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Black & Gold & Goose

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

As you may have heard, the Steelers are in the Super Bowl. Most cities would be pretty excited, but this is Pittsburgh: it’s insane.

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Of course, it’s hard to be in Pittsburgh during this excitement and not get just a little swept up in it. Lucy watched a good chunk of the Steelers-Ravens game at a neighbors house. The AFC championship game was a too late for her to watch, but she’s been pretty excited about watching the Super Bowl (by the way, “watching” football is not exactly accurate for Lucy — she doesn’t really watch the TV much at all).

Mostly, Lucy seems to feed off the excitement and celebration of others! We’re going to watch the game at another neighbor’s house in a bit. We’ll let you all know how it goes…

More pics here.

Summer with the Goose

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Wow. Ok. So… We haven’t done a proper post in quite some time. There’s been a lot going on! Lucy had her birthday (attended by the usual string of parties and presents, spread out over several weeks), and now she is two! Bampa was here for that week, and we had a successful unveiling of the birthday dollhouse followed (later in the day) by a dinner at Dozen of “mackie-cheese” and cupcake.

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Many thanks to Bampa for trekking down for the week! We had a great visit.

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That weekend, we had Lucy’s big birthday party. It was a great success with family, friends, and neighbors in attendance (including many kiddos running this way and that). It’s very nice to be so friendly with the families on our street and in our neighborhood. I think Lucy will have many friends up and down the block!

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The rainbow cupcakes (also from Dozen) were a big hit! Many thanks to family again, this time Grandmom and Granddad, for the huge help throwing this shindig.

Our newly-minted two-year-old has not wasted any time adding to her life experiences. With music class going so well, Laura thought a dance class would be good. Lucy does like to move. As it turns out, ballet seemed to be the only option with a readily available two-year-old class; and not just any ballet either, ballet at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre! Those who know Lucy might think “hmm… ballet? That seems a little structured…,” but she seemed to really like it. While she didn’t often follow along in class, she loves showing off her passé and tendu at home.

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There was another little girl in the class named Lucy, too, and, since she had a little more experience with ballet class, she was very good at pulling our Lucy into it.

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Of course, it helped that Lucy really liked the leotard, tights, tutu, and shoes!

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In other Arts development, Lucy has also now officially been to see a movie – not at a movie theater though. We went with some friends (led by Loring!) to an outdoor showing of Where the Wild Things Are (Pittsburgh Citiparks does some neat stuff in the Summer). In any event, we weren’t sure if the movie would be too scary or whether she’d even stay awake, but in the end, she watched almost the whole thing. We had to leave a bit before it finished as she was getting tired, but she seemed to enjoy the movie itself. [Aside: I really enjoyed it too but still haven't managed to watch the last 20 minutes.] Going with friends and having a picnic dinner beforehand was a good idea, and Lucy really liked jumping from lap to lap during the movie.

We’ve had the pleasure of several house guests over the past month. Loring and Kate stayed a night before heading West. Lucy misses Loring greatly. However, as soon as Loring drove off, Aunt Na-nah (Jana) arrived for a week. Jana did a great job of hanging out with Lucy while Laura and I were at work. The heat that week was brutal, so Lucy and Aunt Jana spent a lot of time at the public pool (a membership there was money well spent).

Lucy is pretty “high energy,” so Jana gets all the more credit for keeping up! Thanks, Jana.

Amy and Julia also came for a visit (overlapping slightly with Jana). It was great to see them and to watch how much Lucy enjoyed her time with them. They introduced us to some other local friends/kiddos, and she took them all to the Aviary and introduced them to the penguins!

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We also got in a quick visit with Jen, Jeff, Audrey, and Jackson when they were on their way through town a few weeks ago. Of course, Lucy took them to the Children’s Museum.

All in all, it’s been a great Summer so far. And we still have August ahead of us! I’ve left out a few of the good stories, saving them for separate posts, so stay tuned. Be sure to hit up Flickr for more (many, many more) pictures from the last couple months!

Happy Day, Lucy Chase!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Dearest Lucy Chase,
You were so good about singing “Happy Day” to your Grandmom a week and a half ago. And you have been practicing singing your name, “Lucy Chase.” Finally, after all that practice, it’s your birthday! We can all sing to (and with) you!

Now you are two (for real), and though you have many years ahead of you, you have already grown so much. Here you are two years ago:

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One year ago:

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And one day ago:

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You are such a little girl, so talkative and energetic and happy! We love you so.

Happy (Birth)Day, Lucy Chase!
Love,
Momma and Daddy

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Dear Momma,
I’m dictating to Daddy since he’s so bad at writing posts for this blog. I just want to say I love you and Happy Mother’s Day! You are the best momma a girl could ever have. I know I can be tough some days, but you are so so patient with me (even when you think you aren’t). You are so inclusive. I get to come along on so many adventures… like hatching a butterfly:

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Or baking:

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Or knitting:

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You share your love of the world with me every day. I do so enjoy taking you with me to the Children’s Museum, the Aviary, Phipps, the Zoo, the park, and all the other places we go together (especially if there’s ice cream involved).

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I really like all the things you make for me. You are so good at knitting and sewing. Creative and practical – two things I will certainly be as I get older! You’re already helping me get there with all the painting, crayons, markers, bathtub crayons, and sidewalk chalk.

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I love you, Momma. Thanks for putting up with me when I’m fussy, cranky, clingy, screechy, “no”-y, bite-y, and/or otherwise unpleasant. You are so good to me; I’m one lucky kiddo – all around.

Happy Mother’s Day!
I love you,
Lucy

PS. Daddy says Happy Mother’s Day, and he loves you, too.

One and a Half Years! Happy Birthday Lucy!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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Today is Lucy’s 18-month birthday. She’s now been with us for a whole year and a half – that’s twice as long on the outside as on the inside!

She has all kinds of tricks, including shaking her finger at me while saying “Dada” (only semi-disapprovingly). She still loves cats (meow-meows), and now she lights up when there are owls (wa-wools!) about. She hugs and kisses other kiddos her size. She makes faces and plays make believe.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite part of my day, but a top choice would definitely be the greeting I get when I come home at the end of the workday. Even as I’m unlocking the door, I hear “Dada? Dada! Dada!” and the sound of little feet. Lucy is so fully of energy and happiness, and it makes my day every time.

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There’s so much more, but for now we’ll leave it with this: Happy Birthday Lucy! We love you!

Sweet Sixteen (months)

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Today is Lucy’s 16-month birthday!  She’s closing in on a year and a half, and the milestones are starting to pile up…

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Lucy continues to add to her vocabulary.  Momma, Dada, hi, bye, yeah, and no are all firmly ingrained.  She uses each appropriately, which may not sound like much, but it fills me with joy to hear “Hi Dada!” shouted as I come home from work (or over the phone… or from the crib in the morning… etc).  She meows with Lucca and tells Safi to “shhh!” when she barks.  Her toys continue to be favorites for words too.  All of her dolls are “Baby-ah,” and she shouts out “Ball, ball!” exuberantly whenever a ball is in sight.


(this is Lucy at the Children’s Museum (not some auto mechanic’s shop floor) – a great place to visit!)

Lucy’s teeth are coming along well too. She has sixteen teeth on her sixteenth birthday — all but the molars, I believe. She uses her teeth to eat all kinds of new foods. A recent favorite has been plum tomatoes, which she bites into with gusto. Maybe it helps that they are fresh from Granddad’s garden.

The last week has been particularly big:

Last Saturday, she walked for the first time without assistance. Since then she’s been practicing quite a bit. Crawling is still her preferred method of getting around, but she seems to be more and more comfortable being a biped every day.

Other new skills include climbing into chairs and coloring with crayons.

Finally, just this week, Lucy started pooping in the potty. We’ll try to refrain from talking too much about poop, but this was just too exciting. Laura, noticing that her diaper was wet but not dirty, asked if she wanted to sit on the potty (which is something Lucy has been doing every night before bath, often successfully peeing in it). Lucy said “yes,” and when she was on the potty, she pooped. I got a phone call at work during the course of which Lucy said “go poop.”

This has now happened several times since then. In fact, it is definitely far more frequent that she uses the potty than a diaper. She’s so grown up.

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Happy Birthday Goose! We love you so much and can’t wait to see what happens in the next 16 months!

PS: Copious pictures now on Flickr.

Lucy in September, Lucy in October, A Fall Weekend in VA and MD, Playing with Sand, and A Trip to the Zoo. Plus, a backlog of Laura’s cellphone snaps and pics from Barb’s camera. And a little non-Lucy side project

A Day with Daddy

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Momma went to work today, so it’s a Goose and Daddy day.  So far, we’ve done some yard work (Lucy helped by sitting on my back – first in the ergo and then in the backpack – and counter-balancing the rake as I held it in front of me).

Lunch was a breadstick, some fish, some stir-fried veggies, grapes, milk, and two bites of Daddy’s pizza.  This afternoon involved refusal to wear clothes (and refusal to nap) along with a lot of good standing up (with no help).

A somewhat distressing corollary to the above refusals is that she’s getting more confident in the use of “no!”  When I approached her with a diaper cover to keep her diaper from coming off while she played, she looked at it and said “no,” shaking her head. I’m proud of her ability to express herself clearly, but I’m not looking forward to the tests of will that this development precedes.

After quiet time (so far no sleeping), the plan is to go to the Children’s Museum until it’s time to pick up Momma.  Goose/Daddy Day seems to be a success so far!

All Kinds of (yummy) Things

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Happy 15-Month Birthday, Lucy (only 2 days late)!

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[note: this picture was not taken on Lucy's birthday, but the activity had a celebratory vibe]

Lucy is growing and learning and absorbing the world around her like a little sponge.  On her birthday, she had her 15-month check-up (including shots :-( ), and while her height is in the 50 percentile and her weight is in the 75th percentile, her head circumference is off the chart! All the things she’s taking in have to go somewhere…

Tonight, I was getting ready to take Lucy up for her bath. Laura was chopping veggies for our dinner (halibut on a sweet corn zabaglione), and she offered Lucy half a cherry tomato. Lucy took it and started to bring it to her mouth, but at the last minute, she stuffed it in my mouth. I don’t know if she knows that I don’t like tomatoes, but there was a certain impishness to the act. I thought I would get her back by feeding her a sliver of raw onion, but again, the joke was on me: she seemed to like it and ate several more slices before we adjourned to the tub (where she lifted her foot out of the water to feel the running water on her toes).

New experiences abound for the Goose. Above is a short video of the two bucks (one of which had at least a 10-point rack) that we watched for several minutes from our backyard.

The picture below is proof that Laura and I left Lucy overnight for the first time (we’re in the 2-seater convertible we rented during our 27-hours in San Francisco). Lucy’s Grandmom and Granddad came to stay with her while we were gone, and she barely seems to have missed us (thank you soooo much, Barb & Rick).

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Finally, Lucy’s ability to communicate back to the world is growing by leaps and bounds. She has mastered the appropriate use of “Hi” and “Bye” including waves and kisses (blown and otherwise). In the video below, she demonstrates (and says “Night night” for the first time that we know of).

Many (many) more photos and videos are up on Flickr.

Pictures and a post

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This morning, Lucy and I spent some time cuddling on the couch and looking at older photos of “baby Lucy.” Remember these?

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We also checked out some of the newer pictures that were just posted on Flickr.
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Lucy at the Garrett County Fair with the prize-winning pig, Lucy

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Lucy riding the Carousel at Schenley Park – she rode two times and would have gone for at least two more times if we’d let her!

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It’s fuzzy, but that’s Lucy standing up all on her own on the mattress on the third floor!

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Lucy doing some finger-painting with Daddy.


And Lucy playing in the dirt. Perhaps she does need a sandbox!

We’ve been having fun and enjoying the sunshine and the rain showers this month. Lucy is getting more talkative by the minute! Her favorite word has to be BALL which she says with such conviction and certainty. We find balls in the the books we read, the pictures we see, our toys… just about everywhere! She can also tell you what sounds snakes, lions, gorillas, owls, and cows make. She asks for milk and water by name and she also knows how to say Amy (one of her favorite books right now is Henry and Amy: (Right-Way-Round and Upside Down)). I’m sure there are more words to add. I’ll have to write them down as I hear them!

Lucy is also experimenting with standing on her own. She’s been able to pull herself up and cruise around while holding on for a few weeks now. But last week she began letting go while standing up. Usually this is accompanied with a big “waaaaaaah!” – apparently it’s easier to stand if you’re making some noise! Over the weekend, Eben and I watched Lucy stand up in the middle of the room, without holding onto anything. It was pretty comical and quite impressive.

I’m sure Lucy doesn’t really recognize those pictures of baby Lucy from last year, and I’m not so sure I really do either anymore.
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It’s hard to remember she was anything other than what she is now!

Vocalizing

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

As Laura mentioned, Lucy now makes gorilla noises when prompted (either by “what noise does the gorilla make?” or “what noise does Daddy make?”).  It’s very cute, but it’s not her only new vocal trick.  Lately, she’s been exploding with new words, sounds, and imitations.  She was on the (speaker) phone with Uncle Justus the other day and said “Hi Duhtuh,” which I’m positive was “Hi Justus.”  I could feel Justus beaming throught he phone.  Jana, who had been pretty excited just to hear a resounding “hi,” was also thrilled to get a “Hi Nahna” (or something close to that).

Playdoh Snakes - "Hisssss!"

Aunt Jana and Grammy Peg are here now, visiting, and while playing with homemade playdoh, Lucy quickly learned to make a snake sound, “hisssss,” with Grammy’s coaching.  Animal sounds may be her next big category of word, though she also very clearly says “ball” with unmistakable meaning.

Tea Party

One last story: Lucy and I were playing on the third floor with her tea set.  I poured (imaginary) tea and sipped, saying “mmm… mm.”  Lucy looked at me like I was playing some kind of joke (”why did you pour air for me when you so clearly have something tasty?”), but when I looked away for a minute to upload a picture to Facebook, I heard a little voice saying “mmm… mm.”  Lucy was drinking some imaginary tea… and quite enjoying it!