Wednesday, September 30, 2009

One cast....removed !

I just had to get the evidence up quickly. Dahlia had her cast removed (with a huge amount of drama involved....feel free to read between the lines here) and did not want to keep the dastardly item. So, here she is, cast-less but with new PJ's to celebrate the occasion. PJ's that we could finally get onto her arm. Her sweet little arm that's been smothered with Mama kisses all day. Ahem.
(Where did she learn to pose like that?....and don't look at me that way!)
Had to add a picture of my two cuties, munching on popcorn, watching a movie.

Finally, Dahlia lovin' on her beloved Zizi with both arms.
Well......g'night. Sweet dreams!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Three Word Sunday!

I had hoped (in vain) to get my China trip pics organized this week but I need to learn a way to post them without using the regular blogger uploader (which takes FOREVER!). Some bloggy friends have made suggestions like using Windows Live Writer and Flickr but I can't seem to get more than 5 minutes at a time (wonder why?) to learn how to do that. I will though, I will.

A few submissions for Pug Mama's 3 word video this week.

I love this little top on little miss (above). Just had to share that.
There are so many neat things about finally having a sibling for Dahlia. Not that it's all roses and sunshine - I am occasionally a realist - but my short-term memory, or rather the lack thereof, works very well for me.

Actually, it's more like living in denial (which I've done very comfortably for years now, thank you very much). Really, I think denial is under-rated. It can be a very useful tool.

But, how did I get off on that?

Oh yes.....the neat thing is Dahlia is enjoying her little sister more and more.
And it is such a delight to just watch them hamming it up.
(click on picture to enlarge)
We were at a party (another one....we're just party animals here) and Dahlia was having a ball blowing air, from a balloon blower-uper thingie, into Milana's mouth. And Milana was enjoying it even more.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

Just trying to keep it real 'chez nous', so I give you the everyday fashion stylings of baby girl.....just gettin' down and havin' some fun.

Oh, and Daddy has found her first nickname - Milana Banana. And it's perfect as it's in keeping with my little name for her - Punky Monkey. Can you find the common thread here? Monkey is good clue.....'cause that's the noise she makes for wanting anything. I swear, if you close your eyes, she's a monkey. Lots of laughs.

And she is having some fun these days. For weeks I covered up most of the toys in the playroom and the shelf units too because when we first got home, she went into sensory overload but she is so eager to touch and experience everything, I can hardly hold her back.

"Oh some of sissy's stuff too"

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So there you have it. Messy house....but a happy kid.

It just feels right!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New title, new pictures, a thank you and......

Three Word Sunday!!

First I want to say - thank you - for your suggestions for our new title. This is what I secretly hoped most of you would like so that was a bonus. Not that we weren't a family before but since Milana was always in the plan, it wasn't complete until we finally got her home ( last!).

I know, I'm corny.....can't help it.

So, about Milana and China et al. I know I said I would post pictures of our trip and still haven't. I'm hoping this will be the week I can catch an extra minute to go through things and organize my pictures (and a few thoughts - the latter being a bit more doubtful).

Dahlia goes back to school tomorrow (!) and we have more good news. We went to the hospital this week for x-rays and her arm is healing well. Meaning she can have her cast removed earlier. In 10 more days actually. Yah!!! Wonderful for Dahlia as it's a total drag carrying around that thing and not being able to use her right hand for her beloved drawing and writing and all things fun and necessary. Extra wonderful for Mommy as I don't have to jump through hoops trying to find something that I can actually get on her body over that right-angled cast. Double yah!

And now for some pics of the week for Pug Mamas 3 word Sunday video.

and a few more just for my pleasure!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


In an attempt to record memorable moments (oh, I probably wouldn't forget this one...but just in case) I submit this.
(Let me just put out a warning to anyone practicing prudery who may be reading right now......go no further......leave now or risk a blush.

'K.......fair warned.

I jest really. This is probably the oldest story (well almost) in the book. Here it is.

So Dahlia came running into my bathroom this morning, all excited. Went something like this.

Dahlia - "Mommy, mommy....I just saw Daddy's penis!!!"

Mommy - (just catching the chorkle as it bolted from my mouth....managed to and said, oh so demurely - " Oh did it look like?"

Dahlia - (with huge eyes...too huge really) - " It was REALLY big! "

Mommy - I actually hurt myself to not respond other than a non- chalent - "Hmm....really". But really I was thinking ' oh, Daddy will be so pleased to hear that! '

Of course, Daddy was horrified that Dahlia had peaked into the shower but I've always told him to naturalize the body parts a bit or her curiousity level will be too high and when the opportunity arises, she'll be over-keen to explore with someone who Daddy really will be horrified with. If y'all know what I mean!

And 'cause I always provide visuals with my posts, I've included an example of the subject matter with which Dahlia was so surprised by......

NO...........of course NOT !!!! Sillys.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Three Word Sunday!

Well, it was finally time to get Dahlia into the bath (more than a sprinkle and a sponge) and that's not so easy with a cast on your arm and a little sister who thinks it's great fun to spash water everywhere. Should've waited till Danny got home from his meeting but....oopps....too late.....the B word was out of my mouth before I could stop it.

It wasn't easy but I managed to get both bodies clean and heads shampooed, hair blow-dried and bodies creamed.

For the rules of 3WS go here and don't forget to go back tomorrow and see the amazing slide show that Pug Mama puts together using all of the photos.
Now, it's time for a little fun.

Are we cute enough for ya!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One Month since Gotcha Day

(click on picture to enlarge....if you want)
It's been one month since our Gotcha Day (August 10, 2009). And that strange thing happens. It seems like yesterday we've all been together forever!

Just before we left for a birthday party on Sunday, I set up the tripod in the living room, lined up Daddy and Dahlia, grabbed Milana, pressed the button and ran. I bought a new portrait lens just before we left for China but didn't have it handy so I'm using the wrong lens (may account for a bit of fuzziness) but here it is. Our family picture (which I'll likely replace the above Family of Three picture with 'cause Dahlia's cast will be on her arm for the next 6 weeks!?!) Lucky I got this one just hours before her arm was broken. And everyone's eyes are open. Puh, double lucky.

So, one month! Whew. I was hoping to wax eloquent (or rather wax anything) but I'm still catching my breath here. What with Milana (read cling-on) still finding her feet and touching EVERYTHING, home-schooling Dahlia for the next 2 weeks and dealing with everything a broken arm entails, including sharing Mommy with the aforementioned "cling-0n" and trying (I'm using that term very loosely) to finish up a commissioned double portrait for a dead-line in 2 weeks but am kicking myself for not finishing it before this whirlwind began.......

But I digress. It is, afterall, our anniversary. One month since this sweet little child became ours.

And that is a whole lot to celebrate!

Monday, September 7, 2009

More Rock n Roll....chez nous

My Dahlia broke her arm.
It was a silly little fall, while playing with some friends, but it's a pretty nasty break just above the elbow. We spent the better part of the last 24 hours in the hospital and my sweet, big girl really suffered.
Man, it is tough to see your child like that and I couldn't help her.
So Dahlia must stay home from school and all other activites for 2 weeks and the cast stays on for 6 weeks.
I can hear her whimpering in my bed now, so I'm going to her.
Sad Mommy tonight.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Three Word Sunday!

Three Word Sunday - Sum up your week in three little words. You can sing it, you can say it, you can write it, you can draw it. It can be funny or sad or poignant as long as it’s honest. Click here to see last week's video.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What a difference....a day makes.....

24 little hours.
And every day - Milana is doing better and better.
Three weeks ago she was barely walking. And ok - her walk does resemble that of a drunken sailor.....but she's walking. And loving it !
As are we.

Squealing with delight!

Oh my.....has she been watching Dahlia's pose?

Oh, I give up....just get me that spoon already!

Umm, this is for TongguMama, this sippy cup has a slower pull than a bottle with a tiny opening. I can barely get anything through it but she can. Good sign, right?

The sun is shining fully on this sweet little face now. And each day she is making huge strides.
She eats so much better - some solid food now. Anything solid would just roll out of her mouth like she didn't know what to do with it. Only ate baby food but that is changing.
And have I mentioned what a good sleeper she is?
Please don't throw tomatoes but she sleeps like a dream. I struck gold with Dahlia but it's pure platinum with Milana. Three weeks ago she could barely hold her head up. And just look at her!

But the best thing about this sweet kid..........
....she's happy!

And you know what that makes me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Grade 1 - 1st Day !

Look who couldn't wait for school to start!! No tears this morning. (OK, there were a few yesterday when reality kicked in that it was our last day together gets to be home all day with and not her. But she sucked it up and got on with it. Feel the fear and do it anyway, right?) That's my girl. My big girl!

It was a race to get to the door.

"Oh, ok, I'll wait for l'il sis and even help her down the stairs - ahem.....Mom says I'm great!"

OK - but excuse me - is this (above) not an absolutely adorable picture? (Click on it to enlarge.) Pinch me - are these really my kids? (Just get me a spoon.)

(Umm.....if anyone noticed that Daddy seems to have the same striped shirt on for the last three posts, I think, you'd be right. So I thought I'd mention I've been doing a lot of laundry lately.

No, really!

Can you see Dahlia in the throng? Just inside the gate.

School let out at 3:55 PM. My Dahlia had a great first day in Grade 1.