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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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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


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!


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:


One year ago:


And one day ago:

One Day Shy of Two

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

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

One and a Half Years! Happy Birthday Lucy!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


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.


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

Happy Birthday Dada!

Friday, November 6th, 2009

It’s that time of year again! The birthdays are here, the birthdays are here!

I sometimes think it would be fun if Lucy’s birthday were also in November – so we could cram all of our favorite days into one tiny month. But, I think it’s nice that Lucy gets June to herself.

So today is for Eben – happiest of birthdays my dear! And Lucy has been working on the Happy Birthday song. Since I haven’t been able to capture a video of it, I’ll give you my rendition:

Momma sings: “Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear Daddy, Happy Birthday to You!”
THEN Lucy sings: “Daaaaadaaaaaa” sometimes she even claps.

I was trying to find an appropriate picture to include in this post, and apparently we weren’t saving pictures in flickr in 2005 – the first year we celebrated our birthdays as a couple (and I’m SURE there aren’t any pictures from our 1997 or 1998 birthday celebrations). The earliest picture I could find online was this one:

Pacific Science Center - Small Eben
Isn’t little Eben adorable?
It seems like a lifetime ago that we traveled to Seattle and played at the Pacific Science Center, where this picture was taken. Who would have thought that we’d be a family of three now?

Lucy and I are so lucky to be part of Eben’s family of three.

We love you, or as Lucy now says: I yub 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…


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.


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

All Kinds of (yummy) Things

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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


[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).

Us in our convertible

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.

Happy Birthday – only two weeks late!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Well, we’re behind again! Eben is busy testing out our super-fast internet to upload lots of photos and videos to flickr. We’re trying to get caught up! So, I think we’ll write a few posts to catch us up on all that’s been going on here!

And of course that first post should be an official Happy Birthday to the Goose who turned 1 year old two weeks (and one day) ago! She was busy hanging out with family and friends in Maine and her parents were mostly without internet to properly update the blog. (Apparently we have yet to upload the birthday pictures – I will modify this post once they are up!)

We were so lucky to get to spend Lucy’s birthday with family and friends – new and old!

(Listen for Asa saying “Lucy” at the end of the video.)

Lucy got to try her very own chocolate cupcake.
Surprisingly she enjoyed the chocolate cake part, but wasn’t overly enthused about the frosting. It was a lovely little party and would have been lovelier if Lucy hadn’t been sick. I think it was all the flying and staying up late that did her in. She had a fever, a cough, and a runny nose on Tuesday (June 9th), but she was feeling much better by Wednesday.

On Saturday, we had another birthday celebration with Jana, Peggy (Grammy Peg), and Justus. Cheesecake was on the menu that night. And Lucy had no trouble deciding that she wanted some of that!

For her third birthday party, Lucy had more friends and family over the following week for a party at her new house. This time I baked – making the infamous carrot cake from our wedding into nut-free birthday cupcakes. We have LOTS of icing leftover.  Lucy seemed to like this cake the best (not that I’m biased or anything) and she was a great host for her three small friends and many growed-up friends too.

Lucy is a great one year old – crawling everywhere, pulling herself up to standing on the edge of the couch, the edge of the bathtub, the edge of the laundry basket, the edge of the suitcases, you name it…..  Wonder what she’ll do next!

So Miss Lucy, I just want to wish you happy birthday one last time.  We’re so lucky to have you with us.  You’ve reminded us how easy it is to be happy and delighted by the world.  All it takes is a wide smile, a few waves and some claps!  I love you, I love you, I love you!

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.

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.

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.


9 Months!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Happy Birthday Lucy Goose! As your Bampa likes to observe, you’ve now been out as long as you were in (give or take). And what a 9 months it has been. Just compare this cellphone picture from November…


…with this cellphone picture from March:


Your hair’s longer. Your face is looking much more child-like (as opposed to baby-like). And though you can’t see it in the pictures, you can be a very chatty kiddo (I especially like “Gog gog gog” – your latest and greatest).

I know that sometimes it’s hard when Momma is nearby and you have to hang out with me instead, but I still think you’re the most amazing little girl. You are so good when we read stories before bed, helping me turn the pages and listening so closely. And when you’re ready to sleep and you nestle your head into my shoulder, I want to hold you all night long… but I have to put you down so you can sleep through the night without distraction.

Happy 9-month Birthday, my Goose!

For those of you following along at home, there’s a whole slew of new pics and videos up:

Oh yeah… she’s mobile! (sort of)

8 months and a day!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Happy Birthday dear Lucy – yesterday you turned 8 months! At some point we’ll stop counting month by month – it might be kind of embarrassing if we insist on celebrating Lucy’s 158th birthday (which would be on August 9th, 2021 in case you were curious). But for now, it’s nice to reflect on how much she has grown in the past month and in the past 8 months.

The biggest (and scariest) milestone is that Lucy is threatening to crawl sometime soon.
Until recently she would fuss every time she ended up on her stomach. Now she can sit with her legs in a near-perfect split, fall forward, and rotate her legs behind her (I remember trying in vain to do this in ballet class) so that she is on her stomach. She has discovered that by being on her stomach she can reach more toys (and books and other things we’d rather she not chew on). Now she is experimenting with bringing her legs under her so that her butt sticks straight up into the air. Perhaps she’s just practicing yoga? Otherwise we have some serious baby-proofing to do around the apartment.

Lucy also loves the big bouncy blue ball that kept her quiet when she was tiny and now keeps her entertained when she is fussy.

And while it may appear that we never bother to get her dressed, it’s only because Lucy is so happy when stripped down to a diaper. She often plays a bit before Eben carries her off for her evening bath time.

Lucy’s food repertoire is also expanding – she has enjoyed having egg and chicken added to her diet and today she tried some yogurt. Last week we added green beans to the list of green vegetables, and we might try some more fruits and broccoli this week and next.

Lucy made new friends on our recent trip to Rochester.

And she continues to enjoy playing with Auden (almost as much as I enjoy having such nice adult company).

After a few tough nights, Lucy is now sleeping almost-through the night. Eben puts her to sleep around 6:30pm, and she’ll sleep until 5am on her own. Often I can feed her and put her back to sleep until 7 or even a little later. It is nice.

Oh, and I almost forgot, on Inauguration Day (January 20th), I noticed that Lucy was getting her fifth tooth – upper left.  Wow!  Still haven’t seen number six, but we expect it’s coming soon!
There she is watching the VP being sworn in.

What a lovely little Lucy we have!

Oh, and the Steelers won the Superbowl. Someone was excited…