Monday, May 30, 2011

A year keeps getting closer.

I was bathing my baby tonight, looking at her body. Her arms, legs and head. Her shoulder blades moving as she splashed. Her ears, her toes and hands. Every little thing she did.

I was amazed. I sat in awe watching as she lived her little life with her duck. Splashing, babbling and trying to sit up in her little tub.

I am consistently overwhelmed with emotion when looking at her, or even thinking of her. What an amazing experience.

She is an amazing experience. The best thing I have ever done.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Well, it's official. I'm a bad blogger.

I know how long its been. I'm sorry.

As usual, so much has happened! I wish that I could accurately remember all of the things, but I probably won't be able I kind of micro-blog on Facebook, neglecting this one.

We've been busy. And sick. And sick and busy.

Maggie started daycare at the beginning of April and has been to the pediatrician once a week since. The only thing I can be thankful for when I drop her off and see all of those slimy faces is that she's building up her immunities. I could possibly say that she's building up her immunities in general living in Houma, but that might not be the nicest thing I've ever said.

We came home for Easter, spending it at Mimi's house. The Easter Bunny was really nice to Isabella and Maggie. They even got matching outfits and stuffed animals. Well, Isabella got a duck - which she named Alex - and Maggie got a lamb, but they match because both animals are bigger than the girls. haha

We dyed Easter eggs with Isabella. I'm not sure if she had before, but it was a first at our house. Thankfully, I had the foresight to do it under the carport. Unluckily, I didn't remember to take a single picture. It was so fun. You'll just have to take my word for it.

At first, I'm not sure Izzy really knew what was happening. "Why do we have to put those things in the water?" "How long do we have to wait?" "Are these eggs cooked?" "If I drop one, will it break?"

Once she got the hang of it, and saw that putting the eggs - yes, cooked - into the colored water produced colored eggs, she quickly caught on. She dyed every egg, every single color. She even dyed her fingers, her toes and her clothes!

After we dyed all the eggs, I suggested we go to the park to hide them. I really wanted Izzy to have her Easter Bunny gifts, but wasn't sure how to get them to her. Then, it came to me....I would pretend that the Easter Bunny swung by early and ring the doorbell. I quickly unwrapped her little trinkets and placed them by the front door. Isabella was cluelessly helping her daddy cluelessly get Maggie ready for the park.

I rang the doorbell and slammed the door and yelled for Izzy. She came running in and I told her the Easter Bunny came. I wish I could have had the look on her face on camera. But, I don't. Poor you. She didn't even care about her goodies...she ran in to Maggie's room, screaming for her daddy to come and see the Easter Bunny! He came early! He got our secret letter (the one that Daddy dropped off asking the Bunny if he could come a week early)!!! It was really, really awesome. I was pretty proud of myself.

Then, I headed off to the park to hide the eggs. Hiding eggs is really hard when you're trying to do it for a 3 1/2 year old. You don't want to make it too obvious, so its exciting, but you can't make it too hard so they don't get discouraged. I mixed it up a little. Izzy had a blast, either way.

I called my mom the next day to tell her about our day and she asked "Was Izzy excited to hunt eggs?" Let me tell you, the entire neighborhood knew when she found an egg! If they didn't hear her screaming, then they heard the cracking, crashing sound the egg made when she tossed it into her net. Yes, she hunted eggs with a net.

I don't know how we are going to top this Easter, but I bet we can just repeat the steps above for the next 3 years and she'd be fine with it.

Maggie was oblivious to the fact it was Easter and just enjoyed watching her sister do everything, as usual.

So, to allude to the name of the blog....Maggie has been up to stuff! It all started when she laughed for the first time. I'll never forget it. I cried! (No surprise, right?)

I tried for weeks afterward for her to laugh again, with no luck until recently. Now, she's laughing regualrly and enjoys tickles. :)

She is also sitting up! That's pretty fun and adds another dimension to our photo shoots. She's only fallen on her face once. Let's hope she never does that again. It was very hard for me.

And, as if laughing and sitting up weren't enough, she ate BANANAS for the first time! She really liked them. Who wouldn't??? I did. She also got to try avocado a few days later. Let's just say that we're going to wait a while before she tries that one again.

I guess the bananas gave her some extra pep, because just 2 days later she rolled over for the first time! She's six months old and growing so fast. I don't want her to be a tiny baby again, but I want time to slow down!!

I spent the morning making baby food. I think I did a pretty good job. I've got all the carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash we'll need for at least 2 months. I know she'll really like those....and then I'll add the avocado to some banana or something. I need to ripen my pears a bit more, or I'd have pear puree too! It was really fun!!

That's about all I have to say. Maybe, if you are really nice to me and tell me how much you love my updates, I might be motivated to write more. I can't tell if anyone even reads this anymore.

So, here you go....the reason why you come here in the first place: Pictures!!!