Hadley’s Latest Discovery – Her Thumb!

A recent development on the Hadley front is her discovery of her thumb. In the last couple of days, she has started to get just enough control of her hands that she can routinely land one of her mits around her mouth consistently. This has opened a whole new set of oral options. No more Nuk, the knuckle is where it’s at. Currently, she is most fond of the lower thumb knuckle and upper, outside portion of the palm. However, she can hook the whole thumb between her gums occasionally, which is her newfound joy. Let me say, when it happens, she is working that thing, gnawin’, suckin’, chompin’, and slurpin’ to her little heart’s content. It is quite a sight to see, rather comical in fact.

Also, Hadley has found a new favorite pastime, tracking those floating animals hanging from her mobile. She loves the mobiles! She will sit and watch them, cooing and babbling. She gets all excited with the musical one above her bed. If only its tune and motion lasted longer, because it induces all kinds of kicks and wiggles. She has a particular fondness for the blue critters, the blue elephant above her bed and the blue toucan above her swing. There is even a blue elephant printed on the apron of the swing that transfixes our little girl. As a result, Ali has dubbed that one Rasputin, because of his spellbinding powers over Hadley. The pics should attest to this new mobile fascination.

Hopefully, many of you have had the chance to enjoy the photo book from the previous post. I thought it was one of the cooler Flickr tools out there. Plan on seeing some more books soon. I am thinking that Christmas will make for a fantastic one!

I also want to point out that I have begun including a ranking system for posts. So take the time and let me know what you like. While I love it when people leave comments too, clicking on a star is a bit easier, to be sure. Plus, it would be nice to see what people other than Ali think abou the posts.

On a completely different front, the soccer season is finally over, for which I am grateful. As much as I love the game and coaching, even the team I had this year, I am so glad to have some more time during the day. Of course, promptly after the season finished I found a way to break my big toe playing at a coaching clinic. That was a lot of fun, let me tell you. So as a player, I am on the shelf through the Holidays.

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