Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finally, professional pictures

Remember how we went to get Sasha's 3-month pictures done at Sears at the beginning of December? Well, it took us a while to get them and then to scan them (the cheapest option with a disc was $50 for a single photo, that we were not prepared to pay, so we just got 3 nice shots for us, our parents, and our grandparents). Here they are:






I think they came out ok, but we waited so long for the pictures to be taken, then to see them, I don't think it was worth it. Although I must say, the photographer did get quite a few smiles out of our girl :) Zhenia's coworker actually does photography as a hobby, so we're thinking we'll have him take her 6-month pictures later.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas lights with Sasha

This week we went to check out Christmas lights here in Brooklyn. We like to go every year, and even though they're pretty much the same, they are still so pretty. And definitely sets the mood for the holidays. They always cheer me up and make me happy. I think Sasha was mostly fascinated by all the flashing lights and Christmas songs around her, but we had a blast. Here are a few photos from that evening:

I admittedly was way more excited than Sasha






We even got to meet Santa, lol

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A year ago today

Exactly a year ago today, we found out I was pregnant. The first thing I said to my husband that morning was "You're going to be a daddy", and (since this was 8am and he hasn't quite woken up yet), he looked at me as if I had three heads and had no idea what I was talking about. I had to give him a few minutes to understand what was going on. But as soon as it sank in, he gave me the biggest hug ever! We were so excited! We were going to have a little one. It wasn't just the two of us anymore. This was the best news ever.
The next 9 months literally flew by and now we have a wonderful baby girl who we are so in love with. I sometimes think back to a few days before we found out and how I just knew I was pregnant and in anticipation of our little miracle and it all seems so surreal, so long ago, yet only a year has gone by! This morning, our little girl greeted daddy wearing a santa hat and demanding breakfast. Oh, and she actually slept through the night!!! Yes, I know I'm jinxing myself, but I doubt it will happen again anytime soon (she's slept entire night for about a month until she was 2 and a half months old, and since then wakes up once or twice a night) - it's a Christmas miracle, hehe. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sasha holding her own bottle!

Ok, so I put the bottle in her hands, but she legitimately held it for a good few minutes all by herself! These are too cute:


And then she got tired of holding her bottle...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Chanukkah!

Happy Chanukkah, everyone! We got to lit Sasha's first menorah yesterday, although I have to say she did not seem all that impressed with the candles. We first went over to grandma and grandpa's for Chanukkah lunch with some of their friends, which was fun (and Sasha even managed to fall asleep there - she's never slept anywhere but home before). And then we lit the candles at home - we're not very religious really, so we just lit them when we put Sasha to bed (that's how my dad used to do it when we were little - definitely takes off the pressure of having to be home at the exact minute when you are technically supposed to light them, lol).
And this week, we're going to go show Sasha Christmas lights. We always go every year, but this time is especially exciting, since it's Sasha's first time, I have a feeling she'll love them!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My smiley girly

So I haven't posted since last weekend, sorry. We're doing just fine, baby Sasha is a bit whiny and clingy lately, I think she may be starting to teeth (the amount of drool is indescribable!), so I didn't have as much free time to write here. Also with the New Year's coming up, there's plenty to do: still have to finish shopping for the presents, have to wrap them up (did one today, between taking care of Sasha and cleaning a bit), have to get the house a little more presentable (since we were crazy enough to suggest that we have New Year's here - yes, there's going to be around 10 people, we are still waiting on the confirmation from some, but baby Sasha refuses to sleep anywhere else, so we thought this may be easier!)
So here is a picture I took yesterday from our window, it's not such a pretty view, but I love the snow and it was so nice and fluffy (until it turned into sleet and ickiness):


And here's our little girl this morning, she was just in such a good mood, I had to take some pictures. Check out her "bad hair day". She was attempting to stand in the first picture, but kept sliding down:




I definitely have the cutest little girl in the world ;)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My baby is growing up (or, funny pictures of Sasha)

I just had to share these pictures of Sasha, they are too funny:

"Alright, I got my big spoon, now where's the dinner?"


"Grandpa let me check out his food, but I still prefer my milk"


"Hmm, daddy's candy looks good too"


You think she may become a dentist when she grows up? ;)


And the funniest one of all: my 3-months-old baby with a wine glass...

The tree is up!

I'm not sure why I'm still up at this late hour, but I'm looking through the pictures right now and thought I'd share our fabulous not-quite-Christmas tree. We put it up and decorated few nights ago, just didn't have a chance to put up the pictures until now:


My hubby putting on the tree topper - a very Soviet-looking red star, lol


That's our "A" ornament - I bought it shortly after we got married - yes, I'm a dork!


Sasha with her own personal ornament


And some more Sasha ornaments that unfortunately did not make it on to the tree, because I think they're too heavy for it, so we're just going to put them up somewhere in the house instead - baby's hand and foot prints


Tada!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mama's little helper

Yesterday, Sasha helped me decorate the tree...

"Mmmm, these are good!"


"What do you mean, I can't eat them??"


"Ok, then let me try this ornament here"


"Nah, this doesn't look as appealing, give me the other one back"


My little princess

Monday, December 8, 2008

Back from appointment

So, we are back. Sasha only got one shot and one oral vaccine today. And even that warranted such sad screaming and crying from her!! She was screaming her little head off so the nurse had to distract her with a bright singing toy with flashing lights, that seemed to relax her a bit. She actually fell asleep before we even walked out of the dr.'s office! I hope she just sleeps it off today.
As for her growth, she gained another inch and is now 24.25" (86th %ile). But when it came to weighing her, there was a problem with the heat in their office so the dr. told me not to take Sasha's stuff off, and in pants and a sweater she weighed in at 14lbs2oz. So she is somewhere around 14lbs (89th %ile) now, having gained a pound and a half in the past month. We're starting her on vitamins tonight and the dr. said we should be starting her on solids (rice cereal at first) in a month. That's so exciting!

Shots today :(

We're off in a few minutes to go to Sasha's 3-months appointment. While I'm excited to see how she's grown since last month, I am so not looking forward to her getting shots! And of course, I am way more nervous about them, she's happily sleeping right now and has no idea what is waiting for her, sigh...
On a side note, the weekend was crazy busy (as usual... at this point I say that weekdays are a lot easier and so much less hectic for me than the weekends). Saturday, we got Sasha's very first Christmas tree - but we don't celebrate Christmas, so for us, it's really a New Year's tree - see, in Russia, our celebration of New Year is essentially the same as Christmas here in the States, only not a religious one - we have presents, the tree, the Santa (he's called Grandfather Frost and has a granddaughter instead of a wife), family gathering. I'm hoping to decorate it today at some point if Sasha's feeling well. Then on Sunday, we went to get our pictures done in Staten Island and it took us forever between waiting for the photographer and taking the pictures and then finally selecting the ones we wanted (but that's for another post) - we should be getting our pictures on the 18th and will post them sometime after.
Alrighty, I can't keep stalling, need to go get Sasha up and ready for her appointment. Wish us luck!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy 3-month birthday, Sasha!

Today is Sasha's quarter birthday (yeah, lame, but so exciting!) I would've posted earlier, but we had a very exciting day celebrating. First, Sasha slept until 12pm (grandma and grandpa were here last night while mommy and daddy went out to daddy's holiday party and somehow miraculously Sasha slept until 9am, after going to bed at 11pm!!). Then we went for a walk. There was a lot of sleeping in between, so taking this picture proved to be a little too difficult, but here it is:


Oh, and here are a couple of her Santa pictures, mommy was just playing with an adult Santa hat, but I do think they are the cutest ever!

"I'm just gonna pretend that I don't see you and maybe you'll go away"


"Ok, mom, I know I'm cute and all, but can we be done and go take a bath now?"

Oh, and one last thing, on Sunday, we're going to get our very first professional pictures of Sasha done, I will post pictures as soon as we have them!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sasha's new "trick"

On Sunday, totally out of nowhere baby girl decided that it was time for a new trick: she started "blowing raspberries" (I think that's what it's called anyway). It's the cutest thing ever (although I do say that about every single new thing she does) - and there's plenty of drool everywhere now ;) Last night we even managed to get a little video of this new trick (as usual, ignore the silly voice, I don't know why I was talking like that):

video

On a different note, I think Sasha may end up a redhead (ok, maybe just a little), like her daddy. She was born with black hair and over the past (almost) three months her hair has gotten significantly lighter. And now it looks like she's getting a little copperish hues (aside from the big bold spot on the back of her head from all the head moving she does in her crib). Yay!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving pictures

Baby Sasha's first Thanksgiving was wonderful! Everybody loved her and she met a lot of new people and behaved quite like a little lady. She even slept a little bit (and anyone who's been to our Thanksgiving dinners before knows how difficult that can be). It was wonderful seeing Sasha interact with everybody. Here are some pictures from then:


Hanging out with daddy


Meeting uncle Steve for the first time ever - he's been in Boston since before Sasha was born


Meeting my uncle's cat - check out how she's staring at Sasha


"Ok, mom, this is NOT funny!"


Sleeping in her baby bjorn with mom and auntie Anna