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April 10, 2009

Tummy Time

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Oh my, there’s so much to report this week!  Let me run down the list:

1.  Patrick didn’t poop for about 4 or 5 days over the weekend.  Lori and I were beginning to get concerned, but I figured as long as it looked healthy when it did come out, it’s probably okay.  He still wasn’t pooping, but he kept getting gassier and gassier and gassier!  Tuesday night I said to Matt, ‘Man this kid really stinks!  He must have finally pooped.’ But no.  No poop!  Finally, Wednesday morning he let it all go.  Lovely mustard-colored poop was overflowing Patrick’s diaper (and they hold a lot), onto his outfit, my shirt, his sheets, his sock…needless to say, it was a mess.  I was happy, however, that it finally came out.  I wondered if it would be another 4 or 5 days before he pooped again.  When I picked the kids up from Lori’s Wednesday night, I found out that a second, equally explosive episode had occurred just minutes after I told Lori he’d finally pooped the big one.  He seems to be back to normal now though.

2.  Karol is learning things faster than we can keep up.  She says all kinds of words now, way too many to list.  And she’s starting to make 2-word sentences.  Some favorites are “Elmo diaper,” “Mom and Dad,” and “letter (whatever letter).”  She’s getting really good at recognizing the letters of the alphabet and can say pretty much all of them.  I didn’t expect that to happen until later, but then again I have no previous example to compare her to.

3.  Yesterday (Thursday) night we had a package opening party.  We’d gotten a box from Aunt Carol, a package from Aunt Dine, and some stuff I ordered online.  Even though two of the three had been here for days we didn’t have time to open them!  Or maybe we just weren’t thinking about it.  Anyway, we decided to make an event of it.  Karol has a truckload of new books, which is GREAT because she’s kind of ‘over’ the board books that we have.  She got some new Dr. Seuss, ALWAYS a favorite in our house, and a whole collection of books about a DOG named Biscuit!  Naturally, we had to read a couple of those right away.  Both Karol and Patrick got some awesome new clothes, too.  Luckily Patrick isn’t too big for them!  He’s wearing a lot of 6-month stuff right now, and I’m gradually weeding out the 3 month clothes as he outgrows them.  The clothes he got were 6 month but they look like they might actually fit him around 6 months, because I think they’re a little bigger than the average 6 month size clothes (thank goodness!)

3.  Patrick found his hands about a week and a half ago, and they’ve been entertaining him ever since.  And just within the past couple of days I’ve been able to get him to laugh.  He has to be in the right mood, though.  He’s starting to get really interested in the kinds of toys you hang above him that he can bat at with his hands.  He also has a little horsey/silky-smoothy thing that he likes to shake and suck on.  I want to get him one of those gym play-mat things this weekend, but we’ll see.

4.  We are finally moving to Arlington in five days!!!  It seems like it’s taken forever to get here, and yet I can’t believe it’s actually happening either.  It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I guess.  I am really worried about how Karol will handle it.  I’ve kind of explained it to her, but I don’t think she will understand until she can see it.  I want to take her to the new apartment on Saturday just to play a little bit, but I doubt it will be open.  Maybe I’ll take some time Monday for that.

5.  This is the last week of the sixth class I’ve taken in my master’s program, I’m almost half-way through 🙂

6.  And lastly, I made a little video of Patrick and Karol enjoying some tummy time together. Here it is!

March 28, 2009

Pat Week

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This week is a special one because Matt and I have decided to make it a special Patrick picture week.  We don’t want to get caught taking too few pics of our second baby, but recently we’ve noticed that now that there are two, we have little time to take pictures of either one of them!  And when we do take pics it’s usually both of them together, and Patrick rarely gets the whole spotlight to himself.  That’s why we decided this coming week will be Pat Week, and we’re kicking it off with this exclusive video!

March 11, 2009

Home Sweet Home (sort of)

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We have one more year in the DC area before we say goodbye to it for good!  (Er, unless Matt gets an amazing job here.)  And we decided to save ourselves countless hours of commuting and stress by moving into a bigger, nicer, and MUCH closer (to my work and Matt’s school) for our last year here. 

Here’s a few of the upgrades we’re getting:

LOCATION
Gas appliances
Granite Countertops
2 Bathrooms
Walk-in Closets
300 more sq. ft.
Washer/Dryer in Unit

Here’s a video tour of the apartment we’re moving into:

And just outside the apartment:

Fair Weather Friend

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The weather here in DC has been crazy these past few days.  We went from 10 inches of snow to shorts and t-shirt weather in less than a week!  I have been anxiously awaiting the return of spring so I’m glad to see some warmth.  I’ve managed to get the kids outside for at least an hour the last several days.  On Friday, Karol, Pat and I wheeled around downtown Silver Spring in the double stroller.  Saturday, we added Matt and did the same thing, at a bit more of a leisurely pace, and stopped for Ben & Jerry’s.  Today we were supposed to ‘spring forward,’ but being from Indiana we totally forgot.  I was so excited we were going to be early for once to Mass, until I realized it was actually already half way through!  So we went to Uncle Joe and Aunt Judy’s and waited for the next Mass, which they were attending too:)

After Church we came home, changed into play clothes (I recently bought Karol a pair of new jeans which are a little big, as you will see), and went out to the little jungle gym near our apartment.  Here’s a video of Karol being very adventuresome and playing with her Dad!

On Monday we shopped for a new gym bag for Matt in downtown Silver Spring, and on Tuesday Karol went to Lori’s and Patrick and I went to Target to get some St. Patrick’s Day gear.  Today, we’re going to head down to the Blair Shops and pick up Matt’s interview suit for a big interview tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, Matt heads up to New York to interview with Deutsche Bank for a summer internship.  We’ll all be praying for him here, of course, but we have a few plans for tomorrow ourselves.

February 24, 2009

“Riding In Cars With Babies” or “This Ain’t No Walk In The Park”

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Ah, the peaceful calm of a car ride in non-rush hour. There’s nothing more soothing to a mother of two under two. Somehow the gentle hum of tires rolling over road is like a hypnotic magic spell putting children into a deep, deep sleep. Now I wish we’d gone to the Costco in Columbia…(it’s 35 blissful minutes away).

So filling up the gas tank and picking up Patrick’s thrush medicine (yes he’s we’ve got it again) isn’t the Mary Poppins definition of an Outing, but it meets the number one criterion–getting the heck out of the house.  Not only did I get the kids into the fresh air, but when we got home I fed Karol a relatively healthy lunch, read the kids a book, gave them their medicine (Karol steals Patrick’s pacifier when she’s desperate–I’d rather be safe than sorry), and got both of them out for a nap!  And I managed to catch some videos in the process.

How do you keep a toddler’s shirt clean during lunch???

FYI, Karol is a sign language pro.

Patrick’s sleeping it off.

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