My little family!

My little family!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


I'm done counting by week for Miss Layla... haha. I'll continue to post her monthly updates but no need to feel the pressure of the weekly update, right?

(let's be honest. I'm a bad blogger but on the road to getting better, again)

Feeling okay. Still fighting a wicked cough.

Getting very excited for our trip to Florida tomorrow... plans include - SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP. And eating. And then a nap. And then eating. Also....

Saturday - Lunch with Josh's family. Mani & Pedi. Dinner at night with 12 of our friends to start the celebration of Josh's upcoming 30th birthday (July 29) - I'm so excited to see our friends, have a nice night out and begin the celebration of my sweet. He's having a tough time with the whole "turning 30" thing - I'm trying to get him to see how amazing it is. He says he'll come around soon ;)

Sunday - BBQ at Laura & Clay's house - lots of fun, sun, food and pool! Layla will be coming with us so that should be good :)

Monday - LUNCH with my darling AMY! I can't wait to see her, Jordyn & Kole <3 So excited.

Otherwise... NO plans. Hoping to keep it that way. We are there until Wednesday afternoon which should leave time to just chill out and enjoy family.


Friday, June 22, 2012


my house is a disaster.
I mean - it literally looks like a tornado came through.
There are dirty dishes in the sink.
I found a sock in the sofa.
I have about 86 loads of laundry to put away and another 137 loads of laundry to do.
The real truth? My cleaning lady NEVER showed on Monday (I love her cleaning skills but she is an awful, awful, awful example of how to run a business) - she's not answering my texts or phone calls.
I need help.


A to-do list. This will hold me accountable, no?
Probably not. But it'll make me feel better.

1. Empty dishwasher, load, repeat.
2. Put away laundry and do the piles of laundry taking over our closet.
3. Put away Layla's toys so the living room appears clean for 3.6 seconds. Vacuum. Repeat.
4. Find a place/throw out everything from Layla's 1st birthday party. It is over. Face it.
5. Scrub the bathrooms. FIND A NEW CLEANING LADY.

... And, while I'm at it... a to-do list of things I need done around the house, in general.

1. Call Steve, the landscaping guy, and have the brush removed from the backyard.
2. DECK - at least pricing?
3. Put together Layla's water table.
4. Price swing sets.
5. Begin the transfer of toys from living room to basement - let the playroom transformation begin! (Need furniture, bookcases, etc etc etc).
6. Price out pull-out sofas for basement and living room.
7. Finish office. Get rid of book case in there. SELL BOOKS, DVD'S. (Yard sale?) Make this room look better as it's the first room you see when you walk in. Get pictures for big wall. 5 black & white canvases?
8. Paint living room.
9. Clean out guest room. Give furniture to Nonnie. Paint. Re-organize closet.
10. Find new homes for litter boxes. Blah.
11. Re-decorate master bedroom. Paint. Make warmer. Re-organize closet.
13. Put away the remaining 9 month clothes of Layla. Re-organize closet.
14. Call Stanley steamer and have all carpets mega-cleaned. It's amazing how quickly light-colored carpets stain.
16. Clean out car. Seriously detail it.
17. Price out bigger cars.

........ okay. I think that's it. Probably not.

Oh. And it would be nice if my awful cough would go away.

And it would be doubly nice if Layla's low-grade fever and rash would go away.

IN OTHER NEWS - THE HEAT WON!!!!! They are the champions. Josh's mind can rest easy. Until football season.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

54 weeeeeeeeks!!!!

Squinting on the beach.. I wish I took more pictures, she LOVED it!!

The best IPhone App ever - Elmo and Layla facetime!

Layla's current favorite toy *thanks Rosenthal family!!*- this is after visiting the doctor yesterday, a big burst of energy!

A fast update.
When did I become the world's worst blogger?

I blame vomit & fevers.


We had a great couple of weeks. We got a new 6 foot privacy fence. We created a list of things we want for the house. We played. We sang. We danced. We made our way down the shore for the weekend with the Kushners for a nice weekend away in Ventnor (thanks for letting us borrow the house Aunt Karen & Uncle Brad!!) - we loved the beach, the sun, the cousin bonding..

We drove home Sunday. Prior to our departure, Layla took a 2 1/2 hour nap in the pack & play despite Max & Abbey played right outside her door. Weird. We woke her up. Packed the car.

She fell asleep in the car. Again.

Something was strange....

We made our way off the highway, Layla woke up and cried blood murder... and then threw up. All over. The car seat. Herself. Elmo, cookie monster and Ernie were also hit in the crossfire. We cleaned up, got her home, and thus began the 4 days of throwing up/bad fevers/general unhappiness.

My poor, sweet angel. I feel so bad.

We're pushing through and hopeful today is the last day. She hasn't thrown up since last night at 11:30 (progress?) and her fevers are low. I'm keeping Tylenol in her so she doesn't get too uncomfortable.

In other news... I started emailing schools. All the local synagogues. I think she will start going twice a week in January... I'm scared/excited/nervous.

I'll write more later. Or not. But I'll try. Music class is over. Need to make plans for Mondays & Tuesdays to keep us from getting bored.

Lots of love. I am also sick with a bad chronic cough. Hopeful we'll all be healthy by our trip to Florida next weeeeeeek! :)

p.s. a very special Father's Day shout out to my dear husband. I'm so sorry I didn't spoil you more this time around. I'm a bad, bad planner/wife and will make it up to you, promise.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

1 year. 12 months. 365 days.

12 month stats:
Weight: 21 pounds, 11 ounces.
Height: 30.5 inches. 
Eating: 3 meals a day, 4 bottles of organic whole milk (all done formula!) – working on getting rid of bottles.  
Clothes: 12 month, 12-18 month, 18 month
Diaper: Size 3. Size 4 at night.  

My darling girl --
Here we are. My letter to you at 12 months. I know I’m a week late in writing this. My normal excuses of being busy, being tired, celebrating your birthday could all work – but the truth is, I am so sad to write this. I think back on this year and can’t help but wonder – where did time go?? Wasn’t it yesterday I brought you home from the hospital and cried because I didn’t know what to put you in to sleep? Weren’t we just celebrating your first smile, your first long stretch of sleep, your impossibly cute face? I know that the dance goes on and this next chapter will be even better then the first – but I’ll forever hold the memories of our times together, late in the night, sweet kisses and soft lullabies.
At 12 months, you are more gorgeous then ever and look completely different then you did just a few weeks ago. You seem to have lost that “baby” look and your fast moving into a whole new phase – toddler! Your hair, despite your recent haircut, is longer than ever and always in your eyes. I think it’s safe to say you inherited my hair growing skills! Your blue eyes are so insanely gorgeous – I can’t say it enough. Everywhere we go, people comment on them – so stunning. Your fair skin and your light hair are the perfect complement to your gorgeous face. I’m simply in awe of you and beginning to wonder if I should look into baby modeling!
Every single day, you learn something new and we simply watch at how SMART you are – You are days away from walking. You can cruise along furniture, stand alone and use your new push-toy from Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop so well – once you get the confidence to take that first step, you’ll never look back. You are the fastest crawler I’ve ever seen. You wave hi and bye (and love to YELL HI and BYE!), you clap, dance, rock, blow kisses, give kisses, give huge hugs, scrunch your face and a million other tricks. The past few days, you absolutely love to color – I’m going to have to get a lot more paper, crayons and markers – maybe you’ll be an artist!
Despite my best efforts to limit your television watching, it seems I’m in a losing battle. Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are your only two shows but you love them dearly and dance along. We are starting to introduce movies and the only one you watch so far is the new Muppet movie. You literally sit in the pack & play and watch the ENTIRE movie from start to finish. It’s not a cartoon so I’m not quite sure what you are so attracted to but you love it – I guess it’s the music??
Sleeping is always an uphill battle in our house. After a long bout of early morning wake-ups, these past few days have been pure bliss. You are going to sleep between 7:00-7:30 PM, waking up in the 5:00 AM hour, crying and needing a little pat on the back and immediately fall back asleep until 6:45 AM. Just about 12 hours!!! SUCCESS!! You also nap twice a day for 1-2 hours a nap – you go to sleep so easily, I hate complaining about your early wake-ups. We need to wean you off bottles, especially right before you go to sleep – we’ll get there. Sippy cups are easy for you so I know we can do it!
Talking, talking, talking – or should I say – repeating – EVERYTHING!!! There are several words you know (and actually have meaning) – these include Mama, Dada, Rigby (our cat), Dat (Cat), Birds, Baby, Banana, Wubba (Grover), No, Yes, Hi, Bye – and others too!! But what’s amazing is you repeat everything and anything!! The other day you yelled “GOOD GIRL!” because I always say that to you. You’re SO SMART! My little talking girl.
I’m learning what you like and don’t like to eat – you still eat a lot of baby food because it’s the best way to make sure you’re getting a lot of fruits and vegetables. You eat bananas and blueberries whole (and a lot of them). You LOVE turkey and chicken. You can’t get enough of bread (who can?). You’ll eat meat sometimes. You LOOOOOOVE French fries. I can sometimes get you to eat organic macaroni and cheese and pasta. I’m going to start meal planning so you have nice, well balanced days. You love eggs (sometimes). And sweets… you love them. Ice cream, cake, cookies, cupcakes. A girl after my own heart.
Monday mornings at music class are your favorite – you now sit in the middle and dance rather than sit on my lap. All the kids in the class LOVE you and want to hug you the whole time – you just let them. It’s so funny. You also love to play Miss Sandy’s guitar – it’s your favorite part of the morning. This summer, we’ll be switching to Fridays for music class leaving Mondays and Tuesdays completely free. Hoping to go to the park a lot and Camden Aquarium often – we joined as members for the year!!
You have your 7th trip to Florida coming up in a couple of weeks – seriously a professional traveler. We love it though – it’s so important to us that you are just as close with your Florida family as your Philadelphia family – you know them well! This past weekend, your grandparents and Aunt Sydney came to visit for your birthday party and you didn’t miss a beat – you smiled and squealed in delight when they walked in the house – you know them well!

Your 1st birthday party was PERFECT – better than I could have wished for. I’ll be writing about it this weekend and posting a million pictures but I’m SO SO SO happy it all turned out so well. I know we’ll always remember that afternoon.

We love you so much. This past year has taught me so much – patience, kindness, determination and more. My heart is so full of love and I honestly can’t remember my life before you. You are the perfect addition to our little family and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings. Keep smiling, keep learning, and keep being the perfect girl you are.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

The beginning of you........

12 weeks in my belly and already loved waving!

My first of one billion kisses.

One day old.

Monday, June 4, 2012

52 weeks!!!!

It's 52 weeks.
As in one WHOLE year.
Rather then post and re-post the same thing over and over - I'll just save it all for my ONE year entry (coming up WEDNESDAY).

We are looking forward to Layla's birthday week - plans include turning her carseat forward, trying peanut butter, eating a lot of cake, the aquarium on Wednesday and her BIG PARTY on Saturday!!

Our toes are painted pink and we are ready.... my girl is turning ONE!!!!

Layla's new ride - thanks Aunt Sydney!!

Fun with her cousins (and best friends) Abbey & Ava!

Painted pink toe nails thanks to piggy paint! (non-toxic for kiddies!)