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Maia in costume before her very first dress rehearsal.

[Matt] This coming Sunday, May 31 Maia will perform in her first-ever dance recital. She has been taking a dance and exercise class called Petite Feet every Friday at her preschool this year, and she loves it. It is never difficult to get Maia to school on Fridays, just mention “it’s Petite Feet day” and she’s ready to run out the door.

This recital is as big a deal as can be for an event featuring two- to five-year-olds. There will be a couple dozen groups from a different preschools, a total of 200 or so little kids! (So it could be a complete train wreck.) They are selling tickets and everything. We had to buy Maia a specific, not-cheap costume. There was a dress rehearsal last Tuesday, and since it was at 5 PM and a 20-min drive in the wrong direction from Kerean’s 40-min drive home from work, I got to take her.

I have to say her costume is cute. (See the photo? Guess who did her hair? THIS guy!) After seeing some of the, shall we say, more Hallowe’en-like costumes worn by most of the other groups, Maia will get some mileage out of hers after the performance is over and she can wear it to play dance in. And those are real, tiny black ballet shoes, her very own.

Since we won’t be allowed to record the actual performance, “to avoid distracting our little performers” (and not at all to motivate us to shell out 40 bucks for the professional video recording of said performance—did I mention these were two- to five-year-olds, the majority from other schools hence WE DON’T KNOW THOSE KIDS?) I did what all the other parents were doing and recorded Maia’s group during dress rehearsal with my iPhone. The video is below, and it speaks for itself. Oh, in case you can’t tell, Maia is second from the right. And by the way, after watching half of the groups rehearse, I can say Maia’s was the largest and one of the two most entertaining groups I saw! Way to go, Puddy!!

[Matt] Kira (KEER-ah) Veronica Povich was born on Thursday, January 29 2015 at 3.29 PM PST, at the Ontario Medical Center in Ontario, CA. She was born one week before her due date, weighed 10 lbs, 9.7 oz (no joke) and measured 22″ in length.

Her size was not the result of any medical issue or complication, nor was she overdue. Kerean had a healthy, picture-perfect (pun intended) pregnancy and textbook caesarian delivery (because of Kira’s size, a no other delivery option was available). Big sister Maia and Aunt Lydia visited Kira in the hospital the day after she was born, and Mommy and baby were released and came home the day after that. As I write this, Kira is not quite 3 days old (and Maia is 3 and a half years old). Kira is upstairs with her Mommy and Maia, Lydia, and I are downstairs watching The Incredibles. I am feeling that I have a family of superheroes myself!

Here are my favorite pictures from the hospital, from when Kira was weighed and measured at <1/2 hour old to Maia and Lydia’s visit the following day. I think these speak for themselves.

[Matt] On December 14 we posed for our Christmas card family photo by our front door. We also took these photos of Maia and Mommy’s 32-week belly.

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Nuggetto has been growing steadily. She moves all the time. We all can feel her easily from the outside — often Mommy’s belly will visibly shift around. She very much enjoys riding in a car, this invariably generates lots of movement. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Gram (and Zeyde) babysat Maia while Kerean and I went to the symphony, and there we learned that Nuggettoo loves live, classical music, too.

While Kerean hardly looks pregnant from the back, for awhile now she has found that everywhere she goes her belly attracts attention. People (well, other women anyway) do not shy away from asking “When are you due?” and cannot hide their surprise at the answer (for the record — February 4). She’s even been asked, on multiple occasions, “are you having twins?” It never ceases to amaze me how free some people feel to ask such marginally appropriate questions and to make body comments to pregnant women.

Obviously Kerean looks amazing, but she has become a bit sensitive about her belly size, not out of concern for her appearance, but out of some worries about the prospects for delivery. Maia was born early, as an emergency Caesarian, and Kerean never went into labor. It’s looking as though Nuggettoo will be significantly bigger than Maia was. Still an open question whether this pregnancy will go full-term (we are starting to wonder if the due date is right).

Kerean is a champ, but at this point she is starting to tire more easily and feel as if she can’t possibly get any bigger. On Christmas Eve she began more than a week of forced vacation (since she works at a university), and this was sorely needed. I expect it will be hard for her to go back to work in January, but I also suspect she won’t have to go back for long — hopefully just long enough to finish training the temp who will be filling in for her during her maternity leave. That’s right, Kerean is now so indispensable at her job that they will need to bring in outside help while she’s away!

Week22 [Matt] Here’s another back-dated post…

We spent the weekend before Kerean’s birthday at Huntington Beach. I took this photo on our hotel balcony at sunset. Maia was cuddling up to her baby sister and sporting her brand-new Frozen watch (it sings the last stanza of “Let It Go” when she presses a button).

This was right in the middle of the second trimester “honeymoon period,” and Kerean was feeling good. We took walks along the beach and played in the surf.

[Kerean] I am more than half way through my second pregnancy and it still feels so unreal. I am not sure why because my belly is huge and the baby is like a little ninja kicking and chopping about in there. It’s pretty real alright…though unreal at the same time!

We blogged so much about Maia and our anticipation of her arrival, it’s about time we start showing our outward excitement for our new baby. What better way than through the Baby Povich blog, which we might need to rename soon.

We can’t wait to meet our new addition and neither can Maia! It’s been the most wonderful time sharing this experience with Maia so far.

“Mommy, this how I am going to feed my baby sister.”

Maia at the Claremont library feeding a dolly...

Maia at the Claremont library feeding a dolly…

“Mommy, how about you take a picture of me!?”

(First time ever to request a photo taken of her and she wasn’t playing with this pose either!)

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[Kerean] Blueberry pancakes for Maia because she essentially makes them for herself (recipe at the end). I love weekend mornings…especially when they go like this…

She is a natural…eyeballing the honey like a pro.
Maia Makes Pancakes

Carefully selecting blueberries for a good rinse before adding to the batter.
Maia Makes Pancakes

Multitasking mixing and squirting.
Maia Makes Pancakes

Look at that meticulous focus…
Maia Makes Pancakes

Indulging Mommy in a photo op…look at that happy beautiful face. This happy…her happy, is everything! Her happiness always reflecting in her eyes is magical.
Maia Makes Pancakes

She had a bit of bacon…
Maia Makes Pancakes

“Show me the bacon…”
Maia Makes Pancakes

Someone had to test them…who better than the chef herself.

Maia Makes Pancakes

The recipe for Maia’s vanilla soy blueberry pancakes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil

Whisk all ingredients together without over beating. A 1/4 cup makes the perfect sized pancakes for us.


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