Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I don't want her to grow up!

Isabella is 11 months old today and sometimes I feel a little like this about her growing up so fast:

She gets cuter in different ways and some things a lot of things get easier with her. But sometimes I miss that teeny tiny baby. She'll never stay lying still in one place ever again. Or have several naps during the day (all of a sudden she's down to one nap a day and sometimes not even a very long one). But she does sleep ALL night now and that's better than day time naps.

11 months ago


So I don't have a small cuddly baby but I do have a big cuddly baby with a first birthday coming up soon!

Just for fun I put her under her play gym yesterday. Above she was 1 month old and below a day short of 11 months. She wasn't really interested in playing with it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 38/52 -Sunday walk at Dinton Pastures

This past weeks' portrait: Loving life!

We went for a walk on Sunday. Andre wanted to go check out some bird hides for a possible photography morning. Isabella hadn't been in the back carrier for quite a while and she was very very excited to be so high on her daddy's back for a walk outside. She was laughing and shrieking at everyone and everything we passed! She excitedly pointed out dogs and observed the ducks, geese and swans seriously with a "quack quack" to also let us know what they are.

We stopped  at this jetty for some photos and Isabella headed straight to the water. She would have waded in knee deep if we let her!

A lovely afternoon out in the fresh air.

Inside the bird hide.

Enjoying the ride.


The photo right at the top reminds me - I keep forgetting to tell the grandparents - Isabella has another two teeth! Her top right is quite a clear little white bit of tooth and if you look carefully the top left is also on its way out. Probably neither of them visible on the photo though.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Portrait of the week: 37/52 - A Poorly Baby

This picture sums up our week.

Isabella had a high fever all day Tuesday and ended up with tonsillitis. It seems the high temperature led to her eczema getting much much worse than it's ever been and even worse than I ever thought eczema could get. Her arms and legs got covered in blisters which are now peeling leaving her with new red/pink skin underneath so doesn't look too good.  But at least it doesn't seem to bother her. She's on two antibiotics and a cream for her skin and is back to her usual happy self now with a few whinges when I'm not giving her all my attention of course. She sat on my lap in front of the tv all day tuesday sleeping on and off. I enjoyed the cuddles and quiet time!

Now it's Andre's turn it seems... He had a fever yesterday and today is still sleepy with a sore throat. Too many kisses from Isabella!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 36/52 -Afternoon at the park

A little late with last week's portrait again but here it is now and I'll make up for it with some extra photos. (Most photos taken by Andre.)

Isabella has been a bit demanding lately, sleeping very little during the day and then wanting all my attention all the time when she's awake. If I only try to move slightly she scrambles to get on my lap in case I was trying to leave the room. When I do manage to escape she'll come whining after me so at the moment I'm not doing anything but playing with her for which I'm also grateful. I know how fortunate I am to be able to be at home with her.

But today I get some computer time! Poor Isabella is not feeling well at all. She's had a temperature all day and just wants to sit on my lap either sleeping or staring at the tv. She's not even interested in my cellphone or laptop. Not herself at all but I'm enjoying the cuddles.

These photos were taken on Saturday when we took her to the park behind our house.

Still loves swinging!

Love those little feet!

Daddy helped her down the slide.

Back up again!

Cute wobbly steps.

And after we tried out just about everything in the park we had a picnic on the field.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baby Sensory Classes

We've been going to Baby Sensory classes since Isabella was 5 months old and we both absolutely love it. It's not easy to get photos of her at Sensory class as I'm usually doing the activities with her and there are also many other children around and I don't want to be photographing other people's children without permission. With my sister here we were able to get a few more photos having an extra set of hands, although they are still just quick cell phone snaps and a little blurry at times with all the movement going on!

Shake your maracas!!

Isabella loves bouncing on Rody the horse. With regular ear chewing in between bouncing.

So many different toys to try out during exploratory play time.

She so enjoys climbing over things right now.

Exploring picture cards.

This week's theme was water and the children actually got to splash in a very shallow paddling pool in warm water which Isabella enjoyed. Getting wet was optional and we were warned so came prepared with a change of clothes and a towel.

Splashing in the water and catching bubbles.

This is Isabella scuba diving! (Or crawling under the sea!) We hold a large blue parachute
above the children which has 'fish' and 'sea grass' dangling down from it.

Isabella went in under the 'sea' with one purpose and that was to catch herself a dolphin.
She brought it back out to us and wouldn't let it go.

"Daddy can I have my own real dolphin please?" 
Aunty Mon singing while Isabella keeps giving her dolphin some love.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 35/52 -Family day at the farm

My sister arrived last week and so Mom and Jürgen came for a visit this weekend too. We spent Saturday in London, Isabella's first time there! And today we all went to Bucklebury Farm Park. Isabella and I enjoyed it so much a couple of weeks ago that we decided to take the family there too and so her weekly portrait is from there again! You can read more about Bucklebury Farm Park here.

We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day. We went on a tractor ride to see the deer, Isabella and Simone pet the goats and guinea pigs, we had lunch under the trees and just enjoyed wandering around looking at the other farm animals and enjoying some family time.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baby Play: Spaghetti

With my sister here to help we had a little bit of a messy play session at home on a rainy day. We cooked some spaghetti, and once it had cooled let Isabella explore it. Of course there was lots of tasting and also pulling, squishing, and flinging spaghetti about. She really enjoyed this new sensory experience. And after all this fun she got to have more fun splashing in the bath to wash any sticky spaghetti off. Next I want to try some painting with her.