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Little Mommy

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Lauren is a very good mommy to her toys. She puts a few very special ones in her sling or wraps them in blankets and carries them around the house to take care of them. Her current favorites are “Doggie” – a stuffed reindeer that Aunt Alanna gave to Lauren for Christmas (those antlers are really just an extra set of hands on his head if you ask her), “Rabbit” – a floppy bunny from a family friend when she was born, and “Light the Queen” – a red Playskool car that has a strange resemblance to Lightning McQueen from the movie CARS. Light the Queen is a $1 store toy, something we picked up on the way to Hawaii to play with on the plane, I figured $1 toys wouldn’t be a big deal if they got lost.

She takes these toys and stuffs them in her sling, and yesterday she asked me to help her put the sling on her back, since I carry Elliot there when we are out in the neighborhood and taking the bus to the aquarium. I helped her get Light the Queen back there, and she did this little hop-jiggle-dance to help him settle down and go to sleep. She’s also very careful to wrap them in her playsilks and blankets, and carries them carefully around and talks to them.

This morning I overheard her talking to Queen, she said “It’s ok Buddy, I gotcha,” which is a clear echo of Ryan’s “It’s ok Buster, I’ve got ya.”

We’re all sick here too, ugly colds that are slow to start and slow to leave. I’ve been feeling cruddy since Friday, Elliot since Sunday, and Lauren since yesterday morning. Hopefully it’ll be a shorter cold for them than it has been for me. A week of yuck is no fun.

In happier news, we’re going to Ohio next week. I’ll be flying in on Thursday 4/5 with both kids (wish me luck!) and Ryan will drive in on Saturday with the van and the dog. We’ll be in town through the following Sunday, when Elliot and I will fly home and Lauren will drive with her Zoe-doggie and Daddy. Poor kid will be without her DVD player though, as it was stolen when someone bashed in my van window a few weeks ago. It was $180 to repair the window, it’ll be at least another $180 to replace the DVD player, and the worst part is they ate my cookies! They also snagged my cell phone charger and Ryan’s wiring harness, as well as all the cables and accessories to the DVD player, but left behind a checkbook, some cash, and some very expensive car seats. And *grumble grumble* they ate my cookies!

MILK – it doesn’t do Lauren’s body good

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Our house has been dairy, soy, and peanut free for a long time, with the exception of cheese and ice cream that Ryan keeps hidden in the fridge. I made Lauren some soup for lunch two days ago – creamy tomato from Trader Joe’s, which was moved here from Ohio in a box, and we’ve had for a long time on the shelf. Since everything in the house is dairy free, I didn’t check the package ingredients. We’ve had creamy tomato soup before that is dairy free, though it was a different brand.

In any case, this creamy tomato soup is a milk based soup. Heated, with some veggies and noodles for Lauren, she had maybe 3 bites of it before I realized the problem and stole her bowl back (which made her rather angry I might add!). So in total, maybe 1 tsp. of milk-based tomato soup. And within a few hours she was telling me her stomach hurt, after dinner she had terrible gas, the type that makes frat boys proud. The next morning she had a foul diaper that Ryan described as “just not right” when he cleaned her up. She has also been having terrible behavior issues – hitting, screaming, unable to nap, restless at night, etc.

It’s not been a fun couple of days here. She hasn’t had any dairy exposure since she climbed up on Nona’s table and had a finger full of “yummy that ice cream good!” soft butter from the butter dish. People keep asking me when I’m going to give her milk, telling me that she must have outgrown it by now, but honestly, if a tiny bit of milk-based soup makes her have abnormal bowel movements, stomach ache, and behavior and sleep problems, why would I even think of giving her some milk in a glass?

Been busy!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

We’re getting out and about and around the town. Lauren has a new haircut and a new baby sling, she does this adorable little bounce dance when she has Rabbit in the sling to help him sleep and be quiet.

We’ve also made our travel plans for Easter. It looks like we will all be in Ohio from the Friday night before Easter and staying for the entire week after Easter. Like a mini Spring break, except it’ll probably snow and we plan on spending the time cleaning and painting the house.

Lauren loves chocolate coconut pudding – it’s dairy free, and I let her shovel it down when I have the time to find more coconuts to make it. Elliot is gaining weight like a pro, he’s at least 13.5 lbs at only a month.

See you soon!


Friday, March 16th, 2007

Ella and Elliot haven’t met yet, but we had to compare them anyway. Looks like he’s a bruiser!

The stats: she is 10 days younger (2/24/07), she was 36 weeks gestation, 6 lb 13 oz at birth. He is 10 days older (2/14/07), 41 weeks gestation, 9 lb 10 oz at birth. In this picture (taken the same day) she is abotu 8 lbs, he is about 13.5. Steel cage match anyone?

Out of the mouth of babes

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

This morning I told Lauren I was going to get a clean diaper for Elliot, and I asked her if she needed a diaper too. She had been running around naked all morning, and she said “yes,” so I asked her if she’d like to make peepee on the potty first.

Her answer?

“No, but nice try though!”

This little piggy went to the doctor

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Elliot and Lauren had checkups today with our new doctor.

Vital stats:

Lauren is 29 lbs with her clothing on, and Ryan thinks she is 31″ tall, but I’m pretty sure he just doesn’t remember what the nurse said when she measured Lauren. I’ll have to get my tape measure out tonight.

Elliot is HUGE. He’s now 10 lbs, 7 oz, and 22″ long, with a 40 cm. head. At the top of every chart.

Another new baby…

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Has joined our family. Gabriella Rose was born in Cleveland early this morning to John and Nicole. More info later when we have some!


Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Baby Names

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Well it only took a few days, but we’ve named our son. We went back and forth and started over from scratch and kept at it, and finally, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve named him…

Elliot Andrew Wilkins

So a little recap, if you’d like…

Elliot was born on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 3:42 a.m. in the city of Chicago, IL. He was born at home, and weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs and 10 ounces, and a smidge short of being 22″ long. He has the longest fingers and feet that I have ever seen on a baby, they remind me of my Mom.

So far he’s been completely different from Lauren… he was different before he was born too. He was much quieter and kicked in a much softer way while he floated in my belly. Unlike his sister, he kept his presence subtly known, until he flipped breech the day after Christmas. He demanded all of my attention from that point until his birth, but in a quiet and noble way. And he did turn head down again, but not until adequate attention had been given to his growth and development.

Since his birth he has remained quiet and calm, sleeping a lot. His sister was wide awake and loud from the beginning, so this is not what I expected from another Wilkins baby. Today Lauren demonstrated this by spending several minutes trying to invert her eyelids in much the same way her Dad does when he makes ugly faces. She is also testing the limits of her physical prowess by climbing in all the places she isn’t supposed to go – like on Daddy’s desk and the TV cabinet. She is like the Energizer Bunny, she NEVER stops.

Elliot spends his days eating, sleeping, and pooping, and sleeping some more. He has Daddy’s ears and chin, and doesn’t seem to mind when we put a pink diaper on him. I’ve promised that we will go get him some blue clothing soon.

More later, and more pictures to come soon.

It’s a Valentine!

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Baby boy was born this morning at 3:42 am, in the comfort of our home, with the help of a fabulous midwife (Sarah) to assist mom and dad, and doula (Leah) to assist Lauren.

Everyone is resting well this afternoon. Pictures to come this evening (and hopefully a name!)

9 lbs, 10 oz, 21 3/4″ long, with long skinny fingers and feet, and dark hair.