Sunday, March 28, 2010

The 34-week breech of agreement


Katie Beth, darling girl, I thought you and I had an understanding here. We girls have to stick together after all, right? The doctor tells me that while you are growing great (4.7 lbs) and even sporting a bit of hair (perfect for the little bows that are waiting for you), you are currently in a breech position. So, I'm going to need you to go ahead and turn around so that you can take on the world head (not feet) first. I'm committed to doing what I can to encourage this to happen (handstands from the bed even), but please? Help me, help you. Thanks bunches! love you, Mommy

34 weeks

35 weeks

and one with my baby daddy

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Break with Nana and Papa

Our favorite snowbirds made the drive from Ontario last week to spend some time with us!

*photo by Angie Davis

Thanks to the magic of Skype, Ben sees them on a regular basis, but was pretty pumped up to have them at our door in 3D! Despite not finding the warmer weather they enjoyed here last Spring Break, it was a great visit filled with lots of:

bike rides with Papa
playground visits
kisses from Nana
copying Papa
(whether it be eating breakfast,
brushing teeth,
or cutting the grass,)
Ben loved following that guy around!

They even had matching shoes.
feeding ducksreading books
riding the carousel...
(so many "mamals" to choose from!)

...around and...
...around again
eating pizzaopening an Easter basket
with playdough,and cars!

It was so nice of them to spend their vacation looking after Ben during the days (I know all three loved it) and helping us get some things done around here. We love you Nana and Papa and can promise that your next visit this summer will be a warm one!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Throw your hands in the air!

Wave 'em like you just don't care!


Little Katherine Elizabeth having a dance party at 34 weeks.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sweet and Sassy Ben

After getting one military cut at 6 months from Daddy, and a few spastic bowl-cuts from Mommy, Ben has been letting the professionals handle his 'do. The only super-kid friendly place I can find in town is called Sweet n Sassy, and it definitely favors the pink gender (where was this place when I was 10?!), but Ben still enjoys it just fine, thanks to the "yahyeepop" and movies at each station.

Ben Before

The things he lets Ms. Virginia do!

Happy he's finally able to see!

Don't want to totally candy-coat the experience, he doesn't love it.

But he has to admit he looks good!
(it's a little short here, but has grown in already, and looks so cute!)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ben Unplugged

We enjoyed some warm days last week, so Ben and I hung out on the porch one evening after a long day inside. I never want to forget his current versions of the toddler-song classics, and he was definitely up for putting on a show...in full volume!

video

video

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

32 weeks and a paternity-test request

Not for Ben's sake...there is no doubt that boy is his father's son. But the little spud I'm growing does have the same rounded curves as a certain Mr. P Head that has recently taken residence in our house. And sometimes the nubs that jab out from my stomach certainly resemble his round, red nose or maybe even that orange ear. (not to mention my longtime love of carbs!)

Ben has taken to him quite well too!

For those who have asked, I've been feeling much better since my last pregnancy pity party, I mean post, thank you! I took a good week off from exercise and have limited it now to walking...but even that sends me into continuous Braxton Hicks! It might be the concentrated effort I'm putting into not allowing myself to waddle. :) Things are just different this time around, and at eight months, I'm going to have to accept that!

Friday, March 5, 2010

House divided: North vs. South

Last Sunday, there was a little sporting event broadcast, for what Tyler claims is the first time, on TV stations all across the US...even in Alabama. Can you guess what that sport was?!

Tyler grew up in Canada, where hockey is revered the same (fanatical) way as college football is here in SEC territory. His following of the game has all but died after so many years spent in the South, not even able to find the Stanley Cup final games on even one channel at Buffalo Wild Wings...that was a sad night. But his love for it never will, as demonstrated last Sunday when he put his thesis-preparation on hold, drew the curtains closed, pulled on his "lucky" jersey, settled into the couch with some hot wings, and turned the volume up, WAY UP, to watch Team Canada take down Team USA in the Olympic final game.

We had taped the game so that Tyler would be home and Ben would be awake, and we all had fun cheering...

...until Tyler yelled so loud that Ben got scared, then I got bored, and so he and I set off to do something a little more in line with our Southern roots...make biscuits from scratch! Back story is that I'd started a pot roast not realizing there wasn't any cornbread mix in the house, and desperate times call for desperate measures (ie: me cooking anything from scratch)!

But we had lots of fun mixing and patting ("flat hands, Ben. Don't just poke it.") and rolling and cutting.

I just wish I had a picture of the golden, fluffy, buttery goodness that greeted us when we opened the oven. But that would mean replacing the pasty-white, flat disappoints that taunted us instead. Or as Ben shrieked in surprised delight, "tutties!" (cookies).

If only that's how they tasted....

But it was a great way to spend the afternoon together, shouting back and forth from the living room to kitchen and trying to keep my mouth shut about the impending victory I'd learned of from Facebook status updates and text messages that he refused to open. :)

Oh-so proud of Canada! Well played indeed.