Quick Takes - Family Miscellany

Friday, December 13, 2013

John Paul and Elizabeth are hilarious together.  He does this dance where he falls down on purpose and then she laughs hysterically and tries to imitate him, running over and tackling him as soon as he falls down. 
Of course, it's a bonus if he lifts his shirt up because then she can try beeping his belly button...
It's like Mardi Gras every day up in here.
I let the kids get their craft on with the very simplest of crafts, pipe cleaner and bead candy canes:
You'll never guess which kid (John Paul) followed directions painstakingly, checking frequently to make sure he was getting it right, and which kid threw on beads in whichever order she found them (Cecilia).
"Oh Mom, could I please have some more microgreens?"
But yes, seriously he asked for more.  And he ate them.  AFTER he had already had dessert.
The babies had their one-year well check (only three weeks late, I am SO on the ball!), and
I can't get over how cute baby talk is at this stage - Elizabeth doesn't say much (Mama, Dada, Bye bye, ball, baby and the like), but Mary Claire is JUST like Cecilia with her crazy verbal abilities!  The doctor was asking how many words she has and I couldn't even count because she picks up one or two new ones every day.  Off the top of my head she has (in her own interpretation, which is usually pretty close):
Bye bye
John Paul
Mary (she always points to the statues on our mantle)
And more that I'm sure I'm forgetting
And she makes noises for lions (an AMAZING roar that's the cutest ever), elephants (lip trumpeting), puppies (the cutest woofing you've seen), cows, sometimes snakes, and sometimes cats.  Seriously, cutest ever.
In other baby news, I feel like everyone on the internet is pregnant right now.  And then I start noticing that people with babies younger than mine are pregnant and I start thinking, "Wait, why am I not pregnant yet???"
And then I realize that's crazy talk, because I'm still nursing twins and not fertile yet and thaaaaaaaank goodness!  Not that babies aren't a blessing and all, and we'll happily accept #5 et al. whenever God sees fit to bless us, but the twins are going through such a rough phase right now and when I think about what this would be like if I had morning sickness to top it all off?
We're actually about to beat the longest non-pregnant period of our married life - how crazy is that?
In conclusion, no need to compare oneself to the internet.  But I think we all knew that, right?
Someone found an Allen wrench and decided he needed to dismantle the Ikea chairs:
Aaaand he actually succeeded.  And then put it back together.  Correctly.  So...  New marketing tactic? 
IKEA:  So easy a 4-year-old can do it
Cecilia, my friends.  Just in case you needed to match a voice with her amazing quotes, here she is in all her unclothed glory.
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  1. "It's like Mardi Gras every day up in here" - HAHA! I love it, and so remember the days of my older boys doing exactly that kind of 'who needs clothes' when they were little!
    Their candy cane crafts are going to be precious to you when they are grown, hang onto them!

  2. That Cecilia video is too cute! Love it.

    And, I have totaly baby envy too. It seems like EVERYONE on the internet is pregnant and I want a baby! But, I still haven't gotten my fertility back (Elsa is 15 months, I'm one of those people that breastfeeding works really well for)..so oh well.

  3. Cecilia is so hilarious!

    Adult: Is X a thing?
    Cecilia: No! [with that ridiculous Cecilia expressive voice]
    Adult: Okay, so what about X?
    Cecilia: I saw X!

    There just doesn't seem to be a consistent fact/fiction dichotomy in her life. At least not for some things. Some things can be either 100% true or 100% false, depending on when she is thinking about them. Funny child!

  4. Your kiddos are hilarious-- and smart (Wow chair!!!!) :) God bless you. :)

    1. To be fair, it was only 6 screws and REALLY easy to do :P

  5. Congrats on your longest not-getting-pregnant time! Ha! Last night, a friend who is a priest came over, and he was asking the kids their ages, and they said 10, 9, 7, 6 and 2 and it hit me how far apart our 4th and 5th babies were! I was like wait, they are 6 and 2 and nobody is in between? Is that right? But it is, and was planned as best we could because man oh man I needed a break after having 4 kids in 4 years. So I hear ya!

  6. I felt the same way when Andrew was turning one and so many people were already pregnant again. Then I realized that I had a very sick baby and we basically were living in a hospital both of which would have not made morning sickness go over well. Then we did get pregnant and lost that baby I'm guessing because of immense stress. All in God's timing for sure!

    Mary Claire has so many words!!!!

    1. I can't even imagine the stress your situation would put on a pregnancy! Praying for you all :)

  7. Even when nursing, I am still very fertile. My first two were the closest of all (11 months) and I felt like I was nursing Lucia all the time all day long. God's will be done!

  8. Ooh - I remember those easy candy cane crafts from childhood. Perfect for little kids. Maybe we'll try them. Your babies' speech is impressive! My 16-month old barely says anything yet!

    1. Rosie's older brother didn't say anything intelligible until he was about two. He didn't walk until 17 months, either. He had lots of teeth early, which I think might have thrown him off. So don't worry!

  9. Your kids totally amaze me. In every post. AND make me laugh. In other news, at 10mos, fertility JUST made an appearance o'er here. Funny that you should mention it...

  10. That is quite an impressive word list for Mary Claire! Your kiddos are just adorable.

  11. I looooove your voice, Rosie! You sound just as sweet as I ever imagines! I need your calm soothing nature, truly. Mardis Gras indeed.


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