puddle splashing

Puddle splasher

After a pretty dry spring, we’ve finally been getting some rain lately. Tonight, after reassuring Brooklynn that the tornado watch did not mean we should move all the toys from the playroom into the basement shower for safekeeping, I got the girls outside in some nice rain.

If small puddles on the sidewalk are good, then the deeper water in the gutter is better, and that makes the fast moving water on the hill the best. Not to worry, Maddi only brought about a half inch of water in the bottom of each of her boots inside with her.

project family kickoff – all pink edition

Baby3G

It’s a little hard to tell from the profile along, but the title should have given it away. We are adding a little bit more pink to the family. I’m going to start building a man fortress now to ward off the future onslaught of princess toys and prom dresses.

I’d also like to announce, that for the time being, we have a name. Baby 3G has officially joined the family, as about a week ago, I felt her kicking for the first time. Welcome, little girl. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.

upwards and onwards

It’s hard not compare the children. As much as I try to recognize them for their own unique traits, I reference a lot of my experience to Maddi back to what Brooklynn was like at a similar age. And the more I reference back, the more I find myself thinking, Brooklynn would not have been doing that.

The Climber

At the playground near our house, there are a few tall ladders. Brooklynn was cautious around high things that could lead to falls. Maddi is not. I was with Brooklynn at a different part of the playground for a couple minutes and realized that Maddi was no longer on the little kid section of slides. And I couldn’t see her.

My initial thought was that she had headed up the sidewalk toward the street, so I briskly walked around to the street side of the equipment and scanned the edge of the road. No Maddi. As I turned back to the mulched play area, there she was, on the chain ladder about three times as tall as herself. She was one rung from the top and trying to figure out what to do since the hand holds were different than the rest of the way up.

I walked over and showed her the handles on the sides of the platform. Away she went.

Unlike Brooklynn, Maddi does not like assistance when she climbs. Into cars. Up ladders. Over the edge of the bath. No, do not touch her. If you do, that constitutes a violation of her do-it-myself attitude and she has to start all over. And then you also get scolded by a toddler, “No Daddy! Mah-SEFF!” If you are really fortunate, she will continue to mutter her version of myself to, well, herself, as is to ward off any unwanted assistance.

Keep that free spirit, Maddi. Just don’t look down.

announcing

The Announcement

Here goes round number 3. The girls are really excited.

My biggest problem? I can’t figure out what to call baby #3 before he/she decides to join us.

Brooklynn was Beta (for beta release version)

Maddi was Artoo (for R2, or revision 2)

I’m halfway tempted to follow the Star Wars convention and go with Threepio, for C-3PO, (using the C3 for child 3…), but I haven’t committed to that. Feels a little contrived.

Brooklynn suggested Molly which was nixed for being too gender specific. Maddi contributed her idea of “Baby”. Real original, honey.

So, baby #3 for now.