Now that Ali is staying home with Hadley, she has restarted her knitting prowess. Apparently, Hadley is quite fond of watching as she winds down for naps, as well. Considering, our little monkey has already outgrown some of the hand knit items that we were so nicely gifted, Ali is ensuring that the little beauty will still look quite smart in the handmade goods.
Aside from the great talent exhibited in the handiwork, how about the color choice? That dual major was no joke for my beloved. She definitely has a keen eye for color, not to mention how keenly the color picks up Hadley’s eyes.
Our little one is growing so quick it is really astonishing. Everyone says it happens fast and that is no lie. Look at how well she is sitting on her own, when it was nary a week ago that she still needed emergency support in place.
Well, Spring’s arrival appeared on the calendar far sooner than she has shown her head in New England. Thankfully, the snow has disappeared, but the rain and the wind has left us wanting for some nicer weather, to be sure. For a week or so I was just hoping that our ramshackle sump pump set-up didn’t completely fail and leave us with an indoor pool.
What is rushing upon us is the succession of holidays. Only a week apart, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter have created quite a buzz, with all kinds of wardrobe considerations for our young Miss Hadley, as you can see. Considering how much she is growing and how fast, it is a good thing we have so many options, otherwise every photo would have a bit more of a sausage feel. Since she has yet to get a handle on the crawling, she has gotten round in all the right places, our little doughy one.
She is, as you can see, one heck of a hambone. Ali has definitely trained her well. It’s already challenging to get a shot of her without her looking right into the lens with a big grin. She intuitively poses already, as well. However, Ali has begun lamenting that Hadley has recently begun to take on a distinctly Haas male trait of blinking during photos, although I have not been able to confirm this of late.
I must admit that I was a bit of a curmudgeon, imagine that, when my lovely wife walked in the door with little bunny ears, inquiring why we needed them. To which she responded, “You wait and see.” Well, she couldn’t have been more right. I think it was the best $1.00 she has spent in recent weeks. I am not sure that some of these pics would score the same cuteness factor without those fake ears, but I’ll let you be the judge.
With our little leprechaun, this St. Patrick’s Day is quite a treat. We celebrated the holiday a bit earlier with the Massachusetts wing of the family. As usual the grub is always good, thick slabs of corned beef, loads of cabbage, and plenty of potatoes, as well as Ali’s excellent soda bread, with and without caraway seeds.
Here is everyone accounted for in green, for the occasion of course. So let everyone be lucky on this day and don your green garb. As you can see, Hadley Killaine let her Irish show.
So my friend Ken made his first pilgrimage to Boston recently, only problem was that it was a day when snow was blanketing the Northeast. So the controllers, in their infinite wisdom, were inquiring if his direct-from-the-west-coast plane could keep circling some outer beacon high above Logan for an extra forty-five minutes while a runway was cleared. Being a direct flight, the response was a negative and they were re-routed to Syracuse for a flash fueling before finally arriving in Boston some six hours after their scheduled arrival. Nevertheless, it was a great, albeit brief, stay.
His main objective was to meet the lovely Miss Hadley and this was quickly accomplished the morning after his arrival. He was instantly taken with her. While she is our daughter and all, it is nice when there is independent corroboration of what Ali and I perceive, “That she is the greatest baby, ever!” Ken confirmed this as fact.
He couldn’t get over how good and pleasant she is. He dubbed her the wunderkind, ne’er a more perfect title for our littlest one. She seemed to quite fond of him as well, let the evidence show.
Many milestones have passed in the life of our young daughter. This weekend she eclipsed six months on the rock. Happy Half Birthday, Hadley! This came on the heels of her mother’s real birthday, as Ali logged another year a couple of weeks ago. Both days were heralded with small celebrations, although Ali’s day was absorbed a bit by the Patriot’s collapse.
Hadley’s gibberish chatter is reaching new sophistication. She has now taken to repeating things like, “Ah-boo,” “Mmm-bah,” as well as a raspberry-like elephant lip buzzing, occasionally accompanied with some saliva. She has also become quite drooly of late. Teeth are certainly in the offing. She is getting better and better at manipulating her little mitts and fingers, getting pretty grabby when her thumb and forefinger are not working her gums. Now she can get her Nuk back into her mouth with some real consistency, although she would rather gnaw on it in various positions.
Also, she is even beginning to sit by herself in short spurts before realizing what she is doing and tipping over onto her side. Negotiating all that head weight is still a challenge for her. Ali has been hovering closely to catch the baby if Hadley gets too distracted and discovers that she is not quite strong enough yet.
On the locomotive front the kid is awfully close to crawling. She has been rolling everywhere for the last couple of weeks and finding her way into all kinds of things. She has very little interest in staying on her back any more, so she has been racking up the tummy time minutes. It has all been good practice for the eventual crawling. She is now at the point where she hoists her hips up off the ground and accidentally scoots backwards. She hasn’t sorted out all the moves in sequence yet, but a baby on the move is nigh.