Friday, April 24, 2009

Three Months

Wow, time is just racing by. Emily is now three months old. We are constantly learning about each other, and here are some of the things I've figured out:
  • Emily is absolutely obsessed with her thumbs. Which I think is absolutely marvelous because it means she can sooth herself back to sleep at night. But she's still working on her coordination, and she spends many, many hours practicing getting her hands to her mouth. Too funny.
  • Emily loves praise. It used to be impossible to get her to burp - until I started getting excited and congratulating her when she did. Now she lets out a luscious burp nearly every time.
  • Emily is a true night owl. She's been sleeping for 7-11 hours straight recently, which is spectacular, but she only does it if she goes to bed after midnight (sounds a bit like her parents in college, huh?). If she goes to bed at 10, she's up at 11, and usually several times after that. Try as I may, I call it a success if she is down for the night before 1 am. But at least I don't have anywhere I have to be most mornings, so I just sleep in.
  • Emily is very, very observant. She loves to just sit in her chair or carseat and watch what the world is doing around her.
  • Emily is incredibly sweet. She smiles at me or Rob when we come to get her when she wakes up in the morning, and she gives Rob a big smile when he comes home and will make her "talking" noises at him. She is very, very good natured, and I am very grateful for that.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

To Facebook, or not to Facebook - that is the question of the day

I remember when Facebook first arrived at my university. I thought about setting up an account, but it struck me as a very "undergrad" thing to do, and I decided I was too old for something like that. And I think my brother was the only person I knew on it at that time, and I could just call him to see what he was up to.

Years later, I no longer have the "I'm too old for it" excuse - I even have a grandmother on Facebook. But I'm still resisting setting up an account, and trying to decide if it makes me a curmudgeon. There are some people I would genuinely like to keep up with that I know are on Facebook. But truth be told, there are plenty of people I don't want to reconnect with. Not that I hate them or anything, but I feel like we just don't have much in common anymore, and beyond the initial "oh, that's what you've been up to" moment, it would just be awkward. And it just sounds like a lot of effort. Just keeping up my blog and goodreads is about all the online energy I want to invest, and I'm nervous I'll become a Facebook addict like so many people I know.

So what do you guys think? Should I give in to the trend? Do you have an account, and do you find it worthwhile? And am I just overly worrying about the awkwardness of connecting with people I didn't even hang out with often when we went to high school together? How much time do you spend on Facebook? Is it the kind of thing I would enjoy?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Rob!

Today is Rob's birthday, and I love the chance it gives me to let me know how much I appreciate him. :) I know I've written many tributes to Rob in the past, so I'll keep it short, but at least it will be a change for those of you that are sick of talking about babies.
I'm so darn lucky to have him in my life, and even luckier that he is my husband. He is kind, funny, always learning something new and interesting, hard-working, thoughtful, grateful, talented, and I'm a better person for being with him. The past year has been a crazy time full of all kinds of changes, and he has just been a rock through all of them. I love that no matter what turns life takes, we'll be going through them together. Happy birthday Rob!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Unfinished Business

Despite the fact my blogging has dropped off somewhat as of late, I actually write more often than it appears I do. I just don't post them all. Usually it is because I get distracted mid-way and then forget I'd written it in the first place, sometimes I realize halfway through that it isn't terribly interesting, and occassionally I chicken out and decide it is too personal to post in a public forum. So I thought it would be amusing to tease you with the titles of the posts I've at least partially written in 2009 but never posted (because I was too lazy to go any further back than that). Enjoy!
  • I Know I'm Loved
  • Pictures, Pictures, Pictures
  • Little Women
  • Women's History Month!
  • 3000 Books?
  • On Faith

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Career Change

I just realized that I had never announced here that I am officially a stay-at-home mom. We did some number crunching, and I'm happy to say that we think we can work it out, at least for the time being. It was a little scary walking away from such a good, secure, and flexible job arrangement, especially in this economic climate, but it feels like the right thing to do. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to be such a big part of Emily's development, and I'm excited to get to spend this time with her.

In other news, we did our first overnight trip since Emily was born and spent a good part of Easter weekend in Baltimore with the Charles. Emily slept so well at night that I considered moving in with them in hopes that it would repeat (just kidding, Cristie). Actually, Emily has been sleeping like a pro recently. Love it. This picture is the Charles boys' tribute to Rodin's Thinker at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I loved, loved, loved spending time in an art museum, and the museum had a very good collection. Emily let Andy Warhol know in no uncertain terms what she thought of his "Last Supper" by having a major poop blowout in front of it. Either that, or she was so inspired by the modern art collection she tried to create her own. Other highlights of the weekend were the celebration of my being able to eat dairy again (oh, life is good), hearing Rob & Ben perform the guitar song they created together, and being there when Sammy finished "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and getting to talk to him about it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blossoms, Conference, and Crime

Life has been a fabulous, fun whirl of activity recently. Here are some of the highlights.

While my dad was still here in town, we met up with Cristie and her family at the National Building Museum for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I love that our extended families get along so well (Sammy was even calling my dad "Grandpa Bob"). We got to see some crazy breakdancing (for lack of a better word) and awesome Japanese drumming.

Emily's cousins love her, and she even smiled for Sammy and Ben. I love that Emily has cousins so close to her in age and location right now.

On Saturday, we went to watch LDS General conference with Pretty Mahana and her family. Emily and Bumpkin interacted a little, and it was fun to see Emily be fascinated by another baby.

Miss Independent is in town, and she came over to watch conference with us on Sunday. I really, really love living somewhere that people come to visit.

On Monday, we met up with Miss Independent and some of her friends and went to the Museum of Crime and Punishment. It was really fun to learn about famous criminals throughout the ages, our criminal justice system, and the workings of CSIs. However ...

... :) I guess things got a little too crazy. Is 10 weeks to early to wind up behind bars?