turned 8 months today!
Gee, how time flies! In the above picture, you can see her red birthmark
(strawberry melangioma) on her ribcage. When she was born, it was a
tiny lil' smidge...but as she grew, it did too. Aric and I were a bit
concerned at first, but the doc said that it's normal and should start
to diminish by age three. She's also got this "bruise" (Mongolian
mark) on her buttocks. That, too, will eventually go away.
Anyhow, what are my observations this month? My...my...there are so
many, I don't know where to begin. She started making a bunch of silly
faces this past month...the "scared face" the "blowing
face", the "razzberry face", and variations of all of
them. She "talks" and babbles a lot...with
different intonations, and
the sounds are more distinguishable. She also started yelling and screaming
out of sheer enjoyment....often times startling herself. hehehe If she's
holding onto something, she can pull herself up to a standing postion.
She can stand up better and longer than before. She's a pro at rolling
If she spots something appealing from across the room, she'll get to
it by rolling. She can't yet crawl, but it's just a matter of time now.
On her tummy, she can lift her chest off the ground and rotate 90°
toward a different direction. She can also scoot backwards. They say
that babies at this age cannot grasp the concept of object-permanence,
but if Ashlyn drops something, she'll actually strain to look for it.
If we hide something under a pillow or blanket, she'll move the pillow
or blanket. She's definitely smarter than your average bear. =P She
still loves to eat, albeit she can't consume as much as before....but
can polish off 4oz of baby food in less than 5 minutes. Her favorite
snack is graham crackers. She loves music and singing. She still grabs
And although she's grown bigger, she hasn't picked up any extra weight...she's
still beefy at 21 pounds!
With each passing month, I anticipate a change in her personality or
temperment. I expect her to get worst or demanding or fussy, but...nada.
Everyone who spends time with her says that she's a really good baby.
*smile* I have to agree...Aric and I are very fortunate. Ashlyn is so
easy-going and fun. And when there are lots of people around, she turns
into such an entertainer! =D
was a really nice day. Ashlyn and I hung out at home. I went through
some mail and bills, checked email, surfed the net, and watched TV.
I talked to Glenda on the phone....it's been a really long time since
I last spoke with her. We made plans to meet up this weekend.
I should really start packing for our trip to China, but didn't feel
like it today. I have such a horrible habit of procrastinating. I like
to think that I work better under pressure, but if or when I forget
something, I get really mad at myself for not allowing myself more time.
*sigh* It's a self-perpetuated problem. I can assure you that there
is a method to my madness though. =P
Ashlyn and I went to Liz's Bridal Shower. Unlike other bridal showers
I've attended, this one forgone the large party, mother-of-the bride
and groom, games, fanfare, etc...
Liz's bridesmaids hosted a small and cozy dinner for some of Liz's closer
friends...and they picked up the entire tab! For not having known Liz
very long, I was deeply flattered and honored to have been invited.
This dinner was such a reflection of her personality: big enough so
that everyone had fun socializing, yet intimate enough so no one felt
neglected. Liz is such a wonderfully warm person. We ate at Cafe Piccolo
in Long Beach. A tiny restaurant with a very lively atmosphere, delicious
Italian food, and the best service I've seen this year! It was a beautiful
evening as we ate outdoors on the back patio, amidst the candle light,
heating lamps, and firepits. I had a great time meeting all of Liz's
friends. I instantly felt comfortable with everyone there. You know
what they say...birds of the same feather, flock together. But for the
sake of MY homegirls' feathers getting all ruffled, I won't go into
detail about how much fun I had. *wink*
While eating, I quickly glanced at our surroundings, and noticed the
most gay male couples I've ever seen dining in one place. Not that I
had a problem with that...it was just an observation.
3222 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Tel: (562) 438-1316
from this evening:
Ivy, Connie, Ashlyn, and Rachel
Vicky and Tramie
Liz, Sissy, and me
Liz and her cake
Liz, her bridesmaids, and guests
from tonight's shower (not including me) are leaving tomorrow to a spa
resort in Palm Springs for Liz's Bachelorette Weekend. *sigh* I would
love to join them, but Aric, Ashlyn, and I are leaving for our own little
excursion. *grin* I'm taking requests for knock-off goods. Anyone need
a Vouis Luitton or Frauda bag? hehehe
got kinda lost driving home. But since I knew that Aric was out working
on his group project with his classmates, I was in no rush to get home.
The cool thing about getting lost is that you become more familiar with
the area. Ashlyn and I finally got home around 10pm. Caught the last
half of the MTV Movie Awards. I love seeing how fabulous and fashionable
*yawn* I'm pooped! G'Nite!
Nudie pics! She looks like a sumo-wrestler...boobies and all.
pics of the day