Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring has sprung....kinda

I'm sitting here, cozy and warm, dressed in my sweats and clutching a cup of coffee, as the fire in our woodstove crackles and the rain patters softly on the lake outside...

...and yet last week, I was wearing short sleeves, capris and flip flops and enjoying my cold, delicious iced coffee?

This crazy weather. But ya know what, that's New England for ya!

Anyway, the introduction of warm and beautiful weather last week got me inspired for spring! I have lots of ideas floating around in my head for stuff I wanna make for the house (organizational and just plain crafty). Damn that, Pinterest. I'm going to go broke with everything I want to do/cook/make/see/etc. But that being said, I'm SO THRILLED I've gotten my creative mojo back. It's been gone for too long. I love my babies more than life ITSELF, however, being a Mommy to these two littles while maintaining our home and working part time, has certainly not left me with a lot of time for ME. SO to realize that I'm getting some of that back? It feels aaaaaaaa-mazing.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that both kids are much more independant now. Avery, at one, is a mover and a shaker and NEVER. STOPS. RUNNING.  She keeps me laughing every day. And just within the last couple of months Hunter's vocabulary has absolutely EXPLODED. He and I communicate so much better, resulting in way, way less tantrums and miscommunications. He is such a sweet and helpful little boy, very polite and eager to please!

Anyway, back to this bloggy business.  I started a new blog to keep track of my crafty delights. Mostly to have a place to record stuff I make/do but I also might post other people's creations, once in a while, that inspire me. And I WAS going to make THIS blog private, but you all had some valid points in the comments you left me. So I think I'm going to hold off on that for now.  If/when I decide to, I'll let you know. Anyway, feel free to pop over and visit at Tales of a Clumsy Crafter

 Hope you all are having a fabulous start to Spring!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Avery turns ONE!

Dear Avery,

It's really here.  Today, you are ONE YEAR OLD. 

Exactly one year ago at 7:31pm,  you entered the world like the little diva you are....you were only headfirst out and already crying and demanding attention!  That's my girl!




It has been such a pleasure to watch you grow this past year. Since you are Mommy's second-born, in some ways, I feel like I've been able to enjoy your first year without all the stress and uncertainty of being a first-time Mommy like I was with your brother.

And speaking of your brother...while I expected you to be *totally different* from him, I was surprised to watch you evolve into the same type of dare-devil child! 



You seem to have NO fear (which scares me!) and while you are very independant and like to do your own thing, it  has to be done with Mommy or Daddy right in your eyesight.  If we leave you alone in the room to run to the kitchen or bathroom, you get VERY annoyed and often chase after us, voicing your anger at being "left behind".   You climb on everything and it's often that we find you standing on one of your brother's ride-on toys, like a little stunt woman.  About a week ago, you've figured out how to get down off of furniture (feet first!) but you still haven't attempted to climb UP onto the couch which Mommy is thankful for.

And walking? YOU are a PRO, Avery! Honestly, I think you walk even better (sturdier, less falls) at this age  then your brother. You never, ever crawl anymore. If you fall over, you immediately stand back up and are on your way. You even do a funny, stiff-legged run that makes Mommy laugh everytimne I see it!  We went outside yesterday to enjoy the spring-like temps and you ran all over the yard and driveway, strutting your stuff while clutching two pieces of sidewalk chalk proudly in your chubby fists.  By the time we were ready to go inside, your white pants were a combo of brightly colored chalk marks, spilled bubbles (that you sat and kneeled in) and dirt patches. You certainly have no problem keeping up with big brother!



And Avery, you LOVE TO DANCE. I shouldn't be surprised by this, becuz your Mom is the same way.  If ANY bit of musical sound is emitting from a tv/radio/computer/cell, you immediately start doing your squat/booty shake. And just recently you've even started waving your arms.  You love all music, but also like Mommy, you have a fond spot in your heart for Rap.  As soon as that bass starts pumping, and Mommy says "Shake your booty" you are dancing all over the place.  About a week or so ago, we had an "episode" where you pooped in the tub. So while I scrambled to get you and your brother out and scrub the tub down quick, I left you both wrapped up in towels behind me. Next thing I know, you had shaken off the towel and started dancing around the bathroom buck naked to the music on the radio.  To the sweet sounds of Sarah McLaughlin, you pooped and peed all over the bathroom floor while bopping your head and shaking your tush.  I couldn't stop laughing!

You may not say a ton of words yet, but you make up for it in noises and sounds and facial expressions.  

And you certainly have great comprehension, Avery! If I ask you to do something, you almost always DO it. ("Sit down on your hiney, Avery! We don't stand on toys!") The words you DO say are in order of favorite: DADDY, Bubba (for Hunter), Mama and occasionally you mimic us with: dog, ball, tickle-tickle.  I have no doubt though that one day you will just explode with vocabulary and talk our ears off!  Also, you love to play with all your big brother's toys, especially his matchbox toys and cars.  And some of your favorite toys is the kitchen and all the fake food.  You also love anything that lights up and is musical. 


Aves, you love your doggie immensely and often times I catch you just gazing at him, touching his soft whiskers or furry legs. 

He's very gentle with you and last night, while Mommy was baking cupcakes, I looked down to find you sitting on the floor almost cradled against Tucker's chin and chest where he lay. It was so sweet it almost made me cry!

You are currently in size 4 diapers (but Mommy is contemplating size 5 becuz of all the poop explosions you've had lately) and for clothes you wear Size 18 months in jammies and clothes, however in hand-me-downs you've been fitting into some size 24 months as well. I think by this summer you will be wearing 24 months exclusively.  For shoes you wear a (loose) size 4. You had your size 3's on only up until a week or so ago, when Mommy felt they were getting too tight.  You eat ALL THE TIME, chunky monkey.  My little peanut girl is long gone. You have a beautiful round budda belly, chunky thighs and juicy booty just like your brother did at this age (even though I still think you are a tad smaller than he was at this age). We go for your 1st year wellness appointment this week and I can't wait to see how much you've grown in the past two months! I predict it's been a lot! (*edited to add*  I WAS RIGHT!! 22 LBS AND 29 1/2 INCHES LONG, MY BIG GIRL! You were only 18 lbs at your 10 month visit so you've gained 4 lbs in two months. I imagine switching over to formula, from breastmilk, could be why there was such a big leap in weight.)

While you eat anything, so far your favorites seem to be fruit (blueberries, strawberries, apples, bananas) and  you also tried fruit smoothies for the first time about a month ago.  It was a HUGE, delicious hit.  YOu still drink your milk out of a bottle (and we are on straight whole milk now, no more formula!) but you drink water and juice out of a big-girl sippy cup.  You like the straw sippy cups as well, but you make a big mess with them, often times letting the liquid fall right back out of your mouth!  You silly baby.
Wearing your brother's old jammies!

Your birthday party is this weekend, sweet girl, and Mommy went a little bit overbored in the planning! I couldn't help it though, decorating with girly accents has been a blast. We have a LOT of people and children coming and it is going to be at a clubhouse for a club your Daddy belongs to.  And we'll have yummy pizza, sausage and peppers, salad and Mommy and Daddy's homemade cupcakes and birthday cake.  Your actual birthday is today, March 15th, so  we will celebrate it quietly at home, the four of us, with cake.  I can't wait to see you try to blow out your candle, big girl!

Avery, there is so much more I could say about your amazing, larger-than-life personality (how you make us laugh DAILY) and your never-ending sunny smiles, but I think we'd be here all day.  You have been such a blessing, my daughter, and I look forward to watching you grow up (not too fast, though!) into a beautiful woman. 

We LOVE YOU so, so much,
Always,
Daddy, Mommy and Hunter

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hey everyone!
Quick note...I think I'm going to make the blog private for now so if you are still interested in reading it, drop me your email address in the comment section. 

I don't know if it will stay private but for now I want it to be.  I'm probably going to start up another blog with crafty stuff and if I was to link anything (on pinterest, for example) I don't want everyone finding my personal blog.

Not that I write anything scandalous, but, there is only a very small handful of IRL people who read me and I'd like to keep it that way. Occasionally I like to vent and I don't want to feel like I have to censor myself, ya know what I mean? 

So let me know if you want an invite! I'll probably make it private by the weekend. Thanks!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It's a darn good thing I had a baby girl as my SECOND child...otherwise I would be completely and utterly broke by now.  I'm having way too much fun getting this kid's party together.

I"m in the midst of planning/finishing off buying supplies for little Miss Avery's upcoming 1st birthday party on March 17th (her actual birthday is March 15th), and realizing just how much I've MISSED getting my craft on! It's been waaaaaaaaay too long. As in, I dug out some of my old stuff and it was covered and coated in dust, dirt and cobwebs from sitting in the upstairs of my old house. So sad!

Amd never mind the fact that it's wicked fun planning a child's birthday party! I remember having fun doing Hunter's 1st birthday party (his theme was blue/red/white with a loose attention paid to cupcakes. His cake and pinata were both cupcake shaped, for one thing) but now Avery's party is like that excitement on crack.

I. CAN'T. STOP. THE IDEAS.  But since my pocketbook isn't bottomless, I can't go as crazy as I'd like. But here is a teaser of her party to pique your interest!!





I can't wait to celebrate my baby girl turning ONE!!!!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Stuff no one ever told me BK (before kids):

1. That your sweet gem of a daughter would not only take a HUGE crap in the tub her brother and she had just settled into but then while Mommy frantically scrubbed the tub and refilled it...she would then continue to take another crap, and a pee, on the bathroom floor and clean outfits all while strutting around naked and dancing to Sarah McLaughlin. At least the kid's got good musical taste.

2.  That nothing would ever gross you out anymore, even your toe sliding into baby poop or your son projectile-vomiting on your clothes.

3.  That some days you would subsist on nothing but a handful of goldfish crackers, 3 cups of coffee and bites of your child's uneaten macaroni and cheese.

4.  That while one child napped and the other was transfixed by Mickey Mouse on TV, you'd have to scrub in the shower like your life depended on it in five minutes flat (and this from a former 30-minute-long-showering-chick).

5.  That you and your husband would now casually talk about children's bodily fluids and rashy-private parts as easily as you used to discuss what take-out you wanted for dinner or what movie you'd go see on a Friday night.

6.  That you would go to bed by 9:00pm every night...and LIKE IT.  Aaaaahhhhh, dear sleep, I will take you as I can get you!

7.  And while we're on the subject of it...that 2 years of lack of sleep would SERIOUSLY turn you into a crazy lady who should be locked up in a straight jacket in  padded cell. I scare my husband sometimes.

8.  That once you have kids, the days of browsing leisurely in a store are long gone. No more hours of window-shopping, trying on clothes, rubbing lotion samples into your well-moisturize d hands. Now it's Run-through-Target-with-a-one-year-old-hanging-out-of -your-arms-throwing-her-bottle-on-the-floor-as-your-two-year-old-leaps-from-front-of-the-carriage-to-back-as-you-hurriedly-through-diapers/formula/tissues/whatever-in-the-cart-and-race-out-of-the-store.

9.  That as soon as you get a gift card for your birthday/Christmas or an extra twenty bucks in your pocket, you instantly are thinking of ways to spend it on...your children.

10.  That you'd find yourself humming/singing/jamming out to a Mickey Mouse clubhouse tune in your head....WHEN YOU ARE ALONE.

11. That some days you would excitedly LOOK FORWARD to going into work...who knew??

12. That despite all the crazy, gross, silly, unbelievable things you may experience...you would NEVER, EVER trade it for anything else in the world!

Just a disclaimer, I didn't put them in the dog's cage. They went in willingly. The crazy kids LIKE IT.