Sunday, June 24, 2007

Baby's First Pride

Today was Seattle's Gay Pride Parade downtown and Ruby was there with bells on....well, with her "Already smarter than Bush" onesie anyway. This is indeed her first pride out of the womb and she really enjoyed all of the bustle, sparkly things and music and hanging with all of our friends, screaming "Stickers!!!!" Last year, I marched with the bookcart drill team. I didn't get together enough to march this year but next year, I'll be there! They were fabulous as usual! Speaking of the librarians, here they are in all of their splendor!
After pride, we tried to go to a bbq at Seward park to meet up with a bunch of our mama friends....but we were not successful for a myriad of reasons (mainly because I am directionally challenged and wholly disorganized) so we just went home. I guess it was for the best, Little Miss R was tired!

Bling Bling!

My girl got her ears pierced on Friday. Here's a little shot of them. She looks so cute and only cried for a few minutes..after that it was just some indignant squawks at me and then..ooooh, the sparkly things at Claire's became too too interesting.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Losing My Mind

Yesterday was one of those days where things just seem like too much. Ruby didn't seem to be eating well which creates stress about milk production, I had a really busy day of storytime and outreach ahead and it seemed that we were missing 6 diapers. I looked everywhere and couldn't figure out how 6 diapers could have just disappeared. I started getting really panicky -- I mean those suckers are expensive! Finally, I just had to leave for work and put it out of my mind because it was driving me crazy! Well...I got home last night and still, the diapers eluded me. And then, when I went to put my laundry in the dryer, I found them there. Evidently, I had done a load of diapers and completely forgotten about it. I've forgotten to do the laundry, but never have I forgotten that I have already done it! Sheesh!

Father's Day and Baby Feet

We had a lovely little father's day last weekend. I got Dustin a travel mug with Ruby's mug on it and in daycare, they made a little gift with paint prints of her little feet and a photograph for him. We had some breakfast and then he was off to play softball. We didn't do anything big but it was a nice little day all in all. Last night, I set Ruby in her crib to have some naked time, putting her bum on a diaper and waterproof mat and turning on her mobile. I went to grab a glass of water and when I came back, she was having a playdate with her feet. Moving them around and watching them every second, grabbing them with her hands...she was completely enthralled. I was tempted to take a little video of it but the cute factor was a little offset by the fact that she was also taking a really big poop at the same time. Silly monkey! Oh well..maybe I'll catch it next time!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Congratulations Tracy & Colm!

Ruby's got a new playmate! A big congratulations to my friend Tracy and her husband Colm on the birth of their daughter Aine Lee!! She was born June 9t and was 7lbs 11 oz and 22 inches long. She's a doll!!!!

What the...?

We just keep being busy here. It just seems that we keep having more and more going on but with the same 24 hours. However, it's going well so I can't complain too much. Last Sunday we went to my friend Christine's where we got together with our crafty pals, the ladies of Inky Fingers. While there, they presented me with a gorgeous awesome photo album/scrapbook. Each one of them had done some pages and it is SO cool. I'd take photos of it but I tried and it didn't come through how cool it was. Suffice to say, if you come to my house, I'll show it to you and it is AWESOME. I cannot wait to start filling it with photos of our monkey. Also, while there, my friend Caryl took a bunch of really great photos of Ruby. I call this one "What the....?" hence the title of this post. Here's another I really liked - this was when we brought out 'Banana Man,' a toy she really enjoys. She has such amazing facial expressions, I could watch her all day long. She's been going through a growth spurt I think, sleeping a LOT and eating a LOT. It's really fun to see what she'll do next. On Wednesday, we went to Next Months and afterwards had lunch from some of the ladies there. I always look forward to Wednesday's meetings...in fact, I feel a little empty inside when I miss it. What will I do when we hit 6 months and graduate??? I'll think about that later.... Anway, we also lunched with my friend Karen who I used to work with at Space Grant. It was a lot of fun to see her! She's leaving for Scotland next week, Lucky Pants, so I was glad we were able to get together. Ruby enjoyed puking all over her sweatshirt too! She does like to leave her mark everywhere...just like a tomcat, only much much better.

Then & Now

What a difference a mere 5 months makes! As our Ruby approaches her 5 month birthday (this coming Wednesday), here is a set of "then and now" photos. Wow! Less old man and more cute baby!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I've Got a Thumb!

Here's a shot of Miss Ruby working her thumb. This position is one of her favorites --- one hand up and the other in her mouth. Funny baby!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Busy Days

It's been a busy couple of weeks..not sure where the time has gone. At any rate, things are going reasonably well. We've had some little issues with Ruby going on what has been called a "nursing strike" by some. Not sure if it's teething, bottle preference or if she's just feeling crabby. It seems to be abating for the moment but it's had its moments of frustration here at the Miller home. Adjusting to working and mommying is going well though pumping at work is still a big challenge. Not one that I see as anything but something to just live with at this point. It is odd to me that in 2007, this is still not seen as a major issue or priority for working moms...especially considering how progressive the place where I work is. I understand that it isn't feasible to install actual nursing rooms at each location but is it too much to ask to not have to do it in the bathroom? Seriously. I often find myself feeling quite bitter about it and I am not sure if it stems from me just feeling overwhelmed with the whole prospect or if I am just being a big complainer. I mean, plenty of other women have had to do this and everyone survived. Oh well...on we go. Lucky for me, my boss is super suportive and I'm surrounded by very supportive folks so on that end, I am better off than many. Ruby has now completely transitioned to her crib and seldom uses the swaddle. We've even moved the basket out of our room. Sigh...it makes me more than a little sad to tell you the truth though I am happy to have more space on my side of the bed. She's figuring out the thumb though instead of making a fist while she sucks it, she has her hand plastered all over the side of her face, including one finger in her eye. It's rather comical to see and I hope to get a photo of it soon. She's doing great at her daycare and everyone loves her there (duh). When we get there, she gives a big huge grin to both of the teachers and the kids always come over to say hi to "baby ruby" -- too cute! It's a gorgeous day here and we're puttering about the house while Dustin creates a walkway in our side yard. He's working so hard and the yard looks better than it ever has. I'll have to post a picture when it's complete. Well, that's the news from Casa Miller! Cheers!