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May 31, 2009


Nana and Papa babysat Audrey and Charlie so Todd and I could go to a movie. It was the longest we have been away from Charlie and he slept the entire time. Audrey balanced on Nana and learned all about tennis from Papa.

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May 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Today is Mama's birthday and the celebration started a bit earlier than we would have wished for. Charlie received a trio of shots yesterday, and while fine during the day, he developed a fever and woke up crying several times during the night. In fact, he and I had a little slumber party after I calmed him down and then crashed on his floor sometime around 4 in the morning. Audrey was up and ready to start the day before too long. She doesn't wear the head scarf nearly often enough, so we knew she was doing her best to make this a special occasion!

Thankfully Jill just learned that she can add soy back to her diet, so I was able to whip up a batch of my famous dairy-free pancakes for her. Audrey helped me mix them up and horrified her mother by requesting I give her a squirt of syrup directly into her mouth. After breakfast, Audrey danced with her Mama to the sounds of her new Brit Box collection.

One birthday surprise came a day early - Chef Johnny T and his pal Billy came out to install our new patio door! As is the nature of these things, the door didn't quite fit and John had to come back this morning to finish up the job. To Audrey's delight, he brought Allysa and Channy with him! Jill and I ditched the kids with grandma for a quick trip to the store, realizing while we were out that it was the first time we had both been away from Charlie at the same time.

We originally planned to head into the city to meet up with Aunt Erinn and Uncle Kieran for some museum fun. When those plans fell apart, they graciously offered to come out and share in Jill's b-day dinner. We had been wanting to try Francesca's for ages and it was very much delicious. I think the kids wore their poor aunt and unlce out!

Happy birthday, Mama! Hope you had a fun day - we love you!!

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May 29, 2009

four months

It's hard to believe you've been with us for a whole third of a year, Charlie! You've come come a long way from that little guy who used to scream his head off for hours at a time. Well, you're still that guy from time-to-time, but now you're so much more!

You've become quite personable over the past few weeks, always quick to catch an eye and flash a smile. You're still very much in your own little world, but you're definitely becoming more and more observant. I had to capture this shot of you conversing with your twin brother in the mirror during this morning's bath.

As I'm sure you'll deny it later, I had to get a photo of you with your new favorite toy: Audrey's first baby doll...I suppose she's now your first baby doll too. This shot is a bit deceptive as you're usually chewing on her face. Baby and Bug are your best pals, it's fun to catch you "talking" to them.

While Mama ran out for a bit this afternoon, I tried to prop you up on the couch for some four month poses. I failed to capture the magic of you slowly falling over, but did manage to get this photo which I really like. It's not often we catch such earnestness on your face.

Keep up the good work, kid - your Mama and I love you!

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May 28, 2009


Today was Audrey's visit to the allergist. He does not believe she has any food or environmental allergies, but that her hives are idiopathic. All went well until Audrey had to give blood for a few more tests just to be sure. Major crying and drama ensued when the nurses had an elaborate buildup and then missed the vein on the first attempt.

Even though it was 9:30am, when we left Audrey wanted an ice cream cone, despite the fact she had never had one before. We could not deny her.

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May 26, 2009


Audrey "reading" The Three Bears to Charlie before bed

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May 25, 2009


Audrey tests out the new step. We are hoping the step makes it look like no plants grow here on purpose.

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May 24, 2009

flying frogs

Erinn and Kieran were going to be at Nana and Papa's today so we went out for a visit too.

The biggest excitement of the day was watching frogs in the creek.

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May 21, 2009


Audrey had another bad case of the hives today. She has been having regular outbreaks for almost five months now and it was first thought to be a food allergy, then some type of virus. I took her to the doctor again for it today and our next step is the allergist. Hopefully this will solve the mystery of the hives.

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May 20, 2009


My friend Nicci from high school was in town from Texas and brought her one-year old twins, Abby and Izzy, over to visit with us and Sara, Jack and Emma. I had not seen Nicci or the girls in almost a year. It was fun to catch up and have fairly new walkers toddling around the house.

Jack, Emma and Audrey seemed to be playing well together today. I am excited that Audrey is getting better at actually playing with friends, as opposed to playing next to them.

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May 19, 2009

happy birthday, Susan!

We had Susan over for her birthday and ate Indian food. Everyone had to suffer with vegan cake since I can't eat the real thing.

Audrey thought her green pepper looked like a sea horse. Very observant!

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May 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Seth!

Cousin Seth turned three last week and we went to his house today to celebrate. Audrey had her first experience with "sponge the bob", Seth's party theme.

Allysa, Tyler and Audrey checked out the coy fish.

Channamom spent time with Charlie.

Audrey was a bit too helpful to Seth while he opened gifts.

Last time we saw Grant he wasn't walking yet. Now he is all over the place.

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May 16, 2009

gone fishing

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May 13, 2009

this time was for real

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May 12, 2009

sign language

Todd, Susan and I had way too much fun encouraging Audrey to do the sign for airplane that looks an awful lot like something else...

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Charlie made quite a mess while we were out walking today. I had to wash him, the outfit and the carrier.

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May 11, 2009

raspberry finger puppet

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May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day! 2009!

Audrey woke up early to help me make some dairy-free waffles for Jill this morning. She was eager to lend a hand, whether it be stirring up the batter or applauding as I took each waffle off the waffle iron.

We stuck to tradition and treated Mama to breakfast in bed. I love that this year Audrey was able to call up the stairs "happy Mother's Day!" and "we made you some pancakes!" She even woke up talking about how much Mama was going to love some waffles, but a girl can get confused in the heat of the moment I guess.

Along with the waffles, strawberries and chai, we brought up a stack of presents: one each from Audrey, Charlie and Natasha. Charlie elected to sleep through the festivities and lord only knows what Natasha was up to. Audrey was more than happy to lend a helping hand when it came time to open the gifts.

Audrey was excited to check out one of the gifts, so Mama read a little of The Kittens of Boxville to her before moving on to the others.

It was Jill's day of choosing today, so we headed out to the outlet mall for some family fun. As you can see, Charlie chose to sleep through this part of the celebration too. Audrey decided to crank up the excitement by losing her best friend Meow - after going back over our tracks all the way to the car and pleading with Audrey to remember where she last had her, Jill found the poor cat abandoned on a rack of clothes in the store we had last visited. I can't imagine how miserable Audrey would have been once it sunk in that she had lost her constant companion, just one more reason to cheer for Mama today! We love you!!!

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May 09, 2009


Bridget and Dave visited today! They met Charlie for the first time and Audrey had a ton of fun playing with the contents of Bridget's purse and insisting they both dance with her.

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May 06, 2009

life of the party

Yes, Audrey has a lampshade on her head.

Audrey relaxed with Todd after all the lampshade madness.

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May 05, 2009


Audrey, Charlie and I walked at the park with Jake and Luke (and their moms and siblings) today and stopped at TWO parks along the way.

Swinging with Jake

Happy after a slide

No pictures of Charlie today, just news. We think he has the same milk sensitivity Audrey had while nursing. So, I have to eliminate dairy from my diet again for now. It has not affected his growth at all though, and at the doctor today weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces and was 26 inches long.

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May 04, 2009

twenty-nine months

Every month that goes by I can't believe how big Audrey is getting. Last week she started throwing her leg over the side of the crib and we knew we had to convert to the toddler bed. Since Saturday she has been in her big girl bed and so far her sleep is as good as always.

Somersaults and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" are Audrey's current obsessions. She asks probably twenty times a day for that story to be read. Also this month Audrey developed and got over a stifling fear of Natasha. For two weeks she was sure Natasha was out to bite her toes and wouldn't be in the same room as her. Then, just as quickly as it started, the fear ended and they are friends again.

I don't understand how that little brain of her works but I love all of the crazy things she comes up with!

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May 03, 2009

ten day bread

We had to cancel our plans for the day because Charlie woke up with one eye very red and swollen and a very cranky demeanor. Also Audrey broke out in hives again during breakfast. Both issues cleared up by the afternoon and things really started to look up when Todd's parents stopped by for a quick visit.

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May 02, 2009

free comics and free bounces

Woo hoo! Free comic book day! Audrey and Todd had a date. Instead of paying attention while driving home, Todd was apparently taking pictures of Audrey reading her comic book bounty.

Then it was off to Jeffery's birthday party. And what a party it was! What more could a girl who loves to bounce ask for?

Audrey had some bounce time with cousins Imani and Jaila.

Charlie kept a close eye on Meow while his sister jumped.

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