Archive for ‘Lilly’

August 13th, 2014


Don’t go blonde, and don’t suddenly forget the password to your blog. You won’t be able to log in. Noted.

I have wrinkles. I didn’t before and now I do. Suddenly. A couple of days ago I was cleaning the kitchen and picked up the waffle iron. While I was moving it, I glanced at my reflection and noticed them: wrinkles around my eyes. Later I double checked with a mirror, still there. Age happens slowly and yet all at once.

I have two toddlers; two little people who both want to be in charge. There are a lot of fits, tears, crumbs on the floor, late nights, wee mornings. Going anywhere seems like a major production. And yet, in the calm moments that always come and they’re playing, giggling, reading and singing to each other, I just want to freeze them. Don’t grow, please don’t grow. I dread the days when my hands will be empty of the little fingers tugging me on.

Earlier this week Lilly insisted that I watch “Rozen” with her. I sat with her curled up on my lap with her fingers in her hair. Don’t grow, please don’t grow. Can’t she always fit perfectly nestled in my lap?

At bedtime, again she’s cuddled in my lap with her fingers in her hair. I feel her body relax as she falls asleep. I feel her breath on my face. Don’t grow, please don’t grow.

I listen to endless stories of dragons, planes, fires, vehicles and superheroes. David’s always excited about something, and always has something to share. To say. Don’t grow, please don’t grow.

David called to me with a whisper from his bed as I walked out of their room. I knelt by his bed, “Don’t leave yet, you didn’t kiss me goodnight!” Don’t grow, please don’t grow.

David played with Legos for the first time over the weekend. Hours and hours of playing, building, demolishing and staging. It was the beginning of a new chapter for him as he goes from toddler to kid. So fun to watch, and yet, so hard to accept. Don’t grow, please don’t grow.

I know there are so many fun, important things to look forward to. It’s so rewarding to see their faces as they discover something new and exciting to them. When they learn new things and go new places. I know growing up is literally the point of life, but can’t it take a little longer?

August 14th, 2013

a day in the life on a monday

6:40am Wake up to smoke detector beeping and listen to it for 15 minutes before finally getting tired of it and going downstairs and finding a new battery

7:00 Snuggle back in bed and read emails (all junk ads) and the news

7:35 Joined by David for more snuggles. Wake up Lilly and go downstairs. Unload dishes, eat breakfast, make lunch for Matt, send Matt off, get kids dressed, start some laundry

9:00 Clean kitchen and load dishes, watch the kids play in an old box, write a blog post, write emails, pay bills (yuck), switch laundry

11:30 Snack time and bubbles

12:00 Put Lilly down for a nap

1:10 Lunch with David (PB&J and fresh fruit & yogurt parfaits)

1:40 Start a movie for David, fold two loads of laundry (no matter how many times I watch the YouTube videos I can’t fold a fitted sheet to save my life), vacuum the carpet, clean the bedrooms, read a book, browse Pinterest

3:00 Play trains with David, post a picture on Facebook, eat homemade popsicles on front step, catch a grasshopper, let grasshopper hop away (David calls them “grass POPPERS” because they “pop” out of the grass), feed Lilly lunch/snack


4:20 Take kids to a park to walk explore (David finds a walking stick to whack things with–ouch), pick up some milk, ice cream and special surprises for anniversary next week

6:30 Eat dinner, have family night, play games, clean up toys

7:30 Bedtime routine, put kids in bed (Hallelujah chorus)

8:00 Start an episode of Doctor Who with Matt

8:45 David gets up, Matt goes to be the parent and I load the dishes

9:15 Finish Doctor Who and talk to Matt about life, houses, kids

10:35(ish) Go upstairs to get ready for bed

August 8th, 2013

dinosaur sickness

A few months ago I checked out a special take-home dinosaur theme bag from the library. David loves dinosaurs, and we were so excited to enjoy all the dinosaur goodness. The bag had a T-Rex puppet and a dinosaur book called T is for Terrible. And it was terrible. From the time we opened the bag until I took it back to the library, all we knew was sickness.

terrible no good sickness bag

First of all, the book really was awful. The basic plot was the T-Rex saying that he couldn’t help it if it was terrible because that’s just the way he was because he was a dinosaur–not a positive message for kids at all.

As soon as a hand went into the little dinosaur puppet, sickness fell. The first night David got up at 2 or 3 in the morning with the stomach flu, which lasted a few days. Then Matt got sick with a stomach/digestive combination for a few days. About the time it looked like all that was over, Lilly woke up with large welts/bumps/pox/bites on her arms. I took her to the doctor after they were there a few days, and he had no information for us whatsoever. We still don’t know what they were for sure.


One thing is sure though, we aren’t checking out any more specialty theme bags.

August 3rd, 2013

road trippin

In June we drove all the way to Seattle and visited our favorite friends the Davises, and then continued up to Whidbey Island for Matt’s family reunion to celebrate his grandma’s 90th birthday. We had the most wonderful time (okay, except Lilly who was teething and hating being around strangers). I could bore you with lots of words describing everything we did, or I could just share some of our pictures.

together time

July 31st, 2013

being one

Our little Lilly turned ONE!

 birthday girl

We were lucky enough to be at a family reunion on Whidbey Island up by Seattle, so Lilly celebrated her birthday surrounded by family and the ocean.

Poor Lilly  was going through a particularly rough patch while we were there, so we mostly listened to Lilly cry (she got FOUR new teeth and was surrounded by strangers in a new place–not a good combo). I’m happy to say that after a few weeks of teeth, strangers, shots, bug bites we finally have happy Lilly again!

What one looks like on Lilly:

  • She says “Mom,” “Dad,” “Night Night,” and “Boo!” And she has her own grunt language so we always know exactly what she wants.
  • Lilly is VERY expressive. Between the grunts and the look on her face, we know how she feels.
  • She is all GIRL. She likes animals, cuddles, soft blankets, shoes, sparkly things, princesses, music, playing with my makeup, her hair getting done, and eating chocolate.
  • She has a fierceness to her. An intensity. She is bold and brave and opinionated. An adventurer.
  • Lilly has started to really blossom into a toddler; throwing her own diapers away, getting a cup out when she’s thirsty, going into the kitchen and standing by her chair for meals, putting her shoes on and standing by the front door, etc.
  • Shortly after her birthday, Lilly started WALKING. It’s seriously one of my favorite baby milestones. 
  • Even if he tortures her, she LOVES David. She goes after him everywhere he goes and always looks for him first when she wakes up. I love it!

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May 21st, 2013

for the love


I know it’s almost cliche, but they grow up too fast!

Miss Lilly

Five things I’m loving about Lilly:

  1. She’s *almost* walking! She stands up and takes several steps a day, any day now she’ll just keep going and we’ll have another TODDLER.
  2. How she’s growing and blossoming all at once. Lilly interacts with us in a whole new way now; grabbing our hands to make us do something, raising cups to my lips to make me drink, holding my phone by my head and using the buttons, etc. If her hairbow falls out of her hair, she picks it up and tries to put it back in her hair. When she wants a kiss, she moves my face to give me one. Lilly makes the most hilarious facial expressions; we always know how she feels.
  3. The way she plays with my hair and wraps her arm around my neck when she eats. Lilly is so cuddly! She loves to rub soft blankets next to her face and give be hugs to stuffed animals. She likes to pull the throw pillows off the couch and lays on them on the floor.
  4. When she initiates a game of “peek-a-boo” with me. It’s so stinking cute!
  5. The way she gets excited to see David after a long separation (like an hour long nap). A few nights ago, Lilly crawled over to David and leaned in and gave him a big wet kiss. Pretty much the sweetest moment to ever happen.

 Mr D

Five things I’m loving about David:

  1. His talking! Seriously, he’s off the charts with his vocabulary, problem solving, memory, etc. It’s just nuts. I love that I can just talk to him–so much so that I often have to remind myself that he’s still only two and not much older. A couple weeks ago I found a ceramic decorative bird at TJ Maxx. David quickly adopted it, named it “Hypothesis,” and carried it around with him for the following week.
  2. David has been singing like crazy lately. And dancing. And drumming. And making instruments (he lined up some colored pencils and pretended they made a xylophone). His favorite songs are the alphabet, Twinkle Twinkle, I Am a Child of God, and “Dinosaur Train” (really, just the words Dinosaur and train sung over and over again while he bounces his foot like a mini Elvis).
  3. His sweetness. David is the sweetest kid there ever was. Since he was born, it’s usually the first or second thing people say about him–that he’s sweet (and then a comment on his blue eyes). Today while Lilly was napping, David and I just cuddled under a blanket and giggled and played.
  4. He goes to the bathroom completely on his own! He won’t even tell me he needs to go or make me come with him, he just gets up and goes into the bathroom. It’s SO nice to have him be independent. We still have to remind him sometimes, but for a majority of the day he goes all on his own.
  5. David is so helpful! He’ll bring me diapers for Lilly, throw things away, get his shoes, etc. By the end of the summer, I’m hoping he does shoes and the buckles on his car seat all on his own. We’re almost there with shoes already (or we were until I got him new ones).
March 3rd, 2013

ten things going on now

one Lilly is pulling herself up to stand pretty much everywhere these days. Her favorite perch is the toilet.


two I’ve been hoarding pictures on my phone. I NEED to post some. I have over 1,000 pictures on my phone and 55 videos. Lots of cute things happen, are photographed and that’s all the farther I get. Shame on me.


three Lilly is growing her first TWO teeth. I’m so excited about it! No really, I am. For a while I was starting to wonder if she’d still be toothless at her senior prom.


four David is a talking MACHINE. It’s constant. His funny thing this week: There is a baby Elmo illustration on the diaper box we recently got. David keeps telling me that it’s a “mammal wearing glasses.” I get such a kick out of it. Oh, and a week or so ago I was telling him about something I was working on, and he walks over to me and puts his hands on my cheeks and says, “Mommy, what are you talking about?”


five Up until this week, I’ve been a sewing machine. I need to post about my projects. I estimate that I completed over 20 projects in 2012, and I’m well on my way to surpassing that for 2013 (8 completed, and many more I’m eager to do).


six David is our junior paleontologist. He is obsessed with dinosaurs. He knows their names, what they eat, etc. As a result, I’ve been learning a lot too.


seven Lilly will lean on empty boxes and the legs of her high chair to walk for short periods of time.


eight David sings the alphabet all the way through all by himself. I’m not even going to beat around the bush: I’m super proud.


nine Going on right this second: Lilly really needs a nap.


ten Things developed kind of quickly and unexpectedly, but we find ourselves moving to a townhouse April 5. That’s 33 days away (I asked the internet). We’re really excited and I’ll write much more on it later.

I’ll leave you with one of the pictures I’ve been hoarding. Okay, two.


January 27th, 2013


In the last month Lilly has been an explosion of growth and development. Okay, maybe just development — she’s actually a lot on the small side (not terribly surprising if you’ve ever stood next to my undaunting 5′-and-a-smidge).

  • Lilly sits up all by herself! It’s one of my favorite baby developments.
  • Shortly after turning 6 months old, she started waving to Matt when he left in the morning. Super cute!
  • A week and a half after she started waving, Lilly started clapping. She was sitting on my lap while we were talking to visitors, and she just started clapping all of the sudden. David was much older when he started clapping, I attribute Lilly’s early clapping to the overabundance of clapping we’ve been doing for David going potty. A lot of clapping (and I’m a clapper by nature).
  • Either right before or right after clapping (within hours of each other), Lilly started saying, “ma ma ma.” It’s all I heard for two straight days. At first she was just making sounds, now she sometimes intentionally says it when she sees me. She’s also started to say other consentant sounds like, “ba ba ba.” I love this stage!
  • After weeks of various crawling styles–inch worm, army, and wounded soldier (dragging one leg behind her, but otherwise crawling)–Lilly finally figured out crawling. She’s been having the time of her life touring our apartment at her own will and getting into David’s trains and toys. I think David is more excited about her crawling than she is; he loves crawling after her and calling to her, “Lilly, come play over here! Come play over here! It’s fun, Lilly!”
  • Since Lilly can sit up now and wants to be involved with everything we do, I let her ride in the front of the cart for the first time, probably her favorite activity to date.
  • Oh, and now she’s trying to pull herself up to stand. She’s an active little thing.

Some pictures of Lillybug in action:

January 18th, 2013


David’s favorite …

Number: Two

Color: Red

Toy: Dinosaurs and trains

Book: Right now, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Movies: Cars, The Lion King, Kung Fu Panda, Tangled, Ice Age 3 (ugh, I wish he didn’t love it as much as he does)

TV Show: Curious George and Thomas the Tank Engine 

Game: “Mr. Pig” (He goes into his room and closes his door, we come knock on it and say, “Mr. Pig, Mr. Pig let me in.” He opens the door and giggles uncontrollably, then closes it and we do it again. And again. And again.)

Song: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Animal: Monkey (because of Curious George), puppies

Food: Muffins, triangle toast (bread cut diagonally), noodles, mini marshmallows … Okay, this list is endless, he loves food

Lilly’s favorite …

Color: Shiny

Toy: Giant stuffed gorilla, bottle with beans in it, whatever David is playing with

Movie: Tangled (okay, she only likes the music)

Game: Peek-a-Boo

Song: Curious George theme song

Animal: Any animal she comes in contact with, David

Food: Banana puffs (after breast milk, of course)

October 6th, 2012


That’s how David often greets Lilly: “LillyLillyLilly.” (As he climbs on top of her to smother her. I mean, ‘hug’ her.) It’s caught on, I find myself calling her that more and more. We also call her Lils, Lilly Billy, and Lilly Bean. And Cute, because she’s cute.

People ask how David likes having a baby sister. He still crazy loves her. She’s starting to like him, too.























Lilly sitting alone on the couch being cute with her hands.













David finds her. Man, I love her facial expressions.













David pulling her off the couch by her ankles.