Where There's A Squishy, There's A Way

Friday, September 30, 2011

There is a pretty big difference between Squishy at 6 months old and Emma at 6 months old and the biggest differences are Squishy's level of determination and desire to be on.the.go. Emma was as cool as a cucumber at this age, didn't have any desire to crawl and would just sit in your arms for hours if you let her. Squishy on the other hand wants to be on the move, at all times. He will fight to get into your arms, and then immediately see something that he wants to bite play with and fight with all his might to get down. You can see how much determination this little guy has already. You can literally see it in his face.

"You're mine ball..."

This is either Squishy telling the ball "It's only a matter of time...", or he is pooping. It could go either way. :)

Ahhh! The sweet taste of victory! Where victory apparently tastes like a dog toy...

I don't know what it is about the dog toys that Squishy is so drawn too, it's like they are laced with the baby version of cat-nip. In our family room, we have one basket FULL of Squishy's toys, and one basket that holds Shamie's toys. Despite the number of baby toys surrounding Squishy, and despite the fact that when he is in the middle of the floor, the two baskets are just as close...he ALWAYS goes for the dog toys. Even when we switch the sides where the baskets are.


Below is a close up of the "determination and/or pooping face" picture from above and the perfect example to take a minute to point out Squishy's Mohawk. I have been trying to get a good picture of the back of his head to show off the little manly's "afterburners" which are the cause of his little manly Mohawk but haven't had much luck yet.

On the top of the back of Jackson's head, his hair actually grows in two little circles, pointing towards each other, so no matter what, his hair on the top of his head gets this tiny little Mohawk. We refer to his hair circles as his afterburners.

Squishy uses his afterburners when he needs to kick into Ludicrous Speed...and if you don't know what Ludicrous Speed is...go watch the best movie on earth...Spaceballs. :)

A Big Week for The Babies!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's been a big week for both the babies! This past weekend, we decided to give Emma her first "Big Girl Bed", which is really just her crib with the front rail taken off. She was so excited the day we did it, that she was literally bouncing all the walls (running from one wall in her room to the other squealing in delight). So far, I don't think she realizes that she can get down herself, and we aren't forwarding that memo anytime soon. She will climb up in bed on her own, but still waits for us to come get her out in the morning. It's been a big success so far though!

The first night we had three wake ups. Wake up #1 was when Pooh Bear fell off her big girl bed, and she didn't know how or didn't know that she could get him herself. Wake up #2 was when she fell out and didn't know she could climb back in. Wake up #3 was when Pink Bear fell out. :) Since then, we have only had one other wake up (Pink Bear fell out again) and that has been it! We are still very lucky that Emma still loves her sleep, so she hasn't been getting out of bed, or fighting nap time even with a big girl bed. I'm sure its coming, so I'm just enjoying it while it lasts.

Jackson on the other hand, has FINALLY had his first tooth pop through! Its one of his bottom teeth but we have been waiting for that little baby to pop through for months now! He is also a pro now at eating puffs and plain Cheerios! Must be that new tooth. :)

First Tiny Home Project

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Seeing that we will be purchasing a new washer and dryer this week ::: argh ::: I'm starting small with the home projects to let the bank account recover a bit. I don't even really have anywhere to put this yet, but hopefully it will work its way into my Playroom plan. I have just thought this was so cute for so long, I figured it was a good place to start.

I can never come up with cute stuff like this on my own, so all the credit goes to Centsational Girl...

The Quick Version
I'm SO not crafty enough or have enough time to find a piece of wood, antique it and paint this little guy, but luckily, I am one mean PowerPoint machine (not that finding a few different fonts and copy and pasting some stars is all that tricky). This was just the quickest and easiest way I could try to recreate it. This also gave me a chance to try out a few different colors to see which one worked the best.

Hopefully, I can get this printed and framed this weekend and have a picture to share next week!

New Home Project Ideas

Monday, September 26, 2011

Maybe it was the call to the bank which made me realize like millions of others out there, that we are going to be in our home for a while, or maybe it is the dreary weather outside or just the fact that I get bored really easily. :) Whatever it is, we need some change in our home. So I just created a little Home Projects Page, in the hopes that it will keep me motivated to get some things done. It doesn't have much in there now, but hopefully it will soon!

We bought our house in 2005 and had always planned to make this our starter home for only a couple of years. We figured this would be the house we would bring home our first baby, but that in 5 - 7 years we would be looking for something bigger, with better schools, etc to really settled down in. So because of that, we haven't done a whole lot with the house, other than some random things but I think we are finally giving in that we are going to be here for a little while, so we might as well make the best of it.

I've been on the search for some inspiration and here are a few of my recent favorites. The babies rooms are probably the best looking rooms in our house (at least I think so), so other than maybe updating some artwork, those will probably hang for a bit. We haven't actually touched our master bedroom or bathroom since day one, so that's pretty much the most boring place in the house, and one of the first stops on project "Uh Oh. We're stuck. We might as well enjoy it while we are here." Here are some pictures that have inspired a few fall and winter projects....

Emma & Her Ernie

One of Emma's new favorite things to do on the weekends is go to the grocery store with Daddy on Sunday mornings. They don't get too much special time, just Emma and Daddy, and although its not the park, Emma has a blast. She also gets to come home with something special every weekend because she has her Daddy wrapped around her little finger.

Last weekend, she came home with Ernie, and they have been this close ever since. :)

Squishy at 6 Months Old...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jackson had his 6 month appointment last week and it went really well! It's kind of fun to compare him with Emma when she was six months old to see the difference. At six months, Emma weighed 15 lbs 6 ounces, where Hambone Jackson weighs 18 lbs 9 ounces! They are actually the same exact height, both were 26 inches at six months. Jackson actually weights a pound heavier now, then Emma when she was nine months old. :)

He is right in the 50th percentile for height and head circumference, but jumped up to the 75th percentile for weight. That's my squishy!!

Poor little man got four shots and one oral vaccine. We are heading back in a month to get his flu vaccine booster as that was one of his shots today (Emma also got her flu shot today too...so it sure was a fun night when Squishy raged a fever of over 103 and Emma at over 101). Ack.

Along with the flu shot, Squishy got Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Hib, Rotavirus, Hepatitis B a Pneumococcal vaccines. Ouch. We got the go ahead to start squishy on some new foods (no meats yet though), but yogurt, puffs, some juice and expand our fruit and veggies! The little man is doing great and growing bigger every day!

 Age: 6 Months Old!

Weight: 18 Lbs 9 Ounces, 75th Percentile

Height: 26 Inches, 50th Percentile

Size: Jackson is in 9 month clothes now, with even some of those getting pretty tight around the waist. Any clothes for winter will be in the 12 month size, which will probably be too long for him now, but fit him in the width.

Movement: I was right during my 5 month update in that by the next time I did this, he would be crawling, and he is!! Squishy started crawling at 5.5 months. He still does the army-crawl, but is up rocking back and forth on his hands and knees all the time. Just in the past two weeks, he has gotten much faster with his army crawl and is all over the place. He still loves to stand, and although he can't get that way himself, if you hold him in the standing position, and put his hands on the ottoman, he can stand there by himself. Yikes. We are SO in trouble with this one. :)

Teeth: Still waiting for those two bottom teeth to pop through!! We check him daily because it can only be a matter of time at this point, although we have been saying that for weeks now!

Sleeping: Over the past couple of weeks, Jackson has backed-off his bedtime to just around 7:00PM now. He was consistently going to bed at 8:00PM with his big sister but he now DEMANDS to go to be at 7:00PM. If we don't listen, we pay the price. Ha! Sometimes its a stretch to even get him to 7:00PM! He still sleeps until about 6:15 in the morning, with about an hour long morning nap and a 2 -3 hour long afternoon nap. So we lucked out and (so far), have another good sleeper on our hands.

Eating: Jackson is a bit ahead of Emma at this age in that we have been on breakfast, lunch and dinner for about a week or two now. This is one department that he has NO issues with what.so.ever. We have been through peaches, pears, applesauce, prunes, mango, bananas, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, squash, zucchini, mixed veggies and mixed fruits. He really likes the homemade stuff much better than the alternative, so for the most part, we have been feeding him homemade apples, pears, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes and zucchini. Hopefully we will expand out homemade variety soon! Remember Emma's Puff experience? Well, we are about to start that journey with Squishy as well! Which of course will also be documented. :) Jackson is still on the same amount of formula, 6 ounces about 4 - 5 times a day. I have a feeling dropping bottles and moving towards real food is going to be an easy transition for him.

Milestones: Crawling!!!

Favorite Things: As I was thinking about what Jackson's favorite things are, I started to laugh because its funny what babies like. For example, despite the fact that Squishy will be surrounded on the floor by tons of baby toys, he will either crawl right to the remote control, or the wipes. He is definitely a boy. :) He becomes more in love with his big sister everyday, and still loves to snuggle. Although you have to pick the right times now because if he is feeling good, he will fight you tooth and nail to get down so he can be on the move. If he isn't fighting to get down, he is fighting to sit up, roll over on your lap, stand up, jump, crawl over your shoulder, turn around, then turn around again, then lay down, then sit up again, the crawl over your other shoulder, no wait, crawl over your head, etc. He is a mover and a shaker. BUT, if you catch him about 30 minutes before bed, get him snuggled up in his jammies, he will just lay in your lap like the little love-bug that he is. He won't squirm. He won't cry. He won't move a muscle. He will just wrap his chunky little fingers around one of yours, or lay his hand on your arm, just to know you are there.

Dislikes: Jackson will now tolerate peas, but bananas are a no.go. On the other hand, Emma will eat the baby food bananas in a heart beat. Go figure. Probably the biggest dislike Squishy has is going to be anywhere else besides his crib. He wants his crib, and he wants it n.o.w.

Words: Still no words or sounds yet. He still loves to happy-scream at the top of his lungs and blow raspberries!

Personality: Not much of a change here. Jackson is still a happy baby with an incredible smile that will turn your day around in less than a second. He also flirts! He is a ladies man in the making. :) He still has that little manly temper though!! He usually likes to be on the floor, and on the move during the day but when it comes to that last hour before bed, he wants to be held. Every.day.

Super Excited to See Jen Lowe Again!!

You might remember that we did a little family photo shoot with the amazing Jen Lowe right before Emma's first Birthday last year...well, we are heading back to hang out with Jen again! This time, we are doing a little mini-session which is a 30 minute session at a local park and I can't wait! I met Jen back when I was in the wedding planning business and not only is she an amazing photographer, but she is incredibly fun to work/hang out with! I LOVE Jen's style and LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures she did for us with Emma, so I can't wait for her to capture our entire family, and see how Squishy hams it up!

Our little photo shoot isn't until late October, but I was so excited to sign up I couldn't wait to post about it!

Fashion Week for The Babies

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Since the weather has been changing pretty quickly around here from summer to fall, and since Squishy is gaining a pound a day (or at least it seems), the kids have been in dire need of some new clothes. With Squishy, it's been a struggle because he is growing SO FAST and all the fall clothes that I bought for him in 9 month size, pretty much fit him perfectly now (some pants may be long, but they fit everywhere else). So I refuse to by anything else in the 9 month size because he will be out of that by Halloween.

Emma Kathryn on the other hand is on the other side of the scale, still at a whopping 23 lbs, which she has been at for months. But, she is getting taller so she has been pretty hard to find clothes for as well. All her jeans from last year look like Capri pants, but they fit in the waist. She is still wearing several of her 12 or 18  month clothes. So any new clothes at 24 month or 2T are way too big for her. So basically I have no idea what size to buy for her.

But, despite all that, this has been of Fashion Week for the babies. Emma and I took a quick trip to Gymboree this weekend and picked up Squishy a few things to hopefully get through the winter (or most likely, just the fall at this rate). Since their clothes run big, I am hoping we can stretch some of those things out. I physically can not walk into that store without coming out with something for my baby girl. Its like cuteness overload. I'm pretty sure she is a walking Gymboree model. Squishy came out with a couple of new long sleeve tee-shirts and some new pants.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I was talking to Wes this weekend and he mentioned that we should start picking up a few things here and there for Christmas presents for the babies.

Yup, I did it. I mentioned Christmas in September.

This is only so we (and by "we", I mean "me" because I have a lack of control when it comes to buying the babies Christmas presents) can keep ourselves in check with spending this year. Not minutes later, I got a coupon sent in an email for Gymboree, right after notice of a 60% clearance sale. Yes. Please.

Luckily, I have a very girly-girl who l.o.v.e.s clothes, so giving her clothes for Christmas is right up her alley. So, I decided to pick up a few things for next summer...including the following...

"Where's Giant Cow Mommy?"

Monday, September 19, 2011

It was a crazy busy weekend with lots of errands to run so it was divide and conquer most of the time.
"So...I'll go here and take Emma first, then when I get back I'll watch the kids so you can cut the grass. When Emma naps, I'll take Squishy here while you do this...etc. Then I'll have to go to Costco alone because I can't fit two boxes of diapers and wipes if any kids are in the cart. Tomorrow, after you and Emma go to the grocery store, I'll take her the mall, then Squishy and I will go to Carter's because he has grown out all of his clothes."
Squishy and I headed to my parent's new house on Saturday to help them move in and since he had just had a rough night after getting all of his 6 month shots (which gave him a raging 103.9 fever) he needed to be with Mommy that day. There is no one that can make him laugh like his Daddy can, but if he is tired or doesn't feel good, he wants his Mommy (which I secretly love). But, that meant that I didn't see Emma much that afternoon, so after we got home, Emma and Mommy headed out for our second free movie at the park.

You may remember the giant cow incident from two weeks ago...well, that is still a hot topic of discussion in the household. Emma talked about the "Giant Cow" for h.o.u.r.s before the movie and during the ride there. Of course he was there again.

Emma was all excited (surprisingly) to see the Chick-fil-a cow again...until he got closer. In which she started screaming (and I do mean screaming) "NO GIANT COW!! NO GET MY MILK GIANT COW!! MOMMY MOMMY!! GIANT COW GETTING US!!! I REALLY SCARED MOMMY!!"

Luckily, the giant cow was on his way out, but no less than 30 seconds after the screaming, she plopped down on the blanket, and wanted to know where the giant cow went because "I miss Giant Cow! I love giant cow!"

It is really starting to get chilly here at night, but that's actually part of the fun of heading to the movies in the park. We got our free popcorn almost immediately, got set up in our chair and snuggled in for Toy Story 3. Emma had gone out to lunch with Daddy that day and ate a TON of lunch, which meant no dinner, which meant she was hungry by the time we got to the movie. I always pack a snack for her but within about 45 minutes she had gone through fruit, a pack of crackers, a cookie from the little boy next to us, and an entire bag of popcorn. Yup...nutritional I know.

I don't tend to bring my DSLR to the park since I usually have my hands full with Emma and all the "stuff", but I had to take a few shots of her with my phone because she is just so darn cute! We were all snuggled under the blanket, sharing while Emma at all the popcorn and it was the perfect night.

And yes, I am fully aware that I look like hell. :) Squishy had been getting up about every two hours the night before and not happy because of his fever and shots. The only way we could get him to sleep was if I let him sleep on me. Add in a day out of his routine where he took two 20 minute naps and you get one tired baby and Mommy.

Order Has Been Placed...

Here is a little hint (okay....a big one) as to what I picked for the babies Halloween costumes this year!! The votes ended up being the highest for the costumes that I was hoping for, so that was the icing on the cake! Thanks!

The Weans & The Squishy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm not really surprised with most of the nicknames that we have come up with for Emma and Jackson, given that one of my nicknames when I was young was "Pickle Chip".

No need to try and adjust your monitor or perform spellcheck.

That's right.

Pickle Chip.

I though I would document some of the nicknames that we use for the babies because I know I will forget where they came from down the road. And given the nicknames, they aren't very obvious.

Emma Kathryn:

Main Nickname: "Weans"

Main Nickname Origin: Emma was born at a whopping 5 lbs 12 ounces, so you can imagine how small she was. So we started calling her Teeny Tiny. That was eventually shortened to Tiny which seemed to stick for a few weeks. Tiny, is also the nickname of my niece, Dana. So it went from Tiny, to Teeny Weenie. Just like before, that got shortened as well, but we didn't really think that was appropriate. :) Ergo, Weans.

Additional acceptable nicknames for The Weans include Bunny, Bun Bear, Wee-Bear, Pretty Pretty Princess, Em, EKO and Naughty. :)

Vintage Emma Kathryn (AKA "Weans")

Jackson Douglas:

Main Nickname: Squishy

Main Nickname Origin: Finding Nemo. This was Emma's favorite movie when Jackson was born, so we watched it no less than 10 times a week, which continued for the first couple of weeks when Jackson came home. There is a part in the movie where Dory and Marlin meet a little baby Jellyfish, and Dory names it Squishy. It just seemed to fit, and has stuck ever since.

Additional acceptable nicknames for The Squishy include Fooshy, Hambone, Chunk, Manliness, Man-zes, Saca-da-Squish and Senor Poopy-Pants. :)

Vintage Jackson Douglas (AKA "Squishy")

Giant Cows, New Boots & Bed Head

Monday, September 12, 2011

Every Saturday night, for the month of September, a local park puts on the free movies in the evenings. It actually gets packed, but its really fun! We ended up only going once last year because it was a little tricky with Emma still being pretty young and although she loved movies, she didn't quite have the attention span to see through a whole one yet. Well this year we are on! Sans Jackson though because he now falls asleep and D.E.M.A.N.D.S. to be put in his crib by 7:00PM (the movies start at 8:00). 

So Emma and I ventured off two weekends ago for the first movie of the season which was Tangled. Even though it was her bedtime, Emma did fantastic and watched the entire movie, only to have Mommy finally drag her home at 10:00 at night. 

The one hiccup of the night was the now infamous, "Giant Cow". 

Before the movie, there were people making balloon animals, prize drawings and apparently, one "Giant Cow". Okay, so in reality, it was only the Chick-fil-a cow but Emma was.not.a.fan. 

And by not.a.fan, I mean deathly scared of the "Giant Cow".  

The "Giant Cow" was only around for about 10 minutes before the movie started, and didn't actually come close to us at all. But once Emma locked eyes on that thing, she didn't let him out of her sight! Even after the cow left, for a good 45 minutes, Emma was still looking for it saying "Giant Cow!! Dancing!! I really scared Mommy. Giant cow scary!! Giant cow go home." It took be about 25 minutes to peel her off my lap (okay...I was actually loving every second) and to this day, she still talks about the giant cow.

I was thinking that once the free popcorn got passed around all would be good again in the world and the Giant Cow would be long gone. I was mistaken. We still play the "Chase the Giant Cow" game around the house everyday, where we sprint from room to room scaring away the Giant Cow.

I'm pretty sure Emma is scarred for life and she also wasn't too thrilled of Mommy's idea of dressing up like a cow for Halloween. :) Eat more chicken.

Total change in topic here, but I couldn't resist taking and then posting this picture of Emma. Now, I'm pretty sure that she is the most beautiful child on earth, but there are days where she is one.hot.mess. Ha! This picture was from this morning, as she was chillaxin in Mommy and Daddy's bed watching some shows as we got ready for work. I happened to pick up a couple pairs of new shoes for her yesterday, one of which was a little pair of boots for the winter. She refuses to take them off. :) So here she is, at 6:30AM, milk in hand, out of control bed head, oh...and with her hand stuck in a pumpkin gourd that her Gigi made her. :)

But check out that smile...

::: heart melts :::

Proof, that she actually cleans up nice. :)

Need Your Help!

With the big stuff at home, I am usually pretty decisive, but when it comes to the babies and things like Halloween costumes, or outfits for family pictures, it takes me forever!! So I need your help!!

Since this is probably the last year that I will have any say in what Emma's costume is for Halloween, I was really hoping to be able to coordinate between her and Jackson. At first I couldn't think of anything, but then I found some really cute ideas online. Now I can't decide!!

What do you think?!?! Check out the poll on the left side of the blog and pick your favorite(s)!!

The Invisible Mother

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I was catching up on some of the blogs that I follow and one of my first stops is always Life with the Goodnoughs. :) Kristy and I met for about thirty seconds years ago at her wedding (she went to school with Wes), but we now happen to be pretty much in the same exact place in life, at the same exact time, with a lot of the same struggles as new moms of two little ones.

She recently posted about an article about The Invisible Mother. I was pretty intrigued by the title, but the article really brought tears to my eyes, so I thought I would share it as well (hope you don't mind Kristy)!!


On a day when I was wondering why no one had nominated me for a major award because I was able to get three beds stripped and cleaned and remade, a colorful and balanced supper on the table, a toddler entertained on my own from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., an entertaining column written and submitted, and a first grader taken to school with everything he needed and brought home with nothing that he didn't, I received this in my inbox.

I am grateful to Mother-in-Law for passing it along. I can give no credit to the author, because I don't know who wrote it, but from the sound of things she seeks none.

Religious or not, an at-home-mom or professional mom, read it and take from it what you need.

Invisible Mother

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, “Can't you see I'm on the phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The Invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, “What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, “Right around 5:30, please.”

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in.

I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, “I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription:

To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.

These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, no one will ever see it.” And the workman replied, “Because God sees.”

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, “I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.”

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, '”My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.” That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, “You're gonna love it there.”

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.


One of the things that struck me as I was reading this, was not only the obvious, but how as soon as you become a mom, it's like your eyes open up for the first time to truly see your own mother. So to my own mom, although you may have felt invisible for a long time, you aren't invisible to me.

The Great Debate of 2011

Even though Emma Kathryn is only two years old, she has actually had four Halloween costumes. I can't help it! Each year I find two that I love and can't ever decide. I was actually hoping this year that Squishy could sport Emma's first Halloween costume (pumpkin) but seeing the he is growing like a weed, I'm pretty sure there is no way he is going to fit into a six month costume two months from now. But, that's a great excuse to go looking around for new costumes!

For Emma's first Halloween...she rocked a pumpkin and pink poodle costume.

For Emma's second Halloween, she was the cutest Minnie Mouse on earth, followed up by a fairy princess.

So the great debate now is if we go with "separate" costumes where Emma can pick out whatever she wants and Jackson is whatever Mommy picks, or do they coordinate? Tigger and Pooh? Ketchup and a Hot Dog? Angel and little Devil? Smurfs? Animals? Crayons?

So many choices! So little time!

One thing Emma hopefully won't be rocking this year is the two giant bruises and bumps on her forehead like last year. Knock on wood (which is ironic because that's how she got the bruises and bumps in the first place...from knocking her forehead on a wooden boat)!

Hurricane Irene (Part 2)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

So after painting (both pretend and real), making faces at Mommy while she is taking pictures, 457 games of Hide-and-Seek and learning to crawl...you then give Mommy a break and go take a nap. During that time, Mommy gets to make some homemade baby food! It's so easy (and much cheaper), you apparently just need to have a hurricane come so you have enough time to actually make it. :)

You then wake up after a short nap and give Mommy the ooogly eyes that she can't resist so she then breaks the camera back out of the bag.

That's exactly when you begin to drool on the floor again, so it's impossible for Mommy to get a picture of you without the string of drool attached from your chin to the floor.

While you are waiting for your sister to fully wake up from her nap so you can annoy snuggle her, you decided to annoy play with Shamie.

You then force your hand in Shamie's mouth, stick your fingers up his nose, poke him in the eye and then pull his ears. All of which you think is absolutely hilarious.

::: Disclaimer: No Shamie's were harmed in the taking of this picture ::::

When Shamie responds with a swift lick of the face, it takes a minute for you to snap out of it and figure out what just happened.

At some point, you drag your little rocking chair across the house and watch some shows. It's very important that you remain in your jammies for long periods of time as well.

You then give your homemade zucchini a try and despite first glances...

...you end up loving it and almost eating an entire zucchini.

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