Sunday, August 30, 2009

one more first...

Mary achieved another milestone today... she found her toes... with her mouth! It seems that her new favorite thing is to try to chew her toes. I caught her on the floor, in her bumbo seat and on my mom's lap. I'm just hoping that this won't replace sucking her thumb.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

a few firsts...

Mary had quite a few new experiences today. She started off by sharing for the first time today... way to go, Mary! She has no understanding that the new Bumbo seat is hers, but whatever, it's still sharing. I think little Huddy might be more excited about it than her at this point, but that is okay for now. He looks pretty cute in it, huh?!?

Mary also had her first swim today! She was pretty indifferent towards it... she never seemed upset, but not overly thrilled either. She might have been a bit stunned; could have been the cold water she was put in or her fun big cousins swimming and playing all around her. All in all, I think it was a success. Here we are with Will (Mary's cousin) right before we got in; notice his spiderman tattoos... he was pretty proud of them!

We had one last new activity today... the swing. Again, she was pretty indifferent about it. She loved it when I talked to her as she approached me in the swing... other than that, I'm not sure what she was thinking. But, once again she wasn't upset by her new experience. She just kind of rolls with the punches and I kind of hope she remains that way.

Friday, August 28, 2009

for Danny...

A LOT has happened since our last post.... we had two weddings and then we went to India for two weeks... Danny stayed for an extra 10 days and we sure are missing him! More to come on those events, but here is a preview. This is my brother, Michael, and his wonderful new wife, Kathryn, at the rehearsal dinner.

Mary in India enjoying her new friend, Anupa, and the cute elephant that she gave her.

I will post about those later, but since Danny is still in India/Nepal I want keep him posted on our little girl. We flew to Boston from India Sunday night and left for Florida on Monday morning... I decided that I might need some help getting little Mary back into the Eastern Time Zone. Mimi (my mom) has been great! Here she is getting Mary up from a nap.

Mary and I hanging out on the couch...

A few nights ago, when Mary was alive and playful in the middle of the night, she started making this new sound. She looks so cute trying to do it, but just spews spit bubbles down her chin... awesome. Anyways, here is a video of Dara (my good friend from Boston) getting her to do it...

Lastly, here is Mary in her new bumbo seat. She sat on the counter and watched Mimi prepare dinner for 30 minutes... She loved being in on the action!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mary & the Larkin Cousins

This past weekend we celebrated the wedding of Lisa's younger brother, Michael, and Kathryn down in Florida (we'll have pictures from the celebration soon). This, of course, means that Mary got to meet Lisa's side of the family, which includes roughly 7543 people. Mary was showered with love and attention from all her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents.

There were 3 people in particular that we were excited for Mary to meet: her cousins, Kate, Will and Hudson. They are the children of Luke, Lisa's older brother, and Kelley. You can read more of their exploits at their family blog, cleverly titled "Larkin Family," which no doubt could include many more funny stories (seriously, it seems like every 10 minutes they do something to crack us up).

Our goal was to get a picture with all 3 of them and Mary together. We soon found out that it was an impossible task, so we settled for whatever we could get.

Kate is 6 years old and enjoyed holding Mary the most. She's going into the 1st grade (!) next year. I expect she'll teach Mary all that she's learned over the years: coloring inside the lines, performing songs for the family in front of the fire place, etc.

Will is 4 and about as full of energy as any kid who has ever lived. If you check out their blog, you'll find that he's responsible for much of the laughter, intentionally or unintentionally. I appreciate any kid who loves baseball, even if his allegiance lies with the Rays.

Hudson is about 20 months old, which is to say he's growing rapidly. It's crazy- I saw him last Christmas and he was wobbling ever two steps. Now he won't stand still. He even talks, sort of. My favorite was watching him slam his hands on the glass door yelling "BEEP!" This, apparently, is his personal pronunciation of "beach," which for him denotes any body of water, including Mimi and Papa's pool he so obviously longed for.

If you look at the picture below and think "geez, Danny, shouldn't he be in the center of the photo"... you don't know Hudson Larkin very well.

As is our unintentional custom, we managed to forget to take pictures of Luke and Kelley with Mary. Oh well.