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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Classical Music...An Introduction

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Lily and I have been watching this over and over all day long. Its no secret that Pachelbel's Canon, any version of it, is one of my favorite pieces of classical music. No, I take that back. Its one of my favorite pieces of music...period. One of Andrew's uncles even played it on the violin at our wedding.

I was surprised when I started watching the video the first time that Lily climbed into my lap and sat through the entire thing with me. She bopped her head to the music and then declared "I like it" at the end. Well good for you little one. I'm glad you share my love of classical music. That makes me happy.

Plus, any way I can increase your repertoire of music beyond "The Wheels on the Bus" and "B-I-N-G-O," I'm all for it. :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Zoo-rific Birthday

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So I hit 3-1 this past Friday. I don't feel any older. I don't think I look any older. Good genes, that's all I can say. I know my mom would agree. :P

I requested a trip to the zoo for my birthday. We had a lot of fun when we went for Andrew's birthday last year and now that Lily is a little bit older I thought she would appreciate the animals a bit more. In fact she was very excited to go and kept saying "see lions and elephants." Of course, wouldn't you know it, those were two animals that we were not able to see. Bummer.

I really don't know what I was thinking when I planned the trip. I must have been crazy! Traipsing around the zoo in 96 degree weather without a cloud in the sky is not something a 34.5 week old pregnant woman should be doing. The thought crossed my mind that I might be putting myself into early labor! But I made it through with the help of comfy benches, lots of water, air conditioned buildings and a Kona Ice.

And I still have a baby in my uterus. :)

And now for some animals...and food.

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I was all excited for Lily to try the merry-go-round for the first time. She did not, unfortunately, share my enthusiasm. After selecting the "whale" to ride she proceeded to chant "no, no, no" most of the ride and hang on very tightly to my arm. Oh well. There's always next time.

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For all of Lily's talk about seeing lions and elephants and rhinos, the monkeys, birds and penguins were her absolute favorites.

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Occasionally throughout the day Andrew poured water on himself and Lily to help keep cool.

Egg. Sidewalk. That's how hot it was.

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We had a fun filled afternoon at the zoo and followed it up with a birthday dinner at T.G.I.Friday's. I even received a free sundae. Lily ate most of it although she did feed me some. :) All in all, not a bad way to turn another year older.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Weekends

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I realize its not technically summer yet, but we live in Florida where the weather rules don't apply anyway. In my mind, summer starts when it gets too hot to leave your doors and windows open all day long and that happened almost a month ago.

So...welcome summer!

We spent Saturday afternoon and evening at our friends' house on the lake. It was a very nice, relaxing day. Except for me stressing out about Lily getting too close to the edge of the dock and falling into the water. I swear, I'm not one of those overprotective/helicopter moms...except when it comes to water. So we found a life vest and put it on her which lasted maybe 5 minutes before she started saying "take it off."

Andrew's two brothers and their wives were there too and Lily was very happy to see her baby cousin Seth.

Later that night Andrew, Lily and I went to Home Depot to purchase a much needed new toilet seat, Dairy Queen for a late night snack and then Walmart to pick out a Redbox movie using my free code I received for my birthday.

Because we're cool like that. :)

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Lily's New(ish) Car Seat

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Up until yesterday we've kept Lily in the same infant car seat we took her home from the hospital in (insert nostalgic sigh here). She hasn't exceeded the weight limit for it yet - tiny thing that she is - but we have noticed that she has to curl her legs to get comfortable while sitting in it. And she isn't crazy about reclining backwards in it anymore (except for when she falls asleep). She also really enjoys talking to us about what she sees out the window and that's hard to do when you have to crane your neck at an awkward angle to see and speak with your parents. She doesn't fuss, complain or cry about being in her seat, on the contrary, she really likes it, but we figured it was time to bump her up to a big girl car seat. I expected she would love to be front facing and since she finally hit the minimum weight mark for most convertible and booster car seats and she's almost 2 years old, we're finally able to do that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

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I had started researching car seats online when a friend showed up yesterday with her daughter's car seat that she had outgrown. Yay for hand-me-downs! I love that its a neutral color so we can use it for both a girl and boy (since that will be happening) and it has so many amenities that I hadn't thought of like a slide out cup holder, pivoting armrests and 3-position recline. Of course the best part is that it was free!

Here she is trying it out after Daddy installed it yesterday.

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Testing out the armrests and making sure she can still use her toys while in it. All systems go!

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She really got to try it out for the first time today. When Andrew got home from work we all hopped in the car and drove around town running errands.

She kept a running commentary going about trains and trucks and how "very hot" it was. Yes. Our AC isn't working and both back windows are broken right now so they're closed all the time. Add to that that it was about 90 degrees with the humidity in the range of 60% and you have one toasty little girl in the back seat. But we kept her well stocked with cool water and didn't stay in the car long. Not when Lowes and Home Depot have working air conditioning.

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It was kind of a sentimental moment for me remembering sitting in the back with her the day we brought her home from the hospital in that infant seat. Now she's sitting in her big girl seat telling us about everything she sees as we drive down the road. Almost two years has gone by way too quickly. I try to savor every moment big or small.

Like new(ish) car seats.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pregnancy Cravings

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While I haven't been craving anything this pregnancy I have been eating an awful lot of cereal at any and all times of the day. Its great for breakfast, a snack, whenever really. My favorite time, however, is when Lily's in bed for the night, the house is quiet and Andrew and I are just sitting down to watch something on Netflix. Call it an early midnight snack.

Huh, maybe I do have a craving this time around...

I remember this one time when I was pregnant with Lily and I was madly craving a chicken salad sandwich. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon so we got ready and drove to the nearest fast food place that we thought sold them.

Intercom Lady: "Welcome to Wendy's. Go ahead with your order when you're ready."

Andrew: "Uh yeah, we'd like a...(glances at me)...chicken salad?

Intercom Lady: "Well we have several. Which one would you like?"

He looks over at me again and I shake my head furiously while whispering loudly "sandwich!"

Andrew: "I mean a sandwich."

Intercom Lady: "You want a chicken...sandwich?"

Andrew: "Yeeeeah. Do you have them?"

Intercom Lady: "Uh.........we have several........on the menu board."

I finally lean over him and exasperatedly holler at the intercom - "CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH!

(Did I mention I really wanted one?)

Intercom Lady: "Oh no, we don't have those."

Andrew: "Never mind then."

We ended up going to Publix and getting them at the deli. When I got home, I didn't really even want it. And Publix subs are the best.

Turns out its Arby's that has chicken salad sandwiches.

I'm surprised Andrew's still married to me. Ha ha.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day

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We had great plans to go out of town to celebrate Mother's Day yesterday - a day late since Andrew had to work on Sunday - but those quickly got derailed when Lily came down with a fever over the weekend that didn't go away till she woke up this morning. Those darn teeth.

So instead of going to Orlando and eating sushi (vegetarian - no raw fish for this pregnant girl) at our favorite Thai restaurant and perusing Ikea and Target, we stayed around town and did a few things here. Andrew let me choose the place to eat (Olive Garden), the entertainment (shopping at Marshall's, Ross and Michael's) and then he suggested we top off the afternoon/evening by going to Dairy Queen and getting ice cream. Yeah, he gets me. :)

It ended up being an extremely exhausting day both physically and mentally. Lily was off and on miserable most of the afternoon. Poor baby. I brought Tylenol and teething tablets with us just in case but she was mostly just tired since she'd only had a very short nap right before we left the house. She finally did end up passing out for about half an hour in her stroller (which we never use anymore but am so glad we decided to bring at the last minute) halfway through Ross. She wanted me to carry her the rest of the time which I am finding harder and harder to do. Yesterday was actually the first day that I really felt pregnant. I mean, waddle-like-a-duck-while-holding-your-back-and-shoving-your-ginormous-belly-into-the-air-in-front-of-you...pregnant. I guess at 33 weeks I deserve to finally feel that way.

We capped off the day by making a quick stop off at Walmart for a few things ('cause sometimes you just gotta), putting the Bean to bed early and watching That 70's Show on Netflix. And it even rained for a bit last night. Always a plus in my book.

All in all, not a bad Mother's Day.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

A Short Note to My Unborn Child

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Dear Ping (I'm so sorry for that...your Daddy nicknamed you),

I love feeling you kick and it makes me so happy that you are an active and healthy little boy. However, if you could refrain from lodging your feet in my ribs and taking up permanent residence there, I would be so appreciative.

Love,

Your Very Sore Mommy

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Letter To My Mom

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Its officially Mother's Day but we aren't going to be celebrating it until tomorrow since Andrew needs to work today. But we have big plans for tomorrow as a family and I can hardly wait!

So I thought I would take this opportunity to write a letter to my own mother and thank her for all the wonderful things she is and has done.

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At my college graduation in 2008

Dear Mom,

   :: Thank you for carrying me for nine months.
   :: Thank you for having the courage to have tons of kids, thereby giving me so many siblings to love (and fight with).
   :: Thank you for giving up so much of yourself to stay home and take care of the house and us children.
   :: Thank you for sitting with me in the kitchen when I was about 8 years old and was scared of The Land Before Time and couldn't finish watching it with the rest of the family.
   :: Thank you for putting up with me through my teenage years and the hormones that went with it.
   :: Thank you for taking me out for ice cream even when I failed my driving road test (the first time).
   :: Thank you for taking me car shopping for my first car.
   :: Thank you for making each holiday growing up so special.
   :: Thank you for giving me an appreciation for a good sale or clearance.
   :: Thank you for taking me out to lunch at Olive Garden on my 18th birthday.
   :: Thank you for teaching me proper values and standards to live by just by your being a good example.
   :: Thank you for crying at my college graduation. It may me feel so appreciated.
   :: Thank you for cooking delicious meals even when times were tough.
   :: Thank you for pushing me to establish goals for my life even when I was mad at you for doing so.
   :: Thank you for teaching me how to sew.
   :: Thank you for showing me how to play War when I was sick with chicken pox.
   :: Thank you for training me how to go on the potty. I can't tell you how many times that's come in handy.
   :: Thank you for teaching me not to be paranoid about minor scrapes and boo boos.
   :: Thank you for admonishing me with "What Would Jesus Do?" even when it was really annoying.
   :: Thank you for being available when I need(ed) a shoulder to cry or lean on.
   :: Thank you for being the person who knows a little bit about everything so I always had someone to go to for the answer.
   :: Thank you for loving my child(ren).
   :: Thank you for being outgoing and such a people person.
   :: Thank you for not forcing me to eat things I really don't like (like cooked oatmeal and coconut).
   :: Thank you for letting me learn from my mistakes but being there to help pick me up and try again.
   :: Thank you for all the little things that I can't even begin to realize you did that made our house a home and our lives so blessed.

Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you.

Your daughter,

~ Hannah Lamb

Friday, May 11, 2012

At the Beach

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Some very dear friends are visiting Florida from out of state so we took the opportunity yesterday to drive over to Anna Maria Island and meet them at the beach. Lily hadn't been to the beach since last April when she was about 10 months old and spent most of the time cruising around the sand and eating handfuls of it. We weren't sure how she'd handle the trip this time since she's so timid when it comes to water - bath time, pool time or otherwise. Not to mention she fell down and scraped her knee (pretty badly) right before we left the house and was pretty much inconsolable the whole way there.

We needn't have worried though; she took to the water like a fish. And the knee was completely forgotten about the entire time she was splashing in the water and digging in the sand, even when the band aid washed off after a while. Her favorite part was when we took her out in the ocean and dunked her in up to her waist and then lifted her up when a big wave was about to wash over her. She'd squeal and exclaim, "Oh gosh! A big one!"

Nick and Mary's little guy Nico was very content to spend most of the time sitting under the umbrella, chewing on Sophie the Giraffe and watching everyone splash in the water and enjoy the sun.

It was such a perfect afternoon. We're going to miss them.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Lord...Lead Me

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I'm really feeling this song right now. Listen to the lyrics, they're out of this world. Simple but heartfelt.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Fancy Seeing You Again 5am

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This past Saturday morning saw dark skies and the complete sound of silence upon waking. Can you even call 4:45 am morning yet? Isn't it still considered the middle of the night?

Well whichever it is, morning or...pre-morning, Lily decided that that hour was the perfect time to wake up for the day. No amount of convincing would make her go back to sleep. So after after an hour of trying I finally gave in and let her get up.

I don't know how I made it till 9 am, but I did with Andrew's help the last hour or so when he finally woke up. He suggested I lay down so I did while he got on the computer in the bedroom and Lily sat in bed next to me looking through her "Jesus book," aka her children's Bible. I don't think 5 minutes had passed when I woke up all of a sudden and looked at the bed next to me. There was a tiny little girl laying there fast asleep clutching "Jesus" to her. She never sleeps anywhere but her crib or bed so this was a treat. Unfortunately she decided to pass out laying horizontally across the bed thereby pushing me to the edge. But I wasn't about to wake her up. We ended up sleeping for almost 3 hours like that.

I haven't seen that time of day since Lily was a newborn. Now I'm reminded that I'm probably going to be seeing more of it than I wish too very soon. Ah well. At least the babies we make are cute so its worth it. :)

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