Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mallory's Baptism

Mallory in her pretty white dress with proud Mommy & Daddy.
Ivan was so helpful. He found her binky and wanted to give it to her. What a gentleman.
Aunt Erin & Uncle Todd made it in for the baptism despite the fact that they just moved into their new house. Thanks for coming, it meant a lot.
Mallory has two grandma's that just adore her...
Aunt (and Godmother) Lori holding our two sources of entertainment for the day.

Uncle (and Godfather) Todd with little Mallory

On Sunday Mallory got baptized at First Community Church. We had a very small, intimate ceremony that just included immediate family. It was very nice and relaxing. Mallory was surprisingly good through the church service and through the baptism. I expected she would be okay, considering how much she loves having her hair washed in the bath!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Swimming on Fathers Day

Last Sunday on Fathers day, not only did we celebrate my wonderful husband and his fantastic fathering, but we also put Mallory in the pool for the very first time. Out at Grandma Preston's house, we slowly introduced Mallory to the pool with Aunt Kelly. I am sure it helped that Cousin Ivan and Uncle Mike were in the pool with them. She didn't even seem phased by the chilly water. It was almost like she was an old hat at it. She really didn't have much of a reaction. She borrowed Ivan's turtle and floated around the perimeter of the pool. I can't wait to take her swimming again. Maybe next time I will actually get in the water.

Happy Fathers day to all the amazing fathers out there who not only love and support their children and Grandchildren, but also help mold us into the people we are today.

On a special note, being Marc's first fathers day, I want to say thank you to him directly for all his patience and support as we attempt this parenting thing on our own for the first time. He has been there to help through everything. From the crazy pregnancy emotions, to the crying baby that we can't console. He has helped with diapers, baths, feeding, and crying. He is constantly there to help encourage me when I was doubting my parenting abilities as well bring me up when I was feeling down. He is an amazing father who can always make his little girl smile. Happy First Father's day Marc!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Worthington Arts Festival

This past Saturday, Grandma, Mallory, and I went up to the Worthington Arts Festival. Grandma had bought Mallory a bunch of outfits that she had to bring by so we planned on doing breakfast and walking to the Farmers Market. Little did we know, there would be thousands of people due to the Festival. Despite the crowds and the sun burn, we had a really great time. We saw some very good and very interesting art while sipping on homemade lemonade - not too shabby.

Here are a couple pics from the small pit stop we took in between art Boothe's. We sat in the grass and people watched. Mallory was very happy and very interactive while we took our small break from walking. She loved watching all the people and colors around her. Sometimes the best walks are we we just stop and stand still.

P.S. I would like to point out that Mallory received three comments from three different groups of strangers that day on her adorable dress compliments of Aunt Lori. Thanks for the cool digs, Aunt Lori!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Daddy's Girl

Just a couple pictures of my little lady bug nestled up with
Daddy. She is such a little Daddy's Girl.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Throwing Away Mulch

This morning, Mallory and I met Aunt Lori and Cousin Ivan at the park for a little bit of play time. Although Mallory did go down the slide on my lap, she wasn't very active on the playground. She spent most of her time in my arms watching her cousin run around and play. Ivan is just a ball of energy and loved playing. He does not walk, he runs from slide to swing to drums to grass until something new catches his eye. After running around for a little while, he decided that there was a much better game to play then playing on the playground. That is when he began to throw away the mulch. He got a kick out of picking up a single piece of mulch, walking all the way across the playground just to throw that single piece of mulch away in the trash can. Then, he just proceeded back to the next piece of mulch, just to throw it away. Did I mention the entire playground was mulch? Thank goodness we have people like Ivan who are dedicated to cleaning up the mulch of the world.

After Aunt Lori convinced Ivan that there were other games to play, I was delighted to hear Ivan say "Mallory" several times. He seemed very excited to play with baby Mallory and seemed upset when she was out of sight. It was very sweet.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Is it supposed to taste like this?

Last Sunday we decided to try cereal. This is Mallory's first time having anything other then formula and her first time attempting to eat from a spoon. Needless to say, she was not so sure about this whole eating like a big girl thing. The food pretty much went in and just seeped right out. I will say, however, that with each night it seems to get a little bit better. She is working on keeping it in her mouth, which seems to be our biggest problem at the moment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bouncing Around the Room

This, my friends is hands down, the best toy ever. For a baby like Mallory, who constantly wants to be standing and bouncing, the Jumperoo is awesome. We decided to break it out last week and try it out. Now, every day when I get home from work, Mallory will hang out in her jumper while I cook dinner. She is constantly shuffling her feet, turning in circles, and bouncing. When I am making dinner, she hangs out in the doorway that leads into the kitchen. This presents a slight problem for the dogs. When I am cooking, they want to be in the kitchen with me in hopes of snagging some table scraps, but they can't quite figure out how to get into the kitchen with a baby hanging in the doorway. It is incredibly amusing to watch them try to get through. The best part is, they can just walk through the dining room and get in the other side. That, however, would be way too easy. The other plus side to these dumb but lovable dogs, is that when Mallory is in the Jumper she is on their level and can see them very well. Every time they walk into the room, she explodes with laughter. She thinks they are the funniest things on Earth. Hairy little people.

Mallory also went to her 4 month appointment last Wednesday (even though she turned 5 months yesterday) and had a great appointment. She was in the 95th percentile for height at 26 and a quarter inches, 60th percentile in weight at 14.9 lbs, and she has a large noggin and is in the 80th percentile in head circumference!