Saturday, March 18, 2017

golden's nine months

Golden is nine months. Nine. Months. 
I swear it's been only about three...

Golden is:

... a mover and a shaker. She is everywhere! Climbing the stairs, walking around furniture, even starting to be brave and stand for a few seconds on her own. Her preferred method of movement is still her side-winder army crawl - and boy, is she quick! But she wants to walk run pretty badly. She'll pull herself up on anything she can, and whenever we hold her hands while she's standing, she steps forward, leaning the direction she wants to go, and literally runs. 

... working on her sixth and seventh teeth. She's a piranha. She moves her tongue across her teeth constantly, and makes this silly "bubb-bubb-bubb" face - like a muppet. I love it!

... dancing all the time. Her dance has evolved to throwing her hands in the air in addition to her little bobble head moves, and it. is. the. best. thing. You can't help but smile when she moves, and everyone seems to find themselves doing the dance right back at her. 

... entranced with other babies - both baby dolls and other babies smaller than her is. She loves to snuggle with a doll when she takes a nap, and gets so excited whenever any other baby is around and she just wants to touch them. It's cute. 

... figuring out how to self-soothe. She started rubbing her ears a couple months ago, and at first I thought perhaps she had an ear infection, but after the pediatrician said she was just fine, I started to notice a pattern. She rubs her ears for comfort. It's like her security blanket - she rubs her ears when she is sad, or scared, or uncomfortable... and it settles her right down. Sometimes, in her sleep, I'll catch her with a hold on one ear. It's so adorable. She's just the cutest!

Sometimes, Goldie will just stop mid-play and lay down for a quick rest. 
It's hilarious. Like she's playing 'opossum'. Ha ha! 

These sisters are the silliest!
Goldie loves, loves, loves Afton, and Afton adores Golds. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

golden's eight months

Time is flying.
Eight months!

Golden is:

... clapping! She claps just about every time we say "yay!" and it's the cutest thing. She is so expressive and gets so excited about every little thing. She particularly loves everything Afton does and applauds her regularly. The interactions between these two girls just melts me. Goldie has also started waving - mostly to herself and staring at her hand in amazement. It's adorable.

... dancing. She does this hilarious little head shake - it's almost like a mix between a bobble head and Carlton's dance from the Fresh Prince... And her whole little body just lights up. She grins and laughs and dances and it is so delightful.

... super mobile. Not only is she crawling (both army crawl and on her knees, depending on how fast she wants to go...), she pulls herself up onto anything she can reach, and has started walking around the furniture. I know. Walking. Ugh. It's too soon. I also caught her climbing the stairs the other day. Like overnight, she decided she's not a baby anymore and keeps trying to prove it to us by being ahead of the game.

... loving food. With real teeth comes real food. She eats everything. And she's really good at picking up food and putting it in her mouth with her little pincers. Her latest foods have been broccoli, crab, tortillas, peppers, veggie straws, cheese, rice (oh, how she loves rice! But only if it has some flavor to it...), ice cream and chicken. And she is so over anything with mild flavor. (Baby puff cereal, rice crackers, etc. All the things 8 month olds should be loving. She's past it. She wants rich, flavorful food.) And she's a bottomless pit. She'll nurse and then still eat piles of food with us at dinner. She is a food lover.

... singing. She has the sweetest little voice. Sometimes she chirps like a little bird. Other times I swear she's speaking Parsal-Tongue. And the right in the middle of her sweet songs, sometimes she'll growl like a little puppy. She loves to chatter with me, and I love everything she has to say.

This girl is so charming. We just can't get enough of her! We're so glad she's ours.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

golden's seven months

This little Miss Golden is seven months!

Golden is:

... everywhere! She is completely mobile. She's crawling - both army crawl and up on her knees. She is pulling herself up to standing [already!] and she just seems to think she's as big as Afton and wants to do everything she can do. It's amazing how fast this little girl is. She likes to be chased, and giggles and giggles as she squirms herself across the room. 

... eating everything. Though still nursing [like a champ], she loves - and I mean L.O.V.E.S. real, flavorful food. I started giving her some rice crackers and such a month or so ago, but they are just too bland for her, I guess. She'll push them away and reach for whatever Afton and I are eating. She loves salmon, rice, yogurt, banana bread, apples, oranges, cheese - really, anything and everything she's tried so far. Like the rest of us, she loves good food. 

... clapping! Branson taught her to clap recently, and now it's her favorite thing. She loves to clap with Afton, and anytime she says "Yay!" Goldie tries to put her hands together. Too cute.

... tall as the day is long. Afton was a tall baby, but so far, Golds is measuring even ahead of her. At her last doctor appointment, she measured in the 99% for height. What on earth am I going to do with these tall girls? Its a completely new concept for me. I think I didn't even make it on the charts until I was 8... 

... talking and singing, and has become a little musician. She loves to play the piano with me, she loves tapping and drumming, and she is constantly singing. Her little voice is one of my favorite daily sounds, and she has started saying "Mom" and "Dad" - and let the record show: Her first word was MOM! Hooray! We'll sit and talk to her and she will look at me and say "Mom Mom Mom" and then turn and look at Brans and say "Dad Dad Dad." She's smart, and she melts us on a daily basis.

... laughing. All. the. time. She has this high little squeal when she's tickled or when Afton is around [she thinks her big sister is a comedian. Seriously, Afton will "oooh oooh aaah aaah" like a monkey and it cracks Golds up every time.] Then, Goldie has started  making this funny "agh" cough-laugh. It's totally forced, but she does it and smiles, and does it again. She keeps us laughing all day every day.

 I did NOT pose this model picture.  

 Her mouth is always open like this. She's truly the happiest baby ever. 

 Oh, we love this girl. 
She is such a sweet, calming spirit in our home. 
She smiles at strangers everywhere we go, and truly is a special girl.
We are all enamored with her.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

golden's six months

And just like that, it's been half of a year since Little Miss Goldie graced us with her presence!

Golden is:

... crawling! She's still figuring out how to get up on her knees, but she wriggles and scoots and pulls herself anywhere she wants to go. She's figured out how to get from a sitting position to her belly so she can move around. It's pretty magnificent.

... enthralled by real food. She's still nursing, but anytime there is real food around, she wants it. She'll watch me like a hawk anytime I put food in my mouth, and loves to sit and watch me make dinner. So far, her favorites are: avocados, potatoes, carrots, apples, limes[!], and rice crackers.

... babbling. Lots. [And I'm pretty sure she said "mama" the other day...] She talks and talks, especially to her sister. She thinks Afton is the most entertaining human alive, and they talk and sing together and it just melts me.

... so beautiful. I say it all the time, but it truly happens almost every time we go out. People stop me in the store to tell me what a beautiful baby I have. She really is gorgeous!

... figuring out life with TWO teeth! Both of her bottom front teeth popped through within days of each other.  She loves to chew on everything - fingers. toys. paper. and candy canes.

We love this little ray of sunshine. She's the happiest baby in all the land.
And we truly are a blessed and happy little family!

Friday, November 18, 2016

golden's five months

Golden is five months!

Golden is:

... rolling. And rolling. And rolling. She has figure out that she can eventually get where she wants to go by rolling over, pivoting, then rolling another way. Over and over again. Sometimes, she does this funny inch-worm like move, and lifts her litte bottom in the air, then slides down to move forward. She's pretty smart. And we are definitely not ready for a mobile baby. Let the baby-proofing begin--again!

... loving her own voice, and likes to chatter and sing all the time. And its my favorite sound! Sometimes, she'll compete with Afton and its pretty comical to hear them both try to mimic each other. I love it.

... fascinated with food. She's only had a few tastes here and there of real food (bananas, mashed potatoes and squash--yum!) but she watches anyone around her eating real food like a hawk. She's started swatting and trying to grab whatever food or drink is in my hand. Not quite eating, but she also loves to gnaw on carrot and celery sticks. 

... a book worm. She loves to look at books, and has started to hold them on her own. She will lie on the ground and hold a little book above her head and just stare at it for a while... until it eventually ends up in her mouth. I am happy to see a love of books instilled in her so young!

... enamored with her big sister. Goldie consistently lights up when Afton is around, and so far, no one has made her laugh or smile more than her big sister. Afton likes to sing her songs and tell her stories, and Goldie just eats it up. Afton is her favorite. And Afton tells me frequently that they are best friends. And my heart melts.


We truly are a happy family, 
and constantly count our blessings 
for how good God is and has been to us.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

golden's four months

Goldie Bird is four months old!

Golden is:

... teething. She has two little fangs trying to come through just in time for Halloween. I can see and feel her canines through the side of her gum. Baby vampire. Perfect. Despite cutting teeth, she is still the most mild-mannered, delightful baby.

... laughing. Big, deep, from-head-to-toe chuckles. It's my favorite sound in the world. She is super ticklish sometimes, and will giggle and giggle. A few times, she's just started laughing out of the blue and she thinks Afton is hilarious. It's the best!

... a snuggle bunny. She loves to be held close and tight. When she gets a little restless, she will settle right down as soon as something soft and warm is touching her face. She wriggles her blankets up over her head often - she just loves the feeling of blankets on her cheek. She likes to nuzzle right into my neck, and often buries her little face in my hair. Afton used to do the same thing. I don't know why -- but it's adorable.

... so beautiful. I truly have strangers stop me in the grocery store to comment on how beautiful she is. Her skin is so milky white and her cheeks are the perfect baby round. She is gorgeous.

... so strong. She is constantly trying to sit up. She does this impressive little crunch and lifts her head, trying with all her might to get upright when she's laying down. She has a tight grip and has figured out how to grab onto things and pull them to her. She is so fascinated with everything within her reach.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

golden's three months

Three months!

  Goldie Girl is such a joy in our home and brings such a sweet peace to our little family.

Golden is:

... chattering a lot lately. She likes to talk and sing and has the sweetest little voice. I just can't get enough of hearing the little "oohs" "aahhs" and "acks" she strings together.

... rolling onto her side - already! She lifts her legs up and then just sort of rolls halfway over. I'm so not ready for this.

... the sweetest, smiley-est girl. She lights up from head to toe, and has started to give just a few little giggles.

... super ticklish. You can barely touch her sides or belly, and she'll squirm and squirm with a smile. It's so cute!

... a certifiable thumb sucker. She'll take a pacifier just fine, too, but she puts her fingers in her mouth any chance she gets. Afton tells her, "Don't be a sucker, Baby Sissy!" And I laugh every time.

We are so blessed to have strong, happy, healthy girls. 
God is so good to us.