Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Phony Balogna

After all this time of Abby "pretending" that she didn't know how to hold her own bottle, she finally realized that the gig is up. Her sitter let me in on the secret. Here she is showing off and doing it with one hand!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cirque de Baby

All of the baby books say that each child is an individual, and to remember that each child develops at his/her own pace. In Abby's case, she has done some pretty strange things since she's become more mobile. It all started with the Super Abby (see previous post). Then, even before she could pull herself up on all fours, she did the "downward facing dog" yoga pose, where she did a headstand in the front, while standing on her legs. She still does that for at least 10 minutes each night as I put her in the crib. I like to think of it as her "cool down" exercises since she's so active all day. (Note: that's the one I really wanted to capture on film, but she gets VERY excited when she sees the camera so I can't risk whipping it out at bedtime. She'd never go down.) Now, she can sit up if she supports herself with one hand. But sometimes she only gets halfway there and ends up in this swimsuit model pose:
It is so GREAT that she's become more self entertaining. Her babysitter says that she can even hold her own bottle on a regular basis, although she won't do it around me. What a phony bologna.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Day with the De Jongs

Our nephew Mason was baptized this weekend--so Abby got to see the De Jong clan in action. It was really fun to see Abby's Great Grandma Bernice, since it had been since mother's day that they last saw each other. I have really special memories of visiting my Great Grandmother Grace when I was little, so I think it's important for Abby to know where she's from. In fact, that's why Abby's middle name is Grace.

When we were in Big Bear, Abby got these reddish/pink circles on her cheeks. My mom exclaimed, "She looks like a little Dutch baby!" to which I replied "She is a little Dutch baby!" I think us Brashears forget sometimes, so it's nice for her to see the other side:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Halloween Nightmare

Although I have a few hand-me-down options, I have been on the hunt for a cute Halloween costume for Abby. I recognize that it is ridiculous, since she won’t even remember this one, but it’s still fun to have my very own dress-up doll that isn’t our pug Gordie.

I thought I’d share some of the hilarious, but mostly inappropriate, baby Halloween costumes I’ve come across on the web. I’ve organized them in descending order, from cute to totally absurd. Truth be told, the Star Wars one is the only one that seems acceptable (for safety, among other reasons) to me:

Love the felt wig!

I can't imagine this is comfy!

This is supposed to be a chick--looks more like a pinata to me!

Hey, baby! Your buns are showing!

Can you say suffocation hazard?

This is just mean.

Someone get CPS on the horn.

And the prize for the WORST baby Halloween costume goes to the PIMP! I mean, really? That is so bad that it’s funny!