7 months!

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Eloise has officially turned 7 months old (nearly a month ago)! This month she started inch worming across the floor. She is actually getting quite fast. Her crawl started out a bit more army like, then turned into the breast stroke on the floor. Each day it is a little different. Soon it will be regular crawling.

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At the very end of the month Eloise started some more baby babble sounds. Can’t wait until they turn into some words (which I know might still be a while aways).

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Eloise tried a bit of solid food this month. Based on our experiences with Greta we have taken a very relaxed approach with Eloise. We offer her a variety of fruits and veggies usually either a big whole piece for her to hold and suck on or diced up (although she can’t really pick up the small pieces very well). Sometimes we give her stuff on a spoon and let her hold the spoon and suck it off. She enjoys having food with us but so far isn’t actually swallowing a whole bunch. Most often she chews the food up a little and then spits it out. She is consuming a little though since her poops are sometimes a bit thicker. She likes to take sips of water from our cups as well. Things Eloise has tried so far: pear, apple, banana, watermelon, oatmeal, rice cereal, squash, green beans, peas, sweet potato, and avacodo.

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Eloise started swim lessons this month and she loves it! She wants to kick the whole time we are in the pool. She even tries to paddle with her arms some as well and has put her face in the water a time or two.

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In general Eloise loves to kick. We will sometimes run in the backyard with Greta, if we happen to be holding Eloise, she is running in our arms. She is just such a kicker.

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Eloise and Greta have such different personalities. Eloise LOVES people. She is not at all afraid of new people. In fact at a birthday party this month she dove out of Matt’s arms into the arms of some man we didn’t know. I see this becoming a problem when she gets older and starts to wander off when we are in public. Definitely going to have to have a talk about strangers with her.

Eloise loves to talk on the phone. She gets huge smiles when the person on the phone says “hi Eloise”.

Once or twice at the very end of the month Eloise pulled up to standing.

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Eloise continues to adore her big sister and has very little interest in the cat. Such a marked difference from Greta who just adored Albert. Then again she didn’t have a fun big sister to watch all the time.

my girls

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Since Eloise figured out how to move around the house she is less whiney. For a while every time we put her down on the floor she would whine because she couldn’t move.

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Eloise is a major back thrower. She is constantly throwing herself back as far as she can when you are holding her. It definitely catches people off guard when they are holding her.

Eloise has a very quick temper. She doesn’t have the lasting power that Greta does, but boy is she quick to let you know that she is upset about something. Zero to scream in no time at all. Luckily most of the time she is a happy little baby.

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Eloise learned how to play peek-a-boo this month. She thinks it is great fun!

We started bathing Eloise with Greta this month. We put her in a chair thing we have and try to keep her in that until the end when I hold her up in the tub. We definitely need to get something so that she doesn’t slide all around and fall over in the tub.

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We got to see/meet lots of people this month.

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And just a few more favorites:

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michigan

Last weekend we headed to a little lakehouse in Pinckney, Michigan to spend some time with our college friends. Every October we plan a weekend to get together with a group of friends. One person plans the weekend near their current location and we all go and stay there. Last year we went to Clearwater, FL. This year fewer people were able to make it, but we enjoyed seeing those who were able to make it.

We got in late Friday night and got the girls settled down to sleep. On Saturday morning we took the girls out for a little walk (very short, since Greta wanted to go back inside). The leaves were all changing up there and it was quite lovely.

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For a good part of the day we just hung out and chatted. Both Greta and Eloise enjoyed lots of attention from our friends, since they were the only children there this year.

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Later we drove to a cider mill and got some delicious donuts and cider to take back to the house. Back behind the cider mill was a lovely little river. Greta fell asleep on the way there, so she didn’t get to enjoy the sights.

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On the way home we stopped to get some ice cream and play at a fun little park. Make sure to watch the video.

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On Sunday we went to mass and then out to lunch in Ann Arbor. We met up with another one of my college friends, but I neglected to take the camera out of the bag. I know someone took pictures, so eventually I will get them! (really no rush). We went and got ice cream again, yum. Then we went back to the lakehouse for dinner and a bonfire! Greta fell asleep on the way back and slept for 4 hours (she doesn’t nap anymore, but when she does it is usually a marathon nap), so she was able to enjoy the bonfire for a bit.

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On Monday we spent the morning cleaning up before heading out to lunch and going our separate ways.

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On the drive back into Ann Arbor I snapped a few pictures out the window of the beautiful fall leaves. We headed home with two tuckered out girls. It was great to see everyone and we can’t wait until next year when we host!

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7 quick takes

1. Greta has her first flower girl job! She is going to be the flower girl in our good college friends’ wedding next May. At first she rejected their offer due to the fact that she didn’t know what a flower girl was. But after she learned that she gets to wear a fancy dress and throw flowers she was all for it.

2. We went to Princeton the other day to walk around and show my aunt the area. I was stopped on the corner waiting for Matt to meet us for lunch and my aunt and gone to the car to put more money in the meter. All of a sudden a Asian man walked up to me and asked if he could take a picture of Eloise. I said sure. Soon we were being mobbed by old Asian people. Some of the people were even posing with the girls. Matt walked up and started snapping pictures with his camera phone. At this point I was pretty much laughing like crazy, because really, it seemed as though I was suddenly a famous movie star or something (or maybe just the nanny and the kids were famous). In order to leave I had to push the stroller through the people. Bizarre.

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3. I’m behind AGAIN on monthly updates. Eloise’s 7 month update should be coming soon. I have written most of it, just need to go and put in some pictures. I have decided to stop monthly updates for Greta. I will now do updates every few months.

4. I am now one of the co-leaders of our local babywearing group!

5. A family friend made these adorable hats for the girls last spring. They fit perfectly this year. Thanks!

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6. After Greta loved the ball flying thing so much at the children’t museum, Matt decided he would recreate it for her using the shop-vac. Here is a little video of their experiment.

7. Halloween costumes have arrived. Greta picked both of them out. Greta will be a giraffe and Eloise will be a monkey. We got their costumes from Old Navy and I have to say they seem like pretty high quality considering the price. They are definitely cold weather costumes, so hopefully it will be cool on Halloween.

bunches of videos

I know you guys are wondering why the sudden onslaught of stuff. Well because I am lazy and now that I have a visitor to help distract Greta (thanks Aunt Donna!), I have a few minutes of quiet time and I’m motivated!

Here is some early inch-worming by Eloise. She is still crawling on her belly, but it is slightly different.

Here is Eloise playing with the egg shaker. She loves to shake those things!

Greta trying to dance with Eloise:

Eloise trying to crawl under the table. Greta joined in as well.

Please Touch Museum

FYI: If you are a Bank of America Customer, you can get in to a zillion museums free on the first weekend of the month. Each card holder gets in free, so for us that means both Matt and I get in free, so we only have to pay for Greta. The Please Touch Museum, the children’s museum in Philadelphia, is one of the museums that is part of the program.

We had been wanting to go to the Please Touch Museum one first weekend and finally made it there with some of our friends. It was great. Greta LOVED it. We started out in the auto room, where she used the digger, played with the cars, etc.

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Greta’s favorite part of the museum was the ball blower thing.

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Greta also really loved the kitchen.

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Of course, the babies were popular. Matt thought it would be funny to put Eloise in the actual baby crib, but she was a little small. She didn’t seem to mind though.

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For the first while we were there, Eloise did not look very happy. We did finally find a place for her to crawl around a little.

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There was this cool boat thing that went up and down. Greta enjoyed riding and steering for a little bit. There was one little boy who was not so nice, he didn’t want Greta on the boat at all.

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Greta got to ride the carousel. It was her first time riding one. She picked out a pretty horse to ride.

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Greta liked watching these big kids jump down. She tries to copy them by jumping off the rocks. She loves big kids and always wants to do what they are doing.

Lastly we stopped at the water play area. Greta liked splashing in the water.

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Here are a few other random pictures from the day. All in all it was a good time. We will definitely be going back on another first weekend.

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pumpkins and apples

We went to a local farm the other weekend to pick out some pumpkins and pick some apples. I was kind of disappointed that the pumpkins weren’t in an actual pumpkin patch, but maybe they are too hard to actually pick. We got two little pumpkins (as per Greta’s selection) and picked a few apples. We are planning on returning during the week to get some more apples since during the week it is cheaper to pick than on the weekend. We got to take a hayride out to the apple orchard, which Greta seemed to enjoy a little bit.

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