Thursday, December 13, 2012

Growing Up: Hattie at 16 Months

Well, totally skipped 15 Months, but whatever... I'm pregnant and allowed to skip months. :-p

Weight: 21 pounds, 9 ounces
Height: 32.5 inches

On November 12th (while at the park), she just took 25 steps out of nowhere! LOL.
Three days later, she was walking half the time, while still crawling the other half.
By November 20th, she had stopped crawling!

She is a TALKER! 
Her vocab is about 30-40 words now, but a lot of the times,
she just babbles on and on... and on..., and I can't understand most words. LOL.
She grabs everything she can, puts it to her ear (pretending it's a phone),
says, "Hi!" and proceeds to talk away!
It's so cute. She even talks in her sleep! ;-)

Finally has opinions on foods. This is brand new!
Faves are grapes (GAH!!! wants them constantly), rice, beans, pasta, cucumbers and sugar snap peas.
Still "nurses," but since I've dried up, she also drinks lots of soy milk sippy cups. LOL. ;-)

Got her first haircut on Thanksgiving Day.
These two photos are closeups of the occasion...

Has 14 teeth.

Does a lot of sign language still.

Loves saying, "Bye!" and "Hi!" to EVERYbody and EVERYthing.
She even said "bye!" (and waved!) in her sleep one night. Tee hee.

Loves giving kisses and hugs.

Loves playing with dolls, balls, her flashcards, a cell phone (my old one), and books.
Still LOVES books, but now that she's walking, she reads far less and plays far more.
Her doll stroller, shopping cart, and doll house get LOTS of use.

Favorite books: Mother Goose, Little People's Let's Go to the Farm,
Biscuit, and First 100 Words

Oh, we love this girl so much! She's so wonderful.
We're so blessed to have her in our lives.
She's going to be an amazing big sister (to a little brother!) in May! ;-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Growing Up: Hattie at 14 Months

Literally, feels like she grew up over night.
She feels like SUCH a big girl to me! 
So amazing and fascinating.

Weight: 20 pounds, 2 ounces (40th percentile - FINALLY hit 20 pounds! WOO!)
Height: 31.5 inches (90th percentile)

Has 12 teeth.

Still not walking, but I'm not worried about her development...
She climbs on *everything*

and into *everything*. Tee hee. ;-)

She's in gymnastics now and loves it. :-)

Favorite thing to do: READ! Hands down, reading.
She asks to read SO much during the day;
I decided to count how many times she asks.
The grand total? SIXTY-ONE times in one day!
And yes, I read to her 61 times. LOL. ;-)

They're all sorts of different books too.
Picture books, rhyming books, story books, flashcards.
Anything ranging from 5 pages, to 35 pages.

Favorite book: Each Peach Pear Plum
(we probably read this 10-20 times per day)

She LOVES the computer. Probably all babies do. LOL. ;-)
If I forget to pull my chair away from it, here is what happens:

And I say, "Hattie... are you supposed to be up there?"
And she looks at me like, "Oooooh... busted."

Favorite stuffed animal: Ginger the Giraffe
(a gift from my mom when when we took Hattie to the
Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, MN)
She sleeps with it EVERY night/nap since we got it. :-)

Still LOVES taking baths. 
For the past month or so,
she's been "swimming" in the bath... 
freestyle and breaststroke in just that four inches of water.
Makes me laugh every time. :-)

Has the most amazing attention span.
She can probably read books for a good 30-60 minutes at a time.
She can watch Toy Story/Toy Story 2 straight through, in one sitting.
(My cardinal rule is "no TV," *but* we were both sick for several days,
so I put my rule aside. This was a special circumstance.
She still asks to watch it all the time. LOL. :-p )

Wish she didn't love the iPhone so much... ;-)

Books ("bups!")
Doll (pretty much sounds just like "dog")
"O"s (faux Cheerios cereal)
Tickle, Tickle, Tickle (cutest thing EVER. Need to post video.)

Loves hanging with her daddy. :-)

All done
Thank you
Baby (SO cute!)
Outside (people think she's waving when she signs this,
but her wave is very distinct and different than the sign for "outside.")

Speaking of potty, Hattie is pretty much completely
potty-trained for nights and naps. 
I say "pretty much" because maybe once a week, 
or once every other week, her diaper will be wet 
by the time I get her to the potty.
Some days, she just wants to lie and cuddle with me
instead of heading to the potty, but I'm pretty sure
this only happened on days she was sick or teething. :-/

But 90% of the time, as soon as she wakes up, she crawls out of bed
and heads (crawls... ;-) LOL) to the potty on her own. (I just follow.)
She still asks to go potty while we're out, in the car,
and while she's playing. However, while she's playing,
she probably only asks to go, every other time, sometimes less. LOL. ;-)
Dolls are just more important than the potty sometimes,
which is just fine with me. :-)
I don't push her. :-)

Such a doll face.
Speaking of dolls, they're pretty much the only toys 
that she wants to play with right now. 
She loves pushing them in her stroller
and grocery cart... both birthday gifts. :-)

She also loves balls, her shape sorter,
and her stacking bowls. She also loves purses 
and playing "dress-up," which is SO cute!

When she wants to be held or wants to give a hug,
she holds out her hands like we do.
SO cute. :-)

Is starting to help pick out her clothes and shoes,
and helping me get her dressed. Also adorable. Hee hee. ;-)

Still such a great eater and will eat *anything* I put in front of her.
Favorites are blueberry pancakes, pasta, cucumbers and all fruit.
I can't even figure out which fruit she likes best...
she shakes with delight when she sees all fruit. LOL. :-p

We did just find out she's allergic to tomatoes. :-(
Seriously broke out in a rash within seconds. Poor thing.
So that's tomatoes, nuts, and dairy. *sigh*
I'm hoping she outgrows the nuts, at least. :-p

Well, that's A LOT of info for 14 months,
but I wanted to make sure that I documented everything. :-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Her Eighteenth Birthday.

It's hard to believe it's September 4, 2012.

Eighteen years ago today, 
my brother and his wife had their first daughter, 
London Michele.

My first niece. 
She was such a butterball at 10 pounds, and we all fell instantly in love with her. 

She went to Heaven far too soon.
She was only 4.5 months old when she passed away...
mere days after receiving her 4-month vaccinations.

I was only 13.
But they lived with us, so I was so blessed to be able to spend lots of time with her.
She was such a happy and healthy baby.

And I was blessed enough to take the last photos of her.

Now, I wish I had kept this outfit for Hattie to wear.
That would have been so neat. :-)

Happy 18th Birthday, Sweet Girl!
We all love you so much! :-)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

PhotoBoothing with Hattie at 11 Mos.

Man, I'm late with this EVERY month! 
I guess that means I'm hanging out with my girl instead of blogging... 
which is good. I do miss blogging though. 
I need to make a mental note, "Blog while Hattie sleeps." :-)

I usually move her hair out of her face, 
but I decided to keep it on her forehead, so I could remember
how long it is at this point. LOL. I do love it side-parted though. :-)

Happy girl!

Waving at herself. Hee hee. 

Kisses from Mommy!

Can not BELIEVE she is almost a year old. 
Less than two weeks to go. 
They're all right when they say it...
it goes by SOOOO fast! :-)

Monday, July 2, 2012

PhotoBoothing with Hattie at 10 Mos.

Before it's time to do her 11-Month PhotoBooth shots, 
I thought I'd better get the 10-Month ones up here! LOL.

GAH! Just love this little cutie-face!

(How cute is this strawberry top? Adorable! :-) 
And still size 6-9 months. Skinny little thing. :-p )

And we're dancing... 

Oh, she looks so much like me in this one...

Love this monthly tradition.
Way too much fun.
It will be fun when we have a new baby to throw into our PhotoBoothing sessions.
Not that I'm pregnant now! I'm not!
But you know... soon, I hope! ;-)

Friday, June 29, 2012

PhotoBoothing with Hattie at 9 mos.

Completely forgot to post our last two months of PhotoBooth sessions! LOL.

Here are the 9-Month PhotoBooth photos. 
I'll try to remember to post the 10-Month ones soon... 
hopefully, before she turns 11 months next week! LOL. :-p

Usually, it takes me a while to get her to smile for the camera.
But this day? 
She was *all* smiles! Heeee!

She wanted to wave...
"Hi, Hattie!" 

Extreme Close-up! 

Then I put her rubber duck over the camera... 

Then I let her grab it.
Rubber ducks make her laugh. :-) 

Oh, she is way too much fun. :-)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Climbing in a Box.

We got a package in the mail the other day...

No, not this adorable baby. Hee hee. ;-)

I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon.
I *loathe* shopping. With a passion.
Online shopping is AWESOME-SAUCE. :-)
I buy pretty much *every*thing online.
I'd buy my groceries online if I could.
(or maybe I can, but I don't want to pay extra... ;-) )

Anywho, one of the things we ordered was this book:

She loves it. 
It's a good thing too because it's quite possibly the strangest book ever written.
(Okay, I'll have to save that post for another day.
And *believe me*, you'll want to tune in for that one!)

Anywho, after we opened the box, Hattie crawled right inside with her book.
So I had to take these photos.

Not sure what she was doing here in this next photo. 
Maybe her toe stuck to the tape? Tee hee.
I just love the look on her face though.
She's thinking, "What the heck is on my toe?!"

Apparently only big girls climb inside boxes.
"How big is Hattie?"
"So big!"

I love this girl.
Wearing socks.
With a fox.
Or in a box. ;-)