Aaachoo’s, Boo Hoo’s and Valentine’s Day “I Love You’s”!

A lot has happened over the past few weeks.  And as the title suggests, Vivi has had her first cold (a fever), has started teething and just celebrated her first Valentine's Day!  All that can make a growing baby tired!  And all that growing can sure make a baby cute!
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Personalized purple hat? Check. Super soft purple top? Check. Super cute pose? Check!

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All these big life events sure do make a baby tired!

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I would dress her in this onesie every day if I could...

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Daddy's new most favoritest picture!

Our lil' Peanut continues to grow and I swear there are days where, literally, she gets bigger overnight.  Often we'll wake her up - yes, we're the parents who enjoy waking up our sleeping baby in the morning because we can't wait to see her and she is without a doubt, the happiest morning person we've ever met.  Every morning, she has the biggest grin on her little face when she sees us.  And at least a few of those mornings, Vivi somehow stretched herself out more and grew a little bit bigger! I felt bad taking this next picture even as I went to get my camera, but couldn't pass it up - one of her cutest sleeping moments I've ever seen.  I was in bed watching the baby monitor, and thought Vivi was too close to the crib railing.  I opened the door to her room and was going to slightly, and quietly, move her back to the middle of her crib. Instead, I closed the door to go get my camera.  Unfortunately, I had to take two pictures because I hadn't changed a setting on the camera.  Since the flash went off in the middle of her dark room at about 5:55am, the second picture was just after she woke up.
Vivi is thinking "I can't believe Mommy and Daddy are waking me up already - can't a baby get some sleep around here?"

Vivi is thinking "I can't believe Mommy and Daddy are waking me up already - can't a baby get some sleep around here?"

I feel like this is a total guilty pleasure here, but when you wake up your baby in the morning, it often means she's going to take some naps later in the day.  And there's nothing better than a sleepy baby passed out in your arms!
Momma's favorite thing to do - lay down on the couch with a sleeping Vivi!

Momma's favorite thing to do - lay down on the couch with a sleeping Vivi!

A few weeks ago, we received a call from Daycare that our lil Peanut's temperature was above 100 degrees - which meant she would have to go home sick.  When Daddy gets sick, he does absolutely all the wrong things: he doesn't rest, doesn't take it easy and often ends up dragging out the recovery.  I knew the day would come when my daughter was smarter than me, I just didn't realize it would happen before she was 6 months old. When we brought Vivi home from daycare, this is what she did for 4 hours straight:
See Daddy, I'm getting better already!

See Daddy, I'm getting better already!

The fastest way to get better?  Resting in Momma's arms!

The fastest way to get better? Resting in Momma's arms!

Despite the snot goblins living in her nose, our lil' Vivi was smiling and excited to see us in the morning - we at least let our baby sleep as much as she wants when she's sick (we're crazy parents who can't wait to see their baby in the morning - but we're not that crazy).
Vivi back to her healthy self!

A couple days later and Vivi was back to her healthy self!

It was a good thing Vivi got sick when she did, so that she could be healthy when it came time for her first "school's closed snow day"!
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Vivi asks, "Daddy, what's a snow day?"

Despite what a lot of people think, it rarely ever snows out here in Portland.  It is also very hilly.  And the city doesn't own any snowplows.  When it does snow, they have to come in from places like Mt Hood.  With all the hills and packed snow on the roads, it can be very challenging and dangerous to drive even with just a little bit of snow.  A couple Thursdays ago, it started snowing before noon and around 2pm there was about 2 inches of snow on the ground.  Momma and I got an email stating campus (which includes daycare) was closing and would be closed on Friday too!
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Momma and Vivi about to brave the elements outdoors!

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It may have been cold outside, but Momma and Vivi stayed toasty warm!

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Vivi makes her first snow angel!

In the spirit of the Olympics, Violetta has taken up floor swimming and is likely to be considered a medal contender if it becomes an event in 2030.
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"Where am I going? Oh, I don't know, I was just going to try to cruise around the floor..."

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"Why yes Daddy, I sure do like little bows in my hair"

Violetta's favorite place to floor swim is on this rubber play mat.  Her first time crawling backwards was on her mat.  We weren't the only ones excited - Vivi was having a blast too!
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It won't be long until we have an actual, safety-related excuse to "never take our eyes off her".

Violetta had so much fun on her play mat, and Daddy had such an easy time cleaning up spit ups, that we realized it was the perfect spot for Violetta to express her artistic side. We didn't leave the house on Saturday with all the snow, but we had so much fun making homemade, edible fingerpaint!  And Vivi had an absolute blast with the colored goo.
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That cute baby won't be clean for long!

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Fun with pink and purple!

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Postnatal modernism - Vivi was a natural in creating masterpieces!

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The artist admiring her work.  And trying to eat it too.

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Vivi has graduated from paper to canvas!

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Vivi gets ready for a well-earned bath.

With all the fun and activities, lil V is eating a lot more.  And now that she's started teething, she's really enjoying solid foods.  If there was one thing I knew my child would be good at, it was shoveling down food with a spoon.  Vivi is a born natural!  Her first "eating the whole jar in a single sitting" was some yummy pears!
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Bottles 0, Pears 1

One of our new favorites things to play is Airplane with the spoon.  Watching Vivi get so excited is one of the best moments of my life.
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"Yes Mommy, I do see the plane!  It needs to land in my mouth now!"

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mmhmmmm nyummmm nyyyyuuummm nyum

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Here, we found out "how long is too long" to be taking pictures instead of feeding a hungry baby.

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As soon as the Airplane was up and flying again, Vivi was happy as can be!

We couldn't be happier or love our little baby girl any more than we do right now!  She is the best thing ever.
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Vivi says we can't wait to see you again soon!

5 thoughts on “Aaachoo’s, Boo Hoo’s and Valentine’s Day “I Love You’s”!

  1. Very nice, Mommy Amelia! Coordinating your nails color with Vivi’s attire! Her idea or yours? Probably a joint decision from my fabulous fashionistas!!! 🙂

  2. Fabulous!! The color, the depth of perception, the meaning and emotions the piece conveys! Jackson Pollock?
    No, no!
    Picasso???? A bite Dali esque??
    Nope! It s an absolutely priceless piece, a one of a kind, by a world renowned, relative newcomer on the art scene. It’s an original Violetta!
    Oh! Of course! Should have known! Only Violetta could produce such a masterpiece! Genius!!!
    Vivi!!! You’re artistic abilities already shine! You ARE the brightest STAR, baby!!! 🙂
    xoxo 🙂
    Eskimo kiss to you!! 🙂 XOXO

  3. Very nice, Mommy Amelia! Coordinating your nail color with Vivi’s attire! Her idea or yours? Probably a joint decision from my fabulous fashionistas!!! 🙂

  4. Fabulous!! The color, the depth of perception, the meaning and emotions the piece conveys! Jackson Pollock?
    No, no!
    Picasso???? A bit Dali esque??
    Nope! It s an absolutely priceless piece, a one of a kind, by a world renowned, relative newcomer on the art scene. It’s an original VIOLETTA!
    Oh! Of course! Should have known! Only Violetta could produce such a masterpiece! Genius!!!
    Vivi!!! Your artistic abilities already shine! You ARE the brightest STAR, baby!!! 🙂
    xoxo 🙂
    Eskimo kiss to you, lil babushka!! 🙂 XOXO

  5. Fabulous!! The color, the depth of perception, the meaning and emotions the piece conveys! Jackson Pollock?
    No, no!
    Picasso???? A bit Dali esque??
    Nope! It’s an absolutely priceless piece, a one of a kind, by a world renowned, relative newcomer on the art scene. It’s an original VIOLETTA!
    Oh! Of course! Should have known! Only Violetta could produce such a masterpiece! Genius!!!
    Vivi!!! Your artistic abilities already shine! You ARE the brightest STAR, baby!!! 🙂
    xoxo 🙂
    Eskimo kiss to you, lil babushka!! 🙂 XOXO

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