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8 months old

My sweet girl is 8 months and growing, however as I post this update she is 8.5 months old and will soon be 9. Needless to say, she is keeping us busy around here.

It just so happens we took a family trip to Lowe’s on hj’s 8 month birthday. As we stood in the parking lot packing up the car and I glanced across the street staring at Community North Hospital, it became clear to me why my mom always glared at St.Joe Hospital while passing by. I’ll never forget the day she pulled the car over, jumped out and grabbed a brick. Without a doubt, I too have the same emotional connection to Community North. I stood there day dreaming swelling with emotions. This is where we first saw our child forming, where we heard a heartbeat for the first time and found out we were parents to a baby girl. This is where we got to hold and kiss her for the first time and introduce her to her family.

This month we celebrated hj’s first Easter. We went to Kokomo on Saturday afternoon and had Easter dinner and then we went to church on Sunday morning with Nana B and Papa C. That afternoon we drove back home and spent the afternoon celebrating with the Donaldson side of the family. Towards the end of the month mama threw a bachlorette party for Aunt Meghan, and Daddy got to spend a full 24 hours with you all alone. We also celebrated Nana B turning 60 with a family dinner.

hj is on the move and and she is the fastest crawler east of the mississippi. She loves to crawl across the room and use the furniture nearby to pull her self up and stand. We learned very quickly she is a fan of Vernie girls dog food and daddy brought home gates the next day.

She loves hearing us sing “If your Happy and You Know It”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “Patty Cake” and other songs we have made up.

The girl is also in “discovery” mode every where we go. As we shop and run errands she loves watching passers by and always smiles at them. She is starting to figure out the cause and effect of different things. We love to watch her as she is learning everyday.





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7 months old

I’m a little behind with this months post, but we have been a busy and sick family.  We continue to be busy, but thankfully we are all healthy.  

It still blows my mind how much my precious baby can change so much in one month.  She is now 7.5 months old and is far different today then she was at 7 months.  (My updates in this post cover 6 to 7 months)

Our new favorite thing is when hj reaches out for us to pick her up from playing, out of her crib or when she wants YOU to hold her.  It melts our hearts every single time and will never get old.  She also loves to hear us say her name, or sing it in a song.  She smiles back, giggles and rocks back and forth with pride. 

We have explored a few new solids including baby yogurt.  As long as it is banana flavored she is a happy girl.  hj is also obsessed with “mum mums” and reaches our for them when she hears the rustling of the package.  Check them out:  

We are so excited that a tiny little tooth has broke surface.  During the process, hj earned the nickname of “drool queen” and it was very fitting for the last few months. 

hj is very close to crawling, but her current method of rolling from one side of the room to the other keeps her busy for hours.  We also discovered she is a big fan of ‘March Madness’ just like her Mama and Da Da. 

We spent an afternoon at the zoo, thanks to a team event for Da Da.  While this was hj’s second trip the zoo, she seemed to enjoy it much more this time around.  She loved watching the walrus as he swam up to the wall to say hello.  It was fun watching her face light up looking at the animals, but it melted my heart seeing her fall asleep in her stroller toward the end of the day.  These are the sweet moments I have dreamed about. 

We love watching her grow, learn and discover new things everyday. Until next month.

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I have a 6 month old daughter. Say what?

This past week our sweet hj turned 6 months old, or as some of the Mommy’s in my group say (gulp) a half a year old. A half a year old? Yikes! I will stick with 6 months for obvious reasons.

Our little lady is growing, thriving and continues to steal each and every tiny piece of our hearts. She has gained 8 pounds and is 6 inches longer since the day we got to meet her.

Our daily routine is starting to fall into place. We wake up together and share ‘Good mornings’ and hj beams with pure happiness. Next, we find Vernie girl (our 50 lb english bulldog) and spend a few minutes playing together. Then, we all head downstairs together and start the day.

On Valentines day, hj put on her adorable dress with red hearts for a lunch date with daddy and I was the chaperone. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We also went on our first mini-vacation to Davis, WV for the annual family ski trip. My heart was filled with joy watching hj spend time with her aunt and uncles that she does not get to see very often. What a treat for us all.

Days before hj turned 6 months, she started sitting up on her own for several minutes at a time. What a thrill to see her so excited to be sitting up and playing with her toys. She has also been rocking and showing interest in early stages of crawling. Slow down sister, I’m just getting comfortable with the idea of you being such a big girl.

Our days are filled with her laughter (most of it is directed at vernie), coos and squeals. I’m loving the little flashes of her developing personality. As she progress and changes each day, I can’t wait to see what we have to share with you next month.





My baby is 3 months old

I can not believe my sweet baby girl is three months old today. Everyone tells you to hold them close and to snuggle as much as possible because it goes so quickly.

Right in front of our very own eyes she has made so many developments. She has gained almost 4 pounds and is close to 4 inches longer. Her smiles will steal your heart and she wants so badly to let out a big bout of laughter, you can see it in her eyes.

When given a bottle she reaches out to hold it on her own and makes a fist to ensure her pacifier stays in her mouth.

She has figured out “the big brown thing” is not going anywhere and vise versa. They love to stare each other down and often Harper will flash a sweet little smile to Vernie girl. This makes for one happy Momma.

She holds her little head up and loves to watch the Hoosiers with Daddy in her bumbo.

I’m proud to be her Momma.


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Happy Thanksgiving

I have so many fond memories of Thanksgiving.   Like, the year I was dressed as a pilgrim and I so eloquently asked Nana if I could have her peach iridescent bowl when she dies.  Of course she said yes, and recently Nana gave me the dish.  Before you judge, I was nine years old and it was the most beautiful dish my eyes had seen.

Every year we go around the table and share what we are thankful for.  How about the year I stated, “I’m thankful for Nana’s uterus.”  I was as serious as a heart attack.   With out her uterus, my Mother would not be here and so on.  You get the picture.

This year, Thanksgiving takes on an entire new meaning for me. I have a family of my own with new traditions to start.  Today, I  got to sing, “over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house we go…” in preparation for our drive to my parents.  My Mom sang this to us as we traveled to the lake every holiday.

Today, as we gather around the dinner table, I could take the entire day sharing what I am thankful for.  However, I will try to spare my family with my sappy side and keep it simple.  I am thankful for my loving family, my incredible husband who is the perfect Daddy to our sweet baby girl, a healthy pregnancy and our beautiful healthy baby girl.

I am one blessed Momma.

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