Friday, January 29, 2010

missing you guys

Oh man, I have been missing the blog. I basically have been behind since early November. It's terrible. But it's just been a constant onslaught of deadlines. Two baby showers in November and two weeks out of town around Thanksgiving set me up to be horribly behind for Christmas. I still have a pile of photos I'm trying to get mailed out that were supposed to be Christmas presents. And I have had some serious work deadlines! For the last two weeks I've been working all day, then every night from 9-midnight. Then up again at 6. It's been rough! We had a major push scheduled on the same day as Jen's due date. Which, in case you didn't know, was this past Wednesday. It's just been all too much! And I have several baby cousin projects that have yet to be wrapped up. Maybe he's waiting to get here until I get caught up. For Jen's sake I better make it snappy!

I thought you might be interested to get an update. No baby yet. Jen's due date, as I mentioned, was this past Wednesday. Baby Cousin seems hell bent on keeping up the family tradition of showing up late to all important functions, including his very own Birth Day.

Jen is the picture of health. She seems like a real mama goddess these days, absolutely aglow. Don't get me wrong - she is ready to get the show on the road, but as always she has maintained her sense of style and personality. The nursery is all ready, and is just beautiful. All the things on Jen's to-do list have been checked off, and now she's just pacing the floor waiting for the big day. I will keep you updated!

In Vaughan family news, we have been scrambling to get preschool applications for next fall in by the January 29th deadline. We've had a dizzying tour of schoool after school this month. So many choices. The more schools we saw the more confused we became. Especially because each and every day she seems to get smarter and smarter. Honestly it's been freaking us out a little bit. She's started spelling words. It's her favorite passtime. I can put a scrambled bunch of letters in front of her and she can assemble them into a word. Or she'll pick a word and we'll go sound by sound to spell it out. Spelling words has surpassed her previous favorite passtime: singing songs. Last night she was telling me which of her friends have R's in their names and which ones don't. "Riley, and Piper and Audrey have Rs in their names like me. Ian doesn't have an R. Ian is I-A-N." Oh my goodness, I hope we can keep up.

Friday, January 08, 2010

actual conversations

Roan: "You are such a cutie Mama!"
Me: "Thanks Roan!"
Arwen: "Am I cute, Roan?"
Roan: "No only Mama is cute."

Roan: "Mama, do you have a big hoo hoo?"
Me: "Um... it's not really nice to talk about your hoo hoo Roan."
Roan: "Yes it IS nice to talk about your hoo hoo."

I guess I will have to rely on her word on that.

Arwen said I should not post that conversation excerpt because it might embarrass her. But honestly I think I should be the one with a red face, considering I taught my daughter to call it a "hoo hoo" when I have a minor in zoology. Tisk, tisk.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

bad dreams

Last night I had a terrible dream. Actually it was more like 3 terrible dreams all strung together. It was one of those that was so bad, even after you wake up you still keep crying for a while. I was wide awake and too disturbed to settle back down to sleep, so I wandered into Roan's room to make sure she was ok. I cozied her blankets up around her chin and she snuggled into them contentedly. It made me feel better just watching her sleep so peacefully. Just as I was about to turn and go back to bed, she patted the pillow next to her and murmered, "Lay down with me for a while Mama." It seemed like she was still asleep, and yet she knew I was there. And it felt like she was offering me comfort, not asking me to comfort her. Talk about role reversals. I never thought I'd be wandering into her room looking for reassurance after a nightmare. Next time she has a bad dream, I know I'll be happy to return the favor.