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June 27
Yesterday, I bought Eliza some big girl shoes. They look much cuter on than the photos give them credit for. After lurching about worse than usual yesterday, she seems to be getting the hang of the shoe thing today. I stopped by Dick's sporting goods today and was thrilled to find these exact shoes being offered in the women's section. Turns out they had put kids' shoes in the women's section for some reason (in a largish size). They guy offered to go find them for me in a women's size — in brown. I explained haughtily that I was not looking for such a boring color and told him that if they didn't have them in pink, I didn't want them at all, and stomped out of the store. I have done extensive searches online, and apparently, "athletic sandals" are not available in bubblegum pink. I am seriously bummed.

 

 

Past Photos

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June 20
Fast Asleep

June 20
Spaghetti rebellion

June 20
Climbing into a Pampers box and gnawing on the phone cord? What's so weird about that? (DSS workers: Upstairs phone is unplugged precisely because of her fascination with the above.)

 

 

 

June 13
Baby is all Picasso-y because she is wriggling around trying to figure out how to put on the pair of my underpants that she has fished out of the laundry. What she does is she holds them up to her, then wraps them around her waist, then lets go. When clothing items falls off, procedure is repeated, ad infinitum.

June 13
Baby who is slightly perplexed by the point of this "bra" item she has fished out of the laundry during one of her sorting binges and is trying to figure out how to wear it.

June 13
Baby requisitioned box of Kix cereal. Dumped same on kitchen floor. Then put in glass one by one. Then ate. Then Mama swept the kitchen.

June 13
Baby who loves her stuffed kitty very, very much.

 

 

June 6
Dress

June 6
Tiny housewife sorting her laundry

 

 

 

A Photo Essay:
Self Feeding

On Friday, I decided to let Eliza tackle a meal of non-finger foods by herself. I figured, she needs to learn sometime and the dress is already dirty, what could happen.

Well, I was going to write an entry describing the process, but I think the photo speak for themselves.

May 29
Chewmarks
As if there was any doubt who is Eliza's greatest influence, check out the chewmarks on these shoes. The right shoe was attacked thigs morning, the left happened this afternoon.

May 29
Turtle
What Eliza doesn't know is that this is actually the sandbox she's getting for her birthday. Clearly, that she technically can't play with it yet is not a problem. She's entered a climbing phase (hello, heartstopping!) and, espying the turtle, clambered aboard without a second thought.

May 29
Apparently, Pooh needs a purse. Between this and the fact that "shoe" was one of her first words, I think we definitively have proof now that the child is genetically related to me (yeah, because the extremely graphic photos of her popping out of my body, they are totally inconclusive).

 

May 23
Baby asleep in weird butt-in-the-air stomach position

May 23
Baby wants cheese. Right now. Small matter such as plastic wrapping will not deter her, dammit!

 

May 17
Alstroemeria from my birthday bouquet

May 17
Browsing the binky shelf

 

May 17
But Moooooooom, ALL the cool kids sit around in old Bruce Springsteen concert T-shirts, clutching used toothbrushes!

 

May 17
Tragically Unclear on the Concept: The Potty

 

 

 

May 15
One year ago last Thursday, I looked like this!

May 15
This is the card Eliza gave me for Mother's Day. I'm not sure which is more moving, the artful shading of the bear's cheeks with red pen, the poignant blue crayon booger she drew under his nose, or the decisive red and blue slashes on the bunny.

 

May 15
Eliza's first modeling gig. This picture was taken sometime back in November, and it's finally running now. This was for Family Fun magazine. We got $50 and 2 copies of the magazine for her effort. Ya know, now that I think about that, and given that this magazine is owned by Disney, I think maybe we sold ourselves kinda cheap...

 

May 12
Many things came to mind when I spotted this candle with bite-marks courtesy of Eliza, but the main one was, "Huh."

 

 

May 9
Now and Then
Check out these two photos. The first is of Eliza at 2 days old (and remember, she was a large-ish baby), and the second was a week ago, when I stuffed her into the same car seat for comparison's sake — needless to say this didn't last long.

 

 

May 9
Bleeding Heart
In the category of "It's about damn time!" we find this entry, the bleeding heart. I have been nursing this anemic, runty little plant along for 2 years now, and finally, approaching its third summer, it has decided to bloom. Is it the protective chili powder coating (see leaves)? The fact that I transplanted the elephant hosta that used to live next to it? Or did the goody-two-shoes astilbe just finally shame him into it? Who knows...

 

May 9
Unpopular breakfast bar plus stompy baby plus un-vigilant mama equals sticky shoes

 

 

 

April 27
Binky sharing
Eliza is very generous with her binkies. Often, she feels that I need one and takes the one she has in her mouth and stuffs it in mine. In this case, she was carrying around a spare binky, and decided to share that one. She thinks it is the heigth of hilarity to then yank it out. And put it back. And yank it out. And ...

 

April 27
Watching movies
Eliza was fussy after the bath, and the only thing that gets her mind off how very wronged she is by the world (aside from strangers telling her that she is beautiful) is watching movies of herself. I had her at a decent distance, sitting on my lap, but she scrambled up onto the office desk so she could get a closer (Ha!) look.

April 27
Cleaning
I think Eliza has been keeping an eye on our cleaning lady. She has a cold, and because she detests having her nose wiped, I thought I'd see if I could get her to wipe her own snot. Which she did, once, but then the second time I tried, she wadded up the Kleenex and started wiping down the computer screen.

And in case you're wondering, no, I did NOT leave her sitting that close to the computer screen for a long time; these two things happened close together.

 

 

April 20
Yellow Twilight
My girl loves herself some flowers. When the crocuses and snowdrops bloomed I started taking Eliza along on my trips around our yard to look at the plants that were coming up. As \flowers have started opening up, Eliza has become more and more enthusiastic about this ritual. Tonight, as I lifted her out of the car, she smiled and pointed toward the side of the house, where two flowerbeds currently boast a profusion of bright daffodils and tulips. Eliza likes to stand and touch them — "gentle!" I say to her, and she brushes the petals respectfully. I love that she shares my excitement.

 

 

 


April 20
When we adopted Moe from the kitty orphanage, her name was Amber, on account of her eyes.

 

 

April 18
They're shorts! And overalls! They're shortalls!

April 18
Laundry Cat
I brought the laundry up, and shortly thereafter I heard fuzting. When I turned around, I saw that Barney had made himself comfortable amid the underpants.

April 18
Tissues!
Say it with me: Lahhhhfe is lahhhke a box of tisheeews — you never know whut you're gunna git...

 

April 10
Edible Toes
I think I would like to put mustard on them and put them on a bun and eat them like tiny hot dogs.

 

April 10
Spooning Kitties

 

April 10
This morning when I went out to my car, I found this on the front lawn. I think it is a squirrel tail that has become detached from the squirrel. I meant to take a picture of it then, but didn't have time. And it was almost like it knew — when I got home, it was still there, then, gently, blown by the wind, it tumbled, like a really creepy tumbleweed, down the street.

 

 

 

March 29
Flowerscape

 

March 29
Pooped

 

March 24
Eliza has sharp teeth. She bit my shoulder, through my shirt, and left this welt behind.

 

Peekaboo1

Peekaboo2
I watched a show once where they talked about how, if you threw a cloth over a dog's head, and it did not freak out but instead worked to get out from under it, you had a smart dog.
Our child is officially as smart as a smart breed of dog.

 

March 20
Moesie in da Hawse!
When I got Eliza her nifty activity center (5 sides of play! says the box), the cats immediately requisitioned the box it came in, and now spend part of every day pretending it's their special play fort. How awesome is that — 2 species entertained for the price of one!

 


March 16
"She reminds me of some actor in this picture," says Grandma Texas. Yep. Apparently, if you slap a foam goatee on my kid, she looks like Gerard Depardieu.

 

March 11
Caspar the friendly towel ghost

 

March 11
Kitty PJs
She spent a couple of minutes poking and futzing with the kitty before we put these on tonight.

 

March 11
Reading Corduroy
My friend Nicole V. gave us this book, Corduroy.
Eliza does not have the patience right now to sit still through the whole story if I try to read it to her.
We have never yet made it to the part where the little girl comes back the next day.
However, she seems to have some affinity for it that I can't explain, because she often picks it up and drools all over the cover.
Tonight, she took it to the next level — she picked it up, crawled over to a good spot, sat down, and started leafing through it attentively (and might I add, carefully: she didn't crinkle a single page).

 

March 10
Cindy Lauper D.
I got this $3 tafetta skirt from the GAP for no reason other than its $3-ness.
I foresee no occasions that will require a purple tafetta skirt for Eliza in the near future,
so I figured I'd just get creative, retro style.
The beauty part is, her hair even cooperated with the funky punky-new wavy look I was going for.

 

March 9
A package of diaperwipes makes an excellent toy.

 

March 9
Trashcat.
Somehow, he managed to get this plastic bag full of plastic bags around his neck.
And then he tried to play it off all cool and stuff, like he meant to do it.

 

March 6
Tiny Gourmet.
Today, she was very picky about her food.
The only thing she was interested in was rosemary-olive oil bread.

 

March 6
Cruising

 

Feb. 27
Pink Pigtails

 

Feb. 27
Hand

 

Feb. 17
Retro wear

 

Feb. 15
I love her big puffy diapered tushie.
And it should be noted that the eye-scratching-outly-horrible pattern and color combo is the result of Mama not wanting to deal with the screaming that shirt-removal entails. It's going in the wash tomorrow morning anyway —sleeping in it won't kill her.

Feb. 15
Reading

 

Feb. 14
The Tubclimber, also known as Ms. Too-Ambitious-for-Her-Tiny-Britches.
This morning, she pulled herself up to standing on the tub, and then she started leaning waaaaaaay over and lifting her leg up like she meant to swing it over the side of the tub.
All so she could touch the shiny metal bits. A magpie, that little one is.

Feb. 13
Tragically Unclear On the Concept— An Interspecies Photo Essay, Part 1: The Cat

 

Feb. 13
Tragically Unclear On the Concept— An Interspecies Photo Essay, Part 2: The Kid

 

Feb. 13
Fight
There was vile hissing and such,
and then Barney walked out with this sticking out of his mouth.

Feb. 13
Captain Standypants

 

 

Feb. 8
Guitar stand

 

Feb. 6
The Claw of Death.
Do not lock the kitty in the bedroom, for his punishment will be swift and severe. Just as soon as he figures out how to open the door, that is.

Feb. 6
Zebra guillotine

Feb. 6
Tragically Unclear on the Concept, the Continuing Series: Cat Toy

Feb. 6
Sprawling tired baby
Some of these were taken over the weekend while I had no web access.

 

Feb. 1
Baby Feet

 

Jan. 29
Moe is a gorgeous cat, but she is singularly unphotogenic. This is her newest trick.
She sits on the on the banister like this and meows
until someone comes and tells her what a taletnted kitty she is.

Jan. 29
Give me this day my daily bread

 

Jan. 26
She who crawls backwards, stuck under the bed

 

Jan. 25
Snowmonster

 

Jan. 23
For those of you who have your suspicions about our Godless communist sorts of ways,
behold Eliza's newest toy, for which we made a special trip to Northampton yesterday: Devilduck!

Jan. 23
Grin

 

Jan. 21

Jan. 21
Yobaby

 

Jan. 20
Baby who does not believe in wearing both socks

 

Jan. 19
Bedhead