Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Harvest

Here are a few of the best pictures from harvest this year. Thanks to my dad, Steve Price who took several of these, his are the really good ones! There are many more we would like to share but we have been too busy working to actually post them... oh well!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Half Year Half Pint

JJ is six months old! We really cannot believe how fast a half a year has gone. It is even hard to remember how small Jayney was when she was born. At her six month appointment Jayney weighted in at 15 pounds 5 ounces which is the 50th percentile. For height she was 26.5 inches long, which is the 75th percentile. 
At six months old Jayney is now sitting up on her own when we help her get into position. She has also developed an affinity for her toys and has selected a few favorites: taggy horse, soft cow book, and her snuggle bear at bed time. We always put her little blanket bear next to her when we put her down for the night. I think it is how she knows it is bedtime. 
In other milestones, JJ has now mastered rolling over and uses it as a mode of transit from one side of our living room to the other. She will often  stop along the way and hit her hand on the base of her swing or her jumper. I think she is trying to tell us she wants to use these things when she rolls to them or maybe she just likes the percussionary sound her slapping hand makes. 
    Our little princess is getting a larger vocabulary each day.  She now is making lots of goos and gaga, lalala, and possibly even dadada sounds in addition to the whoooing that she had mastered at four months. We get to listen to her giggle on a regular basis and have started to figure out what things particularly tickle her funny bone. In case you were wondering JJ's funny bone is right near her collar bone. If we  blow raspberries or tickle her neck she just busts up laughing. A lot of that giggling happens right before bed or nap times. JJ gets the fall asleep sillies! I have a feeling this will continue as  she gets older as a bedtime stalling tactic!
       We are still getting two to three naps from Jayney most days.  If we let her sleep in really late or if we are busy running around town she  will miss one. Every once in a while we will have a rare day where she only naps once but if that is the case it is typically a colossal three to four hour nap. On a normal night  Jayney is going to bed about 9 and will sleep between 11 and 12 hours.
Recently we  have had a great time enjoying summer as much as we can during hay and wheat harvest. During hay harvest Jayney and I spent quite a bit of time  hiding from the heat crafting inside. JJ is a great sport and likes to play in her jumper after nap time so I can make her some pretty hair bows. When Dusty had a free day here and there we have worked in our garden some, enjoyed a bbq with friends from church and went to a beautiful wedding in Pullman. Just this last week Dusty managed to round up four days off all together so we could go to the coast with our friends Craig and Michelle. 
Jayney did amazing on her first big road trip, except when her inconsiderate parents made the  mistake of thinking it would be a good idea to stick her in the freezing ocean! I will  have to write about that more in another post. It is just to traumatic to include here! We hauled our 5th wheel camper over and once we got it parked it was the perfect  home away from home! It was nice to have a place I  could go to feed JJ and know that if she was fussy, needed a quite place to nap or woke up in the night we wouldn't be bothering anyone.
       Right now JJ is still just nursing about 5 times each day. We will be starting to feed her ''solid'' food more  regularly as she tested out rice cereal for the first time last night. She had a whole audience of spectators as Dusty's aunt Wendy, cousins Patrick and Anna are in town visiting all the way from Denmark.  The first trial of food was hardly what I would  call solid as it was mostly mixed with milk, but she eagerly lapped it off the spoon for her captive onlookers! I hope that future foods will go as well but know that it can be a tough transition for some breast feed babes. 
I can sit up on my own now!
Well, I think that is about all for news on our little lady. We still are blown away by how amazing and special our Jayney is for us! It is now surprising to consider we thought our life was complete before she was a part of it. I find myself trying to remember what my life was like before she was here. I am certain our life is a million times better now because of the daily blessing Jayney brings into our world. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Camping on the Coast

This August we took a great trip to the Washington coast to go camping with our friends Craig and Michelle. It was a great trip and I was soo glad Dusty was able to take a few days off between hay and wheat harvest so that we could catch a breather before the busiest of the busy season began. 
This was our second trip to the cabin Craig's family has on the edge of the Puget Sound. Last year when we went it was May so it was a bit cooler than the wonderful summer heat we got to enjoy this time around. Like last year we pulled our camper over. This year we had a new guest to join in on the fun, Jayney!  It was her first big road trip and she did great, sleeping most of the drive. 

While we were on the island we spent our time relaxing, eating and catching up with friends. Dusty and Craig took a 26+ mile bike ride around the island. Michelle, another friend Monica and I tried to go to a farmer's market but ended up not seeing much and §opting for finding an ice cream shop instead. 

At one point we put JJ in her swim suite and tried to dip her feet in the ocean for the first time. I think the waves from a passing boat made the water sounds louder than normal, added to the fact the water was pretty cold, the shore was a little muddy, and Dusty was allegedly in a bit of of a hurry to go kayaking. Well it just was not a formula for a happy first ocean experience. To say that this didn't go well would be the understatement of the year. It was terribly traumatic for everyone. We did not even get one teen tiny toe in the water and things were already headed down hill. Dusty got to hold a screeching baby trying to keep her toes out  of the water, I didn't get any cute pictures during the brief h2o encounter, and JJ just could not calm down. We thought we had quelled her fear when we moved up the beach some and away from the edge of the ocean. 
I sent Dusty out for some time paddling with Craig, thinking that I had Jayney's crying calmed enough to sit, relax and watch the world go by with her on my lap. Oh was I wrong!  JJ was still in her swim diaper and incase you did not know they are not designed to keep liquids in.  Dusty had just gotten out of sight when JJ peed and it soaked through and onto the leg of my shorts where she was sitting. Surprised by this situation, I held her up letting her legs dangle, just as we had done over he ocean a few minutes before. I think that is when she lost all trust in me thinking she was going to have to go back into the water again. Crocodile tears were streaming down her cheeks and even feeding her was not any consolation.  Eventually, I was able to set her in her stroller and she calmed down, knowing I would not push the stroller into the ocean.  Poor Jayney, the rest of the afternoon every time I turned so she was facing the ocean she would start whimpering. We really felt like terrible parents, fearing she would never want to swim or even take a bath again! We were so glad when she was back to her normal happy self the next morning.  


We wrapped up the trip with a stop by the outlet mall at North Bend. Jayney much preferred shopping over the ocean! She was a very happy camper in all the stores. She would reach out and grab tags, sleeves or any other low hanging goodies she could get her hands on. It was really cute to watch our little shopper in action!