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Friday, January 29, 2010

Chow time

I cannot believe it, but it's time to start feeding Max something other than milk or formula. Rice cereal here we come!

So far he's "eaten" twice. The picture is from time #1, the video from time #2. Sure, most of the runny foodstuff ended up on his chin and the whole feeding experience lasted maybe 3 minutes each time (he was screaming in protest not more than 30 seconds after the video below was taken), but it's progress!

Now, if we can only get Zoe to eat something other than mac-n-cheese...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Take my picture Mommy!

I think we've created a monster!

We took these pictures at Flamingo Gardens, located on Flamingo Road. We do live in Florida now after all!

This park is right up the road from us and is part wildlife sanctuary (lots of owls and reptiles) and part botanical garden (we learned that a banana tree is actually a plant!). They also have a white parrot named Zoe who says "Zoe" when you ask him "Who's pretty?" It's no Nashville Zoo (we really miss that place!), but it's a pretty good alternative!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


On weekdays, I am in charge of getting myself, Zoe, and Max dressed, fed, and out the door no later than 8:15am. It actually isn't as bad as it seems. I can get most of myself ready while Everett is still home, and sometimes he's able to get Zoe or Max dressed and/or fed. But after Everett leaves, there's a lot of going between people in the morning accomplishing one task per person at a time. You know: change Max's diaper, brush Zoe's hair, brush my teeth, dress Max, etc. Well this morning, I put Max down in Zoe's room as I went across the upstairs to my room to put on my clothes (there's a lot of half-nakedness in the AM too!) and Max started crying. "Okay, buddy, I'm coming!" I yelled. As I walked back towards Zoe's room, Max's crying was replaced by Zoe's signing:

"Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Along was a spider,
Sat beside her,
Miss Muffet went away!"

She had laid down next to him to "snuggle". He loved it! I said, "Zoe he likes your singing!" And she says, squeezing Max, "I love you, Maxi!" Of course I melted and barely finished saying, "Oh how sweet!" when she followed up with, "I love you soooo much Maxi!"

I think this two kid thing is going to work out just fine!

Monday, January 25, 2010

18 weeks

Dear Max,

If you're reading this, then it means your much older than you are right now - which is 18 weeks today! Yikes! Oh kid, I love ya. And you have to believe me - just because I have not meticulously kept track of your first 18 weeks of life like I did with your sister's, I love you just the same. It's just that things are much different than they were when your sister was this age.

For starters, we've moved to a new house in a new part of the country where we know no one. This has been hard since your Dad and I are the type of people who love interacting with people - people outside our grand family - and our community. We've been adjusting well, exploring the our new surroundings, and making the best of every day. And eventually, we'll meet new people, find new friends, and identify new routines, but in the meantime our every day routines are so topsy-turvey that it's hard to get settled.

Your Dad and I have new places of employment as well. True, your Dad re-located within his company to a new office, but it's still an adjustment. I have completely changed jobs and am now responsible for teaching 4 college classes. Promise me that when you get to college that you'll appreciate your professors! In addition to teaching, I have a myriad of other college responsibilities - the same as any job does - and the newness of this (or any) job is both exciting and tiring.

We're still unpacking the house and trying to get everything set up. Every weekend we unpack one more box and hang up one more picture. But your poor room has yet to be decorated. Not that it matters - you're still sleeping in our closet. We should probably move you in your own room, but I just can't do it yet. Maybe tonight. It's just that you're still not sleeping through the night. It's not too bad though. After you go to bed around 7pm, you wake at 11 pm, 3am, and then around 5 or 6 am. By then, we're up for the day anyway. I'm no longer nursing. This was a hard decision for me to make, but given everything it was the best decision to make.

You had your 4 month check up last week and you now weigh 13 pounds, 3 ounces and you're 26 inches long! Big boy! You smile like crazy whenever I see you and it makes me so happy to hear your gurgling and cooing. You love your big sister! Zoe loves to lay next to you and hold your hand. She also loves kissing and licking (?? I have no idea why) your head. "Oh little Maximo!" she exclaims often!

Max, we could not imagine our family without you. Our little sweet boy who has completed our family of four. I hold many memories close to my heart, and even if I don't put them down here, know that I cherish every minute that you've been in my life.