Sunday, July 24, 2011

This month in Kirkland

Linnea got her first tent, an early birthday present from Nana and Papa.

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Linnea and baby brother also got their first Yankees gear.

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Tim and I celebrated our 4th anniversary on the 21st! This was our celebration breakfast with framed pictures from college I brought up from the basement, as well as our wedding invitation which is always around, and a few wedding prints. It was fun to hear Linnea try to say “happy anniversary” and to show her our album. We also got to go out on a date for dinner!

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And, Linnea used my slipper as a boat for her baby doll.

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Last, here she is revealing her true game-playing Psiaki genes. She will be beating me at Set before I know it.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Virtual baby book

My friend mentioned the other day she had written in her toddler son’s baby book, and I thought, “Yikes, when was the last time I even SAW Linnea’s baby book?”

So I pulled it out, and sure enough, the last time I’d handled it was her first birthday.

I started to feel guilty. I wasn’t writing down all the little firsts…first time stacking 3 blocks, first time following simple instructions and whatever else. Actually, after they turn 1, it all seems a little silly (and definitely happens on an individual basis…a lot of things listed after the 1st bday she had already done).

Then I realized I have this blog. This blog IS Linnea’s baby book. and realizing that made me happy because there is going to be so much here for us to see and remember years from now. I don’t need to feel bad about not duplicating it on paper.

BUT, here I’ve gone a long while without noting some of the fun and fantastic things about our girl in the last few months. She’s fast approaching 2, and I need to record some of the highlights of her second year!

**I feel like I’m always saying this, but her language has just exploded since early June. She was about 20 months when she consistently said two words at a time, and now she’s almost speaking in sentences. Her toddler sentences go like this: “Daddy go work,” “mia fishies!” (when she wants more goldfish crackers; and “mia” is sounding like “more” for real these days), “hug baby,” “mama read book,” etc

The things she repeats are hilarious and very much spot-on these days. We went to the hardware store the other day to buy curtain rods, and now she talks about “curtain rod” and “hardware store.” The other day we ate pizza in a restaurant that gives kids an uncooked ball of dough to play with, and from the minute I said it, without trying to reinforce it at all, Linnea wouldn’t stop repeating “uncooked! uncooked!”

She also knows most of the words to songs like Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Rockabye Baby, BINGO and is starting to catch on with the ABC’s. It’s totally precious and fun to hear her sing random phrases while she’s looking at books, and a few of them come out really funny, like “for the bible tells me so” she says “dingle bible tells you so.” Hilarious and so good to have on video (if we ever load them up!)

And, inevitably, she has learned her first bad word. I hate to throw you under the bus, Tim, but this one’s your fault. “Dang” now elicits giggles and a mischievous grin from our girl, and we are trying to steer her to other exclamations like “bummer!” and “wowie zowie!” (oddly enough) instead. It’s still pretty funny though.

**her hair is getting full and long and has started to curl at the bottom, especially after she’s had a bath. I still see no reason to cut it, though the front is super long in the middle and always has to be put up with a rubber band or clip. I adore her pigtails when she lets me do them, and we are going to be on the lookout for some serious toddler girl clips soon, as the infant ones no longer hold her thickening hair back!

**she continues to be the sweetest big sister, and says “baby brother” all the time now when we refer to baby. She still likes to give him hugs and sit “next to you, baby” when we’re reading stories…though sometimes she ends up on top of my belly with a thud.

**she’ll definitely have a thing or two to teach this boy, as she’d almost always rather play with Legos than her cooking stuff, and is just about as wild and crazy as they come. Last weekend at a garage sale we got her a little Tonka forklift truck because it’s what she liked the most. Yes, she loves her baby doll. But she doesn’t seem to discriminate when it comes to “boy” and “girl” toys!

**we have had to start discipline in a big way! Time outs work a lot of the time, but she hasn’t been napping well lately for whatever reason, and boy does she get defiant when she’s tired. I’m thankful these are waters Tim and I can navigate together, because it gets exhausting to try to get her to listen to me and have to correct her all day long some days. But she is still the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met, and yes I’m probably biased. But her snuggles and the way she comforts crying kiddos in our church classroom just make me melt every time. She gives the best kisses and nuzzles and still likes Tim to snuggles with her at some point during the night (though she’s been going until 4-6am a lot lately, which is a BIG improvement!)

**I have noticed what a helpful and fun companion she is to have on errands. She hardly ever puts up a fight anymore about riding in a shopping cart, and always wants to hold some items with her in the seat. She is great with going to the grocery, Costco AND the library all in one morning. She is fun to take along to the post office. Just yesterday she picked out a bouquet of sweet peas all on her own. Tim and I marvel at how well she does in the car (though I do try to walk a lot of places and get her running around out of the stroller). It’s SO different from bracing ourselves for her screaming bloody murder every time we get in the car like she did as a baby. The front-facing big girl car seat made a huge difference, as does her fave CD, The Rizers, which I know I’ve mentioned before. Plus she’s just older and able to understand when we tell her what we’re doing and what she can look forward to. Having it all spelled out really helps her.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Couldn’t wait

Not even 24 hours have passed since we found out we were having a boy, and Tim has already ordered these:

New York Yankees Infant T-Ball Knit Cap - MLB.com Shop

 

New York Yankees Newborn Piped Jersey Coverall by Adidas - MLB.com Shop

 

Linnea was not to be left out:

New York Yankees Toddler Jeter Pink Jersey by Adidas - MLB.com Shop

New York Yankees Funshine Toddler Cap - MLB.com Shop

I love my husband.

Monday, July 11, 2011

It’s a boy!

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We finally had our ultrasound today and found out Linnea will have a baby brother!

She is just thrilled to be a big sister and has been constantly asking to hug baby, read to baby, sit “next to you, baby,” and peek under my shirt at my belly. Every naptime and bedtime she wants to give a hug to baby and say goodnight. Anytime we ask her if she’ll teach “baby brother or baby sister” to swing, or play with Legos, or sit in a high chair, etc, it is so silly because we have been using that long phrase. So now we’ll know it’s baby BROTHER we are talking about! (And she is very excited to teach him things, by the way!)

Our ultrasound was at 5pm and I had planned for us to go out for a celebratory dinner at that mecca of family-friendly dining, Red Robin. I had made a “girl” and “boy” sign for Linnea to hold, and so this is the one we got!

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It really should be no surprise, as the boy-then-girl pattern shows up with my Mom and her siblings, my brother and me, Tim’s siblings, Mark’s siblings, and some of Tim’s cousins too. Tim is also glad to have a boy to carry on the family name, as it were--not that there aren’t going to be some other little Psiaki cousins down the road…er…Right? YES? To Whom It May Concern, Linnea would like some cousins! Noted? Okay, thank you. :)

I have to admit that in the same way I was shocked when Linnea was born and had been a girl all along (which we obviously didn’t know), I was a little stunned at now having a boy. Just goes with what you’re used to, I guess (having babysat all boys in high school and the  now already having and being used to a girl…it keeps flip flopping on me!). But we are THRILLED and have already had some pretty hilarious conversations about names. The “perfect” name we had constructed for Linnea, had she been a boy, is back under, well, construction, so we’ll see how everything pans out.

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Following dinner we went to buy baby boy a onesie. With Linnea we bought one of each kind, not knowing what we’d get, and the boy one happened to have a sailboat on it (a nod to one of Daddy’s favorite pastimes). I saw this little one in the same store as before, Janie and Jack, with tiny sailboats all over and long sleeves that will be good for the November chill. We still have the summery one to use, too (never can have too many onesies!). It’s hard to believe we’re going to have someone that small again!

After shopping we walked to get ice cream. Linnea made friends with a little dog along the way.

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Then we shared a treat. Check out the last picture of her holding on tight to my arm…she didn’t want to miss out on that last bite!

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So after a long fun day and some much anticipated news, our sweetie pie is in bed and we are relaxing on the couch. Suddenly November doesn’t feel that far away. We are halfway there!

It occurred to me that I haven’t taken any belly photos yet, so I’ll have to do one and post it along with the ultrasound pics when we get them up. Stay tuned!