Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bye Bye Olympics...



But, what a game.....


Nothing to Say...

I'm not announcing, declaring, or bragging about anything. I do not want to jinx a thing.... Just wanted to say, in passing, that there was much praising in this household this morning.... It may be a fluke. But, maybe not....

Friday, February 26, 2010

Note to Self...

One should never comment or come close to praising the sleep habits of their little one. It apparently jinxes things....

So... my sweet little baby... tonight is the night. We are in training.

Ummm... Just remember that I love you.
xoxo

A New Friend...

We finally got the opportunity to meet our newest little friend -- Divia. She is so adorable!

Tanya and Divia

Maeve and Avery enjoying their lunches...

Bennett getting snuggles from Amy...

She Knows She's Funny...

Peek....


A Boo!!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Daycare...

She totally smiled when we entered her classroom this morning. And, I was told, that she laughed all throughout their afternoon walk. She likes her school and her teachers.... I think she finally feels secure there.

Now I feel at peace...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Split the Difference...

I will post today about yesterday and tomorrow. Yesterday marked 3 months since Maeve was placed in my arms. And, tomorrow, Maeve will be 9 months old.

Wow. It really is quite amazing, to me, that I have only had Maeve, in my arms, for 3 months -- plus a day. I have read it and heard other people say this before, but I really can't imagine life without her. Maeve has stolen my heart. It is one thing to know this would happen, but to experience it, is an entirely different phenomenon. My love for Maeve is beyond what I've ever felt before -- and it keeps growing, daily. I have always loved my little girl -- I would stare at her pictures for hours before I actually was able to meet her. When I did, finally get her in my arms, I would cuddle and play with her for hours... I was also studying her, trying to figure out who this little person was. Well, over the last 3 months I have gotten to the place where I don't just love her -- I LOVE her. There is no doubt that I would do anything for her. Maeve has the sweetest little personality and I absolutely adore her.

So, what are Maeve's new tricks?
  1. She waves 'hello' and 'goodbye' to people....
  2. She shakes her head 'no'... although, she thinks its a game still. My time is coming though...
  3. She just mastered the finger-pinch/shove food into her mouth...
  4. She 'talks' all the time -- she likes to tease me and chatters "Da Da"... and when I correct her with "Ma Ma", she literally just laughs at me and says "Da Da" again. Cheeky little thing. She knows....
  5. Can initiate "peek-a-boo" by herself
  6. Entered "stranger-danger" phase...
  7. And probably some other things I can't think of right now
Maeve is such a good baby. She still loves "all things food" and increasingly likes to help "work the spoon" during mealtimes. I still haven't found anything that she doesn't like and she is working hard on growing that belly. She just has more to love now.... Maeve is still trying to sort out our new life that includes me working and her at daycare 3 days a week, but I'm confident she'll feel totally comfortable soon. She continues to be a really good sleeper -- only up once a night to suck down a bottle and then right back to sleep. I think the day is coming soon, Maeve, when we're going to start working on that... watch out!


Maeve is so happy and proud that she can actually get food into her mouth now...


Such a neat eater... hence the lack of clothes..


This is who I stalk at night while she's sleeping... little does she know.


Back in Vancouver...

Maeve and I took one last quick trip to Vancouver to conclude our Olympic experience.... We are lucky to have so many family up north, so this time we landed at Jodie, Dirk, Larissa, and Erika's for a couple of nights... Maeve was able to show everyone her new tricks, as Jodie and Sharon hadn't seen her since she had come home from Ethiopia. Such a big girl now...


Jodie and Maeve chatting it up...


"Umm.. hey guys... I don't know if you are aware, but its really nice outside..."


I took in one more event -- the Women's semi-final Hockey game between Canada and Finland. Super fun to be on home ice... Maeve stayed behind with Jodie and Sharon et al. for the evening and had a great time...


Ann was my cheering buddy. It would've been hard to find anything but red and white in the crowd...


Guess what country I am cheering for?
Ann and I checked out the cauldron, in person.


Robson Square Light show -- with pyrotechnics, lasers, fireworks, music, and skiing/snowboarding/hockey zipliners....

The atmosphere in Vancouver is even more electric than when I was in town last week. The crowd is jovial, patriotic, and super energetic. And, the weather has been spectacular. It is one, big, fun party. Way to go Vancouver....

How Lucky...

...to have so many people fight over you? Self proclaimed, "Nanny Annie" is ready to knock her own daughter, Josie, out of the way in order to rescue Maeve, if needed. This picture makes me laugh because, if you think I'm kidding... I'm not!

Thank you Wilson family for adopting my little girl as part of your family and loving her the way you do... I couldn't be happier. As a single mom, I want Maeve to experience all sorts of relationships and she needs her village to be stacked with amazing people. Check.


We're Back...

Sorry. We've been busy... but, we've been having fun between work and school days...


Here's the lil' Miss enjoying the nice weather via the bay window... We had to say goodbye to the sun today, but we were super happy for its recent longevity.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Best Mail Ever...

So, I finally got around to opening my mail... Check out what I received:


So talented, is my girl. She can write and utilize the postal service already. That is quite the pose she gave -- does she have a little attitude at school already, or what?

Sweet Shots...

My friend, Misha, is an amazing photographer and captured these awesome photos of Miss Maeve last week... (click here for the pictures... and then go explore her website here)

Thank you Misha for this priceless gift!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Won Gold!

History. I was there when history was made. Men's Mogul's at Cypress Mountain on Sunday night -- Canada won its first Gold Medal on Canadian soil. This is what realizing such a feat looks like...


And, this is what the front part of the day looked like...



On the bus en route to Cypress Mountain. Andie and I ready to cheer...


Flag - Check. Ticket - Check.


Walking to the entrance... It was really strenuous with all the snow...


Our cheering squad... (Andie, Peter, myself, and Fraser)...


Prime location at the base of the run...


Gooo Canada!


Gearing up for the Finals...


More Cheer Practice...


We won!! We won!!


What was Maeve doing, you might ask. Getting spoiled and enjoying the beautiful day in Vancouver with Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!


So, it turns out that I had tickets to two gold medal and one silver medal events... I, unfortunately, did not get to witness the Men's and Women's Snowboarding Cross events, as the cheap seats were canceled... aka, my seats. Not enough snow for standing room... Sad. But, I was significantly warmer staying home and watching the events at Dad and Lynn's... I think I'm getting old!

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics...

Maeve and I just got back from partaking in some of the festivities of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Super fun. The excitement is electric.

We arrived on Friday and my Dad and I strapped Maeve in the BOB, and off exploring the city we went. There are various venues with live entertainment and several screens showing Olympic events scattered throughout the city. There are also different country and province pavilions situated around the area. I felt like it was Expo '86 all over again, at times.

Maeve and I decked in our Canada gear, along with everyone else in Vancouver...

Signs of patriotism, everywhere...

Dad showing his skiing style on Granville Street...

Flags everywhere...

People, everywhere...

Maeve and I joined Ann and a few others at the Heineken House in the O Zone yesterday. Maeve went to her first beer garden... Do these kind of things make it in the baby book?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More News...

Maeve is breaking in her second tooth! Such a big girl now...

I am currently loading up the car and we'll be pointing it north tomorrow morning... We will party in Vancouver and take in a bit of the Olympic fun. How convenient to have Dad and Lynn live right in the thick of it. Now, if only we had bought the cabin in Whistler back in 1980, umm Dad....

Survived....

Yes. Maeve and I survived our first week of work and daycare. My 5:15am wake ups are going to get old.... Maeve decided to sleep through her 6am alarm this morning and she finally woke up in the car, en route to daycare. Smart girl.

I wondered how it would go. Maeve is tired, but settling into "her school" fairly well, I think. I avoided calling the daycare on her first day because I couldn't bear to know if she was having a bad day... but, the other two days this week, I called for play-by-plays a couple of times. She still needs to nap better, but overall, she's adjusting well.

I wondered how work would affect me, now that I am a mom. I have always thought that our patients' parents are rock stars... now, I'm blown away by them. These parents watch us do horrible things to their children in the hopes of cure. I don't want to imagine being in their shoes. Their love for their children is palpable. I think having Maeve is going to make me a better nurse -- I hope, anyway.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Does Love Look Like?

Four of these...


Against everything within me, I finally put the batteries into this flying ball trapeze for Maeve because I knew that she'd love it... which she does.


The manufacturers clearly do not have kids or they really dislike parents... it could at least have a volume control on the "cheery music" blaring out of it, right?

Happy playing Maeve.... never say that I don't love you :-)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bennett's 1st Birthday

It was a weekend full of birthdays... Bennett is turning 1 in a couple of days and we all helped celebrate him at his birthday party today. It was totally fun to see all the young babies playing together. What a difference a year makes... our lives are entirely different now. Happy Birthday big boy!

Kudo's to Amy for setting the bar high with her homemade train cake


Bennett enjoying his own personal car... especially the icing trim


Bennett opening his gifts

Party goers

More party goers


Maeve in on the fun

Some People...

... embraced the '80's more than others...



If you can't make it out -- yes, its a mullet. Permed, and frosted. Awesome.

Our Last Hurrah

Maeve and I spent our last free weekend up in Bellingham... We headed north on Friday and spent a couple of nights with some of my favorite people. We took the opportunity to catch up and also celebrate Finny's birthday over the weekend.

We decided to head down to Camp Firwood on Lake Whatcom and reminisce about the good ol' days -- this is where we all met as summer camp staff (except Ann and I) 15 years ago. Umm. Yeah, we're old.


Finny and I checking out one of our old cabins


Cj, Lance, and Pax


Mike, Ann, Kaya, and Zane


Maeve and I


Kaya helping decorate for Finny's surprise birthday dinner...


Birthday Dinner complete with good music and a little impromptu dancing


Maeve decided to borrow Kaya's bathing suit so that she could sport the tutu for the party


Kaya is all decked out as well -- and she made Finny her own birthday skirt to wear too (aka wrapping paper)


Maeve and Mike hangin' out


The kiddo's -- Zane, Kaya, Maeve, and Paxon