Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I have to admit that I am sucker for online shopping (daily deal sites are my new weakness). Actually, I am a sucker for shopping period. That may come as a shock to some, since I'm really not materialistic or brand loyal or even all that fashionble. But I love shopping. Groceries, home goods, shoes. Oh, and window shopping is really great. I've done a lot of that lately since I am still 1-2 sizes up from my pre-baby body (sad face) - I refuse to admit defeat and buy any clothing in my current size.

So obviously having a little girl has allowed me to sublimate my shopping habits into my daughter's wardrobe. I also really like surprises. So when I heard about Wittlebee, a company that offers a monthly clothing subscription, I decided to try it. Normally a month's (customized) box of clothes costs $39, but the first month they offer $10 off. For my $29, I probably received over a hundred dollars worth of baby clothes. I mean some really nice quality stuff. Not a bad deal!

I also like that you can put your subscription on hold if you need to (which is great, because Nora probably didn't even need the clothes I recieved, lucky girl), and they apparently let you return the box if you don't like the clothes. I am providing a link below if you want to check it out. I wasn't contacted by the company to do a review or anything like that (clearly, since I have about 2 readers), but I did like the service and figured I would put it out there.


I mean, I have my produced and dairy items delivered to my house, why not my child's clothes? :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Nora Update

What a difference a month makes in the life of an infant! I now understand why moms say every month, "No, seriously, this age is my favorite!" Each stage brings new developments and new firsts. And watching her personality deveopl has been amazing. I learn something new about this little person each and every day.

This girl is truly a sweet and happy little soul. She loves to laugh and smile, loves attention, and is growing by leaps and bounds.

Things about Eleanor Jean at 9 months in no particular order:
  • She slept in the crib all night for the first time last night. She went to bed around 10 (actually fell asleep in her stroller during an evening walk at 8, woke up for about 30 minutes at 9:30, and went to bed for the night at 10) and woke up once at 3 am. She's only been sleeping in the crib consistently for about a week now, and up until last night, we brought her back into our bed when she woke up in the middle of the night. Last night I nursed her and rocked her in her room for about 10 minutes, and that was that. I loved, loved, loved co-sleeping (or bed sharing or whatever), especially while we were swaddling, but she moves like crazy in her sleep now and really needs her own space. It's been a good transition so far.
  • I'm still breastfeeding. My initial goal was 6 months, but it stills seems to be working for us, so we will continue. Because of the pumping at work thing, I doubt we will go much further than a year, but I'm proud that we've made it this far. Pumping/BF during vacation is a little annoying (since I'm not really into nursing in public and Nora has the attention span of... well, her father), so I may actually look at cutting back to night feedings only when we leave for CA. She will be about 11 months.
  • Nora crawls like a maniac and I predict will be walking within a month. She is very methodical about pulling herself up and around. My in-laws described her movements as very similar to a rock climber.
  • She chatters all day long. She knows Dada, MaMa, and NaNa. She understands quite a bit though - as evidenced by her following simple commends (Can I have that?, no, come here, etc).
  • She also knows the word "kisses" and will kiss you when you ask her (and sometimes when you don't, which is always a surprise since her kisses tend to be open mouth and full of drool). She leaned over and kissed the dog the other night, and my heart just melted.
  • She loves food of all kinds except hummus.
  • She can play "How big is Nora?" like a champ.
  • She LOVES music. It calms her, it makes her happy, it makes her dance. She is exposed to a wide variety of music including classic children's songs, punk, rockabilly, old country, hip hop, and even Broadway musicals.
  • She loves animals, especially our dog. Czara is pretty good with baby and puts up with the pulling and grabbing. Czara is a licker and we try to limit it, but occasionally she gets a little wild and Nora ends up with a dog drool bath. For the most part, they do great together.
  • Nora's eyes are still a pretty gray blue and she still has the most perfect eyelashes - long, thick, dark, and curled up at the tips.
  • instagram from our pool day
  • Her hair is a strawberry blond, some days looking more red and some days looking more blond. Guess which way I want it to go? It stands straight up, which is adorable.
  • She has times where she has a definite preference for me and had a monkey grip so that I understand clearly that she does not want to be put down or passed to anyone else. That being said, she is usually pretty great about meeting new people and letting other people hold her.
  • We finally let her watch tv and she loves Sesame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba. Of course we never really monitored her watching TV while the adults were watching, but this month is the first time we started letting her watch kid programs. We are terrible, we know.
  • Still no teeth.
  • Doll baby
  • Did I mention that I am absolutely in love with her?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Play Ball!

Last night Rob, my sister, and I took Nora to Rockies vs Athletics baseball game. We all like the Rockies, but Teresa and I come from a family of Oakland Athletics fans... So we had to represent East Bay pride last night (well, Teresa and I did. Nora was in a Rockies onsie and Rob remained neutral). It was a night game and Nora was exhausted so she was a little fussy at times, but luckily our section was empty so we managed to get through it. It was really fun (especially since the As won!), totally worth the exhaustion I feel right now.

This was actually Nora's second game, as we went with a group from  Rob's work to a Dodger's game last week. Last week they were out of "my first game" pins so we picked one up last night. I know won't remember these little outings when she is older, but it will cool to show her the photos and mementos.

Coors Field

Rockies colors!

Silly faces

tired faces

East Bay Pride!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boston Photo Dump

Boston was fun! I originally had to go for some training for work, but since I didn't want to leave Nora and Rob couldn't take more than a few days off, my mom agreed to come and be my nanny. It was really fun to have some time just for us - in a new city, free to do whatever we wanted (eat, drink cocktails, swim, basically relax). Rob flew out first thing Thursday morning, and we spent Thursday afternoon through Sunday doing some serious sight seeing.

 We managed to pack a lot into a few days. We went to Cambridge (during Harvard graduation!), Gloucester, Salem, Downtown Boston, The North End, Boston Harbor all over the course of about 3 days. We saw tons of historic site too - From Paul Revere's house, the site of the Boston Massacre, a church that George Washington sat in, to Sam Adam's grave, plus many seventeenth century burial grounds, a ton of statues and historic buildings... it was a crash course in American history. We also visited the Italian part of town, the North Side, and enjoyed amazing food and pastries. And of course we had to visit the Cheers bar. We sat in Norm's spot!

 Boston is very different from California and Colorado, and it was nice to do something outside of the norm. One thing that I really loved about Boston was the ease of public transportation. I would kill to have a system like that in Denver.

I would love to go back, especially in the fall. Halloween in Salem sounds like an amazingly cheesy fun time.

Nora, as usual, was a doll. I know that this will one day end, but for now it is so nice to have an easy-going, flexible baby. We are planning our next trip (California in August), and I'm hoping our luck holds up through that trip, especially since that will be my extended family's first time meeting her.

Anyway, photo dump (cell phone only - I'm not ready to start the org/edit process on our actual photos):
In the airport, just minutes before meeting the only person in world who has failed to be charmed by Ms. Nora, aka the man sitting in the seat next to us. :)

Swim time!

Bewitched statue in Salem

Fisherman memorial in Gloucester

Fishermen Widows memorial in Gloucester.

Gloucester, where the Massachusetts Bay Fishing Company started in the 1620s.

Norm's spot!

The North Side

Tickle face

In the pool with Nana
Harvard grad ceremony

Old burying grounds

At The Bell in Hand Tavern, the oldest tavern in America

Also enjoying a drink at The Bell in Hand

Public transportation pro by now...