Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here is what I made in class. Granted it was just practice, but it turned out to be a great hat for Miss K.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We're still waiting on the arrival of Miss Isabel's teeth- she's been gnawing on things like crazy and her gums look pretty swollen. I am looking foward to arrival of said teeth, but I am a bit nervous of what that means for "The Girls". YIKES.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The excitement was a little too much for Isabel and she fell asleep along the way. I guess that is what happens when you get a little too much nature in one day.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
That's strike two, Baby Isabel...
Friday, October 24, 2008
97% height (28.25 inches)
80% weight (17.7 pounds)
85% head circumference
Jeremy and I both like Dr. Shorr a lot. He's very helpful, gives us a lot of good information for Isabel and is really good with her. He even asked us to bring in a picture of her in her Halloween costume.
The last week has just been sleeping hell. She's been waking up in the middle of the night crying and it has been so hard. Dr. Shorr definitely thinks that her chompers will break through in the next month or so, and attributes the night waking to the pain in her gums. In addition to that he also thinks at the rate she is growing that she's going to need more food during the day. So, onward we trudge, hoping each night gets a little better.
We finally had someone stop by to see the house, so I'm crossing my fingers that someone falls in love with it soon. It would be so great to get that going before the holidays!
Monday, October 20, 2008
We bought Isabel her high chair the other night and she's starting to take to rice cereal a little more. She doesn't make that accusing face anymore and she's starting to open her mouth a little more when the spoon comes near. So we're making progress! On the other hand, we're stuck in swaddle hell. Isabel has been pulling the swaddle over her face the last couple nights, so J and I tried to put her in a sleep sack last night. It was totally awful. So we'll try something else- I saw some good advice from Birth and Beyond online so hopefully that will help.
No bites on the house- which right now is just fine. I think we've got a little much going on right now and it is totally fine with me.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The weekend went by too fast and last week was a little bit of a whirlwind too. I had to take Miss K into see Dr. Theresa. Turns out she's got a bladder stone and has another UTI. Poor kitten face, I really hope she feels better. She's got three weeks of antibiotics ahead of her and a new "diet" to boot.
Miss Magoo (Isabel) has been teething like crazy, getting her gums on anything and everything that is within reach. I can't imagine what that must feel like, probably pretty itchy. I can't wait for her to get to her 6 month birthday. We tried a few times already with Rice Cereal and she HATED IT. I can't wait to do all fun veggie purees and see how that goes. What a crazy experience that must be- new foods, new tastes...
You want to hear something tragic? Mother's Cookies is going out of business. I am SO SAD! I absolutely LOVE their Taffy Cookies, and their little Circus Animal cookies were a big part of my childhood. WAH!!
Saturday, October 04, 2008
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A couple of things. One- I've decided that I'm going to start using Sarah Palin-isms in some my day to day interactions with people. If someone asks me if they can contact a client about a photoshoot- I'm gonna say "You betcha" and "We're all mavericks over here!". Then I'll cock my head a little and give a sassy little wink!
We'll see how long it lasts before someone clubs me over the head with a high heel.
Two- My grandma visited last week and it was a wonderful visit. She got to meet Isabel and I got to spend some time with her. I hardly remember my great-grandparents, so I am so happy that Isabel had the chance to meet her great-grandma.
Three- The house is on the market, and now we just sit and wait... and wait. Yuck. I know its not the best time to be selling, but I'm tired of driving around and I know the Grandmas would appreciate us being closer too. They do Jeremy and I an amazing amazing favor by watching Isabel three days a week. We are very lucky and I just want to make it as easy on them as possible. I know they love Isabel and don't mind, but I don't want them spending all that time in the car and on the freeway.
Four- I'm pooped. It's been a LONG week with lots of activities and I need a few days of non-eventful-ness. (Is that even a word? Probably not.)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Daddy and Isabel enjoying the patio.
Crossing my fingers and toes that our place sells in the next few months so we can find a new house closer to the Grandmas.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Are you KIDDING ME?! Gee, thanks Corn Refiners Association! Thanks for twisting HFCS into something that seems to be OK!
I'm going to drown my sorrows in some natural sugar, thank you very much.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Speaking of which, J and I are putting the place on the market. So if anyone is in need of a cute townhouse in Renton- let me know!
Monday, September 15, 2008
I guess what I am saying is relish the good moments and try not to focus too much on the bad ones. In the end, it is not worth the energy to get caught up in the negative.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Isabel did well for the first 10 minutes or so. We had to wait for a while for a table and once we were seated, she started to squirm. I got her out of her seat to change her diaper and as Jeremy says "Once she's out of her carseat, it is game over."
We managed to get through our salads and part of our entrees before the squirming started. We handed her back and forth over the table- allowing one another to chow down before we had to hand her back. Then, about 10 minutes before we left- the screeching started. Many of you have heard Isabel screech before, a happy screech that makes us all laugh. This screech was different. She sounded like a cat being attacked by a racoon- and she was attacking her burp cloth with such vigor that we thought she was trying to rip it apart. We couldn't stop laughing, her outburst was so unlike her that we just were cracking up. You could tell she was trying to tell us that she was tired, hungry and had enough. I am sure the people in the booths around her thought we had raised a Wolf-Child; with her wild hair and screeches.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
It makes me feel so much better to hear real life mommy stories and to know that there are other mommies out there that are having the same problems. Whenever I do research online or read a "Baby Book" from an "expert"- they always seem to make you feel like what you are doing is wrong or the choices that you make are wrong. It is nice to know that sometimes you just have to go with the Mommy Instincts.
This morning I heard the monitor click on as Isabel's crib aquarium had turned on. Jeremy was out of bed so I assumed he had turned it on for her and had let her do her stretching routine after being released from her swaddle. Jeremy brought her in around 6:30 to wake me up and had asked me if I had released her from her swaddle. Of course I didn't, and so we realized then that she had escaped from her swaddle and had turned on the aquarium by herself.
It is amazing to me how every day she learns something new, grows a little more and just becomes more and more interactive. I look at her all the time and am amazed at human life. It is truly mind blowing.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I think one birthday tradition that I will have to carry on is the box of Fran's Chocolates. Man oh man. I bought a box for myself on Thursday and I've been loving every piece. It's not like See's Candies where you can rip through most of the box in one sitting- they are just so good that you really want to make the most of them. Jeremy dislikes Fran's because of the cost- but once in a while you really need to treat yourself and make yourself feel special. So here I sit, a big fat glass of Pinot Noir and a half empty box of Fran's. Perfection.
Isabel now outweighs Miss K and has taken an increased interest in the cat. She pays attention to the cat now, watches her as she walks by. Pretty soon Isabel is going to be crawling after her, so Miss K better enjoy her laziness now or find better places to hide.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
So my question is- WHAT GIVES? How did a baby go from sleeping well to torturing me with early, early mornings? Is she not getting enough food at night to last her through that last two hours of the morning before getting up? Dr. Shorr had said to me on Saturday "If she starts to wake up again in the middle of the night, you can go ahead and start feeding her rice cereal." (Not in the middle of the night, mind you- that would be crazy.) Perhaps Isabel heard Dr. Shorr and is taking matters into her own hands? Is it possible we created a genius mastermind? Mommies, I need your advice!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My mom trying out the bow.
My mom is determined to tame Isabel's hair and so I gave in the other day and helped put a bow in her hair. The kicker was that after we had slicked down her hair so that the bow would stick, once it started to dry, her hair and the bow started to stand straight up again.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Here are her stats:
26 inches in height (95%)
15 pounds (75%)
16 3/4 inches- head circumference (90%)
So really it means that my baby is a tall, skinny, big headed baby. HAHA. Heidi Klum, eat your heart out.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
If those of you who know Enjay are able to attend the service tomorrow, I know he would be comforted to be surrounded by people that love him.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It has been a long week for me and I haven't been good about updating the blog. So many things have happened since last week! And it has been too freakin' hot to do anything but lay in front of the fan.
My brother finally visited last week and got to meet Isabel for the first time. It was so neat to see him again and it was wonderful for Isabel to meet her Tito Tony. The time together was too short, and I hope he comes up again before she gets too much older.
Jeremy and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary last night and we left Isabel with Auntie Eryn and Uncle Aaron. I feel bad for them, they unfortunately had to watch a very cranky and hot kiddo. She definitely was showing the devil horns last night- for sure. But, it was so nice to get out and have a nice dinner and we were so thankful to our friends for putting up with her. The food was great, the sake was even better. We went to this place in Renton called "Blossom Asian Bistro" and the food was fantastic. They do little plates which was a great way to taste everything.
Tito Tony is amazed at Isabel's fantastic 'do.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
I was able to finagle an empty office with a locking door, so that is nice. Now I don't have to worry too much about being walked in on in case I forgot to lock the bathroom door. Can you imagine the look that person's face? It makes me giggle just thinking about it.
I had mentioned to our office manager that hey- if that office stays empty- could I bring Isabel to the office with her Jumperoo and just leave her in there with a webcam and some Cheerios? I'm sure she'd be fine. He laughed at me and then threatened to call CPS. I told him if he was going to call CPS on me, he'd better include the picture of her in the tub with the Doctor Ma Swim Ring.
Yes, we finally scored our own Doctor Ma swim ring from China. Isabel loves it and paddles around the bathtub. And before YOU go calling CPS on me- this is perfectly safe. She can't tip over and we NEVER leave her alone in the water. I was truly amazed how much she took to the water considering her first encounter with the bath left us both in tears.
One more thing- Miss Kitty has turned into quite the kitty "big sister". She yeowls at Isabel and watches her when she plays on her blankets for tummy time. If I have let Isabel fuss a little too long, Miss K will act very distressed. I am sure she is just saying "For the love of God, make it stop!"
They are now in the same weight class- so technically, it might be a fair match.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The insanely wonderful news is that Isabel will be cared for by everyone in my family, including Jeremy who will have Mondays off. So I really should just shut my cake hole and be grateful that we are not leaving her with strangers.
Today, I had one of those "Pretty Woman" moments while attempting to find a suitable "undergarment" for myself. I had walked into a certain Maternity store that sells undergarments for new mothers and had asked if they would help me. After measuring me, the gal pretty much announced to the whole store that I was too large and that they didn't have my size at the store. I was further informed that I would have to go to Nordstroms to special order my size as again, they didn't carry sizes for people as large as me. Pissed and annoyed, I left muttering to myself "If you don't want my money, FINE!" I was able to find decent help at Nordstroms, and the gal re-measured me and reassured me that I was NOT the size that the maternity store claimed I was and that I didn't need to special order anything. Gracious. I know when you have a baby "The Girls" go up a size or two- but I wasn't THAT big. I almost wanted to go back to that maternity store and ask if they worked on commission. "BIG MISTAKE. BIG MISTAKE!"
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Last night Jeremy and I had dinner with our friends Dave and Lisa and their little girl Megan. Megan is almost 6 months old and is just darling. I think she may have talked some sense into Isabel about sleeping through the night. HA! Isabel also test drove Megan's Bumbo chair and loved it. I thought perhaps she was too young for it- but it turns out that she's probably ready for it. Sigh... they grow so fast! Pretty soon she'll be asking for the keys to the car. God help us all!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Yesterday my mom and Alyssa came over to visit and of course, before touching Isabel, my mom has the girls wash their hands. Alyssa came running over after washing her hands and started touching Isabel's hair. "Wow" I said, "You smell nice, Aly." Alyssa looked at me and said "I put your glitter lotion on my hands!". Here is where it was like the movies: I started to say "NOOOOOO!" in slow motion as I realized that Isabel's hair was COVERED in glitter.
I am still finding little specks of glitter all over Isabel. In her ears, on her forhead... GAH.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Then I promptly grabbed the computer and started to type. HA.
Another random thought- I really enjoy the Dixie Chicks. I forgot how good some of their songs are. Jeremy made this mix; "For the Baby"- good music that is ADULT music but soothing enough for the kiddo. We've banned children's music in the house (with the exception of one CD of classic children's songs in a beautiful spanish guitar) and so there is a lot of music on here that I haven't heard in a long time. Love it.
After a traumatizing trip to the doctor this week, we're all a little tuckered out this weekend and I am glad that it is a three day weekend for Jeremy. After his first week back, he gets to spend a little bit of time with Isabel and gives me a little bit of a break. A break to do some online shopping for this stupid activity mat that seems to either be sold out everywhere or is costing a fortune on a certain online shopping mega-store. I won't name any names, but it begins with an "A" and ends with a "Mazon.com". GAH!!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
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Friday, June 27, 2008
I hope that this was a fluke and does not continue as a trend. Ironically enough, I had just checked a book about healthy sleep habits in children out from the library on Wednesday night. Apparently this made Isabel very angry.
Thank God for coffee.
PS. Isabel is 2 months old today!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Please remember that many companies match donations given to charities by their employees, so keep that in mind if you are thinking of donating.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sadly, we had left the house without bringing the camera. Our first Zoo trip and no media coverage.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
My great friend Joene is responsible for taking care of my eyebrows (it is quite the job!) and so if anyone is in need of a skincare specialist or some eyebrow waxing- DEFINITELY call her. She's been taking care of my skin and brows for 5 years and she is the only one I trust to do so!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I realize now that this will continue to happen through her entire life, but I think it is that first time you find out your little kiddo is marching on with time just makes you think more about how fast they grow and how amazing life can be.
Perhaps it is all the jellybeans that I am eating lately that are causing these gushy "Mommy" revelations. Red Dye # 40, you are making me nutty!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thank you for letting Isabel "Sleep Through the Night" two days in a row. For this, we are truly grateful.
Yes, the major event in my life right now was that Isabel slept two nights in a row from 10 pm- 3:45 am. That might not sound like a lot, but believe me- it was FABULOUS. Except for the fact that "The Girls" were hurting from the extended period between feeds (sorry, maybe too much information?)
It has`been getting easier with her, she's been a great baby so far. Which can only mean her "Hellian Years" are somewhere down the line. Please let it be at a time when I am oblivious to the whole thing- preferably when I'm 85 or something.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
The winery visit was fun, she slept through the whole thing. My dad took us on a personal tour of the winery and gave us a little wine tasting for free. Yes, we looked like responsible parents drinking wine while our baby slept in her car seat next to us.
Grandma Beth's birthday and Ivar's pretty much was a fantastic evening. Except for the last 10 minutes before the dessert arrived and Isabel woke up and wanted to feed. I was able to jimmy-rig a blanket over my chest and nurse her. I am definitely going to buy one of those nursing "Hooter Hider" blankets the next time I am out.
Ah, the finger mustache. Yes, this is what happens when a baby keeps me up at night, waking and fussing every hour and a half or so and then sleeps for 3.5 hours this morning. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET!!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Meeting Nino and Nina (my godparents)
Ok last picture- this is totally hilarious and if I could imagine what she is thinking right now, it would probably be "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"