Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ten More Questions with Kip.

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Two years ago I asked Kip some answers and recorded them on the blog for posterity. It's a fun re-read, especially all the comments people left! Here are some questions for Kip about being a dad to go with this picture of him with his baby girl. I think he's looking rather manly and tough with his short sleeves, hat and scruff on his face, and Becca looks about as dainty as possibly in her Kissy Kissy romper with little pink roses, pink bow, and fair skin. It's also a great photo to show just how much her eyes match his.

1. What's your favorite thing about Rebecca right now?
Her smiles. She works so hard on them!

2. What do you like about taking Rebecca to daycare each morning?
Her smiles.

3. When I first asked you what surprised you most about being a dad, Rebecca was only a few weeks old, and you talked about the lack of sleep. When I asked again, you said how much work the breastfeeding was. What would you say now that she's ten weeks old?
Nothing has really changed, really. Her life still revolves around eating, sleeping and pooping. (I add, "and smiling" and he agrees. Do you see a trend? We're obsessed with baby smiles.)

4. What's your favorite book to read to Rebecca?
I don't really mind that Madeline book. (I was sure he was going to say "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late" by Mo Willems because it cracks us up.)

5. What's your least favorite book to read?
I don't know. A few of them. (I was sure he was going to say Blue Hat Green Hat by Sandra Boynton.)

6. What's something you hope for Rebecca?
That she makes lots of friends at daycare. (Her first friend is named Quinn, and they lay on the mat together and look at a mirror. I walked in the other day to find them shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, just gazing at the mirror. Quinn is one month older, and they will probably be chatting in no time.) 

7. What's one lesson you've learned that you would tell other new parents?
Be patient. (Victoria's edit: The other day he told people who were expecting to not expect to do anything after they had a baby but try to sleep. No other projects will get done.)

8. What's the cutest outfit she owns? 
(After a lot of deliberation) Pink and white stripe one

9. Am I doing a good job as a mom?
Yes, you're doing a good job as a mom. Worry less.

10.  Should we have another baby?
Yeah. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Stripes on Stripes.

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It is officially time to start transitioning Rebecca into the next size clothes, and I am taking it pretty hard. I tried to explain to Kip that I was going to be sad to put away all her 0-3 months clothes, and he looked at me funny. All of her newborn onesies were borrowed or lovely hand-me-downs, but the clothes she is outgrowing now I am a bit more attached to! So many little memories of getting to know this sweet baby over the past couple months. But the time has come and her feet are definitely bigger than the bottoms of the footie pajamas. Thankfully these cute pjs don't have feet on the bottom so she hasn't outgrown them yet!
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This quilt was a surprise gift from our friend Abbey's mom Vicki. It's pinks, purples and gray are in perfect proportion to Rebecca's nursery. The fabrics she included are so sweet too from the pink trucks to the little girl reading and the K-State Powercats. Rebecca is lucky to know so many talented seamstresses! It's nice to have a good blanket collection for the cutest photographs and to make it cozy on the floor for tummy time and hanging out in the living room.
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I took these photos on Friday as Becca and I kicked off our three day weekend. I think she took the two month shots a little harder than we thought initially and having her first sniffles had thrown her off a bit at daycare. So we were all glad for a long weekend to rest up! It's hard to say if Becca brought home the first cold or I did, but we both took a beating after our eight weeks of maternity leave in a pretty germ free bubble. The weekend was good with an evening walk to enjoy the nice weather, some time with friends, and a class about parenting at the church.
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Rebecca's hair doesn't seem much longer yet, but the little wisps are definitely dark and starting to fill in a bit more. My mom was holding her last week and said, "She does look a little bit like Kip," and I quickly agreed though we can't put our finger on why! It might get clearer as she gets bigger.

And since this is a random post full of tidbits about our little nugget, tell me about what you do with books. Kip was reading Madeline to Rebecca last night (yes, it was as cute as it sounds), and he was getting frustrated with the dust jacket which already looks like it's taken a beating even though Rebecca hasn't even touched it yet! Do you keep the dust jackets on your books? Remove them and toss them? Remove them and save them? I'll tell you the truth about Madeline - we threw away the dust jacket because the book cover underneath looks exactly the same minus the Caldecott Honor sticker. Are we terrible? We'll take all the advice we can get. #rookieparents

Friday, April 22, 2016

Olivia's Baptism

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Kip and I were honored when Jon and Erica asked if we would serve as baby Olivia's godparents. We are super excited to have girls so close in age, and it doesn't feel like a normal Sunday if we don't see the Andersons at church. Olivia's baptism was last Sunday morning, and we were so happy to stand up with them and promise to make sure Olivia knows all about Jesus.
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Erica hosted a lovely brunch for all the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even Maddie and Olivia's great-grandparents. The weather was gorgeous, so we slipped out front for pictures to commemorate the special day. Maddie hammed it up for as many pictures as she could, and we shouted and whistled to try to get baby O and baby Becca to look at the camera.
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Maddie is at that age where she is interested in babies, can be super helpful, and also is just fine observing them from a little ways away. I asked her to sit with Rebecca to take their picture, and she mostly kept her distance and held her baby. But I just noticed that she's also reaching over to hold her hand in the photo of Rebecca by herself! We're expecting Maddie to lead Olivia and Rebecca in shenanigans in no time. 
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Both little girls share the same middle name - Olivia Claire and Rebecca Claire. They are almost exactly the same number of months apart as their mamas as Erica is three months older than me. And they look good with white bows on their heads! Olivia looks like she is reaching out to hold onto Rebecca in this photo. These girls are just so sweet!
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Rebecca was going to wear her Easter dress to the baptism, but I reached for this little gown instead on Sunday morning. As every mom has told me, they grow so fast, and if you aren't careful, cute stuff will be missed! This little outfit is size 3-6 months!
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Thinking about a smile for mama...
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There it is! Happy Friday, friends - Rebecca and I have a three day weekend and lots of relaxing to do.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bar Method and a Baby

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Other than the having a baby part, doing Bar Method while I was pregnant was one of my proudest accomplishments with my pregnancy. I have to give my sister Lauren credit for being the first adopter of Bar Method in our family, and I totally thought it sounded nuts when she described it a few years ago. Flash forward to November of 2013 when I took my first class for a Junior League social event. Hoddy Potter taught that first class, offered a discount on the first month of classes, and I signed up on a whim. I'm not the athletic sort, never played a single sport in middle or high school, and I've never taken a dance class in my life (unless you count BOTAR!). But something about the classes hooked me in completely. I loved that I could see it working, felt better about myself, and loved the teachers.

So when we found out we were pregnant, I decided that I was going to keep going to Bar Method three times a week. It's a very pregnancy friendly workout, and there are prenatal classes and modifications that keep it possible till the very end. The first trimester was actually the worst because I mostly wanted to lie around eating dry cereal. But I had agreed to work in the childcare room three mornings a week. Since I was in the studio already, I kept working out through the first trimester ick.

But after that first trimester, it was easier to keep it up. I went three times a week for my entire pregnancy, including taking classes when we traveled! I was still taking Level 2 classes when Kip and I went to Salt Lake City, and I loved my class at the Salt Lake studio. Over Thanksgiving, Lauren and I took a class in Indianapolis together so I could keep up with my goal of going three times a week.

Near the end of my pregnancy, the Bar Method studios here in KC were shaken and somber with the loss of the owner of both studios, Hoddy. She was a major part of the Bar Method appeal. A transplant from the west coast, she owned both studios in Kansas City.  Hoddy was also over six feet tall, and she made the tall girls feel welcome. She's featured in the videos Bar Method sells, including their pregnancy DVD. It wasn't just Bar Method that lost a tremendous individual when Hoddy passed away last December, but the Kansas City community. Easily one of the most dynamic people I've ever had the pleasure to know and work for, I'm lucky that she introduced me to Bar Method.

I worked out all the way to my due date and took my last class Monday before Becca was born on Wednesday (pictured above). Bar Method was one of the most positive places for a pregnant lady like me to hang out because everyone was so encouraging and told me I looked awesome. No one gave me crazy unsolicited advice, and all the mamas promised that the classes would help with delivery and recovery. They probably did, but I don't have anything to compare it to! Getting back to Bar has been slow, but I have taken a few classes. The technique comes back quickly, and it is really good to see my  Bar buddies again. I am looking forward to summer and getting to take a little bit more often!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rebecca Claire || Two Months

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Rebecca is two months old, and she has the shots to prove it! Two months is the first time babies get a bunch of vaccines, and the good news is that only Becca cried while Kip held her. I was definitely feeling pretty sorry for her though! Her official weight at her check-up was 11 lb 14.5 oz (78 percentile), and she is 23 inches long (75 percentile). We have decided she has a Lynch head more than a Luhrs head - Kip has a hard time getting hats to fit his small noggin, and Becca's head is a perfect round little 15 inches. She is still wearing mostly 0-3 month clothes, though her legs are getting long in her footed pajamas. In the photos above, Becca is wearing the same size onesie as at one month. We will see if it makes it to three months!

In the past five days or so, conversations with Rebecca have really taken off. She's added some sweet coos and sounds to repertoire, and she is giving out smiles more freely. But if I laugh or giggle at her smile, it still sometimes startles her smile away! Rebecca is generally happy, a good eater and goes to bed between 9:15 and 10. We are making it work for now but always trying to nudge it earlier. Becca sleeps between four and five hours usually in the first stretch, and she is currently only getting up once a night because our days start so early. It's fair to say usually because last night she must have read the draft of the post and wanted to keep us on our toes by waking up four or five times.

While we both read to her, I think Kip reading her stories is my favorite. She gets sweet and quiet, watching him with her deep dark eyes. Rebecca doesn't have any favorite stories yet, but Kip has a few he isn't fond of after reading them several times! She seems to notice the mirror on her play mat, and Rebecca turns her head listening for us if she can't see us but hears us. It appears we have a mutual adoration thing going on, which is great. We love Rebecca Claire.