Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Who Me?

It is hard to believe with such a sweet little face that Lilly could ever get in trouble. But it appears she has a taste for excitement. She is officially known as the leader of the "Crawling Gang" at school.  It appears that she organizes games of chase with the two other crawlers and even gets them to investigate the contents of the diaper bags that are stored in the cubbies.  I can only imagine where this could lead...it is only a matter of time before she sends her "associates" to ransack the contents of the diaper bags and bring back the best Mum-Mums and yogurt melts for her to enjoy. Glad we don't have any horses in our neighborhood, they might not have made it through her teen years.  Shall we call you Donna Knoll?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lillian Grace: 9 Months Old

 I don't even know where Lillian's 9th month went.  With the start of the semester, arrival of Winter and post holiday relaxing, it feels like the days just slipped away.  Overall the month was filled with lots of playing, lots of time with family and lots of food.  Sprinkled into the warm comfortable days we did have some highlights. 

Lilly cut another tooth, which she loves to feel with her tongue. The little bug, has her "hyper" mobile tongue moving all the time.  A trait that I dread as I think of her as a teenager.  Her two teeth have helped her explore some additional foods.  And she is now enjoying finger foods like peaches, puffs, veggie straws and yogurt melts.  She has also taken a liking to mashed potatoes with beets (they're a SUPER food don't ya know), and anything that comes off our plates when we are at a restaurant.  Although she eats it mixed with sweet potatoes or bananas everyday, Lilly still find the taste of natural applesauce a little tart and makes quite the face including full body shivers when she eats it straight up.

She continues to improve her pulling up and creeping along furniture.  And recently she has been feeling extra confidant and tests her balance by going hands free while she stands near the couch or activity table.  Probably tomorrow she will demand a blue tooth headset so she can talk on her "work phone" and be completely hands free.  She continues to break her time trial speed as she crawls through the house.  And her adventurous streak has her playing 1st floor wide games of hide and seek.  She loves to listen for our voices and find where we, she is quite accurate I must say.  Poor Mrs. Whiskers, the jungle of her collar is an open invitation for Lilly to bust-a-move in her direction.

When bug was at her 9 month appointment she measured right on her own curve, weighing it at 15.5lbs and standing at 26.8 inches ... still a long & lean eating machine.  She is still enjoying 6 months sized clothes, and sometimes she can  even squeeze into her favorite 3-6 month size outfits, although she did bust out the toe seam of a pair of pajamas that were 3-6 month size, so it looks like she is on track to be in the 6-9 month range by her birthday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Family Pictures

I had started to work on this post back in October, soon after the pictures were taken and Lilly was only 6 months old.  Time slipped by and just today I was reminded that I needed to finish.  It is amazing to see how much she has grown and how she has gone from a barely mobile to full speed ahead baby.  I am so happy we have great photographic memories of these times, even if she was less that cooperative during the photo shoot.  I guess it is good to remember the good and the bad. :)

Monday, January 16, 2012


There are so many times a day that I want to hit the pause button and just hold on to that second for hours.

Pause … the moment when she wakes up in the morning and gives Matt and I a huge smile and reaches her arms up for us to pick her up.

Pause … the moment when she is taking her morning nap on my chest and she wakes with a start. Looks at me with sleepy eyes, gives me a sleepy smile that says “everything is alright,” and falls back to sleep.

Pause … the moment when she gives herself a proud grin that she is using the latest technology at her ergonomic standing desk. She is so trendy ... see the WSJ article.

Pause ... the moment she pulls herself up on the edge of the couch to see what I am up to.  This is an especially fun way to play a modified game of peek-a-boo.

Pause ... all the moments she starts laughing so hard she can't contain her happiness.

There are so many more, so many times a day. We are so lucky we get to have our little bug in our lives.

Friday, January 6, 2012