Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Goob can Move!

So it's root, root, root for the Cubbies!

On Friday we went to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. It was a first for both Big Papa and our little Goober. We had a great time riding the train into the city, taking the Subway (or the EL when it gets out of the ground), and watching some baseball. Even though they didn't win, we still had lots of fun!
First Happy Meal!

Ready to take the Subway

Amazing seats! Thanks!

Our little family ready to watch the game!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hungry, Hungry, Goober

Lovin' dinner time!
Our little Goober loves to eat. I've known that about her since she was just two days old, which for me, a new to nursing mommy, meant a really long night of soreness and pinching pain. But we figured that whole thing out and she became a nursing champion. For her first six months of life she only had breast milk and would eat every two hours during the day. She gained weight super well and would get lots of compliments on her "comfy" physique.

Once we added solids, I worried because she just wasn't interested. Rice cereal -- yuck! Pureed peas -- blech. But, we eventually got her eating sweet potatoes, green beans, and yummy pureed fruits to great success. Now, as a nine, almost ten month old, she won't touch the pre-mashed baby food, preferring to eat "big-girl foods". This is just fine with me -- she has eight teeth and can handle a little chew/mash action, and saves us money not having to buy all those jars! Some of her favorite foods are:
Oh, and did I mention she loves mashed potatoes?

-- frozen peas
-- cooked carrots
-- cottage cheese
-- yogurt
-- turkey
-- oatmeal with cinnamon-sugar
-- bananas
-- popsicles
-- animal crackers
-- and of course: cheerios

Finger lickin' good!

Today was a particularly adventurous food day. I made a blackberry and blueberry smoothie for a mid-morning snack and thought I'd give her a taste. I used my straw to ladle some of it into her mouth, but she just latched right on to it and sucked it all out. At that point Goobie and I just took turns sipping our yummy smoothie from the straw (so cute). Then for lunch, Grandma spoiled us with a trip to Panera Bread. I figured I'd just get her some bread or give her pieces of the meat from my sandwich, but we decided to be brave and order her some mac n' cheese. She LOVED it.

I love that my little Goob loves to eat, but it's hard to tell when she's full. She swallows her food then opens up her little mouth like a baby bird ready for the next bite. Today, I knew that she shouldn't be eating the whole bowl of macaroni since it's portioned for a 3-4 year old, but she just kept asking for more! Her eyes are definitely bigger than her stomach.
"Mom! Do you like see food?"

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hello there!

When we started this blog, I vowed I would never let it go stagnant. But, life happens, and our lives have been very busy! Ready for an update?

- Our Goober is mobile! She crawls all over the place at lightening speeds and loves walking around when holding onto hands. She has taken some steps but nothing too major (whew, I'm not ready for a walker yet!). She seems much happier now that she can get around, though it's made me realize just how non-baby-proof the world is.
With my AMAZING teacher

- I had my senior recital. A lot of hard work, long hours, and tears went into its preparation, and I was thrilled with the results. I loved being on that stage in front of my friends, family, and teachers, singing some of the most beautiful music in the world. I also was grateful to sing two duets with my handsome hubby (he's such a rock star!).  

With Cheesecake Mama's parents
- Big Papa and I have graduated! After five years of hours and hours of practicing, studying, and stressing out, we both received our BM's in Vocal Performance (isn't it funny how our lives seem to center around poop jokes, even when our baby isn't involved?).

Sorry, I had to do a BM joke. When Big Papa was filling out all of his applications for law school, he could never remember what degree he was getting. I think that most of his applications say that he was getting a BFA (bachelors of fine arts). But I always reminded him about our poop degree!!!

With Big Papa's family
Anyway, graduation was wonderful. Big Papa and I both got a bit emotional during convocation when we sang "Because I Have Been Given Much." We truly have been blessed and given so much during our time at Brigham Young University. We've had incredible teachers who've cared deeply about our progress and personal lives. We've had classes that have inspired us to be forever learning. And having had all of these things, we're excited to share what we've learned and what we've become with those around us wherever we go.

- We moved! An hour after graduation, we were feverishly packing and cleaning up our old apartment with a tight deadline hanging over our heads. With a lot of help and sweat from both our families, we were able to pass our check out appointment with flying colors -- she said ours was the best one all day.

We spent that next weekend at Big Papa's parent's house and had a nice time celebrating Easter and getting a few last minute things done. We didn't realize how many loose ends needed to be tied up before we could leave the state. Monday morning was spent running errands all over town. As soon as we finished, we said a teary goodbye to Big Papa's family.

Then, we left.

It was surreal seeing the mountains disappear, knowing that we wouldn't be back for a good long while. But there wasn't a lot of time to ponder with an almost 9 month old in the back seat, obviously equally traumatized at leaving her mountain home. She had one good day of travel, when she slept all day, but whenever she was awake she would howl. We're grateful the trip is over and we don't have to do that again (at least not for a while).

- Now we're all settled into our summer home, living with my parents in the Midwest. Goober has loved exploring the new house (much bigger than the old apartment) though we have to watch her closely as she's discovered both stairs and the pebbles in the fireplace (yum!). Big Papa and I have enjoyed jogging together every morning around a lake. I had to jog around that lake during high school, but it's a lot more fun doing it now with my husband.

That's all for now!