Surrounded by Girls

Monday, April 30, 2007

Look Ma, no diapers

You probably can't tell from this photo, or any of the other recent ones, but there has been a change in Melanie's attire. Haven't mentioned it as I wasn't sure how to approach the subject - and certainly couldn't really present it with a photo [well, I was certainly wrong about that -ed.] - but Melanie is well on her way to being potty trained!

We started "boot camp" at the end of March and for the first weekend we rolled up the carpets, and Melanie wore no pants. Of course it was beautiful outside, and cousin Marcee was visiting, so we ended up spending a lot of time in the front yard. It was quite fun to explain to everyone who walked by that we were potty training and that's why our daughter was running around the street half naked.

Now she gets to wear "Dora", "Elmo", "Zoe", or her favorite, "Thomas" pants (Underwear. We're so Anglophilic!). And we don't pee pee/poo poo on Dora/Elmo/Zoe/Thomas!

Melanie has a sticker book (Laura's idea) and everytime she "goes" successfully she gets a sticker to put in the book. One for pee pee, and two for poo poo. She also gets "chocolate" - an M&M - as a reward, but we aren't very consistent with that. In fact we try to avoid giving her chocolate too often as Melanie hopped up on sugar is only a good thing in comparison to Melanie coming down off a sugar high.

We're really excited that she's taken to this new routine so well. Sure, she'll use it as a stalling tactic to avoid going to bed, and it's crazy to have to wisk her away to a bathroom at the zoo or a restaurant. But all things considered, it's another milestone in her (and our) lives, and we couldn't be more proud of our big girl.

Bath time

Jenna's first bath sitting up, and first bath they've taken together. Jenna loved slapping the water, much to her mother's wet chagrin. And speaking of grins, be sure to check out Melfalfa.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Baby Beluga



Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above, and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sing along!





Is this how Beethoven started? The Osmonds? Beyoncé and Kelly?

BERY Tired

This is what happens when you don't nap for TWO THREE days (since Sunday)!! You fall asleep in the van on the way home from seeing Granny Franny and Great-Grandma Margaret. And then you end up sleeping until 5pm.

Whether or not this obviously much needed sleep makes you any nicer remains to be seen.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Together again

This time for lunch at the zoo on Saturday, following Jenna's baby naming at shul the evening before.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Vital Stats

As of March 21, Jenna was:

17 pounds, 13oz (80%)
27" tall (90%)
Very cute (100%)

Chain Gang

Melanie takes a break to smile for the camera while her cousins (l-r) Ben and Griffin unflaggingly sweep the leaves off the steps. (3/16/07)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Aquadoodlin'

Home opener

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Making (c)Haroset





A family tradition now one generation greater.

The Leader and Baby

This Leader. Uncanny, ain't it?