Thursday, October 29, 2009

Great Aunt Vee and Me!

Jason's Aunt Laveda is here for two weeks watching Marin, while Miss Kathy, who runs Marin's daycare, is on vacation. Marin has been having so much fun with her Great Aunt Vee! We feel so lucky to have her help!

In case you are wondering, no, we aren't living in our house yet; so for those of you doing the mental math of total household members in my parent's house, yes, that makes 5 adults, 1 baby and 1 overbearing dog (who thinks she's the baby). Despite the fact that this situation is reminiscent of the turn of the century when multiple generations on both sides of the family lived under one roof, we are having fun together! We have had dinner together every night and sit by the fire afterwards, watching TV and laughing together.

Luckily, Aunt Vee rolls with the punches and is literally the most easy going guest of all times. We are loving spending this time with her, and Marin is just thrilled to pieces when she wakes up in the morning and her Great Aunt is there again! Marin has been showing off all of her tricks- including how she walks around, and around, and around the coffee table, and with each rotation shows an excitement level higher than the last lap, as if it were all new to her. She has shown her Great Aunt Vee how she climbs stairs and pulls up on ev-er-y-thing and how she dances the day away! They have taken walks to the park, and have played with the Tupperware and in the pots and pans, and Marin has snuggled up in Aunt Vee's arms for a comfy afternoon nap.

Even Norah has gotten in on this gig! Of course she thinks Aunt Vee is here to entertain her, as well. But she is also taking advantage of the afternoon walks and two constant playmates on the floor.

We love you Aunt Vee. Thank you.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Even though I'm a mom...

Even though I'm a mom, I still....
- like to play in the leaves
- lick the cookie beaters (okay, and the bowl if we're being honest)
- hate doing chores
- say the wrong things
- have nightmares
- like to go to my Grandma's house
- sometimes drink too much
- cover my eyes during the scary parts
- pout
- eat mac 'n cheese
- need my mom or dad when I am sad
- ask "why?"
- giggle
- like to be tucked in and kissed goodnight

Because I am a mom, I....
- smile
- will get to say, "Because I said so"
- know CPR
- pout
- make the rules
- know the true meaning of happiness
- laugh
- sometimes drink too much
- hold my husband a little tighter
- worry
- need girls nights
- want to make the world a better place
- leave the dishes for tomorrow
- say words like "Bottom" and "BM"
- love

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tiny Diva

Yesterday, Marin wore her Juicy Couture sweatsuit from Miss Joey, and turned into an instant diva. Here she is scoring a lunch reservation at a perpetually booked hot spot.

Then she says, "Mom, I really have to get on the road and cannot possibly be bothered with your pictures right now."

Luckily, by the time we got to the park, she forgot that she was riding first class, and was herself again! She loves the park!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let's Play!

This is just a fly by post to share a few pictures.

Both Marin and Norah lined their toys up in front of me the other day as if to say, "Let's play, Mom!"

And Marin is both getting in the spirit of the season and paying homage to the 80's! She wore her "Ghouls just wanna have fun" shirt to daycare today!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Our Weekend Together!

Lately, one or both of us have been gone or busy too often! This past weekend, the three of us barely left each others sides from Friday night to Sunday night, and it was the BEST!

Friday was Jason and my five year wedding anniversary. We celebrated by dinner out, just down the street from our new house. Marin came with us, and although she was equally interested in eating Jason's pork chop and the tablecloth, she enjoyed her bottle at the table. Everyone around us (literally every table) commented on how good Marin was. She really was very well behaved. She just sat there like a perfect angel, quietly playing with her toys and looking around at the people, charming the heck out of the neighboring tables.
At dinner, as we always do on our anniversary, Jason and I talked about our wedding day and the memorable days in between. We both agreed that the best of those days by far, was the day that Marin was born. She must have appreciated the kind words that we had for her, because at the end of the night, she reached for the check.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Champaign for Marin's very first football game! Oskee-wow-wow!! She did a great job during the game, taking in the bright orange color everywhere. The game was an ugly one for the Illini, so we're hoping that she didn't pick up the choice words flying from the mouths of some of the fans near us. Still, we had a great time. Marin loved the band, and snuggled up after the game for a nap right in the middle of our tailgate.

That evening we headed to the farm to visit with Great Grandpa Hinrichs, Great Aunt Vee, Great Uncle Bob, Neal and Nicole. Marin showed off all of her new tricks and made Great Grandpa's day by crawling right to him, and pulling herself up on his chair. Great Aunt Vee had new toys for Marin- her favorite was a dolly that gave kisses and said, "I love you!" After a delicious meal, we all settled in and spent the night in the peace and quiet of the country air. Marin slept so soundly, we had to literally rouse her the next morning when it was time to eat and get on the road.

Sunday afternoon we went to Marin's future husband's baptism. :) Kai William, our friend Erica and Craig's new baby was baptised on a gorgeous fall, sunny day! Marin did a lot of flirting and more hamming it up to try and steel the show, than she did sitting quietly in prayer, but at least she was good. Erica and Craig hosted a fun reception afterwards in their beautiful home, topped off with taffy apples and a special book for everyone!

Time together at the end of a busy week is such a blessing. I wouldn't trade all the excitement in the world, for a weekend sitting on the floor with Marin watching her discover; Jason at my side.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eight Months Old!!!!

Convincing Marin to sit up, sit still, keep her hand out of her mouth, keep the bear by her side, smile, AND show the "8" on her shirt, wasn't happening today. We get the idea, right? She's growing, and she's adorable. Spoken from her mother, of course. :)

Marin is eight months old today! Eight months. I'll let that sink in for a little bit. Wow. Here is what the little stinker is up to:

** Marin is on the move! She crawls all over the place, pulls herself up very well, is starting to climb, and is very interested in walking to you with the help of your hands, or objects in the way.

** She has shown us her first little piece of critical thinking. When she was trying to crawl to the dog the other day, she realized it would be faster to just go under the coffee table than around. She even ducked her little head so it wouldn't get bumped. Of course, Norah just walked away once she got there.

** We have had to lower the mattress in her crib. Sigh.

** Marin is still loving her new culinary adventures. It is so much fun to give her something new to eat for the first time. Her expressions are very telling, and it is fun to watch someone try apple, who has no concept of knowing how it should or will taste. In the last month she has begun eating fruits in addition to vegetables, and we'll likely begin meats soon. We are still making all of her food ourselves. She's a good little eater!

** Marin does not have one single tooth. I feel like she has been working on these teeth for months now, but not a single one has popped through. If she never gets her teeth, we'll have to teach her how to smile with her mouth closed come kindergarten. :) My baby book this month said that I could start introducing her to finger foods like a little bit of bread. The girl is as gummy as the geriatric ward; so I guess we'll be skipping the cut up hot dogs for the time being.

** She continues to be the happiest little baby. She is easy and adaptable. And although she lets us know when she wants something, she seems to do so calmly at first. If only I could say the same thing for her mother... :)

** Marin is an animal lover! Either because they are at her level, or because they often times have fur. She lights up around a dog, or my brother and sister-in-law's cats. She also loves their toys. :) Norah can tell the difference between her toys and the babies, but to Marin, they are all the same. :) And if they are on the ground, she's gonna play with it. :)

** Marin has learned how to repeat sounds. My dad and she love to make this sound with their mouths where they are like blowing out almost with the "b" sound. It is a really messy way to repeat sounds, and it is a little close to spitting for me, but it is certainly funny to watch her repeat it.

** She has started to make the da-da and ma-ma sounds. She doesn't do it as her first words, of course, she doesn't realize what she is doing or who she is talking about, but it is coming.

** Marin is becoming less a fan of the getting dressed process. Not great timing with the addition of layers that the cooler temperatures require, but she is usually pretty well distracted by a funny face or song.

** She is still loving her brightly colored toys; especially those with buttons. I mentioned a phone that my mom bought her. It lights up, plays songs, and has buttons. It was an instant winner. She loves her books too, but we're learning its best to read those with pages she can't grab at and crinkle up. The board books are a hit! She grabs at everything, plays intently and loves to discover. I love to put her on my knees when I am laying down and swing her high in the air while she giggles away. She still loves to dance and sing, and we so every day.

** Marin has three friends at her daycare that smiles brightly at each day. They are, Hayden, Lauren and Reese. It's a girls paradise there. The girls get so excited to see "baby Marin" as they call her. Marin also loves Ms. Kathy, who runs the daycare, and buddy the dog.

** She has a great little sense of humor. She loves when we make funny noises or voices. She is also just discovering the fun of peek-a-boo. A favorite game of hers is when Jason lays her on the bed and shakes the mattress saying, "rumble... rumble... rumble...... earthquake!!!!!!" She laughs and laughs and laughs at this. She also loves when we say, "squash, squash, squash, squash, squash!!" in this funny fast way. It started when she first has squash, but it makes her laugh so hard that now we find ourselves tickling her saying it or just saying it to make her laugh in general.

Most days it seems like our worlds revolve around Marin, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Not so far down the road, we will have to teach her the meaning of no, and set boundaries and give her responsibilities and teach her about accountability. In the meantime, I am eating up every second of being at her beck and call. She will always be my princess, and right now, it's fine by me if she knows that she is.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Going to Grandma's!

Jason and I went to LA last weekend for our friends' wedding, meaning Marin got to spend a few days with Grandma and Grandpa. And these days, since we live upstairs, there wasn't any traffic on the way over!

In keeping with my mom's motto of, "What happens at Grandma's, stays at Grandma's" it sounds like Marin was spoiled plenty and had a great time! Par for the course at Grandma and Grandpa's house. They snuggled up in their jammies and played with new toys that Grandma bought her. A hit: the phone with light up buttons! Our text message inboxes filled up with all sorts of developments Marin accomplished while we were gone. She pulls herself up so well now, and has discovered how to climb up and down the steps! When did she get to be such a big girl?!
Of course Norah loves to try to "help". I love this picture of my dad holding Norah back. She looks like she just got a good kiss in and is pleased as punch with herself!

A bonus to their weekend was a visit from my cousin, Brooke for an early birthday party for my Grandma Meyer's 96th birthday! Brooke reported that she loved spending time playing with Marin, and that the whole house was a flurry flocking to her side. She is definitely not short on love.

Although we missed Marin terribly, and hated that we didn't get to visit with Brooke (we'll celebrate with Grandma later), we had a great time first visiting with friends in LA, and participating in our friends' beautiful wedding weekend in Beverly Hills. It was the first time in a long time where we knew both the bride and the groom equally well, for exactly the same length of time, (Ross and Emilie were our neighbors in the city), and we laughed that we didn't know on which side of the aisle to sit. We have gotten to know both Ross and Emilie's families well, so we enjoyed seeing them and made some new friends to boot! And, a picture of Ross and Emilie holding Marin on the day that she came home from the hospital even made the slide show!

When I caught Jason belting out "wild rice and turkey sandwiches" in the place of the real lyrics to "I got a feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas at the reception, I enjoyed busting his chops a little bit. As it continued through out the night, ("Burgers on the grill and I liked it" to Katy Perry's "I kissed a girl") and he confessed that he does this sort of thing all the time, I laughed so hard and realized quickly, that if I were a single girl at the wedding, I would have still wished for him to ask me to dance more than anyone else there.

Hooray for Grandparents! Hooray for lifelong friends!