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First at home since Mommy doesn’t work until noon on Thursdays:


Kivrin insists on carrying her toys with her while she crawls across the floor.


Kivrin can pull up to her knees and often all the way to her feet while she plays with her toys now.

And then at Kivrin’s school, where Mommy always spends her lunch hour. This Thursday, Kivrin wasn’t hungry, so we just played the whole hour and Mommy took some pictures!


At Kivrin’s school, she likes playing with this “dino-cushy” in the background of this picture.


Kivrin is getting harder to photograph — when you grab the camera, she is often in a different place by the time you get the picture taken!


 Kivrin’s classroom has two identical xylophones, but the babies still  like to take them away from each other.


Everything in Kivrin’s classroom is interesting! Toys, teachers, other kids – she is enthralled by all of it!




Kivrin has always loved teething on celery, but now she has a new skill — carrying something in her mouth while crawling. She has also been spotted holding a block in her mouth while using both her hands to balance at her block table.


Kivrin took a spin in the big girl grocery cart. She made it a few aisles in the cart this first time before she got fussy and then Dan carried her the rest of the way through the store.


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The annual Blintz Brunch at Temple Beth Shalom drew us out of the house on a stormy Sunday morning.  Dan and I loved the food (blintzes, kugel and rugelah) and Kivrin loved the smiling at crowds. She also enjoyed her front row seat for the traditional Jewish singing.




Kivrin didn’t mind that the restaurant was busy…she had plenty of puffs to feed herself.


Kivrin didn’t care for the giraffe even though she came over and stared right at us! Not enough fast movement I guess.


While we were watching the lions, Kivrin started blowing raspberries on my arm. She also growled at the lion, but he didn’t growl back. She thought it was hilarious, and I thought it was pretty funny too.


These porcupines were being a good example for Kivrin — they are eating their carrots!


Kivrin liked watching the lions, because one of them was moving around.


This lion walked right up to the fence to see us.

It’s just so much easier to upload pictures from my phone directly to facebook, but here are a few recent ones…


This was today on the way home from school — Kivrin’s hair was sticking straight up in a mini-mohawk even after I smoothed it down.


On the concrete ourside of our house, Kivrin was posed so cute—then she pulled up her pants leg all weird, right as I took the picture. Check out her sporty new pink tennis shoes!


TSCPL library folks will recognize these signs — each day our Event Coordinator chooses a new interesting background for the meeting room signs, and today, Kivrin was the featured baby picture. Thank you Bonnie!







Three nights in a row she has crawled over to the board book “Skidamarink” — I don’t know if she likes that we sing the words while we read, or that the book has pictures of cute babies on every page, but she ADORES this book right now.



Our coworker Helen told us some cool news — her daughter’s friend in Phoenix just had a baby girl and after hearing about our baby’s name, they decided they liked the name Kivrin too!

According to the baby names website, to be ranked in the top 1000 baby girl names in 2007 (the most recent year reported) a name needed at least 262 babies with that same name. We are probably still a few years away from Kivrin being a ranked name but it is very fun to hear about other people naming their daughters Kivrin! Thank you Connie Willis for creating such a wonderful role model for our kids!

On Saturday night, the library rented out Gage Bowl for an employee appreciation event. We only stayed for about an hour, since it was past Kivrin’s bedtime, but she LOVED it. Bright lights, loud music, flashing lights, crashing pins, people moving around, and lots and lots and LOTS of people smiling at her, talking to her, and tickling her toes and her belly!


Can you believe they were out of 6-12mo shoes?


Kivrin’s first bowling lesson from daddy.



Give me a turn, mommy!


Best bowling trip ever!

Kivrin and I went to the library’s Go Go Green Fair on Saturday afternoon — it was PACKED with people and very cool. I carried Kivrin in the sling, so it was impossible to take any pictures while we were there, but she got to pet some real live snakes, and watch a turtle and a barn owl up close. She saw honeybees busily working on their hive (through a glass container) and some dogs and cats that are adoptable from the local shelter. At one booth, Scarlett helped Kivrin make a happy sock cat toy. Here are some photos of Kivrin giving the toy to our cats once we got home.


I wish I could find some kitties to play with this toy…


You know, that looks really fun!


It is, it is really fun!


I could play with these for hours…


Sorry, big cat, but I need to play with this myself.


I’m too fast, and you’re scared of me! Advantage: Kivrin.


Kivrin started pulling herself up to standing this week, tried new food like whole peas and yogurt, and showed a preference for a bedtime story! eating-peas


This was taken at Kivrin’s school right after I saw her pull herself up for the first time. She is obviously pretty pleased with herself. Plus, she is looking adorable in a new outfit from Aunt Sara!




Saturday morning, Kivrin discovered the stairs (the baby gate is only half way installed still) and then when I distracted her from that, she found the plant. After an exciting morning of discovery and exploration, we didn’t spend much time at home the rest of the day…


…because every time I turned my back to work on baby-proofing one thing, the super-quick-and-curious baby managed to get into something else!

So, for several weeks now, we have been signing “more” when we talk to Kivrin about whether she wants more of something (usually more self-fed cereals like puffs or cascadi-Os, sometimes more stories, more tickles or more kisses.) Tonight, she sort of did the sign back to us, to express that she wanted more cascadi-Os.  Of course, she also banged on her tray to get our attention first, which we tried to ignore!


The sign for more looks like this:



Here are Kivrin’s first attempts:





The big cat, also known as Kitty, is Kivrin’s new bff. She pursues him with a squealing joyous passion, especially now that she is crawling. Luckily, Kitty vaguely tolerates her advances and is learning to just stay a few feet away from her. He is interested in her, but cat-like, acts disinterested. This morning, they went around and around the high chair, Kivrin advancing and Kitty retreating in a neat circle on the kitchen floor.



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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    Colin started his Apple Holler adventure with a donut the size of his head! Brendan, Katie and Colin in the corn husk mazeColin and Mama in the apple orchardBrendan and Colin, buddies since they were born! Who doesn't love bowling with pumpkins?!?

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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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