Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Let's see, the party at the neighbor's house went well. Everyone had to come over and meet us, but we are sure it was because of Miss C. She was the center of attention and loved watching everyone. She was quiet for the first fifteen minutes then started to play with a cup in my lap. She was just fine so long as no one actually tried to talk to her directly. She even got a very sweet teddy bear from the host and hostess as she was deemed the guest of honor.
I think we will be seeing these folks, the neighbors that is, more frequently than we did in SoCal. It's nice to have nice neighbors that aren't able to look into your backyard from their upstairs!
Miss C had a great time but I expect that she will have even more fun once we get to her Great Grandmother's house this weekend. We think her favorite gift so far was her remote control. It was from our old cable set. DH scrubbed it and boy, I don't think she has let it go more than a couple of minutes at a time. She was exhausted last night and slept well as usual.
As a gift to us, Miss C is now scooting backwards! Talk about a great gift. As I understand it, this is a precursor to crawling. We told her she is a little young to be doing this but she simply stuck out her tongue and gave us a raspberry! She is also saying "da" a lot more now so DH got his own Christmas gift from Miss C. I know she will be saying "ma" in time so I guess I will wait.
I am putting in a couple of cute pictures (go figure!) and then we're off! I have to work today so there are still a few things to take care of. I will try to post again soon.
Until then, hope everyone is having a great time!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
We did have a good time even though it looks like DH managed to catch Miss C between smiles.
We're getting ready for our winter trip to see DH's grandma. Everyone is so excited, I am not sure what Miss C will make of it but its bound to be memorable. I just wish she was able to see the rest of the family more often. Ah, well, maybe later, right?
That's pretty much it for now. Hope ya'll are having a great December and don't forget to toss me a comment every once in a while, ok?
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wow! 6 months have already passed since Miss C joined our family. Here's a quick recap of where she stands:
1. Miss C rolls everywhere! She has definitely figured out this one. When we play, she often chases us around the rooms. Too much fun!
2. Miss C tries to "talk". We hear lots of compounds (ba, da, ga) but nothing that really means anything, at least nothing that we have figured out yet. She prefers to talk to the ceiling fan or the cat more than anything though!
3. Miss C has 6 teeth working their way back and forth. Poor baby. She gets the teeth to come through the gums then the gums swell and teeth disappear again only to make her have to go through the entire process all over again!
4. Miss C loves her solids! She seems to be very happy with sweet potatoes and squash (both smell much like spaghetti o's, don't they?) as well as just about every other one she has tried. We're going for peaches next then avocado! Yummy!
5. Miss C has great balance when seated (although she still hasn't figured out how to get to this position on her own).
6. Miss C really likes to stand up. She holds on to the foot stool or one of the chairs and stands there for a few minutes. She needs to know that one of us is sitting behind her but once she is sure of that, no problem. Its so cute to see her grin!
Well, that's pretty much it. We have her check up scheduled for tomorrow so I won't have her height and weight (or length and weight, rather) until then. Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
First, a couple of good friends of ours here in the Pacific Northwest had their baby (adorable Leila Marie!) this morning. She is just beautiful! They are all doing great.
In addition, I was finally able to upload a new video of Miss C with her new trick. The best part is at the end of the video, so please give it a minute, ok?
After all of that wonderful news, I got home to see Miss C received an early Christmas present. In our mail box was a neat package from Amazonqueen's DOM. What a wonderful blanket Miss C received! I attached a couple of photos we took today of her enjoying this wonderful gift.
OK, I admit, I had to call Alphagal to confirm the sender as I am not always current on her tia's real names!
Anyway, Alpha tells me that the blanket was Amazonqueen's idea so I have to publically thank both women for such a wonderful, enduring treasure. I know Miss C will enjoy it forever! I would give you loads of hugs if we were in person, but blog hugs will simply have to do until then!
I guess that's pretty much it for today. Thanks for stopping by! Drop a line if you get a chance, ok?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
- that our cat survived yet another move (her fifth in nine years) relatively intact (she's still a little pissy about it!),
- that our house in SoCal is still standing after the Harris fire,
- that while we may still have our house in SoCal on the market, we are not in over our heads fiscally,
- for our daughter, Miss C, she is the light of my life and brings us so much happiness daily its impossible to imagine life without her,
- for my husband who puts up with me even when I do go a little nutty,
- that although we have been without my father for a decade now, our memories still run strong and we are able to share them with Miss C and her cousins (including stories of Herman!),
- for our families, every joy and every sorrow, we share as a family,
- that Uncle W and Aunt L's little one (due in late June) is on track and doing great,
- that Aunt A and her three children, Miss C's cousins, are thriving and growing so fast,
- that Aunt C and Cousin M, while on the opposite coast are doing well in their own ways,
- that Uncle J calls the day before Thanksgiving even though we understand he might be busy!
- that Uncle D, even though we aren't able to converse right now, is still doing well in his chosen career,
- that Auntie J is willing to give up her vacation to come visit us and help us out,
- that Miss C's Grandma and Grandpa are doing well and will be visiting around the new year,
- for our friends, those willing to read and comment here as well as those who call up just to say hi, stop by for a visit or lend an ear when we have concerns.
- for Alphagal and her DOM who are willing to come visit us when DH is on the road so we don't feel too overwhelmed so early on,
- for Poobou and her family who open their doors to us when we travel so Miss C isn't stuck in a plane and a car for six hours straight
- that Mrs J happily shares her home and her positive outlook with Miss C when DH and I have to work,
- for our new jobs which have allowed us to spend this Thanksgiving together
- for my new job, while i may have to stand silly watches, I won't be called on during this tour of duty to go overseas, to fight the war on terror on that front line,
- for DH's new job that allows us some semblance of normalcy by scheduling his departures in advance, as much as they can,
- for our friends and family, who while they may no longer be with us in body, remain so in spirit
- for the freedom to write and post blogs about what I am thankful for.
What about you? What are you thankful for this year?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Oh! Miss C did make her very first Christmas ornament. It's the cutest snowman ever! She patted down home made play dough and helped "cut it out" with a cookie cutter. So very cool!
Due to a leave situation, I get to spend the next week and a half home with Miss C (Mrs J and family are going home for Turkey Day then taking a little vacation so...). I am really looking forward to spending time playing with my little one.
Ok. As far as the rest, still no drapes. The hardware has arrived but the drapes have not. We should see them sometime this week. Ugh! Enough already! I need drapes. This does show how far out in the boonies we really are since I haven't really griped about my lack of drapes that much!
Work is an interesting place. There are a lot of folks with a lot of different experience. We just went through a major system upgrade so a lot of what I have been learning about is now irrelevant. That frustrates me a little but I am sure I can learn the new system. I am still not 100% sure what I will be doing. I know I have to qualify as a watch officer and hopefully that can be done before DH has to go on his first road trip, but outside of that, I am not really sure. I have been talking to my boss and he has ideas that can apply basically everything I have done for the last 15 years, but I am afraid that would make wayyy too much sense so it probably won't happen.
One of the major concerns I have, after making sure I have child care set up for Miss C in the event that I am on shift work, is how I can take and do well in a class this spring. Miss C sleeps quite well, so I would have time, kind of. See, I have two classes left so I really do need to take one this spring and one this summer in order to graduate. Then I can take a little break before I start on the next degree. I guess i am just not sure of my time management skills once DH has to leave for his trips. Well, that's pretty much it. Consider yourselves caught up. If you're in town for Thanksgiving, drop on by. We fully expect to have wayyy too much food and will definitely be watching football. If not, know we are thankful for you all!
Friday, November 9, 2007
1. Miss C is now officially an ankle biter. Yesterday, while sitting in DH's lap, playing, Miss C leaned down and wrapped her chubby little arms around his foot and put her wee little teeth into his ankle! It caused more laughter than anything else, but yes, folks, its official, Miss C is an ankle biter!
2. Miss C loves to play with her toes, her feet, her hands, everything. Check out this new photo of her tasting her toes. Too cute!
4. Miss C is much better at balancing while sitting up. She sits in her boppy to play. This has in turn led to her sitting up in the bath tub so now we are giving her baths in her little tub but without the back support. Instead, she gets Mommy back support. She likes it this way, her ducky is always at hand!
5. Miss C is more fond of oat meal than rice cereal. This didn't take long to figure out. We started her off on rice cereal and a week or so later decided, what the heck, give oat meal a shot. I kid you not, she loves it!
6. At first glance, Miss C is not fond of green beans (see photo below). This is, however, the first time she tried them and she had recently gotten up from a nap. I think that she will grow to like tons of stuff, but we couldn't stop ourselves from taking this photo. It reminds me of how DH looks when I offer him green beans!
Well, that's pretty much it for today. Miss C caught a little new care provider bug. Just a little stuffed up, well, more like runny snot, but you know how it is. We've got her leaning just slightly in her crib and it, as usual!, helps keep her clear so she sleeps well. All we have to do now is get over this one hour time shift. It seems to take Miss C a little while to adjust. Its really such a neat process!
Monday, November 5, 2007
I have to say, this is really a challenging transition. My entire career I have been driven to excel. I still feel that same drive but it is tempered by something else, an intense desire to spend as much time as I possibly can with Miss C. I have 5 years to go before I am eligible for retirement. There's no turning back now. Its just that with my last job, well, I had a lot more flexibility with my hours than here. As I mentioned in my last posting, we found a great provider for Miss C during the day, but when DH has to go on the road, I will probably be on shifts so I have to come up with an alternate plan for the days that I have evening or even night watches. I can do some watch exchanges with other folks who prefer not to be around during the day, but I am trying to convince the powers that be that once I complete the qualification that I should take over one of the day jobs, one more in line with my rank as I am senior amongst the watch officers. See what I mean? Before, it would have been no big deal, but now....
Monday, October 29, 2007
Speaking of which, check out this great photo of Miss C and her Daddy!
I went back to work today. First "real" work day here in the great Northwest. It's a neat job and I am looking forward to learning a lot and working with the folks here. My only concern is the fact that there are shifts here and there may be times when I have to have someone stay with Miss C at night for a few nights or in the evening for a few evenings if DH is gone. I am trying not to stress the possibility out, but its there. This is also the longest I have had Miss C at day care. She was at Ms. J's house today from 7 am to 330 pm. It will probably be 4 pm tomorrow. I feel like I am not doing something right because she is there so much, but my working hours, right now, are 730 am to 4 pm so I am struggling to make sure Miss C isn't there too much longer than she has to be. I don't really have a choice because DH's hours are about the same as mine. I keep telling myself something that DH's Mom told me once, "It's not the quantity of time you spend with your daughter but the quality." I hope she's right.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I know we are all thinking positive thoughts for our friends stuck in SoCal and hope that everyone comes out all right. Positive thoughts and lots of prayers going out to my friends down south.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
doing terrific, developing fast and in all an outstanding child! Would you have expected anything different?
someone regarding drapes but apparently custom drapes take time to be made. We will be lucky if we have drapes by December. Oh well, its better to do them right the first time, right?
makes a huge difference when you make less money and have two mortgages (hopefully we will find a buyer sooner rather than later!).
I have taken some photos but because we aren't really going to decorate until we get the drapes up, its kind of not right to show off the house in its current state. Don't misunderstand, this is a great, gorgeous house. I just want you all to enjoy it in its full glory. For that to happen, we need drapes! DH and I are very pleased with the progress we have made on the house (no more boxes in all of the rooms!) but we are convinced there is more to do. Ugh! Since we are both starting work soon, the changes might need to happen on weekends and when we take leave next (probably over Christmas). We still plan on flying out to see DH's family at Christmas (an annual tradition when we live on the mainland) but we will work on the house when we can regardless.
Well, that's pretty much it. Not too much to report. Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
A random thought here, why is it some people expect children to remain silent on flights when they (those who expect silence) are louder than every one else? Are they envious?
Anyway, thanks again to Poobou and clan for letting us hang out. I know it wasn't that long, but you made a world of difference. Miss C had a great time, she was able to strech, grab some toes, holler with C-baby, all that good kid stuff that being stuck in a car seat or on Mommy's lap prevents her from doing. The pictures poobou posted are awesome and we're looking forward to our next visit.
We've been working on unpacking the house for the past 3 or so days. I think we have made considerable progress. I have taken some before photos but one of the results of our reorganizing is my camera case has taken a short hiatus. I am sure i will locate it in the next day or so. When I do, I will load some photos. Promise!
Oh, Miss C is 16 weeks old today (not really 4 months until the 9th!) and to celebrate, she is spending tonight in her own room. There are no boxes (that room really was a priority) but there are no decorations yet. I have to take some photos of her crib and dresser. I picked them up from Target but its cherry. i also got the matchign three drawer dresser. It looks great. We have a swing in the room but saw a very cute kids recliner that we might pick up. I know, silly but Miss C will need a chair so...
Well, that's about it. Just a reminder, be sure to comment! No lurkers! ;-)
Friday, September 28, 2007
I let Miss C stay a little later at day care than normal because her teachers (so awesome, by the way) were so sad about today being her last day. When I got there, her main teacher had Miss C in her lap. I think she spent the entire day in that position. Miss C has gone through so many changes since we started day care two months ago. I know its not been a long time, but she really bonded with her teachers. There are a couple of photos in the flickr of Miss C and two of her teachers. We will miss them.
Sammy apparently is doing ok on the drive from the airport to the house. DH and I think she wore herself out. Miss C is already in bed, tired little bug. She knows something is going on and responds when I stress. I really have been trying not to stress but she picks up on my every vibe. Good thing she mellows me out, I suppose. She started to let me sleep through the night (like that turn of phrase? Alphagal used it to explain when the baby is sleeping continuously so the Mommy can get a whole night's sleep). I am afraid that the moving might cause a set back with the sleep but as long as Miss C is doing well, I can deal with whatever sleep I get, or don't get.
Ok, so we get up north on Sunday and our stuff gets delivered on Tuesday. I promise to take and post lots of pictures, including of Miss C in warmer clothing. We are scheduled to visit Poobou when we get there as she is willing to let us hang out for a little while so Miss C can stretch before a two hour (or so!) drive. I can't wait to see her Cate and introduce the girls. Last (and first, for that matter) time we saw them, Cate was a mere 6 weeks old. My, how time has flown!
Well, that's it for now. Wish us a smooth move!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Miss C and I flew up to meet DH at the new house and we closed last Friday! I am posting a couple of photos here and the rest are on our Flickr. I am also posting a photo of Miss C and myself on Miss C's first airplane ride. She did so wonderfully! I thought it might be more challenging but after all of the stimulation of the terminal, Miss C ate and fell asleep right away once we boarded each flight. She slept half of the first flight and two-thirds of the second. We've determined that her pacifier works really well for both take off and landing so she just eats when she wants (like normal) and we keep the pacifier in the rest of the time.
I failed to realize how much attention she would get each time we went out. We must have taken her all over the place and Miss C, with her big blue eyes and gorgeous smile earned praise from everyone we came across. I have noticed that more Grandmas come over to talk to her than anyone else. Too cute!
The house is terrific! As you can see in the photos, its is huge! We're figuring out what room is for what (Miss C's nursery, the guest bedroom, the work out room, etc) and are working with our builder to make some minor changes, or additions, as it were. For example, we are putting ceiling fans in almost all of the rooms. It helps that Miss C loves her ceiling fans! We won't be able to get our stuff until we get back up there at the end of the month, so we will have our work cut out for us when we finally move for good. To be frank, I would be thrilled if this is our last move ever. Keep your fingers crossed that we love the area!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The teeth are bothering her a little more than in the past, but that was bound to happen. She actually only ate once at school before coming home and that was at 8 in the morning and she didn't come home until almost 1! Isn't that crazy? Apparently she also took a 2 1/2 hour nap today after she ate so I guess between eating at home right before school and eating a full bottle little more than an hour later stated Miss C for a while. She certainly made up for it once she got home. Poor DH had to deal with a very hungry baby once he got back.
Well, that's pretty much it. We're going to be spending the weekend putting stuff up for the move. We're packing out next week and need to make sure that we have everything we want to take up ourselves separated. We're also going up north in a couple of weeks to check the place over and hopefully close then. Still stressing about selling the house here in Socal, but its a great house so it will sell. Its just a matter of time, right?
Have a great Labor Day weekend and thanks to everyone who called/emailed/dropped by for the birthday wishes yesterday!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Well, yesterday Miss C decided to take a rather long nap after an early dinner. About 6 pm she decided she was tired and slept for about 40 minutes. Plenty of time for DH and myself to enjoy a leisurely dinner. I was a little worried that she wouldn't sleep well since she had that long a nap. I apparently had little to be concerned with.
After getting up from her nap, we took Miss C upstairs and got her ready for bed. This routine consists of lotion and pj's followed by reading or talking with her. Every other day there is also a bath but last night wasn't a bath night. After she was dressed, we played with Miss C upstairs. You know, talking to her, blowing kisses, all that fun stuff. Around 720 I took her back downstairs for second dinner. She likes to be full for bedtime. She ate heartily for about 10 minutes then she was out. I mean, out! We decided, what the heck, kid's tired its right around her normal bed time, let her sleep and put her in bed.
I didn't hear a peep out of her until 345! I swear! She slept for over 8 hours! She woke up and let me know she was STARVING but otherwise fine. She ate and went right back to sleep. The only "oddity" was she woke up at 5 am crying. I picked her up and cuddled with her and walked for about 5 minutes and she was back asleep. We think it was her teeth. In either case, holy cow! She slept 8 hours! I don't quite consider that sleeping "through the night" because she didn't get up for school until 6, but its a huge step. It seems like she is getting more sleep every night.
Well, keep your fingers crossed that this trend continues! My brother J is coming in town today so Miss C gets to meet another Uncle! Yea! Its bound to be another fun visit!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
If you want to see more, go to our youtube page (the link is to the right).
E-baby has gotten so big and she is talking and trying to get new words every day. Miss C is learning from her and is now making more raspberries than ever before! They are so cute together. Unfortunately, they are both so young still that they don't really play together, yet! Just throwing in a couple of photos here. Be sure to hop on the flickr page and see more. Alphagal should be uploading some to her flickr too, once they finally get home.
DOM made sure we all ate regularly and well. She is so nice to cook and then clean up to give us more time with the kids. It was a learning experience listening to her tell about Alphagal and her brother. Miss C fell in love with all three! We spent to so much time in awe over the changes we see in both kids. Who would have imagined that by this point both Alphagal and I would be married to two terrific men and have these two wonderful babies? Hmm!
Almost every morning we all took a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Miss C is much more comfortable in her baby bjorn and seemed to love the walks, no matter what time of day they were. She is taking naps better since the visit began, although she is so enthralled with everything that E-baby is more entertaining than normal. The only difference was the day before everyone left, Alphagal and company took a tour of the Zoo. I understand everyone had a great time! Lots of dogs to see (ask Alphagal about that one!).
Its crazy, but I think Miss C went through another growth spurt during the visit because she looks so much different than when everyone got here. I don't know what DH is going to think when he gets home and gets to see Miss C!
Well, we all had a great time and can't wait for the next visit. The house up north is getting close to completion and we are getting close to moving. Time is starting to get short for us here in Southern California.
Hope ya'll get a chance to check out the videos and new photos. Let us hear from you on occasion, ok?
Thursday, August 9, 2007
* Miss C is strong enough to go facing out in her baby bjorn. We water the lawn together in the evenings, when its not so hot, and Miss C really enjoying being out there in her baby bjorn. We have decided that when we go out somewhere now we will be sure to take it so she doesn't get cooped up in a stroller as much.
* Miss C is sleeping longer, regularly. She goes to bed consistently between 830 and 900 every night and wakes between 130 and 230 every morning. We are hoping the 230 is more regular than the 130. She goes back to sleep right afterwards and wakes up again around 430 or 5. Again, time dependent. I think if she wasn't breastfeeding, she would already sleep through the night, but that's another topic all together! I am also learning that she might decide to move her bedtime up earlier like she did last night (8 o'clock!).
* Miss C is learning how to grasp things. We play together a lot and she is starting to figure out how to hold onto rattles and other toys. She recognizes different patterns and likes to make her toys make noise, like a rattle or toy on her gym that rattles when she hits it.
* Miss C likes the "kid in the mirror." I thought she wasn't too into mirrors since she tends to turn away from ours in the bathroom but I think that's just her. There is a small, kidsafe mirror on her gym and she "talks" to the "kid in the mirror" pretty often.
* Miss C while being able to take a pacifier, doesn't require one to sleep. I know this may not sound like an accomplishment, but I was concerned that she would "have to have" the pacifier to sleep. Not the case.
That's pretty much it. She is now 13lbs 3 oz and 24 1/2 inches (go figure, she's going to be a tall one!) and the doctor says she is doing terrific (who thought otherwise, right?).
Thanks for sharing this special day with us. We might not blog for a few days since Alphagal, E-baby and DOM are visiting. Look forward to tons more photos after they depart.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
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Monday, July 9, 2007
***Edited to add*** Miss C rolled herself over from her tummy to her back! This was no kidding, on purpose, all by herself. We were playing some tummy time this evening and she just decided she would put one arm under her and push off. She still gets a little scared before she rolls completely, but she does it! Yea! Of course I completely missed it with the video camera, but I will try to get it tomorrow when she is not as tired. Apparently rolling oneself over for the first time on purpose is exhausting work! Yea Miss C! ***
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Even though we have spent way too much time apart over this past decade,the time we have spent together more than makes up for it. Every year is just more incredible than the last.This year is truly the most incredible so far.
Tomorrow our little girl,I can't believe how truly blessed we are, will be a month old. I know that we have tried to find great gifts for each other or for the house over the years, but this year we have received the greatest gift of all.
I love you more every day, my darling husband. Thank you for making me the luckiest and happiest woman in the world.
Your ever adoring wife