Monday, August 22, 2011

A few favorite videos

Here are some of my favorite videos of Hannah from the past month.

Hannah with her new bath toy.  Does she like it or not?  You decide!

Hannah gets a kick out of standing up and prefers to hold on to wobbly objects.  It's a good workout!

Hannah has this excited little shake she does sometimes.  It's pretty cute!

Hannah's Dedication

"Hannah, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We pray that you will grow in knowledge and understanding of how much God loves you, and that you will be filled with the fruit of salvation in Christ.  We look forward to seeing God work through you to bring glory and praise to Him."
Psalm 139:14
Philippians 1:9-11 

This is the blessing Daniel read to Hannah at our church on August 14.  It was a very special day for us as Hannah's parents to stand before our Lord and church family and dedicate ourselves to raising Hannah in a family where she will learn of God's grace and love.  We were so blessed to celebrate with all of the grandparents, too.  It was a fun, memorable weekend.

Unfortunately, the star of the show was done with the attention by the time pictures rolled around.  Here are the best few.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nine Months!

Wow, I can't believe my little monkey is nine months!  I call her that because she isn't much for sitting still these days hence the reason why her monthly couch pictures involve her moving around.  I am still very grateful that at the end of the day, right before I put her to sleep, I sing a bunch of songs to her and she lays still and stares into my eyes.  It's our special time. 
For a girl that isn't crawling yet, she can sure get around!  She rolls and rolls and swivels and reaches out for anything she wants.  Her favorite toys are her ride-on car, musical table, and music box.  Speaking of music, we start Kindermusik next week!  I think she'll love it!  Hannah won't pull up from sitting, but she does enjoy standing and is beginning to cruise.  She likes holding on to things that move--the swing, exersaucer, my hands--rather than something stable, like the coffee table.  I'm still sitting right behind her when she stands.  When she's done playing, she'll turn around and jump into my arms, give me a hug and kiss, which is more of a gnawing of the face but sweet none the less.  She loves using me to stand on and giving hugs and kisses.  Her hugs usually include pulling of the hair and kisses sometimes include use of the new teeth.  Her face always lights up when she sees Daniel.  Their special activity is playing with the stacking cups.  Daniel and Hannah could play with those cups forever!  She'll hold out her arms for either of us, but when she's hungry, I get the nod.  Hannah will take a few steps while holding onto my fingers.  Her laugh is adorable.  Sometimes it is woodpecker-like and other times it's a cute squeal.
Hannah is staying steady at the 25th percentile for weight (17 pounds) and 85th percentile for height (28.5").  She has two sharp little teeth that came in right after her 8 month birthday. She eats 3 spoonable meals a day.  Cereal in the morning and veggies for lunch and dinner, all followed by a serving of fruit.  The only fruit she's ever tried and not liked is prunes.  She tends to not like broccoli or peas and hates spoonable meat.  That stuff smells like dog food anyway!  We've still been incredible blessed with her sleeping habits--7:30 to 7-7:30 in the morning with a 2 to 3 hour nap in the afternoon.  She sleeps with her paci and a few comfort items in bed--her doll Riga Daniel and I got while on vacation in Riga, Latvia, a small purple blanket, and pink bunny lovie.  She has mastered the cry while holding her paci between her teeth.
Hannah's Dr. said her verbal skills are advanced for her age.  Hannah now says "ma" frequently throughout the day, but unfortunately, it's usually when she's mad at me.  I hear it frequently when I put her in her high chair then go and fix her food.  Maybe one day she'll learn to not use my name in vain!  She makes a lot of sounds, but I haven't heard "up" or "uh oh" in a while.  We're still doing signs for up, all done, mom, and dad.  She waves her arms in the air when she wants up.  Hannah can also help us putting her arms in her outfits and through the high chair and car seat arm straps.
A few favorite pictures from the month:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Some Friends

Today was a busy day for Hannah!  She got to "play" with two of her younger friends.  Tom and KK are friends of ours who went to Bama with Daniel and live in Birmingham.  We tend to see them more in the fall for obvious reasons.  Their son Parker is now 4 months old.  KK and Parker spent the night last night.  Yes, Hannah had her first (and last) boy spend the night.  But they were both caged and in separate rooms.  Daniel has already put a ban on any friendship between the two after age 10.  I'm sure these two will spend many a fall Saturday in Tuscaloosa together.  For now, Hannah has the upper hand in their relationship.
"Parker, look at me.  I'm in charge!"

Parker wants to make sure all his friends see him with the hot chick.

Let's wear crimson together.
 Next, Hannah got to see all of her friends at chilcare, take a nap, and go visit Kennedy!  I got to watch Kennedy for about an hour and see the two interact.  So sweet!

"Kennedy, let me read to you."
"Wow, Hannah, you're a good reader!"

"Awww...thank you, Kennedy!"