Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Tooth Gnome

Have you met the Tooth Gnome? I bet you haven't. But if you are a parent, you know he exists. 

He's a distant cousin of the Tooth Fairy, an annoying little relative that brings a tooth to little babies all across the land. When he delivers a tooth, you may not see it right away, but you know it's been dropped off because the tooth package is wrapped in discomfort, loss of appetite, fussiness, crying, excessive drool, and an overwhelming need to gnaw on anything and everything. 

And sometimes if the Tooth Gnome is feeling very generous (translation: cruel) he brings two teeth. On the top. At the same time.

But, on the bright side, once the Tooth Gnome has made his rounds, the resulting new pearly whites make that lucky baby's smile even more cute than ever! And help him get one step closer to actually eating a steak.
So, we didn't skip #3 on the tooth tracker. Gannon was the proud recipient of both top teeth a couple of weeks ago, breaking through with a vengeance. And he can't wait to get his giant man hands on more big boy food!

Goodbye, Kimball. It's been nice.

On Friday, May 11, we moved out of our home of 5 years in the good ol' AP (Albany Park).

This condo was the first (very) large purchase Paul and I made together as a married couple and we put a lot of blood, sweat, paint and tears into it. It was the setting for many great gatherings of family and friends (a Gabbaland, a Thanksmas dinner, a princess castle, post-marathon pizza parties...). We brought home our first child here and nearly delivered the second one in our bathroom! 

We met some great neighbors who became great friends as well as some not so great neighbors that fortunately moved out sooner than later. 

And we were lucky enough to inhale the intoxicating aroma of some freshly fried Popeye's Chicken when we opened our windows on nice weather days. We know what they mean when they say "love that chicken!"

One last family photo at the place where it all began.

And here we are outside of our new home on Washtenaw in the lovely neighborhood of West Ridge. I'm particularly thrilled about the Target 0.7 miles away. 

We're sure to make many new memories here, and started off with a great one. I celebrated my first Mother's Day as a mom of two with the best presents I could ever ask for.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hello, Olivia!

On Sunday, we headed down to meet our new niece, Olivia. She is so tiny. Or at least she seems that way when compared to Gannon.

Gannon: "I never knew what it was like to be that little."
Olivia: "Ahhh! Look out for the giant man baby everyone!"

It seems Uncle Zab is quite comfortable to sleep on. Olivia certainly took advantage of that while we were there. 

We hope to see you again soon!