Thursday, July 31, 2008

Atticus can now touch his nose on command!

It's been really hot and dry here. Some days we await Paul's return from work by sitting out front eating Popsicles. Norah figured the whole system out right away and is happy to hold her Popsicle by its stick. Atticus is still working on it.
Before becoming a parent I thought I could influence my kids' reading choices. I was sure my own favorite books would become theirs as well. It's been fascinating to see them develop their own preferences even at this young age. Norah is enamored by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (personally, I think the plot is a little flat). Atticus has asked us to read Moo, Baa, La La La so many times we know the words by heart.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

This Is What Happens If You Wake Up at 5 AM


You end up falling asleep mid-meal in your highchair. She woke up about half an hour later, looked around, and happily shoved a bite of banana into her mouth.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Water Babies




The kids and I flew out to New York with my mom last Thursday morning and returned last night. The majority of our time was spent at "Camp", my grandparents' lake cottage. Atticus and Norah proved how well they fit into our family by adoring the lake and warming up well to all their extended relatives. They also ate plenty of sand and pine needles and slept through their first opportunity to see real-live Vermont cows.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Many thanks to Rudy for these awesome pictures of Atticus from Paul's company picnic.
We all agreed that Paul's team-headband from the kickball game was more flattering on Atticus.
Paul was going to take him out of the Ergo before giving him the bottle, but Atticus took matters into his own hands. Not pictured: Me hovering below him sure that he was about to fall.
I love this shot of Norah being "vocal". She's not crying, just screaming in satisfaction. I know I've written this before, but I can't believe this is the same baby we worried was too quiet and passive. She has opinions and a lot of them. In addition, she's much more daring than Atticus. He approaches all new things cautiously. Norah lunges - sometimes to her own detriment. At the wedding a couple of weeks ago I received a text message from Paul. THINGS THAT HAVE HIT NORAH'S HEAD: TRASH CAN, ATTICUS, FLOOR, FLOOR, SIDE OF TUB. I'd estimate we prevent about 15 injuries a day, but she still manages to bonk her head quite frequently. Our pediatrician warned us that toddler boys can be impulsive to the point of stupidity. I don't think Atticus is the one we need to be most concerned about. My mom helped the kids demonstrate how well they're climbing these days.

Have I mentioned how much fun we're having? There are moments, of course, that are extremely tiring and frustrating, but the joy they've brought to our lives is so worth it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Skills

The volume must be turned up in order to hear Atticus's reaction to the beach ball. Also featured are Norah's crawling skills and Atticus's burgeoning ability to kick a soccer ball.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Is that you Grimace?



It's blueberry season here and the kidlets approve.

Monday, July 7, 2008

First Official Crawl

Last night Norah started crawling. She didn't waste her time with any army-crawling, but instead began to go across the floor on her hands and knees at a turtle's pace. Slow and steady. She'd been crawling a few "steps" at a time for awhile, but last night it was like something clicked and now she can crawl for real. Atticus is delighted and has taken to crawling in circles around her (after weeks of not crawling in favor of walking) and laughing with her. They both seem to think this is a wonderfully fun development. Now they can both reach the dog's water bowl on their own! I really should be putting them down for their nap about now but they're having such a good time that I hate to break up the party.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Life's a Beach




Today we took the kids to one of my favorite places on earth. Going places with kids is so different from traveling around childless, so I was a little concerned that our first trip to the beach would be a bust. I needn't have been worried; Atticus and Norah had a blast!


The most popular activity by far was playing with a plastic bucket of water in the sand. Although Paul and I had anticipated fun pouring water out of the bucket or putting sand in it, we hadn't envisioned how much fun the kids would have blowing bubbles in it. Silly babies.
Our holiday yesterday was super low-key and lazy and the kids both slept through the barrage of fireworks being shot off all around our house.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lopez Lomong

Did anyone see this morning's story about Lopez Lomong on The Today Show? He was one of the Lost Boys from Sudan who was separated from his family and lived for 10 years in a refugee camp in Kenya. As a young teenager he was brought to the Syracuse area by American foster parents and he is now hoping to represent the USA running in the Beijing Olympics. It's an amazing story, but I can't find a link to it online. Here is an article about him from The New York Times.

We've been lying low around here. I woke up yesterday morning with strep throat. After starting antibiotics last night my throat is a lot better, but the new antibiotic I took made blisters erupt on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet. It's definitely not too fun and I'm bummed because I really feel like taking the kids to the park but don't think I should with my sore feet.

On the bright side, tomorrow is the start of a three-day weekend! I'm hoping we will finally have a chance to introduce Norah and Atticus to the beach for the first time!