Tuesday, May 10, 2011
- went to the park a ton, leah's getting used to going on the swings and slides again.
- had our first picnic of the year with the o'connor fam on a cold but sunny morning
- worked in our garden to get ready for new flowers and got rid of weeds and pinecones
- leah talks a ton. she knows what she wants and asks for it. like a lunch of "m&ms, macaroni and every strawberry."
- did a ton of running (74 miles in march)
- mike and lisa stayed with the gals and watched little mermaid while luke and i went to a velodrome fundraiser.
- went on a hospital adventure when luke crashed on his bike and had to get stitches in his chin. leah talks about it still (in may) about 3 times a week.
- luke changed jobs within amazon and had to spend a few days in cupertino. girls week at home.
- leah sings "go cubs go" like a rockstar. https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100849530555844&comments
- rorykate is getting bigger. we stopped nursing and switched to formula, making her a bigger and even happier little girl.
- Leah's Birthday Month! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100849955469314.3510254.9362103
- Papa and Nana and Grandpa Tim all came out to visit and celebrate birthday month!
- On Leah's birthday, we got donuts at Top Pot with Lisa, The O'Connors, and Grandpa Tim. We made a Build-a-Bear and had dinner at Red Robin! It was a great day. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100991628181064.3519714.9362103
- Leah got lots of great gifts, including a new play kitchen!
- Leah moved up to the 2 year old room for church preschool. Her friends there are CoCo and Ellie. There is a giant dinosaur and an awesome playhouse.
- Had Little Sprout Workshop at our house. It was crazy and fun.
- Easter weekend, we made sausage & homemade bread. We did the Redmond egg hunt (and Leah loved it!)
- Should note that Leah seems to be getting better anxiety wise every week. We're learning how to help her through stressful times (like being at the park when there are other kids.)
- Leah went to pony class. It was pretty scary.
- Rory is starting to move and groove. She is the happiest baby and happiest person I've ever known. She's starting to sit and crawl. It's really exciting.
- Luke accepted a job with facebook, so we're considering a move to Silicon Valley!
Monday, March 14, 2011
She had her 6 month appointment today - 26.5" and 12.75lbs. Not great news, as her weight isn't going up like we'd expect - she's below the 5%, and within her own chart, hasn't gained much in the last two months (and only about 4.75lbs since birth). Today she'll be starting on pediasure, a supplement drink. So if you're sick of seeing Rory in her 3 month clothes, hopefully we'll be helping her grow into some bigger ones soon.
Leah is really funny. She repeats pretty much everything these days, and even occasionally says what i'm about to say before I get a chance to say it. Today I found her in the playroom and she said "What am I doing sweetheart?"
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
GREAT: both girls sleep until at least 7am.
GREAT: rorykate always takes a good morning nap, sometimes right after she wakes up.
NOT AS GREAT: sometimes I let rory nap too long in the morning, when leah and i get caught up in too much fun playtime, or less fun chores.
GREAT: rorykate is in great spirits in the morning. who wouldn't be with about 14-15 hours of sleep?
GREAT: leah usually asks to take a nap, in the afternoon.
NOT AS GREAT: rorykate usually seems tired, but actually isn't. probably because she got 13 hours of sleep at night and a 2 hour nap in already.
WEIRD: leah rarely naps. she instead plays and reads quietly.
GREAT: somehow, leah seems fully rested after her "nap" time.
GREAT: rory usually sleeps for a bit in the afternoon, even if just for 30 minutes.
NOT AS GREAT: 5:30 at our house. today, leah was begging to go to sleep. actually begging "please mommy it's bedtime." rory was also begging, but more with just lots of tears.
GREAT: i'm usually able to hold both of them off until 6:30 with food and books and baths. tonight we only made it to 6:10.
NOT AS GREAT: both girls wake up in the middle of the night, rory to eat (because she's been asleep for like 8 hours already) and leah wakes up with nightmares.
GREAT: both girls go back to sleep almost immediately after a nursing (rory) or a snuggle (leahmadison)
it's hard to remember sometimes at 5:30pm or 3am how lucky i am the rest of the day. really, i'm lucky even at 5:30 and 3am as well. :)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Leah got new shoes today that she picked out all on her own at Target. They're super duper sparkly. :)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
She also has a great memory now. Yesterday at lunch, she asked to go to red robin, with dad, to have cheese sticks (grilled cheese and fries) and get a balloon. We had gone a couple days prior and she remembered all of it.
She also notices everything. I usually take a shower after putting her down for a nap, and she always notices that i've changed my shirt and washed my hair. Usually she tells me "oh mommy, your purple shirt is beautiful! and your hair is all clean and wet. good job in the shower."
And Rory? Rory is hysterically noisy when she is hungry. She lets out a yell (not a cry or a scream, just an actual yell) in between spoonfuls of food. And it is extremely loud. Ridiculously loud.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
God certainly answered some huge prayers this morning.
Yesterday, Rory was in her first 5k! We ran in the Valentine's Day Dash at Green Lake, where we used to live. It was so much fun, and the girls were so happy. We're very blessed to have such easy, happy gals.
Friday, February 11, 2011
God, thanks for giving me a birthmark too. I know now that part of the reason for it was to help Leah feel like not only is hers not weird, it's sort of weird to NOT have one. Thanks.
Monday, February 7, 2011
- Leah started treatment for her hemangioma on January 13. It was a pretty un-fun day at Seattle Children's Hospital. Leah HATED the blood pressure cuff and the EKG, but we survived. She'll be taking propranalol for about 6 months.
- Leah is very aware of the world around her, and is talking a ton. She speaks in full sentences about things around her, especially dinosaurs! She is able to identify triceratops, tyrannosaurus, pteranadon, and stegosaurus, and loves to build block houses for the dinos to play in.
- Leah moved from her highchair to a booster seat this month to make room for Rory, who will be using the highchair soon!
- Leah finished up her 3rd session of yoga. She is still very shy and nervous around other kids, but is definitely getting better.
- We took Rory for her 4 month appointment to find that she hadn't gained any weight since her two month appointment, so she started solids a bit sooner than Leah. She now eats a full avocado everyday, as well as some pureed food - she's had carrots, squash, sweet potato, applesauce, and green beans which she absolutely hates and refuses to eat!
- Rory loves Luke. They are best buddies, and daddy makes Rory laugh like no one else can.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
apparently, leah's new year's resolution was to start using the potty, because she peed on the potty this morning! we celebrated with a trip to target to get big girl underwear (and some pull-ups to help us transition.) we're so proud of her.
rory continues to be awesome. sleeping, eating like a champ, and really starting to show her personality. she rocks. 2010 was the year of rory :)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
And... RORY KATE ROLLED OVER! Back to front, like a champ.
Tomorrow we'll say goodbye to Nana. Leah loves her a lot.
Monday, December 6, 2010
When we got home, there were presents waiting for all of us. The girls got matching pajamas, Luke got pajama pants, and I got a comfy pair of slippers. :)
This morning, a ton of presents were under the tree! Leah and Rory both got a doll from Great Grandma Jean and Great Grandpa Bill. Leah named hers Emily, and Rory's is already named Lucy, so I think we'll stick with that until Rory picks a different name for her.
Leah also got the Red Rover game, and lots of things in her stocking. Her favorite was the dinosaur. She promptly dressed it with a necklace.
Rory got a sweet tummy time toy, and some good stuff in her stocking as well.
Luke got a pie of the month club - one pie, made by me, each month of this year. Sugar Cream is all ready in the fridge for him!
For my present, Luke is making dinner tonight. And I'm so excited. Leah and Rory got me a cubs "W" flag and some frangos. Yummy :)
Friday, December 3, 2010
Today we had our roof cleaned, and so there was a truck in our driveway. Leah is still not fond of "scary truckas", but is trying to convince herself that they're not that bad. As we pulled into our driveway, Leah said "It's a happy trucka, mommy?" I told her it was a happy truck, and she seemed okay with it. The roof cleaner was up on the roof outside her room during her nap, and she yelled "MOMMY! It's the GUY! It's the GUY! He's steaming the house!"
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
We went over and said hi, Santa asked Leah what her name was. She (in my arms, holding onto me thistight) said "my sister is rorykate. she is a baby sister." Santa said, "but what's your name?" Leah said "I love dinosaurs."
He asked her for a high five, but she declined. I gave him a high five instead.
When we got to the car, Leah said "oooooooh santa. scary scary santa."
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"I love dinos."
"I love squirrels."
"I love cookies."
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Rory is getting so strong now - lots of holding her head up. Also, she manages to turn herself about 90-180 degrees during the night. Weird.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
On Friday, we set out to Target to get Christmas ornaments for the girls, and we came back home to decorate the tree. Leah says "merry Kristen!" when we turn on the tree. Yesterday, she said "turn on the fi-place. I cold. Brrr."
The Roommates continue to do amazingly together in their room together. Last night, they both slept from 7pm to 7am with no wakeups in between. Awesome.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Rory Kate spent her day snuggling in front of the fire. Smart girl.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We visited Clara at her new house, and Leah decided that Clara is her "besssssssss friend." So sweet.
Later in the week, we went to yoga, and Leah had a blast. In the past, she seemed to get a bit overwhelmed and overstimulated, but this time she really enjoyed herself. She even stood up during "moon toe" to say "TREE POSE!!!!" and then did it. Anna her instructor thought it was hysterical.
Leah has started pretend play this last week - lots of playing with her dolls and stuffed animals, and having them talk to each other (and kiss each other!)
Sunday was our playgroup practice thanksgiving - it's amazing how big these kids have gotten. A year ago, they were all just laying on the floor, and we were so eager to have them running around. And we definitely had that this year!
Monday it snowed! Luke stayed home, and although he worked, the girls and I had a great time drinking hot chocolate, reading in front of the fire, and playing in the snow :)
And sweet sweet Rory. She's a different gal these days - really recognizes us and wants to have us around. She still loves her jungle gym, especially when she's able to grab the hanging toys!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Last night, Leah peed on the potty... only, because she was so excited, she started jumping up and down while she was still going. Whoops!
Rory is a sleeping champion. She goes to sleep around 7:30pm, and sleeps until 4 or 5, wakes up for a quick snack and then crashes back out for a few more hours. She had her 2 month visit with Dr. Kilburn today - stats are:
24.5" (95%), 12#13oz (90%)
She's a growing lady! She's been smiling a ton recently, and we love it :)
Sunday, November 7, 2010
On Sunday, we required a rest day. Went for a run in the morning, and snuggled up the rest of the day, and really, most of the week. We left the house for a few runs in the double BOB, red cup day at starbucks, itsy bitsy yoga (and Rory's first playdate on her own with Clara!), and a trip to the mall with the O'Connor ladies.
All of the rest was probably a good idea, because both of the gals came down with colds on Friday night. Fortunately, there's lots of Kipper on Netflix, lots of juice in our fridge, and lots of blankets to snuggle with.
Friday, October 29, 2010
We did have lots of fun anyway though - last Thursday, we decorated halloween cookies with Clara and Nash. They mostly ate frosting. Over the weekend, we ran some errands, and snuggled since it was so rainy out. Luke went with us to the library - it was his first trip over there, and Leah was excited to show him around. During the week, we did lots of cleaning, but took breaks with reading books, doing puzzles, and watching Kipper. Wednesday, Luke worked from home while I went to my doctor, and Leah got to spend so much time with Luke. They're seriously best friends. :) On Thursday, we went over to Noelle's new house!
Today, the girls got to wear their halloween costumes to Luke's work for trick or treating! Leah is Abby Cadabby this year, and she loves it. Rory Kate is a spooky but cute skeleton. We saw Lenna and her folks at amazon, and the girls had a great time running around and sometimes getting candy.
Tomorrow is Leah and Rory's halloween party! We're so excited to see everyone's costumes and eat lots of yummy treats :)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So here is a collection of some common Leah words and phrases. Sorry if this ends up as a Leah brag-a-thon. She is pretty cool, though, and I want to make sure we remember all of this. :)
Right now, Leah uses the phrases "find it" and "on the ground" quite a bit. Many of her rambling sentences sound like "babyababya FINDIT! FINDIT! ooooh on the ground on the ground."
When she hurts herself, it's very important to her that she explain as best she can what happened. This often sounds like a large rambly sentence with yelled things like "CLUNKED!" "ON THE GROUND!" "HEAD", etc. sprinkled in. She also usually re-enacts the crash as well.
Recently, Leah has started to say "that's funny" or "that's not funny" to mean "that's good" or "that's not good." So, if you ask her if she'd like some broccoli for dinner, she'll say "that's NOT funny." If you ask her if she'd like tortellini, she'll say "that's FUNNY." Not sure at all where this came from.
Another great Leah phrase is "that's all better." Many times, she actually means it - for example, if she complains about the carseat buckle being too tight and I readjust it, she'll say "that's all better." Which is awesome. She also says it to mean "stop bothering me" as in, if I'm trying to put her clothes on and she feels like it's taking too long, she'll say "that's all better" and run away.
Leah knows most animal names now, as well as the sounds they make. If she doesn't know what sound they make (like a giraffe), she says their name in a funny voice. Worked for Pokemon.
She also sings many of the letters in the ABC song - C, G, "blahblahblahblahP", V, Z and ME.
She's learning to count, as well. She won't count on her own, but if you say "1" she'll say "2". If you say "1, 2" she'll say "3" all the way up to 5.
Leah also knows many opposites. If you say "up" she'll say "down". She knows up/down, clean/dirty, heavy/light, front/back, awake/asleep, and near/far.
Lastly, she talks about Rory Kate a lot. She calls her "Rory K" most of the time, and is quick to tell me when "Rory K sad" or "Rory K mad".
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On Saturday, Grandpa Tim came to visit! We took a walk to the park, ate some pizza, and read lots and lots of books. Sunday was a very special day - Rory Kate's dedication! We prayed for her, and promised to do all we can to lead her towards Christ. Grandpa Tim was there, along with our friends the Lundells, the O'Connors, the Rices, and the Rowells. Afterward, Mike, Lisa, Clara and her mommy and daddy came over to celebrate with us. The best part was when Leah and Clara played in the tent downstairs and found a big box of pears. Leah ate a whole pear, and all that was left was the stem!
On Monday, we did absolutely nothing, and it was wonderful.
On Tuesday, we did some shopping, and then Grandpa Tim came back! We went to Panera for lunch, and then came back for some more playing and book reading.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Rory Kate is one week old today, and had her very first doctor's appointment. She weighed in at 8lbs 15oz (1 oz less than her birthweight, and 10 oz more than she was on friday!) All in all, a healthy, happy gal.
Leah Madison is a great big sister, and has been having tons and tons of fun with her Nana Lauren here.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Two weekends ago, BFFs Mike and Lisa moved from Portland to Seattle. Now we can see them all the time!
We had a week of sick at our house - Leah and mommy both had colds, and daddy found out that he had mono! He's been resting up, and working at home some (which we love!) to get better before baby Rory comes!
On Monday August 16, Leah slept in her big girl bed for the very first time at night! She did great, and has been sleeping in it so so so happily ever since.
Last Friday, we declared August 20 as Big Sister Day at our house. So to celebrate the first annual big sister day, we went to Top Pot for donuts with Lisa, and then over to Build a Bear to make some new friends for Leah and Rory. Leah made a monkey for herself, which she named Mike, and made a sweet bear for Rory, which she named "bearbear."
This week, we've been mostly hanging around the house - today we went to the KidsQuest museum with Paige and her mommy, and it was so fun! Leah found the babydolls first. She carried them around for a while, and then put them in the crib and said "phew!" and then went to play with the Brio set. We finished the morning off with a bagel date at Panera together.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
This past week was an easy week for us. We relaxed a bunch, and on Thursday, Leah had Itsy Bitsy Yoga with mommy's yoga instructor, Anna. As usual, Leah was a bit hesitant at first, and then warmed up to the fun.
This weekend, BFFs Mike and Lisa were in town - they're moving here next weekend, and we're so so so excited. Plus only 5 more weeks until Leah's going to be a big sister!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We went to the park a whole bunch too, because Leah talks about it pretty constantly. If you ask her about what's at the park, she'll tell you about the 'dwings', the 'dlide', the 'wocker' and the 'pinner'. And as soon as we get within sight of the park, she starts climbing up and out of her stroller in happy screams. She can climb up the stairs to the slide all by herself now, and get positioned and come down all by herself. It's crazy awesome.
Today Daddy was home, and so we did tons of gardening. We took two trips over to home depot, and Leah loved smelling the Jasmine tree.
With all that we've been doing, Leah has been a sleeping machine. She asks to go to bed around 6:30, and sleeps until about 7:30. She lays down for a quiet time in the early morning for about an hour (just hangs out in bed and relaxes), and then goes down for a big 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. I'm writing this so that when this sleeping schedule changes and I'm not this lucky anymore, or when Rory is here and I'm sleep deprived and have no "me" time, that I'll remember that I once totally had it made. :)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I love you. When I was pregnant with you, I thought so much about what you'd be like... what you'd look like, what you'd feel like when I snuggled you, what it would be like when you said mommy for the first time,
I knew you'd be cute, and I knew we'd have lots of fun, and I knew I'd love you even if you cried all the time and you made me go weeks without sleep... but I never realized I could love you as much as I do.
I think you're absolutely the coolest person I've ever met, and I tell you this almost every day now, but I really want to be like you when I grow up.
I want to be nearly-constantly joyful like you are. Not just content, but joyful.
I want to be more enthusiastic like you are. Not just going along with what other people want, but pushing myself to find something exciting about it, even when I'm not at first. I love that you always take a few moments to scope things out, but once you realize it's something fun and good, you're all over it. You went from crying in the pool two days ago to jumping in and going underwater (and giggling about it) today. I will always try to give you a couple moments to check things out, and I hope you'll forgive me when I get too excited and push you into something that I know you'll love.
I want to be more honest like you are. You don't over-dramatize. You aren't passive-aggressive. You don't hold grudges. You let me know when you're not happy, and then you move on.
I want to be an explorer like you are. You patiently sit and discover things. You have an incredible attention-span. You let people teach you things without worry that they'll think they're smarter than you.
I want to be tough like you are. You shake off cuts, trips, falls, bumps and bruises like no one I've ever known. I worried when you were a newborn that you had the weird illness where you don't feel pain. Turns out you do feel pain, you just don't let it ruin your day. Blows me away.
I want to be as self-confident as you are. You don't care at all what you're wearing, or what people think about what you're wearing. You don't care that most of the time you have your lunch on your face or have really sweaty feeties. You don't care that you have a big red bump on your head. When kids come up to investigate your birth mark, you just smile and try to play with them. I know some of this may be that you just aren't aware of what you're wearing, or what you look like, but it makes me wonder if maybe I wouldn't be better off not studying myself quite so much.
I desperately want to love like you love. In your 14 months with us, you've managed to learn so much about different ways that different people want to be loved. Daddy likes to play, Grandmas and Grandpas love to read, and Mommy LOVES to snuggle. Your kisses are perfect. Today you lifted up my shirt and said "kiss the baby" and kissed my belly. I have no idea what you think is going on in there, but you know it needs a kiss. You're going to be a rockin' big sister.
At about 9pm every night, I miss you so much and sometimes want to sneak in and wake you up to snuggle and play. And in the morning, hearing your little voice calling daddy to come get you is the best alarm clock ever.
I love you. I hope I can show you how much I do every day.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame (loved it as a newborn, always calmed her down)
- In the Mood (loved it at 7 months. first dancing tune. http://vimeo.com/7605271)
- Ready for This (loved it at 12 months. http://vimeo.com/10911695)
- Free Fallin' (mommy sings it every night at bedtime, Leah sang "freeeeeeeee" at 13 months.)
- Me and Julio (current favorite... some great great dance moves to this one.)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Yesterday, while I was eating my bagel, Leah noticed that it looked like a "C". She yelled "Go Cups Go!" I'm a pretty proud mommy.
Over the weekend, we had lots of time with daddy... Leah and daddy hung out while I went to yoga on Saturday, and then we went to a park in Kirkland and grilled in the backyard.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This morning you asked to take a nap, and proceeded to talk and play for about an hour. Before you fell asleep, I heard you softly singing to yourself about daddy and bikes and bananas and roger and outside. As you sang, you got softer and softer, until you fell asleep. I love you. I love that you're so content to play on your own, and that you sing yourself to sleep. I love how happy you are in every situation, even when I know it's not exactly what you'd pick to do.
Before you were born, I chose Zephaniah 3:17 to be the verse that I would pray for you for your entire life. It says:
"The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
It amazes me how right on it is for you, sweet Leah. It's obvious that God has always quieted you with his love... I remember praying just that part of the verse over and over again during our first few nights when I'd worry that you'd cry when I put you to bed. God obviously heard us, because you didn't really cry much at all. And I know that God must take great delight in you - and very obviously, that he rejoices over you with singing... your overwhelming love of music (and your sort of freaky ability to dance in just the right way to different types of music) is great proof that God speaks to your little heart with song.
I hope that in the coming years, we can start to talk about what it means that God is with you, and that he is so mighty to save. What a cool day that will be. :)
All of my love,
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Better than great. Leah Madison, I hope that in 15 years you feel the same way. :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Last night we celebrated the playgroup babies 1st birthday! We had a great time seeing Clara, Noelle, Annika & Jimmy, eating lots of yummy food and cupcakes, and playing on the playground with Annika. It was a great day.
And in super great news, yesterday marked Leah's 14 month birthday, and 3 months until her baby sister Rory Kate is born!
Today we woke up, ate breakfast, and took an early trip over to the zoo with Lenna and her mommy Mallory. We got there so early that not too many other people were there, so we got to have the whole zoo mostly to ourselves! The girls loved seeing the meerkats. Super cute.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
She also got to see and pet a lot of "goggies." One woman mentioned that her doggy Molly was very friendly. Leah responded "I gentle," and petted the doggy very nicely.
After the race, Leah finally got her big squeeze from daddy, and he carried her all around the race to meet people. Pretty great night :)
Saturday, June 5, 2010
On Monday, we went over for an impromptu BBQ with the Lundells... Leah ate her weight in berries, hung out in Lenna's rocker, played with toys, and practiced running up and down their hill.
The rest of the week was easy peasy. It was pretty rainy, but we managed to sneak out for a couple of trips to the park.
On Wednesday, Clara came over to hang out, and the girls wore their raincoats outside and played in the grass. Pretty fun.
On Thursday, we celebrated Noelle's 1st Birthday! She had a garden party, and Leah had a blast planting her own tickle-me-plant. Of course, everytime I said "tickle-me-plant," Leah thought I was saying "tickle me land" which is her favorite song. It confused her a bit. :)
On Friday, we did lots of shopping and lots of crafting. Leah found a $10 rocker which we made-over in raspberry pink. We'll add a cushion later this weekend. We're also working on Leah's friends BIG first birthday party - should be a blast.
Today Leah hung out with daddy in the morning like she does every Saturday, while mommy went to yoga... she took a big nap, and then showed dad how much she loves the park. Tomorrow we're headed to the U District for Daddy's race.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We took it easy yesterday (Leah slept a ton!), finished unpacking, and did lots of snuggling and reading. We're excited that it's already Wednesday and we'll have daddy back home in a couple of days for a looooooong weekend!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thanks for so much fun, Chicago!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
On Wednesday, we went to the zoo! Leah saw lots and lots of animals... she can say goggie, rabbit, bear, duckie, monkey, horsie, and kitten. She did a great job naming all of the animals - and the ones that she didn't know, she called "tucker". Which seems pretty appropriate.
On Thursday, we had a relaxing day - we tried to go swimming, but the pool was closed, so we went to a couple of parks nearby to play. Leah loves swings now, and is a champion slider.
Today, we went to downtown Arlington Heights for lunch at an irish pub with Grandma and Grandpa. Leah had grilled cheese and sweet potato fries, and mommy had fish and chips. (Sorry Luke, we know you would have loved them.) After lunch, we went to the library. Leah had so so so so so much fun. She played on the giant map rug, played giant chess, found lots of books to read, and did a ton of puzzles. We came home and baked cupcakes for another one of her 1st birthday parties tomorrow :) She only has one left after tomorrow. :(
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
On Friday, we woke up super early to get to the airport and fly to Chicago. Leah stayed awake the entire flight (but was so so so happy), so we read books and ate snacks the whole time. Grandpa Tim came and picked us up at the airport and took us to Superdawg for our first round of Chicago hotdogs.
On Saturday, Leah had another 1st birthday party! This one was with the Paustian family - mommy's mommy and her family. It was a Cubs themed party, and it was so so so fun. We ate more hot dogs.
On Sunday was Ross' wedding - Leah had a blast. Lots of dancing, lots of eating, lots of mingling with people. We found out that she's not allergic to watermelons, etc. like her mommy. Great news!
Yesterday we recovered from our big weekend. We took some good naps, watched cartoons, and snuggled. Our kind of day.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We've been having fun, as usual. Lots of playing outside, lots of reading. Leah's doing a ton of talking now - starting to put together phrases like "dada no go," which is awfully sad but cute.
We found out that Leah is going to have a baby sister, which we're very excited about. She's been practicing with her baby, which she loves so so much.
Last weekend, we had BFFs Mike and Lisa visit. It was so much fun. We ate a lot, played a lot, and had a lot of fun.
This week we're sick. :( Just colds, though.
We're also getting ready for our trip to Chicago this weekend!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Today we went to a Caspar Babypants with Clara and Liz. It was great :)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Last week was awesome. On Tuesday, birthday day, after present time, we went out for breakfast with Grandma Lauren, Clara, and Liz. Leah took a little nap and we headed to UW Hospital to visit where Leah was born... we brought the nurses some brownies and visited with the fishies in the tank. :) For lunch we went to Agua Verde, a yummy mexican restaurant. Leah had some quesadilla and yummy lemonade. When we got home, we relaxed, napped, and then had dinner and sang happy birthday, and ate carrot cake. What a great day!
On Thursday, Leah had her pajama birthday party with all of her friends - Clara, Lilah, Noelle, Annika, Jimmy, and her Westside friends Paige and Lenna! It was so fun.
Over the weekend, daddy was out racing his bike, so us girls (Grandma Lauren too) hung out around the house, worked on projects, went for walks, and played in the garden.
This week has been pretty quiet. We said goodbye to Grandma Lauren on Monday, and relaxed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today we went to Grass Lawn with Clara, Lilah, Noelle and Olive, and played in the garden.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday was even more gorgeous out than Saturday! We went to Panera for lunch, and to Home Depot to pick out some flowers... and then we came back home, did work in the garden, and enjoyed some yummy kabobs for dinner.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Yesterday was Leah's due date. I like her on the outside much better. :)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
After our big breakfast, we relaxed and played most of the day. Leah is walking most of the time now - she finds it much easier to carry things around that way.
It was a great day. :)
Friday, April 2, 2010
On Wednesday, we went to Panera for lunch - Grandma and Grandpa got to experience the amazing eating talents of Miss Leah Madison. She ate an entire bowl of mac 'n' cheese, 2 slices of baguette, and a GoGurt. Not sure where miss skinny minnie puts all of that food...
On Thursday, we girls had a marathon shopping day - Leah got a great spring/summer wardrobe at BabyGap, and a really cool comfy chair.
Today we got ready for Easter! We dyed easter eggs, made some great bread, made orange jello, and had yummy pizza for dinner.
Not a bad start to birthday month :)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
On Sunday, we went for a walk in Kirkland, watched some basketball, and hung out with the fam before they headed out early this morning.
We'll be seeing them again in May, but we'll miss them till then!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
On Saturday & Sunday, Grandpa Tim, Grandma Sue, Uncle Matt, and Aunt Kristen came to visit! Saturday was a beautiful beautiful day, so we went downtown. We visited Pike's Place Market, the Space Needle, and lots of things in between. Leah learned to say "I want" which scored her a new stuffed puppy friend at a store (thanks grandpa!) On Sunday, we relaxed during the day, and went to Rock Bottom Grill for dinner, where Leah had her very first kid's meal - mac and cheese and broccoli! She loved it so much.
Leah is talking and walking a ton now. She walks about 60% of the time now - choosing to stand and walk when she used to sit and crawl. What a gal :)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tonight we went to Lenna's 1st birthday party! It was great. Leah did some walking, and loved playing with the big girls.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Now it's time for Leah's birthday next - just over a month to go!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Today is a beautiful beautiful beautiful day here in Redmond, so we're headed to Marymoor Park today to enjoy the sun!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
As it turns out, roseola is making its way around our playgroup. We'll be ready to see the trademark rash in a couple days once this fever is gone. In the meantime, we plan to read and snuggle our way through this yucky fever.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Needless to say, I sat with my mouth gaping open for the entire 2 minutes.
I hope that when Leah is a mommy she can have a daughter as cool as she is.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It was clear today that she is aware of how I feel about the splashing...
As I got her breakfast ready, I overheard (splash splash) "no no no no no no" (splash splash) "no no no no no no" (splash splash).
At least we all know what the expectations are.
Monday, February 22, 2010
She's also working on walking more. She loves it when I stand her up a few feet from the couch so she can walk to it (or fall into it).
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Today we went down to the Kirkland waterfront for a picnic lunch. Leah loved seeing all of the dogs, the waves on the beach, and most of all, the ducks. She kept saying "duck. duck. duck." but I thought she was saying dog. She looked at me with a scrunchy face and pointed to the duck saying "duck." I'm still getting used to her knowing the right words for things. :)
Before bed, Leah climbed around on the couch with Daddy and giggled and giggled and giggled.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
One - Leah is sleeping all night long now, without mid-night wakeups. I'm sure that because I'm writing this, karma will step in and I'll be up at 3:45 again tonight, but I'm willing to take the risk. 7pm-7:30am = amazing.
Two - We figured out the secret of "gung gung." After Leah said "gung gung!" about 100 times yesterday while pointing at the pantry, we figured it out. Gunggung= hungry. Whenever I get out a snack for Leah, I ask if she's hungry. So for her, food=hungry. Thus, gung-gung. When I pulled out the cheerios, she grabbed them and squeezed the bag shouting "GUNGGUNG!" I said "hungry?" and she smiled and said "gunggung mama."
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
We're having another snuggly day at home... Daddy discovered that Jolly Ranchers are a great cure for mommy and daddy's sore throats - not for Leah though, sadly.
We're hoping for some big getting-better magic today so that we can go to Leah's friend Billy's Superbowl Party! (Leah's cheering for the Colts - she just loves those Manning brothers.)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
To make matters worse, today she fell down while standing next to a chair... At some point between hitting the chair and her head hitting the floor, her teeth cut into her labial frenum (the little thing that attaches your top lip to your front gums.) Our little tough lady only cried for a few minutes, then happily sucked on a freezie. We were able to look inside to see that she cut through about 50% of the frenum, but a phone call to the doctor reassured us that this frenum serves no purpose, but will most likely grow back without a problem. But I bet it hurts quite a bit.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today we met Leah's friends and their mommies for coffee at starbucks (Leah and I split a croissant which she thought was awesome) and took a walk along the sammamish river trail. Leah's friend Annika brought her two doggies, and Leah talked to them from her stroller as we walked. I think our little girl needs a puppy soon.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We haven't been up to much here the last couple of days - Leah played with Clara and Lilah yesterday, and with Clara, Noelle, Billy and Jax today... And Leah had her first morning alone with daddy while I ran to the dentist. I felt like I was going for a spa treatment - I think that means I need to get out more.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We spent the rest of the day playing, reading, napping (mommy too!), eating more, and going for a beautiful walk to the park.
We capped off the evening with some homemade white cheddar mac & cheese and peas on the side. And yes, we BOTH had peas on the side. :)
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
We went to Panera for lunch, and Leah shared a bowl of white cheddar mac & cheese with me. (Much tastier than her usual garbanzo bean lunches!) In the afternoon, Leah played with daddy and took a bath while I enjoyed time in the kitchen making some yummy dinner. During dinner, Leah played in her wagon next to the table. She loves loves loves her wagon.
Oh wow - and I forgot to mention that Leah's tooth finally broke through last week. And in other big girl news, Leah played with her lion push walker today and took a few steps with it. We were all so excited for her, Leah especially :)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
For the last few days, when Leah gets fussy and wants me to hold her, she's been smacking her chest. Once I pick her up, or just come by her, she's fine. I couldn't figure out why she had chosen that sign (since she signs for "up" specifically when she wants to be picked up) until I caught myself saying "mommy" over and over again (in an attempt to connect her mamammaamamamamas to the "mommy" word, while patting my chest. She looked at me, and started patting her own chest.
So I inadvertently taught her that the sign for mommy is patting your chest. Oops. Not a huge deal, except that it may make any signs involving "me" or "I" sort of confusing.
As soon as we got home, she started exploring the house. When we left, she was just starting to crawl, and not really standing up yet. So when we got home, she had lots of exploring to do. And thus, I have a lot of childproofing to do this week.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
At night, Leah decided she was interested in climbing the stairs from the basement to the living room. After a few determined tries, she made it up about 5 steps. And she was so thrilled about it. :)
Friday, January 1, 2010
Today we went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. It was so so so so so so so so cold (11 degrees), so we mostly stayed inside and looked at the train exhibit. It was pretty neat, and it gave me a chance to remember fun times at the Gardens with Grandma Paustian. I think she would have had a great time taking Leah to see the trains. :)
Tonight, Leah played with Grandma Sue, Grandpa Tim, Aunt Kristen Grace and Uncle Matt while mommy and daddy went on a date! It was a great early anniversary celebration, and the first time we had been out anywhere alone since the night we left for the hospital to have Leah. It was also the first time we had been to Chili's in a really really really long time. Leah had a great time at home.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Grandpa Tim and Grandma Sue drove to Indiana that morning to pick us up and take us back to sweet home Chicago. She saw Aunt Kristen Grace and Uncle Matt, and opened more presents.
On Wednesday, we had breakfast at Walker Brothers with good friends Jeff and Melissa. Mommy had an apple pancake and Leah had silver dollar pancakes. When we got back, Great-Grandma Perek and Uncle Tom came over to meet Leah. It was great. :)
We rested in the afternoon, and at night drove to Wilmette to see Grandma Dianne, Grandpa Art, Great-Grandpa Paustian, and all of the Paustian aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends. Cousin Katie brought her little sister Grace, and Leah thought she was the best ever.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Leah is still battling a cold, but seems to be on the up-and-up.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Yesterday was her first flight. With her cold, I was super worried about her comfort, but she seemed okay, sleeping in my lap for most of both flights and the drive from Nashville to Grandma Lauren and Grandpa Mark's lake house in Kentucky. It was also hers (and my) first time in Nashville, and even though it was only for about 30 minutes, we had a great time.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Also, Leah had pancakes this morning for breakfast. I think they've moved into the favorite foods category, along with black beans and cheerios.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This afternoon, a yoga instructor came to our playgroup and the babies seemed to really enjoy it!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1 year ago today, we went to get our 21 week ultrasound. We had so much to be thankful for that thanksgiving - a healthy (long) baby girl. I remember thinking that in one year's time, we'd have a 7 month old... it seemed like a lifetime away.
And now we're here, and I couldn't be more thankful for the amazing daughter I have.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Today we went for a run in the rain and used our rain shield for the stroller for the first time. Leah loved it and kept trying to grab the raindrops that fell on the stroller. Cutie.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
At night, we relaxed and saw lots of trick or treaters!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Today, Leah tried peas for the first time, even though I thought it was cruel and unusual - turns out I didn't pass down my veggie-angst to her. She loved them, probably even more than sweet potatoes.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Her current stats are:
29" (the nurse couldn't figure out how to document "not on the growth curve, so she wrote 100% ++.)
16.0 lbs (50%)
17" head circumference (25%)
Time to get out the big girl carseat.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Leah is also a big backward mover now. :)
Friday, October 2, 2009
We had a coffee date with Leah's friend Clara and her mommy Liz - it was a chatty morning for all of us girls.
And then, we found out that Leah is really cute. Well, we knew that already, but today she won us $50 for our Tiny Prints Christmas cards. Thanks Leah!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
We also went to Olive Garden tonight. Leah jabbered and played and looked at her books. She's great.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
1. She has her BFF Lisa's taste in candy.
2. She can and will grab pretty much anything she can reach.