And She Walks!

As predicted, Penelope decided to step it up (now that she's no longer the baby in the house) and start to walk. It's not her primary form of locomotion yet, but it probably will be by next week.
Woo: Is this the Cambrian Explosion? When Penelope suddenly starts walking and talking all the time?
Yeah, probably.

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And yes, once again, we have footage of Ruby excitedly prancing around the new walker while we try to film it. 

It's tradition.

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Penelope got to go with the big kids to the ice rink for the first time, where Woo gave her rides on the sled, and she did some crawling on the ice.
Me: Did you have fun, Nel-Pee?
Penelope (nodding up and down): Es.
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Lots of people ask us who Archie looks like. Usually we say Herbie, but honestly, at this age (and especially from this angle), he could be any of them.

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Moses and Linus have a new favorite game of dressing up in Penelope's clothes.

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Moses: Mom, did Satan make the big, cold heaters? 
Me: The big, cold heaters? 
Moses (pointing to the return vent on the opposite side of the room): Because they take the hot air. 
Woo: Obviously, yes.
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Herbie has a little bedtime routine that he goes through every single night. 

After I hug and kiss him good night, he complains about some ailment (My throat hurts. My belly aches. etc.). To which I say something like, "Uh-huh?" or "Well, sleep is the best thing for that." 

Then I walk out the door and he says, "Good night, Mom!" and then yells, "Be safe, Mom!" as I'm walking down the stairs.

And I guess it always works because he always feels better in the morning, and I've always had a safe night. 

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Well, that's all I've got, folks! Hope you all had a great week!


First Week With Archie

First off, we're all thrilled that Archie could make it in time (with the help of some blue and black cohosh) for Ruby's baptism and his own baby blessing. 

Ruby had been looking forward to this day for a long, long time, and we didn't feel good about moving it back. It was nice to get Archie blessed too, since we already had all the family there.

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All our babies have been good babies, but Archie has officially unseated Moses as Best. Newborn. Ever.

It seems like our newborns usually have at least two nights where they have the whole day/night mix up thing and spend at least part of the night awake. Archie has had 0.

Instead he took that many nights needing a feeding in the middle of the night, and now regularly goes that 8-9 hr stretch where I'm sleeping without needing to be fed at all.

It's honestly a little bit unnerving (I didn't even think it was possible yet!), but he's healthy on all accounts, and I like to sleep, so I'm not letting it bother me too much.

Maybe the third baby's a charm and the sixth's a miracle?

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I haven't had a baby this tiny in a long, long time (since Herbie?). I notice it especially when I'm changing his diaper and looking at his scrawny little legs. 

I took this picture to show you, but it looks like the camera adds 10 lbs to newborns too. 

Still cute, though.

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And of course, Penelope looks like a giant next to him.

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All the kids love him. Penelope squeals and waves and laughs whenever she sees him. Everyone wants to hold him. 

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Moses is already looking ahead, praying for us to have another baby, and asking me to bring home another one next week.

But, Linus is by far the most interested in him. He always wants to hold him, and he thinks it's his job to help me carry him into my room for his naps (embracing his blanket) and put his other blanket on once we've got Archie all settled. 

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Lots of hugs and kisses are part of the job as well.

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Woo gave Archie the name Archimedes with Archie being the end goal, and we're all perfectly happy calling him just that. Except Herbie, who insists on calling him Archimedes. Kind of like he would prefer that we all call him Herbert. 

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Archie's recent birth seems to have influenced Ruby's future career plans:
Ruby: I'm going to be something REALLY dangerous when I grow up!  
Me: Oh yeah?  
Ruby: I'm going to help sharks deliver their babies!!  
(breathless with excitement) It's really dangerous because if a mom shark sees you with their baby, they will try to get you!  
Me: Is that really something that sharks need help doing?  
Ruby: Yes! Because some sharks have diseases, and you have to protect the other sharks from them!
First, I have to wash my hands really good ... (prances off listing to herself all the exciting things she'll have to do).
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Ruby (singing): I'm sexy, and I know it ...  
(pausing)Who actually is Sexy?  
Moses: Sexy is a boy!  
He has superhero powers!!
Have we failed or succeeded as parents if our kids think that "sexy" is the name of a person?

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Moses (cleaning and singing): Sweep. Sweep. In hea-ven-ly pe-ace. Swe-ep in heavenly peace.



Public Service Announcement

Some of you might be wondering what happened to my kitchen.

I did, in fact, get everything done that I wanted to before Archie made his appearance. With weeks to spare, even.

But immediately after I finished we had a string of dark, stormy days (bad for pictures). And then I got the flu. Then I was recovering from the flu, and then it was Christmas.

THEN I was totally self-absorbed, working on getting that baby out, and watching the time tick by.

By then I had a new baby, and well, a girl can take a break now and again, can't she?

So, for those of you who care, I'll start up again with the house updates in the near future.



A Baby!

This baby finally made its appearance, and ... it's a boy!

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Before Woo and I married we discovered that we were both pretty opinionated about baby names and neither one of us wanted to compromise, so we came to an agreement that he would name the boys and I would name the girls.  

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This worked pretty well until Linus.  Linus was 10 lbs and a lot of work, so Woo graciously let me name him. And I, in turn, let him pick the middle name.

So going into this baby, just to be fair, Woo got to pick the name (whatever gender we had), and I got to pick the middle name.

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This is the email Woo sent to friends and family:
So..... after quickly cutting the list of girl names, like Mabel, Zella, Vida and Calliope, and painstakingly cutting most of my Greek standby's of Ulysses, Colossus, Omega, Atlas and Euclid and whittling away a few personal Hero names like √Člio, Milton, Jesus, Pascal, Earl and Dieter, as well as some villainous ones, like Mugsy, Tyson and Oswald, and reluctantly dropping the too-good-to-be-true names like Elmer, Rudyard, Rambo, Buster, Santa Klaus, Rutherford and Willy Wally ... 
I was left with three equi-awesome names to choose from: Otis (Otto), Archimedes (Archie) and Sylvester (Sly). 
And with eeny, meenie, miney, moe and a bit of Chelsey's help* 
I choooooooooooooooose: Archimedes Otto.   
But we'll probably call him Archie for now.  
* meanwhile Chelsey breathes a sigh of relief since neither Lenny nor Carl was ever used, and Rambo awaits a less genetically nerdy family's usage. 
Just to be perfectly clear, since some people didn't get this --- his name is Archie.