Tuesday, January 23, 2018

18-months and getting ready for baby #2

Ada turned 18 months last week, and has morphed from a baby into a little girl. She is a delight, and enjoys books, puzzles, fruit, crackers, and hugs. She has started talking quite a lot, sometimes comprehensible and sometimes not, but almost always enthusiastically. Her word for "pants" is "tatas" and her word for "fruit" sounds more like "fool." She picks up new words every day and has started stringing them together. She is also starting to be interested in potties, so we'll see where that goes.

We are expecting a new baby girl in April, so have been getting ready (as ready as we can be). I'm excited that it will be fairly nice and sunny outside when she is super small. We recently had some neighbors move in who have a girl a few months older than Ada, and who are due for another baby a couple of weeks before us, so I might have a maternity leave friend nearby.

Winter has been mostly good to us. We have battled off a number of cold- and flu-like illnesses, much like the rest of the state of Minnesota. Being stuck inside much of the time has enabled a lot of good family time with grandparents and cousins. Ada really likes Grandma and Grandpa Haggerty's dog, Abby, and will talk about her all day if we go to see her. She also really enjoys looking at all the dog and cat pictures in the pet food aisle.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ada - now a toddler!

It's been a fun summer at the Haggerling household.  Ada is growing up into a good-natured, playful toddler.  She started walking a month or two ago and it's now her main mode of transport.  She loves books, especially the Foot Book and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see, and can listen to/look at them over and over and over and over and over and over.  She's recently moved into the toddler room at day care, where they somehow all nap on cots at the same time.  They say she likes it and enjoys playing with more mature toys and interacting with the other kids. 

We had friends and family over for her 1st birthday party recently.  I can't believe it's already been a year.  she changes so fast.

Matt and I are getting out and about, but also just enjoying time with Ada.  We all went out to Colorado last weekend for the Master's National Ultimate tournament.  I played with a mixed team, and Matt and Ada enjoyed time outside and visited friends. Somehow, no one got significantly sunburned.

Water bottles are better than toys

At her first 4th of July parade

Eating her birthday cupcake!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ada's first holiday season

I can't believe Ada is almost 5 months old!  She has been growing fast, and has almost doubled her weight.  She rolls over, sometimes all the way across the room, and has recently started to push up on hands and knees and launch herself onto her nose. She's a pretty happy kid overall, and we are thankful for her smiles and babbles. We all look forward to family time on the weekends.

I went back to work in the middle of October, and am enjoying things.  Day care was hard at first, but is going well.  We like the teachers, and she seems to do fine there.  Matt started a new job last week, and is happy to be in a new environment and have more face-to-face time with co-workers. We also get fancy gym memberships as part of his job, so have been exploring fun fitness classes.

We hosted 25 people at Thanksgiving, which was super fun. I was a bit weirded out cooking a turkey that was the same weight as my child. Everyone was very helpful, which made it easy. I feel like I have more to be thankful for than ever before.

We've been getting out on dates, thanks to family members babysitting efforts. It's my birthday next week - the big 30. People keep asking me if I feel old, but being a mom  makes me feel older than being 30 makes me feel.

Playing with cousin Theo on the floor

In her office at day care

All smiles most of the time.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer's over?

We have all been getting a reasonable amount of sleep these days and ate very thankful for it. Ada is smiling more and interacting more every day. She likes to make faces with you and makes happy gurgling noises.

I started teaching at the university today and will be teaching twice a week for the rest of the year. I think it will be a nice change of pace from baby time.

Matt and I have had a couple of date nights, courtesy of my mom. It's been great to be able to get out just the two of us. I usually feel so much more rushed with the kiddo. We are trying to get out and bring her along to fun things too and are learning how much we can all do. It's definitely a readjustment.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Getting to know baby Ada

Ada is spending more time awake and alert. It's pretty fun and she makes some funny faces.

I don't have much news as we have mostly been at home getting to know our little one.  It's a bit is odd spending so much time in the house, but glad that we have such a nice house to spend time in.  We've taken her out to various friends and family homes, to cycling track racing, to the beach, and to Costco. We took our first two-cart Target run (one for Ada and one for four boxes of diapers and two boxes of wipes). And we are excited to move on to more exciting adventures someday.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Two weeks in

Ada was born at 2:30 in the morning on her due date, July 16th.  I started having contractions around 11:30 and we barely made it to the hospital in time to start pushing. Luckily there isn't much traffic at midnight. We are thankful that it went quickly and she made it out healthy and happy. 

She came with a full head of dark hair and dark eyes at 8lbs 2oz and has been gaining weight like a champ.
I lost a lot of blood in the process so we spent some extra hours in the hospital.  They were super nice and helpful.  Order the pot roast and sherbet. 

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of learning and snuggling with occasional sleeping.  She is so cute and fun it's usually hard to be unhappy about lack of sleep and poopy diapers.

Matt goes back to work on Monday, so we'll have another change to adapt to but I'm sure we'll figure it out.

Thanks for the love and well wishes! 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Babytime is anytime

We have been having a lovely spring and summer with lots of time spent just the two of us and lots of time spent with family and friends.  A couple of weekends ago, we got together with a group of old friends from out of town and went up north to spend some time on the lake.  It was great to catch up and relax for a long weekend.

A friend of ours took some nice maternity photos for us

We've been wrapping up our window refinishing project, and are getting new blinds as well.  So much excitement in home ownership.  Matt's been getting out on frequent weekday runs, and I am still doing some pregger lady yoga and fitting in long walks in the woods.  

Two weeks to baby's due date!  Our hospital bag is packed, and I think we have about everything we could possibly need for the kiddo and for us.  That's what you get with a planner.  I'm still enjoying this pregnancy thing; it's a fascinating process.  

Baby's room, all ready to go

Mama and baby red pandas