Friday, August 31, 2007

I hold Anne, please?

Nothing drives fear into my heart like those four little words. Whenever Brad says that, he usually means "I would like to hold and squeeze Anne very tightly until she cries, or maybe I'll hold her so loosely that she'll fall over and hit her head. I haven't decided yet. But please?"

No pictures!

Are you kidding? I'm not going to sit still for you, Mama!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cute Overload

This is exactly what the internet is for. Thanks, Al Gore!

Pool Time!

Mommy was a little sick, so she didn't go swimming, but Grandma and Brad sure had a good time.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fun with Grandma

More Grandma

Brad was SO jealous of Grandma spending time with Anne. He's usually pretty good with Doug and I, but with Grandma, no way! How dare she pay attention to anyone else besides Brad? So we made sure Brad and Grandma had some alone time.


Grandma was in town this weekend and brought all sorts of lovely things for the children. Anne has two pretty new dresses, and Brad has a new book (which Anne is interested in as well).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Hey, what's this? A tasty lollipop?

No, don't do it Anne!

Too late--I'm going in!

Mmmm, yum!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Brad 'n' Anne

The Joker? No, that's Brad. He has taken to drinking lots of Crystal Light. We're trying to teach him to wipe his mouth off after each swallow, but he doesn't always remember...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sick Baby

He had a low-grade fever all weekend and has been listless and clingy--that's the good part about him being sick--he lets me hold him for hours.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Right after this he threw up three times

We were headed for a pleasant family outing at the Children's Museum in Richmond, Virginia. We left the house around 9am and just as we were about half an hour away from our destination, Brad asked for Daddy and then threw up three times in a row. I mean, he was sitting in pools of throw up. Needless to say, we turned straight around (after stopping at a department store for clothes and a grocery store for fabric cleaner) and went home. That was our Saturday--how was yours?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Car Seat Safety

Anne is really too big to stuff into her infant seat any longer, and now that's she's sitting up, I don't really need it (it was nice to have it in the grocery store, but now that she's capable of sitting up without falling over, I can sit her in the cart seat--remind me to post pictures of that--she's so cute). So Brad graduated to a toddler/booster convertible seat and Anne got Brad's old seat.

I always take the car seats to be professionally installed because 90% of car seats are installed improperly, and I know I'd be one of the 90%--they're so difficult! I always take the seats to Anne Arundel Community College, where the Public Safety officers install them for me--it's free and they're so nice. After they're done, the car seats will literally not move--if you try to move them back and forth, the whole car will move! You can find free car seat installers here.

But having the car seat properly installed is just half the battle. You must also use them correctly. You'll note that both of the locking connectors are level with the children's armpits. Many people leave those down at the belly--that is dangerous and incorrect. They should almost be at the breastbone, even with the armpits.

Brad is in a forward-facing seat, so his straps come from above his shoulders. Anne, however, is under one year and under twenty pounds, so she will be rear-facing. You can tell because her straps are coming from below her shoulders. Rear-facing straps should always come from at or below the shoulders and forward-facing straps should always come from above.

You'll also notice the lack of "add-ons." The pillow Brad is resting on came with the car seat, as did the shoulder protectors on his seat. I did not add anything else--Anne does not have a pillow and there are no toys strapped to either seat. We also do not use window shades or attachments on the back of the front seats (i.e. a mirror for the children to look at). I find it ironic that such attachments are manufactured by companies like "Safety First" when in fact those things are extremely dangerous. In the event of a crash or sudden impact, your nice window shade becomes a deadly projectile. There should be no loose objects in the car (that's what the trunk is for). Brad has learned to entertain himself by looking out the window or reading a book, and Anne will do the same.

Finally, you won't know this from the picture, but both children are strapped in nice and tight. There should be no more than a finger-width of slack between the child's shoulder and the belt.

By the way, the car seat was such a novelty that Brad sat in it for about half an hour playing contentedly!

Friday, August 17, 2007

I think he likes it...

Speaking of big...

...she looks so big in her carseat. I kept her in that infant seat way too long (but it was so convenient!).

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Check out the new poll feature Blogger just added (to the right). I'm sure I'm going to have lots of fun coming up with insane (or is that inane?) questions to ask you all.

Sitting Up

Anne has been tripod-ing for a month or two now, but in the past two weeks she's gotten really good at sitting up by herself and not falling over. She's getting so big!!