Monday, June 30, 2008

The "Other" Uncles

Well, Uncle Matt and Uncle Josh came in town and Uncle Josh finally met his little niece. Despite appearances, she really DID like Uncle kisses and she was learning to be "New York Cool" from Uncle Matt. Enjoy the pics!

Friday, June 20, 2008

I got me a toofers!

Yep. But you can't see it cause I'm hiding it in case the toof fairy wants to come'n get it!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bless this child!

We tried this nighttime blessing with Anna but she didn't like it!!! I love Steve Carrell

(Video brought to you with limited commercial interruption by my friend, Gretchen Richoux!!!)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pretty Flowers...

And all from my yard!!!!! Yep!

More Pretty Flowers!

Yep! These are from my yard, too! My yard rocks!

Happy First Mother's Day to Me!!!!

For my very firstest Mother's Day, I got a yummy breakfast cooked by Curty-Wurty (who by the way, cooked it while also playing with Anna so I could sleep in). Then, we went to the Conservation Department and hiked around. Then, we went to Memorial Park and let Anna swing a little. (By the way, Curt has a picture somewhere of him on the swings at Memorial Park in a red shirt about the same age.) We finished with a yummy lunch of wine and cheese at the Summit Lake Winery. Who could ask for more? Ahhh. It's good to be the Momma!

Grandparent’s Recipe for a good night

1 Rocker
1 Book
1 Baby
1 or 2 adults
1 bottle or sippy cup (optional)

Preparation: Baby should have clean bottom and not have been riled up by a well-meaning Grandparent. Walks are good for nighttime preparation. Bottle should be warmed either in bowl of hot water or bottle warmer. Open bag of milk and sniff. Milk is good if smells like milk. Milk is bad if smells sour or like freezer burn. To decide on appropriateness of milk think, “Would I drink this?” If answer is yes, DO NOT DRINK! Simply pour bag into plastic breast-resembling apparatus (bottle). If answer is no, hunt for another bag and repeat preparation steps. If no bag is found – panic. Alternative option is to use fresh, cold milk in the sippy cup. This is preferable method currently.

Bedtime: Begin by sitting in the rocker with the infant. Infant will be squirmy and will not appear tired. This is a big, fat lie. Read book to baby. Book goes best with 2 voices reading alternating pages, with both reading last page or line. Baby will not listen to book but will, however, attempt to eat book. This is allowed.

Then, casually present bottle to baby while softy singing “You are my sunshine”. Baby will turn head from side to side and make it clear breast is preferred. Some crying may be involved. May need to hold bottle in baby’s mouth for a time to convince her that there is, indeed, milk in bottle and not poison or a “mommy disappearing” substance. Continue this step until milk is consumed or baby has fallen asleep after exhausting herself in a frantic, angry fury.

Continue singing “You are my Sunshine” for a few verses, hum a few verses, then remain silent. Extra talking will stimulate baby. Remain silent and rocking until you desire to put the baby down in a place (preferably a crib) that is sharp object, electrical cord, and small animal free.

Wait a bit with hand on baby to ensure that bedtime was successful. It is helpful to remove hand little by little each time baby breathes (thereby tricking her into not noticing your impending abandonment).

Prep Time: 5 mins
Active Time: 30 mins
Serves: All involved

Fun at the pool

Here are pics and a video of Anna's very first time in a pool! We went with our good friends Sophie and Michelle. She wasn't a big fan at first, but she warmed up to the idea eventually! (Actually, I gave her toys and scooted her forward inch by inch when she was distracted until we made it ALL THE WAY in the water!) Te he!