Pickle Pie Celebrates Turning Three…

From Pickle Pie – 3rd Birthday Party

 

Wow… three years… Yes, second post on her birthday, and there could have been many more. We helped celebrate her third birthday with family and friends over the weekend. Hiring out the party room at Star Pizza and providing nothing more than some pizza, some drums, some free space, and a little time… and kids are happy, and parents get a little space to relax (at least I hope they did!).

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As an additional benefit, we also celebrated the birthday of Pickle Pie’s Kuku and her Dadawa (Daaadddiee Waddie). Everyone had a good time, including our new little Monkey.

From Pickle Pie – 3rd Birthday Party
Pickle Pie – 3rd Birthday Party

UPDATE – Fixed issues with the photos after I changed the permissions on the gallery…

Solids… and the fun begins…

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Bring it on dude… Time to eat…

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Guh… Give it here mum. I got this

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See… I can eat ALL by myself. Back off

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Mraagghh… Nom Nom Nom

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What the heck… What is this thing?

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Let me try it again… just to check

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Ohy, I said I got this

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Ugh… I not sure about that…

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GREEN POOP? Bleh… take it back then.

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Rice rusk… NOM NOM NOM…

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Yo Dad… you should try this…

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Hey Bubba… I just ate dinner… I will show you how

Dadawa parenting alone…

From Geehan Family – 2010 – Part 2

Last Thursday was the first time, since Pixie Pie was born, that Dadawa went at the parenting thing solo. Mum mum had a girl’s night out planned, and had pumped some milk well in advance. Evening started just after 5pm when Mum mum went to get ready and head out. Little Pixie Pie was stuffed (although gently), into a sling, where she fell asleep pretty quickly. After Mum mum left, we went out to the driveway for Pickle Pie to run around and play with one of her best friends… Yay Yeh (Julia).

Oh, I should add at this point that Pickle Pie had not had a nap, so was already tired, and when tired tends to get grumpy very quickly (much like Dadawa does).

We lucked out, as there was pizza on offer next door and we managed to crash the pizza party, so dinner was covered very easily! Ok, maybe not the most healthy, but it had cheese and tomato… that is good, right? 🙂

After dinner, we came home to play. I fed the little one, with help from Pickle Pie, who loved to help hold the bottle. Diaper changes were had, and we were good to go. A quick game of Memory, where Pickle Pie twisted the rules a little and was well ahead in the matching game, interrupted by more infant diapers. At this time we had already passed the 7 o’clock hour. I had thought I would be lucky to hold out to 8pm, but it was still looking good.

After games, and fun, I pulled out the camera, as well as the tripod, and set it all up so that I could show Pickle Pie how we can take photos without holding the camera, and where we can all be in the photo. Setting the timer and rushing around infront of the camera (me sitting on the swiss ball to settle Pixie down) we got a couple of shots, one of which is above. It was warm, so yeah, I do have  sheen of sweat, but so what… we live in Houston… we get a couple of weeks when this does not happen to me, and we are now on the slippery slope to unbearable heat for the coming 6 months.

Pickle Pie loved it, and was sooo excited, hence the fantastic smile we captured.

I took the camera down, but let her play with the tripod, which killed another 15 minutes, then it was bath time for us all. As per another post, Pixie Pie loves the water, and we all climbed in and splashed around. When Pixie was starting to get tired of kicking around in the water (she does not stop when in the water), I got her out, cleaned her up and got her dressed (forgetting for a couple of minutes to put on her diaper cover… but no mess happened so I lucked out). Then we got her into a sling and got Pickle Pie out. She climbed into bed and I got a diaper on her, before she decided she wanted a back rub… 10 minutes later she was out cold, having skipped brushing and flossing her teeth.

Throughout this we had run the laundry and finished loading the dishwasher. Mum mum walked in while the wash was on the final rinse cycle to see both kiddos sleeping. She had enjoyed herself, and so had we.

Thursday Night Single Parent Night will now be a routine we are going to set, with Mum mum and Dadawa taking turns to have a night off and out… regardless of what we do.

This last photo also taken that night when Pickle Pie was cuddly with Baby Sissa and protecting her eyes from the indirect flash on the camera. We get a lot of cell phone photos, but the quality in these ones from the DSLR are incredible, so I plan on trying to get more and more using that.

From Geehan Family – 2010 – Part 2

Water Baby

When Pickle Pie was born I was very hesitant as to how to bathe her. The hospital was clear that we needed to keep her cord stump dry and that had me (us) being very careful as to how we bathed her. We had (and still have) a little blue newborn tub, which worked great for her. We used it for a quite a while until she was too big for it. We then tried a couple of other options before ending up just in our big tub directly… where she splashes around playing with her toys and eating her fruit, to this day.

With the little Pixie Pie it has been a completely different exercise. After the birth she was in a tub only a couple of hours after the bath. A nice warm herbal bath, which contained plenty of salt (garlic salt!). That was to help Mum mum’s healing as well as the healing of the cord stump. Since then we have given her many baths, originally herbal baths, where we let her submerge as much as she wanted.

This little one has a completely different take on water… As can be seen by the photos below. When I take her out of the water we get the first photo… not a happy pie. As soon as we get her back in the water, it is peace… for everyone.

We have now ditched the blue tub and Pixie and Pickle Pie have a bath in the same big tub. I hold the back of Pixie Pie’s head and let her float and kick around. Generally after 15-20 minutes of that she is tired and happy to get out (having had a good scrub down), dry up (although the initial separation from water is generally not a happy one), get a diaper, a rub and clothes… she will then crash out quickly with some milk.



Out of Water… Not happy!


In the water… Ahhh Happiness!!

Pickle Pie loves playing in the water and wants to wash my hair and get her hair wet, but is still unhappy to get water either in her ears or on her face… so rinsing her hair after washing it can be interesting at times, but Dadawa has his tricks that seem to help.