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Friday, March 27, 2009

Brothers. And Smiles.

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Why is it

That they absolutely hate the carrier, until they're way to big for it?

Katie, March 2009:

Sammy, October 2006:
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Benny can wear Katie's diapers!

You can't see his chunky thigh-rolls, hidden inside the elastic. (Which is the only reason he can wear a "petite toddler" diaper at 2m!)

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Random Randomness

We have caught someone's cold. Good thing it's spring break so we don't have to miss yet another music class.

I am thinking about getting this computer. It is on sale for $150 off. Then my kids could have my old one, which has to have so much stuff attached to it, it is no longer portable. Did I mention all 3 of our computers are broken? The Daddy's is totally dead, needs a new motherboard. The kids' won't even turn on. (And is mine from 9 years ago, Windows ME, and they can't see any of their online sites on it anyway.) Mine has to stay cool to run. You'd think I could take a hint. But no, I'm going to buy a new computer. And get the Grampy to fix Daddy's, and my old one. If he can.

Benny can sign. And has been for ~2 weeks. In his own new baby gross motor movement way. I thought I was crazy and making it up, but the Daddy has seen it, too. And Julie says she thought Matthew (10 days younger than B) was doing it, too. So I am not discounting it any more. If Benny wants to be picked up, he flaps his right arm up and down while keeping his left one still. I have also seen him practicing pointing his index finger in his sleep. If he wants to nurse, he clenches his fists tightly. (Sign for milk/nursing is to squeeze your fist open & closed several times... like you're milking a cow.) He started doing these things after us using the real signs on him only once or twice. It's pretty amazing. They say babies don't get the signs until they are ~6m. Sammy started signing milk/nurse at 3 or 4m, a couple of weeks after we started using the sign with him. It's completely amazing how smart babies are.

Grampy is coming to spend Easter with us, then ride back to TX with me to kick off my "crazy trip." CO-TX-LA-MS?-AL-??-VA-MD and back. Grampy will ride as far as LA with me and then rent a car to visit his BIL in AL. My mama's going to ride to MD & back to LA with me. Then I'm on my own with the kids back home. Unless I stay until June and wait for my neice to get out of school. That's just a little too long for me, though...

We'll be having K's b-day party in LA this year, since that's where we'll be. I don't know where yet. It will probably be Sat 4/25. Mark your calendar if you are in the BR area. :)

Instead of "hop aboard," Katie says "hop on da boid!" It's cute. She also says "Wook out piwwow! (pillow)" instead of "Look out below!" when she jumps off things. Ususally she's jumping onto a pillow, so it actually makes sense. It cracks me up every time she says it.

Katie watched a Blue's Clues tape last night, and somehow the tape got wrapped around one of the heads or something. Won't come out. Won't play. I'm going to have to take the VCR apart now. Lucky me.

Sammy has a thousand "carrots" and still will only use the potty about once every 3 days. Yes that's an improvement, BUT.... The other day he asked if I'd buy him a video game. I said yes, f he'd make one poopoo on the potty, I would buy him a video game. Thinking about a Wii Fit. And not letting him play it any day until he's made poops on the potty that day. Is that mean? Can't be nearly as mean as making mama clean 3 poopy butts and wash diapers all day long.

On the bright side, Sammy has gotten really helpful lately. He cleans up toys that he didn't even play with.

I need to get on some kind of allergy meds before I head south, or I'm going to be too miserable to parent my kids. Which will be very bad since the Daddy will be elsewhere. I wonder what the natural-types do for seasonal allergies. That won't dry up the magic mama juice. I know frequent megadoses of vitamin C... But what else?

I'm going to use disposable diapers on the trip. Or at least the LA-MD & back portion of it. Don't say it. You know how much I don't like it. I have given up hope that anyone will be potty trained enough by that time to make a difference. And I want to visit people, not be tied to a washer/dryer 3+ hours a day.

What else?

Oh, the boys had checkups last week. Sammy got a referral to a speech pathologist and mama got a handout on handling toileting resistance. Benny has gained 5 lbs in 2m.

And I need to get of the computer and be a real mama. (See you on Facebook in 10 minutes. LOL!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Envelope Quilt

Made especially for us by the uber-talented Misty.

Sammy is 2 months, 1 day old.

Sammy is 1 year, 7 months, & 5 days old. Katie is 3 months, 1 week old.

Sammy is 4 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days old. Katie is 2 years, 10 months, 3 weeks old. Benny is 2 months, 1 day old.
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My computer's not entirely as dead as a doornail.

It must have overheated. I went to lunch with Donna, and it booted up when I got home.

My computer is deadder'n'a doornail.

So if you need to get in touch w/ me you'll have to do it the old fashioned way. Cell phone or text messaging! LOL!

Here's a picture of what I am pretty sure is the biggest 2m old I've ever had. We'll confirm that at his checkup this afternoon.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! (P.S. I miss Ireland!)

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Saturday, March 14, 2009


Nobody else around here gets Katie kisses anymore. They all go to Benny. He opens his mouth, turns his head, & tries to kiss her back. I have never seen a baby this young do that. He did it to his Daddy the other day, too, BEFORE Daddy ever kissed him!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Little stinker!

I went up to check on the baby, who had been napping about half an hour. I found him wide awake, with the partially-detaching stickers that have been holding his nasal cannula in place, up on his forehead. I have never seen such a new baby looking so pleased with himself!

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Monday, March 02, 2009


I ate 2 chicken, spinach, & tomato wraps for lunch. I felt like such a piggie! Then I realized the baby has spent half of my waking hours today nursing. So there *is* a piggie here, just not necessarily me! Check out those cheeks!