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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Harper is 5 months old

WOW…..I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write Harper’s 5 month email!! Time sure has flown by! Harper continues to amaze me everyday with the new things she is doing!

1.  She is now eating rice cereal every night right around dinner time and she actually understands and knows what to do…..she opens her mouth when she sees the spoon – it’s adorable!! I posted a video on facebook for all of you to enjoy!
2.  She eats 6 oz about every 3-4 hours ……and she recognizes her bottle and looks like a little birdie as we bring the bottle to her mouth (she held her bottle for the first time a few weeks ago, but always prefers to hold her ears with both hands as she eats)
3.  She smiles at every chance she gets – but gets a little shy when she sees herself in the mirror
4.  She loves it when Daddy talks to her about stinky poopies and boogers – she has the BEST smile that goes from ear to ear (it absolutely brightens my day)
5.  Can finally put her feet in her mouth – Daddy has been working on that for awhile now
6.  She rolled over at the end of March (both directions) and she refuses to stay on her back now, but is not quite content laying on her stomach…’s been interesting to say the least
7.  She slept 10 hours last night, and she only woke up once for a few minutes and soothed herself back to sleep!!! It took her about five days to understand that Mommy and Daddy were not going to feed her in the middle of the night if she woke up, so I think we may be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel – thank you Jesus for a full nights sleep again!!!
8.  We have a pretty good nighttime schedule: we feed her a bottle, burp her and then I read her a book before she goes to bed…..she LOVES books right now and is very aware when I read to her….she tries to grab the pages if they have furry objects on them!
9.  Our little girl is no longer being swaddled during the night, she prefers to sleep with her legs apart, but her feet touching and her hands above her head, touching her ears of course!
10.  Harper LOVES being outside and we found out this weekend she prefers to take naps in her swing from Uncle Andy while Danny and I do work outside!! It’s a great concept…..fresh air = great nap
11.  Harper refuses to lie on her back when Danny and I around and would much rather stand with the help of us of course – see second picture above!
12.  She sucks on her index finger and middle finger (no preference to a specific hand) ALL DAY long (no paci for her)!
13.  She has really started to notice the dogs – Katy and Derby…..and is constantly staring at them when they are around – we talk to them ALOT
14.  She has the CUTEST belly laugh in the world – she loves being bounced on yoga balls or our knees – while humming the giddy up song (you know what I’m talking about….and I’m sure you all are humming the tune in your head right now) – HA HA J
15.  Harper met her first boyfriend Ryan this past Saturday (see our Picasa website for a cute hand holding picture – April 2010 album)!
16.  I think Harper is getting ready to cut some teeth…we can’t see them yet, but she is a SLOBBERY mess all day long – oh the joys of teething
17.  OH and I semi-weighed her last night….that was me getting on the scale without her; weighing myself and then weighing her and I together…..the difference was 13.5 lbs
18.  We have purchased size 2 diapers….haven’t put them on her yet, but as soon as we run out of the size 1 she will officially be in size 2 (BIG GIRL)
Harper is absolutely the best gift Danny and I could have ever asked for – she is truly a blessing to our family!! We couldn’t ask for anything more!!

Harper is 4 months old

Today Harper turned 4 months old….she is getting bigger as each day passes. I can’t believe she’s already 4 months old!
Some of the new things that she is doing:
1.  Rolling to her side (picture above)…and then not quite finishing a complete roll over to her stomach…she’ll just sit there and play with her fingers or suck her thumb. She is SO CLOSE to rolling over, but I’m thinking she’s just not ready. Which is ok with me….b/c that means once she rolls over we won’t be able to leave the room with her staying in one spot.
2.  Smiling whenever she sees Danny or I
3. Noticing herself in the mirror – and smiling at herself
4. Playing with her feet ALL the time
5. Sucking her fingers or trying to put her entire hand in her mouth (my brother counted last weekend….she tried to get 7 fingers in her mouth at the same time…it obviously did not work)
6. Laughing out loud (sometimes screaming)….I think she found her voice, and likes to hear it at the loudest octave possible
7.  Sitting in her bumbo and actually enjoying it
8.  She is SO close to sitting by herself unsupported….but as of last night I sat her up against a pillow on the couch, and she looked like the leaning tower of pizza….it was a slow but graceful fall J
9.  It’s become very hard to change her diaper, b/c she’s either playing with her feet, trying to roll over or sucking on one of her fingers
10.  Tummy time isn’t so bad anymore…..she’s really pushing up on her arms now
11. Sleeping longer through the night (last night she slept almost 8 hours straight through)
12.  Really starting to want to stand when you hold her on your lap (not that she can stand…but she really likes to stand)
13.  Loves it when Danny or I sing about boogers to her (or when Danny talks about her STINKY DIAPERS)…and oh YES Danny does sing too J
14.  LOVES bath time
15.  She is slowly starting to wear 3-6 month clothes (she is DEFINITELY wearing 6-9 month onesies)
16.  I ordered her first pair of shoes (3 pairs)….I thought Danny was going to kill me. Don’t worry her Ferrari shoes will fit probably by this winter (then she’ll really be stylin)!
17.  She saw both of her Great Grandma’s in the same week (now she has 3 Great Grandma angels watching over her (plus 3 Great Grandpa angels)….hopefully she’ll be taken care of in the “watched over by angels” department
18.  Loves being outside and watching the creek flow (I think she really loves the sound of the water and the fresh air)
19.  Has really started to notice THE DOGS…….they sniff her head when she’s on the floor, and she tried to grab Katy’s hair the other day….Katy just laid there and took it! Hopefully that’s how they’ll both be when she starts crawling and picking on them
20.  She still loves being swaddled….I’m scared when she won’t be able to fit into her swaddle anymore, because she sleeps SO WELL being swaddled now!
21.  She loves her bed, and as soon as she gets swaddled and laid in her bed at night….she’s OUT (no more crying)
I can’t believe how much love both Danny and I have for her……I never knew how much you could love a little human being as we do her….she is the GREATEST gift God could have ever given to Danny and I – I know think Danny has a soft spot for little girls….or maybe just Harper!
We are very blessed to have such great friends and family in our lives, and we hope you will each be apart of Harper’s lives FOREVER….and watch her grow into an amazing woman someday (not too soon though)!
Next Tuesday Harper will have her 4 month shots…YUCK I hate those. I’ll be taking off the rest of the day to be with her.

Harper is 3 months old

WOW...I can't believe Harper is 3 months old today....boy has time flown by. Wanted to send you all a few pictures that I took today of Miss Harper! She is getting so big, smiling all the time, starting to talk a lot more (coo I mean :), and is really coming into her personality! Danny plays a game with her where he sticks out his tongue and makes a loud noise, lately she has been trying to mimick him...I haven't caught it on video yet..but hopefully I will's super cute!
Tomorrow we are having Harper's 3 month pictures taken as well as our first family photo, should be interesting because her attention span is all of 10-15 minutes max!!!

Pictures attached.....Harper has recently begun to sit in her bumbo seat...she loves it as you can see by the picture! The second picture is from this was the first time she actually pushed up on her arms while she was on tummy time....I was so excited I screamed.....and Danny was a little worried something bad had happened...but I was just excited!!!