Thursday, April 24, 2014

45 weeks

Happy Easter!

Hatley-Grace enjoyed her first Easter this weekend.  We attended the church's Easter egg hunt, and saw the Easter bunny and egg.  Hatley-Grace wasn't too sure about these characters :)

On Sunday, we celebrated with the sweet Jones family and some friends.  We made a yummy lemon almond bread and chilled asparagus dish to add to the brunch. I would make both again for sure!
Food Network Chilled Asparagus Salad: Alex Guarnaschelli

Two peas and their pod lemon almond bread

Our sweet hosts for Easter.  We are so blessed by their care for our family here in Citrus County.

Our sweet friends Sarah and Emily love HG so

Hatley-Grace stayed true to her norms and did not nap while we were celebrating, so of course she passed out on the way home :)  

Haltey-Grace was spoiled by her Grandparents this year for Easter.  She loves her new Vera bunny and matching dress from my parents and lots of Easter books from Marty's parents.  

In other news this week, HG is making progress in the crawling department.  She is now alternating arm and legs to army crawl.  She keeps her tummy on the ground most of the time, but is using her arms and legs together to scoot across the floor.  She is also enjoying standing up on the couch or window sill and seeing everything from a new perspective :)  Here she is watching the school bus from her window, a favorite morning pastime. 
She is also starting to prefer eating regular food, and not the purees.  Here is one of her favorites from the week, and one of mine too.
Southwest bean salad 

Lunchin' on the Lanai 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

10 months

Hatley-Grace is 10 months old.  Only two months until her first birthday, and I can not believe it!  Time sure does go by faster and faster each month.

Weight: 17.2 lbs. (unofficial bathroom scale)
Clothing:  9 months, transitioning into 12 months
Hair/Eyes: Light brown/ blue, green, with hints of brown, who knows where they will settle :)
Diapers:  Medium length, 4 snaps in
Teeth: 5 in one month, 5 teeth!  2 bottom, 3 top

Hatley-Grace is sleeping from around 7/8pm-7am.  She has been much better about going to bed later depending on our evening commitments.  She takes two naps a day, typically around 9-11 and 1-3.  She seems to be tired around 4/5 every day, yet will not nap so we have tried quiet crib time when we are home.  This is usually just HG rolling around in her crib eating the bumper until we go in and get her :)

HG is nursing 4 times a day, around 7, 11,3,7.  We offer her breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Some meals she eats more than others :)  Breakfast favorites right now are oatmeal with cinnamon and roasted apples, and yogurt with fruit.  Lunch and dinner favorites include all roasted vegetables, chicken, sweet potatoes and black beans.  She still loves avocado and yogurt any time.

Motor Skills:
Hatley-Grace is on the move!  She still does not traditionally crawl on her hands and knees, but will quickly get across the room to chew on anything and everything.  She inch worms, scoots on her belly and face, rolls, army crawls...any combination of moves.  She can stand on her own while holding onto a couch or handle.

She also uses her feet to grab things now as well.  She is using a pincher grasp on all small objects right now, like she is practicing using her thumb and pointer finger.

Fun Stuff:
-  Hatley-Grace giggles so much now, sometimes completely out of the blue she will start to laugh.
-  She is obsessed with crinkling her nose and making a smirk face.
-  HG hasn't met a stranger, when we are out and about she gives big smiles to everyone that comes up to her.
-  She loves being outside.  Going on walks and feeling the breeze is one of her favorite things.
-  Her favorite "toys" are books.
-  Teething has been the theme of the month, and because of that everything is in her mouth!
-  She can say Mama, Dada, bye-bye, she has also mimicked us saying bird, dog and more
-  HG is getting some sweet curls
-  There is a small gap between her front teeth that is adorable

Dear Sweet Hatley-Grace,

This month I have started to call you Hatley-Grace more, and I am not sure why.  You are settling into more of a Haltey and less of a Hattie in my eyes.  Maybe I am just seeing you grow up before my eyes.  Last week, you took a bottle and went to bed without me and showed me that you are becoming more independent with each passing day.

We went on a trip to Atlanta a week ago, and you really struggled to sleep.  As I was up with you in the middle of the night, it reminded me of our first three months together.  The many hours that I spent nursing you in the middle of the night seem so long ago, yet Atlanta was a sweet reminder of that time with you.  It also showed me how much you have grown and changed over this year.  You don't need me in the same ways anymore.  You can sleep all night, you are eating real food, you are moving around, you have preferences, you have a stubbornness shining forth, you love to play in the nursery at church with other kids, you call out my name when you are hungry or tired.  Sweet girl you are so smart and I can just see you making new connections every day.

I know you are quickly approaching the toddler stage, and I am cherishing every ounce of this baby stage with you.  You are a gentle sweet soul and I am excited to see what new things we can learn together in month 11 :)

Taking pictures of a 10 month old is hard work!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

43 weeks

Marty's parents were with us this week.  Hatley-Grace was loved on so well by them and enjoyed their company in our home.

Big news this week!  Hatley-Grace took a bottle and went to bed while I was out with friends.  This is the first time that I have not put her to her whole life.  It feels wonderful to know that my little girl is getting bigger and can take a bottle and go to bed without Mama.
HG now has 5 teeth.  Two top, two bottom and one right top tooth.  Naps and nighttime sleep has been disrupted by these silly teeth.  I feel like she started teething and is just popping out new teeth left and right!

I made some teething biscuits to try to help with her discomfort.  I got the recipe from a friend, Amanda's blog.  Check it out here.  HG loved chewing on the biscuit, and made a big mess as well.

New teeth= new foods here.  HG tried some pancakes with BB and Paw Paw, whole green beans, pear, red potatoes, and pork this week.  She is getting better at feeding herself, yet it takes forever to eat such a little bit!

 HG's legs are getting much stronger and she is able to stand up holding onto something on her own.  The dresser with swinging handles is a fun spot for her to stand now.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

42 weeks

Whew, this has been a busy week.  We had a fun visit from my grandparents.  Hatley-Grace has met them, yet she was only 3 months old at their last visit.  She enjoyed Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop reading Brown Bear to her the most!

Hatley-Grace is still loving her jumperoo.  She is getting around quicker on her own by rolling and inch worm "crawling".  She is trying lots of new foods now, and eating more too.  She is finally on a true 4 hour schedule, where she nurses 4 times a day with 3 meals.  She is normally awake for 2 hours before her morning and afternoon naps. 
 This week we took a big trip to Atlanta for a youth pastor's conference.  Hatley-Grace did great on the car ride there.  We stopped twice on the way for feedings and diaper changes.  She had her first lunch date at Zaxby's on the way there.  The first night in the hotel was kind of miserable since HG doesn't sleep well in the pack n play and she was teething.  We were up until 10 before she fell asleep, then she got up at 11 and went back down at 12, then was up at 2 and slept on my chest until morning.  I was a paranoid Mama, and couldn't sleep with her on me, so the next day we were a little tired :)  After the first night she slept fine, waking only once.  We learned our lesson...HG will be naping in the pack n play often from here on out.
 The best part of the trip was having another friend there with her sweet little girl who is only a few weeks older than HG.  It was great connecting with another mom and youth pastor's wife.  On the way home, HG had her first taste of Chipotle and loved everything in our burrito bowl.  The cilantro rice was a hit, along with the chicken and beans.  I think we have another Mexican food fan in the family.  

Despite the lack of sleep, missed naps and thrown schedule, HG did beautifully and adapted well.  We have been home two days now, and she has slept in both mornings and taken 2+ hour naps each nap...resting up from all the fun.