Friday, April 29, 2005

It's Pearl. No, it's black. No, it's blue. No, it's white

No, it's gold. This is the list of colors of vehicles that Lauren and I have used since last Friday's wreck. She is not amused. She never knows which vehicle to expect, she isn't a big kid to love change and she is hoping, "Mommy car all done" will be a saying from the distant past very, very soon.
I had never made the connection between Lauren and our truck. She was brought home from the hospital in it, rides in it all of the time, plays near it when it is in the driveway. It's part of who she is.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Seconds from possible disaster

On Friday, Lauren and I were in a wreck. We were hit while going to a loan closing. We are fine. The other people are fine. My truck is not so fine. Actually, it is possibly totalled, that is still up to the insurance company. I was scared to death, but luckily didn't see it coming. Lauren was in her car seat and sleeping. She was fine. However, my active little girl who seldom wants to be held, never even once wanted down to "pay" (play). She held on tight to me, and just watched while repeating over and over, "Mommy car all done?" and I would say, "Yes. Yes I think it is." Then I would cry. But not much, because she doesn't deal with that well.
She had a little mark on her neck from her seat belt, but other than that no one had a mark on them. I was a little sore the next day, but fine otherwise.
Life can change in a second which I have always known having grown up in a family where my mother worked for the newspaper and I went with her to many a car wreck, house fire or train wreck. I just never thought that I could have been that sad story.
My whole life was riding in that car seat. I can't even let myself go to the place where what if something tragic had happened to Lauren. I don't know if I could go on. Thank God, I don't have to know.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

My photogenic baby

For years (2 to be exact) Lauren has been extensively photographed by us, my parents, my sister and professional photographers. She is a great subject. Beautiful, cooperative (most of the time!), easy to pose. All of those things are true and make for great pictures.
Of course, for all of the money spent of pictures, I have taken some pretty great ones myself, as has John. Most recently, I took a picture of her playing in a waterfall outside of a friend's house. She is looking at the water, the trees are still bare and her hair is mussed up. She looks stunning. WOW! What a photogenic baby, even when she's not trying.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

She just keeps going, and going, and going...

Last week we went to approximately 8 different playgrounds, the zoo, to a friends house, played outside during as many daylight hours as possible and had the best time. She runs and plays and swings and slides and wants to be "outside" as often as she can. I am getting worn out!! Why does sun zap your energy so unmercilessly? It is still that wonderful time of year when bugs are not out in full force, meals can be eaten outside without ants and mosquitos eating you and the sun is up for so many hours that it is hard to judge time by the sun. I love spring!!

Monday, April 11, 2005


Most kids ask, "What's that?" Our kid says, "Sound? Sound?" anytime she hears anything. Even if it's a familiar sound like a car or a bird or a dog, she will ask, "Sound?" Pretty cute.


We went to the zoo today and she saw the peacocks and thought that they were beautiful and now is talking and talking about them. Everyone she talks to she tells.


For the first time today, Lauren answered the phone. Fortunately, it was a friend with a 2 yr. old, so she understood Lauren, but I'm sure it was odd to hear that little voice on the other end of the call when you didn't expect it.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

And the party continues

Today was our friend party. Lauren got lots of nice presents and had lots of fun. I think she is pretty happy to have one friend over to play, but a total of five 2 yr. olds may have been a bit much. She was not very "cool" with people touching her stuff. She wanted every book/toy/ball that anyone else had, even if it was a long ago disregarded toy. I know it's very typical behavior, but you just hope your child will be different. She's not. She's normal.

By about 2:00 p.m., I asked her if she was going to nap and she said, "No", then crawled in my lap and I almost caught fire. She was running a temperature. I feel like we just went through this. Maybe this explains the tears at the party over very minor things, maybe she's just two or maybe it was three solid days of PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! It can be overwhelming to be so popular!!

I think she'll be better soon and I learned something about Lauren today. She LOVES the taste of Tylenol. Good. One thing to make a sick girl, a happy girl!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Happy Birthday!!

We spent an amazing day with Lauren. Woke up, played, went to Chuck E. Cheese to play for a couple of hours, napped, went to the park and played and came home and, can you guess? Played. What a great way to spend a beautiful day!!

Happy Birthday sweet beautiful baby! Don't grow so fast!!!

Love always,

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Day 1 of the Birthday Extravaganza!!

So much love and happiness fills our house daily, and today was no exception. We had the first of Lauren's birthday parties. Yes, I said partieS. We had the family party today and everyone who could be there, was. Parents (obviously), grandparents, great grandparents/uncle, aunt and uncles all hanging on her every word and gesture. How else would you want a second birthday? Did I just type SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY???? How is that even possible? That's for another day... Tomorrow John and I will be taking Lauren to Chuckie Cheese for fun, frolicking and pizza. Then, on Tuesday, the day I may actually pull out my hair, is her friend party. There will be 6 children around age 2 in my house, thankfully with their parents. Expect updates.
More later...