Ursula from 25 weeks to 6 1/2 months- enjoy!
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Great-Grandmother Ruth Bernier Cumings Mitchell's matriarchy celebrating a grand renunion!
April 3rd., After a week and a half of travel, we are home. Ursula could of earned 10,000 frequent flyer miles while getting to see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and a 1,400 year old tree. At last, she got to meet aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, second cousins, and numerous great-aunts and great-uncles with her travels. She shouts out a hello to all who made her smile and feel at home away from home. Oh, she also had her first jacuzzi with Mom!! Pictures from California forthcoming.
What a beautiful birthday cake for a great woman!
Soaking up some sun with Aunt Rachel
Beach girls enjoying a giggle
Ursula sitting with her Great-Grandmother Ruth. (she's celebrating her 90th Surprise Birthday this week!)
March 28th., after partying like it's 1916 with GG Ruth, today we are off to California! No rest for the wicked. We postponed solid food for a week, but are excited to introduce oatmeal and other fruits into her diet. To all the relatives that Ursula got to meet this week, thank you for all the smiles, kisses and laps that were provided! Your hospitality was wonderful. More photos will be posted shortly.
Watching the big game on the little chair at the Todd's wonderful house!
Yay, we finally found a good starter food!
March 21st., Happy spring! The robins are all over the front yard eating worms and fighting off the non-migratory Canadian Geese who leave the nastiest turds. We're making progress on solid food. We tried bananas (too sweet?) and avocados(too bland?), Ursula actually opened her mouth this time and ate tonight's special: 'Sweet Potato mashed with breastmilk.' Look how she tries to confuse us!
"I'm getting over this latest cold and excited to visit a warm place"
March 19th., I am sure other parents become obsessed with milestones. For instance, we are aware that Ursula should be rolling over both ways in less than a week and have been trying to prompt her to learn this. I guess having a father and a mother that are both INTP (from myers-briggs but mom does not believe in this) can be a little too much for a baby to understand.
Lords of Kobol, she is refusing to roll over from back to front, ending up in contortions to play with her rattle
Hanging out in the pile of warm clean laundry
"Hmm, well, hi kitty...I want you to meet a friend of mine. I am sure all three of us can be friends"
We heard that the daycare plays with the kids by putting unsticky pieces of tape on the young'ins.
March 16th., The little one (19 pounds) with carrier is making it difficult to take the daily walk. The back muscles begin to burn and remind you that a spinal hernia was not that distant. With regards to eating, Ursula has not shown much interest in the banana and now the avocado. We refuse to put cereal in disguise, but wonder if that method helps other families.
Mom has traded the ponytail for "the mommy cut," or the "Cousin It," depending on the wind speed.
Someone is always grabbing for the camera
Mom carefully adjusts the straps.
March 12th., We had to double check the scale ... it looks like Ursula's up to 18 pounds. On Friday we practiced carrying her for a summer hike in the backpack. On Saturday mom decided it was time for a haircut (less hair to yank ...).
"I can steer by grabbing his hair - and he moves around and screams in delight, This hiking thing they want to do this summer sounds like fun!"
Emergency toy kit organized for an upcoming trip (Super Chicken in the upper right).
This is about how wide she opened her mouth.
March 10th., Well, the day finally arrived... Ursula has been demanding to inspect the food we're eating - especially mom's banana this morning. So we mashed up some banana with expressed milk and put on a big show of smiles and 'yummy" sounds. But for some reason her mouth was shut tight. Maybe she was wondering why both mom and dad had the camera out and were acting giddy. Anyway, she barely tasted the mixture and was too suspicious to get more than a lick or two. She does really like holding the spoon, however. To follow up, we will try bananas for a week (to be sure that there are no allergies ... are there banana allergies?) and then we'll try sweet potato or avocado.
Her hand and foot prints at 5 months
"I miss Daddy"
March 9th., Dad returned home after a midweek trip. While he was away, Ursula apparently squawked a 'kitty' sounding word after a call and response with Mom. With the cat walking by, it really felt like communication was happening. We are all looking forward to hiking together this summer in the White Mountains. Ursula will be perched up in this similar looking backpack contraption.
After hearing the Britney
Spears highway uproar, we decided that Ursula needed to be buckled in while driving
March 4th., We took a quick trip up to East Stroudsburg to see the Wagner's and the Snyder's. Aiden Mcgee Wagner and Ursula got a chance to play pattycake and exchange googly eyes.
Hangin' out in the Eames
So, would you like to go see a movie and maybe afterwards we can go get a milkshake?
Hello again, we met a few months ago.
Sitting up without the aid of the tongue (see below).
Yes, we've seen the tongue.
March 3rd., Ursula has been working on sitting up (with her hands for support) for a few weeks now. So far her record is about 2 whole minutes - we are so pleased. She is also working on her "raspberries" with expert tutelage from her father. She even practices while nursing ... no offense to the breasts.
Doing two things at once - sticking out the tongue while sitting up. What's next, patting the head and rubbing the tummy?! Chewing gum while walking?!
Taking after Dad- foot in mouth disease (dad wrote that - apparently he doesn't realize this is a "hand" teether).
Pretty in plaid
March 1st., Ursula is fascinated with whatever we're drinking - coffee, water, pineapple coconut margarita, etc. Even plain water in a plain glass. She may be trying to imitate us drinking.
If she can, she'll grab the glass by the rim, yank it toward her mouth, and open wide. It looks so cute! So we poured a little capful of breastmilk for her. Although she was very entertained by the experiment, most of it wound up all over her shirt. She even gets a little upset if we don't let her touch the glass/cup/can on the way to our mouths. So far she hasn't been as interested in stuff on forks and spoons *phew*.
Hmmm ... "Uncly" looks like a natural ...
Recognize the chin? Aunt Rachel getting the baby fever?
Always at the ready...the perfect toy
Five months ago...time goes by so fast. *sigh, sniff, tissue*
Our apologies for the 'redux' photo, Ursula is celebrating her five month birthday alongside Dad's new $29,000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant! First round of breastmilk is on Dad's tab.
Did you miss the last couple weeks of pictures?