August 5, 2014

Hannah Joy: 10 Months

What a fun month we've had! After the month of sickness (i.e. June), we were finally able to get outside more and truly enjoy the Portland summer these past four weeks. Every day brings a new adventure for us and Hannah is taking it all in stride. As the months start to pile up, Hannah's personality is really shining through and we are continually grateful for her joyous spirit and interactive nature.

At 10 months, Hannah...

- Has learned how to clap! She's quite proud of herself when she does it, too. But she will get upset if she looks at you while clapping and you aren't clapping.


- Got her second tooth! It's right next to her front one. This is exciting since she's now still only up to two teeth. Ha!

- Visited her great aunts, uncles and cousins in Washington. We were so grateful to Rian's family for coming in from all over Washington to spend the day with us at Aunt Dawn's home in Chehalis. 

- Celebrated her first 4th of July with friends here in Tigard. We walked down to the high school football field for the fireworks but ended up leaving about an hour before they started. I was realllly past bedtime ;) But we learned that A) Hannah sleeps through fireworks pretty well and B) We can see the fireworks from our front yard! Perhaps next year we'll do a block party :)

- Took her first dip in the pool! My mom got her this adorable inflatable pool that we used on the 4th. It was nice and hot outside, so she really enjoyed the swim. 

- Had her first trip to the beach! We rented Kristi's family beach house in Rockaway Beach the last weekend in July and had the BEST time. The weather was perfect. The house was so great for all of us (including the dogs). And Hannah flippin' LOVES the beach. She got so frustrated when we picked her up off the sand! I'm so grateful that our trip went so well and that we were able as a family to have a successful mini-vacation.

- Went on numerous visits to the zoo! First we went with dear friends Rebecca & Kaylee, next with our buddy Logan and his awesome Nanny Emily, and then Rian and Bryann took Hannah and Callie while the mommies were away at Girls Weekend :) We are so thankful to Rian's parents for our family zoo membership. We've already gotten such great use out of it.

- Rode in her first limo while touring the Stoller Vineyard. We've only been members since May, but we've already been SO many times. We are so happy with our wine club membership to Stoller and look forward to many more baby-friendly events. (Which is awesome because they are ALL baby friendly.)

- Celebrated Clara's first birthday! Can't believe the first B-52 is already a TODDLER. Crazy how quick it's all going by.

- Went on dozens of walks. Since I was finally feeling well enough to get back into our walking routine, Hannah and I were able to log in a total of 26 miles for the month of July. I love our walks together and I'm proud of that number! Whether it's with friends (we've been able to walk with some sweet friends from church) or walking by myself (I love jamming to some SP), it's been a positive thing that we do on a routine basis. Plus, we live in a beautiful city with some great views.

- And lastly, this month Hannah spent her first-ever night away from me. Actually, two nights! Months ago Kristi organized a girls' weekend getaway at the beach house. Initially I figured it wouldn't be possible for me to go. I was (and still am) breastfeeding, so I didn't think I'd be able to leave her for an entire weekend. But as our freezer stash started to pile up and with lots of prompting from Rian, I finally agreed to go. And I am SO thankful that I did! It was an awesome weekend with my friends and a great break from my daily grind. Rian did amazingly well alone and I'm now more confident about leaving her in the future. Of course I missed her and pumping wasn't particularly fun, but the break was much-needed and so very good for the soul.

Phew! See what I mean? July was a busy and fun month!

Some more pictures of Hannah at 10 months:

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July 3, 2014

Hannah Joy: 9 Months

A bit of a preamble here...
This was a tough month for me personally. While Hannah continued to thrive and hit milestones, I was only healthy for nine (yes, nine!) total days in June. I was hit hard twice by two completely different sicknesses. Each time I was out for about a week and a half. It was heartbreaking and extremely frustrating to be so ill and unable to just be myself. Rian and I had multiple conversations as to how I could better take care of myself. I already eat well and exercise every day, but something just wasn't adding up. So we decided that Rian will now start helping me with night shifts for Hannah. It will mean more pumping for me during the day (since Rian will have to thaw a bottle for her at night), but the trade off is SO VERY worth it. Bottom line: I'm not getting enough sleep and it's wearing me down and leaving me susceptible to every nasty bug that I come in contact with. I'm thankful for this change and I know it will be a great thing for not just me but also my family :)

At nine months, Hannah...

- Can pull herself into a sitting position AND standing position! Though both of these new skills have been making bedtime a bit tricky...but she's super proud of herself and basically wants to practice standing all day long.

- Went on her first trip to the zoo! We had so much fun celebrating Father's Day as a family at the Oregon Zoo. Rian's parents generously gifted us a zoo membership, so we look forward to going many more times.

- Has started finger foods. It was a struggle for a while there to get her to actually pick up food and eat it. But thanks to some tasty puffs and yogurt melts, I think she's finally getting the hang of self-feeding.

- Still enjoys chasing the dogs around the house. Typically her favorite place to be is wherever the boys are.


- Got a remodeled playroom! Rian and I are quite proud of this room. It went from being overcrowded and unsafe to baby-friendly and roomy! It was fun to have a vision for a room for Hannah and then see it come to life. We hope this is a space she can learn, play and grow in for a very long time.

- Constantly babbles. Favorite "words" are baba, dada, blah blah blah. And yes, I swoon over her every time she says them. #firsttimemom

- Started Skyping with my mom. It's been so fun for Hannah to get to see my mom more and more this way. Thank God for technology and our ability to be close even when we are physically so far apart.

- Celebrated the gender reveals of two new Portland babies! Friends Annie & Aaron are having another baby GIRL and friends Paul & Rachel are having a baby BOY! This was such an exciting time for us and our wonderful group of friends. It's been fun "explaining" to Hannah that she will have two new friends in December. I can't wait to watch all these babies grow up together. What a blessing it is to have such a close-knit community.

- Proudly supported Holland in the World Cup! As we've mentioned dozens of times, we are a proud Dutch-American family. It's been fun to cheer on Holland and the U.S. But now that the U.S. is out, we have all of our efforts focused on Team Oranje! Thanks to our family in Holland for sending this adorable shirt for Hannah. And yes, she wears it for every game :)

- Got her first tooth! We were really starting to wonder if we'd hit 12 months before we ever saw one! But right at the beginning of the month a little tooth popped up front and center on the bottom row. It's super cute and we love making her smile extra big just so we can sneak a peek of it.

- Had a fun visit with Oma and Opa. We went to the vineyards and hit up the Tigard Festival of Balloons. It's always a fun weekend when the grandparents are in town to play with us and spoil us! :)

Some favorite pictures of Hannah at 9 months:

 {Baby jail with Callie}

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