Monday, October 29, 2007

A Week in Willow's World....

Ok, so it seems that I don't have enough time to blog all of the Willow moments as they happen, so I figured I might employ a little 'this week in review' type technique. Heavy on the pictures, low on commentary, hopefully this will be enough to satisfy even the most chronic Willow curiosities. Here she is 3 months and 2 weeks old.....


























She plays hard...





















She loves a good 'swim'...





















She's starting to make buddies with this thing called 'cat'....



























She's really starting to figure things out.....






















But she doesn't always like all the attention she's getting.....





She loves a good time with Dad....




























She's up for just about anything!



We love her so much. I am the camera happy Mama who wants to capture and savour every last little tidbit of her ever changing and fleeting baby-ness! Everyday is an adventure. Thanks for checking us out...I am happy to share and glad that you love her too!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Willow's 'Firsts'

So many changes this week, so many 'firsts', I almost can't remember them all! At times like this, I kinda want to tell little Willow, 'Slow down, wee one! Plenty of time to grow up!' Lets see... she had her first go at the Excersaucer - so much fun. I think she gets a little sick of doing stuff laying down, although I try to keep that to a reasonable minimum - I didn't want her getting a flat head, y'know! And she is not too keen on sitting in her little chairs for very long - still not quite enough tummy/back strength to sit up properly...but the Excersaucer is just perfect. She can sit /stand upright and there are all these great toys to check out. I keep in the kitchen and it allows me some hands free time to tidy up, cook, bake whatever...it's so great! Yay for new inventions that help Moms grab moments of productivity!



Another first, which is a BIG one is her first bottle of Mom's milk. I had tried once before and she couldn't quite get the idea of it but this time, she sort of got it! She's still not as good at sucking the bottle as she is at Mom's breast, but it is a great first step. And it was pretty cool for Adam to have the experience of feeding Willow. I must say, it is a little sad as this seems like the first tiny step towards our separation and her independence....and I suppose the beginning of the end of our special feeding relationship but it also marks the first steps towards a bit of freedom for me. It's hard because on one hand, I want to be selfish and I don't want her to share that special relationship with anyone else, but on the other hand, I need to let other people help me and Love her. Hopefully one day I will actually be able to leave her with Grandma and Opa for an evening while Adam and I go out on a date! Awww, the thought of it makes me happy and sad all at once!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Willow Turns 3 Months Old















Wow! I'm Three Months Old!

As a very special blog entry for all the Willow fans out there (and I know there are a lot of you) I am posting three videos of some great moments with Willow on this, her three month birthday. Enjoy! (I know I do!)

Willow and Her Mobile...
Adam calls this "The Rapture of the Donkey Mobile"



Willow Reads a Book...
It is so exhausting being the world's smartest baby!



Willow Tells a Story...
My my, what a fabulous storyteller she is!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Willow's Eyes....

This week I can see Willow's expressions changing. They are seemingly more deliberate and distinct. I look into her eyes and I see a sea of newness...completely perfect and unspoiled. Sometimes I see myself holding her, or I see her laying on our bed and I am reminded of how little she still is. She is not even three months old yet and it seems like she is so much older, bigger. I suppose that in my mind she is absolutely huge, the biggest thing in my world, larger than life, so I can see why I am surprised sometimes at her tiny-ness. Right now she is sitting on Dad's lap while he surfs the news and she is quite mesmerized with the computer screen. Are we bad parents for letting her see the computer? We have already given up TV since moving so it's not like she sees the old boob tube at all. I guess that her world will be a computer world so it kind of makes sense for her to know about it early on. And it is only for a couple minutes at a time....They are up now and back to the bedroom where her two very favorite indoor things reside: her mobile that plays classical music while colorful donkeys swoop and loop around and the ceiling fan, which she loves to lay and stare at. I guess now that her vision is quite developed, seeing is a big, fun thing in itself. I look at the website www.tinyeyes.com to see how her eyes work. When we are walking outdoors, her head flicks all around, eyes following the trees. I wonder if in the years to come, these first experiences of fall will be etched somewhere in her memory and her heart.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Thanksgiving.....


Feels like I have a lot to be thankful for this year....good health, being close to family, a wonderful hubby, and this beautiful new girl in my life. I love her more and more every day, every moment! We had a really nice afternoon at Grandma and Opa's place, complete with turkey dinner and the works. I made a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert - so delicious! Willow had a fun time in the yard and it was a gorgeous, sunny fall day. She grabbed her first fallen fall leaf and held onto it for a while. She was really stoked to just sit on the grass and look at it and touch it. She was pretty excited when Sam the cat came by and she touched him too. Her awareness of the world and her place in it is just starting to unfold and it is so exciting to watch. Using her hands to grab and touch stuff, looking around and staring, really intently staring at things that grab her attention are her most recent activities. She loves to hold onto the fingers of others and of course her own fingers often find their way into her mouth. This week we started post natal yoga classes which she seemed to like. I think she mostly enjoys looking at and being around the other babies. Last night she sat and watched Adam play guitar for a while and when he was holding her, she hit her first guitar strings...music in the making! She had her first shoulder ride on Daddy's shoulders this week. She has also started to converse with us, answering back our queries with her bright eyes and 'ahh's' and 'uhhh's' in her own voice. I feel like we are at the beginning of what is sure to be the biggest adventure ever...new life! Here we go Willow!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Goofy little Grins...

I love the mornings...sometimes Willow and I just hang out and it is pretty fun! Moments like these don't last forever but that's what makes them so special. I really love being a Mama...so far all of the changes have been very gradual from discovering we were pregnant to this, the end of my 'fourth trimester'(which is what baby's first three months outside the womb has been dubbed) I guess birth was the only not-so-gradual change. Actually it was more like the single most amazing event of my life so far. But my point is that I am this whole new person, it seems. I am a Mum. It sort of happened while I was busy growing a baby and now taking care of her is my number one job. It kind of surprises me, in a way. I feel like I have eased my way into parenthood and I really love it.