Friday, January 29, 2010

Trotwood's first Christmas

We let Trotwood open a present on Christmas Eve.
He thought it tasted good. Turns out, it was only some pajamas.

On Christmas morning, Trotwood seemed really pleased with the 2009 baseball card collection his daddy bought him. His daddy was equally pleased.
Santa brought the rainforest to the form of a Fisher-Price Jumperoo. I think it's just what Trotwood wanted for Christmas.

Here we all are on Christmas morning (taken courtesy of the tripod I got from Mr. Rochester for Christmas)!


I am definitely late in posting this but I'm going to post it anyway. Trotwood was asked to be Baby Jesus in our church's Christmas program. Mr. Rochester played the part of Joseph (with his beard and glasses) and I was Mary. While our costumes may be less than authentic (Jews probably wouldn't have worn a kafiya but I supplied that since I bought it IN Jerusalem no less than 10 years ago!), we enjoyed being a part of the nativity scene. Trotwood was a sweet little baby Jesus and was on his best behavior! My cousin who is living in Algeria sent us the cute Berber outfit Trotwood is wearing.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On the move

Recently, Trotwood has started reaching for just about anything in his line of sight. If he sees something that he wants and it's just out of his reach, he will stretch and stretch his little body while kicking out his legs so he can try and reach whatever it is he wants (like cords that are usually tucked safely away in our entertainment center doors).
He's also gotten really good at rolling over from his back to his front; however, I have still only witnessed his front to back rollover triumph a few times. Mr. Rochester and I think that he must accomplish this in secret because for a child who hasn't started crawling yet, we're not really sure how he gets from point A to point B. For instance, yesterday, Mr. Rochester placed Trotwood on his blanket on the floor at point A. Then, Mr. Rochester left the room for a few minutes only to come back and find Trotwood at point B, stuck under the couch.
How did he get half of his body stuck under the couch? I've seen him trying to do the army crawl a few times but that's quite a distance from Point A to Point B.Maybe his attempts at doing "the worm" are getting him places. And sometimes, he manages to roll himself up in his blanket, like a little baby taco.
(I have pictures from Thanksgiving and Christmas that I still need to post. I wonder if it is too late to post them since they are months overdue...)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I'm a little late in posting about this, but I wanted to recognize it anyway. On December 29, 2009, Mr. Rochester and I celebrated 5 years of marriage! Although we didn't do much to actually celebrate the milestone, we did carry on our annual tradition of watching our wedding video. Every year we watch it, Mr. Rochester and I tease each other about how we're getting older. It's kind of funny to see yourself frozen in time on a video.
I love looking at our wedding picutres. It reminds me of what a wonderful day we had getting married. We really had a lot of fun despite the cold, rainy weather that day! I'm so grateful to all of our family and friends who were able to attend and share that time with us. Here's to another 5 years and 50 more after that!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I can hardly believe it has been two years since our baby girl was born. Sometimes, that time in my life almost seems like a dream. I am so grateful for the few memories I have and for these beautiful photographs that help me remember her. Since Trotwood was born, I often wonder what his older sister would be like now at two years old. Would she and Trotwood look alike? Would they get along? What kind of personality would she have? What kinds of things would she be interested in? I am so grateful that we were blessed with her, even for such a short time on earth.

Mr. Rochester and I are going to visit her grave this weekend. I am so glad that we are able to do this a second year in a row on her birthday. Since I know we probably won't always be able to visit her grave on her birthday, I'd like to establish some sort of a tradition to celebrate her on her birthday every year. I'm sure I'll make a cake in her honor. Mr. Rochester and I have talked about donating to Now I Lay me Down to Sleep each year on her birthday and we will probably do that, but I'd like to do something more...I've heard that some people release balloons, one for each year of the person's life, but I can't see myself doing that. I thought about making a quilt block each year for her and making them all into a quilt at some point and I kind of like that idea. Does anyone have any great ideas?