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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grandma's here!

Grandma "Gee-ill" came to give some sugar to her grandkids! Max loved to be held close and often to Grandma, Zoe loved doing crafts with her roommate, and since Everett was away on business for a week, Mommy appreciated the extra help and company.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Fall!

We headed to a local farm for some fall fun! Zoe had a blast walking, or rather running, through the corn maze! "Mommy, I'm hiding!"

They had the neatest thing: a corn box! It was kind of like a sand box, but with kernels of corn! The kids were going crazy in there, and Zoe was no exception! One older boy was throwing corn around (which was verboten, but he and his parents didn't care) and some got on Zoe. She just turned around and laughed in his direction. She's such a good-natured kid!

They also had a huge playground and duck racing thingie - that's the technical term! There were these plastic ducks and the kids had to pump the water down a tube to the other side where other children were there to send the ducks back. "Quack, quack, duckies! Quackie duckies!" Zoe got really into it!

Finally, they had a pumpkin patch where Zoe got to chose her own pumpkin! We taught her the cardinal rule of pumpkin-picking: get one with a stem. After we told her that, she kept pointing at pumpkins and saying, "That one has a stem. That's good!"

Max was a little less than impressed. He slept snuggled in the baby bjorn for most of the afternoon. Ah, to be young again and having a blast in a Corn Heaven or asleep nestled next to one's Daddy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

All my children

Zoe loves to hold her "brudder Maximilwin":

Zoe says "cheese" and Max says, "waaaa!":

Zoe loves to play with Max:

My boys:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy One Month!

Max's first month has come and gone! I really can't believe it! Four weeks goes amazingly fast when you are sleep deprived, are continually feeding a person from your person, and are taking care of an older sister who has become quite demanding of Mommy's time.

Max finally lost his belly button crud at 28 days and the next day he got his first bath. He kind of liked it. He got in and you could see his little wheels turning in his head, "Hmmm, I think I like this. Yes, warm water, Mommy washing me, warm water...oh wait, I'm awake and not crying. This doesn't seem right. Waaaaaaaaa!" Okay, Max doesn't constantly cry when he's awake, but he quickly realized that day that he shouldn't get too comfy in that bathtub! But I'm happy to say that he loves his bath now! He sits in there, cooing and looking alternatively in my eyes and out the window. The crying commences when I take him out of the warm-water-heaven.

The best part of bathtime for me is afterwards when he's all clean and dry and he smells so yummy that I have to remind myself that he's my son and not some gastric delight. He just looks around, content as can be, and we have Mommy and Max time. This consists of me gazing into his grayish blue eyes, smiling reflexively back at him, and telling him how much better my world is with him in it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Welcome to the world, Max!

Well we had a baby so it was time to celebrate! We had a party for Max to celebrate his entry into our world. We wanted to have it outdoors somewhere, but Saturday turned out to be cold and damp - not exactly ideal conditions for a newborn! So we moved the party indoors to a local pizza joint.

Zoe was a gracious hostess and spent the morning decorating a special cake for Max with sugar-based pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, and "Boo" "cake-stickers" and orange and black sprinkles. She loved it and I loved making the cake with her!

As with Zoe's welcome party 2 years ago, we had a journal for people to give Max some advice to be given to him when he turns 16 in 2025. My goodness that seems so far away! And I just realized that I will be 50 then! Yikes! Okay, back to the present where I am not 50 and my son is not 16! Guests were given homemade chocolate cigars to take home with them - thanks to my Mom who helped me make them before Max made his arrival.

Now you must know - Max is a party animal! That boy slept the entire party! He squawked a few times, but never really woke up. I'm sure our guests would have liked the opportunity to hold him, but they undoubtedly should be grateful they didn't get to experience his cries!

I was glad we could have this party before we left Nashville to celebrate Max with our friends. We don't have much time left here in Nashville, and although I'm sure we'll keep in touch, we're going to miss being close to our friends here. Our friends are our family and we sure are going to miss them!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Family Movie Night

Zoe doesn't watch a lot of TV - besides her few Dora DVDs - but on Friday we had our first Family Movie Night! We shut off all the lights, moved the couch to sit across from the TV, made some popcorn, and put in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Do you realize how old this movie is? It first aired in 1966! How many generations of children have watched this classic? Now we can add Zoe to the list!

She totally cracked me up watching the 22-minute Halloween-themed saga! She sat, rapt with attention, eating her popcorn out of her pumpkin pail not moving an inch! She was enchanted with Mr. Shultz's creation. I don't think she understood too much besides the fact that "that girl (aka Lucy) was not very nice"!

But the movie just helped fuel her love of all things pumpkin. She is very much into Halloween this year and I am just over the moon thinking about how much fun this whole holiday season is going to be with her!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Crawling on the ceiling

Because why not?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Going with the flow

Max is doing great...or rather he's sleeping and not doing much else...which I guess is pretty great for both Mom and babe!

I'm not sure why that first picture is oriented upside down, but it may serve as today's lesson: just go with the flow, man! I love his little froggy legs!

Here's a video of Max being Max...enjoy!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lucky stroller

We headed to Oktoberfest in Germantown last weekend. It wasn't our first time there, but it will probably be our last beer festival in Nashville. So sad, but there will be other beer festivals...

Zoe was once again a hit with dancing:

And our stroller, complete with a sleeping baby, was once again the lucky recipient of two full beers in her cup holders:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Catch up

So it's been a while since I've posted. What can I say? Things have been busy around here! Instead of posting a whole bunch of posts, there are a few dates and events that I'd like to record so how about I catch you all up on the last few weeks?

Mom left on Mango's due date, September 29th. You can see from the picture that Zoe was not too happy to see her Grandma go...and neither was her Mommy! The last night Mom was here was tough. Zoe kept waking up throughout the night crying for Mommy and Max decided to wake up a lot more frequently than I had been accustomed to so I was exhausted. I was sad to see Mom go, but it was time.

The next date that I want to remember is Friday, October 2. That was the day we had scheduled an induction to get Mango out if s/he hadn't made an appearance yet. Everett called me that morning to tell me that his Outlook had alerted him that we were going to have a baby that day! I don't think I would have opted for the induction though - I had an appointment scheduled for the following Monday.

The first weekend in October brought Granny and Granddaddy Gill! We had a great time visiting Bass Pro Shops, going fishing, and just hanging out watching Max and playing with Zoe. Granny brought a bunch of canned soups, veggies, and jams for our eating pleasure. So good! They also brought some presents for the kids. Zoe received a baby doll complete with a handmade blanket, as well as a talking book which she loves!

That weekend we also made an offer on a house - or tried to. When we put in our offer, we learned that the people selling had just accepted another offer so we lost that house. We currently have an offer in on a house that we previously had made an offer on but lost out to another buyer. Evidently, that deal fell through so the house came back on the market. Now we just wait and see. It's kind of nerve wracking not knowing where we'll be living in a month, but there's not much we can do about it. I have faith that all will work out in the end.

Overall, we're doing great. Zoe is loving being a big sister and loves her little "pop baby Max". We have no idea what a "pop baby" is, but we just go with it! Everett and I are learning to be parents to 2 kids on less sleep than we'd like, but we're having fun!