Tuesday, May 18, 2010

8-Months Old - My Little Caveman

It's hard to believe, but Michael is already 8-months old. He truly is busy as a bee. Since he has mastered onward, with crawling. This picture shows, his next step is upward. He is getting so close to pulling up. It is a very scary thought that he'll be running around soon.

Beyond the obvious differences in diaper changing, I'm finding that lots of things are different raising a little boy. We all know that we ladies are the more chatty gender - apparently this starts in infancy. By this stage, Jaley and Sarah were doing a whole bunch of babbling - mamama , ahhhh, gaaaa, etc. Michael is having none of that - he just grunts. He is like my little caveman. But, don't think he isn't communicating. Each little grunt has it's own little meaning. It is up to me to decipher them. So far, I've figured out the grrrr - I'm hungry. And the gghhhh - I'm playing with my toys. And the ggmmmm - I'm tired. Who says every word has to have a vowel in it? Michael speaks in only consonants.

Maybe I should ask Scott for help in translating. Last night he was so tired after work, he was only grunting too.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Survived Vacation

Another family vacation is in the record books. Everyone knows that vacation means R&R. However, what used to translated to rest and relaxation, now translates to restless and rambunctious. Vacation with 3 kids is a tiring trip. Exhaustion aside, we had a wonderful time.

We headed South to Florida to spend some time with Mimi and Poppa. As usual they were the hosts with the most. There were toys for the kids, golf for Scott, and champagne for me. Everyone was spoiled. The weather was perfect - mostly in the 80's. We went the pool or the beach everyday to soak up the sun. Like all parents, I dosed the kids with sunscreen. The only one that got burnt was me - oops I forgot to sunscreen up my own back!

We started the trip with Michael's Christening at Jan and Mike's church. For memory sake, I wanted Michael to be Christened in the same clothes as the girls. It was Mother's Day and I had the final say on the special outfit. Scott is still angry that his son's formal introduction to God was in a "dress" (aka Christening Gown). Oh well, Michael didn't care and it made me happy.

After a few days in Vero, we headed a wee bit North. The first stop was Daytona Beach to spread my dad's ashes. We lost Perry two years ago. With a few delays, I finally made good on my promise to make a final visit to his favorite beach. As for the delay, I know he wouldn't have cared in the least. We miss ya Perry!!!

Then it was East to Orlando. Yes, we were crazy enough to brave Disney with all three kids. Luckily, Jan and Mike joined us. We spent one day at the Magic Kingdom. Sarah rode all the roller coasters - even Space Mountain. Jaley skipped those, but rode everything else. Jan and I also took the girls to the Bippity Boppity Boutique for a princess transformation. And never one to waste a good hairdo - we then enjoyed High Tea at the Grand Floridian complete with scones and cucumber sandwiches.

Finally, it was home once again. It was a great welcome home. Nana not only picked us up at the airport, but made dinner for the whole family too. What a treat.

With vacation over, it is back to the grindstone - and I mean it. For the summer term, I'm taking close to a full load of classes. Micheal is even starting day care part-time. Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Finals Done - Party Time

One semester down. I had finals this week. I still can't believe I'm back in school, but the backpack sitting in the corner keeps reminding me. Like any good college co-ed, I had to do a bit of celebrating to properly finish the term. There was loud music, wild dancing, a 3AM bedtime, and a headache the next morning. Ahh, yes that is fully explained at the end.

Otherwise, this week was busy (aren't they all). Scott was in CA (arriving home tonight) and we are headed to Florida tomorrow morning to visit Mimi and Poppa. I'm not the only one on break from school. Sarah has class tomorrow (yes on Saturday) to make up for a snow day back in January. As soon as we pick her up to head to the airport, she is tracked out. She and I are both excited for a break from the books.

Michael is getting into everything. Now that he is mobile, he is sniffing out trouble at lightning speed. Yikes, I found him chewing on my shoe today. As soon as we get back from vacation, it is time for some serious baby proofing. Once again, opening cabinets will be like breaking into Fort Knox.

Jaley is just as zany as ever. Her fun spirit is infectious, though I find it hard to describe. This picture helps. This is how I found her the other morning sound asleep. I asked her why she slept surrounded by her shoes. She answered, as if the answer was obvious, "Mommy, I didn't know which shoes I wanted to wear today, so I slept with them. So I could dream about them and decide which was the most beautiful." As for her choice - the pink boots - and they are quite fabulous.

As for my excesses for the end of the semester. I celebrated by going to see Wicked (music and dancing), the baby was awake until 3AM (so, of course, I was too), and the headache was thanks to peak pollen levels. Did you envision a different explanation to my story? It definitely wasn't how I partied when I was 20, but it was still a fun evening.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.