Waving and Standing

We’ve been trying to perfect her waving for a few months now. “Can you wave?” “Wave to Mommy!” “Wave to Nana!” “Wave to Daddy!” She’s been practicing her wave. Yesterday, she perfected it pretty dead on. It was so cute. She decided to wave to her daddy and then to me during dinner time. That stinker. That distracted us from feeding her for a bit (I think that was her intention).

And then she got into a giggling fit, WHILE having the hiccups. Every time I said “HI!” she laughed.

Today, for her afternoon nap, we tried putting her down and what happens? Four times out of four, she rolled over onto her belly, got into crawling position, and then stood herself up in the crib. This is AFTER we had put her down about 85% asleep in the first place. That stinker. So this was the sight I walked into after the 4th time:

I eventually had to take her to our bedroom to snuggle with her to get her to sleep (she was sooo cranky and sleepy) while her daddy Dave lowered her mattress (we didn’t get around to it over the weekend). That stinker is growing so fast, it’s unbelievable! Here she is sleeping in our bed:

Big 8.5-Month Milestones

Wow, the milestones are coming in strong and fast! Yesterday was a big one for “firsts.”

First time pulling herself up using something (the crib!). We were all in her room so we can move around some furniture and organize some of her stuff. So we put her in the crib to have her out of the way yet still near us. We turned around, and what do we see? She was trying to pull herself up from the side of the crib! I ran to get my camera, and we caught the whole thing on tape. This part was when she was actually successful for the very first time.

She was so proud of herself. She kept doing it over and over again. She hasn’t figured out that she can roll from her back to her front, and then try to get up, so we’re still safe (at least for the next couple of days!) from her waking up and then pulling herself up. She can pull herself up only from a sitting position and a crawling position. She keeps trying to do sit-ups when she’s on her back. She forgot she can roll over and start the whole thing that way! We’re going to lower her bed today. Heh.

First time yesterday trying chunkier solids on her own. It was an unsuccessful attempt. I think we’ve kept her so clean during meals that now she doesn’t want to get her hands dirty. She was confused as to why there were sticky things on her tray, and when she tried grabbing at them, she was a little disgusted that they stuck to her fingers. She would much rather eat her spoon. I think I sort of set her up for failure though, as I gave her something she’s never tried before (butternut squash), AND she had just woken up from a nap so she was all groggy, AND this was her first chunky finger foods experiment. When we gave her the spoon, though, she was all over it. She would much rather eat the spoon. Heh.

She was shuttering, going, “Eeww… this stuff is STICKY!! Eeww!!” Heh. What a princess.

BUT, she gave me a darling smile when I asked her to smile for the camera. Hehee. (Seen below.)

Then later on that day (still yesterday), we set up her play pen, thinking that we were probably going to need it now since she’s crawling and army crawling so fast. She won’t keep still! We put her in it, and took some pictures.

And then we promptly folded it up and put it back in its box. That puppy dog, caged look was too much for us. We didn’t have the heart to leave her in there. She looked up at us so sadly, wondering, “Why am I in a cage now that I can move?” So yeah, we’re not using it for at least another month. At least until she can fully pull herself up to standing so she doesn’t feel so “stuck” in there lying and sitting all by herself. Poor baby.

Yesterday was also her first time wearing jeans. I don’t know why I never put her in jeans before, but yesterday was the first! She looked so cute in it!

She’s been having more binky emergencies throughout the night. The last two nights, she had about 3 throughout. Granted, she just needed her binky back and then she put herself to sleep, but still. I wonder what’s going on. We do the same things every night for her routine before bed, so I have no idea what’s up. She’s such a sensitive little girl (physically, I mean), that if one little thing is “off,” she can’t sleep through the night. Poor baby.

But yes, yesterday was a big day for many happenings!

The Crawling Monkey

Oh our little baby went from army crawling to full on crawling in a matter of days. She’s perfected the army crawling, and is starting to do the real crawling now. She switches from one to the other very smoothly. She can go from sitting to crawling better now, though she is still smoothing out that transition. She’s starting to pull herself up off of things. She’s a crawling, moving maniac, and it’s so exciting to watch!!

And, to top it off, this is one happy baby. She’s sleeping through the night (for the most part, unless something is up), and she eats well. We’re going to introduce chunkier foods to her soon. We’ve been making it less “smooth” but not as chunky as we probably should. We have to use all of the baby food I’ve been puree’ing first though. She loves it all — bananas, apples, zucchini, beans, peas, prunes, etc. We’re going to be introducing sweet potatoes into her diet tomorrow, and next week, we’ll add butternut squash to the list! Woohoo!

This picture makes my heart burst into lovey dovey sprinkles. I love that smile. I live for it. It gets me through the day, too.

8-Month Photo Session

Yesterday, I took Lily for her photo shoot in Vancouver, BC, with Kendra King Gable, of Bullfrogs and Butterflies Photography. That woman is seriously talented. The photo shoot went SO well, and Lily was instantly calm with her. This doesn’t happen all the time, as Lily is in the “separation anxiety” stage and sometimes she doesn’t want to be out of my sight, or even out of my arms. But she was so good for Kendra yesterday, and I think we got some really good shots. Not only is this photographer talented, she’s also very sweet and wonderful, and a mother herself. She has this adorable 11-month-old baby girl! Lily and Addie got to meet at the end, and it was cute to see!

Anyway, Kendra sent me a couple of preview sneak peaks from the shoot yesterday. She’s still working on the rest, but I couldn’t wait to show them off to you. They are SO cute and I can hardly wait to see the rest when she’s done!!

There will be more photos coming soon!

Another Family Get Together

And this time I brought our camera along! Lily is 8 months old, and Kennedy is 5 months old. Wow, how time flies. It feels like just yesterday we were making our way to the hospital to meet Kennedy for the first time.

Here’s Bean and Peanut at play. Lily Bean thought Kennedy Peanut’s head was very interesting. She kept wanting to grab it.

It’s really cute how one is all pink, and the other is all blue.

She even had time to play with her big cousin Chelsea (who I met when she was just a little older than Lily! Now she’s about 9!).