Wednesday, July 06, 2011

7 months today!

The number 6 is quickly becoming my favorite number. Happy 7th month free of my womb, Rowan! You are so much fun, and every single day brings new joy and adventure. I'm the world's luckiest mommy.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Happy doesn't begin to describe it...

WOW. This must be The. Best. Toy. EVER.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Dainty Diner

"Country Garden Vegetables" in a jar is a bigger hit with Cleopatra than with Rowan.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Peaceful Saturday.

I sort of love it a lot when Rowan falls asleep in my arms. I mean, sure, it means I don't get the work done that's on my to do list, but it also means she feels comfortable and secure.

OUT. Omigoodness, OUT!

Now, WHY couldn't we have seen this two and a half hours ago? I know why. Because mommy has early morning plans and had hoped to sleep all the way through without waking up for feedings. All week long she goes 8+ hours every night, but come Saturday, we have bright, wide open eyes at the crack of dawn. One would think she was already conditioned to expect Saturday morning cartoons.

How is it fair to make the baby SUCH a morning person when the mommy is so very profoundly NOT???

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You know you need more social/adult interaction when... take as much pride in affirmations from your appliances as I do. So: who wants to visit me and Rowan?


Hey, Morgan! That's DOG FOOD you're eating.  Yes, I can hear the crunching, so there's no denying it. You're very close to losing your "bitch, I'm a CAT" cred, with your Kibbles & Bits Homestyle breath.

Or does licking Cleo's Milkbones give you a taste for the canine life?? You crack me up, crazy girl!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Yogurt Time!

Rowan is doing so well with solid foods! Oh wait. The stuff she gets is rice cereal, arroz caldo, spaghetti sauce, other mushy things from our plates, and YOGURT. Chobani makes a wonderful kids' yogurt, and Rowan LOVES the honey banana kind. It's fun to feed her! She gets very excited.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Today we saw Dr. Joyce and got all sorts of shots. Wow. Exhausting.

...aaaaaaannnnnnd now I'm up.

Shots? Innoculations? HA!! I laugh at such trifles.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

OMG! Awwwwwww to the 10th power!

Last question's answer? There IS something more precious, and it's when Grampa falls asleep feeding Rowan, and Rowan takes over the feeding responsibility. Beyond CHARMING! I am dying from the cuteness.
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Is there anything more precious? No, I really don't think so.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011


Despite my best efforts to make a good Buddhist of her, my daughter goes all John 14 on me. I can't be disappointed, and this suprises me; in fact, I'm totally ok with it.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I scream, you scream...

...and when the baby screams, it's for ice cream.

Spoil his daughter? Not THIS daddy. ;-)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Generations

We humans are so fragile and our time here is so short. Life is so precious. Family is so dear.
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Friday, April 08, 2011

Such a big girl!

There she goes again, holding her bottle. And doing it so nicely for Aunt Pat, who is delighted to see this fast-growing little girl.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Growing Like a Weed In the Sun

Today Rowan is 4 months old, and today she shows how she suddenly can hold her bottle. My baby is growing up!
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Friday, April 01, 2011

Opening Day!!!!

Rowan gets to know Slider in our very own private Home Opening Game festivities. Go Tribe!!!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Comforts of Home

Rowan is falling asleep in Grammy Garcia's arms as her daddy looks on. I'm all warm inside.
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She totally cracks me up.

I mean, really. This tiny little girl, barely 3 months old, can give her namesake, Mr. Bean, a run for his money in the rubber face department. She's so entertaining!
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My Three Girls

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Monday, March 07, 2011

It's Spa Day at Chez Garcia...

...and the number one clue is the ear-shattering screams of bloody murder, starting with the Facial of Epic Squirminess, a mighty crescendo during the Warm Wash Cloth Massage of Perilous Doom, and concluding with a Lavender-Scented, Tantrum-Infused Shampoo Shriek.

Well, I know I'M refreshed.
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Dakota, doting.

Dakota is always so sweet both with and about Rowan. It's really neat to see Rowan looking up at Dakota with such interest and (dare I say it?) admiration. I love seeing these two beautiful girls together.
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Oldest and youngest, reprise

"What do I DO with this??"

Poor Dallas. Everyone's making a big deal about him holding the baby.
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Rowan loves her Grandpa Oerkfitz. Grandpa Oerkfitz loves his Rowan.
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Hand, Hand, Finger, THUMB!!!

We have found our thumb. Happy day!!!
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Oldest and youngest

Dallas, Daddy and Ginny's oldest grandchild, holds my Rowan, their youngest. It's Dallas' birthday today. It's the 3 month-mark for Rowan today. A very good day for my dad's grandkids!
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Friday, March 04, 2011


There's nothing more beautiful to me anymore than my daughter at peace.

Every single day, several times over the course of the day, she melts my heart in new ways. I never imagined such joy.
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Just kicking back... the vibrating bouncy chair with my hippo. Telling stories to anyone within earshot. I have a full belly and a clean bottom. Yeah. Life's good.
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Growing up so fast...

This amazing and beautiful child of mine didn't start out on her side. I put her on her back and she rolled onto her side all on her own. I suppose I should start preparing myself for when she asks for car keys. That'll be next week, at this rate!
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

THAT'S patience!

Bert, our oddest cat, and she really is VERY odd, puts up with Rowan using her as a foot rest. Is it possible poor Bertie-Bert was spared the random sharp kicks this growing, stretching, ever more active can (and does) deliver? No, she was NOT spared. Did she stay calm and patient with this bizarre, hairless, spastic, sqealing creature? Yes. Yes, she did. And she did so purring all the while. What a good cat.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Attention, Rowan Atkinson!

My Rowan loves trying to outdo her namesake's character, Mr Bean, in the rubber face department.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Duck, duck, geese...

Two mallards and two Canada geese are completely unphased by our walk. They are enjoying the sun and wind as much as we are.
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Even in the shade it's a little too bright for 2-month-old eyeballs. We'll keep this one short!
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Omigoodness, so EXCITED!

Nature walk today! Shaker Lakes, here we come!
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Soooooooo snuggly!

My three favorite people, all comfy and watching PBS.
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Just around the block this time, we don't want to overdo it. It's sunny with blue skies and warm, spring-like air: better than gorgeous.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


She's got to be serious SOMETIMES.

Well, it's either that or she's working on a colorful diaper.
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Clean clothes! Kicking feet! Hulk SMASH!

Yup. That's an Incredible Hulk board book on the changing table. Only the best influences for my girl. And speaking of, notice the gorgeous purple hand-knit booties Rowan is wearing, made by Aunt Poison Ivy!
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So I asked her...

"...gonna smile?" And she did. Then she puked a little. Then she puked a little more. We changed her clothes, cuz we kinda needed to at that point, and that's when she REALLY let loose with the giggles. All in all, a good afternoon!
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Well, they WERE both asleep. Note the cheeky expression on the fuzziest of the two.

Utterly charming!!
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Sleep-smiling is way safer than sleep-walking.

So utterly charming. It makes me wonder what babies dream of. It could also simply signify her comfort being in her daddy's arms, which is no small thing. I'm so grateful this lovely little being is so content.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Time for giggles!

I love the clock Rowan follows. Unlike numbers on a traditional clock, "Giggletime" occurs MANY times on this face!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Embroidery Workshop:Frog

This was one of the original drawings turned into embroidery. Such fun! I love the energy of this charmingly crazy frog.
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"Every IKEA needs one of these..."

This was the most prominent feature of The Machine Project's show at Spaces Gallery. What a blast! Children were running up, then sliding back down. I watched one dad roll down the sofas! As I was leaving, I overheard a conversation about the ages of the various sofas. "Energized" is an understatement for the night!
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Laughing with wild abandon!

I love my happy little girl!! Her laughter is SO infectious. I'm so glad there's no vaccine against it!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

You're not serious??!?

You're taking me out in THAT temperature? WTF??!?
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Birthday smiles!

It's Grampa Oerkfitz's birthday today, and all I get is more nommy mommy juice.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

The calm before the storm.

Today is Rowan's 2 month check up. There will be shots; there will be screaming and gnashing of gums.
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Hey! Aunt Leonor!!

Guess who loves farts as much as you do? This is what Rowan does after a particularly long string of them. There is usually an impish giggle, too. Kindred spirits, much? :-)
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