The pumpkin muffins that Brother and I made to sell at the bake sale. Thanks, Michelle!
Little Bitty the morning after the big Festival @ Shoneys. She reminds me of a college student the day after a big party. ;)
On a completely different note and tone... the following goes under "speculations of an adoptive mommy". It has nothing to do with chili or muffins. Thankfully, right?
Since Little Bitty arrived home I have put her to bed by lying down next to her. This routine started off in Mommy and Daddy's bed and then I'd move her to her crib once she was asleep. Then, since we've moved her to her twin mattress we do our snuggle routine in her room. It has been so interesting to see the way our snuggling has progressed. In the beginning, she always wanted me there - but she would face away from me and not really want to be touched at all. At the time, I didn't think this had anything to do with bonding - I just thought it was how she liked to sleep. Then, several months ago - she started backing up into me right before she was reading to drift off to sleep. She would wiggle her way into a "spooning" position and then be asleep within a minute. I cherished this little change of habit. I rocked Brother to sleep for at least a year when he was a baby and it felt a little odd to have her fall asleep out of my arms. Well, this past week or so - she's decided to get even closer. Now, she hangs out on the bed until she's about ready to fall asleep and then rolls over facing me and wraps both little arms around my neck. She's even started trying to use my face as a pillow at times. It's like she can't get close enough. Looking back on the progression - I think it has been part of her bonding process. And it is so cool. There is nothing better than being next to someone and realizing, without a doubt, that they love you as much as you love them.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Here are some random pics from the last week.
Family Train Photo. Here is Brother helping me make the pumpkin muffins. See his happy face? This was before I showed him his heinous birthday party invites. See Little Bitty in the background? Go to next photo.
Little Bitty was caught very carefully pouring her milk (from McDonalds - I left that part out of my Supermom story) into the muffins papers. She was so focused on it - I just let her do and cleaned the mess up later.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Mommy: You are, sweetie?
Brother: Yes... I think I only have about one or two sorts left.
I had the brief conversation above with Brother a couple months ago. Last week - I only had about one or two sorts left - and then Little Bitty used them up Wednesday night when she would only be consoled by the singing of Pablo, Uniqua, Tyrone, Austin and Tasha (on the mini-DVD player in our bed) until 4am. Note that this wasn't a spoiled toddler situation - her ear infection was apparently causing her pain that was alleviated only by the sweet voices of The Backyardigans.
Luckily, we left for Florida Thursday where we had a delightful visit with family, an awesome time at the wedding and a lot of great food and drink. So, we returned Sunday night with all of our sorts and ready to get back in our groove. Thank goodness that groove has included Little Bitty sleeping all night (whether it is mostly on her little mattress or in our bed is unimportant - it's sleep!)
Today we visited the pediatrician for Little Bitty's 15 month check-up. She's still on the small side of average (except for her big melon), but growing well and very healthy. Plus, the doc assured me that shh, dkk, and brrrr are actually words when used consistently. So, I guess she is talking quite a bit. She has mastered "DADDA" - and it is usually followed by a squeal and laugh - which is about all that anyone could ask for. I even got a couple "mama's" last week - although they were followed by sobs and outstretched arms... but I'll take it. ;)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
So, we're busy packing. So far, we've packed the usual; wedding attire, poolside attire, shorts, t-shirts, pajamas, comfy travel clothes... and 7 or 8 costumes. Because it's close to Halloween? No, just because costumes are awesome. I loved overhearing Daddy convincing Brother that with all the costumes he already had in his little suitcase, the cowboy hat just would NOT fit.
Little Bitty is finally using walking as her primary mode of movement again. I think her five-day ear infection and fever slowed the healing process down a bit since she just did not feel like moving anyway - let alone with a hurt leg. But, today she was showing signs of being the little firecracker that she is.
Nutzer? Check. Cowboy Hat? Check. Red Lollipop from several hours ago? Check.
Red cape to be a superhero like Brother? Check. The Little Bitty is back in business!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
In other news, Little Bitty is still not walking. She has resumed crawling and will pull and stand holding on to stuff - but the leg is still obviously giving her pain. Yesterday after a dose of Motrin she did take some steps and walk a little... but this morning she hasn't used her leg at all. The doc said to give it until Tuesday. She was also up for A LOT of the night last night very fussy and with a slight fever. I think it is a teething thing. The great thing about being a parent?
This is all just part of it and when she was wide awake at her usual early hour this morning - grinning, laughing and wanting me to get up and play - she was completely irresistible. I think we love each other even more today after our rough night together. Our Little Bitty is a joy even when she's not at her best.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The x-rays didn't reveal any breaks in her leg, but the doctor said at this age it sometimes takes several days for a break to show on the x-ray. Hopefully, it is just some sort of strain and in a few days she'll be walking (or at least crawling!) again and we won't have to get more x-rays. Our poor Little Bitty.
Interestingly enough - it seems that Brother experienced the most trauma from the injury. He was not at all happy when the radiology tech told him he couldn't stand with Little Bitty and me while she got the x-rays taken - and when they had me don the rubber and lead vest he proceeded to scream and sob repeatedly from the other room (he could see us as he was only about 8 feet away standing in an open doorway), "DON'T WEAR THE VEST MOMMY, DON'T WEAR IT!!!" I still haven't figured out if he thought the vest was somehow going to hurt me... or if it was just that offensive to a little man with such keen fashion sense (you've seen the wardrobe). At any rate, his meltdown was really something to behold and the three radiology techs (and Little Bitty) all gave me sympathetic little smiles and pats on the back as we left. I kept saying things like, "geez - he doesn't usually act like this... wow, he must be tired... hmmm, someone must really be ready for lunch...etc." They weren't believing a word of it, they obviously thought that my sweet little guy has some real issues - which he doesn't - he just REALLY didn't like that vest.
Carla - you about ready for that FedEx shipment? ;)
No pictures to share at this point. I'll try to take some tomorrow of Little Bitty and myself lounging on the couch eating bon bons. Which reminds me of the good news - at 15 months - our Little Bitty finally topped 20lbs!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Our trip to the pumpkin patch was great. Brother and Little Bitty had a lot of fun despite the 90 degree heat. Thankfully, we did get to skip the hayride because Brother had no interest in it... I think he's catching on that the thought of a hayride is really more fun than the ride itself. Kind of like horse-back riding - or skiing. Now - a bunch of pictures highlighting the day.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
So, this weekend (in the spirit of keeping things interesting around here) with both Brother and Little Bitty at home, we devised this game. Thank you, Mum for the sled. It is a year-round present that just keeps on giving - even here in the South.
Later, Brother and Little Bitty had a quiet dinner together. Sometimes it is nice for them to just get away and have time by themselves without hovering parents. After their dinner they turned in early and slept peacefully all night. Yeah, right. ;)
This morning we developed yet another use for the sled. I know it may appear a little dangerous in the pictures... but we really try to foster a sense of adventure in our children. Please overlook the chocolate chip cookie on the floor near Little Bitty's foot. I don't have the time nor skills to edit out all our imperfections for the blog.
We have a trip planned to a pumpkin patch later. So, please look forward to some good fall photos that will hopefully a) not involve activities that would make DSS question my parenting and b) have Brother in actual clothes that have been bought to wear in public. Only time will tell though.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I'd say more like Anderson Cooper 180.
If you don't get the reference. GOOD.
And now on to some actual unbiased and candid journalism:
Spiderman learning to hula hoop.
Oh - and we've determined that the Phoebe-from-friends pronunciation of Spiderman, "SPIDERmen " is not received well in this house.
Shortly after the hula hooping, Brother saw that our neighbor was in his garage (man in his 30's, married but no children, slightly serious demeanor). So, he told me that he thought Mr. Scott would probably like to see his Spiderman costume. Our little boy is not an "in your face" type of kid, but rather, somewhat shy a lot of times - so I was proud of him for wanting to walk to our neighbor's house and say hi (by himself even) and told him to go on over. I was kind of laughing to myself wishing I could be a fly on the wall when Mr. Scott looked up from whatever he was doing and saw a 3 ft. Spiderman standing staring at him.
When he returned, I asked him what Mr. Scott thought of his outfit. His reply, "Well... he DIDN'T say like 'Hi Buddy, cool costume' or anything... he was just kind of like, 'Oh, hi Spiderman.'" He seemed not so much disappointed as just perplexed. Me too, really.
I love Little Bitty's current jack-o-laternesque smile. I almost don't want to see the other front tooth pop through!
Finally - those of you new to this blog format. Please note there is a little comment counter under the post. You can click on it and leave a comment. You don't have to - but if you do occasionally, then I know that someone is reading and enjoying (or not) the updates. ;)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
See, I feel better already!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Badly damaged Honda Accord: inconvenient but replaceable
Unharmed husband and children: the only thing that matters.
In other news, I took Brother and Little Bitty and went to visit my dad. My sisters and their families met us there. We had our First Annual Papa's Sailing Camp. It was a blast and watching my little ones play with their cousins is about as good as it gets. I love it. Matching shirts were compliments of my uber-organized and very talented younger sister. As were the sailing/outdoor-themed activities.
I am one of four children in my family and my parents definitely did something right (if I do say so myself). I LOVE my siblings, they are all very cool people. And then - as if I'm not lucky enough... I married my husband who also an awesome sister. So, my children are blessed with a whole group of really neat aunts and uncles. Thankful, thankful, thankful.
On to photos of the weekend (minus the car accident on Friday - cause that would just be a bummer).