25 August 2010

Just the Three of Us

When my mom left and Mimi was still in the hold me all day long phase, we spent a lot of time like this. I cannot get over how much Jonas loves his "bebe" and his snuggling is just an added bonus.

Jonas has never been very snuggly. He is Mr. Independent in every way. Don't try to feed him; he'll do it himself. Don't even try to put food on the fork for him. He skipped sippy cups and went straight for the real thing; doesn't like us to carry him very often; tries to do everything we do. And he doesn't fall for the choices within these parameters trick.

Mommy: Would you like the red shirt or the blue shirt?
Jonas: No (walks over to the dresser and picks the orange shirt).

He is my little teenager in a toddler body (with the talking level of a caveman).

But one of the unexpected surprises was how physically close Jonas wanted to be to his family after Mimi was born. To be sure, he was a loving child before the baby, but his sensory issues have always prevented him from getting too close. After Mimi, he wanted to express his love more often. It's still a struggle and uncomfortable for him to be too close, but he's trying. That was our transition. Less crying, more cuddling.

20 August 2010

Let's talk Mimi

The princess' throne on the blog has been unjustly usurped by excuses such as, "I'm too tired" or "There's no time with two kids" or "My mom was here a month and she's the only one who reads this blog."

Well, I'm getting enough to sleep to afford checking my email several times a day, evidently I am not the only person who has had to figure out priorities with 2 kids, and my mom has been gone as many weeks as she was here. My excuses are lame, even to me.

It's not that I don't want to blog about her. She really is a special presence in our home. I just don't know how to put into words what we love about her without appearing flippant regarding sacred things.

Suffice it to say, Mimi is loved. She had a rough 8 weeks, but week 9 is proving merciful. She is sleeping better (thanks to a white noise CD, Stefan's bean bag, a little weight gain, and a whole lot of prayers). She is eating better. She is acting better. Amazing what a full belly and adequate sleep can do for the personality. She is also letting us put her down both while she sleeps and during the waking hours. The dust is settling around here and I think we're getting a handle on our new life.

One of the challenges is her rapid growth coupled with limited time to watch her grow. Jonas took his sweet time reaching milestones; seeing her regular smiles and attempts at rolling over are exciting, rewarding, and a little disconcerting. Jonas rolled over at 5.5 months and didn't start smiling regularly until about the same time. I imagine at 5.5 months, Mimi will be worlds ahead of where he was.

We're constantly amazed at her progress and relish this time with our baby girl. Mimi completes our family right now and is the best thing that ever happened to Jonas.

We love our Littles.

Special thanks to Rachael Pullman Photography for the beautiful newborn shots.

17 August 2010

Kenny & Ziggy's

Mimi is officially 2 months old today, and while she has not had much of a presence on the blog, rest assured she is very present in our every day happenings. Perhaps when I get a handle on this two-kids-bit, I will upload photos of her.

Now on to the real business. This woman. This woman here is my mom.

She arrived 10 days after Mimi was born and stayed a full month. Seriously, she's the best. While most of our excitement took place at home, mama wanted to visit a place introduced to her by her good friend Guy Fieri. And how could I deny such a simple (and delicious) request from a woman who traveled 1600 miles to clean my bathrooms and make me dinner?

Having worked in a real East Coast deli in her youth, my mom's heart palpitated for corned beef--pickled on site, chopped liver, and any nosh involving lox. And boy, did she have her options. The menu was enormous.


Oh this is getting ridiculous; it's as big as my daughter.

The menu's size could only be matched by its Reuben,

its Pastrami,

its Tuna Melt,

And most importantly, its cheesecake topped with chocolate mousse (which the 4 of us shared).

We even got to meet Ziggy while we were there and did a little (unsuccessful) pacifier-training.

The food and experience were well-worth the price. Thanks K&Z for bringing our family together for a yummy meal and an invaluable lesson that, like everything else, family photos with two children are infinitely more difficult than family photos with one.