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One Year Old! August 5, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 9:54 pm

Yesterday was Elyse’s first birthday.  Yup, that’s right.  She’s now a 1-year-old!  Where did the last year go?

We got up early with daddy yesterday so she could open her presents from us before he had to go to work.

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Checking out her “loot”

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Later in the day…she’s getting to be such a big girl!

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Trying to get her to wear the hat that Grandpa Terry got for her

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Enjoying some watermelon as dessert on her birthday

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We had her birthday “luau” this past Saturday, and I promise to post pictures soon.  We had a great time and were so happy that so many friends & family could join us to celebrate.


Yes, We Are Alive! July 17, 2009

Filed under: Elyse,Family — hjhadams @ 9:14 am

I totally stink at keeping up with this whole blogging thing lately.  I apologize.

What’s new in our world?  Well, for starters, Elyse decided a little less than three weeks ago that she was FINALLY ready to start crawling.  And we didn’t do the whole army-crawl thing, she just got up one morning and decided to crawl.  Since she was almost 11 months old at the time, I kind of thought that we were going to skip right over crawling and go right to walking.  She is now going, going, going and it is tiring!  I am thanking the Lord more and more every day that she decided to wait until I was past all the morning sickness and exhaustion of this pregnancy to start moving around.  She also started pulling herself up and she can now get into almost anything.  She is getting so big!

The pregnancy is going well.  I hit 27 weeks this past Monday.  Only 13 weeks to go.  WHAT?  I can’t believe how fast it is flying by, and the fact that we’ve basically done nothing to prepare.  I ordered a crib (finally) last week but we still need to clean out the guest room/office so we can move Elyse to her new room.  I am excited to decorate a fun, girly room for her!  The new baby will be in the nursery that Elyse is currently using since it’s already gender-neutral.  We’re hoping to eventually start working on finishing the basement so we can have a guest room and office down there, as well as a living area and a third bathroom.  (Would be nice for guests when they come to visit!)

This past week Elyse & I, along with my sister Alyssa, headed to Minnesota to visit some family.  My cousin Sarah lives with her husband and two sons (Kaisen who is 22 months and Kallen who is 3 months) outside Minneapolis, and we decided it was a good half-way meeting point to see some of our relatives from North Dakota.  It was a fun time and I’m glad we all got to meet up for a few days.

Now, an overload of pictures from the last month and a half:


Daddy & Elyse at the Botanical Gardens on Father’s Day

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Crawling down the hall…and Maggie making a run for it!

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Waiting for the fireworks to start on the 4th of July

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Checking out her new pool with daddy

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This is what I found in her crib one day when she was supposed to be napping

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She loves Poncho!  (And Poncho is actually pretty tolerant of her.)

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Standing up in her crib (and showing us that we needed to move the mattress down further!)

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Playing with her cousin, Kaisen, in the pool

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My cousin Rachel’s son Brody (2 months) & my cousin Sarah’s son Kallen (3 months)

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Checking out her baby cousin

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Sleeping Beauty May 30, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 7:27 pm

Yesterday I peeked in on Elyse napping and it made me so sad to see how fast she is growing up.  It seems like just yesterday she was being swaddled up and sleeping in one spot all night…now she’s all over the crib and looks like such a big girl in her crib.

A progression of the sleep…

Here she is on August 9th, only 5 days old

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In October, a little over two months old

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In mid-February, just after we stopped swaddling her…she moved on to her Grobag, and thankfully she transitioned easily out of the swaddle

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And Friday – almost 10 months old  😦

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The “Big” Ultrasound May 27, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 4:48 pm

Today we had our 20-week ultrasound for this pregnancy and were so glad to find out that everything looks perfect!  The baby is measuring within one day of our due date of October 12th.  Although it was hard, we were able to stick to our guns and not find out the sex of the baby.  There was a lot of movement and the heartbeat is strong – 148 bpm.  Baby had hiccups during part of the ultrasound and I’m pretty sure he/she waved to us at one point.  🙂


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Baby foot:

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And a bonus – a 4D picture of baby’s face!  (You have to look closely but it’s there…you can see a good line of the nose, lips and chin especially.)

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Yet Another “Catch-Up” Post May 21, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 7:57 am

I have a bunch of new pictures of Elyse that I wanted to share, and rather than making several new posts, I decided to just throw them all into one and say “Here are pictures from May!” 

We’ve started Elyse on finger foods and “big people” food, and so far she has loved everything.  Seriously.  Everything.  I really hope that this continues to be her case.  Here she is having fun in her high chair and giving me some good smiles.

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Last weekend the three of us headed to the zoo and Elyse got to help daddy feed the goats.

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The other day I realized it was awfully quiet in the living room, where Elyse is usually playing.  I walked in to find this…

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The next day I looked over to find THIS…

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At first I couldn’t figure out why she had the book so close to her face…and then it hit me.  The book has a little mirror on each page and she was looking at herself!  (Now I know she’s definitely related to Aunt Alyssa & Uncle Fabulous!)


Finally, the other night we took advantage of the GREAT weather we’ve been having and joined my friend Angie and her boys at the park.  Elyse got to swing for the first time, and she seemed to really enjoy it!

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Nine (and a Half) Months Old! May 20, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 11:43 pm

I can’t believe that it’s been over two weeks since Elyse turned nine months old.  Time is going by far too fast. 

We went to see her pediatrician, Dr. Young, on her nine month birthday.  She had to get one shot and her finger pricked to test her iron, but she took it like a champ and did really great.  Her stats are as follows:

Weight:  19 lbs 3 oz  (60th percentile)

Height:  28 3/4”  (90th percentile)

Head:  44 1/2 cm  (70th percentile)

Last week we took her to JCPenney to have her nine month pictures taken, and we’re very happy with how they turned out!

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Michigan Getaway

Filed under: Elyse,Vacations — hjhadams @ 11:33 pm

Jim had some time off of work before starting his new job, so two weeks ago we headed to Michigan for a few days.  We drove to Saugatuck and stayed on the Kalamazoo River. 

On Tuesday we drove to Holland, MI, to check out the Tulip Festival.

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After the Tulip Festival we drove to Lake Michigan to check out the beach.  It was SO beautiful, and the water was so clear…makes me sad that the beaches on our side of the lake aren’t so nice. 

Elyse LOVED the sand.  She was so interested in it, and was covered head to toe by the time we left.

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Of course she had to have a taste

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Helping daddy dig

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We had a really great time even though it was a quick trip.  We were able to relax for a few days before Jim had to go back to the “real world”.