Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Julia's Crawling!!!

On the day after her six month birthday, Julia was crawling for the first time.  Now three days later, she has become so much better at getting to where she wants to go.  I am amazed at how fast this girl is growing.  It is so cool to watch her crawl...this is a milestone that I never got to witness with Matthew as he just went straight to furniture walking and then walking.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Matthew and Julia

Everyone keeps telling me how much my children look alike so I thought I would make a comparison picture to really see. I do see some resemblance, but they are not identical like most people think. I don't have any pictures of Cody as a baby on the computer right now, but I am planning on scanning some pictures in soon so that I can compare them too...although, I can tell you that Cody and Julia look very different as babies...Julia looks more like her cousin Emily...and apparently like her Auntsie (I still need to see the picture of Melissa as a baby).
Here are some more pictures that I tried to compare:

I just wanted to add that when I showed Mike the picture of Julia and Matthew right after birth (the first one), he thought both pictures were of Julia.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Julia and her puppy Summer

Lately Julia has taken a real interest in our dog Summer.  Summer has always loved Julia since the day she was born.  Summer was in the room when Julia was born (in her kennel but still in the room).  Summer has treated Julia as if she was her puppy, tending to her when she is sad and licking her clean when she is dirty.  Julia loves when she can throw the ball for the puppy and seems to take pleasure in teasing her.  She loves to talk to Summer and is constantly watching her and laughing at her.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Julia update

Tooth number 2 has made an appearance!  Surprisingly enough, Julia had one of her best sleeps last night...it must have actually broken through the skin yesterday before bed (she was REALLY cranky before bedtime).
This tooth is also on the bottom in the front.  Julia has no comment at this time because she is too busy trying to eat her foot :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Big Brothers

Julia is so lucky to have two big brothers that think the world of her.  She loves to watch them and is constantly smiling and laughing at them.  She will look around to find them when she hears their voices and she gets excited when they get home from school. 
I hope the bond will continue throughout the years with her brothers.  I remember when Matthew used to look at Cody the way that Julia looks at Cody and Matthew. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Julia's growing too fast!

I have been putting Julia on the floor in the livingroom while I get my coffee in the morning, and the above video is what she has been doing for about the past week.  She is moving further and further backwards now though.  Poor girl is just getting so frustrated!  She knows she is moving but in the wrong direction.  I know it will not be long before she starts going forward.  Off to buy a baby gate today because before I know it, she will be crawling across the floor faster than I can run.
She can put her own pacifier in her mouth now...I so badly want to get rid of that thing but I think I am just as addicted to it as she is.
She started babbling different two days ago, I am going to try and get this on video because it is just too cute.  She is making the "b" sound and now she doesn't stop talking...she is a twin to her aunt!  I cannot believe how much they have the same personality...and all I can say...is that I am in BIG trouble, just kidding Melissa xoxo.
She has been going through some mommy separation anxiety in the past few days, but the worst was this morning.   I put her on the floor in the livingroom like I do every morning and went into the kitchen to get my coffee.  It's not even that far away.  But the SECOND I stepped out of her sight, she began to cry.  When I popped back into view she started to laugh.  Then I tried again to grab a coffee and she started to cry again.  She won...I picked her up while I poured my coffee and then she was all better :)   It's pretty cute now...might not be in a couple of days when I can't do anything unless she can see me!
In the bath tub, Julia and I bathe together because she in very nervous.  Ususally she just faces me, chews on a facecloth and occassionally nurses.  I was so happy the other day when she turned to the side and put her hand in the water making a little splash.  I showed her how to splash and she held my hand while we splashed in the water together.  The next day, she was even more adventerous and splashed even more.  Last night was even better...she was actually getting herself wet from her splashing.  It was amazing watching her slowly discover splashing.
Also, I watched her discover my tattoo.  One day in the tub, she started looking at my tattoo which is on my left breast.  She started to scratch it as if trying to pick it up.  The she tried to lick it, unsure of what it was.  Now, we have been bathing together for months but this was the first time that she noticed that my tattoo did not belong.  How does a 5 and a half month old baby know that a tattoo does not belong?  Very cool.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Julia has started eating food!

I have felt that Julia has been ready to start food for some time, but because of the food allergies that my mom has, I wanted to wait until as close to six months as I possibly could. 
I have chosen the baby led weaning style of feeding for Julia, since I tend not to do anything "mainstream".  With this method, Julia gets whole foods and she feeds herself.  She started tonight on cooked carrots and rice.  She loved eating with everyone else.

I love that Julia gets to control the amount of food she gets and that she is learning and exploring while she is eating.  I found this website the most informative about baby led weaning for those who want more info on it: http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/blw/engels.html

Everyday is something new and exciting with Julia.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our Halloween Activities

This year to get ready for Halloween we invited Nona over for supper and to help us carve our pumpkins.  Jul (Julia's Godfather and the person she is named after) decided to join us too.  We had a lot of fun carving.  Julia loved touching the pumpkins and feeling the guck inside the pumpkin.  Cody tried again to carve "DC" into his pumpkin which did not work.  We had to tape his pumpkin together so that it did not fall into itself.  Matthew carved a "normal" jack o lantern.  Jul carved a "Matthew" pumpkin and Mike made a scary pumpkin.  We had LOTS of seeds left over but they did not last very long.

Next, for Halloween fun...Julia and I went to her playgroup halloween party.  She loves seeing all the other babies and playing with all the different toys.

On Halloween day, Julia dressed up in her halloween day outfit :)

For Halloween night, Matthew went trick or treating with his Dad, Cheryl, Mackenzie and Hunter. 

Cody handed out treats at the house because Mike thinks he is too old to trick or treat.
And Julia went to show off in the neighbourhood.

And that was our first Halloween with Julia.