Random thought for Thursday



While trying to fold some diapers today I found myself re-directing the infant child away from my clean piles, the laundry basket and the edges of the bed. I know I would’ve been more successful with her in her play station or on the floor, but I wanted her close so I could speak to her more directly. Instead of speaking I found myself thinking, “why can’t she crawl this great anywhere but on the bed.” Random thought, Cricket cuteness.

Hey 'der

Hey ‘der

9 Months of the Cricket (what?!?)

Time is just flying by, so fast that we completely skipped the 8 month update! Looking back we missed the 4 month also, so it must be a trend. Anyway, here she is:


I know taking the photo with her in the high chair isn’t perfect, but it is containment! Cricket is movin’ and groovin’, although not technically crawling. She has the 360° rotation on both her stomach and her bum, and she pushes herself backward into whatever trouble she wants. Judging by her break dance moves on the changing table, her parents are clearly “children of the 80’s”. The front tooth is still alone, but her gums seem awful sensitive so the second one should be breaking anytime soon. She is gobbling solids like a champ and just started with meat this month (and seems to prefer beef over chicken-my girl!). All is good with her, but we see the doc next week just to get the official word.



This little critter continues to make people smile all around her. We thought Sweetie was a happy baby, but Cricket is raising the bar even higher! I think I have said that before, but with a smile like that, it’s worth repeating. Maybe I should have put an advisory on this post to warn people about all of this cuteness…

Mother’s Day well-wishes

Just taking a minute to wish all of the Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day! This year we bought some cards, made some others, sent some gifts, sent some flowers and ate steak. You gotta love a Mom who digs a well-cooked steak (sorry to all our vegetarian reader). Yeah Wife!

As I was prepping and sending cards I was thinking about motherly traits. We celebrated aunts, grandmothers, mothers, godmothers and friends today. And they didn’t all carry a child for 9 months of gestation and birth said child. But they all show the loving, nurturing, fun (but firm) traits that I attribute to motherhood. It was great to send them a thank you and give them their due props.

So to all of our loving, committed mothers and motherly types, we love you and celebrate you. And it’s not just today, but at least today we remember to say so: Thank you for the gift of you! We hope you enjoyed your day.

Springing back; a growth story

Chicago weather is getting steadily warmer. Yeah, the start of this week looks rainy, but I think we are past the 40º days. The detour is headed for the spring transition! Now is the time of year when everyone starts posting their outdoor pictures. Flowers, yard work, local eateries with outdoor patios, spring adventures, etc. And for us parents that means pictures from the playground.


Back at it..

Back at it..

For Sweetie this is a return to familiar territory – the park. We headed over to our local park and she was right back in the mix. With her being older she blasted over things that she was creeping over last year. Despite her advancement, she is still preferring the full-seat swing. Fun stuff.

This ride is just fine

This ride is just fine

For the Cricket this is like a whole new world. I figure her eyesight and awareness of the world came into focus during the grey winter days. I think her world was the size of our house until just recently. So going to the park for her is a Columbus-like experience. While she is still too young to crawl around on the equipment, she is completely entertained trying to find the thing that is making that chirping sound or watching the kids run around playing. And she will learn all about those swings soon enough.




The social calendar is filling up fast, especially with two of them filling the days. So we’re off! I hope it’s warming up wherever you are. Get out there and enjoy.