Monday, March 29, 2010


It's nearly impossible to catch it on camera, but here is a glimpse of Kenzie making a run for it.

Get Dirty, Eat Acorns

McKenzie has the good fortune to have a mother who is not afraid to let her get a little dirty. At the first sign of spring Kenzie and I took it outdoors for a little exploring. She was absolutely fascinated by everything she saw. Normally when she has her little push car I can't get her to stand still, but when she was outside she stopped at each step to touch the ground or to pick up a new and interesting object...acorns, rocks, and leaves, oh my!
In typical New England fashion, however, the beautiful 70 degree days were followed by some rain and then 40 degree weather so we were inside for a bit. Yesterday, while Dustin and I did some yard work we let McKenzie explore the backyard. It was a little chilly, but the fact that she had to wear mittens made her put-everything-in-my-mouth game a little easier for Dustin and I monitor. The forecast calls for 3-6 inches of rain over the next few days. I'm teaching Kenzie the "rain rain go away" song and hoping to be back outside soon.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Double Digit Battle Wounds

On Friday McKenzie turned ten months old. Ten months! That's just two months shy of a year. Crazy. She's more active than ever. She took three unassisted steps today and we suspect that she'll be running in no time.

Unfortunately, with increased mobility comes increased risk. Kenzie is now sporting a bloody gash on her nose (I'm probably exaggerating here) from a fall she took this afternoon. Didn't phase her, though, she was back on the horse (or behind her push toy) in no time.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Conversation at McKenzie's 9 month well baby visit:
Doctor: Is she sleeping better since our last visit?
Me: Ummm...
Doctor (smiling): Okay. So how many times does she get up at night?
Me (embarrassed): Every three hours.
Doctor (laughing): And what do you do when she wakes up?
Me (guilt ridden): Enable her.

As if on cue, however, that very night Kenzie slept through the night. Completely. Not waking once. When I woke at 5:00am and realized that she hadn't been up all night my first instinct was to run and make sure she was still breathing (check) then I went back to bed to pray this was not a fluke. For the past week she has slept through the night a couple of times and woken just once the other nights. Per the doctor's suggestion, Dustin has been going to her at night instead of me. The hope is that when she realizes she isn't going to get to see her momma she will eventually stop trying. So far so good.

Surrounding her with Binkys doesn't hurt either.