Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

Fun family weekend.

Eliza’s been a bit cranky lately–probably more teeth coming in.  Despite that, we had a really great weekend!  Hope you did, too!

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Daddy’s girl.

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Hooray! She no longer tries to eat crayons.

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The contrast between Jed and Eliza (at his age) is striking.  He’s laid-back and smiley, he takes excellent naps, and cuddling is still his favorite thing.  None of those qualities described Eliza as a four-month-old.  She always seemed so frustrated and eager to be independent.  At least she’ll cuddle now, as long as we’re reading a book or watching Baby Einstein.  

Speaking of Baby Einstein–I’ve noticed that Eliza has been trotting around the house saying words and practicing signs she’s learned from the show.  So my guilt with regard to screen time has been alleviated somewhat:)

Jed is also much more physical, it seems.  He doesn’t mind tummy time, and he loves to roll around all over the place.  I’m sure he’ll be crawling in no time.  I’ll be sure to share some video of him this week.

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His hair always ends up looking like this, regardless of how I try to comb it.

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The day of the messes.

 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you emptied a bag of rice into a baking pan and gave it to an 18-month-old?

She really hams it up for the camera now, but I think she genuinely enjoyed herself.  She actually took a long nap today–can you guess what I did while she slept?  Hint: it involved a broom.

This was the afternoon mess:

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It was time to empty the paper shredder anyway.

We took a break from making messes to hang out at tumble time:

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Meanwhile, in Jed land–he’s rolling around all over the place, his dexterity skills are improving, and he’s just as sweet and cheerful as ever.

 

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He loves his Sophie the Giraffe.

 

Never a dull moment here, that’s for sure!

 

Oh Naptime, Where Art Thou?

This morning, we spent an hour and a half at Tumble Time, followed by a trip to the park.  I congratulated myself on my awesome mom skills because I felt sure Eliza would  come home and sleep for hours.

Turns out, I only exhausted myself!  Eliza has gone from napping regularly and beautifully to napping at unpredictable times or not at all.

Today was not at all.  She simply wasn’t tired…she trotted around the house in a splendid mood for the entire afternoon.  I, on the other hand, was worn out!

I think the most difficult thing about a day with no nap time is the fact that I’m unable to utilize my brain for something non-toddler-related.  Like reading a book.  Or having a phone conversation with someone in which I can actually focus on what they’re saying.

I’m not going down without a fight–I’m still instituting “quiet time” after lunch.  On that note, does anyone have any ideas for independent activities for an 18-month-old?  I need some inspiration!

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Oh, how she loves to swing! Oh, how she screams when it’s time to leave!

 

 

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Little Jed, on the other hand, took several 40-minute cat naps and one two-hour nap in the afternoon.  Because he loves me so.

 

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I only want to be accommodating, Mom!

 

 

Museum of Science and Industry.

She loved it!

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After nap hair.

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Seriously–we have so much fun!

 

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She likes to bang on the keys while she sings her favorite song (“Ha, Ha, This-a-Way”).

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I don’t remember why she was cranky here. I’m sure she doesn’t, either.

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Jed’s newest trick–rolling onto his tummy.

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Backyard fun with friends.

Things got wild…we stayed out with the kids past 8:30!  Can you believe it?!

 

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Poor lil’ Jed was extremely tired, but he hung in there!

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Queen of the turtle! And Riley with her spoon.

 

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Somehow, she was happy despite the fact that she refused to nap today.

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And some pics from earlier today:

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Such a sweet little boy (who doesn’t really like to be put down).

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She had important calls to make.

 

 

Well, we made it three years!

On our last anniversary, I had just found out that I was pregnant with Jed.  Time flies!  And life is beautiful.

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This is the best we could do tonight, picture-wise–a grainy selfie of two tired (but happy) parents!

Jimmy and I celebrated this evening by picking up sushi and watching Baby Einstein.  No sense in trying to go to a restaurant these days!

We went to toddler tumble time this morning.  Eliza headed straight for the balls, which she’s never done before.

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Then she became obsessed with this alligator seesaw.  She parked herself on one end while an endless succession of other kids took turns hopping on the other end.

 

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Jed didn’t really want to nap today, so he hung out with me while I caught up with my dear friend, Nicole, on the phone this afternoon.

 

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She was entranced by my anniversary “fah wahs.”

Time for art!

Today a friend of mine organized a cool play date for the babies–painting in the courtyard!  She had prepared several containers of variously-colored condensed milk, and they had a great time getting messy!

Except Eliza–these days, she really dislikes getting her hands dirty.  So she preferred to walk around the courtyard admiring the “fah wahs” whilst eating goldfish crackers.

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Her pal Emme, on the other hand, embarked upon the painting with gusto.

 

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Jed enjoyed hanging out in his carrier and staring at the trees.

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He really likes to snooze on his side nowadays. And he’s beginning to roll onto his tummy more often!

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“Sorry I kept you up all night, Mommy.”

 

Seriously–grandparents are the best!

Thanks to JJ, Papa, Granny (aka newly-christened GaGa), and Pappy for making the journey to see us this weekend!  The babies love all of you so very much!

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I say “Make a funny face!” and this is what I get.

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Can you spot the crazy girl?

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So happy, even with a cold!

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Shhh….Baby Bobby is sleeping.

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He gives the BEST hugs.

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What’s more fun than a clean pile of laundry right out of the dryer?

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Sweet darlins.

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Acting silly at music class.

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This is a happy face.

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Jed does make a sad face sometimes, but it’s rare.

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He’s ready to go to bed now:)

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