Monthly Archives: July 2008

Entering phase 3

…of our Great Midwestern Adventure. (or is it phase 4? I don’t know phases…)  Tomorrow we leave the greater Chicagoland area for the middle of nowhere, Illinois (near Starved Rock, for those in the know), for my dad’s family reunion.  It’s an annual gathering, probably 50 or so people, and it’s total insanity.  My family is big and crazy, and I can’t wait.

It has been quite a trip, and I’ll recap the whole thing next week when I’m home.  We arrived last Wednesday morning, had a few days at my dad’s house. Then drove six hours to my mom’s lake house in Northern Wisconsin, to spend time with her, my brother and sister-in-law, and my stepdad and his side of the family.  Then, six hours back to my dad’s house, more visiting family and friends, and tomorrow a two-hour drive to the reunion.  Sunday we drive back from the reunion and fly home to Boston on Sunday night, which is also the kids’ first birthday (the cake has been ordered).  Madness!

The kids have really done very well with all of these new faces, new places, and lots of activity.  I’ve stuck pretty strictly to their usual schedule, which I think has helped.  The hardest part has been being away from M for so long.  I’ve had plenty of hands, that’s not the issue.  I just miss him!  Sadly, he does not have endless amounts of time off, so he couldn’t come for such a long trip.  Happily, he arrives tomorrow morning just in time for the reunion and the birthday.  We can’t wait to see him!  He really misses the kids, especially (me, too, I suppose, but mostly the kids!).

Anyways, it has been a good trip, and I’m trying to keep little notes so I don’t forget it all.  Oh, and there’s the photos.  The photos are out of control.  I’ve taken close to 500 so far. I managed to upload a few for a HDYDI entry on Monday, but mostly they’re still living on my camera.  I hope everyone is enjoying the birthday countdown (yay, scheduled posts!), and I’ll be back next week with the whole trip round-up and reflections on making it through the first year.

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Birthday Countdown – Month 10

May 2008

You know one really good thing about May?  We didn’t go anywhere! We stayed in MA for a whole month! Delightful.  In the meantime, Rebecca crawled everywhere, including over to Daniel to grab his toy, since he couldn’t follow her.  Both kids loved standing more than practically anything.  More teeth joined the face, so Daniel would no longer look like a crazy old man or a vampire.  Both began reliably holding their bottles, which was an awesome development.  So much independence!  We also had my first Mother’s Day, babies’ first BNL show at Barnes & Noble, a new swingset, and a Memorial Day BBQ with friends!

She'll be taking that toy now, thank you.

She'll be taking that toy now, thank you.

They were troopers for the crazy BNL outing.

They were troopers for the crazy BNL outing.

Standing everywhere!

Standing everywhere!

Rockin' the new swing set

Rockin' the new swing set

Daniel's first rib... mmm...

Daniel's first rib... mmm...

Rebecca makes her duck face

Rebecca makes her duck face

Playing outside, hooray for nice weather!

Playing outside, hooray for nice weather!

A face you frequently see on Rebecca

A face you frequently see on Rebecca

Daniel bangs away with his bowl and spoon.

Daniel bangs away with his bowl and spoon.

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Birthday Countdown – Month 9

April 2008

April, already? Yikes. Warm weather, another short trip to Florida.  Fabulous new stroller, and M’s first business trip out of town.  Rebecca crawled just in time for a short visit from my dad, and got her first teeth.  Daniel got two more, the “fangs,” and his first ear infection.  Added a third meal of solids, and started finger foods.  What fun they are!

They figured out how to tip over the box with the toys in it.

They figured out how to tip over the box with the toys in it.

Sitting up in Florida

Sitting up in Florida

The BOB!

The BOB!

Fangs

Fangs

Rebecca is up to no good, now that she crawls.

Rebecca is up to no good, now that she crawls.

Sleep is so much better these days!

Sleep is so much better these days!

Rebecca thinks that by "solids," I actually mean the tray of her high chair.

Rebecca thinks that by "solids," I actually mean the tray of her high chair.

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Birthday Countdown – Month 8

March 2008

Another big month, as the pace seems to accelerate.  March featured a shockingly good trip to California for my brother’s wedding, a move to the big tub for baths, double shopping carts, and new carseats!  They regularly laughed at each other while hanging out in the exersaucers, started babbling just a little (or blowing raspberries), and were all-around lots of fun (save for those days when Daniel wanted to wake up at 4:45 in the morning).  Rebecca showed lots of interest in crawling…

First time in the tub together, one of the last times for the infant tub.

First time in the tub together, one of the last times for the infant tub.

Rebecca enjoys one of her first tastes of avocado in California.

Rebecca enjoys one of her first tastes of avocado in California.

Daniel sleeps through most of his uncle's wedding.

Daniel sleeps through most of his uncle's wedding.

Rebecca would like to crawl...

Rebecca would like to crawl...

Daniel enjoys the new bath locale.

Daniel enjoys the new bath locale.

She's getting closer and closer to crawling...

She's getting closer and closer to crawling...

Daniel is attacked by the tickle monster

Daniel is attacked by the tickle monster

Rebecca's still tiny in her big new car seat.

Rebecca's still tiny in her big new car seat.

Could she get much sweeter?

Could she get much sweeter?

Naturally, everything goes in Daniel's mouth.

Naturally, everything goes in Daniel's mouth.

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Birthday Countdown – Month 7

February 2008

Half a year gone by already! I have to say, this is when the pace seemed to pick up.  Suddenly they were so different!  A big month, too, just after the half-year birthday: sitting up, sleep training, and solid foods!  They also had their first really nasty illness, including 24 nasty hours of vomiting and Pedialyte.  Which they then passed on to me and M as soon as they were better.  It was ugly.  But we all recovered, and by the end of the month things were completely different: regular nap schedule, meals, and the new level of interaction that comes with sitting upright.  Oh, and teeth!  Daniel’s first tooth came through the day of his 6-month birthday, and the second followed a week later.

Six months old, what big kids!

Six months old, what big kids!

Rebecca's first taste of sweet potato.

Rebecca's first taste of sweet potato.

Daniel wants to know why we're doing this to him.

Daniel wants to know why we're doing this to him.

Looking good after their 6-month shots

Looking good after their 6-month shots

Daniel loves sitting up.

Daniel loves sitting up.

Rebecca hoardes pacifiers now that Daniel doesn't want them.

Rebecca hoardes pacifiers now that Daniel doesn't want them.

Still plenty of time just lying around...

Still plenty of time just lying around...

Daniel still loves the exersaucer, especially since he can grab things.

Daniel still loves the exersaucer, especially since he can grab things.

Rebecca makes some crazy faces for the camera.

Rebecca makes some crazy faces for the camera.

Being upright is super fun!

Being upright is super fun!

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Birthday Countdown – Month 6

January 2008

A new year! The kids were getting more interesting, sleep was still tricky (major fighting with the swaddle), and another trip was planned!  This time, to the warmer, sunnier climate in Florida.  The trip was nearly 10 days long, some with M’s family and some with my mom.  We hadn’t quite made it to unassisted sitting, but there was now some rolling and general interest in things just beyond reach.  There was also our first collective cold, and first sick-baby visit to the pediatrician for a diagnosis of pinkeye (even the damn dog got it).  And election season was upon us, and we got to see Grandpa on CNN!

Oh, and did I mention I got my new camera lens?

Oh, and did I mention I got my new camera lens?

sitting up, and no clothes.

Daniel's two favorite things: sitting up, and no clothes.

The facial expressions really got good, and Rebecca likes the 2nd exersaucer.

The facial expressions really got good, and Rebecca likes the 2nd exersaucer.

Daniel in the Bumbo

Daniel in the Bumbo

Rebecca with my mom in Florida.

Rebecca with my mom in Florida.

Ahh, the ocean!

Ahh, the ocean!

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Birthday Countdown – Month 5

December 2007

And then, the next thing we knew, it was December!  The holidays were upon us, and the kids were 4 months old.  What an improvement!  M’s family visited for Hannukah and his birthday, and then the preparation began for our first flights with the kids.  The way there went alright, the way home was a disaster.  But, live and learn.  The trip itself was a whirlwind, and difficult when so many wanted to see the kids, but they were still napping frequently and crabby if they didn’t get to do so.  Balancing the needs/wants of each branch of my family tree was difficult, but we made it.  While better than the newborn days, they still weren’t great sleepers. Daniel took nearly all naps in the swing, Rebecca seldom napped for longer than 45 minutes at a stretch, and they were both still swaddled (in very elaborate fashion).

Pretty easy to prop into a sitting position, now.

Pretty easy to prop into a sitting position, now.

"Ball Pit" in our 2nd mom/baby class

"Ball Pit" in our 2nd mom/baby class

Daniel & I take our first flight together.

Daniel & I take our first flight together.

The Snap N Go makes the flight to O'Hare

The Snap N Go makes the flight to O'Hare

With their aunt and uncle

With their aunt and uncle

Rebecca in her party dress, Christmas morning.

Rebecca in her party dress, Christmas morning.

Back at home, Daniel loves the new exersaucer.

Back at home, Daniel loves the new exersaucer.

Rebecca gets darn good at head control.

Rebecca gets darn good at head control.

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