Monday, January 24, 2011

9 Months

Abigail is 9 months today!  Can you believe I'm actually posting on time?  Abby has changed so much this month.  Here's what she has been up to.
  • She loves to dance (see yesterday's post).
  • She isn't crawling yet, but she rolls around everywhere and is starting rock on her hands and knees.
  • She loves to read books and turns the pages very well.  She and I sit and read books several times a day and she never gets tired of them.
  • She stands while leaning her back against the couch.  She did it for about 8 minutes one day without even flinching.
  • She loves any variety of the game peek-a-boo: person leaving the room and then appearing, covering her face with a blanket and she rips it off, covering our faces, etc.
  • She is really figuring out how to use her toys.  She loves her stack of cups and loves to knock over towers we build.  I often put just one cup inside of another and she will immediately take the cup back out.  She is very consistent with that, it's pretty cute.  It's like a bug she has to fix (she must get that from her dad).  She also pats her drum and can make her zoo toy make noises.
  • Recently she has changed her schedule a bit.  She sleeps from 8:00 to 8:00 (practically on the dot) and then takes longer naps (over 30 min) in the afternoon.  We will see how long she sticks with it.
  • She loves to eat!  In the past month she has started eating three meals and it seems every day she wants larger amounts.  I'm not sure how long I will be able to keep up with making all her food.
  • She says "b," "d," and "p" sounds.  She says "di di di" the most.  She says "mmm" when she's mad or hungry... I keep waiting for her to say "ma ma" or something close to it. 
  • She is starting to learn how to clap.  She waves one hand all over the place and is starting to bring it to the other hand more each day.  She mostly does it with fists at this point, but I'm sure she will figure it out in no time.
  • She loves all electronics.  I'm thinking the computer might be the best motivator for her to crawl.  She also loves my phone and the tv.  Sometimes she will just lounge and watch a good portion of a movie with us, especially if it is animated.  
  • No teeth yet, but everyone always asks if she is because she chews on everything.  I say, "Who knows, she has been doing this since she was 4 months old."  Maybe one day they will pop up.
Here are more of her official 9 month pictures!  She wasn't particularly smiley today for her photo shoot, but I still think they turned out great.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"got canned heat in my heels tonight, baby!"

Name that lyric...

Abby has a new talent that cracks us up.  She dances!  Whenever we turn music on or if music starts up on the tv, she starts boppin'.  At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but she has proven to us over and over again that it is definitely on purpose.

She will do it to pretty much any music but we have mostly been listening to her Beatles' cd that Uncle Will gave her for Christmas and The White Stripes.  I thought she might like the simple, yet strong rhythms of the drums.  She often moves to the correct beat, which I think is amazing.

Today at church we had our primary program.  When the kids starting singing, "I am a Child of God," she started dancing.  It was pretty hilarious.  Throughout the rest of the meeting, whenever the piano would start up, she would too.  The organ didn't seem to phase her as much.

Here's a cute video of her dancing to The White Stripes.

She's a fun kid!

P.S.  The song lyric is "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai.
P.P.S. I thought that song was fun before Napolean Dynomite.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas 2010

We went to Boise for Christmas and had a great time.  All of my siblings and their families were there, which was fun and likely the last time that will happen.  Here are some pictures and descriptions of some of the fun things we did. 
Abby met Santa

Allie and Santa

We went downtown to a model train exhibit.  Jack loved it!


Abby at the trains, with her "Cousin Eddie hat."

Hanging out at Annie and Dave's

Swimming at the YMCA

Me, Abby, Ellen, and Tonja

She had so much fun swimming!

Ellen & Tonja at Grandma's on Christmas Eve

Abby in her Christmas Eve get-up

Grandma with the four new babies.  Fabulous photo.

Annie's four generation pic




Santa Ellen

Heath, Emily, and Mike


The loot

So happy when she finally woke up on Christmas

The drum was a hit

Christmas Allie

Annie and Audrey on Christmas

A common occurence

candid Christmas

Jack with his new jammies

Jack got a sweet truck that Grandpa made

My dad and Jack

"This mess is a place!"

Christmas wore the babies out

Delicious Christmas dinner

Grandparents with all the babies

All the grandkids.  All the babies were crying.

A photo shoot with Heath in Sunday best.

It was a little too close to bed time

Baby Rides!

We did many things not pictured as well.  Watched a lot of movies and The Office, ate a lot of good food, shopping, played Rock Band, and did a lot of hanging out.  It was a great Christmas!