Thursday, August 21, 2014

14 months

This month has been a whirlwind of travels and summertime fun.  Marty traveled lots this month, and HG missed him when he was gone.  She got so excited to hear his voice on the phone.  We said goodbye to the interns, and cousin Emma living with us for the summer.  And we just returned from a two week trip up north to see family and friends.

 It will be hard to document to "norm" for this month since we have been on the go so much.

Eyes/hair:  hazel, light brown/blond with a hint of strawberry
Clothing: mostly 12 m
Diapers: flips shortest length, 4 snaps in

We are on month two of not sleeping through the night.  Traveling did not help with this at all.  Most nights on our trip, HG would wake 3 times at night.  Where is this coming from?  Needless to say, we are back to the grind with sleep training and mama is not going in any more.

HG dropped down to one nap this month.  We are slowly pushing that nap later and later so it is a true afternoon nap.  I love the freedom of going and doing in the morning.

HG is nursing 3 times a day now, and we are trying to cut out the mid day time.  Some days she eats wonderfully and I think she is ready to be fully weaned, and other days all she wants to do is nurse.  Again this has been a slow process for us.

Motor skills:
HG has gotten more confident in standing and cruising.  At our parents houses', she crawled everywhere to explore her new surroundings.  She enjoyed cruising around new coffee tables and couches and fireplaces.  She just started standing up without holding onto anything, but still leans her weight on whatever is close by.

Fun stuff:
- HG calls everything ba??? right now.

- HG can point out our nose, ears, eyes and belly buttons

- She more regularly calls us Mama and Dada

- She sings and dances along with music

-  HG is ticklish on her thighs, neck and armpits

-  This month HG learned to tell us what the cow and bear say.

-  She has been teething on and off all month, and has had a big appetitie for frozen peas because of it

-  HG has a new silly face where she stretches her mouth to form an "o"

-  We made our first trip to a children's farm and a zoo this month.

-  Books are still her favorite things to play with, and they kept us occupied the many hours we spent in the car.   Marty and I marvel at how she studies each page and will babble read the pages to herself in the car seat.  Now we know all we need to do is get her a few new books for every road trip and she will be set...oh and Cheerios of course :)

Friday, August 1, 2014


We are blessed to have some sweet friends for HG.
 They may be older, but they taught her all about hula hooping and bubbles :)

We also recently celebrated Gabby and Kinsey turning 16!  
 They are two girls that I have had the privilege of having in my small group this year.
 The adorable monogrammed dress was a gift from my sweet friend Ashley!  Isn't she so talented!
Cousin Emma has been a wonderful addition to our family this summer!  We have loved having her as a part of our everyday life here in Florida.  I think all the Seven Rivers girls have been blessed by her as well :)


Hatley-Grace is not a toy girl.  She loves her books, but most other toys or baby items she could care less about.  Most of our play time is spent tearing pages out of In Style magazines, crawling all over the lanai, shaking water bottles filled with popcorn kernels, and keeping flip flops out of her mouth.

Apparently, I was like this as a baby.  Barbies and dolls were not of much interest to me.  I remember loving blocks and legos as a little girl.  The idea of being able to create something out of a simple pile of blocks was so exciting to me.

We have found a few toy items that she is enjoying at this stage.  My parents gave her a water table for her birthday, and she has loved to use this (inside right now) for pulling up.  It has encouraged her to get up on her feet to play.  We haven't filled it with anything other than toys and cups, but she loves it right now.

My Mom sent her some blocks recently, and I think we have finally found a toy that she loves!  I foresee many houses, cars, trucks and towers being built in our future.
 Lots of banging them together.

 They are the perfect high chair toy as well :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

13 months

HG at 13 months!  These pictures say it all.  We were alone a majority of this month due to Marty traveling with the youth.  These are the best pictures I could get with a squirmy baby alone :)  My apologies! 
Hair/Eyes: Light brown, hazel
Diapers: Flips- shortest length, 4 snaps in, disposables- 3
Clothing: 12m, dresses are still 6-12m, 9m

This has been a very difficult month in the department of eating and sleeping.  1/2 of the month she continued on a normal routine, nursing every 4 hours and two naps.  Then we began the weaning process, and everything got very out of routine.  She began waking in the night, which she has not done in months and months.  She starting fighting naps, and I felt as though I was wasting all day with her screaming in the crib not wanting to sleep.  I stopped the weaning process, at least until Marty is home consistently to help.

She has started trying whole milk this month.  I'm not sure she likes it yet, but she will drink a little bit at a time.  Cherrios are her all time favorite breakfast right now.  I could make anything else for breakfast, and she would just have one or two bites...but if I bring out the Cherrios, her face lights us and she says "mmmmm", which in this house means more.  She also loves meat and roasted vegetables and peas.

Fine/Gross Motor Development:
HG turns pages in books, and grabs small objects with her fingers.  She often uses her feet just like her hands :)  She enjoys finding all the small objects, bugs, and dust bunnies in the house and tries to eat them.

HG is crawling more on her hands and knees, yet to move quickly she prefers army crawling.  She confidently pulls up on the couch, pack n play and doors, and will yell for help to get down.  She has a new water table that she will stand and play with for a short time before her legs get tired.  She is not cruising yet.

Favorites this month:
-  We went to the park to swing a lot this month.  She enjoys swinging, but I think she likes people watching/kid watching the most.  She squeals in delight while watching other children play.

-  She loves buttons on clothing and will always point them out.

-  She still likes going on walks, but yearns to get out of the stroller towards the end...could be the heat.

-  She likes swimming and is fearless in the water.

- When Marty returned from his last trip, she showed herself to be a true Daddy's girl.  She will fuss when he leaves now, and will find pictures of him in the house and say Dada.  She snuggles on him and gives him lots of big hugs!

-  No new teeth, but she has been working on some molars the past week or so.  Not fun!

-  Whenever I'm cooking, or baking she will say "hot" and blow out to cool it down.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cow Appreciation Day

Hattie-Grace and I enjoyed a free dinner out with friends last week.  I convinced two girlfriends, that do not have children, to drive 45 minutes away to the closest Chick-fil-a for supper.

 A fun girls night out in my book :)
 My sweet little cow :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.
 Sadly, Marty was gone this year for the 4th, but we were so proud of him for taking part in his first wedding of dear friends of ours.
 We celebrated with sweet cousin, Emma.
Went swinging at our favorite park in Crystal River.
Any hung out with some crazy summer youth ministry interns.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dog days of Summer

 We have enjoyed some pool time this week.
HG has enjoyed having cousin Emma here to play with her!  
So many friends have pools here, which makes us thankful during the hot summer days :)
 HG hates having her hat on, and loves the hand sanitizer more than anything else right now!