I think I’ve found the perfect age for babies: 7-9 months. Little Harper is almost 8 months now (!) and couldn’t be any cuter. Here’s a video of her newest thing where she breathes in and out of her nose really fast like a raging bull, we call it ‘Fightin’ Mad.’ The more she does it, the more we laugh, then of course she does it even more. She also perfected this fake half-hearted cough to get us to look at her then laughs when we do. She’s so smart and interactive. Every day I can’t wait until tomorrow to see what new things she has in store!
We got the chance to get away for Thanksgiving this year and visit my best friend and his family out in the bay area. It was perfect; no stress, easygoing, and a gorgeous Thanksgiving afternoon hike where Harper saw the ocean for the first time at Tennessee Valley Beach.
Getting there was tricky because it’s a few miles in from where you park. At first it’s a paved path so it’s no problem. Here’s Kevin with 2 of his three adorable kids in the Bob (a jogging stroller that would’ve come in really handy for us), and Mike pushing little Harper.
Then the paved road quickly turns into wet gravel which is what it was for the majority of time time. We would’ve brought the Bjorn had we known, but we made it just fine. As you can imagine, Harper found it hard to nap with the extreme stroller turbulence so she was wide awake the whole time. We all chatted, threw the football around to Parker, and I caught up with Kevin’s parents who and I miss terribly since their move from Colorado years ago- that’s me walking with them and Kevin.
After a while on our windy path, our view became untangled and you could see the water. The day was beautiful and the area was packed. It seemed the everyone wanted to go for a pre-dinner hike to the beach.
Picture time! As usual we took turns kissing sweet Harper’s round cheeks. We certainly don’t need a camera for this, we pretty much do it all day long.
Dad’s turn! I love this face she’s making- it’s like a ‘WTF’ meets ‘I’m cold.’
She was getting a little chilly but was still up for a few more shots. When we got back and saw this picture I laughed because it’s like she was posing and smiling right along with us. She’s just so fun.
When we lived in the bay area (Walnut Creek) 9 years ago, we weren’t there long enough to explore little places like this so we were happy to see it. We had such a great time, we might have a new Thanksgiving tradition!
I wanted to show you our little turkey on her first Thanksgiving. We flew to San Francisco to spend the holiday with our good friends and their family. It was the most perfect Thanksgiving and hopefully a new tradition for us. Thank you also to those of you who gave me ideas on how to travel with a baby on HOB’s facebook page. Harper did great, no tears or discomfort. I’m relieved now that we’ve gotten our first flight out of the way.
Anyway, what would Thanksgiving be without a turkey tutu?
More pictures from the trip to come!
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and nice long weekend!
As you can imagine, we have a lot of swings, bouncey seats, and jumparoos around here. Harper has more places to sit in this house than I do. I wish we would’ve known ahead of time that the only chair we really needed was the Babysitter Balance from BabyBjorn.
A good friend with 3 kids sent it over as a gift when Harper was born. I’d never seen one before so I didn’t fully understand its magic, but when she told me it made taking a shower and doing things around the house possible, I knew it would get some good use. Because of it’s fuss-free design, it’s good for her to interact with us while fidgeting with a toy or nothing at all. It’s not a ‘bouncy’ chair per se, but the design does allow for movement when she moves kicks and wiggles but nothing too wild. I think most note worthy for us is how it helped us BIG TIME with her reflux which was terrible from birth up until very recently. When we sat her in the chair post-feedings we could tell a big difference in her spitting up, so we made it a regular habit to hold her up for a while after eating then put her in the chair to let her meal settle a little bit more.
And speaking of spit up, the durable fabric that makes up the chair is so easy to clean. Its simple frame is a metal loop that you pull the fabric off of when you want to toss it in the washer. We’ve been able to get everything out of it too so it’s stain and spot-free.
Another huge (but unintended) plus is how Harper has retained her rounded head which we get remarks about all the time. I think it’s because she’s resting her head on the chair’s soft fabric and not a hard surface.
We put it in there so much that we joke about how she’ll never learn to crawl or walk and how we’d have to carry her to college. I’m so glad that it can grow with Harper and be used until she’s 30 pounds because she loves it so much. Click HERE to check it out on their site and to find which stores near you carry it. And click HERE to see Harper sitting in the chair in her ‘say mom’ video.
Plain and simple this was one of my favorite mommy moments so far, I’m glad I grabbed my Flip! She’s 6 months next week and really picking up on the repeating thing. Her expressions and smiles as she follows me through it all just breaks my heart. She’s so perfect.