Saturday, October 30, 2010


Now that Nina is approaching 4 months, we're trying to get her to sleep through the night by dwindling the amount she drinks in her middle-of-the-night feedings. So far, she's doing a great job, and we asked Nina about her thoughts. Here is her response:

Nina continues to play peek-a-boo and is rolling a lot more. She likes to roll to get toys and roll under the coffee table (maybe she feels well-protected there ;)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Friends, more thanks

Nina has loved meeting some new friends and has to thank more people for all their generosity and kindness. She enjoyed hanging out with Lucy and her mom, Nicole, and ended up pretty worn out by photo time. She had a wonderful time meeting our great realtor and friend, Lynn Ritter, who gave her the personalized blanket that she adores. Also, thanks go to Ben's coworker Joe Dimeglio who gave us his jogging stroller. We can't wait to use it!

Much love to Paul and Karen who are getting married today. Wish we could be in Switzerland with you to celebrate, instead, we are off to bath time!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

More Baptism Photos

Here are the excellent photos taken by Michael Benham. He is a generous member of our church and took plenty of his time to help document this special day. Thanks again to all who could make it to Nina's baptism, especially on such short notice. It was tough to get schedules together, especially with the Godparents and the church's threat of closing (it made the cut and will survive!). We feel so very blessed!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Still smiling

Nina has been happy to hang out over MEA and we're trying to enjoy the last few warm days of the year.

Texting Cassie she's coming for X-mas----Practicing Flying

Nina also loved spending a day with Aunt Annie. They laughed, talked, napped, repeated. Nina showed Annie her ability to grab things by yanking her aunt's hair. Annie took some more great photos.

Nina might not know what she's doing yet, but she loves pulling blankets over her head and laughing as she's in charge of peek-a-boo. This video is as she's wearing down, but still laughs a bit near the end.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Orchard

Nina went to the apple orchard/pumpkin patch in White Bear Lake and had a fun time. She really enjoyed watching the other kids dance around while listening to the musician.

Nina was sad to see Aunt Cassie leave once again. It will be fun to visit her in Florida, hopefully at Christmas - Nina's first trip to the ocean! Below she is sporting some jeans that Cassie bought her. She enjoyed looking like such a big girl, even though Nebraska lost. She's also modeling one of her favorite new sleepers from Nana.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Using her hands

Nina has been working hard at figuring out how to touch, grab, and manipulate things. She especially likes pillows and textured fabrics.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baptism Photos - Part I

Nina's baptism was a very fun time and Sunday was a special day. She was too excited to take her morning nap and stayed up for the service, intent on listening to the kids' choir. She then fell asleep at the beginning of her baptism and was not pleased to be awoken by water being dumped on her head. While she fussed for a bit, she was thrilled to walk around as the center of attention, giving everyone there a personal smile.

It was wonderful to celebrate with those who were able to attend. We missed Jake, her Godfather. Luckily, Cassie, her Godmother, was in town between job changes. Our photos aren't too great, nor plentiful. Annie contributed some great shots and the talented Michael Benham was clicking away as he documents many an event at St. Philip's. We hope to get his photos posted sometime in the near future.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The return of summer

We have all been enjoying this heat wave and have gotten the chance for a lot more fun outside. Nina is now sitting in her bumbo so she can look all around at the world.

Cassie, Matt, and Rod took Nina to the zoo where she was especially interested in how the monkeys were climbing all over their surroundings. Hopefully she didn't learn too much.

The Nak kids and their "special friends" all got to go to the Twins game on Thursday. It was a beautiful day and an ugly game. We got to rock our Pavano moustaches though.

Baptism tomorrow, hopefully all goes well, and the beautiful Fitzgerald gown stays white. All are welcome.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Third Month's a Charm

Month three has been a big one for Nina! She has started daycare, started grabbing & holding things, started babbling with more frequency, started laughing, started standing up with help. Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Talking on our walk

Nina is loving the beautiful weather this week. Here's a tiny clip of her talking in her stroller then looking around at the trees. I think she's trying to tell her mother "Happy Birthday." It's also Nina's three-month birthday tomorrow, so another video is on its way.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Meeting Aunt Cassie

Aunt Cassie burst into the house earlier than expected and Nina was thrilled to finally meet her. This photo was taken seconds into their greeting one another. They read books, danced, talked, and worked out together. Both appear excited to continue the trend for years to come.

Nina had a very busy day even before she got to hang out with Cassie, Matt, and Aunt Annie too. She met with Father Jules today and wants to invite all her friends and blog-followers to her baptism next Sunday, October 10th. The ceremony will take place after the 10:15 mass at The Church of Saint Philip in Minneapolis; 2507 Bryant Avenue 55411. 10/10/10! The celebration will continue at our house afterward.

Nina also spent some of her morning working a water station at the Twin Cities Marathon and then toured Saint Thomas. The new atheletic facility was amazing!

Watching the TC Marathon-------------Visiting Saint Thomas

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fun in the Fall

Nina had a good first full week at daycare and has been enjoying life. She had her first gut laugh the other day, inspired by her parents' laughter. She had a wonderful visit with Krista and Jess who brought cute outfits and cookies! She said goodbye to Grandpa Rod at 4:00am so he could finally bring back Aunt Cassie. She can't wait!