Sunday, December 27, 2009

nine months old

We forgot to mention that someone has turned nine months old.
We go to see the pediatrician for routine shots
(and the second half of flu shots)
next week.

Friday, December 25, 2009

white Christmas

We have a 14" of snow in the yard
with drifts of 4 1/2 - 5 ft.

It's the blizzard of aucht nine in OKC
and we're thankful that we have electricity, running water,
and each other.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

good tidings and great joy

Happy Holidays from us to you.
We hope you have a marvelous celebration!

Daddy says the headband is over the top,
but Mommy thinks it's cute.
Baby doesn't really care,
so long as you let her eat her shoes.

Friday, December 18, 2009

picking Mommy's nose

We only entertain high class play
at our house...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

obligatory seasonal photo-op

(Come on, you had to know we'd end up with pictures of baby in a box...)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

baby jail

This is where baby plays when The Hater and I eat supper. That is, if we eat supper after she eats supper. We've ben trying to time it so that we eat at the same time, but sometimes that just doesn't work out. And she likes her baby jail -- these are the toys that only live in baby jail, so they're always new, exciting and fun.

Tonight Baby figured out she can stand up and peep over the top of jail and had big time fun doing that. By the time I got to the camera she had moved on to trying to eat the walls of the pack and play.

The dorks come tomorrow to play and play and play. We're excited for their visit.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

velcro boots

This little dress has a red and white Santa hat to go with it, but once baby realized it was on her head she wanted to play with it and not leave it on her head. We're also sporting velcro boots, purely for the cinematography. This one is one of the last 6 month outfits that will still button over her trunk. After we wear it to church tomorrow and wash it she will have outgrown yet another fantastic rummy dump find.

Baby clothes sizing cracks me up. We tried on two "9 month" outfits that were too small, and another "12 month" outfit that was too small, too. Tonight she's sleeping in a zipper-bag which label says "0-12 months". It's basically just been sitting in the back of her pajama drawer all this time because she's just now to a size where she can't wriggle out of the neck hole. Shoes are the same story: a "3" is not a "3" is not a "3".

The Hater is out of town on work business. You can see how we spent our afternoon: playing with Santa. He was most impressed with my smile solicitation after baby decided it was time to stonewall the photographer. My newest trick (that hasn't lost its luster yet) is to make a fart noise by blowing into my index and middle knuckles on my left hand. She loves it, and Santa was really impressed with it, too. He said he learns a new trick every year, and he's never seen that one before. He just laughed and said that when I blew my hand he could just feel her vibrating in his lap. I told him it was a great distraction to get through green vegetables. He patted her on the head and said that nothing was a good enough distraction to get through green vegetables, then thanked me again for surprising him.

I hesitate to add this because if I were a superstitious person I might be afraid that this might mess up our current mojo, but here it is: Baby has slept through the night for two consecutive nights! Two nights ago she woke up a couple of times and whined, but by the time we got to the kitchen to mix her a bottle she'd fallen back to sleep. Last night went silently - sans whines, whimpers or flailing cries. I'd forgotten how nice it is to actually get a good night's sleep.

pink and pitiful

Pink Nightmare, Part Two
(Except this one will at least close over her chest,
mucho moreo practical.)

For a good time don't call mommy...
she'll make you sit in your seat to eat your snack.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

first cracker

She wasn't so sure about the texture, but she liked licking the salt off of them.
Mamaw would be so proud!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

bum-bum-bum, here I come

Everywhere. Baby is all over going everywhere now,
and she doesn't care if we're around to help her or not.
I'm loving this practice of independence.

Friday, November 27, 2009


We are thankful for snotty noses and cutting teeth.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

fun times had by all

I have had such a fun weekend!
We pretended like we were from the Farm.

Aunt Sister read lots of stories to me...

and I showed her all my tricks, including my new teeth.

Monday, November 16, 2009

wee-wee-wee-wee all the way home

Yesterday during communion one of the kids in church came up to us and asked us if this was the baby who "squealed like a hog". Yes, it was. Although we prefer to think of her as shrieking like a velociraptor.

(And what baby wardrobe is complete without hand-me-down leopard print?)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

do you see what I see?

No, not the butternut squash and corn in her nose...
we see a tooth poking through!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

the struggle for technology

There's something magical about the controllers,
and baby really wants them.
We forsee a future where things are put up on the mantle...
far, far away from little hands.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

i love spinach

The baby who has an aversion to green veggies has now embraced spinach.
Who is this child?

Saturday, November 07, 2009

sometimes Mommy lets me eat grass

She's come so far... Baby no longer screams bloody murder when we put her down in the yard. She's actually kicking her feet and waving her arms with complete bliss in the second picture. (And thanks to the magic of photo editing, it looks like our grass is still mostly green!)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

a pink nightmare

Unpractical? Yes.
Adorable? ... Jury still out on that one.

Monday, November 02, 2009

rubber ducky, you're the one

This picture best sums up our visit from the Dorks.
We had such a good time crawling all over them in the floor,
and someone was thrilled with her first experience with bubbles.

The Hater got in this morning around 2:30am and the Dorks left for their journey eastward around 3:30am. Baby was up a dozen times during the night last night, and I'm sure she has a sixth sense as to when I finally get the sheets warmed back up and start to drift back to sleep. I bet we'll all be tired today.

But it sure was worth it!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

time change

All of our practice this week at staying up later and sleeping in later was for naught this morning when baby decided it was time to get up at 4:30am...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

stonewall spook

Someone thinks she has already met her smile quota for the weekend.
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

practicing for the time change

So yesterday we thought it might be a good idea to keep the baby up a little bit later in anticipation for the time change this weekend. We played and played and read and played some more, and at a last resort to keep her awake, we started playing choo-choo train with the diaper box. As you can see here, it was all she could do to keep her head up.

And on the next lap she konked out... five minutes before her usual bedtime.
So much for practice.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

seven months

If you're happy and you know it...

It's been a good weekend. We went to the Greek Festival and ate some fantastic food yesterday, and this afternoon we've had some friends over for a jack-o-lantern carving adventure. (Pictures of the pumpkins will follow, but The Hater thinks this one is one of the better ones we've done, but not the best one...)

Baby turned seven months old yesterday. Ta-da.

Doing laundry now. Baby finally went down for her afternoon nap (after the company left). We're watching football, cooking up a letter to Fisher and Kiffin.

Neither of us are excited about going back to work tomorrow, but somehow the universe just doesn't seem to care.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

quick update

Good news! My tumor marker was low enough so that we won't have to have a treatment this week, which means I took a small, tracer I-131 dose and do not have to be on isolation. The Hater is excited that he doesn't have to be the one-man show. Baby is excited that she continues to be the center of attention.

We're all excited and relieved that my chest xray was clear and that my tumor marker was low. I have another scan on Friday, but we're not expecting anything exciting at all from that one.

We'll both sleep better tonight... if baby lets us.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

wanted: good vibes

We're asking for an assortment of good vibes this week. It's time for me to get another round of diagnostic tests to evaluate where we are with this stubborn cancer. I don't have my notes with me, but I'm thinking I get a shot on Monday and Tuesday, blood draw and tracer dose on Tuesday afternoon, then nuclear scan and chest xray on Wednesday. No idea when I'll hear back with the results. When I know more I'll let you know.

I'm nervous. Not Sword of Damocles nervous, but nervous nonetheless. Mind you, I have no tangible reason to be nervous or to expect that we'll get a crazy result. Really, I don't even think I'm going to need another radiation/isolation treatment this time. I think it'll still be there, but not big enough to justify treating yet. But I'm still nervous; I don't like being reminded of this monkey on my back.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

oh, what a beautiful morning

I know this isn't the greatest picture, but this is the absolute best part of my mornings: waking up the baby. I sing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning', and before we even get to the cattle standing like statues she's up on her allfours, laughing and grinning, looking for me between the crib rails. I only wish I was this happy to get out of bed.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

yogurt pyramid

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, then PLAY!