Friday, June 30, 2006

Aubrey needs an update

I googled "Aubrey needs" again after I saw on Site Meter that someone googled it. Looks like there's a new one.

Aubrey needs to stop it with the "yo yo yo yo". Diddy aint having that!

Anyone who happened to see Making the Band will know what this is all about.

In other news of the weird, if you search "anaphylactic shock" at this allergic reaction website my site comes up as you can see here. I feel a little bad for all the people looking for real information about allergic reactions who are sent to my blog. But just a little.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Addie's new ride

We bought a bike trailer so we can take Addie with us when we go on bike rides. For now, we have to put her in it while strapped into her carseat. Last night we were riding and we got hit by a dust storm. We discovered that the bike trailer's screen keeps out bugs, but not dust...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

On Demand Smiles

Col has started touching her bottom lip to get her to smile. She usually slobbers all over his finger before she actually starts smiling. You can also see the purple pacifier in his hand that he's withholding. He holds it for ransom until she gives him a good grin.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

It's all fun and games until there's a tombstone with my name on it.

I looked up my name again and found that my name twin Captain Aubrey Carter caught another big one. That's one freaky looking fish...

But then the next picture I found was a tombstone with my name... not so fun. For future reference, I would appreciate if there is not a pig wearing a football helmet marking my grave. Thank you.

Stomach Sleeper

Addie is starting to fit into some of her 3-6 month old clothes. As you can see, we shaved a mohawk, but left a nice mullet in the back.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Meet Captain Aubrey Carter

This is my name twin. He is very talented when it comes to catching gigantic pink fish.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cause and Effect

This picture is the effect.

This is the cause.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


We're working on getting Adeline to make certain facial expressions on demand. These pictures show the progress we've made so far.

When we say "Show me scared."

When we say "Show me surprised"

When we say "Show me cross-eyed"

Monday, June 19, 2006

Aubrey needs...

At Stacey's suggestion, I googled "Aubrey needs". Mine's a little screwy since Aubrey was a popular boy's name back in the day.

Aubrey needs:

... at least a little practicality about her.

an emergency dose of adrenaline on hand in case of anaphylactic shock

a girl who likes music, romantic dinners, and is a big movie fan.

this email to send another survey

a ship surgeon for his new command

to be the key central character at all times with the less attractive Maturin a close second.

That last one's my favorite.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Missing: One Orange Pacifier

I had to post this for everyone who won't see the Carter blog.

Friday, June 16, 2006

To all of you "no comment" types.


This is what my baby would look like if her ears stuck out.

Accidental J. Lo Sighting

Did you know that if you just type the letters "lo" in your browser and hit enter, is what comes up. I accidentally discovered this when opening my own blog. I typed "lo" and scrolled down to recent sites to pull up mine. To my surprise, Jennifer Lopez appeared on my screen beckoning me to enter her site. Evidently I didn't click onto the recent sites properly, and "lo" alone triggered her site.

My question is, why doesn't come up when "lo" is typed in the browser? Who says J. Lo gets priority? I guess it's possible she paid for priority. Rich people. Bah!

Not quite sitting up yet...

Addie is holding her neck up a lot more, so I propped her up on the chair to take a picture or two. I was assuming she'd be able to sit upright for a few seconds, but I was wrong.

I even tried setting her in the corner for more support...

So I guess I'll just have to wait a little while longer for full spinal development. She was quite patient during all these attempts, as you can see by her facial expressions... just waiting it out.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I want Adeline to be smart.

A friend who's living in NYC sent me this today:

"Today I went to a conference on literacy and children's health. A doctor who spoke said that there is a strong relationship between cognitive development and iron deficiency. Most babies get enough iron either from breast milk or formula, but it becomes a problem at ages 1-3 because they start drinking regular milk which isn't iron fortified. The brain is fully grown by age 3 so if a toddler isn't getting enough iron during that period their cognitive development will be affected. So basically, if you
want Adeline to be smart make sure she gets her iron!"

Good to know... I'll definitely need to pay attention to this in about a year, but it also helped motivate me to keep taking my prenatal vitamins. My OB told me to keep taking them as long as I'm nursing, but I was slacking off. That vitamin is often my only source of iron...

I've been trying to cook healthy meals for Col and I. It's nice to be home and to have time to do it. Hopefully I won't slack off again once my maternity leave is over. It's definitely harder to find the time and energy to cook healthy meals after working all day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My date with Billy.

So I've started doing Tae Bo. I find myself very limited with exercise options since it's too hot to run outside and I can't take Addie just anywhere. I've been doing Pilates and some other workout tapes and today I stumbled upon a goldmine: my mother-in -law's exercise video collection. I tried a yoga ball/weights workout which I liked, and then I did a little Tae Bo for the first time in my life. I'm a fan. Billy is officially added into my weight loss strategy. In case anyone needs exercise videos or DVDs, I borrowed several DVDs but I hardly made a dent in the collection.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Happy birthday to me.

The only thing better than a birthday cake, is a birthday cake pinata.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Imaginary Cane

Addie's playing the crippled card in order to get to sit in the good chair. She makes it look huge. I think we could both fit in it. When we first put her on it, we centered her. She held herself up fine for a few minutes and then her head started favoring one side and eventually she started tipping. We propped her up in the corner of the chair to keep her from falling over.

Things we stole from Tiffany & Troy

1. Barrett placement. We'd had a hard time getting Addie's barretts to stay in so we copied the way Audrey's was in her hair. It's stayed in all day. Fabulous, absolutely fabulous.

2. Dream feedings. Though this may not have been their idea originally, they sparked our interest in it. We did it last night and it worked like a charm.

3. Pacifier Propping. This really does help. Just to be safe, I've only done it when I'm watching her closely. I guess I should call it Supervised Pacifier Propping.

4. Bottle Propping. We haven't been able to use this one yet, but believe me, we will.

5. Gymboree classes. Though we haven't committed to anything, I reserve the right to steal this idea in the future.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mercury Update

It has not been thrown away. It is residing on the counter in its ziplock baggie home until Col finds a more permanent (and more airtight) residence for it. I know I probably shouldn't be concerned. After all, it was in our thermostat the entire time we've lived here. I can't help but think, however, that it's emitting noxious fumes that the baby will breathe in. It will then solidify in her veins, turning her into an X-men character of some sort.

I think I had a dream last night that the liquid metal globules reunited and became the bad guy on Terminator 2. Scary.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Liquid Metal

Last night we bought a new thermostat. The old one has never worked very well - it would read 70 degrees and feel like at least 80. So we went to Home Depot and after picking out new ceiling fans, we picked out a digital thermostat. When Col went to replace it, he found that the old one used Mercury. We took this picture and he mentioned that he'd like to keep the little vial. "Is it dangerous at all?" I asked. "Not as long as it doesn't break," he answered.

Minutes later, it broke. The Mercury separated on our table and we snapped this picture before cleaning it up. He enclosed the liquid metal globs in a mini ziplock baggie and said he'd throw it away. I think he wants to show it to a few people before he does.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Addie has started scooting. I wasn't sure how she was doing it until this morning. The other day she was on the changing table and I left the room to wash my hands. When I went back in, she had scooted up so far that her head was off the changing pad. She's doing it all the time now. I'll put her to bed in her bassinett slash stroller and when I go to pick her up, she has scooted clear to the bottom, with her legs bent up against the side.

This morning I laid her down next to me on the couch with her feet about 6 in. from me. All of a sudden I felt her little feet kicking me, so I moved her back 6 in. and watched as she kicked her feet, slowly scooting toward me, ending with her feet as shown in this picture, still kicking.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Signs your child has joined a gang.

When I went to get Addie out of her crib after her nap this afternoon, to my surprise I saw that she had tied this bandana to her forearm. I quickly removed it, of course. She watched out of the corner of her eyes and will probably tie it back on as soon as I'm out of sight.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Nose Sucker

Col usually cleans out Addie's nose. He charts out a strategic plan of attack, and then goes at it, completing in record time with a minimal amount of resistance from the victim. Such was not the case this morning. The following is the interpretation of Adeline's screams when I tried to clean out her nose:

"I want daddy to do it!"

"Daddy's at work, honey. Mommy has to do it today."

"No! Daddy needs to do it!"

"I'm sorry, honey. Daddy's not here."

"No! No! No! I don't want you to do it! I want daddy!"

"This will just take a minute, I promise."

"Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!"