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February 28, 2009

The Adventures of Audrey Mae and Charlie Milo

Our plan was to roll out a new look for the blog to coincide with Charlie's birth. Due to his early arrival that didn't happen. Now that he is a month old we have finally updated some elements and are happy to introduce a new and improved The Adventures of Audrey Mae and Charlie Milo...

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February 22, 2009

Audrey and the dance of horses

In honor of the 81st annual Academy awards, I respectfully submit this short film of a girl's unbridled passion for dance.

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February 21, 2009

carpet angels

Audrey insisted she come outside and help me shovel the driveway this morning. What a good helper!

She wouldn't make snow angels in the snow but did on the carpet.

Meanwhile, Charlie stayed warm during his first trip into the playhut.

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February 20, 2009

multi-state playdate

My friend Kristin and her children were in town to see family and stopped by for a visit with us and Sara, Jack and Emma. It has been over a year since we last saw our Iowa friends. All of the kids have grown so much!

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February 19, 2009

puddin' in a cloud

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February 18, 2009

hives and stumps

Our 401st post finds us with no Audrey. Oh, she's still around, she's just suffering the outbreak of a particularly nasty case of hives. We were under the impression at first that they were due to a food allergy but her doctor is not so sure. Aud bravely gave 4(!) vials of blood yesterday and we're awaiting the results of the tests. Today the hives were at their worst, taking quite a toll on the poor girl's spirit. Add in the fact that she refuses to voluntarily take her medicine and the situation just gets ugly. We will spare you the photos.

Charlie picks up the slack today with a gross little development of his own - his umbilical cord fell off this morning! Here he is showing off his brand new belly button to the world.

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February 14, 2009

happy Valentine's Day!

Through no special planning, today turned out to be a pretty big celebration for a holiday we usually don't think too much about. Audrey and Charlie received gifts this morning, Audrey a book on Paris and Charlie a plush bug. Here's Audrey presenting him with his new toy.

With all the warm weather it was odd to look out the window and see a blanket of snow covering everything in view. Audrey was eager to get out her bucket & rake and her shovel to move some of it around. It was already beginning to melt by the time we got out, but there was enough left to keep us entertained.

My favorite part of the day involved the creation of our snowbaby! We put it right out front near the window so we'd be able to check on it from inside. Unfortunately by this afternoon all the snow was gone from the front yard with the exception of two small globs that were once this cute little guy.

For dinner we ordered a heart shaped pizza which turned out to be a big circle with a slight arch at the top and a crusty point on the bottom. Audrey had been waiting patiently all day and finally was allowed to rip into her special Valentine's Day cupcake. Here she is waiting to be passed some sprinkles to decorate the top.

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February 13, 2009

special delivery

Audrey, Meow and I hit the neighborhood streets this afternoon to drop off some messages of love and friendship.

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February 12, 2009

making Valentine's Day cards

Audrey was hard at work today making Valentine's Day cards for her grandparents. I wrote in a generic message and the rest was all her. Markers, stamps, and stickers all came in handy in setting the right tone.

Here's Audrey showing off the dirty side of her artistic furor.

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February 11, 2009

back to story time

Audrey and I went back to the library for story time today. It was fun and all, but I think the girl was more excited that we used an umbrella to get through the rain than she was by the stories about Valentine's Day and hair (really, "hair" was part of the theme). I snapped a quick shot of Audrey hard at work on her craft at the end of the session: a self portrait constructed of crayons, yarn for hair and googly eyes. Audrey stuck a heart on for the lips, which elevated the piece to greatness.

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February 10, 2009

unseasonably warm

We've been virtual shut-ins lately, so it was nice to see some warm weather come our way on a day we needed to leave the house. Charlie took his first shopping trip to Babies R Us and slept through the entire visit. Very unlike us, we did not record the occasion with a photo, must be the sleep deprivation.

Because it was so nice out, Audrey and I took a walk around the neighborhood before her nap. She held my hand and talked my ear off. And looked for pine cones.

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February 09, 2009

weigh in

We took Charlie to the doctor again today for a weight check. It is safe to say that this boy is getting his nutrients, which is quite a relief after some recent exorcist-like spitting up. He is weighing in at 8 pounds 12 ounces. Looks like a satisfied customer to me.

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February 07, 2009

mike and lynn

Mike and Lynn came out to get a look at baby Charlie and surprise us with lunch (not to mention whisking Todd away to a 3D showing of Coraline).

Here's the post visit discussion at dinner.

Audrey: Who came to visit with my, my Mike?

Todd: C'mon, you know who that was.

Audrey: I do not remember her name. I do not.

Todd: That was Lynn!

Audrey: Lynn.

Jill: You remember Lynn, she's really nice to you.

Audrey: She's really cute.

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February 06, 2009

with the boys

Today Audrey's friend Jake turned two and Audrey attended his birthday party along with Luke and the siblings Brooke and Brady.

Drop off birthday parties with boys starting already? Are we ready for this??

While Audrey was with her boys we gave Charlie his first documented sponge bath. He did really well - I remember Audrey screaming during and after her baths early on.

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February 05, 2009

grandparent to the rescue

Audrey received a present from her little brother today. We got her a doll cradle so that she would have some excitement amongst all of the fanfare for Charlie.

Audrey thanks Charlie.

And a big thank you to Channamom for visiting and helping out with some housework while she was here!

We didn't get any pictures, but Susan visited tonight and treated us to spinach and tomato pizza. Thanks Nunu!

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February 04, 2009

twenty-six months

Audrey came up on 26 months today as her parents tried their best to keep up (still plenty of adjusting to the new presence in the home). Audrey had Dada all to herself this morning as they shared a visit to the library for story time. After learning all about polar bears, Audrey suggested they stop to get Mama a combo for lunch, though it is likely this was just a ploy to get some corn on the cob for herself.

Audrey has been great with her little brother, or as she refers to him, "my new baby." With all the baby excitement it would be easy to forget old friends, but Audrey makes sure to have fun with her pal Natasha too.

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February 03, 2009

grandparents to the rescue

Nana and Papa came for a visit, bringing food and gifts. Audrey received some clothes for her dolls, but she still needs a little help determining where each article is intended to go...

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February 01, 2009

doctor visit

Charlie had his first doctor appointment today. He is just about back up to his birth weight, which means he is getting plenty to eat, and the doctor says he looks great.

Audrey kept herself busy while waiting for the doctor to see Charlie by "standing like dada."

Amber came for a visit this evening to meet Charlie, bringing a ton of food for us. Thanks, Amber!

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Yesterday we got Charlie bundled up and came home from the hospital after a two day stay.

Audrey is excited to have baby brother finally home.

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