Monday, April 26, 2010

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Zigging and zagging

Baby Plum used to look just like Little Elvis did as a baby. But a few weeks ago, Baby Plum started zigging where Little Elvis zagged.

Baby Plum after a delicious meal of butternut squash and applesauce.
Little Elvis after a meal of carrots and something green. The eyes are definitely different, and possibly the head shape.

There's no doubt that Little Elvis has his Daddy's eyes. Baby Plum looks like he might get mine. He looks a lot like me. A lot. I have some baby pictures of me and of my father. The resemblance is pretty amazing.
Here are our boys side by side. This was Baby Plum's first time sitting up in a shopping cart. Little Elvis enjoyed sitting with his brother, and Baby Plum enjoyed trying to drink Little Elvis' lemonade.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

They have their mommy in them...

It seems like it was another life, but I used to work in news. I worked in television and online news, and for the most part, I enjoyed it.

My parents couldn't understand why. We rarely -- pretty much never -- watched the news when I was growing up.

Around here, we don't watch the evening news with the boys. At least we didn't. But lately, Little Elvis has had us tune into "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS.

You read that correctly, our three-year-old wants to watch the stodgiest of evening news shows.

He will sit through the whole hour (playing and eating and NOT letting me turn off the TV) just to see the last few seconds of the show. Little Elvis loves the "Viewers Like You" and the "Thank You" graphics that PBS flashes at the end of every show. But he especially likes them at the end of Jim Lehrer's show.

Little Elvis is also really into a spelling phase. His favorite words for us to spell? Broadcasting, Education, Tree, Thank You, Corporation, etc. All phrases that he's heard at the end of PBS shows. The tree is the tree in the Department of Education seal that they show at the end of PBS kids programs.
Not one to let this newsbug pass him by -- Baby Plum has developed a big interest in newspapers, specifically their taste. If he's within about 2 feet of a book, magazine or newspaper, he will grab it and rip it and put it in his mouth.

My newsy little ones. Maybe they'll start their own newspaper when they're older. Bob's brother did this and I attempted one when I was probably 9 or 10.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More kitchen pics and green giveaway!

Here are some more pics of our kitchen.

We're trying to make it as user friendly for our family as possible. There's a knife magnet hanging on the wall, so little fingers can't reach them. We also got a curtain rod and S-hooks that I spray painted to match the cabinet pulls. I hung our prettier (and bigger) utensils.

On the other side, we hung up our potholders. We put another curtain rod on another wall to hold dish towels.
This is the glass tile backsplash we put up on the wall with the sink. I decided to hang our prettier coffee cups here to save space for all of our ugly travel mugs.

I still need to caulk around the top of the tile. I chose a gray mortar and am hoping that was a good decision. This is that Home Depot glass tile that they put in EVERY ad. I've seen it several places and they all have white mortar. Maybe I'll be more confident once we redo the countertops.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Looking for buddies

How can you not love this little boy? I find myself wondering this most days. He's sweet, very loving, funny and loves to play just about any game.

He's also not shy, for which I am so thankful. (He inherited my aversion to sleep and most veggies, but not my shyness.)
And he wants friends to play with. When we first moved here, we were so excited to see all the play stuff in the backyards of the houses behind ours. So was Little Elvis.

Once the weather finally got warm enough, we were able to meet the families. Most of the children are older -- 6 and 5. The youngest is Little Elvis' age. She is shy and does her own thing.

The older kids were nice at first, but now they are mean to him. They exclude him, won't play with him, and the oldest will come to the fence and taunt him -- saying that he can't come over and play.

I understand that he's a good bit older, so playing with a 3-year-old probably isn't that fun. But is it necessary to be so mean? Little Elvis will go to the fence when he sees them and ask if he can come over, and then cries when he's rebuffed and it breaks my heart. Cracks it wide open.

If we do go over (which I avoid as much as possible) they won't play with him, and run from him. He thinks it's a game, and doesn't usually notice their rebuffs.

This happens with my cousin's kids as well. They are older, 5 and 7, and the little boy is so mean. We didn't have a family birthday party for Little Elvis because I couldn't take him being so mean to Little Elvis on his birthday.

Hopefully it's just an age difference, and by the time he's old enough to understand what's going on, they'll be more inclusive.

Until then, we're going for walks to look for other buddies, and playgroups at the park. And Little Elvis is waiting for Baby Plum to get big enough to play.
I hope they'll be inseparable, but kind to other kids who don't have siblings or are younger.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oh, Baby Plum!

Baby Plum is 6 and 1/2 months old now, and it's high time for an update about our funny, demanding and very loud little boy.

He's a thumbsucker. He's been putting the thumb in or near his mouth for a long time now. We assumed it would be a constant thing as he got older. It's not always in his mouth, but it does find it's way there several times a day. Notice something else about this picture? He's taking his diaper off.
De-diapering is something that happens a lot. As you can kind of tell in this picture. He usually just undoes one tab. But somehow he managed to take the entire diaper off this afternoon.

Not only does Baby Plum like to de-diaper himself, he also loves diaper changes. He always has. When he first started giggling and cooing, it was during diaper changes.
He now has two teeth! I tried to take a picture, but it's much easier to feel them than it is to see them. He's nipped at me some, but seemed to get the message that it would not be allowed when I closed up shop.
We've been working on sitting up. He wasn't that into it at first, but he's starting to see the benefits of sitting up. Look at those little rolls! He's pushing 20 pounds at this point.

Here's a happy picture with Little Elvis. Sometimes the sight of his brother makes him bawl. Other times it makes him giggle. Little Elvis is ready for a playmate.

Some other fun tidbits:

Baby Plum makes Wookie sounds. At least I think it's Wookie. It's a mixture of a very high-pitched squeal with a purr. He's been a screecher for a while now as well. He does it when he's happy and when he's mad.

He's really enjoying solids now. He'll eat most things, but fruits are his favorites. He's been getting a lot of applesauce this week.

Baby Plum is also at the hugging stage. He'll grab onto your neck when you pick him up. I love hugging him, and getting a hug back.

So many stages are my "favorite" stages. The hugging stage is definitely one of them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The tooth has arrived!

Baby Plum is the proud owner of a brand new baby tooth! It finally poked through sometime this week.
He's shy about showing it off (and I haven't really tried to take a picture of it yet!)

I think we may be more excited than he is. He hasn't bitten me yet, and he's still stuffy and cranky at night. Maybe another one is on the way? Mommy wants him to sleep better, so if there is another one, hopefully it will pop through more quickly.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's a Monday

It's a Monday, and I'm in a mood. Instead of venting, I thought I'd share cute pics.

"Take my picture with the clock!"

"Look at these cool hands! They are so neat!"

And... some shots of our almost sort of complete kitchen!

Little Elvis shows off our newly painted drawers with new handles.

And our new back display space. This was a bank of cabinets. We took off the doors, painted the outside of the cabinets light gray (to match all of the other cabinets) and I painted orange on the back panels for an accent color.

Bob re-wired and installed the cool new lights (which we bought several years ago). Bob got to pick out the border and I thnk he did a good job.

Why yes, the walls are a dark blue. When we do stuff, we like to do it big.

We plan on installing a new, extended countertop under this area to give us some island-type seating. We're thinking of painting the rest of the cabinets.

We've done more since I took those pictures, and discovered that I'm fairly talented at installing glass tiles!

Focusing on this has definitely picked up my mood some.

Hope you all have had much better Mondays!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Lost keys, sugary marshmallow, and a discount

On Monday morning, the boys and I were ready to head out for a morning of fun away from the house, when I realized I couldn't find my keys. They were nowhere! I looked everywhere. I ran around through the mess that is our house (kitchen re-do, Spring cleaning of the wardrobes, attic finds for ebay auctions, papers and books for school, etc.), trying to find my keys.

I found them at 4 that afternoon, in the front pocket of the Snugli I wore for an afternoon walk with the boys last Thursday. It was on top of the washing machine. Of course.

With the extra time stuck in the house, I finally went through all of our clothes. There are still two piles left, but they are clearly marked in my head: consign and garage sale. I'm hoping to set up an appointment for consigning this week and put the rest outside at some point.

I also took more pictures of our attic finds for ebay. We've made several hundred dollars so far with our finds! I'm thinking we will certainly clear the cost of our kitchen re-do.

Still found time to take cute pictures of my boys:
Mommy wears me out when she loses stuff!

I like to lick the sugar off these marshmallows, and leave sticky, slimy yellow lumps for Mommy. She should have known better than to walk off and leave the opened package right there in front of me. She knew she was in trouble when she heard me say, "I'm licking all of them."

Interesting side note: Peeps yellow dye doesn't come out of khaki shorts very easily.

(There were more pics, but I can't seem to get them to load.)

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Call him L.L. Baby Plum

If you see us out and about, you will usually find Baby Plum in his carseat. That little chair is a magnet.

It's not hard to see why.
Baby Plum is a charmer.

"Was I flirting?"

Yep. Ladies Love Baby Plum.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Easter fun!

Did the Easter Bunny come visit your house? He spent last week showering Little Elvis with sugar.
Little Elvis at his pre-school Easter Egg Hunt. This was his first field trip and I was sweating. I was told that mommies were invited, and that it was fine to bring Baby Plum. We were the only extras there. Oh well. I like getting a chance to observe him around his class, since his teacher complains about him. He was fine.
Having more fun after the party. He got a 3-day Daddy weekend, and there's nothing better around these parts than extra days with Daddy.
On Saturday, Little Elvis went to an Easter Egg hunt at my parents' church. He had fun, but this was his first search of eggs with candy inside. He found one egg and was done.

Baby Plum slept through that Easter party. Love his outfit? Gram got it for him. It shows off his legs, definitely a great feature.
All of us dressed for Easter. Right after this picture was taken, Baby Plum peed out of his diaper and through his Easter outfit. He was dressed in it for all of 15 minutes. Little Elvis meanwhile, ran shoulder-first into the sharp corner of a table. He had an immediate bloody bruise and was miserable.
We would have been just a minute or two late for the service. Instead, we were about 20 minutes late and left with one child sniffing back tears and another in a random diaper bag extra outfit.
Then we had to leave the service early because our little teething baby was screaming his head off in the nursery. He was tired. He was hungry and he wanted to nurse. I was not dressed for it.
We were a comedy of errors Sunday morning. (As I type this, Baby Plum is sitting by me, giving me a funny little grin and hugging my arm.)