Tuesday, May 19, 2009

such a big girl... standing all by herself.
she's chasing after me, trying to get the camera.

playing in Chloe's bed. Again, wants to play with everything that isnt hers.

sweet girl after her nap!

My sister, Brother in law, niece & nephew

Swinging @ Nanny & Papo's house.

this is her "fake cry" face... she's SO dramatic.

Well… as of last week, Hayden is now 10 months old. My, how time surly does fly. As I sit here watching her play on the floor… I am thinking of just how precious time is. I mean… It was just yesterday that she was born, right?

Hayden is exploring exciting new realms of mobility these days. She is officially a climber and all over EVERYTHING. She now pulls herself up on pretty much anything that is not moving… including us. She enjoys getting into everything that doesn’t belong to her, and is EXTREMELY persistent. I have no idea where she gets that from…haha. It drives me NUTS. She threw her first REALLY public temper tantrum yesterday at Target. Just a little glimpse into my future, I guess. I moved the cart back a little, so she couldn’t reach the tag that she was chewing on…and she flipped. Threw her head back…and started screaming! There was a mom standing next to me, and she started cracking up. I was like… “Yeah, I’m so mean… won’t let her chew on paper”. Hayden’s got it rough. HA! I just can’t get over how big she’s getting. Sometimes (if she feels like it), she can follow my direction now. If I tell her to put the block in the bucket, or her gumball in the machine (toy), she will do it. Then she claps for herself. She starting to eat a good amount of table food at meal times… she LOVES feeding herself.

We got a “blackout” curtain… and she’s taking better naps than EVER. PRAISE THE LORD!! She wakes up in the best of moods… and cracks me up! Lately, when I go in to get her… she’s standing there bouncing and laughing. It’s precious.

My niece graduated from Preschool last week. She’s the oldest of my Mom’s grandbabies. I cannot believe she’s going to Kindergarten in the fall. Blows my mind how quickly they grow. Hayden did great sitting there with her Daddy (I was in the balcony taking pictures)… despite the fact that it was way past her bedtime, and she had refused her bottle earlier that evening! She mostly just sat there and enjoyed her surroundings. She’s such a little social butterfly!

One more thing. I MUST share this story with you. We went to dinner with some friends on Saturday night. Another group of people with a baby happened to sit in the booth across from ours. I noticed their little guy was close in size to Hayden, and asked how old he was. His mom replied “1o months”… I said, “Wow so is she”. She said… “When is her birthday? His is July 15th.”… I laughed, replying… “so is hers”. Crazy, huh? Oh… it gets better. So, Hayden has COMPLETELY turned herself around in the highchair so that she is facing them instead of us (something she always does when we go out to dinner… she’s nosy). They put their little guy in the highchair facing her. She starts chatting to him… and clapping… and getting louder and louder. She’s a squealer… and can be pretty loud. Anyway… at first, he looks a little concerned. Then the lip comes out… then full on SCREAM in terror. It was hilarious. So, they picked him up out of the chair and held him for a while. They attempted to put him back in his chair two more times, both times the same story repeated itself. Hayden made him cry…again. Haha! The mom was like… “you can’t be afraid of girls your WHOLE life.” HAHA!! Patrick was proud. He called her a “man eater”, and insists that she continue to make boys cry until she’s 40 ish.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Greetings and apologies from the worlds worst blogger! I have no excuses, really, other than the fact that I’m constantly chasing after our VERY mobile 9 ½ month old baby girl!!
Hayden is all over the place these days. She is quite the little explorer… and loves to get into everything that doesn’t belong to her! Her favorite things to go after; the remote, phone, dog food, water bowl, and any sort of paper. I pick her up and move her away from the dog food at least 30 times a day! She’s got two teeth on the top currently working their way through. One has just recently broken through the gum, and the other one is just about ready to! This makes for a total of 4!! Such a Big girl!!
She has become more and more like her mommy. She LOVES watching television. Haha. Her favorite show is Mickey Mouse Club… and whenever I turn it on, she starts squealing and flapping her arms! Its hysterical. She is also a complete and total CHATTERBOX. She absolutely LOOVES to talk. She says; “hi”, “ha ha” – like Nelson on the Simpson’s!, “Mama”, “Dada”, “Baba”, and many more random sounds!! I had her at the doctors office the other day (she has her first ear infection) and she was entertaining everyone in the waiting room! She was literally shouting at the top of her lungs. Nurses were peeking around the window to see where all the “ruckus” was coming from! She loves people, and is just so full of animation. She has recently learned to clap… and is pulling up on EVERYTHING!! Therefore nothing is safe anymore! She is constantly pulling things off the coffee table, books off the shelf, and laundry out of the basket!!
I have to tell you that I watch Hayden in complete and total amazement every single day. Not only am I still in shock that she is actually my daughter, but I am in awe at the speed in which she grows. It’s so surreal. Really. I cannot believe that she is almost 10 months old. Time really does fly. She is looking more and more like a toddler to me… and so much less like a baby. She’s so sweet… and affectionate. If you ask for a kiss, she kisses you… a lot. I think she’s French. Anyway… hopefully I’ll be better at updating this thing now that I’m on the wagon again. I’m posting a few recent photos. Enjoy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Growing So Big...

Hayden has become SO AWARE of her surroundings here lately. She loves watching the animals run around the house, and reaches out for anything that is within her reach. We took these pictures recently, and I thought you all might enjoy them... A friend got this paci for her before she was born. She'd never used anything other than her soothies...and wasnt a fan. But, I kept sticking it in her mouth to try to get her to keep it in there long enough so I could take a picture. hahaha... I thought it was cute.

She's SO animated! She cracks us up. This was when I was trying to feed her. Can you guess what she's trying to do? :)
Look at our big girl!! 6 months old...and standing on her own!! It only lasts for a minute or two before her legs get tired, and she sits down... but, she LOVES standing. She still wont sit up completely on her own (I think she just chooses not to)...she'll sit by her self if she thinks your right there... but, if you move, she falls over. :) Such a stinker.
She LOVES Chloe. I have a feeling they are going to be best buddies. She reaches out for Chloe to kiss her... and then she laughs. Chloe follows her everywhere... and tends to hover as if to protect her. Its very sweet.
I stuck her in a pile of her animals to take pictures. She enjoyed feeling all the different "fur's"... :) She was flopping around grabbing at all of them.

We have to give her a spoon to hold while we feed her. If we dont, she tries to grab at the spoon with food on it while we are trying to get it to her mouth. Its like an obstacle course, trying to get the spoon to her mouth without food flying everywhere!! So, she plays with her own spoon while she eats... she will put it in her mouth in between bites.

Another shot of her playing in her animals. Patrick thinks its funny, that King Louis (to the left of her) has his hand on his mouth like he's laughing too. hahaha.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby In A Bucket

The Ogilvy Three
standing like a big girl

I love this one. She looks so mischievious.
sweet smile
one of my favorites too.
cracking up... with drool dripping off her chins :)
staring at a toy that I'm shaking next to the camera
another favorite...
getting to be such a big girl...
I cant believe our little Angel is 6 months now. She's growing so fast. The other day, she started shaking her head "no" at us... then laughs. She thinks its hilarious. She also gives kisses (I cant remember if I posted that already)... but, its SOO sweet. She opens her mouth and leans in to your face. Sometimes she'll even grab your cheeks and pull you to her. She seems to be getting a little better with the whole "sleep" thing. I think she's just going to be a difficult baby. She likes to be a challenge. These days, she has found her lungs... and uses them regularly. She will scream at the top of her lungs, and you have to look at her face to tell if its a happy scream or a sad scream... they sound very similar. :) Anyway... we finally got some super smiley professional shots of her for her 6 months shoot. I'm posting a few. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 10, 2009












Things here are wonderful. Our first Christmas as a family of three was amazing… everything we’d ever dreamed of. Hayden was showered with gifts from all directions and now has more toys than the child could ever dream of needing. We are truly blessed to have such a generous group of family and friends. Our living room now looks like Toys R Us. We spent Christmas morning here at home, opening gifts from Santa and spending time together. We headed to my Parents house later that afternoon to spend time with my side of the family. The next day, we headed down to GA to spend time with Patrick’s side of the family. Hayden screamed for an hour and 45 minutes on the way down there… and 2 hours on the way home. If I knew how to upload video, I’d put a video of her on here. I recorded a little of the madness on the way home… just to show her when she’s older. Ha.

Our New Years Eve was pretty eventful. My mom & Dad offered to keep Hayden over night, and of course Patrick & I jumped at the opportunity of a full nights sleep. We took her over there around 4:30, and about 6:30 the phone rang. It was my mom; Hayden had been screaming like a lunatic since the minute we left. She’d tried EVERYTHING she could think of, and couldn’t get her to calm down. We headed over there, and when Patrick picked her up she stopped crying and turned to look at her Nanny…and SMILED. WHAT A LITTLE STINKER!! Sooo… we decided to bring her home and put her to bed. Mom followed us over in her PJ’s and slept on our couch until we got home. It wasn’t the full night sleep we were hoping for, but at least we were able to have an evening out with friends.

It’s hard to believe that Hayden will be 6 months old in 5 days. She is constantly learning new things, and finding new ways to make us laugh. She really keeps us on our toes. She LOVES to eat, but insists on slouching in her chair with her feet propped up on the tray. She grabs her bib…and wipes her face in between bites. She has officially found her voice, and loves to jabber and squeal. She gets really loud sometimes and then makes herself laugh. She mimicked me for the first time today; making a funny noise after she heard me make it… it was too cute. She is still having “separation / stranger anxiety”, but seems to be getting a little better with it. She lets other people look at her and talk to her now, as long as they don’t get too close or try to hold her. Then she screams like a crazy person. Haha. She’s also become an expert at rolling; she gets herself into a corner and gets frustrated because she can’t figure out how to move. She’ll roll into the entertainment center and look at me all mad like she wants me to move it for her. It cracks me up! She’s become very affectionate; she lays her head on us and nuzzles, and will pat our arm. She also presses her face up against ours. It’s so sweet. She LOVES her baths, and LOVES to spend time on her changing table. We still have a constant struggle with getting her to sleep at night. She’s finally napping during the day; pretty consistently actually. But, still has not figured out that she’s supposed to sleep longer than 4 hours at night. She’s up several times in the night, and SCREAMS for as long as you leave her in there… until you go pick her up and rock her back to sleep. We are working on getting her to go through the night without waking up for a feeding, hoping that will get her to sleep through the night. We just can’t figure out why she doesn’t like sleep. I love sleep. I miss it. It’s like a long time friend who’s moved far far away.

I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow. The connection is being weird and slow... and wont upload anything right now... stay tuned. :)