Today Zoe is a couple days shy of two months. I cannot believe how Charles and I lucked out. Lucy was a very good natured baby and we are learning that Zoe is quick to follow her sister's lead. She is soooo unbelievably sweet. Her temperament is wonderful; she is smiley, she coos all the time, and she loves to be held and cuddled, but doesn't mind being put down. She began sleeping through the night last week (a delightful surprise as Miss Lucy was still moonlight snacking up until 9 months). Don't get me wrong, she can wail like any other baby, but getting her settled doesn't take eons. She truly has the best disposition.
My sister Sue and I were postulating that due to her, uh, "advanced" size at birth and now (as demonstrated in the fourth and fifth pictures below), she bypassed the newborn stuff pretty quickly. Seriously, if you heard this girl break wind, you'd think there was a grown man in the room. There are some serious bragging right there for when she gets older... But most likely it's the afore mentioned in conjuction with the fact that I'm no longer a frazzled, anxiety ridden first-time parent. Either way, I'll take it and thank my lucky stars.
Enough tooting my own horn. Onto the stuff you're here for: pictures.
Aunt Peg and Uncle Jim visited us on their road trip back from the entertainment capital that is Branson. Zoe enjoyed the attention. Unfortunately someone (Lucy, not Charles) needed a nap and was cranky until they laid down, so they missed most of the visit. I was sad to see them go, but Saturday their loyalties laid with their little pooch (as they should) at the kennel and they were off. I wish they lived closer.
We celebrated a belated Mother's day with the entire family (minus KB) at Samurai Chef. Even though Lucy knew it was Mother's Day she insisted on giving most her love to her pops. We've taught her the concept of closed mouth kissing, but she's just not into it. I told her that her right now her friends aren't into that stuff and when it's time to be, that kind of kissing equals a grounding until she's thirty-five.
Our family picture... Doesn't Adam look deceptively tall?
What you can't see in this picture is the very prominent double chin and mammoth pot belly. It translates much better in person. Today at the dentist someone emphatically stated, "Oh my, what a healthy baby!" Emphasis on the healthy part. Yeah, we get that a lot and yes, we know.
Seriously, those cheeks are too much. I've been sick this week, thank you family, and it has taken everything I've got to not kiss her. She is sublimely squishy and soft... pure heaven.
Today my Lucy had her last day of PDO for the school year. I don't know who will be affected by this most, Lucy, Zoe, or myself, thereby affecting Charles. It will be nice to get to sleep in again though.
I cannot articulate how going to school two days a week for three hours a time has transformed this girl. She adapts much more quickly and easily in social situations. For anyone who knew how shy Lucy was before, they know this program has truly been a blessing. I am so thankful.
One of the reasons I don't post often is because I am horrible at taking pictures. I never remember to take my camera with me and when I do, I'm either too lazy to take pictures or the pictures I do take are hit or miss. Also, as soon as I take out the camera Lucy is all over me like ice in Antarctica. She would rather play with the camera than pose for the camera. Today I figured out that if I turn the screen around so she can see herself while taking the shot, she is an eager participant. Not the best, but it clearly demonstrates how children love themselves. It takes Lucy to make Lucy smile like that.
Last, but definitely not least, my best friend Amy and her hubby, welcomed their twins Jacob and Alexis into the world early Monday morning. Many congratulations and much love to them. If you get a chance or are just curious (and I know you are) check out their blog, because you can, after all (much to our husbands' occasional chagrin) we are the last of a dying breed that are crazy enough to keep public blogs.