6 Months Old

IMG_0531 Kate is 6 months old! Wow, time flies when you’re not getting sleep. Our little princess is starting to sleep better at night. We’re down to typically one wake up per night (never zero, sometimes two), which means that one parent usually gets a full night of sleep every other day. What a difference that makes! She’s still a dainty little drinker but she likes her solids and is getting 3 big meals a day. As a result, she’s only a tiny 15 pounds 1 ounce (31st percentile), but she’s extra long at 27 inches (93rd percentile). Apparently I was a scrawny baby too and the doctor’s not worried so I’m trying my hardest not to worry too much! Little Kate rolls everywhere and likes to play with Nicky’s toys which has caused some distress for her brother. Preview for the next phase in their relationship: sharing… I sense much refereeing in my future… She’s just started to sit and she loves to be able to look aroud the room from a little higher vantage point. She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES her daddy and goes absolutely berserk when she sees him.  It’s been a fun 6 months!

Chasing Kitty

Kate can’t crawl yet, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t get around.  Here’s a video of her chasing Hugo.  Rolling is much more of a slow speed chase than crawling, and after about 2 complete rolls she seems to forget where she was originally headed, but it’ s cute to watch her thought process as she tries to figure out how to get to him.  It’s a long one…I had to split it into two videos to even post it, so probably only the grandparents will get through the whole 3 minutes…enjoy!

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Classic Bathtime Drama

IMG_9993Here’s a good one for the scrapbook from Sam.

While Cara was traveling last week, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids.  Little Nick needed a bath- but he refused to get in until I suggested that he share his bath with Catherine.  Nick couldn’t have been more excited and immediately stripped down and jumped in the tub.  I put Catherine in and the two of them were pleased as punch. Both were splashing away and having a great time.


I saw it.  A little fleck of floating flotsam that was a harbinger of bad things to come.

I told Nicky to get out quickly and he protested until I told him that I thought Catherine was about to poop.  Little Nick exploded out of the tub and stood staring, dripping, with saucer-plate eyes while I picked baby Catherine up.  To reveal three compact cat-like turds in her baby seat.  So now I’ve got soaking baby in my hands with a poopy bottom, and I’m considering my plan of action to dry and decontaminate the baby in the least messy way possible- when I see it out of the corner of my eye.  Nicky pointing at the poop.  And peeing on the floor.

Baby is quickly transferred to a one-hand grasp, I jam Nick’s towel against him to sop up the rest of the unfolding disaster, and the situation is contained.

It could have been worse.  Nick could have discovered a floater and picked it up, the girl could have pooped more while I was holding her, the cat could have jumped in and eaten the evidence, but at the time I was sure that it couldn’t have gone less smoothly.  I see this as evidence of what a great job Cara is doing- you leave me alone with the kids for one night and they both end up in their own mess!

Addendum, Nicky just peeked over my shoulder as I was looking at this post and after seeing the picture said, “where’s baby’s poop?”  Great…


We took another trip to the zoo (yes, those memberships are paying off!).  Kate was ferociously cute in her kitty hat.  Nicky pretended to be a zoo keeper and was telling all the other kids very earnestly that the tiger was a lion.  The rest of the pictures are here.

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Bye Bye Bottles?

IMG_9945Hello, my name is Nicky and I am an addict.  It’s been 11 days since my last bottle.  My sponsors are helping me stay dry by reminding me that bottles are for babies.  Sometimes that isn’t enough and they have to distract me with bowls of Raisin Bran…I sure do love finding all those raisins.  I’m working hard to be a big boy and hopefully this new trend will stick.

Easter With Farfar

The easter festivities continued at farfar’s house (pictures here) where Nicky got to do TWO easter egg hunts all by himself…it’s good to be the only walking grandchild.  He was thrilled to see that the easter bunny had also come to farfar’s house and was positively wild the whole time after consuming his weight in sugar.  Baby Kate didn’t participate in the easter egg hunts but did check out the Camm family high chair and enjoyed spending time with farfar and Todd and Aunt Michelle.