Thursday, December 31, 2009

it’s official …

Our baby girl is now our BIG GIRL. I think I’ve said this before … but this time I mean it!

This morning Bella was SITTING in her crib when Daddy went to get her … this is a first. She’s recently learned to sit when she’s placed on her hands & knees (in the crawl position). She is so determined not to crawl, that she taught her self to sit when we place her in this position. However, she’s never done it on her own … until this morning. Tyler said her eyes were practically closed and her head was falling over & she was sucking her thumb. Makes me wonder how long she was sitting up like that. :)

IMG_0409Bella is getting another tooth!

This will make number FIVE!

I tried to get a photo … but this is the best I got … showing off her two bottom pearly whites.

IMG_0352Bella is learning to stand on her own! She can only do it for a few seconds but it’s highly impressive to us. :)

She also can pull up and is starting to cruise!!

Bella LOVES to cook in her new Dora Kitchen – thanks Aunt Jen! She is starting to walk when we hold her hands and will get so excited when seeing her Kitchen and walks straight towards it!


Bella learned to clap hands! And loves Cheerios.


She is now the proud Mommy to a few babies of her own.

Although we’re concerned and may have to call CPS if she doesn’t stop eating their heads.


IMG_0405Bella’s hair is getting so long and is starting to curl at the ends. Luckily the weird curly frizz on the top of her head is calming down …but we’re starting to get some whisps & curls in the back. :)

Grandpa and Daddy hung her new swing yesterday. I think she loves it! What do you think?

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Luckily our big girl still loves her Daddy (and Mommy!)


And is still the most adorable baby in the world!IMG_0337 IMG_0339 Yesterday Bella was brave and got her CT scan. All of the nurses “oohed” and “ahhed” over her! She didn’t cry once & thought it was fun to be wheeled to the MRI room for her anesthesia & scan … without Mommy or Daddy!!!

Such a good pumpkin!

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Tell me she doesn’t look adorable in her tiny hospital gown!!!IMG_0370 IMG_0371 IMG_0372 IMG_0373 IMG_0374 IMG_0375 IMG_0376

And lastly, I’d like to point out that our furry baby is still a big baby and love to snuggle and be loved. :)


Sunday, December 27, 2009

B’s first Christmas!! (aka the world’s longest post)

Last weekend we visited Santa and had a great time!  Bella and John got gifts from Santa and got to sit on his lap & take photos.

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Here are the “girls” with the babies …


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mommy and b2Grandpa with both babies & crazy Aunt Jen singing Christmas carols to Bella. :)


horsesWe also went to see Grams last weekend!  She moved (a little closer to us!) and RIGHT behind her house are horses!! How fun! They came right up to us! Bella can visit the horses when she stays at Grams’ new house! 

Grams bought this adorable hat & mittens for B.  Adorable!hatsmile

Tyler & I hosted Christmas Eve at our house & had a fun, casual, spirited dinner!  We asked everyone to dress in their most festive holiday attire.  Here are the outfits…IMG_0096 IMG_0097 IMG_0098 IMG_0099 IMG_0106IMG_0100  IMG_0107 IMG_0122 IMG_0132 IMG_0134  IMG_0171

The winner was BRAD!!!!!

We enjoyed a delicious dinner.  Tyler made a yummy ham and everyone graciously brought sides, drinks & dessert!

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The girls ate in the Dining RoomIMG_0158

And the boys at in the Breakfast Room


Did I mention it SNOWED???

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It was a perfect evening!!!

CHRISTMAS MORNING was simple and quiet and wonderful.  Mommy, Daddy and Bella opened gifts and enjoyed pancakes (special milk/soy free for Bella!).

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Look … I got cowgirl boots. Yay.


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Still snow on the ground means it was a White Christmas!

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Bella drank out of a sippy cup ON HER OWN!  Usually I have to hold it up for her. 

It was a Christmas miracle!

(mainly because it’s the first & [so far] last time it’s happened)IMG_0264

She loves her new Dora cell phone!IMG_0282

Then it was time for a nap!tired

We spent time with Tyler’s family at our house Christmas morning.  Then spent the afternoon at my parent’s house for dinner!
Tyler & I got a fabulous new computer from my parents for Christmas and we LOVE IT! It has a neat program to blog (which I’m using now!) and it makes it so much easier and has new options and capabilities! 

Unfortunately I don’t have Christmas day photos to upload yet, but they’ll be on here soon!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!!!