Sunday, June 28, 2009

All Kinds of Fun

Sora has become a take-anywhere type of baby. It's great! Lately, whenever she's fussy, if we go somewhere exciting, she calms down and enjoys herself (and will nap when she really needs to without any fussing at all).

Last weekend, Kyle took her to her first parade (which I'm really sad that I missed because I have a ridiculous love of parades - there will definitely be many more to come - hopefully one next weekend!). This weekend, Sora and I joined some friends at the Greenwood Car Show (which she slept through - apparently not a huge classic car lover). My parents came over and we went out to Chocolati (my mom's favorite), for a walk along Green Lake, and out to our favorite Pho restaurant. Sora was totally excited about the excursion. My parents also brought Sora a saucer to play in. I'm pretty picky about non-electronic toys for Sora (for my sanity and for her development - it's a win-win!), and they managed to pick one that is Maleah-approved (or tolerated). I think Sora is going to start associating her grandparents with presents pretty soon - watch out!
Today, Kyle had an unexpected day off, so we searched the paper for fun ideas and ended up going to the Shoreline Arts Festival. It was super fun and there were a lot of interactive hands-on art to do (that was all free). I can't wait to take Sora back when she can participate. She does love looking at art though, and was very happy to have Kyle wear her all afternoon.

After we got home and she got upset, we decided to go get more plants for our garden and go grocery shopping for the week. As soon as we left the house, she calmed down and was a happy, fun baby for the entire trip. Now if only Kyle and I had enough energy to get up and find some amazing, free entertainment every time Sora gets upset!

Oh, one more random update: Sora is doing much better at Mimi's during the week. Mimi and Sarah, her 6 year old granddaughter, are always on the go, so being at Mimi's is right up Sora's alley. On Friday, Sora went strawberry picking, and got to watch others enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake (I'm so jealous!) and didn't really cry at all the whole day. She's growing up to be such an independent baby! Mimi's also working on getting Sora to take a pacifier - she's not all the way there yet, but she can happily chew on it now without gagging or getting upset.

Rolling Over Part 2

Sora can officially roll over from her back to her front. She does it all the time, and it's adorable at 9:00 in the morning. Not so adorable in her crib at 9:00 at night.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fatherhood Just Never Stops Rocking

So here is another fantastic set of pictures showing you the moments that drive my happiness. Enjoy! Sora is developing a personality and sometimes she is sassy and other times she can be down right aloof. She is always squirmy like her daddy she can't sit still.


Father/Daughter Weekend

Okay, I'm a little late with the Father's Day post, but we were too busy having a great Father's Day! Kyle's dad came over for the weekend and on Saturday, Sora spent time with them and Debra while I was at work. We managed to make it to a party and still spend time with Kyle's family. On Sunday, we went out to breakfast at Kyle's favorite diner. Afterwards, Dale and Kyle went to an amazing Mariner's game while Debra and I went shopping and hit up the Fremont Street Fair (which everyone but me saw on Saturday as well).

Sora was a fun baby this weekend with plenty of smiles and laughs. She's starting to get more of a personality and she's starting to be more entertaining. Yesterday while Kyle was at home with her, I was surprised with a visit at work. It was fun to see Sora during the day and show the world how adorable she is!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Exploring Nature

One of the best things about living in the city is that there are so many things to do! Yesterday we finally explored a new park that we keep driving past. It's much bigger than we thought, and includes an off leash dog park (although if you know how much I love dogs, it really is a negative for the park, not a positive). We didn't stay long, but we got to explore some of the trails and show Sora the wonders of nature. She was fascinated with the leaves and the petals. Now that she actually interacts with things, it is a lot more fun to take her places.

On another completely random note, she rolled from her back to her front today several times. Kyle was home watching her and she was working on it all day, and as soon as he left this evening, Sora finally rolled over while I was skyping with my mom. I guess she knows who to really impress! Luckily for Kyle, she did it again after he got back.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

After even the longest of nights, having cute outfits to dress Sora in makes me smile in the morning.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Time Flies

This week has been hectic for me, and Kyle hasn't been feeling well, so I feel like we haven't gotten anything done! Sora spent her first two days with Mimi, who will be watching her 3-4 days a week starting next week. It didn't go amazingly, but it was Sora's first time being watched outside of our house, so she was in a strange environment with a strange lady. Hopefully by the end of next week, Mimi and Sora will have acclimatized to each other. On Sunday night, I spent time packing and making sure everything was ready. Monday morning after Kyle got all the way to Mimi's (which is right next to his work - a 45 min. commute), he realized that although we had packed bottles and milk, we had forgotten the nipples for the bottles. Unfortunately, Sora's super picky when it comes to bottles and the ones we use are hard to find, so her first day of an already tough transition was much tougher than it needed to be because of our oversight.

My mom came to spend a few more days with Sora at the end of the week, which we all really enjoyed (I think Sora was grateful to spend some time at home again). Here are some adorable pictures from their time together and from our busy week.

4 Months

Life has been as busy as ever here at the team headquarters. Sora's 4 month doctor's appointment was earlier this week. She now weighs 14 lbs 2 oz, and is 24 1/2 inches long. She is in the 60th percentile for weight and 50th percentile for height. Her head is still relatively small, coming in the 10th percentile.

Left: coming home from the hospital; Right: 4 months old

Left: 3 months old; Right: 4 months old

Sora is growing so quickly - she has more than doubled her birth weight and is adding more rolls every week!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Baby's First Camo

I admit that I love a bargain. There are several (or at least 3) websites that I have found that have super cheap baby gear. It's exciting, and I feel like I'm being paid to shop. It's a problem that I'm working on overcoming (especially since we don't need any more stuff for Sora!). Preying on my obsession for baby carriers, and knowing that Father's day is a few weeks away, suckered me into buying a Baby K'tan for Kyle.

I think these pictures speak for themselves. Needless to say, we now have 5 carriers for Sora. Ridiculous, I know. She seems to like this one well enough. Kyle wore her during our grocery trip last night, and got lots of funny looks (I think it was the matching hat that was just a tad overboard). Sora happily looked around the store and fell asleep in the produce aisle when things were getting a little over stimulating.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cooling off

Although the warm weather was nice and very refreshing after a nasty winter, Sora was not a fan. She developed a little heat rash that is still clearing up, and she had a really hard time napping during the heat. It doesn't help that there is no shade around our house and it's like a little hot box in here! With 3 fans going and all of the windows open, we were still tempted to sleep outside.

Thankfully, Thursday night, while I was out having sushi with some other moms, the weather turned windy and cloudy.

Sora showing her excitement over the weather on Thursday night.

We took advantage of the mild weather by going to the Food and Herb Fair at Bastyr University yesterday with Tory. Sora loved it, until we started to leave. I have never heard her cry so hard - you would think something was hurting her, but no.

She's starting to show a little more of her personality and she is a complex baby! She cries one second and will smile the next, then will go back to crying. She's still easily distracted from fussing, which is nice but exhausting.

Sora starts going to our "real" sitter tomorrow up near Kyle's office. I'm sure it will be fine, but I will miss having all of the grandma's at our house and knowing Sora is in a familiar environment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The moments that make Fatherhood rock!

So I know all of the fans of baby Sora out there are probably wondering were the updates have been. Well with Maleah back to work and sunny weather and me being busy at work we have been swamped at Team McPherson headquarters.

So with a deep breath and a sleeping Sora I will update the masses by sharing some of the best moments of my life over the last week.

We have had both my moms helping out and this week I spent two days home with Sora as well. It was fantastic, we had a great day drinking bottles and sleeping and going on walks.

Maleah's parents got back from europe and her mom joined us this week to watch Sora for the last few days of the week. Thank you all for your support and love and enjoy the pictures of Sora.