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Four Months Old!

Baby2 has really been coming into her own lately – in just four short months she has grown and changed so much. This is Mr. Handsome’s and my second time watching a baby become a little person and we still can’t believe how amazing it is. Here are some of the things she’s been working on…

She has the sweetest smile. Ever. When she wakes up in the morning she is just the happiest thing that has ever lived, smiling and giggling and batting her adorable eye lashes. She grunts and coos and squeals. She squirms her little body all around and clenches her fists in excitement. It is very fun to watch.

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She’s all smiles at home but she seems to be a bit weary of strangers lately. In the last month, we’ve had a couple events out and and about and she hasn’t been too excited about them. I think being around a lot of people is a little over-stimulating for her at times, especially if she’s being passed around. Too many faces for her or something.

Baby2 starting recognizing and zoning out on her hands sometime around six weeks I think, but this month she has started to have a bit more control of those little hands. She can get her thumb in her mouth with fairly consistent success.

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She reaches out for things that she wants badly enough. Her concentration is palpable: she stares at the object, she shakes her arm as her little hand starts to move, fingers moving, trying to get all the needed parts working together to achieve her goal of grabbing her toy. She’s started to enjoying “playing” and she seems to show some excitement when shown a familiar toy. Her eyes get wide, her hands shake a little, maybe she lets out a little squeal. Adorable!

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She rolled over this month from front to back. She can get from her back to her side very easily so I’m sure it won’t be long until she is rolling from back to front, too. She is also quite good at rotating her body around when lying on her back. Most nights she’ll fall asleep in her crib with her feet pointing one direction but by the time I come back and check on her she’s rotated around so her head is where her feet were. Now she does it when on her play mat which is quite fun to watch as she moves her little legs and pushes around.

She’s started to get much better at napping. As I type, Baby2 has been asleep for almost two hours and is on her second extended (meaning more than 45-minute) nap of the day (of course she just woke up). Mr. Handsome is feeling very happy about this as her naps either enable or distract from him getting to accomplish much during the day (he’s a SAHD).

As far as night-time sleep, just does pretty well. I’ve stopped giving a shit about all the “rules” I had established for sleep. My methods worked so well for Kiddo1 but with Baby2 I feel differently. I’m just kind of rolling with the punches now. She wakes up sometime between midnight and two or three am. I don’t pay attention to the time at all, I just pull Baby2 in bed with me and relax. She probably wakes up two or three times per night but I hardly notice. She eats, we sleep, it works out pretty well.

Eventually I’d like to get back to having her in her crib all night, but I have time. I also want to make sure my breast milk supply stays up and I recall that once Kiddo1 started sleeping through the night my supply dipped pretty fast and breastfeeding was over. So I’m trying to prevent that this time around by keeping up the night-time feedings. It may be establishing the wrong sleep routine but I suppose I’ll tackle that issue once it actually becomes an issue. Again, I’m going with the flow rather than trying to keep over-thinking things.

Finally, we did celebrate Halloween this year, even though I didn’t write a post about it at all. I leave with a few snapshots.

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Pumpkin farming

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Baby2 and her little punkin

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Kiddo1 trick-or-treating with friends (he was a zombie)

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Baby2 and I in our homemade two-peas-in-a-pod costume

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4th Fun

Why don’t I ever take the 5th of July off work? Every year I struggle to get going on this day. I’m not even hungover this year! It was just a late night last night, as Kiddo1 pleaded to go see the downtown fireworks (honestly, I’m a big fan of the fireworks too!).

Yesterday was periods of busy activity mixed with lazy, lazy times (for me, at least; Mr. Handsome is nesting like crazy so he cleaned all day). First we went to a neighborhood parade, just a couple neighborhoods over from ours. We biked over – 4 miles, roundtrip! – and took our dog so he got nice and tired (he’s still super tired this morning, he feels the July 5th drag as well). Some photos of the parade:

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After we got home I rested since we had to ride uphill to get back. I made it up all the hills but I was a slow one! Kiddo1 shot up them like lightening; it was rather impressive actually! Mr. Handsome proceeded to clean and organize the entire laundry room and I read a book. Then he threw a bunch of excellent meat on the grill. The restaurant he’s working at has a small but fantastic butcher shop and he gets 50% off! Amazing meat at this place, we are so very happy about it. We He grilled up a flank steak and a ribeye plus a burger for Kiddo1 (the only thing he’ll eat off the grill, silly child) and some asparagus, too.

After some more afternoon lounging it was time for fireworks! We were trying to think of a good place to go all day. We couldn’t go down to a park we’ve been to in the past because there’s only one road in and out which made Mr. Handsome very nervous if I were to go into labor (he’s so protective, awww). We didn’t want to go all the way downtown either because it’s just crazy. We thought we’d wing it and go near his old work (which, up until this year, had a big 4th party with a nice fireworks viewing area).

Luckily when we got there a big parking lot had opened for free parking so we scored a fantastic spot. We didn’t have to walk far out of the parking lot to get a good viewing spot, too. We lit some sparklers and only waited about an hour for the show. Plus we ran into another family we know and the boys ran off some energy together, which was much needed for Kiddo1. Lately he’s had a lot of what Mr. Handsome and I can only think is nervous/anxious energy.

After the fireworks started, he proceeded to take several hundred photos of them with my phone, which was pretty cute. It’s hard to get good fireworks photos! But it was an amazing show this year, much better than any that I remember in the past. It started with a huge bunch of very loud and bright blasts all at once – it made me instinctively move my hands to my belly to protect it! I think Baby2 wasn’t too bothered. I felt her moving down a bit but not violently kicking in protest or anything.

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It only took about 30 minutes to get out of the parking lot and then 10 minutes home, which is pretty damn amazing considering our luck in years past. We shot off a couple of our small, legally purchased fireworks (no big ones this year, just not up for it), even though Kiddo1 was dead tired he insisted. We all made it to bed about midnight, Kiddo1 was out in an instant I’m sure.

Wow, our last holiday as a family of three. Kind of strange, but awesome!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! This weekend we’ve been doing a few fun things for Mr. Handsome. We started off the weekend with a very fun baby wearing class. You know you’ve got a good dad with you when he’s willing to not only go to the class but also try out all the carriers they had to experiment!

We ate lunch out in the sun, went for some mini golf, had a quick bike ride to the library, and grilled some yummy meat on his new gas grill (poor guy has been grilling on charcoal for years, with a very impatient and hungry family not making it easier in him!).

He deserves so much more then what we’ve been able to give him, but here are a few photos of the fun.

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Mr. Handsome’s favorites: cereal!

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Mini-golfing at this crazy black-light place

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As we were leaving the library on our bikes (we don’t normally bike on the sidewalk!)

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Grill time! You can kind of see our old charcoal grill behind him…

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day AND it’s exactly two months until the date Baby2 is expected to arrive! Dual causes for celebration!

Here are some images of my Mother’s Day weekend, which doesn’t even include the awesome date night and morning Farmers Market visit with Mr. Handsome (okay, well the crepe is at the market) and Kiddo1’s final soccer game of the season. With those omissions in mind, enjoy!

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A crepe from the Farmers Market with eggs, bacon and greens. Mmm…

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Flowers from the market.

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The wrappings of Kiddo1’s present.

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He decorated a pot and grew a plant for me! (But he forgot what it is! Any ideas?)

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Flowers and strawberries that I sent to my mommy.

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Spinach linguine from the market, made into pasta bianca for my lunch!

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Mr. Handsome’s offerings: chocolate, a magazine and a Starbucks card so I can feed my hot chocolate addiction.

 

My Funny Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love the chocolate holidays, and this one is a great one! That and Halloween, Christmas, Easter – oh Easter candy is the best! Robins Eggs are my favorite. But I digress…

Today Mr. Handsome traveled allllll the way out to my workplace via bus AND train (because we are a one-car family and I drive the car to work because the bus/train takes 90 minutes, one-way) to meet me for lunch! He works Valentine’s Eve at the restaurant (it’s easy money – too good to pass up!) so I coerced convinced invited him to come out and spend a long lunch with me.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppI got Mr. Handsome some flowers (guys like to get flowers, too. Maybe not all guys, but I think deep down, yes, all guys like flowers or, at the very least, they like that you thought of them enough to get them a nice token like flowers) and he also received two very green boxes of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies which are his favorite (thanks to the co-worker who delivered them to my desk just yesterday!). Part of his cookie gift was the fact that I did not bust in to the boxes myself for a whole DAY AND A HALF. Big deal for this one, pregnant or not. They are now in the freezer waiting for him (because oh.my.goodness they are even better frozen!).

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppMr. Handsome got me some flowers too! They just happened to arrive at my office while we were pulling up to the lunch restaurant. They called Mr. Handsome’s phone and it was a little awkward. He was just kind of like, aw man you ruined the surprise! It’s hard to retell the story – you just had to be there I guess… but it was cute.

So we had a nice lunch, he gave me more chocolates and a card (I’m so bad at getting cards) AND a Babies R Us gift card. Awww! He says, “We can go shopping together for some nice baby stuff.” What a softie. Hehehe.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppTonight I’m hanging with Kiddo1. We’re making some dinner and I planned to take him out for ice cream but he says, “We have ice cream here. Let’s just stay home.” Honestly that’s fine by me. I’m pooped!

Finally, later tonight, after Kiddo1 goes to bed and Mr. Handsome isn’t quite home from work just yet, I plan on scarfing down chocolates while getting my What Not to Wear fix. I thought about catching up on The Daily Show, but you know, Mr. Handsome likes that one too so I think I’ll save it for him. That’s just what love is all about!

Happy New Year!

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Happy last day of 2011! I for one am very excited for 2012: there’s so much going on next year! So I am determined to celebrate, even though I can’t “celebrate” like I usually would with my yearly glass or two of real, honest-to-goodness, straight from France Champagne. Instead, I will trick myself into debauchery with one of these tasty, guilt-free “champagne” cocktails.

I’m also going to (really, really try to) dress up as if I was going out and sit with Mr. Handsome and Kiddo1, playing games and waiting for the ball to drop in NYC – promptly at 9pm as we live on the West coast – followed by glorious sleep. Mmmmm.

Bellini
(courtesy avalonwine.com)
2 or 3 white peaches puréed (you can use yellow peaches, if white are not available)
1 teaspoon raspberry puree or Grenadine
1 bottle sparkling juice or non-alcoholic “champagne”

Place the ripe peaches in a small blender and purée until totally smooth. This can be done well in advance and then kept in the fridge. Spoon one and a half tablespoons into chilled glasses, along with two or three drops of the raspberry purée and slowly top up with the bubbly, stirring as you pour. The raspberry purée adds a delightful blush to the drink.

Choose Your Own Adventure (pictured at left)
PhotobucketA little bit of your favorite juice cocktail (like cran-apple)
1 bottle sparkling juice or non-alcoholic “champagne”

This one is cool because you basically just mix some non-sparkling juice into your sparkling juice. It adds color, flavor and overall excitement. Mix until your heart’s content or the balance of sparkling/non-sparkling is to your liking. This is a good one for kids too because my son doesn’t like a lot of “spicy bubbles,” as he refers to carbonation, and you can control just how much “spicyness” they get.
Garnish with something pretty like a raspberry, a small slice of apple or a teeny orange wedge. Cheers to your creativity!

Finally, if you want to make your own non-alcoholic champagne, here’s how you do it:Photobucket
Non-alcoholic Champagne
(courtesy babycenter.com)
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons grenadine syrup
28 ounces chilled ginger ale (about 2 1/3 soda cans’ worth)

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil and boil ten minutes. Cool. Add sugar syrup to grapefruit and orange juices. Chill thoroughly. Add grenadine and ginger ale just before serving. Makes about 1½ quarts.
Best wishes in 2012!

Merry Christmas!

Yay, it’s Christmas! I made myself this present. They’re for the baby too! Hehehe…

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