Friday, December 31, 2010

Seven Months - Happy New Year

I was reading a filler article in one of the parenting magazines recently and it was all about why its "super awesome to be a mom". Though a cheesy article there were a few quotes in it that struck home with me. Somebody said about being a mother - "I always have something great to look forward to every day." How true! Sometimes Samantha gets us up too early or in the middle of the night and I am a bit grumpy but seeing that precious face light up when she sees me erases a lot of those dark clouds. She makes me laugh every day and it sure becomes addicting to try to get her to laugh or smile. I crave those laughs and happy faces. Another quote was - "enjoy your baby at the stage she is at now. There will always be great things to come but you can't go back". Again, I have to remember this more often. I would LOVE to have her sleeping consistently 11 hours or so a night but she will only be little once and I will forget these sleepy trips downstairs in the middle of the night. She needs me now and that's wonderful.

Milestones this month...

Teeth - she now has two that have broken through the gums. The lower left one broke through on the 11th and then the lower right one broke through the day after Christmas. I think they have given her a hard time here and there where she isn't napping or sleeping as well. It is sosad to hear her screams. She loves to put EVERYTHING in her mouth no matter what it is. I give her a lot of tupperware lids and boxes to chew on. Who needs fancy toys?

one of her favorite teething "victims" is books - December 10th

Mobility - Samantha is great at rolling all over the room now. She is also great at sitting up.She is doing a lean over and reach move that makes me nervous that she is going tostart crawling any second now. I don't need her mobile - its nice to have her just sitting up right now.

lean over and reach! December 10th

Eating - she is really getting good at this solid food thing now. She likes the Oat Cereal now which is great - the doctors recommend the cereal because its a good source of iron. I mix it with peas, squash, bananas, sweet potatoes, pears, peaches or apples. There are two solid food eatings a day - one after her morning nap and one after her afternoon nap.

Mom loves taking messy face pictures! December 10th

Favorite toys - still lovin' the Sophie, Sparkles and our jumperoo. New this month is the alligator xylophone toy and some fun "cell phones" that were Christmas gifts.

getting our last uses out of the swing - December 6

the real Murph won't pose in a picture with her - here is his stand-in - December 11th

Christmas Eve trip to Sanibel

This is my first time putting a video that I uploaded on vimeo into the blog! Woohoo for learning something new!

Xmas Eve trip to Sanibel Island Beach from Becky Kobsik on Vimeo.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Samantha's First Snow

When we got back from Florida on Christmas night it had begun to snow! It was the first time that it had snowed in Charlotte on Christmas Day since 1947. In Charlotte it doesn't snow all that often and so it is usually a fun occasion. When we woke up on the 26th it was a winter wonderland. We bundled Samantha up in her hand-me-down snowsuit (from her Dolan cousins) and went out to snap some pictures. Forgive me for the number of pictures...she was too cute to pick just a few!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from our family to yours

Merry Christmas! Here is the card that we sent out this year...notice a common theme in all of the pictures? Can you say proud parents? Samantha is truly our greatest Christmas blessing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Girls Gifts and Garland V

Yesterday I hosted my annual girls holiday party - Girls Gifts and Garland V. I can hardly believe this has been the fifth year that this party has taken place. That means we have been in our house for five Christmases!

We have settled into a traditional rhythm with the party. The girls each bring some food or wine to share. We nosh on some appetizers and champagne punch while everybody arrives and then we sit down for a dinner. After dinner we exchange gifts. Each year we exchange something different in a less than $15 budget. The first year was books, then champagne flutes, cookbooks, earrings and this year was scarves. Some years have more exchanges than others...this year there were a lot of scarves changing hands as people "stole" and traded. I really look forward to this party every year and this year did not disappoint.

Me and Stephanie

Jenn and Tara

Katie and Colleen

Meredith and Meredith

Keri, April and Jenn showing off the crowns from the holiday crackers

Ashleigh opened up a gift that had TWO scarves!

Meredith had a hard time holding onto the scarves that she opened

Meredith, Tara, Colleen, Casey and Ashleigh showing off their new scarves

Brooke, Katie and Stephanie

Meredith and Keri

April, Jenn, Shannon and me

Shannon, me and Stephanie

My partners in crime - Meredith and Tara

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kobsik Family Christmas

This past weekend we celebrated Kobsik family Christmas. The whole crew was there and we had a great time watching the kids open presents. They each picked a cousin's name out of a hat and bought for them. Samantha had Brigid and she picked out bunk beds for her dolls. It was a hit. Donna made a wonderful dinner and we just enjoyed each other's company.

Samantha and Emerson - both enjoying their first Christmas

The three-year-old dynamos - Ciaran and Nathan

just doin' what they're told :)

trouble 1 and trouble 2 - Lilly and Brigid

lovely - Declan and Jacob

Samantha's trademark pose -the two finger suck

Nathan got this awesomely annoying cow that giggles and wiggles

Ciaran gets his turn and Joey helps

cool shirt - "I am Ironman!"

woohoo bunk beds!

Jacob and Nathan

Papa Fred and Emerson

Donna's beautiful tree

Bubba Donna and Samantha

Andy and Mary

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Half a year old

Oh my little girl is getting so big! I can hardly believe that half a year has flown by. (I think I say something like this every month! She really is growing up too quickly!)

Big milestones this month...

Eating - she still isn't too excited about solid food. We take time off from it here and there but some of her favorites are peas, sweet potatoes and pears. Because of necessity we had to introduce prunes. Not a favorite of hers but she thinks they're okay.They are quite "effective" too if you know what I mean! We are still notgetting through a 1/3 of a small jar of food - but she will surprise us every once in awhile by eating a whole half of a container.
messy eater! she likes to hold her own spoon - November 11

Mobility - she is a rolling over genius these days. She's figured out how to go both ways now! She will also spin herself in a circle on her back - her head will be in one spot but the rest of her will move 360 degrees.

rollover action shots taken by mom's cell phone - November 18

Sitting up - she had been working on it and working on it and the week after we left Milwaukee, she finally was able to consistently hold herself up all by herself! It wasn't until the end of the month where she was really becoming a master of this skill.

sitting up all by herself - November 27

Favorite toys - she still loves Sophie the giraffe and Sparkles the elephant. She is now very intrigued by a Baby Einstein music box which has all kinds of flashing lights coordinated to classical music as well as her rainforest jumperoo. We put her in that at least once a day and watch her go to town. She is an active girl! She also spends a lot of time on her activity mat - it encourages the rolling over to try to get all of the toys that are attached to it.

in her jungle - November 3

Miscellaneous - we had to give her a minor hair cut already. At Thanksgiving, Aunt Christine and Bubba Donna helped to clean up some of the hair that had grown extra long in the back.

out to eat after watching the Panthers lose...again - November 21

Sleeping - nothing new really...she is still getting up once a night (sigh). We aren't up very long though so it could be a lot worse. Our little daily routine has roughly worked out to be at bed at 7pm, up at 2am, up again at 7am, nap from 9-11am, then nap from 2-4pm - repeat.

waking up from a nap - clutching one of her homemade blankies - November 2