Monday, August 30, 2010

The Beginning

warmed mom and teddy
"Where did I come from?" the baby asked its mother.
She answered half crying, half laughing, and clasping the baby to her breast,-
You were hidden in my heart as its desire, my darling.
You were in the dolls of my childhood games.
In my hopes, in all my loves, in my life, and in the life of my mother you have lived.
In the lap of the eternal spirit who rules our home, you've been nursed for all the ages.

The Beginning
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, August 27, 2010

25 weeks


25 weeks! 25 weeks along with our baby boy! How quickly this pregnancy is zipping by! I tend to measure time in seasons, and can hardly believe the summer is nearly behind us. That means one more lovely season and then it's time to meet my birthday present! :)

door stand

Our little one knows time is passing as well. A little peek into his world:

* He's about 1 1/2 lbs now! Roughly the size of an average rutabaga.

rutabaga collage
The baby is like a rutabaga? Hmm. Maybe not the best comparison to use for Teddy. Center photo via bourgeoisbee on Flicker.

* He stretches to an impressive length of 13 1/2 inches.

* His arms and legs continue to grow this week and have nearly reached their birth length.

* He's already grown enough hair to discern it's color and texture.

* His long, lean body is beginning to develop baby fat.

My growing belly is evidence to all the above!

belly collage

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Oliver Kelley Farm

Teddy hay
Our farmer. Aug 10'
A few yummy photos of sweet pea at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Despite the sultry summer weather, he worked hard helping the farmers flail the oats, tune up antique machinery, and keep the animals company. We had a ball with our little farm enthusiast! Big thanks to Grandma Alcott for taking many of the photos!
momteddy collage

mom and ted bench

teddy farmer collage

side ted

We may need to pop back over to the farm in a couple weeks for the upcoming threshing activities! How much would Teddy love that?!?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

cake and cousins


This may just be my very favorite photo from our week with family.
What could be better than cake and cousins?!?
{ *Special thanks to Diane for passing it our way! }

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Theodore sitting on a fallen tree in the St. Francis River. Aug. 10'

Last week, Ryan was able to work from home. Up until now, opportunities to work from home have been scarce, but our hearts are prayerful that we'll see more in the next year. We stayed with Ry's parents during the week, providing me and Boy Wonder with a plenitude of activities to keep ourselves busy (and out of the Senor's hair). And busy we were! We filled our time with a visit to the Munsinger Gardens, a lake day at Theodore's great-grandma Krutzig's house, a playdate with the Alcott cousins, and a trip to the Oliver Kelley Farm! We had a blast, out and about enjoying my favorite time of year...the summer (* always said with a sleepy, smiley sigh). The afternoons were also lovely. With Ryan's work behind him by 4pm each day, the three of us headed off on our own adventures, mainly swimming in the St. Francis River (stream that runs through our property, just down the road from Ry's parents). One of my most beloved memories from my long courtship with Ryan was swimming together on a hot August day in the Elk River. It was so fun (and special) to now take our son to swim in an adjoining stream. How beautifully our lives have flowed together since those early days.

You will see from the video below, Teddy LOVED playing in the river. Although it's clear waters aren't visible in the recording, the St. Francis is a beautiful, clean stream. Winding its way through the dog days of summer, void of the green algae found in many rivers this time of year. We love spending time there.

Now, with last week behind us, Ryan was called to Michigan on short notice to help inspect repair work on a pipeline. Teddy and I flew out yesterday to spend the week here with him while he completes the job. We rented an adorable little cottage on a lake about 45 minutes west of Detroit. The weather has been gorgeous and we're having a delightful time. Today, also marks both my sweet mama's birthday and my sixth month into the pregnancy with baby boy. It's been a good day.

Blowing warm summer kisses from us to you.

Monday, August 9, 2010

I can do anything good

Oh My! If you haven't seen this one, take a peek. We LOVE it! This little chica is going to rule the world! Here's to hoping the Alcott lads promenade through life with the same sweet confidence.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Teddy has been saying the funniest little phrases lately. I need to keep a notepad with me so I can quickly record them. It's clear he listens closely to the way Ryan and I converse, the way we speak to him, and the words we use. For example, this morning's conversation, Me: "Would you like to go pick out a yogurt?" Teddy: "I'd be happy to..." Me: "Hopefully there are still a few left..." Teddy: "There's plenty more, Mama." Just makes me giggle that he's now saying things like "I'd be happy to.." I know I say it all the time in response to the (many) requests during the day...unmistakably, he's picked up on it! The "plenty more" thing also makes us smile. He uses it to reassure himself while eating, that there is "plenty more." He'll look at all the nummies on his plate and say "plenty more!" with a huge grin. As the meal is slowly eaten away the "plenty more's" become less frequent, but he'll still mutter a couple under his breath as if wishful thinking will cause more pineapple or pizza to appear! He's such a funny little guy!

Last Friday, with our pizza loving boy in tow, we had our first dinner out since arriving in Grand Forks. Thanks to a friend's suggestion, we tired Rhombus Guys (a pizza pie joint) downtown. Yum! Gorgeous weather, sidewalk seating, and an adjoining park made for a fabulous evening! Below are some photos of Mr. Teddadore chillin' in the parkway following dinner. He was really diggin' the fishie decor.

In other news, the grain harvest has begun in Grand Forks. Each evening we're able to see huge combines in the nearby fields. The pee wee farm expert is in HEAVEN! We park along the road and watch the huge tractors roar throw the fields. It's really quite beautiful. Today, we went to a farm supply store and bought Teddy a toy combine (International Harvester, if your interested). He LOVES it! I think we are raising a future American farmer!

A video from last night. These little clips are played over and over again by a certain someone.

Tomorrow, Teddy and I are heading home for a doctor's appointment. Looking forward to checking in on the littlest Alcott. Ryan will join us over the weekend. Hugs to you and yours.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

a typical day

Riverside Pool, Grand Forks

Teddy and I had a lovely first week in Grand Forks. Our days tended to unfold as follows:

7am: Wake up. Fulfill T's favorite and first request of the day, a cup of juice. Curl up together on the couch with The Early Show. Watch the news and share a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Cereal finished, T hops down to go pick out a yogurt. Almost as exciting as the earlier mentioned juicy, he manages to devour the entire thing in mere seconds (adult portion). Lounge around a bit. Play tractors. Read books. Unload dishwasher of last night's dishes. Reload with breakfast dishes. Get dressed. Start a load or two of laundry (mud caked on every article of clothing Mr. Alcott was wearing the previous day).

9am: Head out on chosen outing for the day. Last week's adventures centered around the park, the library, and the pool. Enjoy the warm summer weather. Take our day slow. Walk a lot. Explore a lot. Smell the flowers (literally).

12pm: Home for lunch. Typically either last night's leftovers or a sandwich with fruit. Teddy may or may not watch a Barney episode during lunch. He may or may not just listen to his favorite Raffi album during lunch. He may or may not chit chat non-stop during lunch. Or he may just sit quietly and eat, but more likely may not.

1pm: Change into comfy cozies. Use the potty (not mentioned earlier, but used regularly now). Pick out 2 or 3 books. Read books. Flip off lights. Sing 2 or 3 songs. Crawl into crib. Tickle and talk for a minute or two. Nap time!

1:30/2ish -3:30/4ish: Mommy time. Clean up lunch. Load dishwasher. Do dinner prep (i.e. cut veggies, marinade, ect). Fold and put away early mentioned laundry (mud now removed). Read. Blog. Relax.

4pm: Teddy's up. Pick out a snack, usually melon, grapes, or blueberries. Grab a large stack of books. Curl up on mommy's big bed, wake up slowly while mommy reads books.

5pm: Head out to little apartment playground. Spend an hour outside, swinging, climbing, and sliding. Run up and down hill. Fall. Scrap. Bonk. Get up. Do it again.

6pm: Back inside. Make dinner. Teddy spends this time with a chair pulled up next to the sink playing in the faucet. Fill then immediately dump out 100+ cups of water. (Please accept our apologizes, Mother Earth.)

6:30pm: Dinner time and daddy comes home. Handsome husband is tuckered and sun beaten, but always smiley.

7:00 - 7:45pm: Play with daddy! Sometimes just a bath and tub toys. Sometimes baseball (In-house version. Resembles little of the actual sport.) Sometimes horsey.

7:45pm: Jammies on. Brush teeth. Read one book with Dada. Read one book with Mama. Say prayers with both. Talk about the baby. ("Yes, mama has a baby in her tummy. Yes, he will come with the snow. Yes, he will come when it's cold out. Yes, you can hold his hand." Ect.) Sing songs. Do tickles. To bed little one.

Our days are simple. And similar. And lovely. As we anxiously await the arrival of Theodore's little brother, I'm reminded to treasure the now. These last months with just my first born are so very special. Soon there will be more joys, more laughter, and more baby boy tears. For now though we'll giggle, cuddle, and grow together...all while awaiting the snow.