Monday, March 28, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

We took Barrett and Charlotte to the zoo for the very first time and we had so much fun!  Our favorites were the giraffes, tigers, otters, monkeys, and llamas.

Whoa.  That giraffe is much bigger than me!

Why aren't the llamas wearing red pajamas??

Sidenote: Barrett's very favorite book is Llama Llama Red Pajama.  We must read it before naptime and bedtime and sometimes in between just for fun.
He was very interested in the llamas, but a little confused that we were talking about "llamas" and he didn't get to hear the story.
Charlotte was content in her stroller and mostly dozed.  Barrett seemed to enjoy seeing the animals, especially big animals, and especially when they were moving.  You'd be surprised how many zoo animals sleep all day.  I guess they don't realize they have guests.  Or maybe the pressures of being an entertaining hostess 24/7 are too much for them.  

Regardless, it's hard to get an 18m old excited to see a gray blob (aka, sleeping rhino) or black blob (aka, sleeping bear).  He's there for the action. 

Watching the otters swim and play in their pond

Propping his chin on the stroller to watch the "fish-ies"
(pronounced "shish-ies")
While Barrett liked the giraffes, otters, and fish the best, guess who liked Barrett??

Have you ever seen a toddler charm a 500lb cat??
Oh, poor Sassy.  She would feel so betrayed if she knew.  Cats are her archenemies.  They sit on the other side of the sidelight and taunt her with their outdoor freedom, just to be mean.  Poor little thing.

Barrett made lots of new animal friends, and I'm sure we'll be back to the zoo very soon.  But don't worry Sass, I can guarantee we're not getting a pet tiger.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake(s)

I can never tell when a baby looks like his mama or daddy.  People always exclaim "oh!!  the baby looks just like [insert adult family member here]."  I usually just nod and smile.  I don't really get how an infant is supposed to look like an adult, but I don't want to be rude or disagreeable, so I just go along with it.  What's the harm?

However, I actually CAN see where babies or siblings look like each other.  It's not as big of a leap to compare two children as it is to compare a child and an adult, you know?  Anyway, when I looked back at Barrett's baby pictures, I was surprised that he and Charlotte looked so similar at this age~  see what I mean?

Baby Charlotte

Baby Barrett
I can remember secretly thinking it was so odd that everyone always commented on Barrett's red hair when he was a baby -- I thought he was "strawberry blonde."  Clearly, everyone else was right, because his hair is NOT blonde now. 
More of a light auburn than carrot top, no?
I think it will be the same with Charlotte.  Her hair looks dark to me, but it photographs kinda red, just like Barrett's hair at this age. 
Her hair started out dark...and now it is growing in lighter, but reddish. 

I think we're going to have two blue-eyed red-headed babies on our hands.  Who would have guessed?

Cute babies with red hair get a LOT of attention at the St. Patrick's Day parade.

Friday, March 25, 2011

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

Although it is almost essential to leave the house daily for everyone's sanity and vitamin D levels, it is not easy to actually get us all together and out of the house.  In fact, it literally takes hours of preparation and planning to get everyone simultaneously clean, well-rested, dressed, recently fed, and in the car. 
Ready to go!
I got the kiddos all set and strapped into their carseats.  I was just pulling out of the driveway when.... the heavens opened and a torrential rain storm began.

You have got to be kidding me....

It is already a challenge to get both babies out of the car in sunny weather (unload double stroller from car, set it up, take Charlotte out of car seat and strap her into stroller, ditto for Barrett, wave away cars who think you are packing up to leave instead of unpacking because it takes so long, they can't tell if you're coming or going...whew).  So.  Needless to say, the lengthy double-stroller load/unload in a DOWNPOUR would be ridiculous. 

But, we were all ready to go (rare event), and I was determined that we would in fact GO, so we set off to run our planned errands.  Well, guess what?  As soon as we got to our destination, the rain suddenly stopped and I was able to get the kids out of the car and into the store before it started raining again!


I know it sounds like it would be much simpler to just wait to run errands, but after all of that time and emotional investment in getting us ready to go out the door, I was bound and determined to leave the house, even if we just drove around in the rain.
Oh, mom....

Does everyone with two young kids go through this?  Maybe I'm making it too hard...but it is getting easier everyday, so I'm counting on that.  Until then, our favorite outings are still those where the kids don't have to get out of the car (bank drive thru, car wash, drive thru oil change...).  Obviously, we have a very glamorous and jet-setting lifestyle.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

One Twelfth of a Year Old

Charlotte is one month old! 
Propped in her chair, for her official one month birthday picture
She already has several accomplishments~~
::  Holding her head up and looking around -- she is remarkably strong and has great neck control
::  Getting on a consistent feeding schedule.  This one was tough, and may change at any moment, so I don't want to jinx it.  I was able to get Barrett on a schedule of even increments (2.5h between each feeding, then 3h, then 3.5h, etc, you know the drill) but Charlotte seemed so much less predictible.  Or maybe I'm just more tired this time around and I'm not doing it correctly.  Anyway, she's on the same schedule every day, but there are not even increments of time between each feeding. 
This was driving me c-r-a-z-y. 
Then, the pediatrician assured me it still counts as a "schedule" since she eats at the same times every day, even though those times aren't evenly spaced.  2a, 5a, 7a, 9a, 12:30p, 4p, 7p, 9p
Brace yourself for an epiphany -- children are not all the same and they don't always act like the book says.  Wowzers.  At now least I know what to expect.  She's consistently inconsistent~~
::  Smiling on purpose.  I've never been fast enough to catch it on camera, but she definitely smiled at me on purpose, as opposed to the sweet little smiles she also has when she's sleeping.
::  Enjoying (and sometimes just tolerating) exuberant pats, hugs, and kisses from big brother Barrett.  He just can't keep his hands off her. 

They were in the jogging stroller yesterday for a walk and when I looked down to check on them I discovered that he had his hand in her mouth!  What??!  Why would he do that?  He's fast and sneaky.  But I love that he loves her so much~~

and, perhaps her biggest accomplishment...
(drumroll, please)
::  Sleeping in her crib!
She was sleeping in her cradle in our room, but we were to the point that she was waking us up with her little purrs and grunts and we were waking her up if we breathed, blinked an eyelash, etc.  Barrett didn't sleep a night in his crib until he was 10 weeks old, so this was WAY earlier than I planned for her, but it worked out just fine.  She seemed happy.  Don't get me wrong -- she isn't sleeping through the night or anything, I just go in the nursery to feed her now, but it still seems like a big step to sleep in her own room.  Yay Charlotte!