Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Epic Weekend Continues

On Monday, we decided to pack even more fun into our busy weekend. We started off with ice cream from Molly Moons (Kyle had salted caramel and balsamic strawberry, I had pomegranate curry sorbet) and sat at the park with some friends. Unfortunately, while feeding Sora at the park, Sora puked all over me. Luckily, because I am a mom and I plan for these types of occurrences, I just changed into my extra shirt and we continued our fun park times.

Next, we headed to Ikea and left with some curtains, a shade tent for Sora, and an umbrella for our outdoor table.
(Sora and Kyle enjoying the tent in our yard)

I was also able to convince Kyle to stop at Southcenter Mall.
He hasn't been since the remodel last summer and I wanted him to see the amazing family lounge. We checked out the separate nursing booths, complete with cable television. Of course we stopped by H&M (which now caries maternity clothes - if only they had this when I was pregnant!).
(don't mind us - we're just settling down for some nursing)

Before we went home we also stopped by our friends Arne and Jamie's house. So Sora could meet their daughter Nina. who finally was not sick (sorry no adorable pictures were taken.)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Boating

In an attempt to top our amazing Saturday at Folklife, we spent our Sunday trying to find fun ways to stay busy. We started off the day with a walk at the lake and some hot chocolate (the best way to start any day, really).

We got to take advantage of the amazing weather again by going out on Kyle's sister and brother-in-law's boat with Sora's cousin. Sora was not a fan of the life jacket, and it was really hard to nurse in, but after a long adjustment period, she finally calmed down enough to enjoy herself. I think the turning point was Kyle putting her feet into the lake. After a little playtime, she laid down and let the boat rock her to sleep. It was a gorgeous way to spend the afte
rnoon, and I hope that next time we take her out, she likes the experience even more!
Sora visiting with cousin Dylan

Sora with daddy on the boat

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Working for the Weekend

Now that I am back at work - the weekend seems even more special than it has before. Kyle and I have all three days this weekend with Sora. Today, we took advantage of the great weather and a happy baby by taking the bus to Folklife. We've never gone before, and it was a big hit! Now we feel like true Seattlites, and we saw all kinds of crazy people and good music.

Sora rocking out to Scott Andrew, a local "lo-fi acoustic pop" artist. Thanks to mom for her adorable SPF 50 hat.

An overview of a tiny part of the festival. We were blown away with just how big it was. It was crowded, but nothing compared to Bumbershoot so, having the worst extreme to compare it to, it seemed very chill.

Sora relaxing after a big dance session. She danced herself silly to some blue grass with daddy.

Our bus ride home - notice Sora still looks relatively happy. Part of that is because she loves the bus, but part of it is just because she loves spending the day with mommy and daddy. We're using the Mai Tai which is my favorite carrier. In the past, Sora has screamed uncontrollably in this thing, so we've avoided using it for long trips, but today she seemed to really like it. I think now that she's big enough to look out of it and see stuff helps.

Now if only I could think of something equally exciting to do for the rest of our long weekend...

A Camera's View of a Crazy Month

Here are some pictures to give you all a window into Sora's life. Enjoy our cute little girl.








Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back to the Grindstone

Yesterday was my first day back at work after 14 weeks of maternity leave. Although I wish I could stay with Sora forever, I know that's not realistic, so I've decided to chose the "working will make me a better mother" philosophy. On the first day, we started off in our matching outfits so that we would be thinking of each other.
Kyle and Debra stayed home with her, and after much work, Debra was finally able to feed her some from the bottle! Today, she ate almost twice as much, and with less crying. Hopefully at this rate, she'll be a bottle pro by the end of the week!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Matchy-Matchy

My mom LOVED to dress us in matching outfits. Many times, the whole family would match, or coordinate, but a lot of times, mom and I would specifically match. And not just for family photos. Of course, there were always photos taken, but it was also a way for her to help keep track of us when we went on family outings. I think that we dressed alike every day we were in Disneyland when I was in kindergarden.

Fast forward 20-some years: I have decided, at least while Sora is still very small and can't complain, that this is a stinking cute tradition. Since Kyle and I aren't planning on having any more kids, she will have to just match me and Kyle. Kyle has a ton of sports clothing, so he and Sora match often - when they both wear their Mariner's outfits, for example.
Since Sora and I have fewer graphic t's that match (none, actually), I had to create something.

We haven't worn our matching outfits for any photo ops yet, but it's only a matter of time...

(and for those craftsters who are curious: Sora's tunic was made from this pattern, and my top was made from this tutorial)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Rolling Over

Although I don't have any photographic evidence, today was the first time Sora rolled all the way over from her tummy to her back. She has done some back to side rolls before, but not all the way until today. She did it three times in a row - once to show me that she could do it, twice to prove it wasn't just a fluke, and the third time to show off, because, yeah, she's already that kind of girl.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sora's New Trick

Sora has decided that sitting up is all the rage. It's what all the cool people in her life are doing, and it seems like the bee's knees. Although Sora is months away from being able to actually sit up on her own, she is already practicing. She started doing this new trick a few days ago, and now practices all the time when she is happy. It's adorable, but it also means that she's going to be mobile before I know it (and we need to be super careful now when she's on the changing table).

video

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Lake House

After stopping by to see Sora's cousin Dylan turn 1 (which I didn't have time to photograph since Sora was crying the whole time - it was way too exciting to nap), we headed out of town to Lake Chelan for a few days with Kyle's family. We are still here, and it is nice to see the beautiful lake outside of the time share with the sun shining and the birds chirping.
We've taken Sora on quite a few walks and she seems to love the pace of vacation life. She even slept in this morning with us until after 7:00! Since we wake up at 6:00 every morning, this was a very special vacation treat. Hopefully it will happen again before we go home and have to get back to our real life. My time at home with Sora ends soon, so our actual real life is looming in the very near future! Poor kid doesn't even know what's around the bend.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

3 Months

Sora is 3 months old! Boy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were taking her home from the hospital!
Left: Sora at three months, Right: Sora at two months. Notice how much happier she is now!

Left: Sora at three months, Right: Sora on the day we took her home from the hospital.

Some highlights of the month:
  • Sora loves to suck her fingers!
  • She has taken the bus and LOVES it.
  • She has rolled half way over once (from back to side).
  • Her pooping schedule has slowed down, and daddy hasn't had to change a poopy diaper in two weeks!
  • She loves to look at books.
  • She makes all sorts of fun cooing noises.
  • She smiles easily and has a dimple.
  • Sora's grip is very strong and she loves to grab your fingers and do baby sit ups.
  • She has a very strong neck and is starting to lift it up when she's in her car seat.
  • Sora has started to join us at the dinner table in her high chair.
  • She is wearing 3-6 mo. clothing, but still wears a few of our favorite 0-3 mo. clothes.
  • She is sleeping through the night! Sora usually sleeps from 8-4, 4:15-5:30 and then is up for the day.
  • Her nap schedule is getting more predictable, and she often cries when she's tired.
  • She has almost doubled her birth weight, and weighs around 12.5 lbs.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Sora has officially survived her first spring wind/rain storm like a champ. I shouldn't be surprised since she had a lot of experience with winter storms (although they are much quieter than the torrential downpour we had last night that woke us up but apparently didn't phase Sora).

Our garden also survived and looks like most of what we planted is thriving. The only seedlings that aren't looking promising are the basil, but the rest are looking wonderful! I can't wait to eat strawberries later this spring!


Sora is of course thriving too. She seems to be getting bigger by the day! Lately, she's all smiles and coos and is starting to create a nap schedule for herself. The predictable naps are nice, because her nighttime sleep is starting to regress a bit - although it's nothing like her newborn sleep, don't worry!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Big Girl Pants

So as our beautiful baby girl continues to grow we have begun to dabble with 3-6 month clothes. This is exciting for everyone in Team McPherson. Some of the 0-3 month clothes still fit but Sora is getting to tall for many of them. It is fun to have a whole new wardrobe for Sora to rock. She can't fill all of them out yet, but at the rate she is growing it will not be long until the 0-3 month clothes get passed on to the next baby and we are fully in her big girl pants.

Her first hoodie!
Her second pair of jeans and a great colorful top
GO DAWGS!
And some times you just got go bare!


The wonderful world of books


So we have been excited to recently learn that Sora is fascinated with picture books. Specifically the thick board books that babies cannot destroy. While she still has to listen to Maleah or I read the story she is fully engaged by the pictures. I am confident that she will be reading War and Peace by the end of the month. Here is a picture of our future book critic enjoying a captivating tale called "Eating the Alphabet."
Kyle