August 30, 2007
August 29, 2007
I just don't know where she puts it all, which is why I have come to the conclusion that she must have a hollow leg.
August 25, 2007
I have found myself getting more and more interested in photography since Hattie's birth. I wish I had the power to freeze time with Hattie. The way she smells, the sounds she makes, the way she looks when she sucks her thumb, her pudgy fingers and toes, the way she lays her head on my shoulder when she's upset or tired. It's so joyful being her mother.
Unfortunately, I can't freeze time, but I do enjoy savoring moments of my baby in pictures. I try to capture her baby ways while I can because I know they will change way too soon.
I did a little photo shoot for practice yesterday afternoon with Hattie while we were waiting for Sean to come home so we could all go out to dinner. This is my favorite shot. I love her expression - so shy and flirty. It's almost as if her high school crush just walked by, even though she's not allowed to like boys until she's 30. I wonder what she's thinking.....
Finally, Sean and I watched a great movie last night - Tsotsi - you gotta see it if you haven't already. It is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. It made me cry, and I'm not a big sap when it comes to movies, but man, this one is GOOD.
August 23, 2007
I don't know if you're familiar with this toy, but Hattie HATES it - the toy we have named Piggy. I bought it for her about 3 or 4 months ago because she fell in love with the cow version while we were having a playdate at a friend's house; it was a pretty cheap toy, and I was excited to find something that she would play with for more than 2 seconds at a time. When we went to the store, they didn't have the cow, so I opted for the pig. No big deal, right?!?! Still the same toy, right?!?! WRONG.
Piggy spends his day hidden behind the couch. Hattie knows Piggy's hiding place. She won't go behind the couch for anything, even if the ball that she's so happily playing with rolls back there - neh eh - that ball is staying behind the couch unless I go back there and get it for her.
Several times a day while we're downstairs, she'll stop whatever she's doing, look at me, then look towards the couch, wrinkle her brow , and say "Piggy!" I kid you not. Sometimes I'll say, "Where's Piggy?" This always causes her to break into nervous whining. Sometimes I'll go get Piggy from his hiding place (the mean mama that I am), and she always begins to cry. It's so weird. I do this only to try and rid her of the fear she has for him. I have kissed Piggy, hugged Piggy, read a book to Piggy. Hattie keeps her distance and watches us with caution. She is NOT going to befriend that pig.
I don't understand her fear, but I think I'll use it to my advantage; afterall, it was ten bucks I wasted otherwise.
You see, Hattie loves to pull books off the bookshelf in our living room. We have tried to baracade it, tell her "no!" and push the books back so it's harder for her to get to them. Nothing works. I find myself spending much of my time putting books back on the shelf. It's really annoying.
I thought I would just have to remove all of the books for now until she gets over her interest of pulling books down, but then today I got a brillant idea . . . . I think Piggy needs a new hiding place!
It's working, too. The books have miraculously stayed on the shelf all morning. But then I started to worry: Will she develop a fear of books now? We don't want that.
I don't know. I guess Piggy will go back behind the couch, and we'll just have bare shelves for a while. We might use him in the future, though. You know, in the liquor cabinet, on top of a pack of cigarettes, in a boy's car..... oh yeah, this toy was totally worth the ten bucks I spent!
August 20, 2007
August 17, 2007
Oh, and Hattie is on her way to becoming a walker! Last week she started taking a few steps, and since she's been here, she's been getting more and more daring, taking as many as 6 or 7 steps at a time. WOOHOO! She won't be crawlin' down the isle on her wedding day afterall, I guess :0).
August 15, 2007
We MISS YOU, Dadoo!!!!
The girls are really bonding so well. They enjoy each other's company and smile and talk to one another. They even give each other kisses. It's so sweet - this cousin love!
August 8, 2007
Even though the day didn't go quite as I would have planned it if I were in charge, Hattie had a blast! She absolutely adores her Dadoo, and getting to spend an entire day with him was such a treat for her. And Sean - the next morning he called me from work and gushed and gushed about how cute Hattie was for him all day and how much he enjoyed spending his day with her.
I am a blessed mama. And thankfully I am well now, too, and a few pounds lighter - woohoo! Sean did get a mild case of whatever I had on Tuesday, but he feels fine now, and luckily Hattie hasn't gotten sick yet (and I pray she doesn't). I figure since the oreos and mac-n-cheese didn't give her the runs, then she's probably in the clear :0).
August 5, 2007
We had a really good weekend overall. Hattie is moving to one nap a day, so you can imagine how rough my days have been lately. If you don't know what I'm talking about, imagine having a wee one that is SO TIRED by 1:00 after taking an hour morning nap but will NOT fall asleep for anything. She did this for 3 days straight, so today we decided to keep her up until 11:00 (when she just couldn't take it anymore) and then she napped for an hour and a half. I'm slowly gonna push that nap back, aiming for an early afternoon nap - I hope. Sean keeps telling me that there isn't a science behind it, but the books keep telling me that there is. I don't know. I just want to find a good rhythm like we had before. I hate the limbo stage, and I hope it doesn't last long. So anyways, Sean knew that I have had a few rough days, so he surprised me, got a baby-sitter, and took me to see Becoming Jane on Friday night. The movie was really good, we thought. Romantic and sweet and beautiful. It made me realize that we NEED more date nights. Hopefully moving back, close to family, will help with that :0). Until then, I'll relish in the few nights out we have together. Go see this movie, though. It's good!
August 3, 2007
We went to the pool yesterday at Lifetime. Hattie kept pointing to all of the little boys and girls, calling them "gul" (girl). One little boy got a little offended and said, "I'm a BOY!" We're wokin' on it. We're workin' on it!