Harper Sue is standing up more and more everyday. Yesterday she stood up in the tub in order to reach the spout. Two days ago she stood up to in order to better investigate our luggage. This morning she stood up to reach for a toy on the ottoman.
I’m amazed at how good her balance is already. It looks ridiculous to see such a small frame reach such vertical height but it seems completely natural to Harper.
Hard to believe but Harper Sue keeps getting older- we where sure this would have stopped by now? Even Chia Pets have a growth halt after a month or two! But to our amazement she just keeps getting older. At this rate she may even become a teenager some day… no WAY! Enough crazy talk.
Here’s a picture of her on her 8th mirthday for the archives.
Harper Sue has found a love of our kitchen lately- probably because I’ve been cooking more and mostly for her. We are amazed at how much a baby can eat!
Needless to say, there’s been a lot more steaming, chopping, and blender activity as she gets bigger. She’s happy to help with encouraging squeals, colander banging, and kitchen utensil inspection.
This is undeniably a vanity POTD but I couldn’t help myself. She’s just so damn cute and yes, maybe that is Acorn squash in her ear.
While we where down in San Diego for Thanksgiving at Elissa and Derek’s we shacked up at a hotel along Mission Bay and took advantage of the lovely walking trail that borders the hotel both mornings. The weather was incredible (high 70′s) and we past at least five separate playgrounds on our short walk. The spiral slide and swings where calling out “She’s TOTALLY old enough to play on us. Come on!” Harper’s fantastic little giggle is hard to hear on the video but you can see the joy in her face. Lucky for her there is an identical swing set just across the street from our house.
Harper Sue logged her seventh and eighth airplane take-off and landing on our Thanksgiving trip down to San Diego.
I did some research to update my flight-plus-baby strategy and found great advice to bring a new extra-special toy that is introduced once your boarded on the flight and no sooner. Worked liked a charm! The flight down to SD is only 90 minutes so when she wasn’t on the boob she was mesmerized by exploring her new toy. Then the toy was hidden away until our flight back and again, it worked like a charm.
While both SFO and SAN where virtually empty (amazing to think that just 4 years ago the security line at SFO was nearly 1/4 mile long!) our Southwest flights were completely full. Thank GOD for family boarding that gave us access after the A’s but before the B’s (this may not make any since if you’ve never flown Southwest) so while we where not blessed with an empty seat between us we where able to sit together toward the front of the plane.
As Harper Sue becomes more mobile its tougher to keep her confined to mom or dads lap and a longer flight would certainly be more challenging in this regard. I just learned that Southwest has special pricing for children under four years old that cuts the price by about 30% on most flights. Certainly worth looking into for our TBD next trip.
Here’s a few shots of Harper Doobie on the flight and making friends with the Hertz shuttle driver.
Harper Sue has a GRAND week this week. She gets to see both her grandmothers and her great grandmother too!
We kicked things off on Monday with a visit from Grandma Memere/Corzine and had fun playing with toys, changing diapers, and eating! Grandma tried her hand at playing “hit the mouth” with Harper Sue as the target and stewed prunes as the beanbags. She’s number two on the leader board. See the replays and the results below. The best part of the feeding Harper is seeing her impersonation of hungry baby birds- it’s quite impressive especially with all the flapping