Thursday, February 23, 2017

One and Walking.

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Last week Rebecca came home from school smelling a little stinky, so I changed her outfit into just a clean t-shirt. It's been so warm that it seemed appropriate for February! She's been wearing her Stately Type tees (size 2T) for months, and they get more like t-shirts and less like a dress all the time. I like them because they show off her sweet arms and legs.

While our dinner cooked in the oven, I convinced Becca to practice her walking in the kitchen. Kip predicted a couple of weeks ago that she would be walking by her first birthday, and he was totally right! She does a lot of cool stuff at daycare, but she waited to string some steps together when we were all together at home. Kip and I were delighted watching her figure out the first little baby steps.
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If she wants to get somewhere fast, Rebecca still chooses to drop to the floor and crawl. But if she wants to carry some toys somewhere, she might choose to walk! I think she's discovered that walking while holding a dolly, block, or even a lens cap is much easier. A sweet bonus to the walking is that it is so much easier to go outside. Rebecca can get around without tearing up her pants!

Her hair is a little crazy, but not thick enough for a barrette to stay in...yet! While so much more than when she was born, she's still got a ways to catch up with the bowl cut her mama rocked for several years.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rebecca Claire || One Year

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I'm a big fan of the TimeHop app. It's slow to load and the design is a little clunky, but I love to look back at one year ago (or further) and compare what we were doing! A year ago we were settling into life at home with a baby, beginning what would be an almost eight week struggle to get nursing figured out, and soaking up all the snuggles of a newborn. This year we've got a baby on the go! It's not fair to say time flies because we've all done lots of learning in the past year about eating and sleeping. But it is fun to think about all the ways Becca has grown up and changed. 

Rebecca went from standing up in the middle of the room to walking seemingly overnight. While she was cautious at first and only would do a couple steps, she's getting a little braver now and will string together eight to ten steps. It cracks us up because she doesn't travel very far with those little steps! Rebecca likes to take out all of her toys every day both from under the coffee table and in the office. Thankfully we don't have too many because she can make a mess very quickly. Her favorite toys include her tractors, stacking Fisher Price rings (we call them her donuts), and this adorable Hape snail. She just figured out how to get the pieces in the snail's back, and she wants someone to help her get the red one out so she can do it over and over again.

Aunt Lu gave her a ball pit for her birthday, so she's added two more b-words to her vocabulary. Belle, ball, and book all sound a lot alike, but I know what means what! Daycare now has an electronic recording system which means they send home a photo each day with Rebecca's update. A week ago they said that she was crawling over to our family photo on the wall and saying "Dadadada" and "Mmmmm." She's not great at mama, but I know she either wants me or milk when she makes her m sounds.
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While walking is a major accomplishment, the biggest development is that Rebecca now sleeps through the night. I haven't nursed her in the middle of the night in almost two weeks; if she does wake-up, Kip goes in, hands her the pacifier, she yells one time and rolls over and goes back to sleep. She doesn't wake-up every night, and it has worked every time he has had to go in. I assume much like sleeping through the night that she will decide she doesn't need this last check-in with Daddy either soon enough. Tuesday morning she gave me the sweetest hug and patted my shoulder as if to say, good job Mom, you made it TWELVE hours without me. Rebecca goes to sleep around 6:15 every night which seems early to pretty much everyone except us. We work really hard to get Kip and Becca out the door by 6:30 in the morning, so she needs her sleep to start as early as possible!

We head to the doctor on Thursday so we can get an update on her stats, however, we're pretty sure she is catching up with her mama's stats at twelve months. (Update: 23 lb 0.5 oz., 29.5 in). Rebecca is transitioning to size 18-24 month clothes and still wears size 4 diapers. Her new moccasins that she got for her birthday are 4s, but she has one pair of rubber soled Sperrys in 3 that work well for her walking. With her ten teeth (missing the top back molars), she eats two snacks and lunch at daycare, and she is slowly making a transition to cow's milk. So far Rebecca is unimpressed by the cow's milk. Hopefully this gradual transition will help her!

She's getting ready to move to the bigger kid room at school, and I'm the most nervous about it because I've loved her baby teachers. The move means exciting things like getting to go outside more and sleeping on a cot. They've been practicing with her sleeping on the cot in the baby room - it makes her look like a little toddler!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rebecca Monthly.

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I think that I wrote a dozen posts about our wedding, so the fact I have three or four to write about Rebecca's first birthday should be no big deal. Here are the twelve monthly photos of Rebecca with her puppy plus an occasional supplemental prop to help keep her contained. I took all the photos in the chair in the living room, dragging it onto the rug to get the best light I could. The backdrop is the reverse of the quilt my mom made her - you can see the hearts embroidered across the lavender.

She grew to be quite a bit bigger than that little puppy. The first onesie is sized 0-3 months, and by the end she was wearing 18-24 month onesies (though it is a little big). She got a lot more hair, ten teeth, and thigh and wrist rolls. If I had to pick one favorite it would be tough, but month 6 is just so charming. It's also before she started diving off the chair during photos. Mama had to get a lot quicker to try to capture this little nugget.

It was fun to watch her change and grow every time I clicked on the #rebeccamonthly hashtag on Instagram. I won't miss wrestling and wrangling her into the chair, but I'm glad I made it all the way to a year capturing photos of this sweet little love.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our Little Valentine

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Last year on Valentine's Day, Kip and I were waiting for Rebecca. We were pretty sure she wouldn't arrive until her scheduled induction date, so we went to dinner at Pig & Finch - their fried pickles are some of the best! This year is different, and we have the best little valentine! I snapped these pictures of her one day after school a couple of weeks ago so we could include them with her valentines.
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Valentine's Day fell on a school day and was a totally awesome regular old day. Rebecca slept through the night which is something she occasionally does now, wore a new red Stately Type t-shirt to school, and played with her friends. She's too young to exchange valentines or care about candy, but we did make a batch of jam to take her teachers and a few neighbors.
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I think Valentine's Day will always be a little bit tricky so close to Rebecca's birthday, but Kip grilled some great steaks at home, and we enjoyed a nice dinner after Rebecca went to bed. Super easy to have a date night at home when baby falls asleep by 6:15! I was also able to surprise him with some cinnamon rolls from McLain's to go with his coffee first thing in the morning.
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She really wanted my lens cap during all of these photos, so obviously I gave it to her. I'll have a much longer update about all the things Rebecca is up to soon as we get ready to celebrate her first birthday this week on the 17th!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Three Books of January

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Ruth Reichl's book about her secret life as a restaurant critic (Garlic and Sapphires) is one of my favorite food related memoirs. I'm a little shocked that is has been over five years since I read her book - it really has stuck with me!I snatched Tender at the Bone when it was on sale, and I enjoyed Reichl's stories about growing up and learning to cook. It's a little difficult to relate to in many places because I can't really imagine what it would be like to have your mom send you to school in Canada with no notice or living in a commune during the 70s. Some of these stories from Ruth's life are a little underdeveloped. While I often read food memoirs, I rarely cook from them. Am I alone in this? Maybe it's because I read them on my Kindle, and it is a little tricky to page back through.

Victoria was our book club pick for January and also recently debuted on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. I read it very quickly and the miniseries follows the book pretty closely - they have the same writer! Much of the dialogue is even in the same. I've only watched the first two hours, but much like the book, Victoria is pretty insufferable. My friend Kate points out that this could be historical underestimation of a woman monarch, which could totally be true. I also think that becoming queen at the age of 18 is a lot for anybody. It's a quick read but left me wanting a little bit more at the end. Conveniently, the miniseries goes further into Victoria's life than the book.

A Gentleman in Moscow was recommended to us by Kate's mom, a blogger I follow, and NPR's book concierge from 2016. It felt like a safe pick for Kate and me to read as we took not one but TWO upper level Russian history courses at K-State with our favorite professor. We'd read Amor Towles first book, Rules of Civility, back in 2012, and I liked this book better. It took a little while for me to get the rhythm of the story, and I definitely found myself trying to remember details from our late night Russian history studies at Hale Library. The main character is "sentenced" to life in a grand hotel in Moscow, but the characters that fill the story and the hotel are wonderful. It's actually one of the lighter books I've read lately even though it's almost 500 pages and set in communist Russia. The prose is really beautiful.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

January Miscellaneous.

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A little bit of illness, the threat of a terrible ice storm that never materialized, and Kip not being able to drive mostly kept us home in January. Early in the month we hosted a brunch, and the last weekend of the month we crammed in tons of fun with a night out, hanging out with four out of five of Rebecca's grandparents, the annual Soup Swap, and kids book club. Lots of time at home meant lots of time watching Becca grow and figure out more about the world around here. 
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Becca continues to be a great eater and beans are a constant favorite. She is also occasionally a very very messy eater. Like all babies, she hates having her face wiped afterwards but thankfully tolerates a bib really well.
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Over winter break Rebecca really perfected napping at home. We were thankful for the consistency and have enjoyed it on the weekends during January. Kip laments often she snuggles more with me than him, but after her nap she's so sweet with anyone that rescues her from her crib. She's still only using a pacifier in her crib, an arrangement that works out well for all of us. I like not having to keep track of it!
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As usual, winter is a disappointment. We had one snow day that was pointless because there wasn't even any moisture. Thankfully we kept our plans for the weekend of the ice storm including dinner at Rye for Restaurant Week. Rebecca did great at our five o'clock reservation, and we loved all three courses. Rye is definitely one of the best spots for Restaurant Week as we were so full that we finished our fried chicken for lunch the next day.
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Rebecca has a new crazy smile that keeps showing up with her nose all scrunched up and a big open mouth where you can see all her teeth. She's a happy baby!
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And kids' book club was the icing on the cake. The big kids listened to Dragons Love Tacos and made fun little dragons. I can't wait for Becca to get to join in a little more, but she's so happy scooting around on the floor and putting things in her mouth right now. I love seeing all the babies growing (even compared to just a few months ago!) Leah's got mad mom skills holding these 45 pounds of babies! Flynn turned one at the end of December, and Becca's super close to one too.