Watch out – this girl is on the move!!! She’s not walking on her own yet, but she’s getting up on every surface she can find and walking around the couch, table, chairs, etc. She loves our kitchen since she can use all the drawer handles to manoeuvre her way about the room. She also walks with her brio toddler wobbler, but we had to put a 8kg kettle bell in it to keep it from rolling forward faster than her legs could keep up with. She does move pretty fast with it, still.
While I’m convinced Hadley has chronic ants-in-her-pants, Henry and I have been getting a slightly increased amount of Hadley cuddles now that she seems to be playing shy a little around some people. While I obviously don’t want Hadley to be afraid of other people, I am enjoying the feeling that I’m the only one who can make her feel safe. And besides, it lasts about 30 seconds, if that, and then she’s off adventuring again.
Due to her ever-increasing mobility, there’s also been a fair share of tumbles and head bumps in our home lately. Hadley hasn’t figured out falling on her bum, which is kind of a problem. To go back to sitting from standing she wants to lean forward and put her hands on the floor, then her knees, then roll on to her bum. The problem here is, she’s got a reeeeally big head which makes this trick a bit difficult to execute. She is getting better at it now, though, and she’s extremely careful on the way down.
Right know Hadley loves watching Miffy (she actually laughs out loud), mango puree, making a break for the dogs’ water bowl when my head is turned, daddy time, drinking water from a sippy cup, the dogs’ tails, playing with people’s mouths (specifically teeth), morning cuddles while I try to convince myself to get out of bed, and play dates with her best friend/boyfriend/future husband Joakim.
8 months is a fun age.
I’m having trouble with this 7 month mark. She’s past the half year mark now and I can no longer remain in denial about the fact that she soon will no longer be a baby but a toddler. There are days when I am beyond excited to see what kind of little girl she will become, and there are days when I want her to just fall asleep in my arms again. Surely these words are familiar to most parents, yes?
Anywhooo, Hadley is tummy-crawling like a pro and she has figured out how to go from her knees to to standing when holding onto something and then she immediately wants to start walking. She’s having some trouble with balancing on her feet at the moment a) because she’s 7 months and shouldn’t be trying to walk just yet and b) because she has a ballerina spirit and wants to walk on her toes all the time. In addition to her walking ambitions I’ve already caught her standing up in her crib in the night when I thought she was dead asleep, just looking around her room and smiling to herself. Thankfully we had changed her crib to the lower setting a few days before. And now for the past few days it’s took her about an hour to fall asleep at nap time because she just hops right up and starts walking around the perimeter of her crib. As you can see from the last picture, I’ve had to take some extended measures to keep her lying down. She still escapes…
As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post we bought her a potty recently and have begun the process of potty training and I’d say so far it’s going pretty well. I certainly don’t expect to be ditching diapers and time soon, but I’m hoping that getting her into the habit of using the potty will help the process when we do decide to quit diapers. We go into the bathroom and just hang out for 15-20 minutes, until she goes potty or gets too bored to sit there any longer.
Right now Hadley loves her jolly jumper, porridge with banana, chasing after iphones, shoulder rides, evading nap time, doing yoga with Mama, walks in the forest and, of course, smiling.
ps. isn’t that little tooth adorable?
Over the summer I won a gift certificate to Design Boulevard and I finally got around to using it today. The weather has been so icky here that I haven’t really wanted to venture anywhere by bus, and neither Henry nor I am a fan of taking the car downtown. But today seemed like it was going to be the nicest day we’re going to be getting here for a while, so Hadley and I set out for a day on the town.
I was able to buy a few things with my gift card, among them being this adorable cloud placemat from KG Design Sweden. I’ve actually been looking for a placemat for Hadley for a few weeks now and have been hemming and hawing over a few, but then I stumbled on this and it was just perfect! The cloud shape makes it so sweet and just right for a child, while the colour makes Mama happy and fits with the decor. Win-win.
While we were testing the placemat out today it got me thinking about how happy I am to have Hadley sitting at the table with us. I love family meals and even at our tiny table they are so special to me. I have been enjoying motherhood so very much and it seems like every new stage is more wonderful than the last. Right now I’m enjoying how crazy interactive Hadley is and how I’m beginning to see more and more personality in her in those interactions. Having her sit up at the table with us while we eat really solidifies the fact that I have my own family now, and it’s such a wonderful feeling.
And, now that she has a bit of designated table space, I had fun letting her get messy and experience food all on her own today. Henry and I are usually trying to keep things with Hadley as neat and tidy as possible, but I do think that getting messy is good sometimes, and with this placemat being so easy to clean – why not? It actually took me a whole 10 seconds to rinse the placemat off. Hadley on the other hand, needed a bath.
Also shown: Marimekko bottle + Arabia Muumi bowl
p.s. Haldey has a tooth! It’s still barely visable, but I’ll post photos as soon as I can actually capture it!
Wow, so much has gone on since the last time I posted. Sorry, for that, by the way. Didn’t mean to neglect you. I thought that going home to Canada would mean I’d have lots of time to blog and share photos and be creative but – nope. Between all the things going on and a general laziness whenever we had free time, I hardly posted at all. And then I missed Hadley’s 5 month update. Whoops.
Anyway, so my little Hadley Bear is not so little anymore. At 5 months she was rolling over like a pro and walking several meters when holding somebody’s hands and just beginning to sit unassisted. She also found her toes. Now at 6 months she’s able to sit all by herself and is beginning to work on crawling. It’s bit of a frustrating process for her as her big head tends to get in the way of forward motion. It will be a great relief when she does finally figure crawling out because her desire to move is intense. She actually NEVER sits still. Ever.
We had a wonderful time in Canada visiting with all of our friends and family and watching them fall in love with Hadley. She is a charmer, that’s for sure. We are glad to be back at home now, though and back to our normal(ish) daily rhythms. But we’ve been busy here too, going to a few weddings, road trips, and many days on the beach. We’re kind of in awe at the weather right now as it’s never this nice in Finland, especially for so long. A day or two here and there, okay. But weeks? This is amazing.
In writing these monthly updates I think I get a bit more sense of the time passing and how Hadley is actually growing. It’s a bit of perspective so I can see what I don’t notice in her daily growth and development. Today I looked at the photos of her still in the hospital and cannot believe how much she has changed since that day. She is growing more and more beautiful every day, stealing our hearts with the most beautiful smile and a sense of humour that needs no words.
Happy 1st fathers day to the most amazing Dad on the planet. As we approach our third anniversary I look back on the ups and downs of marriage and marvel at how we’ve grown and changed, both as a couple and as individuals. We have made each other better in so many ways, but nothing compares to seeing this man in action as a father. He loves Hadley fiercely and is so active and involved in her life each and every day.
Today especially I am amazed by this man. On his first father’s day, the day he should be able to rest and be treated, he was understanding while we focused on celebrating the other fathers in our lives, knowing he was going to get his real fathers day spoiling in Finland in the fall. And when I got a nasty stomach bug that removed me from our company and rendered me useless for the better part of the evening he totally stepped up and took complete care of her while I rested. And when Hadley threw the worst fit she’s ever had he handled it with patience I have never seen in him before.
Fatherhood suits Henry better than I ever could have dreamed. The way he looks at our girl melts my heart and makes me the proudest wife + mama on this earth. I am so thankful to God for giving me both of them.
Guess who’s 4 months old today?
I have to say that the opportunity to stay at home with your child and see them learn and grow is the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. I know not everyone can afford it, and others may prefer going back to work, but I am absolutely loving it and feeling so blessed and grateful.
I’m quite certain I got the cutest baby on the planet – in my completely unbiased opinion. She’s just unbelievably smily and funny and perfect. I want to eat her cheeks. I find myself constantly looking back at the photo from these past 4 months and marvelling at how much she has already changed. She is growing more and more beautiful by the day and it’s all happening way too fast.
Hadley’s now rolling over. She’s pretty much a pro at back to front, but has only rolled front to back a handful of time. It’s quite cool to see how fast new skills develop. It was no more than 4 days from the first time she rolled to being able to do it at her will. She’s also become much more in control of her hands and is able to grab things with far more precision. I used to joke with Henry that watching her try to grab something was like playing one of those animal grab arcade games where the claw is 100% useless. She’s improved a lot from that.
We bought her a jolly-jumper a few days ago and while she hasn’t exactly got the hang of the jumping part yet it has been fun to see her learn how to use her feet more. She kicks back a little but mostly just uses her legs to spin in circles. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. She absolutely loves it though and squeals very loud while in it. Lilu is not so sure what to think of all of this. Great Danes are a bit emotional.
Only a week now until we go to Canada and Hadley gets to meet a long list of people who are already in love with her. I’m so excited to be going home and to be able to shoe off my wonderful little family. I am so proud and so full of joy.
As if I needed another addiction. But fo’realz, this online magazine is my new go-to site. When I’m breastfeeding. When I’m eating breakfast. When I’m on the bus. I love it.
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