Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Naia is 1!

Naia's First Birthday from Kristin Mesires on Vimeo.

I'll add more pictures later but I know some grandparents were anxious to see this video.  She really loved that cake!  We didn't film the whole thing but this is what she looked like when it was done.  Yum!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Time flies

Clearly this blog hasn't been a priority.  Having 2 kids and a full time job with more responsibilities than ever before has really cut back on my opportunity (and desire) to keep up with posting.

I'll keep this short and stick with bullet points.


  • Naia is 11 months old.  She has 3 teeth (2 bottom, 1 on top) and is crawling all over the place. 
  • She has had a horrible winter and has been sick with one thing after another since January. 
  • Due to the illnesses she still doesn't sleep well.  We are tired. 
  • She smiles all the time and has a fantastic laugh.
  • She loves to play "chase" and will crawl away from you very quickly while looking over her shoulder to make sure you are following.  She giggles the whole time. 
  • She loves her dad.  She really loves when he rubs his scratchy beard on her head.  I think it feels good since she often has cradle cap flares and itchy, dry scalp. 
  • She loves her brother and they have finally started interacting and playing together. 
  • Her favorite food are those canned sliced peaches.  She eats them by the fistful. Then she rubs her hands all over her head while giggling. 
  • She still won't hold her own bottle or drink from a sippy cup. What a princess. 
  • She is extremely nosy and will push the bottle (that I am holding for her) away so she can look around and see what Jack/the dog/her dad is doing. 

  • Jack is 5.  He has turned into a fun little person with whom I can have a whole conversation. He and I went out to lunch together this weekend.  He carried our shopping bags and grabbed a table while I paid.
  • He loves his sister and is protective of her.  He also likes to make her laugh and if he is having a bad day will ask to visit her at daycare because it makes him feel better. 
  • He is registered for kindergarten and will start in the fall.  
  • Has tried riding his bike without the training wheels. No luck yet but we will keep trying.
  • Will go ride his bike outside without Nick or me tagging along. 
  • Feeds Otto every single night.
  • Makes me laugh almost every day. 
  • Still has a few "Jack-isms" here and there. The latest"
    • (After running around)- "my heart is beeping really fast!"
  • Likes to spend time in his room "reading" his books and visiting the library is one of his favorite things to do. 
  • Is really into Lego and superheroes.  
  • Thinks farts are funny.  Always. 
  • Loves oysters, crab, and lobster but won't eat a hot dog. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


A few good ones lately.

"Bazombie"- as in the walking dead.  They have bones but no brains apparently.

Recently I traveled to Europe for work.  I brought back these little boxes of sprinkles that were out on the hotel breakfast buffet for putting on toast.  One box was "rainbow" sprinkles but was really only yellow and orange.  This is the conversation that followed:

Jack: "Why aren't there ALL the colors?"
Me: "Maybe Europeans just like orange and yellow."
Jack (confused); "My pen*s likes orange and yellow?"
Me: "EUR-O-PEANS, not your pen*s."

This was a Skype discussion Jack had with my parents:
Jack: "Mom brought me kinder eggs back from syrup."
Gramma: "Syrup?"
Jack: "Yeah, syrup where she went for work."
Gramma: "We need to get you a globe."

The other day Jack was sledding with some other kids from the neighborhood and crashed while riding with another boy.  He was quite upset and stood up and started stomping up the hill shouting "this is UNACCEPTABLE!"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Ski day at Shawnee Peak

Dec 2013 Shawnee Peak from Kristin Mesires on Vimeo.

I took Jack skiing this past weekend.  He started out a bit tentative but realized that a good run earned him M&Ms.  He did fantastic and was even starting to turn on his own.  He will be off the ropes in no time.

Friday, November 01, 2013


Recently we paid a visit to the local penny candy store.  Jack picked out sourball without really knowing what he was getting into.

Sour! from Kristin Mesires on Vimeo.

Naia rolls over

Just a couple of Naia videos to keep the grandparents happy.

Naia rolls over from Kristin Mesires on Vimeo.

Naia Laughing from Kristin Mesires on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

4 months

It's been a little over a month since my last Naia update and things have changed considerably. She has changed from an infant to a round-faced, chubby, smiley baby.  In some ways she looks a lot like Jack did when he was that age but she is her own person for sure.  Although she is a good size I don't think she is off the charts like Jack was.  She smiles all the time and has this belly laugh that is contagious.  She loves her brother and he can always get a laugh from her.  She has great head control now and is really trying hard to roll over but hasn't quite mastered it yet.  She has figured out how to grab the musical frog on her bouncy seat and can make it play over and over.

She is now sleeping in her crib most of the time but she picked up a cold at daycare so she has been in her swing when her nose is too stuffed up and she needs to be more upright. She no longer eats during the night but we usually have to go in a settle her at least once.  Mostly that just means putting the binky back in her mouth.  She is still swaddled and hasn't tried fighting it at all so we are keeping her that way for now.  I know Jack was out of the swaddle at this point but I just don't think she is ready yet. Besides, I am really not interested in messing with her sleep right now.  We put her down for the night around 7, top her off around 9 without really waking her up or unswaddling and then she is good until anywhere from 6 to 8am.  A lot of days I actually have to wake her up so we can get to daycare.  Jack was always an early riser and would be up at 5am at that age.  He still doesn't sleep much past 6:30.  I realize that she is now a great sleeper and I honestly never thought she would be doing this well so soon.

It really amazes me how much happier she is these days.  She is still on the special formula and I haven't had any desire to change that.  It is expensive but totally worth it. Things almost seem back to normal around here.

So normal in fact that I got back in the pool this past weekend.  I went to Master's practice for the first time in 6 months.  I managed to get my own lane so I was able to go at my own pace.  I managed 2500 meters and was pleased.  I have also been running more and have started running before work again with Otto.  We have a new gym at work and I have done a few classes there including some kettlebell and TRX classes which I have really enjoyed.  The baby weight is coming off at a pretty consistent pace.  I have 10 more pounds to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight but more like 12-14 pounds to go to get to where I would like to be.  Hopefully it will keep coming off at the current rate. I have lost about 7 since I have been back at work so I am encouraged. Heck, I am only 4 months out and it took 9 months to put it on.

Jack is doing well with all of the changes.  He definitely gets a little jealous sometimes and has been requesting more "mom time" lately but in general he is a big help.  He did a soccer skills clinic for a few weeks and seemed to really enjoy it.  He has asked to try basketball next and has been wondering when swim lessons will start.  He has started a Pre K curriculum through daycare and is doing pretty well with it.  He loves reading and is doing well with his letters and numbers.

This post is already far longer than I expected but I guess that is what happens when I do this only once a month or so. I'll leave you all with a few recent pictures.