February flying by...

Maisy and Maren love

We’ve had a busy month. It seems we were always busy doing something. We were lucky enough to welcome two new friends to the world this year!

Little baby Velia was born Jan. 21 to our friends Amy and Paul. Maisy calls her “squishy baby Velia”. We’ve had the pleasure of seeing baby Velia a few times since her entrance into the world, the first few of many many play dates, I’m sure!

Becky and baby Velia cuddles

Baby Louisa was born Feb. 11 to our friends Alison and Maynard. She is wonderful, complete with a full head of hair! We look forward to seeing baby Louisa and big sister Mila a lot more after the family emerges from newborn land.

Maren meets baby Louisa

I just love meeting all of the new babies!

We were lucky enough to have Nana come visit to babysit while Todd and I went out for a night!

Todd and Becky all cleaned up for a night out

The next day Nana and I took the girls to the aquarium.

Nana and Maren

Maisy gave Nana a run for her money. Nana slept in Maisy’s double bed while Maisy was supposed to sleep in her sleeping bag and princess tent on the floor. This is where Maisy prefers to do most of her sleeping these days. The first night went okay, the next night Maisy kept Nana up all night having in depth conversations about the Lorax (which Nana had to read a bazillion times). The rest of the night was taken up with playing pillow and side of the bed swap. The next night Nana slept on the couch and everyone got a full night’s sleep.

Nana reading The Lorax- “Nana, but why was the Lorax sad? Where are his eyes? I like that trufula tree.”

Some of these pictures and stories may seem familiar because they were so cute at the time, I had to post them to Facebook. The reason I am re-posting to the blog is because at the end of the year, I turn our blog into a Shutterfly photobook to capture our memories. So if it doesn’t get blogged it doesn’t get commemorated. I’ve been horrible about filling in Maisy’s baby book. I don’t think I’ve touched it since she was 3 months old and poor Maren doesn’t even have a baby book. So here we are!

Maisy is growing and growing. She can now put on her own shoes, turn lights off and on, put on her own jacket, semi- get dressed and help unload the dishwasher. She is very good at picking up after herself. She is also very enthusiastic about hand washing! Maisy has started to write stories. Here is her first story.

“Once upon a time, I had fun with Evan and he came to my house and we played and had fun. Then we had lunch and I went home for nap.”

Maisy’s written story

Maisy and her story

Maisy loves being social. She often asks to visit friends, both her age and mine. We went to dinner with Satya and Shreyas the other night and Maisy and Satya went singing in the “rain” after dinner.

Maisy and Satya being silly

We are gearing up for Maisy to start her first day at school. Her first day will be next Friday. We got her a little owlie lunch bag and we are practicing packing it and eating lunch out of it. We went to the library and checked out as many books as we could find about school and Maisy has been requesting that we play school and I am the teacher. It’s pretty fun. She is very much looking forward to it. I’m really looking forward to seeing her blossom and also to getting a bit more time to spend one on one with Maren.

Maisy loves being a big sister and Maren is fascinated and thoroughly entertained by Maisy. Maisy sometimes shows too much love and gets a bit too excited, but Maren is a tough cookie and handles most of it with a great deal of grace.

Maren is 6 months old. I cannot even believe that much time has passed since she was born. I still think of her as a newborn, then we see her next to real newborns and she seems giant sized!

Maren and Sophie

Maren is strong and close to sitting on her own. She can for a bit, then she starts leaning and leaning and leaning and pretty soon she’s on her way over. She isn’t scooting or rolling over yet. She had her 6 mo appointment today and I asked the doctor about that. After watching Maren in action, she says she’s completely capable of those activities, she simply just doesn’t want to, so she says not to worry. We haven’t yet started feeding her solids but will next week. She now weighs 15 lbs 3 oz and is 26 inches long. Poor baby got her shots today and she was not too happy about it. She cried big tears and let out big wails. Broke my heart again! She’s currently sleeping and mending.

Maren resting after shots

Maren is still waking up once to twice a night (typically) for feeds. I’m looking forward to the day of real sleeping through the night because I have yet to find the right amount of coffee to actually feel completely awake and alert!

We have quite a bit of travel coming up. This weekend we are heading back up to Tahoe to hang out with Mimi, Papa J and Uncle Steven in the snow. Mid March I am taking the girls down to LA on a plane ride alone! (I feel this is a crazy idea- we’ll soon find out exactly HOW crazy it is). We are going down for dress fittings, wedding dress shopping and wedding planning for my sister’s wedding. Then at the end of March we are headed up to Portland to visit friend, family, my dad and to attend my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. Whew! Busy busy month. We plan to lay low in April!

More in a few weeks!

Much love, Todd, Becky, Maisy and Maren