Tuesday, May 17, 2005

she's discovered her bottom lip and sucks on itnow. She can do a silly looking all-upper-lip grin.
where have we been? Teresa's been busy keeping us busy!

Last night Dad showed off Teresa's latest trick... she loves to bang her feet into the ground when laying on her back. You know, kicking her feet, enjoying being alive. well, she can also propel herself in this manner. So after Teresa showed Dad how she could do this on the carpet, Dad put her down on the wood floors and WOW could she scoot! Forget about "babysafing" the house when she crawls, I need to scoot-safe the house now!!

Her other new trick - I first noticed on Sunday, Teresa has learned she has a lower lip and has started sucking on it. very cute. She has a new darling smile that is all upper lip.

She loves her little doggy stuffed animal that goes woofwoofwoof when his string is pulled. He is also really soft and Teresa has noticed things have different textures.

We bought her a fancy hiking backpack and took her climbing on Saturday. She loved being perched up high above Daddy's head. Hopefully she will like it with mommy too - mom has been hiking weekly with some other moms and babes, so far we've tried a sling and Snugli, next hike maybe we'll take the huge new backpack.

Dad has his PhD graduation ceremony this weekend so Gramma and Gramp are flying out to visit very briefly. It will be nice to see all the grandparents together again. Teresa has a fancy new dress that GramMary bought for her, especially to where to Dad's graduation!

Hopefully Dad will post pictures of some of these events soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Our little girl is 4 months old today!We went to her docs appt where Doc Pitts was pleasedto learn she's grabbing objects and smiling andlaughing and sleeping and growing.Teresa is in the 50th % for head (16.25) and length(24.25) and 25th for weight (12#10oz). All good news.She got another set of vaccinations today and wasn'ttoo happy with that, but Dad was along and whisked heraway. She quickly quieted outside with Dad while Idealt with administrative details. Dad is now off to work. We will have a quiet day andhope to keep the sad too-many-shots tears away.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Teresa's going to be a big cousin!

Yes Mother's day was a big day for Mom and Aunt Teensy - even more so since next year Christina will be a Mom of two! Yes, Teresa will get a new little cousin in November, what excitement there will be at Keller Christmas with three grandchildren!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

We had three Moms and Babes on the hike as well as one little spunky doggie. After getting gear and babes situated, Alis, Sia, and I hit the trail about 11AM. The trail followed the stream, heading up, with a few small foot bridges crossing the gully. Hailey and Seth peacefully enjoyed the trek, Teresa fussed and complained. After moving Teresa from a back carry to a sling carry, Teresa quieted slightly.

The Moms trekked onwards and upwards. The trail was shaded, mainly by madrone and bay. We stopped occasionally for a breather and to enjoy the stream, but with the ascent and falling water, conversation level was light. Upon reaching Contour Trail, the going got easierand we could converse, identify native plants, and hear Teresa's fussiness more easily. After parallelling the stream for a while, the trail turned away into manzanita.

We chose this spot for a lunch break, moms and babes. Teresa announced the reason for her fussiness by doing one of those charming diaper blowouts! We never get blowouts, I mean 99.99% of the time no problems, so the delicate little lady decides to really let one fly when we're on a hike? without facilities? Without a fresh cover (we cloth diaper)? Without a change of clothes? (all those were back at the car) Argh! So, keeping in mind the prevalance of poison oak, I somehow managed to change her super-poopy diaper with her balanced on my lap. Teresa fit snugly into one of Hailey's diapers (little point to putting a fresh cloth on with the poopy cover!) and then had to proceed the rest of the hike in only the diaper as her outfit was POOPED. Maybe we'll use 'sposies on hikes.

But back to the hike! We continued on our way spotting wildflowers in bloom and pretty groves of trees. We reached the final junction about 1/2 mile from the cars and briefly considered a spur trip as we were enjoying our day, but the shade cover was a little less and with the fair maiden in only a diaper, it seemed prudent to get her back to clothing and waylay any sunburn.

So ~2.5 hours after we started up, we were back down. Happy, a little sweaty, and pleased with our adventure. It was agreed this was a great hike - we'll do it again sometime; it's nice to have a almost 100% shaded hiking trail.