We just received the proofs of our holiday family shoot with Myleen. As I was sorting through the pictures and our holiday card formats I suddenly realized that the reason we look like a family is because we are a family. It’s amazing to think how fast this all happened …and how handsome Ira has become!
Here’s one that you won’t see on your holiday card but represents the family dynamics (Ira as the main focus) fairly accurately
After her lukewarm review of avocado we decided to shift toward a sweeter vegetable offer and introduce Harper Sue to the lovable carrot. It was a hit as you can tell from the photos. It’s so fun to see her messy!
We started introducing a few new tastes and textures to Harper Sue this week. Banana is the first official introduction. “Official” in the since that we made a quantity specifically for her, added some breast milk, and served with a fancy silicon spoon. As you can see, it was a hit. Avocado is next on the list.
Here’s video action of the process. Her craving for more makes it a little difficult to ascertain whether she’s enjoying the experience or not. Also, you can’t completely see that I’m using a hand gesture when asking her if she’d like “more?”. I promise I’m not just torturing her. We’re actually starting to be more consistent with a few sign language gestures. “More” is one that most babies pick up on pretty quick.
We had a pretty great Halloween this year. Rob is a BIG fan of group costumes so we where on the look out in September for an all-family costume idea when we stumbled into a new Bee Keeper shop on 20th and Mission.
Low and behold, our search was over. Harper Sue Bee would be accompanied by her two Bee Keepers. Grandma Corzine made a cozy costume for the little buzzer and I covered the Bjorn in accompanying stripes. We made hive mates for Harper out of yellow and black pipe cleaners and (to Rob’s horror) I added small pictures of Harper’s face to mine.
Here’s us on Fair Oaks street in the Mission. This 3 block area is where all the local kids come to trick or treat and where all the homeowners pull out the stops for a ghoulishly good time. We got lot’s of “ahhhh”‘s and compliments on our walk down Valencia and only two groups mistaken us for exterminators (aka: VERY bad parents).
We distributed all our honey sticks, headed home, got Harper Sue Bee to her hive, welcomed the nanny, and headed out to our friend Keri’s party.
We made up a new dance that included some swatting moves, hung out with some of our favorite peeps, learned to drink beer through our mesh hoods, hive-fived at least twice on our way home, and where in bed by midnight.
Just in (via Facebook). Bee Keeper P with our surrogate Bee Olivia:
Ira was the only nervous energy in the room when Harper Sue was being born. Rob ended up escorting him to the waiting room (aka: nursery/office) and unintentionally giving him a glass of wine to ease his nerves until the baby arrived.
Since that night, Ira has been an absolute dear with the new pack member even as he’s been asked to be evermore yielding with Harper’s increasing ability to grab, pull, and squeal. This week was one of the first where Ira got his first vision of what life will look like for him once Harper Sue can crawl. My observation is that Ira will have both a better playmate and a constant competitor for toys.
Harper’s 3rd week of her 5th month is quickly coming to an end (aka: holy crap! she’s almost 6 months old). There are signs of mobility and dexterity development nearly every day. Below are a few of these signs I captured throughout the week.