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Grace’s new tricks

September 25, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Geoff

This month has seen Grace learning all kinds of new tricks. As she approaches her 5-month birthday, she has begun to master sitting up on her own, real laughs, rolling everywhere she wants to go, and eating real food.

Let me correct that, by “real food” I really mean infant cereal. But in any case, she’s started to try out eating cereal with no real disasters yet.

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And a video of our first few bites:
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Grace has also surprised us with her new laugh, and her excitement for the Cyclones. She sure was tuckered out after cheering for the Cyclones all day!

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And a video that kinda shows Grace’s new laugh:

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Her next new trick is her mastery of the roll. Turns out at daycare Grace chases the boys, which doesn’t make Dad happy. Heather puts Grace down across the room from Jackson, and she rolls her way over to him. Yikes, Dad is nervous.

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And with all of this going on, Jill still had the time to meet up with Paul & Darla to watch Hannah & Sarah run in Huxley, and hosted Grandpa & Grandma Janes:

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Its been a busy month, but we’ve enjoyed every bit of it.  Grace makes her mom & dad so proud and continues to amaze us with every day.  We look forward to sharing all of her new tricks with all of you soon!  And don’t forget to check out the additional pictures in the gallery.

Life with a 4-Month-Old

September 14, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Jill

After four months with Grace, here are a few things that we new parents have learned:

  • It is difficult to allow a baby to “cry it out” at 3 in the morning, even if it may be what’s best for her.
  • It is certainly worth letting a baby “cry it out” when she finally learns to settle herself down on her own.
  • Bath time becomes more fun when you can splash with both hands and feet.
  • Grandparents are always willing to spoil a granddaughter in any way possible.
  • A new highchair may be a special symbol of infancy to a parent, but is just another thing to chew on to the infant.
  • Feet, when first discovered, are better than any new toy.
  • You are never too young to cheer for the Cyclones.
  • All new sounds, even shrieks and screams, must be “practiced” often (at the expense of parents’ ears)  to really get them down.
  • Rolling over (and over and over) is quite effective for getting where you want to go.
  • Watching a boy kiss your daughter is hard for a Daddy, even if the boy is another baby.
  • Naps are to be fought at any time when suggested by a parent–napping on your own terms is A-Okay.
  • Learning to sit up requires patience, practice, and a few face-plants.
  • Life with a baby is never boring!

The last month was full of visits and trips to keep us busy.  Luke Thompson was the first lucky little boy to get in trouble with Grace’s Dad, he is the first on what I’m sure will be a long list of boys who will get “the talk” in a few more years.

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Our next visitor was Jack Brown. Grace and Jack had a great evening hanging out by the fire:

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And, several visits to or visits by family:

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Our little girl has begun to master all kinds of new tricks.  Not only has she become very vocal, she’s also nearly mastered rolling both ways and is starting to learn how to sit.  She’s also decided anything within arms reach is now hers.  Its been fun enjoying all of her new tricks.

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And, finally, an early video of Grace rolling around:

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With back-to-school and days at daycare now feeling routine, it seems time has begun to fly as our sweet baby girl continues to grow and change before our eyes. We can’t wait for everyone to have a chance to see all of her new tricks. Until then, visit the gallery for more photos of Grace.