Monday, May 31, 2010

Splish Splash - Pool Time!

We spent a few hours Saturday and Monday at the pool with Sydney! It was a hit. Here are a few pictures and two videos from the weekend :)

All that playing just pooped her right out! The stroller was perfect for napping at the pool, and I think all the sounds of splashing and playing were just the right mix for background noise. We can't wait to go back!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fayetteville evening

Yesterday was beautiful in Fayetteville! Mommy and Sydney took a LONG walk around the neighborhood in the morning while Daddy golfed with his good friends (he won). We ran into several Junior League and work friends during our stroll and Sydney just loved being outside. She rode in the stroller facing out (as opposed to riding in the infant carrier facing the other direction) for the first time. She looked like such a grown up kid!

In the evening, we all went out to dinner at a new casual Italian place that was delicious, then strolled down Dickson Street near campus, and ended up at Orange Mango, a new frozen yogurt place. It was fun watching everyone out and about in Fayetteville, enjoying the spring weather.

Sydney wore this adorable halter dress, a gift from Randall's boss. Here she is before we left, and then we captured a couple of photos at dinner. Our waiter LOVED her!
She is now rolling front to back and back to front, and she's putting everything in her mouth - teething already, maybe? She has the sweetest laugh. Our pool opens next weekend, and I cannot wait to get those first bathing suit pictures/video clips!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rice, Rice Baby

Sydney loves to eat. We've known this from the first time we fed her, and now she has added rice cereal to the list of things that make her happy. The first video is from last Sunday, the first day we introduced rice cereal, and the second video is from today. She has quickly caught on to eating off of a spoon, and she sometimes gets a little anxious when we have to take the spoon out of her mouth to get more out of her bowl! It is a fun time we share with her, and it doesn't hurt that she is sleeping through the night again. The last couple of weeks before starting on the cereal, she was waking up around 3 a.m. to eat. No more of that - yahoo!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy Morning

Randall went into the nursery to get Sydney out of bed Tuesday morning, and this is what he discovered. You can't get much more relaxed than this!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day weekend

Today, I woke up to all these pretty things waiting for me in the kitchen! The photo is a little dark, so I apologize.
Inside the wrapped box was this beautiful bracelet with Sydney's and my birthstones. I LOVE IT!We went out to lunch today and are enjoying spending the day together. Yesterday, we went to a garden party hosted by my co-workers, Amanda & Russell. Their peony garden is beautiful!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo - baby style

Instead of celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a margarita or two, Sydney had her four-month check-up that sadly included more shots. We found out her updated stats today: 13 lbs. 8 oz. (50th percentile) 24 inches long (40th percentile) and a 16.5" circumference head (75th percentile).

I took off the rest of the day with her because I didn't love the idea of taking her back to daycare post-shots. Here's how we both spent the afternoon:
I just woke up and she is still sleeping. I hope she wakes up soon so we can fit in a walk...we are having such beautiful weather this week!

Also in honor of her four-month-aversary (and perhaps in response to my last entry) Sydney decided to roll over Sunday from tummy to back!!! We cheered like the Hogs had just won a national championship. I hope to get it on video soon to share.

The doctor gave us the OK to start trying rice cereal, so we may give that a go over the weekend. The high chair is ready and waiting. This is another event we'll have to catch on video.

I hear Sleeping Beauty stirring so I'll have to go....time for a bottle and a walk outside!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Me time" for Mommy

Several people have commented on my seemingly easy time being away from Sydney. Whether I scoot away for a Junior League meeting or go to a happy hour with friends, I'm doing my best to maintain my individual life post-baby. People often ask how I manage dropping her off at daycare and then going to work. Truth be told, I'm enjoying the balance. I don't worry about her, but I do miss her as any parent does...but I stand by my choice of "doing it all," as some people say. It hardly deserves praise; it's just a personal choice of how to best be a happy, working mom.

Today, I returned home after a 4-day trip to Minneapolis for a work conference. I learned a lot, made new friends and got some great shopping done. I carried Sydney's photo with me and of course missed her, but I enjoyed the trip. I'm not sure if you're supposed to feel guilty over enjoying time away from your child, but I'm able to calm my concern because I was thrilled to see her when I got home. Who wouldn't love seeing this sweetie?! (Yes, that is a tired mommy in this picture! Next time I travel, I'll be sure to fit in more sleep time.)
It's hard to believe she turned four months old yesterday. My new obsession is getting her to roll over. She gets about half-way over and gives up. I'm hopeful that will be my next post!!
Side note: We think her hair is turning into more strawberry-blonde than light brown. She has very little hair still, so we barely have evidence to back this up :)