Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Given that today's weather (100% chance of rain, from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.) is likely to dampen tonight's trick-or-treat action, I'm thrilled that the girls and I got to have a little pre-Halloween fun yesterday.

After the impromptu costume photo shoot, we scooted off to the Milford Library Halloween celebration. Though the gets were a lil lame (bookmarks and animal crackers), the costumes and crafts were enjoyed by all.  
(It's written all over Maizey's face, no?)

Jack was there. Reprise costume of 2012...

 And Lucy. 

And pal Sam.

My glue-stick-lovin' gal got it on with some holiday crafting...

 And perfected the trunk-hold-back.
Then, insisted on getting her photo taken with the Madagascar cast.
And Gloria. (Alex ran away when we tried for a shot with him.)

"Mom, she's awake! She's awake!"

 Love these wild ones.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lucy at One Month - c/o Sticky Bellies

It's Lucy's monthly Sticky Bellies pics! These were taken at 5 weeks, 1 day.
(Remember Maizey's monthly shots?)

What's happening with Lucy? She's earned the well-deserved nickname of "squeaks" or "squeaker" - due to her constant pterodactyl-like peeps. (Unnerving during the day. Maddening during the night.) Her stint of feeding every four hours was short-lived. Now, during the day, it's about every 3 hours, and at night, between 2-4 hours. (I think she knew I was writing this post today, as she was particularly good last night, opting for four hour stretches.) She does not like her swing or bouncy seat, preferring to be held when awake. She caught her first cold from big sister Maizey and post-nasal drip means for sleeping, her car seat is the place to be. (At night, it gets more complicated: car seat + rocking cradle + blankets + heating pad.) Since week 3, she hasn't been a fan of swaddling - which may change when we implement the "back-to-sleep" campaign post-cold.

Ultimately, besides being a finicky sleeper, I'd call her a good, happy baby.

As for me, I'm enjoying being a mom. Actually, a lot more this time around. With Maizey, I had a bit of an identity crisis. I went from being Maggie to being Mom. Not only was I navigating first-time parenthood, with all its insecurities and uncertainties, I was also trying to redefine who I was, stripped of my familiar identifiers. Now, I am comfortable with the balance. I am comfortable being identified as a mother. And, though I was aware that the first year of a child's life has been called "the longest, shortest time" - now I know the reality of the phrase. Instead of fretting about my to-do list, I'm soaking in Lucy's smooshy, kissable cheeks. Instead of weeping during our 3-5 a.m. feedings, bemoaning the sleep I'm losing, I'm relishing the opportunity to watch back-to-back episodes Top Chef. Sure - some days I want to move on. To push past this phase. But, then I browse blog posts from 2011 and remember just how fast the days go.

As for navigating life with two little kids?
Well, that's a whole different beast. One which I'm still attempting to tame.

(P.S. I am proud to say that I had a hand in designing the line of sassy Sticky Bellies stickers that Lucy is sporting. This design? Wild One. Thanks, Carly!)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Missing the olds

It's been more than a week since Grandma Betty (and Grandpa Bob) returned to Escanaba. I must say, I miss the help. Not only was the meal prep and Maizey-entertainment appreciated, daily, day-time adult interaction was nice.

Did I mention the Maizey entertainment?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pre-Hallow Fun

Though we've had spiders, pumpkins and skeletons hanging around for weeks, we finally got into true Halloween form yesterday.

The weather dampened my hopes of an outdoor pumpkin carving session, but the addition of Will made up for the indoor-ness of the activity.

As expected, interest in the activity lasted about 10 minutes. I then sat sweating, and carving, in the middle of old Wall Street Journals and pumpkin guts, for another 45. Alone. 
Well, to be fair, they watched.

In the late afternoon, after celebrating our my pumpkin creations, we suited up for a reprise of last year's Milford Boo Bash
 AKA - a Dad/daughter(s) themed costume.



And zookeeper. Dad was thrilled.

 Sadly, it rained on the parade.

 Literally. And we didn't make it further than Marc and Jaclyn's at the end of our road.

Happily though,
there was plenty of entertainment in-house.

Hard to believe this was only two years ago...
They multiplied like mogwai and water.

Didn't get enough of the elephant and the tiger?
Don't fret - there are two more costume-photo-ops ahead.

Friday, October 25, 2013

We love visitors!

Here are some shots of our recent visitors...

First, Great Auntie Robin.
Who enjoyed Baby Snuggles.

Then, Mary and Zelena, all the way from Seattle.
Maizey read to them.

Then got down with the babes and played big sister. 

She loved how active 5-month old Zelena was - which made me eager for her to engage with her sis. 

But, until she gets a little more "fun," Lucy is stuck playing the part of the lone wolf skeleton.

Unless I'm around - then she'll get in the shot.

Next up? Maria, Ruby and Leah. (And Baby Dismondy. Due in December.)

Which made me wonder,
" Where does the time go?"

Cherishing every minute...