Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
In in attempt to get Haley to figure out the whole sippy cup thing we got her some apple juice, and a new cup with a straw. Neither was a success. (but she does like chewing on her large variety of sippy cups)
Haley keeps getting cuter and I realize that my capacity for love get's bigger every day. I love watching her do things, see things, and experience things for the first time. She is my delight.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling: Haley got some balls and we made her a ball pt out of a box, a laundry basket, and an inflatable pool. She learned to get out of all of them quickly, but she has fun in them for a while. It was an effective strategy for keeping her in one pace for about 4 weeks, and then she became an even more adventurous explorer.
Playing in the Grass: Haley loves picking weeds and pulling them apart. I love the awkwardness of her little hands as she pinches at things. She also likes playing in the garden at work and exploring the entrance to our home. She's picking up speed as she crawls around and gets everywhere she wants to go.
Bath Time: This sweet little smile greets me every time haley takes a bath. She enjoys standing on the side of the tub and watching it fill up.
On the Move: Haley is getting better at walking with support. She got a lot of practice standing on her own, on the furniture, in her crib, and in her pack n' play. She will take a few steps while holding someone's hand, but now that she can crawl (she started 2 days into her 9th month), she often sits down and asserts her independence by crawling to her destination. She will walk with her grocery cart though, up and down the long hallway at work. It was a little too quick for her at first, but she does great if she walks along the wall so the friction of the baseboard can slow her down. She even tried to stand with the help of an exercise ball, it's great for balance practice.
Standing and Reading: Of all the places where Haley practices standing, she likes the bookshelf the best. There are scores of books for Haley to pull off the shelves and flip through. She could be entertained there for hours. She also likes playing the piano, she enjoys hearing the music she creates at her fingertips. I think it's sweet how she rises up on her toes to reach the keys.
Stairs: Haley conquered the stairs, and with a little help from her friends, and a little backup from a trusted adult, Haley climbs the stairs bottom to top over and over again. She thinks this new way of exploring is one of the greatest things in the world. She gets a big silly grin when she's proud of herself.
Cleaning and Lounging: After helping with the laundry Haley likes to take take some time off to relax. Her favorite leisurely activities are using the computer with her dad, and watching TV with mom (while she plays with her toys of course)
Summertime: In preparation for Summer Haley went swimming for the first time. She also spent some time at the softball fields helping 'da bears get ready to play.
Friends: On our great road trip Haley got to meet several friends. She also got to meet two smaller babies this month, Eero and Imogen. She didn't really know what to think of these babies who were smaller than her. But she did like playing with Ruffin the dog, finally a puppy who's just her size. Pacer, our co-workers dog is her buddy too.
Road Tripping: Haley's getting so big that we decided to get her a new car seat. She doesn't have the same toy anymore but she does well sitting in the Thorne Throne like a big girl. Sometimes she even like to take the wheel.
Miscellanious: Haley started eating wagon wheels and several other new finger foods. She's all about having food she can carry around or sit and eat at her leisure. It's great at work to be able to put her in her high chair with some food and focus on other things, like cooking dinner for 9 teenage boys. Haley also spends a lot of time exploring the living room and playing in her exersaucer. She really likes playing with keys too. She almost always has her pacifier clipped to her shirt for easy access, and so we won't lose it every 5 minutes. She likes having it handy, but still get it backwards every once in a while. And she's started wearing shoes to protect her little toes as she crawls around. She still doesn't really know what to think about them though. I think she much prefers to have bare feet.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
It's becoming much harder to keep track of Haley's developments each month because she is growing so fast, and working on perfecting the skills she began to develop in months past instead of always doing clearly new things.
But here is what I have to offer in terms of an update:
Haley loves to play with little pop up toys, and she has learned to close the lids on the characters. She also loves to stand at my feet as I read her stories. She is way to squirmy at this point to keep her in my lap past page 2.
Haley does not like to have her face wiped off when she's done eating. She would rather have snot dripping down her face than have me take it away with an aspirator or a rag.
She is very curious. She is constantly grabbing our food and exploring anything she can get her hands on. One of her favorite things to get into is the DVDs on our TV stand.
For play time Haley loves bouncing and singing the "this is how a lady rides" song. She enjoys rolling balls and playing in the exersaucer we borrowed from a friend
When Haley's not off playing and exploring she is usually snuggling. Her sweet little hugs melt my heart every time. When we're out and about she works it, batting her eyes at everyone she meets and then when they return the smile she gets bashful and snuggles up close. She gets an "awww" every time. She also "flirts" with the boys at her new half time home.
Haley is still sleeping on a college schedule most of the time. She's a late to bed late to rise kind of gal. Also with teething etc. she still refuses to sleep through the night... Well I hope it's just teething, or a growth spurt that's keeping her up.
Some new things for Haley this month have been riding in the front of a shopping cart and eating cheerios and puffs. The cheerios did not go over so well (she got a bad rash), but the puffs are a new favorite. She has also grown in her second tooth.
Developmentally Haley is getting stronger and more capable every day. Her low crawl has gotten quite quick. She usually pulls herself where she wants to go with one hand and one arm. And, between rolling and crawling, she gets wherever she wants to go. She has become much more proficient at standing. She can stand herself up from her stomach and pull herself up when she's sitting. We've even let her try to stand alone a few times, but she never lasts long. Her wabbley little legs are getting stronger. She's also learning to sit herself down onto her bottom. She loves to hold our hands and walk. It's great becasue there is a long hallway at the home for her to practice going up and down.
She has mastered the art of the pincer grasp. It's sweet because she doesn't always remember that the food she has grabbed is in her hands. I love watching her grab things with her thumb and pointer finger as she develops hand eye coordination.
She is great at making razzing sounds, or just puttering her lips with little puffs of air. She is starting to work on the whole waving thing, although I think the times she's done it have been unintentional, but I guess a momma still gets to be proud. She still loves to shake her head, which means no, yes or, I'm really excited. But she's also added a sideways head tilt to her repetoire of adorable movements.