Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baby Bunny

Oh, the photo came out fuzzy but not as fuzzy as her little ears.

I splurged on this soft-as-fur minky jacket for Smacky, and doesn't she look adorable in it?

She slept almost all the way through lunch at Hoho which was nice for me, too- I actually got to eat!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Banana Baby

Aurora loves bananas! Especially when she doesn't have to sit in her high chair to eat them.
Wandering with food is her new favorite, something that we have unconsciously modeled by eating on the go.

Monday, October 12, 2009

pumpkin patch smack

We had nice sunny weather this weekend for our first trip to the pumpkin patch. I had envisioned Aurora wearing her little ladybug boots but the ground was dry enough for her normal boots.

Here she is slapping a pumpkin for doneness. There were some adorably small gourds but since pumpkins started at $1 apiece, we only got three. It was a hard choice, hence the scrutiny.

We had originally planned to take Gary's mom Laura, sister Katrina and friend Cris to The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island but it was a circus- lines of cars, flaggers, elephants, et al. (Well, not really elephants, but practically.)

So we kept driving and found a little patch further on at Columbia Farms. They had a couple of haystacks for the kids to climb on (and slide off unexpectedly, which was Aurora's favorite). They had wagons, and porta potties, which was just enough for us.

Arlo and Aurora enjoyed the wagon ride, too.

Sushi Smack

Gary, Aurora and I went to sushi last Friday night. It was the first time at Sushiland that Aurora sat in a high chair, was hungry enough to eat, and generally had a good time putting food in her mouth rather than throwing it on the floor.

She quite enjoys being fed with chopsticks and is looking forward to the day when she can use her own chopsticks to feed herself.

I spilled almost as much as she did trying to get those pesky edamame out of their shells. But haha, I can blame it on the baby! Thanks, Smacky.

Monday, October 5, 2009

State Fair 2009: Babies in Backpacks

Here is a snapshot I took at the State Fair last month.

Arlo is enjoying his enormous gobstopper and Aurora is enjoying her freedom.

I bought a little backpack with a leash attached just for the occasion but she kept falling down whenever she'd reach the end of her tether.

She wanted to keep wearing it as a stylish accoutrement, so of course we let her.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rocking with Lamby

Smacky wears a satisfied smile as she enjoys her rocking chair with the lamb Dawn gave her. It's a rare moment that Smacky's not picking pills off the lamb with the concentration of a monk, but she shared her time with us for a brief interview.

Katy and Gary: How do you like your new chair, Smacky?
Smacky: Gaaaa! Da da dah. Da DAH!

Then the interview was terminated as she had more pressing items on her to-do list than getting grilled about her chair.

I'm pleased that the swing we bought to soothe the crying baby is now pressed into labor as a toddler chair. Just like the box advertised! What a relief- something that does what it says it will, and doesn't break.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gravely Fussy

Gary is so patient with Aurora when they go out- when she needs to run around, he's more than happy to spend an hour or two at the park so she can get her run on.

This weekend after our walk to the dollar tree and short toddle around the store, Aurora got fussy. She screamed and fell down on the floor of the store, kicking and wailing. I told the other shoppers that it was because she'd had her flu shot, but it's generally because she wants what she wants NOW, dammit. Sometimes she wants tylenol NOW because her tooth is hurting, also.

So we crossed 82nd and bought some pain reliever from Walgreens, and crossed Holgate to walk home.

Fuss, fuss, fuss.

The school near our house is closed for construction but looky here, it's a cemetary! I erred on the side of caution and kept her from walking over fresh graves, from playing with the toys left on graves, and generally by instilling a sense of Awe and Respect, and she was very happy to get out of the stroller and run about.

Here she is, running hell-bent for a grave that has a sparkly silver pinwheel. No, Smacky! Don't desecrate graves!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Two Little Babies, Sittin' on a Bench

We all went to the zoo a couple of weeks ago with my cousin Jen and her younguns.

Sweet Baby James (yes, that's his full name) enjoyed the sun and Aurora liked having a new cousin close to her age.

Here they are in the playground near the elephant houses, taking a breather while the bigger kids played on the statues.

Isn't little James cute?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Balloon

Aurora had such a terrible time at the doctor on Friday that I thought I would buy her a balloon on Sunday. I rarely buy her toys because she has the run of all of Arlo's toys, and she has a whole corner of the living room full of toys at my parents' house, and I don't want her to become a materialistic greedy gus. (See how I am? And generous, too- wow, a whole balloon! Don't overspend there, Mama.)

Every time Aurora woke up on Friday night, she cried. Cry, flail, don't hold me, kick, keep crying. Cry cry cry. Saturday morning she had fun at a puppet show with Gary and Arlo and but was tired and needy when she came home, and Saturday night she was very well-behaved at a big family dinner at the Ringside until she melted down into a crying, kicking mess.

Sunday she and I walked up to Mall 205 and after stopping for coffee, walked to the dollar tree. So many fun things! Halloween galore, early Christmas, and lots of bobbing helium balloons. I chose the most interesting, brightly colored balloon, and she was so happy about it she hugged and kissed it.

She took it to daycare this morning and even though she was sad when I left, Sarah's cat chewing on the balloon's ribbon made her laugh.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Doctor Time!

Smacky's first doctor appointment for shots, the day I thought would live forever in my brain, was replaced today by her 12-month appointment (2 months late).

Today Aurora took one look at the scale (just the scale, mind you) at the doctor's office and started crying.

That was nothing compared to being held down by Gary and poked three times by that awful nurse (I think she's fabulous, personally, but she doesn't sit on my legs and jab me with needles). Then we went to the lab where the phlebotomist couldn't find Aurora's vein and wiggled the needle around and around in Aurora's little arm until she gave up. Gary held her on his lap and I had to hold her arm straight while Aurora cried and struggled. She even had to spit out her bite of granola bar so she wouldn't choke, and ended up throwing up from crying so hard. (Aurora, not the phlebotomist.)

Poor thing!
Here is a photo of her before the immunizations, learning all about the otoscope from Dr Susie.
By the way, she was getting her blood drawn for a lead test since we live in an old house. That's all.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sleep, My Pretty, Sleep

We finally have a consistent bedtime ritual, Smacky and I.

We have always tried to bathe every day or two (or three), and then we lie in bed for a bit and do some reading (I give Smacky a bottle so she has to relax instead of frolic).

Then I either put her in her crib, where she cries and cries until I put her in the bed, or I leave her in the bed where she plays and plays until I put her in the crib (where she cries until I put her BACK in the bed), or until she falls asleep on her own.

Tedious? Yes. Confusing for Smacky? Probably.

I did have her sleeping in her crib all night in May (with a minimum of crying), but now we're in a different sort of rhythm due to the disruption of Teething. (For the record, y'all, Aurora has five teeth- two on top and three on the bottom. Aw yeah.) At least this way ends in sleep for everyone.

Here is Aurora, sacked out last month. She worms all over the bed in her sleep and this night she ended up with her bottom on her pillow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who Loves the Park?

Aurora is just about to tip over here in this shot Gary got on Saturday.

Don't fall down, little baby.

Her hand-me-down Ecco shoes carry her over hill and dale, through the house and up and down the stairs (with help, of course).

She is especially helpful in the kitchen, rearranging the drawers and cupboards. She has watched a little too much Hell's Kitchen since, though, and is very yelly when we're cooking. What a perfectionist! We can never juilliene the carrots at the right angle and she always has to remind us to cover the pots when we're boiling water.

Poor Smacky. A baby's work is never done.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Walk, Walk, Walk

Gary took Aurora to the clackamas library this weekend.

She's unstoppable now that she's such a good walker.

Plus, she makes friends everywhere!

What a clever baby.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Aurora and I awoke early on Saturday and I decided to get out of the house for a bit to let Gary sleep in.

Last weekend, Aurora and I went to coffee and then shopped at the dollar tree, but this weekend we went to the park after stopping for coffee.

Oh, the delights of the park! There was only one other baby there, and no dangerously oblivious big kids, so Aurora went down the slide several times (by herself, even!), she had a nice swing on the baby swing, we chatted with Marcus (the other baby) and his dad, and we went on the merry-go-round. Here she is, standing on the stopped merry-go-round. She almost fell off it when we first started, and she did bonk her head on the rail, but she had a very nice time and if Mommy hadn't started getting dizzy, would have loved to spend more than 2 minutes spinning.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Need... More.... Sleep

Sometimes Aurora stays asleep after I get up in the morning, and sometimes she wakes up and bounds around the bed like a small dog. Those times are also the times when she hits me to wake me up. It's delightful.

The morning that I took this shot, I was trying to get a few more minutes of rest while Aurora amused herself, quietly and in a self-contained manner.

She looks slightly scared, as if there was a UFO hovering above her rather than just my hand, holding the phone.

Silly baby.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Arlo, Aurora and I went to the zoo on Sunday so Gary could have some quiet time at home and take a much-needed nap (he got up with Aurora on Saturday AND Sunday- wow!).

It was Samudra's first birthday so there were elephant-themed festivities- a cake for the baby, a swim for the baby, elephant ears (both the fried treat and paper decorations) and more. Arlo jumped around in a giant blown-up alligator (crocodile?) jumping thing, while I snapped this photo of Aurora with her new headgear.
(Hopefully the sight of her gobbling her crackers doesn't detract from the cuteness of her oversized ears. I personally think she is cute even when she's gobbling, but I am biased.)

Monday, August 24, 2009


Smacky knows how important it is to stay hydrated in the summer months.

She is determined to drink this whole cup of ice water.

See her frown of concentration?

Actually, she bet Gary that she couldn't do it, and she doesn't want to lose her $5.

Drink, baby, drink!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Newest Member of the Pit Crew

Aurora and my mom and I went to the Gravity Games at Mt Tabor yesterday, formerly known as the Go-Cart Races.

It's huge now, with hundreds of people descending on the park, filling up the surrounding neighborhood with their cars and hauling picnic gear, beer, kids, dogs, and, of course, go-carts.

I had forgotten that it's mostly a lot of waiting around with a few seconds of excitement thrown in- not the most interesting for a baby.

Last year Aurora was just a year old, content to hang around in her bjorn. This year, as you know, she's walking, interacting with strangers, and quite excited about the world around her.

And she loves trying new things! Here she is standing in some tires, getting dirty and exploring something new.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Todai Experience

Gary and I love to go to Todai on our birthdays. Delicious sushi buffet, buy one get one free!
This year we took Aurora and Arlo. Arlo enjoyed some orange chicken, potstickers and tempura, but Aurora just wasn't feeling it.

Sarah, our babysitter extraordinaire, has been teaching Aurora how to sign, and so far (to my knowledge), Aurora knows two signs: done and dog. I think the done sign (arms up, rotating hands back and forth) is more of a catch-all, but she does make herself

clear, especially at meals.

Sunday (which was Gary's Birthday), Aurora got in her highchair, ate one piece of banana, and signed to me that she was done.

We convinced her to eat more fruit, some noodles, and some rice, and she seemed pretty happy to hang around and wait for us without any of the boredom side effects. (Thank goodness!)

At one point a 2-year-old at another table had a meltdown and started crying and shrieking because he wanted his toy. (I was walking by as it started and I saw the toy just out of reach as the shrieks started. Who knows, he might have been tired, too.)

After a few minutes of him sobbing and screaming, Aurora started emiting her own little screams, whether in solidarity or because the bar for misbehavior had been lowered. It was like a pack of
wolves talking to each other, Gary said. We and the table nearby us chuckled at her cuteness.
FINALLY we finished eating and it was time to go.

Phew! So many things to see and so little time. How dare we cut into her exciting day by making her sit still and do nothing?
See-food, anyone?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Say Cheese

What better way to learn than at the knee of your Dad?

Gary taught Smacky all about composition, lighting and, most important, when to click the shutter button a few months ago.

Smacky insisted on bringing her friends Pink Bunny and Gus the Sock Monkey to this shoot. Luckily they weren't too rowdy, and she got this shot in the bathroom of our house.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ilwaco in August

Gary and Arlo took a few days this month to do some camping with Gary's family. Apparently Ilwaco is the place to go, with its close proximity to Long Beach and a nice-ish KOA Kampground .

Aurora and I drove up on Saturday and enjoyed a picnic, hanging out on the beach, spending time with family, and a sit around the campfire before we drove home.

Here are Aurora and Arlo, just hanging'.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Boost Me!

Aurora loves to do whatever Arlo is doing, and she loves to find new and interesting things around the house to play with. Since we are disorganized and also have lots of STUFF moving around the house, as long as it's safe, it keeps her busy.

Here is Aurora enjoying Arlo's booster seat after I took it out of my car to make room for what else? More stuff. She enjoyed climbing up and sitting on it, holding onto the arms and swinging her legs, then climbing off and doing it all again.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Great news, everyone!

Someone at Funland in Seaside called, and my purse was turned in!

Now that's Smack-tastic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's In There?

Aurora has been sick this week so we've kept her home for a couple of days. Yesterday was my day with her, and today is Gary's.

Here she is, listening to a pillow from the looks of it.

Do you see her teething drool sliiiiding down her cheek?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Smacky's Birthday Dinner

We took my parents to Sweet Tomatoes for Smacky's first birthday celebration. She and Arlo both enjoyed their gifts and everyone liked the brownies.

Here she is, slightly fuzzy, eating. Or rather, chewing things and spitting them out. She's like cookie monster in that way, just without the gobbling sounds and violent flailing.

Christmas (Duck) in July

Aurora still fits in her little above-the-sink bathtub, although sometimes when she gets splashy the floor gets wet.

Here she is this weekend, enjoying Christmas Duck. It was in the 90s this weekend but it's supposed to be 102 tomorrow and the next day, so we will be splashing around in the big tub this week.

Stay tuned for photos of that!

A Thief in the Crowd

The signs were all against going to Seaside this weekend: my mom didn't want to come, I was feeling like staying home, smacky doesn't like clams.

We went anyway, my mom deciding at the last minute to accompany me and smacky, and I wasn't very careful with my purse.

Maybe because there wasn't that much in it, but instead of putting it underneath the diaperbag, I perched it on top, and some unscrupulous so-and-so snatched it and ran off.

Thank goodness I had the important things in my pocket or at home: my car keys, cell phone, credit card, ipod, checkbook, and digital camera were all safe. Unfortunate for my favorite wallet, my various gift cards, and anyone who uses my fred meyer rewards card to get ten cents off a gas fill-up.


We did have a fun time up until we realized my purse was missing. We had a nice seafood lunch (Smacky decided she really did like clams as she shared Granny's clam chowder), I tried on hats at the hat shop by the carousel (along with everyone else; ew, dirty!), and Smacky and my mom danced and laughed as we listened to the songs on her stroller.

Then we drove away as fast as we could, as if the thief was following us and looking for more.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another Zoo Trip

A few weeks ago Aurora and I were getting ready to sneak out of the house to the zoo without the boys.

Where are you going? Arlo asked.
To the park, I replied.
What park, he wanted to know.
Inwardly cursing my lack of lying ability that day, I told him, and of
course he wanted to come.

Gary was still in bed, so Smacky cleverly roused him by falling down the stairs and wailing like a siren. Finally, tears dried and backpacks packed, we were ready to go, and even though it wasn't the quiet, mellow Smacky and Mommy trip that I'd envisioned, we had fun.

We trundled around Africa, stopped on the lawn for an elephant ear, and took some photos at a mini-playground near the elephant house. We visited the birds who will drink from your $1-per-ounce cup of sugar water if you're made of money. (We, disappointingly to some, did not feed the birds.)

Then Gary and Arlo stayed to explore the area around the zoo and take the bus home while Aurora and I went home for a nap and some quiet.

And, of course, another bottle.

It's not just you, folks- she really does eat all the time.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Over Here, Guys!

Occasionally we go for walks after dinner, if it's not too late, or the weather is warm, or the mood strikes us (or Dairy Queen is calling).

Aurora was wearing her fleece footie pajamas in this shot, so it must have been late spring when we walked to the school near our house and stopped to watch the guys play basketball.

Fascinating for a baby, especially one who enjoys playing with balls. Just not ones that hurt when you throw them at someone, like basketballs.

Birthday Party Workout

Arlo had his 7th birthday party at his kung fu dojo in April, and Smacky tagged along.

Here she is steadying the heavy bag after a particularly rough round of punching and kicking.

I think she's distracted because the party boys finally got their piƱata open. Look at all those unsafe-for-baby toys!

Oh yeah. Let's see how Chinese fingertraps taste.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aurora Luna, Three Months Old

Remember when all Smacky could do was lie there, waiting for someone to come and talk to her and change her diaper? (Or stare in fear at the telephone that also took photographs and played music- freaky! See above.)

Since I wasn't half as social on my maternity leave as I thought I'd be, you probably don't.

Here are photos of 3 month old Smacky for your first-time (or remembering) viewing pleasure.

Aw, Smacky's first smile. It's not just gas, people! She's genuinely happy. I had just told her we were having pancakes for dinner, and she loves them.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Crib Perspectives

Sometimes Aurora plays in our bedroom.

The foam alphabet and number blocks are soft for her feet and knees.

There is plenty of opportunity for toys to hide but Aurora always finds them.

Here is one of Aurora's numerous ducks. She has eight or ten in her collection so far.

Aurora enjoys sitting down and pulling herself up, time after time. She is a very determined practicer of this sort of activity.

She has so much fun with her crib when she's not actually IN it.

And as always, she likes to know what I'm up to. Hello, baby!

This Key Opens Your Mouth

Aurora and my mom and I went to the zoo yesterday. I hoped that since it was overcast we would be the only ones there, but alas, many other families showed up to ogle animals with us.

My mom sprang for a zoo key, which is a little key that you put into a hole at various exhibits to play special recorded information about what's going on in front of you.

Here is Aurora enjoying a fresh, clean(ish) zoo key in her piehole as we walked along the path to the first exhibit.