Friday, December 23, 2011

U is for Pre-Christmas Update {and a Little Holiday Sarcasm!}

Merry Christmas, family and friends! This year, for Christmas, I am gifting you all... wait for it... more information about my baby! You can thank me next time you see me, and please, no unnecessary gifts in return.

As you can see from this photo of Audrey smiling on Santa's lap, she is really enjoying the holiday season. She's digging the lights and the jingle bells and the egg nog we've been substituting for breast milk. I also have a hunch that she's going to explode with enthusiasm for all the wrapping paper great stuff we got her on Christmas morning!

She's actually enjoying everything much more now that she can sit up on her own for endless amounts of time and roll around at will. Her palate also is quite refined - she's inhaling everything we give her on a spoon and that includes these new foods: peaches, a zucchini-apple-carrot combo that looks like dirty applesauce, and butternut squash. She'll even down the peas I made if I hide them in something else and take in some icky prune juice when things get tough down below.

She's talking up a storm. Especially when she's in the car. Lot's of nonsense about the upcoming primaries and whether that Newt guy is a real contender or just floating on celebrity and a big mouth. I try to tell her that politics should be kept private, but she's all "Mom, it's my First Amendment right, blah, blah, dadaahaa." Maybe I've been overdoing it on the NPR and complaints about the Occupy movement? Nah.

I have no idea how tall she is or how much she weighs except that she is taller and heavier than at her 6 month appointment back in November. She's even taller (I think) than her older cousin, Chloe. She's moving into 9 month clothes and I'm pumped. We were both getting sick of those 6 month duds and are ready for a new wardrobe. I'm hoping for some good post-holiday sales at Carters and Baby Gap.

Hmm, what else to report? Not much, I guess, other than that Audrey is the one light bulb in our house that hasn't burned out in the last couple of months and the one light fixture we are not interested in replacing. She's awesome. We love her more every day. I cannot even remember my life without her. But, let's be honest, I can't even really remember my life yesterday. I will leave you with some favorites from the last couple of months:


And now for the non-sarcastic portion of this post:

Merry Christmas, everyone!
May your home be filled with as much joy and laughter this holiday season as you can stand.
Thank you for indulging me, as always, by reading my blog.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sisterhood: Part III

Whatever you do they will love you; even if they don't love you they are connected to you till you die.  You can be boring and tedious with sisters, whereas you have to put on a good face with friends.  ~Deborah Moggach

My sister friend Jamie doesn't need more sisters. She has three already. And they keep her life full and busy with all of their business and battles. Their life as sisters is kind of like a war where the foe keeps changing so that you never know who you're fighting, much less why. When one battle ends, they get over it and move on. But only until the next battle begins. They bicker and fight, like I imagine all sisters do. But they also love and defend one another tirelessly. Even when they are mad as hell at one another, they show up and do the right thing for one another and for the family as a whole. 

Jamie is the same way with her friends. And then some. I'm pretty sure it's because of her sisters.

She is honest and sentimental. This is a trait her sisters might tease, but she is these things in spite of them. She has a memory (and tanning ability) I'd give my left cerebellum for. I think both are a part of her a self-defense mechanism to protect herself from evil sisters/skin cancer. Whatever. She's witty and smart. Again, self-defense. Or genetics. Her dad is both, too. 

Like a sister, she's always in it for the long haul. {When we were freshmen in college, I sent Jamie an old fashioned letter of sorts, telling her that I would be marrying Blake and that she could be in the wedding. I was of course (kind of ) teasing at the time, but when the first part of that letter came true, I was just lucky that Jamie was still in my life to fulfil the second part and remind me of that letter I'd written so many years before.}
Like a sister, She's there when everyone else has gone home. {This past summer, when I was home on maternity leave with Audrey, there were a few times when Blake had to work overnight or late at the hospital. Jamie timed her visits so that I wouldn't be home alone during those nights. And when she visited, unlike some other visitors, she didn't expect anything. She was content to just be with me and watch me do exactly what I needed to do - nurse Audrey and sit on my butt and do nothing. It was perfect. I loved her being there and loved watching her love my baby.}

So, while she may not see it or agree with me on this, Jamie is a more beautiful person because of her sisters. She is who she is because of her sisters. She is a better friend to me because of her sisters. She is a sister to her sisters even when they don't deserve it and she is a friend to me even when I don't deserve it. That's why she is a sister I never had.

Love you, Jamers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A post I'm pretty proud of

has been joyfully donated to another blogger.

My college friend, Kady, just welcomed her second child - a precious little girl named Josie. And even though she's still managed to keep up the good work on her family blog, she asked me and a few other bloggers to help her with the content while she was adjusting to a fuller house. The technical term is "guest post" and this is my first one! Another step forward in upping my blogginess.

Kady specifically asked us to write about raising daughters. I happily obliged and pecked out a little number that I'm very proud of on a topic that's important to me... self-esteem and how to give it to my little girl. Check it out here!

Thank you, Kady, for the opportunity! Can't wait to meet little Josie!