wild irish rose

On Saturday, September 1st, Laurel, Darrell and Rilo came over bright and early to watch the first Notre Dame game of the season. Kickoff was around 9am because the game was held in Dublin, Ireland! We watched the game, ate breakfast casserole, drank bloody mary’s and peach lambic beer, and … course … hung out with Evie! It was a really fun morning – especially because the Irish won, of course ūüôā

(Sep 1, 2012)


our little fishy


Michael and I took work off the Friday before Labor day. We went to the farmer’s market, and then took Evie to the pool for the first time! Here are some videos from that afternoon.

(P.S. If you live in the Dayton area, the outdoor pool at the Kettering Rec Center is ah-mazing.)

(This was in a vortex pool, so that explains the kids floating by in the background.)

Evelyn: 4 Months Old.

Age 4 months

Weight 16 pounds 2 ounces

Length¬†27 inches … off the charts:

Clothing size 6 mo

Hair¬†so wispy! It’s difficult to keep a bow in it anymore. There is actually new hair coming in, aaaaaand – it’s blonde! Baby girl, I thought you were going to have dark hair like me!

Teeth¬†none yet, but she has something in her mouth (usually her fingers) 90% of the time … so she may be teething.

Sleeping¬†still unpredictable, but not bad. She still goes down between 8:00 and 9:00 and sleeps until at least 4:00. Sometimes she wakes in the middle of the night, but sucks on her fingers to soothe herself. I know it may be difficult to break her of her finger-sucking habit someday, but right now – we’re loving it. If she does wake up in the middle of the night, she will usually make noises / “sing” until she falls asleep.

Eating¬†…. she’s pretty good at this. At home, she nurses every 3-4 hours during the day. At daycare, she takes 5 ounces now (instead of 4) every 3-4 hours. We haven’t started purees yet; we plan to do that around the 6 month mark.

Movement She is starting to scoot around and become more mobile. This month, she became proficient at rolling from her tummy to back. Combining that with her back-to-tummy skills, she can roll herself pretty efficiently where she wants. In her crib, as she starts to wake up, she inches forward on her tummy, sticking her toosh in the air and pushing herself forward. By the time she fully wakes up, she has moved herself completely to one side of the crib and sometimes bonks her head on the rails.

Milestones¬†She discovered toes. Tries to hold her bottle at daycare. First time in the pool (like it, except when we dunked her!). Watched first Notre Dame football game. Paid attention to Rilo for the first time (very curious … and she makes her laugh). Daddy had his first business trips since her birth (really, a milestone for me). Watched first Packer football game. Learned how to blow raspberries & loves to do it. Grasps toys & reliably holds onto them. Recognizes her name (Evelyn or Evie).

Favorite toys/activities¬†Blue jingle bell rattle, rainforest jumperoo, Snack the monkey, Mr. Piano Turtle, her dolly. When we hand her the monkey or her dolly, she reaches out both arms and pulls the toy toward her in a big hug. It’s really cute. She likes to grip her blue rattle and bang it against other things, especially when she’s in her Bumbo. In general, her favorite activity is just¬†feeling¬†things. Her hands are always exploring the textures around her. If you’re holding her on the couch, she will be scratching the arm rest or throw pillow. If you’re holding her, she will be grasping your shirt. She’s very curious about touch. She also likes to observe. If I’m holding her, she won’t look me in the eye. She’ll avoid my face (she already knows what that looks like) and look at anything else in the room, especially if it’s something new.

Likes¬†Apparently she and her friend at daycare, Emerson, get along very well. He is a bit older than her, and he’ll come up to her while she’s playing, and Evie will laugh. Evie follows him around the room with her eyes and likes to hang out with him. In the car, she likes to pull on Zink (the pink zebra) that hangs from her car seat. At home, she likes to snuggle with Daddy after naps. Evelyn also likes to hang out with her Aunt Emily because she makes her laugh with funny noises & tickling. We’ve found that she really enjoys playing by herself, especially on her rainforest playmat. If she’s constantly being stimulated by people, she gets cranky. She likes her quiet, solo playtime … and when she’s able to do that, she tends to fall asleep when she gets tired instead of just getting cranky. She likes being outside; if she does get cranky, it’s a sure-fire way to calm and relax her.

Dislikes¬†She doesn’t like diaper changes right after she wakes up. She doesn’t like getting her outfit changed when she’s very tired, or right after waking up (and before eating). Being in her car seat when the car is not moving. Also, she doesn’t like when you take your time getting her¬†out¬†of the car seat. Once she knows she’s getting out, she wants to get¬†out. NOW. She starts to arch her back and try to get out herself. In general, she doesn’t have a lot of dislikes. Every once in a while, she’ll catch us off-guard with some crankiness, but it’s usually solvable by putting her on our shoulder, patting her back and/or singing (or feeding her, of course … that’s the highest trump card).

Words & sounds¬†Not¬†as¬†vocal as last month, but still very vocal. She hasn’t been as vocal just because she has really discovered her hands and it’s more important to have those in her mouth now. When she makes noises with her hands in her mouth, it sounds like she’s making consonant sounds and “babbling.” Her new favorite thing has been¬†raspberries. When she discovered that skill, it was all she did for 2 days straight. Now she incorporates it into her normal sounds … so she will squeal, blow raspberries, make throaty sounds, then stick her fingers in her mouth and “talk” around those. When she starts to get tired & we put her on our shoulder and pat her back, she’ll also hold out a tone and listen as the back patting breaks the sound. She does this a lot with Michael. She’ll also put her open mouth on our shoulder/trap and if we’re bouncing her a bit, she’ll hold a tone to hear the breaks. It’s pretty funny. She did this in church during Katelyn’s baptism, ha. She got a lot of laughs, but got louder as time went on, so Michael had to leave with her for a bit.

What we love¬†Pretty much everything. Cheesy, huh? She’s just a very easy baby. She doesn’t fuss a lot – only if she’s WAY off any semblance of a schedule. She puts herself to sleep usually. She eats very well. She doesn’t mind car rides anymore. She smiles at the drop of a hat and is very curious about the world around her.

What we don‚Äôt love¬†n/a this month. …….I know. We can’t stop exclaiming to each other how lucky we are. I’ve decided to stop being bashful about it, or guilty because other parents may have it more difficult. I’m going to enjoy it, rejoice and be grateful!

What we‚Äôre looking forward to next month¬†Well, seeing as how she’s over 5 months as I’m writing her 4 month update, I can see the future. It includes a bigger baby, a bit fussier baby and a¬†stronger¬†baby!

(photos taken Aug 26, 2012)

snapshots, aug 25 – sep 9

I’ve been on a blog hiatus because there have more important things to do around here. ¬†All of those important things can be boiled down to one category: soaking up Evie’s first months of life.

Here’s a bunch of snapshots to show a bit of what we’ve been up to.

Hanging out with Rilo the dog, Uncle Darrell, Darrell’s brother Kevin, after-school naps with mommy … daddy even found a $100 bill on the street in California on a business trip!

concert at the park .. loving her zebra lovie .. a rainbow I saw .. evie loves her ring & middle fingers

venison tacos for dinner (not you, Evie, sorry) .. meeting up with our good friends at the Taste .. second street market .. swimming pool for the first time (she was very serious about it – no surprise)

she wasn’t sure at first, but after she thought really hard about it … she liked it.

daddy kisses .. irish gear .. faceplanting in spitup & not caring .. studying for notre dame .. smiles on the changing table

first Irish game of the season .. hanging out with Uncld D & Aunt Lo .. bloody mary’s & lambic .. getting tired in the jumperoo .. Target run with Mommy .. our long girl in the bathtub

waking up after a nap & lounging with Daddy .. falling asleep in odd places .. meeting her friend’s family at Katelyn’s baptism .. girl chat with Katelyn

reading with Mommy in the jungle .. napping with her toosh in the air .. sitting up in the rocker like a big girl .. lovin’ her 2 new toys: her feet

reading to her dolly .. Mommy & Evie already for the day .. showing off her awesome leg chunk .. Mommy’s day at Habitat for Humanity with work .. relaxing at home after a long day

flying with daddy .. showing off a cute outfit before school (Thank you, Barb & Larry!) .. meeting up with Maureen & Conner (check out Conner’s hair!! absolutely love it) .. Baby Ike hanging out with Erika .. Container Store heaven (and inevitable purchases) .. Evie napping with Rilo

butterfly kisses from Rilo (Evie loved it!) .. sleeping on D & Lo’s front porch .. meeting Layla, Evie’s new friend .. and getting pet by Layla (Evie didn’t like that) .. Evie sleeping & ¬†giving the finger (tsk tsk) .. playing with another new toy – Mommy’s face .. and Mommy’s new haircut!

my little ball of Irish cuteness, hanging out on the deck .. meeting Marion for the first time .. and sleeping all the way home.

We’ve been busy! Life is full of good things right now & we wouldn’t change it for the world.