Mommy and Lily’s morning strolls

 

Oh sleep. Why are you so precious and yet so elusive these days? I knew sleep was a major topic in the world of babies, but I had no idea HOW completely and utterly devastating it is (both physically and emotionally) when you can’t figure it out. We’ve spent the last 6 months trying to figure out how to get Lily on a good sleep schedule. We’ve made enormous strides in nighttime sleep but naps are still all over the map and lately she’s been in a wake-up-at-the-unholy-crack-of-dawn phase.

 

In order to encourage a long first nap we’ve been going on a lot of morning walks. Whether it is successful on any given day is hit or miss, but the late summer/early autumn weather has been lovely and I’ve really enjoyed bundling Lily up in her wrap and exploring our neighborhood with her.

 

We finally found a walking path from our house to a beach!

 

 

Lily is fascinated by sheep. Well…any animal really, but sheep are in good supply around these parts. A little while ago a bird migration flew through the area and she couldn’t stop staring wide-eyed as the big black cloud of birds undulated in and out of the fields chirping loud enough to wake the dead.

 

 

Lily: 7 months old

 

 

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Campouts, glaciers and the tallest mountain in the Northland
Chris is the Young Men’s President in our ward/church congregation and back in August (yes I know…still catching up! It’s a never-ending battle) he and the youth went up north Jotunheimen National Park for a dual-stake campout for all the LDS youth in Norway. It was 5 full days packed with 10 hour drives, lots of gear, campfire food,  devotionals, treks across glaciers and summiting Galdhøpiggen: the tallest mountain in Northern Europe.
Tethering together to prepare to cross the Styggebreen glacier.
The summit of Galdhøpiggen
The view from the tip top of Northern Europe!
Devotional/testimony meeting.
Represent!
Building temples out of woodland materials.
The end of an adventure. 

 

 

Around the bakery with Lily these days

 

Lily has been such a trooper coming to work with me as much as she does. On paper it’s super adorable that she gets to grow up in a cake shop, but in practice it’s different every single day. Some days are great and she’s happy, cheerful, well-napped and content to play with her toys. Other days (usually Fridays, our busiest day of the week) she’s overtired and refuses to let me put her down anywhere, which makes it extremely difficult (and stressful) to decorate cakes on a deadline. I’ve learned to do a lot of things one handed!

 

It’s definitely a big challenge, but I love that I get to spend so much time with her, even on the cranky days. It’s such a blessing to watch her be social, explore the shop and interact with our customers.

 

Munching on our baking tools. She also enjoys banging cake tins, scrunching pastry bags, and pulling apart cupcake cases. Someday we’ll figure out how to turn all of this into useful labor ;)

 

bakerybabe2Mommy’s little “helper” during photoshoots.

 

Enjoying a playtime break in her playpen.

 

bakerybabe

 

Slikkepotten hat and Harry Potter shirt. This girl is definitely MY daughter :)

 

On particularly busy days Chris will come hang out with Lily after he gets off of work so that I can have an extra hour of Lily-free time to finish up projects. This is Lily’s “Daddy is tickling me!” face and it melts my heart every time I look at it!

 

I just love my little bakery buddy!
Misc August
Just a few (ok fine…a lot of) favorite photos from August:


Beets are scary looking when they are all cut up. 
Lily is obsessed with mirrors. Every time we pass the one in the halls at church she gets so excited!
Waiting for mom and dad to PLEASE be done talking so she can go home. It apparently starts young.
These are not chocolate waffles. Whoops….

 

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