Monday, February 25, 2008

Finally, the 9 Month photos!

My dad mailed the camera to us super-fast, so here are her traditional pink rocking chair - blue dress pics. Its getting harder and harder to take these, because Karis really doesn't stay still for a second. She wants to stand up or leap off the chair to grab something she sees. But I'm determined to do it every month so we can look back and see how she has changed :)

Karis had her 9-month check-up again today and once again, the doctor said she looks like one of the happiest and healthiest babies she has ever seen. Once again she is high in length (28.5 inches) and low in weight (16 pounds, 5 oz). She didn't gain very much this time because she is on the move so much now that she can crawl, so she fell from the 25th percentile to the 10th percentil in weight...which is somewhat of a concern to me but the doc said its probably just in her genes since Mark and I are so tall and lanky and her baby cousins on both sides of the family struggled with weight as well. So she wasn't too concerned about that which I was grateful for. Her head size percentile had dropped slightly, though, which seemed to be more of a concern so we are going back for a weight and head measurement in 5 weeks. She is developmentally on target or ahead in all areas so we aren't worried about it yet, but they just want to make sure the head percentile doesn't drop any further. So you can keep that in your prayers :) And give her lots of compliments so maybe it will make her head swell, he, he :)

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mama's Little Helper

I just couldn't stand to do another post without a picture, so I found these I took a couple weeks ago. Karis LOVES to help me do laundry. If I am just switching loads, I put her in the basket with a toy and she knocks it all around. If I am getting laundry out of the dryer, she loves for me to cover her up with it. Then when I sit down to fold, I take her out and she has the very most fun of all taking all the clothes out of the basket for me. The socks are definitely the most exciting, I can assure you! And when I go to deliver the clothes to their proper places, she goes back in the basket and loves to fly around holding onto the clothes for me. I ask you, is anything more fun than a baby? I've never had so much fun doing laundry in my life!!
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Friday, February 22, 2008


I know, you are asking yourself where in the world is the monthly picture of Karis in her pretty blue dress and pink rocking chair? But alas, we left our camera in VA at Grandma's and have no way to take a picture! They have promised to mail it to us ASAP, but for now, all I can give you is an update.

But what a month it was!!! Karis started crawling at 8 months, and this month figured out how to get into just about everything! She is soooo stinkin' fast! And now she is pulling up and trying to let go and stand by herself for a couple of seconds, as well as trying to push herself into a standing position from the ground! She is happier than ever, so glad she can move so fast and finally almost catch the kitty :) She never smiles as big as when her Daddy walks in the door and she takes off to crawl up his legs :) And her smile is getting cuter every day:) She now has 5 teeth and they are so cute (and sharp, too!)

Vocally, Karis is pretty much never quiet :) She chatters the whole time she is playing with her toys or people. She definitely knows that Daddy is da-da and will tell us over and over again :) She recognizes the signs, "no," more," "all done," and "water," but has never reproduced them on her own.

She can eat so much now! We are still breastfeeding and she is doing well with that, but she loves her table food, too! I have to admit, I have kinda become a health nut where my baby is concerned :) I got this awesome book called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron (which I would definitely recommend to all mothers :) and it has totally helped me understand baby nutrition better. Karis's favorite breakfast is a cereal that I make of brown rice, rolled oats, millet, and pearled barely, mixed with avocado, a boiled egg yolk, and Brewer's yeast. The cereal is actually pretty good. I eat it too a lot of days, either with egg and cheese or apples and cinnamon. Her favorite snack is tahini, wheat germ, and cooked pears all mixed together. Unfortunately, she is currently somewhat allergic to yogurt and cottage cheese. It doesn't seem to bother her internally at all, but her little face gets a rash wherever the yogurt or cottage cheese has touched. I am going to try to make my own yogurt and see if I can make it milder so she can eat it. Her favorite snacks are apples in the mesh chewer, a teething biscuit, and cheerios. Oh, how she loves cheerios! She loves to bite it in half for some reason :)

I decided that if you are still checking this blog after nine months, then you must really care about my sweet baby and would like to know areas to pray for her. I think I'll just give my top two areas of prayer each month:

1. That she would respond properly to discipline and obey Mama and Daddy as one day she will obey Christ. This is really more a prayer for me to be consistent and know what she can understand and obey at each stage! She definitely understands "no" because she will stop what she is doing, pull back her hand, and look up at me :) But sometimes she will do it again and of course, I need to be consistent in my response! Our current areas of struggle right now are standing up in the bath tub and rolling around on the changing table :)

2. That she would continue to sleep 13 hours at night and that traveling won't mess up her sleep so much -- Over the Christmas travels, Karis started waking up every 3 hours again, which was a nightmare! She got back into her 6:30 pm - 7:30 am schedule, but every time we travel, it gets messed up again!

Thanks for reading such a long post and for caring about my sweet, precious girl!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Teething biscuits are the best!

Karis is trying to get her 5th tooth to break through so I thought I'd let her try a teething biscuit to help with the discomfort. And she absolutley loved it! She chewed on it and talked to it and laughed the whole time!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

About those bubbles...

Yeah, I know these pics have nothing to do with bubbles. And there's a reason for that -- she's currently scared to death of them, ha, ha. I know I said she liked them and I promised pics, but those will just have to wait. Soon after we blew bubbles for her the first time, she was reaching up to try to catch one and it popped right on her face, near her eye. She screamed and hasn't wanted anything to do with bubbles since. Its pretty funny, actually. If she even catches a glimpse of the little pen that we use to blow bubbles, she crawls over to me as fast as she possibly can and buries her face in my chest. And if I continue to grab the pen, she literally starts screaming :) Its amazing. So I guess we'll wait a month or so and get a different type of bubble maker and see if she likes it then :)
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Already wearing Mama's clothes!

Today Karis wore one of my baby dresses to church! It fit her just right and I was so glad my Mom saved it for her!

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Friday, February 15, 2008

A week of Valentine's Day

This week was a lot of fun for Karis because she got cards and packages in the mail from her grandparents. And she LOVES cards! She will look at them and try to eat them and carry them around with her all day long. She also got a bubble pen, and she loves bubbles! More pics of that later when I can get Mark to help :)

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Still enjoying those cards :)

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Goofin' around :)

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

As you can tell, Karis had a lot of fun for her first Valentine's Day. She played with her kitty, surprised Daddy at work with lunch from Chick-Fil-A, shredded junk mail, visited babies and friends from Mommy's old work place, climbed on everything, and surprised Daddy by staying up past her bedtime so that she could go watch his basketball game. What a fun life!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blowing Away!

When it was very windy a couple of days ago, we took Karis outside to see if she liked the wind. She didn't seem to mind it at all, but she seemed a little confused by it. I thought these pics of her hair blowing every which a way were cute. Mark said he didn't realize how much hair she has until he saw it blowing :)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nina's Babysitting pics!

Nina took these pics while babysitting Karis for us. It definitely made me feel better about leaving her because it looks like she had a blast with her Nina and Papa!

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