Today is September 30th and Sydney is four days shy of her second month birthday. It is pretty amazing what happens in just two short months of a baby’s life.
Sydney has been smiling at us for several weeks and now often greets me with a smile when she sees me after I have been away. Nothing warms the heart like a baby’s smile.
She hates “tummy time”, that doctor-prescribed effort to strengthen the neck muscles by placing an infant on her tummy, which was never needed in the old days since babies mostly slept on their tummies. But she is now getting distinctly better at it, raising her head off the ground enough to look at herself in a mirror.
Speaking of mirrors, she is now focusing much more on her surroundings, including mirrors, her favorite paintings (one by Dali and one by our friend Ali), and – best of all – us.
This morning, I sat Sydney in the rocking chair and she was able to sit upright for a minute at a time before she gradually started to tilt. I’ll leave you with that photo.
My parents, Sydney’s grandparents on the Wright side of the family, drove over 1,300 miles in their RV to see their new granddaughter. Unfortunately, the weather gods were against us.
Mom and Dad arrived in Colorado on Wednesday, September 11th, in the exact middle of what would turn out to be an historic five-day soaking that created 100-year floods. Boulder received 17 inches of rain in five days as compared to our normal yearly average of 21 inches and broke the daily, monthly, and yearly rain records.
Unfortunately, Mom and Dad stopped 33 miles away in Loveland at an RV park on Wednesday rather than continuing in to Boulder County, since the plan was to meet up on Thursday to watch my Over-40 league soccer game and they didn’t want to arrive early. Little did we all know things were just getting worse.
Thursday was the peak deluge and the county suffered. Little Boulder Creek was running at over 5000 cubic feet per second compared to a normal of around 100 cfs. Mountain towns like Jamestown were washing away. Streets in Boulder were flooded and cars were left abandoned. On Thursday at midnight warning sirens went off downtown and we were put on alert for evacuation as a wall of water was predicted to be heading down Boulder Canyon. Sydney slept through the whole thing.
It was, truly, a chaotic weather event and my parents ended up grounded for three days.
Well, as “grounded” as grandparents wanting to see their granddaughter would be. On Thursday they stayed put. On Friday, as the police recommended everyone avoid driving, they drove from Loveland into flooded Longmont to check out the roads and a closer RV park. On Saturday they repeated the trip, this time with their RV and car-in-tow. “It’s no problem”, they explained. “We know which roads are blocked and how to get around them.” On Saturday afternoon, they finally arrived in Boulder for their long-delayed three-day trip. It is nice to have (two sets of) committed grandparents!
One of our closest friends in Boulder is a very talented professional photographer and we are so grateful that she offered to gift us with her time and incredible talent! Sydney’s first photo shoot was on August 19 (at two weeks and one day old) with our friend Julie of Julie Kate Photographyhttp://juliekatephotography.com/ in downtown Boulder. We LOVE Julie’s photos! Here are some of our favorites:
Today, September 4th, marks one month since Sydney’s arrival into the world! Over the past month, Sydney has grown to love her (almost) daily walks along the Boulder Creek Path in her stroller, but today, for the first time, she rode in a baby carrier. Sung as a bug, Sydney slept soundly in her new mode of transportation. (She barely made a peep when the carrier moved from her dad to her mom to her dad again.) This evening we celebrated with a “Happy One Month” cake and song! (Three and a half weeks ago we celebrated with a “Happy One Week” cake and song, so that photo is included below for comparison.)
Sydney in her stroller on August 22
Sydney in her stroller on September 3
One month old, today, September 4, first time in carrier
When Sydney’s maternal grandparents booked their tickets to attend a wedding in Denver on Sunday, there was no question that they’d be spending an extra night in Boulder to visit their little granddaughter. After all, it had been more than two weeks since they were in town. (Once you meet Sydney, you will understand how difficult it is to say goodbye!) Sydney (and her mama) missed them too and we were thrilled to have them back!
Sydney’s first Labor Day was an exciting one. At four weeks and one day old, she met her cousins, Eryn, Brian, Wyatt and Henry. Wyatt and Henry were definitely interested to check out the newest addition to the family. (Photos below.) I’m so glad Sydney has cousins who live in the Denver area!