Friday, July 24, 2009

The Laugh!

Finally! The day has come! Mary has been laughing a bit for a couple weeks, but tonight, less than 30 minutes ago, we finally captured it on video. Special thanks to our friend, Lacey. Hope you all enjoy hearing what has brought us so much joy the last couple weeks!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Three months old...

Mary turned three months old on my birthday this month, July 15th. We were in Michigan and I was very celebrated by my sweet aunt and her three little girls... I got thai food, chocolate cake (my mom's recipe with 28 candles), a starbucks gift card from Grace, $1.25 wrapped very well by Annie and some killer green nail polish from Mary, the youngest cousin.... and yes, it is still on my toenails from our nail painting party. Birthdays have never been a huge deal in my mind, but the kids were really thoughtful and it was so sweet to see them want to give gifts. Thanks!

So, as our tradition, we are posting pictures each month to chart her growth. The main areas of growth for Mary this month were her thighs and cheeks, I think. She is smiling all of the time and she's even starting to giggle... possibly my favorite sound I've ever heard. The last picture is a little blurry because it is an action shot of us playing a game (our games usually consist of me or Danny "eating her belly" or tapping her belly... invigorating, I know.)









Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our First Family Vacation

We returned (very) late last night from our first family vacation, to Grand Rapids to visit the Gibsons. Mary got to meet her Great Uncle Steve and Great Aunt Kathy, and their children Grace, Annie and Mary. In case you're trying to figure this out, Kathy is Lisa's aunt (Lisa's mom's sister).

But first, was the plane ride. Mary was awesome. No crying, she slept for a while and was generally just a cute baby. The key: pacifier. We don't use it a lot, but it came in handy on this trip. Here's a picture of Mary and Lisa on Mary's first plane ride.


Mary got to meet her second cousins and enjoyed her time with them. They were so excited to meet her; they loved holding her, feeding her and entertaining her. They are expecting a baby brother to be born in October, so we were happy to help them get some practice in before he makes his world debut.


Here is a picture of Grace, 9, feeding Mary. Grace was such a huge help all week, but never took me up on my offer for her to change Mary's diaper. She is also a world class Euchre player and forced us up past our bedtimes in order to keep playing.


This is Annie, 7, who was Mary's personal entertainer. It doesn't take much inspiration for Annie to construct a captivating story or write an improvisational song. Her creativity amused Mary all week.


This is Mary, 4, who we called "Big Mary" for most of the week. She loved to shower Baby Mary with affection, frequently calling her "cutie pie" and other such lovely names. When I noted that Baby Mary was smiling at her, she said "of course, I'm telling her how cute she is" like I made the dumbest comment ever.


In case you were wondering what form of entertainment Mary was getting from these girls, singing and dancing was high on the list. Here's a glimpse into Mary's fun with her second cousins.



After all this, Mary was wiped out and ready to sleep on the plane. The service agent at the ticket counter was kind enough to give us an empty seat between us so Mary could sleep.



Somehow, during the fun of the week, we never managed to get a single picture of Mary with either Kathy or Steve, or even me, for that matter. We have a lot of work to do on our picture taking habits. There is hope, however- we'll be seeing them all again in 2 weeks!

Monday, July 6, 2009

sleeping...

I think we have mentioned this before, but one of our favorite things to do is get Mary up in the morning. She is always so smiley when she sees us and so excited to be awake. We put her to bed swaddled very tight... but somehow she almost always gets out of it by morning time. Here she is after we put her down....



and here she is when we come in...



and now she realizes that we're here to rescue her from her crib.... I can't get enough of that cheesey, cheeky grin.



Lastly, an update on the experiment.... it has been a success! She has been consistently sleeping 9+ hours at night for the last few weeks. I feel like a new woman now that I have my night's sleep back! Thanks, Mary!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Photographs...

In my mind there is a difference between pictures and photographs. People who are good at taking pictures call them photographs... Danny and I take pictures. Luckily, we have a friend who takes great photographs! Sarah took these a few weeks ago (pre- Mary smiling often) and has so kindly been working on editing and making them available to us. We LOVE them! Here are a few of our favorites, but you can check her other stuff (including other babies from our church) out at sarahmica.com.



Don't mind my large kissing lips... focus on Mary's cute face.







and, my personal favorite...