Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to Us

Today Jillian turned 3 months and I turned 31. We have remarkably similar birthdays with hers being 10-07-08 and mine being 01-07-78. I informed Jillian that I am approximately 124 times her age today, but she seemed unimpressed by such statistics. It was also my last day home with her as it is back to the daily grind tomorrow.

All in all we had a lovely day together even if it was busy. After getting some packing done in the morning, we had lunch with my mother-in law. Then we went to downtown Seattle to enroll Jillian in a study for type 1 diabetes. It turns out that she has some of the genetic markers for the disease that puts her at increased risk (1/30 as opposed to 1/300), which is not surprising since my brother is a type 1 diabetic. Since I work in clinical research, I'm always interested in such studies especially when they focus on a disease that hits so close to home for my family. After that, we stopped by my work to visit Jillian's Aunt Jaime and Lauren. With the exception of the last stop when she was cranky and in need of a nap, she behaved beautifully. She has reached an age where she doesn't fuss much unless she is tired or hungry. The hunger part is easy to deal with as I now predict when she'll want a bottle, and she sleeps well in her carseat provided that we are moving in a car or shopping card. Plus she is easily entertained and happy to spend her time just observing what is going on around her. This combined makes it very easy to take her out in public, and I figured I should enjoy it now as this stage may well be short-lived.

Jeramy got pizza on the way home from work and made Mojitos, which is my new favorite cocktail. We had some quiet time as a family while feeding her a bottle, giving her a bath and getting her to sleep for the night. While my 30th birthday was marked by the frustration of infertility, this year was marked by the quiet celebration of what I have waited so very long for. While it hasn't been the easiest 3 months, every moment has been well worth it.

And of course since it has been a few posts, I must leave you with the latest in Jillian photographs. Every time I look at her, I shake my head in amazement over how this completely adorable little girl is ours. It is enough to bring me to tears sometimes (cheesy but true).
Jillian loves her monkey pajamas from Aunt Jaime...and her hands. She really loves those hands. Mine too if she can get them into her mouth.

Helping me move. Just don't tell her that her new bedroom will be smaller.

Modeling her new overalls.

Due to her intense hatred for tummy time there has been no rolling over to date. However she can roll from her back to her side especially when really pissed off. It is a good thing you can't see her face in this picture.

Helping with the laundry.

I placed her in the bumbo chair thinking it would wake her up enough to finish her final bottle of the day. It didn't. She did wake up an hour later wanting it though. Figures.

Damn. She's adorable.

Not to be outdone here is Cujo showing off his new, cleaner look. He hadn't had a bath since Jillian was born and his nails hadn't been trimmed in at least two months. So I finally broke down and took him to the groomer, only to find out that they charge a mere $24 for such services. If I'd known it was that cheap, I'd have stopped giving him baths and trimming his nails years ago!


Nicky said...

Good luck with the return to work tomorrow!

jenn said...

Happy birthday! Good luck at work today.

She is so freaking adorable! I love the picture with her feet sticking straight out from the bumbo... the little socks!! Love it!

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

Happy Birthday and good luck with work! She is such a cutie!!! :)

BrownEyedGirl said...

Totally Adorable!!

Happy Belated Birthday too!!!

Kelly said...

Jillian is adorable!!! Cujo is very cute too:)

GL on heading back to work!!

Oh, when in move in day at the new house?

Heather said...

Happy Birthday to you both!!

It should be illegal to be so damn cute! Loving the jeans!

It has only been in the past year or so that I realized the place down the street will cut all three of my big dogs nails for like $3 a dog. Why did I fight them all those years to cut them?

Jennifer said...

Oh goodness...she gets cuter by the day!

She seems to love that little chair...Jules isn't in love with his as much.

I need to get current pics of him on our blog...I love seeing new photos of Jillian - she's getting so big!

Jennifer said...

happy belated! and ps - jillian is so.darn.cute.!!

Jaime said...

That bumbo seat appears to be a godsend!! I just love my little niece to death! It was so great to see her yesterday, even if she was a little cranky :) At least we got a few smiles out of her!

KatieM said...

She really is precious sweetness =) And isn't that crying thing crazy? I do it with Cullen too, it's like it comes from out of no where sometimes. Growing up I used to wonder why my Mom cried so much (she's a huge crier anyways!), but now I know why!

CJ said...

Happy birthday! It sure has been a big year.

Jillian is VERY adorable. The bumbo seat pictures are precious!

Good luck tomorrow. At least it's Friday already, right?

Barb said...

Happy Bday! I have to say Jen that so far she looks like a mini-you to me.

Jewels said...

She sure is adorable, Happy birthday =D