Monday, December 22, 2014

Is this thing on?

So, uh, it's been awhile, huh?

I didn't really mean to take such an extended break, though let's be honest, it's not like I was posting all that prolifically before the break. 

I'm hoping that I will be back more regularly soon but life has been crazy lately. Good! But crazy.

So while I gather my thoughts and figure out where to even start with everything that's been going on, I leave you with a year in review from Instagram:

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Yup, Baby Dos is on her way - at the end of March we'll be a family of 4!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Weekend Away!

Last weekend A spent her first night away from B and me at the same time - it was sleepover time at Grandma and Granddad's!

Kiddo had such a great time!


B and I took her over to my parent's house on Saturday morning - she was pretty excited just to get to run around the ferry for awhile. The crazy part for me is that Saturday was only the second night that I've spent away from her (the first night was for my friend's bachelorette party, back when she was 5 1/2 months old. It was definitely time).



I was a little wary about how she would do, just because while she's spent a lot of time with my parents this would be the most time she spent with them by herself. According to Grandma and Granddad though, she did great! She napped well, ate well, ran around the playground and got all kinds of sandy, actually managed to sit still on my dad's lap at church and then had another good nap before we came back over to pick her up on Sunday afternoon.




Mom even got her to brush her teeth! Kid laughs and holds her mouth shut when I try this... hmm, I think we need to enlist Grandma more often at bedtime.


We ended up having a little bit of wait for the ferry on the way home, so B and A enjoyed making me a little bit nervous with how far she could look out over the water.


I'm so happy she did so well - kiddo is growing up so fast on me! I'm pretty sure that this is going to be a much more common occurrence now that we all know how happy she is to spend the night with the grandparents. And I have to say - getting a nap and then getting to sleep in on Sunday morning? Pretty awesome. Definitely going to happen again soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

My second Mother's Day - overall a pretty good day! There were pancakes in the morning, bubbly in the afternoon and homemade pizza for dinner!


Unfortunately, A has been battling a cold this weekend (cough plus runny nose plus teething plus whiny equals sad, pathetic baby), so we spent a lot of time doing everything we could to get smiles out of her, including lots of random photos!


But she perked up after her nap and we enjoyed the incredibly nice sunny afternoon that Seattle had to offer which was so very wonderful and needed after all the rain we've had so far this spring. Plus, you know. Bread. Bread is awesome.


I've been back at work for a few weeks now which is why I've had even less time to come here to write. I have so many things I want to talk about, including A's first birthday (so what that that was almost 5 months ago!), Easter, A's new learning tower that B built(!) and I'd also like to talk a bit about our childcare situation now. One of these days I'll figure out the balance that is working and playing with A and also spending time with B and my family and friends.

Oh, and of course as soon as I started looking at photos I couldn't help but include this one - we went to see the new cheetahs at the Woodland Park Zoo and while A didn't see much of the cheetahs (they were lying down at the back of the exhibit) she looooved checking out the flamingos!


It's crazy to me that I remember putting her in that shirt back when she was around 6 months or so (it was more like a dress then), and now she's getting to the point where it's going to be too small for her soon!

But until I get around to writing those posts, here's one of the things that A loves to help me with - folding laundry.


Yes. That is my underwear. What, you don't wear underwear on your head?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We moved!

So things have been a bit quiet around here... One big reason for that?


We moved!

Nope, we didn't buy a house but we did find a great one to rent! It's got more space than our old apartment, a big backyard for the dog (and the toddler!) to run around in and overall it's a great spot for us. We miss our water view but not much else about the old place! 

Moving was a bit of a pain in the butt (seriously we managed to pick the one day this winter that it freaking snowed to move all of the big stuff over!) but we did it! Sure, there are still boxes in the office/guest room but one day those will be unpacked.

I have so much more I want to write about (my baby turned 1! We threw her a party! And did I mention that we're living in a new house?!) and slowly but surely I'll get around to it. Just wanted to say hi to anyone still reading that I haven't totally forgotten about this space and will be sharing more soon!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

12 Months

My darling A -


12 months! 1 year! We made it! Just... wow. I think that word best sums up the experience that this past year of being your mama has been. It has been such an amazing joy watching you grow. One year ago I met you for the very first time and we started on this journey of slowly getting to know each other. Now I know you better than anyone and yet I am so very aware of how much you are still growing and changing. But I don't think there will be any other year in which so many changes will take place.


You are now walking and babbling like you have so many things to tell us! I can't wait until you have more words to express all that you are feeling, but for now the conversations we have are pretty great. You have said mama and dada before but you aren't using them with any regularity. The one word that we're pretty sure you are using and fairly consistently? Bubba. Yup, that's Cody's nickname (I really don't know why I started calling him that, but I do so on a regular basis). We've heard you asking for your Bubba every so often so I'm incredibly amused that that's the first word you really use.


We also switched you over to your new convertible carseat! I was actually pretty amazed that we got so many months of use out of your infant bucket seat, but being not super tall or super heavy meant that you fit into it fine for a long time! Once we changed you to the new seat I thought you looked so small in it, but after just a couple of weeks you look like you've been sitting in it for your whole life.


We also tried you in the back carry for a long walk. Worked out pretty well! 


Your favorite thing to do is to pull out all of your toys and then play with the basket - occasionally sitting in it, but often putting it on your head or pushing it around the living room. Luckily for me you are starting to learn the joy of putting things BACK into baskets! Which means that part of our routine before your nap or before you go to bed is starting to put your toys away. I like that you're learning that things don't get cleaned up magically and that helping to keep things neat and orderly is a good thing! Basically I'm trying to take advantage of your willingness to help as long as possible!

Baby's first Lego set. Thanks Uncle J! 


Also, I don't know how this is possible but you hadn't been on swings before this month! Really? That's just crazy! We went over to see your grandparents one day (and to get your eyes checked as part of the Infant See program) (your eyes are wonderful kiddo and you held so still for the doctor to do all of the tests he had to do!) and while we waited for the ferry back home we played at a nearby playground. You had SO much fun on the swings! Pretty sure we're going to be finding our way back to more swing sets soon!


 Who needs television when you've got a frontloading washer? Whatever keeps you entertained kiddo!


I have to be honest - I'm pretty happy this weekly photo project is over! Though I do love looking back at all of the different pictures.

We had such a wonderful first birthday for you! I'll add more pictures of that later, but baby girl, do you know how many people love you and wanted to celebrate with you? We had the party at your grandparents house and so many of your friends and family were able to come from all over the country to play with you! 



I cannot even believe you are one year old, baby girl. And now you're officially a toddler with all that you are doing and learning. But I hope you know that you'll always be my baby, right? My firstborn, my baby who made me a mama. Even more importantly, you're the one who made me your mama. 

I love you so much little one. To the moon and back. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Champs!

If you follow me on twitter, you have realized that I am a Seahawks fan. I love football and the team this year - there's just something about these guys that has captured a city's heart. 

12th man fever has run rampant during this post-season, including a 12 in window lights in several buildings throughout the city (there's another building south of this photo right by the stadium that is lit up on both sides with the 12!).

Photo courtesy of the Seattle PI

And now the Seahawks are coming home with the Vince Lombardi trophy. Love it. Our city has been waiting for this for a long, long time.

In the words of Russell Wilson, "why not us?"

"Why not us?" indeed.

Go Hawks!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One

My baby girl is one.


A year ago I was just meeting you and wondering what kind of baby you would be and what kind of mom I would be.


Today? Well, you are the best kiddo anyone could ever ask for. I'm still learning the ropes as your mom (and I'm pretty sure the learning never stops) but I cannot imagine my world without you in it. I am so grateful to be your mama. The world is a brighter place with you here!
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