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Thursday, July 26, 2007

What we have here is a failure to communicate

So today Lily & I were at Target. She was, as usual, crazy-excited to be there and trying to run off in eight directions at once. I was on a mission however... to buy sheets and get home in time for lunch.

In an attempt to convince her to follow me around the corner I said, in my most excited Mommy-voice, "C'mon Lily, let's go this way and find some sheets!!" To which Lily replied "Ba! Ba! Ba!" and obligingly followed right along with me.

It took me several seconds of looking in every direction for a baby, bear, bunny, ball or bubbles, all of which sound like "ba" when Lily says them, to realize that she thought we were looking for SHEEP. Oh well... mission accomplished, at any rate.

PS. Kari, if you're reading this - notice Lily's Oregon shirt in the picture. She loves the butterfly and asks to wear it all the time :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

London Calling

Lily went to another fabulous Raleigh Museum - Exploris - a couple weeks ago. Most of it was a little too grown up for her, but she did enjoy the musical instruments from around the world and learning a dance from Ghana in which you try to move like a goat (I really, really wish I had captured that on video - she really nailed it!) But my favorite part of the day was helping Lily recreate one of my favorite memories from my days in London...
She just loved pushing the buttons!

Backyard Oasis

A couple of weeks ago now (I know, I know, I am a bad blogger!!), we got Lily this fabulous baby pool and set it up on the deck, with the canopy over it to created sort of a screened-porch. Lily had a fabulous time splashing and throwing balls in the water and chatting with the animals that came with the pool. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?? The pool has a seperate "hot tub", a slide, a floating giraffe, a snake, and a tiger basketball hoop, along with 6 balls to throw in. Of course, all of this fun led to QUITE a nap... our girl really crashed!


Especially for Auntie Erin...

New trick!

Lily has been feeding herself with a spoon for awhile now, but has just gotten the hang of eating with a fork. Now she wants to eat everything with a utensil - her cookies, a pear, whatever. She thinks she's pretty funny - if you listen you can hear her fake-laughing at herself in this video...

Oh, and Shawn's right - she's still the messiest eater I've ever seen!

Monday, July 23, 2007


Last week, Lily & I met some friends at the Children's Museum in Raleigh - it's a really fun place that we've been to a couple of times. Lily loves several of the exhibits, but the only one she had much interest in this time around was the water park. They have smocks for the kids to wear so that they don't get their clothes all wet, but they're big, and Lily was tripping over hers, and really, how wet could she get??? Foolish mommy...

She was SOAKED. After this, I had to strip her down to her diaper for the last 1/2 hour we were there, so she played in her diaper & shoes (because why would I pack extra clothes in the diaper bag??) She had no problem with this, but I fear I will be to blame when she starts having nightmares about showing up at school in her underwear!!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Big Cousin Ashley

Lily got a special treat this weekend with a visit from her big cousin Ashley. Lily seemed really fascinated by the "big girl" in her house(Ashley is 11 months older than Lily). She wanted to do everything that Ashley did...The only place we could get them to "pose" together was on the stairs:And then they were off again...
Here, Ashley tried to teach Lily how to jump, but Lily just ends up running in circles (and then going after the printer):

And here they are jumping on the bed - something that had never occurred to Lily before then:

Big fun!!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lily loves Holly!!

Lucky Holly's so patient...

PS. Holly is Lily's "Aunt" - my parents' dog. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"Don't change too much tomorrow!"

That's my whispered nighttime wish to Lily every night when I check on her before I go to bed. Because lately, she's growing up WAY too fast. Feeding herself with a spoon. Brushing her teeth. And her hair. And MY hair. Picking out her clothes. Trying to get dressed. "Reading" to herself. Who is this little person and where did my baby go??

But thankfully, thankfully, I still get glimpses that remind me that she's not all grown up quite yet. When we went in to say goodnight the other night, we found this: It might be hard to see under the blanket, but she was sleeping with her butt in the air. Which is perhaps the most endearing baby sleep position ever. And I wondered, when do you get too old to find this comfortable?? I'm just glad she's not yet.

You know you're a mom when...

...You've tucked your little one in for the night and returned to the kitchen to wash the dishes. After 5-10 minutes of this, you realize that not only haven't you turned off the children's music that was playing in the background all day (and which now haunts your dreams), but you are singing along and totally rockin' out to "Little Red Caboose". I think I used to be cool, but it was a long time ago!

Luckily, Lily is cool enough for both of us. Here she is in another "Lily Original Ensemble" - Green polka-dotted pajamas and a light blue bikini:And, not feeling that the original outfit has enough pizazz, she then added a scarf and some gloves:

Monday, July 9, 2007

Our Trip to Rochester

Two weeks ago, Lily and I flew up to Rochester with Auntie Erin to visit my family who's still there. MUCH fun was had, and much weight was gained by everyone, thanks to Auntie Ann and her mad-baking skills.

Lily loved the airport, and she seemed to really like the plane. I think we were lucky that we had a layover, which broke the trip into two 45-minute flights with an opportunity to run around the Philadelphia airport and blow off some extra toddler-energy in between. And there were lots and lots of snacks. So many that Lily's first official act in Rochester was to puke all over me. Oh well.

After that, she seemed just fine... She slept great in the pack-n-play, ate in the high-chair (both borrowed and very much appreciated!!) and had a blast playing with all of the toys Auntie Ann borrowed from work.

We spent four jam-packed days doing as much visiting and eating as we could manage. And Lily had a blast seeing so much family (so did Mommy!)

Lily finally got to meet her Great-Grandma Smith for the first time:They got along fabulously! Lily was a BIG hit at the retirement community's dining room, as she danced around the tables, entertaining everyone eating their lunch. Of course, then she tried to run off with a nice old lady's walker...

We also visited with my Aunt Sheila & her family, who haven't seen Lily since she was 8 weeks old.
(Allie, Mary Kate, Amanda, Maggie, Lily & Erin)

Lily really loved visiting with her big cousins, but I think her favorite person might have been Max, their dog:Most of our time was spent hanging out at Auntie Ann's house, where Lily spent as much time as possible just following the big kids around, rather awed. Here she is playing with Molly - closest to her age, Lily seemed to have a bit of a girl-crush going on.
And here she is snuggling with cousin Loren, who she just adored for teaching her how to kick a soccer ball. (Loren, she kicks her ball at home now too!!)Travel did bring out a couple of odd behaviors... The very same kid who has a fit if we try to convince her to eat vegetables was sucking down hot (!) salsa like it was going out of style:And my little fish, who loves the water couldn't be convinced to actually get into the pool - and she hated bathtime too, which is usually her favorite part of the day.At a graduation party though, when the big kids were all in the pool, she was willing to get a little wet:And she & Grandpa did manage to hog ALL of the floating toys:Oh, and Auntie Ann taught Lily this awesome new trick - Bubbles!!

All in all, we had a fantastic time. And while we were glad to get home (and Lily was very happy to see her Daddy), we can't wait to see everyone again soon.


This weekend, we went back to our favorite museum. Lily had lots of fun, but I think the highlight of her day was our stop at Chick-Fil-A on the way home for lunch. They have a play area, with a tunnel slide...

"Hi" & "Bye"

Friday, July 6, 2007

Quack Quack!!

On Friday , Lily & I went to a nearby park to feed the ducks. Well, I fed the ducks. Lily munched on a cracker and did this...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

New Perks - by daddy

So I don't know how many know it, but I've got a new job at work. The details are not important, but the biggest benefit (aside from one less flight of stairs every morning) is that I get to come home at a reasonable hour much more often. This week, I've been in the 1950's; coming home from work with dinner on the table waiting for me. I get to have dinner with my girls!

Lily will be in her high-chair and say "Hi!" or "Da!" (daddy) as I come into the kitchen. So far it is one or the other, but not both. She's reserving that for some major event, perhaps the day I come bearing thawed frozen strawberries or blueberries (her most favorite in the berry food group). I guess we'll see. Anyway, I'm offered a seat next to her messy highness and get a full rundown of the day's activities. Mommy fills in the parts I don't understand. Clearly I missed the day in parent prep school when they went over "Aggle flaggle klabble!" means "and then, we went swimming, and I blew bubbles!" After a lesson in dunking (her new favorite mealtime activity) her slab of pear or cracker in her pureed baby vegetables, we have a pre-bath. This is the rinse in the kitchen sink to remove the bulk of the food that missed the mark. We find that bathtime is much more pleasant for Mommy and Daddy without the extra chum.

Bathtime on Monday had an extra treat. Lily and I were splashing and playing when I heared a FLURP! I mean, she really let one rip. There were big bubbles and quite a stink. After I burst out laughing she followed suit. We laughed at each other for a while and then she got quiet and then all red. She was trying to repeat the joke! Not wanting too much of a surprise,
I changed the subject.

She's such a ham, I love it. I so thrilled I get to spend this time with her. This new job is quite a promotion.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

PS. Mommy wanted you all to know that our laptop caught a worm, which is apparently very bad. Once Daddy fixes it, she'll be able to blog more, but all of our pictures are on the laptop and the desktop can't be turned on in my presence because I am obsessed with pushing all the buttons. Sorry...