Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Shirley Jean LOVES painting ("painking").
Here are some cute pictures from earlier this month.


Two Month Check

Baby Richard had is two month Well Baby checkup at the beginning of this month. (Better late than never, right??)
I was thrilled to learn that he weighed 13lbs, 4oz (81.66%)! He gained over a pound in two weeks (we had to go to the doctor for another issue two weeks earlier and at that time he weighed 12lbs, 2oz)! At that time he was also 23 inches long (50%) with a head circumfrence of 16 inches (64%).

Here are the pictures I took that day:


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

We had sort of a crazy Memorial Day weekend. It started out by spending a large portion of Friday in the Emergency Room. We were getting ready to go to my parents' house in Wausau and Shirley was very excited about the adventure. She was running around the living room and tripped on a footstool. She "caught" herself with her face...on the edge of the coffee table. :( Long story short, she ended up with two stitches underneath her eyebrow. It has now fully healed and they say it won't scar--I hope this is true. My little girl is so beautiful. I don't want her to be scarred. I know there are things more important than beauty, but still... The pediatrician said that by the time she is old enough to wear makeup, there won't be anything to cover up.
I have not blogged about this until now, because, in truth, I wasn't sure I wanted to remember it. I was very, very upset by the incident. Still am, actually...but...since this is, in essence, my children's baby book, I feel like I should record it for prosperity's sake. I intended to take pictures of her scar, but couldn't bring myself to do it.
Richard took this picture in the ER on his phone. It's not very good, but you get the idea:She's smiling...of course.

Here are the only other two pictures I took over the holiday weekend. What they lack in quantity, they definitely make up for in quality.
More "a-couch" snuggle time.
SJ is not as miserable as she looks in this photo--just tired from a big day at Grandma and Papa's house.
Shirley Senior spent the weekend with us in Wausau.
It was wonderful having her as a part of the festivities.
Shirley-girl really loves her namesake.


Someone told me once that when a baby sleeps like this, with his arms up, it's because he feels secure and loved.
I don't know if that's true or not. I guess I don't care--it's a nice thing to believe.

Bubble Blowin' Fool

Shirley Jean really thinks she's living when she goes to the other side of the yard.
She must feel like she's on a safari.

No, she is not wearing pants (in the traditional sense). Any mother who has potty-trained will understand.

I literally have 25 pictures of her sitting on fence like this. It takes a lot of concentration to blow bubbles.


Awful Dress!

Shirley Jean LOVES dresses. Most days, I ask her which beautiful dress she wants to wear. Usually she ends up changing her mind a couple times a day.
One day I was getting her ready to go to Richard's softball game and she said, "Awful dress, Mama. Awful dress. Mama! Awful dress! Yook! Awful dress!"
I said, "No! Your dress is BEAUTIFUL!"
She said, "Yeah! Awful!"

Here she is, modeling one of her current favorite "awful dresses," with a shirt as a headdress--of course. This photo just takes my breath away.


Tummy Time!


Snuggle Time

Shirley LOVES to snuggle on "a-couch," with her brother. This photo is from May 4.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


According to a quick blog search, Shirley Jean has demolished paper products on:

March 10, 2009

March 18, 2009

July 11, 2009

I guess I get what I deserve when I set her up to read a bed time story in my bed and then get distracted in the kitchen. At least Post-It flags are cheap. (Sense the TONE.)