Thursday, June 24, 2010

Arielle at 7 months

Some baby is....

...7 months old

...sitting up without falling over. able to go from her belly to sitting up by herself. now using this sitting up business to prolong going to sleep. exploring everything she can get her hands on.
...has tried sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, brocoli, apples, pears and banana and loved them.
...has tried avocado and gagged.

...decided she wanted to get all 4 front teeth over with at the same time. starting to get more peach fuzz on that pretty little noggin. still as smiley as ever.

...has settled into 2 good naps a day, but is still waking up once in the night.
...finally said mama and I'm pretending it was on purpose.
...loves to make razzing sounds with her tongue.

...has decided to comando crawl by dragging her lower body while moving herself with her arms. more contemplative than her big brother and harder to make laugh.
...has super chubby baby thighs and that's the way I like'em.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The great debate

In any debate there are two sides, the Pro and the Con. Notice I did not say the right and the wrong. Rightness is so subjective and anyone who has ever been married knows that there is always that grey area where you have to agree to disagree in order to move on from a sore subject. But what happens when the issue is a big one? I'm talking huge. Allow me to digress for a moment.

My husband comes from a big family. He is one of 4 boys and when his parents divorced and his mother re-married she had twin girls to add to the brood. That's 6 kids total, if you're counting. God bless my MIL because I've only experienced the brothers in adulthood and I can just imagine the chaos and insanity they created as children.

I, on the other hand, came from a somewhat dysfunctional family dynamic where my dad was married 4 (yes, I know) times and I have 2 older half sisters and one full blood brother. I basically grew up with my younger brother and for a few years my sister who is 8 years older than me. My parents divorced when I was young and my mom raised us largely by herself.

Where am I going with this? We have 2 munchkins right now, ages 3 and 7 months. One boy. One girl. I'm just fine with this scenario, my husband is not. He wants more kids and I am pretty dead set against it. The Pro and the Con. The problem with this debate is there can be no real compromise. We can't exactly have half a kid, (where did they get that 2.5 children thing anyway?) so we are left rehashing the issue over and over. When it comes to the major issues in life, how do you decide when the two sides are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum?

In my head I have a huge list of pros and cons on the subject, and to be honest the con list is way longer for me. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with having more than two kids, I just don't think it's for me. I know my patience is questionable at times (lots of times), I know our finances are not geared for any more kids (at least at the present time) and I really love the one boy, one girl, one first born, one baby, no middle kid thing we have going. Isn't it better for me to be a good mother to 2 than a crazy, stressed out, yelling all the time mother to more? Am I being realistic or selfish? I wish I knew for sure.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Handmade Birthday Fun!

Last week was the week of birthdays.  Natey was first and then 3 of his little buddies also turned 3 in the same week! The first party was for Luca. Her mom and I met in prenatal yoga when we were pregnant with our now 3 year olds. When you have 3 birthdays to go to in 3 days it's hard to come up with gift ideas that are fun, unique and won't break the bank. If I have the time and inspiration, I love to make handmade gifts for people. I saw a tutorial for these awesome beanbag numbers and thought I'd give them a whirl. I wanted to involve Natey so I let him pick the fabrics!

Aren't they fun? I'm going to make some for Nate now because he liked them so much!

Luca's family is into music. Both of her parents play instruments and she is learning the guitar. So what is more appropriate than showing that girls rock!

I hope she liked the gifts as much as I enjoyed making them! Stay tuned for the other handmade goodies I came up with for the boy's birthday gifts!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Four's a Crowd

Are you hiding something from me?

Come on, can I just have a peek?

What is that I see?

Could it be?

4 Teeth?!
All in a week?
That explains the lack of sleep!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Captain Natey turns 3

It happened.
My baby turned 3 on Sunday.
What the what??
It can't be possible, but I guess it is.
He requested a "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" pancake.
I threw in a 3 for good measure.
He would only wear his pirate gear for 5 the morning...but not for his party.
I got a little overzealous and made my own cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.
...48 of them.
...and toppers to go in them.
...Joelle helped.
Note to self: no matter how much food coloring you put in, the frosting will not be red, just pink.
Nate has no problem being the center of attention.
I think his favorite thing is being sung a crowd of people.
That wasn't his birthday outfit either.
He jumped in the giant inflatable waterslide with his clothes on and had to change.
(no picture because I stink!)
His birthday outfit was super cute, but only lasted 6 minutes.
Nate had requested more "surf pops".
I attempted to make skulls.
Edible food coloring pens don't work worth a damn.
I am no Bakerella.
Nate had a blast.
I cried a little.
I'm not sure if it was becase my baby turned 3 or because I was so busy running around like a mad woman that I didn't even get to enjoy the party or hang out with our guests.
Next time I am getting catering.
Oh, and not doing the Providence Art Festival the day before and running out of time for party preparations!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

This is the ONLY picture I have of both of them smiling.
It is now my favorite picture of all time.
 Thank you, my friend.

Monday, June 7, 2010


I have not fallen off of the face of the earth, but I might as well have! As you know, an amazing, talented, all around wonderful person came to my tiny state to take some pictures. This was not just any trip, it was a don't blink, don't breathe, eat when you have time, juggle 2 small children, 8 photoshoots in 4 days we-are-now-bonded-for-life kind of trip. I will dedicate a whole post to the insanity that was Lisa's visit later, but for now, I will show you a snipit of what she captured!

Isn't she amazing? And these are just the tip of the iceburg....check it out.