Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
These monthly photo sessions are getting harder and harder.
Because someone won’t leave the sign alone.
And when you take the mangled, wet sign away, it makes that someone very angry.
So, in full disclosure, the above pictures were taken on the actual seven month birthday as the sign says. The ones below were taken last night on the 14th, and we had a much better photo session. Lots more smiles…see:
So, you sweet thing, what are you up to at seven months?
-Lots of smiling, lots of giggling, lots of “talking”, LOTS of personality, and happy, happy, happy. You light up our house, precious girl!
-Still no “mama”, but you did recently add “ba ba ba” to your range of sounds your making, so it HAS to be close!
-You are not crawling yet, and really not even close on it. Which is fine for this mama who is not quite ready to baby proof again!
-You still like your bouncy seat sometimes, and you like your exersaucer, but I think it’s been about two weeks since we’ve used the swing, and you’ve just never cared for the bumbo seat. So, we’re about to start moving some of this baby gear back to the attic.
-You roll very easily now, like it was never a big deal at all, and you enjoy being on your tummy more now. Lots of practicing on raising up, but no getting on your knees yet.
-You are a champion sleeper…if it were an Olympic event for babies, you would win a gold medal. After dropping your evening nap about a month ago, you are now sleeping about 7:30pm to 6:30am, and I’m having to wake you up most mornings at that time. On Saturdays, you’ve slept as late as 8:00 before…Mattie NEVER slept that late as a baby. And you’re taking two long naps a day…one morning and one afternoon. What a life!
-Still crazy about Sister. And she’s still crazy over you.
-You are *thisclose* to sitting up on your own. You only need a little support (note my foot in the picture below) to not fall.
-And you finally cut your first tooth on Mother’s Day! Bottom left tooth. You were such a trooper through dance recital weekend, and never gave any indication that you were dealing with a tooth breakthrough. Such a sweetie! I’m gonna miss the sweet gummy grin!
-Still a good eater, eating three meals in the highchair a day, and taking four bottles. Tried avocado for the first time this week, and loved it! Also eating graham crackers and banana chunks…starting to feed self some.
-19lbs 14oz at last appointment, which was nearly a month ago, so I’m guessing you’re easily over the 20lb mark by now.
-Size 3 daytime diaper, Size 4 nighttime diaper, and wearing a range of clothes sizes, but mostly 9mos stuff.
We’ve come a long way in seven months!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Mattie has been begging to take dance lessons since she was two years old, and this fall she was finally old enough to start taking. I was hesitant to start anything new this fall since we were going to have a new baby, but I knew Mattie's heart would be broken, so we went ahead with it. And Matthew and I, and my parents, broke our necks to get her there every single week, even when we had a newborn in the house...not easy, but we did it. I think she only missed two classes this whole year.
Over the past nine months, we have asked Mattie every week what she learned in dance, or to show us some of her recital dance, and she never would. She is happy to make up her own dances to show us, but for some reason, she wouldn't ever show us her recital dances, so we were really not sure what to expect when recital came. I had no idea if she even knew her dances at all. I told her more than once that recital was going to be where she earned the privelege of taking dance next year...if she got on stage and just stood there, we would not be going to the hassle of taking dance next year.
Well, she has earned her dancing shoes for another year. We were SO PROUD of our girl! She danced her little heart out and I could not wipe the smile off my face all weekend. She did know her dances pretty well, and she gave it her all. Mattie can be very shy at times, but there was no trace of that on stage. I took her to rehersal on Wednesday of last week, and every day after she asked me "Mom, when do I get to get back on that stage?!". I think I may have a performer on my hands.
Angela took these videos with her point and shoot camera, so the quality isn't the greatest, but I'm SO thankful to have these...thanks, Ang, for being the crazy lady to go down front to video.
This is her tap dance from Saturday night, and probably her better performance. Remember, these are three and four year olds, so the coordination is lacking, but the cuteness isn't. Mattie is front row middle in both videos. Also, please note how she holds her pose longer than anybody at the end of the dance...that cracked me up!
This is the ballet performance from Sunday. She spotted Ang filming before she started...notice she waves at her about midway through.
I am so glad dance is over for the year, but I'm so glad Mattie did it. I was a very proud Mama, and recital weekend was actually a lot of fun, and not near the hassle I had been dreading. She is glad for the summer break, but already looking forward to next year!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Things I've heard around my house lately, from Mattie of course:
"Pwesley has the most beautiful specks in her blue eyes" (while laying in the floor with sister and commenting on her eye color)
"Awww, Pwesley, don't cry, your sistuh's right here" (I hear this alot, Mattie is convinced anytime Presley cries, it's because she wants her)
"Mommy! Pwesley is reaching for me!! She LOVES me!" (it was true, Pres has started reaching for people she loves and sister is at the top of the list)
"Mommy! Pwes Pwes is loving on my feet! She's chewing my toes! Mommy, she's chewing my toes!" (followed by me screaming "Get your feet out of your sisters mouth!")
I'm not delusional enough to think that they will always feel this way about each other. I know there is a time coming very soon that there will be fights over baby dolls, and barbies, and even clothes, most likely. But for now, I'm basking in it, soaking it up, and taking lots of pictures of it, so that when they are 13 and 16, I can show them this picture to prove that there was a time when they made goo goo eyes at each other in the bath tub.