Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Clara & Friends

This is Kylee doing her "Great Grandma Dort Face". I think she's pretty much got it down
Clara was pretty sick the week Kylee and the other Maurer's were here from Ohio so they didn't get to spend very much time together. Here's the best shot of them giving eachother a kiss!
Clara and Judah are becoming friends...I think. Clara is getting more and more enjoyment out of playing with Judah, laying next to him on the play mat and shoing him how the toys work. She also loves a good game of "eekaooo" ya know--Peek-a-boo
They look just a little bit alike!
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Cooking & Bathing

Clara made Cranberry & White Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with me the other day...notice the floury mess!

She also decided to take a bath with her clothes on...this was only after she decided it was necessary that she dump her chocolate milk all over her clothes. I guess she figured "I am already wet, what's it going to hurt?". She sure does move fast these days and yes, that cup of water went all over the bathroom floor and the front of my clothes as I was trying to catch her in the act!
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Life's a Zoo!

Today we took our first trip to the zoo! This is Clara and James sitting on the elephant at the Phoenix Zoo. The kids had a good time and Amanda and I had fun trying to find our way around the zoo--kind of! The signage wasn't great or maybe it was the readers of the signs!
Clara and the goat. She didn't really know what to think of the goats...they were the only petable animals and she just got really close and looked at them. I am OK with that for sure
Judah took his morning nap there in the BOB...only after he screamed so loud we got lots of "looks". He was really interested in all there was to see at the zoo after his nap.
This is me and Clara in front of the Arangatans...too bad you can't see the animals! Maybe we'll be more excited about the animals next time.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

4 Baby Blues




love...with my baby blue. Judah is 4 months old (this past Monday) I cannot believe it's already been 4 months. My life is so much richer & fuller with my baby blue. I don't even remember life without him. ***ahem***almost.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Running Ragged

Here are the kids in the BOB. Have I mentioned that I am in love with BOB...BOB the double Jogger? This is how we have been starting our morning every day. I feed Judah and then give Clara her cup of milk and we're off on our run. I am finally able to run a whole mile with the BOB...although it's incredibly easy to push & steer, pushing anything while running is hard! If someone had told me about 5 or 6 weeks ago that this is how I'd start each day (ready and willing) I would not have believed them in a million years. Since I haven't done any real work outs since Clara was born (the ones I did were pretend and I totally knew it) I am feeling a great sense of accomplishment (and my butt--ahem-- does too!)Ha ha
Here's what the kiddos have been looking like while they're sleeping. So sweet. We're working on helping Judah sleep without being swaddled, it's not been easy for him. He'll figure it out though
Clara has an ear infection and after 3 1/2 days of very high fever and 2 trips to the doctor we're on antibiotics. I have never seen her so sick. She just laid on the couch --seriously hadn't touched her toys for days and allbut stopped eating & drinking. We're on the mend today though! The toys strewn about my house are certainly proof enough.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Can't turn my back for a second

While I was commemorating Judah's almost 4 month birthday...with these super cute up close pictures....
Clara was having a hay day with blackberries. What a mess. It's a good thing that I remembered that I gave her blackberries--I could have been quite scared!
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Moving on up

Clara discovered that she could move the megasaucer. She pulled him around the house in this yesterday, much to the delight of both children. I hope that this happy play together continues. I guess we'll see when Judah's able to get at Clara's toys! Thank God for plastic floors. Ha!
The weather is FINALLY cooling off. It was only 100 today which to us is nice. So we went outside a lot--we went on a run to the park in the BOB and we played outside with bubbles and chalk. Clara is really into opening and closing the front door.
This is Clara after her first hair cut! Mostly just bangs.
This is just before the hair cut, you can see how long her bangs were! I was determined to grow her bangs out, but it was getting to the point where she was becoming bothered by her hair...always swiping at her face. Bangs are cute too and classic.
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Blue Eyes & Soothing

Judah has big blue eyes.
And really chubby cheeks!
Judah's been working on those things--whatever it is--to self-soothe. Today as he was starting to get sleepy, he was laying on his play mat and I was about to lay him down when I hear him screaming in pain...He in an effort to calm himself down, was pulling his own hair. Death grip. It was too funny. After I released his hand, he went right back at it. Whatever! Upon examining his head further, he must be doing this quite a bit--he has little scabs all over his head where he's been rubbing & pulling. Kinda gross. I definitely got the nail clippers out just before his nap!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Congratulations Perkins Family!

This is the Beautiful daughter of my BFF Amanda! Maebelle was born today weighing in at 6 lbs and 13 oz. She's 18 inches long and is super tiny! Yeah Amanda and Nate and big brother James. It's nice to have another mommy friend who has two babies...because of course two are better than one...most of the time!

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Raining PJ's

I love PJ's! These turtle PJ's are from a good friend from my old work--they were actually given to me for Clara, but since she was a girl (of course) I never put her in them. I couldn't wait to get Judah in them though! He has a matching blanket & burp cloth too. Oh how cute! Judah is cooing and batting at toys like it's going out of style. He's also a pretty smily baby but I didn't catch him in the act this morning.
He wore these PJ's last night. Can't go wrong with brown and cream! Too bad they didn't make him a dream sleeper. He was awake on and off for quite a while, the last two nights have been like that. But we're continuing to help him self-soothe, and eventually he gets back to sleep without a feeding. A work in progress to be sure.
It rained here on Saturday for the first time in a LOOOOOOOOONG time! It was so refreshing. Clara and Owen played outside for the whole 2 hours it rained. She liked it a lot and had fun with chalk too.
I hate to admit it, but Clara is almost two. She is also shall we say, exhibiting some 2-year old behavior. That face is one that comes just before the "fine whine". Oh the joys...She's continuing to do wonderfully in her big girl bed. I think she senses that she's accomplished something big. Those kind of things make the "special behavior" bearable for sure.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

There's a horse in my room

Because Clara is in her big girl bed!
Clara has successfully transitioned into her big girl bed this weekend. It was surprisingly easy to get her to sleep in her bed for both bed time and nap time! We moved her horse into our room to remove the temptation to ride it instead of sleeping. Judah has also successfully moved from the pack & play to the crib. Oh how nice to have our bedroom back!
Milestones. Oh how nice.
Clara also went poopoo in the big girl toilet for the first time today. Although I'm not actively potty training her, this was a HUGE accomplishment as well. After I feel like she's nice and secure in the bed, I'll begin potty training. Yippee.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I thought it was farther than that.

In an effort to shed my last left over pounds from having 2 babies in 17 months...I have been running after the kids go to bed. It's hot and I am tired but I am sure this is the best thing for me. Yes it's hot--like 105 or so when I run. I told my dad that I would rather be sweaty and skinny than fat and cold!
Because I have done it for the last two weeks pretty consistently, I decided I would do a "trip track" and see exactly how far I was running. I was sure it was about 1.5 miles or slightly longer...since of course I am exhausted, sweaty and barely alive by the time I get done. So I get in my car and drive my course and my heart begins to sink as the mile ticker does not get as high as I thought it should. By the time I get back to my driveway, it's exactly 1.0 miles. I thought it was farther than that.
I began to think about how many times I've had that thought in my mind...I know I had it during my pregnancy with Judah...I would think I was at a certain week of pregnancy only to be corrected by the nurse at each appointment, by at least 2 weeks. Huh--I thought I was farther along than that.

I know I have had that thought when dealing with personal and family conflicts too. I'll be rehashing something in my mind or having a conversation with a loved one with the thought--I thought we were past all this--running through my mind.

Finally, as I've been adjusting to being a mommy of two, I've had a rough go of it for a few weeks. I have been battling all of my control issues as I have tried and tried to get Mr. Judah on a schedule--and again, I had the thought--I thought I was farther along in my journey as a parent that to be controlled by my little-itty-bitty package. Hmph.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that just because I've been through something, or have conquered a quest once, doesn't mean I have learned the lesson that was intended. Nor have I earned the credit to never have the lesson shared with me again! So even though I thought I never needed to cover that ground again (whatever that may be, forgiveness, control issues, forgiveness, control issues, forgiveness, control issues--you get the picture), the Lord gives me another gracious opportunity to learn how to forgive, to learn how to give up control, to learn that HE knows best and not me. So even though I thought I was farther than that, the Lord really knows where I am--and He is there right with me. So, I am dealing with being where I am. I am NOT, however, farther than God's grace, love and sovereignty. For that I am so thankful.

Sharing Smiles

Here's our smiley guy! Judah has been super happy (this week) and has been sleeping & napping great (this week). It's been a long time comin' but I'll take what I can get! The kids have been sleeping in the same room both for night and naps and it's been surprisingly great. We are moving Clara to a big girl bed tonight! I'll post on how that goes when I have a chance. Judah will be moved into the crib tonight and we'll be giving the mini pack& play we've been borrowing back to our friends. No turning back now!
Here's a happy daddy and his two buddies. I am constantly amazed at how Owen works all day, leaving our house around 5 am and then comes home and plays with the kids, helps me clean up and still has a smile on his face. Pretty amazing. Clara's learning how to "show her teeth" for smiles. Pretty cute if you ask me!
Clara likes corn. I don't ususally buy it on the cob, but when we were at Grandma's last, see really enjoyed eating it off the cob so I tried it at home. She ate the whole thing...we finally had to cut her off when she started eating more than the corn. Too cute.
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