Tuesday, September 25, 2012

35 Weeks

Favorite activity: Playing. With everyone!
Favorite food: Plum-Mango puree. They were melted and refrozen together. Lorelei could NOT get enough of it!
Favorite spot: Outside, or playing in bed with the dogs.
Naughtiest moment: Throwing up all her milk/food. Not so naughty as kinda gross. Don't know why...
Cutest moment: Playing with Poppy Jeff!
Important milestones: 8 months old! First sign: hitting the table two times to indicate "more" since she can't tap her fingertips together. 
How Mom's Feeling: This is always a hard question to answer. It seems like I'm running a mile a minute all day every day. I've realized I've stretched myself thin. I want to be everything, want to do everything. I want to be the patient teacher, the involved parent, the loving wife, the great friend. I want to take Lorelei on playdates and help socialize her; I want to keep my house clean, keep up with chores and laundry, and make delicious dinners for my family; I want to be kind and present with my students, and create engaging lessons and activities for them; I want to be the friend that is still fun and involved, even with a baby in tow. And you know what? It's really hard. I can't take Lorelei on playdates during the week, so I plan them for weekends, but I also plan family time on weekends. But I also still want to be involved with my friends and what they're up to. There's just not enough time in the day or days in the week to get it all done. And it's exhausting. We're getting ready for a much needed vacation and it can not come soon enough!

This week, we have a massive photo dump!

Playdate with Danica and Owen

Surprise visit with Grandmama and Julian

Out and About!
At Trader Joe's!

First solo bath!

Out to dinner with BeeBee and Poppy

Photo Outtake

Ready for bed!

Morning cuddles with mama!

Cuddling up with Grandma Janet!

Playing on the mat!

Just hanging out!

And, in case you missed it, Lorelei's first solo bathtime video--it's so much easier when I am not in the tub with her!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

34 Weeks

Favorite activity: Dinnertime!
Favorite food: bananas! We've finally gotten the hang of them! We also are fond of mama's spring green risotto and cheesy broccoli casserole. And strawberries!
Favorite spot: Playing on the blanket, for sure!
Naughtiest moment: Rubbing snot all over mama. Ewww.
Cutest moment: Laughing at Jaime's mustache!
Important milestones: First cold :(
How Mom's Feeling: Pretty good. Lorelei got her first cold this week, which was a bummer--both for her and us. We had stuff PLANNED for this weekend! She did pretty well, all things considered. She had a minor fever, a little fussy, didn't want to take her morning nap, and was fairly snotty. But her mood was fantastic! We had to forgo a playdate with some friends and a trip to Sacramento. But we did go to dinner in San Francisco and went to Happy Hollow for the first time! 

Happy Hollow was blast. I haven't been since I was about 8 or 9 years old. The high points of the trip: petting the goats in the petting zoo, playing in the playground with our friends and seeing the meerkats in the zoo!

And a little nighttime reflection I wrote last night:

Growing up, before I got married, got pregnant, I always assumed I'd be a working mom. I wanted to be a working mom. I didn't want my life to be defined by another person. I didn't get it. I didn't understand. Those other things don't matter. I mean, they MATTER, but they don't define you. My job doesn't define me, and I'm happy about that. Looking at my daughter tonight, sleeping in her crib, I realized this is what matters: My perfect girl, my amazing husband, my two goofy dogs, my perfectly imperfect family.


And now for some photos!

Hanging out at home!
Sleeping in the swing for the first time in AGES!

I love to bounce!

I LOVE this shoe!

Oh, did you say I SHOULD put this shoe in my mouth? Okay!

Playing in my jammies!

Out walking with my BeeBee!

First trip to Samovar Tea Lounge!
Mustaches are funny!

I'm so tall! I can fly!

Cuddles with Gladys!
Happy Hollow!

Our friends Andy and Lena with the goats! Lena kept stepping on them and scaring them away!

You can't see me in this log!
Gasp! You found me!

Our friend Zinnia in the Putt Putt cars!

Lorelei's view!

On the carousel!

Zinny checking out the meerkats

Thursday, September 13, 2012

33 Weeks

Favorite activity: "Flying" with Papa. She loves getting tossed in the air and just squeals and squeals!
Favorite food: guacamole. We had tacos and nachos for dinner this week and she just LOVES the guacamole (no salt for her, clearly)
Favorite spot: Sitting on her blanket, in the living room or Papa's office!
Naughtiest moment: Peeing on Papa. Ha ha!
Cutest moment: playing with her second cousins at Grandma's birthday!
Important milestones: Can use a spoon almost all on her own!
How Mom's Feeling: Tired this week. I think I had some sort of bug and it's made me feel a little run down :( I had to take Monday off work (well I went, then came home again) because I was just so exhausted and a little nauseous. And to all my friends who are like "hmmm..." I am NOT pregnant because I remember what pregnant feels like and it's not like this! 

We had a busy weekend, for sure. On Saturday, we went hiking with some mom's group friends (Jenna, Wes and little Ronen). Lots of fun. I'm looking forward to going again--it's nice to have some friends with kids close to Lorelei's age! Then on Sunday we went to my Grandma Phyllis' 90th birthday party. It was lots of fun and I was able to visit with my cousins who I haven't seen in a while (except Kurt, who took Lorelei's 6 month photos in July). It was super exciting to see my cousin Eric, who I haven't seen in at least 11 years! My cousin Jenny and her husband and kids got to see Lorelei for the first time--it seems we've just never been able to get together since she's been born. All the girls (and we've got a lot of them) just loved playing with Lorelei. Jack and Ollie started getting in on the baby action, too. Except I'm pretty sure they just wanted to play with her cups!

I'm looking forward to this next weekend. I get a 4 day weekend! Yay for Rosh Hashana! We're going to a playdate, a birthday celebration, to Happy Hollow and then to Sacramento for a visit with our favorite little guy, Logan, and of course his mama!
Lunch date with daddy
On our way to Starbucks!

Napping with my pals!

Cousin Logan in the jammies Lorelei sent!

I can do it myself, thank you very much!

Taco Night! 
On our hike with Wes, Ronen and Jenna

Bummer, being, well, Bummer.

Before Grandma's party!

Four Generations of girls!

Happy 90th birthday, Great Grandma Phyllis!

Great Grandma Phyllis and all her great grandkids (plus mama!)

The girls just loved playing with Lorelei!

Cayenne just couldn't get enough of her!

Katie wanted in on the Lorelei cuddle action, too!

Playing with her cousins! The cups were a big hit, for sure!