Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mastering the hardwoods...

She has gotten so good with her little walker that I thought I would challenge her a bit by letting her walk on the hardwoods....

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I should have known that she would rise to the challenge. She was even able to maneuver this thing over the hump dividing the hardwoods from the tile! Her biggest frustration this morning is walking into a corner and getting stuck. It's so cute to see her bopping around the house.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How can it be that she is 10 months old?

Here are a few shots of her at 10 months old. She is getting so big!


Say, "Cheese!"


Here's what a 10 month monkey face looks like:


Here are some of this month's milestones:

She figured out finger food and now loves feeding herself.


This picture is for Grandpa Ed! She tried watermelon for this first time this week and was a bit unsure about it at first but then really decided that it was tasty! She's still working on holding her own piece :)


She really seems to have 'sprouted.' I look at her and she just seems so long, especially when she stretches out like this when she sleeps. I was able to measure her yesterday when she was stretched out and I came up with 27.5 in long, which is only half and inch longer than she was at her 9 month check-up....maybe I mismeasured! I weighed her on Grandpa Marv's baby scale and she came in at 16.5 lbs.


She's enjoying the freedom of being able to choose her own toys out of the toy box!

And when the toy box lid is closed she has discovered you can peek in the little hole on the side to see the treasures inside!


I couldn't resist posting another balloon video. She had so much fun with this balloon!
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We bought her a cute little walker last weekend to start exercising those leg muscles. We figured it would take her a bit to get the hang of it, so imagine our surprise when she took off walking with this thing! Come to find out, it's one of her favorite things to do at daycare and she's become quite proficient.
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She's really taken an interest in music and starts bopping and dancing when she hears a song that catches her ear. She liked the reggae selection here:
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She's gotten ticklish, which is so much fun! You'll have to stay tuned for a video of this.

Despite the problems we continue to have with sleep, I am keeping my fingers crossed that we are turning a corner. The past 3 nights she only woke up once for about 15 min.

I think this past month has been one of my favorites with her. She seems to learn and discover something new each day. I can see her beginning to comprehend things and try to express her opinion. We are trying to do some baby sign with her and she seems to be recognizing some of the signs. I keep waiting for her to sign back, so maybe that will be a milestone for her next month! I still can't believe that she is 10 months old! How quickly the time has flown!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rainy day fun

It was a rainy Saturday here.

Luckily the rain held off for the early morning and we were able to participate in the Angelman walk-a-thon for cousin Ryan. We finished right as the rain started pouring!

The rest of the day was spent inside trying to pass the time.

We watched the rain....


We made baby tunnels that we could crawl through....

....which was a lot of fun




....especially when you could then destroy the tunnel!



Then, we discovered what fun balloons can be....
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....and how everyone, including Cooper, thinks balloons are great!
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We like sunshiny days, but rainy days can be fun, too!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

We've had a nice relaxing Mother's Day weekend.

We went for picnic and walk in the park on Saturday evening. Madeline had lots of fun eating outside.



Even Cooper was smiling!


This morning we took Madeline for her second trip to the zoo. She was really into the animals this time. She loved watching the meercats run back and forth:



She waved at the giraffes.

She loved the Anatolian Shepherd dogs that room with the Cheetahs:



She was able to pet a sleeping goat



It was just so much fun watching her be amazed and excited by the animals!


We finished the afternoon with a tasty brunch at a newly found cafe.






Wishing all the Mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day! We hope you enjoyed your day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hawaii

My many days and nights of travel have finally paid off--I used my hotel and airline points and we just returned from a wonderful week in Kauai where we joined Grandma & Grandpa Handl and Unckee-T and Auntie Meg.

I apologize in advance for this long post, but I wanted to capture all of the fun we had, as this blog now functions as my scrapbook as well!

Madeline checking out the minivan that we rented for the week:


We spent lots of time at the pool and the beach and this little girl absolutely loves the water! I don't think I have ever seen Madeline so happy or animated as she was when she was in the pool. She would splash, put her mouth in the water, giggle and kick. We had a baby float for her and by the end of the week she was trying to climb out of it! She also seemed to love the ocean just as much as the pool.




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We took one day and drove up the coast to explore the north shore area.

The girls at the end of the pier looking out over Hanalei Bay

View of the valley

We drove all the way to the end of the road where we took a short hike to see some caves:


On our way back, we stopped at the Kilauea Lighthouse, the northernmost tip of the Hawaiian islands. The views were amazing:

If you look closely, you can see a bunch of white dots on the hillside in the distance. These are the red-footed boobies getting ready to lay their eggs. There were hundreds of them.

Family photo time!

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May Day on May 1st is a celebrated day with craft fairs, dancing, luaus and lots of beautiful leis. We drove into the town of Lihue to check-out the Lei contest. The leis were amazing--bright colors, creastive arrangements and wonderful smells. I had no idea there were so many different types of leis! Here are a few pictures.



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Brian, Unkee-T, Auntie Meg and Grandpa were thrilled with the close proximity of Puka Dogs to our condo. These are Hawaiian style hot dogs served with garlic sauce and your choice of tropical relish. I'm not a big hot dog fan myself, but since they had a veggie dog I did try one. The guys raved about them and they were lunch on more than one occasion!


Madeline didn't get to try a Puka dog, but she was introduced to some new foods. She loved pineapple, papaya and even enjoyed poi!

Grandpa cooking dinner

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One of the supposed 'Must-do's" in Kauai is a helicopter ride. I was told if you were going to do the helicopter ride, you should go all-out and ride with the doors off.....so we did! What an incredible experience! Grandma and Grandpa were more than happy to keep Madeline for the morning while Brian and I snuck away to the airport.

Our helicopter, coming in for landing. After a quick refuel, they got us strapped in and made sure we knew how to use our two way headsets, and then we were off!


Kauai is even more rugged than I expected. Approximately 80% of the island is inaccessible and the only way to see it is from the air. It truly is a beautiful tropical paradise!




I have no idea how many waterfalls are on Kauai, but we saw what seemed like hundreds!





This area is supposedly the wettest spot on earth. We could feel the temperature drop and the humidity rise as we flew into the canyon.

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Yay, we survived! What a great experience! Thanks Mom & Dad!

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Madeline didn't sleep well while we were in Hawaii. I think it must have been a combination of a different bed, the 5 hour time change, excitement about the swimming pool and all of the daily activity. Brian and Madeline got to spend some early mornings together on the beach while mommy tried to catch a few extra winks of sleep. Apparently the beaches were pretty bare during these early morning hours, except for a few other baby/daddy pairs! They caught some cute pictures to document their daddy/daughter time together!

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to the beach we go.....








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We took another day to explore the south end of the island. We started with a trip to Spouting Horn blow hole:


We wanted to drive up Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of Hawaii) to explore, as the views from the helicopter were spectacular:

Unfortunately, by the time we reached the canyon it was pouring rain and thick fog had rolled in. Visibility was so poor that we decided to turn around. Luckily on the way down, we did catch a glimpse at one of the overlooks, but the rest was left to the imagination!


On the way back to the condo, we stopped at the Kauai Coffee Plantation for an afternoon pick-me-up of coffee samples.

The grounds were beautiful and provided a nice backdrop for a few photos



We had heard about the 'autograph tree' and finally saw one at the coffee plantation. The thick leaves can be etched with a rock to leave your message.

Caught in the rain!

Playing with Grandpa's new hat. Check out my teeth!

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We decided to go to a Luau one night. It was pouring rain, so they moved the festivities inside. Madeline did quite well and ended up sleeping through most of the performances:


Until the fire dancers took the stage:

and then she was captivated for the rest of the show:



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Mommy and Madeline on the beach:

Family photo:

Madeline loved her Unckee-T:

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Date night! Brian and I were able to sneak away one evening for an official date night. We ate at a delicious restaurant right on the beach and watched an amazing sunset.



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On our last day in Kauai, we saw two monk seals who claimed their spot on the beach and spent the whole day lounging in the sun...

...just like the rest of us!