Tuesday, September 24, 2013

She's one!

And returning to the blog, after a long absence, is our dear daughter Laramie Rose--who is a toddler all of a sudden and turning one today!

This girl is a delight. She is happy nearly all the time, smiles a lot and likes to cuddle. She adores her brother and follows him about, mostly unfazed by his rough-and-tumble ways. She loves to eat just about everything she can get her hands on and has seven teeth now to gnaw apples and pork chops and all. Though she's increasingly comfortable with walking over the past month, she'll still drop to a crawl for distance and speed. When her brother's not around she's content to play by herself, often pulling her books off the shelf and looking through the pictures, or experimenting with our collection of kid-friendly instruments (the recorder is her favorite). She is not using any words yet but has quite the repertoire of meows, growls and roars.

How she grew:


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one month

Laramie 2 month
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three months

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four months

Laramie 5 mo
five months

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six months

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seven months

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eight months

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nine months

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ten months

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eleven months

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L birthday brownie
We love you to pieces, Laramie, and we're so glad you're in our family!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Country boy's compassion

"I told that dead Steller’s Jay when it was going to rain, and I didn’t want it to rain on him, so I moved him up by the house where he would be warm, and I put him up on that box so we wouldn’t step on him and make him deader.

"And that dead Steller’s Jay just dozed by the house in the sun, and I made him a cozy place and I’m going to put him down for a nap. And I’m being really quiet so he can rest. And I have to be with that Steller’s Jay if he’s all alone. And when I come in Squeaky can be out there by him so he won’t be sad or cry because no one is with him. 

"And I know why he is dead! Because he wasn’t eating. Or... maybe I shot him with my gun!"

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Well, okay then!

[Carson is building with his pipes. These things have been in near-daily use for the better part of a year now.]

Mom: “What are you building?”
C: “It’s a drop dropper.”
Mom: “What kind of drops does it drop?”
C: “Nothing, because I didn’t put anything in it to drop.”
Mom: “What might you put in it?”
C: “I don’t know; I have to figure out what kind of drop dropper it is. But now it’s a speckled log hog…"
...soon it turns out that this contraption “shoots out roasted green speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, yum, yum, and then one jumps into the pool where it’s nice and cool and now I can’t get it to work because it’s falling off, and you have to help me because the green speckled frog music is making me feel like I have to shoot green speckled frogs and this is not letting me! And I have tried everything and it keeps falling off and I can’t shoot green speckled frogs… This is very difficult and it doesn’t have time to let me use it, and it just falls down because I didn’t put much legs on it and it only has one leg and it needs two legs and we need to hunt in the bag for more pieces… I’m gonna need some help with this!”

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A boy's work

[On a snowy New Year's Day:]

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Hey, MOM!

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I'm building a fort, and it's going to be GIGANTIC!!

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It will be very tall, up to the attic. Do you want to see my expilament?

I'm gonna make a weensy teensy door so Tess can get in to her camping wood.

Look, I can climb up, and put my feet up here and my hands up here, and I haven't done that before. It's like a mountain!

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And you can actually watch me climb down to get back to my work. My work is called picking up wood, and throwing down big wood and little wood, little barks and big barks, for next days.

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I told Mom she could borrow a little piece of oak to burn.

Tess likes kitty food and she heard a little tiny "kerplop" and she found some kitty food.

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Malcolm said to Tess, "I'm gonna have one more," and that helps their brain think better.

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And they said I could have one--three--FOUR more pieces of kitty food.

I have this chain saw for emergencies, for wood that is not cut.

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And I'm gonna get back to my wood box fort before someone closes the doors.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Another of Carson's charges.

Meet Baby Redbird. (I was introduced just today.)

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This morning his caretaker determined that he needed a bath. There was some concern over his becoming too soggy, but "I have a good way to wash his face," said Carson, and off he scampered.

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Afterward Baby Redbird had the water "squeezed out of him with a dishtowel," and was promptly bundled up so he could join us on an errand this snowy morning.

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"I'll bring this boot too just in case that one gets pee-peed on."

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Interview with a three year old

This was a difficult project, as my interview subject, usually so self-expressive and voluble, was highly resistant to direct questioning and tended to give nonsense answers or none at all. I managed to collect the following over several days.

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Headed out to "Shade Park" for a picnic

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What can you do now that you're big? Use a big drill!
What did you use to do when you were a baby? I would cry, and sometimes I couldn't walk.

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What's your favorite thing to do? Use a leafblower.

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What do you want to do when you grow up? Cook! I will cook eggs, and I will cook dinner.
What kind of dinners do you like? Ricey.
What foods do you like to eat? Cheeses, and string cheeses, and some dead animals that are not bloody.

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What can you do with Laramie? Give her a pacifier.
What will you do with her when she gets bigger? Hug her. And put my eye in her eye and her eye in my eye! Because Laramie likes a Carson eye!

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Who is your favorite person? My dad.
Is your dad your best friend? Yes.
But you have other friends... Yes, like Hannah and Malcolm and Tess...
And AJ and David, and Reaghan and Abby? Are they your friends too? No. Sometimes I throw balls--soft balls--at them.

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If we could go anywhere today, where would you like to go? I would like to go down to the train tracks. Do you like trains? Yes, but I don't like loud trains, only good trains.

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What makes you happy? Goin' to junkin' houses.
What makes you sad? I don't know... we'll have to ask the monster. [?! He then proceeded to give this answer to the next 3 or 4 questions I tried to ask him.... The End!]

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Laramie, 6 weeks later

It's been fun to experience, the second time around, just how fast babies develop. In her first month Laramie seemed always to be sleeping...

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Two weeks old

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Four weeks old

But by 5 weeks she was smiling, making eye contact, and cooing, and now at nearly 7 weeks she's positively flirtatious.

(The following photos were taken just shy of six weeks)

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Laramie smile 2 6 wk

So far she has been a very easy baby. Other than a few fussy days when she insists on being held constantly, she hardly cries; she will usually make small dissatisfied noises for some time first, giving me plenty of opportunity to figure out what she needs. We took her with us to see Skyfall last night, something we never would have attempted with Carson, and she did great!

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She is a great sleeper and goes 7-8 hours at a stretch at night already. I love this! At this age with Carson I was exhausted and frustrated with his inability to sleep long at night or take more than a 40 minute nap during the day; everything feels much more relaxed with Laramie.

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Laramie autumn leaves

As she is getting more interactive, she also seems to want people around more. Left by herself she may start to fuss, but will often return to smiling if someone comes back to visit her. I don't remember this with Carson, but perhaps he wasn't left alone much! Fortunately, with this baby we have an extra person around to keep her company.

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Carson with Laramie 6 wk