Thursday, November 14, 2013

9 Month Milestones

The life of a 9 month old is just full of fun! Look for a separate post coming shortly about 'A Day in the Life" but for now you can just enjoy these adorable pictures from this cute girl and be jealous. The month of October was so much fun around our house. Jeff had 3 days off for Fall Break (also getting it's own post) so we got to go to Schnepf Farms and do all of the fun fall things that living in Utah has made me miss now that we are back home (pumpkin patches, cooler weather, etc). Emery also continues to love playing and learning more and more each day. It's amazing to see the world through the eyes of a 9 month old and see the simplicity of joy, love, and life.

Started pulling herself up on the couch. We moved the cushions because she couldn't get a good enough grip on them. October 5, 2013
Feeling like such a big girl! So proud of herself!
 She has been putting things in her mouth her entire life. This month brought it to a whole new level. We now know what people mean when they say they worry when it's quiet. She has eaten a cardboard box, foam football, and puts anything in her mouth that she can. Don't worry, she didn't actually eat these things. I had to do the Mom Finger Swipe which caused crying and refusal to open her mouth along with about half an hour of glares and only wanting to play with Dad. The cute part of this is that she'll use her mouth as a third hand whether or not she needs a third hand. She spent an entire afternoon playing with other toys while holding her bracelet in her mouth. This has come in very handy now that she's a crawler.
Who needs to wear a bracelet when you can hold it in your mouth?

Look Mom, no hands! I believe she was actually dancing in this picture...another favorite playtime activity.

 She got a hold of this ribbon and loved unwinding it and playing with it. We have since stopped letting her play with it now that she can move around and it has become more of a choking hazard.
October 30, 2013

Just a sneak peek at her halloween costume--cutest bumble bee on the planet.
October 29, 2013 (before the Trunk or Treat)
 She has really started loving to feed herself. Bananas are her favorite thing and she eats at least haslf a banana a day. We also try feeding her toast pieces with applesauce on them but she hasn't really loved that any of the times we have tried.
November 8, 2013
She rarely regulates her food intake and her tray normally has only the amount of food that is safe to have in her mouth at one time. This day she was being good about it. We have since gone back to 2-3 pieces at a time.

 Even though she had been pulling herself up on the couch for a while, we didn't really have anything else for her to practice on and we didn't pull the cushions off the couch everyday. While this bin was in our living room, she pulled herself on it multiple times and even let go for a couple of seconds before grabbing back on. She is really good at sitting down when she is done standing instead of just letting go and falling over.
November 11, 2013
 Emery started crawling (multiple times) on October 30, 2013. She had been doing it here and there for a couple of 'steps' but this was the first day that she really got the hang of it. I crawl around the side of the couch and hide from her and she crawls around until she finds me. She thinks it's hilarious when she finds Mom. I have yet to get a good picture of her crawling because the last time I tried she was too fast for me and crawled over to grab the camera before I could get a real picture in.
"Oh, hello Mom."

 She spends most of her playtime crawling all over me and climbing on me. I think we definitely have a little climber on our hands. Luckily she hasn't even noticed the stairs yet.
I LOVE this picture.
Other notable things about Emery as a 9 month old:
-She started waving when people wave at her. We'll walk through Walmart and she'll stick her hand out. She also waves at Jeff when he comes home and randomly throughout the evening.
-Emery is GREAT at sharing! She just started doing this right before she turned 10 months old. She'll be playing with something and hand it to you and then stick her hand out for you to hand it back to her. Last night, she crawled around the side of the couch and was sitting there. She started sharing her toy with Dad but when she would stick her hand out to give it to him or to get it back all you could see was this little hand sticking out from the side of the couch. It was so cute!
-Emery is also a GREAT listener. She has pretty much ignored all of our furniture, TV, fans, etc but on occasion she would touch something that she shouldn't. All we have to do is say "Emery" is a somewhat...scolding?... tone and she looks at us, cries, and then crawls away from it never to touch it again. We are definitely lucky to have such a good little girl.
-Emery can pass toys and things from one hand to the other behind her head. It is so cute to see her little elbows up by her face and watch as she just has a ball playing with her toys.
-Emery puts her hand up to her ears like she is talking on the phone when you say "hello!" It is adorable, especially when she has her play phone or any toy in her hand.
-I'm not sure if this was at the beginning of 9 months or end of 8 months but Emery will clap when you say "Good Job!" It is adorable, although sometimes we have to wait to praise her until she has actually finished crawling or throwing balls, etc. Otherwise she will stop just before she is about to take her first crawl and sit up and clap for herself.
-Loves to peek over the back of the couch at Mom and Dad if either of us are in the kitchen and then smiles or laughs when you acknowledge her.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

8 Month Milestones

I have loved all ages and stages in Emery's life but so far this month may have been one of my favorites. It's so fun watching her learn and grow. She is becoming more and more interactive and loving play time more each day. There have been a lot of new things that she has learned this month and one of my favorite things is to see how proud she is of herself when she learns something new and we are cheering for her!

So, here are the things Emery learned as an 8 month old:

-Saying "Dadadadada" (the noise, not saying it in reference to Dada): September 19, 2013

-Knees and Elbows Rocking: September 21, 2013

-Squinchy Face: September 22, 2013

One day I will get a front shot of the squinchy face but for now this cute one will do.

-Clapping: September 30, 2013
I love how proud of herself she is.

Still requires a little bit of concentration.
-Saying 'Mama" (mostly when crying to yelling agrily): October 6, 2013

-Pulling Herself Up onto Her Knees: October 5, 2013

-Third Tooth (Top Right): October 10, 2013

-Drinking Out of Her Sippy Cup on Her Own: October 9, 2013
This was when we were 'practicing.' Now she's a pro and can drink from it at any angle and her new trick is drinking it with only one finger.

-Feeding Herself: October 10, 2013
Banana puffs are delicious

I'm ready whenever you are, Mom.

Making sure it's going to stay in there.

-On Hands and Knees By Herself: : (once) October, 11, 2013; (multiple times) October 12, 2013
She has been army crawling for a while and had no interest in real crawling so we had moved on to standing. Then she decided to try crawling.

Watching Dad as he sang "Hands and Knees! Hands and Knees!" Once again, she was so proud of herself.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

7 Month Milestones

7 Months Old

My favorite picture lately. She looks so beautiful in just a simple white onesie.

-Sitting Up: August 18, 2013

-Scooting: Forever and then stalled while learning and loving to sit up
-First Tooth: August 29, 2013

You can't see the tooth in any of these but it was definitely poking through. It was actually kind of nice to (still) have a little toothless smile because we were honestly a little sad when we realized those days were numbered.

-Hands Up on Side of Pack n Play: September 4, 2013

-Army Crawling: September 6, 2013

-Second Tooth: September 8, 2013

-Officially Moved to the Crib (due to the happenings on 9/4): September 9, 2013

Picture Time!!
Playing with her toys! She's pretty easily entertained.

"Mom, will you please stop taking my picture!"

"Okay, just one more."

I love this picture. A totally candid shot of her having a great time playing.

She was screaming (with joy) and moving her head back and forth. Hilarious!
"Oh, what is this thing on my head?"
I didn't think that bow would stay on very long.
Trying applesauce for the first time.

Not too sure.

Really not sure. Later on she started gagging and being totally disgusted. We have tried it a few time since and she still hates it.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

6 Months

Life as a 6 month old

July 14, 2013
Happy 6 Month Birthday!
(Photo shoot to follow in it's own post)
Ate Solids for the first time!
July 14, 2013
Rice Cereal

Decided this was her new favorite way to lay on mom.

Rolled from tummy to back!
July 17, 2013
 The next few pictures demonstrate Emery's new-found love of her little basketball that Dad gave her as well as her many faces that are rarely caught on camera.

..however, I think she may have been showing off for the camera just a little...What a cutie!
She loves playing with her mirror.

It rained one morning and cooled everything off so she laid by the back door with the door open and the screen closed while she watched the rain and felt the breeze.

She loved it!
Emery really is an outside girl and has been having a bit of a hard time being couped up all summer.

This is how she likes taking her baths these days.

Whatever works is what I say.

We love this little girl and her sweet, stubborn, opinionated, content, happy, and loving personality and cannot wait to watch her keep growing up...not too fast though.