Saturday, June 30, 2012

Our little hula girl!

 My best friend Amanda's 32nd birthday was yesterday and her parents threw a Luau for her. Alan was working and didn't make it with us. She looked too cute to not share the pictures :)

Yesterday was also Alan's brother William's birthday and Amanda's parents 33rd anniversary! So Happy birthday and anniversary to ya'll! :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pool party!

I picked up a pool for Madison last week and we filled it up this past Saturday and put her in. The water was cold and she hated it at first, even though I let her stand in it for a while. I finally just plopped her down because we knew she would love it since she loves to splash in the bath. She finally got comfortable in it and started playing with her toys and splashing around. She played in it for a while before we got her out. She's already been back in twice in this week.

I attempted to let her wear her glasses.. No go.

Look at those chompers!

Madison's bottom left tooth has been trying it's hardest to break through for months! It finally popped through last week! Now you can also see the one beside it trying to pop through. 

 "Stop looking in my mouth, mama!"

Father's Day recap

I decided to make plans for Alan to take Madison and Wilma hiking in the mountains. We haven't been in years and Wilma hasn't really gotten to play in water since before her accident. We started the morning by getting breakfast at a local place that we had not been to but I had heard good things about. It's a French inspired restaurant and it was yummy! We will definitely go back! We left there and headed to Graveyard Fields, which is in Pisgah National Forest. We stopped by Subway and got subs to take up to eat before going out.

 Madison hanging out in the back pack
 Watching Wilma play

She started getting fussy and this rock did the trick!

Wilma was so funny. We would throw a rock the size of the one Madison is holding in the
picture above and she would bring back these huge rocks

Alan throwing rocks for Wilma

Still playing with rocks

Mommy/daughter picture.

It started raining and Madison was crying because she had gotten tired and the rain was cold. 
I looked at her on the way out(we were high tailing it!) and her nose had been scratched :( 
We thought it may have been by the rock she was holding but....

..on the way home the scratches on her cheek popped up. I think she got swiped by a branch :(  
She's a tough cookie though!

Here it is this morning.. Looks much better after putting neosporin on it before bed last night.

We stopped by downtown Hendersonville to walk around and get some ice cream before heading home. The city is so dog friendly that some of the stores leave out water bowls for the dogs.

I think this was a much needed trip for all of us! Wilma hasn't much budged since getting home last night and it's always nice for us to get away to the mountains. Alan said he had a great day. I just wish it didn't rain so we could have hung out a bit more but at least we were able to be there a couple of hours. Happy Father's Day to Alan. He's the best daddy in the world and Madison is so lucky to have him! I am so lucky that he shows our little girl what love is and how a man should treat a lady. He's such a hands on dad and I am so grateful for that. We love you babe!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Instagram Saturday...

Here are the latest Instagram pictures I've taken. If you don't follow me, my username is alanandcrystal

Yard sale finds. $3 total! 
A hippo riding toy, a toy camera and the See and Say.

Play time

Found this Super Grover at Target. Alan's favorite character as a child(and still) 
so of course, we had to get it.

This is a wild woman! She won't stay still! 

Breakfast of nectarines one morning this week.

I have no idea where she gets her amazing lashes from.. and those gorgeous eyes are going to have the boys swooning.. when shes 45 of course.

 Another breakfast shot. Fruit and Cheerios

Cute cowgirl hat at Old Navy. As you see, she wouldn't keep it on. 

Eating blueberries from her Nimmie's bushes

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy 9 months Madison!

I finally got some video of Madison dancing as I said she learned in her 8 month post. We were at the library and I was holding her up and videoing so sorry her head is chopped off. I couldn't get her legs and her head at the same time..

May 7 - 35 weeks
We bought some Mum Mums for her to try. They are little rice cereal snacks that she can feed herself and she did good. These are big like crackers. We tried Puffs on May 12 and she loves them! It has also helped convince her to crawl/scoot. See video below.

May 17 - 36 weeks
We love when she belly laughs so when she does it at something we do, we do it until she gets tired of it!
I also try to get it on video :) Don't mind Cameron meowing halfway through.

May 23 - 37 weeks
We finally took away the pool noodle because she learned how to scoot on her own!

May 23 - 37 weeks
She has also learned how to go from sitting up to crawling position. She has mastered this and is very quick at it now!

May 31- 38 weeks
Alan's mom went to story/music time at the library with us. Here they are dancing!

June 4- 38 weeks
I found a recipe for edible finger paints online and we decided she would love it.
We were right haha She didn't paint with it so much as just pouring it out and chewing on the container :)

 Found this cute party hat while shopping for ideas for her 1st birthday party(which will be September 8 2-4pm so write it down!)

June 3 - 38 weeks
We took her to the park to swing for the first time. She laughed the first few times and then realized she was sleepy and started fussing..



Even though this should wait for her 10th month post, I had to share! 
The Pedi gave us the okay to start giving her meat/protein so I gave her a little ground chuck,
diced grapes and nectarines. She didn't like the meat but we need to really work on her feeding herself, other than Puffs. She kept making faces so we decided to give her baby food and let her work with using the spoon. Alan would put the food on the spoon and she would grab it and put it in her mouth and gnaw on it until the food was gone.. A few times she even tapped the jar with the spoon when she was done. We decided we will keep doing this until she's mastering it and hopefully soon understanding how to get the food on the spoon herself. It's a very messy process but we think she has a lot of fun doing it and I know it makes her feel independent. We went through 6 spoons, 5 paper towels and 2 burp clothes in 1 jar of food.. :)

She learned how to dance, clap, army crawl, roll over to a crawl, eat Mum Mums, feed herself Puffs and reach out to someone during her 8th month! She can even wave bye bye when she wants to. She is so smart and I can't wait to see what she learns in her 9th month!

Here is her schedule:
9am: up and eat 9-12oz milk
11am: story, nap
12pm: 1/2 jar baby food, 5 oz milk
1pm: story, nap
3pm: 1/2 jar baby food, 5 oz milk
4:30: story, nap
5pm: 9 oz milk
5:30: story, nap
6pm: food from our plate, fruit in her mesh feeder
7pm: jar baby food, 3 oz milk
7:30: bath, story, bed

We took her for her 9 month wellness check- no shots, yay! The pedi was really pleased with her growth and health! Here are her stats:
weight - 17.47 lbs (38%)
height - 28.25" (75 %)

She amazes us every day. She is so smart and funny. She loves to focus in on things and stare at them a while. She has such a big personality and is so very happy. She loves songs and funny noises and loves it when Alan sings Old MacDonald to her, even over the phone she grins from ear to ear. Her laugh is our drug and we try to make her laugh as much as we can. She loves the animals and anytime they are within arms reach, she reaches out for them. We love her so much!