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Holiday Cards

We just received the proofs of our holiday family shoot with Myleen. As I was sorting through the pictures and our holiday card formats I suddenly realized that the reason we look like a family is because we are a family. It’s amazing to think how fast this all happened …and how handsome Ira has become!

Here’s one that you won’t see on your holiday card but represents the family dynamics (Ira as the main focus) fairly accurately :)

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  1. linda schutt: What a precious moment captured forever in the life of this young family. Thank you so much for sharing. Much…

  2. nanci corzine: Nice to see an "anticipatory set" to the actual card. Better to see you all in person. My visit was…

Carrot = Hit!

After her lukewarm review of avocado we decided to shift toward a sweeter vegetable offer and introduce Harper Sue to the lovable carrot. It was a hit as you can tell from the photos. It’s so fun to see her messy!

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  1. Lilia's Mommy: Adorable! Lilia's favorite food was avocado mashed with homemade applesauce. Sounds odd, but even I thought it was quite tasty.

  2. nanci corzine: She looks happy with this fairly new endeavor. Good for all of you.

  3. Barbara Lord: Looking forward to seeing her eat her Thanksgiving dinner :)

Picture of the Day

Harper Sue in my necklush.

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  1. keri: you're killing me with these. amazing. xo

  2. Lilia's Mommy: killer! would make a gorgeous poster.

  3. nanci corzine: This one's too cute... she's stylin' just like her mama. Did she enjoy the experience?

Somewhat Solid Food

We started introducing a few new tastes and textures to Harper Sue this week. Banana is the first official introduction. “Official” in the since that we made a quantity specifically for her, added some breast milk, and served with a fancy silicon spoon. As you can see, it was a hit. Avocado is next on the list.

Here’s video action of the process. Her craving for more makes it a little difficult to ascertain whether she’s enjoying the experience or not. Also, you can’t completely see that I’m using a hand gesture when asking her if she’d like “more?”. I promise I’m not just torturing her. We’re actually starting to be more consistent with a few sign language gestures. “More” is one that most babies pick up on pretty quick.

  1. Barbara Lord: The video is marked "private". Can you make it available to view ? :)

  2. Lilia's Mommy: ditto on the private video!

  3. Patti Lord: just changed the settings. should be able to see it now. enjoy!

  4. nanci corzine: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Another milestone. It'll be fun to watch this in person. Hope she likes all of the new food adventures.

Introducing: Marina

Marina is Harper Sue’s (and Patti’s) new best friend.

After nearly 2 months of interviewing and a few great nanny “try outs”, we are happy to report that our nanny Marina started last week.

She’ll be spending time with Harper Sue 3 days a week in addition to giving Rob and I the opportunity for an evening date (aka: yoga class and quick bite) twice a week.

We are so glad we found someone who we like personally,  has depth of infant care experience , and has a bounty of  compassion that makes it easy to walk away, or walk upstairs as the case may be.

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  1. Lilia's Mommy: Congratulations. Lilia covets Harper's closet. That plaid dress/jumper thingy is too cute!

  2. nanci corzine: Looking forward to meeting Marina tomorrow. Any friend of Harper's is a friend of mine already.

Halloween Buzzzzzzz

We had a pretty great Halloween this year. Rob is a BIG fan of group costumes so we where on the look out in September for an all-family costume idea when we stumbled into a new Bee Keeper shop on 20th and Mission.

Low and behold, our search was over. Harper Sue Bee would be accompanied by her two Bee Keepers. Grandma Corzine made a cozy costume for the little buzzer and I covered the Bjorn in accompanying stripes. We made hive mates for Harper out of yellow and black pipe cleaners and (to Rob’s horror) I added small pictures of Harper’s face to mine.

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Here’s us on Fair Oaks street in the Mission. This 3 block area is where all the local kids come to trick or treat and where all the homeowners pull out the stops for a ghoulishly good time. We got lot’s of “ahhhh”‘s and compliments on our walk down Valencia and only two groups mistaken us for exterminators (aka: VERY bad parents).

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We distributed all our honey sticks, headed home, got Harper Sue Bee to her hive, welcomed the nanny, and headed out to our friend Keri’s party.

We made up a new dance that included some swatting moves, hung out with some of our favorite peeps, learned to drink beer through our mesh hoods, hive-fived at least twice on our way home, and where in bed by midnight.

Just in (via Facebook). Bee Keeper P with our surrogate Bee Olivia:

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  1. Lilia's Mommy: Too damn cute.

  2. arianne: Great idea guys! Hope you had a good Halloween! This was the first one that Ali was really into it!

  3. linda schutt: What a GREAT idea!!!!!!! So glad you had a fun Halloween! Aloha!

  4. Barbara Lord: Very cute! Do you have more pictures of Harper the bee? I'm working on framing current pictures.

BFF’s

Ira was the only nervous energy in the room when Harper Sue was being born. Rob ended up escorting him to the waiting room (aka: nursery/office) and unintentionally giving him a glass of wine to ease his nerves until the baby arrived.

Since that night, Ira has been an absolute dear with the new pack member even as he’s been asked to be evermore yielding with Harper’s  increasing ability to grab, pull, and squeal. This week was one of the first where Ira got his first vision of what life will look like for him once Harper Sue can crawl. My observation is that Ira will have both a better playmate and a constant competitor for toys.

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  1. Barbara Lord: I wonder what Ira is thinking !

  2. nanci corzine: So glad you captured this. It was fun to see some of it during my last visit. They are going…

A Week’s Worth of Photos

Harper’s 3rd week of her 5th month is quickly coming to an end (aka: holy crap! she’s almost 6 months old). There are signs of mobility and dexterity development nearly every day. Below are a few of these signs I captured throughout the week.

Harper Sue might be a Caterpillar?

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Momma’s Shoes are Yummy!

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Harper Sue Reviews OS X Snow Leopard

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  1. nanci corzine: Especially love the picture of Rob and Harper. Smooch.

New Playtime Video

  1. Barbara Lord: Love the talking :) Can't wait to see the two babies together over Thanksgiving! it will be fun to see…

  2. nanci corzine: How blessed you are to anticipate and be aware of all of these changes. Kudos to you and Rob and…

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