Sunday, March 29, 2009

Veggie Tales

Micah and I finally had a free day to do some work around the house. We wanted to start doing some weeding, however, this morning it was cold and rainy. We lucked out and the sun decided to come out this afternoon. So while Abby napped, we headed outside. While I was cleaning out the flower bed in the back of the house, I determined that I was going to plant a small veggie garden there. I had toyed with the idea of putting it on the side of the house, but that would involved building a bed and we are running out of weekends already this spring. It might have been a project for next year.

This week I'm going to go to Home Depot and get the supplies to start veggies inside. Here is where I need your help, what should I plant?? I'd really like to make my own baby food for Abby, any suggestions on veggies that are easy to grow??

Wee Wii

As promised, here are the videos of Jill and Dad playing Wii boxing. Not sure it captured how really funny it was.

Abby caught in action

This past week, Abby has been talking even more. Last night when we put her down for bed, she talked to herself for a good ten minutes before she fell asleep. Again this morning, around 5am, she woke up and just started talking. It was very cute. Mom said that she is going to be a very talking child. I think she is right.

Here are some videos of her in action.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Gelmans Take Nashville

On Friday we took "The Last Train to Clarksville." Okay, it wasn't a train. It was Jill's car. But we did go to Clarksville to visit Jill and Miles. Mom and Dad were also coming down for a visit, so the entire Sizemore/Gelman/Miller family was together.

It was a great weekend and we had a lot of fun. On Friday, while we waited for Miles to get off work and Mom and Dad to arrive, Jill took us on to Post and showed us the PX and Commisary. Both were huge and very busy. Once Mom and Dad arrived, we broke out the Wii. I did my best Kelley Clarkson impression on the American Idol game. I think Dad and Jill take the award for the most entertaining game playing when they decided to play Wii boxing. The picture below doesn't due their actions justice. I have a video of the entire match, but Micah needs to edit it down. I swear it will compete with Dad's treadmill episode.

Can you see Dad and the Sizemore tongue??

On Saturday, we all went into Nashville and visted the Grand Ole Opry. After a brief photo shoot outside, we went into the Grand Ole Opry muesum to get a little bit of history about this very famous stage. I think Dad like the muesum the most and Abby liked it the least since she slept through the entire thing.

We then headed downtown, which I think was my favorite part. The weather was lovely and we walked around a little bit and were able to see many of the famous bars and dives that you see on tv/movies where the promising singer tries to get his/her start. I thought it was very cool. Others not so much.

I really wanted to the have BBQ for dinner so we headed out to Corky's. (Gram Sizemore - you might remember this from a Christmas eve dinner many years ago. We had ribs mailed to us from this place.) The food was good. Not as good as I remember the mail order being, but it did fit my hankering for bbq.

Abby enjoyed Corky's as well!

Speaking of food, I also FINALLY got to go to a Sonic. I always see the commericals on tv, but there aren't any near us here in B-more. And for those of you who are wondering, the burgers are amazing! Better than Checkers!

All right, enough of the food talk. I'm off to bed. I'm still trying to recover from a very early morning last Friday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Abby is talking, well babbling. It is so cute. She has been doing it here and there for a couple of weeks now, but over the past couple of days she does it all the time.

On Sunday we put her in her swing so Micah and I could do some clean and she just started babbling away. It was so loud that Micah came in from the other room asking if it was her. Both of us just laughed at her and then she laughed.

I was able to capture some of her chatter on my cell phone. Isn't she just too cute!?

(Please ignore my voice. Do I really sound like that??? Also, keep in mind, the video was shot on my cell phone.)

A visit up north

To all of you who live in NH and read this blog, the Gelmans are planning a trip to New England now that it appears the snow is finally starting to melt. (Of course now that I just wrote that it will probably snow tomorrow.)

We have a TON of family and friends to visit and we will probably be up for just a long weekend, so it is going to be a worldwind visit. We'd like to see as many people as possible so please let me know what weekends in June/July/August will work for you all.


P.S. Happy St. Patricks Day.... I'm missing drinking green beer in Boston and listening to the Dropkick Murphy's!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Back to Work

I'm using the excuse that I went back to work this week as the reason why I haven't updated in over a week. Not sure it will stand-up in court, but that is the excuse I'm sticking with.

I survived the first week back. Monday was hard. I cried after I dropped her off, but pulled myself together as I pulled into work. I was so busy at work that I barely had time to grab lunch. By the time I actually looked at the clock, it was 2:30pm and I only had two more hours left. The rest of the week went pretty much the same way.

We did a have a little bit of drama with the baby-sitter this week. Her mother passed away on Tuesday morning. Her mom was 90, so it wasn't unexpected, but still hard all the same. Luckily, Lauren and her mom came to my rescue and were able to watch Abby Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Abby headed back to the sitter on Thursday and Friday and really seems to enjoy it. She comes home exhausted, barely able to keep her eyes open. I think it is because she is a lot more stimulated at the sitter because there are other kids in the house.

Speaking of sleeping, we hit a big milestone this past week. Sleeping through the night. Abby first slept through the night last Sunday (8:10pm - 5:45am). Both Micah and I were shocked, because she had never slept that late before. The rest of the week, she slept well, but never making it to that morning hour again. The reason being that she is a mover/wiggler at night. Some how, she managers to spin herself around and ends up hitting her head against the slats, waking herself up. Sometimes we can move her and she will fall asleep again, other times she needs to be changed and fed.

I did some research to see if there was anything that we could put the crib that would prevent her from moving all over the place and found that they do make positions for this very problem. Yesterday we headed out to BabiesRUs to purchase one. And last night she slept until 7:15am - that is almost 11 hours!!! The position helped, however, we didn't have it quite tight enough, because Micah got up at one point last night and she had wiggled herself out of it. He put her back in it, but she was out of it again when I got her this morning.

Now that Abby is sleeping through the night (knocking on wood), Micah and I need to start sleeping through the night as well. one of us was up just about every hour starting at about 3am to check on her. :)

And because you are all so patient while reading through this very wordy blog entry, here are a few pictures of Miss Abby.
Like my new do??

Oh Mom, why are you taking a ANOTHER picture of me??

She is plotting her plan to take over the world...

I'm so cute... You better be careful because I just a few days away from rolling over...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Baby Naming

Abby's baby naming was a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful day. In the Jewish religion, babies are welcomed into their family and given their Hebrew name in a ceremony. Typically this ceremony is done for boys, also known as the bris, eight days after birth. Most recently, Jewish parents have been holding a brit bat for their daughters. Also, children are named after a deceased relative to help honor and carry on their memory.

Abigail Mira is named after Micah's maternal grandmother Anne Gelman and my great grandmother Mae Gwen Cutter. Her Hebrew name is Avigayil Miryam bat Meier u' Chana.
Since family is so important to us, we incorporated all of our immediate family members who were able to make it down to Baltimore in the ceremony. We were also surrounded by many friends and extended family members for this event. It mean to so much for us to share the day with those that we love.

Here are some pictures of the day.

lack of posts

Sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of weeks. I haven't had a lot of interesting things to say and not a ton of time to post. I'm try to get things done when Abby sleeps and blogging has seemed to fall to the bottom of the list.

Abby is now 2.5 months. I can't believe it. It feels like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital and now I'm planning on going back to work on Monday (more on that later). At her 2 month appointment, she weighed 11 lbs 1o oz and measured 22 inches long, which puts her in the 50th and 25th percentiles respectivly. Yup, she is a bit of a peanut, but taking into mine and Micah's height, she never really had a chance. She is right on track developmently. It is amazing to see her personality come through.

Here are some quick pictures for your viewing enjoyment.