Archive for the 'Baby Love' Category

New Ritual

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

As I’ve been settling in to the new routines involved with having a new child and a new, more demanding job, I haven’t had much time to post here of late.  But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t still been having lots of fun here, amidst the busy schedules…

For example, one of the highlights of my weekdays is picking the girls up from daycare.

And one new ritual that has evolved, as we do this, is that every day, just before going outside, we end up with Sarah’s car seat at the bottom of a certain flight of stairs near the door.  Emma, meanwhile, repeatedly jumps from two steps up down to the landing where the car seat is.

Both girls take incredible delight in this routine.  Somehow, seeing one’s big sister jump excitedly down steps is enormously entertaining for a seven-month-old, who laughs, waves her arms, smiles, and squeals in delight.

And for a three-year-old, apparently, having an excited, wee audience for stair-jumping antics is a fun that’s hard to beat anywhere.

So we do this every day, just before putting on Emma’s coat.

It sounds simple, and small, and it doesn’t last very long. 

But it’s a very sweet part of my day.

Eat Your Hearts Out, Other Trick-or-Treators!!!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Two Little Kittens!

I’m (almost) back!!!!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

After quite some time away from the ol’ blog, I’m revving up to write lots of updates here in the coming days. 

In the meantime, feel free to mosey on over to our Flickr page to see a little of what we’ve been up to at our house. 


Me and my sweet baby (3 weeks old)

First Official Portrait (and stats)

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Hospital Picture with Stats

Here’s our sweet little girl’s hospital picture and official statistics.  

Spring is Here!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

After a record-breaking cold and snowy winter in Milwaukee, it’s now clear that Springtime has fully arrived!

The flowers are blooming, the days are warming, and the mammals are readying to give birth to their young.

Or, maybe most of the other mammals have already done it, and it’s just *me* who is readying….

Our new baby is promising to be on the larger side, and in light of that, and some other physical developments (nothing negative), my Dr. is planning to induce labor a few days ahead of the official due date, and less than one week from the time that I write this.

So we’ll be welcoming our new baby home within days.

It’s exciting.  I’m also just trying to rest as much as possible before then, and to spend some good quality time with my sweet, sweet daughter Emma.

Here are some recent pictures (taken, by the way, with our new digital camera – we have one again, yay!)


Springtime Beauties


Nine Months Pregnant


Emma on the Slide

Doin’ Mama Proud

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Last night, as Emma resigned herself to having to go upstairs for bedtime, she grabbed a dolly and we started up the stairs.

I held one of her hands, and she paused for a minute to arrange her baby so that the doll, which she was holding onto with her other hand, could ‘hold’ the stair rail as we ascended.

All the way up, as she slid the doll’s plastic hand up the rail, she said encouragingly to her dolly, “You can do it, you can do it!” And when we reached the end of the railing, she threw in a “Great job!” 

As we got to the top of the stairs and turned the corner, she told her dolly, “See, you can do LOTS of things!”

It was all so sweet, and made me proud that this is what she has internalized about how we talk to her when she’s trying something new or challenging.

I love my little daughter!

Almost trick or treat time…

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Originally uploaded by karinf95.

Here’s a little hint about who¬†someone¬†at our house might resemble¬†on some¬†crisp fall day a few weeks from now.

Just the thought of her having her first trick-or-treating session with mom and dad gets me all excited and silly. 

I’m sure she’ll be wondering just what all the¬†excitement is about.

Look Who’s (almost) Walking!!!!

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Walking!, originally uploaded by Koog Family.

Well, REALLY walking, with the help of her new Step Start Walk n’ Ride gizmo. She took right to it, and walked all around the living room with it tonight.

Walking with Daddy’s Help

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

The last few times we’ve practiced walking holding her hands, we could tell that she was almost ready to go independent.

Using the Step Start Walk n’ Ride!

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

And now she’s moving around of her own power, with the help of the walker.

(I feel so proud!) 

Way to go, sweetheart!!!

Mom and Emma Day

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Things have been so rushed lately.

We arrived home from our vacation after midnight on a Monday. On Tuesday, it was back to the office, and by Friday, I was giving two public presentations.

The day after the presentations, we took Emma to the portrait studio for her one-year photos, and the next day, we had a birthday party for 10 people, duly decorated in a barnyard animal theme, at our house.

The next week, I was under the gun on various client deadlines.

And on Friday last, I finally finished the most pressing of them.

So when Paul left town early Saturday morning for a Golf/Poker overnight trip with the guys, and since my mother left at the same time for a seminar in San Francisco, I had all the cue I needed for spending a fun, relaxing day with Emma.

Just Mommy and Emma.

After the requisite Emma’s breakfast, morning play and morning naptime, we headed out for our fun day.

We had lunch out together at the Cheesecake Factory. While waiting for my food to arrive, I fed her in her highchair.

Then, we went to Barnes and Noble, and picked up a few fun little board books. I think my new favorite is the one called Little Gorilla.

Poor Jim (the cat)

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

After the bookstore sojourn, it was off to the Build-A-Bear store, where we procured a new outfit and shoes for Gloria, a bear her cousin Alex previously built (and named) for her. (That’s Gloria, on the left, in the picture).

I felt like a regular Grandparent with all the baby shopping. It was fun.

After we’d had our fill of the mall, we went to the park, where Emma crawled and crawled and crawled, stopping every few feet to hand me interesting objects that she found. She handed me an acorn, several sticks, leaves, blades of grass, and pieces of pieces of weeds that she tore off just for me (Awwww….).

She also enjoyed being pushed in a swing.

After our big day out, it was time for her dinner and after that, for a bath.

It was a lovely Mom and Emma Day.

Happy Birthday, Emma!!!

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Birthday Suit

Originally uploaded by Koog Family.

It was a happy reunion this morning as we picked up a sleepy¬†Emma at Oma’s house.

This evening, the Birthday Girl had a bath just exactly one year after the photo at this link was taken. We’re proud parents, of course, of all she has accomplished (and taught us)¬†during that year. We’re so very grateful to have her and her fun, feisty, sweet¬†spirit in our lives.

Looking forward to her birthday party this weekend.