First Christmas!

Hope, 4.5 monthsWhat a lot of fun we had for Hope’s first Christmas! As we currently don’t have a working 4-WD vehicle, and our road is muddy and snowy right now, we had to leave the house before it thawed in the morning, and came back home after it froze over again at night. We spent the day having fun with family at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. Hope made the rounds getting held by everyone, working on her efforts to roll over (so very close to almost there) and sharing lots of happy smiles and laughs. 

Hope’s favorite gift was a big baby bouncer from Grandma & Grandpa just loaded with toys! The box said it was for kids a little bigger than her, that could sit up on their own already, but with the help of a rolled blanket around her in the seat she’s enjoying it already. It didn’t take her long at all to realize she could put her little toes on the ground and start to bounce herself, and though she doesn’t yet grab the toys she was able to push them with her hand to make them move and rattle.

Hope, 4.5 months Hope, 4.5 months
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Hope was adorably cute in a little red dress from her other Grandma in CA, finished up perfectly with a matching little red cap. Enjoy the pictures!

Aunt Joanna Graduates

Hope’s Aunt Joanna graduated today!
Joanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNM, and with a Clinical Award for Excellence in Maternity Nursing.

Joanna & Hope, 4.5 months Joanna & Hope, 4.5 months Aunt Joanna with 'Grandpa & Grandma'
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Hope managed to wait patiently through the ceremony and speeches … but unfortunately with perfect timing she decided she was done literally as Joanna headed for the stage. I missed seeing Joanna’s actual graduation as I was hanging out in the hallway (with the rest of the parents with fussy kids), but Richard got some good photos for me to see, and we got to hang out with Joanna afterwards.

Congratulations Joanna!  : )

4 Months! (and Growing Fast)

Hope, 4 months old

Hope at four months is changing so quickly, she seems to learn something new or better on a daily basis!

She’s holding her head up easily, alert, looking around, watching things and people, laughing, standing (with help to balance herself),  squeaking, talking with a growing assortment of baby sounds, and smiling – there’s no way I can forget to mention the ear-to-ear SMILES she shares with us every day!

Forget sitting, Hope wants to go straight to standing. Being held for balance while she stands and sways is becoming a favorite pastime of hers. Rolling over is going to happen soon too – she gets almost all the way there … but not quite yet.

Faith really can’t understand why Hope doesn’t play with her yet. Faith & Hope, 4 months oldShe tries so hard… Faith will bring Hope a toy, and set it by her hand. Then she’ll wait, pick it up and move it, and drop it by Hope’s hand again … and nudge it closer … and watch and wait again. After repeating this for a minute or two, Faith apparently thinks that perhaps a different toy will be more interesting and catch her attention! This usually results in my returning to find Hope surrounded by a small mountain of assorted dog toys while Faith eagerly waits for her to catch on!

The other recent favorite Faith/Hope interaction is Hope’s toe bathing sessions. Hope will stick her little bare foot out (thru the car-seat slit) of her warm and fuzzy eskimo suit – and Faith will oblige with a personal toe washing licking. Hope will watch ever so interestedly, and will LAUGH and wiggle her little toes around, then pull them back in … only to stick them back out and wait for Faith to do it again! 

Hope, 4 months old Hope, 4 months old Hope, 4 months old
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Our little girl is growing every day and oh-so much fun! She smiles so frequently, she brightens my every day and melts my heart with each one. There are the morning smiles – the big excited happy-to-see-you grins when she first sees me at her crib in the morning. Then there are the happy excited playful interaction smiles. And the smiles of recognition when she sees her mom or dad. But my favorite are the sleepy content smiles when she is nursing. She’ll be busy eating, and then will stop to roll her head and look up at me and her little face just beams with some of the most peaceful content smiles I have ever seen. Then she’ll get back to the business of eating for a minute more, and again, stop to just look up at my face and smile. She’ll usually do this for about 5-10 minutes at the end of the day, as she is getting more sleepy and ready for bed… and she melts my heart completely with each one. I have never known such a feeling of satisfaction and joy as to see her so happy in my arms. I love this little girl!  : )

Video!

Hope, 3.5 months oldHope is becoming very vocal recently. She’ll get this serious look on her face, and muster up all the concentration she can manage, then spit out these squeaks and sounds that make her so proud! She’ll usually concentrate on talking, then take a breather and smile so big – then go right back into talking again. I think the effort to do both at the same time is still beyond her, but she is learning fast! Mornings are her favorite talking time. This past week, rather than starting to fuss when she wakes up in the morning, she starts talking instead – such an assortment of noise coming from the crib across the room … sometimes it almost sounds like a flock of crows landed in the house!  : )~

I have a video to share of her squeaking & talking, but it is taken in the afternoon so she is not nearly as vocal as she can be in the mornings, but hope you enjoy it anyway! Be sure to turn your volume up!