Pfitzauf et Maya Bee dans les Alpes

What next…

January 28th, 2009

For over a week now, Maya has been trying to sit up in her bouncer. So, I figured that I would try her new high chair and at 2 1/2 months old, she can sit by herself. I telling you, she will be walking in no time, god help me. She has been standing in my lap with only my hands holding hers. Her favorite game for the last month is “Up and Down”, which I described before as a squat movement. Her is her new chair, which she adores.

Already Sitting

With Big Bro

Are we done yet?!

Pfitzauf Time

January 28th, 2009

Sunday was a beautiful day, but I was a bit under the weather. Nasty cold and stomach flu. Jean-Marc and Pfitzauf went on a little walk in the snow. Pfitzauf was in hog heaven. It has been a pretty decent winter for us this year. Too bad that I won’t get to enjoy it too much. Need to wait for the Bee to get a little older, next year will be a bit better. Here are two cute pictures from their walk:

Bad Hair Day

Face only a mother could love, LOL

Sleep eludes me

January 25th, 2009

Well, it is 5:00am in the morning, my throat is bother me a bit and my husband is snoring like a train. But I was just reflecting on ho good my life is. So, here are the thoughts going through my head:

1. Spending this time with Maya. I never thought that it would be this much fun!

2. Spending time as a family, Jean-Marc, Maya, Pfitzauf, and I. Wish it didn’t go by so fast!

3. Discovering new things with Maya
– Her first cry after being born. I will never forget it! The most beautiful sound I ever heard!
– her first look at light
– discovering her fist, ahem… thumb (pacifiers are out of the question, learned the hard way)
– understanding who is mommy
– understanding who is daddy
– first Smile!!
– first laugh (I love this sound)
– laughing continuously (Maya discovered her voice, and laughed and laughed. With me going crazy, because it was the second most beautiful noise she made.
– Jumping up and down and understanding Playing
– Smiling all the time for everyone. Stranger actually stop and comment. You eat up the attention!!

4. Creating a stronger bond with my family. I miss and love you all so much and wish that we could see each other everyday.

5. Breastfeeding. A special connection that passes at almost every feeding.

6. Fear of putting Maya in the hands of somebody else. Need to find a Nanny and totally dreading the thought of someone else getting to see important moments.

7. Would love to stop working, but want Maya to grow up in a house out of the city even more.

8. Jealous that you look just like your dad, since the day you were born. With each day, you look more like him!

Here are a couple of more photos:
Even in sleep, she is in deep thought

Someone looks just like their daddy

Lunch Date with Manon and Maud

January 24th, 2009

Yesterday we had baby Manon and her Mommy, Maud, over for lunch, then we went to a Craft Fair. It was nice to talking to someone who is going through the same things as me. She is breastfeeding like me. It was fun seeing that she has the same pattern as I do. Change Baby’s diaper, feed baby, nap baby, cram food down throat, change baby, feed baby, and continue. It makes getting out of the house a bit difficult.
Anyway, They came over, but I ended being a bit behind, as our house decided to leak!!!! Finally the rain let up, but have to find someone to help us locate the leak, which is never fun, and usually cost an arm and a leg. So, I whipped up a quick meal, and Maud brought dessert. It was fun comparing notes. Like I said, Her daughter is 3 weeks older than Maya. We discover that we practically had the same daily pattern. We both drink herbal tea to stimulate more milk. I gave her some other ideas on how to stimulate even more. Then we headed out to the Craft Fair. It was comical seeing to to of us carrying the girls in the BabyBjorns, then sitting on a bench feeding the girls, then hitting the stands to see the goods, then returning to former mentioned bench and feed girls again. All in all, we had a good time. People kept stopping and saying how cute the girls are. Here is Maya in an outfit offered by her Aunt Katie (My brother in-law’s sister):

Someone wasn’t in a smiling mood

My Aunt Jemima Girl

Hey Bro, Come take a picture with me!

Do you promise not to pull my hair????

How Cute

Are we done yet?!

Thanks for the picture and not pulling my hair.

Auntie Stacey’s Turn

January 23rd, 2009

Ok, So Auntie Stacey was complaining that I was getting lazy on my job. We have been quite the social bunnies Maya and myself, with people coming to visit and dine at our house. Let me back up a little.
A couple of weeks ago, Maya finally got to meet Baby Manon ( we have two friends named Manon). Her mother Maud and I were due practically on the same day, but Manon decided to come a couple of weeks early and Maya came a week late, so they are 3 weeks apart. It is great that Maya has a friend the same age.

Here is the girls, with the very PROUD Papas

Then I got on a crafty kick. I was looking for a hanging diaper stacker, like they have in the States, but couldn’t find one. So, I whipped out my sewing machine and made one. I also made a bag for her floor gym, since it didn’t come with one.

Some of my handy work

Here is her new floor gym

Cheeky Girl

Here she is in one of Mommy’s favorite toys. It actually allows me to do some cleaning. Grampa thought that it was so great that he got one for her in the states, for when we visit.

Yesterday we got Maya her first sled for Val d’Isere and Serre Chevalier. We gave it a quick test run in the house. At 2 1/2 months it is amazing how well she is already holding herself up!! She been doing this since she was 2 months old. Here favorite game at the moment is “Up and Down”. It is sort of like she is doing squats on my lap, lol. It seems like she will be walking in no time, god help us…

Maya’s first Sled

Then we went to get some pictures done for her French passport and Identity Card. It only took 2 trips to the town hall with the necessary papers. To understand, France loves to ask for a million papers for any type of transaction, such as car registration, marriage, identity cards, etc. Maya wasn’t really in the mood to have these pictures done.

Girls Day

January 14th, 2009

Today, Maya and I had a girls luncheon with My friend Virginie and her daughter Manon. It was nice to chit chat and get some advice. Virginie has been so supportive before and after my pregnancy. She has become a very dear friend and I am lucky to have her here in France. Her kids are great!
Anyway, It was nice to have them here. Maya got to sport a new outfit that her Grammy sent her and her are some pictures:

Virginie’s Daughter Manon with Maya

My little china doll

It’s a Grammy thing

January 13th, 2009

So, Maya and I decided to do a photo shoot for Grammy with the new hat that we finally received. Actually the package she sent last week and the package she sent December 13 both showed up today, together… Go figure. Anyway, we had fun taking these pictures that probably only interest the grandparents and auntie.

Oh my, we actually have snow on our terrace

Maya is a Leigh

January 9th, 2009

It seems that Maya has really found her vocal cords this week. Since Monday, January 5, she is talking up a storm!! It is the most awesome thing. I love to hear it. I could swear that she even laughs, but Jean-Marc says that it isn’t possible yet. I can’t believe how fast she is growing up! I love spending every minute with her and discovering her world with her.

Here is the video (normal size) : video 34 MB

2 months already!!

January 4th, 2009

So, Maya Bee, you turned 2 months today! Can you believe it?!? It seems like just the other day that we were walking to the hospital for you to be born. You smile all the time now. it makes my day. You have discovered a new game that has you bending you knees going up and down, while I sing up and down. Peek-a-boo is also one of your favorites. We will be going to your 2 months appointment Monday, so I will write more then. Here are your 2 months picture in an outfit from Grammy:

Miss Smiley

Pretty in Pink

So, we went to the doctors today and got the first series of vaccinations. She was so good, bless her heart. When he gave her the shot, she got this look on her face, like “How could you hurt me?”, then cried a tiny bit. Just when she thought that it was over he gave her the second shot. It killed me to hear her cry that way, but she only cried for a second. I was so proud of her. She was such an angel. Here are her stats: she weighs 4.6 kg, 56 cm, and 38cm around her head. She is perfect, not too big, not too small.

Happy New Year/Bonne Anne

January 2nd, 2009

Happy New Year All. So, we just finished out 2008 with a nice relaxing dinner at home. The end of the year was pretty exciting around here. As you know we had my whole family here for the American Thanksgiving in Az November 25, then on to the German St. Nicolas with friends and family, also in Az, then Christmas in Grenoble.
Christmas was normally to be in Az, but ended being in Grenoble, due to Jean-Marc having emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. I personally think he was jealous of my dad and I comparing war wounds and he wanted on too, ha ha ha. So, It was Maya, Pfitzauf and I for Christmas. We opened our traditional pajama gift Christmas Eve, then open all the awesome gifts Christmas Day. Boy, was Maya spoiled. Santa was really good to her, as well as some dotting Grandparents. I got a real special gift that I have wanted for some time. Antique wooden skis! (I’ll publish the photo later). We got an even better gift at the end of the day, Jean-Marc was able to come home!!! We did end up going to Az, as some cousin of Jean-Marc were home visiting from Texas. We had a fun dinner with them and laughed a lot. Reminds me of my family celebrating the holidays together, loud and fun. Maya got all dressed up again.
I still can’t believe how big she is already getting. She is still very good, which is surprising with the parents that she has. She only fusses to let us know that she is hungry or needs to be changed.

Here are some photos from the recent events:

Uncle Mike, professional turkey carver

Wedding Anniversary Celebration at the restaurant that we celebrated after the wedding ceremony in 1997

Some Good Raclette Cheese done the old fashion and best way

Some photos from Saint Nicolas 2008

The Family

Maya’s French side coming out

Maya’s meeting St. Nicolas for the first time

Getting ready for Santa

You’ve got to be kidding…

Table Setting

I made a nice for Jean-Marc and me that started with salmon tartar, then we went onto langoustine tails with sorrel herb sauce and melted butter, gratin Dauphinois, green beans rolled in bacon, and salad. With the traditional French log dessert.

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