Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Year Ago

A year ago today Alyson was born. She displayed her excitement for her birthday party by using her ceral bowl (Cheerios topped with cows milk for the first time!) as a party hat. The bowl fell off, but you can see the evidence left behind, milk in her hair.

Callie decided to begin the festivities well before Alyson got here this morning, by waking up at 5:45. Grr. I was totally ecstatic to get the call last year at that time that Alyson had been born, so I guess Callie was just trying to help me relive those feelings... Yeah, it didn't work.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Baby Jail

We have a play yard that I can set up to corral the children if I need to do something. I should probably use it more often than I do (since yesterday I was doing laundry with the garage door open and the babies were playing in the hallway, I put in the soap and was rinsing out the cup and I looked up and the babies were gone, they had made it all the way to the middle of the driveway). The girls take turns penning each other in. It is really quite hilarious, because they love trapping or being trapped, it is one of the few times when they pretty much always get along.

The Cheerio Face

Callie gets to feed herself most all of the time now, mostly because I don't have the patience to feed her. That generally means a complete outfit change after each meal. On a regular basis there are Cheerios in her hair or on her chin, but I thought it was funny when she got this Cheerio stuck to her face next to her eye. It kind of reminds me of Jem and the Holograms with the sparkles next to their eyes, but baby style.
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The Hideaway

The girls love to play in the cave under the desk. We had to make a few minor adjustments under there to make it more baby safe. It turns out, when Alyson chews on a connected USB cord, the computer errors because it is connected to an unrecognized device.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Katie and Lily are such great cousins! Here they are both entertaining Callie with yet another rendition of Peekaboo, which remains her absolute favorite game. When I am changing her diaper and she starts to get upset, I usually just have to cover her face with her pants and then she cheers up as the game gets going.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

My Very Own Snuggie

A couple weeks ago I had a discussion on one of my favorite "As Seen On TV" gimmicks.

But well before the Bump It, I saw "Snuggie, The Blanket With Sleeves." And I thought the idea seemed like it was overdue. Because seriously have you tried to hold a blanket while doing simple household tasks like reading your child a book or preparing a cup of hot chocolate...

The reason it seems overdue is because the Snuggie's predecessors have been around since the 18th century. It is called a bathrobe people! The Snuggie secret is to wear it backwards because then it is more like a blanket. I guess it is okay if my derriere gets a draft...

But for 19.99 (plus 15.98 shipping and handling) you can have NOT ONE, BUT TWO with two free book lights.

Snuggie describes the fabric as being "super soft, thick, luxurious fleece," while Matt Lauer and Al Roker said it was NOT something that occured in nature and was subject to catching fire should one get too close to an open flame.

The commentary on the Snuggie that really gets me though, is from Ad Age.

And something about the Snuggie just matches the spirit of the times. "It's a tremendous value in today's tough economic times," Mr. Boilen said. "In this type of economy, people are looking for a value, and this is certainly a value at the price point. ... People are staying home more, and it makes them feel good.

Nothing says value like purchasing some creepy flamable bathrobe that will not be delivered for 4-6 weeks--because it is always so hard to stay warm come April 1.

But don't worry I won't have to deal with being cold while reading a book or dealing with a slippery blanket anytime soon. And since mine is actually a bathrobe I have the added value of being able to wear it with the opening in the front or the back, or even, gasp, tying it closed. Oooh. Fancy!

This is my submission to Navel Gazing At It's Finest Very Funny Friday. You can check it out if you need a laugh or two!