Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bed Head

Our little nudie with his teddy.

So excited about his big boy bed - this is how he woke up from his nap on Saturday.

For some reason his new bed gives him very crazy hair.

Just as I'm sitting down to write that Miles' transition to a big boy bed has gone very smoothly he pulls out his toddler bag of tricks at bedtime tonight. We caught him standing up in bed banging the picture hanging on the wall against the wall. Then he was calling for Ruby. Then he had thrown his pacifier, puppy and blanket on the floor and was demanding a cup of water. Three minutes of soothing from mommy and all is quiet now in his room. I was a little apprehensive about this change and spent a lot of time finding the perfect blue and white quilt for his bed and choo-choo train pillowcase but this change has gone better than I anticipated. He's still a champion sleeper at night and during naps and looks like a little peanut in this huge bed. I wish I was brave enough to take a picture of him sleeping in it but I don't want to wake him. We're so proud of him for making this big boy step and he's so proud of himself too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Baby & Big Boy

This is how our sweet boy wakes up from his naps most days.

Happy boy in his crib.

These may be some of the last photos of Miles in a crib. Where has my baby gone? Saturday Miles officially entered the realm of a "big boy" when we went to Slumberland and bought him a twin bed. We'll start transitioning him to this next weekend. This is all part of our master "prep for new baby" plan which we chipped away at more this weekend. Also accomplished - baby girl's clothes (the gender neutral hand-me-downs from Miles) are now washed and put away in her dresser.

This week at ECFE our topic was language development. 18-24 month olds should be starting to say 2 or more word sentences. I knew Miles at 20 months was doing this but I spent the last 2 days recording these little sentences. Here they are:
  • No Ruby.
  • What's that?
  • Where did it go?
  • I love you.
  • Clean up.
  • All done.
  • Hi Mommy (or Daddy or Auntie, etc.)
  • Bye Mommy (or fill in blank)
  • Big truck.
  • I'm stuck or It's stuck.
  • Thank you.
  • Mommy cup.
  • Bless you.
  • I got you.
  • Here you go.
  • One more minute.

At my 32 week doctor's appointment this week by regular OB was on vacation so I saw a different doctor. She measured me at 36 weeks! To double check things I had an ultrasound on Wednesday and the baby's measurements all were calculating exactly to my due date, May 13. So either this doctor measured differently then my normal OB or I ate a lot on vacation in Texas (both probably true). This little one now weighs 4 lbs and is looking very healthy. We got to see her little, sweet face in 3D and the ultrasound technician confirmed the presence of "a little hair" on her head. She's already head down and looks pretty squished but comfy.

In case she asks me 15 years from now I thought I better record what I've been craving this pregnancy. Oddly enough turkey sub sandwiches. My normal, non-pregnant self usually stays clear of turkey lunch meat but I always want to eat it now. I can't bring myself to buy it at the store but a turkey sub from a sandwich shop always sounds good. Mike would also say that I crave sweets of any kind - which I guess is true but unfortunately is also true when I'm not pregnant.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


We flew to Texas Tuesday morning for our annual vacation to visit my parents on the Gulf Coast. Ahhh, our long awaited vacation was finally here! We had absolutely gorgeous weather and took advantage of every second of it. We went to the beautiful Rockport park where Miles played on the toddler playground.
We listened to the waves outside my parents' front door and Mike and Miles cruised on the pier looking at herons, pelicans and ducks.
Vacationing with my family means lots of good food! Here Miles and Grandpa Nickolay, called Baba by Miles, enjoyed a happy hour snack. Miles also wins the muffin eating contest - he gobbled up the most homemade zucchini muffins during our stay.

Grandma Nickolay, or Mama to Miles (I'm now Mommy), loves giving him lots of smooches. Miles was always on the look out for puppies out the windows.

Here we are just enjoying the sunshine and the water.

Happy hour!

During our trip we went to the Rockport Beach which is rated one of the cleanest beaches in the country. Miles did not want to walk in the sand at first but with some coaxing (gentle forcing) he got his toes a little dirty and his feet wet and had a great time.

We also drove on the beach in Port Aransas and dipped our feet in the Gulf of Mexico.
Miles loved seeing all of the boats and went on a ferry ride across to Port A. According to Miles, "toot toot" goes the boat.

Miles first kayaking adventure. When mommy and Grandpa went out kayaking without him he got very upset not wanting to be left behind.

I don't think that Miles could love his grandparents anymore. When they weren't in the room he would be asking for "baba? mama?" Here's their view from the front deck.
We all had such a great time. It was a wonderful last chance for us to take a trip as a family of 3 and relax before little baby girl arrives.

A huge thank you to my parents for making this trip memorable. We miss you when you're away but can't wait to visit next year (although our family will soon be taking up a whole row in the plane!).

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Everything is a "hat" these days with Miles. He loves putting hats and toys on his and Ruby's heads and saying "hat!" Here's a hat he made at ECFE this week.
Puppy is Miles' new best friend. He totes puppy everywhere with him and has started to feed, water and kiss puppy. This morning puppy got a little more water then he bargained for when Miles dipped him into Ruby's water dish.
Saturday after organizing 7 boxes of baby clothes and continuing our mission of cleaning out all of the closets we hung out with Rachel, Graham and Corey. Here Miles is playing (with puppy) in Corey's clubhouse.Uncle Graham has his hands full of cuteness!
Mike and I are slowly chipping away at our long list of things to do to prepare for this baby and are starting to narrow down our list of names. Like with Miles, we'll wait to meet this little girl before officially picking out a name, but at least we're agreeing on a few options. Mike and Miles came to my doctors appointment with me this week and even though Miles kept telling the doctor "bye-bye" the appointment went well and we all heard the heartbeat which the doctor said is so steady and regular you could dance to it. Yeah for our tiny dancer!