Seven months

Emily is seven months old. She’s growing more beautiful every day. Look at those eyes!

It’s getting chilly here now – as low as 6C at night but still beautiful and sunny during the day. The rain is coming though which makes Ben happy as it means snow in the mountains. Ski season beckons!

Emily can now: make even more sounds including mama and baba; tip forward on to her front from sitting (trying to crawl); roll everywhere; pick up small pieces of food and find her mouth (most times); feed herself from a spoon.

She loves: incy wincy spider; reading stories; riding in the shopping trolley (cart); hanging out with friends in the park; swings; music; homemade sweet potato chips (fries), cucumber, yoghurt and all food actually.

Monthly blanket photo

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Happy Halloween!

We’ve never been that into Halloween; I used to get dressed up to go out with friends  clubbing (a million years ago) but it was one of those things I could take or leave. But we live in America now and we have a baby so things have changed a bit this year. I mean, have you seen how cute babies look in costume?

Another thing that is a typical Fall activity is to pay a visit to the pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride and pick out a suitable pumpkin to carve.

 

So pumpkin duly gathered we then tackled something we’ve never done before: pumpkin carving! We bought a kit with templates from Target and got to work (or rather, Ben got to work while I played with Emily & cooked dinner).

 

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Back in England’s green and pleasant land

As I mentioned in the last post, we recently spent a month in England visiting family, friends and some of our favourite places.

It was fun to take Emily “home” and we loved seeing familiar places through her eyes.

Here are a selection of photos from our adventures (meeting Great Auntie; Afternoon Tea with Nanna & Gramps; Colchester Zoo; Bressingham Steam Museum; hanging with Grandad).

It was, of course, hard to say goodbye. But California is our home right now and we truly love it here. Roll on Fall, Halloween , Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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Happy Half Birthday Emily

We spent the last month on holiday in England visiting friends, family and having new experiences (I’ll write a full report soon). With such a whirlwind of visiting and travelling it was almost a shock to realise how much Emily has changed in the last month.

 

She can now: sit for as long as she wants to and twist and turn without falling over; make lots of new sounds including dada; stand with support.

She loves: swimming; toast; avocado; smearing the food all over herself and her chair; socialising.

Monthly blanket photo

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5 months? It can not be true

Our little Emily is five months old. Where has the time gone? Some days seem to pass so slowly; those fussy days when naps are only 30 minutes long, she doesn’t want to be put down and it seems that nothing can make her smile.

But we need to remember to stop and take it all in and, like we seem to get told several times a day by the parents and grandparents we meet when we’re out and about, enjoy it because it goes too fast and before you know it she’ll be off to university, striking out on her own.

Sigh.

So let’s take in the latest developments of our five-month old spirited little lady.

Emily can: roll from her back to front; sit for longer periods unaided; blow raspberries; imitate people sticking their tongues out at her (a useful life skill).

She loves: her first tastes of food (more on that in a minute); her new doll (coincidentally also called Emily); hiking; blowing the aforementioned raspberries; swings.

There are lots of opinions about when to start introducing solids. And how to do it. We decided to start giving Emily some pieces of food to play with while we eat our dinner. So far she’s had pieces of avocado and peach. She particularly liked the peach, and even though I’m pretty sure she didn’t swallow any, she loved how it tasted and the feel of it in her hands.

Monthly blanket photo

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Emily’s first hike

Last weekend we headed up into the Santa Cruz mountains to Big Basin to explore the Redwoods with our friends. We had an exciting journey up when we realised the petrol/gas light was on. The journey down was even more exciting when the gauge told us we had 9 miles of petrol left. We made it to the petrol station on fumes and let out a huge sigh of relief (Emily didn’t care, she was loudly requesting that I sing incy wincy spider for the 20th time).

We really enjoyed our hike. Redwoods are such truly awe-inspiring trees (see our Muir woods walk) and create stunning natural architecture both on the ground and across the skyline.

Emily loves her carrier and taking everything in around her so she enjoyed hiking with daddy. She is a real tree-lover and will happily spend time in the garden or the park rolling around on her blanket gazing at the sunlight filtering across leaves and through branches.

The outdoor life and the variety of natural landscapes from mountains to beaches to trees all within easy reach is why we love it so much here. So much so that I’m even contemplating getting a tent and going on a family camping trip. Really, me in a tent! Yes I’ll believe it when I see it too.

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Moving moving moving

She can’t walk, crawl or scoot but baby still got the moves.

Bouncing

Bouncing bouncing from Christine Evans on Vimeo.

And swinging.

Look at her legs! Love them.

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