July 31, 2012

Aunt Lisa!

Last weekend Peter's sister Lisa and her spunky pup, Bailey, came to visit. Lisa wanted to visit with Miss Cole since she hadn't seen her since Easter.

My, how time does fly!

Just like most weekends, we took a trip to the zoo. I am so intrigued by the nocturnal house. All the animals in it are just a bit odd. They aren't the animals you read about in many books. I started going through the nocturnal house simply for the air conditioning but now I make a point of wandering thought. I mean, where else can you see an armadillo thats not on the side of the road?

As usual, Cole passed out. For reasons yet to be determined, Cole loves to sleep at the zoo. She's not a napper and has only recently stopped getting up before the sun, but if we're at the zoo she is going to sleep. Please notice how she's holding her monkey. Girlfriend likes to keep a firm grip on monkey whenever we stroll.

Since Lisa was here I decided to cough up the cash, $2.00 to be exact, to feed the birds. The whole experience is a bit startling because once you present your seed stick, the birds swoop down from all directions to munch. I loved it. Lisa liked it enough. And Peter is cautiously optimist he will do it again. Maybe. He was caught off-guard (but lucky for us, on camera) when a bird in flight grazed his ear.

After the zoo Peter went to help a friend move, so us girls went out to lunch. 

We went to Las Delicias for tacos and guacamole. I enjoyed the food enough to ignore the recent price increases.

Saturday afternoon we decided to take Lisa to see the Peabody Ducks. Apparently, in all of the years we've lived here we've neglected to take her to or even tell her about the ducks. At promptly 5:00 we watched the ducks jump out of the fountain, cross the red carpet, and get onto the elevator to return to the duck palace.

Of course, it's exactly what it sounds like. A few ducks walk in a line. But the hype and crowd make it a spectacle. 

After church on Sunday morning, we went to lunch at Young Avenue Deli. I cannot express how much I like having decent restaurants in our neighborhood. We're completely spoiled.  Cole sported her newest shirt, a souvoiner from Grandpa Phil and Grandma Kathy's recent travels. In honor of college football's rapidly approaching return, we decided to unveil Cole's Clemson headband to dress up her new t-shirt.

We all loved our visit from Aunt Lisa and Bailey. It's hard to believe how much Cole has changed since she last saw her aunt. Lisa is really gifted with children. It was as though she and Cole were old friends who just picked up where they left off. From the minute Lisa arrived until she left, Cole was laughing and smiling for her aunt.

July 30, 2012

Anniversary Date

Our pizza-and-ice-cream-on-our-anniversary tradition is alive and well.

Last Thursday night Peter, Cole, and I went to Trolley Stop Market for pizza. Trolley Stop is one of our go-to restaurants. It's kid friendly and the food is great. Also, they deliver. More often than not, on the nights Peter has class, I have Trolley Stop delivered.

We first ordered the Margarita pizza but after finding out they were out of fresh mozzarella decided to go with a bold second choice, taco pizza. It's was surprisingly good with a kick of heat. Of course, Peter has been raving over it since last week. To be fair, it was the fusing of his two favorite foods.

While the pizza and gelato on our wedding night was accidental, the decision to keep the tradition alive had lots to do with the fact that it's family friendly. My friend Kelly explains her anniversary to her children as "their family's birthday." I love that. And as far as Peter and I are concerned, we want the whole family to be involved in celebrating.

Cole came along and was delighted with all of the bright colors and bold patterns at Trolley Stop. Never before had I noticed how stimulating their big, bold decorating scheme is.

For our anniversary, we got ourselves a new camera with two new lenses. No doubt, I've been bitten by the shutterbug.

We weren't quite able to stretch Cole's bedtime late enough to get ice cream. But we made sure to go by YoLo later in the weekend. Perhaps next year we'll be able to stay out late enough for ice cream.  That or I'll plan ahead and have some at the house.

July 27, 2012

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July 26, 2012


Four years in and I couldn't be happier.    

Tonight we'll celebrate with a pizza dinner-date, just like on our wedding night.  Hard to believe in a few months we'll have been husband and wife for the majority of our relationship.   I remember thinking that dating the same person all through college was such a long time. 

Now we're three homes, two dogs, and one child later. And it's awesome. 

Waking up next to my best friend is something I am grateful for every single day. 

Happy anniversary, Peter!

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July 22, 2012

Confessions of a Nursing Mom: The Hickey

Cole loves to suck.
And it's possible she believes sucking on my body- regardless of where- will produce milk.

Yesterday she attempted to nurse my chin. It was amusing.
So Peter and I laughed while I let her try for 10 or 15 seconds. 

Evidently, it was too long! I woke up this morning with a hickey on my chin.

July 21, 2012

July 20, 2012

Jef! Jef! Jef!

I learned a good number of things in graduate school, not the least of which was the ability of bad television to bring people together. What started as a weekly viewing party in Nashville, has morphed into a cross-county texting affair on Monday evenings. I confess, I watch The Bachelorette. And I'm kind of really into it. And I'm not alone. Once I fessed up  to watching the show, I learned that the majority of my local friends are into it too. Church friends, work friends, everyone. I've also learned of a good number of fellas who have watched the show with their lady only to get sucked in themselves. Sadly, my own husband is repulsed by the whole thing. 

 Since Peter fails to see the value of the show, he will be staying home with Cole while I attend an oh-so-serious-no-talking-allowed-other-than-during-commercials finale and After The Finale Rose viewing party Sunday night.  I'm sure I'll make a snack to share. Probably something really cheesy.

For the record, I'm a fan of Jef. He seems kind and genuine. And self confident- I think you have to be with that hair- but not arrogant. Go Jef!
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July 18, 2012

Cole :: 5 months

Baby girl is five months old today.

In the last month, Cole has cut two new teeth and become a rolling maniac. She's now very intentional and thoughtful about her rolling. While in previous months her rolling seemed almost accidental, not anymore! Cole spent last week concentrating while rolling onto her belly and now she's a master. She's rolling over in her crib which is interrupting her sleep ever so slightly.

Cole's previous nighttime sleep problems have been replaced with some very early mornings. Typically Cole goes to bed around seven then wakes up for the day eleven or twelve hours later. Toward the end of the last month, however, Cole started to play in her crib around 3:30 am ready for the day. She'll babble to herself and chat with her mobile for about twenty minutes before deciding that she'd like some company. Or at least a snack. 

As for solids, Cole has been eating sweet potato, avocado, and banana. Girlfriend is loving her new foods! She likes to help her daddy by assisting with the spoon and lunging toward each bite. I'm still nursing her though we introduced formula this month in an attempt to help her sleep longer. Despite initial success, it didn't really work.

Cole's becoming more and more fascinated with the dogs. She's taken to reaching for and talking with them. They show their over-the-top affection to Cole with excessive licking that I'm hoping is boosting her immune system. Frankly,  I think her interest in the dogs stems from a larger interest in different textures. She's been squealing with joy as she discovers different textures around the house, from coarse fur to smooth board books to soft knit blankets.

Cole displays a predisposition toward introversion. Being that I'm an extreme extrovert, I've had to be diligent about giving Cole her own time when she needs it. After playing with me or a friend for a bit, she'll fuss until I put her in her jumper or activity chair to play solo. She's perfectly content to interact with her toys by herself.  She's started to enjoy more of her toys which is fun for her and very helpful. Her tendency toward introversion has also manifested in her preference to be around people she knows well rather than new people.  I was initially surprised when a friend told me you can usually tell if a child is introverted or extroverted by the time they are six months old but now I absolutely believe it. Seeing Cole's personality take shape is so amazing. She can be a real chatterbox once she's comfortable around a person but she's stone cold until then. Reminds me quite a bit of her daddy.

And she's starting to look a whole lot like him too.

July 12, 2012

Favorite Baby Item: Teethers

After weeks of excessive drooling and other indicators of teething, Cole cut her first tooth on Tuesday! And then her second tooth yesterday! They are the top and bottom left central incisors, for any of you taking notes. She's done well handling the pain without medication by using her teethers and chewing her hands. I registered for and received two Life Factory teethers with the hope that they would be as perfect as many reviewers described. They are! Being made of silicone means there is no risk of anything leaking. Cole loves it when I stick them in the freezer to chill a bit. They are dishwasher safe, which is absolutely necessary in this house. Prior to teething, Cole used her Life Factory teethers as a pacifier of sorts. While she rejected all pacifiers- despite diligent efforts to make her a believer- shes been holding and gumming her teether since she was 8 weeks old.

The other teether Cole's been using is her Tommee Tippee Chewther. While wandering through The Red Circle Boutique I spotted the Chewther. We're already a Tippee family after discovering that Cole would actually take their bottles. Out of utter frustration that Cole wouldn't take a pacifier, I decided to give the Chewther a try. I figured I could pop it into her mouth like a pacifier but it would be good to chew like her favorite teether. She likes it. Not as much as her Life Factory ring but enough that I'll call it a favorite. While it's a bit silly looking and quite reminiscent of the mouth guards I used in my lacrosse playing days, it does the job. And, I think it's more sanitary than my finger.

July 11, 2012