February 2010


I know some of you are probably here looking for my sappy sob post about Lila’s first birthday. Well, it’s coming. 🙂 I’m waiting until after her party and birthday (both tomorrow) to write it, so I can have pics from the day. I need time to process this crazy weekend too. I can NOT believe that last year at this time, we were settling in at the hospital, getting ready to watch a movie on the computer, and time contractions.

SO, this week’s post is just going to be a regular post. I have posted my weekly image over on the business blog, and added the color version below, along with a couple of extras. I don’t have much new to talk about, except for Lila now saying “hi, Lila!” if I say it first. She also nods, and it’s HILARIOUS.

Without further adieu, because I need to get to bed, as we’re going to the NICU first thing in the morning, before her party.

Bonus post from me this week. Today was a good day, and I want to remember it.

Today, Lila:

– ate 3 good meals, for once; she still threw a lot on the floor, but a lot made it into her mouth, without a struggle
– took 2 good naps: over an hour each
– gives “hugs”, and omg, it is the best thing in the WORLD. If I ask her for a hug, she will lay her head down on my chest, and say “awww”. I about died.

Her cold is almost over too, YAY. Hopefully I can get rid of the chapped cheeks before Party Central next week.

I had to document some of today, so, bonus pics too!!

Seriously, with the red hair. Whose kid is this?? She is a bit clingy these days, so this is typical for us. I love it.

ALWAYS with something in her mouth.

Eating my lens cap.

Super charged with static electricity, from playing on the couch.

Oh, how I love good days.

I posted my new weekly image over on my business blog! I don’t have other images to add to this week’s post just yet, b/c I’ve been busy working on the sessions I had last week. I will try to get some “bonus” Lila images up here tomorrow or Friday though.

For now, here are a couple of random pics I never put on here.

(August 2009, in her room.)

(November 2009, on our way to get our Christmas tree.)

If you’re on my Facebook, you know that Lila took her first “official” steps this week. Real, intentional steps. She’s not walking yet by any means, but she will take steps here and there if we set her up to do so. She gets SO excited, it’s adorable.

I am working like crazy these days, to get everything ready for her birthday next week. I can NOT believe she’s going to be one. Our plan for the day (yay that it’s a Saturday) is to go to the NICU at Children’s in the morning, and say hello to everyone, drop off some goodies, and show off what an amazing job they all did last year. Then it’s back home for celebrating with family and friends!! And lots of tears from mom, I’m sure.

Let the countdown begin.

Lila went on her first plane ride last week. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about Miss High Maintenance, and how she’d do with the new noises, people, experiences–and once again, she proved me totally wrong.

She was a champion traveler. She not only was happy and quiet while we were checking in (with 20 minutes until our flight took off…that was interesting) and going through security, she was awesome on the plane. Smiling, happy, chatting, and waving at everyone. Her ears didn’t bother her at all, and she didn’t get loud or upset on either flight. I’m now in the process of booking our trip to Hawaii.

Kidding! (I WISH I were making that phone call, haha.)

We flew to DC to see Jon’s family. And given my no-longer-shocking tendency for impeccable timing, we flew in Friday morning, right as their Epic Snowstorm was beginning. We were housebound for 3 days, barely making it out of there on Monday, before the next storm hit. We did have a great time with everyone though. Lila napped pretty well, and slept fine the 3rd night–the first 2 nights, she decided it was Wheeee!! Playtime!!! from 9:30pm-12:00am, so that was fun.

Here are some pics I took over the weekend, I think when we left on Monday, the snowfall was around 28″ for them.

(this is their front yard; there is also a buried car in this shot!)

The guys went out to shovel on Saturday afternoon, after the snow started to let up.

While Grandma and Lila and I stayed in. Those guys are so good to us!

(Lila’s new buddy, who was super tolerant…quite the opposite of our monster, Roxie.)

Our trip out of all of this was quite interesting. Jon’s mom lives on a hill, in a valley. That probably doesn’t make much sense. Let me put it this way: we had to go down a 1/3 mile long driveway (down a hill), to go back up a hill that is their road, to get out to the main road. And their road was not plowed. A tractor had made a small path, that was still snow-covered, but allowed people to walk up to the main road, or the tractors to come down. The tractors were plowing the driveways, as plows hadn’t made it down to this area yet. The one plow that did come, broke.

(looking up the street)

(the tractor plowing their driveway)

(the broken plow–you can see the sheer volume of snow here!)

So to get out to the main road, Jon and his step-dad took our rental car, and cautiously went down the driveway. Then backed up on the road, to get a running start, and just went for it. They made it up to the top–we were all SHOCKED, and came back for Lila & I. We all walked down the ice-covered driveway (I was wearing Lila in an Ergo carrier), and walked up the road to the car. About 1/2 way up, their neighbor came up behind us on his tractor, and Lila and I got a ride to the car. Oh yes, you read that right! Lila’s first tractor ride. Sitting in her Ergo, strapped to me, standing on a tractor. It was definitely interesting.

Sooo, that was our adventure-filled weekend! We made it to our flight home, with 13 minutes to spare, and came home to grass (brown, but still), it was so strange.

Don’t forget to head over to the biz blog for more pics from the weekend!

I’m late with last week’s blog update, sorry. 🙂 Crazy busy week, and we were away with no internet access for 4 days. Thank god for my iphone, I was starting to twitch a little!

I’ll keep this short, because I’m posting this week’s image/update tomorrow or Wednesday, and that’ll be a good one, from our trip this past weekend (see: Lila’s first plane ride! 28″ of snow! Lila’s first tractor ride! Lots of exclamation points involved!). In short, last week was low-key, just errands, napping, and hanging out. Still loving Mickey, and standing on her own for a second or two at a time.

You’ll want to go to my biz blog for the project image, but here are some old pics I was FINALLY able to edit while we were away. I can finally say that I am totally caught up on editing 2009 pics. No, SERIOUSLY. I can barely believe it myself. It feels awesome. These are from Nov/Dec.

And one newer one, from last week.