Archive | November, 2012


29 Nov

Here (finally!) are a few pictures from Thanksgiving. Ruby especially loved the turkey leg.






20 Nov

Ruby and I drove down to my parents’ house in VA Beach today and Ruby’s cousins came over to play this afternoon. Ricky raked a ton of leaves and all of the kids had a grand time jumping in them. I am just loving this beautiful Virginia fall!





Oh my

18 Nov

I am about to devolve into a complete mommy-blogger cliche.  It has taken me several days to come to grips with this, but I have decided it’s time.

I’m going to write about poop.

Lord help us.

I hate even writing the word, but here I sit, about to tell two stories about my daughter’s bowel movements.  If this turns your stomach stop reading right now.  I certainly won’t be offended.

For those of you who wish to continue, don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Here we go.

On Friday morning Ruby woke up as usual and snuggled in bed with us for a bit.  When she got up she went into our bathroom, patted her bottom, said “book” (her word for poop), and simultaneously patted the closed toilet lid.  I asked her if she had a poopy diaper and she said no.  I asked her if she wanted to poop on the potty and she said yes.  I figured we could give it a shot so I stripped her down and sat her on the toilet.  She proceeded to grunt a little and after about five minutes she had pooped!


I was now certain that our daughter is a genius, or at least some sort of bathroom savant.  We haven’t been pushing the potty-training at all, so I was just blown away that she would take the initiative to ask to poop on the potty and then actually do it.  Huzzah!

Yesterday we flew a bit too close to the sun.

I was so impressed by Ruby’s performance the previous day that I decided to try to replicate it.  Upon waking after a lovely sleep-in during which my wonderful husband watched the baby, I stripped her down again and plopped her on the potty.  She sat there for a few minutes and tinkled a bit, and then announced that she was done.  I was hopeful that she would try again in a few minutes so while I brushed my teeth I let her run around in the nude.

I heard our closet door close and then open about 30 seconds later, and then saw Ruby run back into the bathroom and grab some toilet paper.  When Matty announced “it smells like poop in here!” I knew that something had gone terribly awry.  Sure enough, Ruby had apparently decided that she needed some privacy or perhaps just liked being surrounded by clothes and shoes and purses while she did her business.

So a genius she is not, but she is still pretty cute.  Oh and Matty cleaned up the mess–how lucky am I?

20 months

15 Nov

Ruby is 20 months old today. I love this picture because it perfectly captures Ruby at this moment in time. Despite the chilly weather she has started ripping off her shirts lately, preferring to brave the cold bare-chested. Her picture smile is cheesier than ever, and you can see her path of destruction in the background. We just love our sweet girl and her independent spirit.



14 Nov

Matty turned 34 today. To celebrate he took the day off of work and we all went sight-seeing in DC. It was a gorgeous fall day and we had a lovely time touring monuments and the Natural History Museum. For lunch we headed to Chinatown and had a delicious meal. After a full day, including lots of bus and metro rides, we headed home to relax.

We have loved spending time with Dave and Natalie and it was especially nice to have them here for Matty’s birthday. I am hoping that this next year is Matty’s best yet!




Dave & Natalie

13 Nov

Ruby’s Uncle Dave is back from a long stint overseas on the Maersk Georgia. He and his wonderful girlfriend Natalie came to visit and Ruby is loving their company.


The last few days…

12 Nov

I’ve been very neglectful about posting pictures the past few days, so here are a bunch, including some from our excursion to the WWII memorial in DC with Matty’s parents.