Sunday, April 09th, 2017 / ChrisandChelsea
I CANNOT believe my little girl is so grown up already! We kept her birthday simple this year because of pregnancy, jet lag, and the insanity of Christmas in the US so we celebrated with just the three of us. We wanted to put the focus all on Lily because we knew it would be one of our last big family events before little brother arrived to steal the show. In fact, their due dates were a day apart so we were praying that the baby wouldn’t come on her birthday. When we reached the point in the evening where we knew even if labor started he would still be born the next day we both heaved a big sigh of relief! Lily gets to keep her special day all to herself :)
I made her special birthday pancakes with rainbow sprinkles for breakfast, she went to barnehage so they could celebrate with her there (she got a special handmade birthday crown that she refused to take off and subsequently left a trail of glitter all over the house wherever she went), we looked at the photos from the day she was born together, did a bunch of her favorite things (read books, dance to music, color, build with blocks) and we had a birthday dinner of Thai salmon with coconut rice and strawberry-banana cream pie for dessert! I had originally asked her what her very favorite food was that she wanted to eat for her birthday dinner and she said, “Oatmeal!!” This girl loves her oatmeal and could literally eat it for every meal of the day without getting sick of it. And at this point she already was eating it almost every morning for breakfast so we opted for slightly fancier salmon, which we knew was pretty high up on her favorites list too. Dessert was strawberry-banana cream pie because Lily LOVES berries. Any and all kinds. Oh, and rainbow sprinkles again, because she was (and still is) a little obsessed with her “birthday sprinkles!”
(Full disclosure… I bought this cupcake instead of baking it. Sorry Lily! Super-pregnant exhausted mamma didn’t have time or energy to bake a single cupcake and since the bakery is closing I couldn’t just grab one from there. There ARE certain things I will miss about owning the bakery and easy access to leftover cake at almost any time is high on that list! But thankfully she didn’t notice or care :) and I DID add the rainbow sprinkles!)
“I’m two years old!”
We sure love you little girl! I’m so happy I get to be your mommy! You are such a joy!
Monday, March 27th, 2017 / ChrisandChelsea
Thursday, November 12th, 2015 / ChrisandChelsea
I came home from work one day to this scene: Chris dozing off while watching a baby show on YouTube with Lily. I feel this photo accurately sums up parenthood during these first months.
Happy baby ready for dinner.
Lily gets the biggest kick out of splashing the raindrops around on our car windows.
We did something dumb. Lily’s baby book has a space for hand and footprints. They don’t do them in the hospital as newborns here so you have to do them on your own and of course by the time we actually remembered to buy an ink pad she was 7 months old already. We thought, “better late than never!” and gave it a shot. Bad idea. Squirmy baby + black ink = a baby book with huge smears on the pages that vaguely resemble hand prints and a baby, daddy and mommy that are covered with ink stains. This picture doesn’t do the damage justice.
Lily loves strumming the guitar and ukulele and I love to think we are bonding over our music time together :)
Happy and cheerful after her nap. (For those of you who have asked, the pajama thing she’s wearing is a Zippadeezip
. This girl was addicted to her swaddle until she was over 6 months so we got her a Zippadeezip to try to help her transition out of it. It thankfully worked and her swaddle is long gone now, but she still loves the Zippadeezip and mommy and daddy love their sleep so it has stuck around.)
Chomping on zucchini.
As soon as she hit 6 months old Lily started going through a MAJOR mommy phase. Nobody was allowed to hold her or give her attention except for mommy. While it was cute at first, 2 months later a continuously fussy baby who won’t give her poor mom a break starts to wear you down. It made work at the bakery really difficult. She suddenly decided she didn’t want to nap at work unless I was holding and rocking her the entire time and when she was awake she refused to be put down or held by anyone else. If I did manage to get her to play on her own, as soon as she thought I MIGHT walk around a corner, even if it was only for 10 seconds, a meltdown would ensue. The photo above is the result of Chris getting her out of her carseat and walking 30 seconds to our front door. Poor guy has felt like chopped liver. Everyone keeps saying, “Oh this is such a fun age!” but I can’t say I agree with them. We’re ready for this stage to be over…
But luckily she still has her fun/adorable moments here and there! :)
Sunday, November 08th, 2015 / ChrisandChelsea
Before I had a baby of my own, I thought photos of babies with food stuck all over themselves were gross. But like soooo many other things, once it’s your own:
baby + spaghetti = adorable and hilarious
She wasn’t dextrous enough to keep most of the noodles in her mouth long enough to gum them to death, but she managed to lick the tomato sauce off and sure seemed to enjoy it!