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state of the times October 8th, 2014


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Apparently, a small baby (who only weighs approximately 11 pounds), has totally taken over our lives and our photo feeds. Seriously, I could not a find a single photo to post here about what we’ve been doing the past few months that did not feature Miss Lyla Pants. Looking cute in her pjs. Lounging in her rocker. Going on hikes like a champ. Blowing bubbles. Smiling her gummy smile. She is just plain amazing.

   

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dog-parents –> baby-parents September 4th, 2014

I was writing this post throughout my pregnancy… Finally getting around to publishing it now…

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They only living creature I’ve ever really been responsible for is Bowser dog, so it’s really the only thing I currently have to compare for what I think parenting might be like. Problem is, I forget to feed him about once a week, lock him up in his crate when he starts whining really bad, buy him the unhealthy treats because they’re cheaper… And once I forgot I left him in the backyard for hours in the rain while I was inside working. Oops.

   

And then there was one night, Bowser was sleeping in bed with us, Matt jerked the covers up over his head really quickly and accidentally catapulted Bowser off the bed, flying him into the air… he landed with a thud on his little dog head. It must have been a rude awakening. So, we’re going to have to step it up I guess when baby arrives in June/July. In the meantime, we’ve decided to test all the baby gear on the dog.

   


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We acquired this cool high chair at Community Forklift for $25. It’s like the first thing we bought for the baby, and I think (but I might be wrong) you don’t even need one of these for like 8 months. So, we’re off to a good and sensible start. It needs a cleaning, sanding, and new coat of paint.

   

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But first things first, we put Bowser in it. He didn’t fall out in the 2 minutes he was in there, so we think this will work well for the baby. He didn’t look happy in there, but we hadn’t yet bribed him with Cheerios. We’re saving that trick for when it matters.

   


   

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Here is Bowser testing the carseat. He doesn’t look too comfortable. Hmmm.

   


   

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Mom, look away. We did not put Bowser in the hand-me-down baby carrier that you gave us… It only looks like we did that.

   


   

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“Is this crib my new bed?! I could get used to this…”

   


   

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Now this vibrating swing thing, he seemed to like.

   


   

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Labor Day weekend and Matt’s 31st September 4th, 2014

Wandering around Berkeley Springs

We did a quick little getaway and spent the morning wandering around the town of Berkeley Springs, WV. Cute little place with some funny antique shops and a random hotdog/snowcone stand that we, of course, happily patronized.

   

Going for a hike with Miss Lyla Willow

In the afternoon, we went for a little hike with Miss Lyla Willow in Cacapon State Park, up the Ridge Trail

   

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cool moss along the way

   

A walk in the woods at Cacapon

a pretty path in the woods at Cacapon

   

Lyla visiting the Cacapon State Park overlook, where you can see PA, MD, VA, and WV.

Whoa, this is a majorly unflattering photo of me, but it’s the only one we took of Lyla visiting the Cacapon State Park overlook, where you can see PA, MD, VA, and WV. I promise I had a good grip on her ;)

   
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Happy 31st Birthday on the 31st, Matt!

Happy 31st Birthday on the 31st, Matt! Thanks to Val and Ty for babysitting and allowing us a proper night out to celebrate. We had cocktails, pierogies, fried cheese, kielbasa, and meatballs at Domku. Hooray for golden birthdays!!

   

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Lyla Willow August 22nd, 2014

She arrived at 6:45am on July 11 at 6lbs 14oz. We love this crazy, snuggly, wide-eyed, bubbly, beautiful little lady so much!

   


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annnnd July is here July 1st, 2014

Well, due date passed yesterday, and still no signs of the arrival of baby burrito. Just playing the waiting game for now. Here’s what we’ve been doing to pass the time:

   

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, "The real secret here is that it's just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there."

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, “The real secret here is that it’s just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there.”

   

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can't go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can’t go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

   

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class  every Tuesday.

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class every Tuesday. It’s a wonder my feet can still find the pedals.

   

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

   

Baked mom's zucchini bread recipe!

Baked mom’s zucchini bread recipe!

   

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