Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The babies in action and a few updates

Luke is standing. He's been doing it here and there, three seconds at a time, five seconds at a time. But tonight he stood for like a whole minute (okay, it was probably twenty seconds, but that is a loooong time when you're rooting for your baby to stay up). I first noticed him doing it as he proudly held Clara's banana peel in the air. Taking his lead, I then enticed him to stand by giving him banana to eat, which worked beautifully. And then the ultimate... his very favorite thing... Clara's sippy cup.

Is it weird that Luke's excitement for cow's milk makes me feel like I'm being cheated on?


Evidence that Clara knows right from wrong (and still chooses wrong.. oh, life with an almost-two-year-old): Tonight when we were brushing teeth in the bathroom, Luke opened the sink vanity's door (no, we still haven't baby-proofed) and was met with Clara quickly moving his hand off of it and telling him, "No, no!"

Little mother-in-training.


Lately, especially on stressful day, I'm finding myself a bit surprised at what comes out of my mouth. Yesterday, as Clara was getting into and onto everything, I looked at her and actually said, "You are cruising for a bruising!" What?! Where did that come from? A) We don't spank, b) I wasn't about to spank her, and, c) who says that anyway?


Luke loves food. LOVES it. He easily eats as much as I do at meal times. He just keeps shoveling it in. We have also found that when his food is gone, he likes to let the last bite linger, apparently saving it for later, because he likes food that much. Gross, but cute.

His love for food has also lead to him quite quickly learning to sign "more." He signs it every time that last bite goes in his mouth. Clearly this child is motivated by food.


Clara really loves playing with my religious statues and I, a not-so-smart mother, just cannot say no. So once in a while, down come the big Our Lady and Infant of Prague from the mantel and she sets them up, kisses them, hugs them, gives them her Elmo slippers. But tonight - in a shocking development! - Our Lady toppled over and her hand broke off. I know, you didn't see that coming.

It's not the first time this has happened. A month ago she fell in love with a very small statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Whenever she was in our bedroom, where I kept it, she knew she could play with it. Again, there were lots of kisses and hugs. But, alas, our little Blessed Kateri was beheaded.

You would think I would learn.

So... this leads me to a question. Do any of you know where I can find plush saint dolls? I found some very, very expensive ones online, but that's not happening. I found a less expensive one on Etsy and I am so in love with it I wish I had never seen it because it's still too much. Seriously, is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen???? Her scarf becomes a baby sling! A BABY SLING, people!!!

Anyway, I'm looking for something more in the $10-20 range. Any suggestions?


I'll leave you with a little taste of Clara's dancing talents. And this girl, who picked the music herself from Ryan's iPod on his phone, has some seriously good taste in music. Regulators, mount up!


Chelsea Rae said...


Those are favourites here!! :)

Faith said...

Ok, there are SO many things I love about this post. The videos are the BEST! I have no idea how to post videos, so I don't get to do that. But your kids are SO cute! Seriously, G Funk Era?! LOL!!! I NEVER imagined that song playing in your house...not sure why! lol! Luke reminds me SO much of Addy in his mannerisms. And Addy LOVES to get ahold of Jackson's bottles with cow's milk in them. I also cringe a little - I don't ever want her to stop nursing:). Oh, and I've definitely had some weird things pop out of my mouth too:). And if you got a plush saint...do you really think she would want that one?! I think not, lol! Certainly worth a try, though! I just love your updates:).

Anonymous said...

Those videos are so cute! Love the dancin' :).
We always had plastic statues for our rooms growing up. I'm sure they still make those, right? Fabric ones are a nice idea, though.

Karey said...

Chelsea Rae - Those are adorable! And more affordable. I might have to get one for C's upcoming birthday. Are the small ones really small?

Callmemama - Ooh, plastic! Hadn't thought of that!

And Faith - Hahaha.. Oh we are very into 90's rap over here. We actually really need to delete some Tupac off of the iPod. Every time she plays it we both scream "No, no, no! Turn it off! Lalalalalala..." in an effort to drown out the words ;)

Tridentine Wife said...

Warren G? I loved that song 6th grade memories and yes I too have used the line cruising for a bruising from grease Lol

Melissa said...

So cute! I love the videos. They are both getting so big! I wanted to send you a link to a cute little plush Mary holding baby Jesus that one of my girls received from her godparents a few years ago, but it seems to be out of stock at all the places I checked online. There are these, though, that seem affordable:

Also, I seem to remember that you enjoy painting, so if you're ever feeling crafty, you might try making your own wooden peg saints! I fell in love with these on a blog I read but was never brave enough to make my own. ;)

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

OK, so as you wrote about your child playing with the Infant of Prague statue, I immediately went back in time to when you were looking to find that Statue, and how your grandmother(?) was handing you a baby BOY in a dream right around that same time... wow. Chills.