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We went to a coworker’s cabin in Mazama, WA.  We went on a short snowshoeing adventure – Eliza had mixed feelings about the excursion.  We saw some beautiful eagles and a lot of snow! 

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We went to L.A. to visit some friends and in play in Lei Out, a really big beach frisbee tournament, in January.  It was Eliza’s first time on a plane (she did great!), first time at the beach (hates sunscreen!), and first time away from home (loves everyone and everything!).  We had a really great time and can’t wait for more adventures!

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Oh y’all, she is just the best.  This month has been filled with more smiles by the day.  Eliza gets so busy smiling and sticking her tongue out that she forgets to sleep.  She is looking around at everything, no longer content to stare back at us when we hold her on our laps.  She is so strong – she will stand up on your lap if you hold her hands, do squats, up and down and wiggle.    We busted out the bouncy swing this month, and now sometimes when she is fussy, it’s because she wants to be upright, bouncing, standing.  She also sits in her knock off bumbo chair while we eat dinner, just watching us and looking around.  She’s babbling up a storm, coos and goos and sometimes multi-syllabic nonsense.  She is still sleeping great, occasionally waking at night but usually sleeping from 9 pm to 7 am or later.  She wakes up just like Kevin – slowly, lots of stretching, resisting the day, making adorable squished up faces against the light.  But as soon as her eyes open and she sees us, it’s all smiles.  And she smiles with her whole body – it starts on her face, big round cheeks and lit up eyes, and then wiggles all the way down to her kicky feet.  Kills me, every time.  

She is reaching for toys, holding on to things – when we put Sophie the Giraffe (favored toy of babies everywhere), you can see her concentrating intensely on grabbing her, and the surprise when she gets Sophie and elicits a squeak is pretty awesome.  She loves other people and especially other babies – she grins ear to ear when we are with Lucy (8 months) or Paige (~2 yrs), but didn’t know what to make of Vaughn (1 week).  She is also just starting to blow raspberries, and it is CUTE.
Eliza slept through Christmas, but has been enjoying her gifts – Sophie, books, toys, and some adorable clothes.  Other exciting highlights were the trip to L.A. for a frisbee tournament last weekend.  Eliza did great on the trip – barely any fussing on the plane, she mostly slept and smiled through the flight.  Once we arrived at our friends’ house, she was so excited she wouldn’t sleep at all.  No naps during the afternoon, and she was up every hour the first night we were there, either grinning or fussing from being over tired, or both.  The next day at the beach, she conked out a good bit and was much more laid back (and sleepy!) for the rest of the trip.  We were able to spend all day Saturday and Sunday at the beach playing frisbee, taking turns holding her, and go out to dinner both nights.  We didn’t end the weekend very well rested, but we had a blast and were really impressed with how flexible E was about the weekend.  Hopefully she stays flexible, because we have lots of fun and traveling coming up this year!
Stats at 3 months (on our home scale, with our own measuring tape):
Weight: 12.6 lbs (57%)
Length:  yeah nevermind.
Head Circumference:  wait for the doc next month, y’all.

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1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Pregnancy, baby, parenthood.  Went to an all-inclusive resort (Mexico, January 2011).  Planned and hosted a baby shower.  Had kidney stones (ouchie!).  Used real power tools to build out a closet.  Went on an overnight rafting/camping trip.  Ran my first 5k since high school. 

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year’s: some yes, some no.  The monthly food resolutions went off the rails almost immediately when I got pregnant, as I had to eat whatever sounded good at that precise moment, or risk irritating and long-lived bouts of unproductive nausea.  The “self-improvement” resolutions went ok for about half the year – particularly fun were no-iphone-in-social-situations month and recycled bag month.  I also read a fair number of the books I set out to, and cooked many new recipes, and went on many adventures, although I’d guess that none of these were as evenly spaced as intended (nor as well documented).  Thus, since the point, generally, was about intention and attention, I would give myself a C overall (with recognition of a solid excuse). 

This year:  yep! I love resolutions.  I am not sure what all I’m going to do, yet, but I’m sticking with the monthly themes as I think they are much more approachable and attainable.  For January, I’m doing no candy for my food resolution, and 2+ chores per day for self-improvement.  I’ll also be doing a monthly book, recipe, and adventure.  Kevin is going to play along a bit, I think – he’s doing meal planning and exercise this month.  

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me!  And the Cramers!  It was a big baby year over here in WA, and that will continue in 2012 with at least three more babies in the first three months. 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness, again. 

5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico in January, and now my passport is expired, so I can only go to Canada unless I deal with it.  And considering how terrible I am about such things, I’m betting 2012 will be slow, travel wise. 

U.S. places I visited were: Baltimore and D.C (March, SOT and friend-visiting), Versailles OH (June, Pdays!), Atlanta/Savannah/Amicalola (August, family visits and a wedding!).  I feel as though I might be forgetting some others…

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Job security, again, though that likely won’t be confirmed until 2013 at least. 

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 14th, Eliza’s birthday, because a human came out of my brewster.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Utterly cliched, but delivery of the baby.  That was hard, and one of the coolest things I’ve ever done for sure. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting an epidural!  Just kidding, that was a good decision.  Hmm… giving in to my irrational brain on subjects relating to pregnancy.  Such as being too scared to play frisbee while I still could.  That’s not much of a failure though, so instead let’s say: not exercising adequately while pregnant (or since…).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I haven’t had any significant communicable illness since fall of 2010, which is AWESOME and also a bit like waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I did have some exciting medical adventures, such as kidney stones!  And a baby!  And that whole Raynaud’s thing I got diagnosed with in 2010 came back to bite me in the ass boobs as it has made breastfeeding excruciatingly painful.  Hooray! 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The Hyundai.  

12. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage/car, food, AMAZON.  Amazon Mom is evil and wonderful (free Prime).  Childcare in the last two months has also been a new money drain, hoo boy.   

13. What did you get really excited about?
Eliza.  Watching Keivn play with Eliza.  My parents coming to visit when Eliza was born.  Seeing all my buddies in June for Pdays. 

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
This is terrible, but You’s a Ho (Ludacris), because we replace all the Hos with Bear.  There are a lot of songs we do this to, but this is my favorite. 

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

happier or sadder? Happier, though a year ago was pretty solid as well.
thinner or fatter? Interestingly, I am thinner.  Well, I weigh less.  My hips are still a fair amount wider than before.
richer or poorer? Richer, as we both got raises and promotions, but poorer, as we now have an expensive little bear.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Always more adventures.  More sleeping, for the last half of the year.  More frisbee, for the first half.  

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

TV. Procrastinating. Worrying. 

18. How did you spend Christmas?
With my little family!  With a hilarious multi-family video chat on Google+, and dinner at the Cramers’ (complete with Carolyn’s extended family).  Then, the week after, I worked my butt off, so frankly it wasn’t the most relaxing holiday season.  The day itself, though, was fantastic.  Best present: dinosaur marionette from the Crowells.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I think it was Terra Nova, even though it’s really not very good.  The New Girl is also a new favorite.  I have basically ditched Glee.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read two books by Zadie Smith that were really fantastic and made me think – White Teeth, and On Beauty.  Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman was hilarious.  I can’t remember what all else I read – I’d like to do better at keeping track.   

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, poppy crap on the radio, my Baroque pandora station.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
“Films,” hah.  Um, Friends with Benefits was hilarious.  Blue Valentine was really good but terribly depressing (sidebar: me and Carolyn ditched work to go see it, on the day I found out I was pregnant). 

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27.  I remember we were going to go camping on the coast but instead we played in a frisbee tournament in Wenatchee – the last time I got to play before I was deemed too pregnant by my peers.  It was great, as I didn’t anticipate getting to play.  Also, our old roommate Kelly threw me a low country boil at our house, which was really fun and tasty. 

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a magical part time/full pay job.  Or at least having had more leave to spend with little bear.  Also – breastfeeding not sucking so much. 

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Jeans and girly shirts.  Spandex for most of the year.  Since Eliza arrived – jeans, sweater, long underwear (it hurts when I’m cold!  And I lost my personal heater!)

26. What kept you sane?
Kevin, Rebecca, Carolyn. 

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

One I learned many years ago – it’s gonna be fine, so quit worrying about it.

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