Friday, January 29, 2010

hi mama!

Leah said "hi mama" when I woke her up from her nap. It was great.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

great friends.

Yesterday Leah's friend Noa came over to play - Noa is 2, so Leah loved sitting quietly and watching Noa play. Noa brought her baby doll over and Leah LOVED it. She was so gentle, and examined the babies head, hands, and feet.

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

oil changing.

This morning, after a yummy breakfast of peach-berry smoothies and oatmeal, we went to get an oil change. We watched from the window, and one of the mechanics played peek-a-boo with Leah from the mechanic pit. She was laughing so hard that she grabbed her tummy like it was aching with laughter. What a funny little lady.

Monday, January 25, 2010

daddy days.

We really love when daddy is home. On Saturday, we played for most of the day, and went to Ram for dinner. Leah dined on garbanzo beans, black beans, corn, cheerios, and string cheese. Mmm. On Sunday, it was rainy so we did lots of reading and snuggling.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

sleepover party!

Leah had her very first sleepover last night! Leah went to sleep, and then friend Lenna came over (already asleep) and slept in the guest room. Both the girls slept very well while their mommies and daddies played games. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Today is a very very very very very big day for Leah! Today at Target, while we were picking out leah-snacks, I heard uh-mo-uh-mo-uh-mo-UH-MOOOOOOOO! Sure enough, she was pointing to a rack of Elmo bibs. So for the record books, the first non-mama non-dada word is:



Leah loves to share. When she's eating, she always offers me whatever she has (if it's cheese, she usually hesitates though). :) Today she tried to share elmo with the kittens. They weren't interested.

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

wagon rides.

Yesterday was a B-E-A-utiful day here in Seattle, so Leah got to take her first wagon ride outside. She loved it so much. So did her buddy Roger Bear. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

rainy sunday.

Another rainy ladies' day here at the St.Clair Ranch. Our today looked eerily similar to our yesterday. Lots of snuggling, lots of reading, and lots of being excited for daddy to come back home tonight.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ladies' day.

Daddy is doing some mega bike rides with his team this weekend, so it was a ladies' day here at the house. We started the morning in style by sleeping until almost 9, unloading our groceries from the amazon fresh man, and eating cheerios, black beans, and bananas. (Well, one of us ate black beans.)

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

quiet rainy day.

Not much going on here today... Leah is a bit sad about her teeth hurting, but happy to have daddy working from home :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

social butterfly.

Leah had her friends Clara, Lilah, Annika, Billy, and new friend Jax over today. She loved it, especially since her friends always bring great toys and snacks.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

good friends.

Clara and Lilah came over today to play. Lilah can crawl now, so now they can get into 3 times the trouble. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

i will not eat green eggs and ham (pureed, anyway).

Leah let me know yesterday that she is not interested in eating pureed foods anymore.


state of the baby address - 9 months

Leah officially turns 9 months tomorrow, but we had her 9 month appointment today. Tricky. Her stats are:

31 inches (100%)
18 lbs (35%)

So still long and thin, no big changes there.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

we love weekends.

We had a really really really great day today, and closed the weekend with a yummy dinner at Ram. (Thanks Grandma Lauren & Grandpa Mark!)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

happy anniversary, mommy & daddy!

We celebrated our 5th anniversary today! So much has happened in the last 5 years, but the best best best best best thing is our little girl.

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


We did some shopping today, and started the celebration of mommy and daddy's 5th anniversary!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

more friends.

Today Leah saw all of her playgroup friends, over at friend Clara's house. It's crazy how much they've changed since when we started meeting in July.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

good friends.

Today we went over to friend Lilah's house to play with Lilah and Clara. The girls had a great time, and us mommies did too.

Monday, January 4, 2010

signing, and what not to do.

Leah is able to sign a few things these days - more, milk, finished, water, up, etc. Luke has been really good about signing "daddy" whenever he comes into the room, but I guess I haven't been quite as diligent about "mommy".

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.

home again home again.

We flew home yesterday. Leah was feeling much better than she did on the flight out (although still a little sniffly), didn't sleep much on the flight, but was a very happy girl. She ate some snacks, played with the kids in the seats near us, and loved looking out the window of the plane. We brought her carseat, and she sat backwards in it with her toys in front of her and had a great time.

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

party girl and climbing.

Today Leah met her Great-Grandma Donna, her Aunt Linda, Aunt Laura, Uncle Bob, cousins Bobby, Mary, and Debbie, and friends Ross, Anneliese, Tom, Angie, Mary, Kathleen, and Bridget. It was super fun.

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

new years baby.

We had a low-key new years eve. Some games, some snugglin...

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.