Sunday, September 20, 2009

"It's a Sunshine Day"

We had gorgeous sunny weather this weekend, with natural light streaming through our windows all weekend long. And since I don't like using the flash on our camera, those sort of days are my favorite for impromptu photo shoots. This particular session prompted one of those "I can't get this annoying song out of my head" moments, referenced by the title of this post. If you're a Brady Bunch fan, you might recognize it, and, well, I apologize, because you surely will be cursed with those lyrics running through your head for the rest of the day. For a refresher, or if you're in to torturing yourself, click here or here.

Now, if you'll excuse me ... I suddenly I have the urge to run to Sears :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

8 Months

Now that Maribelle is a sophisticated eight-month-old, we decided to take her to the place all big kids go: the playground!!! We even let her wear a pair of shoes for the special occasion (She's been barefoot all summer, but I must say, I love, love, LOVE this pair of Vans shoes!). We're lucky that our little neighborhood has quite a few playgrounds, so I think we may become "regulars" now. Maribelle loved the swings, and I even had the chance to meet a few of the moms in our neighborhood. It's amazing how many more people we're meeting now (translate: who want to talk to us now) that we have an adorable little girl to "ohhhh" and "awwww" over. We've met more neighbors in the past eight months than we have in the six years we've lived here!

Anyways, I digress. Let's talk about what Miss Rosie Posie is doing now in her eighth month:

* She's happy and she knows it, so she claps her hands! Maribelle gets such a kick out of smacking her little chubby hands together, and thinks that 2 or 3 a.m. is the best time to practice her new trick.

* However when she's NOT happy, she's doing the polar opposite and throwing tantrums and giving us plenty of 'tude. All of a sudden our little darling has lost all patience for the most fundamental of baby activities, things like being strapped into her car seat, getting dressed for the day, laying down to have her diaper changed and, of course, having a toy taken away from her (or anything else she’s preoccupied with at that moment). And when I say tantrum, I mean a full-on back arching, breath holding, leg stiffening tantrum. I had no idea tantrums happen at such an early age!

* She's a wiggly, wiggly worm to hold these days and basically lunges at everything she sees. She wants to touch EVERYTHING.

* She says “dada” pretty much all day long and throws in the occasional “blahblah,” "naanaa" and the more elusive “mumm mumm.”

* She does really well standing up against furniture. However, I've learned no matter how stable and sturdy she seems to be, you still can’t turn your back for a second. I’m not even going to elaborate on how I know that.

* She loves small details, like buttons, jewelry, clasps, hair, guitar strings and Velcro. It's the cutest thing to see her all mesmerized by the tiniest things.

* She's still not sleeping through the night, but her sleep has gotten much, much better. The past few days she's been going to bed around 7:30 p.m. and is up for the day between 6 and 6:30 a.m., with one feeding around 4-5ish. However she still has nights when she completely forgets how to sleep and is up and down all night long.

Here's a recent video of Maribelle exploring her "pincer grasp" and enjoying a feast of white bread crumbs. It's pretty much my favorite thing to watch her pick up tiny crumbs and to hear all the little mouth noises that she makes as she eats them. It kinda makes me want to eat HER and all her cuteness!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Grandparents' Day

Maribelle's such a blessed little girl to have two sets of amazing and loving grandparents. It's only been eight months, and they're already naturals at spoiling our little bundle. The close relationships that Jeremy and I forged with our own grandparents have in large part made us who we are today, and I have no doubt that the same will be true for Maribelle. A grandparent's love is such a special, special thing ... We just wish they didn't live five hours away!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Labor Day

We took a quick Labor Day weekend trip to Ohio to see family and friends. Since it was only Maribelle's second time there, her little social calendar was completely full. Jam packed, in fact. Everybody wanted to get their hands on the little baby butt, and I don't blame them!

We even had a play date, with Miss Gisella, her mom, grandma and great-grandparents. Our little baldy baby had a bit of hair envy and was fascinated by Gisella's lovely locks and pigtails. Maribelle kept grabbing for them, and I had to assure her that she WILL have hair some day ... in time, my dear, in good time.

And Gisella's great grandma made Maribelle this bib that is seriously too beautiful and perfect to use. What a lucky, lucky baby!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dancey Dance

We haven't really introduced Maribelle to television, but we have been playing her clips of random stuff on the Internet, just to see her reaction. My favorite is the show Yo Gabba Gabba on Nick Jr. Oh my. This show is weird, kooky, creative, and addictive all in one. It's for the little hipster kids, which means Maribelle is destined to be a fan. Here's the nakey baby jamming out to a Yo Gabba Gabba clip that features Elijah Wood.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hungry, Hungry Hippo/Pig/Bear

This little girl ate an ENTIRE avocado for lunch today. I couldn't shovel it in her mouth fast enough! And then the little piggy still wasn't satisfied and wanted to nurse! I have no idea where she stuffed it all, since just a few hours earlier she had a full breakfast of oatmeal and applesauce. It's no surprise she's now upstairs snoozing like a hibernating little bear. Crazy girl.