Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

It's so funny, because even though Abbi is only 9 months and I know she won't remember any of this when she gets older, I was so excited for pumpkin shopping this year. It's just something that is not as fun when you don't have kids. And even though she might not be able to remember it, at least she'll have pictures of her first pumpkin patch!!

We originally went over to a "real" local pumpkin patch, where you can go and pick your own pumpkins off the vine and everything. But after realizing that you had to pay to get in plus for the pumpkin, we decided to go somewhere else. (They had all sorts of activities and things to do, so it made sense, but since Abbi is only 9 months old, we didn't really think she needed all the other activities! Maybe once she's a couple years older.)

We went just up the street to a little pumpkin patch. There were still lots of pumpkins to choose from! We had fun going around and picking out a pumpkin for each of us, and taking lots of pictures along the way.

And this is going to have to count for my "Mommy & Me" photo for October. I haven't been doing so well at that lately.
We had a fun time, and I think Abbi did too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

9 Months

I can't believe Abbi has already been with us as long as she was in my belly! She is getting so big, and doesn't even seem like a baby to me anymore. But it is getting to be so much fun - her little personality really is starting to shine through!

At 9 months, Abbi:

  • is weighing in at 19 pounds, 10 ounces and is 28 1/2 inches tall. That puts her in the 65th percentile for weight and 85th for height.
  • is moving around like crazy. I actually thought she'd be walking by now, but not yet. But she loves to stand, cruise and crawl, and does not like to sit still.
  • hates laying on her back. I dread having to change her diaper or her clothes because it takes so long and we have to find ways to distract her!

  • loves Max. 2 of her favorite games - playing keep away with Max and having someone hold her while running after Max. Both get giggles out of her every time! I can tell that Max loves playing with her as well (most of the time - as long as she isn't pulling his tail or his ears!)
  • she loves to grab a hold of whatever she can get into her hands. It usually ends up being my hair or the skin on my neck and chest - both of which hurt terribly!
  • has 3 teeth and 1 on the way. Her bottom 2 were already in, but she surprised us by getting one of the top side teeth! The other top side tooth is now coming in, so soon she will look like a jack-o-lantern.

  • puts everything in her mouth - as shown in the picture above. At least she doesn't think everything tastes good! This is a time I am so grateful that I get to stay home with her everyday - I'd be terrified to leave her in daycare, putting everything in her mouth, with the swine flu running rampant!
  • loves to eat. She is still nursing like a champ, but she really gets excited when it's time to eat her solids or snacks. Seriously - if I put her in her high chair and take more than 7 seconds to get her food to her, she will start to throw a fit! She's eating pretty much everything I give her these days, but she really loves her veggies. And Gerber puffs. And bananas.

  • loves to imitate. She will usually cough if you cough, or laugh if you laugh. And it always makes me smile!
  • knows the word "no", but mostly thinks it's funny. Anytime I tell her "no" and that she shouldn't be doing something, she'll look at me and start shaking her head back and forth and start laughing! She'll even start shaking her head before I tell her no if she is doing something she knows she is not supposed to do!
  • can wave bye-bye, although she usually faces her hand towards herself!

  • mostly just babbles, but we can sometimes get a "dada" out of her, but she has only said "mama" once. But she loves to talk, so I can tell that once she starts making sense of the words, she is really going to be a talker!
  • is mostly sleeping through the night, although she doesn't usually last more than 10 hours. We had to let her cry it out, and unfortunately, it took much longer this time than it did the first time. But now she'll usually make it until around 5am without waking up. Too bad the dog still doesn't sleep through the night, otherwise, I might be able to say I'm sleeping all night, too!

I seriously can't believe how much joy this little girl brings into our lives. I cannot imagine life without her now. And I know as she gets older, it's just going to get better!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Before the Snow

(Yes, I know I said I'd have a real post up today I lied!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Ok, so I know it's been pretty quiet around here. Let's just say that the last couple of weeks have been rough ones, but hopefully it's all getting better from here. I have a few posts to get up, but in the meantime, I'm going to beg you all for a favor. I'm doing a giveaway of a free photography session that includes 5 free digital images! All you have to do is become a fan on facebook, and for more entries, just get your friends to become fans! See all the information here. And to become a fan - click here!

I'll be back tomorrow with an actual post!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Recommendations?

I'm going to make this quick because I have a ton of pictures I have to have edited tonight, but I need some ideas!

My computer is SUPER slow. In fact, the other day, it took me almost 30 minutes just to edit 1 picture. Granted, it's not usually that slow, but it does have it's days. What I used to do was to surf the web while I was waiting for an action to run, or waiting for a picture to save. But I have since figured out that my computer runs much faster, still not fast, but faster when the internet is closed down. But then I started getting bored, still having to wait. Until I remembered the book I was reading.

Now, after weeks of trying to find time to read, I was able to finish my book in a matter of days. And now I'm really excited, because I have found the time I was looking for to read!

But now I am not reading anything since I finished my book. But I don't know what to read next, and I know a lot of you are big readers. So please leave me your suggestions!! I need both popular book suggestions, and maybe some that are older or that other people don't know about. I usually get my books from the library, and some of the more popular books have waiting lists months long. So let me know what you've read lately and what I need to read!

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Official!!

The website is officially up!! Which means that I probably won't be posting little sneaks on here anymore, but if you are interested, you can always check out the other website!! I'll be catching up on past sessions over this next week, but hopefully I'll have some new stuff up soon as well.

And if you know of anyone that is looking for pictures to be done, I would love the referrals!