Every day is a collection of moments. Each week, each month and each year they become our memories.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013




We’ve had a lot of firsts here the last few days.   Watching a baby develop and grow in their first year is the most amazing thing.  period.   We love watching our peanut and celebrating everything with her!

She now has 3, almost 5 teeth.   We waited and waited and waited for that first one, and then before we knew it there were 2.   I stopped noticing and obsessing about her mouth until  one day I looked and there were 3.  Oh wait, close to 5.   We looked  away for a second, we blink, and there we have missed something.   And she is with me  6 days a week!

Yesterday was a gorgeous perfect spring day.   We went on a walk, and we spent close to 45 minutes at the park.   She loved playing with the other kids, playing in the tunnels, going down the slide, etc.

I still had work to do when I got home so I threw her in the tub and made calls to confirm appointment from the bathroom.  (classy, right?).    I used  my hand signal for SIT DOWN for the first time and she responded immediately.   Of course it became a game, but she responded and once again I felt like we were communicating.   

After a very long bath I asked her if she was done and she said YAH and then raised her arms over her head.    Later I put her video in and she responded by clapping her hands and cheering YAY!!    This is the trifecta of perfect first words.   Very positive and friendly.  HI.  YAH.  YAY.

She practices standing all the time and she is very very steady.   She has started trying to stand up in the middle of the room hanging on to nothing.   She hasn’t yet figured that one out.   She has started practicing how to crawl up on to things like the couch.   Luckily she is still too short for that one.   She loves music.  She dances as she pleases.   She claps her hands when she is happy.   She always says Hi to you.  The frequency of her greeting correlates to her excitement level.   She sings along as she pleases.

1117We went downtown for lunch for the first time yesterday to visit Janet.   It was lunch hour so the streets were packed and there was lots to see and point at.   She was a total hooligan at lunch so I did turn into that Mom who let her sit in the booth next to me eating french fries with both hands.  First french fry experience and she is totally a fan.   Also, she had no problem with that pickle spear! 

Her cousins Lena and Elissa are in town this weekend and as they were all playing together today Tessie leaned over to hug each of them multiple times.   I’ve not seen the spontaneous hug before and it was the sweetest thing.   Made all the sweeter that it was cousins so close to her own age that she only sees a few times a year.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013



The best thing, by far, about having a baby in the office with me everyday is that I get applause whenever I ask for it.   Haven’t you always wanted your own personal cheering section to tell you when you’re doing a good job?    Thanks Baby.  

English, please


I swear to you this just happened.   After enjoying her favorite nursery rhyme DVD in its entirety  she was still bouncing on her knees and clapping like she wanted more.   Since I’m busy in the kitchen with dinner  (and polka dot cake experimentation) I thought I would play the CD  again.   But in Spanish this time.  

She didn’t go for it.  As Old McDonald’s Farm was playing  (quack quack aqui y a quack quack alli….)  she went for the remote and sat there holding it and nodding no.   I asked her if she wanted me to change it back to English and she handed me the remote.  More like pushed it at me.

We know she can understand us now and it is completely thrilling to be able to communicate with her.   I’m sure she felt the same thing as the video re-started.   In English, this time.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Avocado Love


One of the very many things I love about this baby of ours is that she actually giggles with delight when she sees an avocado.  

We just sit here at lunch and eat them right out of the shell together.   DELICIOUS!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

She knows all the noises


We don’t have normal schedules.   We don’t have free time.   We aren’t ever “OFF”.   Even when we aren’t in the office we are always on call.   The phone is never far from us.   When the phone rings even Tessie stops and looks.  We are in the growth stage of running a small business that supports this family.   When we stop working, it stops producing.

While this is extremely limiting some times, it is extremely flexible other times and the trade off is worth it.   Even though Steve works very long hours, he is often home during the day and gets lots and lots of time to play with his peanut. 

This means that the baby has grown accustomed to our bizarre schedules and habits.    She is an extremely curious little girl and she pays attention to things..  so when she hears noises she looks, points, smiles, and says HI.  

These noises include:

  • waking up to the sound of her Dad shoveling the driveway
  • the sound of the carts moving as the truck is being unloaded
  • the sound of the car door closing
  • the sound of the keys hitting the tray
  • the sound of the door closing
  • the back door opening
  • a Diesel truck pulling in to the driveway
  • the phone ringing
  • the sound of a text coming in
  • the fax machine ringing.

We love having her with us and we are just constantly so amused by what she is learning and how she is showing us what we know.