Thursday, January 29, 2009
The big day, though, was Friday! It began when everyone woke up to learn that Mae can open doors. Over Christmas, Mae moved into a big girl bed because she showed us that she could put her leg over the side of her crib. It only took a day or two (and a few days since then), but she goes down for her nap and for the night no problem. At night, we keep our door open so when she gets up we know she is up but we keep Ben's door shut to keep her out unsupervised. But on Friday, Kirsten heard an odd noise over the monitor and went in to find the little girl playing on the futon with the television on (frustrated because she can't figure out how to change the channel to Playhouse Disney). Not sure how she got in there, Kirsten asked Mae to open the door and sure enough, she has figured it out. On went all the door guards that morning!
Then at lunchtime, Mae and Ben were playing on the floor, both on the their bellies, and Mae decided to show Ben how to crawl. First she crawls a few inches, then sits down and looks at Ben. Then she crawls back next to him and tries again. One of these times, Kirsten put her hands behind Ben's feet so he could push off, and he actually scooted the few inches to Mae. It was really exciting, despite this poor narrative.
But THEN the big moment came -- after Mae went down for his nap, Ben said "Da-da!" He had been talking all day long; they both had (inspired we think by the awesome Hurricanes' hockey game we took them to the night before)! And he had been making all kinds of new sounds, but he got it all together and blurted out "Da-da" and kept saying it until bedtime. (For those keeping score, Mae's first word was "Ma-ma" and we *think* Robyn's was "cat").
What an amazing week!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Now that Ben is also being fed with a bottle, she has been asking to feed him, "Momma, bottle Ben. Mae help." So, today we let her and she did a great job!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Our boy has hit the 6 month mark! This morning we celebrated with a little party and an equally little cake. (Kirsten thought this pineapple-upsidedown cake was somehow more helathy than regular cupcakes). Ben has been doing well, and is now well over 17 pounds! Now he needs to stay this way (well, he can get bigger if he must!).
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This was taken in the evening when the snow had already started to melt.
Mae and Ben's first sledding adventure!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Pop-pop helps Mae make snowballs for her very own snowman, before heading home to Maryland.
Ben seems to like the snow (until we put him into it).
Monday, January 19, 2009
With Mae and Ben and Kirsten still recovering from their colds, Pop-pop came down to visit while Rich went to Maryland. While he was here, he helped Mae have her first NC tea party (Mae had her first tea party with Nana last May). But this time, Mae got to serve the pretend tea (with a little help from Pop-pop) to her special guests: Pop-pop, Momma, Ben, Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Mae was a delightful host, Ben a pleasant guest, and we forsee many more tea parties in the future!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Just seconds after 2009's first breath! Sherri, Rich, Kirsten, Mom and Dad