Saturday, January 31, 2009

Big Girl

Camryn, you have been such a big helper lately.  Without ever being asked,  you jump right in to keep your baby sister content with your smiles, laughter and playfulness so that I have a minute to make a bottle, handle your brother or just grab a moments peace.  You help diffuse your brother in the midst of a melt down, telling him "Its ok buddy!" or strategically distracting him from his distress with an offer to play.  You have been my second pair of hands these last couple of days.  You have always been so kind hearted, giving and willing to pitch in.  My big girl, I dont ever want you to feel "pressure" to be responsible for your siblings, but at the same time I appreciate that you take your baby brother and sister under your wing and are helping to show them the way.  You amaze me.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Not long now!

Today Deepali and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Jennifer.  She is due February 10 and looks absolutely fabulous...I dont think she will have any problem getting all the way to her due date.  It is going to be so exciting for Deepali,  Jen and me to all raise our babies together.  We have been friends since our first year teaching together in 1999 and now Kartik,  Aislyn and baby girl Porter will all get to be friends as well.
Jenn, I am so over the moon happy for you and Mike.  You will be amazing parents and your baby girl will be so very blessed with all of the love and happiness that your family has to offer.  I know how long you have waited for this very special gift and the day is fast approaching when you will hold her in your arms, look into her beautiful eyes and be filled with amazement at the tiny human being you and Mike have brought into this World.  Cherish every moment, they go by so fast.  Hold her and snuggle, because before you know it she will be ready to spring from your lap and explore all the wonders that surround her.  Finally remember always that you have within you all it takes to be a phenomenal mom... there are no instruction manuals because all you need to know is already there in your heart and in your instincts.  You are going to be GREAT!

Monday, January 12, 2009

3 Months Old

This past Saturday Aislyn turned three months old.  Though I had time to take her picture as I do every month on the 10th, I didnt have a moment to blog.  She is growing up so fast.  Shes full of smiles, sprinkled with a little "fuss 'n cling".  Shes still a great sleeper.  She sleeps all night and we have to wake her in the morning to get the day started.  Many days she would much rather stay snuggled in bed (just like me!)  She looks so much like her brother and sister!  I decided that every month I would post a photo comparison to reflect on all three at the same age.  I wish I had lengths and weights, but there are no doctor visits until next month so we will just have to wait to see how they all compare.  Oh little Aisy, we love you so very much.  You are like the cherry on top of our family sundae.  We just wouldnt be the same without you.  With you our family feels complete :)  
I just noticed shes the only one of the three not smiling in her three month picture.  I think its because Cami's was taken in July and Aidan's in May both when it was warm outside...Im sure all Aislyn was thinking was "put that camera down and put some clothes on me...its cooooooold!"

Aidan 3 months.  He had the darkest and longest hair of the three.  Lovingly nicknamed "the Donald Trump Combover"

Camryn 3 months old.  She looks the biggest of the three but was actually the smallest!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mischief Maker

Today he's whined a little, complained a little, argued a little, told me outright "NO!", colored on the floor and fought with his sister!  So how is it that one little smile, hearing him say "Mommy, I love you" and a hug as tight as he can manage makes it all melt away...must be the power of a son.

Happy Birthday! (a few days late)

Ian's 34th birthday was Dec. 31.  This year for his birthday he celebrated by taking the kids out for some one on one daddy time.  
The Sunday before his birthday Ian and Aidan went to a Houst vs. Iowa State basketball game.  Aidan was over the moon about going to the game with his dad and has not stopped talking about it since.  He loved the basketball, the players and the food...the only hing he didnt like was Shasta (the Houston mascot) getting too close!  
Then Wednesday, Ian and Cami headed out bright and early (4am to be exact) to Ft Worth for the Armed Forces Bowl.  A great time had by all including excellent seats, pictures with Shasta, and the first Bowl win in just about forever for our Houston Cougars.
With Ian and Cami at the game, Aidan made sure he did his part by baking cupcakes that were ready just in time for daddy's return. (*Note I dropped the ball on getting his favorite cake ordered from Amy...oops!)  Happy birthday honey!  We love you!