Blog o' Graysmiths

Rosemary approaching two… September 18, 2009

Filed under: Growing Up — graysmiths @ 8:53 pm

I haven’t said a lot about Rosemary on the blog lately, so here is what she is up to:

Pretending to read books.  I don’t remember Atticus doing this very much.  She begs me to read books to her and will sit still for 15 minutes or so (a record for her) looking at books.  Her favorites include Gerda Muller’s season books, those touchy-feely books (aka Pat the Bunny),

Making huge, huge, huge messes.  Crying until I give her the cracker bag (so she can get them herself) and then dumping out all the crackers.  Writing on the walls with whatever she can find (including makeup).

Saying “mine” every thirty seconds.

Going down the slides that are for kids 5 years and older.

Putting on other people’s shoes and walking around.

Playing in the bath for an hour or more.

Taking four baths a day.

Falling down and hurting herself because she is imitating her brother.

Putting together little sentences like “Stop atticus.”

Pushing other children (someone made a big deal out of this when she did it once and she hasn’t forgotten).

Screaming at the top of her lungs when she doesn’t get what she wants.

Giving lots of hugs and kisses.

Saying “I love you.”



Catching Up, Part One. April 17, 2009

Filed under: Growing Up — graysmiths @ 1:34 pm

For whatever reason, I have not felt like blogging in the past three months.  Call it late winter/spring fever.  Here are the highlights of our lives since my last post:

We have a new president!!! Rosemary, Atticus and I were planning to watch the inauguration on a big screen (we don’t have TV) with friends, but alas it snowed. So, instead, we watched on our computer screen online:

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I have to say, it was pretty cool the way the New York Times presented the coverage – the video image embedded as if it were a picture on their front page.  We are getting closer and closer to the word of Harry Potter every day.

The next big event was Atticus’ birthday.  I now have a five year old, which is sooo cool.  Five seems pretty good.  The magic is still there  – he believed that the treasure map Luke made for his party was mysteriously found in the attic the night before –  and yet, he is also ready for some more “interesting” stories and challenges.  I posted some birthday pictures on my facebook account, let me know if you want to see them and I can send you a link!

In February, I also made some decisions about homeschooling and the direction we were going to take, at least for the next year and a half!  Atticus loves loves loves stories and I found a great fit for him in Enki Education.  I ordered their Kindergarden materials and am making my way, slowly, but surely, through them.  I’ll definitely have more to report on this later.  For now, until the beginning of June, Atticus will continue his three-morning a week adventures at Morning Song, a waldorf-inspired preschool program here in Orange County.  Then we will have lots of summer fun – beach, mountains and camp at Morning Song, and sometime around labor day, begin enjoying a more consistent rhythm with Enki.


Smiles and Teeth May 1, 2008

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Developmental Milestones March 11, 2008

Filed under: Growing Up — graysmiths @ 12:32 am

From the start, Rosemary has been a much stronger baby than Atticus. She held her head up around two weeks and everywhere we went that first month or two, people would remark at her strength. Perhaps she gets it from my sister, who scared my maternal grandmother (for whom Rosemary gets her middle name, Ella) by raising her head when my grandmother went to the hospital nursery to visit after she was born. I like to call Rosemary my little Pilates baby since her core is so strong. She constantly does these little baby crunches, raising her head to ready herself for crawling.

For all of their differences, however, Atticus and Rosemary made their first developmental milestone at the same age – four years, one day. Exactly one day after the doctor’s appointment where they mark on the developmental chart “rolled over.” With Atticus, I remember that I almost wanted to call his doctor and say “he did it – you can now mark him down as “normal!” With Rosemary, I am just hoping that this means she won’t be crawling anytime soon. Atticus waited to crawl until he was ten months old, and those extra months that I didn’t have to worry about what he was getting into were wonderful. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping we make it to ten months without any movement on her part!


It’s all coming back to me…

Filed under: Growing Up — graysmiths @ 12:24 am

For the past two weeks, Rosemary has been pawing at her ear, specifically her left ear. If she were older, I would suspect an ear infection. Since we were at the pediatrician’s office last week anyway, I asked him to check, and her ear was fine, as I had suspected. It is merely her way of saying “what is this thing on the side of my head” over and over again. Until she started this behavior, I had completely forgotten that Atticus also did this, around the same time. It made me wonder about how many other things I am going to forget. I guess this is one good reason to have a blog 😉


Rosemary Update March 9, 2008

Filed under: Growing Up — graysmiths @ 2:39 pm

Rosemary was four months old on Thursday. We headed to the doctor’s office for her checkup, and I thought I would post her stats for your enjoyment:

25 1/4 inches tall (95%)

13 lbs, 6 ounces (50%)

She has stayed on the same growth curve for both height and weight since her 2 month check up and is doing wonderful.