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Are You There, Claire? It’s Me, Mom.

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Claire, it’s your mom.  You know – the person who feeds you five bottles a day, pre-mushes your bananas before inserting them into your mouth, lets you rake your spitty hand across my face and thinks you’re the ideal baby even when you’re grumpy.  You are now nine months old, and I know what is coming – the big 0-1.  And one-year-old is truly the beginning of the end, the beginning of the end your babydom.  At one-year, you will start the slow slide out of babydom, and by two, all I will have left is maybe some slightly fat, baby cheeks.  I have asked you before, and I will ask you again – can’t you put the brakes on?  To me, you are perfection.  I know I endlessly wax poetic about the chubbiness of your legs.  You’re probably embarrassed.  But to me, those chubby stems (or are they trunks?) are so exactly symbolic of your guileless, squishy, content baby-ness.  At some point, I will resign myself to fate and move into acceptance that you can’t be a baby forever.  Until that day, I will continue to revel in sweet, baby YOU (and probably smell your head in an attempt to memorialize your baby smell a creepy amount of times)!

Claire, at nine months you are

  • Crawling at a rapid pace and exploring every nook and cranny of our house, including behind the toilet (don’t worry I removed you), in the pantry, on the dog-beds, and under the coffee table;
  • Playing side-by-side with your big sister, which is very gratifying for this mama to see;
  • Weighing in at a slim 19.5 pounds;
  • Saying “mamamama,” “dadadada,” and “bububu” for “bye-bye”;
  • Waving (inexplicably cute), clapping (be still my heart), and bopping Avery on the head (not appreciated by AJS);
  • Pulling up to stand on every surface within reach;
  • Playing games of peekaboo with your dad;
  • Crawling over to any blanket left on the ground for a spontaneous cuddle; and
  • Starting to eat table food with slight skepticism.

Claire, you are a joy, and we thank God for you.

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March 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

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From Me to Me.

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You may be puzzled by the title of this post.  One reason I blog is because all of our family and many of our friends do not live in the same city as we do.  So the blog is a convenient way to watch our children grow from afar.  Another reason is that I am a terrible scrapbooker.  Avery’s baby book is a dismal, and Claire does not have a baby book.  So the blog is a way for me to look back and remember all the details that quickly fade.  Thus the name of the post.  Not to make you feel excluded, but I feel compelled to jot down a few random notes from my day every now and again – not to commemorate anything noteworthy – but just because I want to remember those sweet and abundant little moments that occur so frequently that they are impossible to remember.  I think everyone is up to speed now. 

Today I want to remember . . .

  • The way Claire’s chubby legs were shown off to maximum advantage as she wore her first dress this spring,
  • Avery softly singing along to “Hakuna Matata” in the backseat of the car,
  • Avery insisting on wearing my turquoise nightgown with white polka dots to go to the Whataburger drive-thru (yes, mother of the year for that one, I know),
  • The slap, slap, slap of small hands crawling across the kitchen floor,
  • Claire calling “ma ma ma ma ma” from her crib when she woke up from her nap, and
  • Avery telling me that she “loves me more than anyone.”

Are you asleep from boredom?  I warned you – this post more for me than you.  Just to show you that I am not totally self-involved, here’s a picture of the aforementioned chubby legs.  They are glorious, aren’t they?

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March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

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Weekend Highlights.

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We had a fun-filled weekend, including a visit from Avery and Claire’s grandparents and the birthday of one of Avery’s besties.  Needless to say, Avery was flying high.  There were hugs to be had, candy to eat, new toys to explore, candles to be blown out, and bouncies to be jumped in.  Here are a few pictures from a lovely weekend.

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March 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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Springing Ahead of Ourselves.

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With temperatures well above seventy degrees everyday last week, we might have gotten a little ahead of ourselves.  I was mentally packing up all my sweaters.  But, alas, this week, the sun has vanished behind some much-needed rain clouds, and we’re back in jackets and boots.  Ah well, we will adjust because we know that all the springtime fun that is just around the corner.  We have already managed to squeeze in more than our fair share of outdoor activities.  See below for our homage to spring. 

 

 

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March 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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Happy Monday.

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Happy Monday, friends.  The start of another new week, and we’re pretty happy about it around here.

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March 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

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On The Catwalk.

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Here’s some of the latest spring fashion.  Straight from our sidewalk to yours.  This is what happens when Avery selects her own wardrobe.

Padre Island T-shirt.  Target “Princess” Skirt (as dubbed by AJS).

Easily accessorized with purple mardi gras beads.

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March 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

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The Grandest of Weekends.

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We spent this past weekend being spoiled by my parents.  You probably think that grandparents only spoil the grandchildren, but when my parents come to town, we all feel pampered.  Laughter, lovely meals, help with the kids, all the book-reading Avery can handle, shopping, playing and togetherness.  I feel like we give our kids their fair share of attention, but watching my parents with the girls, I realize that they fulfill something in my children that is so necessary and special.  I can’t describe it.  But naturally I will try.  I am a lawyer after all.  When Avery is with my mom and dad, she is lit up on the inside.  She is the happiest version of herself.  Now if she was only the most well-behaved version of herself.  Even tiny Claire seems to realize that her grandparents exist to cuddle, coo, and coddle her.  She started putting on the Claire show within moments of their arrival.  Such a perfect weekend.  I wish my kids (and me) could have them everyday. 

Here are a few pictures.  I am terrible at taking pictures when we’re with my parents.  I get so caught up in enjoying myself that I totally forget.  Apologies that I didn’t get any with Avery.  I only took my camera out for a brief moment at lunch because it was so cute to watch Claire devour my mom’s necklace and to see her tucked so neatly in between them.

 

 

 

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March 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

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