February 21, 2009




This video captures all of Penelope's latest tricks. She has mastered crawling, but more interesting is the hilarious way she throws her hands up in front of her for each step. And then there is standing, which she cannot get enough of, but the latest of her tricks is responding to "babababa" with her own "babababa". That part is my favorite. While editing this video, every time I played it I could hear her from the other room "bababababababa...."

February 07, 2009

Month Seven

Dear Penelope,

You are now seven months old, and since Im now a working mom, this is a few days late. Hopefully this does not indicate things to come. This month, the biggest thing to develop was your hilarious personality. You find yourself completely awesome, and it is so funny. We put you in the shopping cart at the grocery store, and you rock back and forth and then look up at me just to make sure I recognize how fantastic you are. You do the same thing when you stand on all fours rocking back and forth. I can tell you are proud of yourself, and I want you to know that I am proud of you too.

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Your crawling skills have much improved, but you still aren't doing it in the conventional way. You seem to have figured out that the leg-parts must help somehow, but havnt yet figured out how. The scary thing is that you can now pull yourself up to standing position, and Im worried you are going to take your first step before your first proper crawl. As with most of your developments, this all happened basically overnight. We had to lower your crib down one level when you learned how to sit up on your own in your crib. No more than 5 days later we had to lower it down another level when you started actually standing up in your crib. Its amazing how far you have come in these seven months, it seems like yesterday we'd lay you down for the night and pick you up from the exact same position, having only moved your head from one side to the other.

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You still find your father to be the most hilarious person on earth. Sometimes he only has to look at you to get you to giggle. I can make you giggle sometimes, but usually only after he has you going.

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The biggest excitement for you this month was adjusting to a whole new routine without me during the day. You now spend your days with your cousin Holden, being watched by a nanny. For the most part, I think you are completely happy, and when I come home you hardly seem to notice. But lately, when I walk into your room, you immediately crawl over to me (military style) as fast as you can, and then pull yourself up to standing while holding onto me. Its really the first real indication that you know and love me, and want to be with me, which I know of course that you do, but its nice to finally see it in action.

I love you, baby girl.

Love, Mama