Monday, July 30, 2012


While I'm not caught up enough to get to the point where Kendra is finally starting to smile for the picture camera instead of run from it, she's never shyed away from the video camera so we have documented evidence that although we have few pictures of her, we have not, in fact, sold Kendra to the gypsies.  Yet.

She kinda blows us away on a pretty regular basis.  She's awesome like that.  A few weeks ago, as I was taking care of things out in the living room, I heard this something coming from the bedroom and discovered this:

She had been doing this for quite a while before I went back to investigate and continued it well after I finished recording.  Maybe it's just the pregnancy hormones, but it totally brought tears to my eyes to hear her sing this song.

Apparently, she'd found the card and recognized the building on it and just started singing.  Smart girl.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I haven't allowed many pictures of me this pregnancy nor have I posted many of the ones that have slipped into existence.  I love our new baby and that he's coming, but Momma just feels really fat and self-conscious about it.

However, this one pretty accurately describes the end of the day around here, which is when it was taken.  The kids sleep in the same room most of the time now (to get into training for when they will have to do it) but since Elliot sleeps for less time through the night, we put Kendra down first so she can get a head start on her Zs (if she goes down at the same time or later, he still wakes up before her and usually wakes her up in the process and she gets pretty affected by sleep deprivation which is not only incredibly unpleasant for me to deal with but also just makes me feel bad for her, so I try my best to prevent it).  Elliot gets put down an hour or so afterward, when we hang out and play and otherwise wrap up the day.

We're both just kinda wiped, and it shows.  But I figure I'm doing something wrong as a parent if we have too much energy at the day's end...and who knew that big pregnant bellies made such convenient pillows for tired babies?  That's efficiency right there, folks.

A Stand-up Guy

I'm kinda behind on the Blogging.  Oops.  I'm not even going to bother to promise outwardly or resolve inwardly to catch up adequately because let's be real...I'm due to give birth in six weeks from Saturday and after two times through the newborn phase, I know the lag between recording and posting is only gonna get worse.

But just in case you were interested in how cute Elliot was when he first started standing up on his own, ta-DA!  Here's a picture!

I love that I get to be a Mommy, and I really love that I get to be this cute little guy's Mommy specifically.  Hanging out with him and his big sister is what I do with my life.  All day.  Every single day.  And in less than two months there will be another one!

I am so blessed.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Seperation Anxiety

At some point, Elliot got a little...clingy.  In fact, any time I leave the house without him, we go through this:

That's actually my exact view from where the car is normally parked.  It looks pretty cute at this angle.  But let's take a closer look, shall we?

This is not a happy face, in case we haven't posted enough pictures of his happy faces for your to recognize.  In fact, it's quite distressed.

Those are tears.  And I'm fairly certain that they only stopped rolling down his cheeks because I approached him to take the picture.

I'm not sure who has a harder time in this situation...him with me leaving or me with him crying.  There have been several occasions when I have handled it so poorly that I just go back and bring him with me where ever I'm going.  This week I made myself late to Book Club because I came back and stayed later to put him to bed because I couldn't handle the sadness I saw as I sat in the driver's seat to pull away.

It doesn't happen every time...but it's rough on everybody when it does.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Elliot's Spot

It's hard to believe at the moment because we're in the middle of back-to-back scorching HOT spells, but sometimes we let the sun shine into our home because there's not 10 degree temperature difference.  And sometimes, we even open the windows up and let the fresh air in.

And, when we do, there's a little person around here who looooooves to spend lots of time on end looking out our windows (much like his sister before him when she was this age).  In fact, when it's available, he has a Sheldon Cooper-like attachment to his spot.

Such a happy boy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Elliot's smile

I often remark that Elliot has a very sweet personality, and he does.  He's always been a very lovely, snuggly baby.  But as he's gotten older some more pretty fun things that give him more of an actual personality have also popped up.

These are a couple of videos of one thing he did for a while but doesn't anymore--the videos capture much better than the pictures.

He's just too funny!

Silly little guy...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Easter Best

We all get dressed up every Sunday, I might as well snap a few pictures every once in a while, eh?  And what better Sunday than Easter?

I know I'm biased, but I think I have a really, really ridiculously good-looking family.  :)