Hope: 8 months

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hope turned EIGHT months old September 16! This month, she got her first tooth - which is adorable - and started cutting another. This tiny baby is on the move, too: while not crawling forward she can crawl backwards and definitely doesn't stay in one place! She's also trying to pull up. She started MDO one day a week so mama can get some work done. She "waves" hi and bye, blows bubbles with her mouth and makes a sucking fish face which is pretty darn cute. We haven't yet found a food she won't eat, adding peas, bananas, apples and butternut squash to her rotation. We closed on our house in Mobile and she is halfway moved into her new room, which we painted the same color her room was in Columbia. Hope got a great report from her foot doctor in St. Louis - she's right on track in her clubfoot treatment! This little girl continues to amaze us with her resiliency and strength packed into a 15-pound(ish) package. We love watching her grow and meet milestones but wish time would slow just a little bit! 

In St. Louis, getting approved for 18-hour wear in her BNB! Happy day!!!

Trying peas for the first time: not a fan at first, but now she loves them!

Pool days at our short term apartment before we closed. 

Eeking as much wear out of our seersucker before the end of summer. 

This girl loves her feet! 

Now that she's in 18-hour wear, she finally gets to wear other shoes - like these monogrammed slippers that were a gift!

She bought a house! ;)

Mealtime is her favorite. 

Making that adorable little sucking fishy face. It is SO cute! 

Twinning with mommy on her 32nd birthday. 

Love those little feet! 

First day of MDO - September 6

That. Face. 

Cheering on daddy and the team from home as they kicked off their season in Kiawah! 

First little tooth! 

Hope: 7 months

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hope turned 7 months old on August 16! Nothing gets past our detail-oriented baby who loves trying to figure out how things work (especially the buckles on her shoes). She loves looking in the mirror, sitting all by herself, and any accessories mom and dad might be wearing, like glasses or jewelry. She started solids this month and enjoys sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans so far. She's starting to get the hang of her sippy cup and feels like such a big kid sitting in high chairs when we go out! She graduated to size 2 diapers and wears mostly 6 month clothes. Her eyes are still blue and her hair is getting lighter - and she's still toothless. She's started "waving" hi and bye - the cutest. Hope made the big move to Mobile two weeks ago and can't wait to get all of her stuff out of storage soon!! Life is fun with our sweet Hope! But time really, really needs to slow down. 

Practicing standing, with daddy's help

Holding court with her sisters

Put to lunch in Columbia 

Kicking back with a good book

Pattern mixing! 

Last play date with her little bestie in Columbia at the library. 

It wasn't long ago that you despised bath time, little girl! 

First time in a high chair out in a restaurant

Penny and Hope <3

Last day in Columbia, saying goodbye to my coworkers and acting how momma felt :(

Moving day - empty house! Bittersweet! 

On the trip to Mobile - playing at a pit stop

First day as an Alabama resident

First time in the cart at Publix, mommy's favorite place

Red white and blue for the Olympics! 

All dressed up for church 
First solids: sweet potatoes! 

Pajama day! 

Daddy is the best playmate

Mommy and her mini! 

Wear. All. The. Seersucker. 

Getting a handle on that sippy cup

Cool breeze! 

Hope: 6 months

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy half birthday to our little girl! I'm in total disbelief that Hope was born six whole months ago: time is passing much too quickly. 

Hope is such a smiley, happy baby! Her month included helping daddy celebrate his first Father's Day, taking her first trip to Edisto Beach, and spending her first Fourth of July on the beach. She loves to eat rice cereal for fun, sit and play in her Bumbo seat, and recently tried out the jumper. Her favorite toy is her singing cow (whose songs are perpetually stuck in our heads). She babbles all the time, drools constantly and can just about sit unassisted. She's decided that naps more than 45 minutes aren't cool and she'd like to wake up most nights to see what's going on at 4am! She's busy packing up her room for our upcoming move to Mobile and likes FaceTiming with daddy while he looks at houses. 

Highlights from the last month: 

At her 5 month weight check: 11 pounds, 8 ounces (right on our goal!)

In front of our current front door - this house will only be ours for a few more weeks! Bittersweet! 

With daddy on his first Father's Day

Trying rice cereal for the first time - and loving it!! 

This smile! Swoon! 

The Bumbo: her favorite spot these days. 

Daddy taking a turn feeding Hope. 

Precious moments! 

Baby friends! 

Real life matches the smocking = too perfect for words! 

First beach trip: Edisto Beach, SC

Bathing beauty! 

Made in the shade on the beach! 

First time feeling her toes in the sand (4th of July)

Happy Independence Day!  

Family beach pictures at Edisto - this is my absolute favorite! 

Helping mommy and daddy celebrate 5 years of marriage on July 9!

Trying out the jumper for the first time (more interested in the toys than in jumping!)

Smart and sassy! 

Hope is just too much: too much happiness, too much cuteness, too much joy. These six months have been hard at times, but worth every hard moment x 1,000; they have also held the single most joyful moments of my life and being a mommy has been even better than I could have imagined. 

So blessed Hope is ours! 

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