Thursday, August 28, 2008

...and then there are those moments

...where you just drop everything and say, 'let's go to the park. right now.'

so we did.

and we packed a little bag of honey butter crackers and cheese slices and mandarin oranges, and we ate them at the picnic tables.
we went for a swing and her happiness could not be hidden. it radiated through her toothy grin, her squinty eyes, her wrinkled nose.

we realized the park-when-you're-walking is a whole new adventure, much different from the old park-when-you're crawling. now, we can attempt the rope steps, the baby slide, the wood plank stairs that lead to the bridge. we can trample over the dry, sun-bleached woodchips with pride. we've conquered the park. the toddler way.

and the water park...where we used to 'boot-scoot' along the wet pavement, we are now walking. no, better than that...trotting. yes, she trots. trots her way through the maze of water spouts, bravely pressing her face into the ribbons of refreshing water that ripple up to kiss her warm cheeks.

...and i smile as i watch her. i know she feels big. like she's graduated. she looks over at the babies in swings whose moms have to scoop them up and take them from place to place. like she remembers she was once there but is no longer. she knows she's big. my big toddler girl.

how i loved my park date with you today. your happiness is my greatest joy. and seeing you grow only makes me look forward to tomorrow.

...and yes, you are big. and i'm so proud of you. my big, big toddler girl.

...enjoying the growing things.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

baby and dog's love/hate relationship, continued

lainey insisted the dogs sit with her in her chair today. ...and then insisted they sit together in the chair at the same time. any time one of them tried to dodge, she cried. they obliged to keep her happy, but it was quite obvious, they were anything but thrilled.

yup, we're just....


...because she's better than a million dollars.

...if i had a nickel...

...for every time...

...i looked at her...

...and thought to myself, 'im the most blessed person on the face of the earth'...

...well, i'd be rich...

...enjoying the lainey things. ~k

Monday, August 25, 2008

...because rainy days are never boring

if these were pictorial clues for $100,000 Pyramid...

...could you guess the category?
my name is kelle and i am addicted to things that have stripes. (and more specifically, things that have stripes and fit my cubby's cute legs).

random topic #1: the bottle.

for the record, we have no intention of taking her off it yet as last i knew, the fate of the world did not depend on it. and i actually personally enjoy when random strangers offer comments seasoned with judgment such as 'oh, she's still on a bottle?' because it gives me the opportunity to give them my best you're-not-her-mother-but-i-am-so-stay-out-of-it smile.
it's really good...i've practiced it.

random topic #2: the blanket.

in case you were contemplating buying a puppy blanket, lainey here would like to give you some selling points on its multiple uses.

conceals bad hair days...

doubles as a pashmina for chilly nights...

makes great superhero cape...

fills in for a horse for when you wanna go riding...

makes fabulous skirt for red carpet events...

not to mention, it just makes you look plain cute.

...and you thought it was just a blanket.

...enjoying the 'it's-a-rainy-blah-day-so-let's-take-pictures-of-cubby' things. ~k

Sunday, August 24, 2008

top five weekend happenings

5) grandma colleen came over last night and brought her a couple presents, one being her own grocery cart. i can't think of a better present for her because if there's one thing she likes better than having something to push around, it's having something to push around that has even more storage room for meaningless crap. it's like she just traded in her coupe (a.k.a. old "baby" walker) for a tricked-out s.u.v.
last night she had it filled with numerous toys, a tupperware dish, a crumpled up piece of paper, and yes, latte on top. plus, this thing has way more horse power and better wheel traction than the old coupe...'cuz you should see her truckin' around the corners with it. girlfriend's gunna get a ticket if she doesn't watch out.

4) ultra cute moment: nurse katie came over from fort lauderdale today to chill with us and got ready at our house for her big date tonight. lainey was all into the primping as she wouldn't leave katie alone in the bathroom and even tried to help give her a pedicure.

so, we decided to let cubby get her toes done too.

p.s. i have these random moments when katie's around where i just smile at the whole cosmic worlds coliding thing. to think that i didn't even know her until the night we went in to be induced...and after the whole most-magical-moment-in-the-entire-universe with her bringing our baby into the world, it was just fate that she would be a part of our lives. now, when katie walks in the door, lainey smiles so big like..."'re the first face i ever saw...i think i love you." ..and she does...and so do we.

3.) someone has a shoe obsession. okay, so maybe we both do. i'll leave it at that. we're dealing with it.

2.) so, when i was pregnant, all i could think of was how much i couldn't wait for newborn in my arms. swaddled blankets. little breaths. tiny toes. that's as far as my brain could stretch.
little did i know, it gets so much better. 15 months is...the bomb. she is so funny. her little tiny bottom-of-the-growth-chart body is just drenched with personality.
case in point:

1.) feeling incredibly blessed to be her mommy with these new stages. yes, babyhood is slowly fleeting and, although my heart hurts for all that is lost, there is just too much joy in all these new discoveries.

...enjoying the weekend things. ~k

Saturday, August 23, 2008


i've been having trouble with my favorite lense lately, but it "behaved" today under the spell of this precious little...adriana grace.

her mommy and daddy were obviously under that same spell, and it's no wonder...she's pretty sweet...

after a little while, adriana made it quite known she wasn't too fond of this lady with the big camera in her face...but found her solace in a perfect place...her mommy's arms...

sweet, sweet baby.