- I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Oh, and no cavities! Woohoo! Dr. Stocks said "Darn, I'm not making any money off of you today!"
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Her bookshelf, stuffed animals and toybox (also from Uncle Nathan).
And now, the big-girl bed (with new adorable polka dot sheets I got from Target)
I thought I was excited to begin the transition from crib to big-girl bed (after all, we need that crib for Alexander) but I was wrong. Even as I was moving her toys away from the wall to make room for the mattress, I was still excited, but when I got the mattress in its place, it hit me- once she sleeps in that bed, she is not a baby anymore. I know most people wouldn't consider an almost 21-month-old still a baby, but mama does. So I decided I'm not going to rush it. Maybe one day, a few weeks from now, I'll put her down for her nap in the big-girl bed. And maybe I won't. But I'm not going to put a timeline on it. Truly I'm in no rush for her to be out of a crib, and I'm in no rush to get Alexander out of our room either.
If only it wasn't cruel to stunt their growth I would want to keep them this age forever. Don't get me wrong, I love to watch them grow and learn new things, but it just seems like it's a quick turn of the head and they are a month older. I mean can you believe Alex is almost four months old??? Then again, I wonder, maybe babyhood is so treasured because it is so fleeting. Would we be so nostalgic for it if it lasted 10 years? Maybe not.
So for now, since I can't stop time, I take lots of pictures, try not to worry if the kitchen floor isn't swept (that's what I should probably be doing right now...there I go again) and take time everyday to just sit and and be- listening to their sounds, kissing their chunky cheeks, singing silly songs. I don't want to look back twenty years from now and think, yeah, my house was clean, but I didn't soak up the sunshine that is my babies. If only.
Daddy finally got Claire's red flyer put together and took her for a ride in the backyard. She was holding on and squealing so cute!
Grandma was so happy to see Alexander smile at her. She kept saying over and over how cute his toes and blue his eyes are.
That is one happy baby!!!
It was unseasonably cool all weekend (we even got rain!), and it was fun to get Alexander all bundled up with a hat and cozy sleeper. It's usually too warm to do that! I LOVE babies in hats!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Both kiddies are feeling much better, though both still have coughing fits (Dr. Chang says they both have some "stuff" in their lungs they need to cough up) that sound pretty raunchy. Hooray for the miracles of modern medicine!
And thank you to Noah for taking over baby duty last night (a belated Mother's Day gift) and letting me sleep for 11 hours, lazy bum that I am! Now I'm all revved up for another several months (hopefully that exaggeration, intented for effect only, is just that and not my fate. Oh darn, I think I just jinxed myself) of up three times a night!
Laura, I had a weird dream about you last night where I asked you to drive all the way from San Diego to Clovis so you could drive me to a doctor appointment. You said yes, and then I called you when you were almost here and said "nevermind, I don't need you anymore" and you turned around and drove all the way home. Sorry for taking advantage of you in my dream! Hope the dream means that I'll be seeing you soon.
Happy birthday Sarah!
Friday, May 23, 2008
We went on a walk, Noah pushing Claire in the stroller and me toting Alex in the bjorn. It was so much fun for me and Noah to scope out other people's yards, which mostly made us feel bad about our own, but we got some cool ideas to try when the time and money flow more freely, haha. Claire loves riding in the stroller now that walking is old news (she hated the stroller for a time after she learned to walk) and Alex is clearly enjoying his new view of the world! He cooed the entire walk!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I brought the kids down to Visalia and then picked up Uncle Brendan and Uncle Nathan for Nathan's back-to-school night, which unfortunately happened to fall during mom and dad's cruise :(
There are not many things much cuter than a stage full of preschoolers singing "What a Wonderful World" in sign language!
I love this picture that I took of Claire and two of her uncles on the way to the car after the performance- those legs are still pretty chunky!
We brought Nathan home with us to stay for a couple nights, which was tons of fun for everyone and gave Noah and I a little taste of what three kids will be like. Some things are harder (getting everyone ready to go somewhere, anywhere, and in general more chaos!) and some are easier (Nathan and Claire pretty much occupied themselves which was nice when I needed to do things like make dinner). I told him he had to come back and stay with us and he said "Yeah, maybe for like five nights!"
Cute shot of Nathan and his nephew in the outfit that Nathan picked out for Alexander before he was born!
Of course they had to play some video games! Yes, that is one proud daddy to see his angel girl enjoying Mario Kart.
Tastes good in snickerdoodles, I wonder how it will taste on blueberry pancakes?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I knew that needed to change when I was racking my brain trying to remember a detail about Claire's babyhood (just in case you were wondering, I was trying to remember when she transitioned from two naps a day to one) and couldn't. I figure if I had regularly written in a journal, that little tidbit of information would have had a better chance of being recorded and thus remembered.
Claire Elizabeth, 20 months
With her training toothpaste, mama's sling and an adorable grin (she is saying "cheese!")