Sunday, March 29, 2009

Weekend highlights

This was a lovely weekend, and I'd be happy to have it extended a couple extra days. Oh well.

Saturday was an impromptu dad's day at our mommy group, which was fun to see. Brent wasn't necessarily eager to go along, but he was willing to go because I wanted him to. And I think he enjoyed seeing what Em and I do each Saturday morning.

Later in the afternoon we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and took Em for a stroll along the beach. We got her a new Bugaboo Bee stroller as our other stroller turned out to be too large for our needs. Luckily I found our original stroller a new home via Craigslist this weekend with no money lost. Woo hoo!

Em approves of her new stroller and finds it very relaxing.
Enjoying her new stroller

Sunday we attended a baby shower for our lovely pal, Cee. She is absolutely adorable, and we're so excited for Em to have a new gal pal in a couple months. Congrats!

Em and I took a nice afternoon nap together, one of my new favorite weekend rituals.

We ended our weekend with a fun dinner with Jami, Josh, Hallie and Brenny. It's funny to see how our regular "dates" with them have changed over the years -- and I'm sure we wouldn't have it any other way.

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." - Voltaire

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

At 5 1/2 months, Em...

- is so into grabbing her feet that it's been known to interfere with her nap time

- still doesn't giggle regularly, but smiles like it's going out of style

- is getting ready for solid foods, which Mommy will try to make herself

- loves watching the other kids at daycare and her Saturday mommy group, and is turning into quite the social butterfly

- is thiiiiiiiis close to rolling over

- prefers standing over sitting any day

- is finally growing her hair back, and will hopefully have enough for barrettes someday soon

- has a 3-bibs-a-day habit, thanks to her constant drooling

- might be teething, given her obsession with chewing on everything within reach, although there are no actual teeth or white spots on the gums to prove it

- is regularly complimented on her big, beautiful eyes, which still haven't turned brown, much to her parents' disbelief

- will mimic Mommy and Daddy if they make motorboat sounds with their lips. (Daddy is trying to discourage this as it results in MUCH MORE DROOL)

- will likely transition to the next size car seat very soon, especially as she's growing too heavy to lug around in the infant seat

- likes to stroke Mommy's hair, and sometimes face, while nursing

- melts Mommy's heart when she puts her tiny little hands on Mommy cheeks so very gently... until she decides to dig in with her baby tallons. OW!

- is enthralled by Mommy, no matter who or what else is in the room. Mommy knows this may not always be the case, so she's enjoying it while it lasts

- is chatty, chatty, chatty (see video)

*Post inspired by our pal Denise

"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace."
- Budha

Monday, March 16, 2009

This one goes out to the grandparents

Em's learned a new trick! Helps us get the diaper cream on, but hinders our ability to get diapers on and off easily.

Em is all dressed up for tummy time!

I got this tutu for upcoming photos. Daddy had other ideas.

"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
- Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, March 08, 2009

No rest for the weary

This clip pretty much sums up our weekend.

You can swap out the trying-to-have-sex part with trying-to-sleep.

Miss Em decided to wake up a gazillion times last night -- much more than her typical 2-3 wakings. I tend to deal with all her wakings myself, seeing as I'm the one with the food. But at one point last night I woke Brent up and said, "There's a bottle of milk in the fridge if you need it."

This was after she decided that she only wanted to take ONE nap yesterday, instead of her normal three.

She was in relatively good spirits, all things considering. And each time Brent and I complained about how we felt like zombies, she'd flash us a big grin. Ya really can't stay upset with someone that cute.

I don't know if she's teething or about to reach some sort of milestone that's keeping her mind racing, but I hope she gets over this wakeful period soon. It was tolerable over a weekend, but I may go nuts if I have to wake up and go to work after an evening like that.

Besides, she needs her rest so we can teach her how to do this:

"What everyone needs to do is calm down, take a deep breath, and prepare their bodies for the Thunderdome." - Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Gimme five

I can't believe Em is already FIVE FREAKIN' MONTHS OLD! FIVE, people! Next thing I know, I'll be blogging, "I can't believe Em is already FIVE YEARS OLD! And I can't believe I've been blogging for NINE YEARS!"

A good one

You know what else I have a hard time believing? Em is already 17 lbs! At the Urgent Care visit a few weekends ago she weighed in at 17 lbs. with a sleeper on, so I'm sure she's 17 lbs. by now. Totally not surprised anymore when folks see her and say, "She's well-fed." You know it.

Puff Baby

I've packed up most of her 3-6 month clothing, and there are some 6-month outfits that no longer work for her. High-waters are not a good look at any age.

We got some real giggles from Em last weekend. Best. Sound. Ever. Can't wait until we hear them every day.

Em has another new trick. She no longer stays in the same spot as where we lay her down at night. She kicks her legs up and scoots all around her crib. She starts out at in the exact center, then we find her perpendicular against the top or bottom. I finally had to put our breathable bumper in so as to keep her cute little limbs from getting stuck.

So that's the latest. Hard to believe that five months ago we could only imagine our baby girl. And five months later she's our reality.

"I don't want to smile, Mommy"

"I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world." - Peter Ustinov

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Game on

When blogger pal Katelin invited me to attend a Girls Guide to Gaming party she was hosting with Nintendo on Friday night, I jumped at the chance. Sounded like a fun way to have some girlie time while getting to play with some Nintendo DS Lites. I haven't had much time to play with the games I have at home. And I doubt Em would enjoy hearing Mommy play Rock Band drums during naptime.

The event was held at a hip photography studio in mid-LA. They had drinks and light apps to enjoy while Katelin and friends tried out four different games on the Nintendo DS. I started with a crossword game. (Truth be told - I did much better with the word search option.) Then I played Brain Age, where my poor math skills reared its ugly head. Shortly thereafter I took a turn at MarioKart, and then Guitar Hero.

After each game played we were given a cute charm to hang on the bracelet given to us as we entered the party. And our prize for collecting all four charms?

Our own shiny new Nintendo DS and game! I got Brain Age 2, which has led to a minor Suduku addiction. And, um, I also might have picked up the cooking "game" (not really a game, but a tool to make meal planning and cooking easy), along with Hello Kitty's Big City Dreams game this weekend. Maybe. And I might be eyeing Ninja Town.

Sunday afternoon Brent, Em and I met up with Kay and her baby girl Raffy, and Sarah and her husband, Brad for lunch at Top Chef's Fabio's restaurant, Cafe Firenze, in Moorpark.

The company was great, and while the food was pretty tasty, as expected, I think the consensus was that it may not have been worth the 45-minute drive. Well, I bet it would have been if Fabio himself were there.
I had lasagna, served in a bowl. It was fresh and yummy, but perhaps a bit too much sauce. Brent and Kay both had the Tortellacci di Zucca, a house speciality, filled with butternut squash. The bite I had of that was awesome. The restaurant itself was nice and airy, and I bet it's particularly buzzing in the evening. Sadly, our camera was at my in-laws', so no pics of mine to share.

Kay, however, did get the waiter to snap a pic of us with her camera. Em, as you can see, was not a happy camper at that moment - perhaps because her dress was riding up or maybe because I wouldn't let her have my leftovers.
Cafe Firenze

"I am front of the house. We can serve monkey-ass and empty clam shell and we will win" - Fabio, Top Chef