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Month 10 (more teeth, bows, at the lake, & WALKING)

My mother came to visit while my husband was out of town which always means trouble> ha. It’s always a good thing for me, but dangerous for my husband because it means shopping & craft-time.

I’m shamelessly put on blast for putting Hattie in giant bows. My husband laughs about it while griping, so I haven’t stopped. Tee hee. They’re just so girly and adorable!!

So while my mom was in town, we hopped over to the craft store to make Hattie some more bows to match some new clothes that she bought. That’s only the appropriate thing to do after all.

Here’s how THAT went…

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The only responses I got were

“go home, you’re drunk”
“my poor baby”
“OMG…smh”
etc… ha ha.

Poor little girl has FOUR (yes, 4..omg) teeth coming in right now; all on top, all side by side, all together..at the same time. Poor Hattie is in so much discomfort as you can possibly imagine. Even with gum massages, baby orajel, homeopathic teething tablets, and ibuprofen to keep her fever down, she struggles with getting comfortable & relaxed enough to sleep.

Though it can get hard for me, I have to remember how miserable she is, so I pull myself together and stay up as late as I need to help her get cozy and fall asleep.

Thanks to my mom’s brilliance, she showed me how to such up some water in her pacifier & freeze it. Hattie totally loved sucking on the frozen pacifier. It helped numb the pain a little bit I think.
It was pretty funny the first time, because I didn’t notice that she had placed the pacifier in the ice tray. I went to get myself a cold drink & out pops a binky into my glass. Ha ha. It was the funniest thing.

Back to the mountains we went; but this time we left the trailer at home and stayed in grandpa’s cabin. It was so lovely; located right on the lake! Hattie was fascinated with the lake, the sand, and the boat!!

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It was so precious to see Hattie in this setting with her Grandpa Allen. Though him & dad were busy fishing most of the time, I was able to get this candid and it’s so precious…

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The first thing we did was put the boat on the water. Hattie sat on my lap & watched as the water splashed onto the boat. After playing in the sun & snacking on some shortbread cookies (thank you Grandma Yvette), she was rocked to sleep by the slow water-rocking.

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Back on shore, dad caught lots of fish & we were all very excited to see how Hattie would react. She did so good. I figured that, once it started wiggling, she would kind of freak out, but she wanted to hold the fish, hug the fish, put the fish in her mouth, and pat its face. Ha ha. She’s definitely her dad’s daughter 🙂

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Gosh, seriously…what a totally busy month it has been for Month 10!! Not only has she had multiple growth spurts (it’s like a whole new baby when I go get her in the mornings sometimes), new teeth, firsts in the mountains, and now WALKING!!

She’s taken a step or two before just followed by an immediate collapse, but mainly holds herself up on furniture to move around.

Well, we were over at our neighbor’s house for dinner one night. She was incredibly fussy & did NOT want to eat dinner. All she wanted to do was sit on the floor and play with toys. Well, in an honest effort to be a better parent than letting my kid do whatever they want by throwing a fit, I held out until we were done with dinner and then let her down on the floor while we cleared the table. Withing moments of setting her down, she stood up & started making steps. My husband just starts shouting “Cami watch; she’s walking. Look at her; she’s walking!!”

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This is just a screenshot from the video that was taken (still so sad that I cannot upload video on this blog, but it’s on social media). She took several steps and then fall on her bum & then take several steps. She didn’t even want to crawl. It’s as if, in just one instance, she decided she wanted to walk & was determined to master it in one evening. TOTALLY INCREDIBLE!!!

Since that night, she’s been a bumbling baby drunk & running into every corner, sharp object, hard floors, doors, and people. Ha ha. It’s only bound to happen that she’s going to be bumped & bruised at this stage, but my nerves cannot handle any more right now…about to wrap her in bubble wrap; I swear!!

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Month 10 (first camping trip)

Memorial Weekend has arrived & the weather sucks! Ha ha. When we finally have the time off together & my husband is in town to enjoy a break from reality, it’s raining cats & dogs in the valley. Regardless of the poor conditions, we hit the road anyway for a family camping trip. We have a trailer this year and figured “even if we’re sitting in the trailer playing cards all weekend, it’s better than being stuck in town”.

We met some friends up at Warm Lake for some little relaxation. They have a son who is only about 6 weeks apart from Hattie in age, so it was perfect.

On the way up, there was rain, thunder, lightning, car accidents, hazard lights, and my feet on the dashboard – shaking in horror as my husband drives unaffected by the hydroplaning.

The trip isn’t too terribly long, but I planned for a baby in the car EXTRA particularly. Here was our backseat to-go bag:

-toys & felt books
-travel cooler with empty bottle, water bottle, and formula-mixed bottle
-puffs finger snacks in a no-spill cup
-pacifier & emergency pacifier
-blanket
-change of clothes
-essentials (diapers, wipes)
-dog

Ha ha. We figured that sticking our dog in the backseat would keep Hattie company during the trip since she LOVES her Cabela dog.

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As soon as we got to our camp spot, we noticed the storm cloud veer around us & instantly blue skies!! Hooray; it’s going to be gorgeous just for us!! How lucky.

The first thing we did after setting up camp was get a family photo by the creek that ran by our site.

 

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We really lucked out that the storms went around our site for the whole weekend. We really got to enjoy the most perfect weather!!

Hattie LOVED camp food…potatoes, eggs, sausage links, hot dogs, etc…all the good American stuff! But what she loved to put in her mouth the MOST was dirt. Ha ha. Every time I would look at her, she was examining something on the ground to thoroughly enjoy in her mouth. Needless to say she got incredibly messy…

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Dad wanted to throw his fishing poles in the water, so we made a drive up to the lake & let the babies get nakey-butt to soak in some sunshine.

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Watching her enjoy nature for the first time (aside from our backyard or the park) was so delightful. Just letting her get dirty, pick up mysterious pieces of grass or flowers or dirt was precious. My favorite was seeing her do this with her dad as this is his stomping ground. I just know that, as she grows, they’ll be bonding even more together in the mountains between hunting, shed searching, hiking, fishing, etc…

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Mention-able moments would have to include watching Hattie’s face light up sitting by the campfire for the first time & watching everyone stuff their faces with smores. She was a little jealous that we didn’t share the flaming ball of fluff with her (rightfully so), but she did get a couple small nibbles on a mallow.

It was difficult to get her to nap or sleep while we were in the trailer mainly because it is an unfamiliar setting, but we got it together by the last day. She was able to sleep independently in her pack-in-play so we didn’t break the crib-sleeping while away from home which is important.

We were able to get her out on our Can-Am UTV as well which was so fun. We didn’t have a way to buckle her in, so I wore her in a baby harness on my chest while I was buckled up. Of course we stayed on trail & didn’t exceed certain speeds for her safety. It was so cute, though. With all the serene surroundings, she fell asleep during our scenic ride. It was really nice for us to have that moment where we could sit on the top of the mountain & overlook everything. We rarely get a moment like that to ourselves with a curious & busy baby. Though she missed out on a beautiful view, it was nice to soak it in ourselves & should have captured it on camera (but my phone was shut off during that drive).

More camping trips to come for sure…

 

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