Sunday, December 30, 2007
Hmmm that's about all I can think of off hand!
I do know that this year has been the hardest for me and Clint. There has been more strain on our marriage during the past year than any other. Quite a few major fights, more than I can count probably. Having a baby changes everything, but having baby #2 changes it even more. I know figuring out how to parent two was part of it. And I admit I am hard on him sometimes and maybe expect too much... Him and the whole moving to Houston business did a lot of damage to our relationship, and that's hard to forget. But, for better or worse, ya know? So let's just hope the worst is behind us and better days lay ahead...
ok... resolution time! (who really sticks to them though...?)
1. lose 5 lbs
2. lose 5 more lbs
3. lose 10 lbs (see a pattern here? lol)
4. eat/cook healthier (see above)
5. declutter and organize my house, room by room
6. HAVE A GARAGE SALE!! and donate the leftovers
7. do more fun things with the kids
and I'm sure the list will grow...
Your turn.... anyone else care to share their goals for 2008??
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Totally unrelated news.... I got in touch with an ex boyfriend through myspace. Actually, on Valentine's Day 1996(?) or (97?) he asked me to marry him..... obviously that didn't pan out! Turns out he is living in Baton Rouge with his "boyfriend" (yes, you read that right) and they are trying to adopt. Well... that definitely explains a lot!! Another friend and I used to joke about him being gay, but I never ever thought it was true. Just goes to show ya... always go with your gut instinct.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Christmas morning Valerie wasn't as excited about her Santa gifts as I thought she'd be. It took her a while to dig into everything. Her most favorite thing is a Jack in the Box that I got for Veronica!!! Figures... Valerie is not letting Veronica touch any of the toys. All the shrieking is getting ridiculous...
My mom gave me an awesome set of Kitchenaid copper bottom pots, some new sheets, and a candle. And a big surprise... My mom gave me her sterling silver flatware!! It's sooooo pretty. It's gotta be about 35+ years old. Still in the storage chest, still sealed in plastic. Never-ever used! We used 4 place settings for Christmas dinner for the very first time.
That being said...
I really don't know why I'm surprised. Or why it bothers me so much. I just about got what I expected from my family -- nothing. I know it isn't supposed to matter, but it does. I made sure Clint had a few things from me and a few things from the kids. Nothing extravagant - dress shirts, some CDs, a band t shirt, tools... but they were all things he needed and wanted. He at least had several gifts from me and the girls to open. Clint ordered a watch for me... but.... it's more of a man's watch. It's HUGE. Instead of sending it back or trying to exchange it, he gave it to me anyway. (???) And that was it. I spent most of today fighting tears because it really hurts my feelings that he doesn't try at all. It brought me back to two years ago when I got rubber spatulas. I put a lot of effort, time, and thought into choosing gifts for the kids and Clint. It's Christmas. SO anyway, just before we sat down for Christmas dinner, Clint hands me a piece of paper and says it's from Santa. Apparently, he ordered me a Dell laptop, but it won't be delivered until the end of this week. Now why couldn't he have given me the print out on Christmas Eve when we exchanged gifts? Why wait until after the fact? Why make me think all this time that I was getting nothing (again?) Why make me feel bad on Christmas Day?? I don't know what he was thinking. But it really put a damper on my Christmas spirit.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
And I wanted to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I hope everyone has a joy filled holiday.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We have a minor crisis now though... Valerie LOST her beloved bunny rabbit blanket at the mall. We got in the Santa line, and Clint and Veronica disappeared (grrrrrr.) All of my money was in the stroller, so we had to get out of line and wait for him to come back. (How were we supposed to take the picture without Roni I don't know...) Val was holding "Periwinkle" at that point, because I was going to let her hold the bunny for the picture. Finally, Clint came back, and we got in line again.... then I noticed Val wasn't holding her bunny anymore. *sigh* Luckily she has TWO of the things, but she is ridiculously attached to both of them. They are Periwinkle and Other Perwinkle! and she carts those things everywhere! She hasn't quite noticed yet.... I guess we'll tell her Periwinkle stayed at the mall to help Santa or something. At least until I can do some shopping on eBay and get a replacement that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!!!!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
The Girls' Christmas lists are looking like this (yeah, I know poor Veronica is getting the shaft!! But she really doesn't need or want for much as of yet):
4 wheeler with trailer
Princess barbie dolls
a Ballerina barbie
Toodie from Yo Gabba Gabba
Set of I Spy books
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk
Easel (but it's for her birthday!)
Musical play mat
My First Christmas Doll
Kitty Hooded Towel
Jack in the Box
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The kids have been keeping me super busy. So much to do.... never enough time or energy! Every night I just collapse into bed since I am SO tired. I always lay with Valerie until she is asleep, and lately I've fallen asleep with her, sometimes even before her! Val has decide naps are a thing of the past. I don't remember the last time she took a nap. I don't know where she gets all her energy from, but I sure wish I had a fraction of it. Oh, and Val is 100% potty trained! It's SO nice not having to deal with diapers!!! Veronica is still Fussy Veronica. And boy does she have a TEMPER! Lately she has been crying so much and gets mad about every little thing. Ugh.... it stresses me out so much when she's having a bad day. Roni is so close to crawling. She inches around on her belly, but hasn't figured out to get up on her knees yet.
And I'm so sad that Valerie is about to be THREE years old. Three!! Not a baby.... not a toddler.. but now a little girl. *sigh* She is SO excited about her party. She's telling people all the time "my birthday coming up!" At night she talks about who is coming to her party (Lana, mostly!)
And think.... in just a little over 3 months.... Veronica will be ONE! *dies*
Sunday, November 18, 2007
And of course, I tried to get a few of Roni by the tree too. She wasn't very cooperative and would NOT smile for anything!!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Yeah... they sent out invitations, planned, booked everything.... and today an email was sent out that they aren't making enough money, so the party has been cancelled. Talk about POOR planning. You would think somebody would have thought this through!
The party was on the day I originally wanted to have Valerie's b.d. party (Dec. 15.) So, I started planning her b.d. around it. I don't think I will change the date now though. December 8th is probably better and will keep it separate from Christmas. Several people have already told me they can come that day! We'll do something special on her actual birthday anyways, so it doesn't really matter when her party is.
I just sent a request to rent a crayon bounce house for the day. Valerie picked it out all by herself. Invitations will be going out as soon as I have them in hand! I gotta get busy.... it's only a month away.
I can't wait to put it up!!! We even have a baby swing for Veronica, so she can enjoy it too. I want it up before Val's birthday party (December 8th), so we'll probably surprise her with it around Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday I took the girls to our playgroup's Halloween activity at the library. The kids all wore their costumes and were so cute. We made a pumpkin bear thingy for the fridge. Then we trick or treated and gave candy to the kids. Valerie LOVED it!! She was so excited. After, my mom and I took her to Mc Donald's then to the mall. Valerie had such a good day, all day! No meltdowns or whining at all.
She's on the kick calling me her mommy puppy. It came from me drying her off after her bath. I had her head covered with a towel, and as I was drying her hair, I kept saying how I had to dry this little puppy off... then I'd say OH silly me, that's Valerie.. not a puppy! And she'd laugh. She "dried" my arms, and asked if I was a momma puppy. Of course I am! She wrapped her little arms around me and said, "I love my momma puppy." I just melted.... my sweet little girl!!
Last night we attempted going to the Krewe of Cleopatra Trick or Treat in the courthouse square. NEVER again! Never!!! I was under the impression it was more of a social thing that you just visited and trick or treated. There was a line... a ridiculously long line of people waiting to walk through. We didn't realize how far from the entrance we were until after we had been standing in it too long to just leave. Valerie was having fun in the line though. She kept saying "hey everybody, do chicken dance!" and dancing. No idea where that came from, LOL! Veronica was FANTASTIC the entire time. She handled the crowd very well and was happy and bouncing around in the stroller!! Amazing!! I guess we were in the line for over an hour. As we got close to the entrance, Val started getting cranky. Literally she got treats from THREE people, and freaked. "NO WAY NO WAY!! GO BACK GO BACK!" she screamed bloody murder. So, after all that waiting... we left. At home she said something about the scary man with a candle on his head... not sure what she saw, but obviously she didn't like it. Even after that, she said she had fun and was thrilled with the little bit of stuff she got.
I really hope tonight goes better. We're just going to a few houses around our neighborhood, then we'll come back home and hand out candy. I want Val to have FUN and not be afraid!!!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Val is also getting a pink acoustic guitar, a cat bath towel set, some PJs, and hopefully I can get my hands on some Yo Gabba Gabba stuff when it hits the stores November 21.
Veronica is getting PJs the same as Val, a musical play mat, and a Jack in the Box. Yeah she is getting short changed, but she is still little to understand and doesn't need a bunch of stuff anyway!
There is one more thing I'm considering that will be for both girls. It will be completely free, but it all depends on if we find the time to clean out the garage!! There are 2-3 boxes that my mom and dad dumped over here that are burried in our garage. What is it? My barbie dream house. It's the two story one that came in 3 big sections. Valerie is getting into pretend play more and more, and to her it would be a brand new doll house. She'd have no idea it was 25 years old! It was in GREAT condition with nothing missing when we packed it up, so it should all be there. I'm hoping we can get it cleaned and put together by Christmas.
NOW... all I have left is to figure out what to get Clint and my parents!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I'm SO annoyed right now. When I made my dental appointment, I gave them my insurance and the dentist's name on my card. She gave me an appointment to see that dentist. Today, I hand the receptionist my insurance card and she tells me that since Dr. Z's name is on my card, that is who I have to see. And he is not in today. Turns out, sometime in between when I made the appointment two weeks ago and now, he switched his days off. What's REALLY stupid is that the office called me yesterday to remind me of my appointment!!!!!!! So I could either reschedule or they could call my insurance and transfer to the other dentist in the office. I said ok, do the transfer since I was there. And I waited. And waited. And waited. An hour later, I'm still sitting in the waiting room. And the receptionist is STILL on hold and has yet to speak to a live person at my insurance!!! SO, I said forget it... and just rescheduled it. I wasted an hour and a half for nothing. My mom and dad came all the way here to watch the kids for nothing. It makes me wonder though, what kind of doctor's office switches days off suddenly like that, with out thinking to notify patients that he will not be there to honor their appointment???????
I'm heading to the dentist in a couple hours. JOY. I dread the dentist. I saw the same dentist since I was a child, but when I stopped working I switched to Clint's insurance. MY dentist isn't on his plan, so I'm seeing a NEW dentist today. UGH. The dentist is bad enough -- muchless a NEW dentist... I'd rather go to the GYN over the dentist anyday!!! LOL!!!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Valerie has an imaginary friend (s). Sort of. I think!! She is nuts over Nickelodeon's new show, "Yo Gabba Gabba." She's seen it all of 5 times and is crazy over the characters. There's this blue cat... thing. I'm not sure what it's real name is, but Valerie insists on calling it Periwinkle, as in the blue cat from Blues Clues! And there's another monster thing called Mundo. Well, Valerie has been going around "talking" to these two and pretending to see them. It's so cute to see her going on and on about what Periwinkle is doing or wanting us to hold Mundo for her. Kids have such an amazing imagination! It's a shame that we lose that magic somewhere along the way.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm taking a day or two break from the diet. I've been wanting something good to eat for the past few days, so I'm going to eat normally this weekend. Back on it Monday.
I started my Christmas shopping! I found this really cool acoustic guitar for Valerie at Wal-mart. She's always playing guitar with anything she can find that has a string. I got the girls matching PJs too. I have a few small toys already for Veronica. There are few more things I have in mind for the girls, but I'm going to try not to go overboard. They don't need that much stuff.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Today was weigh in! No change... no gain, no loss during my second week on South Beach. It's okay though. I only went to the gym twice last week, so that had something to do with it I'm sure. I'm still 6 lbs less than I was, so it's a start. I'm thinking about continuing Phase 1 another week. It's hard to believe I have had zero flour and zero sugar for 14 days. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Monday, September 17, 2007
In other BIG news.... Valerie has been in big girl undies around the house for THREE days with only two accidents!!!! It is taking quite a bit of coaxing to get her to use the potty though. She tells me she doesn't like it. Obviously she is "holding it". So, I don't know how to make her go? If she can stay dry for hours, that is definitely a sign she's ready. I bribed her yesterday with the promise of going to the store for a present if she used the potty. Then later it was another trip to get candy. She even told the check out girl, "I pee pee in potty!" LOL!! We've ""called"" Dora, Mickey Mouse, AND Santa to share the good news too. I'm hopefully going to stay consistent - dresses and panties during the day at home. Pull ups when we leave the house. Diaper or pull up at night.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
In other news... Today made one week on South Beach! I lost 5 or 6 lbs!!!! Not bad, considering I hadn't lost anything in 6 months!! It's been pretty easy to stick with too. One more week of Phase I to go....
P.S. I'm wearing some shorts that were way too tight a few months ago. :-)
Monday, September 10, 2007
Clint wrote a paper and it was selected to be presented at a drilling conference in Orlando. All he has to to is prepare the manuscript and submit it by December. But he's IN, and of course we can't miss the chance to go.
Uhhhh... just thinking about flying with TWO little ones is already making me nervous!!!!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
How funny is that... my silly little girl.
*** And just for fun, here is VALERIE around the same age. Do the look anything alike?!?
Sunday, September 02, 2007
We spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Morgan City at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. Friday my parents kept both girls so we had a few hours out on our own. That was pretty nice, lol! We went to the festival, walked around the craft show, walked around the fair, and sat in the park to listen to a couple bands. I saw a few people I knew. My mom only called three times because Veronica screamed almost the whole time we were gone. *sigh* Saturday afternoon we went back with the intention of letting Valerie enjoy some of the kid stuff. We brought Veronica, who screamed and cried from the second we stepped onto the festival grounds until we put her in the car to leave. Too much noise, people, commotion, and too hot. *sigh* again. (I don't know what to do with her!!) After my mom got back from church, we left Veronica with my parents and took Valerie back. She LOVED it!!! She had the best time just being there and looking around. We're still hearing, "I like fair. Fair fun!" from her.
Tomorrow my mom and dad are coming here to BBQ for Labor Day. My dad is supposed to try and get a full size bed out of storage for Valerie. She hasn't wanted to stay in her bed for a while now, and I'm pretty sure it's because it's too small for her. She can't move and stretch out like she wants too. Her crib does convert to a full size bed, but I want to test it out before we actually buy her a new mattress and box spring. In case it doesn't work, we can easily go back to the toddler bed.
And Clint is leaving for Houston Tuesday... He won't be back until late Saturday night. :-(
Thursday, August 30, 2007
So they say.
Here it is after 2pm on my birthday. I've gotten tons of happy birthday messages from friends via myspace, emails, yahoo IM... I even got birthday wishes from a few people I haven't had contact with in months. It's nice knowing so many people remembered and thought about me today.. so thanks to all of you!
On the other hand... guess who I have not heard from...
Clint, of course.
No happy birthday. No acknowledgment whatsoever. Nothing. Yes, he remembered as he told me last night he has two gifts on order that haven't come in yet. But honestly, is it so hard to take 10 seconds to type "happy birthday" and click send... Or pick up the phone and say "I just have a minute but I wanted to wish you happy birthday... have a good day!" I don't know why I'm surprised. He did the same thing last year. The year before. And the year before that... And yes, each year I let him know how much it bothered me to be greeted with silence from him. Sure, when he gets home at 6 pm tonight he'll be all "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" But the day will be almost over. My birthday is over at that point. He never asked what I was doing today. Or if I wanted to do anything or go out to dinner tonight. Nothing. So, I'm really disappointed that again this year I get nothing from him. Two simple words at some point today would have made all the difference in my day. Instead, I'm sitting here mad and feeling forgotten. It's too much for him to be bothered to take 30 seconds and "say" two simple words to me.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Today I kept asking her if she wanted to sit on the potty. Her answer was always, "NO momma NO!" This afternoon I put on the Potty DVD again and stripped Valerie down to nothing. I kept asking her if she needed to sit on the potty. And eventually she did a few times. After a while she asked for a diaper, but I managed to coax her into staying on the potty. And she pooped!! In the potty!!! Yay! After that we had a "potty party" and she got her promised party hat, cake, and ice cream. Hey, if it works.....!!
I know we have a long ways to go... but it's a start! Hopefully I can keep working with her on the potty concept and have her trained before her 3rd birthday! *crossing fingers*
**** UPDATE**** Val did it again tonight! All on her own!! She climbed out the bathtub and before I could even wrap her in a towel she says, "I pee pee in potty again!" And she did!!!! Then she jumped around and said, "mommy and daddy happy!" LOL!!! And we had to have yet another potty party...
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Yes, that is (nearly) an entire box of Special K cereal. Nicely smashed on the rug.
"I like strawberries! I like it, momma!" says Valerie.
Which is obvious, since she ATE all the strawberries and left the cereal.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
ETA: I forgot to tell the story of Valerie and the bears. I made the bears weeks ago and they have been sitting on my counter. Almost every day, Valerie wanted to see the bears and "talk" to them. She would cry if she couldn't see them. She'd wave at them. "hi bear!!" Blow kisses. Sing "happy birthday bear!" And for some reason, she'd go "awww bear happy!!" I don't know how she comes up with this stuff. I guess now I have to make another bear just for her!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Veronica has just about slept through the night several times in a row!!! If I wake her and feed her around 10pm, she will sleep through until 5 or 6am. She has also been turning on her aquarium all by herself. I'm not sure if it's accidental or what, but she loves that thing. She's been sleeping with her hand stretched out resting on the button! STILL no rolling or cereal. She may have gotten down a few bites of cereal yesterday, but she spit most of it out.
I don't know where Valerie comes up with the stuff she does. She has such a good memory. Just out of the blue she'll start focusing on something she hasn't seen or done in months. We were driving down the street, and all of a sudden she said, "Momma, watch acorn? Pooooooor Scrat." And repeat x 50. Translation: she wants to watch Ice Age, lol. Same thing with toys that are picked up and out of sight. Or games we played ages ago. She woke up screaming one morning wanting to "watch the dinosaur." ??? We were clueless. FINALLY I figured out it was a Baby Genius DVD with a cartoon dino in the credits. She also has been coming up to me saying "momma, you so silly." LOL!
I've been going to the gym 5 days a week for 3 weeks now. It's been 2 months since I've started exercising. I was going to the Y 3 days a week and now the gym. This weight is just not coming off!! I tried on some old clothes last night and everything is just way too small. Even things I wore right after Valerie are too small. So depressing and frustrating. It just about kills my motivation because it is going to take so long.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
LAST month, there were some "extended area" charges on our bill that were questionable. I emailed about it, and got a prompt response and a list of the phone numbers. A few were local calls - Wallgreens, our pediatrician's office, and a local cell of a friend.
THIS month, bill dated August 2, we again have $14.33 of "extended area" charges. I know there is no way we made that many out of area calls. Maybe a few to my mom... that's about it. So, again, I requested the list of phone numbers.
First reply -- Starting in September, the detailed billing info and numbers will be printed on my bill.
I ask again for the list of numbers for the current charges.
Second reply -- Local call information for incoming and outgoing calls is only available by suphoena.
Ummm NO, I explain am not looking for that and that I was given the info last month upon request. I am looking for the numbers for the expanded area charges on our August 2 bill.
Third reply -- These numbers won't be available until September.
WTF? I forget what I replied... something nicely requesting the info AGAIN.
Fourth reply -- The numbers for calls made in August will be available for your September bill.
OMG!!! You mean, AT&T isn't psychic??? They can't give me a list of numbers I will call this month -- NOW??
Really, how stupid is that??? Still going round and round with them. Idiots.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Veronica is being SO clingy and needy. I'm pretty sure she's teething. But the constant whining and crying is driving me nuts. The only time she's calm / quiet is when she's eating, sleeping, or being held. I'm trying to comfort her... but it's impossible to hold her all the time. I have to put her down and just let her cry at some point. I find myself getting so aggravated with her and I don't want to be! She is just SO sensitive to everything, which is so opposite of our tough girl Valerie. I guess it's going to be payback, as I drove my mom nuts as I was overly sensitive to all kinds of crazy things as a kid.
We've been going to the gym every morning. Yay! Valerie is doing okay in the daycare. I was a little worried at how she would handle it. She did fine for a few days, cried a few days... But overall she is playing. Veronica, eh..... she does her usual whining and crying the whole time. *sigh* The girl babysitting is awesome. I really hope she sticks around for a while, at least until Val adjusts to going there. I really like going to Body Elite WAY more than the YMCA. I'm hoping (wishing) that since I was in "decent" shape before that it won't take as long to drop this weight. After Valerie, it was over a year before most of my old clothes fit. Some never did. I do know that I was much smaller at this point after Valerie, though. It's really depressing when I try on clothes and see just how much too small they are. I have to lose about 5-6" in my waist for anything to ever fit again. Veronica is almost 5 months old.... and I haven't lost a single pound. With in 8 days after her birth, I was down 20 lbs. And now, I am 5 pounds over that! Yeah... somehow I've gained weight. I know if I stick with it and keep going to the gym, I'll see results. I just keep thinking about how long it's probably going to take..... and that is so discouraging.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I. Just. Can't. Even. Imagine.....
In other totally unrelated news....
An old (sort of) boyfriend googled me and "found" me yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from him in my inbox. Gosh, it brought back SO many good memories from younger days... I was completely crushed when he moved back home to Florida. I honestly thought at the time that was the end of it... Years later, we were still in touch on a regular basis! He was such a good friend and it meant so much that he kept in touch. I got flowers every Valentine's Day. I even flew to meet him in Orlando for a weekend at Disney World.... I wanted to visit him in Miami, but it just never happened. Time and distance eventually got the best of us and gradually it got longer and longer in between phone calls. Next thing I knew he called to tell me he had gotten married! I had just started dating Clint at that time... I think we exchanged a couple of emails since then, and that was it...
He was one of those special people that only comes along once in a blue moon. Anyway, I gave him our number and he called last night to catch up. He sounds exactly the same as he did so many years ago... It was pretty cool talking to him and hearing about life... his family... wife and kids.... He was one of those people that I've always wondered what happened to. Pretty awesome to know the answer! It made my day.
Monday, July 30, 2007
It's Cherie... for those of you who remember her....
I have seen her twice since our wedding 4-1/2 years ago. I had all kinds of trouble getting her to do things for our wedding and had to write her a letter snail mail to get her to order her dress!! She vanished after we got married and didn't return phone calls or answer emails. I was back in touch with her while I was PG with Valerie. She made a HUGE deal about us calling her to come to the hospital for her birth. Of course when the time came, she didn't show. In fact, she has N E V E R even seen Valerie. We emailed a few times while I was PG with Veronica. In her last message, she told me she was going to New Orleans (2 hours away) to see another friend's three week old baby. I live 20-30 minutes from her, and she has been "too busy" to come see Valerie who is almost three years old??? But when someone else has a baby, she has time to drive 2 hours to visit at the first chance... and couldn't come see us at all. So.... I didn't respond to her email. That was that.
Still... very sad to hear that happened. No one should ever experience that. I'm going to send her a card tomorrow.
Friday, July 27, 2007
My grandma had a dream that I had a baby girl. This was way before I had gotten married. I think we were engaged and planning our wedding. Valerie wasn't even a thought yet! My grandma dreamed I had a baby girl dressed in the prettiest pink lacy dress. For days she went on and on about the dream and described the dress. Well, she died not long after our wedding.
At my baby shower for Valerie, my mom gave me a special box she kept separate from all the other gifts. In it was THE pink dress, which she had sewn as close as she could have as per my grandma's descriptions. A dress more or less, FROM my grandma.
Valerie in THE dress - who was about 6 - close to 7 - months old!
Veronica... and the dress just about fits at 4-1/2 months... (I haven't a clue what happened to the bonnet!)
And of course I can't leave Valerie out! 2-1/2 years old...