Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

St. Paul Outing

After we saw an ad in the paper for a wood-carving exhibit at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Chris and I decided to stop after church Sunday. Chris and I have a special fondness for the Landmark Center because we held our wedding reception at the building. Once we arrived downtown St. Paul and parked, we walked through an ice sculpture exhibit outside the Landmark Center and then stopped to listen to a Mozart birthday celebration being put on for free by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra in the Center's main auditorium. It was a fun surprise to stumble upon so many events.

The wood-carving exhibit had a special section on spoons. Here's one of the incredible examples and then some other photos.

Fiona's first exposure to orchestral music.  


Friday, January 25, 2013

Fiona - 6 Months

Fiona turned 6 months old on Monday, January 21. She had her 6 month check-up on Wednesday and weighed 17.5 pounds and measured 26.5 inches. She's at the 75th percentile for height/weight and 50th for head circumference. Big milestones over the past month include sitting up by herself for short periods of time, gaining better dexterity with her fingers and trying several new foods. We introduced rice cereal to her a month ago, and since then she's tried bananas, pears, apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, watermelon and rice cereal. She likes watermelon, but otherwise prefers vegetables, although she doesn't seem thrilled to eat many foods. The pediatrician suggested moving past pureers because Fiona may not like the smooth conistency. Lastly, Fiona really likes to play in her Christmas gifts from her grandparents: an exersaucer and Jenny Jump-Up.
It's amazing to me how easy evenings have become in comparison to the first couple months. I thought the day would never come when she would fall asleep at a decent hour, but Fiona consistently falls asleep by 7:15pm and will sleep a solid 12 hours with 1-2 easy wake-ups per night. However, I hear she will likely regress when she gets teeth.
Yesterday, when I entered the infant room at daycare to pick Fiona up, I looked around for her and almost didn't recognize her because she's getting so big. Her cradle cap persists, but at least she's growing some hair to cover it. The new hair isn't quite as dark as what was on her head at birth, but it's definitely brown. Her eyes have also stayed blue.
Fiona's greatest source of amusement is Greta. Chris and I will chase Greta around the house or play fetch with a rag bone, and Fiona squeals and laughs. Greta has a fickle affection for Fiona - she loves to sneak licks while Chris and I are distracted, but if Fiona reaches out a hand towards Greta, Greta will immediately take off.

A few pictures:

Monday, January 14, 2013

First Foods, continued

We've been introducing new foods to Fiona. She isn't overwhelmed with love for anything so far, except for watermelon which I put into a mesh feeder bag so she can gum and suck out the juice.

Pears... or maybe a better title is, "Help! Pears!"
Sweet Potatoes or "Don't look at the spoon"

Magnet Board (aka a non-Fiona post)

When we renovated the kitchen, we lost all of our "magnet space" on the sides of the refrigerator. This was not to be tolerated as our very tasteful display of travel magnets needed a new home beyond a tupperware container in the closet. We spray painted a metal sheet from Menards, and then Chris built and sprayed a wooden frame. Tada!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Late Christmas Post

Chris and I stayed in Minnesota for Christmas this year. We celebrated a couple days early with Rob, Allison and the kids and drove to my parents in Hugo early afternoon on Christmas Day.

Christmas morning, Chris and I had a "pairings" breakfast: 1) coffee and manchego cheese and 2) cantelope and proscuitto. Greta discovered a special treat in her stocking, so for all who ask, yes, we still do love our pup.

Blogger is having all sorts of issues right now. The text and pictures are wobbling all over the screen, and indenting crazily. In addition, the video upload functionality in blogger isn't working right now, so I'll have to double back and upload video from Christmas with Rob and Allison when it is working.

Christmas morning pictures:

Christmas in Hugo: