Monday, September 21, 2009

Sammy Stands and Walks Now!

Our little guy started pushing himself up to a standing position all by himself on Sept. 8th. He looks so proud! We are too. I love how wide-set his little legs are; it's all about the balancing act.

A week later on Sept. 15th Sammy took his first steps. I've been trying to capture it on video ever since but have had limited success. Below is a snippet of a couple attempts. He is getting more and more confident and I bet by late October he will be walking well. Sad to see the crawling stage come to an end for my last baby. I will enjoy it for these last few weeks!

Standing alone and so proud!

More attempts at walking with Mommy cheering him on.
(As you can see we have several others vying for my attention: the cat (you can only see Stimpy's tail going by a few times) and Annabel doing acrobatics on the girls' chairs.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day In A Life

Here was a day in my life this week:

Up at 6:30 a.m., showered, dressed, hair, makeup
Woke up Paul
Picked out all clothes; got Sammy and Annabel dressed, supervised Lucy dressing
Brushed the kids' teeth, did their hair - bows and pigtails today - but not for Sam ;)
Prepared, served and cleaned up breakfast (with help from Paul)
Packed snack and backpack for Lucy
Found shoes and jacket for Lucy
Helped Paul buckle Lucy into her new booster seat; he does school drop off, which is so nice!
Had two cups of cold coffee (can't get to it while hot because of interruptions)
Checked email; what? no inquiries about my items for sale on craigslist?
Changed a poopy diaper
Fed Sammy a bottle
Played three games of Zingo and two games of Hi-Ho-Cherry-O with Annabel; she's adorable even when she loses
Changed sheets on girls' beds and Sam's crib
Played with Sam: among other games, Chase! He giggles like crazy
Broke up tussles between Sammy and Annabel over the big kid chairs in the family room; Sam climbs everything now, including people, and Annie doesn't want him on top of her
Put Sam down for a nap
Fed Annabel a snack
Unloaded the dishwasher
Put a load in the clothes dryer, put a load in the washer
Supervised bathroom visit (Annabel refuses to go solo)
Found shoes/socks for Annabel and put them on
Woke up Sammy
Piled them in the double stroller to walk to Lucy's school for pick up
Chatted with the neighbors on the way to pick up
Had to practically run to school pushing the million pound kids in double stroller because chatted too long (80 degrees today, so arrived sweating)
Class lets out at 11:35 a.m.; praised Lucy for good behavior - she got an apple hand stamp - great!
Walked back with Lucy's classmate and her mom - talked about her work and explained my past work history
Forgot the mom's name three minutes after we introduced ourselves. Tammy maybe???
Got home; prepared lunch, served lunch, cleaned up lunch
Supervised bathroom visit
Nap for Annabel - didn't know it at the time but she would refuse to sleep
Talked about Lucy's day at school; looked at completed worksheets and homework to be done
Played with Lucy and Sam
Cheered Sammy for more standing and more solo steps!!! (Note to self: must post this exciting new development to blog.)
Broke up fights between Sam and Lucy at the train table (she loves setting things up and doing her train stories; he loves wrecking things and throwing trains)
Fed Sam a bottle
Changed diaper
Annabel up without napping
Got mail from mailman - Grandma sent new Laurie Berkner CDs and DVD! How fun!
Sam down for a nap
Put on Laurie Berkner DVD so I could sweep kitchen and living room
Lucy spun in circles to the music until she was motion sick; had to sit her down for a break
Sam up without napping (what is up with these no nappers?)
Changed diaper
Supervised bathroom visits before afternoon outing
Found all socks and shoes and put them on
Prepared to-go water/snacks for all kids
Went to pet store, bought cat food; let girls pet a friendly pit bull named Honey
Had long talk afterward in van about proper interaction with dogs/dog owners, especially pit bulls, who have the strongest jaws of domestic canines
Broke budget (again) by going through drive thru for a tall mocha (full fat, with whip, $3.00 - it's just WRONG!)
Went to playgroup at the park at 4:00 p.m.
Lucy, ready to play, said, "Mommy, I don't feel 'commotion sick' anymore!" :)
Annabel fell exiting the van; administered first aid for her scraped knee and gave hug for tears
Sammy finally fell asleep on the way to the park, so transferred him from car seat to stroller without waking him (woohoo!)
Tried to get Annabel to pee in the bushes without success (these girls just can't pee outside!); went to car for the little potty instead (why can't our parks have restrooms?), deposited baggy from potty in waste bin
Forgot Annabel's water in the van, went back to get it
Pushed kids on swings
Reminded Lucy to play nicely
Chatted with adult friends during playgroup (best part of playgroup!)
Left park, avoided the freeway because of traffic
Van starts flashing "CHECK GAS CAP"
Pulled over, checked gas cap (lots of clicks, it's on for sure!)
Van still flashing "CHECK GAS CAP"
Great, will have to take van to dealer tomorrow
Got home, shoes come off and tan bark all over living room
Children crying with hunger
Put on "Berenstain Bears" program
Prepared and served dinner
Gave Sam his daily antibiotic for his VUR - he spits it out (again); try again (need new flavor!)
Got call from Paul mid-dinner to find Sam's SS number for some work forms he had to fill out that very moment
Searched all areas of very disorganized home mid-dinner and finally found it in the first place I looked (how'd I miss it the first time?); broke Lucy's plaster hand cast from preschool in process of searching (yes, a few tears were shed - mine); kicked self for disorganization and for breaking something I cherish
Left dinner mess and got kids upstairs for baths as it was getting late
Girls played in their room while I drew Sam's bath; heard one very loud thud but was false alarm - no injuries
Bathed Sam, dressed in jammies, teeth brushed, gave flouride and put him in crib with goodnight kiss and his beloved paci
Forgot his blankie (was going to wash it but didn't find the time) so he wailed for a bit until I figured out what was wrong and put it back in his crib
Bathed Lucy and Annabel; was very late so gave them less play time, so when bath ended tears flowed because they wanted more play time
Got Lucy's jammies, she dressed herself; got Annabel dressed
Hair combed, teeth brushed and flossed and gave flouride for the girls
Story, hugs, kisses and lights out at 8:15 p.m.
Went downstairs to clean the kitchen and pick up toys from a day's worth of play (toy bomb goes off daily)
Checking email; uploading photos to Kodak Gallery - long overdue!
Ignoring two loads of unfolded laundry because I want to post this blog entry

Paul will be home soon...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Annabel's First Day of Preschool

Annabel started preschool on Tuesday. She truly loves it. She was familiar with the school because Lucy went there and so she marched in like she owned it. She has the same classroom and teachers that Lucy had and they were pleased to have her. She jumped right in and was all smiles all day. We are thrilled that she's doing so well!

Annabel is all ready and so excited!

Sweet girl.

We are on our way.

Sam is ready to go too!

Annabel in front of the preschool. She can hardly wait to get inside.

Daddy putting on Annabel's nametag.

Annabel finds her name plate.

One of her teachers helping her put her name plate on the attendance board.

Annie loves the science shelves. When she was 2 she would always stop here first when we dropped Lucy off.

She caught a fish!

Playing with new friends.

At pick up she is still full of smiles. Such a cute pie!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lucy's First Day of School

Lucy's first day of school was Aug. 24. She is a kindergartener now. Hard to believe. She absolutely adores school. She was so excited the first day. She's done so well and is actually picking up how to read already. We've done a few projects for homework and she completely throws herself into it. She thinks her teacher is very nice and she strives to behave well so she can get that all important hand stamp at the end of the day. I couldn't be happier with how much she loves school! We are so proud!

All dressed up, with big backpack on and ready to go!

Both girls jumping on the black top waiting for the gate to be opened.

Toothless kindergartener smile!

Finding her hook for her backpack and snack bag.

Waiting in line to go into her classroom. So impatient and excited!

Waving bye-bye to mommy from her spot on the rug.

Sitting for her first circle time (not much room for a circle because of the small room, but the kids don't seem to notice).

Class is over. Lucy got a hand stamp for being good. She said they learned the rules, read two books, did a craft, toured the school (there is a "beautiful garden"), took a group trip (supervised) to the bathroom, ate snack on the playground at picnic tables and finished the day with playtime on the play structure. What a fun first day!