19 June 2013

confession

Harlow 
Both girls are finally in bed and sleeping.  There is a mountain of laundry on the chair in the living room waiting to be folded and put away.  I have a bunch of papers on my desk to sort through as well as a pile of things that need put away on the dining room table.  The problem is I only got about 3.5 hours of sleep last night.  It is all but impossible to keep my eyes open.  So rather than blog, clean, photo edit or do anything that I should be doing, I am going to crawl into bed, listen to the storm that is rolling in and fall fast asleep.

confession

Harlow 
Both girls are finally in bed and sleeping.  There is a mountain of laundry on the chair in the living room waiting to be folded and put away.  I have a bunch of papers on my desk to sort through as well as a pile of things that need put away on the dining room table.  The problem is I only got about 3.5 hours of sleep last night.  It is all but impossible to keep my eyes open.  So rather than blog, clean, photo edit or do anything that I should be doing, I am going to crawl into bed, listen to the storm that is rolling in and fall fast asleep.

17 June 2013

dance, ballerina, dance

**I am ashamed to admit that I wrote this post almost a month ago on May 20th.  I didn't publish it because it took until last night for me to finally get the photos uploaded to the computer and edited.  Better late than never, I suppose.**

Mabes had her ballet recital over the weekend.  She had missed class for three straight weeks leading up to it while we were in Pennsylvania awaiting the birth of my precious nephew.  Due to the lack of practice, I wasn't sure she still wanted to participate, which I completely understood and told her I would support her decision either way.  We have a rule that when you start something, you finish it.  Needless to say she took that rule to heart and wanted to be able to participate in the recital.  Dan and I were extremely proud of her not only for being so dedicated but also for the hard work she had put in all year learning both ballet and tap.

I will admit that there was a moment that morning of great worry.  Even though I had talked to the teacher about the fact that she had missed so much class and even though the teacher assured me that most of the little ones didn't know the routine and would just be following the lead of the teachers who were dancing just off stage, I worried that Mabes would not know what she was doing and get embarrassed.  Honestly, I worried for nothing.  Most of the little girls in her class were looking off to one side or the other watching teachers and following cues.  In some of the classes before Mabes there were kids who spent the entire time staring out into the crowd and shyly waving.  Mabes did great all things considered.

There was also a moment of panic when I looked down at the stroller and realized it was only a matter of time before Harlow stopped doing this...
Recital 1
...and became a full blown screaming mess, which always happens after morning nap.  Basically she wakes up and wants fed.  Immediately.  If you don't happen to be quick enough about it, she will make her rage known at the highest volume possible.  The last thing I wanted was a meltdown of epic proportions right in the middle of the show.

Can you imagine years later people are watching the videos of their child preforming in their dance recital and suddenly all you hear coming out of the speakers are the screams of what can only be described as a rabid, wild animal?

Ain't nobody got time for that kind of crazy business, Harlow.

Anyhow, in an effort to play it safe I sat there with my nursing cover on just waiting.  As the lights went down Harlow woke up.  There was just enough disorientation going on by being in a new, dark place that I was able to grab and start feeding her before she could work up to a frenzied level of hysteria.  Afterwards she sat happily on my lap, mesmerized by the bright lights and colors of the stage.  Thus allowing me to video and take pictures as I pleased.  Thankfully Mabes and her class were the last act, giving me plenty of time.

I mention the part about Harlow because it felt like a small victory in my current single parenthood status.  I was able to successfully take both of my children into a public place on time, without crying,  and was also able to do the things I wanted/needed to do (take pictures and film for Dan and the rest of the family) without stress or feeling like a total circus.  This is the first time in three months that has happened.

Back to the recital...

It was Wizard of Oz themed.  Mabes was one of the girls from the Emerald City.
Recital 2
You can see in the video how each of the girls is looking at the teachers off to the side as far as following the routine.  Mabes and one other girl seem to be looking at one teacher while everyone else is apparently watching someone else.
After the recital Harlow and I gave Mabes a rose from all of us (Daddy included).  She asked if we could take some photos of her outside to send to her Daddy.
Recital 3
Clearly Harlow was impressed with everything that was going on.
Recital 4
I couldn't be prouder of our little ballerina.
Recital 5

dance, ballerina, dance

**I am ashamed to admit that I wrote this post almost a month ago on May 20th.  I didn't publish it because it took until last night for me to finally get the photos uploaded to the computer and edited.  Better late than never, I suppose.**

Mabes had her ballet recital over the weekend.  She had missed class for three straight weeks leading up to it while we were in Pennsylvania awaiting the birth of my precious nephew.  Due to the lack of practice, I wasn't sure she still wanted to participate, which I completely understood and told her I would support her decision either way.  We have a rule that when you start something, you finish it.  Needless to say she took that rule to heart and wanted to be able to participate in the recital.  Dan and I were extremely proud of her not only for being so dedicated but also for the hard work she had put in all year learning both ballet and tap.

I will admit that there was a moment that morning of great worry.  Even though I had talked to the teacher about the fact that she had missed so much class and even though the teacher assured me that most of the little ones didn't know the routine and would just be following the lead of the teachers who were dancing just off stage, I worried that Mabes would not know what she was doing and get embarrassed.  Honestly, I worried for nothing.  Most of the little girls in her class were looking off to one side or the other watching teachers and following cues.  In some of the classes before Mabes there were kids who spent the entire time staring out into the crowd and shyly waving.  Mabes did great all things considered.

There was also a moment of panic when I looked down at the stroller and realized it was only a matter of time before Harlow stopped doing this...
Recital 1
...and became a full blown screaming mess, which always happens after morning nap.  Basically she wakes up and wants fed.  Immediately.  If you don't happen to be quick enough about it, she will make her rage known at the highest volume possible.  The last thing I wanted was a meltdown of epic proportions right in the middle of the show.

Can you imagine years later people are watching the videos of their child preforming in their dance recital and suddenly all you hear coming out of the speakers are the screams of what can only be described as a rabid, wild animal?

Ain't nobody got time for that kind of crazy business, Harlow.

Anyhow, in an effort to play it safe I sat there with my nursing cover on just waiting.  As the lights went down Harlow woke up.  There was just enough disorientation going on by being in a new, dark place that I was able to grab and start feeding her before she could work up to a frenzied level of hysteria.  Afterwards she sat happily on my lap, mesmerized by the bright lights and colors of the stage.  Thus allowing me to video and take pictures as I pleased.  Thankfully Mabes and her class were the last act, giving me plenty of time.

I mention the part about Harlow because it felt like a small victory in my current single parenthood status.  I was able to successfully take both of my children into a public place on time, without crying,  and was also able to do the things I wanted/needed to do (take pictures and film for Dan and the rest of the family) without stress or feeling like a total circus.  This is the first time in three months that has happened.

Back to the recital...

It was Wizard of Oz themed.  Mabes was one of the girls from the Emerald City.
Recital 2
You can see in the video how each of the girls is looking at the teachers off to the side as far as following the routine.  Mabes and one other girl seem to be looking at one teacher while everyone else is apparently watching someone else.
After the recital Harlow and I gave Mabes a rose from all of us (Daddy included).  She asked if we could take some photos of her outside to send to her Daddy.
Recital 3
Clearly Harlow was impressed with everything that was going on.
Recital 4
I couldn't be prouder of our little ballerina.
Recital 5

26 April 2013

spa birthday

A very good friend of Mabes turned six a few weeks ago.  Her parents threw her a spa themed birthday and it was so much fun and very cute.  

They had the dining room table set up as a manicure station.  They had plastic bowls with some colored "spa rocks" and bath salts in them for the girls to soak their hands.  There were all kinds of glittery purple and pink nail polish colors to choose from and even stickers for their nails.  Mabes was in heaven.  In the living room they had set up little plastic chairs and tubs (with more "spa rocks" and bath salts) for pedicures.    
Spa Birthday
Once the mani and pedis were complete they laid down a large blanket and wrapped the girls' hair back with little towels and applied a honey and yogurt face mask.  Mabes did OK with this part, but was not happy when they put cucumbers over her eyes.  She claimed that they were very cold.  Regardless, she looked adorable.
Mabes Spa BDay Party
For lunch the girls dined on pizza and chips and dessert was a fondue station where they were able to dip angel food cake and brownies into chocolate.  They also got to decorate a cupcake that they were able to bring home in a little zebra cupcake box.  

The highlight of the day were the little plastic champagne glasses that were filled with sprite.  When you dropped cotton candy into the glass it would fizz and turn the drink blue or pink (or purple) depending on the color of the cotton candy.  The girls thought that this was amazing and very fancy.
Cotton Candy Drink

spa birthday

A very good friend of Mabes turned six a few weeks ago.  Her parents threw her a spa themed birthday and it was so much fun and very cute.  

They had the dining room table set up as a manicure station.  They had plastic bowls with some colored "spa rocks" and bath salts in them for the girls to soak their hands.  There were all kinds of glittery purple and pink nail polish colors to choose from and even stickers for their nails.  Mabes was in heaven.  In the living room they had set up little plastic chairs and tubs (with more "spa rocks" and bath salts) for pedicures.    
Spa Birthday
Once the mani and pedis were complete they laid down a large blanket and wrapped the girls' hair back with little towels and applied a honey and yogurt face mask.  Mabes did OK with this part, but was not happy when they put cucumbers over her eyes.  She claimed that they were very cold.  Regardless, she looked adorable.
Mabes Spa BDay Party
For lunch the girls dined on pizza and chips and dessert was a fondue station where they were able to dip angel food cake and brownies into chocolate.  They also got to decorate a cupcake that they were able to bring home in a little zebra cupcake box.  

The highlight of the day were the little plastic champagne glasses that were filled with sprite.  When you dropped cotton candy into the glass it would fizz and turn the drink blue or pink (or purple) depending on the color of the cotton candy.  The girls thought that this was amazing and very fancy.
Cotton Candy Drink

25 April 2013

tiny voice, big attitude

While looking through old videos, I came across some from when Mabes was very little.  It is hard to imagine that she was ever so young.  These ones of her talking, I will admit made me cry a little.  They also made me laugh, a lot.  Even with a limited vocabulary, Mabes little attitude shines through.  Some things will never change.

tiny voice, big attitude

While looking through old videos, I came across some from when Mabes was very little.  It is hard to imagine that she was ever so young.  These ones of her talking, I will admit made me cry a little.  They also made me laugh, a lot.  Even with a limited vocabulary, Mabes little attitude shines through.  Some things will never change.

24 April 2013

worth a click or two

18 Obsolete Words

Google Reader is Shutting Down

Kapooya!

14 People and Things That Could Be Way More Helpful

Don't Think of Ugly People

46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might Be Freaking Out

Reasons My Son is Crying: THIS is the best thing on the Internet.  As a Mama of two young girls, I can relate and find this hysterical.

Because I can't post without at least one photo/video, I give you this little blast from the past.  My very own Reasons My Daughter is Crying:

Because I wouldn't let her eat a peanut butter sandwich because she was too young and we weren't sure if she had a peanut allergy. Also she had just been fed a ridiculously large lunch of fruit, baby food and milk.

worth a click or two

18 Obsolete Words

Google Reader is Shutting Down

Kapooya!

14 People and Things That Could Be Way More Helpful

Don't Think of Ugly People

46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might Be Freaking Out

Reasons My Son is Crying: THIS is the best thing on the Internet.  As a Mama of two young girls, I can relate and find this hysterical.

Because I can't post without at least one photo/video, I give you this little blast from the past.  My very own Reasons My Daughter is Crying:

Because I wouldn't let her eat a peanut butter sandwich because she was too young and we weren't sure if she had a peanut allergy. Also she had just been fed a ridiculously large lunch of fruit, baby food and milk.

23 April 2013

month four

Harlow 4 Month 2
 Stats: Month Four
  • Length: 23 1/4 inches (15th percentile)
  • Weight: 14lbs. 8oz. (50th percentile)
  • Head Circumference: 41 3/4 cm (75th percentile)
Likes/Dislikes/Milestones: Month Four
  • Still loves to cuddle and be held.  Bouncing is her favorite thing.  (I think she still is prone to an upset belly and the bouncing helps.)
  • Does not like to be hot.  She cries when the sun is on her, when it is too warm in the car, if it gets warm in the house, etc.  Since we have had such nice weather lately I have been letting her sleep in nothing but a diaper to try and keep her comfortable.
  • Rolls onto her side, but still can't roll over.  
  • Lifting her head up higher and for longer periods of time during tummy time.
  • Has started to revert back to waking up in the middle of the night again.  This is due to her lack of eating during the day and thus being very hungry at night.  She doesn't eat as well because she is very curious about everything going on around her and will constantly stop nursing to look around.  If I wear the nursing cover she thrashes about wildly, as if she were a cat being thrown into a burlap sack.  
  • Loves taking baths.
  • Adores when people talk to her.  Especially her big sissy, who she loves to be around.
  • Lots of drooling and chewing on things.  Which means we have entered into the dreaded teething stage.  She has also started sucking on her two fingers (just like her big sissy did as a baby).
Harlow 4 Month 1
Mama's Favorite Moments: Month Four
  • Listening to her laugh.  I don't think I will ever stop loving the sound of her laughter.  Especially the deep, belly laughs.
  • When she falls asleep laying on my chest.  
  • The way she follows her sissy around the room with her eyes and gets so excited when Mabes talks to her and plays with her.  It amazes me that at four-months-old you can already see how much she adores and looks up to her older sister.
  • In the early morning hours I put her in bed with me to nurse and when she is finished the way she cuddles right up next to me and sleeps while I lay there just watching her.
Sisters Month 4
Big Sister Interview: Month Four
  • What is the best part of being a big sister? Having my little sister around to cheer me up when I am sad.
  • What is the worst thing? When I hear her cry because it makes me sad for her.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Harlow? Play with her and hug her and making her feel better when she has shots.  I have to watch out for my little sissy.
  • What is your favorite thing about Harlow? The way she smiles at me.
  • How do you help with your sister? By getting her blanket and playing with her to keep her happy.
  • What did you learn about your sister this month? She loves to chew on her fist and is really noisy when she does it.  
  • What do you think Harlow is going to love to do when she gets older? Play unicorns and dress up with me and hug me.
  • Anything else you want to add? I want her to love fairy tales as much as I do.  Also I hope she dreams about unicorns, but not princesses.  Only I am allowed to dream about princesses.  

month four

Harlow 4 Month 2
 Stats: Month Four
  • Length: 23 1/4 inches (15th percentile)
  • Weight: 14lbs. 8oz. (50th percentile)
  • Head Circumference: 41 3/4 cm (75th percentile)
Likes/Dislikes/Milestones: Month Four
  • Still loves to cuddle and be held.  Bouncing is her favorite thing.  (I think she still is prone to an upset belly and the bouncing helps.)
  • Does not like to be hot.  She cries when the sun is on her, when it is too warm in the car, if it gets warm in the house, etc.  Since we have had such nice weather lately I have been letting her sleep in nothing but a diaper to try and keep her comfortable.
  • Rolls onto her side, but still can't roll over.  
  • Lifting her head up higher and for longer periods of time during tummy time.
  • Has started to revert back to waking up in the middle of the night again.  This is due to her lack of eating during the day and thus being very hungry at night.  She doesn't eat as well because she is very curious about everything going on around her and will constantly stop nursing to look around.  If I wear the nursing cover she thrashes about wildly, as if she were a cat being thrown into a burlap sack.  
  • Loves taking baths.
  • Adores when people talk to her.  Especially her big sissy, who she loves to be around.
  • Lots of drooling and chewing on things.  Which means we have entered into the dreaded teething stage.  She has also started sucking on her two fingers (just like her big sissy did as a baby).
Harlow 4 Month 1
Mama's Favorite Moments: Month Four
  • Listening to her laugh.  I don't think I will ever stop loving the sound of her laughter.  Especially the deep, belly laughs.
  • When she falls asleep laying on my chest.  
  • The way she follows her sissy around the room with her eyes and gets so excited when Mabes talks to her and plays with her.  It amazes me that at four-months-old you can already see how much she adores and looks up to her older sister.
  • In the early morning hours I put her in bed with me to nurse and when she is finished the way she cuddles right up next to me and sleeps while I lay there just watching her.
Sisters Month 4
Big Sister Interview: Month Four
  • What is the best part of being a big sister? Having my little sister around to cheer me up when I am sad.
  • What is the worst thing? When I hear her cry because it makes me sad for her.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Harlow? Play with her and hug her and making her feel better when she has shots.  I have to watch out for my little sissy.
  • What is your favorite thing about Harlow? The way she smiles at me.
  • How do you help with your sister? By getting her blanket and playing with her to keep her happy.
  • What did you learn about your sister this month? She loves to chew on her fist and is really noisy when she does it.  
  • What do you think Harlow is going to love to do when she gets older? Play unicorns and dress up with me and hug me.
  • Anything else you want to add? I want her to love fairy tales as much as I do.  Also I hope she dreams about unicorns, but not princesses.  Only I am allowed to dream about princesses.  

10 April 2013

month three

Harlow 3 Month
 Stats: Month Three (almost a month late posting)
  • Length: unknown because there wasn't really any time to pull out the ruler and measure her
  • Weight: I didn't step on a scale and weigh her and when I thought about it, I realized she is almost 4 months and figured I would just wait until her next doctors appointment
  • Head Circumference: see length note
Likes/Dislikes/Milestones: Month Three
  • She still loves to be held all of the time and prefers to in an upright position more than laying down.
  • Has proven herself to be a great little traveler, though she does cry a little more when I first put her in her car seat now.  Possibly a little PTSD from riding all over the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Moved up to size 2 diapers.
  • Has started to really discover things around her and will make eye contact more.
  • Loves to be talked to.
  • Laughs.
  • Firsts: met Gramma Oakes, Great Gramma and Grampa Harlow and many of her other aunts and uncles on her Daddy's side.  Met her Uncle Sven, Great Granny, Great Gramma Wanda, Aunt Sandy, Uncle Denny, Aunt Rae and cousin Debbie as well.  Took her first long road trip up to Pennsylvania.
Mama's Favorite Moments: Month Three
  • Listening to her laugh.  
  • Also the cute way she sticks out her bottom lip when she is unhappy about something.
  • Watching her face light up when she sees her Daddy on the iPad when we Facetime.
  • How talkative she has become.  Including when I am trying to feed her and constantly have to remind her we don't talk/coo when our mouth is full.
Harlow's 3 Month Photo Shoot #7
Big Sister Interview: Month Three
  • What is the best part of being a big sister? Getting to hold my sissy and kiss her.
  • What is the worst thing? She cries all the time.  It makes it hard for me to think.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Harlow? I like to dance around with her when there is music playing, moving her arms and feet.
  • What is your favorite thing about Harlow? That she is sweet and cute.
  • How do you help with your sister? On our trip I checked to make sure she didn't have snot coming out of her nose.
  • What did you learn about your sister this month? Babies have yellow poop if they drink breast milk. 
  • How tall do you think Harlow will be? When I am six-years-old she will  come up to my neck.
  • Anything else you want to add? I know her favorite colors are going to be pink and purple and blue.  I am going to make her my assistant when she grows up when I am a gymnastics person, have my bakery and am an artist.  

month three

Harlow 3 Month
 Stats: Month Three (almost a month late posting)
  • Length: unknown because there wasn't really any time to pull out the ruler and measure her
  • Weight: I didn't step on a scale and weigh her and when I thought about it, I realized she is almost 4 months and figured I would just wait until her next doctors appointment
  • Head Circumference: see length note
Likes/Dislikes/Milestones: Month Three
  • She still loves to be held all of the time and prefers to in an upright position more than laying down.
  • Has proven herself to be a great little traveler, though she does cry a little more when I first put her in her car seat now.  Possibly a little PTSD from riding all over the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Moved up to size 2 diapers.
  • Has started to really discover things around her and will make eye contact more.
  • Loves to be talked to.
  • Laughs.
  • Firsts: met Gramma Oakes, Great Gramma and Grampa Harlow and many of her other aunts and uncles on her Daddy's side.  Met her Uncle Sven, Great Granny, Great Gramma Wanda, Aunt Sandy, Uncle Denny, Aunt Rae and cousin Debbie as well.  Took her first long road trip up to Pennsylvania.
Mama's Favorite Moments: Month Three
  • Listening to her laugh.  
  • Also the cute way she sticks out her bottom lip when she is unhappy about something.
  • Watching her face light up when she sees her Daddy on the iPad when we Facetime.
  • How talkative she has become.  Including when I am trying to feed her and constantly have to remind her we don't talk/coo when our mouth is full.
Harlow's 3 Month Photo Shoot #7
Big Sister Interview: Month Three
  • What is the best part of being a big sister? Getting to hold my sissy and kiss her.
  • What is the worst thing? She cries all the time.  It makes it hard for me to think.
  • What is your favorite thing to do with Harlow? I like to dance around with her when there is music playing, moving her arms and feet.
  • What is your favorite thing about Harlow? That she is sweet and cute.
  • How do you help with your sister? On our trip I checked to make sure she didn't have snot coming out of her nose.
  • What did you learn about your sister this month? Babies have yellow poop if they drink breast milk. 
  • How tall do you think Harlow will be? When I am six-years-old she will  come up to my neck.
  • Anything else you want to add? I know her favorite colors are going to be pink and purple and blue.  I am going to make her my assistant when she grows up when I am a gymnastics person, have my bakery and am an artist.  

28 February 2013

ready, set, deploy

Bags packed the night before:
IMG_7721
Early morning wake up:
photo 1
The airline gave Dan a few paper luggage tags.  He put them on Mabes' wrist and joked with me that maybe if he put them on all of us he could sneak us into the luggage.  
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Breakfast before boarding:
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Waiting until the last minute to board we tried to keep spirits up.  Mabes found an air vent that made her hair fly up that she found highly entertaining.  Dan also danced around with his girls for a little while.
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photo 2
photo 3
Starting the goodbyes:
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photo 5
Waving to Daddy and Jim after they had gone through security:
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When Dan went through security Mabes had a bit of a panic attack and told me to go and get Daddy.  When I explained that I couldn't, that I needed a ticket she started to dig through the bottom of the stroller and pulled out the luggage tags that had been on her wrist earlier.  "Here are tickets."  When I explained that they weren't actually tickets she was heartbroken.
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We went out to the parking lot after that to wait and watch the plane takeoff.  We said a prayer for Daddy, Jim and their flying companions to be safe.
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Waiting for the plane to taxi down the runway:
IMG_7873
Off they go:
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No matter how many times we do this, it will never get easier to say "see you soon" to our best guy.  

ready, set, deploy

Bags packed the night before:
IMG_7721
Early morning wake up:
photo 1
The airline gave Dan a few paper luggage tags.  He put them on Mabes' wrist and joked with me that maybe if he put them on all of us he could sneak us into the luggage.  
IMG_7772
Breakfast before boarding:
IMG_7779
Waiting until the last minute to board we tried to keep spirits up.  Mabes found an air vent that made her hair fly up that she found highly entertaining.  Dan also danced around with his girls for a little while.
IMG_7783
photo 2
photo 3
Starting the goodbyes:
IMG_7821
IMG_7795
IMG_7798
IMG_7853
photo 5
Waving to Daddy and Jim after they had gone through security:
IMG_7864
When Dan went through security Mabes had a bit of a panic attack and told me to go and get Daddy.  When I explained that I couldn't, that I needed a ticket she started to dig through the bottom of the stroller and pulled out the luggage tags that had been on her wrist earlier.  "Here are tickets."  When I explained that they weren't actually tickets she was heartbroken.
IMG_7865
We went out to the parking lot after that to wait and watch the plane takeoff.  We said a prayer for Daddy, Jim and their flying companions to be safe.
IMG_7881
Waiting for the plane to taxi down the runway:
IMG_7873
Off they go:
IMG_7890
IMG_7923
No matter how many times we do this, it will never get easier to say "see you soon" to our best guy.  
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