Four to Seven Months

So I forgot to do photos onto the blog (though they made them on facebook) of Annabelle from four to seven months. So now I shall do them all at once with the captions I wrote for facebook.
Four months old Annabelle in a mommy-knit sweater.

Four months old Annabelle in a mommy-knit sweater.

Four months old! Annabelle has improved her reach and grab to almost 80% efficiency. She has added a third step to this process: reach, grab, put in mouth. But that is only about a 50% success rate. When all else fails, she will just chew on her hand and drool drool drool. She's still not a great sleeper, but she loves music and tries to sing along with us. She also loves to grab her crinkle paper, cloth wipes, and taggie fish and wave them around. (PS I knit that sweater)
5 month, super happy Annabelle!

5 month, super happy Annabelle!

Annabelle is 5 months old! She is really good at reaching, grabbing, putting into mouth. She can hold her own bottle, (or mommy's face when breast feeding), suck her thumb, and put her pacifier back into her mouth. She is extremely socially aware and has trouble sleeping when there are people around to watch. She can almost stay sitting up (if you put her there). And lastly, she has learned to cuddle her stuffed toys, especially Hedgie her stuffed hedgehog who helps her fall asleep. We love watching her, she learns something new every day.
6 month baby Annabelle! (Photo taken a little late)

6 month baby Annabelle! (Photo taken a little late)

Annabelle is a very happy and active 6 month old. She is really good at sitting and eats a mix of purees and solids she self-feeds. Her favorite food is butternut squash. One of her favorite things to do is blow raspberries (as she is doing in this photo). She can sleep through the night, but she doesn't always choose to. She is just starting to get stranger danger, but warms up to new people pretty quickly. Her least favorite thing is having her face wiped and taking a nap when she could be looking at interesting things. She is however becoming a reliable night sleeper. Once she has slept through the night, but regularly she only wakes once.
7 month old baby!  (Taken on her actualy 7 month birthday, January 17, 2015)

7 month old baby! (Taken on her actualy 7 month birthday, January 17, 2015)

Annabelle is 7 months old today! I have now realized my folly in choosing a month marking method with removable parts. We tried moving it out of her reach and she kept reaching for it and crying if she couldn't get it. She reaches for everything, is so curious, and tries to put it all in her mouth. She's teething and chews on everything. Except actual teethers. Those are poison and should be avoided at all costs. She's fantastic at sitting (though she is lounging in this photo), is starting to show preference for the color green, self feeds and eats really well. Her favorite foods are banana pancakes, butternut squash, and salmon. She's just starting to get separation anxiety and stranger danger, but still loves to smile and charm the pants off everyone she meets. After a bit of a rough patch during holiday festivities, she is back to being a fairly reliable night sleeper. Most nights she will wake up once or not at all. Love our little bellabug!

Annabelle’s first holidays

I made a Thanksgiving tutu for Annabelle. We may have to make that a tradition. I think it helped her balance since sitting was still knew and hard at that point.

I made a Thanksgiving tutu for Annabelle. We may have to make that a tradition. I think it helped her balance since sitting was still knew and hard at that point.

Here are photos, with some limited captions, for Annabelle's first holidays. For Thanksgiving we were blessed to have all of my family join us from the Lower 48. Mom and Dad stayed extra because of the leaving for a month for the World Series so Susan, Jonathan, and John decided to join us.
Annabelle, me (Elizabeth), and her young Aunt Susan, the first time she had met my siblings.

Annabelle, me (Elizabeth), and her young Aunt Susan, the first time she had met my siblings.

It was the first time my siblings got to meet Annabelle.
Annabelle meets her Uncle John for the first time.

Annabelle meets her Uncle John for the first time.

Moreaus, Holleys, Nicolais, Thanksgiving 2014.

Moreaus, Holleys, Nicolais, Thanksgiving 2014.

It's a baby at a fancy grown up party and a super proud daddy who loves to show her off.

It's a baby at a fancy grown up party and a super proud daddy who loves to show her off.

After Thanksgiving, we went to Alyeska for the Coffman Christmas party (David's employer). Annabelle got to show off her fancy party dress during cocktail hour and then hang out with her babysitter, her Aunt Anya. (Actually I had the stomach flu so I didn't get much more either.) We did get a nice family photo out of the whole thing though.
The Nicolais, all fancy and dressed up, Christmas 2014

The Nicolais, all fancy and dressed up, Christmas 2014

Now we fast forward to Christmas. We didn't want to overwhelm her with gifts when she
Christmas Day I fixed breakfast at home. But Christmas Eve we went out for breakfast. Annabelle wants you to know she is on the nice list.

Christmas Day I fixed breakfast at home. But Christmas Eve we went out for breakfast. Annabelle wants you to know she is on the nice list.

was too little to understand them. So we each bought her one thing that meant something to us. I got her a dolly with a soft body and a rattle in it since when I was six months old at Christmas I got one and it was my favorite toy, my comfort object, for years. David got her duplos since LEGOs and building mean much to him.
Tastes yummy! All toys, all things within my reach go into my mouth.

Tastes yummy! All toys, all things within my reach go into my mouth.

The thing that David really wanted for Christmas was to put our baby in the middle of a giant pile of wrapping paper and let her go to town. We did. She had a blast. There are a million adorable pictures of it. I only shared one. Notice how much better she is sitting now than Thanksgiving. At turkey day, she could only sit for a minute or so without toppling, now she hardly ever topples over.
This is amazing! Do I get to keep it all?

This is amazing! Do I get to keep it all?

There was tons of family, so much food, and presents. We were blessed beyond measure in all of our holidays. Annabelle may not remember her first Christmas, but we will never forget it. And here are a few more pictures to end this entry.
Annabelle and bell lights made by her great-grandmother.

Annabelle and bell lights made by her great-grandmother.

Lights and bells! My favorite things!

Lights and bells! My favorite things!

Love and family. Christmas 2014

Love and family. Christmas 2014

Our family, Christmas 2014

Our family, Christmas 2014

The Nicolai siblings and the next generation.

The Nicolai siblings and the next generation.

Annabelle and Santa got along famously

Annabelle and Santa got along famously

3 months already!

How has it already been three months? I've not been great about posting, but work and baby are exhausting.
Annabelle is 3 months old!

Annabelle is 3 months old!

Here's the caption I wrote for Facebook: Annabelle is 3 months old! (I took the photo a couple days late.) She smiles, giggles, reaches for things, grabs thing (though mostly still by accident) and loves to look outward at the world. She enjoys spending days with Grandma Cleta while mommy and daddy work and is starting to respond to her name. Her favorite things are her baby activity gym where she plays "kick the fox", being sung to, reading, and snuggles at bedtime. She's not a great night time sleeper yet, but she is all giggles and play in the morning so she usually gets forgiven. She's doing well with me back at work and takes a bottle like a champ. I'm still able to pump enough, but we tried her on formula. That was rejected soundly. Breast milk with some formula mixed in was accepted though. Hopefully we can keep her on breast milk, but if not we will do a gradual formula introduction. Other things she loves. Her swing: P1000652 Her family:
Top: Margaret and Matthew Nicolai Middle: Cleta and Ray Moreau Bottom: Elizabeth, Annabelle, and David Nicolai

Top: Margaret and Matthew Nicolai
Middle: Cleta and Ray Moreau
Bottom: Elizabeth, Annabelle, and David Nicolai

And pretty much the entire world. She's a happy baby.

Annabelle’s 1 month picture

Annabelle is one month old. Or she was on Thursday, July 17th, which is day 15 of 100 happy days. I'm just behind in posting. One of these photos went up on facebook, but enjoy a bunch of photos of me trying to get a cute monthly photo. (Our monthly photo set up is whiteboard with letter magnets and stuffed moose in the glider.)
We went with this as her official one month photo. I love her worried, basically done with the photo shoot expression.

We went with this as her official one month photo. I love her worried, basically done with the photo shoot expression.

 
We tried a bunch of photos. I'm a bit ridiculous with the new camera.

We tried a bunch of photos. I'm a bit ridiculous with the new camera.

The baby is wondering why none of the adults are concerned that the moose is overtaking her.

The baby is wondering why none of the adults are concerned that the moose is overtaking her.