Wednesday, December 30, 2009

midwest tour.

Leah has been continuing her inaugural tour of the Midwest. On Monday, we drove from the Kentucky lake house up to Indiana for an overnight pit stop. Leah met Great-Grandma Jean, Great-Grandpa Bill, Uncle Marty, Aunt Cindy, Maggie, Jeffrey, and Aunt Marilyn. On Tuesday, we woke up and drove over to meet Great-Grandma Lee and Great-Grandpa Richard.

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

feeling better.

After getting a humidifier cranking, it seems like Leah is feeling (and sleeping) a lot better. Unfortunately, both mommy and daddy are sick now too. :( Uncle Monty and Auntie Kim went home today, after a fun couple of days here at the lake house.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

sweet christmas.

Leah had such a great Christmas yesterday. She got to meet Uncle Monty, Auntie Kim, and their dog Bailey. Leah loves Bailey so much - now that she's a crawler, she's been chasing him around the house, and trying to eat his toys. In exchange, she's been sharing her cheerios with him, which I know he appreciates.

Leah is still battling a cold, but seems to be on the up-and-up.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


It's been a big couple of days for boo madison. On monday night, she got her first cold. Big bummer. She's still stuffed up today, and we're hoping she'll be feeling better soon. Fortunately, she's a tough (and naturally happy) gal, so she's still giggling and playing quite a bit, even with snot continually running all over her face.

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

counting down.

We're counting down the days until Leah's first airplane trip to see her grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends!

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

cookie swappin.

Yesterday Leah had her very first Christmas Party. Mommies swapped cookies, and babies swapped secret santa gifts. It was so much fun! After everybody went home, Leah got a HUGE package from Grandma Sue and Grandpa Tim - it was a 2 seater radio flyer wagon!! (It even has cupholders). It doesn't have the wheels on it yet, but she still loves sitting in it with her toys.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

christmas cookies.

Leah and I got our H1N1 flu vaccines this morning, so we're all ready to travel and hopefully not get sick. :)

This afternoon, we're baking christmas cookies! Leah loves loves loves to play with the cookie cutters.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Leah fed herself Cheerios today (with her fingers) after about a week of putting her face to her tray and eating them like a bird.


We weren't sure at first, but now it's official. Leah can sign "more," "milk," and "finished." What a super cool little lady.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Leah is trying so hard to learn to wave. She can't seem to only get one hand to do it - when she waves one hand, the other waves down at her side (or up in the air) at about 1/2 the speed. Sometimes she even looks down at the other hand like "hey - you stop moving, other hand. i've had enough of you."

Thursday, December 10, 2009


It's cold out! Leah's been enjoying runs in her jogging stroller (very very very bundled up, with the weather shield). I pulled her out of the stroller today and she was nice and toasty warm. I was not.

This afternoon, a yoga instructor came to our playgroup and the babies seemed to really enjoy it!

Monday, December 7, 2009


Leah loves to look at the pictures on my camera. She sat still (and yelled happily) as I scrolled through the pictures on it. What a cutie.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Little St. Nick

Yesterday we went to Bellevue Square to do some shopping, and in the afternoon, mommy wasn't feeling well, so we all did lots of snuggling and movie watching. Today is St. Nicholas Day! We came downstairs to find our stockings filled with lots of great things :) Leah got a cooking set, some play fruits and vegetables, some snacks, a new plate and cup, and a backpack to carry her toys and books on the airplane to Kentucky!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

sitting up. and clapping.

I peeked in on Leah when she was waking up (happily) from a nap, to watch her sit up by herself, and then clap for herself. I love her. It's true.