Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Graduate

Once upon a time Jeremy decided to apply to graduate school. He applied and was accepted to Boston University's MS/MBA program.

It was a long haul. Baby Elliott was born during orientation and he had to work hard to juggle school work and family. He succeeded. Friday, Jeremy graduated. Jeremy's mom, Sharon, flew in for the occasion. We are proud of the accomplishment and excited and nervous about what the future may hold.

We had a lovely visit with Jeremy's mom. Lots of fun at the park, a little museum, music, good food and quality family time.

Fun with Grandma Sharon's reading glasses.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Zombie Land and Back

Elliott has decided that she hates to sleep and we have had to sleep train our little love nugget once again. There is some speculation as to how this sleep slip occurred. A few things may have triggered it. First we tweaked her bed time a 1/2 hour earlier then one day she decided she no longer wanted to nap her crib. I was fine with that. I let her nap in ours - we would nap together or I would cuddle her to sleep and slip away - mommy-ninja style. OH! but once she got a flavor for that you know she wanted MORE! She wanted to sleep in our bed at night time too. Finally, for a few weeks, miss thing was starting to seem a little grown up. Wanting to sit on the potty. We were thinking "it was time" was this an act of regression? telling us she is not ready to grow up? I don't know. I only know we are freaking tired and I know she knows what her bed is and that she should sleep in it.

Night 1. Home girl cried for 3 hours. 3! Every ten min I go in and send my love - till she can't fight the sandman no more.

Night 2. Out in 35 min.

Night 3. TBD

For those of you who poo poo CIO. You can. I co-slept with my baby for a year, busted my back in a sling and nursed for 19 months - so judge away that's fine.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Busy Bear

Basically, if Elliott is sleeping I am trying to clean or catch up on sleep. Kids are serious work.

Fun fact. For a long time, Elliott has taking to taking care of her lady business under the dining room table (by lady business I mean poop). So, the other day when she was quiet and underneath the dining room table. I gave her the required privacy.

Little did I know her actions were far less benign than pooping.

Baby got a Sharpie.

Homegirl hit up FOUR of my dining room chairs. Look at that picture. She is shameless!

When we purchased the set, I had visions of this event occurring. I was proud that I kept my cool as to not stifle her creativity and recommended paper as an effective medium for future artistic endeavors.

She has also discovered the thrill of walking in mommy's shoes.

The kids vocab is off the hook. (For the layperson: Elliott's vocabulary is ever expanding)

We are getting a big kick out of hearing her say "thank you" and "your welcome"("your welcome has a wind up and is like "wwwwwelcome". She says both back to back, like she is having a conversation with herself or some times if I pass something back to her in the car she will say clear as a bell "thank you". We have a little miss manners.

She is sometimes chucking things toys etc. In those cases, I have her pick it back and have her try again, gently. I am not in the mood to have a black eye from a chucked sippy cup.

Elliott is making us crazy people is the sleep department. I can't even type about it. Trust me, it's just bad. Last night my parents took her overnight and we had some reprieve.

Untethered, we went to Jer's school talent show. He did not even get a nod from the judges! I took comfort knowing that none of the people with actual musical talent got any recognition. (but I still want to toilet paper their house) Post talent show we went on a hot date. We opted for a super casual walking date popping in for pizza and ice cream along the way. We mingled among the beautiful people on Newbury Street in gorgeous weather. The highlight for me was seeing an old dude rocking out to "spoon man" with the windows down in his seriously sweet ride.

To close, another note of cuteness: Elliott is now having tea parties! Auntie Lisa & Uncle Michael got her a set for Christmas. She say "tea" "tea" and we sit down and she "pours" and "stirs" and "sipps" and "cheers".

Very stinkin' cute!