Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Baby Firsts That REALLY Matter!

So, everyone always talks about "firsts" for babies..."first" haircut, sit-up, crawl, da-da and ma-ma...well, those are nice, but not as practical as the first time they can sit up on their own in a grocery cart!

No more tired arms racing through a store before your bicep stamina gives out on you while trying to steer with one hand, remembering the eggs on your list, finding that perfect cut of meat, bending over to pick up the loaf of bread you inevitably dropped, telling a five-year old to "get over here" and "watch where you're going" for the 8th time...finally fiddling with the payment and bagging the goods while trying not to hold up the folks behind you. Then you maneuver to the car way out in the back of the parking lot and get some relief when you plunge that 19-pound bundle of cranky joy into her carseat and you shake out your arms, rub the creases from where she was perched on your arm/hip - then load the groceries and go...only to get home and gasp in exasperation when you realize that the one thing you really wanted to get (like, usually, something in the milk/juice category) was forgotten in the mad rush to be done with the torture that is grocery shopping with an infant!
(NOTE: The above scenario can be imagined with a "Snugly" or some other "hands-free" strap-in/sling-on contraption. The main differences are to replace "arms" with "shoulders" and "bicep" with "upper-back"...then you could make the steering of the cart easier, but the selection and reading of products and their labels gets more difficult as you peer around the curiously swiveling satelite we call a baby head that is mere inches from your nose and in your direct line of sight at all times. Not to mention the hands that grab everything you grab and the difficulty of wearing such a contraption when you inevitably have to bend over to reach into the cart to put something back and you find you can't reach the bottom of the cart because there's a 19-pound lump where your chest/stomach used to be! Other than that, all the rest in the preceding paragraph still applies.)

So, one of my favorite "firsts" - right up there with potty-training - is the first time your little one can ride all by herself in the cart! It doesn't solve all of life's problems and doesn't ensure that you'll remember everything on your list, but it does bring back a sense of ease that you didn't know you actually had before you had a baby! I actually whipped out my phone and snapped a few shots of it - Chloë loves to ride in the cart (who wouldn't - kinda looks fun, actually).

Saturday, April 12, 2008

This Just In...

...Chloë loves her jumper - especially outside where she can be sociable with the neighbors!

First Jumper Video

And an update to our last post about a house...this is what earnest money gets you...

...a foundation.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Keep Praying, Because It's Working!

A while back we mentioned that we'd like to buy a house...that we we're too cramped in our two-bedroom place...that we just didn't know where a reasonable down-payment would come from...that we hoped folks would pray for us.

Well, keep praying because we recently put in our earnest money for new construction on a great place! The negotiations for the sale price went great and we're really happy! We found ways to really save up some money fast and found a great mortgage broker and real estate agent.

So, it will be a few months until we can move in (on account of it being only a cement foundation right now), so keep us in your prayers that nothing falls apart between now and then. God is good!

And now, some pictures!

Frisky just loves this! (Too bad sarcasm doesn't transfer well in the written form!)

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