Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pro-pictures (June, Marine Park)

Back in June, we had some professional pictures done of Sasha (a friend of a friend is starting out in baby photography so she offered to do some for us, she is absolutely amazing and so fun - her name is Katya Lum, if anybody's interested). I've had a preview of the pictures earlier and they were fantastic (I was going to post the link, but it had our last name in it, and I honestly did not feel comfortable putting that out there for everyone to see).
The photographer did send us a disk, but there seemed to be nothing on it (I blame computers for that mistake), then she was away on vacation, and we just finally got the good disk yesterday. We absolutely love the pictures, they came out great! Which creates a bit of a problem when it comes to posting them, since I cannot possibly make you guys sit there looking at 130 (or so) pictures of my kid. So I've uploaded them onto my picasa, but here are just some of my favorites. Enjoy! And as always, click on the pictures to view larger.

























This was actually the first time she stood on her own for a few seconds - so darn cute - look at that concentration!






If you like what you see, head on over to my picasa and check out the rest of them (picasaweb.google.com/ylevina/SashaJune09)! We're planning on going to Katya's studio in the city sometime in September for some more pictures!

My water baby

This kid of mine LOVES water, and who doesn't like splashing in water fountains on a hot summer day? And that's exactly what we did on the playground today:









This is what she looked like on our way home - she was completely soaked so I had to let her ride in just her diaper.
P.S. I'm working on another post with a lot of pro-pics that we had done in June. I just go the disk and going through them now, they're all great, so I'm picking which ones to upload. Hoping to post when Miss Sasha goes down for her nap later this afternoon, stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Teeth!

To make up for lack of Sasha pictures in the past week (!) I am posting these two completely adorable shots of her new teeth.

Here you can only see the four incisors, but this picture is too funny not to include it!


Here you can also see one of the side incisors that are coming in now. She now has 6 teeth, two on the bottom (still) and four on the top (these are taking their sweet time coming in, so she's constantly chewing on her frozen teething rings, well and anything else she can get her hands on)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekend recap and getting ready for our trip

We had a crazy crazy weekend (when was the last time we didn't?) Saturday, we went out for grandma L's birthday, Sunday was grandpa A's birthday, so the kiddo was very out of sorts by the end of it (woke up at 6am this morning - granted, we had a crazy storm last night, so that may have had something to do with it). We also had our last swimming lesson on Saturday, it was a little sad, she really enjoys swimming, so I think I need to sign her up for more lessons come September.
I packed a lot of Sasha's stuff for her stay with her grandparents when we go to Mexico this Friday. Haven't really packed our stuff yet, I have a feeling we'll be doing that on Thursday night. I have to be honest I'm a little nervous about leaving her for 6 days (mom, if you're reading this, I'm not nervous that you won't know how to do something, I trust all of you completely; I think I'm more nervous about being away from her for so long!) We're dealing with some pretty bad separation anxiety lately, where if I'm in the room and Sasha sees me, she will only want to be held by me, when I'm not around, she's perfectly happy hanging out with anyone else! In fact, we attempted to go to Outback tonight and she absolutely refused to sit in a high chair, she had to be held either by me or papa. So I hope she'll do better with her grandparents and auntie Anna once we're gone...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy birthday, papa!

Today is Yevgeny's 25th birthday. We're so happy to have you as a father and husband, and, most importantly, a friend in our lives! I couldn't imagine our lives without you , you're awesome and we love you. Cheesy, but true.

Happy birthday, sweetie!

Monday, July 20, 2009

My incredible climbing baby

Sasha woke up from her nap a bit earlier than usual today and as we were playing on the floor in the living room I went to grab something in her room. I came back no more than a minute later and this is what I witnessed. Think she's too young to try out for Cirque du Soleil?









"Mission accomplished!"

Please note that this was in no way staged, the only thing I "helped" with was moving her stroller out of the way. And I have no idea how she got in there in the first place!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Straw cup success!

Our little Miss Sasha has been refusing to even try to understand her sippy cups, she'd just chew on them. Needless to say, I was not too thrilled about that, it's been over 4 months since we started trying to introduce them. I finally decided to let her try a straw cup, and what do you know, she figures it out on the first try!

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She even let me taste some of her juice ;)


"No, please, no more pictures or videos!"

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Puppy love!

I finally got some cute videos of Miss Sasha and her puppy (we call him Tobik), she just loves him, it's so adorable. And she tries to imitate dog barking sounds (or at least I'm completely convinced that that's what she's doing). Enjoy!

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And in this one (for those who don't speak Russian), I'm first asking her if she'd like to dance - we've been dancing the entire morning - and she gives me a blank look, but when I ask her to kiss the dog, she does!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Another tooth and new tricks

That's right, folks, the kiddo is cutting yet another tooth! It's almost through already, you can feel it through her gum. It's another top incisor - on the right.
In other news, she's been kissing her pound puppy dog when prompted, it's the cutest thing ever!! And she's trying to imitate dog barking when I say it to her. I need to get these two on camera and post them, they're hilarious!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Little monkey

Look what Miss Sasha did today. All by herself! She went from sitting on a swing to pulling her legs in and swinging that way for a bit to standing in the swing. She's such a little monkey.

Look at that concentration




She was very proud of herself


There was some definite mommy-mocking too!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Weekend recap, with pictures

We had a very busy weekend, but so much fun! Friday (since everybody had a day off), we visited papa's aunt in upstate NY for her birthday. Sasha's little cousins were there too, and those four had a blast hanging out together. Sasha even got to climb stairs (since we don't have any in our condo, this was her second time on stairs) and she did so well!

On the way there, Sasha showing off her brand new teeth!


Her cousin Jonathan kept wanting to hug her the entire day - it was so sweet!


Sarah and Jonathan posing with Sasha


Big cousin Daniel was all over her too!





On Saturday, we visited papa's grandma and grandpa in the morning, then headed to my parents' house for a little barbecue. It was as always delicious!

My 4th of July "American cutie" in grandma's backyard


Papa barbecuing


Sasha with grandma and great-grandma

On Sunday, we went to the beach with our friends Jennifer and Rob and their adorable daughter Meredith. They brought with them a kiddie pool and the girls had so much fun hanging out in it, chewing on each other toys and splashing around. I love Sasha's little watermelon bathing suit, it makes me smile every time I see these pictures!



In the pool with Meredith's toy


Papa had some fun with Sasha's sand toys


Sasha and Meredith in the pool




Love this picture of Sasha and me - just look at how happy she is!


My silly girl was tired after such a long and busy weekend!
Hope everybody had a great weekend celebrating, barbecuing, relaxing, and spending time with their families.