Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: The Recap

Oh my 2008, you were an eventful year. Full of ups and downs. Happiness, hormones and hysterics.

We started the year out pretty normally as I recall. Oh, except that I was about halfway to having a baby. That's not normal for us, I guess.

Around March (and not that long before I was due to have a baby), we ventured back into the land of house selling. Our first days at it were wildly optimistic (an offer the day before we were scheduled to put it on the market) and then dramatically depressing (an offer rescinded the day after they tested the inactive fuel oil tank that evidently had leaked oil during the reign of the previous owners and had contaminated all the soil around it). We regrouped, cleaned up the mess, and started over. This time we weren't so optimistic, had lost a good month of real estate market time, and we certainly had a significantly lighter wallet after the oil tank clean up process where the clean up crew felt the need to dig to China. Seriously, you could have driven a SUV into that hole and lost it in there. In the end, there was a lot of fresh new dirt and a lovely planting bed where there used to be trees.

April 25th arrived. The big due date. No baby. Lots of folks sitting around and tapping their feet impatiently. My mom and Doug's mom were in Washington with us. My mom kept busy with sewing projects and cooking, and Doug's mom kept busy with gardening and cooking. I remember eating a lot. Oh, and everyone spent time preparing the house for open houses. I still can't believe we had our house on the market during this time. And no real signs of little Harper being ready to make her arrival into the world. We finally coaxed her out of her hiding place on May 6th.

I think I spent the next month in sweats, in tears (both happy and hormonal), and in shock. I really couldn't believe that we had created such an adorable (yet needy) little creature. Our lives revolved around naps and feedings and diaper changes.

Three weeks after Harper was born, Doug ventured to Ohio to start a new job as a self-employed vendor representative. Doug's mom came back out to pack up the house, and Harper and I started preparing for our big adventure. We left for Kansas to visit my family in June, and then Doug flew all the way back to Washington to get the car and to drive back across half the country (picking us up along the way).

We arrived in Ohio as a family in late June and moved in with Doug's mom and her husband. They went out of their way to make us feel at home. We moved in with them because our house in Washington still hadn't sold (a huge source of stress for all of us), and without that off of our shoulders, we couldn't buy another house.

Finally in August we got an offer on the Washington house. I say "finally" because in our minds it was a million years in the making. Our lives were in such limbo, we were living in someone else's house, and we had a new baby to take care of. In reality, we do realize that it was a relatively quick home sale in a tough real estate market. As soon as we had a contract signed, we started looking at houses in Ohio and found one in our first real day of looking. It was kind of a no-brainer to get the house, but we still had to go through financing, the sale of the WA house, getting all our stuff here from Washington (with Doug and his mom going out there to pack it all up with the help of some amazing friends), and the purchase of the new house. It all came together in mid-September. The Washington house closed, Doug and his mom returned from Washington, the Ohio house closed, our stuff arrived, and here we are. {Whew.}

The last couple of months we've just been settling back into normal life. Or at least whatever normal means now. I guess it means Doug and I both working from home, a happy baby who changes almost before your eyes, and living back in the Midwest again.

So 2008, you brought us a lot of changes. Some good ones, some not so good ones, but we've managed to survive them all. YAY!

And 2009, we're hoping for a quiet year. Don't disappoint us.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Christmas morning 2008, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Still a slow upload process, but you can now see a whole lotta Christmas wrapping paper shaking (courtesy of Miss Harper) on Flickr. YAY!

Trial Run for Posting Videos

Harper 12-24-08, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

We hope that posting videos on flickr works better!


Things We Like
Little sweat suits. When Daddy comes to check on us.
Sometimes pacis.
Things We Don't Like

Camera flashes that are too bright for our little eyes.
Reading camera manuals in an effort to reduce the file size and get control of that crazy flash.

Monday, December 29, 2008

And another tiny hello from a while back.


I'm starting to feel confident that as long as I only try to load ten seconds or less of video that it might work. I'll have to work this out.

And now for a teeny hello from Harper.

We're trying this video thing again. A whole eight seconds this time. Sorry for the brevity, but we just don't have a lot of patience for these types of things around here!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Christmas photos are uploading to the Flickr site as I type... I tried uploading them onto here three times and just got plain ole worn out. The files from the new camera are just too huge, I think. (Tried uploading a 12 second video on the first try... more than 12 hours later... still not done. I give up!)

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bad Little Blogger

Yep, I've been a bad little blogger lately. But we've been having too much fun to hold still long enough to blog. We've been playing and cooking and making funny faces and eating and wrapping presents and doing artwork and staying warm(ish).

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hi Everybody!

P.S. If you click on the photo to see it larger, you can see my two teeth coming in on the bottom!

Two Good Nights Does Not a Pattern Make.

[Edited 12/19/08] BUT 10 nights might!

But it's a start.

This week I decided to put Harper to bed awake (drowsy) and let her put herself to sleep. We've tried this before, but I couldn't take it. This time I decided to stick with it.

Night 1: 12 minutes of crying. Not too bad, I thought. I can take this.
Night 2: 35 minutes of crying. Oh boy, this isn't working.
Night 3: 15 minutes of crying. Maybe it will get better.
Night 4: 0 minutes of crying. Gave her one of her burp cloths to hold onto. She talked herself to sleep. She woke up crying once in the middle of the night, but it was for only a few minutes. She woke up talking.
Night 5: A few minutes of talking, 3 minutes of crying. She woke up talking again.
[Edited 12/15/08] Night 6: 0 minutes of crying! Woke up talking. :)
[Edited 12/16/08] Night 7: 0 minutes of crying and woke up talking again. Four great nights in a row! YAY!
[Edited 12/17/08] Night 8: Life is goooood! I am such a lucky mommy. :)
[Edited 12/18/08] Night 9: Sweet.
[Edited 12/19/08] Night 10: A tiny bit of crying because we put the cranky-pants, rubbing her eyes baby to bed early. Still good, so good. :)

We're going to keep at it and see what happens.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Harper's Online Baby Book

In addition to her new tooth:

Harper has been clapping her hands together for about a week now and she flattens out her hands when you clap them together for her.

Last night she added "DaDa" to her usual chatter. Doug melted. :)

She's sitting really well by herself and has been for a few weeks. She likes to sit on the floor with me and hold my hands while we row row row the boat.

She has almost outgrown her original sleep sacks (which are size small and were so HUGE when she was born that we had to wait to use them).

She wears mostly 9-month old clothes and a few 12-month old clothes. She is still long and skinny.

When I put her facing away from me and bring her head up next to my head, she tries to eat me. I prefer to think she's trying to give kisses though.

She's still not much of a cuddler, but she does sometimes rest her head on a shoulder when she's tired.

She loves to eat her "solid" foods and really likes gnawing on zwieback toast.

She still likes her butterfly toy that has calmed her down since she was five weeks old.

She will dive at any remote control in site.

She is mesmerized by The Backyardigans.

She hasn't settled on a comfort item yet. Mostly she wants someone's finger right now.

She still likes diaper changing time and calms down as soon as she hears the diaper being unfolded.

She's still such a sweet girl and so easy to soothe. We're very lucky!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


This is from a few weeks ago (11/16/08) but I forgot to upload it. Oops.

You may want to turn your volume down a bit. She's got quite a squeal. :)


Monday, December 8, 2008

Something New Today


In case you couldn't hear that (something not right about the sound settings on the web cam), Harper is cutting her first tooth! A little bottom one that's just barely sticking out. When I can get her told hold still for a second (almost impossible), I can see the other bottom one is almost ready too!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Blame Game.

Need/want to put up the Christmas tree. Have a new addiction. Facebook. Blame facebook for it not being up yet.

Need to clean the house but haven't done it yet. Blame facebook for that too. (Ha! Good one.)

Art room a disaster after Thanksgiving weekend project with my sister Julie. Can't blame facebook for that one. Sorry Julie, going to have to blame you for that never ending project. :)

No collaging lately. Blame massive Thanksgiving weekend art project for that one too.

No blog posts lately. Blame me. :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008