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|The Birthday Girl|
|The beautiful couple|
|Grandma and her Great Great Grandchild|
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, January 31, 2011
A few weeks ago my dad brought down a huge box that had been in my closet at their house. I cringed when I saw it (we are trying to downsize, not bring more stuff in) and slowly opened the box. Inside was 1/3 of the "china" we had received for our wedding 7 years ago. I looked at the many boxes and frowned when I thought about having to cram it into the already crowded China Cabinet. That is when it hit me, why do people have "China"? Especially people like me? My "China" isn't even really china, we registered for very simple stuff because we were not "China" people. So why not use this "China" as everyday dishes?!?
This idea excited me and so I packed up all of my everyday dishes (a nice set that will go to the lake) and replaced it with our"fancy china". This small change has made S and I so happy! We love to open the cabinet and see these nice wedding gifts :) It is nice to not have to wait for fancy guests for a reason to use these dishes that we LOVE. Another bonus is that our China Cabinet is no longer crowded (I also got rid of a lot of other items) which also makes us happy :)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Friday, January 28, 2011
I have been signing with Lil C since she was 6 months old and though she doesn't always use her signs (she often cries out in frustration and then signs when reminded), they do make our lives a little easier. She is good about telling me when she is all done, wants more, wants milk, is excited for her bath, something is too hot, sees a dog (or any other animal because everything is dog to her) and so many more. My favorite signs are please, thank you and love and my heart melts every time she uses them. She will now sign please while waiting for her milk, sign and say "tank you" when I give it to her and walks around signing love whenever she hears the word. It is so darn cute and I can't wait until she signs love on her own. I will never forget when Z did it unprompted, it was a very special night for S and I.
For those of you with little ones under 2, I highly recommend using Baby Signs. There are many programs out there but we use this one and it works very well for our family. Z is learning his signs all over again and he is Lil' C's favorite teacher :) Signing is a wonderful way to help your young child learn to communicate their wants, needs and interests before they can speak. It is scientifically proven that children who learn to sign usually learn to speak and read before their non-signing peers. It is a jumpstart for language and a natural way for parent and child to communicate. It is truly magical!
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Thursday, January 27, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, January 26, 2011
When Z was born, S and I did the typical new parent thing and baby proofed everything. The child was not even moving yet we had door covers, outlet covers, cabinet locks, gates and foam around our hearth. This all turned out to be pretty unnecessary and over time things either broke or got put away. Breakable items never needed to be put away and we became use to the baby who was more interested in his toys than the items in our home.
When Lil' C was crawling, we talked about baby proofing again but really didn't do anything about it. Then she started walking and getting into everything. All breakable items have been packed away, rooms have been gated off to our precious girl, almost every cabinet is now locked and we even need our door knob covers this time around. She is into EVERYTHING and everything immediately goes into the mouth. All small toys have been moved to Z's room and now that she is climbing...most small furniture has also been moved. We have found her on top of the playroom table (more times than I can count), climbing up the stairs, moving chairs toward the counter so that she can climb up, climbing in and out of laundry baskets, trying to go downstairs (the one time I didn't have the gate across, thank God I caught her!!!!), playing in the toilet (2x), jumping on the couch and I am just waiting for that big thud when she figures out how to climb out of her crib. She is our little monkey and like all little sisters, wants to do everything her big brother does. He claps, she claps. He shoots a basket, she shoots a basket. He jumps off the couch (a big no in this house), guess who attempts this right after....
I am definitely getting my exercise with this child, especially when we are not at home. She almost fell out of the cart the other day (now needs to be strapped in) and whenever we are at someones house I have to tail her the entire time. There is no rest for this mama unless the baby is fast asleep :) I try to stay one step ahead of her but most of the time she is three steps ahead of me!
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Friday, January 21, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Thursday, January 20, 2011
My brother in-law "Dumbee" (aka Uncle B) travels ALOT for work. When my sister in-law was alive, he traveled 2 weeks out of every month....now it is almost 3. He use to travel to London (he is from the UK), the Caribbean and all over Europe but now he goes a little bit further. He now frequents Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius (the island next to Madagascar) and other African countries. He has many stories, some good photos and souvenirs but most of his time is spent working or getting over his jet lag. The poor guy hasn't even had time for a safari yet :(
This past trip before Christmas, "Dumbee" started sending postcards to the kids from his different destinations. It has been very exciting to receive them and they have turned into the perfect learning experience for Z! With every postcard we check out the pictures, read what B has written or drawn (he is an amazing artist), check out the postage and how much it costs and then get out the stuffed globe that Z has and find B's location. The postcards hang on our fridge and Z and C love to look at them, carry them around and find where B has been. I hope to take this interest a bit further and explore some of the cultures and habitats in these areas. Z loves to learn about people and animals and this will be a great springboard. B has promised to keep the postcards coming so we can look forward to more teachable moments in the near future. Who knows, maybe B will end up living in one of these countries for a bit and we will be able to go on a wonderful adventure to see him :)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, January 17, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Friday, January 14, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Thursday, January 13, 2011
It is amazing how a song or jingle can generate so much emotion and bring back so many memories. The other day I was in a bit of a mood (trying to get two kids out of the house when both are being disagreeable is a bit of a challenge) and was racing to our Kindermusik class. About half way there, the song In the Summertime came on and I couldn't help but smile and chuckle. A huge grin came over my face as I thought of my youngest sister K dancing around at my wedding. This song was our favorite the week before my wedding and she dedicated it to me at the wedding. As I listened I thought of that amazing and crazy time. A tear came to my eye when I thought of how lucky I am to have a crazy and sweet sister like K. Her gift to me for my wedding was to take the week off and work as my personal assistant. She helped to keep me sane (it was tough at times) and we had a great time together. My wedding was in Newport RI and my parents rented a beach house in Narragansett RI for the week of my wedding. It was so much fun and I remember all of the times we listened to In the Summertime. From that moment on, I was in a much better mood and I am sure my children were very thankful.
Later that day we were driving to the grocery store when an add for Fiddler on the Roof came onto the radio. They played a snippet from Sunrise, Sunset and then Tradition. The tears started uncontrollably flowing from my body. I tried to stop them for Z's sake but couldn't do it. I was sobbing and missing my sister in-law so very much. Kiki loved the theater and acted in many local productions in the city she lived in. The last show that we saw her in was Fiddler and hearing the music brought all of those memories back. It is still hard for me to grasp that she is really gone.
Music is an amazing thing. It can bring such joy and sadness to those who listen. It can help to make you feel calm or pump you up for a good run. Music is like a time stamp that helps us to remember certain events in our lives. And now I leave you with a little pick me up, at least it is for me ;)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, January 12, 2011
My precious baby girl gave me two gifts this holiday season and both were so very special. This child is so connected to those around her, it was almost as if she had heard me when I asked for these two very things to happen around Christmas.
I had told S a few weeks before Christmas that I wanted to wean my little darling around Christmas. She would be 14 months at that point and I felt it was the perfect time to finish. My friend Sey and my sister L thought that this was a crazy time to wean a baby. As my friend Sey said, "They suggest that smokers wait until the craziness of the holidays are behind them before they give up smoking, shouldn't you do the same with breastfeeding?". I knew she was right and decided to wait until after New Years to give up the final feeding.
Well on her 14 month birthday (3 days before Christmas), I went into nurse my little angel and she flat out refused me. It was as if she had heard my hope and decided to make it happen (or maybe she just wanted to end things on her terms ;). Regardless, she refused me and never nursed again!
Her second gift was the gift of sleep :) I had told S that all I wanted for Christmas was to sleep through the night. Guess who slept through the night for the first time ever on Christmas Eve???? Yes, can you believe it?? She didn't do it again after that but on Christmas Eve she gave me a full nights sleep. I think she knew Santa was watching :)
Those were the beautiful gifts that my daughter gave me for Christmas......to precious gifts for her tired mommy :)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, January 10, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Thursday, January 06, 2011
New Years Eve morning, we went out for a family breakfast and each shared our New Years resolutions :) Here they are:
Z said that he wanted to "work" to earn money for a cash register by drawing pictures for people.
S said that he wanted to find more balance in his life and start living by the motto, "Work Hard, Play Hard". Right now he just works way too hard :(
I said that I wanted to continue to work to find balance in my life by finding more time for myself, continue my quest to become a "Rational Minimalist" and help my family be as healthy and happy as we can be.
Lil C said "glable able, lable bla dada". We think that this means she wants to finally sleep through the night on a regular basis, grow the rest of her teeth in a painless way and not throw anymore temper tantrums :) What do you think she said??
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Tuesday, January 04, 2011