Monday, February 1, 2016

Lottie's 2-year-old check-up!

Lottie had her two-year-old check-up this morning approximately two weeks late. Close enough. She didn't need any shots anyway, so it's all cool, yeah?


Jim was delighted to be the old hand and tell Lottie what was going on every step of the way.

Important statistics to note: Lottie is now 32" tall, which puts her in the 7th percentile still, but she has grown to 25lb 2oz, which boosts her to the 28th percentile! I credit peanut butter almost exclusively.

Waiting for the doctor.

Basically, Lottie did great. The doctor was very impressed with her speech. Apparently, kids her age should be able to put two words together. For example, "red ball" or "drink water." Lottie, on the other hand, was wandering around pointing at stuff and going, "Can you read me another book, Mommyyyyy? I want the book with the BABY on it, Mommyyyyyy. No, the other book, please, with the blue baby doll, Mommyyyyyy." He said her speech clarity was really good and he couldn't believe how long, complex, and grammatically accurate her sentences are.

Not much for funny cats, typically, but this is very accurate.

As far as the exam itself, she was very cooperative. She appears fine in all respects, and she didn't even cry when they pricked her finger. Actually, Jim was much more concerned. He kept asking, "Mom, why they gonna hurt my baby sister?" Fortunately, she didn't seem to take it to heart.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snowpocalypse 2016

Leah finally added me as a guest author which means now two people can disappoint the grandparents and other relatives by rarely posting anything. But seriously, we are trying to get better about it.

So, about a week ago, we had snow. HOLY JESUS! Everything shut down. It was maybe about a inch. Very wet though, which meant the roads were actually a little dangerous.. The  weatherman said that it was supposed to all melt by about noon-ish, so very first thing in the morning we rushed to get the kids outside. This was Lottie's first experience in real snow, afterall.
Jim insisted on keeping his hands in his pockets most of the time. Too cold for our southern boy.
 Lottie really wasn't sure what to make of all this cold white stuff.
 Big Brother tried to show her, but any time she picked it up she  panicked because it was too cold.
Touring the grounds to see everything covered in snow was fun for both of them.
 Jim shows his battle scars from Dad pummeling him with snowballs off camera.
The police line up for Leah to pick out which one threw the snowball at her.
Both were guilty.
 Documentation that Leah still exists.
 Documentation that I still exist.
 Jim and the Grim Reaper decided to go explore how the field looked in the snow.
 Lottie chose the sensible alternative and helped me make pancakes.
After pancakes, which the kids ate as fast as I could make resulting in neither Leah nor I having any, we spent the rest of the day like this.

A moving recap of the past few months.

No apologies, on to the pictures. Okay? Okay.

Jim teaches Lottie to correctly use electronics back in December.

Jim conscientiously stirs the fudge to send to all and sundry.

Lottie conscientiously tastes said fudge before sending it to all and sundry.

A trip to the park, on a balmy 80-degree December day.

Jim now enjoys playing with baby sister.

Lottie's hair is now long enough to ripple appropriately in the breeze.

Deep concentration while playing the cookie game at Jim's preschool Christmas party.

Jim instructs Lottie in the proper use of cookie cutters. Alas, she doesn't quite get it.

Jim's favorite cookie idea once he realized that we had both a big and a small star cutter.

Jim's unwrapping style: Fliiiing!

Lottie's unwrapping style: Careful removal.

Enjoying the loot.

Can you tell she likes it?

She likes anything she can cuddle, really.

Jim's favorite thing? Anything that allows him to instruct baby sister.

For example, instructing baby sister in the science of correct coloring.

Or the art of proper sliding.

Of course, a man has to stand heroically apart sometimes, too.

It's okay, though.

Lottie knows how to chill by herself.

But back to the instruction now. Jim likes to show his soccer superiority. Lottie's just happy as long as she can tag along and touch the ball occasionally.

Jim, on the occasion of Lottie's birthday: "Lottie, you're big now. Now you have to learn about nutrition."

Lottie admires the profusion of presents.

A chance to instruct on proper lawn care? Jim seizes the opportunity.

She declared herself to be Batman just before trundling off.

And this, naturally, is a class on proper baby care.

And one parting shot with Lottie and her short-lived "doggy ears."