4 months old

Dear Elliot,

It’s July 7th, and that means you are officially 4 months old! Your 4 month pediatrician appointment is on Monday, and I am so excited to find out how much you weigh and how long you are! You are growing and changing SO much.

June was a very busy month for us. The week after we went to the beach house in Corolla, my friends Michelle and Steve got married. Michelle, Steve and I went to college together. We had to drive 7 hours from our home in Virginia to Babcha and Grandpa’s home in New Jersey. It was our very first long car ride with you and you did great! We left at 7PM (your bedtime), so you slept the entire way there.

The week after the wedding, Daddy was away for work in FL, so Babcha drove back home with us so she could watch you all week while I was at work. Miss Rebecca was also on vacation that week, which is why she couldn’t watch you like she normally does. You and Babcha had such a great time together. The odd thing was, the day after we got back from NJ, Babcha and I noticed some red spots on your hands and feet. Turns out, both you and I came down with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. It’s a virus that causes red spots / blisters on your hands, feet and mouth. Your case was very mild, but mine was a bit worse. I felt so bad for you, but you didn’t seem to mind at all.

At the end of that week, Grandpa drove down to pick up Babcha, and we all went to visit Aunt Jane and Uncle Artie in Richmond. They recently moved there from NJ. Aunt Jane was SO happy to meet you, finally!

We recently dropped your 10PM dream feed. At first I was really hesitant to drop it because I was worried you’d start waking up in the middle of the night again, but you are doing great! You are now sleeping from 7/7:15-6:30AM, wow! Sometimes you wake up at 5/5:30 and start talking, but you usually fall back asleep.

A few other things of note:

  • We tried dropping your 4th nap of the day, but you became very fussy when we did that. So for now you are still taking 4 naps, but we’ll try dropping it again soon.
  • You can now roll over from your tummy to back, and from your back to tummy! You are getting so so strong.
  • You love holding my fingers. It’s just so cute.

I took the above video of you this morning while you were in your jumperoo. My oh my, aren’t you handsome!



I’ve had little desire to blog lately. I guess I’m just feeling like there’s nothing currently going on in my life that I feel like sharing / is worthy to share.

With that said, I leave you with this video, because when all else fails there’s always Eegor! And yes, I baby talk Eegor pretty much all the time. Haha!

Oh, and I also made the video below a few weeks ago. It was my first time using iMovie and I’m generally pleased with the results. I just need to figure out how to keep the HD quality after I export. Hmmm…

Can you tell Eegor’s favorite place to be is on the couch wrapped up in the blankets? It’s pretty much the cutest thing.

Snowpocalypse 2010

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the entire East Coast was hit with a blizzard. I’m in New Jersey visiting my family for Christmas, and the storm hit here around 11AM yesterday.

At around 8PM last night, after it had been snowing all day, my Dad and I ventured outside to take Max (our chocolate lab) for a walk, and the snow was already about a foot high! We had to walk (more like climb) in the street. I haven’t seen so much snow in such a long time. It was so surreal.

A picture taken last night at the height of the storm.

When I woke up this morning it was still snowing a bit, and a heaping 2 feet lay on the ground! We had plans to start shoveling after breakfast, and I decided to document the process with some pictures and video taken with my new Flip MinoHD (a Christmas gift from Benjamin).





And the videos… apologies for my finger in the second one, ha!

It’s been so great spending time with my family, and Christmas together was wonderful! Take a look at all the snow pictures here, and also pictures from our Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner here.

Happy New Year!

Happy Easter!

This weekend has been really productive. It’s just what I needed after a somewhat morose week.

Yesterday morning I got a text from Charity saying that she and Chris were over at their church with my niece Savannah, and nephew Ryder — It was their annual Eggstravaganza! Savannah and I had a grand time searching for eggs and collecting her prizes!



I’m not going to beat around the bush, I’m really looking forward to the day Ben and I have our own little ones!

After the Eggstravaganza was over, Ben and I met up with some friends at Starbucks for good chats. Then we headed to the food store to pick up stuff for the Easter celebration over at the 330 today! I was in the kitchen until around 10PM last night making Margarita Cupcakes! I haven’t tried one yet, and I’m still in the process of making the Lime Buttercream Icing, but MAN do they smell good!



I’ll be sure to post another picture when they’re all iced and looking even more scrumptious! Hopefully everyone likes them :]

Happy Easter to everyone that celebrates! Khristos Voskres! xo

Update! The cupcakes are now complete…


I still haven’t tried one yet, but hopefully they are delish!

All Hail Josh!

All Hail Josh! from Grow Interactive on Vimeo.

[via the Grow blog] — On our Thank You Begins With A T site, developer Josh drew a marker and an envelope. Astute visitors pieced together that they could draw on Josh and e-mail him copies of their creations. Thousands of drawings flooded Josh’s inbox, and the rest of our team followed along with an RSS feed. Many of the drawings were too good to keep to ourselves, so we’re happy to share this compilation of our favorites.

Want to win a shirt from the site? Leave a comment on the original post, and we’ll pick three random winners next week. Good luck!

[Disclaimer: Not for the weak at heart. There is a lot of genitalia in this video.]