Posted by: Elizabeth | July 5, 2009

Busy Day, Busy People

Growing up, one of my favorite books was Busy Day, Busy People by Tibor Gergely.  We read it so often that the title became a way for everyone in our family to communicate the stress of a full calendar or a tough commute.  All you had to do when you arrived home was say, “Busy day, busy people,” and everyone understood what you were talking about!  [Incidentally, this book is out of print – if you run across a copy, Caroline would love to have it for her library…]

We, in the Schindler household, have been super-busy this last week, despite a calendar that looks pretty clear!  The weather in Seattle has been gorgeous – blue skies, sunny, and warm (at times too warm!) temperatures – and we have taken full advantage of it.  Here’s a run-down of some of Caroline’s “firsts” this past week:

On Monday afternoon, my friend Kathleen came over and we took a walk around the neighborhood -so fun to visit and to get out and get some fresh air and exercise!  And I had a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for smoothies at Jamba Juice, so I was excited to have a friend with whom to share. :)

Tuesday morning, I had my 6-week follow-up appointment with the OB.  It turns out that while recovery from birthing an 11-pound giant child has been tough, I am basically back to normal and totally healthy!  Hooray!  I was cleared for exercise and pronounced “healed” from the trauma of birth, which was a huge relief.  The doctor also assured me that, despite what the books and websites say, should we choose to have another child, the chances of it being bigger than Caroline are slim.  I don’t know if we’ll have another one, but it’s good to know that having one giant baby doesn’t necessarily mean you exclusively make giant babies.

While we were at the doctor’s office (the OB and the pediatrician share an office – how convenient!), we stopped by the pediatrician’s to pop Caroline on the scale.  With her clothes and diaper on, she weighed 12 pounds, 2 ounces.  Hooray!  Even if those extras weighed half a pound (which I doubt), that means she’s gained at least 10 ounces in under two weeks.  What good news!  Sounds like she is gaining like a normal healthy baby now.  Of course, she’s also still growing in length, which means that none of her clothes fit exactly right.  She’s so long that she has to wear 6-month onesies and dresses now, but the waist of 6-month pants is way too big!  Oh, well.  Perhaps she’ll start to fill them out soon.

Tuesday night Caroline had her first bowling experience, as we attended the First Church staff appreciation party.  I’m so sad I didn’t get any pictures!  Caroline didn’t actually bowl, but her mom bowled a respectable 109 and was thankful to our friend Vi for holding and feeding Caroline during the party.

Wednesday was Caroline’s first concert!  We went to the Woodland Park Zoo for one of the concerts in the ZooTunes series.  It’s a lovely setting with everyone spreading out picnics in a meadow with a stage at one end.  And the weather was delightful!  We saw Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Buddy Miller.  It was a pretty mellow show, perfect for a tiny girl’s first live music experience.  She enjoyed the picnic part, too.  Here she is picnicking with her dad:

First Picnic

First Picnic

First Picnic Close-Up

First Picnic Close-Up

We’re so glad that Caroline enjoyed herself, especially because we have tickets to two more shows at the zoo this summer.  It’s an ideal concert setting for kids – there’s a little space and it’s not such a huge deal if they make a tiny bit of noise… plus it’s at the zoo, which is fun.  We also got to peek at the new penguin exhibit while we were there.  Those guys are TOO CUTE.

On Thursday, Caroline and I had a lovely visit to Starbucks to chat with one of my colleagues, and later we had a scrumptious sushi dinner with Aunt Emily.  If you live in Seattle and haven’t tried Sushi Kanpai in our building, you should come on over!  It’s really quite good.

Friday, Steven had the day off for observance of Independence Day, so after a bit of cleaning up the house in the morning, we decided to head out in the afternoon to take Caroline to her first National Park: Mt Rainier.  It was BEAUTIFUL.  We didn’t have a ton of time, so we couldn’t do a lot of exploring, but we had a lovely time!  We stopped at the Mud Mountain Dam Recreation Area for a picnic on the way down (lovely park!), and then made it to the Sunrise Visitor Center by mid-afternoon.  The view of the mountain was INCREDIBLE.  We walked around a bit near the visitor center and took a few photos before heading back toward home by way of the Puyallup Sonic (which STILL has a wait for stalls even though it’s been open almost two months!).

View from Sunrise

View from Sunrise

Another View from Sunrise

Another View from Sunrise

Happy Hikers

Happy Hikers

Mt Adams in the background

Mt Adams in the background

This was right before a random lady announced out loud to her family (where I could clearly hear her) that she would NEVER bring a little baby up there.  Too bad for her.  Her life must have been super-boring when her kids were babies.

Baby at Sunrise Point

Baby at Sunrise Point

Yesterday we had a lovely Independence Day celebration.  After a morning walk through Pike Place Market (C’s first trip to the market!), we had a wonderful cookout at Aunt Chelsea’s house before viewing the Lake Union fireworks from the decks on the 48th floor of Steven’s office building.  It was a very impressive show, especially because from that vantage point we could also see the shows in Bellevue, Kirkland, Bainbridge Island, West Seattle, and pretty much every other neighborhood/town in the greater Seattle area.  The horizon was peppered with little fireworks displays throughout the evening.

Space Needle at Sunset

Space Needle at Sunset

The Best of the Fireworks Photos

The Best of the Fireworks Photos

Look at all the boats in the lake watching fireworks!

Look at all the boats in the lake watching fireworks!

Past Caroline's Bedtime...

Past Caroline's Bedtime...

The calendar looks equally clear this week, so I’m betting we’ll be equally busy.  The Schindler grandparents arrive mid-week and the Ingram grandparents on Saturday night for Caroline’s baptism on Sunday morning!  Woohoo!

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Responses

  1. Y’all are amazing able to do so much stuff with the little one! I was still in my pajamas til 4 pm yesterday. oh well! I am WAY jealous…Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin??!!! Sounds like an awesome concert. Much fun. happy 4th of july :)

  2. I am so impressed that you guys have been able to get out of the house so much with Caroline over the past month and a half. I didn’t do that enough with Jonah when he was a baby. We are getting out now with Wesley but that is mostly to keep Jonah entertained so he doesn’t go stir crazy (that boy loves to be active).
    I just wish that our weather was as great as yours so that we could do more outside. Heat over 100deg is not so much fun, even for swimming.


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