Friday, February 29, 2008

You'll have to humor me. I know that Priya doesn't realize what she's saying, but she started saying "mama" 2 days ago. :) She seems to be specializing in ba, va, and ma these days as they are all formed at the same place in the mouth. But she definitely says "mama" much more than the others. :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Many Sides of Priya

Priya Cottontail!

OH MY GOODNESS! She was wearing orange shoes with a green dress?!

Hmmm...the square root of 81 is...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Proud to Represent!

Priya is proud of her Simpson University community!

Ummm...I promise, I didn't do it!!!

The students in our dorm gave Priya a new name tonight - Pri Dawg!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Out little chatterbox...

Priya is becoming quite the little chatterbox! More and more we are seeing that she is growing into a very sociable little girl!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rollin' rollin' rollin'...

Tummy time for Priya these days results in LOTS of rolling over! This is just the beginning of much more movement to come...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Our trip to Oregon - Priya's first flight!

Yesterday was a big day for our little monkey! She had her first taste of travel via the friendly skies! We are happy to report that she did amazingly well - much better than we had expected!

We left our home at 1pm and finally arrived at our hotel in Salem at 9pm. Funny enough it took longer to fly there than it would have to drive! But the experience was a good one and it was encouraging to see how well Priya did!

Getting ready to board Priya's first plane - a United flight from Redding to San Francisco.

We appreciated being able to travel with some friends - Mark & Pam Gerring.

Our first flight was from Redding to San Francisco. Priya slept through most of it. We then had a 2 hour layover at SFO before boarding the next flight to Portland. Upon arrival in Portland we were happy to find all 4 pieces of our checked luggage - 1 suitcase for Ashish & me, 1 suitcase for Priya, our car seat and stroller. It's amazing how much STUFF babies need! Fortunately we didn't need to take our pack & play since the hotel provided one for her to sleep in - otherwise we would have been over out luggage limit! :) We then boarded a shuttle for a 1 hour trip to the hotel in Salem. Through it all Priya was able to sleep and eat and had only a few short episodes of fussiness. We were very thankful!

Priya enjoying some lap time with Daddy on the plane.

We are in Salem for a special weekend put on by the company Ashish works for - Schwan's. It is a special weekend to honor their employees with awards and recognition and to bless their spouses as well for the time that their long hours of work takes away from us. Schwan's covered the cost of everything - the flights, the transport to/from the airport, and they put us up in a really nice hotel - the Phoenix Grand Hotel. It has been a very nice mini vacation for us!

The family that flies together, stays together... Isn't that how the saying goes? :)

Today was the only day with an official schedule. We had a nice lunch and then Ashish & the other employees spent the afternoon in motivational meetings. While Ashish was in his meetings, I was able to meet up with a good friend of mine, Kirstin Moran, who recently moved from Redding to Portland. We spent the afternoon walking through a mall just a few blocks from the hotel with Priya in tow. Kirstin was then gracious enough to watch Priya for a couple of hours in the evening so that I could attend the semi-formal banquet with Ashish without having to worry about whether or not Priya would be ok to join us. It was nice to meet more of Ashish's co-workers and to see a bit more of his world.

I unfortunately wasn't able to stay for the entire evening because I needed to get back to Priya, but Ashish remained and is currently attending an awards ceremony that will be followed by a dance. Too bad I can't be there for the dance! I'd love to see Ashish cut a rug again! For those of you who have had the privilege of seeing Ashish dancing, you know that it's something special and shouldn't be missed! He's the life of the party! :)

We will head back home tomorrow. Fortunately we have a directly flight from Portland to Redding this time so we won't have to worry about more than 1 flight and long layovers. It also means that we'll get to stay longer at the hotel and enjoy its amenities before heading to the airport in the early afternoon.

Sunday, February 17 -

Our time in Salem flew by! Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head back home! We checked out of the hotel around 1pm and boarded a shuttle that took us back to the Portland airport.

The lobby of our hotel in Salem just prior to our departure.

Priya was all tuckered out from 3 days of fun, so our return trip wasn't quite as easy. But we were thankful for the invention of baby slings! It helped to tuck our tired little girl inside her "Peanut Shell" and let her fall asleep as I bounced her through the airport and eventually onto the plane.

Boarding our final plane home from Portland to Redding - I'm wearing a baby sling and Priya is tucked inside! Yes, there is a baby in there!

After a little bit of fussing, Priya was able to fall asleep and snoozed her way through most of the flight. When she woke up she was still pretty tired and was ready to get home to her own bed. :)

A tired little girl - almost home again!

One of my RA's picked us up at the Redding airport and before we knew it our whirlwind weekend was over and we were safely back at home again. Priya went to bed almost immediately and will likely snooze most of the evening away. We are hoping to be able to do the same! It was a great weekend, but there really is no place like home!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fun with my feet

Priya is enjoying grabbing onto anything she can get her little hands on these days. One of her favorite choice of toys is her own feet! And yes, that is her shirt on her head. She loves it when I leave it there when I'm changing her. Interesting... ;)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Priya's Growing Hair

Priya's cute, spikey hair continues to grow - straight UP!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Giggles Galore!

Priya's giggles are contagious and are becoming more and more commonplace on a daily basis! How can you not laugh along?!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Priya is a Stevie Wonder Fan!

I'm curious to see how Priya will respond in the future - and whether or not she will have any kind of emotional reaction - to songs that she regularly heard as an infant.  Currently she seems to have a thing for Stevie Wonder - although she also had a preference for Third Day at one point as well!  

Jon (my awesome brother) gave me a CD about a year ago that I happened to be listening to a great deal over the Christmas holidays while driving in my car.  There is one song in particular on this CD that seems to be a favorite for Priya - "As" by Stevie Wonder.  She can be fussing up a storm in her carseat, but whenever I put that song on, she is completely quiet and content!  I've tried switching to various radio stations and her fussing will resume as soon as something OTHER than Stevie Wonder is playing.  And then as soon as I turn her song back on she is quiet & happy once again.  It's rather humorous to me.  

What is it about this song that she likes so much?  And how many hundreds of times can I listen to it before I begin to hate it?  Welcome to the world of putting your child's needs before your own.  :)