Tuesday, September 28

I'm Pregnant with Baby #2!

Come April there will be a yet another baby in Charm City. We're pregnant!

Olivia is going to be a big sister, a 19 month-old- big sister.   I'm measuring about 12 weeks along now and the scan above is from the first trimester screening where it appears that baby #2 has the same nose as Olivia. Cute!

During the appt Charm City Daddy begged the sonographer to please show him between the baby's legs. After she informed him that the male/female parts had not yet formed to determine gender, she showed him what appeared to be a "larger than girly nub." CCD kept his promise not to buy any boy gear but he's not hesitated to tell anyone who will listen--"there's a nub! we saw a nub!" Poor baby #2.

Monday, September 20

The First Halloween Costume?

Although Charm City Daddy isn't big on celebrating Halloween, he is the first to run to the door to pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  Go figure. I don't know what this will mean for Miss Olivia when she catches on, but I suspect he will give in and be the one that escorts her around the neighborhood.

This is the first year I can really dress Olivia up in a fun costume that she may get a tad excited about if we can keep it comfortable. Last year I dressed up my little butterball and she just helped me distribute candy to the other kiddies until she got too fussy about being up past her bedtime and I finally put her to bed.

Here's an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at keeping your 10-week old up too late.
Note: kicked off pumpkin slipper. Poor sleepy baby.
This year, I want dress up Olivia as either her favorite thing in the world, BANANA! or favorite thing to do ROOAAR! like a Lion.  Lion costumes are adorable and look relatively comfortable--even for a little walker like Olivia.

But the bananas costumes are so very very sad, cheap, and uncomfortable looking. Don't you feel sorry for this child? I do.

First of all, I hope that is indeed a girl wearing those gold ballet flats. Second, "her" arms are out at her sides like "what mom? what do you want from me?" (*Sing it Adam Lambert!*)  I couldn't agree more with you more kid. This just seems cruel.

What do you think? What will your little ones be for Halloween?

Monday, September 6

Miss Personality

Although it has been 12 months in the making, it's safe to say that Olivia's personality is clearly established. The conclusion: Charm City Daddy and I have created a monster.

With that said, we have officially entered one of my favorite ages/phases of development.

At this point the little girl has clear favorites and preferences.  I would say her two favorite things in this world (other than her mama, of course) are bananas "Nanna!" and her toothbrush.

The love affair with bananas started as a breakfast routine and now is an all day, everyday request. She gets supplemented with banana puffs, and gerber banana cookies, otherwise we would easily need a banana tree in our backyard to fulfill her 2 bunch a week habit. In fact, daddy ran to the store this morning to get more bananas b/c that damn warehouse mouse on Disney had a banana and that was all it took. "Nanna, nanna, nanna!"

Daddy also made the mistake of giving her ice cream today--and she threw a FIT when I had to physically remove her from the room (kicking and screaming) to keep her from begging for more (although I can't blame her it was sooo good).  We gave her some "Nanna" yogurt instead.

Other things she LOVES: sleep (a champion napper. a 3-hour and a 2-hour nap today, for example) the Eric Carle board books, specifically Brown Bear  and Head to Toe.  I must admit I was one of those skeptics about those books but I was all wrong. Many thanks to our friends who knew better than us. 

You can find her cheering herself on around the house, whether she is successfully putting her purse over her shoulder, closing doors, stacking rings, or sorting shape. You just hear a random "Yaaay" from a distant room and you know she figured something out. Here she is organizing daddy's shoes with her purse in tow.

Funny but true story, along with the delight of closing doors comes the danger of closing little fingers in doors. Last week Olivia closed her little fingers in her bedroom door as she was closing it, but managed to wedge her fingers out while crying wailing and still motioning a clap saying "yaaaaay" in full fledged tears. Funniest moment of the week by far.  And in this phase it's only getting better.