Thursday, October 29, 2009

7 months

Mara just turned 7 months last week! She had another follow-up appointment for her hips on Monday & the results were a great birthday present to mommy! Her hip/leg bones have been shaped correctly after wearing the braces & are maturing correctly. This means we don't have to follow up anymore! Thank the Lord for answering our prayers!
Mara has learned to be quite little miss independent:) She's pretty big stuff now that she can sit up all by herself! She's also figuring out this crawling thing--getting herself up on all fours & scooting back & forth. It's pretty exciting to watch your baby learn new things, even the simplest motor skills. Tiny points of multiple teeth have also made their appearance this week! Poor girl has some pretty swollen gumbs!
Here are some Fall pictures of Mara @ 7 months. Photos by Tom & Jessie Schoolmeester.

Friday, October 16, 2009

So many firsts!

Mara is almost 7 months old & growing up so fast! She still continues to be a happy, easy-going little girl (like her daddy:). We're still working on sitting up all by ourself, but she does pretty good most of the time balancing her chubby little thighs! That is, if she sits still long enough-she's very active as she rolls all around the room & LOVES her jumperoo! She even gets herself up on all fours & acts like she's going to start crawling...we're not ready for the mobile stage yet!
Kya & Mara are growing up to be buddies, as you can see in the first picture:) Mara usually has to know where Kya's at and her face lights up when she finds her. Recently we've noticed when Mara goes to bed, Kya wants to be the center of our attention. The 2 together can be quite a hand-ful at times. Is this what it's like with 2 kids?! (not that we're anywhere NEAR that!)
Some of her favorites.... She loves to eat applesauce & bananas but pulls a sour face every time we try giving her peaches. She's content just laying by herself in her crib & will jabber on and on. Mara loves reading books; especially when daddy makes farm animal noises:) It doesn't take much to get a smile out of her-just look at her & she lights up the room!
Mara's been sleeping through the night (we're Finally one of those parents who can say that...for tonight @ least) She likes her sleep (just like her mommy:)and it's got to be on her tummy. At her 6 month appointment she weighed 14lbs and was consistently in the 50% for height & weight. Her pediatrician told daddy he better just give up now...those dimples are going to be a heartbreaker!

Prins Fall Pictures

In September we took family pictures in Sioux Falls at the Japanese Gardens. It was the last "nice" day of fall we had...remember, before all the rain and sun-less days!? Here are some of our favorites! What a good-looking bunch!:) Photography by Tom & Jessie Schoolmeester