Thursday, January 27, 2011

Days go by

It has occurred to me that those family members who don’t live near us (that is, everyone but the newly-installed Washingtonian Aunt Bergie) might wonder what we are doing with our days these days. Since Linnea reliably went to one nap in the late fall we have had a nice little system that looks relatively the same week in and week out. Of course there are always new fun things to do, but in general, this is what our week looks like:


am—laundry, play at home, bounce on bed, dance and sing to The Rizers

pm—new moms’ group & playdate with ladies from church


am—Kidsquest Children’s Museum, errands (2x a month I’ll be joining MOPS in Woodinville for the winter/spring and I’m SO excited! L will be home with Aunt B.)

pm—Community Group


am—used to do library storytime or Gymboree; now we’ll have to come up with something new!

pm—random playdate, walk around downtown Kirkland, go to park


am—toddler indoor play at North Kirkland Community Center or other playdate

pm—more laundry, local moms group & playdate with friends we met at the library last year


am—bible study (L home with Aunt B.)

pm—often we hang out with our college friend B or do some other crazy pre-weekend activity!


So this is the gist. Linnea typically wakes between 7:30 and 8, has breakfast, gets a snack around 10, lunch around 11:15-11:30, nap at 12 (takes me about an hour to get her down with reading, singing, rocking, etc), and is up between 2 and 3, has a snack, and then we do dinner between 6 and 6:30 and bedtime is 7:45/8.

I love the relative predictability of our toddlerhood days and she is SO MUCH FUN. Mixed in with this general schedule is lots of dancing, Play Doh playing, birdie spotting, animal noise making, cup stacking and crashing, zebra riding, book reading, bed jumping, food making (but that’s mostly my slave, um, helper, um, fantastic live-in Renaissance woman :)), Dada-calling and message leaving fun.

Hope you can feel a bit more connected to us now knowing what we’re up to!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

15 things I love about this goose

1. her smile. this is it:


2. her little hand pulling my face toward her for a kiss about 10 times while I’m rocking her to sleep

3. the fact that she waves at everyone and everything going by when we’re out for a walk—people, dogs, cars—and when I tell her friends are coming over, she insists on coming to the window to wave before they arrive

4. when she says “ba” in her sleep

5. asking for mama when she wakes up in the morning (snuggling with Tim), and dada after her naps (which I put her down for)

6. that she brings me my slippers anytime they’re nearby and not on my feet

7. her pigtails. here they are:


8. imitating dada on the ukelele:


9. DSC_0156 the return of date night, thanks to how much she LOVES her aunt bergie!

10. skinny baby legs

11. dinnertime, like so:


12. going to the park to swing. her nose and fingers turn pink from the cold and she still wants to go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. :)

13. Linnea signs: gesturing toward the speakers when she wants to dance; pointing to her tray when she wants more food; sticking our her tongue and panting to pretend to be a doggy; doing starbursts with her hands when she wants to sing Twinkle Twinkle and putting her first fingers together to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider

14. her shrieks and bounces on her bed…which sometimes sadly make their way to the hard carpeted floor (we’re working on that.)

15. every time we talk about something yummy, or she takes a bite of a donut Tim gives her, she says, “mmmmmmmmmmm!”

so glad to be her mommy.

Friday, January 7, 2011

What we’ve been up to


Cooking and hanging out at home



Playing dress up




Art projects

Monday, January 3, 2011

Counting sheep

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It’s finally here!

The morning after the first night of the rest of our lives.

Precious girl left my arms at 8:30 last night, and we didn’t hear nary a peep until 7:30 this morning. She was bright eyed and bushy tailed when Tim brought her down to say good morning as I was sitting on the erg. :)

So, husband and wife got to spend the night in the same bed after nearly a week apart, and Linnea got 11 straight hours of bliss all by herself in her own room. Tim says he saw her open her eyes a couple of times (via the monitor) before we went to bed, but she went right back to sleep without any help from us, and no crying!


Love that baby girl, love my husband, love this sunny day full of hope! Here’s to (I pray!) many long nights of sleep to come!

God is so good.

80s party

I always get compliments on Linnea’s style when she wears Psiaki hand-me-downs to church!


Trip to the Seattle Aquarium

We went to the aquarium last week as one of our fun vacation activities. Been a long time since we were in downtown Seattle for an outing like this!

Linnea really liked the starfish, jellyfish and fake octopus tentacles that came out of the wall. Also she sat down patiently at the felt board while Tim put sea creatures up on the wall. She was NOT a huge fan of the underwater dome but liked the birdies outside (enclosed) and going up and down the stairs. Also she loved the big fish tank that took up one whole wall near the entrance (imagine little legs flying toward the fishies and a baby girl shouting “bababababababa!”) and we spent quite a bit of time there. Tim’s favorite part seemed to be remarking on how quickly the water would kill us if the tank exploded. :)

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Linnea’s new nest

To accommodate her new queen size bed (hee hee!) we took the doors off the closet, moved around her bookcase and dresser/changing table, and rehung some artwork. Now the Bug has a cozy little nest for sleeping, though it does look a bit bare on the walls. Come springtime we will have to do some painting!

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Sunday, January 2, 2011




It looks kind of bare in there, but you haven’t seen her closet! Rebekah is all unpacked and starting to make herself at home. Yay hooray!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

There are some pretty exciting changes going on in the Psiaki household for 2011!


Welcome Aunt Bergie!

Rebekah, 18 and a new student at Bellevue College, has come to live with us (starting classes Monday!) as friend, boarder, cook, nanny, slave...okay, just kidding about that last one! Tim and I were excited to invite her after she had a less than stellar experience at the University at Buffalo and was weighing her options. Linnea loves her and she has already proven a useful third pair of hands and an enlivening force in our home!



Did you hear that? It’s the sound of sleeping parents. How, you ask? How, after 10 months of non-sleeping-through-the-night-borderline-fatigue?

Because at 16 months Linnea has now learned to sleep much lonnnnnger stretches at night with the help of her wonderful father who is calming her back to sleep (needed increasingly less and less) and the queen mattress from our guest room, which is now on the floor. (Bergie gets the twin.)  Tim sleeps in there with her most of the night after I nurse her down to sleep—these days more of a short nurse and long rock, but that’s getting shorter too. There have been a couple of nights when she really has slept through without waking, and most nights she gets a little fussy just a couple of times.

AND AND AND AND AND: Tim has been getting her down for her naps for the last 7 DAYS. Awake. Just by singing to her and repeatedly asking her to lie down next to him. YESSSSSSSS! That means more free time for Mommy and Daddy and also that Linnea is on her way to being weaned. Ah…. It’s a wonderful life.

(I do sort of miss being the only one who could get her to sleep and snuggling with her in bed—just bittersweet seeing her grow up like this—but it’s 99% AWESOME.)


This is what Linnea likes at 16 months, going into the new year.

--bouncing on her new big girl bed and shrieking

--carrying around her baby doll, which she calls “mama”: maybe like that inverse thing kids do like saying “hold you?” when they want you to hold them cause that’s what they hear you asking them

--eating a ton more food now that she’s nursing only 24 hours a day, especially the “Stanley Steamers” Tim makes for her out of warmed milk and a touch of hazelnut or caramel syrup as a treat

--saying “mama” in a sweet voice, and “dada” in a crazy , loud, growl of a voice (who could have taught her this??)

--sitting at her big girl table and playing play-doh

--dogs, but not up close. up close dogs make her cry :(

--riding in the car since she has been facing forward for a while


--holding a tissue up to her nose and pretending to blow

--rocking out to The Rizers, a local Christian pop band whose songs are all Scripture verses

--dumping out her boxes of toys and putting things in again one by one

--reading the Bible and other books

--walking on her own as opposed to riding in the stroller, but she doesn’t put up a fight for the stroller usually either


Happy New Year from our family to yours!