Thursday, May 18, 2017

golden's eleven months

Golden is eleven months.
And somehow she gets more adorable every second.

Golden is:

... starting to walk! So far, she's quite selective of her audience, and has limited multiple step shows for us and Uncle Tanner, but she's doing it. If there are other witnesses, however, she'll usually just stand for a few seconds and then sit herself right down.

... a little  musician! This girl loves music. She loves to sing. She won't let me play the piano without playing with me.  She plays the drums on her highchair tray, and if there is any beat within earshot, she's movin' and groovin'. She's awesome. 

... getting sassy and opinionated. She is still such a sweet, happy girl, but he has started to make it known to the world when she does not like or want something. She chirps and squawks to express her dismay and has started throwing things she doesn't want. Super fun. It has been interesting to see her start to stand up for herself with Afton. Goldie has started to want a turn with toys, have playtime with bigger kids, and does not tolerate getting pushed around just because she's small. She's a tough little one!

... so smart! She has started to pick up on little things we do - she brushes her hair when she's in the bathroom. She folds her arms when we say prayers. She is starting to associate words with things, and will fetch an item and bring it to me if I point it out to her. She loves to help me load silverware in the dishwasher. She loves to read books,and points at everything with this darling little ET-phone-home finger. Ha ha! Her vocabulary is increasing, and she is fascinated with animals. She is amazing.

... still my little snuggle bunny. She has been my girl from day one, and still will snuggle me everyday. It's the very best. She gives great hugs, blows kisses, and cannot plant enough smooches on her dad's face! 

 This is her "Cheeser Face." 
She makes it on demand, usually. And it's my favorite.

We're just the luckiest to have these girls.
Absolutely lucky.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

golden's ten months

Ten Months!
How did we get here?!

Golden is:

... a piranha. She has eight teeth, and I *think* she may be working on more. She's gotten very good at chewing all kinds of food [and once on her sister's face when she got too rough], and has the cutest little gap between her two front teeth. When she makes her "cheese" face, you can't help but smile and chuckle. And she has a super fancy tongue - she can do all sorts of tricks with her tongue. It's adorable.

... standing for quite a while on her own, but won't take any steps without holding on to something. She's getting braver, but not quite walking yet. But she crawls lightning fast, and likes to play "chase" with Afton and I. She'll crawl in circles with someone chasing her, then quickly turn around and start chasing the chaser. 

... a climber. Stairs, couches, over pillows, on me... she's figuring out that she can get where she wants to go without help sometimes. It's a little scary, and there have been a few close calls, but luckily no disastrous falls yet. She is a little monkey!

... a little joker. She fake laughs until someone laughs at her. She loves teasing her sister. She likes to pretend to share her pacifier with her dad, only to snatch it away at the last minute with a maniacal chuckle. She loves to play peek-a-boo, and will hide her face in blankets, towels, and curtains, then pull them off and laugh and laugh! 

... fearless. She tries to dive off the couch or the bed quite frequently, much to my dismay. For some reason, she loves to throw herself backward and hang upside down. It makes me dizzy. She loves being tossed in the air, or twirling in circles, and she enjoys wind blowing in her face. Isn't that weird?!

... a chatterbox. She loves to talk. And sometimes scream. She correctly calls us "mom" and "daddad," she says "some" when she wants some food [I think because we typically say "do you want some?"] and will sometimes say "more," She definitely has found her voice, and she'll sing anytime there's music around, and there is no mistaking when she's mad. He little growls have turned into screaming squawks - she sounds like the little chicken from Moana, ha ha. 

She's still just so delightful, and we're all obsessed with her!

Oh, we're the luckiest to have these girls!


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.