Thursday, December 17, 2009

What have you done to my spoon?

Here Emma is happily playing with her banana-flavored spoon and I steal it and give her a mouthful of the mushed up stuff, which she does not really appreciate. Today, if you could ask her, she would tell you she LOVES bananas. But this being her first experience with food, and my first experience feeding a baby...well things were not so peachy!

What is on my spoon???

In this video Emma is enjoying playing with the bananas. Then she grabs her spoon, which she thinks is her toy. Only to discover it tastes bananas. Her expression at tasting food for the first time is funny!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Can diapers make you cry?

Just a little blurb from a sleep deprived mother... I think the diapers are keeping Emma up! I just called Green Mountain Diapers to ask about sizes, not wanting to make another purchasing mistake and burst into tears. What a nice woman, she talked me through measuring my mistake diapers, discussed baby body shape and diaper fit and encouraged me to order less diapers so I'd wash more often (better for diapers).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With Love, lessons from dogs that apply to babies and life

I had long ago discovered that if I did things with love that the results were always better. Everything is less stressful if love is applied, love comes with patience and a forgiving eye, but love also comes with the right ingredients for positive change.

Then I realized the only times I really failed at things were times when I could not apply love to the problem.

And recently I have learned that sometimes things are so hard that they just feel like failure, but as long as love is there, one comes out the other end of the challenge whole...and not broken. Crying along side your baby... unable to make her happy...unable to let her "cry it out".

I used to feel sad for the dogs I have that other people discarded. But now I am grateful, as these dogs have been the challenging ones. And I have gotten through the challenges by letting my heart grow. And I know these dogs are happy, since they are loved.

Examples of "With Love"
** else can filling dog bowls be fun for a baby? Emma will probably know all the dogs names soon, as I sing each dog's name and a little compliment to them as I lay out the bowls, add the food and whatever else.
**Saying good night to each dog as Emma and I tuck in the kennel at night...
**Figuring out that Java Bean can get along with male play mates as long as he enters the play area stress for him if dogs do not dash out their doors into his "space".
**Figuring out after two nights of no sleep that Emma's diaper was keeping her up...not sure how I was able to have analytical thought after that much lack of sleep.

Emma has a wish list at Amazon

For anyone wishing to spoil a baby at Christmas... I have created an Emma only wish list on Amazon. With the new universal wish-list-button I have added a few things from LL Bean and from our favorite e-store Cotton Babies. It's the usual NH mom stuff...warm clothes, books and a few toys and a light back-pack style baby carrier.
I think this link might work:

Or try clicking here: click-me.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rolling rolling rolling!!!

Emma can now roll and roll and roll... no big deal! She likes to do this and reach all the toys she wants.

But she also likes to sit up (and play for any length of time) then DIVE forward and entertain the thought of crawling...until her legs slide back and she is stuck belly down again. And rolls rolls rolls!

She can also stand up against something, like a couch or your shoulder. This really tickles her.

The jumper is still fun, the high chair is groovy, the swing seat is nice especially if she is feeling quiet or ok with being licked by her dogs. Bouncy seats and the bumbo are ok for a few minutes at a time. She hates her car seat, as she always has.

New fun today was using the hiking backpack with the rain canopy. She ended up with a very red face on one side, I hope it was not a reaction to the fabric of the backpack. It was cold and raw, maybe it was just that.

If anyone is curious about what Emma-Lizzie has eaten so far here is the list: bananas, apple sauce, pear sauce, blueberries (in the applesauce), sweet potatoes, rice farina (she hated this and so I ate it all, I thought it was yummy and made it for breakfast for a few days). I made the pears sauce, my neighbor made her the applesauce. The bananas were stolen from Dada's bunch. The rest were Earth's Best organic. But at 77-99 cents a jar, we aren't too into commercial baby food!!!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Emma 5 months old

Give me a kiss Anuk!

Hi there...did you see where my doggie went???

This is my new book. I can't read, will you read it to me?

I like this book too...what do you mean it is upside down???

If I could only lift this tome into my mouth...I really need to chew on it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Daddy's Girl

Emma 5 months old with her new special book that Daddy reads to her.

Some of my Cousins

This is Emma with 3 of her cousins. Franchesca is the oldest, she is in the pink t-shirt. Next oldest is Otis in the red shirt. The youngest fellow is Ike, in the olive jumper.
Emma is 4 months old in these photos, it was during the visit to Long island for Mair's big birthday bash.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

First Library Visit for Emma! Gordon-Nash Library we love you!

Emma visited her first friendly library*. We got two books for easy reading, one book for many cozy nights of reading and two books for Daddy.

*We tried the Plymouth library first but the policies and librarian were not friendly. We found instead the FABULOUS Gordon-Nash library. It has the extra bonus of a nice lawn out front to enjoy the new books in. The librarians were friendly and very helpful.

A Foot in the Mouth is on the right in photo. The poems are really fun to read and the illustrations are eye catching. I am seriously considering buying this book, even though it has no sled dogs in it.
Alex and Lulu is on the left. The story is subtle, sweet and perfect. The illustrations are pretty adorable. This book has a nice message and is well written. I loved it, I think this one is going on our wish list too.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Emma's first Hike

Emma, Aunt Lidia and I went for a short hike today. It was Emma's first time on terrain too bumpy and steep for the baby jogger. She napped through most of it in the baby carrier but did enjoy some of it. Lidia stuck Emma's toes into the shore of the brook, which was probably the highlight for Emma. We managed to not loose any binkies on the trail. I wish we had pictures but the batteries went dead.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Haze of Love

The chief difference between loving Emma and loving all my puppies is that when Terry comes home and I squish Emma's face up next to mine and ask Terry "do we look alike" he smiles and says yes. When I do this with a new puppy he looks mildly annoyed and says yes.

Another big difference is that no matter how much I kiss Emma, I do not get fur up my nose.

Other than that, it is the same wild plummet into love, the belly full of warm oatmeal feeling, the simple and exquisite joy. You might say "poor Emma has to share her mothers love with so many doggies..." but Emma says that she has a mommy who really has love down "pat".

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Sorry, there is no photo of this one. So use your imagination!

I got my new MommYoga dvd last week and have been trying it out with Emma. So far we have made it through nearly 80% of the "class" a few times. Emma does get tired and usually demands to go nap about half to three quarters of the way through.

So the routine is: ask the majority of the house dogs to stay outside, not including Blanche of course. Lay out my yoga mat. Make a cushy baby yoga mat with baby blankets. Begin class.

Some of the poses you hold your baby, and some the baby goes on the floor. The first class Boomer stole the baby yoga in he curled himself up on the postage stamp sized baby landing zone. The second and third attempt at class only Blanche stuck around. I found that she would curl up on the back of my mat, but when Emma was on her mat Blanche would stand near her and gently sniff and nudge her. Then, next thing you know...Blanche is doing a energetic "downward dog" with Emma and me!

I swear, Blanche has a case of the Benjamin Buttons.

xo W + E-E

Friday, July 10, 2009

Baby Musher!

Holy Cuteness!
That adorable blanket came from Joan and Gary Chapman.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Big Yellow Friend

The big yellow friend has a BRAND new operator! Yes, that is Emma at the controls in her Oshkosh overalls. See posts on the BB blog for the original visit of the Cat.
Dad in his usual Torsey Farms uniform. Have you see the new Torsey Farms blog?

Dads Working Their Dad MAGIC

Terry and Emma

Ryan and Khloe (our son-in-law and grandaughter)

Need I say more?