A Visit from She Who Would be Known as Voof

This past weekend brought with it a special treat, as my mother spent a few days visiting. While her primary concern was to see her lovely granddaughter, we all had a pretty wonderful time together. She was more than gracious while visiting and it proved to be an exceedingly nice trip overall.

Grandma, Son, and Granddaughter   Happy Family

Hadley grew quite taken with her grandma and even re-dubbed her with a new call sign,“Voof.” It was rather cute. She was particularly concerned that there was no Papa on the trip, as she seems to have already figured that both of my parents go together. It must be all that Skyping that we have been doing.

Brady Fan   Hadley and Voof - Concentrating   Hadley and Voof - Happy

Overall we had a great time, in spite of the almost never ending snowfall that added another blanket to New England. It limited our travel to some extent but made for a lot more time at home playing with Hadley, which seemed to suit everyone, especially Hadley and her Voof.

Happy Birthdays and Other Milestones

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.

Ali's Birthday

Ali's Birthday with Kiddos

Getting Cuter By the Minute

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.

Punk Rock Girl Mommy and Me

I Got It! Here Comes Bunny

Surrender the Boobies Look, I Can Sit!

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.

Bath Time

Sportin' Adidas

Hmmm, Furry!

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.

I Love This Thing!

Recovering from the Collapse & New Milestones

I'm eating rice cereal now!     Hangin' Out in My Overalls

I think I have recovered from the greatest upset in NFL history, finally. It took a day or two to lose that sick feeling that started around midway through the third quarter. I can’t remember the last sporting event that made me feel physically ill, as I watched. Even more eerie, Hadley began wailing inconsolably after Randy Moss caught the Patriot’s go ahead touchdown with just under three minutes left in the game. It was as if she sensed New England’s bid for sports immortality was ebbing and waning under the Giants final, game winning drive. Although, maybe she was just overly tired, hungry, and sensing the heightened tension in the room. In the spirit of Super Bowl betting, I say it’s a “pick ‘em.”

Getting Ready for the Game with Grandpa

Watching the Game with Grandpa

There is great news from the Haas household as little Miss Hadley reaches more and more milestones. Two weeks ago she began rolling over like it was her job. She had already flipped from her back to her belly a few times, but didn’t seem terribly interested, favoring a twisted, half flip, allowing her to look around without having to completely turn. Then one day she just started rolling onto her belly without a hitch and was nearly incapable of staying on her back. A week later, Ali had her mastering the next flip, from belly to back. So now, Hadley is a rolling stone to be sure, flip-flopping over and over again, rolling to various areas all around the room. She looks terribly impatient about crawling by the way.

What's that you say?   Don't bother me, I'm thinking.

Getting Some Love from Dad

Mid-roll   Watch Me Play!

Since the last post, Ali has begun a life of leisure with our baby girl, having left her job to stay at home to live on my teacher’s salary. Of course, her two biggest concerns are alive and well. That she will forget how to speak with adults and that Hadley will think staying at home is infinitely more boring than the day care center. Undoubtedly, Hadley will miss the level of stimulation some. The staff commented that they nicknamed our daughter Nosy Rosy, because she was always craning to see what was going on in the room with all the other kids. This is not terribly surprising, considering how distracted she can be when Ali is feeding her, scanning the room for me, if I am there, or just to eyeball her toys, making sure they are still where she left them.

Napping with Dad While He Works

Look, Dad! I like computers too!   I'm Getting Good at This

All in all things have been going rather well for all of us. Both Ali and I just keep marveling at how fast our little girl is growing and learning, while trying to get the house more prepared for her graduation to mobile.

In the New Toy!     Always Posing