Dispatches from Babyville

Holy crap, we have a baby!

Vacation in Oregon May 23, 2010

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The highlights and lowlights of the trip.

1.  River’s first plane ride with no crying.

2.  Riv tripped on the moving walkway in the airport and it ripped one of her finger nails off.

3.  Riv’s first trip to the ocean.

4.  It rains ALL the time in Oregon.

5.  We got to see Rob, Nicole, and Holly.

6.  We got to see lots of plants and tree which we don’t have in Colorado.

7.  All three of us were sick and Riv got an ear infection.

8.  We got to cook and eat dinner with all our friends just like we did in Madison.

The ocean is soooo big!



Oregon is bursting with life


At Nicole’s house in Eugene



Worn out with a fever and ear infection after the trip



Sleep Breakthrough April 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Athletic Life @ 8:38 pm

I have lots of other things that I’ve been meaning to post, including birthday pictures, but for now I’ll just share this adorable picture:


I’m sure many of you are aware that River has not been the greatest sleeper in the world. There were months at a time when she would wake 5-10 times every night, and we were all exhausted. She never slept in her crib, and for a long time she wouldn’t even sleep in a room by herself. We have had some improvement over the last several months, but she still fought sleep and woke frequently. About a week ago, whatever developmental switch controls sleep suddenly and mysteriously got flipped. Since then, she has been taking two-hour naps by herself in her own bed without waking up (which she never did before) and sleeping 8-9 hour stretches most nights (which she also never did before).

I’m sure we’ll have occasional bad nights and setbacks, but I think we’ve finally turned a corner. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this extra energy and time, but I can’t tell you how happy I am to have it!


Random cuteness April 6, 2010

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The weather here has been very nice lately, so River and I have been doing some gardening. Well, it’s more like I’ve been doing some gardening, while she sits in the shade and supervises. Her brown sunhat is too small now, but she wore it once more just for the sake of pure adorableness.
chillin in the shade

River’s silly dad put his huge SpongeBob slippers on her hands, and she had lots of fun waving them around in the air.
Sponge Bob slippers

“PLEASE can I play with the camera? Please? Pretty pretty please? With sugar on top?”


Happy Easter! April 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Athletic Life @ 11:26 am

River had fun this morning investigating her Easter basket. This isn’t really her first Easter, but since she was only two days old on Easter last year, the Easter Bunny didn’t put anything in her basket. However, her Nanny (my mom) gave her a beautiful Longaberger Easter basket, so she was all ready for the Easter Bunny this year.

“Look, Dad! There’s a bunch of stuff in here, and it’s all for ME!”

“Well, I GUESS I have enough hair now to need a cute brush and comb.”
new brush

“This new sunhat is pretty cool, but I don’t think I need to wear it inside, Mama.”
new hat

“Thanks for the new dress, it really is nice, but honestly I just can’t wait to try out the toothbrushes.”
Easter basket


This child certainly enjoys her food March 27, 2010

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We continue to be amazed by what a wide variety of foods River likes to eat. She doesn’t always eat large amounts; she’s still an enthusiastic little nurser and gets a lot of nutrition from breastmilk. But she is happy to eat a surprising selection of solid foods as well. Broccoli, carrots, and peppers are favorites, as well as fried rice, Thai coconut milk curry, veggie and bean soups, whole grain bread, squash, tofu, blueberries, and tangerines. The other day I looked over at her and saw this:

enjoying her food

She had easily consumed almost all of the lentils, veggies, and brown rice on her tray and was busy gnawing on part of a very strongly flavored blackstrap gingersnap. Her table manners may not be the best yet (hey, what do you expect, she can’t even use a spoon yet!), but she has quite a sophisticated palate for an 11-month-old.


Awwww March 26, 2010

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This picture makes my heart feel all big and warm.

too cute


Poor little leg

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Athletic Life @ 11:14 am

A few days ago, I wanted to write a big post about how good River is getting at walking but I didn’t get around to it. Now, unfortunately, River isn’t walking at all, because she broke her leg. We’re not quite sure how she did it (I was only ten feet away but was looking in the other direction), but the leading theory is that she was climbing on one of the kitchen chairs and fell. It’s not a bad break and should heal very nicely.


As you can see from the picture, she’s doing just fine, but she does have a huge blue cast on her leg. She can crawl in a very awkward-looking fashion, but she’ll have to take a short hiatus in her walking practice until the cast comes off in four weeks.