Thursday, November 27, 2008

be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from Mark, Nicole and our little pilgrim!

Monday, November 24, 2008

yum yum, gimme some

Yippee. Another Monday. At least it's a short week, yea? I told you we were going to do it soon. Morgan had her first taste of rice cereal on Saturday. This was the first bite. Despite it's runny texture and bland smell, she gobbled it right up (especially on Sunday when I made it thicker). I think we'll give it a good week, just to make sure it is agreeing with her, then maybe we'll try something fun...like sweet potatoes. I bought this baby food making kit a few months ago and am pretty excited about making Morgan's food. I think I'm going to need a freakin' chest freezer soon. We can't even buy our favorite frozen pizzas anymore because we just don't have room.

We did, however, make room for 2 gallons of apple cider. We made our final trip to the cider mill on Saturday and picked up enough to get us through the winter. Or at least through the week. We also took a little road trip out to Elephant Ears in Ann Arbor. We went there looking for this footmuff for Morgan's Quinny stroller, but left with this footmuff for her carseat. It's super cute - like a little sleeping bag to keep her warm.

Kristin and Troy joined us for dinner at Antonio's on Saturday night. I can't believe for as much as I consumed while I was pregnant, this was the first time we've been there since Morgan was born. And it was as fabulous as I remembered.

Speaking of throwing down (and not throwing up), I hope you are practicing and preparing to eat your fair share on Thanksgiving. Mmm, so excited! It'll probably be quiet around here this week but you know we will be back soon. Happy feasting and being thankful!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Destination: Los Cabos

Our flight is booked and the hotel suite is reserved. In 232 days, Mark, Morgan and I will be boarding a plane to Los Cabos, Mexico for a very special event. Kristin and Troy wasted no time in planning their wedding, a destination wedding no less, at the Dreams Resort and Spa on July 16, 2009.

I am so very excited about this trip. It will be our first beach vacation since we got married in Hawaii almost 5 years ago. Well, we really won't be on the beach. But that doesn't matter because I will probably spend most of our 6 days at the infinity pool above with a foo foo drink in hand. And Morgan will need her first passport for the trip. How cute! She is going to be a jetsetter at such a young age. If all goes according to plan, this won't be her first flight. More about that later.

Now I just need to find the time and motivation to get this jelly belly in bikini shape. HA!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How to Lose 5 Pounds in 24 Hours!

Two words: food poisoning. It's also a great way to ruin a perfectly good weekend! More about that later...

We were all greeted with fun boxes this weekend. After work on Friday, Mark got to open his birthday present and Morgan got a big box of goodies from Aunt Nancy.
She made Morgan this adorable fleece hat (in my favorite green) and got her the Gossie & Friends book series. It wasn't even a week ago that I was eyeing these books at Barnes and Noble and voila, now Morgan gets to enjoy them all! I can't get over the 'ears' on this hat. I don't know what it is about ears on little baby hats and hoodies. It just makes me smile. Thank you so much, Aunt Nancy! I can't wait for you to see Morgan...very soon I hope.

For dinner, Mark chose California Pizza Kitchen. Morgan managed to keep herself occupied while we enjoyed our pizza and drinks, since there was a little boy just 5 days older than her at the next table. It's hard to believe but I think very soon she is going to be ready for a high chair when we go out to eat. She's just got to be in the action.On Saturday we bummed around most of the day, as I was waiting for the FedEx man to deliver my very own package of scrapbook stuff. Woohoo! Not many people can get that excited about a box full of paper. Of course, he didn't show up until after 4pm, but at least Morgan was able to get in a couple good naps by then. For dinner, we chowed down on sushi. Then we stopped at Borders before turning in for the night.

Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of throwing it back up. The sushi that is. Not once, but twice. Not so tasty that way. Damn Philadelphia Roll. At least that is what I think it was. Mark and I shared a plate of sushi, but that was the one roll that I ate all of, except one piece. It didn't hit Mark until later that day, but that one piece left him exhausted and achy. And it left me in a state that I've never experienced before. Well, other than labor. So not fun. Luckily Morgan understood, so we napped.
Needless to say, I am still working on getting my appetite back. And my milk supply. Man did that take a hit. Morgan, on the other hand, must be gearing up for a big growth spurt because her usual 25-30 ounces a day were just not enough the last few days. She's wanted closer to 35-40 ounces! Eck! Perhaps this is another sign she is ready for solids? I think so. So, after being sick and Morgan's feeding frenzy - the freezer stash took quite a hit. I guess that's what it's there for, right?

In this last week, Morgan's new favorite things to do include shaking her blocks, banging things together and making lots of noise (at the top of her lungs no less!). Anyone else would think she is in excruciating pain, until you see the big gummy grin on her face. I think she just likes to hear herself talk!


That brings us to today. I am so looking forward to the short week next week. To Thanksgiving and visiting friends and family. And hey, to all of our Lansing peeps, we are planning on being in town on Friday and/or Saturday. If you want some company, let us know! Anybody? Anybody?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Shoot 'em up!

(Morgan looking sporty, yet fashionable in her new camo hoodie from Uncle Troy)

Good luck to all you hunters out there! I know a little girl who would probably love to get her hands (and gums) on some venison jerky ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy 34th!

Before:
After:
(I tried to get Morgan to hold up this piece of paper, sending birthday wishes to Mark, but she was much more interested in eating it. Yes, it looks like she got a couple decent chunks. No, she didn't. She did, however, voice her dislike for me for taking it away.)

Mark, we hope you have a great birthday and can't wait to spend the weekend with you. At home, there are gifts and ice cream cake waiting for you. XOXO from your girls!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

HELLO!

Look at me!
LOOK AT ME!
Look what I can do!

I can sit up like a big girl. All by myself!
Mommy and daddy are so proud of me.
Buh-bye! XO

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

5 Months Old

21 weeks + 6 days old
152 days old
It's going so fast...
Last Saturday we spent the day with Kristin and Troy. Eating, shopping, bocce...
...and beer. :) EVERYTHING within arms reach requires a taste test by Morgan. But daddy quickly put the kibosh on this one!
(I owe you one more photo. Morgan is going to fit in just fine with her North Channel boyfriends, Boden and Brody, because she now has her very own camouflage hoodie, courtesy of her *soon-to-be* Uncle Troy. Eat your heart out boys, she's not all city girl! Morgan also narrowly escaped the clutches of Uncle Shaun and his efforts at styling her hair into a fashionable mohawk. Now we know our ice cream run will just have to wait. Sigh.)

Our attempt to put Morgan to bed unswaddled couldn't have gone better. Tonight is night #4 and I thought for sure she would fight us and refuse to be put down without it. But she surprised me! She loved her swaddle. Loved = past tense. Now she loves to sleep like a big girl. She is free to move and spin 180 degrees and lay on her side and suck her fingers. All without a peep. Phew! She is sleeping like a champ, even with the earlier bedtime after the time change. 11 hours, 12 hours, who's counting?

One of our next big milestones includes starting solid foods. I'd like to wait until Morgan is 6 months old, especially because of her inherited risk to allergies. (She did get a gold star after playing in the leaves last week though.) But, we might just try a little something during the year's biggest feast - Thanksgiving! So so excited about that. Until then, we will keep you posted. XO

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Did you do it?

Did you vote yet?
I hope so.

Mark and I stopped at our polling location this morning between dropping off the babe at school and going to work. It took about an hour, but as voter number 115 in Precinct 2, I am pretty excited. And hopeful. We are choosing a new president today. Finally a new president. I'm fairly certain I will be glued to the tube tonight to watch the outcome as the polls close.

Tomorrow, Morgan will be 5 months old. Seriously, 5 months. WOW. I hope to have something fun to share. In the meantime, now that we are gearing up for the holiday season, I've been thinking about what they will be like with a little one in tow. Other than all about her. I'm thinking about what the holidays really mean and what kind of family traditions we might want to start. I know she is a little young to know what is going on, but I don't think it's too early to begin creating some wonderful memories. Feel free to share your family traditions or any cute ideas you may have. I'm all ears, or eyes.