A Day at the Park

Hope, 7 Months

We spent this afternoon at a park with my family celebrating Hope’s Grandpa’s birthday! She really seemed to enjoy being outdoors for the afternoon.

It was a nice day, just warm enough to be pleasant without being hot, though I found the breeze to be just a bit chilly myself. Hope is becoming more and more alert and responsive all the time. She is a happy baby, always ready to laugh and just full of smiles for everyone!

Her top teeth are coming in now, the middle two are just through, and the next two on the top look like they are going to be coming in right behind them. I think now that her teeth are coming in, she is developing quite an interest in trying them out – she likes to chew on any objects, clothes, and fingers she can find available.  : ) 

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7 Months

Hope, 7 Months

When I showed these photos to a friend, her response was “Wow, she’s such a little person already“. Of course she’s a little person, but what I think she meant was that Hope is growing up so fast, and not looking so much a little baby anymore. It really is amazing watching her grow and change, she seems to become more and more beautiful by the day.

Hope can sit and keep her balance on her own now! (at least for as long as sitting holds her interest). And her first top teeth are on their way!

Hope is really developing an interest in tasting things. She’s not much for actually eating any quantity of anything, but certainly will let us know that she wants to try almost anything we are eating ourselves. Foods with texture like breads, pasta, avocados, etc are all quite exciting to her now. She’s not much for mush though, won’t have anything to do with rice or oatmeal baby cereal, and a spoon-full of smashed banana resulted in the funniest face as she tried to spit it out! Guess she takes after her mom there, ugh, slimy bananas . . .

For this month’s photos, I draped a white sheet over the headboard of our bed, dropped a couple desk lamps at the foot of the bed, Richard played peek-a-boo with Hope and I and ended up with some beautiful shots! Feeling rather pleased with myself and the way they turned out, I sent a number off to Costco to be printed. When I got there to pick them up though, they said there was a problem… They required a signed copyright release from the photographer to reprint any professional studio shots. I don’t think the lady believed me when I kept telling her I took them myself, but in the end they made me sign a waiver stating they were my own shots (apparently to make sure that when the real photographer showed up to sue Costco, they could pass the blame off on me) and let me have my prints. I’m very pleased with how they turned out, and guess I ought to take that whole experience as quite a compliment!

I love these pictures, hope you enjoy them!

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6 Months (on a roll now)

Hope, 6 MonthsWhat a month of firsts for Hope this has been. In the past weeks she has gotten two teeth, learned to roll over – both ways –  to pull herself into a sitting position in her swing, and to be quite more vocal and opinionated as well!

 She has become very “touchy”. Especially when she is eating she loves to look up and touch my face with her hand.

 She has started really getting into expressing herself with sounds now too, especially in the mornings. Some mornings we wake up to what sounds like a very happy barnyard has gotten loose in the crib across the room!

She has started using rolling as her means of getting places now. If she wants to scoot and can’t seem to get the coordination down to get where she wants to go, she’ll roll a couple times and be right there! 

Her balance is getting stronger, and soon she’s going to be sitting on her own I bet.  : )

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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!

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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!

Sitting Up

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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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