Friday, May 30, 2008
I watched a GMA news report discussing the importance of talking with your babies and toddlers. The PhD's and Pediatricians involved in the report said that you need to speak at least 17,000 words to your kids daily (that does not include what they hear on the radio or what they hear from watching TV/movies). 17,000 words a day?! I don't even think I know 17,000 words. The report went on to say that those children who were exposed to 17,000 words a day had a head start in school, had higher IQ scores, and developed a love for words and reading.
Just when I was about to ask how you know if you're speaking 17,000 words a day, the report flashed a wonderful, little gadget (looks like a pager) that actually counts your words and records the data. You can upload the data to your computer and create graphs on how you're doing. Nice - one more thing that shows me how inadequate I feel and how much of a failure I am. Plus, it only costs $400. Buy me two!
Next, I was yelled at by my very unfriendly neighbor yesterday evening as I tried to wrangle everyone outside for a walk to see Aunt Carol & Uncle Jack before bedtime. The said neighbor reprimanded me for not having ArlaMae & Pixie on leashes (something I normally do, but I was too tired/lazy to do it). Not only did he yell at me, but he humiliated me in front of our other neighbors who came outside to see the spectacle. Then, ArlaMae decided she was going to poop on his lawn. Yes, she pooped on his lawn. ArlaMae must have been holding her poop all day because she kept going and going and going. And guess what? I forget to grab a garbage sack. So not only did I get yelled at for not having my girls on leashes (I KNOW better!), but I also got yelled at because I didn't have a "collection bag." (I ALWAYS bring a bag. I ALWAYS bring a BAG!). I suppose I justified not leashing the girls or grabbing a sack because we were just going to see Aunt Carol & Uncle Jack (only 4 houses down from us). Too bad we didn't get there.
So, due to these things and tons of other things I've lost my sunshine. I don't know where it is. I hope I find it soon...
...And even though Mary-Gail was super sunny and cute in her "You are my Sunshine" shirt, I still feel blue. How can that be?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
She has the most beautiful, CURLY, dark hair, which is made even more adorable by the golden highlights at the ends of her curls. Ella is so chunky already: her cute, little eyes are squeezed closed by her enormous cheeks.
I was able to visit Ella in the hospital on Sunday w/JoJo & Mom. We brought Preston, Abbie, & McKena back to the hospital to see their newest, little sister (and of course, to see their mom & dad).
Here's a funny story: McKena was dancing around in the hospital room and her flip-flops were really flipping & flopping on the floor, making quite a noise. Here's their conversation:
Pam: McKena, can you stop dancing? The sound is hurting baby Ella's ears.
McKena: Why don't we just cover her ears then?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Do you remember the color of your bathtime water tonight? And do you remember nodding off to sleep as I sung our bedtimes songs? Will you remember that I love you and I will always love you?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Don't you just LOVE this girl!