Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The best feelings in the world

1. When your baby goes heavy with comfort in your arms
2. When your husband tells you how beautiful you are as a mother
3. The happiness you feel at the sound of your baby giggling

Amazing how 4 months ago I would have likely said something revolving around good food, good travels and good fun, all of which are still well, good, but just not in the same league.

Here's a bit of Isabelle from a week or so ago...

{Our walk from the West Village to the lovely Battery Park City}

In the gardens by the harbor

Brought a bottle - hysteria averted

The smell of the ocean is second to none

{Mama, it's 3am...}
...and you have me bundled up like I should want to sleep or something

I can look at you all night long mama...

...and it won't make me any more tired.

{Tickled pink}
The look away and look back trick

Isabelle thinks this is the funniest thing

{Sweet dreams}
Isabelle has been smiling in her sleep since she was 2 weeks old...

It is the funniest thing to watch her smile & giggle in dreams

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We have a following!

Apparently we have quite a few readers! I kind of thought I was updating the blog mostly for my own amusement, but now that I know that people actually read our blog I will try to be more timely with my updates. There are a lot of pictures to post since our last entry, but for the time being here are a few my brother took over the weekend. Next week when I have a chance to upload all of our photos, I will post more then!

Love from the van der Meers!

At 12 weeks she has definitely developed an opinion about her photo being snapped every 2 minutes :)

New toys are fun...for mama

Every now and again we still get a good set of crossed-eyes

Isabelle and Mimi

Friday, October 3, 2008

10 weeks old & loving music

A lot has happened since we posted last... We have a night time routine that's working wonders, I ran one of my big annual conferences, Kate has arrived from Oregon & we have been out and about to birthday parties, dinners, and visiting with friends. Oh and Isabelle is giggling!

We have discovered Isabelle's love for music - pretty much all music. There is, however, something special about Bach, in particular 'Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air.' When this song comes on she immediately relaxes and has been known to fall asleep before it's even over. We get her comfortable in her Snuggle Nest, dim the lights and turn the song on and wah lah, it's bedtime! It's great and has worked at putting her sound to sleep for - count 'em - the past 11 nights. :)

Having Kate here is exciting. She's here to help us with Isabelle during the day while I'm working. It was hard to see Oni go because she's been absolutely wonderful, but I'm looking forward to Isabelle getting to know her aunt Kate. Kate, on the other hand, probably wished I would have forewarned her how much Baby Einstein music was involved in the job.

So Isabelle had her 10 week check up today and she is quite the lengthy baby - almost 2' tall! She's in the 74% for height and 66% for weight.

{Beautiful baby Isabelle}

{Me & my baby}

Who we're dancing to this week - Sara Bareilles