Houdini On The Go!

Hope, 5 MonthsThis morning I woke up to a missing baby.

Though I admittedly must have been quite tired during the night when I got up to feed her, I was sure I remembered putting her back in her clothing and back into her crib … However, the morning’s view of the crip had me second guessing myself and my tired brain with some confusion.

Oddly enough, her eskimo suit was lying perfectly in the middle of the crib (where Hope should have been). What I found even more odd was that it was all snapped closed, and her pajamas were layered inside the eskimo suit too. These also were snapped closed. The baby, however, that should have been inside the pajamas, inside the eskimo suit, was most certainly NOT there.

I checked her swing in the living room … no baby.
I checked our bed – thinking that perhaps Richard had picked her up as I slept … no baby.

More and more confused by the moment, I decided to wake Richard up for help locating Hope (and my brain – which had obviously left me). On my way by the crib again, I noticed a foot sticking out from under the pile of laundry. . . and attached to that foot was a naked little happily sleeping baby!

The night before I had washed a load of Hope’s clothes and blankets, and as they came out of the dryer late I put them in one end of her crib to fold the next day. Apparently the little Houdini managed to scoot right out of her pajamas, right out of her eskimo suit, and across the crib to bury herself under the pile of laundry!

Hope, 5 Months Hope, 5 Months
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Hope’s current preferred means of locomotion involves “scooting” on her heels and the top of her head, with her back arched, body completly off the ground, while using her arms to either side for balance. While it may sound odd, it really is quite interesting to watch! Although we have discussed the option of creating her a little teflon hat, hopefully she’ll move on to an alternative means of moving around before she wears herself a bald spot on the top of her head!

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Sitting Up

Hope, 5 Months

Sitting on her own doesn’t hold much interest for Hope yet. She’d much rather be standing – with our help for balance. So anytime we put her in a sitting position she’ll stiffen and arch back against our hands to try to stand. In her swing however, she has learned she can grab either side of the swing seat and pull herself into a sitting up position. This new trick is great fun, and to make it even more interesting she learned how to rock back and forth once sitting up to rock the swing by herself! She’ll laugh, and sit up, and flop backwards, and sit up again till she’s tired and worn out and and takes a nap.

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Since the swing is low to the ground, Faith will often stop by for a visit and poke her nose in to say hi. Hope LOVES the dogs, and always gets really excited to see them!

On a Roll!

Hope rolled over for the first time today! Richard and I were playing with her on our bed, I made a comment that she was so close to rolling over as I got up to go grab a glass of water … and just as I walked out of the room Richard yelled that she did it! Once she got the first time down (from back to stomach) she quickly became a pro at it and by evening was rolling from her stomach back to her back again as well!

The Arrival of the Teeth

Hope, 5 MonthsHope’s first two teeth have arrived!

The past week of fussines from our normally laid back and happy baby caught us both a bit off guard … but soon enough two good reasons lower teeth popped through and the fussy bouts disappeared (along with the flood of drool).

Hope seems to be quite enthralled with her new teeth – she spends most of each day with her fingers in her mouth now just feeling them and checking them out.  : )

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5 Months

Hope, 5 Months After 5 months Hope is growing more and more every day in so many ways.  She is happy, full of smiles, alert, and responsive. There are so many little things that she is starting to do – and her beautiful smiles are becoming more and more frequent. She loves to play hide and seek with me! When Richard is holding her I will move so her view of my is blocked by his head … she’ll lean to one side or the other to see around him and find me – then get so excited and happy! I move the other way and she’ll lean back the other direction to peek around and find me again. She’s almost got the rolling over thing figured out … as soon as she learns how to move her arm out of the way she’ll have it down pat.

As always, enjoy the photos!

Hope, 5 Months Hope, 5 Months Hope, 5 Months
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Big Bunny Feet

The day after New Years we stopped by to visit and Hope was promptly kidnapped by Sarah as soon as we arrived. No worries though – she re-appeared shortly later (much to everyone’s amusement) wearing two big bunny feet!

Sarah & Hope 4 Months Sarah & Hope 4 Months
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