A Picnic Lunch

We have been having such lovely weather lately here in Portland! Today, Colette and I had a picnic lunch outside after our music class. There was so much to see (people walking, people walking dogs, people running, people riding bikes, people riding motorcycles, people trimming hedges, cars, and a motor home).

Watching a Car Pull Up and Park

Watching a Car Pull Up and Park

Plus this was her first time eating chicken, which she happily ate along with her yams.

First Time Eating Chicken (with Yams)

First Time Eating Chicken (with Yams)

She really seemed to enjoy herself and I know I did!



9 Months!

Dear Colette,

You turned 9 months old about a week and a half ago, on March 28th. Yep, 9 months old already. I feel like I say this all the time, but I can’t believe how fast time is moving these days!

You have made so many leaps in the past couple of months and are clearly on the verge of so many more. Like crawling. You’re not there yet, but you’ve been scooting around the house backwards, doing push-ups, and maneuvering turns for the past few weeks.

Push-ups So Dang Cute

It seems like overnight you went from complete resistance to being on your belly to happily hanging out that way and pushing yourself around backwards. Seriously, one day you were rolling over to your back every time we put you down on your belly and the next you were pushing up to all fours, rocking back and forth, and moving around the room. Of course you can’t see where you’re going so you sometimes end up stuck, but you’re figuring it out.

Stuck-2 Stuck-1

And you love to shake and eat your maraca. You can even make it pop! And your facial expressions have gained some more range. You regularly make the face of shock and awe, plus there’s the new squinty face.

***You should turn up your volume to really get the full effect of her antics in these and the rest of the videos in this post.***

I introduced you to the swings about a month and a half ago. You weren’t really a fan the first time you tried it.

First Time Alone on the Swing

But now you love to swing at the park!

Happy Swinging

You love to blow raspberries and can manage to make spitting look cute.

You are eating more foods these days. You like pureed carrots, squash, pears, sweet potatoes, prunes, pears+raspberries, and pears+mango. Plus I’ve given you tiny bits of some non-pureed foods like banana and mango. You suck the juice out of satsuma pieces (while I hold on as tight as I can so you don’t suck the thing right out of my fingers and into your little throat!) and you like to lick lemon and lime slices. I’ve also give you large apple slices to gnaw on, which you love. But I have to keep my eye on you because your little gums are strong and, to my surprise, you manage to gnaw off chunks that are too big for you to swallow. Usually you spit them out, but sometimes I have to go digging around to get them out of your mouth. You have had a few rather unpleasant encounters with oatmeal and peas, so we’re avoiding those for now. It seems you are probably allergic to them, which is unfortunate because you like eating them. Hopefully it’s something you will outgrow.

Eating Apple

You like to play peek-a-boo.

You love splashing around and watching the waterfalls I make by pouring water out of a cup during bath time.

Bath Time

You are still working on creating good sleep habits, but you are sleeping in your own bed in your own room these days and your Dad and I generally don’t have to hold you for naps anymore.

Sweet Slumber

You love eating your toes.

Tasty Toes

In fact, you put everything in your mouth.

Blue Cup

You are noticing new things every day. For instance, the shadow of your Daddy’s hand.

Trying to touch Daddy's shadow hand

And you love watching your Daddy play the guitar for you.

Colette and Daddy on Guitar-1

Colette and Daddy on Guitar-2

Even better is when he lets you play with the guitar!

You are such a joy to have in our lives and we love you so very, very much!

Sunshine & Smiles

Being Cute

Colette and Mama

Funny Face

Beautiful Baby

Time Flies!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted anything! And I can’t believe Colette is 8.5 months old already! I have so many photos from the past month and she’s doing all kinds of cool new things, but I’ll just post a quick picture from earlier this week for now. Hopefully it will tide you all over until I can go through the pictures and get another post up with more detail about what’s been going on lately.

Colette and the Spring Blossoms

Winter Wonderland

We don’t get snow very often in Portland. Maybe once or twice a year, if that. So when we do, it pretty much shuts things down. Especially when we get several inches in a few hours, like we did yesterday afternoon. As I write this, it is snowing again and we are supposed to get several more inches. In between storms, Zakk went out to shovel the driveway and sidewalks late this morning and then we all walked down to the grocery store at the end of the street.

Zakk touches Colette's nose with snow

Zakk touches Colette’s nose with snow

Out for a snowy walk to the grocery store

Out for a snowy walk to the grocery store

Zakk teaching Colette how to write her name in the snow

Zakk teaching Colette how to write her name in the snow

Rocket definitely seemed to notice the snow more this time than she did when we got a little bit back at the beginning of December.

She loves to stand. So, of course, she just locked her legs and stood there when I tried to sit her in the snow.

She loves to stand. So, of course, she just locked her legs and stood there when I tried to sit her in the snow.

Giving her an up close and personal look at the white, powdery stuff that has taken over our little part of the world.

Giving her an up close and personal look at the white, powdery stuff that has taken over our little part of the world.

I finally got a smile out of this tired little one!

I finally got a smile out of this tired little one!

She was tired and ready for a nap when we made these videos, so it was hard to get much of a reaction out of her. But she did seemed intrigued by the transformation the neighborhood had undergone from all the cold, powdery white stuff.


Now I don’t want to point fingers as to where this might have come from, but my Mom did fly in on Tuesday (along with the drop in temperatures and some snow flurries) and she did come from Ohio where they have been having a terrible winter full of snow and subfreezing temperatures. Maybe there is no connection, but it seems suspicious.

Colette happily wrapped in Grammy's scarf

Colette happily wrapped in Grammy’s scarf

On a sad note, it appears there was a casualty in this snowstorm. I noticed our pond looked empty when Colette and I peeked out her bedroom window to see the snow yesterday afternoon. Then Zakk went outside and confirmed that our pond was indeed empty and the pump was not functioning. We aren’t sure where the water went, but we believe our giant yellow catfish Mustachio could not have survived. Unless there is more water underneath that snow than we think. Only time will tell for sure.

Therin lies the mystery

Therin lies the mystery

What A Difference A Day Makes

Sunday started out quite nicely. We had a good morning at home and then went out to have lunch with our dear friends Alex, Dani, Felix, and Archer at a new pizza place. The food was delicious, the company was even better, and we all enjoyed a nice couple of hours hanging out together. Then we went home and Rocket napped in my arms. She woke up hungry, I fed her, and then she pooped. So I called Zakk up from the basement and told him his daughter had a present for him. And it was a doozy. He changed her and stood her up on the changing table, at which point she proceeded to puke all over him and herself. Now, this was not a normal spit-up. This was projectile vomiting. And it was disgusting. And a little scary. And quite surprising. She had seemed totally fine up until she ejected the milk, prunes, and oatmeal that were in her tummy. She was in decent spirits, if a little bewildered, and we thought she was done, so we moved her to the bathtub. And then she puked some more. And then some more. We did our best to clean her up, but she kept throwing up more. So Zakk wrapped her in a towel and she cuddled into her Daddy’s arms. He held her while she alternately rested and vomited. I called her pediatrician and got some advice. She said to watch her for awhile to see if she improved and gave me an opportunity to feed her, but not to wait too long before taking her to the ER because a baby her age can dehydrate easily. I felt helpless, so I cleaned. After nearly two hours, she was still throwing up, she was very lethargic, and we knew it was time to call in reinforcements. So off we went to the ER of the nearby children’s hospital. They gave her an anti-nausea pill and then we started feeding her tiny amounts of pedialyte.

Sick Baby

She stopped vomiting, but had a massive diarrhea. I can’t even tell you how weird this diaper was. But the ER doc said it was just the virus working its way through her system. We kept giving her the pedialyte and she kept it all down and seemed ever so slightly less lethargic than when we arrived, so we were sent home after a couple of hours with a very sleepy, but no longer pukey, baby. It was a long night of short bursts of sleep for me and then fighting to stay awake so I could breastfeed her for 2 minutes so as not to overwhelm her tummy, wait 20 minutes, feed her for another 2 minutes, wait another 20 minutes, feed her for another 20 minutes, and then rest for a couple of hours. By about 7:30am Monday morning, she was able to give us a smile. And she kept getting progressively better from there. There were still a few more poo explosions, but she was laughing, playing, and acting like herself again by the afternoon.

Recovering Baby

It was scary, sad, and exhausting. I have never seen my baby girl so lifeless as after she had been throwing up for a few hours. She felt like a rag doll in my arms. But we all survived. And she is better now. And I hope we don’t have to go through that ever again. Or at least not for a long time. But preferably never.

Starting The New Year Off With A Roll

Colette is rolling over! She has been so close to doing this on her own for awhile now and she chose January 1 to debut her new skill. It has taken several days to get a video of her doing it, but I finally captured her rolling from her tummy to her back this morning. You’ll see in the video that she is protesting quite a bit because she had already done it once and then I put her back onto her tummy to make her do it again. Clearly she didn’t like that.

She hasn’t rolled from her back to her tummy yet, but that isn’t surprising to us considering she doesn’t love being on her tummy. She’s getting better about it though. Here’s a cute photo of her enjoying being on her tummy this evening.

Colette happy on her tummy

Happy Half Birthday!

Can you believe Colette is 6 months old already?!?! Here are some photos from this evening. You can see in the second one that she is sitting up pretty well by herself! And the second to last one shows that she still loves bath time. We are so very blessed to have her in our lives and look forward to watching her grow and learn even more in the next 6 months.

Looking dapper in Daddy's hat Daddy & Rocket Sweet Baby Girl Bathing Beauty Mama & Colette

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