Plomin Family Bragablog

July 1, 2009

Mac ‘n’ Cheese & A Hot Dog

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When I asked Karol what she wanted to eat for breakfast this morning, this was her distinct reply, “Mac ‘n’ Cheese and a hot dog.”  She said this as clear as day, despite that she’d just woken up, and had a pacifier still teetering between her teeth.  I talked her into eggs and Cheerios.  “Mac ‘n’ Cheese” has become her autopilot response to the ‘what to eat’ question!

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May 26, 2009

Patrick’s Catholic!

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Yay!  I’m always so happy when the baptism is done.  My excitement over the awesomeness of the upcoming dedication is always overshadowed by the anxiety I feel that for some reason they will tell me ‘I’m sorry, we’re not doing baptisms today, you flew out here for no reason.’  You see, I went in March to fill out the paperwork to have Patrick baptized, and asked if they would for sure be having the baptism on Memorial Day weekend.  I pretty much just got a blank stare in response.  The same thing happened with Karol, who was baptized the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  

Anyway, Patrick did indeed get baptized.  Yay!  

 

Patrick in His Baptismal Gown

Patrick in His Baptismal Gown

 

 

We also got to spend a nice long weekend with the Plomin side of the family.  We are working on getting Karol to say “Grandma,” but R’s are really hard for her.  My Mom, who was originally going to be ‘Granny’ has ended up ‘Gee Gee.’  And the best we’ve gotten so far for Matt’s mom is ‘Mimu!’  That came from a conversation that went kind of like this:

Jill: “Karol, who’s that?” (pointing to Carol Plomin)

Karol: Blank stare.

Jill:  “Karol, can you say ‘Grandma?'”

Karol: Blank stare.

Jill:  “How about ‘Mamaw?’ Can you say ‘Mamaw?”

Karol: “….Mi…mu!”

I think what will end up happening is that Karol’s Great-Grandma Ammerman will end up being “Grandma.”  Since Matt, Abby and I all call her that, whenever I say something like “Oh, go show Grandma!” Karol runs after who we call Grandma!

Despite the remodel changing things up a bit, Karol still feels right at home at Grandma & Grandpa Plomin’s.  And there’s so much room to run around!  Patrick got a lot of much needed face time with both Grandma and Grandpa and I anticipate he’ll be crawling through the house after Karol by the time we come back in August.

Speaking of which, we are getting SO excited for Aunt Abby and Uncle Colin’s wedding in August!  Karol will be serving as flower girl.  Poor Aunt Abby didn’t get a moment’s rest this weekend, because she’s Karol’s favorite playmate!  We were so, so thrilled that she could be with us, though, and had bunches of fun treasure hunting at Abby & Colin’s pirate-theme Gourmet Club bridal shower!

Gosh, we did a lot this weekend!  Now it’s time to get busy with the work of preparing for Matt to leave for NYC.  I’m working on a very, very long honey-do list, as we’re still not really fully set up at the new apartment, and Matt’s absorbing as much quality time with the kids as possible.  I’m kind of dreading him being gone.  10% because I will miss him sharing the parenting work, and 90% just because we will miss him so much.  Hopefully we’ll get to see each other often.  I guess we’ll see!  Please keep us in your prayers for the next 12 weeks or so as we push through the summer apart.

Patrick's Family

Patrick's Family

May 20, 2009

Army ATX

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I haven’t posted in a while because I was at my Annual Training Exercise (ATX) for the Army Reserves.  Since Matt is in Turkey, I asked my mom to fly out and watch the babies for me.  It was a great opportunity for her to get to spend time with them, especially Patrick, who she hasn’t really had a chance to bond with until now.

Typically, ATXes are not as strenuous as this one was.  And really, it was for no reason.  Just poor planning, I guess.  I’ll spare you the details, but in retrospect, it was a really dumb idea for me to try to attend at all.  I could have told them months ago that it just wasn’t logistically feasible and I’d make it up at Ft. Meade, but I wanted to be Army Strong, I wanted to fulfill my duty, blah, blah, blah.  It was just stupid to put myself (and my kids) through all that.  Hindsight is 20/20 though.

Anyway, I wanted to upload a few pictures since it’s been a few days.  Here’s me, at the range, after qualifying with the M-16.  This was probably the one positive part of the ATX for me.

 Jill on the range

And here’s Patrick and Karol.  This is pretty much how they looked when I left in the morning and how they looked when I got back at night.

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May 12, 2009

My Mother’s Day Angels

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Karol and Patrick were perfect angels for me for most of the Mass at what will probably be our new Church, St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington.  I really liked the atmosphere, as there were plenty of families with children Karol’s age.  I got there a little late and the place was standing room only – 9am is a popular Mass time apparently.  

I saw there was a cry room so I made a beeline for it.  I’m usually anti-cry room, but with no Matt and an unpredictable toddler, I thought I’d rather be safe than sorry.  The cry room is at the back of the Church with huge windows.  You can see straight in and straight out.  To my surprise, the children in there were actually very well behaved.  There were some sitting on laps and others quietly playing with toys.  

Then I realized why they were so behaved — the windows.  Just because the people outside can’t hear your children, they can still see them, so parents still had to be accountable.  Matt and I hated the cry room at St. Michael’s because if there were other kids in there the parents just let them loose and ignored them.  Not cool.

After Mass I wanted to do something extra special with my kids, since it was Mother’s Day and all.  So we went to Georgetown.  At first I almost turned around and went home because of course there was zero parking available, but then I remembered a tucked away spot a couple blocks toward the river I’d found out about while making a video for work.  Yay, free parking and there’s one spot open!  

So I wrestled the monster double stroller out of the trunk and the three of us went on a walk on the boardwalk along the Potomac.  It was beautiful!  Here are an example to show you what I mean.

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We walked all the way up to the Washington Harbor, halfway back, and then over to Georgetown.  I thought I would want to “shop,” but there was no way I was going to maneuver that massive stroller in and out of those tiny doorways, especially since I was only half-hearted about buying anything anyway.  I spotted a Ben & Jerry’s and thought that would be a treat for all of us!  So Karol and I got some ice cream and went back to the Potomac to eat it.  

 

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After that we walked down the River again and back to the car.  This time, Karol walked.  And boy did she throw a royal fit when she realized we weren’t staying – but before that, I got this super sweet picture of her watching the water.

 Karol Water

Patrick was like this the entire trip:

 Pat Sleeping

So we headed home, had lunch, and a half hour nap – that’s right, too many catnaps in the car and stroller, none of which is really quality sleep – and read a few books.  Then we went for a walk around our neighborhood – Karol on foot and Patrick on the Bjorn.  Karol was getting tired and whiny until she saw the playground.  All of a sudden it went from whine, whine, to “SLIDES!!”  And she took off running!  Well, Karol running is just a brisk walk for me, but you get the idea.  

So we spent a full hour at the playground.  Karol did a lot of new stuff.  I’m really amazed at how much she’s capable of, physically and mentally.  She was climbing stairs, climbing up the slides without help.  She even went down the big curly slide all by herself!  That took more bravery on my part.  It’s very hard for me to stand back and just let her play, but as I get more comfortable with the surroundings, and more confident in her abilities, I’m starting to let her run free a little bit.  

Oh, I should note for Matt’s sake – she saw a lovely pink and purple bike with training wheels that she now desperately wants.  I told her that would be Daddy’s department and she needed to talk to him.  So there you go Matt.

After about an hour, Karol voluntarily (after I suggested watching Elmo and taking a bath – 2 of Karol’s favorite activities) left the park.  THAT’S how tired she was!  By 6:30, she was asleep on the couch. 

It didn’t last long though, she still needed to eat dinner and go through the bedtime rituals.  She really went to sleep around 8:30.  Patrick was out around 8, but I kept holding him because he’s just so cuddly and sweet.  After writing an email to Matt, I had to call it a night by 10.

I know it sounds stressful taking care of two babies under two years old all by myself – and it is – but I just loved spending the whole weekend with them.  I can’t imagine a better Mother’s Day. 

We are getting into a rhythm as ‘the three of us’ for now.  I will be so happy when Matt comes home though.  I don’t even want to think about how hard it will be – emotionally, that is – while he’s away.  This weekend aside, the days kind of drag without him here.  And though Karol hasn’t shown any signs of distress, she had a little trouble sleeping last night, and I just wonder if that’s because of the adjustment. 

Ah, well, on that note, I’ll leave you with this:

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May 5, 2009

Patrick’s New Toy

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Patrick hasn’t shown a lot of interest in toys yet, and I’m not surprised or worried about that – he’s still very young and quite content to play with his own hands.  But Grandma and Grandpa Plomin sent a toy for Easter he’s grown especially fond of.  It’s a cartoon character sea horse (I don’t know what show) that lights up and plays music like a glow worm.  Yesterday he fell asleep with it.  It’s pretty sensitive so if he moves around he can turn it on himself.  I’ll put it in his swing with him and he just sits and listens/watches with a look of contentedness awe.  I caught him cuddling with it this morning:

 

Patrick and His Glow Thing

Patrick and His Glow Thing

 

Patrick Staring Me Down

Patrick Staring Me Down

Little Miss Virginia

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Well Karol is undoubtedly my daughter.  I did her hair this morning and like we usually do, I said “Oo, look at Karol’s pretty hair!” and Matt says “Ooo, so pretty!!”  Today, though, Karol’s reaction was especially narcissistic – she had a huge grin on her face that said ‘I know I’m gorgeous!’  I wish I’d captured her crunched-up nose toothy grin, but I did get a few ham shots.  In one of these she looks like she’s upset – don’t let that fool you – she was totally playing it up for the camera.  You can tell by the way she’s laughing in all the other pics!

May 1, 2009

My Handsome Son

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I just have to take a moment to point out to anyone willing to listen how devastatingly handsome and preciously cute my dear sweet son is.

 

So precious!

So precious!

Minus the drool, isn’t he just the cutest?  Those cheeks are to die for!!!

April 16, 2009

The Count-Down Is Over

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Here are some pics of our apartment.  Next time you see our stuff it’ll be in Arlington!

April 15, 2009

The Family Bed

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So this morning Matt had to be in downtown DC by 8 am.  We normally leave around then, so I told him to have fun taking the train!  I was extra tired because we went to bed late last night – we’re still boxing stuff up for tomorrow – and so when Patrick woke me up at 4:47 am, I was not really ready to move. I got him settled back to sleep and thought, I should just stay up and get some work done…What am I saying?  I only went to bed 4 hours ago!  So I curled back up with Matt, who, by the way, totally slept through Patrick’s little episode.  

At 5:42, Patty-poo stirred again.  He’s  way into sleeping and gets so frustrated when his little hands wake him up!  He refuses to even open his eyes, just struggles to go back to sleep.  This time I again thought I should get up; after all, my alarm was going to start at 6, but instead I just brought Patrick to bed with me (he’s been doing very well in his pack ‘n’ play recently though).

As Patrick and I snuggled up, I realized that Patrick wasn’t trying to wake me up.  He remembered Daddy had to leave early today!  So I woke Matt up and said something like ‘hey you should hop in the shower now, you have to leave early.’  He didn’t quite hop out of bed just then, though.  

Lucky for him, Karol woke up just after 6 and Matt went to go check on her.  She wasn’t ready to wake up (thank God) and so he brought her to bed too!  So the whole family of 4 was cozied up in bed together.  As soon as she was out again, Matt got up the will to go get ready, but I didn’t.  I decided since I wasn’t responsible for Matt getting in on time, we were going to sleep in!  And we did.  Matt did get out on time, I think, but not before snapping this photo:

The rest of us rolled out of bed around 7:45 and got out the door around 8:30 (not too terribly late, actually).  Sure, I was a little late to work, but no one noticed/cared.  The whole office is late and usually I’m actually there 1/2 hour before we’re open for business.  I figure being a punctuality rock star 80% of the time makes up for a day here and there of taking it slow.  

But after TOMORROW we will have a whole extra hour in the morning since our commute is gone!  We Matt is moving the vast majority of our stuff tomorrow in a U-Haul and then we’ll officially be Virginians!  We have the Silver Spring apartment until the end of the month, so we have plenty of time to clean and get the little things to the new place.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!

April 2, 2009

An Update

 

Karol is trying to make Patrick as addicted to the pacifier as she is.

Karol is trying to make Patrick as addicted to the pacifier as she is.

There really isn’t much to report right now, as everything is still very much in a state of flux. We’re waiting to move, struggling through our classes, and lovin’ our babies as much as we can.  

 

Karol seems to be reaching a ‘mommy-itis’ stage (missing mommy/separation anxiety, or, inflammation of the mommy…it works either way).  It breaks my heart if she gets upset when I leave but it’s a real boost to my maternal ego when she reaches her little hands up, wanting to be held.  How can you say no to that?

Patrick is just as content as ever.  He’s really strong, sometimes to his disadvantage!  When I rock him, he’s so tall that if he starts kicking his chubby little legs, he ends up basically standing on my lap.  I have to stand up in order to bounce him.  I’ve started reading Raising Boys and I’ll probably finish it in no time.  I have a pretty good grasp on what little girls are like (I have first hand experience, in fact), but I wanted some insight on what it means to be a little boy.  So far it’s a pretty fascinating read.

Matt is gearing up for his school trip to Turkey (yikes!) which is over the same time frame I’m supposed to have my ATX (double yikes!).  Next week is the last week of my current class, and Matt have FOUR exams on Monday!  Wish him luck 😉

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