Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Day In The World of James

James started off his morning right with a visit from Grammy. Grammy is always a sucker for taking him outside, so he was thrilled!

Later on, James entertained himself by trying on Mommy's 'boot-z'

James had his first culinary experience, making cookies for Daddy. I don't know who had more fun, James or ME!

After dinner, James managed to find the sour cream and eat it with a spoon. YUM!

Before bed, we wrangled him into getting a picture with Katie. He wasn't having any of it and wanted to play with his toolbox.

Alas! While adults are working their tails off making a living and keeping things in order, James is kicking around in women's shoes and eating sour cream by the spoonful. What a life, huh?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Who's who?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Things I Have Learned

Here are the things I have learned you can do with one hand (while holding a baby in the other).

1. Read a picture book
2. Assemble and fill a sippy cup
3. Load the dishwasher
4. Make pancakes
5. Do makeup
6. Get a slippery toddler out of the tub and wrapped in a towel
7. Push the double limo stroller home after our walk was cut short by baby crying
8. Help James put on his boots
9. Fold laundry
10. And my greatest feat so far, performed entirely with one hand: diapering and dressing my squirming older kid!!!!!!! Wow! I impress myself. Ha!

Monday, September 24, 2007

In Case You Happen To Be....

Traveling with a fledgling flamingo or any other assorted wild animals, take a hint from Jack Hanna and don't try to squeeze through an airport turnstile. "I never thought about the crate being square and the turnstile being round," he said. Well, duh. Mr. Hanna managed to get himself wedged precariously inside the turnstile along with his young flamingo friend. Local firefighters were called in to rescue the flamingo. Click here to read the whole story.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Due to recent events, the blog name "Jungle James" needs to be updated. Does anyone have any great ideas since I am feeling uninspired? If you have a great idea, leave a comment and let me know!

Have you seen my mommy?

We found this poor bunny in our yard today. It is obviously lost without its parental units as it sat in the same place all morning. We don't really know what to do with it, so we just put it in the backyard flower garden. Hopefully it finds its way in the world, before the groundhog finds it! May the force be with you, little bunny!

Giving the 'Bee-bee' a kiss

Katie and Uncle Phil

Look how small she is!

Taking a snooze


James is now a certified Barber if anyone needs a haircut. He currently has one style available: the buzz.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa:

Check this out: Loma has its own website. How's that for nifty.

Here are a few of the latest pics. James has been doing the sweetest things for Katie. If she spits up, he goes and gets a napkin to wipe her face. He brings her blankets and burp clothes, and tries to put her socks on when they fall off. He also tells her 'up, up' when he wants her to play. He gives her 'bow-bows,' which is elbows. He invented this in lieu of the high five. He touches elbows. Not sure where he got that idea, but its really funny. He also laughs hysterically every time Katie sneezes. Before we know it they will be plotting together. As for Katie, she is doing everything a normal baby should be doing: eating, sleeping and pooping.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The kids have a sweet new ride from Aunt Marinda. This stroller does everything but push itself!

James 'holding' Katie

Little Old Man

Jeff and James have a new project: organizing the shed! Jeff organizes while James 'helps'!

Here is my son who thinks he is a little old man. Yesterday he pulled his chair and footstool up to the screen door and just sat and watched the neighborhood. Yikes! He is already turning out to be the perfect little suburbanite, snooping on the neighbors. All he needs now is a pair of binoculars and he'll be all set!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

She's Awake!

Here you go, Aunt Marinda! Now you can see my eyes!

James giving Katie a kiss...Awwww! Katie's shirt says "Does this diaper make my butt look big?" Its from her cousin Shelly.

Here are the kids posing for the camera. Its so weird to say 'kids.' As in, two kids...all ours. That's pretty cool. Things are going well. James is trying to figure out how all this new 'bee-bee' stuff works. He's doing good, most of the time anyway. Katie is just a sweet little baby. She doesn't cry a lot and is pretty peaceful. Its so weird to have such a small baby at home. Fortunately, we have no worries about health this time around!!! After an amazingly quick labor (2hrs,15min.) she was checked out by the neonatologist and given a clean bill of health. We are so grateful. Having such a new baby here, I am realizing I missed a bunch of stuff with James since he was in the NICU for two weeks. I am glad it was only two weeks.

Guess that's all the details for tired mommy brain just gave out on me and I have run out of things to ramble about. Time for a nap!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Meet your new sister/brother!

She's finally here!

Good thing I have two arms!

Grandpa meeting Katie for the first time

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More Pictures to Come....

The new family!

She's Here!

Katie Grace
Born September 11, 2007 at 6:30 a.m.
7 lbs. 7 oz. 20 1/2 inches

Welcome to the World!

Monday, September 10, 2007

It's September 10th....

That means its James' second birthday!!!

Happy Birthday, James!

Where was a witty comment when I needed it?

So, I decided to stop in at the corner WaWa and get a hoagie. I don't normally do such things, but it sounded good and I am nine months pregnant. Rachel was with me so she waited with James in the car. What happened inside has me scratching my head and wondering what in the world some people are thinking (or not thinking). I went to the counter to pay for my sandwich. The lady leaned forward and asked when I was due. I responded with 'any day now.' As I was answering her question and getting out my money, she leaned over the counter and with both hands started rubbing my belly. And, she didn't stop. She made some comment about not seeming nine months pregnant, and asked if I knew what I was having. I told her we were expecting a girl. 'Oh, thats nice,' she says. 'Do you have any others?' I told her I had a son who was two today. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, James!) She replied by saying, 'That's too bad. Does he want a sister?' Now what on earth is 'That's too bad' supposed to mean???? That their birthdays will be close, or that I am having another one, or that I already have a boy?! I really wanted to shake the lady, and on top of that she was still rubbing my belly. I just hurried up and paid and on my way out, she says in a very cheerful voice, "Bring her in! I'd love to see her!" Uh, OK, lady. You'll be lucky if I even come back at all. That was too weird.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Where's your nose?

New fangled technology here, folks! Check out this video of James. Click on the arrow and it should play for you.

Bad Habits

When you have a kid, you figure out that you have some bad habits. Unfortunately you figure this out when you see your kid doing something you do. Here are a few things we have figured out. Don't slurp your cereal in front of your kid. They figure it out mighty quick, and think its hilarious to try and slurp their bowl of cereal. (This one is me, by the way) Don't spit in front of your kid, in the trashcan or anywhere else. You will soon see your pint-sized protege lifting the lid of the trashcan, standing on his tiptoes and spitting into the trashcan. (Hmmm...I wonder where he learned that!) Another thing we've learned is to be careful what you say. Whenever I need James to move, I say "Beep-Beep, excuse me!" Well, he picked up on the beep-beep part but can't say the excuse me part. So now I have a kid who says "Beep-Beep" when he wants me to move. Its not like he's being rude. He actually sounds cute, but I also don't want him to run around saying "Beep-Beep" to everyone who's in his way.

And the award for "worst-thing-to-do-in-front-of-your-kid" goes to Jeff, for showing James how to launch a baby doll across the room using none other than the baby's bouncy seat! And I quote, "He won't actually do that to the baby!"

Lets hope not....

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Who Knew?

Check this out! There is actually a Beard and Mustache Championship ( Who knew you could do such things with facial hair. But why?????