Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nine Month Check Up

So we were only 3 weeks late for the 9-month check up. We found out the reason our doctor was so busy was all the kids going back to school in Aug & early Sep who needed check-ups. Paige weighed in at 20 lbs 9 oz and 30 3/4 in long! She ranked 75th percentile for weight and off the chart for height. In fact, she is the average height of a 16-month old baby! She passed all her developmental & motor skills with flying colors. She got 2 more vaccinations today, but they didn't seem to slow her down at all. She was cruising around our living room all afternoon & still had a healthy appetite for oatmeal and mixed fruit for dinner.

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.

New Chariot

Last weekend, we bought a new stroller for Paige. Up till now, we were using a hand-me-down Combi donated from some friends who moved out of state. We leave on vacation next Monday & we needed a small umbrella stroller. We test-drove several models & decided on the Maclaren Triumph. Here's a photo of Paige enjoying the new wheels.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Moves

Paige has been busy this past week. She went to a party on Sunday to cheer on the Chicago Bears in their first regular-season game. She held her own against 4 men, 4 boys, 2 dogs, and a rabbit!

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


Paige took her first official steps yesterday, and we caught them on camera today! We're very excited and SO proud of her! She seems to walk best when she's carrying a favorite toy and not thinking too much about putting one foot in front of the other.

Garfield Conservatory

In our ongoing quest to find cheap, fun things to do in the city, Paige and I took a field trip today to Garfield Conservatory. She was very curious on the EL ride, looking out the window and making "conversation" with other folks on the train. And she wasn't even the youngest one! We met another mom with a 1-month-old baby on the train!

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

Everyday Adventures

Paige loves the bath. Here she is having a little fun.

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!

Nine Month Birthday

Here are a few photos from Paige's 9-month birthday (which was Aug 23).