Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Excuse the cobwebs...

We're back!
Considering we never left :)

Lauren had her 9 month checkup yesterday and she is doing so well.
She continues to be our little skinny girl.
She's in the 75th percentile for height and only 40th for weight.
(The doctor said she looked fabulous and is growing well!)
It's just so weird how different she and Chloe are.
I was always used to the complete opposite with C.
Anyway, she's just wonderful.
She loves to eat. Absolutely anything.
She is always happy and smiling.
Since our colds are FINALLY over, both girls are also back to sleeping from 6:30 - 6:00 ish for the most part.

SO yes. Life is beautiful.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

All Grown Up…

Well, it’s official.


Lauren is not actually going to stay little forever.

I’m still in denial, however.

Need Proof?!


Her first tooth!!!


It broke through yesterday.

(see the white speck just to the right of the center?!)

That was yesterday.

It’s already growing like a weed.


You didn’t think I’d miss a photo opportunity for a milestone like this, did you??


I love any excuse to post pictures of the inside of my kids mouths.



I think she wins the record for slowest teether.

Almost 9 months!!

Even Chloe had her teeth for a couple months by this point ! IMG_2613  IMG_2616      

Hope you have a great weekend…

We’ve been cooped up since 4th of July weekend with this nasty cold.

Chris had it, gave it to Chloe who gave it to me and just yesterday …

You guessed it..

I gave it to Lauren!!

So maybe by August we’ll be able to venture out from our cave once again.

Or at least open our blinds and get some sunlight.


Have I mentioned I love this kid?!


Seriously. The world is a happier place with her in it.

Same thing for Chloe, don’t worry.

She’ll always be the one who made me a mommy…

But this, this right here is my BABY :)


Who happens to be almost 3/4 of a year old.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nap Time…

Sleep is for the weak.


Colds are for everyone.

At least that’s how it’s been going lately around here.


Lauren has been such a peach and loves 1-on-1 time.


Especially while she should be napping.

(While her sister has given up and taken a nap)

Oh well.

How can you resist this face?!IMG_2493 IMG_2496 IMG_2510 IMG_2515 IMG_2521 IMG_2525     IMG_2402

Playtime with the girls…

Chloe likes to tell Lauren what to do, ya know…

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Sick baby with a dirty face.

Yes. That is a VERY dirty face.

I am aware.


And very curly hair.



Chloe went running to her room and spun out

(no harm done)…


But for the 10 seconds that I turned my back to take a picture of Chloe’s spin out, this is what happened…


So I pulled out the nightlight and put it on the counter.

And turned around and saw THIS!

Oh boy.

This girl.

She keeps me on my T.O.E.S.

And I love her.

SOOOO much.


Like. Seriously.

In Love.

You know… I made this onesie before she was born…

And I’ve seen it hanging up for MONTHS just waiting for the perfect day.

But really, any day is perfect for it.

But to have her fill it and be here in real life…

It’s wondeful.

She makes life so complete.

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I just want life to stay just like this.


Except I’d like for us to no longer be sick.

And perhaps have a few less tantrums from the old kid and less 4-6 fussiness from the little one.


THEN life would be absolutely perfecto.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back to School...

Things are about to get crazy up in here.

Chris and I are BOTH going to be in school Fall semester.

Except he's going for his masters and I'm going back to the basics...

...Anatomy to be specific.

Please pray for my mental stability during this time.
And for our family to just enjoy the ride and survive.

That being said, starting in August, I'm likely to be MIA for the most part.
And if I'm not MIA, please promptly tell me to stop blogging and return to my studies.

I attempted this class once before with the same teacher.
And dropped the same day.
He scared the pants off me.
But he can't bring me down.
Seriously. I can do anything.
Especially a little dissection and a few ridiculously difficult tests.

But really, I'm excited.
More excited than I've ever been before about school.
I hate leaving my family a couple nights a week, but they're in good hands.
It'll be so nice for me to have something I'm doing for myself and by myself outside of the house (other than grocery shopping)... to accomplish this with everyone in tact will be a huge relief.

Now to plan easy meals I can make ahead of time for school nights. Anyone have any ideas?
Time to pull out the CrockPot...

But really, it's a step in the right direction.
Unless I drop out after the first day.
But I dont' think I will.
I already ordered my book.
There's no turning back.

Want to come along for the ride?!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Warning. Don't read this post if you're squeamish.
And don't say I didn't warn you.
Luckily, there are no pictures.
Chris hates when I text him pictures of our children's bodily fluids.
Actually, I'll bet he hates even hearing about them.
Chris, I'd stop reading about 4 lines ago if I were you.
You can thank me later.

Chloe really likes the words 'ewwwww and YUCK'.
Ironically enough, that was how she felt yesterday.

Enter her very first flu-ish cold.

I'm not a doctor, but I'm going to venture to say that when you have a super high fever, won't eat or drink (not our kid), won't even respond, much less blink an eye to the words, 'snack, cookie, oatmeal, banana or even ice cream' (again, SO SO SO not our kid), then you're probably feeling under the weather.

Well, we put her in our bed yesterday morning after she slept until 7:45...
...yes. we went in her room at 7:45 am and made sure she was ok and in the process woke her up.
You see, although a good sleeper, 6:00ish has become her norm.7:00 is LATE. 7:45 is literally record setting. And quite alarming at the same time.

So anyway, Chris was in bed with Chloe and I went to the kitchen to get her Tylenol. No sooner had I gotten to the kitchen that I heard a horrible racket that could be described as Chris hollering and some loud crashing/banging as something or SOMEONE fell out of our bed.

I RAN into our room to find Chris trying to get away from the bed while he stares at Chloe (who is still in our bed). I direct my gaze in her direction to see that she has promptly vomited ALL over our comforter. Like, we truly debated tossing the entire thing and starting over.

Well, it turns out Chris doesn't handle barf well. No big deal...he just made it his mission to get her a bath going while I dealt with 'the mess'.
But Chloe, that poor girl, it just kept on coming.
Just when I thought she was done, she found more.
Where it came from, I'm not sure.

But the good news is, just a couple hours and a Taco Bell Burrito later, she's feeling back to about 70%. (This is NOT a paid compensation. In fact, we were quite wary of giving her beans.)

Well, not entirely better. She went on to have a rough night and kept waking up screaming for us.

But my favorite part of the day?? After getting sick and having a bath, all she wanted was for me to hold her. And NOT put her down. I loved it SO much. She even took a little nap on me.

Also record setting.
This kid has not napped outside of her crib except for her car seat and even that is rare and short lived.

So, despite the sickness, yesterday was actually a great day spent with just the 4 of us battling it out.
It was so nice to just spend the day taking care of each other., tending to our flock.
It reminded me of how well Chris and I work as a team and I'm so glad Chloe got sick on the weekend when Chris was here to help out. Sure, it kept us from a nice little Saturday at Costco, maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond but really, I wouldn't have traded it. It was a great reminder of how happy our little family is.

Friday, July 9, 2010


So I'm sitting here...minding my own business while the Lauren plays and Chloe naps... and I realize Lauren is slowly making her way across the room...

..Pushing the little car thing while she WALKS with it...

Doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's pretty much (super) assisted walking.

P.S. Despite the fact that Chloe was walking at 10 months, she didn't figure out how to push the thing until she was almost a year.

Go Lauren!

She just turned around and gave me the biggest, cheesiest grin of her life.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Diary of a Stay at Home Mama.

My days are filled with love.







Some tears.

A few tantrums.

Approximately 1000 refills of water (“wadya”).

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But really, have I mentioned love?


…and little babies devouring their mommies face??

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The girls are finally starting to actually play together.


It’s the cutest thing…Lauren doesn’t even mind when Chloe plays dress up with her.


Lauren is constantly following Chloe all around the house.


She can often be found taking over the kitchen in Chloe’s room.

Seriously. I can’t imagine life without these girls.

When Chris and I are lying in bed after a particularly exhausting day in which we don’t think we could handle another hour of the chaos, we find ourselves laughing about the silly things Chloe says and her cute little personality…


…Sometimes, my favorite part of the day is remembering with my husband just how cute our girls are…

…Nope, life just wouldn’t be the same without them.

And it’s true, I really am living a fairytale life.

I love every minute. Even the stressful ones.

Especially the sweet ones.

Like when I wake Lauren up before I go to sleep so I can bring her into our bed and give her a bottle.

She lays on our bed with her big belly full of milk while she stretches and just smiles and coos at us.


Pure heaven.


I don’t mean for this blog to sell motherhood as some piece of cake.

It’s no walk in the park.

I’m constantly second guessing my parenting, obsessed with doing my best to help our girls become productive and happy adults.

Trying to enforce rules, create boundaries and responsible, appreciative girls.

I want to make sure they have great memories from their childhood, I want them to remember their parents as a huge part of their lives and make sure they remember lots of laughter and happiness in their lives.

I try not to focus on the negatives on the blog, because really, this is a record for our girls.

I want to remember the good things, the good times.

It’s not easy and things do go wrong.

That’s the honest truth.


Some days I need a break. Some days I just can’t give both girls the attention they want and deserve…


But kids are resilient and we’re doing our bestest.


But yes, I’m focusing on the good things, like simply taking ONE girl with me somewhere once in a while. We all love having 1-on-1 time with each other.

Another thing? I can’t tell you how much I love silly photos with the girls and I.


Like this one with Chloe, you can’t see it but she kept coming over to me and putting her arm around my shoulders and saying “cheeseeee”.