Monday, October 06, 2008

All About Chloe

WARNING: This is long because I have a lot of catching up to do. Feel free to retreat at any point that this becomes too lengthy.. But, some have been on me for my lack of up to date information so for those OCD people in my life, here you go...

I have some sad, sad news. My 2 GB memory card is damaged and I can't retrieve the pictures from it. This is sad for a couple of reasons. First, it's my largest form of memory. The next largest that I have is 256 MB which only holds a few pictures so I will have to break down and buy a new one. And even more devastating, is that among others that I'm not even sure about, Chloe's birthday pictures were on there. I do have video that we can capture stills so I guess all is not lost but, depressing regardless.

Anyway, I have been following her around trying to get a portrait since her birthday when I got some that I wasn't really happy with. The following is the only one I even remotely cared for.

So, after many attempts to try to get the girl to sit still, I resisted my need to try to make all photos look professional and switched to a wider lens and used a flash (I hate using a flash). I followed her around for about 15 minutes (maybe even less) so when she gets older and wonders why there aren't many pictures of her at this age, I can prove to her that 1. She wouldn't cooperate and 2. I was so exhausted from chasing her that I didn't try as hard as I might otherwise have.

So here we go... 15 minutes in the life of Chloe

I had been cleaning out all of the clothes that were too little for her. I got up to do something for Maggie and forgot to close the drawers.. whoops!

Since Maggie and I were in my bedroom, she joined us there. Here, she stops to play with Maggie..
Ooh, is that the bumbo seat I see in mom's closet?

and this must be where my head goes..

I wonder if mom has anything fun in the bathroom...

and off to the livingroom, I'll help her with her coupons..

Oh no, she caught me..
I guess I probably wouldn't have used that coupon that she has wadded up in her hand anyway..

And this is how our days go.. As busy as a bee. Her because she's on a learning adventure and me well, I guess I'm on a learning adventure too!

And for my thoughts about her turning one that I haven't gotten around to yet:
I've said it all before, she's growing up before my eyes.. I love this age, but sometimes my arms ache for that baby that was gone too quickly. On occasion, I go back through this blog to remind myself that I was actually there her first year. I hate to admit it but there was so much going on.. job interviews, very little sleep, broken legs, moving, preschool graduation and so on that a lot of it is a blur to me now. So much has happened since then that it seems like ages ago. So many people have told me to soak it up... That is my plan for this next year but I'm afraid that no mother ever gets to the next age thinking that the one before took too long..

As far as her development goes... She's doing great... Running around like crazy and she has about 25 words. She loves to dance. She's pretty sneaky so I'm sure she's going to keep me on my toes.. We're still working on the weaning. It's hard when you wait until they can talk. She walks around behind me doing the sign language for more and saying "peas" (That is baby talk for please, not a reference to the taste of my milk)... It's sometimes more than I can take so, I'm just trying to remind myself that a year from now, I'll be longing for these days..

And now I leave you with some footage that I've gotten lately that I think depicts the sweet mess that she really is. It's kind of long too. I guess that's the theme for the day.. There was just too much that Adam couldn't cut when he was making the clip for me.

I have to say a huge thank you to my friend Julie for sending her the personalized CD for her birthday. She loves it! Listen closely and the first time they say, "Hey Chloe" you can hear Chloe say "hey" back :).


PS: Update coming on Emma soon!


Lu said...

That is the most precious video! She is adorable! The dancin' was fantastic!!!!

Mandy said...

Soooooo cute! I love the tampon picture. :)

The Tyree Family said...

i don't know if i'm hormonal or what but i had tears in my eyes that whole post - esp. during the video. She is so, so sweet! That little video clip is the best thank you i've gotten - it's such a joy to see her dancing and smiling as she's listening to the music.
Love, an OCD friend (who's really not OCD :)

Anna said...

oh goodness, that girl has grown up! even since the last time i saw her! sheesh.. make her stop! you've got some precious girls.

i miss you and love you!

JAY said...

WOW, I can't believe that she is doing all that, and I have never even met her. I have missed so much. I've been a bad friend. SOON! We are coming.

She is definitely beautiful and so full of life. I was thinking the other day that I feel like Sarah Jane's life just FLEW by, I know I was there there whole time... but I feel like it should have taken longer than this for her to be this old. I know that it doesn't slow down from here... it's sad/exciting and a million other emotions.


rachel =) said...

she is precious. please, please, make her stop growing. i'm excited to see the update on emma! i miss you guys. (and love you, too, obviously. =)

Kindergarten Teachers said...

Awww! My sweet girl! No, it doesn't ever slow down. Wait until she is 19 and a sophmore in college! But don't sweat, she will still need you- to wash her clothes, cook her supper, buy her gas, etc. LOL Love the pictures. Love you, Aunt Denise

Lynn said...

I'm smiling so hard that my jaws hurt, and at the same time tears are running down my face. The pictures are wonderful and the video is not quite as great as being there in person, but is wonderful just the same. We love you and appreciate you so much for keeping us in touch with you all and what's going on even though we can't be there in person much. I Love you, Adam, Emma, and Chloe more than words..... Lynn

BASSakward Tales said...

she is absolutely is emma...yes they grow up fast..i have a 9 year old and a 16 year a matter of fact jamie my 16 year old is going on her first date friday about nerve racking...looking forward to more posts...


Our Family said...

Hey! Love the blog!! I have found blogging to be QUITE addictive and therapeutic, too! It's good to see your family doing so well! Motherhood is the hardest job ever, but there is nothing in the world more wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Supabloggasuprememama said...

i hate flash's too. love your photography and she is so cute.

Anna said...

love the new layout. i was so there when you took that picture :) good times.

love you!

Tony and Susan said...

i'm glad that we have in the thousands (literally) of pictures of the babies because i feel like i don't remember hardly any of their first year. like you said, i have to look at the pictures to remind myself that i was actually there!

i took some pictures of claire at a pumpkin patch the other day and i was thinking that i wish you were there to get some good pictures! you're so talented!

i like the new layout!!!

Michael and Hannah said...

Thanks for the update! Chloe always impresses me!

Sandi Faber said...

I had to make a scrapbook page for Austin for kindergarten and I was going through my Adobe photo well. I am completely freaked out he will be 6 years old next month. I came across some photos of Chloe when she was about an hour old and all tiny and new... and wet! Time goes by so quickly and I am soooooooooooo happy I got to hold her and kiss on her a couple weeks ago. How nice it was to give you all hugs. I love you and miss you and hope to see you again soon.

Anonymous said...

update update update... :)

i love you.

xoxo, kristen

DK said...

I'm sad about your card. I have a 1Gb that you can borrow if you want. I have two other 2Gb cards that I use most of the time.

mam said...

Dana, thank you so much for posting pictures, videos and blogs. We miss you all so very much and it helps alot to see your blog and share in your life this way. We loved the video of Chloe. Logan even watched it with me! Miss you:( Love you:) Melinda