Saturday, February 26, 2011

Changing Table Chatter

Another potentially boring tidbit for starving grandparents.

A Room of Her Own

I always wished my parents had a picture of my nursery, which I know they worked really hard to decorate. I have pictures of Clare's nursery, but never did get around to photographing Danny's. Oops. So here is what Laura's room looks like. She just started sleeping in it this week, albeit not in the crib - she's still in the carseat. And since she slept 6 hours in it a couple of nights ago, who am I to complain?

She does really enjoy watching her mobile in her crib, as seen below. The photo isn't great, but it does show her wearing the famous 'safari jammies,' which for some reason Tim and I have always loved. It's the rare item that now all three babies have worn.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


This week has been filled with frequent, but fleeting, smiles from Laura. The real ones, not gas-induced. Of course, I haven't had my camera handy for most of them, but I finally managed to snap one. I must say they're even sweeter in person!

She's also spending longer amounts of time awake, which means hanging out on the playmat, watching her mobile, or even listening to a story. The weeks are flying!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Tale of Two Valentines II

Similar to last year, Valentine's Day presents me with the opportunity to illustrate differences between Clare and Danny's tastes and personalities. They were once again pretty diverse in their choice of valentines, with Clare hand-crafting each of hers (all 26 of them) while Danny swooned over the Star Wars Clone Wars cards he found at Target.

My choice of valentines for them is further proof. I was fairly confident that each one would be thrilled with my selections, too, so I was very excited to give them. Danny's is Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia. His obsession with Star Wars (particularly The Clone Wars) continues, so no surprise with this choice. I nearly caved and gave Danny his book a week earlier, on one of our interminable Fridays, but I'm happy I held out.

Clare's stems from her recent, intense interest in international things, including language and French in particular. So for her I purchased Everything Kids' Learning French Book along with a French picture dictionary. This is a bit self-serving, as I am a little weary of her asking me if a certain word is French. Never having studied French, I don't have a clue - so please stop asking! (I really need to be more supportive of her insatiable curiosity where words are concerned. Add this to the list of my parenting faults.)

I suppose my dream of these books occupying them for hours on end this weekend is a bit optimistic, but I do think they were a success. (No, I did not get anything for Laura. But I did purchase a new wine bottle opener for Tim, as the old one succumbed to the ravages of overuse. Why yes, I will enjoy this gift as well!)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Live-Action Laura

*Warning: The below video contains content that is likely very boring to anyone who is not a grandparent to Laura. Actually, for all I know they might find it boring, too! But she was awake and making a few noises, so I thought I'd capture it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This Is the Little Boy...

...I took for his kindergarten screening at CKS today. Next time I turn around, he'll be filling out college applications. To an Ivy League, evidently, since he told his evaluating teacher, "I have a big brain." She had a good chuckle and mentioned, after relaying his comment, "Very different from Clare!" Yes.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Laura + Laura

Clare paused her dress-up game, wherein she was "an old-fashioned girl named Laura," (and no, Mom and Dad, she hasn't seen 'Lark Rise to Candleford') for some coveted cuddle time with the other Laura. Both seem totally blissed out.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One Month Old

Weighing in at 10 pounds, 1 ounce, Laura hit the one-month mark today. According to our pediatrician, who we visited today to mark the occasion, she has the movements of a two-month old or even a 10-week old, so she's an over-achiever already. She'll fit right in.

Laura is still pretty snoozy, which is not be taken in any way shape or form as a complaint. We have incorporated the swing into her daily activities (just another venue to nap), as well as the activity mat. Clare refers to these as "stations," just like she has work stations in her classroom. Because it all comes back to school, right?