August 31, 2008

Hush Little Peanut

Penelope's Dad wrote her a song, or rather, re-wrote the lyrics to a well known song he likes to sing her:

Hush little peanut don’t lose control,
Papa’s gonna buy you a fish’n pole.

If that fish’n pole get’s broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a big sailboat.

If that big sailboat hits shore,
Papa’s gonna buy you a pink snowboard.

If that pink snowboard goes too far,
Papa’s gonna buy you a fast sports car.

If that fast sports car is from Britain,
Papa’s gonna buy you a tiny grey kitten.

If that tiny grey kitten grows fat,
Papa’s gonna buy you a fuzzy cat.

If that fuzzy cat get’s annoyed,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Floyd.

If that dog named Floyd get’s lazy,
You’ll always be my favorite tiny little baby.

August 20, 2008

Aspen Trip



We had a great time in Aspen! Half of me didnt want to come home, but the other half was ready. Penelope did great, mostly. She loved being outside - we hiked around with her either on a trail or in town every single day for 12 days. Almost 100% of the time she spent the time looking around or dead asleep, and only fussed around a little bit. Nighttimes were a bit more difficult because at 10,000 ft. we were worried she might get dehydrated so we woke her up to feed her rather than letting her sleep as long as possible. We spent a lot of the time like zombies! Both plane rides went really well, and we are gearing up to do it again since we are going to Chicago for a wedding in a couple of weeks...

August 15, 2008

Memory Plates



Here are some photos from Penelope's session making memory plates. She did great! Way better than I would have done with someone painting the bottom of my feet.

August 14, 2008

Penelope's First Flight

Here's Penelope on her first airplane ride...Houston to Denver. She slept the entire time! (but screamed a bit on the Denver-Aspen leg).

Penelope's 1st plane ride

August 07, 2008

airplane ride

Tomorrow we fly to Aspen for 12 days... I am very excited to get out of this heat, not so excited about the airplane ride. Could be a total disaster. Likely will be. Will post photos of the peanut's meltdown in the friendly skies!

August 04, 2008

Fish Wiggle!



Here is a video of something we call the Fish Wiggle. Watch her fanny flop back and forth as Daddy runs his finger down her spine. The pediatrician taught us this to keep her awake enough to eat when she was just born. It provides us entertainment, which is sort of like her payment for all the screaming. And the waking up three times in the middle of the night.

August 03, 2008

Month One

Dear Penelope,

Today you turn one month old. As you sleep here next to me, I cant believe how much I’ve gotten to know and love you, and how much you’ve grown in just one month! I’m not sure I ever truly believed you even existed until the doctor laid you on my lap for the first time four weeks ago.

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We’ve started taking you around, showing you the world and getting ourselves out of the house. You’ve made your first trip to the lake house with your cousin Holden. He played in the kiddie pool, but you slept the whole time in your sling. At home you had your first swim in the pool. Daddy and Gran took you in and you actually liked it! I guess everyone likes the pool in a Texas July, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Your first trip to lunch was with your Mama, Daddy, Baba and Yaya to Ziggy’s. And you followed up your first bath by pooping in your towel! Lucky for you we didn’t make you re-do it.

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You are a master of escaping your swaddle, even when your father does it. We wrap you up so tight your eyeballs pop out, but you work your little arms up in no time. If we don’t do it you flail your arms around and startle yourself awake, and we really cant have that. You can hold your head up now, and you stare at things, though I have no idea what. Sometimes you break out in the most glorious smile that lights up the room. But Im pretty sure you’re not doing it in response to anything. Perhaps some tiny baby thoughts of milk falling from the sky…. The skill we are becoming most thankful of is your growing ability to get yourself back to sleep when you wake up in the night. If you master that one little girl, I will definitely buy you a pony.

Your father and I have been working hard to get you on a consistent schedule, but some days go better than others. Sometimes its 2am, and we’ve been trying for hours to figure out what’s wrong. Those are the times that break my heart in two. The nights you aren’t the only one crying. You absolutely require a good solid nap in the day, and this requires putting you upstairs where it’s quiet. If you don’t get a long quiet nap you are miserable (we are all miserable). We have to tiptoe around for the first hour, but if you make it that long you are zonked for awhile. Even when the dog sleeps right outside the room and scratches himself, banging thump thump thump on the door. That puts us in a panic. But once youre out youre out. We love that.

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My favorite thing about you is the funny faces you make. I know how quickly you will move past this, and I want to hold onto these memories forever. The pediatrician taught us a trick to keep you awake enough to eat, and we have named it the Fish Wiggle. Your Daddy holds you face down and runs his finger up and down your spine. You respond by twisting your fanny back and forth just like a flopping fish. I know its your father’s favorite.

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The best part about this month is how much I love you. You are my sweet girl. I loved you the moment I first saw you, the moment the doctor laid you on my stomach, with your tiny bottom lip quivering and your tiny tiny screams. Once the nurses washed you off and wrapped you, your father brought you back to me, and you stared up and grabbed hold of my finger. I knew right then I would love you forever.

Love,

Mama

Ps. Here is a picture of your father and me on our way to the hospital. Don’t we look terrified?

August 02, 2008

Funny faces after our nap. And pool time!



Penelope makes hilarious faces on waking up and going through her stretching routine. I tried to capture some of it for you here... Also, she had her first trip in the pool!