Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dear Silvia: 8 Months

Dear Silvia,

Happy (Belated) 8 Months!

This month you decided to start showing some interest in MOVING! You spin in circles and squirm and roll and wiggle yourself to get whatever you want. You aren't quite crawling yet but you're definitely working on it.

This month, I had to go away for 5 (extremely) long days for work. It was really hard for me. I think you did great, though. You and Dad got a lot of time together and both sets of Grandparents made it over for a visit too! I couldn't wait to get home and scoop you up. Boy, did I miss you?!?!

I can't say this is a first for you, but you joined me for a day at the salon to visit our friend Natalie. You were such a good girl, sitting in the chair, laying on me while I got my hair washed, smiling at yourself in the mirror. It was so fun to have a special girls' morning together!

As usual, we had a couple fun playdates with our friends which are such a great way to break up the long, cold winter days.

Speaking of cold, we blew this popsicle stand and flew out to San Diego for a week away. This was your first flight and you did great on the way there but sadly shortly after arriving, we learned you had a double ear infection (your first) and bad cold. Your Dad was awesome and found a local medical center to take you to. We got some antibiodics and medicine for you though they made your tummy hurt. Although we always love having you with us, I can honestly say that I've never seen you so unhappy in my cried more in that week than you have in your entire life. It was sad. We were SO scared to fly home, worried that your ears would bother you. The flight (thankfully) went pretty darn good. We lucked out and the airlines gave us a whole row to ourselves. It will probably be a while before we take you anywhere on a flight again. Sorry...but its the truth! :)

In other fun news: Your new cousin, John Jeffrey "Jack" was born this month! He's a cutie with a lot of hair!

This month, we've started getting ready to put our house on the market which is exciting and intimidating at the same time. During our week away in San Diego, we also learned that our offer on a new home in New Prague was accepted! Hooray!

This was another really fun month with you Silvia. Its amazing to watch you grow bigger, smarter and stronger every day!

We love you so much and look forward to seeing what next month has in store for us too!

Mama and Dad

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dear Silvia: 7 Months

Dear Silvia,

Wow - we really stink at this whole blogging thing, don't we? I promise that the only reason we're so behind on blog posts is because we are having so much fun with you!

At 7 months, you really started to show your personality! More laughter than ever, louder giggles and shrieks, bigger smiles! You are so fun to have around and we love hauling you everywhere we go. You're so happy-go-lucky...smiling at strangers, checking out every new scene, kicking your legs, swinging your arms! Everywhere we go, we hear comments on how you're such a "happy girl", "beautiful girl"...and sometimes "handsome boy" :) Sorry, we don't always dress you in pink with bows and you don't have much hair (yet!)

You learned to sit up really tall and strong this month, just in time to open presents during your first Christmas! You recived a fun, pink toy camera from Grandma and Grandpa Rasmusson, a dolly from Nana andPapa Cow, a cool, pink step stool from your Godmom Lynn and a doll house from your Godmom Megan. From Santa, you got your first red-headed dolly named Leona. She's so cute! What a fun Christmas it was for you...and for us! Having you around has made Christmas so much more special for your Dad and I too. You wore a new red dress, cream sweater, tights and gold dress shoes for Christmas. I looked high and low for a pretty gold hairbow for you to wear...but no luck. You still looked so absolutely adorable in your first Christmas outfit. I had a blast picking it out too! (One of the perks of having a little girl!)

Outside of the many holiday get togethers we had, we also had many fun play dates with the other babies and Moms from our baby classes. Of course, we also had a play date with the Sticha Chicas and Garin and Carter!

On top of sitting really well, you've started to get up on all fours and rock back and you're rev'ing your engine to get moving!

You're enjoying eating solids more and more as we've been adding more foods to your diet. At Christmas you got to enjoy some squash and sweet potatoes...yum!

Silvia - you bring so much joy to our lives...more than we could have ever imagined. You're such a happy girl and we're soo thankful for that!

Keep being your smiley, happy, healthy self!

We love you so much - having you was the best decision we ever made! :)

Mama and Dad

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dear Silvia: 6 Months

Dear Silvia,

Let me start out by saying how much we love you...and follow with how sorry we are that this post is nearly 3 months late! We're having so much fun being your parents that we simply cannot force ourselves to take the time to write it all down, but I know we must or sometime you'll ask us "when did I first sit up" and we'll look at eachother blankly and say "we don't remember...but I'm sure it was sometime before your 1st birthday", we write! :)

The 6 month milestone brought about many exciting firsts for you:
-You ate solids for the first time. We started with cereal and it took you a couple weeks to get used to the idea. Now, you're a pro!
-Your first were a monkey!
-You became a "big" cousin...your new cousin Joseph Kenneth arrived on Oct. 30th. He's a cutie!
-We celebrated my birthday - Your mom officially turned 29 for the first time!
-We also celebrated Nana Cow's birthday.
-You attened your first 5K race. You and Dad came to watch me run my first race since having you. It was SO cold, but we bundled you up tightly!
-You and I and one of my friends went to a book signing for one of our favorite blogging couples (Young House Love). We waited in a long line (you napped) then when we finally got in you took in all the sights and sounds of the HUNDREDS of people there. At the end, the woman behind us in line said "I cannot believe how content your baby is." We hear this a lot about you - you're such a good girl!

Your hair is starting to come in more and more and we sometimes lovingly refer to you as "Fuzzy"! You are still incredibly long. We're used to your pants being highwaters and your onesies snapping tightly. At your 6 month appt., you weighed in at 16lbs 10oz. (67%), 27" (92%) and your head was 55%.

You continue to have such a wonderfully content personality. You smile at us, strangers and yourself in the mirror. When we sing, you "sing" along. You're practicing your sitting but still tip over when left unassisted for too long.

With the addition of solids, and a little help from sleep training, your nights have only gotten better. You sleep 10-13 hours a night, in a's SO wonderful! Thanks for that!

Daycare continues to go well - you love to see all the other kids and learn from them. You still love bath time and playing with your toys on the floor. It's fun to see how you now play on your own, picking up toys and inspecting them closely, then following up with a taste test of each.

Silvia, you are the greatest joy we know - you brighten our days and remind us every minute how becoming parents was the best decision we ever made.

"Halfy Birthday!"

We love you so much baby girl,
Mama and Daddy

Friday, February 1, 2013

Family Pics!

Better late than never...

Our friend and doula, Erika met up with us to take some family photos. She also snapped some (almost) 6 month photos of  just you.

It was a chilly day but we had so much fun at St. Anthony Main and even stopped in a cafe for some hot coffee and a visit with Erika and Grandma Rasmusson, who joined us later.

It was a fun day and I felt ahead of the game since we had our Christmas card pictures ready to rock before the end of October!

Go us! :)