Wednesday, March 30, 2011



Amelie was all about the kicking back and forth between Mama and Dada.

And Mama finally worked up the courage to dunk Amelie's head under water. It worked out okay :)

*A big thanks to Grandma Mary Beth for going along and taking pictures. She was a good sport!

Sleepy Head

This is how Amelie likes to sleep in her crib. I always put her down on her back, and for a little while, she'd roll immediately onto her side. Now she moves around quite a bit in the crib, though.

In the morning, she's always wedged up against the corner of the crib on her tummy with her rear end sticking somewhat up in the air.

It's a little hard to shake the feeling that she's trying to escape.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sippy Cup

After several sad attempts to get a still photo of Amelie with her beloved new sippy cup, I caught her on video trying out an innovative method.

What do you mean, you want to put this on the blog?

I'm not going to be photogenic for you, silly!


Just Because

Here are two pictures from the other day when we had dinner over at Luke and Barb's, just because.

The exersaucer is a much more interesting toy from the outside than the inside -- and playing with Ellie's is so much better than the same old boring one at home.

At least she's still a good sport about all of the tumbles that come with learning to walk. I think the fluffy cloth diaper bum helps to pad the fall.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Tooth!

As of yesterday, at exactly 10 months old, Amelie got her first tooth!

After 15 minutes of trying, I gave up on photographic evidence for now. I'll keep working on getting a picture, though :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Push Toy

I bought Amelie a push toy because she enjoys going around the coffee table so much. Here are a couple of videos of her the very first time she used it:

Still a little shaky, but having loads of fun.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crusing, Crawling, Falling

Amelie stood up today!

Lately, she's been cruising (and falling down!) quite a bit, then tonight, she stood up all on her own for a few seconds.

Here's a video from a few days ago that shows just a little bit of the cruising action:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sally's Shower

Amelie was graciously invited to her very first baby shower, which Sally quite conveniently timed to fall between her two naps. She looks just a little out of sorts in this photo, but she had a wonderful time hanging out with mama and mama's good friends.

We are all very much looking forward to meeting Hannah!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pulling Up, Take 2

Dum ... Dum ... Da Dum!

Aunt Holly took this one -- you can see Oliver on the couch (gasp!)

Messy nursery!

Something fascinating.

Makin' a break for it.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pulling Up

Here are a couple of pictures of Amelie doing her new favorite activity. As soon as I set her down, she's pulling up on whatever's closest.

Ta Da!

This video doesn't quite convey the ease (and quickness!) with which Amelie can pull up on the nearest piece of furniture, baby toy, or person (I think the feet on the footie pajamas were getting in the way), but it does show the persistent way she wants to crawl/climb all over everything instead of just scooting around (apparently cruising is so last week).

I also like the way she tries to use her teeth on the step stool right at the beginning -- to help pull herself up, maybe?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Catch-up Post

Here's a post just to get me caught up with a bunch of photos (and one video!) with no particular theme.

Horsey Giraffe is still fun, even if Amelie no longer has dangling toys on the carseat. (She's still rear-facing, but has moved to the convertible carseat that says put in the car, so there's no carrying handle to dangle toys from.)

This one looks just slightly maniacal.

We recently moved the baby gate from Amelie's door to our door, so that she can crawl on the whole top floor, but not into our room. Before, when she was confined to her room most of the time, she looked like a forlorn little prisoner.

Even though Amelie is 9 months old, she still loves to use the bumbo chair. (This is a product typically marketed towards babies who can't sit up well on their own yet.) I think she likes to be up high on the table top or counter, plus it makes a handy and compact high chair. I do have to poke her chubby legs down into the holes, but once she's in, she's comfortable. We'll see how much more use we get out of it!
A lot of Amelie's sleepers have animal faces on the feet. This new one from Grandma Mary Beth has fuzzy duck faces on the feet and Amelie gets a big kick out of them.

Amelie loves, loves, loves to feed herself. Here she's eating beans and peaches and mum-mums.

Why don't they get this baby a bib?

And, finally, the promised video of Amelie laughing like crazy at Sam.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Professional Photos

In what has become a familiar theme, Amelie had a grand old time at J.C. Penney's waiting on her turn for photos, then clammed up as soon as the camera came out. I promise that she was not sad or fussy, she was just super-serious about this business of getting 9-month photos made.

Look, can we just get this over with? I've got an important date with Sophie giraffe and some mum-mums coming up.

Amelie hasn't quite gotten this all figured out just yet.

Oh so composed.

We might get a smile out of her eventually ...

"Okay, you know, maybe this isn't so bad. I like standing up!"

"You know what's even better than standing up? Standing up all by myself!"

I like this one the best.

And, as always, we'll wrap it up with the (now infamous?) love photo:

Just for comparison, here are her 6 month pictures.

And her 3 month ones, too.

And, drum roll, please ... Never-before-posted-on-this-blog newborn photos.

If you're reading and would like a copy of any of the photos (or would like a different size than the ones I mailed you), just let me know and I'll get them ordered right away. Since we have copyright permission, it's really inexpensive to get reprints ordered at Walgreens (or your developer of choice).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yet Another Exersaucer Post

Amelie has discovered that the buttons and toys on her exersaucer really do things ... right when I thought she was about to grow out of it, tired with the standing-still-in-one-place business.

Some still photos of the same darn thing:

What I like the best is how proud she is of herself after she figures it out.