Monday, April 27, 2009

Fun Friend Friday

Clicky dolls, dress up, art projects, Rody riding, PIZZA!, riding bikes, dancing, baking, cartoon breaks, playhouse cleaning, giggly, squealy, bouncy girly madness.

I'm so thankful that my daughter has met her little blonde, pink loving match.

It's been a welcome break for this worn out mama one week, and a hilarious, battle of the divas I can't wait to watch the next.

So much fun to watch these two grow up together.... and, in a way, terrifying. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Daddy Kind of Project

I consider creepy crawly, multiple legged, slimy, slithery things to be Daddy territory. So when a teeny tiny little box arrived in our mailbox with the words "LIVE CREATURES" marked on the side of it, I knew who had ordered it. Sooooo not me.

Lily goes nuts when she sees any kind of box appear during our daily mail run. Right away she demanded "let's open it!" I wasn't going there, though. This was, 100%, without a doubt, an Official Daddy Project.

They opened that little package together and in it they found this:

Lily declared them "beeeeeautiful and cute" despite their oooh-ey, gooey-ness.

We watched for days as they slimed and slithered into cocoons. Lily cheered them on--"you can doooooo it!" Her little buddies that dropped by in the meantime (and some of our adult buddies too:) ) were pretty impressed by all that was going on in that little clear cup.

And then, the big moment finally arrived--- Flutters, Butters and Flutterfly (creatively named by our girl) suddenly appeared after literally hanging out for days. It was pretty exciting... and the adults were really freaked out about the blood involved, but that's a whole other post.

Lil spent days singing to her new friends, coaching them on how to fly and feeding them sugar water. We talked a lot about the joy of flying free and the need to be with family and she finally agreed that it was time to let them go.

Now, it's an amazing coincidence how every single time we spot a butterfly, it happens to be one of our three "butterfly babies." :)

A pretty cool project pulled off by a pretty fantastic daddy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Almost 28 weeks / 28 months

L: "He's growin' in there."
Yep, he sure is and we are so, so excited to meet him.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sugary Saturday. And Sunday. :)

We had a fun weekend celebrating with wonderful family and friends.

Made a quick visit to the big guy...

and once she realized that he might be stopping by over the weekend, Lil was on her very best behavior.

After a long Saturday night of not much sleep from WAY too much sugar, she was so excited to wake up to a trail of eggs starting at the bottom of the stairs leading to her basket

We asked her how the Easter Bunny had gotten the basket inside our house. Her quick, matter-of-fact answer: "He hopped it in through the window." :)

Auntie Kris was here to help make a bunny cake

And Lily's hands just might be dyed green and orange until this time next year. :)

Happy Easter, everyone!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Talk to the belly.

Most mornings, we'll hear Lily on the monitor when she wakes up.... usually a little singing, some one-way conversation with her best stuffy buddies or favorite clicky dolls and a decision about who's coming with her downstairs. Mr. Blanks always makes the cut.

She bounces down one stair at a time until she finally appears in our room--- we'll pretend to be asleep--- and taps my arm, often saying "Hey! You guys aren't sleeeeeping!" On non-grumpy days, she'll climb in between us and we all say our good mornings. This includes a good morning to Jack. She'll lift up my shirt to see the "biiiiiiiig belly" (thanks, Lil) and put her mouth right over my belly button:

(21 weeks)

"Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! How are you doing today? How do you feel? Can you kick?"

She'll sit up, put her hand in the spot where her mouth was and wait until getting frustrated and deciding to try again.

"Jack!! Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! You're a baby. You're in mommy's belly. I can't see you. What do you look like? I don't know because I can't see you. Where are you? Come out, Jack!"

We'll remind her that he needs some more time to grow and she seems to understand. With a reminder to be gentle, she'll rub her hands over my belly and smile. I *so* hope that she'll eventually really be able to feel a kick.

"I love him. Jack. He's our baby. I will teach him how to talk. And eat. And give him a bottle. I will teach him how to walk. I'm BIG! I'm a big sister!"

Love her.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Becoming a Big Girl

Mike and I have realized lately that time is flying by. Flying. What started out sounding like a very long 9 months has quickly ticked away and left us with and almost 2.5 year old and a daily baby countdown in the double digits.


So, with that in mind and because my mom came to visit on a mission to help me get organized, we realized it was time for the start of Project Big Girl.

Project goal #1: The Official Big Girl Room. She was in love with her crib and we finally were in a groove with sleeping, but we knew it was time to make a switch outta there.

We realized quickly that because she's such a restless sleeper a daybed was going to work best. So during quick trip to Ikea, she picked out a bed and Mike began a veeeeeeery long spray painting project to turn it from black to white.

She had a few requests for her room: PINK, flowers, chickadees, castles, PINK! and ballerinas. Ummm.... okay. My mom and I bought a deeper shade of pink paint than what was already on her walls, some fun fabric to go with her bedspread and got started (so thankful for her help since I'm a little too wobbly for ladders these days and my sewing machine scares me).

In the end, we worked with what we had and it was this that we came up with

Yep, just a little bit girly. :) It is soooooo her-- just what I hoped for. She's happy and loves her bed, so we're happy too. Thankfully, it was an amazingly easy transition.

Project goal #2: Buh bye diapers. This one's been a little bit more challenging but we're so, so close...

Just when we thought we had it down, she came down with a nasty sinus infection that put her on antibiotics. Poor kiddo. Her stomach has been a mess. Hopefully when it's all over next week we can pick up from where we left off. I'd really like at least a month off of diapers. I'm pretty sure it'll happen.

And that brings us to the final Project goal #3: School!! This is a biggie. Back in late January I started really looking into finding the place that would be the best fit for Lily. I knew exactly what I was looking for and luckily, I found it.

If all goes right, she'll be starting a one day a week program in September. I think "ballerina school" is going to be a good intro leading up to the big first day. We're so excited for her! It'll just be Lily's thing-- so important with the changes coming up in our house this summer.

It's such a relief to be moving forward step by step. Admittedly though, it's bittersweet....

She's well on her way to Big Girl-ness. Look out, world.