Pfitzauf et Maya Bee dans les Alpes

Maya’s 1 year picture

November 15th, 2009

Dear Maya Bee,

November 15th, 2009

Today a year ago, you came slowly, but loudly into our world at 12:04pm November 4, 2008. It was the best day of my life. This year has flown by, but what a great adventure all year long. You have progressed at an unbelievable speed. You are also one of the most well traveled babies that I know. Your have discovered lots of countries, such as France, New England USA, Germany, and Switzerland. You have made tons of friends along the way.

Looking back on this past year has been pretty exciting, with only a couple of bumps in the road, such as Daddy being in the hospital for Christmas and me going back to work. THe first thing you concord was breast feeding! You were a natural. It was amazing watching you learn to smile and laugh at only 3 weeks old. You figure out who Pfitzauf was by name first. You could also detect him by him walking. I swear that you waited in the morning for him to walk, because you knew that then we were awake.

At a mere 2 months you were able to sit and hold your head up straight in a highchair!! I new there and then that you weren’t going to take things slow.

At 4 months we actually had to jimmy a walker, so that you walk in it!! At first you could only go backwards, but it didn’t take too long to figure out how to go forward. They say that you shouldn’t put babies in walkers, as it can make them walk late. Boy, image how old you would have been walking, if we hadn’t put you in it, lol.

At 5 months, you were sitting up without support. You and Pfitz had become pretty good friends by now. You actually started patting him.

6 months was a big moment. You started swimming and took to the water like a fish. You also started eating solids and discovered that you have your mommy and daddy’s appetite. Your first tooth also made its appearance. We started using a toothbrush on that beautiful tooth! We also started going to meetings at the La Leche League, a group of women supporting each other during breast feeding. We have made some nice friends here.

Then mommy had to sadly go back to work when you were 7 months. Mommy was going to miss having adventures with you, but at least mommy only worked 4 days and had you all to herself on Fridays. I think that the transition was more difficult for mommy than you. We could see already that your legs were getting strong. You also discovered your love for French bread.

8 months to the day, had you standing up in your crib! If that weren’t enough, you figure out also how to sit up from a laying postion all by yourself! Crawling was only two weeks away.

9 months had you clapping your hands, clucking your tongue and standing up without holding onto something! You are really enjoying your walker now and the freedom to get about. You also started pointing at the picture of Gammie, Grampi, Mommy and yourself. You love looking at these pictures. You also started brushing your teeth all by yourself. You point at your toothbrush every morning and we brush our teeth together.

Wow, 10 months you master the stairs, which was a nightmare for mommy, as they are very slippery and made of tile. So now, we make good use of your playpen. You seemed to be a bit of a daredevil, as you don’t cry much when you fall or bump your head and knees. You also learned how to go underwater. We even got it on video. You started eating Gerber snacks and find them tasty.

Big 11 brought us WALKING!! When I say walking, I mean walking. This seems to be one of your favorite discoveries, as it allows you to get into everything. Pfitzauf is not thrilled with this new found ability. Your newest favorite is CHEERIOS! You can’t get enough of spot the bag and point until I give you some. You still love you bread, but I think Cheerios takes first place. You communication skills are amazing. You got a little cold and blew your own nose. We realize that we need to pay attention now, as you are simulating our actions, yikes.

Now my Bee, we find you at a year old. You can say your name and pfitzauf( more itzy and itzauf), not bad. Even the nanny said that you say your name all day long, lol! You have a very strong character (don’t know where that comes from…) and try to figure things out on your own. We are still waiting for your hair to come in (that come from you mom). We just found out the other day that you need to get glasses, as you have your daddy’s eyes. You suffer from Hyperopia, which is a defect of vision caused by an imperfection in the eye (often when the eyeball is too short or when the lens cannot become round enough), causing difficulty focusing on near objects. Hopefully, since we caught it early, you may not have to wear glasses later on.

Since the day your were born, you have been such a delight. So easy going, but you determined to figure out on your own when you come across an obstacle. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Love with all my heart!

Maya’s Birthday Mash (work in progress)

November 1st, 2009

As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. We celebrated Maya’s first birthday October 31, 2009 with friends. We had 14 adults and 9 kids:
Juiliette, Rich, Thomas, and Elise Buxton
Virginie, Xavier, Antoine, and Manon Sirvent
Mireille, Martin and Emilie Rooke
Maud, Francois and Manon LeRoyer
Kontxi, Bruno and Peio Granger
Cecile and Leia Nguyen
Frederic Genton
I put my cooking skills to work! I did Maya’s birthday up, Leigh style!! The menu was:
2 Lasagnas
2 tartiflette (done by my darling husband)
vegetables and homemade dip
chips and homemade onion dip
10 candy apples
10 caramel apples
Graveyard dessert
Bee Cake
Maya’s cake
The Bee cake was the biggest feat, as I have never attempted a professional looking cake before and really wanted Maya to have a American style Bee cake. All that I can say is, man do I miss Betty Crocker cake mixes!!
The body of the Bee was made out of chocolate cake and the head was yellow cake. I made 3 batches of fondant from Marshmallows and powdered sugar and dyed 2 batches, one black and yellow. Never work with black, as it get everywhere!!!! I made huge batch of buttercream icing. Then cut and assembled all the pieces. I made the wings from wire and felt. The antennas were sparklers. I paid tribute to the 6 teeth that Maya has, so that is why there are teeth. I have to say that I was thrilled with the results. Here are photos of the cake:

We ended up having a BEAUTIFUL day! We were able to spend the day outside. Everyone arrived around 12:30 and almost everyone wore costumes. It was really fun. Here are pictures from the big day:

It seemed that everyone had a good time. I got 2 of the kids to do the eating donut on a string, with no hands. Even Maya had a turn at it. It was hilarious, but I think that the French confirmed that Americans are crazy. Maya got great gifts from everybody. We put them to good use right away. It was so nice to have our good friends there.

Quick for Gammi and Grampi

November 1st, 2009

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