Friday, October 31, 2008


Abigail's first Halloween started with a pirate-themed birthday party for her friends from playgroup. Kids were free to dress as pirates or in any other costume. Abigail's great aunt gave her a cute Halloween outfit, so we paired it with a pirate bandana. Notice the braids, inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow...

Her Halloween ended with a party with her cousins. She experienced her first trick-or-treat outing. I was going to buy her a costume, but then I remembered the outfit one of our family friends got us. Abigail dressed up as a Virginia Tech cheerleader! Abigail's baby cousin dressed up as a bat and her older cousin dressed up as a robot.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Food from Scratch

I am on a roll with blog posts. Now that I'll be a stay-at-home mom I thought I'd try my hand at making our own baby food (not that you have to be a stay-at-home mom to do this). I found a website with pretty simple ways of making food. So far I've tried peaches, peas, and sweet potatoes. The peach was by far the hardest to make. I steamed a whole peach and then peeled it. The peeling part was not easy. The easiest was the sweet potatoes. Plus, out of only two sweet potatoes I was able to make 4 cups of baby food. Crazy! Here is a picture of Abigail after eating homemade peas (you would never guess she ate any because there is so much on her bib!)

Seven Months!

Abigail is seven months old now! I can't believe how quickly time is flying by (do I say this every time a month goes by???). Abigail is changing constantly. Two posts ago I mentioned that she can sit up. Well, yesterday and today she has been quite steady sitting by herself. Also, we decided that we weren't going to hand her her toys that are just out of reach. We want to encourage her to be more mobile. In the past few days we have seen Abigail start to scoot a bit!

This month's pictures are not of Abigail in a cute dress. We got to the end of the day before we got around to taking any. Instead, here are some in her cute feetsie pajamas.

Two Weeks

As you may know, Jonathan has been out of full-time work since last November. For the past month and a half he has played the role of part-time stay-at-home dad and freelance web/graphic designer. Things changed as of this past Friday. On Friday Jonathan was offered a position with Phillips Academy-Andover as a web designer. He starts his new job on November 10. I was excited to hear the news, knowing I could now be a full-time stay-at-home mom. On Monday morning I submitted my two weeks' notice. My last day is Thursday, November 6.

God has taken care of us these past two years in amazing ways. In late Spring 2007 we sat down to figure out when we could be out of debt. The answer: February/March 2008. In July 2007 we found out we were expecting. In November 2007 Jonathan was laid off. In February 2008 we paid our last installment on our last debt - even with our change in employment circumstances. Abigail came at the end of March. I got to spend five and a half months with her before heading back to work part-time. And now I get to go back to spending all of my time with her.

I didn't expect Jonathan's job search to take as long as it did. But, looking back, I can see why it took so long. God knew I would need him around during Abigail's first six months of life. I felt overwhelmed and had a wide range of emotions. Jonathan was there to encourage me, calm me down, and take Abigail when things got especially stressful. I am so amazingly blessed to have him. He is such a wonderful husband and an incredible father. I am so proud of him and am excited for this next step in his career!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sitting Up

Abigail played a bit today sitting up, without any assistance. She still slouches a bit and gets off balance a bit. I snapped a few pictures of her sitting up like a big girl.

I love this first's like we caught her with her hand in the cookie jar:

And here is another:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tea Party

Today Abigail went to a dress-up tea party with her girlfriends from church. All the mommies were snapping pictures like crazy. The girls were so cute in their tiaras, beads, dresses, feather boas, etc. Abigail even joined in on the action. We had a great girly time!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Leaf Peeping

Boston and the Northeast is beautiful this time of year-especially today! Today was sunny and mild (around 70) with only a few clouds in the sky. We didn't really have any plans, so we decided to go on a spontaneous leaf peeping road trip. We headed north to Nashua, NH and then west past Peterborough, NH to do a loop around Mt. Monadnock.

It was a beautiful drive.

We made two stops to take in the scenery. The first stop was at Dublin Pond.

Our second stop gave us a great view of Mt. Monadnock:

I love days like today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Six Month Appointment

Abigail had her six month appointment. She got her measurements and more shots. Abigail weighs 16 pounds, 10 ounces and is 2 foot 2 (26 inches long ;-) As with the other shots, Abigail cried, but noticeably less than the last two times.

So, all is well with our baby girl.

How about a cute picture of Abby sporting a hoodie?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ahh, Sleep

Like I said in my last post, Abigail's cold has changed her sleeping habits a bit. The past two nights she has woken up in the wee hours (not typical). So, in the interest in having a good night sleep for all, we decided to put her in our bed. Now, you would think we could simply place her in between us-plenty of room, right? Wrong, she likes to spread out-at least the night I was with her.

Here is how she ended up the first night when it was Jonathan's turn on the couch:

Jonathan held his ground last night when it was my turn on the couch:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Six Months!

So I am a little late on a six month posting. We didn't even manage to dress Abigail up for her six month photos. This past weekend Abigail came down with her first cold. Then she decided to share it with us. Now we are one big happy and sniffly family. Abigail is doing well considering. She is still very pleasant. The only thing I've noticed is a change in sleeping habits (she's been going to bed after 11 each night, and lately hasn't slept as long as normal). The fever is gone now and all we're left with is a runny nose. Hopefully it will be all over by Monday, when she has her next appointment and next round of vaccines.

Here are a few cute pictures of our little Abigail since she turned 6 months old:

Abigail and Constance

Almost a week ago Abigail met her newest cousin Constance (my cousin Veronica's newest daughter). You wouldn't guess it from the pictures I took, but Constance is almost two months younger than Abigail. They are practically the same size!

Abigail was very interested in grabbing at Constance while Constance leaned right into her reach.