The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

Happy Birthday Otis June 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 8:01 pm

Our beloved lab Otis recently turned 4. Here’s how we helped him celebrate this year.

Although I’m sure Otie enjoyed his steak dinner it can’t live up to his 1st birthday party (yes, I had a party for my dog), complete with hot “dogs”, dog bone shaped cake, ice cream for doggies, lab shaped cookies and of course a cat shaped pinata.  One can only imagine the party that’s brewing for our little lady.

Remembering the party…

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ice cream

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cat pinata




Perfect 10 June 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 7:00 pm

We celebrated 10 months with Elly on June 12th. As we were eating dinner that night Jamie said that his love for her just keeps growing. So sweet.


10 Interesting Facts About Elly:

  1. Elly is a champion eater, loving all the new finger foods she’s tried lately (*well, other than cheese). All are amazed by how much food she puts away.
  2. She has been saying “Mama” a lot lately. I am starting to think she really knows that Mama means me. Other possible words are being ignored until this is confirmed.
  3. When you ask “Where’s Daddy?”, “Where’s Mommy?” or “Where’s Otis?” she will look at the correct person/dog. She can also do this for certain objects, such as her prized baby doll (creatively named Baby) that she sleeps with each night.
  4. She is an obsessive compulsive waver and loves all the attention it gets her from strangers. She’s probably wondering why cars, dogs and people on TV don’t wave back at her.
  5. Did I mention the girl loves to eat? She fusses every time her food runs out. When I scoop more food onto her plate/tray she will push my hand out of the way to get to it as fast as possible.
  6. Elly cannot sleep without her beloved pacifier (known as Passie).
  7. She has the most beautiful laugh. Aaaawww, um not really. But she has recently started this hilarious fake laugh. Her real laughs usually sound like high-pitched squeals or little grunts (not to be confused with #1o).
  8. If you mess with her sleep schedule there will be hell to pay. The lady loves a good schedule.
  9. She might be part bulldog. When she sits a certain way or falls asleep while seated her cheeks droop down like a bulldog’s jowls. I personally think bulldogs are adorable.
  10. She’s the hardest working pooper out there. Seriously. She grunts and her face turns beet red.

 (* She threw up after trying cheese. She’s also done this when we had to give her formula twice before, so no dairy for Elly until she’s a year old. Fingers crossed that she outgrows this little problem.)

This is the first cake I’ve ever made from scratch. Even the frosting is homemade. It’s a white almond cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. I am disturbed by how many sticks of butter went into it, but it is yummy.

June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009

Kissable Bulldog Cheeks

Kissable Bulldog Cheeks


Going Someplace? June 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 8:32 pm

As we were unpacking from our recent trip to Virginia Elly decided to make her own fun and continued to show off her new mad sweet skills.

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Change Has Come Our Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 8:24 pm

Elly is changing so quickly these days. Between 8 and 9 months she started crawling, not in the traditional way, but on her belly, which she continues to be perfectly content doing. Recently she learned to sit up on her own from her belly and from a sitting position she is now able to pull herself up on things.

We put her in the crib to see what she’d do. She immediately sat up and pulled herself to standing.

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Parents spoil all the fun.

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What’s next?!


While Daddy’s Away… June 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 3:00 am

Jamie is off on a business trip so Elly and I get even more Mommy/Daughter time during the next few days. Here are some things we’ve been up to today Daddy. Your girls miss you already!

Melon at lunch, yum!

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Elly sat up for the first time from her belly today.  I shrieked and gave her lots of cuddles and praise. I am always amazed when she meets milestones, how do these little babies know what to do and when to do it?!

Elly was very busy army crawling around and attempting to climb anything in her path, including Uncle David.

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She also had fun with a new toy.

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Even Otis is anxiously awaiting your return.

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