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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.

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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!

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

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).

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.

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!

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!

New Skill, New House

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Sorry for the infrequency of posting lately.  Moving has been all consuming (and will be for a couple more days — then on to unpacking).  In the meantime, Lucy decided that she was ready to crawl… today… the day we started moving in earnest.  It’s almost as if she heard us when we asked her to wait until we moved.

I do think that she’s been capable of this for a while, but apparently, today was the day…

Here’s a pic of the house to hold you over until we can post more:

New House!

More soon!

Two Big Days in a Row!

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Today, as you may know, is Lucy’s 10 month birthday! On Sunday, she’ll celebrate her first Easter. She is getting very close to being a full year old, at which point, she’ll have gotten through most of her “first” holidays (including a leap year). In any event, she’s growing up fast:

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[That's Lucy at 4 days, 4 months, 6 months, and 9 months.]

As she grows, she’s starting to change proportion. She’s now hit the stage where the 12-month pants aren’t as tight around the waist and are starting to be the right length for her legs. Her hair also got to the point of being hard to manage (mostly because she would try to eat her barrettes), so we finally gave the Goose a haircut. Here’s a before and after:

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It came out pretty well, I think (mostly Laura’s doing). For these and lots of other pictures, check out Flickr:

The other big news (and one reason for the relative quiet on the blog) is that we’re buying a house! We close tomorrow, so that makes two big days in a row. Here’s a preview:

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We’ll be in the same neighborhood with many wonderful neighbors. More details coming soon!

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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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…

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…with this cellphone picture from March:

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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)

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.