Wednesday, May 27, 2009

8 months=Milestones and changes!!!

Well, I'm finally getting a chance to update my blog! Been very busy w/lots of new and exciting things happening... My last day of school was last Friday. I was so ready and so were the kiddos! I'm so excited about beginning the summer:) We haven't really had a chance to do many things yet, but it's just beginning. I'm trying to take care of my inservice hours ASAP. Already have 2 and a half days out of the way and several in June.

In the meantime, Addison has been doing many new things! 8 months clicked for her and she began doing a lot of new things (9mths the 29th). She changed literally overnight! She's been trying to crawl and sit up on her own since 7 mths and she finally got both about a week or two after she turned 8mths! The rocking turned into creeping, w/a couple of steps, then she picked right up.

Now that Addie's crawling, she can go pretty much anywhere. The other night, she was on the floor and when I looked back towards the steps, she was heading down them "head first"! We just happened to move the gate for some reason. She cried for a minute, but was luckily ok. I had been telling Scott to lower her mattress for a while cause she was trying to pull up on things. The day after he did, she pulled up in her bed. Now, she pulls up anywhere she crawls. Our new cushioned ottoman has really worked well! She pulls up on it and I don't worry a bit! You can't keep her away from our dvd shelf! We still have to baby proof many other things. She really wants to walk and while on her knees, she'll try her hardest to stand up. When she pulls up, she takes a step or two. She's very brave and stands w/one hand or even lets go!

We also had to move the portable video camera that's used w/her monitor. Normally, it sits on her bed rail because she couldn't reach it. One morning, I kept hearing a noise in her monitor. When I looked at the screen, I saw this close up face with two large eyes! She had pulled the camera down from her bed and was looking right into it! It was the funniest thing when I walked into her room and she looked at me like "I didn't do it!" I'm so mad I didn't take a picture! We have since moved the camera!

We had to buy her a new carseat, but she doesn't really like it as well as the carrier. She hates being restrained now. She does ok, but gets upset after a while. This past weekend, we drove 2 and a half hours to Jtown,KY for a family bday party. On the way up, she got restless and mad, 30 minutes before getting there. Pulled into a store to get her out for a minute. On the way back home, she was very tired and slept for a while. Once she woke up, she cried for an hour straight! Pulled over again to give her a break. Finally fell asleep when I rubbed her head. The next day, I realized she had two more teeth coming in at the top. Guess that had a little to do w/the crying. Gonna try having her watch a dvd for the next long trip.

She's figured out how to wave, but only does it when she wants to. She's pretty amazed that her hand will move like that!

She hasn't pointed yet, but holds her hands out for you. I've been trying to get her to give kisses. My sister kissed her the other day and said, "Give me kisses". Addie leaned over and gave her one back on the cheek w/her mouth open:) She also gave me one. Still working on blowing kisses.

She recognizes people better now and cries sometimes when me or my mom leaves the room. Never did that before...not even w/the babysitter. I know it's part of it, but hopefully it won't last long!

She's been trying to hold her bottle and use a sippy cup for a while and still has trouble at times. She's definitely capable of doing it, but she plays lazy a lot!

We've fed her a few new regular foods and she seems to like them. She loves cake and ice-cream! I also started giving her puffs and she really likes them too! She won't put them to her mouth herself, even though she picks them up! She mostly throws them on the floor for Ellie unless I put them in her mouth:) Don't really get it because she picks up other things and puts in her mouth.

Addie finally started "talking" a lot more and says "DaDa" all the time!!! She enjoys playing peek-a-boo and patty cake. She also likes to beat on things to make noise. I was cleaning out the cabinet and gave her a few things to play with. When I turn around, she had picked up Ellie's bowls, dumped them and was hitting them together! She was also sitting on top of a pan:)

She has realized that when she throws something down that someone will usually pick it up so she continues to do it over and over and over...unless you stop! She has a "personality" now and has begun to show a little temper at times. If she doesn't like something, she will definitely let you know...more screams, grunts, cries, whines, etc. She will even shake her head NO! Before, she really only cried or whined when she was tired, hungry or not feeling well. That has changed!

She still smiles and goes to everyone and for the most part is a happy girl:) Can't wait to see what great things 9 months will bring!!! Happy Birthday, Addie!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

1st Mother's Day!!!

We celebrated Mother's Day @ my mom and dad's house last Sunday. I received my gift from Scott on Thursday. It was a new coffee table/ottoman that is cushioned. I've been wanting one that was soft. Addie's been rolling over and hitting her head on our old table. We need to child proof the rest of the house too!

Addie and her aunt Jenn

Addie spent the night at Nana's the night before because Scott and I went to a friend's wedding. We haven't spent the night away from her in a while. Scott had to work afterwords, but he stayed at the reception for a couple of hours. It was nice spending time w/him. We don't get to do that very much because of his job:( I actually got home pretty early because I didn't really want to go out anywhere. That's kinda sad when you finally get a night to stay out and you don't! I was even up at 730 the next morning~couldn't even sleep late. I was ready to see Addie! It's so funny how a baby changes you! It enjoyed spending the day with my family. We also celebrated my niece's 15th bday. Didn't take many pics, if you can believe that. But, managed to get one of Addie and me.

Mommy's Little Girl

Strawberry Pageant '09~"Diaper Derby"

Well, I got talked into putting Addie in her first pageant last weekend by my niece, Rachel. I immediately thought "NO", but gave it a little more thought and talked to Scott about it. He didn't say much in the beginning besides don't get used to putting her in these things! I signed her up for the 7~12 month Diaper Derby pageant in P'town. All they were allowed to wear was a diaper cover/bloomers, a bow and socks. I already had a cute pair of bloomers w/strawberries on them. I had her initials monogrammed on the back. She wore those and a pink bow.

I was really nervous because I had to walk her out on stage.
There were twelve babies(girls)in the pageant. I think all of them were older than her and could do more...walk, wave, etc. I thought she might at least have a chance at 2nd runner up, but she didn't place. She looked cute, but they all were cute! It was disappointing. Not sure if I'll try it again. Like Scott said, "We don't need a pageant to say she's cute because we already know!" I thought that was sweet:) Anyway, here are a couple of pics that aren't very good because of the lighting.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Addie having fun w/Ellie

Addie loves to "talk" to Ellie all the time! She just looks at her and starts babbling or laughing. It's so funny:) She tries to grab her tail and sometimes she pulls a little too hard. Ellie gets so mad and has snapped at her several times. In this video, Addie tries grabbing her. Ellie knows better and doesn't get too close.


Well, last weekend, Addie finally started saying "DaDa" over and over and over!!! She's said it once before awhile ago, but nothing like this. Now she does this all the time and it sounds so cute...Scott loves it:) Now, we've got to get her to say "MaMa"! Here's a recent video of her new word...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A walk to the park!

We took Addie for a walk last week since the weather has been nice. She loves being in her stroller. We walked around our neighborhood and stopped at the playground. I know she's too young to do anything, but it was fun trying and getting pictures. She also watched daddy shoot some hoops. It was a fun day!
She was pooped at the end:)

Over the past month (7mths old)...

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I wanted to post some pictures of Addie over the past month. She's growing so fast!!! I know I keep saying that, but she turned 8 months on Wednesday(4-29)and I still can't believe it! She continues to do and learn new things. She says the word "hey" sometimes (atleast I think that's what it is), but not much of anything else. She babbles and screams a lot though. We think she's been teething again here lately because she's been a little crankier than usual, pulls at her ear a lot and keeps a runny nose...thank goodness for those teething tablets! She still continues to sleep thru the night and takes two naps a day. I give her a bottle and put her to bed around 8:00 and she wakes anywhere from 6:15-7:00. I hope she keeps this up! She's really been trying to crawl and kinda pull up on things. Just recently, she started getting on her hands and knees and rocking. It's so funny to watch. It won't be long til she's crawling! She already manages to get around everywhere by rolling and scooting backwards and grabs and pulls things off of tables and shelves. We've got to put up some things! She actually has more hair now too! Anyway, I wanted to catch everyone up on how's she's been doing before she gets any older.

Here's a video of her rocking on her hands and knees.

Birthday Party!!!

Last weekend, Addie and I went to Jaxon's 1st bday party. He is the son of a friend of mine that I work with at school. It was also the first bday party that Addie has been to. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun. They had a wagon ride and a pool of balls they played in together. We ate cake and ice-cream too! Here are a few pics from the day.

The birthday boy!!