Here is Violet with a boy she met tonight, Jacob. She and Jacob have the same birthday. Right after this picture was taken, she reached over and stole his toy. Hey, she's 7 hours older, she deserves some respect.
She's growing so fast, and I'm trying like hell to take a mental snapshot of each month as it goes by. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try to freeze each individual moment in time, it's already hard to remember, yet impossible to forget. I write this blog as much for the family and friends who don't get to see Violet every day, as I do for Violet so she'll have a record of her first year, and for me - so I can look back whenever I want to. Good news is, there will only be more and more to look back at and remember.
Kind of like a movie with a really intricate plot, I feel like the past 6 months have been so amazing and so intense. And while I feel like I've been in the moment for all of it, I still feel like I want to rewind, and watch the movie again, so I can pick up on all the little subtleties that I might have missed the first time around.
Tonight while I was rocking Violet, getting her ready to sleep, she started smiling at me and touching my face. She was grabbing my mouth and my nose and smiling. As we played and giggled I was saying to her "Are you going to be my Little Bitty Baby forever?". I don't know if I was asking or begging.
Good friend Cheryl and her "heartbreaker" of a son, Dion came over to play yesterday. Neither kid was much into playing with the other, but at least the moms got to catch up. Violet loves the nifty pink wiffle balls Dion brought her, they're easy to hold and just right to try and fit in her mouth.
Saturday night, we visited Uncle Colby, Aunt Kayla, Cole, Ben, and Baby X (my tiny niece to come in October). It was great to hang out. Special thanks to Ben for letting Aunt Gigi ride his 4-wheeler (just barely under the weight limit).
Violet has been luke warm on rice cereal since we started trying her on "solid" foods. So today I boiled the heck out of some carrots, pureed them and tried a little carrot flavored rice cereal. She loved it! Grabbed at the spoon, stuck her hands in the bowl and had an orange, messy, good-tasting great time. I'm curious what her next diaper is going to look like. Yes, I know I'm sick.
Good friend, Gina, and her three precious kids Gabriella, Isabella and Landon came over today to visit and meet Violet. Good friend doesn't even begin to describe it...Gina and I have been friends for 16 years and I am honored that she takes the time to come visit when she comes to Texas. I'm so happy you guys are so nicely settled in Washington, but I still miss having you close by. Especially now that I see what good little baby sitters you are raising (wink). Violet loved watching the older kid's energy, and it was fun for me to see her so happily entertained.
These are pictures of Violet's first time trying rice cereal. I wish I could report that she loved it and ate it all up, but she barely tolerated a tiny little bit and then she refused to open her mouth anymore. Oh well...good photo op at least.
One important stop on our Upstate NY tour was to visit Great Grandma (aka GG). Violet got to meet GG, Uncle Fran and Aunt Lisa, and cousins Dickie, Carise, Darien, Mila, Al, Michelle and Nick. It was a GREAT visit and it was hard to leave.
Lately Violet has been very interested in food; watching others eat and grabbing for their plates. So...I thought it was time to try Rice Cereal. Violet seemed to like it, and she handled the feel of the spoon in her mouth well too, but she didn't eat very much before she'd had enough and wanted her bottle instead. Still a successful first attempt. I think I'll get the high chair out of the box.