29 April 2008
That's not a candle...
for the best effect, scroll down and pause the blog music then watch these!
Listen, I'm not a bad Mum on purpose...my kids eat organic and locally grown 75% of the time, we recycle, we donate to charity, but there is one thing I said I'd never do...and thats deprive my kids of a real birthday cake! I know other Moms (you know who you are) who would happily serve their children a wheat free, gluton free, vegan, lemon poppyseed tofu cake under the guise of 'Birthday Cake' but not I, this is not a time for the pure of heart, this is time for refined sugars, food coloring and potential system shutdown! This is CAKETIME people!
and wouldn't you know, it was appreciated! Bonding people, this is good bonding!
disclaimer: please ignore the snorting, I have no idea how that happened...snort.
28 April 2008
27 April 2008
Paisley l-o-v-e-s her bath! She cannot get enough of the water and as an added bonus she gets to play with toys! Her absolute favorites are a set of sea creatures my friend Tamara sent her! She uses them as teethers, and when she hears that her sister Piper is coming she has to figure out where to 'hide' them so that they dont get....bogarted! Her big sister is AWESOME at hoarding all the good toys...but not today eh Paisley! Tonight she had a special treat, bathtime with her sister...so they got to share a little.
We left the hospital and headed to lunch at Noodles & Company, both the girls were ravenous, and nothing beats their mac n'cheese on a cold & blustery Minnesota day! We couldnt resist taking a photo in front of Charlie Brown, since this is his home town after all...okay, St Paul is, but we were officially on the right side of the Missisippi! We spotted an old Vermont favorite and stopped to share a cookie sundae at Ben & Jerry's before heading home. mmmm. Can I tell you...off topic, if you happen to have one of these 'strolli riders' for the stroller you will be asked every 15 feet where on earth you bought it and how freaking cool it is...to be honest I love it, and so does Piper! I think at least 5-6 Drs asked us about it and pretty much every nurse...and the parking valet!
somebody is certainly enjoying those cookies!
zapping the baby!
Wonderful nurses taking care of Miss Paisley
I decided to sit int he MRI room with Paisley, at one point Paisley started to come around so they had to stop, push a wee bit more 'sleepy juice' and repeat some of the films. It was good to be with her as she fell asleep, I wanted her to know I wasn't going to leave her at all during the whole process. After about 45 minutes the scans were finished and we waited for her to wake up...seems that Paisley decided that she wanted to sleep a bit more since it was her real nap time and all the poking and prodding wore her out. The Docs weren't having any of that and let her snooze for about ten minutes before waking her up. She did great, despite the nasty old IV (we've been told from this point on a vascular specialist is needed and an ultrasound done to place an IV in the future!)
sleeping beauty...and bunny.
24 April 2008
23 April 2008
22 April 2008
Here she is...as promised..and like I said, her first crawl wasnt pretty, but it was motion and that's what counts most! We are now a few days later and she is going gangbusters, 10-15 feet at a time, not fast, still not particularly pretty but the speed in which she is improving and strengthening is astounding! We are so proud of her! I'm not sure Piper is quite ready for her little sister to be so mobile, we'll have to see how she reacts when Paisley can get from 'POINT A' to 'POINT TOY'..hmmm, I imagine there will be trouble!
check out the grin
I don't know where Miss P gets this smile from, it's one of her 'new' ones...she has quite the repitoire of facial expressions, but I still think it's cute...typical Mummy! She was especially pleased with her 'Jilli braids'(Piper's friend from the China trip)
above photo curtesy of Diana
Miss Paisley did very well at her first big soire, she has discovered a new passion, balloons!! Yes...there was a bonafide 'balloon guru' on site to make all sorts of goodies for the kids!! At one point she was wielding two balloon swords and having a blast. We really had a great time, and we got to meet a bunch of other families with Children from China too!
18 April 2008
17 April 2008
15 April 2008
Paisley doesn't seem to mind her snowsuit, it's a little lighter weight than the one Piper had. She is just so happy to be doing anything! As long as she is with her sister she is one happy camper!
hey, how come she has all the fun?
After the intense morning at the Clinic, we headed home for a nap. Paisley and Piper both woke up happy and ready for playtime! This is Paisleys favorite toy right now, a little choo choo train with animals that her Great Aunt Phyllis sent her.
It's taken Piper several days to let Paisley have a turn but now she has claimed it as her own! She is also making HUGE leaps and bounds in movement, in just the last week she has decided she wants to learn how to crawl, she's not quite there but I suspect in a week or so she will be speeding around the house like crazy! She is now able to get up on all fours and can move backwards a little, she can also go from her tummy to a sitting position..and roll to wherever she needs to go...not bad for a child who never had the opportunity to get on the floor for the first 10.5 months of her life! Last week we were told her ligaments were very loose due to inactivity and poor nutrition, and she was at risk for shoulder and hip dislocation...we were advised to have her spend at least 90% of her awake time on the floor playing, which we are adhering to...and boy the improvement is astounding!
one happy monkey!
14 April 2008
fields of gold
I have eluded to the fact that while in China Piper fell in with the 'wrong' crowd, or is it that Jilli fell in with the 'wrong' crowd? Either way Piper + Jilli = trouble! They were little imps, the pair of them. Inseparable. At one point Jilli's Mom had to resort to a collective 'time out' for both of the girls...well deserved I might add! They were none too pleased, but they paid their debt to society and went on the wreak havoc...together they were the hurricane sisters! Pity that Jilli and her family live in Florida...the girls did have fun with each other...but perhaps it's for the best eh!
luckily Jilli's Grandad Don was always on hand to pick up the pieces!