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Milestones

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Continuing to catch up on our happenings….

Biggest milestone?  Lucy turned ONE!  But, wait, there’s more!

Lucy is now working on three new teeth – bringing her total to 12! 
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Her first bottom pre-molar was first visible as Lucy was wailing in the car on Friday, June 5th.  (In her defense, it had been a long car ride and she did miss her morning nap.)  This past Monday (June 22nd), I bravely stuck my finger in her mouth and discovered that her right lower and upper pre-molars were popping through her gums and her upper left pre-molar was also just about to break through.  Those teeth just look SO big!  But Lucy doesn’t seem to mind too much at all.  She’s a trooper.

Last Thursday Lucy went for her 1-year doctor’s appointment.  Which was less scary than I had feared.  She had to have two shots and one finger prick, which she did not enjoy at all.  It’s so difficult to see her cry especially once the pain registers.  I did realize, though, that this is only the second time we’ve ever seen Lucy bleed (the first being in the hospital when they did the heel prick).  Pretty good to have gotten to her first birthday without bloodshed.

While at the doctor’s office, Lucy was weighed and measured.  Her weight was 21lbs – she’s now exactly in the 50th percentile for weight (a fact we would not have believed 11 months ago).  Although we think the length measurements are not very accurate, she was measured as 29.25 inches long.  And her head circumference was 47 cm (which, I believe, is somewhere between the 90th and 95th percentile).  She appears healthy and happy.  The Dr. told us we should keep her!

Unfortunately we were back at the doctor’s office the next week (on Monday) to check on some small bumps on her arms.  The bumps turned out to be bug bites, which is good.  But, Lucy apparently had internalized that the Dr. was a bad man, because she cried the minute he came in the room.  Hopefully that wears off before our next visit in three months.

Lucy now has the green light to eat just about anything she wants.  This past week she’s been enjoying all the summer fruits – strawberries, grapes, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, peaches, and oranges.  She has discovered how to shell a sugar snap pea and has been eating about 50% of the peas she shells.  The other 50% get spit out or shared with Safi.

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(I’m not sure this is exactly what the Dr had in mind…)

Lucy has also been having tons of fun playing in water lately. After her dip in the pool in Rochester, we decided we had to get her a small kiddie pool.
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(Lucy loves it even if Safi doesn’t)

Lucy also really liked playing with the water table at her friend Dagny’s birthday party!
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She’s enjoying the sunny summer weather and is hoping that Momma and Daddy get around to taking her to Highland Park Swimming Pool soon!

Time flies

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

In less than a week, Lucy will be a ONE YEAR OLD! Wow. To celebrate, she’ll be spending some lovely time with her family (and officially welcoming Emily into her family). It should be fun, relaxing, and wonderful!

The past month hasn’t been so relaxing. For the first time since Lucy was born, we forgot to post happy birthday wishes on her 11-month birthday. In our defense, we were moving LOTS of boxes and bookshelves, and other fancy stuff from our apartment to our new house that day. We had the best movers and babysitters – thanks Dad, Mom, Joe, and Bethany! Plus we’ve had help from so many great friends – making the packing, cleaning, and unpacking go much more smoothly. Still, we live among boxes.

Then we went to see James graduate from Medical School in Rochester. It was a quick trip, but so nice to spend the mornings with Bampa and Bamma (am I spelling that correctly?) and Great Grandpa and Emily’s family too.
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The graduation was nice, but the real highlight of the trip was Lucy’s first time in a swimming pool. She LOVED it! We must have been in the water for 45 minutes – splashing and having a grand time.
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Then there was more unpacking and a visit from Xiang Lan. We learned how to make yogurt and hem curtains. It was an eventful weekend.

The house is still a mess, but the baby gates are up since Lucy is in full crawl mode now. She really likes to race towards the gate at the top of the stairs, and she thinks it is hilarious when I race after her and scoop her up in my arms. She’s starting to think everything is funny now – Daddy jumping up and down is funny, Daddy sneezing (repeatedly) is funny, Safi nuzzling up next to her is funny. Those little laughs are so addictive, we’re happy to make fools of ourselves if she’ll just laugh once more!

Lucy also added two more teeth to her smile – bringing the grand total to 8 (the two bottom ones started coming in on May 15th). She’s been putting her teeth to good use eating lots of new foods. Strangely, she doesn’t like bananas anymore, but she REALLY likes avocado and she’s quite the fan of broccoli (broccol-trees) too. Momma’s egg pancakes with spinach, carrots, and chicken are also reliable favorites. Yesterday she was adding broccoli, egg pancakes, and pears to her yogurt. Already experimenting with flavor combinations! Perhaps she’ll get to add some cake to her repertoire soon?

In anticipation of next Tuesday, I’m going to wish the Goose an early Happy Birthday! I can’t believe that she’s been here a whole year. I couldn’t have imagined a year ago what a fantastic kiddo our new little girl was going to become.

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Wow!

Busy Busy Busy

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Well, we have definitely slowed down on posts lately. As the weather gets warmer and Lucy gets more active, I find I spend less time in front of the computer and much more time outside. We’ve been taking LOTS of walks. Today is beautiful and sunny and already 48 deg at 10am. We’re definitely going for a walk when the Goose wakes from her nap.

But, we do have some updates that haven’t made it to the blog.

Let’s see, yesterday we went to the Dr. for Lucy’s 9 month appt. (a little late, but our Dr. was on vacation earlier in the month). Lucy is doing great, he says, and she now weighs in at 20lbs 4oz (that 12lbs more than the day she was born!) and she’s 27.75 inches long. Her weight is no longer in the 95% – she’s slimming out a bit just as they said she would. BUT, her head circumference – at 46.25cm – is in the 95% – she’s got a big head!

Dr. Glick also told us that we can begin to feed her most of the foods we regularly eat. That seems like such a huge mental shift – from feeding her a new food only every 4 days to feeding her foods right from the table. Cheerios are probably the first new food she’ll get to try!

Speaking of foods, here’s the latest:

  • Veggies: squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, avocado
  • Fruits: bananas, pears, peaches, prunes, mango, pineapple, apples, blueberries (sort of)
  • Proteins: chicken, turkey, tofu, egg yolk, yogurt
  • Carbohydrates: rice cereal, barley cereal, oatmeal cereal, multi-grain cereal, mum mums, barley teething biscuits

Did I miss any?

Last Tuesday (March 10th), tooth #6 made an appearance.  We’re trying to brush Lucy’s teeth after meals, but mostly she just likes to chew on the brush (that’s got to be good for something, right?).

Still no crawling, but the Goose can now get her stomach off the floor (no small task) so she’s on her hands and knees.  She scoots backwards, but hasn’t figured out how to go forward just yet.  We know it will come soon enough, and we’re enjoying being able to keep track of her while it lasts.

Last Friday Lucy and I went on an adventure out to the suburbs (where we got lost, as always) to find a mall to find the Snuggle Bugs Consignment Sale.  This was not my idea of fun – so many items and so may people, but with the help of our friend Sansea, we were able to find a great deal on a frame backpack for carrying the Goose and a few other “new” toys to add to our collection.  Plus we managed to jump the VERY long line (people were waiting for up to 2 hours) to get home before we had a sleep-deprived melt-down.  Eben is really enjoying the backpack as his new carrier of choice and Lucy likes her view as she looks over his shoulders and all around.  [We'll add a picture here as soon as Eben's computer is repaired and we can download the pics from my phone.]

Last night when Eben got home, we wandered down to our neighborhood park and Lucy and her friend Auden sat on the playground and made new friends.  The playground was teeming with kiddos running around and dogs wandering and parents catching up.  It was as if we all realized that we could be outside again and were a little giddy from the freedom after being cooped up inside for so long.  I’ve never enjoyed spring so much as I am this year!

Perhaps that’s enough updates for now.
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Clapping, Waving, Saying “Mum-Mum,” and Other New Talents

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Lucy-land. And we’ve got the pictures (and videos!) to prove it…

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We were visited by Lucy’s Grandmom and Granddad, as well as Amy and Julia.

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Lucy continues to develop at top-speed. One of her latest tricks is clapping on command:

…which she does often (and with predictably adorable results)…

She practices her clapping frequently, especially when waiting for one or the other of us to come home.

She can wave, too (as you may have noticed in the previous video). Our Goose has also been practicing her vocalizations. “Mum-mum” is probably her word for the rice rusks that she gets sometimes as a treat (oddly enough, they’re called Mum-Mums). Often, however, “Mum-mum” or “Momma” seems to clearly indicate Laura.

And then again, sometimes it’s just “mum-mum-mum-mum.”

Thankfully (for our bookshelves’ sake), Lucy isn’t crawling yet, but she is getting stronger, sitting up more…

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…spending more time on her tummy…

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…and not completely collapsing when placed in new positions.

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She fuels this surge in activity with lots of food. Her palate is growing to include many more solid foods, although sweet potatoes remain a favorite.

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Of course, Lucy continues to be a happy girl, sharing laughs with her family.

Adventures in baby food

Friday, January 16th, 2009

As we have dutifully reported (for posterity, of course), Lucy is now rounding out her diet to include many other things besides milk.  Each new food is a fun experiment for Lucy and for me too.  I’ve been using the Super Baby Food book by Ruth Yaron as a guide to create homemade baby food.  It’s relatively easy to do and gratifying because Lucy seems to like what I make.

So far her foods fall into two categories: cereals and veggies/fruits.  We buy the cereals because I just couldn’t quite see the value in milling the grain myself as Yaron describes.  Perhaps it isn’t as intensive as it seems – I look to Kara for a review of that process.  The veggies and fruits, however, we cook and mash ourselves.  Finally my blender is being put to good use!  We’re also starting to get some use out of the baby food grinder (Eben called it the baby grinder, but, again, we’re not grinding up the baby!) which makes very easy work of a banana (admittedly, I could do this by hand, but then I wouldn’t get to use the gadget!).  Here’s the current list of foods Lucy likes:

peas, bananas, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, barley cereal, zucchini (which smells gross to me), butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  We’re hoping to try some peaches today as well!

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Next week we’re going to start introducing some protein into her diet in the form of raw egg yolks.  Our pediatrician pointed out that this was the one thing we couldn’t buy at Whole Foods – we need to get pasteurized eggs (which sadly are not organic or free range).  But it will be interesting to see how she feels about them, and I’m sure Eben and I will get to eat a lot of meringue cookies with all those extra egg whites – yum!

pea and butternut squash cubes

pea and butternut squash cubes

I love all the rich colors of the pureed food, but I’ll admit they are a little bland for my taste.  Lucy just gets so excited about her food though!

And in other food news (and I only post this because I have already secured our spot), the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance 2009 CSA applications are available – soon Lucy will be eating good, locally grown foods right along with us!  We HIGHLY recommend this CSA and cannot wait for April and our first box of food – even the kale (well… maybe not the kale, but we’ll eat it even if we don’t love it).

Happy eating!

7 Months and Counting

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Happy Birthday Lucy!

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Today was Lucy’s 7-month birthday, and I must say, she’s growing up fast. She now has 4 established teeth (with which she can bite quite hard, I might add), and she’s eating lots of different foods. Lucy’s gustatory repertoire now includes banana, barley, carrots, oatmeal, rice, squash, and sweet potatoes, and she’s (sadly) rejected avocado.

On the motor-skill front, Lucy’s beginning to try to imitate claps (even if the above video has more clapping from Laura than from Lucy). She’s also drumming on her chest, exploring sounds. She is very good at flapping her arms in excitement, which sometimes works as a kind of wave (as when I arrive home after work and am greeted by a flapping, smiling Goose). And this video proves her enjoyment of bouncing (or maybe just being mostly naked).

Though we don’t yet have it on video, Lucy is starting to play with phonemes. There are a lot of generic squeals and babbling, but there are also a lot of goo’s and gaa’s. She says “ca” fairly frequently, and while we may be imagining it, “ca” does seem to be linked (very loosely) with Lucca. “Ca” could be short for LucCA or for CAt. We’re probably just projecting though…

Lucy’s hair is getting quite long. I’m not keen on cutting it (for sentimental reasons), so we’ve been trying some different methods to keep it out of her eyes.

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The hair ties seemed to work ok, but we seem to have settled on barrettes for the time being.

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She still enjoys the guitar though:

Happy Birthday Lucy Goose!

More pictures and videos are on Flickr in the Lucy in January set.

What a difference 4 nights make!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Before I left for LA, Laura handed me a stack of envelopes and made me promise to follow the instructions on each one. I opened one per day, as directed, and found to my delight that each envelope contained a picture and a note “from Lucy.” It was wonderful to have that connection with her while I was away, and it made me miss her that much more. To combat the distance, we also tried a video chat one morning. The signal was pretty degraded, but it was still neat to see Lucy move (from the other side of the country, no less). Despite all that, I was very happy to come home.

I’ve been home for a week and a half now, but when I got home from my trip to LA, the difference was remarkable. Lucy felt heavier, more solid (based on her general growth rates, she probably gained about 5 or 6 ounces while I was away). She’d gotten quieter and did less random squealing or screaming (though she’ll still “talk” to me with little vocalizations). She slept better and longer. She’s growing and changing at a mind-blowing pace and stepping away for a few days made that even clearer and more evident.

Lucy continues to amaze me. She’s an incredible girl.

PS. Laura is also amazing. To be greeted by the smell of warm apple pie when I arrived home from my trip was so nice. Thanks love!

Babywatch 2008: Day 11.5 (Other Stuff)

Monday, June 9th, 2008

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Laura made some delicious arugula pesto with the arugula from this week’s farmshare. Rather than put in on pasta, we decided it would be good on burgers. These may be a little more frou-frou than my usual burgers, but they were quite tasty. We put some green onions (also from the farmshare) in the meat, grilled it up, and then served it on flatbread with goat cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and the pesto. We had a side of beet greens that had been cooked with some shallots. Mmm…

In other news, the pets appear to be adjusting to each other. Lucca has been much more friendly to Safi (Safi’s always been friendly to everyone, except when there’s a bone involved). Lucca has also been much more affectionate to Laura. I wonder if he senses that something is going to happen soon…

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And, finally, here’s a pic from a while ago:

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We had dinner at Lydia’s in the Strip District and got an octopus appetizer. Sadly, it wasn’t very good, but it looked pretty cool.

Getting the Co-Sleeper Set Up

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Tonight, after a lovely meal of pulled pork (with BBQ sauce from Sticky Lips, a favorite Rochester food spot), we decided it was time to get the co-sleeper ready to go. For those who haven’t heard of it, a co-sleeper is a little play-yard/crib type thing that straps onto your bed. One side drops down a few inches, and you end up with a way for the baby to sleep very close to the bed (without being in the bed — one pediatrician was very concerned that we were planning to do co-sleeping until we explained that we didn’t mean having the baby in the bed).  This will make it easy to breastfeed and otherwise interact with OP in the wee hours.

Co-Sleeper Corner

We got the co-sleeper set up and lashed to the bed, and we even put some sheets and a mattress pad on it. As always, more pics (including another bout of animal testing) are on Flickr.

Once we had it figured out, we dismantled the rig — no sense in blocking Laura’s exit from the bed just yet. The co-sleeper now sits in the corner of our room ready to spring into action when OP comes home. In the meantime, Lucca has already tried to settle into it twice as I type.

As a reward for getting ourselves one step closer to being prepared (and fully knowing that we can’t really ever be prepared), we ate some rhubarb custard pie made with eggs and rhubarb from our farmshare. Yum.

OP Eats Locally

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Today was a fun day in the Myers household – Eben and I picked up the first installment in our CSA (community supported agriculture) Spring farm share. We were pretty excited! Our CSA comes from Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and we’ll pick it up at the local coffee shop – Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro. Safi is also pretty excited about this new routine because she gets a walk down the hill to pick up the food!

So what yummy food did we get, you ask?

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  • 1 dozen free range eggs
  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • apple cider
  • cheddar cheese
  • sprigs of rosemary
  • spinach
  • potted parsley

And what did we make?

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We made an apple cider and rosemary glaze for our chicken and sauteed up some garlic and spinach too.  Later this week we’ll put the potatoes to work with some cheese, bacon, eggs, and rosemary for a frittata.