Archive for March, 2010

Because I am exhausted

I am simply going to post a few pics from our vacation. We had a great time, but I just don’t have it in me to go into detail about the whole thing. Ten days is a lot to rehash. So here are some of the highlights of Emma’s time with Grandma and Papito while Jacob and I spent a few days in Colorado:

Silly face at breakfast

Getting her toenails painted for the first time

Loves them!

Looking for polish on Great-Grandpa's toenails too 🙂

Baba snuggles - the best

Ahhhh!

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You Are My Little Bird

We listen to a lot of music in our house. Hardly a day goes by without a dance party on the coffee table (I promise that’s the only time Emma’s allowed up there!). Anyone who knows Emma knows that kid loves to dance! But there’s just not a lot of good kid music. Or so it seems.

I stumbled on this today and immediately fell in love.

It is beautiful, sweet, and oh so folksy. Not to mention that Emma loves it. Even Jacob gave it his stamp of approval, which means a lot. Some of the songs are ones we all know: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and I’ve Got Peace Like a River. Others are are songs we will soon come to love. She has several other albums which we will be checking out in time, but for now, You Are My Little Bird is going to be a staple in the Slaton household.

Vaude Jolly Comfort IV

We are in love. Yes, with each other, but also with our new kid carrier. Over the past few months, we’ve tried out a number of different models, but this one fell into our laps and it is the Benz of all kid carriers. Thanks to some friends who didn’t want it and sold it to us!! We couldn’t be happier!

So here it is in all it’s glory.

A few features I’d like to point out:

It has a very sleek design. We’ve used both a Kelty model and a Sherpani model, and this one is just not as bulky.

The child’s shoulder straps are covered in the softest padding ever. I’m not the slightest bit worried about them rubbing Emma the wrong way. And you simply snap the child in and then adjust the straps from the back of the pack instead of having to adjust each strap individually in the front when they are already kind of crammed in.

Notice the AWESOME bear-earred cover that attaches to the front of the carrier (just below the child’s face). It is incredibly soft, removable and machine washable. Perfect for when the little one happens to fall asleep.

There is a changing pad that is perfectly hidden in the storage pocket below the seat. Love it!

Water bottle pockets are strategically placed away from the child’s feet but in arms reach of daddy and daughter.

The straps all tuck away – no flapping, annoying excess.

And it comes with a sun and rain shield. You don’t have to buy them separately 🙂

If you are considering a child carrier, I would recommend this one above other leading brands. I don’t think it’s going to disappoint!!

I will outsmart you, JCrew

Not having an extra $155 just lying around to spend on such things as overly priced flower girl dresses, I must somehow figure out how to re-create this for Emma. It couldn’t be more perfect for my sister’s wedding. Especially with a plum sash around the waist. Hmmmmm, another thing added to my sewing list. Think I’m up for the challenge?!

It’s a great day to be alive!

My sisters and I met in Fayetteville this weekend for some good ‘ole fashioned sisterly bonding, which meant that Emma stayed home with daddy for a night. And as much fun as I had hanging out with the girls, it was almost as much fun hearing about all the fun things Em and Jacob did while I was gone!! He should probably be the one writing this post, but he’s not, so here goes:

Friday night: hot dogs for dinner. Emma ate two of them. Oh, and some pickles too.

Saturday: lunch date to Chick-fil-a and the pet store. How fun is that?! Then home for a two hour nap. The afternoon consisted of taking a hike through Allsopp Park in our new kiddo backpack (review to come!). Solomon tagged along and the outing was complete with doggie swimming and a snack stop.

Great job, Daddio!!

Long Overdue

I’ve been in a blogging slump lately. You know how it goes – you miss a few big things and then it all starts to snowball and it ends up easier just not to write at all than to try to catch up on everything.

So, first things first.

IT’S A BOY!! I think pretty much everyone who actually reads this knows that already, but thought I’d share anyway. The ultrasound was so much fun. We took Em and made it a family affair. The best part was seeing Jacob fist pump the air when we saw that little penis. I don’t think I really knew how excited he would be to have a son until that moment. Even Emma was into the whole thing. She loved seeing her baby brother on the “tv”. She played with the ultrasound pictures all day and kept saying, “Baby brother!” I feel like she kind of understood for the first time that it’s not just going to be the three of us for much longer! And to answer the question I know you are all dying to ask, no, we don’t have a name yet. Names are REALLY hard for Jacob and I to agree on so I feel like it might be a while . . .

And finally, here are a few pics of the baby bump. I’m afraid it’s not much of a bump any more – it’s turning into a mountain pretty quick if you ask me!!

And just because she’s adorable (do I need any other reason?!) . . .