Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy 8 Month Birthday!

Addy is growing, as usual. She now has both bottom teeth, and enjoys cereal and a jar of 1st food twice a day. She is also starting to enjoy more snacks, like rice puffs and graham crackers.

Developmentally, not too much has changed. She is perfecting all her current skills, and is working hard at it. She loves to study things, and her attention span is getting longer all the time. She enjoys being carried around stores now, instead of sitting in her carseat. She's such a big girl!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Milk and Cookies

I found a belt for my pants....

Yesterday, Addy and I relaxed and played games during the day. Then in the afternoon, we went to her GI doctor. She is 15 lbs, 4 oz, perfect for a "dainty girl" as the doctor called her. She said she is doing great. We can try to take her off her medicine again in 2 months, and as long as she is fine without it by a year old, we don't need to go back anymore. Yea! After the doctors appt, we hung out with daddy, and then I went to my Bunco Christmas party. We had a rob your neighbor gift exchange, and then had a cookie exchange. I had a lot of fun hanging out with the neighbor girls :) And Josh was really excited when I brought home all my goodies!

For your Harry Potter watching pleasure, magical Addy:

Today, Addy and I celebrated her 8 mo. birthday. Ok, not really...Josh worked from home today, so Addy got to play with both of us on and off all day. We went to Lowe's and got a snow saucer, for someday when we have enough snow to use it. Other than that, we did a lot of laundry and baking. Addy even helped a little with both, in that she played by herself in the room with me while I did some laundry and some of the baking. She wasn't in the mood to nap today-all of her naps were shorter than an hour. Hopefully tomorrow goes a little better.

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks...

Yesterday, Addy decided that 5:45 was a good time to wake up. That's just craziness. So we fed her, played for a little bit, then all took a 2 hour nap until almost 9. Then I made lots of monster cookies, yum :) Then after more playtime, we went to downtown St. Charles for their Christmas traditions celebrations. There are lots of dressed up actors playing Christmas characters. There are Santas from all over the world, the Nutcracker musical people, carolers, even Jack Frost! After that, we all came home to warm up, and we finished wrapping most of our Christmas presents.

This is Addy's newest trick. She started it when we visited my friends at work. Everyone was laughing and doing it with her, so she's been doing it ever since. I guess the world looks cooler from the side :)

Today, we went to the Children's service at church. Addy was in a great mood and really enjoyed making everyone around us smile. She also enjoyed watching all the kids sing songs. After church, we delivered a meal to a family from Little Lambs who just had a baby. We brought them all the fixings for tacos, so that they can have a home cooked meal easily. Then we went to buy Josh's manager's Christmas present and had some lunch. We came home, watched a movie, built a successful fire, and relaxed. What a fun last weekend before Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Today, Addy and I went to Little Lambs. There were a lot of kids there, and Addy was being a little cranky. We had to leave the noisy room for a little bit while everyone was playing! We talked about birthdays, and all the kids decorated the room for Christmas. Addy took a piece of streamer, but then just tore it apart instead of hanging it on the wall. It was more confetti than decoration :) After coming home and having a nap, we went to Bass Pro, where we were able to get another free picture with Santa.

She didn't cry, but she did look uncomfortable. After that, we played until it was time for bed. We did have a funny poop accident today though. I was changing Addy's diaper this afternoon, and I tried to move it out from under her. As I did so, the solid contents of the diaper rolled right out and onto the changing table. Oops!!

Addy is also starting to wave. She started doing it earlier this week, but I wasn't sure if it was a wave, or if it was her getting mad. But she did it today, as we left little lambs, and then again to the baby in the mirror. So I got a little video of it, for your viewing pleasure ;)


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Baby it's Cold Outside!

Monday, Addy and I ventured out in the freezing cold. The real temp was in the single digits, so we only went to 2 stores, real quick. I carried Addy into the first store, but she got mad when I tried to wrap a blanket around her. So I took it off, and she got mad when the wind started to blow. So we just went quickly ;) The rest of the day was pretty normal. I attempted to skip her medicine in the afternoon, to see if she still needed it. Then the night...wow...she was up crying for 2 hours after she went to bed.

Tuesday, Addy and I went to the mall, at 11. Who would have thought it would be so busy?! Then we went to my old work to drop off a few things and visit. Then we skyped with grandma and grandpa Badenhop until daddy got home. I gave Addy her medicine, as usual, and she went to bed like normal, so we figured we were all set.

Yesterday, we got Addy's second flu shot and went out to lunch with daddy. Then we went to Sam's Club, which, as every other store we've been to, was very busy. Then we spent another hour trying to get her to go to sleep after we put her in bed.

Today, we went to the grocery store, and then over to the mall and Baby's R Us. We have all our Christmas presents bought!!! Yippee!! Last night we started to get freezing rain. This morning, I realized how much I don't like our driveway. Addy and I ended up sideways on it, with the trunk of the car almost into the mailbox. So during her naps, I spent most of the time scraping ice and putting down salt. Not what I was planning, that's for sure! Tonight, Addy was up for a little under an hour again. Hopefully this is just a phase...uggh. But I hope that explains why I haven't had a chance to write much this week :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Party Time!


Friday, Addy and I went to Sam's Club and the Dollar Store. Since they were both short trips, I carried her into both stores. She really enjoyed it :) At Sam's, she wouldn't smile at anyone, and it was almost funny, because it almost looked like she was doing it on purpose. She would just stare at the person trying to make her smile. Then at the dollar store, she smiled at just about everyone. After a playful afternoon, Addy had her first non-family babysitter. Other than her tooth pain, it sounded like she did pretty well. Barbara, the babysitter, only had about 20 min with her awake, and a few hours while she slept-easiest babysitting gig ever! Josh and I went to his office's Christmas party, and then, since there wasn't enough food, we went to Steak N' Shake for fries and milkshakes. Yummy!

Sleepy baby...

Saturday we spent the morning getting ready for the afternoon. We had a cookie decorating party with Addy's friends. We ate pizza, decorated sugar cookies, watched Christmas movies and played games. Tons of fun!


Today we woke up to beautiful snow. But it was much better to look at than be in, since the wind was blowing so much, and it was COLD! We continued with our plan for the day though, IHOP for breakfast and then off to church. Today's church service was fine, it was the discovery afterward that was so shocking. I guess Addy doesn't want any presents from Santa, because she committed the first crime of her short little life. As Josh was buckling her in to head home from church, we discovered that she had stolen a spoon from IHOP!!!! We spent the rest of the day cuddled up in the house. Toby decided to show daddy that he wanted to go on the next hunting trip. His outdoor crate is sitting on our patio right now, with the door slightly open, just in case he ever wants to go in. We let Toby out to play in the snow, and after a little while, we heard him barking like crazy. Josh went out to check on him, and he was barking at a dove he had trapped inside the crate. We finally got Toby inside the house, and Josh opened the crate door to release the bird. What an exciting day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

All I want for Christmas....

"Is my two front teeth!"

Well, we are pretty sure Addy is working on her next two teeth! We've got extra drooling, a little extra fussiness, wanting her pacifier more, and messier than normal poos. I can't feel anything yet in her gums yet, but it has been about a month since her first tooth started coming through. There are only 2 years she can truly sing that song, and this is one of them!!

This morning, Addy was a little cranky. She didn't want to take her first nap, but when she did wake up from it, she didn't even want to go to daddy. She cuddled up against me and hid her face. Once she got her breakfast, she was fine though. She was very talkative again today, even while shopping through Walmart. The extra exciting thing was she rode in her car seat for 2 stores! It was awesome. She took a very short afternoon nap, so she was cranky for most of the evening, but still talkative :) She also has started putting her thumb in her mouth....I don't approve ;) Josh got his new phone today, a fancy new blackberry, but it looks much the same as his old one. Hopefully now we can hear him better though!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Yesterday, Addy and I went to the grocery store. She has decided that she can't even sit in her car seat for her favorite store anymore. It sure is hard to steer a cart one-handed! In the evening, I went to Advent by Candlelight at church. There were over 200 ladies in the fellowship hall for dessert, a speaker and singing Christmas Carols. It was pretty good, a little strange for me though, because I was sitting at a table with a bunch of people who were all related!

Today, Addy was a really good baby. She was in a good mood most of the day, and she was the most talkative that I've seen her. That's how I was able to snap this picture today, clearly showing her 2 little teeth! She looks mad, but that's how she talks :) We did a little shopping, which of course, I had to take her out of her seat again. We did a lot of cleaning today too, and we have almost finished putting up all the Christmas decorations, finally!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Inside Day

"Mommy, we wanna go outside!"

Today, we spent all day inside. Addy ate up her squash this morning and was in a pretty good mood most of the day. Daddy came home at lunchtime, so that was fun :) Then I finished putting up the lights outside. Addy ate a whole jar of pears for dinner, which I didn't even think she liked. It's official, she will eat any of the foods that she has tried. Some of them need to be mixed with another food, but she will eat everything now. We also celebrated daddy's childhood tradition of St. Nick's Day. While we were playing this evening, the doorbell rang, and we heard sleigh bells. We then discovered paper sacks with our names on them on the doorstep, and treats inside! What a fun night!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Decorating for Christmas

Hanging up her first Christmas ornament!

Saturday, we picked out Addy's first Christmas tree. It is gorgeous. She even helped put the decorations up. Josh and I also worked outside, getting things ready for winter. Of course, it was a freezing cold, windy day, but we survived. Even Josh, who was swinging an axe to chop up our firewood didn't hurt himself :) Addy also tried peas mixed with carrots, and she enjoyed them. Yea-we can get her to eat her green veggies now!

Writing her letter to Santa

Today, we went to church and Panera with no incidents! After coming home for a quick Addy nap, we went to Sit with Santa, thrown by our real estate agent. Addy had her first seat on Santa's lap! She did pretty well-at first she stared at him, then looked for us, then looked at him, then got upset. Super cute :) Then we came home and put up about half of our outdoor Christmas lights. It was brrrrrrrrrrrrr cold! But they look good! Then we decided to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the 2nd half of the Colts game, since the Rams were on here, instead of our game. Addy did good for a little while, then the Rams started doing well, it got really loud, and she got VERY upset. Anytime the bar area, which was near where we were, erupted, Addy started screaming. So, I guess we can't do that again, at least anytime soon. Then we got home and were able to watch overtime, during which Addy was slaphappy, and it was really fun to watch. What a fun day!

Friday, December 3, 2010


Today at Little Lambs, we talked about Christmas decorations. Addy was really into the dancing that was with one of the songs. We also did painting with red and green pudding, which she really enjoyed! When we got home, the lawn guys were back, fixing our landslide. Later, we were hanging out on the bed, and Addy was laying down. Toby came up and cuddled up next to her, so that his head and neck were around her head-adorable :) Then in the evening, I had a girls night out with some friends from work. We were celebrating our other work friend's 40th birthday. Sometimes I miss work and hanging out with them, but then they start talking about work, and I don't miss it anymore!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mommy's Girl

Today, Addy and I went shopping for the first time since we've been back from break. Now I remember why I really wanted to finish shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving. Tons more people, tons more kiosks with people trying to attack you, and longer lines when Addy's about to have a meltdown. We did ok today, but hopefully we can finish soon. I don't know where we are going to take our December walks though :( Maybe we'll just stroll the grocery store aisles.

Our adorable little girl is definitely becoming a mommy's girl now. The past few days especially, she'll be sitting on the floor, just playing with her toys, and she'll turn, look at me and put her arms up. Apparently right behind her is not close enough. Then at the store today, while we were in line, she was smiling at some people behind us, which is usual (I was holding her), but when they started talking to us, she put her head on my shoulder, like a shy little girl. So sweet :)

What is not so sweet however, is her new habit. She is back to peeing in the bath water. I've tried running water over her feet in the sink, I've tried just standing her in the water with her diaper still on. She decides to pee either once I've laid her down on her cushion thing, or halfway through her bath. Aahh!

But, one other really cute thing. Whenever we are in her room lately, she always wants to stare at the picture great aunt Nancy made for her. It's really cute. I tell her what the animals are, and she studies the picture, like she's trying to remember what I'm telling her-soo cute!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy 1st Thanksgiving!

What a busy holiday weekend. I think Addy enjoyed her first Thanksgiving!

Tuesday was mommy's birthday, and Addy took me out to breakfast at McDonalds. Delicious :) Then we hung out all day, and picked up dinner at Bandana's BBQ. Just after Addy went to bed, Daddy and Grandad came home from their hunting trip. We had angel food cake and went to bed.

Wednesday, we went to breakfast with Grandad, and everyone just loved seeing Addy. She was the hit of the diner. Then the boys and Addy went to Cabela's, and then we drove all the way to Fort Wayne.

Thursday was Addy's first Thanksgiving. She got her first taste of white potatoes, and she did seem to enjoy them. She got to see all her aunts and grandparents, plus some bonus family members. A very good 1st Thanksgiving for sure!

Friday, Addy wrote her first text message on Ryan's phone: Ppoo. Definitely a Gentry :) Then grandma and aunt Sarah babysat while mommy and daddy went to see Harry Potter, and then out to dinner with the Gentry family.

Saturday was a day spent watching football. We also noticed for the first time that Addy's second bottom tooth is coming in!

Sunday we went to visit Great-Grandma Mina in Kokomo on our way out of town. A long drive, especially since the Colts lost so horribly.

Monday, Addy had her first taste of peaches. She likes them already! We unpacked, did lots of laundry and relaxed after all the driving. It's official - Addy can stay up in a crawling position for a few seconds, though she doesn't know what to do there, and it's pretty funny to watch :)

Tuesday, we went to the grocery store. I also decided to try green beans with Addy again, this time mixed with sweet potatoes. She didn't mind them at all. I tried giving her some green beans by themselves, and she's still a little hesitant, but not disgusted. Mommy is though-they smell horrible.

Today was another relaxing day. We have about half of our Christmas decorations up, and some of the Christmas presents wrapped. I also had a little time to do this:


Monday, November 22, 2010

Out to Lunch!

Addy in her first Jingle Bell Run!

Today was a busy day. Addy tried to wake up really early, but I kept putting in her snooze button (pacifier) to get her to sleep a little longer. After breakfast and naps, we went to my old work to visit everyone. After that, we went out to JJ Twigs, a delicious pizza place with two good friends from work. There's been a lot of turnover at the company, which pretty much shows nothing's changed! After that, we ran a few errands on that side of town, and then came home. I've been doing laundry and dishes and cleaning the house since. And we finally had a 20 min thunderstorm with this magical thing called rain! Finally, I didn't have to water this evening-soooo excited.

I also want to mention--I wish I could have been on one of Oprah's Favorite Things shows!!! I'm so sad they are over!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy 7 Month Birthday!

Addy just keeps growing. Her little belly gets bigger all the time, and she's definitely getting longer. Her hair is getting longer too! She's able to only take her medicine once a day now, and she spits up much less too. Her normal feeding is about every 2 hours, with breakfast of 2T of cereal and a taste of a new fruit or vegetable in the morning, and then 3T of cereal and a half jar of a fruit or veggie in the evening. Her favorites are sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples. She is not yet ready for Stage 2 food, as she "chokes" on it and doesn't like the texture. She is also still growing her first tooth.

Developmentally, I think this has been the biggest month for Addy. She's sitting really well by herself. She's standing for slight moments holding on to furniture. If you hold her hands, she makes walking motions with her feet all the way across a room. She grabs everything within her sight and puts it into her mouth. She's really getting more talkative too, stringing sounds together, especially aye-aye-aye... She can also drink a little from a cup, in that she can take a sip, turn away, take another sip. She's sleeping by herself, not wrapped up in her swaddler anymore. She'll sometimes play in her crib before and/or after her naps too, without crying or anything. She doesn't really seem to be into crawling. She enjoys NOT being on her stomach, still. She loves silly laughing, being surprised and anything new. Such a cutie!

Last Weekend before the Holiday!

Yesterday, we spent the morning preparing for brunch. It turned out great! We went through almost a whole 13x9 of egg casserole, 15 sausage patties, about 6 potatoes, and a dozen or so pancakes. So now I have a few yummy leftovers :) After brunch, Addy passed out. Then after playing and a bath, we went to church. It was a kind of cool service-it wasn't like normal. We did a "journey" through the church year in one night. We had a short explanation of a season, and then sang a song from each of the 6 seasons. It was pretty cool. But since there wasn't one long homily, we didn't have to worry about screeching or pooping during church! She was really good, and even made the little boy sitting behind us tell his mom that he wanted a baby in their house. The mom said no way!

Today was a busy day. Addy and I got up nice and early and ran the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. It was Addy's 3rd race, and we shaved 3 min and 3 sec off of our last run in Fort Wayne! It was really exciting. Then we came home, got ready and did a little shopping in the afternoon. Then Addy was being a little fussy, and I couldn't figure out why, until I realized she hadn't had her medicine yet, and then she was fine the rest of the night. We definitely can't give it up quite yet!

Here is a talking compilation video I made! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhKEqjJ1NXQ

Friday, November 19, 2010

Harry Potter Day!

Putting Hogwart's spells on daddy!

Today was an interesting day. First we had Little Lambs, and Addy had lots of fun. She enjoyed playing with the toys and sat still for most of the lesson. Then we painted.... She was supposed to make a hand turkey, but we decided to pretty much do her hand print, because she still curls her hand up, instead of leaving it out straight (so that we could make each finger a different color). She did really well with the first hand print. The second one was ok, but as I was reaching to get her paper towel to wipe her off right away, she put her hand right on her pants. My hand had pink on it too, so I ended up getting a little spot on her shirt, but hey, her hand "turkeys" look cool :) After that was snack time, and awesome as I am, I spilled some of her formula powder right on the carpet floor. :(

After playing, we tried to go to a new post office, one that was right next to church. We parked at the door, next to a few other cars. Up on the door was a sign that said that the customer entrance had moved, and it was now in the back of the building. So we tried to drive down to the left, but there was a sign that said authorized vehicles only. So we tried to drive around the right side, same sign. So I decided that the post office was stupid, and we would try somewhere else. We did eventually get to the post office, as well as a few other errands. We came home, and the rest of the day, Addy wouldn't take her naps like a good girl. I guess I messed them up too much with the morning's activities. But that meant she went to bed early, so I could actually get something done. :)

Addy hasn't been working on any new mobility "tricks" lately, she's been working on talking. She loves talking a lot, especially if you prompt her. It's pretty cute. I'm working on a video to show everyone soon!

One other funny story that doesn't have to do with us. We were walking through Kohls, and the lingerie was on the opposite side of the aisle. There was a girl, about 5 years old, and her mom walking past. The little girl stopped, grabbed an "dress" and asked her mommy if she liked this one, or if she would like it more in red. You could tell the mom was embarrassed, I would be ;) Very funny!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

So Pretty!

Sneak peek of Addy's Christmas dress!

Today, daddy left super early to head to Columbia for the day. Addy and I ran a few errands and went to the grocery store. The grocery store we went to had "Coupon Thursday" today. If you spend $50, you get $10 off your order. Needless to say, it was PACKED. You would have thought that it was Christmas Eve, but it was 11am on a Thursday, a full week before Thanksgiving. Other than that, it was a pretty normal day. Here is a funny story though: We stopped in the Target parking lot to have a bottle this morning. Addy and I just sat in the car to stay warm, then I buckled her into her seat. I tried to open the door, when I remembered that a few weeks ago, someone accidentally set the child lock on the back door, and we never figured out how to undo it. So....I climbed over the car seat and out the other side. I fixed the child lock on the door right then. Hopefully that never happens again!

Interesting Note: Most people have dogs that bark when the doorbell rings. We have a doorbell that rings when the dog barks, which makes him bark more. It's a vicious cycle.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crazy Night!

Oh what a night. After I put Addy to bed last night, she woke up 4 times, screaming. She had to be calmed down every time. We still aren't sure what it was. Maybe her flu shot from the day before, maybe she wasn't completely tired, since she had a weird nap schedule yesterday. Maybe her teeth. She was fine today, so I have no idea. Hopefully it doesn't happen tonight!

Today was an unexciting day of shopping. We didn't find any of the Christmas presents we were looking for, but we did buy our first baby gate! Some exciting news though - we definitely have grass growing in the yard. There are a few blades I've seen here and there, but I wasn't sure if some of those were there from before construction. These blades I saw today were in the middle of the work area. Hopefully the rain tonight will help grow the grass too :)

Addy has been doing a few cute things lately. Today, I brought Addy over to my computer while I finished up an email message. When I closed my browser, and her picture (my desktop) showed up, she stared at it and gave the baby on the screen a huge smile. I guess she recognized herself. She is also starting to be able to catch herself if she falls to her side when she is sitting. Too bad she can't catch herself when she's falling backwards-that's usually the direction she's going.

Addy has also been funny in the bath. Josh gave her a bath the other night. First we put her feet in the water to let her know what's going on. Then we lay her down on the bath pad. Josh put her feet in the water, she started grunting and then started peeing. He said, Oh!, and pulled her out and she stopped peeing. He waited for awhile, but she didn't go anymore, so he put her feet back in. She grunted again and finished peeing. She peed in the bath for me today too. Apparently, she's started that gross habit up again!

And finally, for your enjoyment, 3 min of Addy laughing.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Best Friends!

Today was a pretty normal day. Addy still isn't eating her bananas. She did eat a half jar of sweet potatoes though. Today we ventured to Walmart and then Kohls. When I went to pay, I couldn't find my Kohl's cash, even though I knew it was in the magazine I brought. So I told the lady I would look for it, and then have it taken off at customer service. After we checked out, I found it, so we went to the back. It turns out she didn't use my coupon from the front of the magazine for 30% off either, so by going to the back, I saved almost $30!! Yea coupons :) Addy took a 3 hour nap after that. She went to bed really early tonight, so I'm going to go to bed early too, just in case she wakes up early!

Monday, November 15, 2010

100 Posts!

Addy is so excited-this is post #100, and most of them are about her! It was originally supposed to be a blog written from Toby's point of view. Obviously that has not happened, way harder than I thought it would be...anyway...

Yesterday, we went to church. During the homily this time....nothing! She was a perfect angel. Of course she was fussy off and on, but she stayed quiet and unsmelly :) She even fell asleep in daddy's arms. So cute :) When we got home, we made wings and fries for the football game. Then we enjoyed a Colts victory! We just chilled out the rest of the night at home.

Today was a very busy day. I did 2 loads of laundry, watered the yard and showered, all before 11. We then went to the doctor to get Addy's flu shot. The nurse gave her the shot, then as she was putting on the bandage, she gave a little fussy cry, and then she smiled at her. She did so good! Then we went out to lunch with daddy, and it was delicious. After a pretty normal afternoon, I went to the neighbors house for ladies night bunco. I met some of the other ladies in the neighborhood, which was fun. The December meeting sounds really fun too :) While I was gone, daddy had a lot of fun with Addy. He claims he had her cracking up, laughing so hard. Later, after he had put her to bed, he found Toby laying down next to her crib. So sad I missed it, but it was so nice to be out of the house!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Big Girl!

Yesterday was a bittersweet day. We went to the lake for our last walk :( of the year, I'm sure. It was so beautiful, about 68 degrees and sunny. :) Addy was very good for the first 2 miles out of 3.7. Then she wanted to be held. By that point I was exhausted, and really didn't feel like carrying an extra 15lbs and pushing the stroller. I was able to get her back in after about half a mile, and we finished the walk. The rest of the day was pretty normal. We got Addy's 6mo. pics in the mail-they are sooooo cute!! Then, I took Addy and Toby out for a short walk in the afternoon, and the neighbor lady came out of her house, so we stopped to talk. Of course, I only put Toby's collar on, not his harness since we weren't going very far, and when we stopped to talk, he slipped out of the leash. He ran around the front yard a little bit, then Jera caught him, and we were able to go back inside. What a trouble doggy!!

Today, we tried bananas with Addy for the first time. She only sort of liked them, I'm not sure. They sure do smell bad though, I wouldn't blame her if she didn't like them. We cleaned the house today and rearranged furniture in the basement, again. I think we finally have it set up the way we want now. After Addy ate dinner, we were trying to eat dinner and gave her some celery for her gums. Well, we can't do that anymore. Now she can get little pieces of it off, with her sharp little tooth. We'll have to stick with graham crackers.

Addy is definitely getting to be a big girl now. We have weaned her off her swaddler as of this week. She is also sleeping through the night again, after a few nights of waking up during the middle of the night. Thankfully, all we had to do is give her a pacifier to get her to go back to sleep, but it still is nice not to have that anymore. The past 3 days, we have been giving her medicine only at night for her tummy, and it seems to be working just fine. Maybe someday we'll be able to take her off of it altogether! I also haven't had to give her tylenol the past 2 nights, her teeth seem to be hurting less. She didn't want her paci all day either, and it does seem like her whole tooth has broken the surface now, although it's still pretty hard to see.

And now, an extra special treat. Here is a video from last weekend, when we let Addy play with her Christmas toy, while it is still in the box. Just a preview of what Christmas will be like now!!! I can't stop watching it, it's so funny!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Big Day!

Thursday was a big day for Addy. Her tooth is still coming in, you can see just a little of it now. We went to the grocery store to pick up some cereal for her. In the frozen aisle, I heard her making noise with her hands. It wasn't really clapping, but she was getting a little noise out :) Then we came home and I fed her a bottle on the couch. I thought I'd let her see if she could stand on the cushion with her hands on the back of the couch. She did, for a second or two! That was definitely a first. Usually her knees collapse, and she just sits down. Later we were playing with some connecting rings, and I had taken them apart. She had one in each hand and was playing with both of them! She didn't just drop one immediately.

We also went for a walk yesterday, but mommy made a very bad choice of paths to take. We went into a neighborhood, whose sidewalk is right next to the street. It was trash day, and so all the trash was right in the middle of the sidewalk. We knocked over one trash can and the wheels of the stroller got caught on the handles of a trash bag. No more walking in that neighborhood on Thursdays!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Today was a pretty good day. Addy was a very VERY hungry baby today. Speaking of food, Addy tried pears for the first time yesterday. I still can't decide if she likes them or not. She keeps eating them, but she has a weird look on her face. As of today, she has also discovered her diaper area....

Today we went shopping. Addy got a pair of shoes that she is modeling above, cowgirl boots! Mommy also got a few things to wear for the upcoming holidays. After shopping, Toby, Addy and I went to the park to check out the lake and swing on the swings. It was a fun, busy day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day at Home

Today was just another normal day. I did lots of laundry and dishes and playing with Addy. We also went for a long walk around the neighborhood in the beautiful weather.

I have noticed some interesting things however. The number of houses in the past 2 days we've seen completely decorated for Christmas: 3. The number of mosquito bites I received today: 1. The month: November. Some of these things are just not right...

Instead of a home picture today, check out a preview of Addy's photo shoot from yesterday: http://suitetphotography.wordpress.com/

Monday, November 8, 2010

Visiting Friends

Yesterday, we went to church in the morning. Beforehand, we asked Addy what she was going to do during the homily this time. She wouldn't tell us, apparently it was going to be a surprise. And what a smelly, poopy surprise it was :) After church, we went to Panera and then Target. We got her Christmas present, a small kitchen, which we played at home with her for a little bit while it was still in the box. She was LOVING it. I can't wait until Christmas when we can get it out and really play with it! Then we came home and relaxed until Erin, mommy's friend from her work in Indy came by. Erin was traveling from California back to Ohio, where she was moving from Irvine to Columbus. Hopefully we'll get to see more of her now.

Today was a busy day, I wonder what our water bill would be for just today... over an hour of watering the yard, 3 loads of laundry, 1 dishwasher load, 2 showers, and a baby's bath. We also had to make an emergency run to Sam's Club, since there was NO formula powder in the house! Then we went to get Addy's 6 mo. pics taken. She wasn't real happy; I think her tooth was bothering her. But then daddy made us delicious pancakes for dinner, and everyone was happy :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bad Day/Great Day!

Thursday was a rough day. Addy was cranky off and on. I even ended up giving her a dose of Tylenol, just in case something was sore. I was thinking maybe she was having a growth spurt, and it was making her hurt a little. It was a nice day temperature wise, but was quite windy, but we decided to go for a walk anyway. I think some of the neighbors looked at me weird, when I was pushing a stroller in that wind, but we needed some fresh air. I kept checking on Addy (she was covered up by the shades on the stroller) and she was nice and toasty warm and enjoying the fresh air. Toby was the trouble one to walk, which is typical. Then we came inside for some cereal. We went back outside to start the watering for the night, when daddy called, and said his truck wouldn't start, and we needed to come rescue him. So we turned off the water, got changed and left for daddy's work. We jumpstarted the truck, then took it to Autozone, where they said the battery was dead. So we bought a new battery. Addy was pretty upset during this time-she just wanted to go home and be in familiar surroundings. She screamed the whole way home, and it didn't help that we sat through 2 cycles of a red light, before pretty much running the third one on the "orange" light. Oh well, we got her home and she was much better. She even enjoyed gumming a graham cracker :) What a day...

Showing off her puppy dog slippers

Then Friday morning came. We got up early to go to Little Lambs. Addy was very good, but wanted her paci almost the whole time. She sort of listened to the story, and then did very well with the craft. We traced her body onto a large piece of paper, and then decorated it to look like her. She loved playing with the pink and purple crayon and then with a piece of paper I cut off for her. Everyone there noticed how well she was sitting now - whole minutes even. She's been doing really awesome! She also has orange poop, which means.....she loves eating her sweet potatoes AND carrots! Finally we found something she likes. Then, while we were hanging out in the basement, she was sitting on my leg, and crawled her way onto her belly all by herself, without doing a face plant. Toby was just in front of us, so touching him encouraged her to go forward. And the most exciting thing of all happened. I was letting her play with my finger, when I notice something in her mouth--a little sharp corner of a tooth! You can't see it yet, but you can definitely feel it. I think it's the left bottom tooth. That sure explains the crankiness that I wasn't sure should still be associated with being tired :) Yea Addy!

Today was a very busy day. I spent most of it outside, watering the grass and trimming bushes. Josh and Addy also went and bought firewood from local boy scouts. They filled the bed of the truck, so that meant a lot of stacking wood for us! Josh is working on building a fire right now, I can't wait :) Addy was in a good mood almost all day - so cute! Still working on that tooth, but she won't let me look at it. She finished off her jar of carrots too! She's really getting those orange foods down. Well, I'm off to enjoy a night of reading by the fire. Goodnight!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Done!! (Mostly)

The yard is looking great. It's nice that it will finally be quiet around here...well, construction quiet :) They put all the seed down last night, then came back this morning to concrete in the fence post. There is still a missing piece of fence until that is dry, so hopefully by Monday, we'll be all set. Now for all the watering.

Josh got his truck *fixed* (fingers crossed!). We charged his battery off of the Nissan, and got it going, twice. We'll see how tomorrow goes, but we may do the 50K tuneup/check a little bit early ;) Let's hope it keeps working.

Other than that, Addy and I had a pretty normal day. She was still cranky and wanted to nap quite a bit, but today she ate her cereal and about 5 spoonfuls of her sweet potatoes. We also let her chew on a graham cracker at dinner. She seemed to like it, and we were able to eat, so we will probably be continuing that in the future. Tomorrow is her first day of carrots-hopefully she'll like those too!

Addy loves to be naked baby!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Over tired

Today has been an interesting day. Addy woke up about her normal time and drank a bottle. Then, when she was hungry again, I made her some cereal. Instead of excitingly eating it up, as usual, she cried the whole time I attempted it. So I gave her a bottle and then she went down for a nap. I tried twice after the nap to give her the food, but she was still not interested. I tried to give her a bath, but she got upset halfway through that. She doesn't want to play with her toys very long either. She is being kind of cuddly, which is rare, so at least I am enjoying that :) And with all the napping, almost everything is unpacked already! The cute thing Addy has done today and did yesterday, is that she is discovering her hands. She looks at her palm, then turns her hand over and looks at the back. She is just studying it. So cute!

Josh came home early today. Instead of Addy and I going to vote, and then to pick up Toby this morning, (as was the plan) Josh had to take the car, because the truck wouldn't start this morning. So when he got home, we all went to vote. I looked up online where to vote, since our cards got lost in the mail, or so I thought. Apparently, we weren't registered to vote. The guy told us to call our old county to see if we were registered there, and we could go back by our old house to do so. But no, they have that we moved to St. Charles County, but somehow, St. Charles County says we can't vote here. So we didn't get to vote. We are hoping for landslide victories, so that our votes wouldn't have mattered as much. So then we went to pick up Toby. He was excited to see me for a little bit, then he was more interested in smelling everything. Then we dropped him off and went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was slightly disappointing, enough that we probably won't go back again. Then, as we pulled into the garage, Josh broke the mirror on my car. It's not as bad as his car, but it did come off. I snapped it back on, and then taped it, just to be sure. Then, we checked out his truck. We think it is just the battery, and we are charging our battery jump starters to hopefully get it running again. So, all in all, it hasn't been a great day. But....

They did seed the grass today in the backyard. The wall looks awesome, but since its dark, you'll just have to wait until tomorrow for pictures! The fence isn't put back together yet either, so hopefully they'll do that tomorrow. But the basketball post is gone, which is really exciting in and of itself :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Weekend!

I was going to put this at the end....but the most exciting news of the weekend - Josh and I are going to be an aunt and uncle....Addy is going to have a cousin! Josh's sister Stephanie and his brother-in-law Jon are going to have a baby in June! Congrats guys!

Happy Halloween everyone!

We had a very busy holiday weekend. On Friday, we left bright and early for Fort Wayne, dropping Toby off at the puppy hotel beforehand. When we got to Grandma and Grandad Gentry's house, we helped celebrate Maddi's birthday. We all walked through the woods in preparation for the haunted woods that we would have later in the night. Addy did her teradactyl voice for most of the time, and she just kept smiling :) During the party, Addy slept, while mommy and daddy scared all of the kids! Afterward, Addy woke up and laughed at all the girls in their facepaint. It was very amusing :)

On Saturday we went to Great-Grandma Huber's 80th birthday party. Addy was good most of the night, except for the sleeping part. She decided she wasn't going to take a nap for anything. But we did go trick-or-treating around Aunt Barb's house and got lots of goodies. She then enjoyed a sour stick (see above). She loved eating the sugar, and didn't mind the sour part.

Sunday, we ate and relaxed until it was time for trick-or-treating. We walked around Grandma and Grandad Gentry's neighborhood and picked up lots of treats. We went around with Aunt Ally and Aunt Maddi and had a blast. (Daddy was the fisherman, Addy was the lobster, and mommy was the chef.) We hung out until it was time for bed.

Monday, we went to brunch with all the grandmas and grandpas, after trying on the witch slippers she got for Halloween. Addy ate the lemons, which she enjoyed :/ Such a weird child sometimes...just like aunt Sarah.... Then we drove all the way home. Addy was very good in the car, but eager to get out too. We quickly unpacked, just in time for the Colts game. Since we were just in time, we decided to feed Addy her dinner in the basement. She was sitting in her bumbo seat, and kept resting her head on the side of it. At first we were confused, but she kept doing it to the same side. We looked for what she was looking at, and realized she was looking into Toby's room, trying to find him! We hadn't gotten home early enough from Indiana to pick him up from the puppy hotel, so he wasn't home. It was soooo cute :)

When we got home, we of course had to go and check out the construction in the backyard. Before we left, the wall was about waist high. Now it's above Josh's head!