Friday, June 27, 2008

Raindrops on roses and blah, blah, blah.

So, we've been over and over what Lucy is in to. Now, here are a few of the things that I've been in to during my first year of being a mom:

Wondertime magazine:

I love this magazine so much. I love it even more when it comes on the same day as Parents magazine, which is its exact opposite in everysingleway. Parent's magazine has panicky stories about how not only is your child probably seriously delayed in pretty much every area, but it is also entirely your fault. In contrast, Wontertime has cozy little articles about building forts, exploring nature, and generally enjoying how cool your kid is.

See Kai Run shoes:

These are, admittedly, a bit of a splurge. But they are the sort of impossibly adorable splurge that I'm powerless to resist (which is how Lucy has come to own some of these). Granted, they aren't even remotely close to fitting her yet, so for all I know, they could make her feet turn green and possibly fall off. But they are so stinking cute, I think I would love them even then.

Elizabeth Mitchell:

I've been playing Lucy these three albums since we brought her home, and she really does seem to like them. And as an added bonus (and in contrast to loads other children's albums), these do not make me want to let weevils chew off my ears. Actually, I really like the folksy, "singing from your rocking chair on the front porch" sort of feel. I've even sometimes found myself listening when Lucy isn't there.

Vintage Kids Books Blog:

This is such a cool site. The author reviews old children's books from her son's (gigantic) collection. It has made my children's book wishlist grow to ridiculous lengths, but it has also made me want to go search for my own picture book finds at thrift shops. Maybe I'll start posting the ones we like. Lucy's really getting in to books now, and it's so fun.

You've got to love the droopy diaper, making her legs vaguely resemble those of a Welsh Corgi:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One Year Stats

Weight: 16 pounds, 10 ounces (still only the in the 1st percentile, but the kid has nearly quintupled her birth weight in a year!)

Height: 29 inches (almost the 50th percentile- go Lucy!)

Teeth: Two

Current Mode of Transport: Crawling, finally! She's up on her knees and everything. And suddenly she's an absolute pro at going up the stairs, which I'm ridiculously impressed with. I apparently didn't think she would be stair climbing until like ten years from now.

Favorite Foods: Spaghetti, Strawberries, and Gerber Puffs (or, as my friend Bekah calls them, "Baby Crack").

Vocabulary: Extensive. She says: hi, baby, daddy, mama, grandpa, kitty, dolly, doggie, ducky, yeah, bear, bunny, and probably some others I'm forgetting right now.

Favorite Activities: Watching for daddy to come home, being outside, eating, and being naked (if I arranged for all of these things to happen all at once, I would have one happy naked baby).

Least Favorite Activities: Getting dressed, being smeared with lotion, having me poke around in her mouth for new teeth, and having her face cleaned off.

Favorite Toys: Her new dolly, her talking doggie, any stuffed animal, Henry the Cat, my lens cap, and plastic soda bottles with caps to chew on.

And since I can't possibly post without including pictures, here are a few of Lucy trying out her little pool for the first time:

Wrinkley toes prove she had a good time!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Big day for my two favorite people

Happy 1st Birthday to Lucy, and Happy (sort-of) first Father's Day to Sterling! (It's the first one we've celebrated anyway. Last year we were a bit to distracted to really commemorate things. Although, I guess Lucy being born two nights before was about as celebratory of a Father's Day as Sterling could have asked for).

We had a nice laid back day. We gave Lucy a few little gifts in the morning, and after church we headed up to the mountains, where it seems like spring is *finally* arriving.

Here's Lucy in the BYU gear Sterling got for her. Evidently, we need to get her prepared for football season.

This is the quilt I made for Lucy for her birthday. I absolutely made it the laziest, cheating-est way possible, and it still took me a ridiculous amount of time, and I'm thoroughly resolved to never make another as long as I live. Also, I totally stole the idea from *someone* on the internet. Which I know really narrows it down. Anyway, I can't find the link to give them credit, but I would like to. That counts, right?

My two favorite people in the whole world. The best husband and father, and the best baby girl I could have asked for. I feel insanely lucky, every single day.

Lucy's one year appointment is Tuesday, I'll give her stats then, and a rundown of all the awesome stuff about her at one year old. Prepare for a long list, since I'm convinced (to an annoying degree) that she's pretty much the coolest kid ever.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Birthday party!

One year ago today, we were just one day away from meeting our baby girl. I had just been to my perinatologist appointment, where the doctors determined that Lucy's growth, which had been slow up to that point, had basically stopped. They proceeded to perform an amniocentesis on me (a charming little procedure where a five inch needle is thrust through your abdomen and into your uterus), which showed that Lucy's lungs were mature enough for delivery. So off I went to labor and delivery, scared and worried and thoroughly overwhelmed.

Today was SO much better than that day!

We had Lucy's party today (her actual birthday is tomorrow, but really, what good is a birthday if you can't spread it out for a few days?) I was pretty sure she would hate it, since she's not big on crowds, and since these one year old parties are really for the parents anyway, but she actually seemed to have a fabulous time.

Lucy in the little birthday hat I made for her. You can't see it in this picture, but there's a little number "1" on the top. She was amazingly good at leaving it on...

...except here, where's she's like, "waaaait a second! You've put a hat on me while I wasn't looking! I'll have none of that".

Playing with the creepy doll she fell in love with at Toys R Us. Really, I guess this was the least creepy doll they had, but they're all fairly nightmarish if you ask me. She loooooves it.

Lucy and her little mini-cake. (which I'm pretty sure is actually like eight full servings, sure to thrust her directly into diabetic shock).

She was so funny with it. She would dip one little delicate finger in at a time, and get a little glob of frosting to lick off. She still managed to make a pretty good mess though.

Lucy was beyond excited about all of her gifts- she was very nearly hyperventilating by the time she'd gotten through the pile of presents.

Opening a present from Bryan, Jeanie and Lander. Thank you guys!

Lucy, in the cute little moccasins that Grandma Pat and Ralph gave her! Thank you!

Lucy with Daddy at the end of the party.

Thanks to everyone for coming, and for spoiling our little Lucy even more than we do! I'm sure there will be more pictures of festivities on her actual birthday tomorrow!

Friday, June 13, 2008

I love Etsy!

Lucy's birthday party is tomorrow, and we got her these cute little invitations off Etsy from story by mia:

I blurred out the address, because, people, there are crazies out there. But you get the idea.

One of the best things about ordering from Etsy is how fabulous the packaging is. Here's how the invites arrived:

Don't you just love that?

Not to mention, she included some extra goodies!

Anyway, so my point is: Etsy is awesome, my baby is turning one, and we're having a party. Which you're totally invited to if you're not a crazy. So if I missed you, and you are dying to come watch Lucy perhaps make a giant mess of her tiny adorable cake (or perhaps just stare at it blankly), let me know and I'll get you something more helpful than a blurred out address.

Giant picture-filled posts of the birthday festivities are sure to follow shortly!