Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

 We ventured to the only true pumpkin patch in Florida yesterday morning.
They had rows of sunflowers to pick,
 and every kind of pumpkin you could want.  
 We went on the hunt for a small, white pumpkin this year.  Hattie-Grace loved riding in the wagon!
 Precious sweet girl taking it all in.

 We found our cute little pumpkin, and clipped it from the vine.  
Hattie-Grace was happy with our selection.
Not too big, not too small, just right!
 Hattie-Grace got out to stretch her legs a bit.  Some pumpkins were literally bigger than her. 
It may have been 80 degrees out, but this was the perfect morning to bring on a little Fall feeling in our home.  We are learning how to embrace the seasons without the weather changing too much.  Pumpkin dip and pumpkin ice-cream may help just a bit :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

16 months

Weight: around 21 lbs.
Clothing: mostly 12 month, 18 month pants
Diapers: flips shortest length and 4 snaps is, we are experimenting with the medium length and 5 snaps
Teeth: lots of teething this month, all her molars have broken through, and she has 4 on top and bottom
Hattie-Grace has settled into a nice afternoon nap from around 1-3/4.  The length always depends on her nighttime sleep the night before and/or how busy our morning was.  She is going to bed around 7:45 now and waking around7/7:30.  She is not one to ever WANT sleep.  She will play and play if we have people over or if we are out.  There are many nights I have to enforce the bedtime routine on a happy little girl.  This is just one of the many ways she is like her daddy.

Hattie-Grace officially stopped nursing on the 17th of September. She was not happy about it, but it was time.  She has adjusted wonderfully since then, and is tolerating whole milk more and more.  Her breakfast favorites are: scrambled eggs, fruit, sausage, bacon, toast with butter.  For lunch, she loves peanut butter straight from the jar, quinoa salads, veggies, plain whole milk or greek yogurt, fruits, cheese, etc.  Dinners are pretty much whatever we are eating.  She enjoyed her first pasta dinner, roasted vegetable with whole wheat penne, this month.  Other favorites are anything Mexican and burgers.  I find myself offering her anything but vegetables first because if she sees her veggies that is all she wants to eat.  This is one of the many ways she is like me.

Motor development:
Hattie-Grace enjoys using her fork while eating, but often gives up half way through the meal.  She alternates between favoring her left and right hand while using utensils and coloring.  She has figured out how to out the letter magnets in the leap frog toy to make it sing.  She can build a tower with her mega blocks and colors on paper.  Straws are her favorite way to drink.

HG is progressing towards walking. We take a walk to check the mail almost everyday.   Our driveway is a horseshoe shape with two entrances to the road, so this is a challenge for HG. This includes a long walk down the driveway, looking in the mailbox, walking down the street, saying hi to Happy the neighbor's dog, touching every flower along the way, stopping to look at the basketball net, then walking uphill up the other side of the driveway.  HG begs to pick up every acorn on the way, but she does it while holding both of my hands unless forced to just hold one.  Some days she is interested in walking, and others she could care less.  Silly girl will crawl on pavement and hard tile without complaint.

What else is new?
-  HG says "mmmmm" and points for everything she wants.  First thing she does when she wakes up is point to her closet and say "mmmmm".  She wants to pick out her outfit for the day.  The next thing she wants is to have her bow.
- Her favorite bedtime book right now is On The Night You Were Born, following closely by Goodnight Moon, where she proceeds to say "hi" to the kittens and says "cat" every time.
-  We have gotten in the routine of watching Giada together after she wakes from her nap while she drinks a cup of milk.  This is one of the sweetest times of my day.
-  HG loves library time with Ms. Debbie on Tuesday mornings.  Her favorite songs are Peek-a-boo, I love you and Grey squirrel
-  HG can identify her nose, mouth, ears, hair, head, teeth, eyes, toes, and belly button.
-  HG likes to the Wheels on the Bus book, and loves when the mama's say "sh" best.
-  She has become quite the queen of middle school youth group.  All the girls love to hold her and carry her around.
-  HG points out every single basketball net she can see and says ball.  Youth group has taught her that you put the ball in the net.
-  I can't keep up with all the words Hattie-Grace is saying right now.  It seems like there is a new addition everyday.

Dear Hattie-Grace,

For a while I have struggled to decided if Hatley-Grace or Hattie-Grace suits you more.  Up until now, I have always favored Hatley for many reasons, yet this month you are way more of a Hattie-Grace is my mind.  You come off as quiet and calm at first, but you have a little silliness to all you do.  You are so kind hearted, gentle and sweet, and then you crawl off like lightning and turn around and give us a silly face.  When you wake up, so start babbling immediately and flipping around ready to go in your crib.  When I go in your room to get you, you will crawl away and give me a silly smile or you want to play peek-a-boo behind your crib bumper.  I took you on your first pony ride at a local festival last weekend, and you were not scared one bit.  You squealed and squealed the whole time!

You played in the nursery at church two times this week, and each time different women commented about how you played in the kitchen.  On Sunday morning, the women told me how you cooked in the kitchen unlike any one year old she had ever seen, putting the pans on the burner, saying "hot", stirring with the spoons, plating up your food.  She said you were just cooking up a storm!  Then on Tuesday, another women told me about how you washed your hand in the kitchen sink and put food in and out of the refrigerator.  This is so true of your personality.  You watch everything, you are an observer and notice the details.  You would love to explore in the pantry for hours.  I can leave you alone in your room mostly because I know all you will do is pull out every single book and take in all the pictures and colors.

Month sixteen has been a favorite so far.  I can't wait to explore the pumpkin patch with you and your Daddy this weekend.  I predict you will say "mmmm" to every pumpkin we see.


Sunday, September 28, 2014


Recently, we have been doing much more toddler type things.  We have spent lots of time exploring play dough,

wearing shoes,
and trying to stand up.
Yesterday, Hatley-Grace walked so confidently with her walker.  We were so proud.  I loved the baby stage of parenting, yet this new stage is so fun.  She is learning and exploring new things everyday.  The teacher in me gets excited about all the morning activities I can plan right now.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girl Mom

I have dreamed of doing my little girl's hair ever since the ultrasound tech said, "It's a girl!", and Marty uttered something I cannot repeat :)

My favorite hair style on Hatley-Grace is the classic side swipe with a big hair bow.

Yesterday, we had fun with our very first side ponytail.

We are bringing back the 80s in Citrus County!

Now I need to shop for some cute little elastics, because Lord knows I don't have those tiny things for my massive hair!

Just so you don't think HG is always all smiles and giggles.  This new scowl can go away now.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Doctor Stats

15 months:

Weight: 19.2 lbs.
Length: 28 1/2 in.

HG is cutting teeth, so she was a little fussy at our appointment today.  Her favorite part of the visit was playing with the crinkly paper.  The doctor said everything looked great.  He is going to give HG some time to walk before referring us to a physical therapist.  He thinks that she is going to walk on her own time, and if she isn't taking steps by 17 months we can intervene with physical therapy.  No worries over muscle development delaying her ability.  He mostly described it as a mental fear since she understands that she cannot walk, and she will most likely hurt herself if she falls.  He prescribed  "excited motivation" and "exaggerated praise" with all new steps towards walking.  I think we can do that :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

15 months

Hattie-Grace is 15 months today!

Clothing: Mostly 12 months
Flips:  shortest length, 4 snaps in
Hair:  Mostly strawberry blond this month
Eyes: Hazel
Teeth:  Wow has she popped out some teeth this month.  6 are fully in, and 3 molars are budding  through as well as two bottom teeth.

Official Stats will come on Monday at her 15m check-up.

All summer we battled in this area.  With travels, mixed up schedules, and Daddy in and out of town, HG's normal sleep patterns were very disrupted.  This month she was much more predictable.  We are down to one nap, which is getting progressively later in the day and longer (12-2, 1-3)  In the beginning of the month, HG would wake early around 5 nurse and go back to sleep until 7:30 or 8.  The past week, we have cut out the morning nursing and she is getting up around 6/6:30 while going to bed around 7:30.

We have turned a corner with whole milk this month.  She now enjoys whole milk, and is almost fully transitioned from nursing to whole milk.  HG loves hamburgers, meatballs, all vegetables, eggs, muffins, rice cakes, peanut butter, and yogurt.  She is eating much more this month as well.

Oh my, Hattie-Grace is so expressive and gaining new words all the time.  New words this month are: church, shoes, ball, baby, cheese, yes, eyes.  She is signing please now which is so cute.  She thinks that she can have anything as long as she says please.  She will ask for help by signing please too.
Motor Skills:
Hattie-Grace is becoming interested in eating with silverware and will practice her skills in the water table and while eating and cooking.  She loves pens and "colors" with them.  Play dough is a new toy recently, and HG likes to cut her play dough and roll it.  HG is cursing from coffee tables to couches to laundry baskets.  She can walk across the room with her walker, yet no sign of stand up on her own or walking yet.  I'm in no rush for her to walk, but I know our pediatrician will be concerned on Monday.

Fun Stuff:
-  HG just started to scowl this month.  Not always at appropriate times, but it isn't cute.  

-  HG loves to read Llama, Llama Nighty Night before bed.  She can even say "Llama, Llama Nighty Night" in her own way when she wants to read it.

-  Speaking of books, they are still her favorite.  We have enjoyed Mother Goose Time at the library this month.  HG is a little squirmy during the read aloud, yet loves the music and play time with friends. 

-  She loves giving kisses.  This sometimes includes licking.

-  HG loves going to church.  She will say Dada when we pull into the parking lot, and she knows she gets to visit the girls and Dada at church.  She loves going to the nursery as well, and plays so hard with the other children.   

-  HG had her first diaper rash this month :(

-  Her personality is shining through.  She is super silly at times, and very playful.

Dear Hattie-Grace,
I love watching you take in the world around you.  You are so curious.  You crawl everywhere and inspect everything.  Everyday you say a new word, or make a new expression.  It is true that you are like a sponge soaking up everything!

This summer was hard, lots of lost sleep and worry over weaning you.  I am down to nursing you just before bed right now.  You had a hard time this month letting go of nursing.  I saw emotions of frustration, anger and sadness that you have not expressed thus far.  It made me sad, yet you have adjusted so well!  You are growing into a big girl, drinking milk from your cup and eating lots at meals and snacks.  You have never been a cuddling baby before, yet with this transition you give me kisses and hugs randomly throughout the day.  This melts my heart!

Others are concerned about you not walking right now, but surprisingly I'm not worried over it.  I know that you will walk in your own time, the same way you crawled a little late.  You are just not ready yet, and that is ok.  If I have learned anything in parenting so far, it is that I cannot control you, and don't want to be in control of you.  God created you exactly how you are, He does not make mistakes.  He has wonderful plans for you!  

Your Daddy and I love you so very much!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Road trip Part 2

After a week with the Cates in Virginia, we headed north to see my parents.  Our first visit at home was to see my Grandparents.  Here is HG with her Great Grandfather.  

We also ventured to a small zoo in Wilmington.  We thought we would save the Philadelphia zoo trip until she is a little older.  This zoo was sweet and small, just the right size for HG's attention span.

 HG even got to pick out her own surprise from the gift shop.  She chose an owl that Mimi enjoyed getting for her, and now knows that they owl says "whoo, whoo".

We had an afternoon by the pool with my girlfriends from high school, and sadly this is the only picture I got!  HG loved visiting with my friends' newborn.
We spent most of our visit outside by the pool.  My parents got a fun water table that Hattie-Grace enjoyed so much.  This was HG's first time really playing in grass...a weird thing to document, I know.  There are many perks to living in Florida, yet nice grass isn't one of them.  There are fire ants here and sharp, prickly grass.  We rarely are anywhere that she is free to crawl around in the grass and enjoy the texture.  This was a nice treat!

I'm so thankful that Hattie-Grace got a lot of visiting time with her Great Grandma, her namesake.

Sweet cuddles and books. 
We also had a picnic for family to get to meet HG! Here is HG with her second cousins.  Such an awkward shot! Photography is not a skill of mine :)
My sweet childhood friend came over as well with her daughter who is a few month younger than HG.  It was so special seeing our babies play together!
 Snack time!
 HG did a wonderful job in the car!  Books and blocks kept her entertained for hours.  What a sport!