Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 reads

It was a light year on the reading front. But here's what little I did stuff in my brain.

1-4. Some of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Toddler 411, I Know This Much is True, and And Baby Makes Three. I'm retiring I Know... but will probably dabble in the others in 2014.
5. Smokin' Seventeen
6. Explosive Eighteen
7. The Happiness Project
8. A Mother's Love: Inspiring True Stories From the Animal Kingdom
9. Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
10. Fifty Shades of Grey
11. Fifty Shades Darker
12. Fifty Shades Freed

That is nearly 100% fluff. Perhaps that's a clue re: the state of my mind these days (or lack thereof).

Friday, November 15, 2013

i'm baaaack

After the longest hiatus in my blogging career, I'm back. I'm not sure why I fell off the wagon. Probably because FB exists. And because I was finally done with documenting both of the kids' first years. I guess I just needed a break. But all the while, I'd keep thinking "I should post about this" or "I can't believe I haven't blogged about ANY house project." So get ready, peeps. There may be a house tour coming up.

What got me back here? There's this thing going around FB where people give you a random number (not one but two people gave me 9--perhaps it's not as random as it seems) and you post that many facts about yourself that people may not know. It's been surprisingly interesting. I secretly like it when I knew one (or more) of the things someone posted. I'm posting here instead of there because all the stuff that's rattling around in my head seems lengthy. So here goes.

1) I've been writing in a journal of some sort off and on since elementary school. And always in the not-so-back of my mind, I've done it in part for my future children. Even when I was a child myself. I pictured me seeing my kid going through something and me just handing them one of my journal entries about the same situation (because you know you never believe your parent when they say they understand what you're going through). I also pictured my adult children reading through the story of my life after it was over.

2) I don't really care for getting manicures. And the best part about pedicures is the massage chair and the socializing with girlfriends. Other than that, I could take 'em or leave 'em. But I've probably had my toenails painted everyday for the last 20 years.

3) I used to have a freaky good memory. Baby brain has ruined that. Now I'm a mere mortal.

4) I've been on several blind dates. The worst one ended with me wandering around an automobile graveyard after my car got towed. In the rain. At night. Alone. Thinking I was probably going to get killed by an axe murderer.

5) I didn't leave the state until I was 17. Didn't fly until right before I turned 21.

6) The day that changed me the most was January 24, 2011. Followed by January 9, 1997. What is it about January?

7) I don't get the chance to read as much now as I'd like. But when I'm engrossed in a book, I start thinking like a book. I'll be walking around the house and in my head I'm narrating, "And she walked into the kitchen and saw the mountain of dishes in the sink."

8) I'm embarrassed by very little these days. I think having babies does that to you.

9) I would have loved to have inherited a family business in some creative area. Someone else could have done all the work to start it up but I could do fun, creative things.

Monday, August 05, 2013

lead actor in a short film

Buns' birthday video featuring "Home" by the unfortunately named Phillip Phillips. I dorkily liked this song when I first heard it on the AI finale. Then my buddy was born during the Olympics, when it was all over the US women's gymnastics coverage. But what really sealed the deal on picking this one is that Chicken's first birthday video was also set to a song called "Home." What are the odds? Enjoy.

bday video

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

month 12

Well, baby boy. You did it. You've been in this world every day of the year. You are a complete joy. Well, minus the times you are pitchin' the biggest fits. You are definitely worth all the trouble you caused me during pregnancy and all the sleep deprivation and all the diaper fails (um, including this morning's).

You've had a pretty big month. You now know lots of tricks--waving, clapping, giving high fives, blowing raspberries, blowing bubbles in the pool. You can stand on your own, stand up from the squatting position and vice versa, cruise like nobody's business. You have mastered the stairs. Up, anyway. You climb off the furniture on your own. You get into and out of the kid-sized chairs all by yourself. You've actually taken a few steps here and there over the last week. Very exciting! But I think it will be awhile before you're proficient. No rush.

Over the last week, we've started the switch to milk. Once the formula is gone in all your various caregiving places, you're done. I love this step. Next up? Getting rid of the bottle. I LOVE that step, too. And then I guess we'll tackle the paci. So far you haven't had any issues with milk. Knock on wood.

You almost solely eat finger foods. We give you a plate but it often ends up on the floor or turned upside down. You also get a sippy cup. You still spit a lot of it out. You play with plasticware but we rarely let you try to feed yourself. When you do, you're a mess.

You're starting to thin out a little. We go to the doctor on Friday so I'll update your stats then. Your hair is still strawberry blonde and it's getting thicker. You have the best eyes and long (but pale) eye lashes. I think you're going to have my long fingers and toes. Still just the 5 teeth.

You're sleeping ok. Daddy often puts you to bed. Our evening routine is going on a family walk followed by a kids' joint bath. Sometimes your sister and I then join you and Daddy in your room. Y'all play a little and then read some. We break away and Daddy gives you a bottle and puts you to bed. Sometimes you're easy, and sometimes you cry and cry. Still often wake up too early. You have an erratic nap schedule these days, and I'm a little concerned you'll be asleep for your entire birthday party on Saturday. I scheduled the time back when your nap schedule was pretty predictable. So it goes.

You now say Dada, and I think you know what it means. You say Mama, too, but I'm not convinced you mean it. Last Friday, your auntie was watching you and you repeated "no, no." You've said it a few times since. It totally freaks me out because it means you're communicating. You will have a voice. I can't wait to hear what all it says.

You still really dislike diaper changes, getting dressed, and having your nails trimmed. You love being outside and hate coming back in. You play with blocks and are starting to try to figure things out a bit more. You love getting into the kitchen cabinets and pantry and wish you could get into the potty. You absolutely LOVE dogs. Even more than your sister, I think--which I hardly believe is possible. You want to lounge on them. Tessa lets you and Maggie surprisingly tolerates you. You love water and will find any little puddle to soak yourself in. And you often prefer Daddy, which works out well since your sister is the opposite.

Tonight we're going to celebrate your birthday proper at your grandparents'. Then we'll have a party here on Saturday. It's an airplane party. I think it will be fun. You have a terribly cute outfit to wear. I must say that I'll be somewhat relieved once the party is over, though. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure your first year was given as much attention as your sister's. It was much harder, but I feel pretty good about it.

Earlier this week I was sitting in the big blue chair in your room. I bought that chair when I was still in grad school. It's seen me through single days, loneliness, giddiness, heartbreak. It's lived in a couple of apartments in a couple of towns, storage, and 2 houses. It's seen me go from from that single girl to a wife to a mother two times over. I've fallen asleep in it reading or when I was sick and could only sleep sitting up and when I was pregnant with you. A lot. In fact, I was in that chair when labor started a year ago. Of course, I've slept with you in that chair many times this last year. And this week I was sitting in it, watching your Daddy read to you and your sister. She was sitting in his lap and you were standing in front of him, holding on to his knee. I was just so overwhelmed by that scene. That lonely girl only dreamt of this life. It's so hard to appreciate it every minute of every day but I'm trying. You have been the perfect final puzzle piece of this family. I'm so proud to be your mama. Happy birthday, my sweet little Buns.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

30 months

And suddenly you're 2.5, Chicken.  This morning I told you it was your half birthday and then you started telling everyone you were 2 1/2.  It's true.  I like that you and your brother are 18 months + exactly 1 week apart.  We can celebrate half birthdays, as needed.  You do have a tiny bit of jealousy sometimes but I really couldn't ask for a better sibling relationship at this point.  It's a joy to watch you two interact.

So what are you like these days?  Chatty.  Super chatty.  We talk the entire time we're in the car.  Actually, we talk pretty much the entire time you're awake.  You are very verbal and we have conversations.  You have a great memory.  Earlier this week I couldn't remember the incident that led to a comment.  When I was telling Daddy the story, you piped up with the part I couldn't remember.  Amazing.

You mostly know your ABCs.  For a long time you missed "TUV" but now you usually get them.  Instead?  You miss "WXYZ."  What is that about?  You know lots of opposites and colors and counting to 13 (which is followed by eleventeen).  You know your whole name.  And your brother's. 

You're very personable and really well-behaved outside of the house.  You know the neighbors and their dogs and which houses they live in.  You say hello to them by name.  You aren't terribly shy with strangers.  You're very good with their names, too--a trait that must have skipped a generation.

Everyday you say something crazy and funny.  You told me the other day that your poopoo comes out of your pupek.  You repeat a lot of what other people say (especially me).  You have told me and your brother that you love us.  Unprompted.  I about cried the first time you said it.  But it was just as sweet to hear you say it to him. 

You're potty trained!  Holy moly!  After MONTHS of kind of half trying to teach you, we did a potty training lockdown over Memorial Day weekend.  I had to leave on day 4 to go to California for a week for work.  I thought surely everyone would stop.  But they pushed through!  By the 5th day, you had no more accidents.  Since then, you have had two.  Both have been first thing in the morning when you just couldn't make it to a potty in time.  You do still sleep with a diaper but I'm totally ok with that.

Sleeping...  This has been hit-n-miss your whole life.  You now sometimes get out of your toddler bed.  Not good.  But you don't play in your room or anything.  You just come get me.  This can be soon after we've put you to bed or in the middle of the night.  Sigh.  Sometimes you go to bed without an argument (we're in that phase now) and sometimes you cry and cry and cry.  I tried to make y'all have an earlier bedtime but summer doesn't help with that.  We're back to about 9:00. 

Sometimes you have a good appetite and sometimes not.  You love fruit the most.  Lately you've been getting a little juice and you like strawberry milk.  You also like these Pediasure shakes but you prefer everything to be at room temperature.  No cold drinks for you.  You also like mac n cheese, sausage, chicken, and yogurt.  When we go out to eat we don't usually get a kid's item--you get quesadillas, etc. 

You love to be outside.  You enjoy swinging, sliding, swimming, playing with your brother, playing in the play house, watering the plants, following me around, walking Maggie, blowing bubbles.  You love bathtime and reading and singing songs.  You enjoy school and your friends there.  You love your cousin.  You still love animals and have been to the zoo a few times. 

You love princesses and high heels.  Still love jewelry.  You wear dresses almost every day.  You like to have your hair fixed but don't necessarily like the fixing part.  You love pink.  And then purple.  And then all the other colors pale in comparison.

In short, you're pretty awesome.  You make me happy every single day.  You also test me every single day.  But I think that's part of the deal.

Monday, July 01, 2013

eleventh month

Buns, we've nearly made it an entire year.  Not sure how that's possible.  Plans are in full swing for your first birthday.  I think it's going to be fun!

This month you've made a lot of progress physically.  You are a champ at crawling.  Sometimes you crawl with one knee and one foot.  Your cousin did that, too.  And you get up and down easily.  You cruise A LOT (on the furniture).  If I sit you down on your feet you can stand on your own for just a bit.  The other day I did that (in the middle of the room) and you just squatted down.  On your own.  Not holding onto anything.  Not falling.  You have been able to hang onto moving things and walk a little bit--like the giant toy car that's outside.

You love water and putting your hand in the stream coming from the hose.  You enjoy being outside and swinging and making messes.  You are chatting more and sometimes say "mamamama" but I don't think you've said anything and meant it yet.  You're still smiley but anger more often. You absolutely hate getting your diaper changed or changing clothes--you're too busy for all that.

You still love finger foods as well as baby food pouches, yogurt, and applesauce.  You can use a sippy cup but mostly just to spit it out all over yourself.  Since you're still learning, we've only given you water in it.  I'm hopeful that once your milk is in it (in another month) you'll figure out that you should, in fact, swallow.  Your shirts will be happier for it.  You are very messy these days.

Sleep is ok.  You still wake up too early on most days.  And still seem to be awakened by hunger.  Sometimes I think you're awakened by pooping.  You have had some crazy poopy diaper fails.  One day it was all over everything when I came in to get you that morning.  I just scooped you up and put you straight in the bathtub.  Who would have thought that that wouldn't be a big deal to me?  (And is much preferable to your sister whining.)

Daddy secretly cut your hair for the first time this month.  He had mentioned wanting to but then just started doing it one morning.  Neither of us had any warning.  No one had the video camera or the regular camera.  I stopped him and forced some pictures.  You still need a real haircut before your birthday party. 

You still have just the five teeth but it seems like you've been teething again.  Granted, it has seemed that way for quite awhile.  What is it with you drooly kids?

We celebrated your daddy's birthday and Father's Day this month.  We went out to eat for Father's Day and you two were a handful.  Actually, like 6 handfuls or something more than what is easily managed.  But people around us didn't seem to mind.  I won't lie, though.  I'll be glad when you two are slightly more well-behaved in public.  Or at least just stay in your seats.

We ended your 11th month with extended family in the county Mama grew up in.  It was so nice to see all of you children having fun together.  I hope we can go down to the country more often so that those people are a part of your life.  Family is important, Buns.  And while you will likely end up with friends who feel like family, you still need to remember the rest of us.  We didn't choose each other but I don't think I could have picked better babies if I tried.


I missed my 7th blogiversary.  It was June 23rd.  I can't believe I've been writing for seven years.  Well, I guess I've been writing a good solid 5 and then intermittently these last two.  Thanks for sticking around.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

tenth month

This month just flew by.  It started out with Daddy and me leaving you and your sister for the first time.  We went to New York and y'all stayed with Grandma and Granddad.  I think you did fine, and we definitely enjoyed our adult time.

You're still sleeping well, thank goodness.  Mama decided y'all needed earlier bedtimes so you go to sleep around 8:30 now.  Yea!  And you still take two naps everyday--one usually longer than the other.

You eat pretty well but are kind of picky.  Your sister would eat whatever baby food I made for her but you don't.  I stopped making any probably a month ago.  You like to feed yourself finger foods (you have 5 teeth now!) and you eat baby food in those squeeze pouches.  Sometimes you like throwing food off your high chair tray.  We started you with a sippy cup this month and you're pretty good at it now.  I'm excited that we're getting close to a year so we can phase out formula and your bottle.  We'll have to work on the paci, too.  You only use it when going to sleep, though, so that's not too bad.

You're still cuddly, which I love.  And smiley and you laugh more.  You're generally a happy baby but do have a temper.  When you want something, you want it now.  If you can't have it or it gets taken from you?  Man, oh man.  The red-haired gene comes out.

Speaking of, I think your hair is getting a little longer and thicker.  And you seem to be starting to thin out a little or maybe you're just stretching.  You still have those awesome chubby thighs that I love to squeeze.  A woman who saw you while we were out shopping commented on your cute feet.  Generally, all the ladies and even some men talk to me about you or talk to you or say what a cute baby you are.  They're right, of course.

This month has been kind of big.  You wave now.  And you clapped once.  You give high fives.  And just when I thought I was going to give up on you, you started crawling.  That was on Mother's Day.  Good timing, boy.  You've gotten quite good at it and can pull yourself up.  You cruise a little bit but are no where near crawling.  But yea!  You're mobile.  I know you're a little late at getting started but I'd like to thank you for that.  I wasn't ready earlier.

With mobility has come a few accidents.  You fall down, bump your head, etc.  But last Monday you took your first bad spill.  You, your sister, and I were sitting on the couch.  You were crawling towards the arm of the couch and Mama couldn't get to you in time.  I screamed when I missed catching your leg and screamed again we you went headfirst into the hardwoods.  Sigh.  You cried and cried and cried.  You had a goose egg on your forehead, a couple drops of blood out of your nose, and a few by your newest top tooth.  But you were fine.  I'm glad I had that happen with your sister.  Her fall wasn't as bad as yours so it broke me in a little bit.

You love water and are going to start swimming lessons this summer.  And hitting the table top with your hand (or when someone else does it) makes you laugh.  You like to be upside down.  You generally don't spend much time in the exersaucer.  You prefer to be mobile now.  But you do like the swing.  Your grandparents took you and your sister to the children's museum this month.  I think you both really enjoyed it.  I'm glad they live close to us so y'all can spend lots of time together.

We ended the month with Mama going out of town for work.  I saw you before bed on Monday and didn't get home until midnight on Friday.  It was a long week, and I missed y'all.  I hope one day you have a job that fulfills you.  It's pretty hard to come by, and I'm not sure mine does.  But whatever you do, be good at it.  Try your best and that will be better than most.  I also hope you have a satisfying personal life.  And give me grandbabies.  It's going to be a long time between snuggling you and snuggling them.  I'll try to make it.

Monday, May 06, 2013

ninth month

Nine months. You've been out as long as you were in. Longer, actually, since you were early. And you didn't really make your presence known until almost halfway through the pregnancy (when you then more than made up for it). So, yeah.  You've been here awhile and I can't believe how time has flown. You'll be one before we know it.

You now sleep pretty well. You've stayed in your crib (no backtracking).  You occasionally still wake up in the middle of the night but get yourself back to sleep faster. When Daddy was out of town for two consecutive bedtimes, I decided to have you cry it out to get yourself to sleep initially. Lots of tears and screaming that first night but much better from then on. Now you rarely cry more than just one really emphatic burst. It's awesome.

We continue to have issues with you having diaper fails. And now you seem to dislike diaper changes so you lock your legs straight. That is a very difficult position for you to be in while I'm trying to clean things up down there. Sometimes I roll you onto your stomach and sometimes let you stand for a portion of the program.

We've basically moved on to letting you eat whatever you want these days. No more introducing a food for three days in a row and then waiting to make sure you're not allergic. We're eating meatballs?  So are you. You love them actually. You seem to like the homemade food less and less and prefer yogurt, squeeze packets, and feeding yourself. I love it when you kids make it to the finger food stage.

You are more chatty these days but still no real words. You do sometimes have something close to dadadada. No mama but your sister and I are both working on that. You sort of wave and sort of give five but we need to work on both of those some more. Still very smiley, giggly, and happy.

Just when I thought you'd be one of those babies who never crawls, you decided it might be something you're interested in. You roll a lot and got from sitting to your tummy. You spin when sitting up. You try to pull yourself up and are successful sometimes. You like standing (assisted).  So while you don't cover a lot of ground, you do move much more. And seem to have just enough "skills" to hurt yourself.

You now have three teeth--all on the bottom. There's one about to pop through on top, though. You tried to break it through via blunt force trauma the other night. You like to pull up on the side of the tub while I'm running bath water and you hit your toothless gums on the edge before falling down.  Blood, tears.  Made better by bath time, which you love as much as your sister. 

We went to the zoo this month and you seemed to enjoy it more than last time. You were so little then. And we've spent more time outside as the weather has been pleasant. You still like the exersaucer and now enjoy the jumper more often. You and your sister interact more. She loves to make you happy and you do reward her with giggles. She talks to you like I do--same tone and words--when you're upset. Y'all are very fun. I am looking forward to seeing y'all together in another year.

I'll have to update your stats after your nine month visit on Monday but I guarantee you're over 20 pounds. I'm about ready to move you to a convertible carseat. Just need to wait for a sale. *Yep, you were 20 lbs, 13 oz (53rd%), 28.5" (57th%), and had a big ol' head.  The doctor said the big head was nothing to worry about.  I'm guessing you will be taking after me more than your dad on that one. Everything else checked out fine, too.*

Buns, it seems like you will do things in your own time. When you choose not when someone chooses for you. And you protest injustices. But you also make people so happy--even people who have never met you tell me that your picture makes them smile. And one of your daycare providers tells me how much she loves you every time I see her. You're a special bird and I'm glad I get to know you. You know, for life. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

slightly better outdoors

Front door is painted.  Awhile back I discovered oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint and finally bought some last weekend.  I've now ORBed the door handle, the wreath hanger, and the flag pole.  It's been an ORBing frenzy over here.  I think I may be getting somewhere with the curb appeal thing. 

So tell me, does the door look obviously blue?  Or would you just think the house looks nicer but not be able to put your finger on why?  (Before (which used to be the After) and the new After)

Yeah, it looks blue.  I hope no one turns me in.

Monday, April 15, 2013

the great outdoors

It used to be the meh outdoors.  If you recall, the front yard started like this:

I must apologize again for the crappy before pictures.  Anyway, the front beds contained FOUR sago palms.  These are not my favorite plants.  Not even my favorite palms.  I in no way felt like they belonged in the front yard of our house.  We also had a wall of oleander.  I don't mind them but I don't appreciate them being planted right in front of my dining room windows.  Lordy, people.  Do me a favor.  If you decide to plant something in the ground?  Read the tag that comes with it.  Plants are like puppies--they get bigger.  Anyway, we also had a mishmash of three different kinds of hardscape (none that I like) and a TON of this crazy groundcover (see front left of the photo above).  And some poorly placed shrubs.

So I enlisted the help of nice people who found my ads on Craigslist.  They came and dug out about 90% of the groundcover I hated.  I gave it to them for free.  Same thing with the palms.  They were so big that they had to be pulled out of the ground with a suburban.  It was awesome to watch.  It was more awesome that all this labor was done by folks who gladly took away things I hated.  Win-win.

Then we removed most of the hardscape.  I need to figure out what I want to replace it with and I also want a new outdoor light and am going to paint the front door (please don't tell my HOA) and would love window boxes on the second floor windows and am going to remove the beds around the trees so that there's just grass and will move what turned out to be day lilies to a different area and...  Obviously this is a work in progress but we've made SO MUCH PROGRESS!

Ahem.  Here's the current "after."

I did nothing to the brick.  It looks like such a different color in this picture but it's more accurate than the "before."  I know, I keep getting side-tracked.  You'll also notice our new windows.  I think they make the house look better since they have wider frames and blend less with the rest of the house.  And we got a different style half-circle window above the door that I love.  And, of course, there's the requisite American flag.

I kept what I could live with but had to move a lot of stuff around.  I did a lot of browsing around in the neighborhood to see what I liked about folks' front yard.  It came down to liking repeated elements (plantings), front beds that carried around to the side of the house (we're working on that), and some degree of symmetry.  I also wanted low-maintenance, flowers,interest for every season, and an area for annuals since I do enjoy periodic yardwork.  We both wanted trees.  He's kind of blendy (the uplight is pointed at him) but we got this little guy, a Dwarf Japanese Maple.

His foliage really goes well with the color of the house but he'll also be a fancy orange in the fall.  In the background is our peach tree.  She has beautiful blooms in the spring that are a darker pink than peach trees usually have.  We also plan to have a more mature tree installed on the left side of the yard.

I also planted knock-out roses, white azaleas, society garlic, dusty miller, pentas, and verbena.  Everything is a shade of pink, purple, or white.  I planted another camellia on the left side of the sidewalk (blooms in winter) and will eventually match the one on the right.  The plantings around the camellias are symmetrical as well. 

And the front of the beds (next to the sidewalk) are for my annuals.  We finished mulching everything this weekend.  I also hung up a little bird feeder in front of my office window and added a pot to the front porch.  It's coming along.  Feels a little bit more like me now.  Feels a little bit more like we actually live here.

Monday, April 01, 2013

eighth month

My goodness this was a busy month, Buns!  Yesterday especially.  We took so many pictures and had so many wardrobe changes.  But more on that later.

You have gotten so big!  I think you're around 20 pounds now.  Still a good 10 pounds lighter than your sister (which makes a world of difference) but you're so squirmy that you're hard to hold sometimes.  You still love being held, though.  You're in 9-month clothes.  We had to buy some the other day since Mama was still trying to squeeze you into some 3-6 month stuff.

You've gotten better at eating solids and have 3 meals a day.  You've tried yogurt now and had meat once (chicken).  We've tried to give you finger foods (peas, puffs, bread) a few times and it's hit-n-miss.  You have managed to squeak out 2 teeth, though!  I swear, they've looked ready to pop through for months now.  You're still on the bottle.  Mama wants to try to get you started on a sippy cup.  Still a lover of the paci.

I guess the biggest excitement this month developmental-wise is that we bit the bullet and pushed through with sleep training.  We moved you into your room (finally!) and you sleep through the night maybe 1/3 to half the time.  Sometimes you just need your paci in the middle of the night and it's a pretty quick endeavor.  Sometimes you're hungry but that's happening less and less.  You do wake up too early for my taste, however.  Somewhere between 5:00 and 6:00 most mornings.  You have a bottle, though, and are often back to sleep until about 7 or 7:30.  If only we could push that feeding out till then.  And if we're talking dream world, I'd also like it if you went to bed a little earlier than 9.  But that's just me.

You sit like a champ.  Still don't like tummy time so you quickly roll yourself over to your back.  You've learned to go from sitting to lying on your stomach but not the other way around.  You scoot some while lying on your back sometimes. One of our neighbors said her daughter crawled for about a day and then walked.  Perhaps that will be you.  You do like standing (assisted).  While you're taking your time with this movement thing, that doesn't mean you're still.  So many pictures have blurry parts these days.

You chatter but still nothing that sounds like a word.  Lots of squeals and giggling.  Still tons of smiles. It makes people around you so happy.  You love people, playing with toys, being outside, the exersaucer, being tickled.  I think you still prefer me but you're liking Daddy more lately (not that you disliked him but this morning you cried when he walked away and I was right there--that's never happened).

Let's see.  Mama went out-of-town for work for two nights.  One of those you and your sister spent with your grandparents.  That was a first.  Mama and Daddy have made plans to leave y'all both for a few nights in May.  Hopefully that will go well, too.

This month you celebrated your first St. Patrick's Day. You looked so cute.  We went out to eat (Mexican food--I don't know) with your grandparents and auntie.  We took obligatory bluebonnet pictures.  You were so compliant!  Yesterday was your first Easter.  It's funny that both you and your sister had monthiversaries on Easter your first year.  (She turned 3 months old that year.)  We were able to spend a lot of time with both sides of the family.  You looked very dashing.  I always thought little girls would be more fun to dress up (and they are fun) but I've been having a good time with you, too.  Already have plans for your Easter outfit for next year.

And, finally, we went to Opening Day last night.  It was your first baseball game (out of the womb).  I can't believe it was your sister's THIRD Opening Day.  I love that we started this tradition before I even met your Daddy and that we've continued it, now with many more people.  Time goes by so quickly.  Buns, there will be times in your life where you can't wait for the future and times where you long for the past.  You just have to try to live in the moment and enjoy it all.  People will try to impart that knowledge on you but it won't make sense until you're ready for it to (that happens a lot).  So that's what Mama's doing.  Trying to enjoy the moment.  There are many good ones.