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Friday, August 31, 2007

You gotta hand it to her

Zoe's newest thing is to try to shove as much of her hand - or hands - in her mouth as possible! And shame on you if you try to take her hands out of her mouth!

The video shows her sucking away at her hand. When she finally removes her hand from her mouth it's almost as if she doesn't know what to do with her mouth anymore so she looks around looking for a clue, breathing deeply and smacking her lips.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Rollin' down the river

This weekend Everett participated in the Dragon Boat Festival in downtown Nashville. His team was made up of co-workers and friends of co-workers and was one of 22 teams who participated. You may be able to tell from the picture that they paddled in these huge canoe-like vessels which were adorned with a big dragon head up front and dragon tail in the back. His team was among the first group to race down the Cumberland River in the morning and they won! Zoe and I were there to cheer them on! Well it was mostly me cheering them on as Zoe kicked and laughed on the ground! Zoe was dressed in Brown and Caldwell (Everett's company) purple for support. I told you I was having fun playing dress up with Zoe!

There were many races that day and at the end of the day the Brown and Caldwell team did not take first place, but they did have the second fastest time, second only to a group of "professional" dragon boat racers. Who knew that such a group existed?

Zoe and I did not stay for the entire race. It got to 100 degrees that day. Nashville and most of Tennessee has been having a bit of a heat wave to say the least. It's been 96 or above - and most days above 100 degrees - every day so far in August. Too hot for the bambino, and too hot for her Mom and Dad for sure!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Plane Jane, uh, Zoe

Zoe went on her first plane this weekend and did great! She slept the whole way down to Orlando, and was awake for most of the ride back to Nashville.

The top picture is of Zoe in the airport with Dad and the bottom is a picture of Zoe on the floor of the plane. We were able to pre-board so we sat in the first row of seats. This was good because it meant there was 2 feet or so of leg room for Zoe to play on the floor. The video below is of Zoe cooing and laughing (and towards the end of the video, crying) on the floor.

And check out her onesie - yup, it has planes on it! Sometimes being a Mom is a lot like being a little kid playing dress up with your dolly. But then the baby spits up, wets her diaper, or starts to cry and you quickly remember that you do not have a Kitty Karry-All.

The reason we went on the plane was to visit with the Grandparents and Auntie Tara. While we were there, Grandma B hosted a party for Zoe so all her friends could meet the little one. We spent the days before the party baking lots of desserts and decorating the cake. Zoe had fun at her first party - even if she was a party pooper! She fell asleep for a good portion of the party on one of my parents' friend's shoulder. But Zoe was also the life of the party giggling and wiggling in her crib for all to see.

And while we were there, Everett and I went on our first date since the baby was born. My Mom, Dad, and Auntie Tara babysat as we went out to dinner and then to Disney's Pleasure Island where we went to some comedy shows and danced the night away!

My family was a little disappointed at their first babysitting experience. They thought they would get to play with Zoe all night long, but she had other plans. She went to sleep after her bottle at 6:30 and was out for the night! So you see, she really is a good baby. Anyone else want to babysit?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Big Baby

The crying started Sunday night and continued until about 8:30 am Monday morning. It was I who was crying and 8:30 am is the time I left the Zoe at day care for the first time.

It is time for me to return to work. Zoe is 10 weeks old and I have to teach a new class in 2 weeks, not to mention the research I must conduct. So I have to go back to work.

It was hard for me to leave her there, but she seemed so happy. I left her smiling in the arms of the day care worker. When I picked her up at 4 she was still smiling. Evidently, she was happy all day long which the director of the day care said was unusual for a baby on her first day. Hopefully Zoe will be as laid back when she grows up when encountering new situations.

We were somewhat worried that Zoe wouldn't take the bottle while at day care. I imagined my daughter starving at her new play place while I pumped at work or sat in a meeting. But she did fine - she ate 4 bottles throughout the day without much trouble at all! All our worrying was for nothing.

And you know what? It was good to be "Leanne" for a while. I love being Zoe's Mom, but sometimes I just need to be Leanne in order not to lose myself and to be the best Mom I can for Zoe. Although I miss Zoe terribly throughout the day, I know this is what's best for everyone.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Things to remember

1. The way she crosses her feet so daintily when she's eating.

2. The intense look on her face when she's trying to make a number 2.

3. The way her whole body scrunches up when I burp her when she's really sleepy.

4. The way she splays out her hands when she's in her car seat and the car goes over a bump.

5. Her chubby little cheeks...and hands...and legs...and...

6. The dimples on her elbows.

7. The way her smile lights up her whole face with eyes wide open.

8. The way she gets so excited when she's laying on her back looking at her toys above her head.

9. The faces she makes at herself while looking in her mirror - she sticks out her tongue at herself!

10. Her pathetic little cries when she's tired.

11. The sweet smell of her breath when she's crying.

12. The way her lower lip trembles just before she lets out an ear piercing scream.

13. The way she smiles at Everett and I whenever we walk into the room and say a high-pitched hello to her.

14. The softness and smell of her skin.

15. The way her scalp feels, all bumpy and soft covered with hair.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The last day of 9 weeks

Can you believe that Zoe went to sleep last night at 8:15 (we put her to bed at 7:45, but it takes some time for her to go to sleep) and she woke up at 5:30am!

She's growing up so fast! She'll be 10 weeks tomorrow, and next week she starts daycare! The top picture was taken when Zoe was less than 1 week old; the bottom picture was taken last week. Look how different she looks! She has changed so much in 9 weeks. She sleeps through the night (well at least she has 1 time), she giggles, laughs, looks at Mom and Dad, plays by herself, follows small objects with her eyes, sucks her hand, and eats from a bottle.

I've changed too. I can tell the difference between a tired cry and a dirty diaper cry. I can change a diaper in 2 seconds flat without waking the baby up in the middle of the night. I'm a pro at breastfeeding now. I can do almost anything with one hand. And slowly, I am coming to terms with being someone's Mom.

Yup, a lot can change in 9 weeks.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

From A to Z

Zoe sat on a motorcycle for the first time this weekend, albeit with help from Mom - I was holding her up and ducking behind the bike. We had a BBQ on Saturday night and our friend Aaron drove his new bike over. You can't tell it, but she was crying as this picture was being taken. One minute she was fine and the idea for the picture was born; the next minute began the meltdown so we had to snap the picture real quick!

It was so nice to be "out" even though we were "in" at our own house. Zoe did great - she went to sleep at 7:15 for the night and didn't wake up until 4am! That's right - almost 9 hours in a row! Of course, I stayed up until about midnight chatting and laughing with our guests, but it was worth being tired on Sunday. It was the first time I felt "normal" in a long time.

Yup, every day it gets easier. Thank goodness!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

What lurks below

Below is a video I captured this morning as I was getting Zoe dressed for the day. You'd never know that her diaper was a toxic waste site during the filming!

You can see her interacting with her Momma here giggling and making faces. Zoe's starting to develop a bit of a personality. Sure, most of the time it's one of a cranky, needy little girl, but then you get a glimpse of the funny faced, good natured babushka you see here. And every day we see more of the latter. Our little baby is growing up fast... and happy!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Got it!

Zoe has discovered her thumb! She's been bringing her hand up to her face for a few days now. Most of the time she just sucks on her hand or the side of her arm, but occasionally her thumb will find its way into her gaping mouth.