March 2010

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We have come full circle.  From Oregon to Hawaii to LA, now back to Oregon.  We are very excited to be returning to Oregon to be closer to family and enjoy all the Northwest has to offer.  I just finalized my job plans and we are set to begin moving in April.  We will be selling our condo in Pasadena and renting an apartment in Portland for the first few months while we get reacclimated and look for a house.  So many of our friends are already there or returning so Luca will have plenty of Uncles and Aunties to teach him how to pick and roll.  I think the picture below depicts Luca’s determination to return to the Northwest

In other news Luca had his first set of shots today.  He was defiant in his reluctance to shed a tear.  He gave out a loud cry for the first shot then just stared down the nurse for the other two.

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Party time

There are four families including ours with very young or newborn children in our condo complex.  Some say it’s something in the fountain 🙂 Today was Jacob’s, the oldest, first birthday.  His birthday was held at Amy’s Playground, an indoor playground and kids dream.  While Jacob ran around, Ximena played with blocks, and Logan smiled and cooed, Luca took a different approach.

After the party we went for a nice walk around South Pasadena and discovered a new Great Harvest Bread Company location had opened up.  Kitty and I used to frequent Great Harvest while living in Eugene.  They give out large sample slices of their fresh bread, and being in college with not a lot of money, we were happy to sample. We got some food, enjoyed the bread and South Pasadena, and headed home to get started on the long to-do list for the weekend.

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Luca Lee

Luca has become much more active during the day and now enjoys giggling and smiling at all of mom and dad’s antics.  Along with the smiles and sticking out his tongue Luca also throws in the occasional funny face. Below are a few recent pictures with the rest posted here.

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Luca at lunch in LA at La Parilla Restaurant reacting to the sweet sounds of the mariachi band.

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Weekend update

Auntie Libby came to visit us and Luca for the weekend.  It’s always fun to have family and friends visit.  Grammie fired up her webcam and got to chat with Luca during a brief feeding break.  Luca is doing well and is much more active during the day.  He’s a very calm baby, but enjoys his dance and kung-fu time with daddy.  This morning I was greeted with 5  minutes of smiling and a few giggles.  We took advantage of having someone around to take pictures of our little ohana.  We posted a few below and on the website here.

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6 weeks old!

As you can see we have given our blog a makeover.  All of our previous posts are here, just in a new format that is more user-friendly.  The nice thing is that you can now comment on any of the posts – we’d love to hear from you!

I had originally intended to write this entry for Luca’s one-month birthday, but it has obviously taken a little while to get it posted.  So I’ve decided to upgrade it to his 6-week birthday.  Such is the life of a new parent…  Luca is continuing to grow and change fast.  Too fast!  He’s already begun to outgrow some of his clothing, which is hard to believe.  But I must admit it’s pretty cool that he can now fit into a cute pair of red overalls that I wore when I was a baby!  (See previous entry)  While my doctor advised no exercise for 6 weeks, I’ve certainly built up a good amount of upper body strength.  Carrying around 8-plus pounds with one arm all day, especially when it’s a little wiggly and squirmy, will do that.  I do take walks, though, and Luca and I make sure to go for a stroll around the neighborhood at least once a day.

These days Luca spends more time awake during the day, either strengthening his neck and back muscles during tummy time, looking contently around the room from his bouncer chair, practicing kung fu moves and flying around the house with Daddy, or dancing to The Beatles and Stevie Wonder with Mommy.  He’s also starting to fill out more and has developed a nice double chin, which isn’t surprising considering how much time we spend nursing in the glider chair.  Luca’s also beginning to discover his hands, and will occasionally suck on his fingers when they find their way to his mouth. And he will sometimes use his arms to pull me toward him or push me away during nursing.  He’s also figuring out how to use his voice more, mostly in the way of grunting.  Occasionally we get a little coo with a half smile, usually while he’s looking at the wall or falling asleep, which is very exciting.  We can’t wait for him to start smiling directly at us – it won’t be long now!

We finally purchased a good video camera so be on the lookout for more videos of Luca in the near future.  And be sure to check out the final belly pic here.

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As Luca gets older and his rolls develop he has started taking on characteristics of another infamous baby.

Chris

Luca

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