tree vs. house

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From Fallen Tree – 9-23-08

And the winner is… still undecided. I think the house pretty much won this one as there doesn’t SEEM to be much damage (still pending inspection, but I think we’re ok). Plus, the whole “house still standing whereas tree – not so much” thing. I don’t even know if that was a valid sentence. Moving on..


From Lily September 18-21

Speaking of moving.. guess who decided to prove me wrong and start CRAWLING?!?!? If you guessed Lily then you’re right! (If you guessed something other than Lily, I think you’ve missed the point of this blog.) It’s crazy, just last Thursday (the 18th) she did her little cartwheel and got back on her hands and knees then shuffled forward like a 90 year old woman. After about 1 ft she cartwheeled and then stood up. My jaw literally dropped open! She’s done it a number of times since then, too, but it’s always completely minimal and only when absolutely necessary. On Friday she showed Grandma and Grandpa but she was heading straight for the fan to stick her hand inside and my Mom was freaking out like “Stop her – she’s going for the fan” and I was freaking out saying “Mom – WATCH her! She’s CRAWLING!”. Perspective, man. I knew I could stop her 90-year-old shuffle before she got hurt. :) Her normal routine now usually goes something like this: cartwheel to the left, cartwheel to the right, shuffle-crawl for 1-2 feet, cartwheel, pull up. It’s so much fun to watch her!


From Lily September 18-21

In other news, just today she started to do a BUNCH of new things! (Why do they always seem to come in batches?) She learned how to “Hi-5″ and wave bye-bye!! I’ve been waiting for the waving one because I think it’s just SO cute!! She is also standing by herself (without holding on) quite a lot and today she took two steps towards me without help!! I don’t think I’m counting them as her official “first steps” mainly because she sort of lunges towards me and lets her feet keep up, but I think she’ll figure it out pretty soon. Then again, I thought she wouldn’t crawl so don’t take my word!


From Lily September 18-21

Well with all of this excitement going on, Lily and I had to do something to bring us down a notch or two so we both went and got colds. Stupid fall colds! I think Lily is handling it better than I am, but my main problem is just that I’m so TIRED! Just totally wiped out, and it can be hard to take care of my sick baby when I just want to crawl in bed and have somebody take care of ME. Welcome to being a Mommy, huh? I should have read the fine print on that contract. ;)


From Lily September 18-21

Last Saturday we went to a Wedding and Lily came with, as did her cousins Claire and Abby! All three babies were VERY well-behaved despite being out way past their bedtimes. They did some dancing (Lily even did the dollar dance and handed over the dollar herself), some chowing, some socializing – it was fun! For dessert they had homemade cheesecake instead of wedding cake because the groom makes and sells cheesecakes out of his house (soooooooo good!) and so we gave Lily a little taste and she LOVED it. I mean LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it! Then she reached over and put her hands on either side of my face and pulled me in for a HUGE wet kiss right on the lips. Everyone laughed and said “awwww, how cute” – then a few minutes later she did it AGAIN. Finally I realize that she’s pulling me in for a “kiss” after EVERY BITE of cheesecake, just so she can try and sneak some for herself! Oh no, I think she has her father’s sweet tooth.. but it was hilarious and so incredibly adorable!


From Lily September 18-21

Finally, in unrelated news – about 2 weeks ago I went with my sister to complete one of her “30 ways to celebrate turning 30″ tasks and get our hair cut. I was just sick of my hair and had no ideas, so I told Jess “do whatever you want”. She was REALLY excited, and she did a great job! She cut my hair pretty short (chin length or so), dyed it brown and put highlights in it so I’d “feel like a blond” – HA! Anyway, I think it turned out pretty cute and I really like it! Here are before and after pics for your review:
BEFORE:

From Jill – makeover

AFTER:

From Jill – makeover
From Jill – makeover

EDITED TO ADD: ok, now she is crawling all over the place, and picking up speed! She still cartwheels occasionally, but she’s doing it less and less. And she no longer shuffles like a 90-year-old woman. Today she was playing on the other side of the living room and I said “Lily, come to Mama” and she crawled right over to me – soooooooo cute! Let the chasing begin!

Oh, and another thing I forgot to mention that Lily has been doing lately is turning pages of her book when we read to her at night. I’ll get done with a page and say “Ok, Lily, flip the page!” and she does. :) It’s so cute. She’s even been picking up on some non-verbal clues to know when to turn the page, so like when I “let go” of the page to get ready to turn it, sometimes she reaches out and turns it right away without waiting for me to say anything. I think she’s just about ready for Kindergarten!!! :)

Paragraphs, and other important items.

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From Lily Sept 13-17

Ahhh, sleep. Lily is so cute when she’s sleeping and lately we’ve found her in a variety of interesting positions during the night! She’s really gotten night time sleeping down well, and usually sleeps 11-12 hours STRAIGHT. I love it!

She still sometimes struggles with nap time a little bit, and our daycare woman has started trying to just put her down for one bigger nap each day instead of 2 naps. So far it seems to be working pretty well, I think.. but we have to try it out for a bit yet to see if it will really work. I thought babies weren’t supposed to cut down to one nap until closer than a year, but Lily has never been one to sleep if she doesn’t have to!


From Lily Sept 13-17


She is getting so sturdy on her feet now, and can “cruise” (walk while holding on to furniture) all around the room until she runs out of things to hang on to! She’s also getting pretty brave at letting go of whatever she’s holding on to and standing on her own for short periods of time! I think it won’t be long until she takes off and starts walking – yikes! She is still, however, refusing to crawl. I still think she’s going to skip the crawling stage, but we’ll see… I just can’t believe how much she’s growing up!

Last Saturday we went to visit my friends Nick and Nora and their one-week-old baby girl Juniper! Juniper was 9 lbs when she was born so I was almost expecting this huge baby, but really all newborns (even 9 lbers) just look so tiny. She’s a beautiful baby, and it just made me realize how quickly the time has gone and I can hardly remember Lily being that small. I’m so excited for Nora, though, and I can tell she loves being a Mom!


From Lily Sept 13-17

Finally, on Sunday we went over to our friends (and neighbors) house for dinner and a playdate! They have a little boy named Sebastian who is just 3 days older than Lily so it was nice to see her interact and play with someone her own age! They did really well together even though Lily has a little bit of a tendency to be a bully (like her cousins didn’t already know THAT!). It was so cute that both Sebastian and Lily tore through a whole basket of toys to pull out and play with the BOOKS! They both LOVE books, which is awesome! Jason and I had a great time catching up with Derek and Alix, and really appreciated the invite! We’ll have to do it again sometime soon!

P.S. So, I took a “writing for the web” course this morning (related to work, totally unrelated to this blog), and I now present to you – paragraphs. Boo-yah.

Our new deck!

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From Lily Sept 1-6


Our deck is done!! Well, the base part of it is done anyway – but it’s still ready to enjoy! We still need to add railings and a step and some benches, but we’re going to enjoy it this way until the rest of the stuff is done. So far we’re loving it! It’s a shame the weather is getting colder so we may have to wait until spring to really live it up.


From Lily Sept 1-6

In other exciting news – my friend Nora had her baby on Friday night!! I haven’t spoken to her yet because I’m giving her a couple of days to get settled and she’ll call me when she’s ready for visitors, but I know she had a baby girl named Juniper Elaine and she’s 9lbs(!!). Everybody is good and I believe they’re home now so I hope things are going well. I can’t wait to see her and meet baby Juniper!

Finally, I ALMOST got a baby cartwheel on video. Lily just won’t do it when I bring the camera out, but this is pretty close. Keep watching because it’s not the first thing she does – it’s the second. Notice in the first one how she’s started to go on her hands and FEET instead of her hands and knees. She keeps trying to “push” herself into standing if there’s nothing to pull up on. What a goof. I swear it’s EASIER to crawl than what she puts herself through to move without crawling!
Enjoy! I’ll update soon.

UPDATED: Ok, so one thing we’ve been having problems with is Lily sleeping (at night and naps) because she’d rather sit herself up in her crib over and over and over again. Or pull herself up and walk around it, etc, anything but sleeping. So, tonight we put her to bed and she kept doing these things for almost an hour an a half. We kept going in, helping her lay back down, giving her back her pacifier and telling her “night-night”. Finally around 9:15 I noticed it was quiet so I went to check on her and found this:


From Lily Sept 1-6

She sat herself up and was so tired she FELL ASLEEP THAT WAY. She folded herself in half and rested her head on the bed and passed out. Awwww, poor baby! I couldn’t leave her that way so I moved her onto her back and she went right back to sleep and is now resting comfortably. :)