Sunday, October 26, 2008

A quick trip to the park...




We decided to head to a park in town to try to get some pictures of all of us together. So, we started to pack up about 1 p.m. and left the house about 3 p.m. Great planning on our part as Lola had definitely had enough awake time by the time we actually got to the park -- we really only stayed about 15 minutes. She was cranky, the wind was blowing hard and you could feel the snow coming. (Yes, we got our first taste of snow -- well, it actually snowed for a few minutes earlier this month, but this was the first time it continued. Nothing stuck around, but it won't be too much longer.)

We realized that has probably been the biggest change for us since having Lola: We're no longer able to just pick up and go. B.B. (Before Baby), we used to grab our camping stuff or a bag full of clothes and just head north for the weekend or the day. Now, it takes us two hours to pack for a 15-minute trip to the park - and we still forgot something.

Not that we mind, obviously, it's just a change.

We also realized that this is the first year since we got married that we won't have hiked to the top of Eagle Mountain. We did it on our honeymoon in 2005 and repeated the trip in 2006 and 2007, planning to do it at least once a summer. But it wasn't practical to bring a two-month-old along with us, so we didn't do it this summer. Oh well, hopefully, we'll be able to bring her along next summer.

But we have gotten so much in return. Lola is such a happy baby and loves to have us around; she doesn't much like it when we're out of sight. It's nice to be wanted!

- Bethany :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Listening to Lola

video

Well, here goes - my first attempt at video. I haven't quite figured out how to rotate this yet, but I thought I should maybe see if this works first, and then start learning all of the bells and whistles.

Give it a few seconds and then you can hear Lola "talking" to me, and herself.

Such a doll.

Enjoy!
- Bethany :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

One year ago...



It was one year ago today that Ray told me I was pregnant.

It is so hard to imagine now ... not knowing what was going to happen. Ray and I still laugh, not remembering how we used to spend our weekends. Staying at home, watching her smile, that is the best part of every day.

If I was smarter, I would learn to post a video or something, so you could see how she is at home every single day. We have, honestly, the happiest baby in the world. She cries only when she wants to get out of her crib. The rest of the time, she is smiling. Seriously. She grins constantly and smiles at us every time we walk by. She's absolutely adorable.

Lola is now beginning to "talk" in her own little baby language. She's babbling and cooing. It is taking some getting used to. We were all outside yesterday for a little bit and I kept hearing something so I would lean down over her and say, "What did you say, Lola?" and wait for her to go again. And Ray would laugh, "That was a bird." Oh. I did it like three times.

So I'm learning -- but we're enjoying every single moment with her.

Happy fall,
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Three months later...




Well, Lola officially turned three months old yesterday.

And she celebrated this morning by learning to roll over! The first picture is the "before" - it literally was taken seconds before she went for it. The second is the "after" shot, but before she started grinning. I was so excited I forgot to get the smiley pics.

She was so proud of herself!

Lola was so cute. We woke up a bit early than usual this morning, and we always do her "exercises" and play time before work, since that is when she is happiest. (How in the heck Ray and I got a baby who loves the morning-time is beyond us; we have a standing rule in our house that we don't speak to one another before 10 a.m., and no, I'm not kidding.) Anyhow, I put her on her tummy for some tummy time, although she was kind of cranky at the time. And she looked at me lying on the floor next to me and just threw herself onto her left side. She's been doing this more and more lately, but then she actually pushed herself the rest of the way.

I was so excited! And, it was just what I needed. Yesterday was an emotional day for me. Lola and I had to wake up in a hurry yesterday and I had to get her to daycare by 8 a.m. -- and then I had a 13-hour day in front of me. I didn't get home until midnight. So you can guess how much time we had together.

Ray and I do a "dream feed" at night. Whoever is the last to bed gives her a bottle in her sleep, more or less. So I gave her a bottle at about midnight and I kind of all sad and teary-eyed. Felt like I was missing out on everything. Plus, it really didn't help that Ray, bless him, put her in a sleeper that she hadn't before been able to wear because it was too big. And, it fit perfectly. So I couldn't get over how big she is.

I really have no regrets about going back to work, but the long days are hard on me. With it being election season, I am now working every Monday night for council meetings and also every Tuesday night covering debates. Which I love, but it's hard not getting home until after she's in bed.

But this morning made everything good again -- I'm just SO glad I was there when she did it! I would have really been a wreck had I missed it!

Thanks for checking on us,
- Bethany :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

We're adjusting




Both Lola and I seem to be adjusting well to our new schedules.

I had a hard time, of course, Sunday night and then Monday when I finally dropped her off at day care. It was kind of funny, in retrospect, that all day Monday I pictured her smiling and grinning when I would pick her up, and when I did -- she screamed when she saw me. Nice, right? :) Well, she had just woken up from a nap and was hungry. Once we got home, she kept smiling at me so much that she couldn't keep the bottle in her mouth. Was very cute -- and appreciated!

I actually had today - Friday - off of work, so I was able to spend all day with Lola, which was GREAT fun! As you can see, she is now really interested in her toys and loves to play and be entertained. She is just so much fun and hardly cries.

Ray and I are also enjoying our nights! Lola sleeps 10 hours uninterrupted each night, which is wonderful. Of course, I have no doubt she'll hit a growth spurt this week or next and want to get up every three hours again, but we're enjoying it while we can!

Thanks for checking on us -- we are really just loving fall so far! Everything has been going super well for us. Life is so enjoyable right now!
- Bethany :)