Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's spring and I want to enjoy stuff

It's Easter Sunday.

It's the end of a three-day weekend.

It's spring, and I feel like I can do anything.

I have exactly one knitting project I'm working on. After that, I'll take a break.

I bought yarn this weekend and I have a plan for all of it.

I'm ready to plant seeds.

I want to order photos.

I want to rearrange the living room.  Maybe.

I want to go for walks with Evelyn.

Soon there will be farmers markets and produce stands and free events in the artsy part of town and Evelyn and I can dodge silly drunks to see art I typically have no business being around. The girl likes sculptures, okay?

I think I'm mentally up for reading some nonfiction.

I'd like to check out liberation theology. It's been too long.

I want to read the (translated) works of Hildegard of Bingen.

I want to sew.

I want to make our patio a fun place.

I want to do something different with my hair.

I want to write more.

I think it's nearly time to pull out warm-weather clothing.

I'm ready to take care of my 2 cavities and then no worrying about my rapidly decaying body for a another 6 months or until I need a stronger glasses prescription, whichever happens first.

Soon Evelyn will go to the dentist.  Soon she'll have more teeth.

Soon Cody will have a job.  What job?  I don't know, but I think he'll have one soon.  It's spring and anything's possible.

I'm ready.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cody Lee is 29 and Evelyn June is 2


In March, they had birthdays.  They could play on the playground and they loved to slide.

They also loved fries.

In May, Evelyn grew some teeth and would sleep through the night on a mostly regular basis.

In June, we celebrated Father's Day.  I think I bought donuts, and Cody took Evelyn to a park because that was what he wanted to do on his day.

In July, we took our first road trip as a family!  We stayed in a hotel and saw our Miami family and I think we only got lost once!  This is a record for our marriage.  Cody and I both had the week off, and we spent most of it at home.  It was lovely.  Evelyn started standing during that time.

In August, summer dragged on and on.  Cody looks thinner in this picture because he was working for 12 hours a day in a metal box that sat in the sun.  He actually doesn't remember much about the end of the summer.  Evelyn had her first haircut and was so beautiful.  Also we weaned.  This marked the end of me nursing Evelyn before bedtime for 40 minutes and laying her in her crib.  Instead, Cody rocked her for maybe 2 minutes (we were both hoping he'd have to rock her for longer, but for very different reasons) before putting her in her crib.  I'm assuming she started walking regularly during this time, but it might have been in September.  Once she started, she didn't stop.  She'd go until she'd literally drop and start crying.

In October, we took Evelyn to the pumpkin patch for the first time.  She loved it!

Also, Cody did this to her.  It was not the last time.  She loves when they wear matching clothes, or at least matching colors.

I don't have pictures of Cody and Evelyn for November.  My dad had shoulder surgery, I tried to take care of a lot of last-minute things before I went back to work full-time, and Cody was really busy with extra orders at the restaurant.  But I do remember that Cody and Evelyn voted together, and she really loved her sticker.  She got really into stickers in the fall.

In December, I started working late.  Cody got to spend more time with Evelyn every day and he worked a lot.  A whole lot.  There were library activities and a sweet potato pie contest and my birthday and Christmas parties and lots and lots of snow.

January is a bit hazy for me.  January is a busy time for me, and it's usually a slow time for Cody.  Instead, he had to work extra and look for a job because the restaurant was closing.  It was pretty stressful.  I remember Evelyn liked reading a lot.  Her attention span seemed to really expand in the winter, especially when it came to books.

Also, I found Evelyn's new favorite jacket and very little tickles her or Cody more than putting on her Captain America coat.

In February, there was employment.  And then there wasn't.  I got a new camera and didn't use it on Cody and Evelyn at the same time.  Evelyn got an ear infection and a cold, and then we caught the cold.  As much as Evelyn loves my mom, you could tell she was more secure when she was with a parent every day.  I'm especially glad that Cody was there for doctor's appointments and extra rocking time while she felt so bad.

Now it's March.  Evelyn caught a stomach bug around the time of her birthday and it's just now going away. Cody still looks for work, and goes places on the 2 days a week that my mom comes to see Evelyn.  Most kids don't get to spend so much time with their dads, and rarely are the dads as great as Cody.  I'm pretty jealous of them both.

Evelyn has 12 teeth and is working on a couple more at the moment.  Not only are Cody's teeth as perfect as ever, but he no longer needs glasses because his ugly corneas are healing up so well.

Cody seems to be losing weight, although we don't know if it's due to better eating habits or stress.  Evelyn weighs 21 pounds and it 33.5" tall.

Cody has joined Toastmasters.  Evelyn says new words every day, and my favorite thing is when she narrates what's happening or what she's feeling: "jumping!", "dancing!", "happy!"

They both have stand mixers.  They both have my heart.  They both had a big year.

There were a lot of limitations to rage against.  Wanting to walk and not knowing how.  Wanting to work and not getting the call back.  Wanting to do more but it wasn't the right time.  Knowing what you want or need, but not having the words to articulate it (we all have a problem with it, kiddo). They both thrive in weirdly unexpected ways.  They love jazz and peanut butter on a spoon.  When they watch Kathy Lee & Hoda, Hoda is their favorite.  They like gingerbread much more than the average person should, but they're obviously not your average folks.

This is how I always think of them:

I hope I always do.  I hope they always look like this when they're together.

It's weird to remember that there was a time when neither of them were in my life and I'm so very, very thankful that they are.  What extraordinary people.  So funny and smart and wonderful.  They are the absolute best superhero team in the galaxy and the lights of my life.

Cody Lee is 29 and Evelyn June is 2 and I am excited to celebrate with them and the cookie cake that they've been looking forward to for the past week and a half.

Happy birthday, Cody.  I'm so happy you're here and for all the ways you share your life with Evelyn.  Best family ever.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Evelyn's Second Birthday Party!

Evelyn didn't feel that great on her birthday, or on the day of her party.  But she did have fun here and there, and we got to see friends and family.  I took her out to play in the morning while Cody baked the rest of her cake.

She was really interested in this spotlight.  I don't know why.

She liked it a lot.  So much so that she stopped what she was doing (touching it and babbling) to say "Yay yay yay yay!" and clap her hands.

I asked her if she'd take out her pacifier and smile for me.  This is what I got.  I like it.

She took a looooong nap after lunch, and we set up the living room for a little bunny party.

My dad put this together before the party and brought it in before she ever woke up from her nap.

I finally woke her up and put her in a cute little dress.  For the most part, she wanted to sit in my lap and then we rocked in the recliner for the rest of the party.  She'd kiss people goodbye, but only after being assured that they wouldn't pick her up.  Poor thing.  She was more interested in her presents the next day.

She's feeling much better today, and she really loves her toys.  She's been coloring and playing with her cookware and Cody said it bothers her when the talking dog's ears move.  He looked over at it this morning and noticed she'd forced her tiara on its head to hold them in place.  Oh.

We were really happy to see the grandparents and aunts and uncles who came to play (even if I didn't get to do a lot of visiting).  Our living room looks very celebratory still, and it will probably stay that way for the rest of the week.  I had fun getting ready, even if Evelyn didn't enjoy her day that much.  I wasn't expecting her to be too impressed with tulips and knitted bunnies anyway.  The Peter Rabbit carousel was a big hit, though, and will live on the coffee table until Easter.

The big girl had her two-year check-up today and got to put the shots off until next week because she's still not at her best.  She's nearly 32.5" tall, and weighs nearly 20 pounds.  Cody said the doctor didn't mention anything about growth percentiles and charts.  I can only hope that means we never have to talk about them ever again because toddlerhood doesn't involve that nonsense.  She walks and eats and dances and talks and likes to read books and pretend to bite my face.  She is a much-loved little girl.  Just like last year, I'm not putting up all the present-opening pictures, or making a list of everything she got because it makes me feel gross.  But everyone loves her, and likes to demonstrate it with presents and with actions and with their joy in her little life.

She's two years old and we can celebrate every day.  So we will.  Hooray for you, Evelyn June!