Friday, August 26, 2011

The joys and difficulties of only one baby

The past couple days Henry and Bea have been on a road trip with my mom and I have been here alone with Clementine.  Justin is also out of town, so it's really just the two of us and I am forced to revisit the time when it was just Henry and I at home with no other kids yet.  In many ways I love it.  Since I don't have to be constantly wiping noses, finding blankies, answering questions, cooking and cleaning up dishes constantly I have been able to just enjoy my little baby like I used to.  We have wrestled, snuggled, laughed as I chased her around the house, made growling noises, copied each other, and I actually had time to just look into her eyes and see her darling smile on her face and let it soak in.  She's the only child I really don't have one on one time with every day so this has been such a blessing.

On the other hand, I remember how hard it is to be your one child's only entertainment.  Clementine is usually occupied by Henry and Bea, but these past couple of days when I have had to get things done around the house and there's no one to play with, she has found ways to entertain herself that she's never thought of before.  She has learned how to turn the lights on and off, she has pulled every dish towel out of the bottom drawer of the kitchen, she has attempted to crawl up the bookshelf, which is so scary.  I haven't ever had a climber and constantly climbs on the chairs to get on top of the table.  She is way more needy and wants me to hold her all the time.  I can see why some parents decide not to have more than one child because they think every child will be like the first.  Not so.  More than one is always better!  I'm so glad I have a little brood of children who play with each other, even if they run each other over with strollers and someone is always crying at all points of the day. I am so blessed to have my darling kids!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Clementine's crazy adventure out west

If you want to read the whole story HERE it is on Henry's blog

Clementine HATED this life jacket in the water.  Plus, it said HO Sports and that's just not appropriate for a virtuous young lady

My Dad torturing children as usual -- bringing Clemmie super close to the waterfall...

...and thinking it is the funniest thing in the world.  My dad used to do things like this to me, specifically when he would force me to dive through waves in California when I was really little.  The waves looked monstrous to me back then and I always got salt water up my nose and cried, but now it's one of my favorite things to do and I'm so grateful he forced me to do adventurous I let him torture my children.  It's for their own good.

Grandma Teri keeping Clementine from falling off a cliff.  Thanks!

Here comes the little drunken sailor...

Chillin' in the stiff as a board in her jacket

Thanks heaven for chips.  She loved having her own bag.  She's the first of my children to actually be able to keep food in a little bag at such a young age.  Usually my kids just dump out the contents of the bag, but she knows the value of food and keeps it safe from the dirty floor.  She even cleans up if her food falls.

Clementine and Mommy in the boat.  Thanks to whoever got this shot for covering up my pregnancy belly. 
I'm sorry about the nudity, but this shot is significant because she stayed in this chair for at least a half an hour, unstrapped, eating hot dogs and other treats because our beach was covered in prickly thorns and she knew it was safer on the bench than wandering around, which she usually prefers to do

 Clementine is a joy to have around and she's growing up so fast! I'm glad because there's another baby on the way and I need her to grow up fast!  Love you little chubster.