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who is liam?

September 29, 2010 1 comment

Abbey’s answer?

Not bad Abbey, not bad at all.

. . . . . .

And here is another freebie of Abbey’s new “bye, bye” game:

more things in toilets

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Despite the risk of developing a reputation that we have a fascination with potty humor, here’s an instant Abbey classic.

It’s the perfect follow up to our last post (“things in toilets too“), enjoy!

Stay tuned for more toilet hijinks!

Also, 2.5 weeks until Liam arrives (if he shows up in a timely fashion)

things in toilets too: or, lesson not learned

August 20, 2010 2 comments

Several weeks ago we posted about a mishap involving a t-shirt in a toilet and a baby confusing a washing machine and a toilet bowl.

Evidently, we didn’t learn our lesson.

Yesterday was laundry day for our bed linens. Beth washed our sheets, comforter, and pillowcases to a whiter than bleach white – and Abbey helped.

Today Abbey decided to do laundry again.

She managed to first steal a pillow off our bed and then cram it halfway into the toilet before Beth and I discovered the transgression.

While I pray several times a week that Abbey would love being a helper to her mommy, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Here’s Abbey only minutes after we busted her for misguided helpfulness:

trip to texas

August 10, 2010 2 comments

We were able to make a trip down to Texas this past weekend to enjoy some time with family before the start of a crazy new semester. It was a handful of days with numerous highlights, but I am going to let images do the talking and words remain few.

Here you go:

vintage video: a booger & a baby

July 27, 2010 2 comments

This video of Abbey is cute enough that I decided to suck it up and endure the embarrassment of filming the entire thing with what looks like a huge booger on my mustache.

It’s from when Abbey was yet a wee tiny baby.

I hope you didn’t let its size fool you (either the baby or the booger, take your pick), they both pack a mean punch.

the “washing machine” incident

July 20, 2010 4 comments

One simple parenting scenario seen from two very different perspectives.

Perspective #1 – The Mom

Beth is the greatest mom, she completely goes above and beyond any of my wildest pre-parenting expectations.  She is so nurturing and caring, loving and kind, firm but tender, everything you could ever want in a (smoking hot) mother of your children.

One of the things I love most about Beth’s mothering of Abbey is the way that she makes everyday “big girl tasks” fun for Abbey.

A perfect example from earlier today: Beth needed to run a load of laundry, so she began to collect he laundry from the dirty clothes hampers in our bedroom and Abbey’s bedroom.  This is fairly routine and so Abbey knew exactly what was going on and she began to “help” Mommy carry the dirty clothes in the kitchen.

Always the opportunist, Beth seized upon Abbey’s willingness to lend some assistance as an opportunity to get her more involved in the fun of doing the laundry.

So, Beth sets Abbey on top of the dryer, opens the washer, starts the water filling up the machine, and begins to hand Abbey articles of clothing for her to drop into the washing machine.

Mom’s perspective: “PARENTING VICTORY: LAUNDRY IS FUN!”

Perspective #2 – The Baby

Mommy is taking clothes into the kitchen.

Mommy lets me carry some clothes.

Yeah! Now I am up high on this white machine!

OOOH!!! Fun game!

Mommy hands me a shirt.

I drop shirt.

I watch shirt fall into white thing that is filling with water.

Mommy is so happy!

I am so happy!

Oh, now close the lid! Yippeee!

Baby’s perspective: “THIS IS A GREAT GAME!!!!”

Moral of the Story

Babies cannot tell the difference between a washing machine filling with water and a toilet bowl being flushed – so don’t “teach them to do laundry” and then hand them a shirt to “go put in the hamper” because the shirt will get flushed down the toilet.

abbey’s first dance: spinning to ‘thieves’

June 29, 2010 2 comments

Beth and Abbey brought lunch to the office today.

While Abbey was having her shepherd’s pie for lunch, I pushed play on the newest album by She & Him.

“Thieves” started playing and Abbey started spinning:

Abbey is becoming a sweet little girl.

Special thanks to She & Him for striking a rhythmic note for Abbey to dance to (and, as it turns out, the album is only $5.99 to download from Amazon right now).