Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Reason We Don't Take Lilly To A Photo Studio

Every month I take two pictures of Lilly in the same place, in the same outfits and in the same pose.  I hope that over time these pictures will be a reminder of how much she changed and grew in her first year.  Up until this month I had questioned if I should have taken her to a professional every month to capture this growth, knowing that my less than professional pictures might not be the best memory.  However, this afternoon as we staged her 7th month photo shoot I am glad that we made the choice to take her pictures at home.  Here are some shots and some commentary from the event.

Lilly: Momma, I know you put me on my back for this shot, but that is too boring.  My artistic eye says it would be much better if I was on my tummy, so I went ahead and rolled over while you were getting your camera turned on.  Don't worry I am a professional, I know what I am doing.

Me: Lilly can you look at me and smile.
Lilly: Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, here comes the Kitty.  I don't have time for a picture right now, I need to focus on getting Kitty to come over to see me.  I haven't petted her all day and I am dying to pet her soooo soooooft fur.

Me: Lilly can you take you hand out of your mouth and smile. 
Lilly: Momma, that is something a 6 month old does, I am 7 months old and I can do both.  See, I have my hand in my mouth and I am smiling.

Lilly:  Momma, I think we might need a wardrobe change, I did have avocado for lunch.  Nope, just kidding, it is fine ... carry on.

Me: Okay, Lilly just one more smile and then we can go track down Kitty for some petting zoo time. 
Lilly: Oh, you said smile, I thought you said sing one more time.... lalalala.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

We had a wonderful visit out in Minnesota for a combined Thanksgiving/Christmas/Birthday celebration.  Lilly did fantastic on the drive and we were so happy that she was so happy in the car.  To make feeding, changing, playing easier, we folded down the front seat and made a limo-like experience so that sitting next to her in the backseat wasn’t so cavernous and that seemed to make everyone happy. 

While we were in the North Start state we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with twenty or so of our closest family and Lilly got to meet most of them for the first time.  She really loved all the attention and especially liked her interaction with Little Cousin Cooper.  She even had a bite or two of Sweet Potatoes and that made her smile.
Lillian Grace spent lots of time with her grandparents and was very happy to read, play and snuggle with them while Matt and I, along with Rachel, Stephen and Jessica went to a hockey game.  It is the first time I have seen a Wild game in MN and the arena was really nice.  But like usual, MN tends to lose in my presence, even if they are not playing Detroit.

An early Christmas was just what we needed to add to the celebration weekend.  Like always we were spoiled with love and gifts.  And even though Lilly was fighting a high fever she was able to tear open the paper, sans clothes of course.

It is always hard to leave MN after such a short visit, as there are always more things that Matt and I would love to do while we are out there.  But that just leaves us even more reasons to visit again and again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Some Of Lilly's Favorite Things ... 6 Month Edition

Playing in her activity jumper.  Now that her toes touch the ground she really likes to get the activity center rockin'.

Enjoying a nice long bath.

Eating yummy milk, cereal, sweet potatoes and avocado.  She gets very impatient if you are not feeding her at her desired pace.

Moving and shaking.  She can get anywhere and to anything in a blink of an eye.  She doesn't have the best crawling form yet, but it is very functional.

Wearing bows, flowers, hats .. you name it.  She likes to experiment with the season's trends and mix them with her stand by classic pieces ... like a chunky cardigan.  I think she learned that on an episode of What Not To Wear.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Great Pumpkin

I don't think at this time of year the pumpkin industry needs assistance with their marketing strategy, however, if there is ever a need Lilly is all in.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lillian Grace: Six Months Old

Wow, Lilly has hit that six month mark and it is like we have a totally different baby.  It is hard to even remember back to the early days when she was eating round the clock, waking up several times a night and barely able to hold her head up.  Now she is sleeping through the night, eating only 5 times a day and moving and shaking.

Sitting was a major milestone of Lilly Bug this month.  She was really shaky when she turned 5 months, but now she is a pro and she is testing her limits by leaning, reaching and chewing on things while sitting.  It is quite comical to see her contemplate the situation and then just go for it.  It seems to be her personality, think then do.  Once Lilly made a habit of sitting up, scooting and army crawling were soon to follow and man can this gal scoot towards something she wants.  I think it is great training for after Thanksgiving Day sales in the future.  I have some video to post of her army crawling towards her favorite objects, mostly electronics, which I will post soon.

Lilly also started to dine on rice cereal mixed with breast milk and she is happy to fill her belly several times a day.  After some trial and error, I found that I was mixing the cereal too thin for her preference, she likes it best when it is similar to rice pudding… must be a flash back to the rice pudding I liked to eat while pregnant.  Her recent check-up with Dr. Kern was right on curve and she is weighing in at 13.4 pounds and 25 inches.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween In Random Captions

Our haunted front porch, complete with fog machine, a green light bulb and random Halloween decorations.
Lilly the LillyBug and Daddy Matt the Entomologist more specifically a Coleopterist.
Kitty Pumpkin was exhausted from all the activity and needed a quick nap in the corner.
Oh, my Lilly that is a very silly face.  What on earth are you thinking?

Oh, we see.  You had just realized that the pumpkin was really Mrs. Whiskers and you were plotting how you were going to go play with her.  I am sure Mrs. Whiskers enjoyed waking from her nap to find a shrieking baby coming at her face ready to grab fur and give kisses.  Happy Halloween!