Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lady Grace Update

Adelaide will be 10 months old on Monday! We are deep in the process of party-planning now, which is honestly, pretty fun. We’re still trying to decide how we’ll decorate her cupcakes and what the favors will be, but we have a pretty rough idea of how we want things to look/go. We have the invitations picked out, and they are pretty much dictating decorations, which is good.

She has finally started dancing! About two weeks ago, she started nodding along to songs, then she started to throw in some arm movements, and now she is swaying her whole body to and fro. It is so much fun to watch! Sometimes, she even “sings” along. This means that she hums/squeals when certain songs come on.

We are still watching lots of Yo Gabba Gabba, but she has also started to pay attention to Backyardigans, Sesame Street and other PBS Kids shows. It’s nice to get some variety, because we have been through all the YGG episodes on Netflix 5 times now. Most of the time, these shows are a nice background to her playing independently. It’s nice to have the family room baby-proofed, so she can go to town, entertaining herself. She’s still gaga over the dogs’ bowls, but there’s not much I can do about that. They’re interested in her food as well, so it’s a losing battle.

Recently, I had, what I told Chris, was my “best idea ever.” I put all her toys in the cabinet of our TV stand.



Life has become so much easier. For one thing, I can get all the baby-related things stored in one place, out of sight. For another, this has kept her so busy, so often, emptying out the cabinet and playing with the contents. There are even some empty boxes in there that she loves to play with.

All in all, I’m having a blast with my girl during this super-strange summer. It’s the first time in 6 years that I have not had a “real” summer job and also the first summer of my life where I don’t have the dark cloud of school looming over my head. Now if only, she could cut some teeth, so she can go back to sleeping through the night again. I’m not sure why the night wakings have returned with a vengeance, but I will be happy to see them go. I keep telling myself that teething is to blame and not my big weakness for middle-of-the-night cuddles.

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Family Vacay: A Post in Pictures

If you want some (brief) details, here’s a roundup of our favorite things:

  • This was my favorite eatery. Because of these.
  • Chris LOVED this place, where we ate his birthday dinner. We had to drag him away.
  • Both Topshop and Zara were having pretty major sales, so that was fun. We even got an adorable party dress for Baby Girl’s b-day.
  • The aquarium and zoo were understandably crowded, but worth the trip.
  • I enjoyed the more chill moments where we drank wine and hung out watching Golden Girls or Criminal Minds.
  • Chris and Adelaide loved riding the El.
  • Oh, and IKEA. We all loved Ikea. Even the food was stylish and affordable.

Long story short, the trainride was looooooong; the company, food and shopping were awesome; and we are excited to go back (by plane)!

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