Baby Business – Camryn’s 6-Month Edition

She’s proportionate!  Yes, the one thing every parent hopes and prays for.  Camryn is officially proportionate. Weighing in at 17 lbs. 15 oz. (75th-90th percentile), spanning 26 1/4 inches (75th percentile) and with a noggin measuring in at 17 inches around (75th percentile), our little girl no longer has to worry about the other babies in day care pointing and laughing.  (Babies can be so cruel.)

So what has CeeJay been up to the last several months? Well, she’s having a great time at daycare where the teachers love her.  (If you haven’t met her yet, she’s very snugly when she’s not trying to eat your face.)  She’s sitting up on her own.  Rolling all over the house, under tables and the occasional air vent.  She loves Bailey for some unknown reason, but we’re pretty sure she’s laughing at her and not with her.  She’s worked her way from mushy green food to mushy orange food and is now working on mushy fruity food and snacks of the puffed variety.



One of her favorite toys is an Ugly Doll named Wippy but she also loves to play/eat/pull Laney’s hair.  Everyone but Laney thinks that’s hilarious, but she’s not even four yet, so her opinion doesn’t matter much right now.  Her favorite song is the ABC’s, but she has been known to enjoy a good round of Wheels on the Bus.  She’s not talking yet, but she’s getting really close to Da Da.  Either that or David Hasselhoff.  (Although I will never forgive her for the latter.)

All in all she’s doing very well and seems to be enjoying herself.  She’s a very happy baby and we are happy that she’s happy.  We’re just trying to enjoy it all while we can while also trying to contain the force of nature that is her sister.  We know once Camryn starts talking, it’s all down hill from there.


Baby Business – Camryn’s 1 Month Edition

It seems like we blinked and Camryn’s 4 1/2 weeks old.  Then again, we blinked a few times and Laney was 3 years old, so we shouldn’t be that surprized.

Well, we went to the doctor yesterday because Laney needed some new rubber “glubs” and a handful of Dora stickers, so we figured while we were there we’d have someone check under Camryn’s hood.

After a slow start, she’s up to a healthy 10 lbs. 3 oz. (80th percentile) and is now 22 inches long (75th percentile.)  In what may come as a surprise to most people who know the Schragers, her head is average size at 14 1/2 inches (50% percentile.)

Delaney was in the room for the check-up to make sure everything was done to her exacting standards, but chose to leave the room before any immunizations were administered.  I went with her because the nurses don’t like it when she tells them how to do their job and not because I hate seeing my girls cry from their shots.

Next appointment for Camryn is right before we leave for the Cape.  Holy lobster!

Toddler Tidbits: 2-Year Edition

The flowers are blooming, the pollen is floating and the humidity is… moistening.  It’s Sprummer, that wonderful time between Spring and Summer when the weather is all schizophrenic and Bailey’s hair migrates south… and north… and east… and everywhere.

Laney turned two in March and had her latest visit to the doctor to see if her cuteness is contagious.  (Yeah, that was bad.  But what are you gonna do?  She’s cute, and I need to fill enough space here to get these photos wrapped with text.  Deal with it.)

Laney is now weighing in at 31.4 lbs. (90th-95th percentile), has a head circumference of 19 3/4 inches (97th percentile) and is 36 1/4 inches tall (97th percentile.)

We know these numbers to be exact because, opposite of our last visit, Laney was incredibly well behaved. (It’s amazing what the promise of stickers will get a 2-year-old to do!  I got my car washed last weekend for 2 Dora stickers and a Silly Band.  I could have gotten my interior detailed as well, but I had nothing from Yo Gabba Gabba on me at the time.)

Laney is growing like a weed.  She’s having conversations with anyone who will take time to listen.  She dances just like her father.  Poorly.  But she enjoys it a lot more… and she’s improving daily.  She loves school, her friends and her teachers and it seems like they love her back.

She’s singing and running and riding and climbing and throwing and spinning and spinning and spinning and jumping and laughing and spinning.

She’s happy, healthy and awesome.  What else could you want?  (Money.  Lots and lots of money.  Just saying.)

Well, that’s it for now.  We look forward to visiting with everyone at the Cape in August and have plans to see many of you before then.  Laney asks for you often.  She has pictures.  I’m not sure where she got those, but she has them.  Lots of them.  Even the ones you don’t want her to see.  Remember that when you’re out shopping.

Feel free to stop in and say hi if you are ever in the Charlotte area.  The basement and Bailey are all yours!  And I just realized I never posted pictures from Laney’s 2nd Birthday Party.  I’ll try and get those up soon.

Go Gators!

Toddler Tidbits: 19-Month Edition

Delaney Enjoys Some JuiceIt’s fall!  The leaves are changing and dropping from the trees.  Mums are everywhere and the Yankees are back in the World Series!  Ahhh… finally, all is right with the world.

Fall also signals Laney’s latest visit to the doctor not necessitated by projectile boogers, whooping sneeze or any ear-related engorgements.  It was time for her 18-month checkup.  Or in this case, her 19-month checkup, because Laney likes to do everything to the EXTREME!!!

Laney is currently weighing in at 29 lbs. (93rd percentile), has a head circumference of 19 1/4 inches (95th percentile) and is about 35 inches tall (>97th percentile.)  I say “about” because we’re not really sure how tall she is.

Since her last visit to the doctor’s where they gave her a strep test, she’s not so fond of the fine folks at Arboretum Pediatrics.  As soon as they laid her down on the bed, she went into super-squirm mode making it difficult to mark off her height.  Not happy with estimates, I was able to entice Laney onto the scale after she was done with her exam in hopes of getting a more accurate reading.

How hard can it be to measure a 19-month-old?  They’re knee high for cripes sake.

Well, Laney's Pigtailslet me tell you how hard it is to measure a 19-month-old.  As of right now, I’m no longer allowed in Arboretum Pediatrics.  At least not until the heat dies down.  See, although I was able to get her on the scale, apparently the little bar that you pull down to measure height is to Laney what a machete is to most of those teenagers in the Friday the 13th movies. (Nice Halloween tie in there, huh?)

Laney looked up and saw the bar coming down and let out a blood-curdling shriek that caused 20 nurses, doctors, parents and children to stop everything they were doing so they could look at me in abject horror.  (I found out later that the good folks at Chik-fil-a across the street also notified authorities of an animal in distress.)  Needless to say, Laney took off for the safety of Mommy and left me standing there trying not to look dangerous.

All in all, Laney is doing fine.  She is enjoying school very much.  She’s learning new words every day and if Mommy is not careful, she is going to learn a few – how should we say – “colorful” words sooner rather then later.  She’s got her Tinkerbell costume all ready for Halloween thanx to Nana and is working on some new tricks for Thanxgiving involving turkey and ceilings.

We look forward to spending time with the family and can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year!   Stay tuned…

Delaney Waters The Flowers

Baby Business – 9 Months Bonus Edition

Ok… I’ve been slacking off.  Sam noticed that I never published the latest Baby Business after Laney’s 9-month check up.  I know people have been wagering on Laney’s head circumference, so I apologize if this kept you from collecting on the over/under.Laney's Penguin Towel

Laney went to the doctor on January 5th.   She was 21 lbs. 2 oz. which puts her in the 75-90th percentile.  She was 29 1/2 inches tall (95th percentile) and her head was 18 1/2 inches around which stll places her in the 97th percentile!  Yeah!!!  Eat that small-headed babies!!!!

She’s been growing up right in front of our eyes.  Since her doctor’s visit, she’s learned to crawl, mastered crawling, learned to pull up, learned to fall down, mastered falling down, started cruising, started grabbing everything, mastered shoving everything in her mouth and much more.  We are in emergency mode here trying to get the house baby proofed.  She’s already pulled up onto the first stair, so we have run out of time.

It’s hard to believe that she’s 10 1/2 months old already and her birthday is right around the corner.  For those who are interested, we are having a get together at the house the weekend after her birthday to celebrate (Saturday, March 21).  Nana, Grumpa and Grandpa will be there as well as some special guests.  (I’m talking to Don Mattingly tomorrow.)   If you are interested in coming, you are more than welcome.  But bring clothes that are easily cleaned because Laney will have her very own cake to tear into.  Think Gallager or Shamu’s Spash Zone and you’ll get the picture.

One last point of business… I know I still haven’t posted photos from our XMas trip to South Florida.  I’ll get those up ASAP.  Until then, enjoy this picture of Laney at Grampa Al’s house.  Sam put pigtails in her hair and thinks she looks like a Laney Who from a Dr. Suess book…

Laney Who

Baby Business – 6 Months Edition

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Delaney.  Since being in daycare she’s apparently been in contact with every germ in existence short of Ebola.  Being the generous baby that she is, she insists on sharing her germs with Mom and Dad.  (She’s our very own Outbeak Monkey.)  So far, Dad has been lucky and remains mostly germ free.  Mom, on the other hand, has succumbed to some alien strain that’s yet to be identified and is slowly being encased in some pod-like structure.  I’ll let you know how that works out.

So, although we’ve spent a lot more time lately at the doctor’s office, yesterday was actually planned as Laney had her 6 month check up.    You’ll be happy to know that she’s still one of the largest babies in the world for her age, weighing in at 19 lbs. 2 oz (95%), 28″ long (off the chart at >97%) and a head circumference of 17 3/4″ (97%).

In other news, she’s been saying “da da” all week and I’ve deluded myself into thinking she’s actually talking about me.   She’s spent the last two weeks working her way through the world of orange veggies and will soon make the transition to green veggies.  Sam is very excited because now we can add a new color to all of those stained clothes.  I was hoping for something in Gator blue, but there doesn’t seem to be any food item of that color that can be mooshed up into a baby poo type of consistency and bottled.

Laney also has her first tooth showing and it’s sharp.  I know this because she’s learned from Bailey how to bite, rend and tear.  Again, we’re so proud.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for all of the latest in Laney news.  Oh, one more thing.  Laney demands you vote for Obama and you really don’t want to upset Laney.  Especially now that she has teeth.

Baby Business – 4 Months Edition

Delaney had her 4-month doctor’s visit on Friday and we’re happy to report she’s still huge.  Get this.  25 1/4 inches long, 16 lbs. 13 oz. and a head the size of a cantaloupe… or about 16 inches round!  That’s 97th percentile!  They needed to bring in a special scale that Home Depot usually uses to weigh lumber… although I’m not sure why anyone would be weighing lumber.  But there you go.

In other news, although she’s not driving yet, Laney Bug has rolled over on a couple of occasions.  She laughs from time to time… usually when you stub your toe or do something embarrassing.  She babbles a lot, which is usually followed by blood-curdling screams.

Also, to everyone’s delight, the Drool Fairy came to visit a few weeks ago and we’re all in a constant state of moist.  It’s great.  Really.

We’re all looking forward to our big trip to the Cape and not sleeping for a week… which would be sort of like being home but with lobster bisque.  (If anyone would like to rent Delaney for a few nights at the Cape, please let us know.)

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for your regularly scheduled blog programming.

Baby Business – 2 Months Edition

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since the big baby naming festivities.  We had a great time and loved having everyone here.  To keep the memories fresh in our minds we’ve been eating left overs all week.  (I’m soooo sick of cold cuts!!!)

In other baby news, Delaney had her two-month checkup and we’re happy to say that everything checks out.  We had her oil topped off and her rear end adjusted.  She also had her first shots which seemed a lot more painful for Mom and Dad then Laney Bug, but we’ve never been good with needles.

Laney is an over achiever and tips the scales at 14 lbs. while officially cracking the 2 foot mark at 24 1/2 inches.  This puts her in the 97th percentile for both.  At this rate, she’s still on track for 756 lbs. and 12 1/2 feet by the time she’s 9.

Thanx again for all of the well-wishes, cards, gifts and calls.  We miss you all.  Well, most of you.  You know who you are.

Crazy Laney!

Delaney Data

It’s hard to believe Delaney is 5 1/2 weeks old now.  (It’s even more amazing that a human being can operate on no sleep after 5 1/2 weeks, but this post isn’t about me.)  Delaney went to the doctor on Monday and had all of her fluids topped off.  She’s up to a healthy 11 lbs. 9 oz. and is now 23 inches long.  Her lung capacity is amazing.  Don’t believe me?  Come visit us.

What’s more amazing is Delaney already has an attitude.  Below is a picture of my little angel after I told her she couldn’t stay up to watch Lost.  I’m in trouble…

Don\'t Mess With Delaney