Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
At 9 months, Amelia:
- has started crawling more, but still would rather stand and walk. She crawls just to get to a toy she wants or to get to something she can pull up on. She lets go and will stand on her own for a few seconds before falling down. I expect her to be walking very soon.
- is not one of those babies who ventures all over the house on her own now that she is able to. She still wants to be with someone at all times, and will cry when I leave the room most of the time. She has become very clingy to me, which I love, but it makes it harder when I have to leave her. I now have to sneak out rather than give bye-bye kisses.
- finally will hold her bottle on her own. She has been able to do this for a while now, but has practically refused to do it. But since she'll be starting daycare again in a couple of weeks, we've started forcing her to hold it and she's been doing fine. Really, we enjoy cuddling with her and giving her her bottle, but I don't want her to be the high maintenence one at school! This year she'll be in the same class as last year, but she'll be one of the older ones, and I want her to be a little more self-sufficient. Those teachers need free hands for the babies who will be like she was last year and insisted on being held constantly, ha.
- has two teeth on bottom and is working on cutting the top ones. Her teeth came through a couple of months ago, but somehow I forgot to blog about it! You can see them when she smiles, but I haven't been able to get a photo.
- is so busy! She isn't one to crawl all over the place to get into everything, but she definitely always needs to be trying to get to something she shouldn't have, or trying to pull up if she's sitting down.
- has quite a temper, and will still throw a huge fit if she's told 'NO' or gets something taken away from her. We're still working on that, and I hope she'll be a little better before daycare starts back. We wouldn't want our Mimi to get expelled!
Here she is last night in her footie-pjs with giraffes on the feet.
What happened to this two-month old yawning in her Christmas pjs under the tree?
Look at that ruffled booty! Love it.
Now that she can feel her bottom teeth, that tongue stays out all the time! She's venturing away from the toy box trying to walk to me. She looks like she's concentrating so hard with that tongue out.She's made some big steps from 8 months to 9, with the biggest being her increased vocabulary, and bottle-holding ability. I'm interested to see if she really gets going with the crawling and wants to crawl all over the place soon, or if she'll keep trying to walk. We shall see. Either way, the child proofing we've been putting off has got to be done soon!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Then Saturday Mare and I took Amelia to our cousin Mandy's little boy Bode's 3rd birthday party. After that we jetted over to visit with my grandparents for a while. Here are a few pics from the party.
Amelia and the birthday boy, who obviously has had his photo taken a time or two. He was much more willing than Amelia to pose for my camera.
Amelia got that balloon as soon as we got there and she wouldn't let go of it for the next 5 hours! The thing was so droopy by the time we got home. She wanted to chew on it, so Cliff finally popped it. She was devastated.
Still holding onto that balloon and of course would not look at me when I asked her to smile. Stinker.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It's only been a month since she was babbling about coupons, but these days her babbling is making a little sense! She's been saying da-da, ma-ma, and others that sound a lot like words for a while now, but she is just now able to mimic on command. Check her out saying 'Bye' for us in the video below. She even waves when we ask her. OMG, Y'ALL. Seeing her do this for the first time was almost too much for Cliff and me to handle. Her little voice speaking the English language is just about the sweetest sound on earth. Just see for yourself!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- can crawl, but still isn't that intersted in crawling to get around. If there's a toy or something out of her reach that she wants, she'll crawl over to get it or whine until I get it for her. She is much more interested in pulling up, and lately she's been testing herself to see how long she can stand without holding onto something. I'm afraid walking is not far away for her.
- loves to eat! Squash still seems to be her favorite, but she loves almost all baby food. She gets so excited and kicks her legs when the spoon is coming for her.
- is a dream to bring to restaurants now that she is old enough for little puffs cereal. She loves being able to feed herself. We just pour some onto her high chair and let her go to town while we enjoy our meals. We had to start being bigger tippers because sometimes more ends up on the floor than in her mouth
- has a temper and has mastered the art of throwing a fit! I better go ahead and order Dr. Dobson's books now. I think I'll start with The Strong Willed Child.
- is understanding the meaning of "NO" and has decided she's not a fan. Oh my.
- Still loves her bath, and tries to be a daredevil and stand up in the tub. We've already had lots of head bumps.
- just loves her Daddy and lights up when he walks in a room.
- is pretty crazy about Mama too, and the three of us have so much fun together.
- is getting tough to handle sometimes with that temper and a newfound hatred of sleeping, but most of the time she is an absolute joy. Her little personality is really coming out, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have this silly, funny, high maintenence, happy girl in our lives!
And now a few photos. Here she is enjoying her new maracas and wearing the pretty Mexican dress we brought her back from our trip.
Doing what she does best. Testing what she can do and scaring her mama to death!
Did you notice the biggest new development of all???? She is getting hair! Those bows can finally stay in without a headband! Her hair is so light, it's hard to see in photos. I'm not sure if it's going to be red like mine, or dark blonde like Cliff's. Both of us were blonde as children, so it's a toss-up. I do think it might be curly. It's so cute when she gets hot, and it starts to curl (and frizz) up like her mama's.
Looking cute in her very first t-shirt, ha. Aunt Mare brought this back from Destin. She was too busy to let me get a good pic.
She had some special visitors this weekend. Uncle Chris and Aunt Kathryn were in town!
Aunt Ann also came in from Texas for a visit.
Then Sunday night another special guest stopped by, Amelia's big sister, Taylor! Did you guys not know that Amelia is not our first child? She's actually our third, after Cash and Tay. Taylor was a student at Mississippi School of the Arts last year, and we served as her host family. We loved having her around as we got ready to welcome Amelia into the world. Even though Amelia kicked Tay out of her old room, she still loves her. We were so glad she was able to come meet her.
And I have to be a proud "host mama" and brag on Taylor. She graduated first in her class and will be going to Ole Miss in the fall on a full scholarship. She is an awesome girl, and we know she's going to do great things!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Cliff kept telling me to suck it up and quit complaining until he realized why they made us wear the hardhats. This 6'3" boy had to duck almost the whole time. This wasn't just a cavern tour. It was real, live speleunking.
The tip bowl at the end of the tour. I think the photo speaks for itself.
Being dorky. After that was finally over, we were pumped for the second half of our tour, another beach. They redeemed themselves when I got to my chair and saw this:
No touristy stuff at this one. Just natural water and beach. And some huts made out of limbs and grass. Loved it.
I tried to rock that flower at work a couple of weeks ago, but it was determined that wearing flowers in your hair is only acceptable when you're on vacation. Or if you're Amelia, in which case they are always acceptable.
Ahh, paradise. But as fabulous as that was, I think this is the most excited we were during the whole trip: