Firstly, an update on the kids. We had a Dr. visit a few weeks back where the bambinis were measured and weighed. Guinevere weighed in at 44 pounds and 43.75 inches (3 feet 7.75 inches). She rests around the 70th percentile for both height and weight. Jude weighed in at 14.5 pounds and 27.75 inches (2 feet 3.75 inches). He is at the 60th percentile for weight and 97th for height! We knew we had some good height genes but this is amazing! It will probably all change, but now we had the answer to why he seemed to be eating. All. The. Time. We’ve got a big boy! We celebrated by getting the portraits made again. We’ve got some cute kids here…

Jude is also starting to hit a variety of milestones, or just showing cute baby behaviors. The biggie is rolling over from back to tummy. His first one was on July 9th. He is also now interested in toys, he likes to stuff them into his mount, along with his knuckles, blankets and burp cloths. Well. let’s just say that anything he gets in his hand is promptly stuffed into his mouth. He also appears to have quite the sense of humor. He giggles, chortles, and chuckles his way through just about any scenario. We think he is going to be quite the jokester. Jude loves the walks we take daily. He is alert and awake as we go, drinking in this amazing new world. At the end of the walk he is either tired and overstimulated or wanting more. Either way, he cries and crashes right after. Despite hats and sleeves, even he is getting a bit of a tan. It’s weird to see such a little baby who is tan!

Speaking of walking, I have had a return of plantar fasciitis. I had it once in my early 20’s and it took a few years to heal it properly and make it go away. It is a nasty combination of symptoms. All together it involves the sensation of walking with a small pebble in the center of my heel while pain radiates outward around the perimeter of the heel. from the ‘pebble’ there is a pain that shoots upward straight though the center of my calf and up the back of my heel. Ouch. The method of healing is time, massage, ice and rest. With Bradley’s deft fingers, i have been able to continue walking, though some days the symptoms are a little too intense for a walk. Annoying.

At the beginning of the summer we had plans to go and see much. As gas prices have risen and the local weather has been nice, we have kind of hunkered down here for July, skipping Seaside and other planned camping adventures. Instead we have bought a big pool, a smaller version of those pools with an inflated ring on top. It has been a fun purchase. I have reserved a big pile of summer reading at the library and can often be found laying on the bed next to my sleeping son reading. It has been blissful. I am making some serious headway Thanks to the suggestions of critics picks in a few magazines, I have found some interesting reading that perhaps I would not have gotten to. We’ve also seen our fair share of movies. In the past two weeks we saw Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, and Speed Racer. I loved Wall-E, Skipped Sped Racer, and thought KFP was cute. Gigi loved them all, of course. So, we are making up for staying local. We do have a busy August though, with the family reunion, my math class, and the Portland Zine convention, then a return to school. It will go fast. It always does.

I got to spend last Sunday floating down a river for 3.5 hours with old college friends in Ellensburg. It was lovely. Splashy, hot, the boat was leaking and sinking, sunburnt, totally happy. So fun. I am already looking forward to next year when we do it again. I don’t care how sore my arms were that night!

Fourth of July was fun. Uneventful, but fun. We went to the local show where Jude watched the fireworks happily (we thought) for about two minutes, then decided he DID NOT LIKE THEM and began to scream! Bradley hightailed it to the trees where he tried to sooth the boy. It was a long show and eventually he settled down. In time for it to be over. Poor boy, I guess he didn’t know what to make of the noise and all of those mysterious sparks!

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Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

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