Friday, April 28, 2006

Suck this!

Today's entry was going to be about how Lucy passed another big milestone, how she's sitting up on her own now, hardly falling over at all, looking so good, blah-dy, blah blah blah. But something SO much better happened. Another milestone that TOPS sitting up. I've been waiting, hoping for this to happen. And I was lucky enough to catch it on film (I did have to leave her unattended on the changing table for one itsy bitsy minute while I ran to get the camera - luckily she doesn't really care for rolling over too much).

BUSTED! I wasn't doing anything, really.

That toe sucking moment was worth all the crying and screaming it took (on both of our parts) to get Lucy down for her afternoon nap. One hour of hard work, followed by 30 minutes of baby sleep, followed by another 20 minutes of screaming, followed by another 45 minutes of baby sleep. This kid doesn't like to sleep, but she sure is a good toe sucker. She's going to go far in life, I can just tell.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cheerio Camo

We can't find the Cheerios on either the high chair or the floor. I can't decide if this is good or bad?

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Farmers Market

Another big first in Lucy's life - her exposure to the Minneapolis Farmers Market. She doesn't realize it yet, but Ken will be dragging us here every weekend. He can't get enough of this place. We walk around and around, pick up plants, looks at veggies and dodge the crowds. More often than not, we don't really come home with anything. He just likes to go and 'look'. But always, on the first visit of the year, we come back with loads of stuff, and eagerly chip away the ice chips from the dirt to plant. It took us years to learn, but planting tomatoes in April (no matter how big the plant), just doesn't work in Minnesota. This year, all we had to show for our inaugural visit was a small container of raspberries that were grown in Mexico and this picture.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Baby Tea just doesn't have the same ring

We made it back from Atlanta, with only 30 minutes of screaming on the airplane. I was happy she slept for the first 2 hours, but could that have something to do with the Benadyrl she sucked down before we boarded? Add that to the list of things you never thought you'd today when I licked some sticky substance from Lucy's cheek because I knew if I came towards her with a wet wash cloth she'd scream and she was in such a good mood I didn't want to ruin our blissful afternoon. Back to the Benadryl...she does seem to have horrible allergies and the doctor told me to do it, so don't freak on me just yet.

I've been withholding a very important update, because the ramifications are huge. It could change has changed everything. Best to just come out with it. I can't drink coffee anymore. Or soda. Or consume chocolate. Well, I could, but I'd have a horrible gut ache and I'd feel like someone was stabbing me in the back. Seems the days of an iron stomach and tasty beverages are over. And the irony of it all, is I just inherited a wireless laptop. You know, wireless laptop = hanging out at cool coffee shops with Lucy and, consuming caffeine. I've been off the stuff for 2 weeks now, and that gallbladder that I was sure needed to be removed hasn't bothered me once. Oh, except when I ate that fire hot burrito last night and feel asleep with a bottle of tums in my hand. I'm hoping this is only temporary and I'll be back on the sauce soon. In the meantime, I guess you'll find me and Lucy at the park. She loves those swings!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Shine On

Do you see the sun on that babies head? We’ve found the orange orb here in the 'burbs of Atlanta and are enjoying it immensely! It’s like Lucy has just discovered another world, like we’ve landed on a new planet every time we step outside. She just stares at the trees, likes to watch them blow in the wind. Her eyes follow the birds flitting from place to place. Big smiles appear on her face as the wind blows her hair. And her little feet (sweaty though they are), wiggle with delight at the novelty of being outside. Minnesota winters are hard on everyone, even little babies. Lucy and G-pa are doing the happy dance in celebration of Spring.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Top Five

Lucy, like most babies I assume, has her special quirks – the things that make her unique and at times, make our lives interesting, difficult, funny and confusing.

Here’s my list of the top 5:

1. I’ll start with the latest, first. It took a long time to figure this one out. But in the past day, I’ve used it at least 4 times. The only way to get her to drink her bottle when she’s most hungry and out of her mind, is to put her in her car seat. So much for snuggling with your baby during feeding times. This is probably an extension of her refusal to breast feed after 3 months. That car seat has turned out to be one of her most used items. We’ve used it for sleeping, eating, pacifying, swinging and strolling. With any luck, she’ll start to drag it around like a blankie one of these days and demand to sleep next to it in her crib.

2. You can’t take her clothes off of her, or give her a bath with out her digging her dagger fingernails into her stomach and legs. Try giving a slimy baby a bath AND hold each of her hands at the same time.

3. When put in her crib, she sticks her legs straight up into the air and slams them down onto the mattress over and over and over, until she’s moved herself down the entire length of the crib. She’ll do this for 30 minutes, if that’s how long it takes her to fall asleep. She must have abs of steel underneath that thin layer of baby fat.

4. When she’s mad, like really mad, she starts spitting like a camel. Charming.

5. But her best and cutest as of late, is that little tongue she likes to stick out when thinking about smiling.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Day Light Saving Time!

At least Lucy is starting to become more predictable, something she didn’t excel at before. She did get up at 4am…but that was several days ago and I’ve already forgotten the details. Several naps and mornings and nights have passed between then and now. We are actually excited about daylight saving time that arrived last night. Yes, we do lose an hour of sleep, initially, but in the long run it gives us the illusion of more sleep, since she’ll be waking up an hour later.

Lucy and I are getting ready to head to G-ma and G-pa Dubya’s house on Monday. I don’t know why we bother to pack anything, since we always come home with twice as much stuff as we left with. I’m looking forward to sunny days, coloring easter eggs, and ice tea. You also can’t beat the endless exposure to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

We’ve stooped to a new low, as Lucy has discovered she likes Baby Einstein videos. The video does have a ‘repeat’ option, but we haven’t gone there yet. Strangely, it is somewhat comforting to know that option exists.