we are currently staying outside of fort worth and having a wonderful time. i got my first pair of cowboy boots while miss sylvie is cutting her first teeth. my poor little girl has been a miserable lumpkin the last few evenings. thank goodness for hyland's teething gel!
i hate to cut this so short, especially after such a dearth of updates, but it's past my bedtime. i wish you all ( y'all) a safe and happy new year, full of peace, joy, and maybe a little bubbly! happy 2011 and goodnight!
p.s. check out them boots:
december 22, 2009.
the day we found out about sylvie. our early christmas present. the above photo shows me in awe, still holding the positive test. i felt ill for the rest of the day. i had to leave halfway through my shift at the bookstore. i just could not concentrate.
i called my mother first.
"are you busy right now?"
"what would you think if i said i was pregnant?"
a moment of silence followed. i was just as surprised as you were, mom. surprised is an understatement. i full-on freaked out for 24 hours. i wondered how we could afford her. how could we make it all work? in a one bedroom apartment? on two small salaries? the answer was shockingly simple: we would make it work because there is no other option then to do so. once i drilled that into my brain, i was able to concentrate on names, cribs, and colors.
i fell in love with her quickly and completely. love is an understatement. in the year since that day she has occupied my every thought, breath, waking moment, and dream. she was the missing piece in the puzzle of our lives. we just didn't know it until that day. she is the love of my life and the funniest person i know. she is sylvie. my daughter. my sweet baby girl.
these are two of my favorites from the past week. she's a big ball of personality while awake, but still my squishy baby when sleeping.
we're packing up for our big holiday trip down to texas! i'm beyond excited to spend sylvie's first chirstmas surrounded by both sides of our families. i hope houston, dallas, and austin are ready for us. stay tuned for updates from the lone star state!
last weekend we ventured north to chicago for my cousin's wedding. i finally got around to uploading the pictures.
the snowy view from our hotel room:
sylvie got all dolled up for the rehearsal dinner:
we got all dolled up for the wedding (which was adults only):
the wedding was in the beautiful blackstone hotel ballroom:
the beautiful bride:
if you've never been to a traditional jewish wedding, here is a slice of the fun you're missing!:
that's my aunt and uncle up in those chairs, holding on for dear life. travis and i opted not to do the chair thing at our wedding, and i am seriously regretting that decision after watching this. i did do it at my bat mitzvah and can honestly say it is equal parts super fun and super terrifying.
we were supposed to head back home the day after the wedding, but everyone got snowed in! it was fun to spend another lazy day with family. we finally got to drive home on monday. on the way home we stopped at the triple xxx diner in lafayette, indiana for lunch. apparently, this place was featured on diners, drive-ins, and dives. it's not my favorite food network show, but my burger was good!
travis and sylvie hamming it up at the triple xxx diner:
my first trip to chicago was so much fun! i hope we get a chance to visit again before we leave the midwest.
last week, on her 4 month birthday, sylvie learned how to mimic us. i blew a raspberry at and her and she blew it back. at first i thought it was a fluke, so i did it again. to my surprise, she blew one back! we went back and forth this way for a good 20 minutes. she's done it again everyday since. i finally managed to catch it on video over the weekend.
i think this is my favorite developmental milestone so far. every once in a while she will mimic an actual sound, but she always nails the raspberry! i love it. i love her.
travis and i have said time and time again that the best baby item we have is the play gym. sylvie loves that thing, which is evidenced by the gazillion pictures we have of her in it. seriously. half of the pictures taken of her after 8 weeks include the play gym. i would say it is the best investment we've ever made, except that we didn't buy it. we registered for it and received it at our baby shower.
thank you, play gym. even though you are a tremendous eyesore, you will always have a place with us. you are the only reason i get a halfway decent breakfast in the morning, and for that you are worth your weight in gold.
my dearest sylvie,
today you are 4 months old. do you know what happened this month? you became miss personality. YOU ARE SO MUCH FUN. all of a sudden, a switch flipped and you are now the happiest baby. you smile, babble, and giggle all day long. your fussy times have become predictable, and much easier to work through. you've stopped fighting sleep as much. in fact, you are sleeping well again. you slept 8+ hours in a stretch 4 nights in a row this week! thank you so much for allowing us all to get some rest. we are all--you included--happier for it.
you hit a few big milestones this past month, as well. you can roll over from front to back and are getting so close to rolling back to front. today, for the first time ever, you tried to sit up on your own. i was so proud of you! you now have enough coordination to lunge for something, grab it, and stick it straight in your mouth. color me impressed, baby girl.
you are the funniest person i know. really. the things you do and the noises you make have me laughing all day long. so far you have great comedic timing! you are talking up a storm. we have small conversations throughout the day, and it is great fun. i love chatting with you and hearing you babble and giggle back. it's so rewarding to watch you flourish in this way.
we celebrated your first chanukah this month. it made me so happy to watch you stare at the candles and listen to the prayers. i can't wait for you to try latkes next year! they are so yummy. i promise you will LOVE them!
this month was not without its rough spots. you got your first high fever (101.5 degrees) and went through a couple of weeks without sleeping more than an hour or two at a time. your daddy and i got you through those moments the best we could. speaking of daddy, you are totally his girl. you adore your father and it warms my heart. sometimes you get very upset when you can hear him, but can't see him. if he speaks to me from another room, you will crane your head around to look for him. when you can't find him, you get very upset and often cry. i'm a daddy's girl, too. i totally get it. fathers are a wonderful thing and you have one of the best there is.
i can't believe 4 months has already come and gone. we can't wait to see what month 5 has in store for us! you will visit two new places (chicago and texas) and meet a lot of family members for the first time. you will have your first christmas and new year. i'm so excited for your first christmas morning, which will be spent surrounded by family. you are so loved, baby girl. i hope you know that everyday for the rest of your life. you are my light.
with all the love in my heart,