Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sweet Girl

Wow, Willow, she always surprises me with how much she can grow and change in short time....all that time with her older cousins must've taught her a thing or two....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Willow Chilling on Boxing Day

The excitement is all over...the cousins are heading back to Ottawa....a happy calm settles over Willow's World as things return to 'normal'....the echoes of her cousins remain and there are lots of new toys to enjoy! Life is good!





Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve....

So many exciting things happened on December 24th.

One of the best things that happened in Willow's World was this...she discovered that she could actually suck her own toes!




Towards the evening the excitement was peaking...here is a vid of cousin Artemis opening her 'baby owl'....

And a vid of Willow opening her first present ever...it was a slow process and of course the ribbon was the most intriguing part!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Excitement Mounts....

Willow, the social butterfly, laughs it up with the family. She can do a lot of visiting but when it's time to stop Dad's lap is the perfect refuge.



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sleeping Snow Angels

After a long stroll to the face paced metropolis of Downtown Medicine Hat, the wee ones were right tuckered out. This shot is so great..thanks Uncle Chris for catching every single kodak moment!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Willow's Cousins Arrive.......























How exciting! Willow and her cousins Demeter (13 months) and Artemis (3 years)finally got the chance to hang out and get to know each other a little bit. Willow seemed to love all of the action and activity - although she was a little freaked out at some of the loud noises that Demeter came up with. It is so cool to see them and to think that now and forever, for the rest of their lives, these girls are family.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Willow Loves her Sled and the Snow


We got the chance to head down to our favorite park on Sunday for a little snow and fun. Of course she is all smiles for the camera but shortly before this picture was taken the little tree was actually sound asleep cuddled up in her sled as Mom and Dad pulled her along. While she was awake, she enjoyed watching the trees sillouetted against the blue sky as she glided along the snow.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Five Months Old!

It's my five month birthday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Willow and her New Sled

Tonight Willow got an early Christmas present from her Grandma and Opa - a new old fashioned style sled! It's the perfect gift for this warm, snowy weather we've been having. She seemed at home in it right away...we can't wait to try it out!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Wee Wonder Willow!

It's pretty amazing when all of a sudden it seems like Willow has grown overnight. Like one day she is still kind of wobbly and can't really sit up on her own and then the next day, prest-o, she is able to prop herself up and balance on her own. She is still a little wobbly...I wouldn't leave her side for a moment yet when she is sitting because she still tips over sometimes. But she is gaining more strength all the time. These are pretty exciting times, her two cousins Artemis and Demeter will be here form Ottawa in a week so it is going to be a crazy kid play party all through the holidays. I think Willow is at a stage now where she is going to be able to participate and know what is going on...at least a little bit and that is so much fun to see. We are completely in Love with our beautiful daughter and Adam and I are very much entertained and enthralled in what we are experiencing, this 'the longest journey' - parenting.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Willow's Playdate

On Friday Willow had a play date with Navaya and I don't know who enjoyed it more, her or I. Kendra and I had great chats, relishing in the adult conversation for a change. Willow enjoyed all of the new toys and watched Navaya curiously. Her new little friend is about twice her age and is walking around like crazy, but they are matched in size...funny. Willow only cried a couple times and that was due to the 'tiredees' and once when Navaya gave her a little swipe to the face. All in a good day's fun! It is really good for the both of us to get out and have a little change of scenery and fun. I am looking forward to our next play date!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Willow's First Food

Wow, you know your baby is growing up when you see them holding a spoon and smacking down on something other than the boob! I know that her food experiences right now are just that, for experience, and not for nutritional value. Not much food is actually going in, but she sure enjoys trying. The applesauce sensation seemed pretty interesting...maybe next week we will try some avocado. Either way I think we are still a little ways away from full fledged eating but I think that she likes using that high chair try for something other than toys. Now she can start to know what all the hype is about every time we sit down at the table to eat.

Monday, December 3, 2007

More Mirror Fun

The mirror now has become a big source of amusement. I tend to move it around to wherever she is playing...she particularly likes it while she's in her Jolly Jumper. I can see her understanding of herself growing and developing every day. She is so much fun to be around!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

20 week update

Wow..Willow continues her epic trek towards grown up-ness. This week she discovered those funny things at the end of her legs..yes her feet. I am sure that it is only a matter of time until she is sticking them in her mouth. She giggles and laughs so easily now...especially during a good session of 'peekaboo' or 'where's Mommy?'. When she is not laughing, she is usually staring, mouth agape, at the interesting things around her - the Christmas tree, the snow out the window, the cat etc. You can see in her eyes that she in amused or in awe...it is very sweet to see. She gets a lot of her toys into her mouth now and her hands, fingers and even her thumb! She has tons of droolies....but no sign of any teeth cutting through yet. The tooth pain seems pretty irritating at time, she frantically rubs her fist along her gums for some relief. She experienced her first party this weekend...we went to Adam's staff Christmas party. She liked looking at all the people and loved dancing with Mum and Dad to the 'rockin'band. We decorated our little Christmas tree and she really like that- carefully reaching out to touch the sparkly decorations as I hung them. She can reach out with both hands and grab all the things that interest her. She can almost sit up on her own now, and she uses her hand to prop herself up. She continues to be the cutest, most perfect little baby in our world!