Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What is Hannah Mae doing these days III?

There is a lot of activity around our apartment these days. Hannah Mae started walking a month ago and is now a pro. She loves to wander off by herself. She's down the hallway and disappearing around the corner every time I turn around. I love the way she toddles behind me when I go into the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. She's an adorable little girl who is full of squeals. Squeals of delight, excitement and frustration and anger. Our girl has a temper, as much of a temper as I can have at times.
She loves books, but not for reading- mostly for chewing. I can't count the number of times I've fished tiny pieces of her favorite book out of her mouth. I usually give her three chances to choose not to chew on her books before I have to take them away each time. It's a daily dilemma. I want her to explore books and have access to them when she wants to look at them, but I also have to watch her because she'll have that book in mouth in a second. They must be delicious.

Hannah Mae and I dance a lot... with or without music. Almost every time she hears music, she starts bopping and bouncing, and recently she's starting twirling herself around in a circle. It is seriously the cutest thing. Her version of twirling is walking around and around in a circle with her arms in the air. Sometimes she even sings while she dances. It sounds like singing to us anyway. It's probably more like humming with your mouth open.

She's still our little peanut, but just the right size for Hannah Mae. She's not even 19 lbs apparently. I had wrongly assumed she was already over 19 lbs, but for her 12 month check up she weighed in at 18 lbs 6 oz. She's also just over 26 in which makes her in the 3rd % for height in her age group.

She is getting more and more into solid food now. Her favorite food is definitely spinach and cheese quesadillas at the moment. She's also a huge fan of yogurt, apples, sweet potatoes and cheerios. I've been pretty slow in introducing meat, because she's just not into it yet. I offer, but don't push it because she gets protein from other food. She's still little, and I'm not going to push 'big people' food until she's ready.
I'm still nursing, but don't really talk about it much because it's a weird subject now that she's over 12 months. I don't think it's weird, but there is weirdness out there about it. I'm just thankful.

Chris had a small break in between semesters, so we had some great family time together recently. We went out and explored the city. We visited the zoo, the art museum a few times, the park and had a date over a plate of crepes. Hannah Mae LOVES animals. The zoo was so much fun this time because she got really into watching the animals and interacting with the kids around her. The penguin house is her favorite at the moment, and quite frankly ours too because it's about 40 degrees in there! Cats, dogs, birds, squirrels, penguins, bunnies, babies, little kids, oh and her favorite stuffed animals will all elicit a loud squeal of excitement and grunt of happiness.

Our days are full and fun, at times frustrating and difficult, but we are thankful nonetheless.

I had a little trouble picking pictures that I liked best from the past two months, so hopefully you don't mind! It's a little picture heavy...

This is how we spend much of our days... walking around exploring... her room, the kitchen, outside, the playground, the bathroom, her diaper basket, the recycling bin, etc...

Hannah Mae's two favorite stuffed animals.

Memorial Day picnic!

 A visit to the St. Louis Art Museum. What a fun day. We saw so much great artwork. 
And Hannah Mae loved it so much there that she cried when we left.

This is Hannah Mae pouting after we left the museum.

We went to the zoo on a super hot morning. We had a great time, but as you can see we sweated, a lot.

Thankfully, the penguin house was open, so we cooled off for a while and watched the penguins splash around. Hannah Mae thought they were hilarious.

And back to the Art Museum. It took us three visits to the museum to see everything. We still can't wait to go back again!

All tuckered out on daddy's shoulder after church.

Coloring on Father's day with daddy.

Shakespeare in the Park... we had a blast watching a 1950s style retake on the Taming of the Shrew. I had very low expectations of how well Hannah Mae would do at the play. It was much better than I expected. She played, yelled a little, danced to the music and ate a ton of puffs. And stayed up three hours past her bedtime! Shhh....

All camped out waiting for the show to start. We saw belly dancers, fire eaters, sword dancers (?) and jugglers. St. Louis has so many great (and free!) attractions during the summer. I hope we can take advantage of them all while we're here.

This is Hannah Mae during intermission. We almost left during the break, but decided to stick it out. I'm glad we did.
It was a lot of fun. 

It was my birthday recently (29!!). We had the amazing opportunity to have professional pictures done and it was a great birthday present! Chris was busy taking a Hebrew exam, so sadly he didn't get to be in any of the pictures.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!!


Tristina said...

I don't recall how I found your blog, but I have been a reader for awhile. You have a beautiful family!

So, don't feel weird about nursing after 12 months! My son self-weaned at 18 months and I am so proud that I was able to breastfeed him for so long. It was great for him. I also had a freezer of frozen milk and used it to make his mac and cheese and oatmeal until he was about 2. :-)

Kelly said...

What fantastic pictures! Everyone looks so happy. What a beautiful family.

One of the best things though (if I'm thinking of this correctly) is all of the things that you can do with Hannah Mae that don't cost much (if anything). It's so good to see someone embracing the great things that are out there and introducing an appreciation to her for so many things that are non-commercial.

Hopefully that made sense. Bottom line? You're a great mom! :)

Tonya said...

I always love hearing what she's up to. She is such a love and you are a great mommy! I miss you! Love you lots!!!

Groves said...

Picture-heavy is impossible with a little sweetheart like Hannah Mae. She's great. The more pictures the better!

And I, for one, am thrilled that you are still nursing. In most cultures in the world (in so-called "less" civilized countries than ours) YOU are the normal one. If you run into the nay-sayers, tell them to jump in a lake. Nurse as long as you and Hannah Mae want to!

She truly is a peanut and the most darling little peanut there could be,

Cathy in Missouri

knittinghen said...

Okay first of all I am about to cry b/c I miss you guys so much. I cannot tell you how many times I have walked up to Chris's desk and seen that same serious face that is making in that coloring picture when he would be doodling or writing something. Missouri feels so far away and I wish you all were closer so Asa and HM could play together. They are so similar. ALL of our board books look like we have a little mouse that has nibbled on them. And we are into everything!! We are 27 lbs strong which is a blessing and a curse (on our backs!!) She is so beautiful and happy!! Glad to see all of these photos.

Anonymous said... I've got TWO doll-faces, it seems. Wonderful pictures, wonderful family.

Guess who?

Katie said...

What beautiful photos of you guys! I love seeing her stand around and hearing how well she's growing. I am nursing my 11 month old with no intention of stopping anytime soon. It seems as long as it's handled in a way that is comfortable for you and Christopher then it's great! As a small lady it's really good for her too! I hope your summer continues to be wonderful! We're not having much of a summer yet up in Seattle but we're visiting family Texas and Arkansas next week!!

knittinghen said...

Forgot to comment on the breastfeeding~we are still going strong too. In fact, Asa prefers it over food mostly and I was a little worried about until fellow bfeeders told me it was normal so BREASTFEED ON GIRL!! We are here with you and support you. He only has 8 teeth in the front and that is just not enough for me to give him a lot of food that needs chewing and I am like you also, I don't push things unless he really reaches out for them. He also gets no meat at all yet!!
PS 2 years is the minimum recommended now but most people don't know that or really stick to it, so again, keep it up girl. We are breastfeeding strong, right here with you!!
Tina Leigh

Freya said...

great to hear you all are doing well, Ebe!

Open Air said...

Great pictures! I love the one on the bench with her in your lap. So sweet. She's adorable. :)