Saturday, November 15, 2008

This week’s potpourri

For me, it was a super busy work week that flew by way too fast. And so that I don’t forget the more meaningful happenings in life this week I’ll put down a few anecdotes here. 

It was a big week up in the nighttime sky. The bright and shiny moon (a new fascination Lydia picked up from her cousin Nick) returned in full force from its hiding place (not sure where it was hiding but it was). Each night Lydia made sure we knew it was out and told us exactly where to look to find it. 

Luke thought he could successfully pull off what few others have done before - The Gallon Challenge. Even after emptying Ashley he wasn’t satisfied. He didn’t care where we got it, he wanted more milk. He downed almost entire bottle of formula. He forgot one very important rule though ... to make the challenge count you have to hold the milk down. That one tiny detail proved too much to overcome. 

Luke has now added cooing and smiling to his list of activities. These bring a much needed balance to his tooting, burping and pooping - as cute as those things are. 

One night this week, on the way home from an activity, Lydia blurted out from the back-seat that she needed to check her email. I had to do a quick check to make sure it was still 2008 and that I hadn’t missed a chunk of years of her life. I’m not sure where she picked it up; I guess at some point she’s heard either Ashley or me say it. Kids grow up too fast.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


So, as a mom I have to say I enjoy nap-time. Occasionally, when Luke cooperates, I can get them both to sleep at the same time and then I can actually do things that I want to do, like read email, read a book, sleep, or even go to the bathroom unattended by a little voice saying ‘”potty, potty, pee pee.” 

Lydia usually goes to sleep pretty easily as long as you follow her funny little routine.  It begins by her saying goodbye to everything she sees as we make our way to the stairs.  “Bye coloring, bye chair, bye apples, bye pears, bye food, bye couch, bye hanger, bye stairs.”  Once we reach her room, she asks for her “pa-pa” (pacifier) and blankie, then folds her arms for a prayer.  The prayer is said, she leans her head forward for a kiss, and then says “big hug?” with her arms out.  After the hug is given, she lays her head down and (usually) goes out pretty quickly.  It’s pretty endearing, I have to say, and usually I need her to do something endearing by nap-time.  So, now that you know the routine you’re qualified to babysit.  Any takers?