Saturday, January 31, 2009

More Photos of Cleo

Cleo with "Urban Family" Aunt Susy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Oh Dude!: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Clean Up the Shit

Posted by: Cal

Stacia and I are watching T.V. last week. I hear her say, "Uh oh." Oh no. Uh oh, what? I ask. She lifts up our little girl off her lap to reveal a wet spot on her jeans. Cleo leaked. What's so horrible about that? "No, look at her back," Stacia says. The back of Cleo's onesie is covered in what looks like chocolate pudding, but I know that's not what it is. It's coming from the inside, from out of her diaper. Oh Jesus. I want nothing to do with that catastrophe. "I need you to hold her hands so she doesn't trash her arms into it," Stacia says. Oh God. As I'm holding her hands, Stacia takes apart the diaper. A steamy, beef-stew-pudding concoction is revealed. It strings from her stomach to the diaper. I gag. Then I catch a whiff. I gag again, and then, Oh no. I almost puke. On the dog. Stacia starts cleaning it off Cleo's butt, but it's too much, and this is when I realize, somehow, Cleo has it on the sleeve of her onesie. So Stacia decides to stop wiping (20 wipes later) and give her a bath. How to get the onesie off without smearing it on Cleo's face? Stacia and I come up with the same idea at the same time...

...we cut the onsie off, ER style.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


On January 15th, Cleo's "urban-family" cousin, Eli was born.

That next Saturday, Cleo got a chance to meet him!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tiny Sleeper

In preparation for her big move to sleeping in her crib (date to be determined) I've started having Cleo nap in her crib during the day. She looks so, so tiny in this seemingly giant crib!

And by the way, my baby has been sleeping through the night for about four or five days now. Seriously. Thank God! I've heard it happens as a fluke for a week or two around this age, but I'm praying it just continues. I'm a much happier mommy when my little lady sleeps well.

I have the best baby in the world!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Is there an elephant in the room?

Cleo has had a busy weekend! She went to her first party (family pic, sort of and here's one of Cleo partying it up) (happy first birthday Ainsley!) and visited her great aunt Val and great uncle Wain along with second cousins Caprielle and Caiden. She also braved a trip to that terrifying store, Babies R Us with mommy. Whew! Today we're off to meet a new friend, Ryan. Hopefully we'll get some good pics of that visit.

In the mean time, more morning cuteness. Awesome elephant shirt courtesy of the Bos clan. Thanks guys!

NOTE: In this picture you can see the development of the coveted thigh chub. It's coming along quite nicely, although we've a way to go for full formation. Can't wait for it!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Five weeks, two days, and counting...

Cleo loves the morning time. She's always smiling and making cute noises when she first wakes up. Well, sometimes she has to snack first before the smiles start, but she's pretty darn cute in the morning. Here are some pictures of her smiles, and her first wave to the camera.

Also, the stroller is like my totally favorite. We went for the first walk in the stroller today and I've never been more in love with a canvas and plastic contraption in my life. I heart stroller. It smells like freedom. I bet that's what France smells like too. Instead of freedom fries they should have called them freedom strollers. Makes total sense.

So to Cal's amazing coworkers - THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for Cleo's Freedom Stroller!

Friday, January 2, 2009

4 weeks!

While my sweet one is napping, I'll steal a few moments to update this here blog. This has been a big week for Cleo with many firsts. As of Wednesday, Cleo is officially four weeks old! We had a pediatrician appointment. She is now 8lbs 6.4oz and 22 inches long. That's an inch and a half of growth in four short weeks! Can you imagine that? No wonder she's so sleepy and hungry :-) This growth necessitated a ride in the swing while Daddy adjusted the shoulder straps on her car seat - this picture captured her still blue eyes nicely I think.

In other firsts, Cleo had her nails trimmed for the first time and also slept a full night in her bassinet instead of in bed with Mommy and Daddy. This was hard on me, but I have to admit I slept a bit better.

Today there was a bit of sunshine so I held her and myself in front of the window to catch some rays. (Good tip Grandma Karen!) Aren't her eyelashes getting long? So lovely...