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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Easter Sunday

Well this post is a little behind the times, but hey, there have been things a brewin'. More on that later...

We were fortunate enough to be with family this Easter weekend and it was great! We flew into Jacksonville and rented a car to drive to Everett's Dad and Stepmom's house. Zoe had such a good time coloring eggs with Granny and feeding the donks donks carrots with Granddaddy! Although I could barely believe it, the girl started eating the raw carrots herself! I've been trying to get her to eat cooked carrots at home to no avail, but I guess the raw carrots win out! (Which Everett and I can completely agree with - neither of us like cooked carrots either, only raw!)

Zoe also loved her first egg hunt with Granny and Granddaddy! We hid the eggs around the pool out back and Zoe picked them up one-by-one and placed them in her basket. Then she caught on that there was stuff in them so she started opening each egg before she placed it in her basket! It took us a while to get all the eggs, but Zoe's concentration on the task at hand was amazing! Afterwards we sat out on the back porch rocking with Granny and playing with lizards. Ah, the simplicty of childhood!

On Sunday, we joined everyone at church in the morning and in the afternoon we were treated to another one of the Great Gill Family Bashes! There were many generations in attendance and I can't even count how many kids were there (cousins Shane and Matthew are with Zoe in the picture)! There was a second egg hunt and Zoe enjoyed looking for eggs once again. It was very hot that day though so the eggs that contained chocolate were a tad messy, uh fun, to open!

Zoe impressed everyone with her newest party trick. I captured this trick on video at home (after Easter), although you can see from the video that she was very busy reading her book to really give it her all! Here's the transcript of the exchange for those who can't view the video:

MOM: Zoe, who's our President?
ZOE: Ba-rahk O-bam-bah
MOM: And who protects President Obama?
ZOE: G-daddy!
MOM: And who protects Granddaddy?
ZOE: Ganny!
MOM: That's right, Granny!

Oh yes, the Gills just ate that right up on Easter!

Finally, Zoe enjoyed seeing her Great Grandmother, or "Geet Gamma Gee-ill" as Zoe calls her. It's really nice to be able to connect across the generations.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dance Party USA

I don't watch American Idol, but with this starlet in residence, why should I?

Seriously, this girl's got rhythm!!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

My belly's a rumblin'

So Everett, Everett's Mom, and I were sitting in Macy's on these comfortable tan chairs in the middle of the women's clothing department. I had my shirt up over my belly and was slouching down when all of a sudden I saw and felt Mango! Just to the left of my belly button I saw this ripple of movement underneath and then I felt what I was sure was Mango's hand or foot! I asked Everett to come feel my belly and when he did he said he couldn't feel anything moving. What? I can actually see my belly undulating and you can't feel it? Really?

Then I woke up.

Ah yes, I am in anticipation mode. I am awaiting Mango's first outward signs of existence. We are at 15 weeks and 3 days. I think I first felt Zuzu at 16 weeks and 3 days. I'm still on the early side of being able to feel the baby within me, but it's coming any day now. I keep feeling these "growing pains" where I think I can feel my inner muscles around my belly stretch. I know, it sounds weird, but it's true.

I'm still in regular clothes, but not for long. I have a defined pregnant belly now. It's still small, but it's unmistakable. I tried to suck in my gut yesterday and it didn't shrink a bit! At our doctor appointment this week, I gained back the 3 pounds that I lost after our last doctor appointment (thanks to the Week of Ill). So I'm up 3 whole pounds! I think this is where I was with Zuzu at this point so all seems to be progressing smoothly!

Between you and me, one of the best things about being pregnant is the belly transformation. Sure, it'll get in my way later on, but right now, I love it. I think it's cute. I think pregnant women are cute. I love to touch my belly and feel its boundaries. It's my security blanket. I don't feel so alone when I run my hand over its taut surface. I follow it gingerly from the right edge where it starts to protude from my side, up and over the belly button (which is protruding even more), and then back down the left side. It's really incredible how the edges of the belly are so well defined - especially later on in pregnancy. You can almost imagine your hand as if it were a skier skiing off a jump when it slides down one side.

Thanks for being in my belly Mango.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Climbing Fun

Zoe is going to be a climber. Of this, there is no doubt! Her and Elmo are great partners. Everett and I watched Zoe do this about 16 times the other night. First, she placed Elmo up top (Daddy gave her that suggestion, at first she was attempting a duo-climb). Then, she reaches up top with both hands and lifts her leg up as far as it will go. Her toes grip the couch fabric as she pulls herself up. Then she grabs her buddy, Elmo, and they're off sliding away! As you can see in the video, Elmo got a little too excited by everything and after this last climb had to go nite-nite. Such is life!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Reading Pretty

This is how I found Zoe the other morning. She had been in her bedroom playing by herself (so I thought) for a while and was very quiet. I tiptoed in to see what she was up to and this is what I find: Zoe reading a story to Pooh Bear. My heart just melted.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Pass the passy please

You cannot tell me that these two are not related! I often look at the two of them and see double. Zoe loves her Daddy and her Daddy loves her. (Mommy loves everyone too!)

So we've started the Great Passy Extraction. Ugh.

I remember way back when, when Zoe was still Zuzu, Everett and I made a decision to not allow our baby to ever use a pacifier. Why? I don't know. I also remember night #1 with Zoe in the hospital. She was fed, was swaddled, was being rocked, and still continued to scream at the top of her lungs for well over 1,000 hours - trust me, it felt that way! I remember very vividly clutching Zoe to my bosom, rocking her back and forth and asking/pleading for Everett to get a passy from the nursery! Which he promptly did. It was white and beautiful. We still have it and I look at it fondly whenever I see it; she's actually got it in her mouth in this picture! The next morning, we met with the pediatrician and he told us that the passy was fine, that sometimes babies just need to suck on something - not because they're hungry, but because they need it - and that it was better that Zoe suck on the passy and not poor Mommy!

We were real good at first, only giving it to her after we tried to sooth her in other ways - singing, rocking, nursing, etc. But then we got a little lazy and she started treating the passy as her personal play toy. She doesn't really need it, but now she wants it. And here we are, just about two years later, and the passy can no longer be. We have to get rid of it.

This article has some tips for starting a Great Passy Extraction. We went with the cold turkey method. We just made the rule that "passies are only for nite-nite". That's right, we're still letting her use it at night if she asks for it (which she still does), but no more day-time passy for Zoe. She's actually taking it okay. She sometimes gets into this I Want My Passy Mode which lasts anywhere from about 5-30 minutes. It involves pitiful cries of, "Paaaa-sssssssssssssy. Ma' paaaaaaaa-ssssssssssssssssy!" followed by some crying and clingy behavior. When I tell her no, she cries a little more, but I can usually reason with her that it isn't time for nite-nite so there's no passy right now. Or I distract her with stickers. Sticker distraction rocks!

So we'll see. This is still a work in progress. I'd like to have her off of passies completely for at least a few months by the time Mango shows up so she doesn't backtrack. I think Zoe can do it.

(I'd also like for Zoe to be out of diapers by the time Mango arrives, but one thing at a time!!)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Zoe the Photographer

Zoe has discovered that it can be quite fun being on the other side of the camera. So when she proclaims, "Zoe turn", I hand it over and let her shoot away.

I think we either (1) need to work on her centering capabilities, or (2) get this girl a gig as an emerging artist specializing in photography (although her crayon artwork is really something).

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Not so freaky Easter Bunny

There are a lot of freaky looking Easter Bunnies out there. They either have extremely large heads for such tiny bodies (are they mimicking fetuses?) or have white painted faces and wear wire ears. Weird, weird, weird.

This Easter Bunny wasn't too freaky-deaky. He (?) did wave and blow kisses in response to Zoe doing the same, but he was oddly still for most of the photo session. Which I guess is okay since you get a still picture and not a video anyway.

Zoe seemed to love the "bun-ny" though so that's all that matters. Happy Spring and Easter everyone!