She expereinced her first snowfall (and many more), she started rolling over, she started swimming and believe it or not she is CRAWLING... everywhere. She keeps us busy and super happy. She laughs, giggles and has a great smile.
On Monday, Jessica went to the pumpkin patch with her cousins. They picked out the pumpkin in the bottom photo for her and we carved it yesterday. The pumpkin in the middle is from the Kalama's garden.
Tonight, Jessica dresses up and her cousins will take her trick or treating...
Jessica's grandparents, Bob and Jane, were having a party for their 50 years of marriage in Maryland. As a result, we flew back east to celebrate with them. We stayed with Robyn and Bill and had a fabulous time. Jessica was a super star when it came to flying. No screams or tears!
The highlight of our visit was a trip to the pumpkin patch, at Homestead Farms, where Ben and I met 20 years ago! We were even able to meet up with the Masoods for apple picking.
The first two pictures above are from the pumpkin patch, the next two are in front of Robyn & Bill's house, the next one is of my nanny friends, Kelley and Jamie, the next a photo with Robyn, and last, but not least, a photo of Jessica, Shaun and me. Shaun was four years old when I arrived as his nanny. He's become a handsome young man!
We had a great time! Thank you Robyn and Bill for being terrific hosts.
In May, when I visited Abby, James and Asa in Texas, Abby gave me several outfits that Asa had outgrown. The outfit above was one of those outfits. We like to call it "prison stripes". At any rate, Abby sent me the photo below of Asa wearing the prison stripes on the baby quilt my mom made for him. I decided to "recreate" the photo of Jess in prison stripes on the baby quilt my mom made her. While taking the photo, Foster decided he wanted in on the action. I have a feeling those two are going to be great friends.
Jessica was born August 4, 2012 at 1:16am. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long!
We chose the name Jessica in honor of Ben's maternal grandmother (Granny) and Rose in honor of Ben's paternal grandmother.
She is just over three weeks old and we are in love. Ben officially returned to work today, but this morning he didn't think he could go because, "she's just too cute" and he didn't want to leave her.
We have been overwhelmed with love and support since Jessica's birth. We had amazing support during the birth, thanks to our doula, Meg, and post birth, thanks to the staff at Hood River Memorial Hospital. My mom arrived just in time for the birth and was able to stay for a week after to take care of us. My dad arrived at the end of the end of the week to visit as well. Every day we have received gifts, phone calls or visits from friends and family sending their love our way.
We can't wait for you to meet our precious little girl. In the meantime, we will do our best to update the blog with pictures and posts.
A baby shower luncheon at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in my honor. A few of my friends planned a little luncheon yesterday for the baby and me. We ate a wonderful meal, visited, shared stories, and opened presents. Some of the gifts I received are above. The bib and burp cloth are from maddywear.com and the pink sleep sack and baby legs are from mamarunswithscissors.com.
Oh, and in case you are wondering what I'm wearing on my foot- that's a walking boot cast. On Friday afternoon I was cutting watermelon, dropped the knife, cut my toe and tendon, got stitches in the ER, and am required to wear the boot until next Monday.
Aside from that, everything is great! Thanks ladies for a wonderful afternoon!
After our first night, we spent the next couple of days relaxing and devising our birth plan. We also swam and enjoyed the views of the Columbia. After we checked out, we met with the Gorge Birth Doula Service and met one of our possible doulas. The other doula we already know- she's our yoga instructor. We are excited that we will have their support during labor, delivery, and post partum. Only 14 days left!
Had a picnic dinner on the lawn outside our room, took a walk, visited the hot tub (I only dipped my feet), read our books outside on the blanket, and had chocolate dipped cones for dessert ... now it's time to devise our "birth plan".