9 months old

My little baby is 9 months old already! She has been doing great. She has learned so much so quickly. She started to crawl, pull herself up to stand and climb the stairs.

She is Mommy’s little helper.

And she is also very mischievous now that she can crawl where she wants to go.

Her favorite thing to play is “destroyer.” She LOVES to knock books off a table, destroy towers made by blocks, pull rings off the stack, pull things out of a pile, or bang on the table while yelling loudly. She loves to explore and learn new things.

she does this everyday

Lily also loves to play the game “find the tag.” She is so good at finding the tag of every toy. It’s her favorite part of the toy itself. She loves peek-a-boo. Just today, she made a noise so I looked over at her and saw two tiny eyes poking up from the side of the couch. She had pulled up to stand on the side of the couch and wanted me to see her accomplishment. So I went over and saw a tiny face and we played peek-a-boo while she laughed. She has two bottom teeth and I think she is getting at least two more on top. She’s been extra fussy lately. :( Fussy babies are not fun. Lily likes to pull my hair and try to bite my chin. I think it’s to help with teething but it hurts! Lily now notices when Brett and I are eating and lunges at our plates to try to get a sample of food. It’s so fun to give her new foods to try. Today, she had a little bit of a grilled cheese sandwich and watermelon. What a big girl! She loves to be outside and look at everything. She is just a lot of fun!

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Muir Woods

A couple weekends ago, Brett, Lily and I went to Muir Woods. We wanted to see some beautiful redwoods and we were not disappointed! Lily started the day in one outfit, but had to be changed promptly so she spent the rest of the day in her pajamas, which was the only thing I had in the diaper bag.

It was beautiful! There is something so uplifting about being in nature. It’s so peaceful and serene. We walked along the trail and were in awe at how breathtaking it was. Tall, tall trees with sunlight poking through. It was nice and cool in the shade of those trees and we had a great time soaking in nature’s beauty.

Southern California Vacation

In April, Brett, Lily and I drove down to Orange, California for a week long vacation with Brett’s family. I was excited and nervous because I wasn’t sure how Lily would do on the drive and not having a schedule like she does at home, but she did great! I sat in the back of the car with her so I could keep her happy. I passed her snacks, toys, and I fed her food from those pouches (wonderful for traveling!!) the whole way down. She fell asleep twice and slept for 30 minutes both times.

just woke up!

When we got there, everyone was already in the pool so we threw on our swimsuits and introduced Lily to swimming for the very first time. She loved it! She kicked her legs and splashed all over.

Later in the week, we took a video of her swimming:

We took a cousins picture that night.

Also that night, Kelly and Grant announced their engagement! They will be married in the Kansas City Temple this August 4th! Congratulations to them. We love them both and are excited for their special day!

We went to Disneyland while we were down there and once again, Lily was great! We decided to come to the park after her morning nap because we thought she would last longer if we let her take one of her usual 2 naps. We got to the park around noon and met up with the family at Jedi Training. Lincoln was participating in the training and even got to fight Darth Vader himself! It was awesome.

"the force is strong in this one!"

We also met up with an old friend from college, Jon-Michael. It was so fun to see him and catch up a bit on the last 4 years of our lives.

I nursed Lily in Disney’s Baby Center (my sister-in-law told me about this and it is truly awesome! They have a private area to nurse and everything!) and then we met up with the Giles in line to see the Princesses. Unfortunately, Lily had reached her limit at that point and was breaking down because she was so tired. But, she managed to push through and see the Princesses.

sleepy Lily

We saw Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Snow White and Mulan. It was so cute to see Ellie talk with the Princesses. Lily just stared at them.

Lily got to meet Mickey Mouse too. She had fun on the rides she went on, including Jungle Cruise, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, the train, Finding Nemo and It’s a Small World. Her favorite, by far, was It’s a Small World. I don’t think she blinked the whole ride. This wiggly little baby sat totally still and stared at everything. Seeing Lily’s little face on that ride was my favorite part of the day.

Brett and I rode Star Tours while Karen took Lily to watch the parade and have some dinner. Lily almost fell asleep while eating and ended up falling asleep on Karen’s shoulder during the super loud parade!

The next day, we all went to the beach. I was really excited to see how Lily would react to the sand. She loved it! She was happiest when she was touching or eating it. She deliberately put her face in the sand more than once. It was so fun to see how happy she was just playing in the sand and talking to herself.

The next day, Lily decided she wanted to crawl. After practicing for a long time and watching her cousins, she decided she was ready to take on the world!

We also went to California Adventures during our week-long stay. Lily watched the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show and she got to ride on Little Mermaid, Monster’s Inc, and Toy Story twice. She even sampled some yummy sourdough bread at the Boudin’s ride. She was such a good baby and took a nap in her stroller when she got tired. She even stayed awake for the World of Color show in the evening, which was fantastic.

The next day, we took some family pictures.

It was a wonderful family vacation.

Fairytale Town

Brett doesn’t have a whole lot of memories from his childhood, but one thing he remembers is going to a little place in Sacramento called Fairytale Town. Last time we went to Sacramento, Grandma and Grandpa took us back. We had a great time there! Brett loved reliving his childhood while bringing his own child there to share in the fun.