowered to the point when it is appropriate to wear coats and hats. Frankly speaking, I prefer a bit chillier weather now, because it’s very hard to stand muggy air and sweaty body when you need to be skin to skin with a baby. However, wind and rain, of course, are superfluous.


Though, I’m delighted by the glory of those fabulous clouds we see every evening!

 

 

 

Доченьке уже три месяца!

Абсолютно не верится, но нашей Марго уже три месяца!

Наша девочка чаще всего хорошо спит по ночам. Дом в целом чист, бельё постирано. Дети умыты, накормлены, причёсаны и одеты. Иными словами, наша жизнь на данный момент уже успела вернуться в свою колею, и Маргоша в неё отлично вписалась.

Последнее из малышкиных достижений — трогать ладошками вещи (ей ужасно нравятся рельефные обои на стенке возле пеленального столика). Голову она пока держит не уверена, но зато очень старается поднять её повыше, лёжа на животика. Вокруг всё слишком интересно и явно стоит поднятой головы.

Проснувшись после ночного сна, Маргоша в течение дня спит совсем по немногу. Словно боится пропустить что-нибудь интересное. Но такой её короткий сон, пока она сама чувствует себя выспавшейся и довольной жизнью, меня не беспокоит. Её старшие сёстры с большим удовольствием и, что самое приятное, по собственной инициативе её занимают. К тому же, она совершенно не против (я бы даже сказала, что ей нравится) лежать самостоятельно на полу и наблюдать за нами, пока мы занимаемся своими делами вокруг неё.

Маргоша пока ещё не переворачивается — она лежит на спинке, и, похоже, её всё настолько устраивает, что ей просто не приходит в голову такая идея.

Синоптики, наобещавшие нам “аномально жаркое лето”, похоже, не изменили своим обычаям и опять ошиблись. Погода сменилась с ветренной на дождливую, и теперь снова уместно одевать на улицу куртки и шапки. Но, честно говоря, для меня так даже лучше. Душный воздух и липкое тело особенно тяжело переносить, когда на руках постоянно малыш. Но всё же, ветер и дождь, конечно, это чересчур.

Зато, несмотря на то, что днём погода могла бы быть, мягко говоря, и получше, каждый вечер радует глаз красивейшим небом с очень живописными облаками!

June 17, 2014

Just another summer week

Quick overview of the things we were doing last week.

We went downtown and enjoyed fancy summery look of beautiful Riga’s squares.


Did some eating in a cafe…

We were on a picnic at the nearest meadow (this photo was taken by Veronika).

Days were warm and sunny…

but also windy as we used to in Latvia.

So we took with us our favorite summer amusement: soap bubbles.

Veronika was eager to make a flower band.


I had fun with blowing some bubbles too (this really cool photos were taken by Veronika too).


Marge was just continuing her everyday growing (while I went on loosing my weight).

She was hiding from the persistent sun in her new panama.

Then we were painting outdoors another day.

It was awesome and could be even better, if there would be less wind (do you see, how Anastasia’s shoe is holding her sheet of paper?).


Otherwise, it was great and fun idea! (And again, thank you, Veronika, for this nice picture of us!)

We were walking around and watched a lot of glorious clouds floating in the skies.


And more, and more…


We were buying sweets in the little local store. Kids had their own coins and were paying by themselves. Although my oldest one can do math, I was surprised that she had some troubles with understanding meaning of a change. It was a signal for me that we should practise buying things more, so that Anastasia would be prepared to school in this matter too.


We were visiting library again and read some interesting books with inspiring illustrations inside. I am very fond of children books and can’t get enough of them! This picture was taken on our way to library. Skies were as always so beautiful and threateningly dramatic!

My kids just love watching their photo albums and wondering, who is so small and so cute on those photos and trying to remember things that were pictured.

That is why one of our activities was taking pictures and making collages using an iPad app. We already have printed a few so that girls could put them in their Summer Books.

Another summer week is gone and it left with us rather nice memories.

June 6, 2014

First week with three kids on a holidays

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So, the first week of our summer vacation is almost over. And I must say, we are doing great! I must admit, it was a bit tough when my interests didn’t cross with a five year old Veronica’s and she started to neglect every word she heard. But we were learning to express these feelings in a more proper way (explaining me the problem for a start and providing me some other ways of it’s solving). And since I have a strategy, I’ve already trained myself to stay perfectly calm when this happens (but, to tell the truth, it took me some days to achieve this). After all, a calm and confident parent is what a child needs to pass over crisises quicker and successfully.

My big girl Anastasia is spending whole days at home with me and Marge now. The middle sister still goes to a kindergarten and stays there for a half of a day. As a result our mornings are very quiet. Anastasia gets almost whole my attention and loves it so much. She responds to it with a lot of help for me during our morning routines, such as cleaning, cooking and shopping.


I’m planning to keep following this schedule one more week and then turn into “advanced level” and start Veronica’s kindergarten holidays as well.


What we were doing by day this week?

We were busy with some fun stuff and some serious stuff, like:
– visiting kids playgrounds and other activities zones;
– eating a lot off ice cream;


– buying strawberries in a local row market;


– washing hands in rain puddles;
– making yoghurt-kiwi-banana smoothies and ice-cream-milk shakes with strawberries;
– gathering flower bouquets;


– perform different activities aimed to learn the alphabet.



Kids were:
– helping me to broom and wash the floor at home;
– washing dishes by themselves after every meal;
– cutting ingredients for salads and cocktails by themselves;
– writing their own “summer book”;
– learning how to use a computer: some basics about files, applications and the Internet. Learning to complete some simple tasks such as searching for an image in the Internet via Google, comparing application interfaces;
– making photo collages in iPad in order to print its later and stick into “summer book”.

Marge was:
– sleeping just a little bit;
– watching, what big sisters were doing while laying on the kitchen floor, on the Veronica’s bed, on the couch in our living room, on a big bed where all kids gather every evening to listen to the night stories;
– eating a lot off mum’s;
– playing with here own hands by gripping one hand’s fist with another one;
– smiling a lot to all of the family members;
– taking selfies with a cat.

As you see, we truly had a great time!


Первая неделя каникул с тремя детьми

Поддуваемая летним ветерком, стремглав пролетела первая летняя неделя. И надо сказать, никакого апокалипсиса пока не произошло. Правда, были тяжеловатые моменты, когда мои интересы не пересекались с интересами нашей пятилетней Веронички, и она начинала отрицать каждое сказанное мною слово, но мы учимся выражать свои чувства более конструктивным способом (называть их, определять проблему, предлагать мне свои варианты решения ситуации). И, так как у меня есть чёткое представление, что надо делать, чтобы помочь дочери, у меня уже хорошо получается и вовсе не воспламеняться от её искр (но, по правде говоря, на приобретение этого умения всё же потребовалось несколько дней). В конце концов, спокойный родитель неоценим для здоровой психики любого ребёнка, в особенности в разгаре кризиса развития.

Моя Настюша, отметившая свой выпускной в саду, теперь с утра до вечерами дома со мной и Марго. Вторая сестричка всё ещё посещает сад, но мы её забираем сразу после обеда. Как результат — по утрам дома абсолютный штиль. Настюша получает практически всё моё внимание, и ей это очень нравится. В ответ она старается во всём мне помогать — не откажет мне и что-то помочь прибрать, и приготовить, и пронести пакет из магазина.

Я планирую придерживаться сложившегося расписания ещё неделю, а потом перейти на “продвинутый уровень” и досрочно забрать из сада на каникулы и Веронику.

Чем мы занимались на этой неделе?

Мы отдыхали и развлекались, но не только.

Мы:

– ходили на детские площадки и в Пик Ник парк;
– ели много мороженного;
– покупали клубнику на местном базарчике;
– мыли руки в лужах после дождя;
– делали смузи на основе йогурта с киви и бананом, а также молочно-мороженные коктейли;
– собирали цветочные букеты;
– учили буквы посредством интересных занятий.

Дети:
– помогали мне подметать и мыть полы дома;
– мыли свои тарелки после каждой еды;
– резали овощи и фрукты на салаты и в коктейли;
– писали собственную “книгу о лете”;
– учились пользоваться компьютером: основные понятия о файлах, программах и об Интернете. Пробовали выполнять простые задания, например, поиск картинки в Google, сравнивали интерфейс приложений;
– создавали фото-коллажи на iPad, чтобы потом можно было распечатать и наклеить в их “книгу о лете”.

Марго:
– немножко спала;
– наблюдала за старшими сёстрами с пола на кухне, с постели Вероники, с дивана в гостиной, ну и с большой кровати в спальне, где каждый вечер собираются все дети, чтобы послушать сказку на ночь;
– ела много маминого молочка;
– играла со своими ручками, хватая одной ладошкой в кулачок сжатую вторую;
– много улыбалась всем членам семьи;
– фотографировалась на портреты с кошкой.

Да, мы отлично провели время!

May 28, 2014

Sharing a pattern for a one-peace wrap cardigan for my baby-girl

Finally, Marge can try her new short-sleeve cardigan in the colours of a red poppy and a blue knapweed field! As I wrote in a previous post, I’ve searched for a nice and not so common pattern for a baby-girl cardigan, but haven’t found any, and decided to design one by myself. It came out so nice and work on it was so enjoyable, that it would be just wrong to keep the pattern within myself rather than share it.

Also I would be really happy to hear that someone used this pattern and managed to make this cardigan. So, if you intend to try this, please, take a picture of a result and share it with me!

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May 22, 2014

Marge’s two month and night rains

The time has come when I have to be very careful while walking down the street under a lush green roof of leaves. Here and there are ready-to-become-butterflies caterpillars hanging down from trees right in front of my eyes. And nothing can scare me more than caterpillars and dragonflies. I don’t know why these insects have such a strong impact on me, but every time I see them I get at least goose bumps. I would even scream in some cases. And today me and Marge met three caterpillars on our way to a scheduled two-month-visit to a pediatrician. I’m sharing a few photos taken on our way.

 


All these reflections just fascinate me!

 


Yes, our little baby girl is two month old already! She grew a lot, we spent past month under a sunshine of her smiles. She likes to talk and also learned to cry when she desperately needs something. It’s not like she hasn’t cried before, but this cry is somehow different from the one she did in her first month. So this is also a sign that she is getting older. Past few days of her life are also remarkable for Marge’s discovery of her fists. She stacks them into her mouth and intently munches her fingers with a unconcerned look. It seems that I have to hurry with a mobile I wanted to make for her, or I’ll miss the right time.


As Marge grows her sisters change as well. Their intention to help me with Marge is so huge that I can step aside and just watch their energy flowing in a right place. I haven’t seen so much initiative for months! They wash dishes (even though it has been my prerogative before), help me cook, hang clean clothes, through away used diapers. They even don’t mind entertaining Marge for a little bit if I need to leave the room for a moment. I am really proud of my girls!

I’ve started a new crochet cardigan for Marge lately. I’ve searched for a nice and not so common pattern for it, but haven’t found any. So it was decided to make one by myself. I actually have already started bringing to life my idea and crocheted four rows, but then realized, that I had made a mistake in the very first stitch of the first row! Can you imagine my disappointment when I had to rip it all out and start over my project!


Though May is almost over, it is still enough time for mayflowers to bloom and May thunderstorms to moisturize the air through nights. I saw a great thundercloud through kids room’s window yesterday. I hardly had time to take a picture, the cloud had covered all of the skies and it started pouring. However, it didn’t rain too long, not more than a few minutes. Now i’m looking at my daughters’ paintings of a rainy day from their art class and feeling really inspired to paint one by myself. I wish I had a time for this!


Oh, I love summer rain with it’s warm puddles!

 

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