Wednesday, January 26

You Know You're Parents When...

 You Know You are Parents When...

1. You quote and sing cartoon phrases or Disney movies several times a day.
2. You suggest Disney movies to non-parents as "really worth watching!"
3. You look forward to watching animated movies as much as your children do.
4. You both get swept away and cry at animated movies like "Up" ("really worth watching!!!") and find yourself watching it long after your daughter has departed the room and found another activity to do.
5. You find yourself looking for more animated movies to love instead of real, grown-up ones.

Saturday, January 22

We Shall Call Him...


I've always loved that name. It was a favorite 80's movie of mine too. Classic.

We've settled on the first name for our baby boy, but the middle name is the kicker. I am stumped.

I want it to start with a "T" to match Charm City Daddy's initials, but nothing seems to feel or sound just right. It needs to have some meaning. Olivia's middle name is Grace for God's grace, and the whole effortless charm, beauty, charisma thing I hope she has.

My favorite middle name so far has been Tobias--but CCD hates it. My younger brother burst into laughter when I told him that middle name and said, "You really like old slave names don't you?"

Not quite what I had imagined for my son.
Ahhh that was a good one! We laughed good and hard about that one for a while. My brother is right. I like old, biblical names with meaning and this one also happens to be the name Kunta Kinte was given as his slave name. I can't help it!

So anyway...I'm taking suggestions...what you got?

Growing Up Too Fast

I am in complete denial that my child is growing up. Olivia is basically a teenager.

Okay, so she's 17 months--not quite a teenager and from what I hear about girls from age 13-18, I should be very thankful right now---but STILL!

It blows my mind how smart and independent she can be. Since she could walk, she's performed small tasks for us like tossing things (like her own diapers) in "la basura," cleaning up her own toys, spilled drinks... (this photo was taken before her first birthday)

That's why I wanted to get her cleaning supplies for Christmas. She loves to help mama. It also helps that Tiana the princess cleaned up that old sugar mill with a broom while singing "Almost There" Olivia's favorite song. Everytime O gets the broom in her hand she raises her other arm and sings the BIG final note of the the song "THHHEEEEEERE". At first it took me a while to make the connection. Hilarious I tell you.

She has all of the animal sounds and names nailed and it makes for good car trip or diaper changing conversation. She loves Baby Can Read. We don't follow it to a tee, but see the benefits of her recognizing and naming objects, body parts, and some words. Now we're working on colors and letters. So far, all letters are "E" to her.

She has an excellent sense of where things belong and is really good about replacing objects to their original home. This makes her a puzzle lover and puzzle whiz. You have to watch her though, because sometime she misplaces the puzzle pieces just to say "Oh No!" frown and then make a funny, puzzled face at you. It is so hard not to laugh in those instances.

She is a real bookworm since most of her social activity and interaction with other children comes from the library and bookstore storytimes during the week. She also LOVES these little books, and carries them from room to room in the house. They were an excellent birthday gift from a neighbor.

Occasionally I hear her reciting the stories to herself (in half baby speak, half english) while she is playing. Have you ever noticed how terribly sad those nursery rhymes can be? Olivia's sad reaction to "Old Mother Hubbard" is my absolute favorite. I must capture it on video.

With all of this development, I am not sure that she understands that there is a baby brother in mommy's belly no matter how often we tell her. Instead she is more entertained by squeezing my now outie belly button and giving me belly zerberts often disturbing her baby brother who immediately kicks back.

We are really enjoying this time with her alone--knowing that it all will change in a matter of two and a half months.

Monday, January 3

2011 is here

Now that 2011 has clearly arrived, so has the realization that in less than 90 days my second child will also make his arrival.

Um. Yikes.

Particularly when I think about the non-progress of Olivia's toddler room and the fact that she will be sleeping in it come May...I get a tad anxious.
Also we are getting pressure from friends to have an informal baby shower because of  the gender change of baby number two. I don't know if you could call it a shower. More like a party where folks 'just bring diapers and boy clothes' since we have all the gear we need--except perhaps a double stroller? I am very reluctant and it's not a priority, so we will see what happens.
Charm City Daddy and are starting to get a little giddy about our little family too. While doing some of our holiday shopping we picked up a few little dude clothes, and I must say the H&M baby clothes win the style award. Good stuff there my friends.

Also over the holidays I got to hold, kiss, and smell the sweet baby breath of my new niece, Camille! Loved it.
She is not asleep but kept grimacing and closing her eyes to my camera flash.

One thing is for sure--we are taking a serious break on the baby-making for a good long while after this little man pops out March 30th--ish. And if either of us gets the inkling for more babies in the next 3-4 years---someone please tell us to get a puppy.