So, yeah, 2013 was kind of a big one in the Messmer-Guthrie household. To commemorate, here’s a quick slideshow of the year in review:
All of this is not to suggest that she hasn’t been doing other note-worthy things in the past few days. She went to the doctor the day after Christmas for a checkup and her first round of immunizations. She’s now ready to mingle! She’s also up to almost 11 pounds, meaning that she’s no longer the smallest critter in the apartment (she’s bigger than Simone, still smaller than Chekhov), and she grew to 22 3/4 inches. The doctor didn’t have any concerns, so everything is moving along as it should.
Otherwise we keep plugging along. She’s sleeping for longer and longer stretches at night and seems more and more aware of her surroundings by day. Oh, and she’s adorable:
It’s been an eventful week in Evie-land. My dear friend Virginia is in town and, as a baby gift, put her professional photography skills to work capturing the cuteness that is Evie. We’ll get the pictures in a few weeks. The whole ordeal, though, was apparently pretty hard on the P (that’s what we call her most of the time these days):
Being so photogenic can wear a girl out.
Another interesting development in the past few days is that we’ve discovered that Evie likes the guitar. She’ll lay on her changing table and watch me play for quite a while, and gets really excited and smiley:
When not rockin’ out, Evie is helping her mom with our tradition of making a Christmas gumbo. We’ve decided to film/photograph Evie and her mom working on the roux every year. Here is this year’s edition:
All of this, of course, led to Evie’s first Christmas, which also fell on her two-month birthday. What did she think of all that? Apparently, she was a roller-coaster of emotions:
She also got to listen to lots of Christmas music, with mixed results:
She also spent the day – and the days leading up to it – being her regular adorable self:
All of this is to say, it’s been a busy week for the baby. So, without further ado, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
For Evie’s 8 week birthday we decided to run some errands and see how she’d hold up. She did okay – fussy in the car, passed out in the grocery store.
When not in a car seat, she’s turned into quite the happy baby, and is smiling left and right:
She’ll even smile on demand (sometimes):
In other news, she’s already growing out of some of her 0-3 month clothing, even though she isn’t even two months yet. Her next doctor visit is on the 26th, so we’ll find out then if she’s going to be a freakish giant or not (I’m guessing it’s just that baby clothing people are idiots).
That’s about it. Here are some more pictures:
Evie is officially smiling:
And we’re certain it’s not just gas… sort of.
It’s certainly a nice thing to see, though she smiles at inanimate objects almost as much as she smiles at us, so we’re trying not to get too full of ourselves. She’s also started cooing a lot more and just generally being expressive, as evidenced by this video (which also proves the continued value of our investment in the Moma-Roo):
With Evie more prepared to interact with her world, we’ve started trying to give her more world to interact with. The weather’s been beautiful, so we’ve taken her for several walks around campus, and today she visited the farmer’s market. She’s not a big fan of the stroller, but likes her Bjorn as well as being carried freely.
She’s also getting BIG! It’s amazing how quickly she’s outgrowing a lot of her clothes. Along with the growth spurt comes a need for more sleep, so things have been much calmer around here of late, and Evie just seems in better spirits than she did a few weeks ago when we thought she might have colic. Here are some pictures of the happy baby:
We’ve been trying for weeks to get a shot of the hilarious face that Evie makes when she has to take a number two, and at long last Norie achieved the impossible:
Alas, we didn’t manage to capture the sound effects.
In other news, we got a new toy for Evie – it’s called the Moma-Roo and is basically a high falutin’ swing. But, unlike our low falutin’ swing, Evie really likes it. It does a bunch of different motions beyond just back and forth including, most importantly, an up and down motion, which is Evie’s favorite:
Evie’s also settled into a nice sleep schedule at night – other than a brief feeding (and sometimes playing) interlude she’s more or less sleeping through the night. The day is still hit-or-miss, though. All in all, though, she’s a pretty happy baby:
And, of course, she remains very photogenic:
Classes are over, and I figured the best way to wrap up the semester was to introduce Evie to the wonderful world of academia. She visited one of my classes on Wednesday, and another today. She’s practically a PhD. already:
In addition to leading class discussions at Rice, Evie is also in training to be an Emily Dickinson scholar:
When she’s not in deep contemplation of poetry, she’s starting to interact with her environment more and more. She’s getting good at gripping things and likes to lay on her back and look at her toys:
And by toys we mean aluminum foil.
Molly and Bob were thoughtful enough to send us some things, and Evie took to her new stuffed Zebra (named Otis) right away:
She’s also getting to be a pretty good sleeper. In other words, things are going well!
The posting rate has dropped because my mom left town, so it’s harder to get a moment. It’s harder to do a lot of things. One thing that will help will be figuring out better ways to calm Evie down so that her crying doesn’t drive us up the wall. Here is what doesn’t work:
And here is what does:
And here, as always, are some adorable photos: