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June 29, 2009

five months

Charlie is becoming a really giggly, happy little guy. He wakes up in the morning laughing and squealing with delight. I don't know where he gets it, none of the rest of us are morning people.

We keep thinking a tooth is going to show up any day now. There is definitely teething going on, as evidenced by all of the drooling and chewing. We swear he says "hi" and I know he says "mama" when he is upset and crying. And he is so close to rolling over.

This month Charlie found his toes and discovered he could get them into his mouth. It seemed to be a short phase and he doesn't do it very much, thank goodness.

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animal houses

Todd took the day off from work today so I could take Audrey back the allergist without Charlie in case there was any of the drama of the last visit. The only new development is that Audrey's daily dosage of antihistamines is up to twice per day. After the appointment we took a family trip to the arboretum to see the human-sized animal houses.

We started at the prairie habitat with the ant colony and coyote den. Audrey did not want any part of the climbable spider web.

a bridge on the prairie trail

ant colony

Next was the wetland. Audrey really liked the polliwog pond and kept going back to it. She was practically pole dancing on the puzzle weed.

beaver lodge

skunk den

We did not make it to the third habitat, the woodlands - next time!

When we got home from the arboretum Audrey successfully used the potty! Her chosen reward: polish on her fingernails.

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June 28, 2009

big boy bath

Charlie had his first bath in the big tub today.

This was supposed to be a bath just for Charlie, but Audrey didn't want to miss out on any fun and got in too.

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June 27, 2009

tea party

Audrey was talking about tea parties this morning so I thought it was time to get out the play set she received from Nana a long time ago. She shared her tea with Purple Baby (aka Dirty-face Baby) and even served chai for me. Audrey got the crown yesterday from John when we went to Channamom's to escape paint fumes and avoid the heat because Audrey had another bad case of the hives. She has barely taken it off since.

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June 25, 2009

hot day

Audrey and I braved the heat and played outside for a while this morning.

In the afternoon, Nana and Papa came over to jump start the painting of the family room. We never would have gotten the project done (or probably even started) without their help!

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June 24, 2009

no water chai

We finally got together again with Tracy today and had a fun time visiting and watching big girl Abby dance. Audrey was not as interested in Abby as she was when we met her at one month old. She just wanted to play with Abby's toys. Charlie just wanted to chew on Abby's toys.

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June 23, 2009


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June 21, 2009

happy father's day, dada!

We celebrated Todd with a special breakfast, a few gifts and by letting him choose our day's activities. Todd opted for a much-deserved day of relaxing at home. It's the least we could do for the man who puts a roof over our head, food on our plates and love in our hearts (aww).

French toast and comics. What more could a father ask for?

In typical Audrey fashion, she spilled the beans to Todd about his presents beforehand, just like she did for christmas. I coached Audrey to say "thank you for everything you do for us" to Todd but it came out as "you do what you do". I think Todd got the idea though.

"I love you this much, dada!"

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June 20, 2009

insisting on peacocks

When Audrey woke up this morning she told Todd she wanted to go see the peacocks. So we went to see the peacocks at the nearby free zoo.

Audrey was not scared as she has been of the peacocks, but did not want to go into the reptile house. Luckily for us a couple of the tortoises were outside in their "exercise area". The elusive otter was also out today.

We made a quick stop at the mastodon to marvel at his big footprints and drop rocks in the puddles before heading home.

Guess what Charlie was doing at the zoo.

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June 19, 2009

join in the chant

Hooray! Kristin and her children Ellie, Eden and August are in town from Iowa and came to visit today. Sara, Jack and Emma came over too. It is always great to see Kristin, even if it is impossible to have a full conversation with all of these kids distracting us!

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June 18, 2009


Audrey has decided that Baby Giggle's new name is Girl Charlie and she keeps setting her up next to Charlie in her own toy bouncy seat.

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June 17, 2009

chalk drawing

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June 16, 2009


Charlie took his first ride in the jumperoo yesterday. He didn't seem to know what to make of it.

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June 15, 2009

children's garden

Today we made a trip to the arboretum to meet Nicole, Nathan and Griffin.

Audrey was more interested in playing with Griffin in the rocks than going through the maze.

Before today I didn't know this stream the kids can play in existed. Nathan was very convincing trying to get Audrey in the water. Audrey waded a bit but mostly rolled around in mud on the side.

Nathan and Griffin

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from the video vault: Charlie laughs!

We've been really bad about getting video up here, we know. This one is a few weeks old and features a side of our little guy that most people haven't had the pleasure of seeing in person yet.

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June 14, 2009

googoo goggles

Susan gave me the idea to have Audrey wear goggles during her bath so she wouldn't be so scared of getting soap in her eyes. It worked! Audrey thought it was really fun to wear them and didn't even notice when I washed her hair.

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June 13, 2009

all the boys and all the girls

Impromptu rainy morning tent

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June 12, 2009


It has been a few months since we have seen Amber and Brylen. We met them at the zoo this morning and the girls picked right up where they had left off. And what would a visit with them be without Brylen feeding Audrey?

Charlie was awake enough to give a few coos and smiles to Amber.

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June 11, 2009

Thursday photos

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June 10, 2009

bubble girl

While Charlie napped this morning, Audrey and I planted flowers and blew and chased bubbles.

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June 09, 2009

lady and the tramp

Todd used to make Pips(the cat) do this with spaghetti too.

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June 08, 2009

tummy time with Audrey

Audrey got in on some of tummy time action today.

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June 07, 2009

turn baby turn!

Charlie is starting to show signs that he might be ready to turn over from his back to his front. He doesn't try very hard; once he gets about half way, he hangs out in that position for a while.

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June 06, 2009

crab walk

Susan stopped over tonight and spent some time trying to teach Audrey how to walk like a crab. Audrey promised to practice, stay tuned for further developments.

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June 04, 2009

two and a half years

Two and a half has hit during a bit of a rough time for Audrey. Due to being a two year old and, also in my opinion, the trauma of her last blood draw there have been many problems with sleeping and new fears. When Audrey is not being scared of baths, the dark, closed doors, open doors, strangers, cars, dogs and bugs or refusing to stay in her room at bed and naptime, she is her usual sweet, silly self.

She is loving when the weather is nice and we can go for walks, play with bubbles and dig in the dirt.

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June 03, 2009

tummy time with dada

Charlie and Dada bond with a little bit of tummy time.

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June 01, 2009

seven years ago

Today is our seven year wedding anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, we took a family trip to the park.
Audrey got to show Todd the mastodon slide. It had been raining and there were daunting spiderwebs, so there was no sliding today.

We spent a lot of time watching fish splash out of the water in the lake.

Todd and Audrey hung out in the sunken garden until other people came to look at the fountain and Audrey had a stranger danger freak out.

Yes, Charlie was at the park with us but was trapped in the stroller and slept through most of it as usual. Back at home he participated in his new favorite activity: sucking on his fingers like there is no tomorrow.

Rickie came to babysit with Imani, Jeffery and Jaila so Todd and I could enjoy a child-free dinner! Thanks, Rickie!!

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