Archives for July 2005

High Chair

Jon and I bought Hannah a high chair yesterday. We worked together to assemble it, which is one way to say that I started, got frustrated, and then dumped the job on my husband’s lap. 😉

Now that the chair’s all together, it looks nice. Hannah seems to like to sit up in it during meals, where she can see all the action. So far, the tray has served as a yummy chew-toy, and the new elevated position has served as an excellent vantage point for experiments with gravity. Apparently, if you drop things, they fall down.

Here’s a photo of Hannah and her high chair (alliteration!):

Checking out the new high chair


I can no longer ignore the truth. Hannah is teething. She has no teeth yet, and she probably won’t for months. However, she is drooling, and chewing, and it’s only getting worse. So, I bought some teething tablets today, to take the edge off when the going gets tough.

Also, Hannah has rolled from her tummy to her back three times now. She doesn’t really have the hang of it yet–she’s still a little uncertain about what to do with those arms. But she’s definitely gaining both strength and control. She’s even making motions like she wants to get up on her hands and knees. Eep!

Birthday Cat

Today is Dorothy’s second birthday. In honour of the occasion she received her annual treat of soft cat food, and a new scratching post. She loves the soft cat food, and the new scratching post has received a few tentative claw marks.

Dorothy and Hannah continue to be unsure of each other. Hannah has just started noticing the cat, and Dorothy is still steadfastly ignoring the baby whenever possible. For now, I think that this is pretty much the best I can hope for. At least they’re not fighting, right?

Checking out her birthday present
Dorothy the birthday cat

Baby Report

Hannah had a well-baby checkup at the doctor’s today. She now weighs 15lbs,12oz, so she gained a pound and a half in the last month. She’s in the 55th percentile for all 5-month-olds, which means that she’s a little above average.

Otherwise, the doctor says she looks great. We couldn’t agree more. 🙂

The London Bombings

I recieved an email from our friend William who lives and works in London. He recounts the day the bombs went off.

“I personally wasn’t effected, but was kept in work while 3 suspect packages where dealt with around the buildings, was not quite as exciting as when we had an anthrax scare in the building opposite.

The bomb in the bus went off in front of my old flat mate’s window at his work (luckily bomb proof glass from the old IRA days) sounds a lot more horrific than what you saw on the news. One of the tube bomb went off in Aldgate where I used to work and also study (for Level 3 and Master), all Level 3 people have been accounted for but some of the students are missing,

It’s quite crazy to think that the bombers are actually UK born and bred, but I suppose we had a couple last year go and blow them-selves up in Israel, so why not … here?”

These kinds of world events aren’t just things that happen to “someone else.” It makes you stop and think about how lucky we really are.

5 Months Old

My daughter is five months old today. To celebrate, I took the traditional monthly photo:

Pretty in pink at 5 months

In the past month Hannah has grown a lot–we’ll find out exactly how much at her doctor’s appointment tomorrow. She has also become much more engaged in the world around her. She makes different sounds to communicate different ideas, plays with interesting objects for several minutes at a time, follows the cat with her eyes, and even occasionally laughs. She continues to sleep well at night, too, which is great for her parents.

Hannah was even so generous as to allow her mother to read the new Harry Potter book. Which, incidentally, is why I haven’t posted any updates in a couple of days. 😉


Hannah has a new talent–she can propel herself around by kicking her legs. I don’t think that the movement is actually intentional, I think that it’s just what happens when she really gets going. She can’t see where she’s moving, either, because she’s generally on her back, going head-first and backwards across the floor, or her crib, or wherever we’ve put her down.

I know that intentional movement cannot be far behind. Eep!

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