Praying for Ansley

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Living Life

Well - Maia changes nearly daily. It is so incredible to watch - I love it!

She has regressed and really does not like her bath time again... even though she loves the pool and the hose... so i can't understand and I don't know how to fix it, but I'm trying different things. There are times she eats next to nothing, and other times she eats and eats and eats. She sleeps incredilby well (in fact this morning she didn't wake up until 9:00 a.m.!!) We all slept until 9 a.m, how wonderful!!

Since I started work three weeks ago, and day care didn't have a space until June 23, I had to find interim day care for her. My friend Abi, who has two children of her own, was able to watch her on Tuesdays thru Fridays. Her children are Sarah, age 2.75 and Jeremiah, age 13 months. Overall, it went really well I think. I know poor Abi had her hands full - and she even enlisted some help a few times from her family or friends to help her out. She went on with life as usual, playdates, errands, afternoons at the pool, etc. She just brought one extra child along. Maia! The first week was easy, my parents were around (with appointments...) so they would pick her up early those first few days and watched her that first Friday. They had had a busy day that Friday, and poor Mom and Dad were exhausted!! Next week, they are watching her for 5 days... I hope they are well rested!!

On Mondays, I had asked my ex-husbands new wife (Stephanie) to watch Maia for me. They have a baby, Evan (Matthew's half brother) who is only 4 days younger than Maia. So, they were able to play, or argue, like typical 20 month olds... They shared and played well at times, and pulled toys out of each others hands and shrieked at each other at other times. Stephanie is also expecting again, and going to be induced on Aug. 1... so she was starting to get tired after watching after both of them all day. I'm sure she's glad her days of watching an extra little one is over as she gets tired pretty easy right now too. Their next little one is a little girl.

I'll attach some pictures of Maia and her time with Abi - they played dress up in princess outfits and tiaras, sunglasses, and just had a blast!

I'll also attach some pictures of her time at the pool way back on Memorial Day. I did join a pool today, but didn't take any pictures... so more of those to come later. We haven't belonged to a pool in 3 summers, and I just couldn't stand it any more... It'll be money well spent, that's for sure!

There are also some pictures from last weekend when we took her out to blow bubbles... it was stifling hot, so we only last outside (at 8 pm) for 10 minutes, but it was still fun!

A cute picture of her sleeping, I love watching children sleep!!

First step in a pool!!

Playing dress up... the little diva in training....

What is he blowing at me??

These look OK... maybe I'll touch them....

This is fun!! I'm waiting for the next batch....

Here they come!!!!

I like it when the fly in my face - I just have to be sure to close my eyes...

I hope you enjoy these pictures... there are so many more - it's hard to decide which to post... Also, blogger is only let me attach one at a time - so it takes forever!!

This week, my parents will watch Maia all week. Matthew has graduated from 7th grade, so he has his first week of summer break. The following week, he'll be at summer camp and I will be home alone with Maia (meaning after work and in the mornings...) That is the week she can start day care so that will be one more transition, but I think it will go well. It is a great day care, Matthew went there for 10 years... and it was awesome. I can't wait for her to get started there - and I hope she likes it as well as Matthew did!

Mom and Dad arrive tomorrow to visit and to watch Maia next week. We'll celebrate Father's Day tomorrow. My brother will also be able to come and visit.

OK, Matthew is now in to the game of RISK. I've never played before this past week - and we need to try to finnish a game tonight - so off I go to lose at RISK. I am losing so badly...


Kim said...

Great pictures! Wish you lived closer cause we do the same things with our girls! Bubbles and swimming are fun here too. And regressing is happening at times as well- what's up with that? Food issues mainly! Maia is beautiful and looks so happy. Hey-how did you get her hair up like that? Too cute! Take care!

Judy said...

Love her new "do". And, the picture with all the bubbles is great.

Trudi said...

Fabulous photos. I LOVE the princess outfit and the photos of Matthew as big brother being so wonderful to his baby sister make my heart sing. Every baby should have a Matthew and if they did, what a wonderful world it would be.
Maia will get through the bath set back - she has come SUCH a long way in a blink of time.

Lanetta Gobble said...

adorable.. loved the pictures...she's such a cutie!!