Saturday, December 26, 2009

Linnea’s First Christmas, Part 2

It was just the three of us for Linnea’s first Christmas, and while we missed being with family, it was fun to have our very own Christmas morning at home and enjoy the day with our baby girl. Here are some pictures from our celebration (plus some playtime in the days before) and Linnea’s first Christmas presents!


Playing with the Nutbrown Hares (from the book Guess How Much I Love You)—sent by the Dunlops when Linnea was born


Playing with Daddy and a new rattle Microsoft sent


Rings in the mouth


Learning how to lift up her head even better—I like to lay down on the floor facing her and she imitates me when I push up on my forearms like a seal. Tim says she’s just pushing higher to keep looking at my face, which is probably true, but she is still building up that strength!


Bath time before the Christmas Eve service. We had a cute outfit for her to wear that night but she promptly had the diaper of the century after we got to church, and we had to change her out of the diaper, outfit and all. We’ll try again with it tomorrow at church and try to snap a picture then!


Linnea in front of the tree on Christmas morning


View of downtown Kirkland – no snow, but sunny and clear!


Linnea got to join our waffle breakfast and hang out in the bumbo seat!


Gift from Great Grandma Jean. Thanks for the My First Christmas ornament!


Jack in the box (with a sock monkey) from the Brooktondale Psiakis!


Thanks, Aunts Sarah and Lydia, for my new game! (You drop discs into the cylinder through a cut-out on top)

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New clothes from Aunt Mandy and Uncle Dave!


Present from Nana and Papa…

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It’s a silver 1st Christmas bell with Linnea’s name and the year, which is just like mine (below) from 1984.

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Linnea’s gift to Daddy: framed photos for his office!


With her new “linking crab”, which can hang from the activity gym or serve as a midday snack!


Mommy, Daddy, and baby slippers


Out on our Christmas walk…Mom and Dad, she has on the new fleecy outfit from you, but had another crazy diaper after we got home and I had to change her before we got a picture!

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Linking crab again


Tim’s Down Under Apple Pie :)


Linnea playing Daddy’s new XBOX game, Viva Pinata


Challah bread we made from Grandma Mary’s recipe


Our cozy little dinner! We had short ribs in the crock pot, quinoa with craisins, and some root veggies roasted in the oven.


Linnea likes to test out the new gift from Grandma Mary, Grandpa Mark, Great Grandma Enid and Great Grandpa Bill. An erg! We think she’ll be championship material one day. Meanwhile Mommy and Daddy get to have a good workout at home. Thanks everybody!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blast from the past

Remember this?


Here are photos from our baby shower (planned by dear friends Emily, Kim and Lexi). It’s fun and a bit surreal to look through these and remember that time before Linnea was born, before we knew she was a baby girl who would bring us so much joy!


Crankiness? Check.

Fussiness when nursing? Check.

Excessive drooling? Check.

More frequent night waking? Yawn. Check.

Those are four of the six signs, according to a recent BabyCenter email I got, that your bundle of joy is teething. Gah!

Did they mention shoving her fist into her mouth and gagging herself every 5 minutes?

It's pretty cute, but it's also doing a number on our nighttime routine. Two weeks ago (when it was SUPER cold out and we hardly left the house) Linnea slept 9 and 10 hours straight for about 5 days in a row. But lately it's been really tough to get her to bed and she's been waking twice a night some nights. Last night was better (solid 8 hours, and now she's been asleep again for another hour and a half--it's currently 10:30am--this late-morning sleeping is a new weird trend) but I am really hoping it is related to teething and not some unhappy digression in Linnea's sleep abilities.

I guess I'll know the first time I get bitten.

Where’d December go?

Wow, this month has just flown by…

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Linnea will be 4 months on Dec 28 and in the last several weeks she’s been picking up some new skills, like trying to roll over, passing a rattle from one hand to the other, and grabbing her feet every chance she gets (changing table, car seat, lying on her back to play)!
  • We had a Christmas dinner party with our community group. I roasted the turkey and we managed to transport it, still hot, in the car to Bellevue where we meet each Tuesday. It was so much fun to celebrate the season heralding Christ’s birth with our dear friends from church.
  • Our friend Chelsa, from our old Queen Anne community group back when we first moved to Seattle, turned 30, and we attended her birthday party with a lot of familiar QA faces. Linnea was in top (high-maintenance) form but it was still fun to dress up!
  • Our friends Zac and Caitlin, who I originally met through my internship with Seattle Magazine in 2008, brought their daughter Freyja (19 mos) over for dinner. The little girls had a fun playtime! It was great to catch up with them as they’ll be moving to Oregon following the birth of their little boy in February.
  • Dave and Mandy, with Mandy’s parents, passed through Seattle on their way to Whistler for Christmas. It was fun for Linnea to have some more time with her aunt and uncle!

Pictures of all of the above available here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dedicating Linnea

We dedicated Linnea at church last Sunday, and it was special to have several friends and their babes up on stage with us! There was even another little girl with the same name, only they spelled it “Lynnea.”

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Tim read Colossians 1:9-10 as our dedication verse:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Too bad you can’t see us very well as we’re behind the podium!

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After the dedication: The Lukes—Brian, Emily, Megan and Beckett; The Clarks—Jenni, Jonathan and Luke; and us!

These two other couples are in our community group and are good friends. Luke was born on July 22 and Beckett on Sept 25, so our babes are all close in age! They will be fun playmates when they’re older!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Linnea’s First Christmas, Part 1

Last weekend we went out to the Christmas tree farm in Carnation that we’ve visited for both our previous Christmases in WA. It was very cold and muddy!


We tried to bundle up Linnea for the cold using some mittens and booties from Mary, and the new coat my dad bought her over Thanksgiving. But it was still pretty cold and she got a red little nose! (And I got some sore shoulders since she’s about 13.5 lbs now and we took a while to find our tree!)



We found a Charlie Brown-esque tree that was just perfect for our small space…not a lot of floor space in our living room, even though the ceilings are 14 ft high!


Tim and Linnea sang Christmas carols…

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Linnea supervised the decorating. (And we had plenty of heat going, plus a log in the fireplace, if you’re wondering about the t-shirt!)


The stockings waiting to be hung by the fireplace…just need those darn hooks! Can’t wait to see Linnea’s up there (knitted by my Grandma, who made mine 25 years ago and one for Tim last year! A special keepsake!)


Playing next to the tree is the closest she can come to appreciating it this year, I think, but we did get her a special ornament: a little monkey down near the bottom where she can see it!

Can’t wait to wrap some gifts for our little girl!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thanksgiving recap

Thanksgiving with my parents and Grandma was really fun. We made a lot of food…and ATE a lot of food! Now the leftovers are all gone, but these fun pictures are a great reminder of our day!


Linnea says, “Of course I’m not bigger than the turkey, you turkeys!”


Four generations of women, the youngest three all firstborns! Can you tell we planned for this shot with our coordinated duds? Linnea remained unimpressed by her dad’s attempts to get her to smile for the photo (there were a lot of takes!).


I think this is from the Friday after. Linnea has gotten really good at holding up her head! She’s funny about it now, though, because she’s become so interested in sucking on everything (particularly her hands), that even though she CAN hold up her head like this for a long time, often she WON’T because she’s got her face down on the floor trying to eat her own fingers!


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She is also trying to crawl, but it just ends up looking like swimming on the ground. She pushes her little feet back but doesn’t get any traction because she can’t lift up her body. If Tim or I put our foot behind her so she can push off it, she can scoot forward a bit. But mostly she ends up grabbing the blanket and finding it won’t help her move forward anyway!


This smile lights up my day! She has such a funny way of doing it…usually one side of her mouth will curl up, then the other. She’s also begun laughing a bit when we tickle her, but most of the time she just grunts and kind of forces out a half-laugh at the end. It’s very silly!