Friday, May 30, 2008
While her growing has slowed down -- 14 lbs 13 oz and 24.75 inches long -- her development is taking off and she is on the verge of many new things. She loves to see the world and so now prefers facing out when held. Though still not a favorite, tummy time is no longer a horrible thing. Her hands are in her mouth almost constantly, and the drool machine was turned on. She still has not rolled over, but continues to do crunches to get to her side. She can rotate her body 180 degrees around her playmat with a system of alternating crunches and straighting out. Magnolia has begun to grasp things -- she held a rattle on her own for the first time a few days ago. She also has showed signs of being ticklish, much to her father's delight, and has the cutest giggle. Maggie also has begun to find the silly games we play with her hilarious.
As far as parenting milestones go, Brian and I have had a month of adjusting to me being a "working mom" and he being a part-time "house-husband"/part-time school bus driver/part-time graduate student. We have two more weeks of the craziness then I will be off for the summer and in the fall we can began this learning anew. We did switch to cloth diapers (bumGenius) this month for economical and environmental reasons. It has been great -- no more blow-outs!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The weather was beautiful until the second afternoon. We started hearing thunder and seeing lightning and decided to pack up before the rain hit. Camping in the rain with little ones didn't sound fun. A few minutes into packing up the rain began dumping. We all scurried around, packing as fast as possible, soaked to the bone. Memories of the infamous summer of '99 at Camp Firwood, when I met Brian, came flooding back.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We had a great time! It was really hot and bright, so I tried to stay in the shade as much as possible. I got to go in the water a lot. The water outside felt good because it cooled me off but I like splashing the warm bath inside even better. Everyone was constanty putting these weird things in their mouths; they called it food. I prefer my fingers.
I got to meet new relatives, my great uncle Mike, my Uncle Jeremy, my Grandma Pat (She doesn't want to be called Great Grandma. I don't know why -- I thought she was pretty great.), and we even got to see Great Grandpa in the hospital. He thinks I'm beautiful. I think I cheered him up.
Mama got a Flickr account upgrade for her birthday so she can post more pictures. They took 300 pictures on our trip -- most of them were of me! So if you want to see more about our trip click here.
Oh, and by the way, I was so worn out from the trip that I slept throught the entire plane ride home!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I'm so proud of the furry mass that you've created Brian. The next time I'm up I would like to take many photos so that I can start a small photo album to show all my friends. I bragged about you yesterday in the grocery store. The checker didn't believe me when I told him what you have been able to produce in such a short amount of time. He and several other shoppers who overheard my bragging would like to see pictures of the thick, full, reddish brown masterpeice that has come out of your face.
I was so touched I told her she could take little beardy to the zoo. Unfortunately the battery died while they were looking at the baboons, so all we have are these darling photos from before they left:
Friday, May 16, 2008
My dad had planned a huge surprise party for my mom, but her father, who has been wintering in Phoenix, had to have surgery last month and has had a complicated and difficult recovery. My mom has been in Arizona caring for him in the ICU and supporting my grandma. So my dad canceled the party and decided instead to fly my family and my siblings down to celebrate the three birthdays together.
Mama liked my Mother's day gift so much I think I will give her the same thing for her birthday. I'll be the happiest baby ever.
Unfortunately, her energy wore out at 11:30 and Brian spent the next hour and a half trying to get her to sleep without our bag of tricks -- one of Brian's birthday gifts to me.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"Maggie told me she wanted to make you a craft but I had to gently remind her of her less than impressive motor skills and she wouldn't let me help. Finally she agreed to dedicate every smile today to you."
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Nobody made it through the movie (Alvin and the Chipmunks) we tried to watch.
In an effort to save some money, I asked my sister Alli to give me a haircut. It was her first girl haircut besides her own. I think she did a pretty good job.
After a long morning of yard-saling, Taylor and Maggie sacked out on the couch.
My dad enjoyed talking "philosophies" with Magnolia.
But adhering to his own fatherhood philosophy of only dealing with education and entertainment, quickly passed her back when she started to get fussy.
He also decided this weekend that he can never eat guacamole again after an unfortunate incident at Azteca. Let me just say that I spent the majority of our time at the restuarant in the women's restroom cleaning up Magnolia, myself and the carseat. Warning to all other new parents: If your child has been in their carseat for a long time and you suspect they might need a diaper change, do not pass them across the table to an eager grandparent without first checking said diaper.