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Between work and bedtime, with dinner and a bath in between, there is not much time for play in the evenings, but with this wonderful warm spring weather we try to spend a bit of time outside when we can. Sometimes we just throw a blanket in the yard, and sometimes we walk over to a local playground. Kivrin loves the fresh air, and watching people and animals, especially far away!






Kivrin practices her back-to-front roll and cheers on the Illini


Of course Kivrin waited until the day AFTER her 6th month doctor’s appointment to roll from back to front for the first time. Now that she can do it, she practices constantly, even while cheering for her favorite basketball team. Unfortunately, Illinois lost this Big Ten semifinal game to Purdue, but Kivrin fell asleep at halftime, so she doesn’t know that her cheering didn’t work… March 14, 2009





Kivrin is trying new foods every few days now. This week she has enjoyed apple juice (well, sort of —  she gets it diluted with 4 parts water) in a cup, and pureed green beans. Her list of foods she has tried is: Pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, banana, avocado, peas, green beans, apples, rice cereal and oatmeal cereal, plus apple juice . She still liked teething on a nice cold celery stalk, and while she always smells like celery afterwards, I’m not sure she’s getting any food there, just a veggie-flavored teether.


 These photos convey a false indepence — We help her hold the cup most of the time, although she is getting better about helping support it. We would prefer to always hold the food-laden spoon, but Kivrin has other ideas about how feeding time should go and (especially right before bath night) she sometimes gets to try to feed herself.





Kivrin was showing off her new sweater from Gramma Mary — it is fine gauge fair isle knitting, much too complicated to knit by hand, but a very beautiful and comfortable sweater. Kivrin can lean forward so far that you would swear she was about to crawl, except for her front leg still tucked in front of her body.


All of that leaning forward allows her to scoot around on her bottom, and I was doing the dishes at the sink and turned around to find that Kivrin had scooted all the way up to the chair leg and was holding on tight! (Don’t worry, she can’t pull up to standing yet, but give her a few weeks….)


I read that babies like to choose their own toys from a basket, so I started just setting Kivrin next to the toys — and Kivrin definitely enjoys getting everything out of her toy baskets!  She empties the basket piece by piece, choosing a toy and then setting it down and moving on to something new. Since she is also scooting around now, the kitchen floor is often covered in an assortment of baby toys that she has spread around.


The library’s summer reading tshirts arrived and we couldn’t wait to dress Kivrin in her “Be Creative @ your library” onesie. From past bad experiences with trying to get pictures of Kivrin wearing certain clothes, I believe in taking the photo right away for new outfits, so we posed this picture of Kivrin with her books. (And my instinct paid off — that onesie just came out of the laundry and already seems to have a small stain on the front!)




Kivrin has lots of wonderful bath toys, but her absolute favorite thing is to watch us pour water out of a cup. She grabs the stream of water, watches it splash, sticks her head underneath it. Right now we are using a plastic TSCPL summer reading cup, but for an authentic experience, I might get out one of the Tupperware cups that I remember using in the bath when I was a kid.

Kivrin had a great visit with Dr.Iliff this morning. She weighed 16 pounds and 15 ounces, which we can safely round to 17 pounds I think. She measured 25 inches long and her head was 17….I didn’t see the unit on the measuring tape… I’m guessing centimeters though?

Kivrin got her finger pricked for an iron test (11.1) and she didn’t cry at all. She also had two vaccinations today, and the nurses administered them at the same time. Kivrin only cried for 10-15 seconds afterwards and had already smiled at the nurses again before they left. A few minutes later though, everyone in the office was pitying the poor sad little girl who was wailing so loud and so long… Of course they found out later that Kivrin’s 90 seconds of miserable crying was just a result of not wanting to put her shirt over her head and arms…and had nothing to do with shots at all!
No more doctor’s visits until June, and no shots scheduled for that visit.

In other news, everyone at Lissa’s book group shared baby photos today and Kivrin is quite popular. And tonight Kivrin got to meet our friend Yolanda and her daughter!

I also discovered that the big cat, who is afraid of the baby, is less afraid of the baby than of thunderstorms, which terrify him. He spent all evening trying to get close to us, even after the baby pulled out handfuls of his fur. The baby didn’t notice the storm, although her classroom plays a rain storm CD in the nap room, so maybe it just made her sleepy.
We had fun watching the rain from the back porch too, although I wish we could have gone for a walk.


Kivrin sometimes gives kisses now, and they are wet. Very, very wet.


I read that 6 months is a good age to introduce a doll to practice nurturing skills. If wet kisses are a sign of love, then Kivrin care for her doll quite a bit! This adorable pink and purple sweater is a present from Gramma Mary.


Kivrin and I tried out the ring-sling as a side-carrier, and it works great! (taking a self-portrait of two people who are sharing a ring-sling is trickier – this shot is our reflection in the hallway mirror).

Kivrin can blow raspberries on her own and blow them on someone else too!. She can blow great big snot bubbles and wipe them on her own hand/sleeve.She is babbling more than ever before and she loves to get excited, laugh, clap and have a good time.

Leaning forward to get what she wants is going to turn into crawling … but lucky for us it hasn’t happened quite yet! March 4, 2009

It was “green day” at school and Kivrin wore her best green outfit – a comfy pair of pajamas that feature parent and child robots and the phrase “small but intelligent.” The kitties were lonely while we were out of town (thanks Carrie for checking in on them!) but I still don’t think they missed the baby…



Using the book light in the car helped ease Kivrin into sleep while driving at night and helped her stay awake longer after dark. As much as you like when your baby sleeps while you drive, you still don’t want her to be sleeping for the 4-6 hours right before bedtime…



At Grandpa’s house, Kivrin helped Grandpa use his special folding ruler. If he handed it to her right side, she held it in her right hand. If he handed it to her on the left, she used her left. When he put the ruler in the center, she reached up and grabbed it with both hands! big-chair-little-baby

This nap didn’t last much longer than it took me to find the camera, but I thought Kivrin looked tiny and adorable wrapped in the the blanket I knitted for grandpa and sleeping in his big arm chair.


Back in the car for the last time (for awhile) Kivrin was cheerful and ready to play.


We stopped frequently to play during the drive, all across Missouri. Here Kivrin is playing ball and helping drive the car at a rest stop diaper change.




Making music is fun too, especially with the musical maracas.


Even a good natured baby can get tired of riding in the car seat day after day.

When Kivrin was about 2 weeks old, she was introduced to many of her mommy’s relatives at her Great-Grandma Staley’s funeral and when she was about 6 months old on this trip to Ohio for Great-Grandpa Fogt’s funeral, Kivrin got to meet many of her daddy’s relatives.


While we wish that Kivrin could have met Lucille and Norman, we will tell her stories about them to help us all remember and celebrate their lives.

In no particular order, Kivrin got to meet Uncle Denny, Uncle Ron and Aunt Carol, Cousin Greg, Cousins Jeff and Kearsten (Skylar), Cousins Matt and Julie (Adam, Elijah, and Jeremiah), Cousins Mindy and Kevin (Becka), Aunt Vicky Sue and Uncle Bob
Great-grandma Donna Ruth, and all manner of great-aunts, great-uncles, and distant cousins.


Kivrin didn’t share her pretty smile for this four generations photo, but it is still neat that everyone was together (and the other three generations all have pretty smiles on their faces at least.)

We miss you, Grandpa!

MARION – Norman W. Fogt, age 92, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Friday afternoon, February 26, 2009, at the Ohio State University Medical Center following an illness he had fought over the last year.

Norman was born October 11, 1916 on the family farm in Shelby County, Ohio, the son of the late Herbert O. and Mary (Zorn) Fogt. He graduated from Blume High School and went to Capital University where in 1939 he received his BA in education. In 1946 Norman earned an MA in school administration from the Ohio State University.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 and served on active duty until 1946. He remained in the Navy Reserve for thirty more years until 1976 and achieved the rank of Captain.

On June 24, 1944, while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy, Norman married Donna Ruth Sinning of Marion, Ohio. They shared over sixty four wonderful years of marriage together.

In 1946 Norman and Donna Ruth moved to Marion where he became the principal of Kirkpatrick School, then principal of Taft Junior High School in the Marion City Schools. He was promoted to Director of Public Relations and Research and served more than thirty years until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Marion County, the Ohio, and the National Education Associations.

Norman was a faithful and active member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church. He served in numerous capacities in the congregation, including president, Sunday School superintendent, elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher.

Norman was a life member, an honorary life member, and board member of the Marion County Historical Society. He served the organization as president, treasurer, and docent. He was involved with the Marion Lions Club for over fifty years and was a past president. Norman also worked in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for twenty-seven years. Norman was also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster, district officer, and board member. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the national Lutheran Lamb Award.

Norman enjoyed spending time with his family, especially recent trips to the Smoky Mountains with his entire family to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary and his 90th birthday.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Ruth Fogt of Marion, daughter and son-in-law, Vickie Sue and Rev. Robert Groenke Jr. of Millersburg; and son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Sandra Fogt of Kansas City, MO.; Grandchildren include, Rev. Matthew (Julie) Groenke of Gothenburg, NE, Dr. Melinda (Kevin) Wonsick of West Jefferson, NC, Daniel (Lissa Staley) Fogt of Topeka, KS, and Jonathan (Sara) Fogt of Kansas City, MO; There are seven great-grandchildren, Adam, Elijah, Rebecka, Jeremiah, Thomas, and Kivrin; He also will be missed by three brothers, Carl (Fae) Fogt of Van Wert, OH, Herbert Jr. (Ada) of Troy, OH, and Rev. Eugene (Mona) Fogt of Houston, TX; three sisters, Miriam Holtkamp of New Bremen, OH, Ruby (Richard) Cecil of Brownsburg, IN, and Doris (Robert) Mays of Centerville, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Including his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Carolyn Fogt; a sister, Wilda Fogt; a brother-in-law, Charlie Holtkamp; and a great-granddaughter, Madison.

The Fogt family will greet friends from 3 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating his life will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Rev. J. Weston Jones and Rev. Mark Schuring officiating. His family will greet friends for an hour prior to the services. Burial will follow with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, in care of the Stain Glass Window Renovation Project or the Radio Fund, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, 43302, or to the Marion County Historical Society, 169 E. Church St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Online condolences are encouraged and may be expressed to the family at

A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

  • Kivrin can count to ten! And she does. Frequently! 12 years ago
  • Later, no thank you, now, one more time, almost done, excuse me, please. All powerful words from the mouth of a toddler... 12 years ago
  • Kivrin is two years old today! Happy Birthday baby girl, we are so impressed and amazed by the person you are growing up to be! 12 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Blowing on the outside air on a sweltering day will cool it off enough that mommy will agree it's not too hot for a walk. 12 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Kivrin skinned her knee, therefore her baby doll needs a bandaid. 12 years ago
  • Kivrin switched from the terse "hi" on her play phone to a more elaborate "ay-yo" hello style greeting. Verbal skills increasing daily!!! 12 years ago
  • This morning Kivrin choked on a cracker and made a mess of her shirt/carseat on the way to school. She named the incident her "big cough." 12 years ago

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  • March 14, 2009--St. Pat's Parade
    One Saturday while I was working, Aaron took the girls downtown to see the St. Patrick's Day Parade. They both seemed to enjoy it and have been playing with the beaded necklaces they received ever since. Addison loves looking at all the balloons!

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