Thursday, May 31, 2012

memorial day 2012

we remembered

the women bbq'd

the men held babies

we lounged around

we danced

and we ate

it was a fun day with family & friends...and the weather even cooperated, which basically means it didn't rain!

AAAAAND...a few more of my bud because he looked so stinking adorable all bundled up once it got chilly outside. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

136 days

that's how many days have passed since i held my sweet baby bud for the first time.

or said another way, my baby boy is 4 1/2 months (19 weeks) old.

either way, much too old if you ask me!

i'm not sure how to reconcile the insanely cute stage he's in with the fact that i feel he's growing way too fast.

but since i don't have much control over that, and since this is the funnest stage yet AND i am enjoying every adorable moment, here's what i don't want to forget...

my bud at 4 months - 

  • weighs 14 lbs 14 oz and is 25 inches long, smack dab in the 50th percentile for both, so the jury is definitely still out on whether he'll be tall like his daddy (6'2")
  • is so much more than a 'blob' as his daddy called him the first couple of months
  • wears mostly 6 month clothes, although some 6-9 and 9 month as well
  • his hair has personality - not just his 'indian feather' on top but a mullet and bald spot in the back to make things interesting
  • his hair is really coming in, much to his grandma i's delight - she also hopes it stays dark
  • his eyes are changing from a blue/gray to a blue/hazel - a mix of mommy & daddy's eyes
  • rolls over as of 3 1/2 weeks ago - hasn't figured out how to roll back though, which is often a source of frustration for him
  • naps in his swing
  • resists naps, but is usually out within a couple of minutes and sleeps for 1-3 hour stretches
  • usually takes a mid-morning nap, afternoon nap, and as of five days ago, we started his bedtime routine between 7-8pm.  jury's still out on its success - the first two nights, he slept till the morning, the last two nights he woke in the middle of the night, but we blame teething
  • and speaking of teething - he's been a drooling machine since about 2 1/2 months, but just in the last week or so, he seems to be aggressively teething - coughing (from the excess saliva), congested, difficulty eating (due to difficulty breathing), hands constantly in mouth, etc.  we expect to see a tooth any day now!
  • loves to be swaddled at night, and regardless how tired, will smile really big as soon as the swaddle goes on.  the miracle blanket is the only swaddler that works anymore, and our little houdini even manages to escape it every once in a while
  • loves to stare, smile and talk to himself in the mirror
  • as soon as his diaper comes off, he turns into the biggest squirmy-worm
  • is still unsure how he feels about baths
  • loves having his face stroked
  • finds it hilarious when i count to him - laughs out loud as i say each number
  • wakes up smiling every morning
  • has started holding on to his feet; usually one hand is in the mouth, the other is on the feet
  • and speaking of feet, i'm still obsessed with his toes - still haven't found anything better than sweet baby toes and feet - they get lots of kisses!
  • loves his mobile in about 10 minute increments
  • LOVES his activity mat - has gotten very good at batting at things, and loves holding on to and pulling the rings
  • most current nicknames - bestest bud, sweet baby love, sweet baby bud, mama's love 
  • doesn't always smile at strangers right away, but will definitely reward with a big smile after a few seconds of being talked with and once he's had a chance to size the person up
  • is extremely alert - follows everything happening around him at home and when out and about
  • locks eyes with me and seems to be very much in tune to my mood
  • has discovered his voice, especially his high-pitched squeal
  • is still fighting eczema - seems to be getting a bit better on his body, but still fairly bad on his face, which isn't helped by the drooling
  • is still breast-fed, although have started supplementing lightly (with similiac alimentum hypoallergenic formula) due to my diminishing milk supply
  • loves going for drives in the car - nothing puts him to sleep faster
  • can hold his head up on his own
  • still a bit too small for his bumbo - it works for a couple of minutes until he slides to the side
  • has graduated to the big stroller (vs. snapping his infant car seat into the stroller)
  • just applied for his passport - we're looking forward to some fun trips this year!
  • is extremely ticklish and will laugh hardest when being tickled and kissed at the same time - most ticklish spots - under his thighs, side of his torso up to his underarms, neck and when stroked from the top of his head down to his chin.  i could listen to his infectious laugh ALL DAY LONG

nowadays, it seems there are changes happening each day, and i don't want to miss a single second.  that has meant putting some things (like my photography and frequent blogging) on the back-burner.  not forever, but i'm learning to better prioritize because i don't ever want to have regrets.  and something tells me i won't ever regret choosing giggles, smiles and coos.

there's probably so much more, but i hear someone stirring from his nap...

{taken mother's day 2012}

 {taken the day after mother's day at jamison square}

Saturday, May 5, 2012

when nomers visited...

i can't believe it's been two weeks since my beautiful sister naomi visited from chicago...

she was here for three full days, and met our bud for the first time.  she also managed to be here for the warmest and most GORGEOUS weather we've had yet - low 80's and sunny all weekend!  

here's our weekend adventure as told in iphone pics...

{good morning!}

{first stop: nuvrei in portland.  she only had two MUST do's while in portland, and this was one of them.  of course, we were more than happy to take her - any excuse to have nuvrei's blueberry muffin.  and she was pretty excited about her almond croissant if you can't tell.  :)}

{she was also determined to try macaroons for the first time, so she got a box of 6.  i've never been a huge fan of macaroons, but i think i must have tried the wrong flavors in the past, because i tried their espresso and salted caramel ones, and OMG, they were pretty tasty. not that i needed any other sweets to like.}

{love this of nomers and my bud - he REALLY loved her too.  and can i just say how much i love the way he holds his hands?}

{after nuvrei, the hubs headed off to meeting, and nomers, bud and i set off without much of a plan.  actually, the plan was to walk around pioneer place for a while, but after parking, we realized the new nike store was right across the street from the smart park - i hadn't seen it yet so of course we had to stop in!  it's beautiful.}

{by this point, we were both feeling like portland tourists, so we continued on to something else just a couple of blocks away, and something i've been wanting to do for a LONG time - the sw alder food carts.  ok, i've done food carts in portland before, but never these, and i've never seen so many in one place before - there must have been close to 40 or 50 concentrated in a 2 block radius.  we spent a good while just walking around deciding on lunch but this food cart stopped us in our tracks.  as soon as we saw it, we knew what we wanted - PIEROGI!.  the last time i had pierogi was when we visited nomers in chicago a couple of years ago, and i've been wanting them ever since.  well, lidia, the owner of this food cart did not disappoint - she whipped up some AMAZING cabbage and mushroom pierogi with a healthy serving of sour cream - eastern european cuisine at its finest.  :)  she also imparted some 'wisdom', telling us to have many babies while we're young.  husbands come and go, we can get a new husband anytime, even when we're 60, but we only have so long to have babies, haha!}

{the pierogi in all their glory}

{and i couldn't resist taking a picture of this food cart}

{after our 'touristy' view of portland, everyone met back at our house.  here's madyson and kadence torturing playing with zoe.  kadence, who until then had been so terrfied of zoe she would only stay on the couches when she visited, was now rolling around on the floor with her}

{nomers & sweet baby girl audrey}

{after hours at our house, this is how everyone felt.  one of the funniest moments of the evening: madyson turned to reid and asked him why grownups like to do boring things and go to boring places, haha.  i guess after hours at our house and exhausting all entertainment possibilities, she was bored and couldn't understand why we, the grownups, weren't  :)}

{bud and auntie erica}

{saturday morning we experienced the french toast at gravy on mississipi ave - this was a 1/2 portion!  it's probably pretty obvious by now that food played a major role in naomi's visit.  :)}

{because i don't have a ton of pictures with my bud...}

{back to being tourists - after gravy, we decided to head over to the portland farmer's market, something else we've been meaning to do for years, but haven't since there's one so much closer to our home - the insanely awesome weather meant it was PACKED, but we had a great time perusing the very large market}

{had no idea chard was so colorful}

{after the farmer's market, we headed to a local park where we met up with my sister jen and her sweet baby girl audrey - someone looked snazzy all decked out in her hot pink shades}

{walking along the columbia river meant walking under the bridge - looks very different from this perspective than it did during my daily commute}

{jen & audrey - can't believe what a big girl she is already)

{lunch on sunday after church}

{reid and madyson, the flirt...just look at the way she's looking up at him.  and bud's just hanging out chomping on his hand mitts}

{nomers and the three musketeers.  SOMEONE was determined not to smile}

{until i told her i didn't want her to smile - oh, reverse psychology...}

{just missing three}
{i took advantage of nomer's willingness, and got some more pics of bud and i}

{after lunch we headed to skamania lodge - stopping at the bridge of the gods was a must for this bridge-obsessed civil engineer}

{at skamania lodge}

{sweet baby toes}

{he's letting nomers know what he thinks of all the picture taking}

{with daddy}

{and the fam...}

{monday morning - nomers ended her trip with yet more food - this time, pine state biscuits, one of our favs.  the above yumminess was their shrimp & grits which i'd been meaning to try for a while.  it was DELISH and is the only thing i'll be ordering there in the near future}

{nomers went the more traditional route with biscuits and sausage gravy, topped with mushrooms and a side of bacon.  she didn't leave disappointed.  :) }


having nomers visit was such a treat, and we're keeping our fingers crossed she and her hubs will come visit later this summer, this time for a week.  i can only imagine how much we'll be able to pack into a week!  :)