Thursday, April 30, 2009

Aunt Beth Comes To Play

Hi, folks. I will make up for the lack of entries by writing a nice big juicy post this time. It's been a big week for us as Beth, my bestie from the Pacific Northwestie, came to stay with us last weekend. She finally got to meet Miss Isota, who decided to show off and learn a new skill in Beth's presence: sucking her thumb. She finally figured it out and gets some really good slurpy sucking action going. I could watch that forever, it cracks me up so. Anyway, we were very excited to show Beth our new digs. We saw the sights of Sacramento (the Capitol! the zoo! Old Sac!) and ate our way through it, too (Pancake Circus! orange freezes! Indian food!).

The highlight of her visit (for me...hopefully for her too!) was the March of Dimes Baby Walk we did last Saturday morning. Joe joined us as well. It all kicked off bright and early at the steps of the Capitol building. They had two routes, one shorter for families that we thought we would do because we didn't know if Sody (or the stroller) would make it through the 6 mile route. But when we got to the end of the short route, Sody had fallen asleep and we were all pumped to keep walking so we went for it. It went through downtown, a little bit of Old Sac, and midtown. It was nice to be able to see the city in a new way instead of just rushing through driving as we typically do. We finished the 6 miles in about three hours (with one pit stop at Temple Coffee to refuel, natch) and Sody slept a lot of that time. The stroller is a bit of a narcotic for her, actually.

It was really energizing and great to see so many people out and walking to support the cause. What was hard was all the homemade "In remembrance of" t-shirts with tiny baby pictures that had birth and death dates far too close together. I hate that any family has had to go through that and every time I saw one of those shirts I just wanted to hug and kiss Isota even more than usual. (The girl is gonna get sick of me soon, probably.) Thanks again to everyone who donated to the March. We were all really happy we did it and I hope to do it again next year.

Come back soon, Beth! We miss you already.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


off the top of my head:

Punchy Munch
Butter Bean
Nutter Butter
Soda Lou

We have a really narrow strike zone when it comes to making up baby nicknames...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nicknames Isota has acquired in three months of life

Sody Lou
Monkey Munch
Angel Food

Joe, am I forgetting any?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

March for Babies

I recently read about a "March for Babies" event that the March of Dimes puts on to help raise funds for babies who are born too early. This year, my best friend Beth, Isota and I are going to be participating in the walk. I thank my lucky stars every day for getting a healthy, happy baby, and I just can't imagine what families who don't have that luck are going through. So it's time to do something about it. If you want to help us out and donate to the cause, here is my web page. Thanks!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

She is going to hate me when she is older for doing this...

...but I cannot resist putting up this picture. Those eyes! That tush! The amazing ability to hold her head up so well!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Party Down

So my little darling dear Payton (whom I used to take care of before I had my own darling dear) turned 4 over the weekend and we headed to the East Bay for the festivities. The party was of course full of children and parents and yummy food and sugar rushes. The picture underneath Payton, Isota and Joe is of Payton's adorable little bro Cash, who is (incredibly!) 18 months old now and patiently waiting for cake in this pic.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Baby's First Drive In

One advantage of suburban life: close proximity to the drive in movie theater! It's the same one my parents used to take me when I was a kid. $4.75, double feature, bring the baby along, can't beat that. Plus, I learned to change a diaper in the car in the dark. Good times.