nine months

we have a girl on the move. maybe that’s the theme of this month. movement.

she shall not be contained.

she is pulling herself up with no issues, and can almost stand on her own. she pushes around her little “car” and sometimes really gets some speed. walking seems sooo close.

because she is so mobile, picture-taking is all that more challenging.

take for instance, exhibit a:

or exhibit b:

yes, her animal print pants are out of control. she’s hazel and she knows it.


hazel is also becoming more “talkative”. unfortunately, these are not the words i dreamed of her saying first.

you would think we would say, “no-no-no-no” all day long. maybe we do? some have told me it’s just a sound she makes. she doesn’t know the difference.

i beg to differ.

she is already too smart for her own good.

she is also saying hi to everything. hi and a wave.

to everything.

she seems to always stop once we pull out the camera, but i caught her on our walk one day. she also is saying what sounds like. “doppy doppy doppy do”. it’s so funny. i was not successful in capturing it. so, you’ll have to just trust me on that one.

we are still trying new foods. she is a really good eater.

she had “fun” with raspberries:

and we even tried a “teething” biscuit.

i wish it were a magical teething biscuit where it made teeth appear.

no luck with that.

we tried a “smoothie” made of some fruits i found in the refrigerator. she is getting so good at drinking with a straw. however, she often forgets to swallow and it overflows in her mouth. now, we wait a second and pull away.

right before easter, i was shopping at this cute baby store and saw this cup with a straw. i thought about buying it for her easter basket. but for some reason i didn’t. so, when i went back a few weeks ago, i found out they were sold out and backordered because of their appearance on a tv show called “shark tank”.

{ lollacup on shark tank }

man, who knew i was a future trendsetter? crisis was averted when i found one on ebay, brand new in packaging, for retail price.

(it’s suuuuuuuuper cute, by the way.)

when we aren’t drinking out of straws, we are finding that even tables taste delicious.

there are still a few sleeping “challenges”. she still hates her crib.

i am hoping that being home this summer will help her find some sort of normal rhythms. having different sitters worked out so great this year, but i think the same “routine” with the same person may help the process of crib sleeping.

or i could be totally fooling myself.

there was some success with her sleeping in her go crib. well at least for a few hours. then, i had to climb down and sleep with her since there wasn’t enough room for us on the hotel bed.

we spent the weekend in santa rosa where jasen participated in a 100 mile bike ride through wine country.

i know. he’s crazy amazing.

we meet him for lunch at the park. he doesn’t even look tired.

jasen has spent thursdays (and recently mondays) with hazel while i was away at school. i took a few pictures (from his phone) of them having fun together on those days.

lastly, we had an amazing mother’s day. i say we because we celebrated as a family.

i woke up with a little something on my pillow.

it was perfect. it was something i never knew i always wanted.

we went to selland’s market-cafe for lunch. it was so yummy.

lastly, we went to my favorite place in sacramento, ginger elizabeth’s chocolates. jasen had preordered some cupcakes for us to pick up, and of course we couldn’t leave without a macaron (or 5).

i am learning to never take being a mom for granted. i am so blessed to have an amazing family. i know this is not the case for everyone. my heart breaks for the broken relationships and hardships that affect those on mother’s day. i send a special prayer to those who mourn the loss of broken bonds between families or bonds of familes who never had a chance to be. however, i do take time to thank god for giving me this opportunity to be a mother. i pray every day that i am a good one.


2 thoughts on “nine months

  1. I love reading all of these updates and seeing the pictures and videos of Hazel! She is growing up so much! CUTE CUTE CUTE! And I love her animal print pant! And all of her faces! And everything about her.

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