Sunday, October 28, 2007

First videos

Ok-I took some videos of Hope. The first one is of her playing with her music and the second is of her laughing. Please ignore my annoying voice and laugh. I know I sound like a valley-girl and I always have-that's not going to change, so just blow past it and watch Hope.

Here's the first one. It's like 4 minutes long, so don't get bored...

Here's the second one:

The Rice Cereal Extravaganza

Getting ready

Ummm...what the heck is THIS??!!

Ok...well, maybe I'll give it a try...

I've seen what you guys eat and THIS is NOT it!!!

All done...time to play with my zebra

Happy 4 month birthday, Hope!

I know, I know...I've gotta get to posting more. The days really just fly by though! I always think about posting but never seem to get around to it. We have been doing great. Hope turned 4 months old on October 18th. Her 4 month appointment was this past Friday. She is 15 pounds, 8 ounces-that's the 90th percentile for her weight! We definitely have a chunky baby! The doctor did say though that breastfed babies get really chunky and then kind of level off, so maybe she'll level off at some point! Also, she is 24 1/2 inches long-that makes her the 50th percentile for her height. Her head is in the 50th as well. So she is doing really well in her growth. She did get her 4 month shots on Friday, which she was none too pleased about. She screamed bloody murder for about 10 minutes until we finally got her to calm down. She has been fine though, no crying or fever or anything so far this weekend, so I think we're in the clear.

Everyday we are so amazed at how the Lord is growing our little girl. She wakes up full of smiles every morning, always talking up a storm. She loves to stand up (with us holding her of course), and is on the verge of being able to sit up on her own-just a few more weeks on that I think. She can grab at things now. She holds her toys in her little hands and tries to get them in her mouth. The biggest thing is that she has now mastered getting her hands in her mouth and keeping them there. There is ALWAYS something in her mouth, whether it's her hand, a toy, or a paci. She is doing a little bit of teething-no visible teeth yet that I can see, but her gums are a tiny bit swollen and she's always chewing on something, so I know she's working on it. We're still breastfeeding and have no intention of giving that up anytime soon now that we have finally mastered the art. We had some massive problems at the beginning, but we are doing better now. I figure God wouldn't have given me all that milk for nothing! We did try rice cereal this past week for the first time, but she ended up coughing, sputtering, and throwing most of it up, so I don't think she's quite ready. I don't seem to be lacking for milk anyway, so for the meantime we will just stick with the breastfeeding. Maybe at 5 months we'll try it again. She is still sleeping through the night really well and has transitioned to her crib-no more sleeping in her carseat at night. Hmm...I guess that's about it for now. Stephen and I are doing well, just getting ready for Christmas stuff at the church. It's the busiest time of year! I will post some pics and videos in another post. Love you all!

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Visit with Family

On Saturday Jennifer and Luis (my sister and her husband) came to visit. They were in town to watch the Texas/OU game with friends, so we went out to lunch together at Posados. It was really fun catching up with them and just visiting with family in general-we don't get to do it very often!

Picture Progression

Look how much our baby has grown!

Going home

One month

Two months

Three months

State Fair of Texas

We went to the State Fair of Texas a couple weekends ago with our friends Seth and Becca. They have a baby boy who is a month older than Hope. Both babies did really well, napping in their strollers and just looking around. By the end of the day though Hope was screaming her head off wanting to go home, so we left at about 6:00. It was really hot, but we had a lot of fun!
In the car on the way (It was an hour drive, so I amused myself by taking pictures!)
All six of us (as you can tell, the babies don't really care)