Nov 30 2009

thankful for our butterball

we recently started a parent group and our fellow group members looked at us like we were nuts when we announced we were hosting thanksgiving. ned’s parents made the trek from atlanta to be with us for thanksgiving and we were happy to have them here for the feasting. thanks to ned’s countless hours in the kitchen and my two or three, and with the help of grandparents who can both entertain a baby for hours and cook a delicious turkey, it all turned out quite well.  here are some scenes from the week.

we took a boat trip around seattle and josephine slept through the entire thing.

we took a boat trip around seattle and josephine slept through the entire thing.

on lake union

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potato peeling action shot.

potato peeling action shot.

the cranberry bread. ned's mom makes this every thanksgiving. when ned and i spent our first thanksgiving together, i called his mom on the sly and asked her for the recipe so i could surprise him by making it. i don't think i'd even met his mom yet. feeling smug and sneaky, i went to the store to buy a bag of cranberries and guess which recipe was printed on the bag...

the cranberry bread. ned's mom makes this every thanksgiving. when ned and i spent our first thanksgiving together, i called his mom on the sly and asked her for the recipe so i could surprise him by making it. i don't think i'd met his mom yet and was grateful she shared the recipe with me. feeling smug and sneaky, i went to the store to buy a bag of cranberries. guess which recipe was printed on the bag...

ned's plate. we had to roll him away from the table. from the top we've got mashed potatoes, wild rice salad, stuffing with kale and pine nuts, turkey, cranberries, and cranberry bread.

ned's plate. we had to roll him away from the table. from the top we've got mashed potatoes, wild rice salad, stuffing with kale and pine nuts, turkey, cranberries, and cranberry bread.

good thing it's not possible to spoil a baby because josephine would be rotten after basking in her grandparents' attentions all week.

good thing it's not possible to spoil a baby because josephine would be rotten after basking in her grandparents' attentions all week.


Nov 30 2009

family photo fail, part deux (duh?)

while on a boat trip around seattle last week, we asked a fellow passenger to take our picture.  yet again, someone very important was left out of the shot.  i wonder what it is people think i’ve got strapped to my chest if not a baby…

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Nov 25 2009

new face

josephine has discovered her ability to make a new noise: mouth farts. she purses up her little lips and forces some air (and spit) through. it’s hilarious and she gets that it is.  both making the sound and having someone else make the sound cracks her up (silently–she’s not giggling yet. we’re anxiously awaiting that development).  when we start making farting noises, she joins in. we’re a veritable symphony of gastro-intestital distress around here.  ned’s parents are in town and now the poor kid has four people constantly spitting on her in attempts to make her smile.

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Nov 20 2009

girl’s still got it

waking up, two-month-old style:

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Nov 17 2009

family photo fail

i’ve realized that it’s hard to take a family photo in any of the beautiful places we go because the weather’s been rather seattle-esque — rainy and chilly.  we went for a walk at discovery park on veteran’s day and, even though josephine was tucked away in the moby wrap, we thought we’d try for a family photo.  apparently the weather’s not the only reason we haven’t been able to get a good picture of the three of us.  we had a little trouble with the self-timer:

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so we decided it would be better to ask a man carrying a fancy camera to take a picture of us.  we figured that he would be able to point and shoot our camera and get a good shot.  hmm…

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it’s cute and all, but notice anything?  he took another shot (after ned took off a layer) just to make sure one would turn out.

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again, a cute shot of us, but anything missing?  he showed us what he had taken and we asked him to take just one more and said that maybe this time he could include our child in the picture.  sadly, we got this awfulness:

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good lord.  it’s blurry and over-exposed and shows off the strangly-tucked jacket i had wrapped around josephine.  but at least she’s in it!  sigh.

luckily, we had one semi-success on top of the bluff.

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still can’t really see that cute baby, though.


Nov 16 2009

new friends

josephine is excited (although she doesn’t really realize it) to welcome two new friends to the world.  my high school friend erika recently gave birth (after about two weeks in labor) to christopher peter.  they live in arizona but erika and i will be reunited in minnesota over the holidays where we will begin teaching our children the joys of “anne of green gables” and regaling them with tales of good old central high.

and, closer to home, my seattle friend anya gave birth to desmond just last friday. anya and i have walked countless loops around the lake near our house.  we walked when we were each thinking about getting pregnant, when we were trying to get pregnant, when we were maybe pregnant, when we were hopefully pregnant, when we weren’t pregnant after all, and when we were finally both pregnant.  i look forward to completing the cycle by circling the lake with her, both of us with babies in tow.

(i’ll save my plans to marry josephine off to either of these sure-to-be-fine young gentlemen for another post.)

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Nov 16 2009

grips and grasps

having mastered the art of pooping while eating, josephine is moving on to more advanced pursuits.  maybe i’m projecting, but when she sits in her bouncy chair and stares intently at the toys hanging in front of her and waves her little hands around, i just know she’s plotting her next big thing — grabbing.

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i’ll probably miss the days when her flailing arms had no direction or intentions.  i’ll definitely regret encouraging her the way i did the other day when, while nursing her, a random arm swing landed her hand very near my dangling hair and i told her to get it! grab it!  grab mama’s hair!  …what was i thinking?

the other day we were hanging out on the floor together, shaking various toys and staring at them (good times!). i opened her little paw and stuck a little stuffed bunny in it.  she held on for a good five minutes and seemed slightly curious about the furry thing that kept hitting her in the face when she moved her arm.

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Nov 14 2009

on the road again

we just can’t sit still.  on sunday, we drove over the mountains to visit our friend robin and her about-to-be-three-year-old son izel in ellensburg.  it was a day of firsts: baby’s first mountain pass, baby’s first trip to eastern washington, baby’s first time riding in a car for two straight hours (mama’s first time having her pinkie used as a pacifier for 45 minutes).  and, if baby could see out the window, she would have witnessed her first snow.  she’s lucky we didn’t throw her in a snowbank at the top of the pass for the photo op.

we had a lovely little visit.  we had brunch at robin’s family’s restaurant (sazon) and went for a walk on campus. josephine seemed pretty immune to izel’s antics.  i have a feeling that will change soon.  he’s a pretty irresistible guy.

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Nov 12 2009

bakery tour 2009, bonus stop

i don’t know why the original bakery tour only had three bakeries on the itinerary.  we love bakery treats–why did we limit ourselves?  so as we considered ways to celebrate the fact that all three of us are still alive and kicking after two months as a family, we realized we needed to keep on visiting bakeries.  if it ain’t broke…

so we headed to the upper crust bakery in magnolia.  our cinnamon walnut scone and almond croissant were both delicious and the bakery got bonus points for being warm and cozy on a cold, rainy day.

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as we got out of the car, however, i wondered…  do these fat baby cheeks need mama to eat more sweets?

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and josephine answered, yes. yes they do.

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Nov 8 2009

baby houdini

most mornings, josephine wakes up still swaddled, her arms tucked obediently by her sides.  some mornings, though, i find this when i roll over and peer into her cradle:

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i don’t know if she puts more effort into freeing herself or if i sometimes do a particularly sleepy/sloppy job of wrapping her up post-nursing session.  either way, someone get this girl an impressively large padlock and chain and let’s take this show on the road.