Drawing a mustache on your baby and slicking down his hair are some of life’s simple pleasures. Happy Halloween!
I took this photo right after we washed Coraline’s hair. It helps give you an idea of how long her hair is before it re-curls as it dries, even though it had already started curling again by the time I snapped this. (5/11/14)
Yesterday I enjoyed a low-key Mother’s Day, my fourth as Coraline’s lucky mom. We started the day with brunch — Coraline’s favorite meal — at The Egg & I, our first visit and one of the few places with a less than two-hour wait. Then we came home, where Rich and Coraline presented me with cards and presents. Coraline’s card made me cry (Rich chose well), while Rich’s was sweet and heartfelt. They gifted me with Lily Allen‘s new album, Sheezus, which I really like; a gift certificate to my favorite Italian restaurant, Altruda’s; and the Evil Dead Blu-Ray, which is a huge deal. It’s a huge deal because while I LOVE horror movies, Rich does not. At all. So he really took one for the team, because now that I own it, he knows there’s a chance he might have to watch it with me. That’s a good man right there. As far as Coraline is concerned, it’s a “people” (read: adult) movie that she can’t watch for a very long time.
Rich then offered to watch Coraline so I could enjoy a solo trip to Barnes & Noble without my tiny bookworm in tow — so luxurious. After the bookstore I went to my parents’ house to give Mom her card and presents. Coraline will be personally presenting her abuela with her Mother’s Day card today; we knew she’d want to do that herself. I got home, hung out a bit more, then when Coraline went down for her nap, I passed out on the couch with my cats. Then it was time for dinner, which we picked up from a nearby restaurant, and more family time. All in all, it was another great Mother’s Day. I’m really fortunate to be mom to such a fabulous kid, which I would never be without an equally fabulous husband.
Speaking of, said husband indulged me and took some pics of me with our curly-topped cutie to commemorate the day.
Coraline insists she be called Darth Vader when wielding this little inflatable light saber.
A kiss from Mommy
A kiss from Coraline
A BIG kiss from Coraline
She’s very into making silly faces for photos these days.
Me and my little girl
Coraline tries hiding under the library table in my office (4/1/14). As much as I photograph her, she still likes to make me work for my shots.
Last Thursday when we picked up Coraline from daycare, she came running at me with this paper in her hand. “This is YOU, Mommy!” she exclaimed. This is the first time she’s ever drawn a real person, and I’m flattered she drew me and in my favorite color, no less. Out of all her amazing artwork, this is now my new favorite. It’s also one of the best portraits of me I’ve ever seen.
“Look, Mommy! I look just like Rapunzel in the tower!”
“Coraline, look at me. Smile! Act natural. Natural.” Sigh.
Coraline dictated a letter to Santa. She also decided on the menu of chocolate chip cookies, which she helped make, and chocolate milk, because surely Santa would prefer chocolate over white milk.
This bouquet was waiting for Coraline and I when we got home Monday night. With 100% certainty, Coraline declared, "It's from my godCaren mommy." She was right -- her godmother had indeed sent this beautiful bouquet and a lovely condolence note about the passing of Grandma Lee.
This is the beautiful hardbound book my aunt-in-law sent Coraline commemorating her meeting her Great-Grandma Lee for the first time. We think Coraline will grow to love this book as much as we already do.