Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The whole thing got me thinking about the last hurricane we experienced, Hurricane Bob, back in 1991. We were stuck in a cottage on Cape Cod and my poor father (Mr. Safety) had to worry about his family and the three friends my sister and I had brought with us. I remember sitting in the middle of the living room (we weren't allowed to sit near the windows) and watching my sister's friend Tracy folding a TV guide into the shape of a Christmas tree. We spent a week with no electricity, no water, and no way to get out of our road or to the beach. Needless to say, it was a memorable trip for all the wrong reasons.
Thinking back on that trip now, as a parent, I can just imagine how nervous my parents must have been. Things are a lot less exciting when your babies (or someone else's) are involved. Thankfully, we all made it out just fine.
Since we are the only ones with electricity this time around, we've had a lot of visitors. Ella has been very spoiled by her Nene over the past couple of days and even Christina and baby Loreli came over to shower and eat a hot meal. Well, Loreli brought her own food, but the bath was provided. So, at least we've had some company.
Hope everyone else is fine, too.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Well, it's that time of year again. Back to school for Ella B and her mommy. The little devil has grown out of the butterfly room and into the Bumblebee room. Here she is on her first morning as a Bumblebee. She loves her new classroom and her new friends, but still has a really hard time each morning when we drop her off. Thursday was especially difficult because somebody bit her on the arm! I figure it was bound to happen some time and I'm kind of glad that she wasn't the first one to do the biting. Her teachers applied some ice and some love, so I think she will be okay.
Ella B also spent one of my first days at work with me. Here she is at freshman orientation day wearing her Link Crew t-shirt with her mommy. She loved meeting all the kids and running around the gym, and I loved showing off my little nugget.
It's hard to believe that it is time to begin the school year again. I keep thinking about what a little baby she was last year and how I spent my first day back at work pumping and crying on the way to school. Oh what a difference a year makes. Now it is all smiles and no big deal for these two ladies. We love our time together, but we're okay apart, too and that's what growing up is all about, I guess.
Good luck to everybody heading back to school and watch out for Irene!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Today Ella B and I spent some time cooking pancakes together, or I cooked and she swirled egg shells and flour in a bowl with a whisk. Either way, it got me excited for our culinary future. Most of you know that cooking is just about my favorite thing in the whole world and that the only reason I don't leave it all behind and go to culinary school is that I actually have no desire to work in a restaurant. Ideally, I would author glossy, brightly-colored cookbooks and host my own Food Network show where Jamie Oliver and Chuck Hughes stopped by to marvel at my blue cheese souffle and rosemary lamb chops....but I digress.
So, you might imagine that I've been envisioning cooking a meal with my child since before I even had a bun in the oven. As a child, I use to sit on the counter and watch my mother bake cookies. I would describe the piles of flour as snow-caped mountains and the eggs as falling sunsets. I loved watching the process of cooking as much as I loved the final outcome. It was like an art project you could eat which, obviously, is the best kind of art project ever. It also filled the house with these beautiful, comforting smells, and everyone's bellies with a little touch of heaven.
Right now, Ella B doesn't really know what cooking is, but she loves the smell of cinnamon and vanilla and she loves the texture of flour against her fingertips. She knows that some things are hot and that things in a bowl need to be stirred. She doesn't have all the techniques or the terminology down, but she has the curiosity, and that's the most important part, I think.
The ritual of cooking is a joyful experience for me and I can't wait to share that joy with Ella B one day, but for now, I'll settle for a bowl of egg shells and a happy baby.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Weight: 23 lbs. at her last doctor's appointment (she got on the scale all by herself!)
Height: Can't remember, but I know she is finally in the 50th percentile range
New words: Lulu (her best doggie friend), quack quack (duck), gool (school), odare (over there), neigh (horse), dow (door), hot (with hands on chest), wazat (what's that)
New feats: going down big girl slides, running, hand stands, doing well with spoons and forks, hand stands, spinning (and then falling down)
Firsts: horsey ride, plane ride, sleeping at someone else's house, the zoo, swimming in the pond, touching a worm, seeing her shadow
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
The friend Ella B made on the trip home. The flight attendants just loved that we let them hang out in the aisles.
Friday, August 5, 2011
And me feeding a giraffe!
Now, you might imagine that I was a little nervous about taking her so far from home and, I was especially worried about the plane ride considering she generally travels about as well as a pair of linen pants. But, much to my surprise, she did quite well for a sixteen-month-old. We were able to time the plane rides just right so that she slept on the longer flight and hung out for the shorter one. The only thing she didn't like was when I had to hold her in my lap during take off and landing. Otherwise, she thought that looking out the window and at the people sitting behind us was pretty cool.
There are a few tings that made the travel much easier for us that I would recommend to any parents of toddlerish people.
1. Buy your baby her own seat: I know that this sounds like a frivolous expense, but for us it was the right decision. Ella loved having her own seat in between mommy and daddy and it gave all of us more room since she doesn't actually take up an entire seat. It also eliminated the possibilty of having to sit next to a stranger who Ella B would have been poking at for two hours ("Yes, that is his nose, please stop touching him now").
2. Get a portable DVD player and her favorite show or movie: This thing has been a lifesaver. We didn't show it to her until we got on the plane, so it was a huge novelty. As you can see from the picture, she was mesmorized. Thank God for Wubbzy is all I have to say. It was also great once we go down here because she could watch Wubbzy whenever she needed to without punishing everyone else in the house.
3. Benadryl. That's all I will say about that.
So, overall the trip down was pretty smooth. I've got lots of pictures and stories of our adventures to come, so stay tuned!