Thank you all for sharing in the lives of our three amazing children- Mairead, Jack, and Ben. We hope you visit often!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's the little things...

Since Dave is on school vacation this week, we have been able to spend extra time with Mairead, which is great. She is at such a fun age right now and I just love watching her do all of the little things that make her who she is. She is such a sweet kid- she is going to make a great big sister! We have been trying to get her ready by having a baby doll around that we talk to and play with. With Mairead, we put it in the crib after saying "night night" to it, and the baby has a special bear blanket just like Mairead does.

The boys' carseats are on the floor in the dining room, and today while she was playing, Mairead took two of her little stuffed animals (Bounce and Squirt for you Miss Spider fans) and put each one in a carseat, and said "Bye bye." She is SO cute! Today she also pushed the baby doll around in her doll stroller that Ms. Pat gave her, and then she gave Elmo a ride on the baby swing. She gives him a little push and then says, "Whee... whee." She is very gentle and sweet- let's hope she feels the same way about her brothers!

We just got this chair for her and she is very comfortable in it. She needed a place to read her books and to watch Miss Spider. We love that she seems to have a natural affinity for books. She is never without one and she sits and 'reads' them for long periods of time. Must be genetic...

The other day, Grampy was here to install a new kitchen faucet for us, and Mairead had to help out. She was very curious about what he was doing.

These pictures are from last week when we made valentines for Grandma and Grandpa and Nana and Grampy. She was very serious about her work and she is getting the hang of using crayons. It was nice to do a little project with her. I think she is starting to look more like her mom- but she still looks a lot more like her dad.

She had her 18 month checkup yesterday and she is doing great. She is in the 100th percentile for height and 80th for weight. So, tall and thin. It's funny because we are used to how tall she is, but strangers are always surprised. In the waiting room at the pediatrician one mom asked how old she was, so I said, "18 months," and the mom said, "Oh! She IS really tall!" The doctor was also really impressed with her verbal skills. It was a VERY long appointment and Mairead did a great job of being patient. Thankfully, Dave and I were both able to go so that we could distract her. On the way home, she was starving because the appointment had run right through lunch, so we rewarded her by getting chicken nuggets and fries at McDonald's. We were in the drive through line and as we pulled up to the window, we heard her tired little voice saying, "Fries, fries..."
In the waiting room there was also a one week old preemie who was 5lbs 7oz. Dave and I could not get over how tiny he was! Our boys are just 4lbs each now, so I can't even picture how little they must be. I am hoping that they will each weigh 5lbs (or more) when they are born, but even that is SO small!
That is about all of the news for now. We are so lucky to have this amazing little girl, and to be expecting two brothers for her. Thanks for checking in with us!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Activities

Mairead had a very busy Valentine's Day weekend. Of course, one of the best parts of Valentine's Day is eating treats, and Mairead thorougly enjoyed the cupcakes we made today. We would have made them yesterday, but Grampy and Brian were nice enough to come down and install a new kitchen faucet for us since our old one broke. It was not really a good day to be baking since the kitchen was a 'work zone.' So, once things were back to normal today, we were ready to bake.

Of course, when baking, you HAVE to lick the spoon.

She was very helpful in mixing up her very own bowl of batter... and then eating some of it.

We gave Mairead a set of flashcards to try out and she loves them. She doesn't really care to have Dave or I involved in playing with them, though. She likes to spread them all out on the floor and look at all of the pictures. She takes it very seriously and lays them out (apparently) in some sort of order.

But I would say that the flashcards were not as big a hit as the cupcakes!

The slideshow to the right includes all of our Valentine's Day related pictures. Hope you all had a great weekend- Love to you all!