Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What the Funk?

Hey everyone! Been in a bit of a blog funk lately. Let's see if I can catch you up on the past couple weeks.

We got everything squared away with the Jetta - filed the insurance claim, got the police report and repair estimate - and Mark took it in to the shop to be repaired on Saturday. Even with the holidays, we may be so lucky to get it back this week! I'm not going to get my hopes up though. At least it's good timing. Mark is off for the next two weeks and today is my last day until January 5th, so even though we got a junker (ahem, I mean free loaner), we can live without two cars right now. And, it's just in time for me to turn in the Jetta. The lease is just about up and one of the things on our to-do list for next week is to go car shopping. I'm pretty excited to get a new ride. The auto show is just around the corner too. In the past, I usually only tag along with Mark when we were looking for new cars. Perhaps we'll make a trip this year. Although, Mark really wants to go to the one in Chicago in February. And I {heart} Chicago!Our Christmas shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and believe it or not, we haven't opened any gifts yet! None! In past years, Mark and I have been notorious for opening our gifts for each other as early as a week before the 25th! Not this year though. The temptation has been there, that's for sure, but we have promised we are going to wait until Christmas morning. So far, so good. Morgan has been pretty intrigued by the gifts under the tree, but even more so by the twinkling tree that is just her size.I think if Christmas were still a month away, or Morgan was a month older, there would be no Christmas tree because this little girl is about to take off and run away. She is thisclose to crawling and getting into everything. **Note to self: time to childproof!** She can get up on her knees from the sitting position (and back up to sit down again) but hasn't quite figured out what to do with her feet.And that's not the only thing that is on the verge. Morgan also has a tooth that is about to sprout. It looks like her first tooth is going to be her lower right one and it is about to pop right through those sore little gums. So, all bets are on. What's going to happen first - getting her first tooth or destroying everything in sight and running away from home?Eating solids has been a fun little adventure so far. Morgan has tried peas (not so much), butternut squash (yum!) and sweet potatoes (double yum!). We are still taking it slow with one new food a week and she's doing really well. She does have some new tricks up her sleeve though. Morgan likes to grab the spoon from us as she's eating. Or, scoop the food off the spoon with her hands and smear it on the table/high chair/her clothes. Or, turn around in her chair and chew on the straps and chair back. Lovely, eh? (It must be the teething thing. We went out for Thai food a couple weekends ago and all Morgan wanted to do was eat the edge of the table. I'm sure it was delicious. Um, no. Sitting on my lap didn't work either as she just grabbed a handful of my pineapple fried rice. Yikes! I should have told her there are peas in it.) Even though it is a two-person job to feed her at night (one to feed, one to distract her and hold her hands away from the spoon), she still cracks me up. She can do no wrong.

Last weekend the Christmas festivities began. On Saturday, we drove out to Eagle for the Reaves Christmas party. Lots of food, hanging out, games and presents for the great-grandchildren.Morgan got her first taste of opening gifts, literally. She was much more interested in boxes and wrapping paper than the soft and fuzzy stuffed animal.
And Morgan got to see her cousin Selah again. She just loves being around other little kids and watching the big kids run around and play.On Sunday, we celebrated Christmas with Grammy and Grandpa Goulding, Uncle Nick, Uncle Derek, Uncle Pat and Mason. After a delicious brunch, we opened gifts and then Morgan and I took a much needed nap.That brings us to today. As for the rest of this week, we are going to hang low on Christmas Eve - maybe watch some movies and have a nice dinner. On Christmas morning we are going to celebrate with just the three of us - our first Christmas as a family - eat some yummy breakfast, open gifts and play, play, play. We have plans to be in Lansing again that afternoon to celebrate with Mark's dad and then back home to be with my family on Friday.

Then, a WHOLE week off. I'm thrilled about that! I'll try not to be a stranger. Easier said than done though. Until then, have a Merry Christmas! XO from the three of us. :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

At 6 Months...

Morgan weighs 16 pounds and is 27 1/4 inches long. Her appointment this afternoon went really well and Morgan's doctor was impressed with her development so far. Everything looks great!We had both a productive and eventful weekend. Friday night I put up our little Christmas tree and some decorations. I think we are going to need to pull the tree off the floor is a certain little girl keeps scooching around like she is. On Saturday, Mark and I got some Christmas shopping done while Gramm watched Morgan for a few hours. Later, I made some baby food for Morgan and no bake cookies for Mark and I.

We should have just stayed home on Sunday. We got an early start - breakfast, laundry and naps all before 10am and then went out to Whole Foods for groceries. On our way home we got rear-ended. Thankfully, the three of us are okay - we're just dealing with sore necks and headaches. And the Jetta was left in driveable condition. I was surprised to see what little damage was done after scrambling out of the car to check Morgan and seeing a totaled Cavalier behind us. Yeah for German engineering!

We tried not to let the accident ruin our day, so we continued on with our plans to go out to Right Start at Partridge Creek to buy Morgan's high chair (shh...it's a Christmas gift). Our trip was super successful - we got the high chair,
a baby rail, a free stuffed animal, 10% off because of a teeny scratch in the finish plus a $25 gift card because of how much we spent. Sweet! Mark put it together tonight and it's adorable. Now Mark and I just need to make a better effort to eat at the table, not on the couch :)

We stopped at Kristin and Troy's for a short visit and dinner, but because of a stomachache, nothing really sounded good so they got pizza and I got a chocolate shake. Unfortunately the only way to get rid of this stomachache was to throw up. Again and again and again. I don't know what the heck is going on...stomach bug, food poisoning again? It was a miserable night and now I'm looking for some much needed sleep. I think I'm going to go join Morgan now and hit the sack. G'night and have a good week!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy 1/2 Birthday Morgan!

Our baby girl is 6 months old today. She has her next doctors appointment and third round of vaccinations on Monday afternoon so I will share her new stats then. I'm excited to see how much she's grown the last two months. She has been eating and drinking so much in the last few weeks.

This week has been full of baby gibber-gabber.
Morgan is making lots of "d" and "g" sounds, and an occasional 'uh oh!' Apparently Morgan and Lola like to talk to each other at school, in increasingly higher volumes. I think they like to see who can be louder! And for some reason, 4am has become a good time for her to practice her new vocabulary. It's hard not to laugh at her, but we have to be quiet since she is still only a few feet away from us. Luckily, she usually just rolls over and falls back asleep. Usually.

Morgan is loving her rice cereal. She likes to grab our hand or the spoon if we aren't feeding her fast enough :) Sometimes I think she just likes to chew on the spoon. And yippee...no signs of allergies. So,
I plan to make some baby food this weekend. I'm thinking peas and sweet potatoes. Nummy num!

K, I'm out! Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hello December

What a nice long weekend. I hope yours was as enjoyable as ours was.

For Thanksgiving, the three of us, along with Kristin and Troy, went to my parents for football, lots of yummy food and catching up. This year, instead of the 6 of us exchanging Christmas gifts with each other, we decided to play 'Secret Santa' and on Thursday we picked our names. I think it's going to be a lot of fun - hopefully everything stays secret until December 25th.

The gift giving is already (well, I should say still) in full effect as far as Morgan is concerned. My parents got a highchair for Morgan to use when we are visiting them.Now that she is sitting up, she no longer has to be confined to the floor while we are eating dinner. She loved being at the table with us, gnawing away at her stuffed pea and carrot.

Friday, we headed to Lansing. We visited Mark's dad, stepmom and family and ended the day at Mark's mom's house for dinner and a sleepover.We visited and played and Morgan got to hang with her cousin, Mason. She was pretty mesmerized by him. Either that or she was annoyed. I'm not sure if that is a 'hey, you're pretty cool' look or a 'hey, get your hands off my rattle' look. :)
Regardless, I think they both got a kick out of each other!

On Saturday, we got to visit with Tim, Andrea and Brody, Dave, Angie and Boden. Dave had a little photoshoot with the kiddos so now we finally have some pictures of the North Channel babes. They were all very cooperative, even if they were each doing there own thing. This is one of my favorite shots of the three of them. (from left to right: Brody - 4 months, Boden - 7 months, Morgan - almost 6 months) Pretty sweet!

Sunday was our usual lazy day with a dash of grocery shopping. Afterwards, we were going to make a run to Whole Foods for a little produce so I can start making Morgan's food, but instead she decided she needed a third nap. So Mark went out in the slush/snow and got us some Thai food for dinner and we called it a night. Morgan was a tired little girl yesterday - we did have a pretty busy weekend though.

So, here's to a productive Monday. Just 3 1/2 weeks until Christmas...geez! Let the madness begin.