Saturday, August 20

August Adventures

Since his earliest days Liam has been an occasional visitor to the museum, making friends and basking in all of the attention from the ladies around the office. In the beginning when he was immobile, it was not only fun but easy to have Liam around--I could lay him on a blanket by my desk, and he could play with toys and amuse himself. Now, however, his visits are another kind of experience entirely. Compared to our home the office is a no fences, spacious playground, and--to the delight of my friends at work--Liam loves to explore. No doubt he will be a seasoned museum-goer by the time he's a year old.

Getting around at the office.
Hanging out with Mommy at the Villa is a hit with Liam.
The fun wasn't limited to the office this month. My sister and her husband came out to California to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, spending some time with friends in the Napa Valley area, and then stopping by L.A. to visit us on their way back to St. Louis. It's always nice to have visitors, and Eric and I enjoy hanging out with Erin and Ethan, so we did our best to make the most of our time together. Eric and Ethan enjoy the chance to engage in some guy-talk and commiserate on what similar experiences they've had (in some ways) being married to Myers girls, and Erin and I have fun reminiscing and laughing about how we married each other. (Let me explain that. What we laugh about is that, personality-wise, Eric is more like Erin, and Ethan is more like me--ergo, we married each other.) As always, I appreciated the time we had to visit and I wish that we lived closer so we could spend more time together. Since Erin and Ethan had already had a busy vacation week up in Napa, we kept things low-key, but we did spend a day at Disneyland and make a trip up to the Getty Center because those are two places Ethan hadn't visited before.

With Daddy on the lawn at the Getty Center.

A smile for Uncle Ethan.
Liam and Aunt Erin at the entrance to Disneyland.
Liam looks like he's getting tired of having his picture taken...
In line with Daddy for Pirates of the Caribbean.
Erin and Ethan in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle.

Everything's all fun and games until
 someone gets a poopy diaper...
As you can see from the pictures, a good time was had by all!

Friday, August 5

Nine Months

Liam is now nine months old. As the saying goes, time flies. So does memory, apparently. Looking at this active, curious, jabbering baby before me, I have a very difficult time trying to remember what it was like when he was 3 or 4 months old. The transformation from newborn to six-month-old to nine-month-old is so amazing and fast, it's no wonder seasoned parents say that the entire first year feels like you've hopped a ride on a runaway train!

By this time the early mornings, long hectic days, and late nights are routine and I have a hard time remembering what life was like when I could stay up late and sleep in or just pick up and go on a whim. I suppose that's probably for the best! There are days when I handle work and mommy duties so well I feel like Supermom, and other days I feel like I barely get by with both. In the end I suppose all you can do is the best you can and hope your kid turns out alright in spite of you.