Summer Fun Part Two

Man do I love having both Saturdays and Sundays as a family! We’ve definitely been making the most of it.

The Beach

The Zoo

Not one, but two county fairs!

“Don’t worry Mr. Donnelly, I’ll have her home by 11.”

Howarth Park

Boys in a candy shop

Park fun

Not to mention the awesome times just chillin’ at our house . . .

Art mornings

Floor time

Kiddie pool

And Happy Hour

Happy Summer everyone!

Summer Fun Part One

Summer in the Moore family means that Becky has a “normal person” work schedule- Saturdays and Sundays off and less late nights. I won’t lie- my heart broke a little when Otis’ face lit up with joy the other night as he said “you mean we are going to eat dinner as a family?!!!”

Well, that we are. Family dinners and lots of together time on weekends.

Speaking of dinner, guess who decided to eat real food all of a sudden? Miss Lucy Goose! Her faves are zucchini fritters, scrambled eggs, and mac’ n cheese. Oh and she’s quite the fan of cow’s milk so we’ve moved on from Mama’s milk.

The Goose also decided to start crawling this week. She’s mobile. Aghhhhh! 😂

Otis continues to astound us with his vocabulary and conversation skills . . .

Dad-“want me to push you higher on the swing?” Otis- “No. I just want to sit and savor this moment.”

“Mom did you know that the wolf likes to blow houses down? He can’t blow really strong ones down like if they’re made of hard wood. He can only break cozy houses.”

Favorite words include magnificent, actually, vehicle, and cozy.

He’s also conquered his fear of climbing and now wants to climb everything in sight. I think this newfound bravery is due in large part to us going to my baby boot camp exercise classes. I do my workout and he plays with the other kids. It’s been interesting to see the growth and transformation that have come with him having a bit of independence. I think it’s easier to try and fail without someone hovering. I’ve noticed this happens with Lucy too- if I’m in the room she wants me to help her stand up, pick her up, etc. If I leave the room she figures it out on their own. This has been a good lesson for me and I’m now always trying to find the right balance- let them discover and experiment on their own without this leading to trips to the ER. 🤞🏻

But I digress . . . this post is about summer fun. We kicked the summer off with a one night camping trip. Our boot camp friends camped with us at the local KOA. Verdict-

  • super fun place for kids, even if it doesn’t feel like real camping- jump pillow, petting zoo, sweet playground
  • The work involved to prepare for camping warrants at minimum a 2 night stay
  • We need a bigger vehicle

The following weekend we checked out Morton’s Warm Springs in Glen Ellen. How did I not know about this place? One pool is only a foot deep. Another is 3 feet deep. It’s the perfect place for toddlers.

This past weekend brought a one night getaway for Brad and I. His band played in Bolinas, a little coastal hidden gem. I tagged along and grandma had a sleepover with the kids. Grandma got raspberries and “I love yous” at bedtime. Otis had a salami sandwich for dinner followed by salami for dessert. Brad and I stayed up til 2am (yes- we are very cool and impressive) and slept in until 9:30. Everybody won!

We returned refreshed (albeit nursing headaches) and took a fun family walk to the park and tacos.

The crazy thing is that this weekend is only half over. This regular person weekend business is pretty cool. I’m going to take a cue from Otis and savor every moment of this summer!

Dear Lucy- 12 Months

Dear Lucy-

You are One!!! This month you became a pro at going from butt to belly. You learned to slither in a full circle on your tummy. And you now sleep soundly on your stomach. With all of this tummy time, we thought you were on your way to crawling for sure (check out your rhythmic butt moves) . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlkckUyUdTs

However, crawling is no longer on your your to do list. You have clearly decided to apply all of your brain power to walking. You want to hold our hands and pull up to standing every second we’ll allow it. You are even able to balance with only one hand and you can teeter for a second or two unassisted. We hold your paws and you march proudly with high steps around the room, cackling as you go. You are beyond delighted with this new skill.

Becoming an upright being has definitely been your focus this month, but you’ve also thrown in a few other new skills.When I say “where’s your belly?” you pat your tummy vigorously. Your pincher grasp has become quite refined, so much so that you grab any crumb or piece of dirt on the floor that the roomba has missed and proudly show it to me. You have also learned to share. You’ve created a game out of handing us your toys.

We threw you a pretty sweet party for your birthday. Guests included Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Toothpaste, Aunt Megan, Piper, Julia, Olivia, Abby, Frankie, and Allie. Aunt Jen and Mateo even flew up from San Diego to attend.

I assigned Aunt Jen the task of finding a Bday outfit for you and she nailed it!

Dad and I set up a ball pit and water table for the party. And I had fun making some photo displays.

We got you a sandbox for your birthday. You are pretty jazzed about it!

Otis helped me make the cupcakes. In typical Lucy fashion, you refused to eat any of it, but loved making a huge mess out of your cupcake.

I had so much fun celebrating you! You mean so much to us Lucy Girl. You are such a happy, flirty, stubborn, sassy little thing. I asked Dad to describe you in 3 words and he said “Happy Lightning Bolt.” I think that describes you perfectly. You are fierce and full of energy and you’ve struck our hearts with your charm. I love you Goose!

Love,

Mom

Dear Lucy- 11 Months

Dear Lucy-

This month has been so much fun, especially compared to the fever and snot filled month that preceded it! This month you have become a curious little explorer.

You are exploring language. We are hearing lots of “amamama” and “adadada” and we are pretty sure that you know one of them refers to me and the other to Dad. You also shake your head “no” when you don’t want something. Usually that something is food. While you’ve definitely increased your intake of puréed food, you eat begrudgingly. Food must enter your mouth via spoon. You have zero interest in putting anything into your mouth yourself. The good news is that along with food, gravel, bark, legos, etc. stay out of your mouth. This comes in handy at boot camp. You play in the grass or gravel while I work out. You even have a boot camp buddy.

While items do not end up in your mouth, you definitely get your hands on everything. You’ve tried to pull dishes off the table. You get mad when an object gets confiscated. And you are no longer a mere observer to our morning games of Trouble. You want to get your hands on those little pieces so bad!

You are not crawling yet, but you’ve mastered the butt to stomach maneuver so you are making progress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Nb3OMivjA

You scoot backwards as well, but that only seems to frustrate you.

I think you really want to be on the move, but haven’t figured the coordination out yet. You love to get in your bouncer and wiggle like crazy.

You continue to adore your brother and the feeling is mutual.

You remain toothless, although I feel like you’ve got a bunch ready to pop through. You sleep through the night, but rarely nap for long. You smile constantly and chuckle often. I’m tearing up as I write this because I just love you so so much and I can’t believe how much you complete our family!

Love,

Mom

A 4 Egg Hunt Easter

You know life is good when you get not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 Easter Egg Hunts in a week!

Hunt #1 was brought to you by the Petaluma Mothers Club and a very brave Grandma. I had to be at work for our Spring Performances and Brad was not into the idea of a huge crowd with tiny children, but Grandma decided to take both kids to the event. The brave trio had a blast, though Grandma did confess that this is not a feat she would attempt solo in the future.

Hunt #2 was brought to you by my 6th grade ballet students. They heard I missed the PMC egg hunt so they put together a hunt for Otis in the ballet studio. Add in a confetti toss at the cast party and it made for a pretty cool afternoon!

Hunt #3 was brought to you by Baby Boot Camp. This is an exercise group where Moms can work out with their kids in tow. Otis, Lucy, and I love Boot Camp! We had a fun play date and egg hunt after our Thursday workout.

Hunt #4 was brought to you by Brad and I, but inspired by my childhood. Growing up, my mom always did an egg hunt that involved clues to get you from egg to egg. Apparently she got this idea from my Frosty Grandma, meaning that Otis and Lucy are at least the 3rd generation of kids in our family to tackle these fun hunts. This year my folks babysat the kids on Easter Eve and Brad and I enjoyed a “working” dinner date to create the clues (there were 10 in all).

It was a hit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8iatWtSnac

Happy Easter Everyone!

Dear Lucy- 10 Months

Dear Lucy-

I’ve been threatening to write “Dear 10 Month Lucy, you were sick. The end.” In truth, your main accomplishment this month was strengthening your immune system. For a second child that didn’t have her first cold until 8.5 months, you have sure made up for lost time. This was a 2 fever month complete with roseola, pink eye, and a suspiciously croupy cough. And you also wounded your face with your own fingernail (which I had just clipped). As I write this, you are totally healthy so I’ve got my fingers crossed that we are in for a long stint of good health.

D2AC1DAE-8D92-4418-BECF-04E5B41310FC.jpegDespite being sick so much, you did accomplish a lot this month.

Your babbling is starting to sound like words. You reach and grab for everything. You are eating purées like a champ now. You still don’t want anything that doesn’t come on a spoon, but you are up to two servings of real food a day so I’ll take it.

You play peekaboo, or as they say at daycare “donde esta Lucy?”

And, drum roll please . . . . YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT! Yup- for a solid 11 hours you stay in your crib without eating. Not sure if it was just the timing or our new strategy, but once I started coming to you when you cried and saying “you’re ok” and NOT feeding you, you threw in the towel and decided to sleep. Thank you!

You still don’t have any interest in moving independently, but that’s ok. I think you are putting your brain power into your vocabulary of sounds.

I love you Goosey Girl!

Mom

Dear Lucy- 9 Months

Dear Lucy-

3 days ago you turned 9 months. I’ve been dying to write to you all week, but life delayed me. I thought I’d tell you what an average day for 9 month Lucy is like.

You wake up around 6:30am and I try to feed you in my bed. Being the non-morning person that I am, I let you play in my bed for a bit while Dad showers and I attempt to catch a few more zzzzs. You usually decide to play “hold mom’s chin” or “examine mom’s hair” which means we are officially up for the day.

You are so happy in the morning! You’ll sit on your blanket and play with your toys while the rest of us consume cereal and coffee (you’re right- Otis does not drink coffee). You LOVE toys right now and especially love to clap them together to make noise. You are pretty rhythmic. You have also mastered hand clapping this month.

After breakfast Otis and I usually join you on the floor. You watch us play board games and we try to get you to scoot around on your belly. So far you’ve only managed to scoot backwards an inch at a time.

Depending on the day we might move on to bathtime.

If I’m lucky, Otis will babysit you while I shower. Here you guys are playing a “game” he made up called Computer.

On Mondays we head to music class

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we often go to boot camp where I work out and you either sleep or watch me. I think I inspired you to do sit ups!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rEAMT9tHts

Some mornings we get in a park visit.

Then it’s off to Tia’s where you hang out with other babies while Dad and I work.

Dad picks you up and gets you home for dinner. Dinner is a work in progress. You aren’t super into real food, so we are attempting to show you how yummy it is. Maybe by next month you’ll be a connoisseur.

Around 6:30pm Dad gives you a bottle, reads you a book and puts you to bed. You usually wake up once during the night to eat. We’ve given up trying to break that habit after a few hour long cry sessions.

Then we do it all again the next day.

This month saw your first ride in a shopping cart (thanks Grandma) and your first use of a restaurant high chair.

You celebrated your first Valentine’s Day.

And I finally put you in your first ballerina outfit (I caved).

This month you’ve become a daredevil. Those who hold you must beware of spontaneous back bends and zigzag torso moves, both of which you find hilarious. You also find Dad, Otis, Grandma (she spends every Friday with you), and I hilarious. I’m so glad that life seems to tickle your fancy! Your joy inspires me!

I love you so much!

Mom

Dear Otis- 3.5 years

Dear Otis-

Boy has a lot happened in the last 6 months! I find myself having random moments of pure joy because I cannot imagine you having a personality more perfect for our family. You are a delicious mix of silly, sensitive, and stubborn.

Your attention span has grown by leaps and bounds. You love to sit and work on a puzzle or play games with us. You recently completed a 48 piece Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle puzzle entirely on your own! Favorite games include Yahtzee (kids version), Trouble, and Silly Street. You also continue to build LEGO creations sometimes following the step by step picture instructions.

You love words and are fascinated with letters. You write your name (circle, criss cross, line with a dot, squiggle) and then say “O-T-I-S. That spells Otis.” You point out those 4 letters in books and on signs. You ask us “Is that a letter or a number?” You remember every word you hear and I’m constantly flabbergasted by your vocabulary. “I think I damaged my vehicle Mom.” “Raisins are not appropriate for dogs.”

It was crazy to watch how, over night, counting went from reciting random words to quantifying objects (one to one correspondence for the child development majors out there). It constantly fascinates me to watch your brain grow.

You are not enrolled in pre-school yet because you are still learning so much at daycare. Tio taught you how to put your shoes on by yourself. Tia taught you to chew with your mouth closed. The other day I answered a question of yours with “mm hmm,” and you said “that isn’t good manners Mom. You should say yes please.” When I asked you where you learned that, you said from Tio. Speaking of- your manners are coming along quite nicely. We do have a sticker chart going because there are always things we can get better at. Right now you are working on listening the first time, being patient, and being brave.

Because you are still at Tia’s we decided to enroll you in a big kid class to help you gain confidence and get a little out of your comfort zone. You have soccer class on Sunday mornings and it’s for kids only- no parents on the field. It took 3 classes to get you out there on your own for the full class, but now you go out there no problem and seem to love it.

You also love going to my Baby Boot Camp workouts with me. To be honest, I’m burning the calories while you are chowing down on snacks, but you do join me for lots of the running and the occasional plank or bicep curl. I love that it’s getting us outside and moving in the morning!

You’ve unleashed your artistic side recently. Your dad and I often ask “where’s the camera?” You love to act out various emotions.

You continue to be social. You definitely prefer one on one to large groups. Eli still ranks high thanks to video chat. Ruby is your best bud at daycare. Abby Abby holds a special place in your heart. Ryland, Olivia, and Allie round out your Petaluma crew. And cousin Mateo is your FaceTime buddy.

Your relationship with Lucy leaves me speechless. You “babysit” her while I shower. You make her laugh no matter her mood. And you are so incredibly proud of everything she does. You adore her and the feeling is mutual!

You like to listen to Tom Waits on the record player and read comics with your dad.

You like to snuggle and do art projects with your mom.

You get excited for grandma day on Friday. You were a very energetic Ironman for Halloween.

You were quite the elf in training at Christmas.

Cheetahs are your favorite animal. You hate being barefoot. And show and tell is a highlight of your week. You are an intriguing, inspiring, effervescent boy that I love to pieces!

Love,

Mom

Goodbye Regal Beagle

Oh Lani- I miss you so much already! We didn’t see this coming and it has completely knocked the wind out of me. But rather than sit here lamenting, I want to share your story.

You were found stranded in West Virginia with a litter of pups. You were starving and sick and luckily a rescue organization took you in. When we called the organization about another dog on their website they asked us to foster you. They said that even though you were in a home and being fed you were still starving because you were producing milk for your pups. They needed to separate you from your young so we took you in. You were emaciated, leaking milk, and terrified of all men. You had these sad eyes that looked right into ours. You immediately won our hearts and we decided to keep you. You quickly warmed to Brad and started using the “Lani sad eyes” to get extra treats and tummy rubs. When we left our apartment you’d try to squeeze out the door with us so we had a system of making you sit at the end of the hallway while we opened the door and then throwing you a treat as we exited.

You made the cross country move with us from VA to CA. You really wanted to be in the front seat and enjoyed the scenery of America’s Parks.

You settled into Berkeley quite well. You adored the dirtiness of that city. You’d leap into a bush and reappear with a full loaf of bread or a few chicken wings. It was a scrounging dog’s paradise! You tried to sabotage Brad’s marriage proposal by peeing on the carpet in that abode. He went into our room to get the diamond and came out to find me mopping up your pee. However, propose he did (albeit a few hours later than he planned) and you still made it into our epically classy engagement announcement.

You loved moving to Petaluma because you got your own backyard and the perfect windows for keeping an eye on the place. Sure the feral cats were in charge of the neighborhood, but you took great pleasure in growling at them from your lookout.

You discovered that sunbathing was your most favorite hobby. You were also my constant jogging companion. Walking you has always been hard because you yank and pull and want to sniff every square inch of terrain. However, you understood jogging and you’d keep pace with me and allow me excuses to stop and catch my breath “so you could pee.” I will always treasure our jogging times sweet girl!

You were an amazing “baby” when Brad and I struggled to start our family and the best big sister when we found success. You’ve always been a gentle soul and this made you the perfect candidate for tolerating baby and toddler shenanigans. We never had to worry about you with our kids. They adored you! Here you are with baby Otis-

And with baby Lucy-

You were a saint, putting up with poking and prodding and even taking the brunt of parental angst. When the kids were acting up and then you made a demand, you were the one that got yelled at. We hate that it went down that way, but you took it like it was nothing and we thank you for that.

You loved how much babies sleep and took advantage of the plethora of nap opportunities.

You loved to sniff, run in circles, and bark at the mailman. You made use of every couch, bed, blanket, and pillow in the house. You liked to steal my warm spot in the bed the second I vacated it.

I was not prepared to say goodbye to you today Lani. I would have cuddled with you last night and loaded you up with treats. I would have sent the kids away so I could spend some quality alone time with you. I would have taken you on that walk you’ve begged us for the last 8 months. I didn’t get those chances, and I have to accept that. In a way I am glad that you jumped up on me last night to greet me and then passed quickly this morning. I think your suffering was short. But as I look back on the 11 years you spent with Brad and I, I can’t help but want a bit more time with you. I love you so much Lenny, Lanis, Leonard Moore!!

Dear Lucy- 8 Months

Dear Lucy-

No need for me to beat around the bush- one of my favorite parts of month 8 was PONYTAILS. I’ve been in training for this all my life (thanks to dolls and a willing little sister). I’m ready to be your personal hair stylist for as long as you’ll tolerate it!

In addition to decorating your hair, I also decorated a room for you this month. Why did it take me until your 8th month to give you a room? Well, I had the delusion that you and Otis would share a room, but with him being a light sleeper and you in need of sleep training (yup- we let you cry), it wasn’t in the cards. Your dad had his doubts about the room sharing plan all along- he was right. It was clear you’d outgrown your bassinet . . .

So we needed to get you into your crib stat. Disassembling and moving furniture down the stairs was not an easy feat for your dad and I to get done with 2 kids underfoot, but we persevered and you are super happy in your crib.

I got a bit crafty and am rather pleased with how your room turned out. I hope you like it Lucy Goose.

Ok more about you, less about me. You are loving toys. You knock down block towers. You shake rattles. And Otis even taught you to clap your toys together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8BlArsn9tk

Speaking of Otis, you two practically have your own special language. His silly noises and faces have you in stitches. He even “babysits” you while I shower (the world’s fastest shower with multiple breaks to check on you). The bond that the two of you have is a constant joy in my life!

This month you had your first trip to the ocean.

You also attended a New Years Eve party. It ended at 7pm, but it still counts.

You also had your first fever. You were a trooper, but it was so hard to go a week without your constant smile. Even listening to dad’s band left you bored and sad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__2Ab7Ptkz8

We were so glad to get your grin back once you were better. That grin and your little cackle are THE BEST!

You’ve now gone a few nights in a row sleeping 7-8 hours straight! No tooth yet, but I feel like it could be any day. You are eating your puréed veggies like a champ. Sitting is your favorite, but you do like to wiggle on your belly and you think it’s super fun when we help you roll over. One of these days you’ll take control and consciously initiate a roll yourself.

Thanks for being such a delight! I love you more than I can even say!

Mom