Sunday, July 26, 2015


Look who lost his first tooth this weekend!

For the last several weeks, Trotwood has had two wiggly teeth. Before school got out at the beginning of June, Trotwood came home one day and told us he'd literally run into a wall face first at school and then noticed that his two bottom front teeth were wiggly. They've been wiggly for about four weeks now and on Saturday, with the help of a little tug, one of them came out. The other one is still loose but not quite loose enough for an extraction. At first, Trotwood was pretty uncomfortable with the idea of losing any teeth but I think he's over his apprehensiveness now.
Friday, we got to spend some time with one of my dearest and oldest (ha! long-standing not age) friends and her children! I had the bright idea of meeting up at the park but the heat and humidity was oppressive so we soon landed at a local (very air-conditioned) bounce house to visit and watch our kids run (and bounce) around like maniacs.

On Saturday, we celebrated Mr. Rochester's birthday! Hooray! I mention this because he is such wonderful husband and father and I'm so glad we could celebrate him this weekend! I tried to surprise him as much as I could that day, and I think I was pretty successful. Mr. Rochester is kind of French toast aficionado so for his birthday breakfast on Saturday morning, I tried out a new recipe: Coconut Almond French Toast Casserole. It was AH-mazing! I'm not really sure what the difference is between this and having bread pudding for breakfast (this had fruit on top of it?) but if you like almonds, coconut, and french toast, I highly recommend this recipe. We will definitely be making it again.

Some wonderful friends whom Trotwood adores and Little Dorrit has quickly grown to adore offered to watch our kids on Saturday so I could take Mr. Rochester out on a date. We went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and despite the heat of the day, it was really nice to just get away for awhile. Don't get me wrong. I love my children - I just think it was fun for all of us (kids included) to change up our routine for a day. It was our first time to the museum and the grounds, architecture and art were all very beautiful. Also, we got to see an Andy Warhol exhibit which was a first for me. {Oh, and a sidenote: I know Little Dorrit has grown to love these friends because today at church she army-crawled under two pews to see them. Trotwood also went to sit with them today which is not unusual for him. I wouldn't be surprised if something like this happens again at some point in the future.}
Today, my mom, step-dad and almost 17-year old nephew drove up to see us. My nephew has been staying with my mom for the last month and we haven't been able to make it down to see them so they came up for a short visit to see us! I can't believe how much my nephew has grown - he was born the year I started college and in just a few years, he could be entering college! It was so fun to see them all!
Along the lines of Little Dorrit news, as of July 13th, she no longer needs to wear her helmet. Hooray! Wearing the helmet was successful for her and she no longer has plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome). We're still working with her on eating by mouth and this will still be a journey for her. Overall, though, she continues to do really well which we are grateful for daily.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Lately, Little Dorrit has been doing a lot of planking. 
We've also witnessed several other yoga poses such as downward dog, upward dog and of course, good ole' child's pose. Unfortunately, we've yet to capture the rest of these on camera although I'm hoping we can at some point.

She's really trying to figure out crawling and has come up with her own version of the army crawl which seems to be a mix between the army crawl and the inchworm. I think it is pretty funny. For some reason, she is especially interested in my flip flops and if she happens to see them on the floor, she makes a beeline for them. 


Don't worry. I didn't let her chew on them. Ew. Although I am considering getting her her own pair of cheap flip flops to chew on but then Mr. Rochester said in jest that will just teach her she can chew on flip flops. 

Physically, I feel like Little Dorrit is progressing really well. She continues to make improvements with her eating and we are positive about her progress overall.