Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8 Months Old

Well, I have a million and one things to catch up on, but what's more fun than an adorable baby?  Hannah turned 8 months old this week and I don't think I could possibly love her any more than I do.  She is a little cherub, and I love having her as my buddy day in, day out.  Here are some things I want to remember about Hannah at 8 months old:

  • She can say "da" "ba" and "ma", but she likes to go in spurts.  She used to say "dadadadadada" all the time, then she discovered "mamamamama" and used that liberally, and now she's discovered "bababababa", so she's usually saying that one when she babbles to herself.
  • She can really get around, but is usually scooting backwards or in a circle, never forwards, although she loves to get up on her hands and knees and rock.  She can already, however, get into stuff on our shelves, and I frequently find her trapped halfway under things.  It's especially funny when she gets trapped under the table in our living room.  She is a little concerned to be trapped, but mostly concerned because the records are on the shelf right behind her head and can neither reach the records, nor roll over to change positions.  She's cute.
  • She is getting less interested in nursing, so we've been giving her soft sippy cups a lot of the time now during the day.  She seems quite happy to be in charge of things in the eating department.  And she still likes baby food, but LOVES to have chunks of things on her high chair tray so she can do it herself.  
  • She loves bath time and never wants to get out.
  • She loves to play bongos, rock in her exersaucer, and most of all hold onto someone's fingers so she can rock back and forth while standing up.  Pretty much whatever she does, though, she is rocking.  She rocks in her high chair, while sitting (this makes her fall over frequently), in your arms, in her carseat, you name it.  It's not continuous rocking all the time, but mostly when she gets a surge of excited playful energy. 
  • If she wakes up on her own, then she almost always comes in bed with us and has happy "whack-you-in-the-face-and-roll-around-and-babble" time.  My favorite time of the day.  But if she gets woken up before she's ready, watch out!  Her whole day is pretty much ruined.  Or at least the morning.
  • She gets sad when anybody leaves the room, but mostly when I leave the room.  It's endearing.  And also eye-roll inducing.
  • She is totally fine and happy to be held by perfect strangers.  Except Santa.  He freaked her out.  But she's pretty much fine with anybody else.
  • Hannah is a very agreeable baby.  She takes it easy on me, for which I am grateful.  Case in point, I took these 8 month pictures right before nap when she hadn't eaten for a few hours and outside in the cold.  And she still hammed it up when I asked her to.  Thanks, Hannah!
  • She still doesn't sleep great, but she is improving.  Until a couple of weeks ago I really couldn't remember the last time I got more than 3 or 4 hours of continuous sleep.  But we're improving, so that is very exciting!
  • She is so easy to put to bed!  I watch for her glazed over stare and then I know it's time.  It goes down like this almost every time:  I sing her "lullabye", which is the song that her ladybug mobile plays, hand her a toy, tuck her in with the blanket and turn on the mobile and say goodnight.  She quietly watches me leave the room, and when I close the door, she bangs on the bars of her crib for a minute or two with her toy, then she goes right to sleep. 
I sure do love my Hannah girl!  She is so sweet, and she's growing up way too fast.  I am trying to savor all of the sweet baby goodness that I can!  And let me tell you, there is a lot to savor!  We love you, Hannah Banana!

Happy girl in her fishy hat:

Angry girl in her fishy hat:

Happy again!

Fishy hat from the side, so you can see the tail.  I love this hat!  Another winner from Grandma!

Love the now falling in this one.  Love this little love bug!

And, last but not least, a video of Hannah scooting and getting stuck by the records :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blog time!

Well, the house is moderately clean, Sophie is busy coloring, Hannah is asleep, I am not asleep, and I have at least started on my present to Michael for our 10th anniversary next week (!!!), so it sounds like it's finally time to blog!  I have been way behind, but I just haven't been able to find that magical and illusive time + energy combo that makes for an up-to-date blog.  So I'll make hay while the sun shines here!

It has been a lovely and wonderful month around here.  I love fall!  Alas, it is quickly turning into winter, but I still love it.  Let's see, where did we leave off...I never posted about Halloween!  We had a nice Halloween this year.  On Tuesday, we went to Tyler and AnnaMarie's neighborhood party that they were hosting, and it was really great!  We headed to a church trunk-or-treat on Wednesday evening, which was so much fun, too, and since Wednesday's are Michael's late night at school, I was thrilled to have dinner and entertainment for the evening already taken care of!  And then we carved some pumpkins and went trick or treating on Halloween, of course.  Costumes were a piece of cake this year, thank goodness!  Hannah was a hand-me-down zebra, Sophie wore a flower girl dress from the '90s that Aunt Reeny gave her (Marcy wore it when she was 3!!!) and was a princess, Calvin wore the cowboy costume we had, and Ryan got a motocross racer costume from our neighbors!  Success in my book, everyone was very happy! Then on Friday we went to a "family harvest dance" at the boys' school, which the boys really enjoyed.  A good Halloween season!

We don't do a whole lot of trick or treating because it's usually cold and the kids don't last too long, and also we don't want a crazy amount of candy sitting around the house.  So we did a few houses on our street and a few houses on the next street over and called it good!  The kids had a great time.  Our neighbors across the street go all out and had a very spooky garage set up.  All three of the kids had a good scare, but it affected Sophie moreso than the others.  She pretty much had Michael carry her the rest of the time and towards the end she didn't even get out of his arms to go up to the doors, even with more candy at stake.  But we all still had a nice time!  Here are some Halloweeny pictures from our adventures!  Enjoy!

Our crazy bunch.  I happen to really love this picture!

Calvin the cowboy:

Ryan the racer:

Hannah the zebra:

Sophie the princess:

Here are a couple of pictures from Tyler and AnnaMarie's party.  This, by the way, is the only costume I own!  I'm calling it "swiss miss".


And some pictures from our trunk or treat:

Calvin liked the face painting:

But opted for an arm painting instead!  It's a snake, and it wrapped all the way around his arm.  Pretty cool!

Sophie was capticated by the donut on a string game.

And for all that hard work eating donuts on strings, here kid!  Have a ring pop!

My friend Cassie held Hannah a lot.  She was my hero.

And my friend Caitlin gave Sophie not one, but two face paintings.  Life is good when you're a princess.

And Sophie loved the cake walk.  She never won, but I did, so she thinks she did since I let her pick out the treat ;)

And our pictures from Halloween proper!  Here they are, carving pumpkins:

Happy face:

Scary face:

Lined up and ready to go!

At a random porch:

And a few from the school dance:

Ryan ran around with his friends the whole time and they couldn't be bothered to take a picture.  But Calvin ran around and danced with his friend Hannah the whole time.  He was one happy kid!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sophie's First Haircut!

With Caroline out of town I decided the time was right to give Sophie her first haircut.

Sophie was excited, happy even when I told her I was going to cut her hair.

Look how happy she looks!

Sohpie wanted her hair cut and looks concerned because she'd had a self-inflicted run in with a Zip Track car. They're battery powered cars that drive on little plastic tracks. Or on people's heads.

In other morning news, I woke up to Calvin standing next to Hannah's crib singing songs to make her happy. He was making up the words, but the tune was "Benjamin is Honest as Coconuts" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. "Oh yes, she is, Hannah is as cute as she can be. Oh no, don't cry...." etc.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 Months!

On Friday our Hannah girl turned 7 months old!  She is closer to 1 than to being a newborn.  Crazy!  She is still the sweetest little thing and we adore her.  Hannah is getting some new tricks, like I mentioned in the last post, which is exciting.  Here are a few things about Hannah at 7 months:

-She thinks she is a tiny adult.  Just a few examples:
  • She is livid when I lay her down to play.  She always wants to be sitting up or standing. 
  • She likes solid food for sure, but if I am spooning her something while I'm eating something else, she hollers at me until I give her a taste.  And then she keeps hollering for more.
  • She likes her toys, but she LOVES whatever it is we have that we don't want her to have.
  • She could care less about any cup with a lid, but when she sees a big person cup, she must have it.
-She is totally destract-able while nursing.  I have to go in a room alone with her with no electronic devices if I want her to really nurse well.
-She loves bath time and never, ever wants it to end.  She loves to splash and play with her yellow rubber ducky that Calvin picked out for her before she was born.
-She LOVES her Daddy.  She is always so thrilled to see him, especially right after waking up in the morning or after naps.  She also loves to grab his glasses.
-Her order of preference/tolerance for siblings goes like this: Ryan, Sophie, Calvin.  Poor Calvin, bless his heart, is always trying to love on her and make her smile, I think he's just a little confused on how to do it in a way that Hannah likes it.  Ryan has it down, and Sophie is getting there, but poor Calvin usually just ends up making her scream, despite his best efforts.
-She is a terrible sleeper.  I must solve this problem, but I can't think straight in the middle of the night.  For example, last night I went to bed at 10:00, after putting her to bed at 7:30.  She was up at 10:30, 12:30. 2:30, 3:30, and 5:30.  Each time she just wanted to nurse and go back to sleep, but still.  It's beyond ridiculous, and I know she doesn't actually NEED any of those feedings.  I'm just a softie, and it's all my fault.  So one of these days I just need to start buckling down.  By the way, last night was par for the course, it wasn't even an unusually bad night.  It's sad.
-Hannah is usually a smiley, happy, easy girl.  She is doing better at playing and not needing me in sight all of the time.  She especially loves to play in her exersaucer in the basement while her brothers and sisters play down there. 

We sure love our Hannah Banana!  Here are a few 7 month pictures!

Love this face!

Smiley girl!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Real Live Saturday!

Ahhh, today felt so nice.  It was a real live Saturday at our house.  Where we just got things done in the yard and around the house and were together working on stuff all day.  I loved it.  The kids were helpful and well-behaved and good little workers and played nicely, and we got to spend pretty much the whole day with Michael!  A great day in my book.  Also, Michael made oatmeal for breakfast and he ended up making quite a lot.  Now, I knew my kids liked oatmeal, but I guess I didn't know they LOVED oatmeal.  But they do!  Because they ate it for breakfast and again for lunch.  And then when dinner time rolled around, we were still working on stuff so we hadn't made anything.  So I whipped up a fruit salad and guess what we had with it?  Oatmeal!  Oh, and these delicious Brazilian cheese breads that Michael just whipped up this morning.  We also ate those all day long.  Mmmmmmm.  But Ryan was especially thrilled, "Ha!  Oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal for lunch, oatmeal for dinner!  That's so crazy!"  And they happily ate it all day long.  So I didn't even have to make a single meal (I don't count chopping up fruit as making a meal)!  A nice break from the usual.  Who knew oatmeal would be so popular around here!

So, it was a great day.  So nice to have a real Saturday every once in a while!  After waking up from her nap today, Sophie really wanted to play with her mermaid doll in the tub, so I gave the girls a bath and then had some nice play time with Hannah Banana after Sophie went to play with Calvin.  Here are some pictures!

Sisters are the best.

Happy girl:

I was going to say that Sophie was making a weird face in this picture, but I guess Hannah is pretty much making exactly the same one.  Think they're related?

Clean baby giving me her typical "deer in the headlights" look:

Playing with her baby friend in the mirror:

She is getting some new skills.  She loves to push up as far as she can:

Pivot around:

And yes that's right!  Get up on all fours!  Yikes, this baby is so close to being on the move.  We installed the baby gate at the top of the stairs today.  So far she only goes backwards, but that can only last for so long!

She often struggles to get her binky in the right way:

And seems pretty relieved when she finally gets it right:

And she loves to roll over in the boys' room and play with the curtains.  I'd let her do this more often if they didn't usually have legos everywhere :)


And an unrelated picture of Hannah with a sucker from Micahel.  Dads are the best.