Monday, August 31, 2009


We have had a few visitors to our house recently. Yesterday evening Hannah, Ben, and Mom L. arrived. Mom and Hannah are helping Josh and Bethany with their new baby and Ben is helping Mark put a new roof on our house. The Grandma's came up to pick up Mom and Hannah this morning.

My aunt Donna stopped by on her way home from Chicago a few weeks ago. She is a "great" aunt and glad she could finally make it to our place. Aunt Donna is the relative you call when you need random assistance and she is always willing to help (my sister Diana has some noted experience with this).

Finally, my mom had to come get a Zoie fix.

We always love visitors, so come by and see us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mommy Jinxed It

So yesterday Mommy shared what a good baby I am (See Baby Lottery). While that's still true, I decided to be a bit ornery last night. I waited until after 11 to go to bed and then I woke up at 5 for a snack. Now I wasn't too bad as I just ate and went right back to sleep...but Mommy better careful what she says next time. Lots of love ~Zoie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Baby Lottery

My sister commented the other day "You really won the baby lottery with Zoie." The more I think about it, the more I conclude she is right. Now I am Zoie's mom, so that makes me a little biased which I ask you to forgive. A few highlights though

1. She's totally cute and adorable (pictures below to prove my point).

2. She has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 weeks old. I'm talking always at least 8 hours and up to 11. When she first came home from the hospital she'd go to bed at night, sleep 4 hours, eat, and go right back to sleep. She was only "up" in the day time.

3.She is growing and healthy

4. She is very interactive. Unless she's grumpy, you can count on a smile if you talk to her. She especially likes older women, which makes her a hit at the nursing home when we visit my grandparents.

5. She is a good traveler. We've been all over since she was born (Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, and more times to Central Illinois then I care to count). Overall she's pretty content in the car seat once we get moving and she's been fed. She doesn't always like to be put in it and sometimes she's had enough...but overall pretty good. She also is able to sleep in her pack n play just as well as her crib.

6. She can calm herself and put herself to sleep. Sometimes she'll be mad in the carseat for a minute or two and then just be done with it. I think she knows her parents aren't giving in :). Also, if she is tired, if I just lay her in bed, she may fuss for a couple of minutes but pretty soon she'll just go to sleep. A lot of times, she doesn't fuss at all.

Many of the things that make Zoie especially easy as a baby are just a result of her being her. Mark and I are NOT wonderfully gifted parents. There are many wonderful parents whose babies are no less wonderful, just more work. We're just taking it day by day, learning how to care and love our little girl.

With this good baby, Mark is especially nervous about even the thought of a #2. He doesn't think you can gamble and do this good twice :).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

College Grad and A Visit From Amanda

As I hear Pomp and Circumstance in my head, it's with great pleasure I salute this family's newest college graduate. Mark completed his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix this summer. It's been a long road but he has done very well. I'm amazed at the diligence he has shown to reach this accomplishment.

He also was recently approved by the Illinois Board of Examiners to sit for the CPA exam. It's a 4-part exam and he sits for the first test at the end of August. So the studying isn't quite over, but he keeps making progress.

Last week Aunt Amanda came to get her Zoie fix. We had lots of fun shopping for Amanda's birthday which was yesterday. Happy 18th! I can't believe my "short-child" is already a legal adult.

Zoie August 2009 1 (39 photos), by Laura Lindberg

I'd like to share my Snapfish photos with you.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Lindberg Visit

I'm a little behind here but a few weeks ago the Lindberg's came to visit. It was wonderful to see them. Since the first week they were here it was the last week of my maternity leave, we got to spend a lot of time together. A little perk of Zoie coming a week late.

Here are a few random pictures.