Sunday, December 21, 2008
The same morning that Bailey discovered Doby's dog food, she also claimed her first Christmas decoration. When I was putting these two snowmen on the shelf, I wasn't sure if they would last the whole season. I was right! They are at the perfect level for Bailey to grab, bash, and eat, but it's okay becuase I'm pretty sure they're indestructible.
Here's another funny picture from today:
She fell asleep while playing in her bouncy. Like any good mother, I took a picture before I got her out.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Bailey and Brian. She wasn't too incredibly smiley on Sunday (which was weird for her) but this is one of her almost smiling.There was a beautiful sunset on Sunday.Bailey and Grandma Roxann.
The theme for the tree this year is Victorian decorations, so they had all sorts of old fashion looking decorations. This was the "best" shot of all three of us that we got. So it looks like I'll have to keep looking for a Christmas card picture.
Like I said, Bailey was not very smiley for the pictures outside, but the one thing she did smile for was the candy in the candy store. She could have been an advertisement for the store becuase she matched in her red and black. Even the ladies that worked at the store said that she should sit in the display window. I do love this outfit that she wore!
Bailey with Roxann and Dan (and her cute red shoes)
Here are some of her almost smiling shots.
By the end of the day, she was ready to go home. I love it when she rubs her eyes; it is such an big kid thing to do. It was another fun year at the Hotel Del. I know that Bailey will like going there every year!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The store that has been enticing me lately is Kohls, so tonight I went at 10:30. The kids--Brian and Bailey--were ready for bed and fast asleep, so off I went! I was expecting to see more moms there who only have time to shop after their kids are asleep, but I was really the only one in the store. Another benefit of this late night shopping is the very personal one-on-one help you that's available if needed. I did not need it because I did not have a specific item I was looking for, but it felt good knowing that lots of help was near by. The other advantage of late night shopping (advantage to the store) is that the customers are very sleepy and more apt to make rash purchases (two Christmas outfits for Bailey) and sign up for the Kohls credit card (I did save 20%). Overall I'd say it was a very pleasant and successful shopping excursion. And now as I get ready to go to bed, I hope to find more midnight madness deals in the next weeks to come. Happy shopping!
Friday, December 5, 2008
I love this outfit because I found ribbon that exactly matched the dress.She loves playing with her back pack and has this weird facisnation with straps of any kind--backpacks, car seats, high chairs, purses, etc.She looks so grown up in this outfit with her little sweater. I still sometimes have her wear a mini bow to church if I don't have enough time to make a bigger headband. My secret weapon with the mini bows is corn syrup (thanks again Sam for the insider secret). People are always amazed and shocked that I actually put that on her head. It works really well, and the bonus is that it tastes good when you have to get the bow off of her head!Here's her more casual look without the sweater.
Can you tell that I love dressing her up and taking pictures? I'm going to do it as long as she'll let me, which better be a long, long time. When I was younger I always used to dress up my sisters and take pictures of them. We have some really sweet shots of them in matching outfits and really nice make up (I'll have to work on scanning some of them to display). I guess I've always wanted to be a stylist/photographer deep down inside. Luckily, Bailey is too little to protest too much and she does have the cutest smile. I need to think of some new poses for her because sitting on our blue couch is going to be boring for every picture.
Bailey tried her first handful of sand...and it was delicious!
After a fun morning at the beach, we came home and Bailey got dressed up.
She was imagining what it will be like one day to have lots of hair.
While the cousins were here, Bailey started doing all sorts of trick in one week. She went from doing a funky army crawl, to crawling normally where ever she wants. She can also pull herself up to stand on anything--even if it is really low to the ground she tries to stand up. Bailey had her nine month check up and here are her stats: 27 inches tall, 17.4 pounds--both are totally normal and average if she would have been born on time. The doctor was absolutely amazed at all of the tricks she can do--crawl, stand up, rolling, etc. She doesn't even look like a tiny preemie baby anymore. I swear that she's grown and learned all sorts of tricks in the past few weeks; she is definitely making up for all of her lost time being so tiny.
She loves her feet right now and are quite the form of entertainment for her. It comes in handy when I'm changing her diaper because she can hold her feet up for me.
This is an example of what she looks like some mornings when we come to get her out of bed! We've had to lower her crib because she had no idea how close she was to falling over. She is just so happy to stand up all the time.
She also really loves to eat now! She's eating all sorts of vegetables mixed with rice cereal. Just one month ago, the smell of rice cereal would make her gag and eating vegetables had severe consequences. She has decided to grow up.
I decided that we should give her a bath in the sink, now that she can sit up on her own. We got everything prepped and ready for a fun time, but Bailey didn't want to give it a chance.
All she wanted to do was escape the entire time. It's like she was being held captive and looking for any moment when we had our guard down to make a run for it. It's a good thing that she was too slippery to stand up. I'll get her to like it because I want my babies to take baths in the sink. I remember my mom giving us baths in the sink and I always thought that was so fun. Bailey just doesn't know what's good for her yet.
The last big event that we tried to pull off with the cousins is a photo shoot. Someone gave Bailey and Kate matching dresses and we went and bought Owen a little man suit to match. We were going to get them done at JCPennys, but of course on the day of our appointment (which happened to be the day after Thanksgiving) the power went out at the store so they had to cancel. So we did the best we could with our lack of professional photography experience (I say that smiling because the people at JCPennys aren't too professional either). Here's what we came up with:
Here's Kate, Bailey, and Owen giving us their best looks. Owen looks handsome as usual and the girls are just adorable with their dresses and hair!
Kate and Owen were good smilers in this one, but Bailey isn't quite sure what to do.
I love this look on Bailey. She really works her eyebrows to their full effect. She looks likes she's trying so hard to understand what I'm telling her. She loves listening to people talk.
Here's my pretty girl with her big smile!
It was so much fun having everyone down last week. I can't wait until it happens again in a couple of weeks for Christmas. And who knows, maybe Bailey will want to chase the big kids around so much that she'll start walking. I don't think it will be that soon, but Brian is betting by the new year. That means I need to decorate for Christmas and do some major baby-proofing this week!