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1. DANCING. Maggie loves to dance and her day is spent singing and dancing from start to finish. One of her very favorite things to do is play music off her “companio” and dance around the living room. This morning, while Audrey entertained herself in the swing for a few minutes, Maggie twirled around the room with New Baby ‘putting on a show’ for her sister. At times Audrey watches Maggie like a hawk, but today she was more interested in her reflection. Maggie didn’t seem to notice and boogied on down in her undies.
2. SMILES, BREASTFEEDING & READING. The cooing and smiles have officially begun. Audrey has started to find her voice and makes the sweetest cooing noises at us and if we’re super lucky she flashes us a smile. I have yet to capture a full-fledged smile on film yet, but at the rate she dishes them out, it won’t be long. Most often while I’m feeding Audrey, Maggie and I will read a book together. This way we’re both engaged and can share in Audrey’s sweet smiles and Audrey gets to hear the story as well. This also means that Maggie gets read to throughout the day without a doubt. I love that she loves to read and finding her reading on her own in random places, like the kitchen, just reinforces the fact that no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at….reading with my children should always be a priority.
AND Maggie announced that New Baby was crying and needed some milky. So, she proudly nursed her….standing up. I can’t say I’ve nursed standing up, so it was funny to see Maggie’s smug face nurse her baby through her shirt. Wearing her tiara, also something I’ve never done while nursing.
3. MY PEEPS. Chaya came over today with her dog Jack. She didn’t just come over, she found us on our morning walk and joined us for the tale end of it. We also went to visit my former Kinder students a couple days ago to introduce Audrey and check in. It was really great, except for the fact that Maggie’s nose was running like a leaky faucet. The kids were doing Centers while we were there and Maggie joined in and was on task just like a proper Kindergarten student would be. She’ll be SO ready to start preschool in the fall and seeing her in a classroom setting reminded me of that. BUT, it was great to see so many of my teacher friends and touch base with them. I wish that I could teach and have my babies with me, but I don’t think that’d work out when my babies start screaming and the students actually need their teacher. A couple funny things happened:
a.) Kids shouted “I like your baby” at me more than once.
b.) Maggie was straight-up rude to some of my friends because she was beyond ready to go and I made her stay longer than I probably should have. The only reason it was funny? I’d never seen that part of her personality…maybe I’ll blame it on her cold, but she wore her ultimate grumpy face and marched out the door looking for our car announcing she was ready to go.
c.) When we made it to T-Diddy’s room, we walked in to discover all the students wearing party hats. For some reason Mags took this as a good reason to walk from table to table checking in. I was halfway expecting her to stay close to me, but she quietly made her rounds with those big 4th graders staring at her while I talked to Tamara.
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A few weeks ago we headed up to Burlington to help Barry’s grandpa celebrate his 90th birthday. I find it remarkable that Maggie and Audrey have 6 great grandparents! It was a fun filled day with Barry’s family. One of Barry’s cousins had a baby girl just a few days after Audrey was born and it was fun to finally meet Little Miss Avery. She has a ton more hair than Audrey and is a couple lbs lighter, so Audrey looked like a giant! Greg and Linda gave Maggie two little dollies for Valentine’s Day and the second that Mags saw those two “action figures” [Barry is really pushing for the phrase 'action figures' instead of dollies. Good luck, I say.] she’s insisted on playing with them and ‘making them talk.’
There was a large crowd at the church to help Luther celebrate and it was wonderful to see so many people come together for this milestone. We attempted to get a family picture taken and I’ve included a few outtakes from the ones that were taken with my camera. With so many people, it is really impossible to get a great shot….and you can see Maggie nearly mauled Barry, and Tyler’s face is hidden in each one. So it goes, I suppose. Regardless, it was a great way to help celebrate 90!