Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
At a church potluck recently, the kids were gathered around listening to a nativity story. An older boy was sitting up on his knees with his bare feet tucked underneath him. Paige walked up behind him and tickled his feet! The boy was surprised but not upset. Another mom and I were sitting behind them, watching it all, and laughing into our hands.
Yesterday, Paige and I went out to do some holiday shopping. She was a champ through the whole afternoon, but started to get cranky in the (very long, very slow) checkout line at our last stop. I thought for sure she would have a melt-down when I tried to put her coat on and get her back in her stroller. But she didn't. I also thought she would fall asleep as soon as I put her in her carseat. But instead, she was game for a full 5 minutes of hide and seek, where I hid behind the passenger seat headrest and popped out at her to the left, right, and above the headrest. She got the gigles from this game and laughed the whole car ride home!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Paige is saying mama, dada, and Hannah pretty clearly these days. We can also make out "all done" and "hello" pretty often. She points vigorously when she wants something. She makes the sign for "milk" when she wants some kind of drink. She sometimes puts her hand to her mouth when she wants to eat, although this isn't consistent yet. Her communication is surprisingly clear for not speaking too many words! We're not sure if this is a developmental milestone, but Paige is certainly entertaining herself more and more. In this video, she "twirls" around and around.
Paige liked the cake
Paige got a puppy
Reading a new book with Dad
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Paige is babbling more everyday. We're sure that anyday now, we'll be able to understand what she's saying! She imitates us and tries to make sounds like "all done" and "bye bye." She also has a sound she greets her babysitter with that sounds sort-of like "Hannah."
Photos from the party below.
Mom, why are you blowing on the cake?!
Who needs toys when you have these cool coasters to play with?
Family portrait from the big day
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here are a couple of quick notes about what she's been up to.
Paige had trouble going to sleep the first couple of nights in the new house. About the 5th night, I'm rocking her in her room, she's just finished her bottle. She squirms in my lap to get down. She gets down, walks to the bathroom, comes back with her rubber duck. She climbs back into my lap, chews on the duck for a while, then discards the duck in favor of her thumb. Then she falls asleep. Perhaps the duck has become a security object??
A few days ago, Steve wisely purchased some cabinet locks (the kind that tie two knobs together so you can't open the door on either side). We installed one in the kitchen and one on the new TV stand. Last night, Paige walked into the kitchen, grabbed the cabinet lock, and pulled it right off the knobs! The bad news is, the lock didn't work. But the good news is that she was too interested in playing with the lock itself to open the cabinet and start pulling things off the shelf. We parents have learned to be grateful for the small victories!
Paige was a great help when it came time to pack up the clothes
Paige helping to pack some kitchen items
You would think she gets enough fiber from all the book pages she's eaten!
Demonstrating that the child is much smarter than the "child-proof" lock
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Paige at the helm - Uncle Bubba's Oyster House Restaurant
Paige (sleeping), mom, Grandma Joy, Grandpa Joe
Strong wind on top of the lighthouse
View from the Grove Park Inn, Asheville
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here's a photo of Paige last week, modeling the new onesie with moose & bears from Grandma Karen & Grandpa Joe's recent visit to Grand Teton National Park.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
In other news, Paige has learned how to go up the stairs. Today she climbed the entire staircase from bottom to top! Soon she will have to learn how to get down, but one skill at a time...
And possibly the most endearing move: when I hold Paige on my lap, she will often take my hands & bring them together to make them clap. Lately, she grabs my hands & places them on either side of her face, so I am holding her little head. It's very sweet and of course warms mom's heart.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The conservatory is featuring a sculpture exhibit by Niki De Saint Phalle through Oct 31, and many of them are available for touching, sitting, or climbing on. I would definitely recommend this for other families with little kids. Here are a couple of shots of Paige enjoying the day.
Paige inspects Louis Armstrong's leg
Paige explores inside an alligator
Paige finds a tunnel
Monday, September 3, 2007
Paige & I took a field trip to Lake Michigan last Thursday afternoon. She was really curious about the sand. She couldn't figure out how she could pick it up, but by the time she got her hand to her mouth, it was gone! She also liked the feeling of the waves lapping over her feet.
Thanks to Grandma Joy & Grandpa Joe for the lucky black patent leather shoes!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This mom forgot the camera, but several other moms were taking photos, so I will track them down & get a photo to accompany this post, post haste.
In other news, Paige is "cruising" much more proficiently these days. She walks around the living room from the couch to the ottoman to the easy chair and back (holding on to each, of course). She is also doing really well feeding herself. We're trying to include more finger foods in her diet so she has plenty of chance to practice: cottage cheese, veggie puffs, tofu cubes, cut-up fruit, and (new this week) scrambled egg. All this self-feeding frequently results in bigger messes, which does not seem to bother her in the least. "Oh, that cottage cheese in my hair? Those veggie puffs on the floor? I was saving those for later..."
Monday, August 20, 2007
When we returned from Ohio, Grandma Joy & grandpa Joe were in town for a visit, but we forgot the camera. They brought Paige her first pair of patent-leather shoes - a sure sign of good luck! We look forward to seeing them again in Sept & we will take lots of photos.
Paige with Grandma Sara & Grandpa D
Paige meets Great-Grandma Kay
Paige (alseep in mom's backpack), with mom & dad, Uncle Mike, Aunt Molly, cousins Payton & Blake, and Smokey the Bear at the Ohio State Fair
Paige with mom & dad, Grandpa Joe & Grandma Karen
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Note we also recently purchased a new baby carrier, called an Ergo, and so far, we're big fans. We like the extra padding and the easy clip-n-go buckles. You can see the new contraption in the photo below with the cattle.
Paige gains a new appreciation for "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
Paige and Dad at the Fair
Friday also marked Paige's first ride on the El train. She was fascinated and made several new friends!
Paige checking out the hula hoops after the concert
Kerry, Theo, and Paige at Millenium Park
Paige and mom posing in front of the Millenium Park Amphitheater
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Paige with Hannah at Morton Arboretum
Paige with Mom at the Morton Arboretum
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Also of note, Paige got tooth #3 on Monday July 16. It's on top, to the right of the middle pair (or the space where the middle pair would be, if she had them). I've been sure that she was teething for about 2 weeks, and finally something to show for it! The new tooth is not yet camera-ready (not poking out far enough), but you can bet we'll be watching for that photo op.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Paige standing in her crib, but looking innocent
Paige talks on the phone and pushes buttons on remote control. Her knack for technology is further confirmation that she is her father's daughter.
In this video (taken today), Paige looks into her toy box but decides to play with the toys already on the floor. Not much sound. Video length: 59 sec.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Pulling up on the toy box
Demonstrating the new shoes
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Paige now LOVES the swings at the park. Steve caught her on video last weekend-- here's the clip. Note this was taken on his camera phone, so there is no sound. Video Length: 27 seconds.
Friday, June 22, 2007
In Paige and Blake, Paige makes grunting noises and raspberries/ motor boat noises at Blake. Blake's face slowly falls. Blake begins to cry. Was it because of something Paige said?! Video length: 25 seconds
In Paige Gets the Giggles, Daddy made Paige laugh for 1 minute straight while playing peek-a-boo! Video length: 1 minute
Paige was born with blue eyes, and they're still blue. All the books say that if the baby's eyes are going to turn brown, they usually do so by 6 months. So it looks like Paige will keep her baby blues.
Paige becomes more active every day. She loves standing (with a little help), and she pushes up on her hands & knees all the time. She can move her knees, and move her hands, but she hasn't put it all together in a rhythm that gets her anywhere yet, much to her frustration! Paige loves blowing raspberries/ moaking motor boat noises. This morning, I knew she was awake because I heard this noise (pppppbbbbllt!) coming from her crib. She will do this to entertain herself for 10-20 minutes at a stretch. Needless to say, this results in A LOT of drool, but it's also highly entertaining. Here's Paige helping "fold" some clean laundry. Don't worry - we don't keep her in the basket all the time! Thanks to Hannah (Paige's nanny) for capturing the photos in this blog entry.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Paige with Grandma Karen and Grandpa Joe