1st teeth cleaning!

I was so proud of my little man for letting the dentist clean his teeth today!  The office did a great job making him feel comfortable with what they were doing.  Doc said that usually they can’t even get near kids at his age.  E got his teeth cleaned (I’m sure the cake-flavored toothpaste helped), flossed (mom and dad don’t even attempt that!), counted (all but the last 4 molars present) and fluoride applied.  Check out the cool glasses he got to wear for the procedure . . .


Romeo, Romeo . . .

Check out E’s report page from his nanny-share the other day.  Apparently he’s earned the nickname from hugging and kissing on all the girls.  Last Friday it was just him and 5 girls.  Report was that he was quite the ladies man.  Ay yay yay.

Summer 2012

Our summer has been full thus far.

Memorial Day:  Peter’s brother and his family visited.  Skylar (E’s cousin) is only 6 weeks older than him.  So fun watching them together.  We wish they lived closer.

Early June:  My aunt and cousins from Texas came to participate in a walk to support Brain Tumor research.  We all walked in honor of my Uncle Eddie who passed away in April from a brain tumor.

Late June: Gretchen arrived.

Early July:  Rob came to visit over the July 4th week.  We love when he visits.  Visited the Renaissance Festival, ate at White Fence Farms and generally just had a great time hanging out as a family.

Other than those big events, we have stayed busy with church activities, neighborhood bbqs, music class (and other fun playdates with friends), and seeing local family.  August is bound to be busy with us hosting a couple of parties, a long weekend in the mountains with my family and my return to work (albeit, only 1 day week).

I think I was supposed to slow down for awhile after having a baby.  Hmm . . . I missed the boat on that one.

Check here for pics of the summer events:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/27667498@N03/collections/72157630765342316/

Gretchen Ruth Foley

Gretchen Ruth Foley joined us on June 21 at 2:14pm.  If you haven’t heard, it was a quick labor/delivery (about 2 hours from the first hard contraction).  Little lovey was flipped around, so the doc graciously delivered her breech (read: sarah’s so glad she didn’t have to have an emergency c-section).  All went smashingly well considering the surprise.

We are thoroughly enjoying having a family of 4.  E is very sweet-natured with G, even if he does head-butt and eye-poke her frequently in attempts to give her some lovin’.  Gretchen is a great baby – eating well, sleeping well.  She already has herself on quite a nice schedule, letting mommy sleep 3-5 hour stretches.  Occasionally she only wakes once at night.  And she’s only a month old.  Crazy, I know.

Without further ado, here are a few photos from the hospital . . .

2 months later . . .

Here we are in May already.  I’ve at least kept up with adding photos to flickr, so if you’ve been checking there you have a bit of an idea of how we’ve spent the last 2 months.  (If you haven’t checked, click the link on the L-hand side of the page).

Pregnancy is marching along.  We are at the one-month mark from the due date.  Hopefully sooner.  With Elliott, I loved being pregnant all the way until the last week.  While I don’t have any horrid complaints about this go-round, there’s a mixture of “tired of being tired” and “ready to meet this little girl” swirling around in my day-to-day.  We are closer to having a name picked out for her (thank you to all of the suggestions . . . we had a great time talking thru them).  She is growing right on track and giving mom the idea that she may be a very active little thing.  Peter and I have been reviewing details for the birth, which reminds us of just how fragile her little life is, and just how unpredictable labor and delivery can be.  Please pray that we have a safe, healthy, uneventful birth for this darling.

Elliott continues to be such a joy to us.  We are blessed to have such a happy household.  Below I’ll post some recent videos of him and a picture collage of the past 2 months.  We are entering a phase of an obsession with anything with wheels – trucks, cars, buses, bikes.  His vocabulary is just sky-rocketing which is really fun for his speech-therapist-momma to watch.

Peter is balancing his usual job while trying to get his own business up and running (still related to transportation, but working in a slightly different sector – email him if you want details).  He’s downstairs now kegging another batch of beer – he’s getting QUITE good at this whole home-brewing thing.

My two big projects before the baby comes:  getting a garden started (just planted/finished everything today!) and re-painting our kitchen cabinets (1/2 way done).  I’ll let you know if I have any success with my crops.  We’re trying tomatoes, spinach, bush beans, zucchini and carrots this year.  And a small batch of strawberries.

Without further ado, here’s some video and pics:

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Elliott has a beta fish at Gabby’s house, but we didn’t really want one here at our house. So instead, Gabby got Elliott this little fake fishy. He loves it.

This is our new playtime activity. He can entertain himself for up to 45 mins just sitting at the wheel.

Accepting Nominations

Elliott’s name came to us pretty early on in the pregnancy . . . and we agreed on it pretty much right away.  

We are nearing the beginning of the third trimester (next week!) with baby girl . . . and we have nothing for a name.  I shouldn’t say that.  We have a short list of favorable names, but we still aren’t decided on anything.  

So I figured, what the heck, let’s see what people can suggest for us.  So it’s your turn to give your two cents.  But first, a few things about names we like:  

1.  We like classic, older names, as opposed to the more modern names you hear a lot these days.

2.  If you can add the suffix -fully to the name to make a word, it’s a no-go (i.e. Joy, Grace, etc.).  Foley sounds too much like -fully.  Can’t have the kid being teased right out of the womb.

3.  Also, names that end in -ly are out (like Molly, which we really did like).  Too sing-songy – Molly Foley.

4.  Preferably no names that can be shortened to a typical nickname.

5.  Nothing too common – if it’s in the top 20 girls names from the past few years, it’s out.

So there’s your task.  I’m not promising anything – we may go with something on our list rather than any of your suggestions.  But maybe, just maybe, one of you will come up with something we haven’t thought of and REALLY love!

Thanks everyone!