Saturday, May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Maisie and Calvin and I spent the day outside--it was a beautiful day! Maisie swam in her pool a little bit. Calvin was relaxing on a beach towel, until the sun dropped and his shade went away. I got an umbrella to shade him, and Maise was ON him. She wanted that umbrella so badly. I told her to go find her little play one, and she ran into the house to try to find it, but couldn't come up with it. So she came out with another towel. "Put this on him!" Not so into sharing today.

May 29, 2009

What are we so surprised about here???

Friday, May 29, 2009

May 28, 2009

A girl and her kitty cat...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

Looking north up the orchard.

My favorite part of this picture is the rocks. They finally put rocks down on the dirt roads around our property. I would say "graveled" except that they are more like boulders. Works for me! Everyone drives a LOT slower now--less dust for us.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 26, 2009

Maisie's last day of preschool. :( We attended the end of the year picnic and presentation this evening. Time has flown by! Maisie is going to be attending preschool at Smart Start again next year, but she will be missing her friend Hunter, who is moving on to Kindergarten.

May 25, 2009

Maisie wanted to help feed Calvin!

I'm so totally frustrated by breastfeeding. It's crazy how something that is supposed to be SO natural can be SO difficult.

Calvin had seemed really hungry, very frequently for several weeks, and his doctor was unimpressed by his weight gain. He is still under the percentiles for children his age--he's created his own percentile--he's gaining and he's gaining steadily, just slowly. So because I feel like Calvin is always always hungry, I wondered if my milk is not giving him what he needs. I don't think he should need to nurse that frequently. So since we've started giving him formula, he seems like a different kid. He's sooo happy! I did have my TSH tested, and I think the results show it's pretty normal--within normal range. So maybe I just make skim milk, and Calvin wants whole. I don't know. It's frustrating. He's still nursing many times a day, but he's also drinking plenty of formula.
May 24, 2009

Bathtime! Actually, we've taken to giving Calvin showers--he just comes in with whichever one of us is bathing at a convenient time. He quickly grew too long for the sink in our bathroom, and the sink in the main bath is too low and small--it's time to get the sponge with the baby shape cut out of it!

He really relaxes in the shower. He closes his eyes and snuggles in. When I hold him up into the water, he "boiled shrimps" me. Curls up into a ball and closes his eyes, hee! Today after this picture, he decided he was hungry and started HOWLING. I couldn't get out of the shower fast enough!

May 23, 2009

Ahhhh....sibling love. Calvin sacked out on Greg and Maisie--I caught an ok shot of Calvin, but then Maisie leaned in and gave him a kiss. Sweet.

I have to get these moments on record and write about them, because I'm sure that soon enough we'll be hearing, "HE'S TOUCHING ME!!!!! HE'S ON MY SIDE! HE'S OVER THE LIIIIIIIINE!!! MOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!"

I can't wait.

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22, 2009

Night night kiss!

Maisie made it through 5 books tonight. It's that last book that puts her to sleep.

Too Much Noise.

(tomorrow I'm reading it FIRST)

May 21, 2009

Poor attempt at catching the iris in focus with the sunset.

May 20, 2009

My mother in law gave me this sunshine. It was on the fence at our house in the Gig. I think those hands are supposed to be for bird seed. *shudders* I do NOT put bird seed in there!!! No sense in attracting MORE of those nasty things. Maisie would share what happened during our lunch picnic the other day....but I won't. He now lives by our back door.

May 19, 2009

Baby toes!

May 18, 2009

Ahh...the dreaded tummy time. First he just screamed, like usual. Then he noticed the TV. Oops. But at least it distracted him for the moment. Alas, laying there with his head down is not exactly the point, but it does get him used to not laying on his back!

May 17, 2009

Today Calvin held his bottle by himself! Greg was feeding him, and he kept "helping" and finally he had the bottle in both hands and Greg let go!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 16, 2009

Today's final product. Fancy pants tomato cages filled with Mom's carefully tended tomato plants. Now we just have to figure out how to get water to them!

We are wiped. Grandma Dena came at 10 this morning to sit under Calvin for us--worked like a charm! He was an angel for her--she sat in a lawn chair right by where I was working and Maisie had a blanket down and spent maybe 1/4 of her time there. She did a lot of running around the yard today in the sunshine. While I prepared dinner, she fell asleep on the couch. After Greg and I dined alone we put her to bed. She's gonna be some kind of hungry in the morning!!!

May 15, 2009

One orange poppy. One of a MILLION!!!!!!!! Yikes. And every last one of them is orange!

May 14, 2009

Such concentration! Maisie was helping Gogo make bread for dinner on Thursday evening. She only required a little help at the end...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 13, 2009

Calvin is 4 months old! (and a little bit)

We nearly had to use the rhinoceros again. I searched the house twice before I found Hobbes. Tossed behind the couch. Good grief. Apparently when I tell Maisie to clean up the living room, she makes a pile behind the couch. Hobbes wasn't alone...

May 12, 2009

Silly picture! What you cannot tell from this cropped shot is that she was "sweeping" the floor with her jammies. Sheesh. Apparently fleece jammies slide really nicely on a tile floor. FUN.

May 11, 2009

Calvin seems hungry ALL.THE.TIME. I wind up nursing him every hour during the day! Greg decided maybe he should try rice cereal to see if he might stay filled up a little while longer.

It didn't go over well, and we haven't tried again....Thank goodness he sleeps through the night. But during the day he makes up for all the nighttime eating he misses!!!

Freebie! I found this one on my camera after I already posted for the 10th.

Does this one say "I have an attitude", or what?

That IS chocolate on her face, by the way.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May 10, 2009

We are back home. Calvin is eating a lot more, recently. He sleeps through the night, but during the day, he wants to eat very frequently. Greg gave him half a bottle while I was in the shower tonight, and then when I got out, I nursed him for a while. He's been sleeping on my lap ever since. He's such a sweet little bundle--his legs are froggied and his little foot is perched on my lap.

I know he could probably sleep in his very own room in his very own crib. But I guess I'm resisting...I love these cuddles!

May 9, 2009

We spent Mother's Day in Gig Harbor with Greg's family.

Right before this picture, Maisie asked me where Beeper was...I told her he was probably in his computer room. I told her she should probably go check, and beep him! Apparently she did, because shortly after, he came out and beeped her back. Which is what had happened right before I took this picture. Peals of laughter. :)

May 8, 2009

It seems that I JUST took this photo--of the tractor driving the other direction than the rows are now! Where does time go? There is already corn growing in this field! The stalks are probably 3 inches tall-kinda hard to see them in this photo. I hope it's sweet corn. Apples on 3 sides and corn across the street? Heaven.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 7, 2009

This is the pile of books on Greg's side of the bed. Every once in a while, books get read in our room. And then Maisie goes through them the following days...sometime I'll photograph the pile of books by HER bed!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 6, 2009

Maisie Daise.

May 5, 2009

Found it!

Maisie and I were getting ready to play Candyland, and Calvin was drooling up a storm and giving us some super cute smiles and giggles. And because you can't see his shirt, (from Jodi) it says "Bald is Beautiful". Pretty accurate!

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4, 2009

Hey Buddy! Is that a little smile in there? YES! We didn't get too many once we pulled the camera out, but we were getting some during dinner, while he was swinging.

But some of the greatest smiles are followed by blood curdling shrieks and hollers. Diaper changes. Sheesh. You'd think we were using PINS. And missing!

May 3, 2009

Another flower? Yes. Yes. Another flower. If I could, I would take an aerial shot of our yard, then I could show just how many floral photographic opportunities I have!
May 2, 2009

How is it May already?

Today started off pleasant enough. Then it rained. By the time I got home, the rain clouds had blown away, and there was a slight breeze. Maisie got a kite for her birthday, and she'd been dying to try it out! So she and Greg took it out and launched in the back 40. She kept it up for maybe 10 minutes, then held it out to us and said, "Here. I'm done." Hee! This is a horrible picture, but I couldn't very well lay down in the dirt like I needed to. So here I'm going for the basic idea...

Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1, 2009

A few days late this month....

April 30, 2009

Maisie's interpretation of a starfish. In my bed. Early. Notice that I am no longer in it. It's either barnacle or starfish. When Greg is still in bed too, she is barnacled on my back. When Greg gets out, he pulls her off me and then she starfishes. Either way, I crawl out in search of coffee...

April 29, 2009

Some nakkie time on our bed before getting changed to go to Papa and Gogo's house. We got some really good smiles, but I couldn't catch one on "film".