Sunday, July 29, 2007

Harry Potter Fever!

We've all got it at our house. Even Ruby. This little girl will be receiving a set of the books at some point. I have finished the last book and I am sad that it's the end but also happy that I got through it without being influenced by spoilers! Estelle is about halfway through.

Reading to Baby

Estelle and Sienna have been a huge help and having lots of fun with Ruby. Here are a couple of shots of them reading to her:

Messy Baby

Here are some pics of Ruby after eating her first foods, avocado mixed with breastmilk and carrots. It's pretty messy!

A Girl's Gotta Eat!

Here's Ruby's first bit of carrots. As you can see, she knows exactly what to do.

6 months

Well, as we try to adjust to this new world with no daddy and no grandpa, Ruby continues to bring us joy and awe (much much better than 'shock and awe' don't you think?). She's nearing her 6 month birthday and has become so much more verbal in the past couple of weeks. Though she's not seeming all that interested in rolling over (been there, done that) she did learn to sit up. One day she couldn't and then while playing with Jack, boom, she's sitting up. This means several things...she can use a high chair now, she's ready for food and we can plop her down on a blanket outside to play. Fantastic! Ruby was a star all weekend when in Idaho....going from person to person with nary a peep and smiling away. She had a TON of fun playing with Jack and even got to meet her Grandpa Jack. Yay! Jack is a superstar roller going from his back to his belly (wow!) and is full of smiles. Dustin, who had never met little Jack, was smitten with the (not-so) little guy right away.
Ruby also did a little wading at the swimming hole and hung out with all of her aunties. It was an incredibly exhausting weekend and though the reason for it was sad we did get to share the love with many amazing and wonderful people. The outpouring of support from so many people lifted our spirits and reinforced our notion that our daddy was a pretty amazing guy.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Goodbye Grandpa

On July 19, 2007, our beloved grandpa, daddy, husband, ex-husband, brother and friend died. We will miss him dearly. I am so glad that he got to meet Ruby and that she got to spend some time with him. She will always know what a wonderful grandpa she had. I will tell her all about his wonderful wit, his kind heart and the way that he enriched the lives of those around him. So, our hearts are a little broken but we can take comfort in how lucky we all were to have him in our lives.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Itsy BitsyTeeny Weeny Polka Dot Bikini

Quilt

This is a pictureof the quilt that my many family and friends contributed to. It's long been a tradition in our circle to celebrate first babes with a quilt and I am so touched to have received one....especially considering all that's going on. This is going to be a very special family treasure.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Whew...catching our breath...

It's been a crrrazy couple of weeks.... We went off to Idaho to visit the grandparents, cousins, pals etc. Unfortunately, when we got there, we found out that grandpa (my dad) had gotten really sick the night before and was in the ICU. So, our quick pleasure trip turned into a longer trip full of visits to the hospital and hanging out in the waiting room and ICU. Fortunately, grandpa is a very strong man who has many many people that love him and he was able to get through it. He's still in the hospital but hoping to get out fairly soon. But, wow...it was a little (lot) scary there for a bit. Ruby didn't get to visit with grandpa on this trip since they don't let little munchkins in the ICU which was sad for grandpa and for her. However, we will be back so she can show Grandpa all of her cool tricks!
Though this was a huge bummer and mighty stressful for all, there were some really nice spots and points where we just realized how lucky we are. No matter, we were always surrounded by wonderful and supportive people and even shared some laughs. It always amazes me just how many truly awesome people I know........... My mom came down, my step-mom was there, Amy's mom and then there were friends of theirs who we've known most or all of our lives. Also, two women, Courtenay and Adrienne -- they used to babysit me and now have adorable little munchkins of their own. It was a crazy full-circle kind of thing. When I was little Adrienne used to give me all of her hand-me-downs -- I remember being so excited in the 2nd grade when she gave me a shirt with one of those iron on pictures of a horse (you know..from "T-shirts Plus") and a pair of gauchos...HOT! (it was the 70's people!) Well, she gave me another box of hand-me-downs but this time it was kid clothes and diapers. SWEET!! Anyway, like I say, it was so nice and comforting to be around all of these people that I've known forever and who are my extended family. I really truly believe that my dad pulled through because of the immense amount of positive energy that was put forth during those days by so many people and that's saying something from a cynic like me.
It was super bloody hot there - 103 degrees at one point so we tried to stay in the air conditioning as much as possible. Ruby is not a fan of extreme heat and had a hard time with it. Mostly she would just scream in her car seat until we got inside and then she was fine. Poor monkey!
We stayed with Aunties Marie and Lori and it was great fun to see them! Plus there were many playdates with Jack and aunties, grandmas and cousins galore and Ruby saw many new faces...and she rocked them all (to quote Bon Jovi). Amy's birthday was that weekend too (Happy Birthday!) so it was fun to spend it with her for the first time in many years. And we got SO many great shots of the two little buzzards together. Turns out we make cute babies, Amy and I! Here's yet another..... I think my Ruby may be a bit bossy from the looks of this picture. Jack's not going anywhere if she has anything to do with it. And here are the ducky outfits...
Well, there's more coming but thought I'd at least catch up a little. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Oh..Ashley!

Here's Ruby all dressed up for the barbeque at the Wilkes Plantation. Those darn Tarleton twins have been flirting with her all afternoon. The handsome stranger over by the dip looks interesting, but she heard he's a bit of a scalawag. Too bad she's stuck talking with that drip, Melanie. Sigh...oh where is Ashley?!?

5 Months

Well, Miss Ruby turned 5 months this week and she just keeps getting cuter and cuter IMHO! She had a pretty exciting week to mark her 5 Month-aversary. She went on her first field trip with daycare last Tuesday. They all went to the Seattle Aquarium and her teacher said she was fascinated by the fish on the ceiling and had to carry her around flat on her back because she was craning her neck so. That same day, we went to Safeco for the Boston vs Mariners game. Needless to say, she was exhausted by the time we got home and slept for 10 hours. Since we have some split loyalties with this match-up, we comprimised and had her in her anti-Yankees t-shirt - smile.
On Friday, we went over to the UW and she met my old advising pal, Clay and then saw the crew in Space Grant. As an added bonus she got to meet Miss Aine. She was so sweet and just like holding a penny. It's so hard to believe that Ruby was ever that tiny!
Ruby is doing new things every day. She's really into playing with her toes these days and has started grabbing them and trying to get them into her mouth. Speaking of, I can tell when she's interested in something because her mouth opens really wide....if it gets close to her it goes right in her mouth! Her favorites are still banana man and her ladybug book. She enjoys looking at books a lot (thank goodness!) and her name is now on the "wall of fame" at the library for finishing her ten books for summer reading. Yay!
She's still pukey....does it really stop at 6 months? Please??? Today she outdid herself yet again. I was feeding her, she stopped eating, looked up at me and projected it right onto my face. Good times. I could do nothing but laugh........
Later this week we are heading off to Idaho to visit the Grandparents. Amy and Jack will be there so that's going to be great fun to get the two babes back together. Plus she'll get to meet her cousins, Estelle and Sienna, who will be coming back to stay with us for a while. A full house, yes but lots of fun too! More soon....

Monday, July 2, 2007

Welcome Elyssa!

And another Ruby pal is born. Congrats to Karen and Nathan on the birth of their daughter, Elyssa on Tuesday, June 26th. I was all excited to see a new tiny baby but alas, she was born at 8lbs 13 oz so not so tiny! I think Ruby weighed that at 2 months. Ha! We visited her on Wednesday and Ruby had fun checking her out. Good times! Congrats to Jacob too-- he's going to be a great big brother! On an interesting note, they were in the same room as us when Ruby was born. Fun coincidence!