Thursday, September 27, 2007

That's what sisters are for.

Every night, Hannah helps me give Cailyn a bath. There's something to be said for the "help" of a two year old...particularly when bathing a wiggly, floppy, not to mention slippery, 5 month old! Though, to Hannah's credit, she's actually pretty good at washing Cailyn's hair and tummy, and Cailyn LOVES having her big sister hanging over her. She loves having her big sister do just about anything for/with her.
Well, lately, Hannah has been wanting to "do" Cailyn's hair as she's getting out of the bath. Here's Hannah's latest follicle follies:
The Spikey Look

What a face!

Can't beat the laughter of your children!
(is it me or does Cailyn seem to favor her Papa??)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Anatomy of a cry

This is a brief tutorial for all of my baby friends out there who are struggling with getting your parental units/care givers to cater to your every whim. Follow my instructions step by step and you, too, can be on the path to getting everything you've always wanted.
1. Lull parent/caregiver into a false sense of security with a genuine-looking grin, a little giggle may be thrown in for good measure.

2. Give them a split-second notification that you may be getting ready to lay it on 'em if the situation is not changed. This look should be brief and easily missed.

3. Give parent/caregiver the most pathetic dog-eyed face you can.

4. If dog-eyed face doesn't work, try to squeeze out a few tears.

5. If situation remains un-remedied, spiral into a full-on wail.

6. Once parent/caregiver has given into your demand (and, believe me, they will) give them a kiss to reassure them that they are doing the right thing.

I am currently working on a step-by-step video series. Watch for my latest release, "Sleep Deprivation - Your biggest ally" later this fall.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Day at the Park

This past Saturday, after a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon, we decided to take a family outing to the park. It was a wonderful time! The park by our house is completely shaded by huge trees, and it was early enough in the morning, the temperature was in the mid-70's with a light breeze. We had a really great time! Cailyn wasn't so sure about the swings, but everything else was great!!
Hannah getting ready for the park

Taking a few minutes to pose for the camera...

Cailyn and Mommy on the swing

Hannah on the big swing

Still manages to look at the camera!!

Swingin' sisters low riders...

Ok, I'm ready to get out now

Seriously, get me out...

Can someone tell me why I'm still in this thing??

See-saw with Daddy

So proud of herself!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Our genius children...

So, both girls showed us just what big geniuses they both are today! We went to story time at the local library. They read stories about grandparents in honor of Grandparent's Day (which was this past Sunday....sorry Grandparents! :o/ ). They had the kids make cards for their Grandparents. We only had time to make one, and Hannah said she wanted to write her name. I gave her verbal instructions on how to write the "H". The rest she did on her own (I dictated the name of each letter and she wrote it down). Here's a pic of it:

I KNEW you'd be impressed...I sure was!! So, this artifact will be going in her keepsake box...sorry again, Grandparents!! :o)

Then, Cailyn, who was not to be outdone, decided today would be the day that she'd sit all by herself for the first time!! She did it twice, for at least a minute each time - the day before she turns 5 months old, no less! I don't have a pic yet because we were at church when it happened, but I'll try to get one tomorrow - if she'll cooperate.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Some more pics

Hannah giving us a piano concert

Cailyn playing with Pooh

Who's the baby??

Daddy and Miss Serious

Daddy and Miss DUI

Happy girl!!

Hannah's Lawn Care Service

Monday, September 10, 2007


Its a very interesting thing, Motherhood. Its the ultimate battle of wills between selfishness and selflessness. I've been pondering this struggle over the past few nights as I, nursing my own cold, have been nursing Cailyn as she deals with her ear infection, up all night, crying, unconsolable, not wanting to be with anyone but Mommy.

Its an odd place to be...being a Mom. Being torn between equally strong desires to snuggle down in your own warm covers and sleep for 2 days and wanting desperately to do anything necessary to bring some measure of comfort to your child. And once they finally DO fall asleep in your arms after bouncing in the same spot and rythym for 2 hours, being torn between wanting to put them down as quickly and quietly as possible in order that you might get a few minutes sleep before they wake up and the whole process starts all over again, and wanting to hold them for another hour just to study and memorize every inch of their little face, feel their light breath on your cheek and listen to the deep, slow rythym of their breathing. Torn between knowing that each moment that passes is one you'll never get back, so you try to savor every little second of infancy and toddlerhood and wishing away the hours until they're "just a little bit older" and things will be can eat a hot meal...sleep a full night....

However, having watched my own mother, grandmothers, and mother-in-law, I've come to the realization that no matter how old your children, you still never quite sleep through the night (those motherly intuitions and promptings from the Holy Spirit to pray for your child in the middle of the night still wake you), you still never quite get a hot meal (my mom, mother-in-law, and my grandmother when she was still alive have no children at home and still manage to be the last one to sit down to eat, and the first one to leave their plate of food in order to serve someone else), and you never quite get "there"....there's always another battle, another boo-boo, another worry. We're in this for the long haul, and until we're in the physical presence of the Lord, it seems He's entrusted us with the nuture, care, and comfort of these wee dotes in his "absence" (however, the secret to surviving motherhood is to be constantly in His presence and the trick is teaching your children how to do the same!).

I only pray that I have the grace, strength, and quite honestly the fortitude to live up to the amazing examples of motherhood I've been given in my life. I'm sure I've said it before, and no doubt I'll say it again, but today I can say I've never meant it so much - to Mom, and Cheryl: THANK YOU!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Murphy's Law

Wouldn't you know that our child who LOVES medicine, even those nasty Poli-visol liquid vitamins, who would eat a whole tube of Orajel if allowed, rarely gets sick. She's had 2 ear infections her entire 2.5 years of life, the first of which didn't come until after her first birthday. She LOVES medicine, and rarely "gets" to take it.

Our other child, however, who LOATHES medicine, who screams and grimmaces at the mere sight of the Mylicon bottle is on her second ear infection (and she's not even 5 months old yet!). She has to take Zantac twice a day, we're using Orajel for teething, and is now on Augmentin twice a day. She'd have Tylenol for pain, too, except that it aggrivates her reflux.

Why, oh why, can't our child who LOVES medicine be the one who's needed it, if either of them have to need it.

Just another evidence of God's sense of humor!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Ciao, Pavarotti

I wouldn't call myself a fan of Pavarotti...or any opera for that matter. But when I awoke to the news this morning that Pavarotti had died, I was sadened. I've never really listened to his music or followed him or the "Three Tenors" or anything....for some reason it just makes me sad.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rollin' with my homies....

I put Cailyn on her tummy this morning for her obligatory "tummy time" that we rarely do (bad, Mommy!!). I decided to do it in her room on the carpet rather than on the wood laminate floor on a blanket where she gets no traction. I called for Seth to bring me the camera because she was doing so well holding her head up and all of the sudden out of nowhere, she rolled over!! I put her back on her tummy and Seth ran for the video camera. She did it again as soon as he left the room! Once the cameras were on, there was no more rolling. But, its begun!