Friday, August 27, 2010


Barrett loves the swings at our neighborhood park.  Now that the steamy sauna-like weather is easing off some, maybe we can make a morning walk to the park part of our routine~  I'm really looking forward to those perfect two weeks of awesome weather (aka, autumn).  I can feel it coming... yay!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Buck-a-roo Barrett

Now that we are settling into our new home, Barrett is re-discovering toys he already had, but were packed away. 

Horray!!  So much fun!
Anyway, after riding the range this morning (aka, playing on the rocking horse in the nursery), we put the animals in the pasture (let Sassy outside), checked on the watering hole (took a peek at the pool filter), and then headed out into the wild (Sams and Target).

Not exactly a real cowboy's day, but don't tell Barrett :)  He's enjoying himself.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Well, I Declare

We went to the doctor on Monday to learn the gender of our new baby!!  It was so exciting, I love getting sonograms to see the baby anyway, but finding out the gender is the most fun because from then on, you can really imagine what life will be like with the new baby and whether to get geared up for ballet recitals or football games. 
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I didn't get to announce my pregnancy to Kristopher's family in a special way this time, as originally planned. So, we decided to do something fun to announce the gender. 

We ordered a cake baked with either pink or blue frosting inside, so the gender would be revealed when we cut the cake that evening for dessert!  Guess what?


We've already started talking about names, but have not decided yet.  I've always thought it would be hi-lar-ious to name a daughter Ida, considering our last name is Klar (pronounced "Claire," by the way.  Tricky, I know).  So, say it to yourself outloud....Ida Klar....I declare....ha!  Okay, maybe I'm just a cheeseball, but that one gets me every time. 
We are so excited!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pink or Blue?

We are only days away from learning whether our new bundle of joy is a son or daughter and the anticipation is killing me.  I've been pretty patient this pregnancy, but maybe I was just distracted by all of the moving hoopla and was giving myself too much credit for "patience" because now that the time is almost here, I can't stand it.  With Barrett, Kristopher and I both had a strong *boy* feeling.  Here's the stats for this time around.

Reasons the New Baby Might be a Boy:
1.  It is statistically more likely.  I read somewhere that boy births make up 54% of all babies.  But, you know what they say about statistics...they are made up 64.5% of the time.
2.  When I think about the baby, I refer to it as a boy.  He is the size of a navel orange this week.  His little heart is developing.  Etc, etc.  But, maybe that is just because my only other pregnancy was a boy baby, so I'm pre-programmed for the masculine references?
3.  My friend, Tiffany, says it is a boy.  She has an amazingly accurate track record.
4.  We are having a little more trouble deciding on a boy name, so that must mean the new baby is a boy. 

Reasons the New Baby Might be a Girl:
1.  This pregnancy is totally different from my last, considering the extreme and debilitating morning sickness, which, by the way, is not limited to the morning.  Luckily, it seems to have improved dramatically in the last few weeks now that I'm safely within the second trimester.  But I don't want to jinx it. 
2.  The Chinese Baby Calendar (google it for fun) says it is a girl.  No way that can be wrong, right?
3.  I recently found myself examining a package of pink toile baby bedding in Bye Bye Baby, without realizing it.  But maybe it was just because I like toile. 
4.  We already have everything we would need to clothe, swaddle, and entertain a baby boy, so doesn't it just make sense that we would have a girl instead?

Either way, I know we will be thrilled.  I am so in love with my little boy that I can't imagine having anything but more boys!  But, it would be fun to to have a little girl too~~ It might give Sassy a break from her doggie wardrobe (Which I still contend is her preference, by the way.  She flounces around more when she's in a dress and she jumps up and down every time I open her clothes drawer because she wants to put something on.  I swear, its true.  But back to the new baby...)

I have an inkling in one direction, but I'm keeping it to myself for now~~~  Only a few more days til I can pick out a paint color for the nursery!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Remember Me?

Alright, whew!  After a somewhat lengthy blog hiatus, I'm back, but without a camera cord, so no pictures.  Bummer.
We successfully moved from our old house to our new house on my birthday, last Tuesday.  I don't necessarily recommend moving on your birthday...not a glamorous way to spend your day at all.  But, if you focus on the overall big picture of having a fun new house, it really helps.  :)  My mom saved the day/week/month by sweeping into town to help take care of the baby (okay fine, take care of all of us) during the move.  Lifesaver.  Kristopher and my mom got my veryfavoritecakeinthewholeworld, so that was a wonderful treat that we enjoyed birthday night in the new house, even though we didn't get a chance to sit down and enjoy it until about 11p.  Cake is a suitable meal anytime of day. 
Moving when (1) your new house is still being remodeled (ie, you can't really put the new stuff anywhere yet), (2) with a busy 10m old baby that kinda hinders packing or ability to do much of anything at a time, when (3) you are also exhausted, nauseous, and pregnant = not easy.  I'm just saying.  But, I'm sure people do it every day, and we are lucky ducks to have help from family.  Suffice it to say, I'm glad the move is officially behind us.
Only problem...the house isn't ready for the baby yet because there is still painting and sheetrocking going on.  The fumes from the paint and the unbelievably pervasive dust from the sheetrocking is not baby compatible, so the baby and I evacuated to my parents until the dirty work is finished and Barrett can stay in the house.  Hopefully not too much longer because we miss Kristopher~~
Meanwhile, I think Barrett was saving up all of his new tricks until right after the move when he would be more likely to have additional undivided attention and not just semi-distracted grown-ups who keep moving boxes around.
First, he started feeding himself~ Before, he bent his little head down to my hand if I offered him a cheerio in my palm and lapped it up.  Now, he will pick it up with his fingers and pop it in his mouth!  Next up, mastering chopsticks!  just kidding.
Also, he pulled himself up to standing. He has been standing by holding onto my hands for a while, but always if I helped him up. And then, one day when he was sitting in my lap, he just grabbed onto the footboard of the bed and pulled himself up. Big boy!!
Finally, as his grand finale, he can meaningfully scoot/inchworm in all directions, including the ever-elusive forward scooting!  Grandpa has been hazing working with Barrett every single evening.  It works!  For the longest time, Barrett only went backwards or sideways, but we just hadn't found interesting enough bait...I was finishing a brief on my laptop yesterday and he was sitting a few feet in front of me, patiently waiting with a toy until I got to a stopping point and could fix his dinner.  Normally, he will stay there, but the laptop was too tempting in all its shiny, blinking glory.  He inchwormed straight forward to it as if he'd done it a million times before.  And then, I'd put him back to his original spot, and he'd just scoot straight forward again.  Proud moments~~