Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Peas Everywhere

This Halloween, Kylie was a Sweet Pea.

She was a squirmy pea.

And a L-O-N-G pea.

A happy pea,

And a not-so-happy pea.

A flying pea,

But most importantly, our darling little girl/pea.

It was Kylie's first Halloween and it was a blast. I hope you had fun as well.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Check back with us tomorrow and see Kylie dressed up for Halloween as a sweet pea!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Then and Now

Here's a picture of Kylie at one week old in her old car seat.

And here she is at six months in her new car seat.

Simply amazing!

Kylie is holding on to her cold. She's had it for about a week now. Each morning I pray that her nose will be better so that I won't have to suction it. And each morning, she still has nose troubles. It's not a good way to start the day for either of us.

Here are a few more finished scrapbook pages. The first two are part of the digital scrapbook class I'm taking.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

First Haircut




Kylie's hair was becoming more and more unruly. And it was constantly getting in her eyes. So we took her for her first haircut. We went to this great place that specializes in cutting children's hair. Kylie sat in my lap and was very well-mannered during the haircut. The stylist insisted on the ponytail, giving Kylie that Pebbles look.

It doesn't look much different in the photos but she actually cut off quite a bit. Afterwards, we went to a nearby park to enjoy the sun.

Kylie enjoyed staring at the water in the fountain.

We played under the pine trees.

She sat in the grass and tried to eat leaves.

And romped around on Momma Karen's lap.

Then she had to pose for a few artistic photos.

But all too soon, she was ready for her nap.

It was a good day.

PS- more pictuers of the day can be found here.

Goodbye Bucket, Hello Booster

Today we replaced our sweet, bucket car seat for a Britax booster. Karen went to the Beaverton Police Department to have it installed. Oregon has regular workshops where experts will check the installation of your carseat or install it for you. And thank goodness she went to them. It took two people over an hour to properly install the seat!

I'll miss the convenience of carrying Kylie around in her bucket car seat. But she's really too big for it now and it's getting far too heavy. We'll get a picture of her in her new seat in the next few days and post it for you.

Kylie and I caught a slight head cold earlier this week. We probably caught it from one of the children at Gymboree (the little germ critters!). We're both feeling better but we were sorry to miss our friend Mateo's one-year birthday party. Karen attended and had a great time. I really wanted us to go as a family but I didn't want to spread the cold to anyone.

Here's a picture of Kylie from earlier this week (before she had her charming running nose). I just love her sweet, little stomach pudge in both of these photos.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Photo Friday

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Little Girl

We've only put Kylie in a dress a few times. Most of the time she wears a onesie with pants. But Sunday was an exception. We went to our parenting group and we dressed the little critter up for the day.

Kylie has some inflamation in her mouth again. This time she has a red spot on a molar. We really thought there was a possibility that she might cut the molar as her first tooth but this morning her mouth looks a little calmer.

She has developed a dislike for green beans and peas. She usually loves them but I think the teething is changing her tastes for foods. I wish I had the video camera by her high chair as we fed her the other night. Do you remember that scene with Tom Hanks in the movie "Big" where he eats some pate only to make a horrible face and scrape it off his tongue? That was the exact face Kylie made with her peas the other night. She coughed and held out her tongue as if to say, "Get it off my tongue!"

Speaking of food, how did you introduce finger foods to your baby? We put some very small pieces of peaches from a peach cup on Kylie's highchair tray the other night. She picked up a piece, put it in her mouth, and promptly spit it back out. Then she wouldn't touch them again. Should we keep trying finger foods this way or is there another suggestion? Any advice you have would be appreciated!

Kylie is now in the 6-10 month old group at Gymboree. We went to our first Level 2 class last week and she loved it. We are more active in this group and I have to say that I broke a bit of a sweat playing with her. Gymboree still reminds me of dog agility training for babies.

Lastly, she did beautifully with her two 6-month shots. We opted to give her a flu shot as well. She only cried for a few minutes and didn't have the major fussies like she did with her 4-month shots. Hurray!

Here are a few more pictures:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

So crafty

I finished knitting a hat for Kylie. It's a little big but it can be rolled up. I think she likes it.

Here is a close-up:

For you knitters out there, I used this free pattern and Blue Sky Organic Cotton Yarn and size 7 needles. It only took a few days to knit.

I also finished another scrapbook page:

This page was homework in the digital scrapbooking class I'm taking.

I'm feeling so crafty! Have a great weekend

A few more pictues

Here are a few smiley Kylie pictures. Yes...I did cut her head off...again. I know some of our family doesn't understand why I cut her head off in pictures so much. What can I say? I like to get close to her. And I like the artistic/cut-off look.

I like to take Kylie's picture with a consistent background. A solid, consistent background on her pictures is helpful when I'm ready to scrapbook them. Lately, I changed her white sheet to a black sheet (did you notice?). Yep, this is my upscale photo taking area-- Karen's chair draped with a black sheet.

Here is a distant, un-cropped photo--- less we forget how little Kylie is.

Little bitty baby in a great big chair.

I almost didn't buy this outfit because I don't know much about Elmo. I know about Winnie-the-Pooh but not a thing about Elmo. Does he have a tv show? (He's a he, right?). Is he cute or annoying? Anyway, I wanted to see Kylie in something besides pink and purple. But I think all this red makes her hair look red as well.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Happy Six Month Birthday Kylie!

Kylie turns 6 months old today. We couldn't be prouder or happier.

Here are her milestones---Dear Kylie:

Your biggest accomplishment this month was learning to sit upright.

You can roll from your stomach to your back to your stomach again in both directions.

You’ve started inch-worming around. You’re learning the mechanics of crawling.

You are infatuated with your toes. You constantly pull off your socks and bring your toes to your mouth.

You love to eat your solid foods twice a day. You added applesauce, pears, prunes and squash to your diet. You still nurse first thing in the morning but you prefer bottles for the rest of the day. You have around six bottles a day (approximately 15 oz of breast milk and 6 of formula).

You still love to nap. After your morning nursing, you love to go back to sleep in your swing for an hour or two. You’ll take around 4 naps for the rest of the day and each nap lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

We still read you “Goodnight Room” as part of your bedtime routine. You are asleep in your crib around 6:30pm and you sleep until 6:30am.

You are awake approximately 8 hours a day and asleep around 16 hours.

We started giving you a bath every night that you thoroughly enjoy. You take your bath in a large infant tub placed within the bathroom tub. You love to kick and splash water. You are so occupied with splashing that you aren’t too interested in your bath toys.

You wear 6 month and 6-9 month clothes. You went from a size one diaper to size two.

You babble, coo and laugh often. You make your mommies smile every day.

You weigh 14 lbs. 9 oz., which is a gain of 13 oz. from the previous month.

Your mommies lowered your crib one level. They put childproof covers on all their electrical outlets and bought baby gates.

Happy Birthday Dearest One!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday afternoon, two of our good friends invited us to join them at a pumpkin patch. We really wanted to see them and we thought it would be nice to see some fall colors and get a picture of Kylie with some pumpkins.

Harmless, right?

Wrong! We had a horrible afternoon. What was so bad about it? Let me count the ways.

  • It turned out that hundreds of people wanted to go to the pumpkin patch so we were stuck in traffic for over two hours.

  • The pumpkin patch was a 1/2 mile walk from where we had to park which really wasn't a problem except for the people who were lugging back pumpkins in their arms. We were surrounded by grumpy, irritated folks who weren't quite sure why they thought it was a good idea to carry a heavy pumpkin for such a distance when they knew they could get one at their local grocery store and probably have someone load it into their car for them. Lots of angry people all around us.

  • Some poor soul actually died on the trail back from the pumpkin patch. We had to pass several EMT's trying to revive him and then had to navigate around a fire truck and ambulance who were waiting to take him away.

  • Most of the pumpkins in the patch were rotton and broken apart.

  • There were bees everywhere. Now, I love bees. Bees are good friends of mine. But I don't like them swarming around my infant.

  • We drove to the wrong patch--so we didn't get to spend time with our friends. To rub salt in the wound, the patch they went to was quite lovely.

    But we did take a few pictures while we were there. Karen & I have our "smile and make the best of it" smiles on. We felt particularly compelled to cover Kylie with kisses since she was such a good sport for it all.

    Got to love Kylie's hair blowing in the breeze on this one.

    When Kylie gets unhappy, she tries to suck on as many fingers as possible to soothe herself.

    And so we trudged back to our car (without a pumpkin) and sat in a long line of traffic to get home. I find it ironic that the car in front of us had a license plate with CRY in it.

    It wasn't the worse afternoon but it wasn't our best either. At least it didn't rain.

    Here are a few more pictures of smiley Kylie in her awesome tie-dyed shirt.