Monday, January 28, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mama and Willow






















It's been such a whirlwind since Willow's 6 month birthday and I don't know if I am crazy or what but it seems like she is changing a light speed! She is sitting up strong now by herself, rocking on all fours ...ready to launch off into a crawl at any moment...laughing, babbling, communicating so much more than ever. Adam finally got the chance to really put his new camera to the test, lights and all and we had a little photo shoot. There were lots of good ones and we left the set up in the nursery so we can do some more shooting on the weekend. She is so gorgeous, I can barely stand it!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Willow's First Teeth!

Well, I am writing this in retrospect, I realized that I still haven't recorded this momentous occasion. I actually didn't even make the discovery, it was Adam. I was at a board meeting and left her with him for a couple hours...she had been fussy all day for me. Adam had a bit of a difficult time with her...they were both pretty happy to see me when in got home two hours later and Adam pointed it out...sure enough I ran my finger over her bottom gums and two tiny, sharp little teeth had cut through her gums. No wonder there were so many tears earlier in the day! I had been wondering when this would happen, she had been rubbing her gums with her fist since she was about two months old...I guess as her teeth were forming and beginning to reach the surface...I guess that sweet toothless grin will soon be a memory - replaced with an even sweeter toothy grin! Good thing I got a baby toothbrush for her at the dentist this month..she seems pretty interested when I brushed the two new additions.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy Half Year Birthday Willow...

Well, today is a BIG day for little Willow, it's her half year birthday. And Grandma and Opa are having a little party for her this evening to celebrate. I am quite astonished that six months has passed by already. Each day brings something new and exciting....I just love watching Willow grow and change. I guess that's what babies do best, they grow. To be a part of this dynamic force of life is really a gift! Willow is right into her eating routine now. Of course she still has milkies whenever she feels like it, she is really enjoying all the new tastes of food. I made some brown rice, bean and pumpkin baby food for her...she really seems to love it. She makes humming little 'num num' smacking sounds as she eats and today she started to open her mouth to show me 'I want another spoonful!' She loves the fruits, too and blueberries and applesauce seem to be her favorites so far. It doesn't surprise me that she is so into eating these days as it must go hand in hand with how much energy she is expending. She is getting more and more mobile all the time as she squiggles and rolls her way across the floor. She mastered the full push up in the last couple weeks and now she is gearing up for the crawl by kicking and squirming on her belly. It is amazing to think that by spring she will be moving all over the place and eventually walking. It really is true when you hear Grandmas say, 'they grow up so fast!' She plays by herself for long stretches of time...she amuses and entertains herself with toys, paper, shoes, books. She loves music and dancing and bouncing around the house in my arms. Her hands are so refined...I will see her sometimes carefully investigating a toy, delicately touching and holding it. She loves the computer keyboard and when Dad lets her at it she 'play types' with excited vigor. She loves books and is especially entertained by her 'Dogs' book with it's touch-y textures and moving parts. I have seen her spend ages softly stroking the floppy eared puppy in it. Something that I love so much right now is her desire to communicate with me. She will stop nursing and look right into my eyes and smile at me. She has a great sense of humour and it is easy to make her laugh. She loves to put her fingers on my lips, and as I pretend to bite her and say "Ma Ma Ma!" she giggles and squeals. She loves to be lifted 'high in the air!' and her little puppet dog also makes her laugh with joy as does a look at herself in a mirror. She likes the company of other babies and at story time today she seemed to have new eyes, looking around in utter amazement at the other babies. She made friends with a little boy a few months older than her and played with his shoes, gently touching his hands. Needless to say, he seemed pretty smitten. Everywhere we go people stop us to see our 'gorgeous baby' commenting on her 'beautiful blue eyes' and this weekend while walking at the park an older guy told Adam that 'Daddy was going to have to get a gun! Just look at those long lashes...what a beauty!' So, you see it is not just me who thinks that she is the cutest thing ever! All in all, I am thrilled to be the Mama of such sweet, funny, smart, gorgeous child.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Even More Mirror Fun

Willow Push Ups...

She is getting so strong...look at this big push up! And she is so happy about it! She is wriggling all over the floor these days and I know that crawling is just around the corner. Time to really baby proof our place!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Not Crying in the Car Seat!

It does actually happen sometimes...sometimes the car is even fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Willow Eats....

We've been building up to this for the past few weeks, but now Willow now joins us every evening for dinner. She used to just sit in her chair and play with toys...but now she is fully engaged in the joy of eating! And I will begin the joy of 'making your own baby food' and 'washing the floor everyday'!


Friday, January 4, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Willow Words...

So many things to say...so much paper to shred!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

It's a New Year!

So many things to be grateful for...so many things to hope for...may 2008 be filled with growth and health and plenty of moments where we stop to really absorb the amazing-ness and joy of watching the world through the eyes of a beautiful wee one like Willow. I wish for a year filled with Love, sleep, miracles and surprises...