LC is one!

March 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment
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baby 2 weeks

Our funny baby girl celebrated her first birthday on Tuesday.  We decided to forego a party this year, since our families are 2000 miles away, and our friends here either don’t have children or have children that are much older.  Still, LC was pretty spoiled by gifts from friends and family.  W took the day off from work.  I made pancakes for breakfast while she pushed her new shopping cart around (thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!) and after her morning nap, she opened the rest of her gifts.  The water table was a HUGE hit (thanks, other Grandma and Grandpa—hmm, both sets of grandparents are Grandma and Grandpa B).  The weather was yucky, though, so it had to be an indoor toy.  Good thing it’s warmed up again today so we can move it onto the patio.

LC pb chair

As for the carrot cake I made (I was trying to be good and make her something not too sugar-laden), she wasn’t interested, so I guess I could have served double chocolate and it wouldn’t have mattered.  I did finally get her to take a bite.  She also refused the dinner I slaved over (but slaved with love!) of homemade chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries.  She threw them on the floor without so much as a nibble. Oh well.  She gobbled down yogurt and applesauce instead.  It’s her birthday and she’ll be picky if she wants to.  All in all, she had a great day, I think.

LC birthday hat

Wednesday we went to the pediatrician for her well-check.  She’s in the 10th percentile for height and weight, which of course has me concerned, but the ped didn’t seem to be worried at all.  I’m honestly surprised she doesn’t weigh more, given how much she can eat.  When my sister was here she marveled at how LC downed a huge bowl of pumpkin risotto, and on Tuesday she ate two whole pancakes for breakfast!

cake is destroyed

So, here are her 1 year stats:

Height: 28 inches (21 inches March 2011)

Weight: 18 lb 2 oz (7 lb 12.4 oz March 2011)

Size 3 diaper

Shoes: ?? I think a size 3 or 4. Right now she has one pair of Pediped which are 6-12 mos and she still has some room to grow.

Words: about 6-8.  Mama, Dada, baby, puppy, hi, Duncan (Duck-in), duck, bunny (bunny and puppy sound a lot alike, so not sure about that one)

Walking: Not quite. Last Saturday she stood up unassisted for the first time, and she took her first wobbly steps on Monday. So far she seems a little unsure of the whole thing. Crawling is way faster, mom!

Favorite foods: Pancakes, waffles, flatbread (notice a trend?), grilled cheese, applesauce, yogurt, grapes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, banana

Not a fan of: Meat, kiwi, cheerios

Other favorites: Dr. Seuss’s ABC, T’choupi books, water table, shopping cart, Jellycats Nugget Monkey, Fisher Price Beginning Blocks

The most notable thing about LC is her personality. When my sister visited, she remarked that she had never met another baby with such a bubbly personality, and that’s saying something because they have tons of young families in their neighborhood.  She’s just really laid back, finds humor in almost anything, laughs and laughs and laughs.

It may be sappy, but every night we talk about our favorite moment of the day with her.  It’s usually hard to choose.  We truly lucked out with this one.



February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment

My birthday was Monday, and although I usually look forward to it, this year I found myself mentally skipping ahead to March, to a certain baby’s big 0-1.  2012 did not begin well.  January was full of bad, bad news, and it was terribly depressing, and I don’t think even exaggerating to say soul-crushing, to see all these things keep happening, and not to be able to do anything about them.  As January dragged on, I just kept thinking, ‘We just have to get through this month, and then nothing bad will happen in February.’ As if the universes’s quota for misfortune would have already been met.  As if the universe has a quota for misfortune.

Anyway, all that to say, I wasn’t feeling my chipper-est when February finally rolled around.  I didn’t find myself counting the days till the day.  My gift this year was tickets to see Wicked, and in the end, we did make it, and I didn’t even check my phone obsessively throughout the show, waiting on edge for a text from the babysitter that omg! the sky is falling!.  I only did that on the drive to the theater.

And then Monday, the big day, we woke up and W suggested we go out for breakfast (because, if you’ve read this blog, you know I love pancakes!).  When he gave the waitress the debit card, she brought it back, and apologized because it wouldn’t go through.  At home, W checked the bank statement, and sure enough, someone had a spree at a Colorado Wal-Mart with his account number.  See?  There is no quota!  LC’s nap was spent faxing the bank so that we could get our money back.

29th birthday

I asked for a picture of me and my bébé on my birthday. At least it's a cute one of her!

And then I broke 9 eggs baking my cake, and the cakes stuck to the pan and broke, and I didn’t have enough frosting to completely frost the sides, and wah, wah, wah.

It wasn’t my best birthday for sure, but honestly, I know that it could’ve been worse.  And that I have so much to be thankful for.  And maybe it’s just that once you have kids you care more about their birthday than your own (I don’t know, I wouldn’t have expected that to be true of me).

Either way, I hope that my 29th year starts improving dramatically, or I’m going to be wishing for 30 to hurry up and get here, and who does that?

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Family, Life, Thankful things | Leave a comment
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

We had a fantastic day at home with just our little family, and tomorrow my parents fly out to spend the remainder of 2011 with us.  Santa was very good to us, and I feel like a very lucky girl.

Christmas is so much fun with a baby in the house. Nine months is a great age for a first Christmas.  LC is so much more interactive now than she was just a couple of months ago.  We were successful in not going overboard with presents for her, since she really doesn’t need that many toys.  She did have a lot of fun exploring the ones she got.  I have to say, the Fisher Price Learning Home was worth every penny (*hint* I was able to find it MUCH cheaper than the $124 it’s currently listed for).

Overall, I’m very happy with the way 2011 turned out.  I think I was the happiest this year that I’ve been in awhile, but I still have a lot of learning to do in terms of letting go and letting things roll off my back.  I’d like to be able to relax a lot more than I’m currently able (which is not often).

In spite of that, I really have everything I could ask for. So here’s to hoping that 2012 brings even more peace and contentment.

W and LC

Ready for the Christmas Eve service

L and LC


LC Christmas Eve

Christmas morning 1

Christmas morning 2


Santa Paws visited Duncan.

L and LC Christmas 1

L Christmas 2

One of my favorite gifts!


October 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Family, Life, Thankful things | Leave a comment
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Two moves, a deployment, and a baby later, here we are.  I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else.

Here’s to many, many more years ahead.

Traveling with baby at 6 months

October 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Family, Life, Thankful things | Leave a comment
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There is more that I will add to this topic later, but I just want to quickly type a little now.

Yesterday I traveled about 2000 miles from our house to my mom’s so that I can stand up as a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding this coming weekend.  My friend B asked me to be a bridesmaid while I was pregnant, and I talked it over with my husband and we both thought that there would be no reason why I couldn’t accept.

And then as we got closer to the wedding, there was one snag: he wouldn’t be able to make the trip with me, and due to his work/classesand my breastfeeding, I also had to bring Miss LC. By myself. Cue freaking out and hair pulling.

 Yesterday we traveled for about 12 hours, including times to and from the airport, and a 3.5 hour layover in Chicago.  And friends, I am here to tell you: YOU CAN DO IT. It’s not guaranteed to go well, but it can.

My number one piece of advice for traveling alone with an infant? Have a plan and make things as easy as possible for yourself.

I flew alone with LC in July but she was barely four months old then, and now she’s nearly seven months and crawling and wriggling and much harder to entertain so I was very nervous.

Baby and daddy playing at the airport. Escort pass FTW!

This time, I’m so glad I:

  • cancelled the cheap flight that required a 3-hr drive to my parents’ house after
  • dressed nicely to fly
  • brought the snap ‘n go AND the ergo
  • took the diaper bag as my carry-on and packed LIGHT (well, as light as possible, and my checked suitcase was still overweight. FAIL.)
  • accepted help whenever it was offered to me
  • smiled a lot and used my super cute baby to win the hearts of my fellow passengers

More detail on how it all went down (and how I was so lucky that LC cooperated so well, even past her bedtime) soon!

LC at Six Months

September 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Family, Home, Life, Thankful things | 1 Comment

My darling girl,

I can’t believe half a year has gone by since we welcomed you into our family.  We’ve had our ups and downs as we’ve figured each other out, but fortunately the ups have far outnumbered the downs.

Here are some of the highlights from the past six months:

You were born on a Sunday morning and we had to wait until Tuesday evening to hold you for the first time because you were intubated until then.  It was such a good feeling to have you in my arms where you should have been all along.

After ten long, emotional days in the NICU, we finally  got to take you home. Best day ever.

We’ve had many occasions to dress you up and fawn over how stinkin’ cute you are.  We just can’t help it; no matter what you do, to us it’s the most adorable thing ever (except for spit up and poop…sorry, those are just never cute).

Since you’ve been born, you’ve had lots of people come to see you.  That’s a pretty big deal since your extended family lives 2,000 miles away.  You had your first plane ride, too, to Virginia just before you turned 4 months old.  You were so good on the plane, and many people commented that they didn’t even know there was a baby on the flight!

On your first trip to VA, you got to see both sets of grandparents, three aunts and uncles, and your cousin who’s only 9 days older than you.  Your aunt and I had fun dressing you in coordinating outfits and taking pictures of you together.  Your great-grandpa even drove all the way from Michigan just to meet you.

Cousins in their Costa Rica onesies!

Everyone that meets you notices what a happy baby you are.  You always have such a big grin, and it melts our hearts just thinking about it. I absolutely love going in your room in the morning when you wake up because you greet me with that cute gummy smile (no teeth yet!).  You have the sweetest laugh, and you mostly only cry when you’re tired.

Blowing raspberries

Speaking of tired, you have finally become a great night sleeper.  We had a rough patch between months 2 and 4, but once we came back from vacation, you started sleeping pretty consistently from about 7:30 pm-7:30 am.  Naps are another story. We are working on those!

At this point, you are rolling, rolling, rolling like crazy, and have started to army crawl.  You are a determined little girl and if you really want something, you’ll find a way to get it.  Lately you seem to really love getting your hands on Mommy’s magazines.  You seem to have a knack for picking out the one thing in the room you’re not supposed to have and then making sure you get it.

You’re also becoming quite vocal.  You are usually squealing with delight, but you also have started screeching (happily!) and you crack us up with the new sounds you make.  Mommy is speaking French to you, as well as English, but your grandparents are pushing for you to be at least trilingual, so we’ve got some work to do.

We started solids just over a week ago.  So far you have tried peaches, avocados,  and plums.  You seem to like the avocado best, but in general you are not too enthused about solids.  We hope you’ll grow up to be an adventurous eater because Mommy and Daddy love to eat!

Your 6-month checkup is later this week, so we don’t have official height/weight stats yet, but you are still fitting comfortably in 3-6 month clothes and size 2 or 3 diapers.

We love you so much and we can’t wait to see what surprises the next six months bring.

Love, your mama

6 months!

Tuesday Thanks

April 20, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Thankful things | Leave a comment

Just a few things I’m thankful for on this quiet Tuesday:

  • Having a sweet, mostly mellow pup to keep me company during the day.
  • My hardworking husband, who works hard to support our family on one salary.
  • Tuesday night = Glee and Parenthood! Woohoo!
  • Fabulous parents who don’t mind that I call them pretty much every day.
  • Grandparents-in-law who treat me like I’ve always been their granddaughter.
  • Diet Dr. Pepper and caramel corn Quaker minis
  • The thought of going back to work and school in the fall (more on this soon!)

Duncan, the newest member of our family

What’s brightening up your Tuesday?

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