Apr 22, 2012


She love her walker as you see!  She's very coordinated!

    Things here are going well, but not really slowing down much and don't foresee them slowing down anytime soon.  I'm anticipating some time in 2030 I'll get a chance to catch up!

So, quick update.  We're all healthy and happy!  Everyone's continuing to eat AND SLEEP very well.  Hailey and Ben are thriving.  Hailey has taken to walking around with her car as you see.  Sometimes on her knees is easier, though faster.  She's REALLY wanting to talk and Brian and I have agreed that her first official word is Mama!  I know every mother thinks that, and that's a sound all babies make, but it's the first word she's really saying with purpose and all the time.  She calls for me in the other room, she exclaims my name when I walk in, all that.  It's very cute.

   She's also taken to getting very frustrated when things don't go exactly her way.  She throws her arms up, gets all pouty, then just cries!  Pretty pathetic!  It doesn't last long.  Ben usually comes to the rescue and entertains her in one fashion or another.  

   We're getting ready for my Dad to come tomorrow.  He's staying most of the week and his plans include refacing all our gardens!  They are in ugly, terrible shape, as they've been largely neglected for the past few years, so it's time for a facelift!  Can't wait to not be so embarrassed as people walk by our house!

  Oh, other big news!  Ben is all registered for preschool!  He's so excited, he wants to go now!  He can't understand that he has to wait until September!  So, we're learning the months of the year now.  Pretty cute. He'll be going 2 days a week for about 2 1/2 hours each time.  We went the other night and registered then out to dinner where both kids did amazing!  Hailey sat in a highchair and got A LOT of attention from passersby!  We were almost like "Can we PLEASE just eat our dinner?!"  But, it kept her happy and entertained as we ate.  And kept me distracted as I was a little emotional at registering my oldest for preschool!

    I'm still training for my half marathon which is in two weeks!  Training is...well...HARD!  Today was really the last big run (supposed to be 12, I made it 10).  But my body is rejecting this.  I have shin splints, plantar fascitis, and blisters.  Plus back spasms this morning.  I'm just not as young as I used to be and am not healing on the "days off!"  Of course, "days off" include hauling around 2 kids, maintaining a house, or working as a therapist, all hard on the body...  

Apr 8, 2012

Crazy Month!

Living the Good Life:
Here's a run down of the last month of our lives.

March 10-11: To Kalamazoo for Dad and Morgan's birthday and Mom's show.
March 12-14: worked
March 15-19: Bishops here. Had a BLAST! Hailey and Ben went to their first parade and our feet still hurt. But it was gorgeous weather and we all had a nice time watching the parade in downtown Chicago.
March 21-23: work
March 25-28: Aunt Maggie came to visit and we celebrated our birthdays! I haven't had a real birthday celebration in probably 5 years so it was nice to have a girls night out. And my baby sister is now 30!!
March 28-30: work
March 31-April 1: Drive to Detroit to spend night with Trices. A very nice time.
April 1-4: In St. Joe to spend time at the beach, then back to Chicago with Aunts Stephanie and Lenore and ALL cousins! Spent time at Museum of Science and Industry which was amazing and we can't wait to go back. Then had all cousins stay here to party it up for the rest of the time. Still having gorgeous weather!

Now we're trying to catch our breath!

Kids update:

Ben is doing amazing! He's had such a good time with all the visitors and traveling. Potty training is near completing (knock on wood). He continues to be the most caring older brother I've ever seen.

Hailey: WOW! She's amazing, too!
Sleeping: even with all the chaos she's fallen into a nice routine. We have 2 naps, about an hour to hour and a half twice a day, bedtime around 7:30 and sleeping STRAIGHT through to about 6:30am! YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

Eating: any and everything! We've started throwing our regular food on her tray and she gobbles it up. She couldn't get enough chicken breast, cooked carrots, and rice the other night! And it's nice to see Ben watching her and he can't let his little sister "beat" him so it's helping him eat, too!

She had her 10month check up in all the craziness and she's growing and developing ahead of schedule. She was 95% for her length at 21inches, and 60% for her weight at 19lbs 11oz, but I see that changing with how much she's eating. In her developmental screen she was ahead for everything! She's standing for several seconds on her own, and trying to reach between furniture. Walking up and down furniture is no problem and I see her walking easily by one year old!

Enjoy some samplings of video and I'll try to put some pictures up later, time permitting. We have about 1/2 million after the month we've had!!!

Hailey Slideshow

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