Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A morning conversation with Peyton

She may actually call one of you some morning.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A day at the races

We spent Memorial Day at the race track with Peyton, Sam, Joe, Joey and Dave and Laura. It wasn't the sunniest day, but we managed to get several hours of betting on the ponies in before the rain came. Even then, we went up under one of the tents for a while. I have to say, Arlington is really a great place to go with kids! We picnicked on the grass right by the track. They had live music and the races are always fun to watch.
Once we got settled in, Mike got a call from his dad. We didn't know they were going to be there, but he and Donna decided it was a good day for the track, too and met up with us for a bit. Peyton helped Grandpa pick some horses to bet on and she had a great time people watching. Afterwards we headed back to our house with Sam and Joe and had some pizza. This is definitely something we'll be doing more of this Summer!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Playdate and... a boyfriend?

Jill and Jacob had the Gormsen clan and Peyton and I over on Tuesday for a playdate. We had a great time and I got to get my hands on that little peanut, Adriana.

Jill, Tere and I got to catch up while Luke played pinball and stopped in for chats between playing and exploring. I can't believe how big he is!
Jill and I were cracking up over Peyton and Jacob. He is such a doll. I think Peyton has her first boyfriend...

I had such a good time watching them and hanging out with the girls. Thanks Jill and Jacob, we can't wait to do it again!

Congratulations to the Refvik Family!!!!

Buzz and Kelly Refvik welcomed their little girl to the world yesterday morning.
Ella Jae Refvik
Born May 20, 2009
7 lbs, 11 oz, 20 inches
We got to meet the little beauty last night. She is gorgeous and tiny and perfect in every way!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Just a few pics

Somebody's sweepy

Look at those big blue eyes...
What's that little shiny dot on her ear? Hmmm, did somebody get her ears pierced?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy 5 Year Anniversary Michael!

Last Month (April 15th to be exact) marked the 10 year anniversary of the first time Mike called me his girlfriend. Today is the 5 year anniversary of the day he made me his wife.

Thank you for every single day and every single thing you do for me. I love you Michael!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Worse than Lemons

I managed to torture my daughter on accident this morning. I went to make Peyton her cereal and gave her her first bite only to watch her have a full body shiver, from head to toe. This was followed by a HUGE yuck face. I took a taste and did just about the same thing. SALT!
Rewind to 4am. Peyton woke up for some reason, so I went in to give her a binkie, which is our go-to routine to get her right back to sleep. She was a little stuffed up so she couldn't take the binkie. This of course, did not make her happy at all.
So, I took her downstairs and made up some saline drops to clean out her nose. Her pediatrician recommended this to us and it works really well. It's obviously just salt and water that you mix and then drop a tiny bit into each nostril to loosen things up. Then you use the aspirator to clean things out. She hates it, but it works wonders.
Well, I didn't rinse out the bowl of saline and just left it next to her clean cereal bowls. Cut me some slack, it was 4am.
So, you guessed it, I made her cereal with the bowl that had salt water in it. Instead of getting her oatmeal and formula that has a little bit of sweetness to it (yes, I taste everything she eats), she may as well have been eating from a salt lick.
Sorry Peanut!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mama's out there! We had a really nice day for my first Mother's Day. I got to sleep in, Mike made breakfast for me and then it was off to brunch with my parents and Gretchen.

Here's a little clip of us tormenting Peyton. I don't make a habit of trying to make my daughter taste yucky things. It was Gretchen's idea. Poor little girl, but everyone has to taste a lemon at some point.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Flying Purple People Eater

It seems like we have our own mild version of Hannibal Lecter. Peyton has taken a liking to noses.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

7 Months!

Dear Peyton,
Today you are 7 months old! It's hard to believe another month has gone by already. Time is just going too fast.

This month you had so many new experiences! We celebrated your first Easter in Florida and you took your first boat ride.

You had your first solid foods- little bites of peeled grapes and bananas, avocado, mashed potato and even cake for Mommy and Daddy's birthdays.

You also had your first true cold. We have been really lucky up to this point, just a few light fevers and sniffles, but this one was a full-blown cold. This wasn't a fun first for you, but you handled it like a champ. It was so hard for Daddy and I to see you all stuffed up and feverish when we couldn't do much to fix it. You'd look up at us with watery eyes and sniffle and sneeze and my heart would ache. But that passed and you bounced right back.
You've started to grab for things and try to figure out how things work. Just yesterday you figured out how to take the little toy balls and put them in the elephant's ears or down the slide on your activity center. Forget your activity mats, you have dismantled them on several occasions. They are just not entertaining enough for you anymore.

It's been so nice to be outside with you now that Spring is here. You LOVE being outside. You watch the trees and babble at the flowers and birds and squirrels. You are quite the little chatterbox. You look at something with such determination and out comes "buubbbbnne releeed auuhbbbooo ddaaaaaah" and all kinds of other sounds. I swear you are having conversations with me. You've said things that sound like Dada and Mama, but we aren't going to count them until you are saying them to us. In the mean time, we just listen and enjoy your little private language.

And you LOVE feet. I don't know where this fixation has come from, but you are fascinated by them. You stare at them and reach for them- your own and anyone else's that come near you. You'll be sitting on my lap and all of a sudden you'll launch yourself forward to peer down and make sure my feet are still there. There have been times that I had to grab for you before you shot right off my lap.
I love watching the world through your eyes. It's a nice reminder of how much fun the little things can be, like seeing shadows and watching wind in the trees.
I'm really trying hard to pay attention to all of the little details right now because time is going too fast.
I love watching you sleep. You move your little blankie up by your face and rub it by your cheek until you fall asleep. I swear I know the exact second you drift off by the way your breathing changes just the slightest bit.
Your little eyebrows wiggle when you are trying to decide if you like what you are eating and when you are really hungry and get your bottle, you sigh so deeply like you've been wandering through the desert for days and haven't eaten in weeks.
You reach for things and wiggle your little fingers at them until the item in question is in your hand. You are such a determined little thing!
Then there are my favorite things. The way you rub your little fists over your eyes when you are sleepy. The way you smile at everyone- but how especially big that smile is for your Daddy and I.

How you pause and look up in my eyes when I talk to you, or read or sing to you.
I cannot say enough how proud I am to be your Mommy. You are so sweet and smart. You have a fiesty, stubborn side that is definately from both your Daddy and I. You are so curious about life. As these next few months come and go, I can't wait to watch you learn and grow (but don't do it too fast). It won't be long before you are crawling and talking to us- with real words.
Thank You for every moment you have given us so far Baby Girl. You have made us such a wonderful family. You Daddy and I love you more every day!
Love Always and Forever,