Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Like Trying to Catch Lightning in a Bottle

I tried to take a picture of the babies in their matching swim suits, with limited success...  It is not easy to make all the stars align so you can get a perfectly posed shot of a busy toddler and a young baby!

Barrett:  Hmpf.  I have to stop swimming to take a dorky picture??  MOM!?!
Charlotte: Oh look!!  There's my hands!  Wow...

Barrett:  Wait a minute....if mom makes me sit here...and she's way over there behind the camera... this means I have close access to baby Charlotte!!  The holy grail of things I'm not supposed to mess with!  Who-hoo!!!
Charlotte: Uh oh...I've seen that look before.  Is he about to ring my belly button?

Barrett: Here baby Charlotte, let me help you take off your hat...

Barrett: Sweet baby [emphatic pats on tummy]

Barrett: Want me to fix your hair??

Barrett: Ok, if we go ahead and sit still, mom will take the picture and I can go play again

Barrett: Alright, that was it!  Back to the pool!
Charlotte: Whew!  Can I have lunch now???
Lesson learned: Next time, I'll put more effort into making sure they are simultaneously recently fed, well rested, and freshly dressed in cute outfits.  Although I still think they look cute as little buttons, even though Barrett is protesting the interrupted swim time and Charlotte is anxiously awaiting a feeding.  And, obviously, I'm completely unbiased...

Splish Splash

When we moved into the new house last summer, we weren't sure how we felt about the pool.  We quickly learned that they require a lot of expensive chemicals and back-breaking labor upkeep and we already had a lot on our plate at the time between moving, Barrett, remodeling the house, and being pregnant with Charlotte.
Now that we've settled into the house and a routine with the kiddos, we've also found time to learn to care for the pool. 
And we LOVE it! 
Barrett likes to splash around and it is a great way for him to burn off energy~

aside: I should probably point out WHO is doing the back-breaking labor in the background of this picture. 
Thanks, Kristopher!

Charlotte mostly just took it all in. 
I think the cool water startled her ~ she is used to warm bubble baths.
But she enjoyed participating and looked so sweet in her swim outfit that matches Barrett's swim trunks
When we put the kids down for a nap on the weekends, Kristopher and I will go lay by the pool or swim around for a little bit ~ I have to say, it feels like a mini couples vacation -- floating around in the pool together, listening to music, and actually having adult conversation.  Bliss.

It is just as much fun without the kids as it is with the kids, just in a different way.  I hope that we continue to use it so much, since it requires such a time commitment to keep it going. 
Anyone want to come over for a pool party??

Wordless Wednesday: Big Shoes to Fill

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Well, it's official.  Charlotte LOVES playing with toys on her bumbo play tray~

ps: please excuse my shaky videography and commentary.  this is my first-ever video.

Milestone Moment: First Time in the Bumbo

I love the Bumbo baby seat.  Probably one of my favorite pieces of baby equipment. 
We used the Bumbo all the time with Barrett, especially when he first started eating solids.  We carried it everywhere we went!
So naturally, I was thinking Charlotte would also love it~ Although she is still getting used to "sitting up," I think she likes it because she can look around more easily.
Waving hello!
Notice ever-present Sassy lurking around in the background to make sure everything is okay
Courtesy of her aunts, Charlotte's purple seat also has a handy tray that attaches to it so she can have toys at-hand while she sits in the Bumbo.  Fancy, huh?  We haven't used the seat with the tray too just yet, baby steps.
She's getting used to the Bumbo in small doses, but is still a little wobbly.  Her favorite is the swing, hands down. 
Swinging during Barrett's breakfast
She likes it set on HIGH so it swings really big.  Kristopher says this is a bad sign that we have a daredeveil on our hands.  I'm not too worried; I think she'll be a little lady.  I'm already wondering how soon is too soon to get her first pearls.  They make baby pearls, right?

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Barrett loves trucks.
Loves to scoot them around the house, loves to exclaim "truck!" whenever we see a big truck (or tractor or fire engine or front end loader...), loves to carry his smaller trucks with him in the car/store/nursery, and especially loves to ride in Kristopher's truck. 
Whenever we go outside to play, we always have to make a pass by daddy's truck to look at it, declare it a "truck!" and maybe try to climb on the running boards.  If Kristopher is at work, we at least have to point to his empty parking spot to note the absence of the "truck!"

I credit his fire truck for single-handedly saving us from a meltdown when I dropped him off at the gym nursery.  When he realized he was about to be left for forty five whole minutes and started to say "mama....Mama....MAMA!!!" in his worried, wobbly voice, I produced the little fire truck from his bag and all was well.  Come to think of it, his recent infatuation with trucks is kinda handy. 

Except, our floors are taking a little bit of a beating from the repeated truck crashes.
Saying "whoa!!!" right before he crashed the truck off the bench and onto the hardwood floor.
Causing the truck to break in three places.
Oh well.  That's why they make Gorilla Glue.  And more toy trucks.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

These days

So much has been going on lately that blogging has taken a back seat.  But, I'm ready to get back on the wagon, so I'll just dive right into an update on my favorite topic -- the kiddos~

Charlotte is a little doll and is already growing too fast.  She loves being spoken to directly in a soothing voice, bathtime, attention from her brother, being called by name, swinging motion of any kind, Baby Einstein lullaby music, and fancy dresses (not that she has much of a choice....I'm obviously the one making that call, but she looks so pretty in them, she must like it, right??). 
She hates taking a bottle, but is getting better.
She smiles all of the time, and the wonderfulness has NOT worn off.
In typical mom fashion, I'm not ready for her to grow up yet.  I'm already sad that she's graduated from "newborn" classification to "baby."  I wouldn't have known there was a difference, but now that I do, it matters for some reason.  I also refer to her age by the youngest measurement possible (so what if she turns 4 months in ten days??  I'm going to refer to her as "3 months" -- not "3 and a half months" or "almost 4 months" -- until the very last day, thankyouverymuch).  Sigh. 

Barrett is also growing like crazy and continues to be at the top of the growth chart for height, usually 95th percentile.  He took his first unassisted steps at a physical therapy appointment on March 18th.  Although I was a little bummed that the therapist could get him to walk after 5 minutes of work, when I my concentrated efforts were unsuccessful for the past 5 months, a good friend told me that I "loosened the ketchup bottle."  You know how you can bang on a ketchup bottle forever and nothing comes out, but then someone else picks it up and the ketchup immediately and perfectly pours out?  That's what it was like with Barrett's walking -- maybe my efforts loosened him up for the therapist ~~ I like that analogy :)

Anyway, he settled into the idea of walking by himself for a few weeks, then gained a lot of confidence around Easter and has not stopped walking since. 
He loves bathtime, being outside, peek-a-boo, most anything with wheels, bubbles, coloring, sitting in chairs, Blue's Clues, playing with his sister, and "dancing" to his Backyardigans CD. 
He hates doing something he doesn't want to do (hello, toddlerhood...) and being left in a nursery, although that is getting better too.  He didn't cry at all at the gym nursery this morning!  He has not had any change in his heart issues, which is a good sign.

All in all, things are good~  And I'll make an effort to return to your regularly scheduled blog programming.

Both kiddos trying to look around me to watch Blue's Clues -- also known in our house as heaven covered in awesomesauce

Getting sleepy...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Strawberry Patch

We took a little trip over to a local strawberry patch with some friends to let the kiddos pick strawberries, have a picnic, and play the summer games set up at the farm.  We had so much fun!

They had a little zoo with a piglet, pony, calf, goats, chickens, and bunnies.  Barrett was very interested in the bunnies -- more so than any of the other animals. 
Maybe because of all the recent talk of bunnies around Easter? 
Or his new favorite book -- Hoppity Hop Bunny
Not sure, but we had to spend a lot of time talking to the bunnies and petting them through the cage...
Next, we decided it was time to start picking strawberries.  Off to the fields!
Of course, you are supposed to pay for your strawberries based on how many you pick...and I'm pretty sure Barrett ate at least a pint in the strawberry fields, before they even made it into his basket.  He would spot a ripe red strawberry (had to teach him that the white ones weren't ready yet...), run over to pluck it off the plant, and immediately pop it into his mouth before I could stop him, sometimes stem-first. 
Brief internal panic!!  These fresh berries aren't washed yet!!

But, then I looked around and realized that every single child had a red-stained mouth.  This is an organic farm, so what's the harm, right?  And I have to admit that I tried them too, and they were delicious!  What makes them taste so much better when you pick them yourself??
We looked a little guilty when we slunk over to the checkout, what with all the strawberry juice dripping from Barrett, and stained around his mouth, collar, and down the front of his clothes...
But the nice strawberry lady oohed and ahhed over Barrett and Charlotte and didn't seem to mind that Barrett had already sampled the strawberries. 
I can't wait until the blueberry patch is open! 
Here's to summer~

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, May 4, 2011