Monday, June 23, 2008

In Memory of Shorty

Today, we said good bye to Shorty, Ruby's favorite (and first!) doggy pal. Ruby loved visits from Shorty, laughing and sharing her cheerios with him. We shall all miss him and his sweet demeanor and snacky ways. Lots of love and hugs go out to Auntie Kathy!!!

Photos from Ruby's Trip

Go Red Sox!

Ruby and Papa

Riding my new toy

Me and Grandma after a bath

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Discombobulated

Well, 2/3 of my little family is off off to visit the Papa and Grandma and I am home wondering what the heck I am doing. Both times when I went out yesterday, I felt like I was forgetting something....like I'd forgotten my pants or left the front door open. Weird feeling. However, that being said, I had some really quiet and nice moments that have left me feeling re-charged and I am feeling like I am getting some things done. Funnily, I am having this little internal war of "Gee it's so nice to be ALONE! No one's schedule but my own, no one's mess but my own (sorta)." And then it's "Gee, I miss those two and things are just not so fun without them around!" And then I feel guilty that I am not enjoying the time off or I feel guilty that maybe I am not missing them enough. Sigh..being a nutjob is hard hard work. So, I am focussing on not feeling guilty about ANY of it. Ha ha!- as Ruby would say. By all accounts they are having a lovely time. The trip out was a little hellish from what I hear but they survived and stuffed themselves with steak. Today they are off at the Red Sox game and I imagine that my little peanut is getting lots of ice cream licks from her Papa and millions of smooches from Grandma! Well, I am off to work on some of my many projects that are just clamoring for my attention. If they are successful, I shall post some pictures. If they are not...well, hopefully I will have enjoyed myself.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dogs, Father's Day and a Little Bit of Tenderness

So, Ruby loooves the dogs. She likes cats to be sure but she gets especially excited when she sees dogs. When she sees one, she'll often tap on the floor like she's seen her Auntie Kathy do with Shorty. She laughs and will let the dog in question lick her face and she'll put her face up to it and snuggle it. A couple of days ago, she picked up this board book with pictures of dogs in it and started snuggling each page. We may need to get a dog someday! Last weekend Ruby and I took a trip to Tacoma for the yard sale at our pal Caryl's house. After hanging there at her new awesome house, me and Auntie Christine and Ruby perused some of the other yard sales in the 'hood. At one, we found a little baby doll stroller for a quarter and for Ruby it has been love at first sight. She's been pushing that thing around the house with her Tu Nene baby all week.
Those babies are the same size!
Ruby seems to have learned a whole bunch of new stuff in the past week. She definitely understands me, even in Spanish, which is really cool. When she sees the toilet, trash can or when I am changing her diaper, she says "Ca ca!" She is really good at drinking out of a cup and we pretty much use that at mealtime now. She especially likes drinking tomato soup out of her cup! She pats her leg to get the cat to come to her like she's seen me do and to watch her read "Pat the Bunny" is hilarious! She does every single motion for the page FAST and then we get to start over again. Oh and she tried to clean my ears with q-tips a few days ago. Makes me realize that she's really really paying attention to what is going on around her. I mean..I know that intellectually but to see it being played out is really really cool. Ruby also has no problem letting you know if she isn't happy and will throw herself on the floor in an out and out fit. I had no idea that the rubber bones stage happened so soon!
Oh yes, and summer means Summer Reading time! I signed her up at the library and we finished our 10 books. Here's what we read: "Happy, Day!", "Green Hat, Blue Hat," "Where is My Mama?", "Big Plans," "Buenas Noches Luna," "El Cuento de Ferdinando," "Bedtime Bear," "Moo Baa La La La," "Skippy John Jones," and "The Going to Bed Book." She now has her certificate - yahoo!
Check out my teeth!
Father's Day was last weekend and it was a pretty lovely little day, considering. For me..it was a little bit off to tell the truth. All day long I kept thinking I needed to call my dad....and then I'd remember that..oh yeah... AT&T, despite having "more bars everywhere," does not in fact have a service area for the dead. So, I just thought about my dad a lot and sent him a big thank you and an I love you and hoped it reached him somehow. I then told Ruby how lucky SHE was to have such a great dad and that she has some really awesome grandpas as well. She grinned at my while I was telling her this so I think she understood. :-) Now, if only they would make an appreciation day for all of the aunties, uncles and other 'family' members that make such a big difference in a child's life, we'd be good. I think I'll just designate a day myself!
Dustin played softball most of the day so Ruby and I hung out outside and got a little gardening done. Then we all met up over at Tia Monica and Uncle Steve's house where we had a big ol bbq with all of their families. THAT was really fun and really nice. Once again, I feel so fortunate to have such awesome and genuinely cool and nice people in our life. Aaand we are soooo excited for M and S and their upcoming bambino slated to make an appearance in December. Yah!

So, tomorrow Dustin and Ruby are off to the East coast to visit Papa and Grandma and I'll be here by my lonesome doing god knows what. I think that it's going to be good for Dustin and Ruby to go off on their own and it'll definitely be good for me to have some time by myself...I don't even remember what that's like so it might also be a little freaky. Plus, I know that Papa and Grandma are going to have SO much fun with her. When they get back, then Ruby and I jet off to my sister's wedding so she'll be a well traveled baby. Whew!

That's all for now!

Picnic!

Well, I'm a day late and a dollar short as they say. A couple of weeks ago, we had a picnic at Lincoln Park. It was a group of people that I met through the baby support group that Ruby and I attended way back when. One crafty woman started collecting emails and now we have a very active list serv. Some of the mamas I know pretty well and others I had never met other than via their email. It was a lot of fun to see the ones I knew, put faces to the ones I didn't and to see these KIDS some of whom I hadn't seen since the last baby meeting. It was also fun to meet the papas. I feel really fortunate to know such a great group of people! Plus, after weeks of rainy and blech weather, we had a gorgeous day of pure sunshine. There was a lot of good food too! Anyway, here are some pics of the Rubster from that day. Golly that girl loves the slide!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Things are a Changin'

Well, Ruby is anyway! We are in the throes of some major teething and it's been disruptive to say the least. She's been drooling up a storm...and when I say drooling, I mean it's a constant drip, a flow, an ocean of drool coming from her little bow mouth. The funniest is when she's just in a diaper and a drop of drool rolls over her fat little belly and she watches it with complete fascination... She's got one tooth coming in on the bottom that I can see poking up as well as another on the top that could be making an appearance any day. It's hard to see if there are any more since she's downright opposed to anyone looking in her mouth. All this teething is making sleep a challenge once again (Myth of motherhood #245: Once your baby sleeps through the night, they will always sleep through the night). She's been waking up 1-2 times a night and then wanting to start the day at 4:30am. Uh..yeah..I'm gonna have to ask you to start sleeping a little later. Her latest game is to hide behind the rocking chair in her room. There are a couple of blankets hanging on it, providing the perfect little hideout. She'll stand quietly there as you call, "Ruby! Where's Ruuuuby?" and then she will pop her head out and shout, "BO!" and laugh hysterically. She also likes to shout "GO!" after you count to three. She is really into books lately. She often brings me a book and then will turn around and try to nestle in my lap. Her current favorites are "Hello, Day!" byAnita Lobel and "Blue Hat, Green Hat" by Sandra Boynton, the latter of which makes her laugh whenever you say "oops!" The other book that I've been into reading to her is "Big Plans" by Bob Shea. This one makes me crack up and when I say "I've got big plans! Big plans I say!" that makes Ruby crack up. I've already signed her up for the Summer Reading Program at the library so she's well on her way to finishing her 10 books. Yah! Oh yeah..her other favorite activity is taking off her diaper. Seems we need to figure out some alternatives to that fun sounding velcro fastener! Well, that's the news for now. Below are a few photos of our superstar:

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Message for My Papa

I really like Fluff.... ...and ice cream!

I can't wait to visit you and grandma in a few weeks! xoxox Ruby