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Monday, July 27, 2009

9 months old


Lucy is nine months old today. As I do on the 27th of every month, I've taken a moment today to marvel at the amazing way my life has changed since she was born - and to be blown away, once again, at how the time has flown by. What a blessing you are to all who know you, Lucy! You keep us all smiling! :-)

This past week, she graduated from her Bumbo seat to her high chair... this high chair is extra special - it was mine when I was a baby, too!
Over the past week or so, she's started eating a lot more "real" food, too ... toast, cottage cheese, dehydrated apples, graham crackers, cheerios, mashed potatoes, and refried beans! I'm so glad she's actually eating (more than sweet potatoes) now!


Lucy has a new favorite face ....



... any guesses at what it is??? :)- She LOVES sticking her tongue out (well, this week, anyway!) Now, the second she sees Scott every night, instead of a smile - that's what he gets! Too funny!


Bath time is becoming so much fun, too ... Lucy absolutely loves the water - especially when it's running out of the faucet. She actually willingly sticks her whole head under the running water ... I don't know if that's normal, but she sure is funny to watch in the bathtub these days!

Today, we headed up to the lake and hung out with Melissa, Grace and Wyatt (in the shade!). It was so fun to see Lucy and Grace interacting with each other this time ... both sitting up, almost crawling, and munching away on treats all morning! It has been such a wonderful experience, watching the girls grow through the months ... such cute little cousins! :-)


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Too Busy = Too Fast!!!

It has been an awesome day.  It's sunny and beautiful - 85 degrees, spent a large part of the day with some of my favorite friends, riding horses and talking (what we do best).  Lucy, easily entertained as always, hung out watching the goings-on from her stroller.  It was just a relaxing, carefree day.  One of those days when you think ... "Could life get any better?"... just appreciating the simple things ... 

That lead me to think about my blog - and how my intention here was to keep track of all of the "little things" happening with Lucy in our every day life... those things that I am so afraid of forgetting or not relishing enough when they are actually happening.  And yep, sure enough - that seems to be what I am doing.  Not on purpose of course, but the busy days of summer (looking at my calendar, I have 6 days without a "to do" listed for the month of July!) - and just LIFE, in general, seem to make it so hard to stay focussed and to truly ENJOY those little things.  

She now has TWO teeth!  One is almost all the way in, one is just barely visible.  
She has been sitting up by herself for about a month now!
She moves from one end of the room to the other pretty darn quickly these days!  Still not crawling, but rolling and scooting seem to be sufficing for the moment.  
She LOVES Stella.  Every time we go outside, she just starts giggling the second she sees her.  
She is eating more than sweet potatoes!  I can now get her to eat almost anything (well, baby food, anyway).  Rice cereal and/or oatmeal is still the biggest challenge though.  And sweet potatoes are still a definite favorite!  
She loves noses.  As soon as just about anyone picks her up, that's her first stop ... your nose.  She will grab on HARD, too, so watch out! :)-
She is waving!!!  It is SO darn cute.  
Listening to her talk herself to sleep ... and wake up again, still talking - is about the best thing I've ever heard.  Sooooo sweet!  

OK.  I feel better now.  Just taking a moment to stop and think about those things and jot them down brings a smile to my face and warms my heart (and nearly makes me cry, too! - pathetic, I know...).  Lucy is 8 1/2 months old!!!  I will never stop being utterly amazed at how fast this time is going by.  

I was talking to Mindy, my pastor's wife, a few months ago.  I was telling her how sad it made me that she wasn't a "little" baby anymore.  Her response really struck a chord ... she said she really feels like God designed it in such a way that babies constantly get more and more fun so that you forget about all of those things you're missing.  On the one hand, I totally think Mindy is right.  Lucy certainly gets more and more fun all the time ... just when you think "this has got to be the best stage", a better one seems to come along.  However, on the other hand, I sure have a hard time letting go of that "little" baby, too.  

A good friend of mine recently had a baby.  He was itty-bitty, just like Lucy (about 5 1/2 lbs.), and looking at him I was just in shock.  I couldn't for the life of me even remember what that was like and it was only 8 1/2 months ago!!!???  Aaarrggghh!  I guess that is what bothers me the most ... just that feeling that I'm going to forget my sweet little baby.  How tiny and precious she was, how she fit in just my two hands, and could curl up on my chest with her toes barely reaching my belly button.  I know she seems to get more and more fun and more and more cute all the time, but there's a part of me that just doesn't want to let go of the recent past.  

Looking at the calendar also cruelly reminded me that there are only two more (busy) weeks in July.  That means August is just around the corner with September sneaking up much more quickly than I'd like it to.  Back to work...?  I just don't know how I'm going to do it, people.  Be prepared to tell me often that I CAN do this!  Thanks, friends! :-)

Lucy, 8 months old

Monday, July 13, 2009

4th of July

Our 4th of July weekend was busy and fun-filled!  It's always been one of my favorite holidays ... maybe because summertime, BBQ, rodeo, and fireworks are some of my favorite things!  Here are some of our highlights with Lucy:



Every year on the 3rd of July, we go to the Oregon Garden for the fireworks ... so this year, we were happy to have Lucy along with us to enjoy fireworks for the first time!  


She had fun sitting with Aunties Gwenny and Steph (and Eli!), and she watched the fireworks, wide-eyed - although very tired, since it was WAY past her bedtime! :-)


On the 4th, we started the day with a parade (how else do you start the 4th of July?)  Here she is sitting with GG, watching the tractors go by ... maybe next year she'll be on the John Deere with Daddy! :-)


After the parade, it was an afternoon of BBQs ... we ended the day at Wes and Sarah's with the Kuenzi and Jorgenson families.  Here is Lucy with cousin Andrea...


She laughed with Uncle Neil, playing with a balloon...


And it was another late night!  Here she is with Aunt Kay toward the end of the night, looking quite sleepy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Disneyland!!!

We have been anxiously awaiting our trip to Disneyland this year with our awesome friends, Sherry and Ryan.  (Their neighbors, Jerry, Amy, and Emily joined us, as well.)  We spent three days in Disneyland/California Adventure, and we had a blast!  Here are some highlights:

Sherry and I with my favorite Disney guy - Goofy!
Sherry and I, disguised as Grumpy and Goofy, having fun in The World of Disney store.
Our whole group with our bug eyes on, getting ready for the "Bug's Life" 3-D show!
The girls, waiting for our elevator in the Tower of Terror (which Sherry and I did 3 times!)
The Rainforest Cafe, where we ate twice during our trip ... that place is so much fun!

We had such a fun-tastic time, and we were sad that our much anticipated trip was over, but the one good thing about that was ... we got to go home and see Lucy!!!  She stayed with "Nana" (my mom) while we were gone (our first time away from her for more than a few hours), and although I knew she was in good hands, and my mom kept assuring me throughout the trip that she was doing just great, it was still so hard to be away from her!  By the day that we came home, I was missing her like crazy and couldn't wait to hug her and squeeze her and kiss her over and over (which I did!).  How is it that a baby can actually seem BIGGER after four days???  I don't think I'll be leaving her for that long again for quite some time ... until next summer when Scott and I celebrate our 10th anniversary in Hawaii, perhaps. :)-

Vacations are great (especially vacations THIS fun), but they also make you appreciate home (and your own bed!).  Can't wait until Lucy is old enough to go along with us to Disneyland!  (well actually, yes I can wait ... don't want her growing up any faster than she already is!) :)-