9/28/08

All dressed up and no place to go


Jennie made Flynn this beautiful blanket, and I had to find an appropriate way to show it off. It's too elegant for crib shots, and so I thought I'd get Flynn a bit dressed up and do something a little more feminine than we've been doing lately.

Besides, it's the last of the summer weather, it's been gorgeous out, and this will probably be her last chance to wear all these beautiful summer dresses that people gave her! Sigh. I think this one was from Hayley.

This was the closest to posing she was willing to do.

The barrette stayed in her hair juuust long enough for the photo shoot. She still doesn't quite have enough hair for ornamentation!

There's that smile.




At this point, she was busy pulling up grass. Her attention span for photo shoots is not long.

QQ has been home for just about seven weeks, and is now 12-and-a-half months old. It's been a week of many new skills for her. She is crawling all over the place on all fours now, which makes me glad. I needn't have worried that she'd skip that step. She even came crawling to mommy when I called her last night for the first time. She's just discovered "sharing", and never tires of handing things to me, having my thank her, and then asking for them back again. She loves to have her hair brushed while mommy also brushes her hair....she also has a terrific sense of humor and laughs fit to bust if mommy brushes her teeth with the hairbrush. She lives for her bed-time puppet show (which I perform with a very realistic hand puppet of a hedgehog) and has learned to lift each of her cheeks in turn for a kiss when the "hedgehog" asks for it. But her very most favorite thing is still standing upright. She will now stand for long periods of time while holding on to the outside of her exersaucer, or the side of the coffeetable, and playing with things. She is pushing me away more and more and wanting to do it without help - which resulted in her falling straight over backward twice today. But she only cries briefly, and then immediately wants to try again, so I give her props for that! Walking with assistance, her steps are becoming much more even, rhythmic and directional. She likes to move between one object and the next, so I set up little obstacle courses for her, with me as one of the obstacles so that I can spot her. I think it's good for her to learn to turn and reach for something behind her without falling over her own feet. I've also caught her trying to haul herself up on things lately. Usually she picks the most difficult things to haul herself up on...like the sheer side of the play pen, which has nothing to grasp onto. But again, I have to give her A for effort. Our ped told us that it's usually about a month between the first effort to let go and stand without assistance and full-on walking. At the rate she's going, though, I wouldn't be surprised if she beats that average. She is nothing if not motivated! That's my girl.

17 comments:

Chrissie Larkin said...

These photos are so lovely! She is so sweet! xo

Lost and Found said...

Beautiful blanket, beautiful baby, beautiful friendships.

kris said...

LOVE these photos and that blanket is gorgeous!! Sounds like she is doing SO well- I'm trying to picture that obstacle course in your home :O) I'm betting she'll be walking much sooner too - sounds like she's very determined!

Tish said...

i love the contrast in the rich blanket and Flynn's delicate dress. gorgeous!

Snowflowers Mum said...

lovely blanket...Jen is multi talented!

Even though I am miffed summer is over(it was super short here in MN) I do love those days between summers end and the fully fledged days of fall...

perfect for photos!

J said...

Glad you guys like the blanket & QQ looks lovely!

Vivian M said...

She is growing by leaps and bounds! And she seems right on target. Kerri was doing the same at that age.
Love the dress and blanket shots, very nice!

Heather said...

That blanket! That dress! That baby! Absolutely lovely.

Mamacita said...

She and the blanket are lovely!!!

Colleen said...

Breath taking!!! Love the blanket and that print! And that baby of yours is just too adorable!:) Gorgeous! She always makes me smile!
Loved your post below by the way. Perfectly said!

operationtigerlily said...

Ahhh, will you just look at our girl, just stunning!! What a great way to spend the afternoon snapping photos of her loviness.

kerri said...

Gorgeous shots, beautiful and elegant.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

You know... I was just sitting here ready her going ons and had to imagine that only a few weeks ago you were waiting patiently for her... it is like she has been here forever...

sarahthefantastic said...

A dress! I love her in a dress!! She looks smashing, just mahvelous! Another treat for the eyes and the heart.
Don't mourn too much for the summer dresses; I got a couple of eyelet skirts and put them under the dresses the following year a la petticoat and voila! More wear, more gorgeousness. (even use a few as tops with leggings now and they are fab.) So fun! xoxo from chilling down Ottawa.
ps. Thanks for visiting my blog! Always great to have you over.

Carrie said...

What a doll!

Yoli said...

Wow, just wow! She is just the prettiest little angel in that dress and bow! Maia you have to have more photoshoots like these!! I love the sepia pictures, making them feel old fashioned. The blanket is not only thoughtful but gorgeous. All elements coming together for your little Queen.

Cavatica said...

Beautiful!