Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sydney {month 12}

Sydney turned 1 year old on June 9th!  It's hard to believe how much she has grown and changed since we met her at the hospital.  On her birthday, I kept thinking back to 1 year ago, remember going to bed the night before knowing we were going to have a baby the next day (she was breech so I had a scheduled c-section), then waking up the next morning, showering, putting on a dress, doing my hair and heading to the hospital.  I remember Brian saying, "Well, let's go have a baby".  And we did.
1 year old!
What I don't think we realized that day was how much love we would have for Sydney and how amazing of a year it would be watching her grow and learn.

We started this month celebrating Mother's day.  The highlight was taking Sydney on her first bike ride.  She loved it, and so did we.  We have since gone on a few more rides. 
Bike family selfie
We also spent a weekend in Boise seeing our good friends the Vealitzik's and the Lenkowski's, and their kiddos.  The Lenkowski's little girl is 6 months younger than Sydney and the Vealitzik's have a girl who is 6 months older.  It was incredible to see the difference between all of them.  Sydney had a great time playing with her new buddies.  We can't wait to see them again.  Boise also marked Sydney's 10th flight, and 5th state! 
Ava sharing her Cheerios - these 2 were too cute together
Ava giving Sydney a ride. Sydney loved that toy and Ava surprised her and shipped her one back home.  So sweet, and still one of her favs.

Post nap cuddles - Sydney was fascinated by Ava

Ava, Sydney and Bea - all 6 months apart in age

Parents night out - boys in their uniform

Just like old times, miss these girls so much
Sydney is cuter than ever right now and has again blown me away by what she has learned in a month. She is pulling herself up on anything now, and getting really good at balancing.  She is fine holding on with 1 hand and will even bend down to pick something up nearby.

She still loves music and is playing a xylophone, maraca, drum and piano daily.  She loves the music her new truck (thanks Vealitzik's) plays and will press the buttons then start clapping and dancing.  It's so adorable.  Speaking of her truck, she love, love, loves riding on it.  Her feet just barely touch the ground, so she is slow on her own, but will lift her feet to I can make her fly all over the house.

Knock on wood, she is still a great eater.  This month, peas are still a favorite, as well as spinach, chicken, berries, grapes, any type of cheese and watermelon.  This kid can eat.  She makes it clear that she prefers to eat exactly what we are eating.
I don't know why she is pointing
Her first watermelon at Sophia's 1st Birthday
Sydney loves bears.  She has a bear stuffed animal, "Brown Bear" who always gets cuddles and kisses. She also always give's Gabin the bear a kiss when she finds him in her "Peek-a-boo Sophie" book.  Everyone is jealous of the kisses and cuddles she constantly gives these bears.

We ended the month by celebrating her 1st birthday!  MarMe, Grandpa Billy and Aunt Jenn were all in town for the occasion.  We had a great time with them over a long weekend.  

We had a big party with friends and family to celebrate her big day.  She had her own vanilla cake, and was pretty clean and neutral about it.  I think she was more interested in the texture of the frosting.  This made Mama & Dada proud. 
mornings with MarMe
On her real birthday (we enjoyed that cake on her behalf)
The party decoration

Family photo

Simon girls

cousin Billy
It's cake time

A little help with the candle this year
Trying to get her to be messy

MarMe & Grandpa Billy

Sydney's friend Sophia was born 3 days after her - she slept through the cake at her birthday, so she had a cupcake at Sydney's party
Billy splashing the girls
party shot

party shot

And here some some more of my favorite photos from the month:

mom, I'm tired of all these photos!
Christmas jammies in May!
Dada's girl
park date with cousin Billy

just cruising....
slide!
I see you

Watching Nate's baseball game
kisses
rolling around
lunch break at Sophia's party
with conviction
I love this one
Last chair photo, 12 months
All 12 months
What a year it's been.  We love this girl so much.  I want her to grow up and stay small at the same time.  At the very least, I have a few photos and videos to remember these moments.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sydney {Month 11}

Last Saturday, Sydney turned 11 months old!  Her 10th month was a BIG one.  So much has happened.  Let's start with the big ones - she learned how to go from laying down to sitting up on her own.  This happened right after her 10 month birthday.  And soon after that, she got herself up on all 4's and a few days later, she finally started crawling.  She has taken off and is all over the place.  We now are seeing her get into downward dog, up on her knees and trying to pull herself up to standing.  It's only a matter of time.
On the move

Her first tooth broke through on May 6th!  Bottom right.  It's just a tiny corner of a tooth so far, but we're counting it.

Sydney is currently obsessed with books and peas.

She especially likes "lift the flap" books, and can sit with Dear Zoo for a really long time, flipping the pages and lifting the flaps and pointing at the animals.  Pointing is also new this month.  She will go from book to book, opening them, pointing and babbling away.  Her other favorite books right now are Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb (She pounds the ground in rhythm (her rhythm) of the story), and Close Your Eyes (the only book she'll sit totally still for - I think she likes the pictures of the little Tiger).

And the peas, she loves them.  There have been several days that she had peas for part of all 3 (or 4) of her meals.  She is still eating everything we give her - I'm prepared for this to change at some point but I'm holding onto the tiniest bit of hope that she will always be a good eater.  In Hawaii, I fed her a few times from chopsticks and she got a big kick out of it.  She also started smacking her lips when she sees food, or when we're getting her ready to eat.  It's adorable.

Speaking of Hawaii, we just got back from a week in Maui with The Lederman's (aka Bama & Papa).  What an great week we had and are so grateful that Sydney was able to spend so much time with her grandparents while Brian and I were able to sneak off to the pool, go on a bike ride, snorkel and have a date night.  Sydney loved watching the ocean and birds, swimming in the pool and dining al fresco.  Thank you, thank you Robin & Richard.  It was the perfect break, we can't wait to do it again.

Here are my favorite photos from the month:
Just after she turned 10 months at VBJ Winery with Danielle and Sophia.
The morning after she learned how to sit up on her own, I saw her on the monitor sitting in her crib.
It shocked me, I ran in, and she was just sitting there waving to me.  Too cute.
Our good friends Julie & Brandon from Portland came to spend the night with us with
their kiddos Clara and Gus.  I really couldn't get any of them to look and smile -
 but we LOVED having their company for the night. 
Sydney finally started to love the swing.
The higher we push her, the more fun she has.
My parents were back down for a week visiting.
I think this is just a really cute photo of Sydney.
Loves her bouncer
Mom put Sydney down for a nap and she fell asleep sitting! Silly peanut. 
With MarMe and Grandpa Billy 
Cousin Billy & Sydney are best buddies - enjoying dinner together
Cousin Nate & Connor help Bama blow out her Birthday candles.
crawling is amazing!
Hi MarMe!
And...off to Maui.  I took a lot of photos and here are most of my favorites:
Sunset from the back patio - not a bad view for the week 
Papa's tradition of being the first to dip the grandkids toes in the ocean.
Sydney was a tough critic
Brian trying to get her to enjoy the ocean
Toys and all, she just wasn't a huge fan
She preferred bouncing on Dada on the beach
Or rolling over Mama
Papa getting some good snuggles from a tired baby
Pool time with Bama
This is the life!
Drying off
Oceanside talks with Papa
Just a cute one
Family photo - take 1
with Bama
More pool time
Family pool selfie
Pool transportation
*disclaimer - the pool was less than 1/4 mile from the house which is all in a gated community.
We would never do this otherwise - it was just quicker than walking
Flowers in her hair
Family photo - take 2

Date night 
Sunset view from our dinner at Honu
Papa, those are my glasses!
At dinner the last night 
Family photo - take 3
Love this one with Bama & Papa
11 month couch photo
We had the best month, and Sydney is making us laugh and smile daily.  I can't believe the next post I'll write, Sydney will be 1 year old.  We're looking forward to celebrating her 1st year with family & friends.