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wheres the baby

Grandpa asks, “Where’s Kivrin?”

there she is

“There she is!”

out of the tunnel

Kivrin says, “Look at me. I’m crawling out of this tunnel.”

into the tunnel

“I’m going back in now.”

out again

“Here I am. I’m back. And I’m coming to get you… Unless I turn around again.”

The circus was in town, and Grandpa Staley was in town, the very SAME weekend. How could we resist…

kivrin and lissa at the circus

Lissa and Kivrin at the circus, posing before we walked down to the pre-show activities. We attended the Saturday afternoon show at the Kansas Expocenter.

k and dan watching circus

Kivrin and Dan watching the pre-circus jump rope athletics.

kivrin and mommy at ringling bros

Kivrins surprised face at the circus

Kivrin watched everything with interest, sometimes laughing and smiling but sometimes just looking surprised!

kivrin enthusiastically waving

Kivrin got excited with the music and the crowd clapping. She waved her cloth around in the air! The lighting at the circus is designed to draw your attention to the action, and it really helped her focus on the acts in the ring. After enjoying the clown antics, a woman climbing a rope, and a funny guy on a bicycle, Kivrin decided to nurse and take her afternoon nap during the trained dogs, the elephants, the intermission and the tiger acts. She woke up right after the animals were gone, and excitedly watched the rest of the show. She especially loved the gymastics and the opening parade and the music.


Kivrin slept through these elephants.

kivrin napping at the circus

(not really) funny story about trying to breast feed during the circus — Kivrin is still using the silicon shield to nurse, so I got it out and we started nursing, and then a loud noise distracted her and she popped off and turned her head, sending the shield flying…somewhere…in the dark…at the Expocenter. I usually have an extra shield in my purse, but I left my purse at home so that I wouldn’t have to keep track of it at the circus. Losing the shield momentarily happens regularly at home at night, and I quickly ran my hand across Kivrin, my lap, and everywhere else I could reach. Kivrin wanted to keep nursing but without the shield she can’t, so she started to fuss. Dan got his phone out and used the light from the screen to try to find the (small, clear, silicone) shield in the dark of the crowded seats. After a few minutes of frantic searching, I spotted it…down the seat in front of me, behind the super-cool tween girl with the multi-colored hair extensions (which Kivrin had tried to pull earlier in the afternoon). Not wanting to freak out the girl by accidentally grabbing her butt, I let her know my daughter had dropped something and then quickly reached down to retrieve it! We were back in business for nursing, Kivrin was asleep a few minutes later and our trip to the circus was saved!


Kivrin slept through these tigers.

circus family

Our family at the circus!

NOTE: those nachos in Dan’s hand are actually a present that he just bought for me. What a wonderful spouse!

The (only) good thing about getting behind on editing baby video is that I have more video to choose from when I finally stay up really late to catch up.  These are the best short clips from three weeks of baby video. Prepare yourself for messy self-feeding, with lots of shrieking and play– Enjoy!


This messy messy photo shows a few of Kivrin’s new foods all at once — hard boiled egg yolks, and pasta circles, plus some green smears of her favorite baby food – peas!

In recent weeks, she has really been expanding her food options, especially things she can (try to) feed herself.

Kivrin’s new favorite foods list includes:

Storebought Baby food: sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, spinach, potatoes, squash, apples, pears, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, mango, rice and oatmeal cereals

Home made Finger foods: banana, avocado, frozen green peas, hard boiled egg yolk, tofu, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatos

Grains: rice puffs, wheat puffs, cheerios, brown rice, pasta rings

Juices: apple, pear and prune

Here are some photos from our trip to the zoo on Sunday afternoon. I’ll spare you the individual captions, although you can mouseover for descriptive titles. We sure do make good use of our zoo membership though!









How cute is this? Daddy and Kivrin carefully examine the train tokens while we wait to board.



The bar at the front of our car was just the right height for Kivrin to hold and stand up (while the train was parked, of course!)


Kivrin sitting on Daddy’s knee


During the train ride, Kivrin stayed snuggled on Mommy’s lap, looking around but pretty seriously.

This Saturday when Grandma and Grandpa Fogt were visiting it seemed to be a perfect time to assemble Kivrin’s RadioFlyer wagon. (It was a baby shower gift from Mommy’s book group!) A few short minutes of malleting and hammering by Grandpa and daddy and it was time for a test-walk!

Wagon trip

You're going to drop that

“Kivrin, are you about to drop that? Are you about to learn about cause and effect?”

Why is my cup way back there?

Kivrin wonders why her blue cup seems to be getting farther away…

Grandma and Grandpa Fogt came to visit on Saturday and a fun day was had by all, especially Kivrin! As she gets older she likes perfecting her many new “skills” (although I’m not sure they can all be called that).


Kivrin practices walking, looking cute with Grandma.



Kivrin practices laughing at funny faces. And flying.



Kivrin practices training Grandpa to “fetch” while on a walk.


On Mommy’s bath night, we spell words like “Kivrin” and “cat”. Suspiciously, this was the word on the wall during Daddy’s bath night….

While I was fixing dinner, Kivrin crawled out of the kitchen. I followed her, from a distance, and was amazed that she went all the way into the bathroom and knocked some toys off the edge of the tub!



Since it was bath night, I let Kivrin get extra messy at dinner. (DON’T believe Dan. Just because he is super-neat when he feeds the baby doesn’t mean that I am ALWAYS this messy. Just sometimes. And besides, it makes the baby happy!)


We started with pureed sweet potatoes. Kivrin took a spoonful, and then took another spoonful. And she wouldn’t give them back!


“Wow, this is a big piece of food. How should I eat it?”


“Oh, I see. I can break off a piece.” 


“I like when it squishes in my hands.”


“I’m still discovering my personal preferences, but I think I’m a two fisted eater.”


 “I can bang pieces of banana together. Awesome.”


 “Sometimes, when I am playing with this banana, I actually put a bite of food in my mouth.”

“What was that, Mommy? You are running the bath water now? Well…..okay.”

A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

  • Kivrin can count to ten! And she does. Frequently! 10 years ago
  • Later, no thank you, now, one more time, almost done, excuse me, please. All powerful words from the mouth of a toddler... 11 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! 11 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. 11 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Kivrin skinned her knee, therefore her baby doll needs a bandaid. 11 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!!! 11 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." 11 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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