Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tomorrow I will have a 3-year old.

But, as we all know, little big girls start out as little baby girls.  Indulge me as I remember the last 3 years.

Dearest Maeve...without you, I would not be 'Mama'.  Thank you, for everything. xoxo Mama

Newly born

2  months old
Sitting with Mom, just a few days old

Our holiday snowman!
Sporting 2 new front teeth (look hard)
The Birthday banner which comes out every year.
1st Birthday
2nd Birthday

I'll be back with new pictures tomorrow!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Eating crow...and all that jazz.

So, as we get ready for Maeve's 3rd birthday on Wednesday, I find myself reflecting on the the kind of parent I thought I would be, vs. who I have become.

The "eating crow" part of this post is related to Maeve's current obsession with all things "princess".  Brent and I were quite adamant that no daughter of ours would be suckered into the "princess" marketing vortex, and did everything in our power to discourage it.  I don't think it was the princess theme in particular that bothered us, more so the marketing and culture behind it.  So, we bought tools and trucks, watched Bob the Builder and Handy Manny (not that they are much better, really) and thought we'd escaped it.

But recently, the word "princess" has creeped into Maeve's vocabulary.  As in...."Mommy, I want a princess dress", and "Mommy, can we go to the princess castle?" and most recently, "Mommy, I want a princess cake".  Eek.  A cake, eh?  Since I'm no Betty Crocker, I knew a princess cake was out of my league.  So, off to the Superstore we went.  And, yes, I will be ordering a hideous-disney licensed-white sugar laden- princess cake.  Why, because the look on Maeve's face will be worth all the crow in the world.

Raising kids is a gentle reminder that one should never say never.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The makings of a good day.

I don't have any pictures, so you'll have to take my word for it. But, today was a pretty good day.  The twins had a decent night (only up twice before 5 am) so I wasn't a complete zombie by morning.  My Mom and I packed up the crew and headed to shubie park for a nice walk, and enjoyed a bit of cooler weather.  Then, we came home and had lunch.  Nap time was relatively uneventful (which is always nice) and we spent the afternoon painting and playing with building blocks.  Our backyard gets very hot, so not fun in 32 C weather.

After an easy supper of egg salad sandwiches, Maeve, Maren and I headed off to soocer practice while Nanny manned the fort with Beckett (who doesn't do well with missed naps and late bedtimes).  It was the perfect evening for sitting on the sidelines with my good friend Jackie.  She kept Maren upright while I kept an eye on Maeve. And for once, Maeve actually stayed with her team and coach for most of the time.

And now, it's 8:30, all the kids are in bed and I'm enjoying a nice glass of wine. 

A good day indeed.  More please.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Our 4 month update!

The twins celebrated their 4 month birthday on the 6th.  They are growing so quickly, it's hard to believe I wasn't yet pregnant this time last year!

Their personalities are developing at lightning speed, and every day we get little glimpses into the little people they will become. Beckett (despite beeing a bit needy) is still in the running to be the laid back one of the house.  Maren, while usually quiet, has a short fuse and doesn't like to wait when she wants something.

Maren is now 14.5 lbs, and Beckett is 12.5 lbs. They are both 24 inches long, but Beckett wins the head circumference race by a half centimeter.

Maeve, as always, is having so much fun with her brother and sister.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Our first adventure out of the city!

Well, after almost 4 months of being nearly housebound, we ventured out of the city today.  We packed up and took the kids to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.  We'd been there with Maeve last spring, and had planned to return last summer but didn't get around to it.  Maeve had lots of fun, and we enjoyed the outing.  I'm sure the twins took some of it in, but will enjoy it even more next summer when they'll be walking (eek!)

So, you can see we had lots of fun. Now to plan our next adventure...