Friday, January 25, 2013

Perfect Ten

{Pictures taken mid-December at 9.5 months}

Kate at ten months
  • She's started clapping recently. Not because she knows what clapping means, but she seems to be pleased as punch she is coordinated enough to hit her hands together.
  • She still isn't crawling, but she's been scooting more and more. It is so cute how she half drags, half inches herself forward.
  • In church, a lady we'd never met who'd been sitting a couple rows behind us approached us after Sacrament meeting. "Your baby has the most beautiful smile I've ever seen. It's the kind of smile that took me from having a bad morning to feeling like today is a good day." I'll admit, that comment took away some of the guilt I feel at church when I know Kate is distracting the people behind us.
  • Sometimes when I do something silly, she gives me a funny look until I do it again, and then she realizes it's a game. Usually she'll give me a pity smile.
  • Kate loves food. Loves it. She has this special, urgent noise she makes when she sees food. Her face gets serious, her arms start flapping, and she makes sure you know she wants it. Even though it happens multiple times daily, I still forget sometimes that I need to be careful about eating non-baby foods in front of her, like at Costco when I snag samples. Poor hungry Kate.
  • When I put food on her tray, her little hand shoots out, grabs it, and stuffs it in her mouth faster than you can believe. She eats with relish.
  • Lately, she doesn't often cry when she wakes up. Most of the time, she just rolls around in her pack 'n play (still don't have a crib!) talking to herself, kicking her legs, and holding her pacifier. When I open the door, she lights up and starts flapping in excitement. I love that little girl.
  • She giggles all the time now--she has the sweetest laugh. Her tummy and chubby thighs are ticklish, and other things strike her funny, too (like peekaboo and silly noises). If she laughs hard, she gets the hiccups.
  • Yes, Kate is eating the baby Jesus from the Fisher Price nativity set in the picture above. She thinks religion, as with most things, should be a full-body experience.
  • Kate, if I'm not careful, is quite the little vacuum cleaner. This gives me some motivation to keep my floors clean.
  • Now that she can feed herself some foods, Kate is a lot dirtier and her clothes are accumulating more stains. I need to start getting serious with the Oxiclean...
  • Kate's hair is starting to get long in front and around her ears. I think she's now past the point where I can glue bows on her head. I have to be careful with little hair clips, though, because she sometimes pulls them out of her hair and tries to eat them.
  • She babbles a lot. Lots of "mamama"s and "dadada"s in the mix; I'm excited for the day she realizes they actually mean something.
  • Kate loves to play with toys, but (as demonstrated in the previous post), she prefers "toys" that aren't hers. These may include other kids' toys or any objects she considers "off limits" or novel (like Mom's phone, the remote control, computer charging cords, shoes, etc.)

We love our sweet Kate!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kate and Jeremy

Jeremy and Kate are cousins. Kate loves Jeremy. She gets so excited when she sees him, and he makes her laugh harder than anyone else. Jeremy, for his part, is nice to play with Kate, even if he does get a bit bent out of shape when she touches his stuff. Neither of them know quite what to think about Jeremy's new baby sister, Morgan. Jeremy called her "Kate" for months. 

Kate and I went over to play early in December. Here's a few snapshots of how things went down.

"Cool toys."         .

"Kate, you have a phone and a giraffe. These are mine."

"Truck. Truck. Truck."

"The truck is mine. Here, you can play with this dog."

"Truck. Truck. Truck."

"What, you don't want the dog? Fine, I'll take it back."


"Kate, the truck is mine. Mine, mine, mine."

"Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck."

"Look! It's baby Morgan."



"Sweet Morgan."

"Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck. Truck."

"I give up. Get this baby off me."

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Face

Here is "the face" that Kate has been making consistently for the past couple months. She sticks out her lips, scrunches her little nose, and breathes rapidly--and loudly--through her nose. She usually does it when she wants something, and when she wants something it's usually food, so we see this face a lot at mealtimes. 

It's become a game, now, to take turns making the face. Kate will noisily inhale and exhale for a few seconds, then grin. Or grunt, if she's wanting food. I swear this child's stomach is a bottomless pit.

Here's "the face" in action: (I'm filming, Jay's feeding)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Eight is Great; Nine is Fine

{I had this whole post written months ago but never published it because I kept forgetting to find the paper with the doctor visit stats on it. Then I forgot about this post all together. So all this information was current as of late November when Kate was 8 and 9 months old.}

Kate's first 'mess' a few weeks ago. She's gotten to the point where she thinks 'real' objects are much more fun to play with than her own toys, so I'll often find her gravitating toward cords, wipes, shoes, or whatever else happens to be on the floor at the time. 

Kate is a delight. It's amazing how well she communicates with us. Here are some Kate quirks from the last couple months or so:

  • She has two little teeth on the bottom.
  • It is so fun to watch her eat because she opens her mouth so wide she practically unhinges her jaw--she looks just like a little baby bird.
  • She is a champion roller and really gets around, but the past few days she's realized it's hard to get to things in front of her, so she's started to reach and shimmy and "swim" forward one painstaking inch at a time until she can reach what she wants. I'm convinced she'll be crawling by Christmas.
{At our neighborhood Halloween party in October}
  • We still don't have a high chair, so I just sit her on the floor and feed her.
  • She is a champion sitter.
  • She loves kids, especially little boys. In church, she pulls out all the stops to get attention from the boys sitting next to/behind us and starts flapping and squealing when they smile back at her.
  • She started doing this funny tongue thing a couple months ago, probably about the time she started teething (give it a few seconds to focus):
  • Kate has started to be more clingy lately when she's around lots of strangers. It's frustrating and kinda sweet at the same time.
  • She gets so excited when her dad gets home. Her little arms and legs start pumping, and she grins from ear to ear and starts "talking."
  • When I hold her and Jay's in the room, she's always trying to get his attention.
  • We still put her to sleep in her swing sometimes. When she gets mad in her bed, she rolls around frenetically. The swing helps her stay put and (usually) calms her, though she did find a way to twist in the restraint during this nap and get a little tummy time...
  • I am still the favorite. I expect this will change as soon as she's not nursing anymore. 
  • Kids don't usually like me--well, at least, they don't usually love me--so it's been weird to have this little person who prefers me to anyone and anything else. It is a lot of responsibility, but it's very sweet.
  • I took Kate to a pumpkin patch before Halloween. She liked being outside but was more interested in the goings-on than in smiling at me.
  • She loves dancing with Mom and Dad in the living room.
  • Right now, Aunt Lisa appears to be her favorite, but the tides may change once Lisa leaves on her mission in a couple months!
  • Her favorite "word" is "bah," and she also mixes in a few d, p, m, and g sounds.
  • She has mastered the arching back and stiff-as-a-board techniques and employs them often if we try and put her somewhere she doesn't want to be.
  • Kate has started putting her arms out and reaching for us and her toys these past couple months. It's so cute to see someone put out their arms to her and have her reach back. 
  • She is still so sweet-tempered. She gets cranky and impatient sometimes, but she's so good most of the time.
  • She's starting to get her pincer grasp down. She loves to touch everything.
  • She has started doing this funny little face where she scrunches her nose and sticks out her lips and breathes really fast through her nose. We're not sure exactly what it means, but it sure is funny.
  • Now that she has her two little teeth, she likes to clench her gums together when she smiles. I miss her huge, open-mouth grins, but the way her eyes turn into squinty half-moons is so cute.
We've been a little delayed with her well checks what with the move, her broken leg, insurance changes, etc. Here are her stats at 8 months  on 11/5/12:

Height: 26.5 inches, 50th percentile
Weight: 15 lbs 12 oz, 10-25th percentile
Head circumference: 44 cm, 75th percentile

She is growing up so fast. We're glad she's filling out a little bit and is now greater than fifth percentile for weight. Yay, Kate!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Welcome, 2013

{Kate at 9 months in mid-december}

2012 was a big year for us. Here's a quick recap:

  • Kate was born. How beautiful and soul-stretching it is to be a mother!
  • I quit my job after working about two years as a speech pathologist.
  • Jay finished his residency and has a "real" job.
  • We celebrated our four year anniversary.
  • We loaded up our family, our stuff, and our cat in the biggest Penske truck you ever saw and moved 1300 miles, three states, and two time zones away. Let me tell you, Texas to Nevada is a pretty big change. 
  • We moved from our one-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house! It is glorious.
  • We took several super fun cabin and Lake Powell trips, a Texas trip, a Colorado trip, and various Utah trips.
  • Kate broke her leg, inhabited a cast that was bigger than she was, and mended it again.
  • Kate had her first Halloween!
  • We had a wonderful Christmas season.
  • We spent lots of time with lots of family and friends.
Here's to another fantastic year! (Though please don't let this one be quite so eventful--I'm getting burned out on big changes...)

Photo Challenge Submission
{Since one of my goals this year is to do more with photography (nice and specific, right?), I'm entering the I Heart Faces challenge this month.}