Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

What a great Thanksgiving!

We kicked off the day with a Turkey Trot (8k). It was so great to see so many members of my family running it together! I hope this becomes an annual tradition.
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Thank you to Dave and Aunt Beth who came to cheer everyone on and help me watch Killian while I *tried* to snap some pictures of people as they neared the finish line. Dave ran a "short" 6 miles that morning from his house to meet us there and arrived looking like he had just leisurely gotten out of bed a few minutes ago! Showoff! :-)

Mike's feeling pretty good as he's about to cross the finish line!
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John was so fast, I missed him running right by me. He called my name as he went running past me and I caught this blurry shot of him waving.
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It was both Mike and John's first race. Congrats guys!

The rest of the day was filled with good company and good food, of course. And so here are some pictures of a cute baby eating!

Killian loves hummus so much, he just eats it with a spoon.
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Killian whets his appetite for Thanksgiving dinner with a little chocolate ice cream.
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That's a happy toddler.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Photo Outtakes

For some reason it was much more difficult taking holiday photos this year with a 17-month old than it was last year with a 5-month old. We didn't get a good family shot, because the only way Killian would smile was if one of us was behind the camera making him smile. But we did get nice shots of each of us with him and enough good photos for a Christmas card. Enjoy the outtakes :)

Mom and Dad look pretty good... Killian's not smiling.
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Somebody apparently just took Killian's candy.
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Huh?
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This bores me.
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Great, Killian's finally smiling in a family photo. So of course, Mike is making a goofy face.
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How did the hair on the back of his head get so messy!
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We sang "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Killian to make him smile and he decided to sing along too.
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Finally. Everybody's smiling. And everyone, including Mr. Reindeer, looks completely goofy. This is actually one of my favorites!
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All the photos are here.

Wordless Wednesday: Uptown Charlotte

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Monday, November 22, 2010

17 Months: Letter to Killian

Dear Killian,

This past month you have become a very big fan of reading books. You spend a lot of time reading. When people come visit, you often throw a book on their lap and then climb on top of them to be read to. Your favorite book right now is "What Do You Do?" You've learned that milk comes from cows, and when you see the picture of the cow, you immediately start signing for milk. You've impressed me with your sense of humor. You recognize when something is silly like the "Oops!" book.

You've picked up a few more words this month, like "hot" and "broom." You've become more consistent with shaking your head for "yes" or "no" when we ask you a question.

Your buddy Ashton taught you how to say "Cheers!" with your cup.

You're big enough now to do "Shoulders" with Daddy! You're getting better about not pulling Dad's hair while you're up there too.

You've gotten extremely good at climbing on all sorts of furniture. As your dad describes it, if you can wrap your hands around the base of something (like the back of a chair) and get some of your stomach on the object, you use your abs to pull your legs up, and then pull yourself up onto the object. You love a good challenge.

You continue to love to cook and clean, and this month you have been eager to take the trash out for us!

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Love,
Mom

Sunday, November 21, 2010

24 Weeks

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Oh and what's that behind me? Our sweet new minivan. It's pretty awesome. And it's my favorite color - midnight blue with "weezer blue" sparkles!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I am very excited about my new pegboard.

The last box has been unpacked! That means we are finally getting around to decorating and adding some personal touches to our place.

Before: A barren, empty wall in our kitchen. Sad.

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After: A wall... but with a whimsical fabric-covered pegboard and Gill's awesome family calendar, ready to aid in home and family organization. Happy.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Strangers & Pregnancy

I love that a few weeks ago, a stranger made a comment about my pregnancy unprovoked. That means I’m finally showing enough to look obviously pregnant (to some) rather than just fat, schlumpy, or like I’ve just let myself go a little bit. I was in the check-out line at the grocery store and the clerk was talking to Killian. When I moved around the counter to pay, she saw my belly and exclaimed, “Oh and another on the way!” Finally!!! Thank you.

I'm amused by the things complete strangers have said to me regarding my pregnancy. When I’m out without Killian, I still get a question I got all the time with Killian’s pregnancy – “Is it your first?” I generally take that as a compliment – I guess I look young and energized enough that I don’t look like I have other kids? (And I know people are just trying to make conversation.) When I explain that I have a toddler too, sometimes the follow-up question is “Oh wow, so was this pregnancy planned?” That strikes me as a rather personal question to ask someone you just met a few moments ago (dental hygienist, woman at the maternity store, etc)! One of these days I will answer creatively. “Yes, but it’s not my husband’s,” she said in a hushed voice.

Now that I know this question is naturally on so many people’s minds apparently, I now just say after explaining I have a toddler too that, “We just wanted to get ‘em done”, which people seem to understand.

But the real reason I’m writing this post is to tell you the best thing you could ever say to a pregnant lady. And that is simply, “You look great!” Believe me, those words are always music to my ears and are immensely appreciated, since I am usually at the moment not feeling great and have been suffering from negative body image, due to the feeling that I’m no longer in command of my body and all is spinning out of control. So remember to tell the next pregnant lady you see that she looks great. And probably don’t bother asking about the circumstances of the baby’s conception :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Killian's First Hockey Game

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Friday night was Killian's (and my) first hockey game. It was a spur of the moment decision and we had no idea how he would do there, but it turned out to be a fun evening. Killian was interested in all the lights, but it was mostly his buddy, Ashton, (and Ashton's snacks!) that kept him entertained.

Awwww how sweet. Killian giving Ashton a hug near the concession stand:
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On the way home, we were all very impressed with Ashton's dedication to pushing Killian in the stroller. He pushed him almost the entire way home. Killian eventually fell asleep and once Ashton realized Killian was asleep, he started yelling "hey! hey!" at him, like he didn't want Killian sleeping while he was doing all the work!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Proud Parental Moment: Killian Says "Shit!" (Video)

I was uploading the day's pictures to the computer, and the memory card must not have been used in awhile, because some old files loaded that I had never seen before. One of which was a short video of me falling over in a chair. (Thanks, Mike.) At the end of the clip, you can hear me mutter "oh shit!" as the chair topples over. Well, Killian was sitting right next to me when I watched the video... and then the next thing we know... Killian has a new word.

Of course, we might have encouraged it just a little... we might have re-played the video a few times to hear him say it again and again. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Aunt Julie

Killian had a visit from a six-year old ball of energy and enthusiasm this past weekend - his Aunt Julie.
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I love when Julie visits. She's a sweetheart. Not only do I love the energy and enthusiasm she brings into the house, but she also keeps Killian entertained for hours.

She spent the night Friday night and Saturday morning, we were at the park before dawn.
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We stopped by Amelie's for a mid-morning snack before heading to Discovery Place. Killian understands what "Discovery Place" is, but it was the words "pumpkin muffin" that got him running to the front door. He loves his pumpkin muffin.
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Discovery Place was a blast, as always.
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I love how they read books together for the longest time.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scary Halloween Pic: Killian and a Knife

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Ok, maybe not so scary. It was too warm for Killian to wear the doggy costume I bought for him on clearance last year (and he would hate wearing it too), so we just put this little monster tee-shirt on him and spray-painted his hair green. We tried trick-or-treating, but as I expected, he wasn't that into it. Unfortunately, we didn't get any good pictures from the three houses we visited.

When we got home last night, he insisted on making his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich (as he does every time he wants a sandwich). And yes, we let our son use a knife. (It's a Montessori concept :P)  In some areas lately, he has become fiercely independent. He is also turning into a recreational sandwich-maker - he likes to make the sandwich, but not always eat it.