Sunday, September 29, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I just made it halfway across the country with two tots in tow and I really couldn't have asked for a better experience. From the most helpful fellow travelers and Enterprise employees, to Zayd walking his way to the gate, to baggage claim and to the rental car, and Zahra sleeping two hours in my arms, I have no complaints. It was still extremely hard but just because (air) travel is often that way and we had a lot of ground to cover with luggage, two car seats, and some pretty little legs.
I even had time to make the Southwest fold-a-dollar-into-a-boat craft. You can see Zayd attempting it as well.
Thanks to all the friends who's stuff helped make our first threesome flight a success!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Here he is on his very first day, not the best photos but a record nonetheless.
Last week, he worked on candlestick on the beam (the two year old version) and is now confident enough to take a leap of faith off the big padded podium and reach for the uneven bars. Half of the time, he makes it!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Zayd just made an octagon for Aunt Norma and then we got to have a nice lesson about mail. How mail works, how you send mail, how he could receive mail. It was very, very exciting to him as we packed away the Octagon for mailing. Apparently he found a hundred other things to mail Norma and included then when I wasn't looking. Luckily, I have a rescued them (the remote!) to watch the Texans game.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Though we have taken the Zs to the zoo together many dozen times, I think today was Zahra's first significant trip where she was allowed down to explore. Did she ever! It was great to have Zayd as her personal zoo tour guide. My only complaint is that every time I turned around, she was not wearing her shoes. Otherwise, this was the perfect early morning, late summer outing on a half-work half-mom day. I couldn't ask for more than getting to make memories before handing them over for nap time while I go manage my team. Today was definitely a good day for work-life balance (though they seem few and far between lately).
Monday, September 16, 2013
Like all of our projects, it turned into a stamping project. But I count that as a win in the toddler art column.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
What I love most is how relentless she is. She takes some pretty significant falls. And up she goes. This girl needs a horse.
- She maybe says mama and dada. Probably. But its hard to know for sure because she still seems so small to me!
- She laughs and laughs and laughs.
- And mean mugs strangers in the grocery store. People try and try to get her to crack a smile and she is a stone cold stoic. That must be the Sam in her.
- Clapping makes her happy.
- She has figured out how to blow into Zayd's toy trumpet and it startles her EVERYTIME.
- She eats. Perhaps I should include, She eats more than Zayd at almost every meal.
- She weighs 17.5 pounds (25%) and is rather short, in the "more than 10% column". Hysterically, everytime we are in a store a few people remark, "she's so big for nine months" while others choose, "she is so tiny!" but everyone comments on her curly lashes. It turns out San Antonians have no idea what size a baby should be.
- She is so endearing. While I recognize she isn't nice to most people, she is so sweet and kissy, and lovable at home with us. She LOVES to give kisses (an attempt to suck on your lip, I think) and I could just never have enough.
- Her hair is coming in. Occasionally, she has a wispy curl behind her ears. AND I can fit a bow in her dark locks...but it looks ridiculous. Don't worry, I don't make her leave the house looking like this:
Here she is on her birth-a-versary:
|Towering over her former playgym.|
|There is a hat in there somewhere.|
|Bored with the hat and on her way to new adventures.|
|After getting her flu shot. It was a 2 binky moment.|