Penny Adventures

Getting aquainted with the piano.

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How every morning starts – time with Smoke.  Sometimes it’s cuddles and rubs, other times they just like to watch the world go by.  These two are becoming quite close, and it’s adorable to watch.  Smoke tolerates Penny grabbing and twisting his fur, and he even brings her toys so she can chew on them.  These two understand each other.

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We have discovered a tremendous variety of peekaboo games – it is easily her favourite thing these days.

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Sitting up milestone achieved!  She can’t yet figure out how to get in this position, but she can stay in it for a long time now.  She enjoys playing with her toys sitting up – the new angle gives her many more options.

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Facetime me with Uncle Pauly!  Penny loves technology – especially because it connects her with awesome people who make fun faces for her.

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Some of the most precious times for me are when I have Penny in the carrier and we go for long walk stogether.  I love feeling so close to her and getting to experience her curiosity in the world up close. She’s so fascinated by everything new she learns about – her head flips side to side as she tries to take in the sights and sounds all at once.   The time in the carrier also reminds me of the way it felt when I carried her inside me.  It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the point where she’ll have been out in the world as long as she was inside of me.  It’s hard to remember the time before she was part of my life.  {thank you Jenna for the Tula recommendation!  This carrier is tremendously comfy}

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Army crawling and playing in the living room, aka playroom.  She’s a determined little one and when she something across the room catches her eye, she will get to it with a series of wiggles, rolls and army crawls.

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Learning to eat with daddy.  Of course most of the food is everywhere BUT her mouth!

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Her big bright smiles when she first wakes up from naps are one of my favourite parts of the day.

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Now that spring is here at last we’ve been going to the parks frequently.  I feel so fortunate that there are two fantastic playgrounds just a short walk away along the riverside trail.  Penny loves the swings – especially when she goes fast.  She giggles at the feel of the wind through her hair.

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Between story time at the library, Mother Goose program at the retirement home, play dates with girlfriends and their babies, daily walks, time with family, and the day to day necessities, life with Penny is busy!  And beautiful ☺️

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny’s Personality is starting to shine

It’s been too long since I’ve done an update, and it was tricky choosing the photos for this post – way too many.  Note to self: update more often.

I remember when I was studying psychology, one of the things I most looked forward to with regards to motherhood was getting to witness my baby’s personality take shape before my eyes.  I have always been fascinated by human behaviour and getting to witness the development of a new human is truly as good as it gets from an observational point of view in my opinion.  I am savouring this time with our little one, as she discovers the world and embraces it with such curiosity and wonder.

At 5.5 months, little Penny is making it very clear what she likes and doesn’t like.  There is such a joyful spirit within her.

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She absolutely loves playing on the floor, and squeals with glee when we flutter a blanket above her.

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She is loving her kitties.  Every morning starts by giving Smoke and Peanut rubs.  She is learning to be “gentle” and not yank their fur.  The cats are missing the attention they got when they were the only ‘babies’ in the house, so they tolerate some grabbing.

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Penny loves to cozy up with a soft blanket, especially when mommy reads her stories.  We read together every day – with the hope of instilling the love of literature that we have.  I’ve started taking her to Babytime at the library and she really enjoys the songs and stories and seeing the other babies.

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Her most favourite thing by far is practicing her rolling skills.  Her one leg always has a pointed toe – she’s a bit of a dainty girl.

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She loves to see herself in the mirror, smiling and laughing at herself.  We’ve been working on sitting up.  Her balance is still a bit unstable, but she’s getting there.

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Though you can’t tell from her expression, she loves walks in the stroller (especially now that she’s forward facing!) and visits with grandma and grandpa.  We get outside almost every day and are so happy to have the riverside trail so close.

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Daddy plays with her with such enthusiasm and she just absolutely adores their time together.  It’s amazing having him work from home because he can take short breaks during the day from work to be with her.  A lot of dads don’t get a lot of time with their babies during the day when babies tend to be the most playful.  We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity for extra moments together as a family.

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Penny loves visits with friends, especially the baby ones.

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She enjoyed showing Scott her rolling prowess – even rolled right into him a couple times.  He showed her his moves in the pool, which he finessed in Mexico over the holidays.  At the time of these photos, she was almost 5 months and he was almost 6 months and this was the first time they actually noticed each other.

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And here they are at the end of November – amazing how much they grow and develop in only six weeks.

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Over the last few days, we have started teaching her about solid food.  She’s still a little unsure about the whole experience.

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She’s showing her independent side – she definitely prefers to control the spoon herself, though it’s pretty messy.IMG_6264

She’s really not sure what to think of this baby cereal business. 

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She’s growing extremely quickly.  She’s already outgrown her playmat and I teared up when I packed it up – her very first toys! … She giggles when we cuddle at bedtime and I never have known such intense joy as that which I feel when I hear her laughter.  I’m looking forward to continuing to watch her grow and develop, and doing my best to enjoy every moment.