Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas in Iowa

Christmas cousins (Penelope, Sabine and Nicholas).

Bine having fun with mommy and daddy.

Bine playing with the awesome easel Arlene and Mike made her.

Christmas morning is crazy! Bine really bonded with Uncle Scott.

Playing in the snow.

Time to get clean!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Waiting for Nuevo

We are officially announcing the appearance of Nuevo, due June 8th. Nuevo is at around 16 weeks and doing great. Heather had another really rough bout of morning sickness in the first trimester, but she is healthy and feeling pretty good now. We will probably find out the gender at our next ultrasound in early January.

Since Sabine was known as Huevo in her early development, we figured Nuevo would be a good name for the new baby. Nuevo was not really planned, though we did want to have another baby - but not quite this soon (not that we're complaining). But, we think having the siblings so close in age will be good for them. And the age difference of 20 months will be similar to that between Heather and Scott.

We will keep you posted on all the latest Nuevo developments, as well as the latest news on Sabine. She is doing great and having a lot of fun. Recently she's been saying "at!", when she sees a hat. Tonight she ate ravioli and baked beans. She's walking really fast now and swings her arms a lot.

In other news, after being unemployed for ten months, I got a job last month! You can imagine our relief, especially after having found out about Nuevo. The new job is a step up and more challenging than my old job, but I think that will be good for me. I'm the new Creative Production Director at Paulette Carter Design Group, and the position is similar to my old job - half creative work and half project management. The nice thing is that I am really valued for my copywriting skills and will be doing a lot of it.

The only down side is that I won't be able to spend as much time with Sabine and I already miss her a lot. She will now be in daycare full time - luckily she really likes it there. Unfortunately we can't get her in on Tuesdays, so we'll probably get a nanny for that day until a spot opens up.

Happy holidays to everyone, we are off to Iowa in two days to see Oma & Mike and Scott, Megan, Nick and Penelope.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Operation One Nap

Encouraged by Sabine's teachers at daycare, we've decided to take the big step of going from two naps to one nap. So far, so good. We're also trying to wean her off formula and the bottle. It's been fairly easy to wean her off the formula, we just diluted it with whole milk. So she's now at 3/4's milk and 1/4 formula. But she just doesn't want to drink from anything other than a bottle/nipple.

We've also been trying to give her more solid foods and she is really liking that. She loves to eat what mommy and daddy are eating. Over 4 hours this morning, she ate an entire banana, a whole baby yogurt, a little scrambled eggs and a small bowl of cheerios and milk!

Sabine loves her new early Xmas present....


Friday, November 27, 2009

Catching up with Sabine

Sabine had a playdate with Coleman twins, Jane and Casey, who are already big Beatles fans. Here Bine is watching the twins watching the Fab Four.

Bine wanted to try on daddy's shoes...

Bine still loves wearing her bike helmet, even though she's never been on a bike!

Bine has a new trick for meal time - she bites down on the spoon and won't let go!

Here's a preview of what Sabine might look like with hair eventually...

And, below are a couple of videos showing how well she is walking now.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Now that she's One

Sabine is so much fun these days. She is feeling better (getting over her 6 month "cold" since she started taking antibiotics) talking, and walking. She is also coming into her own as a fashion forward super-baby. She started wearing hats ... she insists on putting on big floppy summer hats or her bike helmet pretty much as soon as she wakes up. The bike helmet is huge on her but very cute.

She's now moved on to wearing both her summer hat and her bike helmet. She's a nut.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Sabine went trick or treating with Mommy and Cindy and brought home lots of treats.

Look who's becoming a real pro at walking!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What does a one-year old do?

Now that Sabine is one year old, we decided to list some of her new accomplishments.

Her first words are "uh-oh", "quack", "hi!" and apparently "boo-ya".

She can't say "no", but she is great at waving stuff off and shaking her head vigorously. Especially when it comes to picking out her books at bedtime.

She's down to two naps a day, with three hours between them - leaving lots of times for walks.

She is getting better at coloring and likes to dance to her favorite music.

Bine can hold her own bottle now and is becoming a pro with the sippy cup.

She can pick up food off her plate and put it into her mouth.

She eats 5,000 Cherrios a day.

She loves her bike helmet and has a good laugh looking at it in the mirror.

She has six teeth - 2 on the botom and 4 on top.

She's getting really good at walking now. These videos are a week old and she's already walking further and longer.

She always has a new trick - lately she's ben scrunching up her face and loudly breathing in and out of her mouth.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday!

Happy first birthday, Sabine! We had a fun day and were really happy that Omi could be there for the big occasion. We started out with a trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.

Then it was time for Bine's first piece of cake (made by Heather). She wasn't really into it, but the rest of us gobbled a couple pieces down.

And then it was time to dress Bine up in tracht, traditional German/Austrian garb. Sue sent a bunch of great hand-me-down's from her kids. Of course, lederhosen are for little boys, but she's too small yet for the dirndls. I wonder if she'll end up wearing a beautiful Austrian cape at some point...?

Here's a video of Bine riding her toy horse. Not really bought for her birthday, but we won't tell her, if you won't.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Omi's October Visit

We had a really great visit with Omi earlier this month. We had pretty good weather and got out to do some fun stuff.

We headed out to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island to pick up pumpkins for Sabine's first Halloween. We also hit up the vegetable market, petting zoo and corn maze (or The Maize, as it's known) and I ate way too much kettle corn.

An early morning with Bine!

Bine and Omi enjoying the autumn sunshine.

Look at all my teeth!!

Sabine and Omi snuggling in bed.

Bine graduated from her little inflatable duck tub and now takes a big girl bath.

What a pair of beauties!

Here's a video of Sabine doing her favorite thing: cruising around her playroom.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Travel Portland

In case you were thinking about coming to visit us....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Learning to crawl

Sabine's first crawl on September 14th. Crawling is okay, but scootchin' is still a blast!


Photo shoot with Marty

Our buddy Marty is a professional photographer and stays with us when he visits Portland. He took some great pictures of Sabine during his last visit on September 12th.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Visit to Mt Rainier with Bob & Sandy

Last week we took a trip to Mt. Rainier in Washington, thanks to the generosity of Heather's Uncle Bob and Aunt Sandy. None of us had been there before, so we were really looking forward to the trip. I hate to give Washington props over Oregon, but I have to say that Rainier is much more scenic than Mt. Hood. It definitely felt more Alpine. We stayed at the historic Paradise Inn, where I was surprised to find no phone, refrigerator, coffee or tv in the rooms. There was no internet or cell phone reception either. I guess that's what they mean by "free from modern life stresses and distractions". Don't they know I like modern distractions? I had to make a few calls and was sort of flummoxed by the wall of payphones.

We took some great hikes and Sabine had a wonderful time getting to know Sandy and Bob. They hit it off right away.

Bine really knows had to take a good nap in the car. Heather and I had Bine in our rather small hotel room, so when we put her down for the night at 8pm, we waited in the dark for her to fall asleep. The idea being that once she was asleep we would watch a movie on the laptop with headphones or read with our little reading lights, but we both fell asleep, too. We woke up at 1 in the morning wondering what had happened. The next night I managed to stay up till 10 or so, but Heather and Bine both got a good 11 hours of sleep!

On Friday night we stayed over at the Custodio's in Seattle, where Bine showed off her ability to eat a giant piece of fruit. Once we got back home, Bine displayed her new-found standing skills for the camera. She's been making a lot of big developmental steps recently. She pulls herself up in the crib and couch and baby gate. She walks along the baby gate and makes the leap to the couch. She's also started to crawl a bit. More on that soon...