Sunday, August 27, 2006


In my family, a baby poll is serious business. You must ante up a dollar to make your guesses. A final and comprehensive list of the predictions is then published and circulated so that everyone knows where they stand. And the winner takes the pot.

The goal is to pick the day that the baby will be born, and birthweight is the first tiebreaker. In our poll for Evelyn (known only as "baby e" at the time) there were 23 contestants.

Aunt Patty was the winner; she was actually the only one to pick March 12th. And she was kind enough to put her winnings toward a gift for Evelyn.

Right now, the photo mat letters are filled with fabric that matches Evy's bedding and curtains. We're going to print out some black & white pictures to replace the fabric when we get a chance.

The funniest part about all of this is that Aunt Patty left an answering machine message for us on the day she picked in the poll, wishing Steph an easy labor for our "7 pound 12 ounce" baby. She was pretty close. Little did she know that the reason we didn't answer her call was because we were at the hospital having our 7 pound 10 ounce Evelyn.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Plastic Circus Animal Buffet

Since Evelyn likes to stand up so much, we thought it might be time to break out her Circus-themed ExerSaucer Mega. She watched patiently as I sifted through the 49 plastic parts and assembled her new "Active Learning Center."

You can tell that she thought it was worth the wait.

Exersaucer Fun

In addition to standing up, Evy also likes to put things in her mouth. She soon discovered that all of the toys on the top deck of the ExerSaucer are within chomping distance. She proceeded to spin around and sample each of the plastic circus animals.

Animal Bite


We're sure the "Active Learning" will happen soon. As for right now, it's just Mega fun.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


"Check this out! It appears that these things are attached to the bottoms of my legs."

Finding Her Feet

"Cool, huh? Other than rolling over, these are now pretty much all I think about when I'm laying down. Hope you've discovered yours, too. They're fun."

Monday, August 7, 2006

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Evelyn was baptized yesterday, wearing the same dress that Steph wore when she was baptized 30 (or so) years ago in the same church.
Baptism Dress

We were worried that she would cry when the pastor put the water on her head. After all, bathtime is usually before bed, not at 10:00 on a Sunday morning. We should have been worried about Steph instead.

But Evy did great. She even smiled at the congregation, and they chuckled when the water flattened down her hair.

Afterwards, both mother and daughter fell asleep in the car on the way home. And we put the dress away in case it might be used in another 30 years.