Wednesday, October 30, 2013

8 Months

Jeez, it's been three months since the last blog!

Parenthood really is time consuming...I thought it was an exaggeration.

Asha has changed a lot in the past 3 months.

She is starting to crawl.  She mastered rolling early, but crawling is a new thing.  We spend a lot more time on the floor now, so obviously that has been a huge help.

Solids are in full gear.  Still about 26 oz of formula, but she is exploring a lot of new flavors and textures.  This has been fun and a pain at the same time.  She is slowly warming up to fruit, but peas and sweet potatoes were an instant favorite (gross).

She still isn't a big laugher.  Tons of smiles, but it practically takes flinging her around the room to get a real laugh.  She loves rough housing, which is fun for all of us.

We had a visit from grandpa, she finally got to meet grandma, and she got to meet some old friends as well.  Lots of spoiling!

We finally fired the nanny.  There were no regrets, but it was still really hard.  The nanny started crying, then I started crying, then Asha started crying.  It was really difficult because she loved Asha to death, but she wasn't providing for her the way that we wanted her to: more tummy time & play time, but less holding her in her arms while watching repeats of Hell's Kitchen.  

We did a bit of travel, into the mountains, over to the coast, then LA, then Vegas (perfect place for a baby). She was really good on the flights, so we hope that continues on our trip at the end of next month!

We are at the point now where we need to baby proof.  She made her way across the room to an electrical outlet this past weekend. Has also mastered taking everything off of the coffee table.

That's it for now!

Happy Halloween!

Very interested in books now...for more than just eating.

Helping with yardwork

Happy Halloween pt 2


We were on vacation, so I got to have a sneak snuggle

Beach Bums

Meeting grandma for the first time


  1. What and adorable little girl, wow she's grown, so pretty!

  2. You guys are an adorable family, and your daughter is too cute! Congratulations!

  3. She is beautiful!!!! What a cutie pie :)

  4. Just brought myself up to speed.. congrats guys, she gorgeous!

  5. An unbelievably beautiful child. Thank you for sharing her with us. Her smile is amazing!!!

  6. Happy 1st Birthday!! Hope all is well.

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