Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Memories

It's been 5 months since an update.... Couldn't even keep up with 1 time per month like Sarah's 1st year! Well here's what our Shaw family has been up to.... there's a new little sister in the making and we have a video for you... No, this isn't that kind of video... :)

I think Sarah wants to name her little sister, "Elmo." We'll see, we still need a middle name, so Lillian Elmo Shaw it could be!

Also we tried to sell our house to move into a bigger house, but it's probably not in the cards for this summer. Maybe next summer...

Here are some more pictures\video from this month...

Sarah demonstrating she is already a sinner -- breaking the 1st and 2nd commandments.

 We bought a water table to enjoy over Memorial Day Weekend. It was a big success! And a great weekend to use it since it was so hot!

Here are some words Sarah is saying all the time now:
Dada, Mama
"nana" -for Banana
Elmo - it was "Mo mo" for about a month
Addy - her friend at daycare

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sarah - 11 Months


Christmas: Sarah got a ton of toys for Christmas! We had both sets of our parents over on Christmas morning and attempted to get her to open them, but mostly we opened them for her.

First Words: Sarah said "Da Da" and "Ut-oh" early this month, knowing what they mean!

Steps: Sarah took her first steps this month! She isn't walking for the majority of the time, but it's a start.

Teeth: Both of Sarah's front 2 teeth started coming in this month.

Day to Day:

Eating: We started sippy cups this month and Sarah is doing ok with the cups, I think she just doesn't like juice. A couple days ago she reached for a glass of ginger ale I was drinking and I let her drink some (out of a cup!)  -- she made the best face.

Playing: Among her favorite gifts from Christmas is a baby doll from Mommy. She actually feeds her a bottle, which is really cute!

Sleeping: Sarah sleeps through the night! She goes from 8pm-7am and it's wonderful...

Favorite thing about this age: When she sleeps she tucks her hands under her and puts her butt up in the air like when she was really little.
Least Favorite thing: She's so squirmy on the changing table.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sarah - 10 Months


Thanksgiving: We hosted Thanksgiving with Ted and my families at our house this year. Both our parents and our brothers were able to come and we had a great time. I loved seeing Sarah interact with her uncles. She had so much fun. She also enjoyed eating with the family. She was so tired that day she fell asleep at 6:30 and slept through the night!

Stairs!: This past weekend we noticed that Sarah can crawl up the stairs very efficiently. She now regularly crawls the whole way up a set of stairs. I have tried to get her to crawl down the stairs, but she just likes to go up right now.

Day to Day:

Eating: Sarah definitely prefers to feed herself with her fingers. Her favorite foods these days are corn, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets.

Playing: Sarah loves pulling things out of toy boxes and baskets these days. She also likes stuffed animals. One of her favorite games is to offer you something, you take it and say thank you, then she takes it back.

Sleeping: Sarah still wakes up pretty frequently once a night. But, there were definitely some nights this past month she slept through!

Communicating: She's definitely babbling and it must make sense to her. (We often think she's saying "what" or "cat" but we're still not sure). There's lots of intonation in her voice and she looks at us like we understand her. She likes to clap her hands when she's happy too. We're teaching her "High 5" and "Kisses" and she's really picking them up fast.

Favorite thing about this age: When she's joking around and cuddles and lays her head down on my chest.

Least Favorite thing: She puts everything in her mouth! I think I pull something out of there daily.

Photo session this month was a challenge... Here are my favorites!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hello Photoshop!

I just had to give Photoshop a try after reading this blog post from Katie Bower@BowerPowerBlog

These are the results!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sarah - 9 Months


VA Beach Trip: Sarah and I visited with my friends Kate and Lauren (and Anna) in Virginia Beach Oct 8-11. Despite Kate getting appendicitis and having her appendix removed, everything went well and the kids are all enjoying playing together. It's quite an adventure getting them all together, but so great getting to see such good friends.

Quack: For Halloween, Sarah dressed as a duck (although several friends thought she was a chicken -- her costume could be either I think). I got her costume at a Tot Swap sale for $4 and it was well worth it. So fun to dress her up and she liked playing in it too!

Cartoons!: Today I discovered that Sarah will sit still and cuddle when we watch a cartoon. We watched Handy Mandy before church and she sat on my lap under a blanket. It was nice to relax and not have to watch her constantly.

Day to Day:

Eating: She's very easy to feed these days, definitely interested in food and tells us when she's "all done" by waving her hands in the air. We've also been enjoying giving her some extra treats -- some Gerber finger foods as well as some chocolate candy from Halloween. She definitely likes chocolate!

Playing: Sarah is all over the place, getting into all sorts of things we never thought of child-proofing, like some low drawers in our dinning room (she squished her fingers in them when she leaned on them. Both baby gates are installed as of tonight (Hallelujah! and Ted and I are still on speaking terms)

Sleeping: Sarah is still consistently waking up in the middle of the night. We've decided that she is probably more use to being nursed in the middle of the night and that she doesn't really need it, so we're going to try some sleep training -- letting her cry\only nursing a little if she really won't go back to sleep on her own.

Communicating: She's definitely babbling and it must make sense to her. (We often think she's saying "what" or "cat" but we're still not sure). There's lots of intonation in her voice and she looks at us like we understand her. She likes to clap her hands when she's happy too. We're teaching her "High 5" and "Kisses" and she's really picking them up fast.

Growing: No new teeth this month (just 2 on the bottom) but she's definitely been teething, so we expect them to come soon. Her hair is definitely growing -- I think her hair is one of the most remarkable changes from month to month.

Favorite thing about this age: Mischievous look when she knows she's doing something wrong

Least Favorite thing: Still waking up in the middle of the night!

It's harder and harder to get her to sit still. A blog I read mentioned using a laptop with cartoons to capture the kid's attention, I will be trying that next month!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sarah - 8 Months

Major Accomplishments:

First Teeth!: Her 1st tooth showed up on Sept 10th (bottom left) and the other bottom one wasn't far behind.

Crawling: Sarah started crawling this month! She's not too fast yet, but now the pressure is on more than ever to get those stair gates up.. :)

Understanding "Sarah" and "No": This month we realized that Sarah started reacting when we'd say her name and also when we say "No"

Day to Day:

Eating: Sarah is eating 3 meals a day of solids and gets 6 bottles\nursing. I'm still nursing in the morning and evening.

Playing: Sarah loves to play with table-like toys or just stand by an automan. She is very good at assisted standing and loves to watch all the action! Now that I'm back at work full-time, Sarah is with Grammy(Beth's mom) on Mondays and Mrs. Kristine Tues-Fri.

Sleeping: Sarah rarely wakes up in the middle of the night. She goes to sleep after very little fussing (if we start calming her 20 minutes before bed time). She sleeps 8pm - 6:30am regularly.

Communicating: We're teaching Sarah the sign language for "more" (finger tips together on both hands, and touching each other in a clapping like motion) and "All Done" (hands upright rotating quickly back and forth). I've joked that Sarah has her own signs for more and all done. She hits the tray of the high chair for "more" and she won't open her mouth when she's all done. :)

Favorite thing about this age: Belly laughs

Least Favorite thing: Child-proofing