Monday, November 30, 2009

Round of Applause.

We had a great weekend with Kristen Grace. We did some swimming, some shopping, some walking, some ice cream making, and lots of movie watching and root beer drinking. Kristen got to witness some big events in the life of Leah Madison... forward crawling and clapping!

Leah learns to clap. :) from jen st.clair on Vimeo.

Friday, November 27, 2009

aunt kristen is the best.

Kristen Grace arrived yesterday, and she has quickly become one of Leah's best pals. We three ladies went swimming this afternoon, and we're headed out for some shopping this evening :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1 year ago.

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

mommy's girl.

Leah has been saying mamamamamamamamamamamamama pretty constantly (although sadly, not directed at me yet.)

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

daddy day.

After a long long long week of work, Luke stayed home today to work and relax. We all went for a run this morning (Leah loves to go fast!) and went to Costco in the afternoon. Leah giggles and smiles at Luke constantly - what a daddy's girl she is.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Today Leah went swimming for the first time. She LOVED it. Tons and tons of giggling, and she loved to be pulled quickly through the water. Tons of kicking, some splashing, and lots of smiles. I love this girl.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Leah has been such a blast recently. Yesterday I put her on Luke's shoulders, and she started bouncing up and down and kicking into him like she was on a horse. We had Liz, Shaana, Clara & Lilah over yesterday, and it was amazing how much the little girls can and do play with each other. So amazing.

Monday, November 16, 2009


After Leah made some attempts to escape, we decided it was time to move her crib mattress down a notch. I can't believe how different it looks - more like a big girl bed than a baby crib. I'm sure she can't tell the difference, but it helps me remember to enjoy each stage that she's in. It feels like it was just last week that we were deciding to move her from her bassinet to the crib...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What a great visit.

We had such a great time with Grandma Lauren. On Thursday after playgroup, we had Leah's buddy Clara over while her mommy was at the doctor. On Friday, we had a St.Clair ladies' lunch at Panera, and then did *gasp* more shopping, mostly for Leah. On Saturday, daddy was home, and so we all went to Bellevue Botanical Garden to walk and take some pictures. At night, we went to University Village for some yummy dinner at Ram. Leah ate sweet potatoes. :) Grandma left this morning, early, and we can't wait to see her at Christmas time!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another snuggly day with Grandma!

Daddy took the car to work again today, so the 3 St.Clair ladies stayed snug at home today. We baked cookies, sat in front of the fire, did some dancing (Leah loves "In the Mood"), and Leah had a fun bathtime. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Playing with Grandma

Yesterday Leah played with Grandma while I went to get my haircut. Leah still seems enthralled with the idea of rolling and backward crawling everywhere. What a cutie. Today we're having an easy cuddly day at home.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The coolest.

Leah just (like 8 minutes ago) figured out that between rolling (both directions), spinning on her stomach, and crawling backwards, she can get anywhere she wants to go. And Luke and I got to watch her face when she realized how great that is. Best day.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Grandma's Here!

We had a great day with Grandma Lauren today! We had a yummy lunch at Panera (they have macaroni and cheese now!) - Leah ate lunch out too, but just pears. :) After lunch we went over to Bellevue Square for some Christmas shopping for Leah - she had a blast riding on the rocking horse at Pottery Barn Kids.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Grandma Lauren!

We're getting ready (and getting very excited) for Grandma Lauren to come visit today!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

feetie antenna.

Since Leah can only crawl backwards, she uses her right foot as a tiny antenna to tap around to see if she's either a) going to run into something or b) there's something cool behind her that she should spin around to check out.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

happy red cup day!

Today we headed straight from bed to starbucks to celebrate red cup day! The barista even gave Leah her one little red cup to play with and eat. We're excited because it means that the holidays are coming soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Big band Christmas

We went to Target yesterday, and while I was perusing the cards, Leah and daddy were hanging out by the Christmas music display. As it rotated through the previews of the songs, Luke noticed that everytime "Big band Christmas" would play, Leah would start tapping her foot. When the other albums would play, she went back to playing in the cart. And when "Big Band Christmas" started up again, that foot would start tapping again. :)


On Friday, we went to visit daddy (and do some trick or treating) at amazon! Leah's friend Lenna was there visiting her daddy too, so the girls got to see each other. On Saturday, Leah wore her penguin costume again and hosted her very first Halloween costume party! Her girlfriends Lenna, Paige, Clara, Annika, Lilah, and Noelle were there and were beautiful, and her guyfriends Billy, Jimmy, and Hunter were there too, handsome as always.

At night, we relaxed and saw lots of trick or treaters!