Taking Stock

I saw this done on The Small Things Blog and thought I’d give it a shot myself since I’m up early.  (Original post here.)  Little miss woke up around 5am for a little early breakfast and snuggle then went right back to sleep.  Since we’re leaving at 8am to go pick up Grandma from the ferry, I didn’t see any point in going back to bed when I’d be getting up pretty soon after.  So here we are.

Making : a tiny sweater for my tiny daughter
Cooking : vegan and vegetarian things these days
Drinking : decaf coffee with a smidgen of fully loaded
Reading: Goldfinch on my iPad
Wanting: to get back into a workout routine
Looking: forward
Playing: “who’s got your hands??” with my baby girl
Wasting: no time planning out the upcoming school year
Sewing: all things useful
Wishing: time would stop
Enjoying: my little family
Waiting: for everyone to wake up
Liking: mornings
Wondering: what my daughter will be like when she’s my age
Loving: little snippets of time to write
Hoping: I don’t screw up this parenting thing
Marvelling: at how quickly my daughter is growing
Needing: just a few more hours of sleep (kinda wish I had gone back to bed!)
Smelling: crisp after-rain air
Wearing: no perfume these days
Following: my instincts
Noticing: how blessed we are to live where we do
Knowing: what’s best for our family
Thinking: about meal planning
Feeling: happy we have another couple of months off
Bookmarking: recipes and dresses to make for tiny daughter
Opening: lovely packages from lovely people

First Flight

Just hanging out in Momma’s lap.

Little miss took her first round trip flight last week!  She and I flew down to California for a sad event that I won’t post about.  Instead I want to share all the things that we did to distract ourselves from the sad event.

Like visit with cousins.

My 19 month old nephew deemed little miss his and showed his love and affection in many, many hand pats and kisses.

Cousin’s hands are almost as big as her head! (Photo by my lovely sister in law.)

Aw. Kisses. (Photo by my lovely sister in law.)

Little miss of course ate up every second of the love.

For having her schedule (such as it is) interrupted for eight days, she did so well.  There were only a couple of meltdowns and it was usually because it was past her eating/sleeping/changing of diaper time.  Or because she was just sick of her carseat.  I can’t blame her.  I’d hate being strapped in a carseat too – in 100+ degree temps!

Let’s talk about the weather in central California, shall we?

It’s hot.  Miserably hot.  And it’s only June, folks.  We usually don’t travel down to California until August which is an even better time to visit (note the sarcasm.)  Actually, I take that back.  It is a great time to visit because it reinforces our good decision to get the heck out of there and move up to Washington where a HOT day is in the 70s.

Really.

Sorry, friends and family.  We love you but the weather alone is enough to keep us up here where it’s cool, the water is plentiful, and there are no state income taxes.

Momma attempts selfie with baby. Baby is having none of it.

Back to the trip!

Because of the heat, we hung out by the pool.  Neither little miss nor I actually got into the pool because really she’s too little to be in it or wear sunscreen BUT we were splashed a number of times by everyone else while we stayed in the shade.  Little miss is modeling a lovely lavender hat her daddy bought for her.  Note that she isn’t screaming.

Unlike the hat that grandma bought her.

Pretty sure she doesn’t like the hat.

But grandma redeemed herself with this festive piece of headgear:

It’ll be perfect on the fourth of July!

Besides modeling hats, little miss hung out in her birthday suit most of the time. It was just too dang hot. Even with all the fans and A/C going.

Two seconds after this picture was taken, she attempted to launch herself out of the buzzy seat, giving Momma the first of many panic attacks.

Speaking of fans, little miss LOVES her grandma and grandpa’s fans.

Hi, Mr. Fan!

The fans are EVERYWHERE in their house.  She could see them in every room she was in.  They captivated her like nothing else I’ve ever seen.  We only have two ceiling fans and they’re both in the dining room.  We might just need to find one for her bedroom…

I brought one of my baby carriers with me on the trip thinking that I might use it like I do at home.

That was stupid.  There was always someone more than willing to carry little miss around.  And there is nothing she enjoys more than Auntie Lolo’s rockings.  She falls asleep.every.time.  Auntie Lolo is the Baby Whisperer.

The magical Baby Whisperer

Here she is at Auntie Lolo’s house while Momma ran off to get her hair cut… by herself!

And yes, little miss fell asleep in that scrunched up position.every.time.

We saw many friends last week.  Retiring friends, road tripping friends, friends with twins, friends with dogs, friends from across the country.  We visited with family, soaked up all the hugs and love to save until next time.

Then it was time to hop back on the plane where the depressurizing of the cabin caused just a little bit of screaming but the white noise of the engine put little miss right to sleep.

Finally.  She took a nap.

Months 1 & 2

Oh boy.  This is going to be a long one…  I can aspire to writing a post once a week but I can’t promise it’ll happen.  Obviously, since it’s been WEEKS since I’ve been able to post.  This one’s taken me the last four weeks to write.  

MONTH 1

So Month 1 of little miss’s life just FLEW by so quickly I didn’t even get a chance to chronicle it. I don’t even know if I remember it. Just kidding.

I remember some of it.

As you know, little miss arrived on St. Patrick’s Day. The first two weeks of her life were a blur of feeding, sleeping, changing diapers, washing diapers, blankets, spit up (so much spit up), crying (oh the crying!), and my parents (if my mom hadn’t been here, all our animals and US would’ve starved.)

Also during her first two weeks were a doctor’s appointment, a trip to a nearby town, and many many car trips. Little miss HATED the car seat. She’d scream bloody murder until she wore herself out or The Mister hit enough bumps in the road to calm her down. I know many moms will sit in the backseat with their baby but I found out that it really didn’t matter if I sat back there with her or not. My presence was inconsequential to the fact that she was strapped in, couldn’t move freely, and loathed every minute of it.

The last part of little miss’s first month included getting the hang of breast feeding more (on both our parts), another two doctor visits, weight gain, and still more spit up. Momma also managed to go to the grocery store on her own with the babe in the Ergo. That proved to be a bit much for everyone though. Too much too soon.

Though it sounds like we went to the doctor a lot the first month, it’s because we did. It’s a good thing we like her doctor. Little miss has a bit of reflux so we spent a couple weeks trying to sort that out. She has a minty-fresh tasting medicine I give her twice a day in a little plunger to help with the burning the spit up causes her.

Little miss had several visitors the first month of her life. Grandma was here for two and a half weeks and then Grandpa came up from California for a few days. Auntie and Uncle from California were also here and Auntie took some cutie pictures of little miss.

Aw! My little munchkin.

MONTH 2

Sorry for the unedited picture – the edited version has been misplaced.

Auntie B came to visit shortly after hitting the 2 month mark.  Little miss and Momma drove to Seattle to pick Auntie B up from the airport.  There were LOTS of snuggles once we returned home since it was such a long trip for the little miss (almost 7 hours in the car in total.)

Auntie B also took some cutie pictures and helped me take little miss to school to make the first round of visits.  She met my AP kids, several district office folks, The Mister’s coworkers, and school office people too.  It was a very busy day.

During little miss’s second month of life, she’s perfected rolling over (she did it for the first time at three weeks and caught herself off guard.) The pediatrician says she does pushups of a four month old! Very proud momma indeed.

We also have tons of smiles these days! I love the smiles. Love love love them.

We also had some visitors. Grandma came back up with Great Grandma and Great Auntie K.

Little miss knows her people and LOVES them!

Grandpa C has been by the house many times to check on his granddaughter. He brought his friend C over a couple of Saturdays ago to celebrate little miss’s first two months on planet Earth.

Little miss talks so much these days. We have conversations about Mr. Fan (her most favorite friend in the house so far), the laundry, what Momma’s eating, and her hands. She squawks a little louder these days and her cries are changing a bit. We have new cries that I can’t quite decipher yet. And her almost-faint “wah!” kills me. It’s so pathetic sometimes. She uses that one when Momma isn’t moving fast enough to dish up little miss’s meals.

We’re still working on nap time. Little miss sleeps pretty well at night and fights taking a nap longer than 30 minutes. Kill me.

She still loves her bath time though, will mostly tolerate her car seat now (there are a few screams here and there, especially if she’s wet, hungry, or tired), and loves being naked over wearing clothes. Daddy happily complies with the last one since he believes babies should be FREE! Momma says it’s too cold out still for her baby to be free and promptly puts little miss’s pants back on.

But not her hat. Apparently hats are the devil.