Halloween Adventures

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DSC_9919Today was a full, fun day for our little family. In Old Georgetown they shut down the little downtown and the businesses hand out candy. It works out great for the kids getting to enjoy the day before the cold of night.

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We met up with friends downtown, and Isaiah and his friend Josh the Parrot ran around together. I think they had more fun playing ‘chase’ than collecting treats. DSC_9984   DSC_9958DSC_0006Grandma and Grandpa met us downtown to join the festivities.

DSC_0001 As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, after dinner when we were all together, we went Trick or Treating to a few friends/ family and some neighbors.   DSC_0039It’s pretty great to watch these two little ones experiencing so many new things. And even better when they can do it in costume.

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Brielle turns 9 months

DSC_1319Brielle turned 9 months old on October 12. This month I feel like her learning has accelerated! She learned how to clap on our trip home from Florida and she hasn’t stopped since! We were waiting at our gate for our plane to leave when I realized that she was really trying to clap her hands together. She loves her new skill and is quick to show it off now. She also has started using it to sign “more”. Just like her brother did. She also signs milk with a twist of her wrist. Although her preferred method of communicating that she wants milk is by head bombing into my chest. “Mom… you know what I mean. Forget the sign”. DSC_1326Da da da da. This month Brielle learned to say da da. Of course it melts her Daddy’s heart again and again. She also learned to say na na na. She’s learning to communicate and it’s so fun!

DSC_1180Brielle is on the move, everywhere, constantly. When she’s at Grandma and Grandpa’s house her favourite thing to get into is the plants. She presses her hands into the soil and wiggles them around for a while. So fascinated with the feeling. Usually that’s followed by pulling the soil out of the pot and tasting it. Isaiah is sure to run over and say, “Brielle, it’s not food!!”

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Isaiah likes to crawl just like she does… especially if we are giving her attention for whatever it is she is doing.

This month Brielle was moved to a full sized crib out of our room. She’s done really well with the transition, and they have both done very well with the transition to sharing a room. We were pretty nervous with how they would do but so far they rarely wake each other up.

Brielle’s confidence in pulling herself to standing is pretty crazy. The day before she turned 9 months Jon and I both saw her stand totally on her own for a couple of seconds. She let go of what she was holding onto and just stood there. And then it looked as if suddenly she realized she was standing, and she slowly lowered herself into a squat and to the floor. She’s going to be walking before we know it. ‘Gotta keep up with my big brother’.

DSC_0933We had some fall fun in the leaves. Isaiah throwing them up in the air, Brielle crawling around in them. These moments are so good for my heart. It’s so amazing watching them have fun and embrace life. These times give me energy for the hard parenting moments.

DSC_0942 DSC_0947 DSC_0949 Later this month Brielle learned to throw her hands up in the air for “hooray”, which she learned because of ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. She loves show off her skills. When people are around she will sometimes just put one in the air. Numerous times people have said to me “what is she doing”. Just proudly trying to show you her tricks.DSC_1379Brielle, I love the way you get so excited when I wake up in the morning and crawl over to me, “a ma ma ma ma ma”. And then cuddle into my shoulder when I pick you up. I love the way I can put you to sleep by rubbing your forehead as you drift away into peaceful sleep, safe in your mommy’s arms. I love the way I can make you giggle and giggle, and that you make me giggle right back. And Daddy says “you two are too cute”. I love the privilege of being your mommy, precious girl.

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Brielle is eight months

DSC_8961September 12 was the day Brielle turned eight months. The last 10 days of her seventh month were spent in Florida. We took pictures at the pool where she was having so much fun!

DSC_9060She loved splashing in the water as she crawled in and out. It was a pool with a slope into it, so Brielle could go just as deep as she felt comfortable… or just as deep as Mommy felt comfortable. I’m not sure what Brielle’s limit really was. She sure loves the water!

DSC_9066This is Brielle’s serious face. She really was enjoying the pool. She tends to show this face off when she sees someone she doesn’t know, or someone she hasn’t seen in a while. It’s her serious “let me decide how I feel about you” look.  DSC_9149

Brielle and Isaiah seem to love to play together. Isaiah still can get Brielle to giggle harder than anyone else can. Here they were playing with my hat and both really thought it was the funniest thing.DSC_9124 DSC_9121 DSC_9123DSC_9127

Oh the giggles!

DSC_9091 DSC_9097 Brielle got more teeth this month. Her third and fourth teeth, the top two, finally broke through. On a more exciting note, she learned to clap! Her face lights up so proudly as she brings her hands together. She loves to clap along as we sing “If you’re happy and you know it” or “pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake”. It’s like she’s just so excited to participate in the fun now. DSC_9011Brielle’s vocabulary consists of a lot of repetition of two syllables “ba ba ba ba ba” and “ma ma ma ma ma”. Sometimes she uses the interchangeably 🙂

She still dislikes the car seat a lot of the time. Short distances are fine but if we are going anywhere longer, she’s sure to let her protest be heard. Soon she’ll move to the bigger carseat and I think she will like the whole experience more.

Brielle you’re a joy! Isaiah brings out the best giggles in you yet and you get excited just seeing him come in the room. Your mom and dad couldn’t love you more. Can’t wait to see what the next month has in store! Mwah.

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