Audrey is ten months old today!
Our happy little girl keeps growing and learning each day.
Photos by Jennifer Khoury.
Today and every day I’m thankful for Kenji’s love and support, our families, great friends, and our wonderful baby girl.
We celebrated the holiday today with Kenji’s family, at his sister’s house. Audrey had fun with her cousins Claire and Henry, and she seemed to enjoy her first Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
She looked so cute in the dress made by auntie Jess and her (too big) tights.
I hope everyone had a great day with family and friends!
We’ve had nice, crisp fall weather recently so Audrey’s been on lots of fun outings. (It doesn’t hurt that busy mornings/early afternoons typically make for good naps since she gets tired out!)
The Friday of Veterans’ Day weekend we went to the zoo with Audrey’s friends Helen and Jad (and their moms). This photo was taken minutes before all three kids fell asleep in their strollers.
The following day, Kenji, Audrey, and I headed to Burke Lake Park. The weather was absolutely beautiful, as were the leaves, and we had a successful first experience using the Kelty backpack carrier. Bonus: the park was free for the holiday weekend!
Audrey had fun playing in the leaves.
She had to taste them, of course.
Audrey was much more interested in crawling and trying to grab the camera than posing for photos, but we managed to get a few shots of her with mommy.
We headed back outside on Sunday, this time to meet our friend Gabe and a few other people for a walk along the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls.
The first stretch of the trail took us through a quiet path in the woods. On the return trip, we split from our group and opted to follow the towpath back along the canal rather than clambering over the rocky trail. We managed to get a family photo before Audrey fell asleep in the carrier.
Though we generally stayed closer to home this past weekend, we did visit the neighborhood playground, where we practically had to pry Audrey off the teeter-totter. She’s never had so much fun on it before.
The graffiti in the background makes an interesting contrast to the other woodsy settings, don’t you think? I’m thankful that despite living in the middle of a city, we have access to great parks in the area. We’ve really enjoyed helping Audrey to explore them this fall.
A few weeks ago Audrey and I visited my parents and grandmother. It was wonderful having time with family (and getting a much-needed break from cooking/cleaning the house), although we missed Kenji. He was on the West Coast at the same time for a work conference. I’m glad Christmas is only a matter of weeks away (!), when all three of us will get a chance to head north again.
During our recent trip, I cherished every
Somehow the hours, days, and weeks are flying by, and it’s been almost two weeks since I last posted to this blog (alas).
So, to catch you up: Kenji went to San Francisco for an (awesome) interactive design conference…Audrey and I headed up to visit my family…Kenji and I put our condo on the market…we celebrated 30th (and 3-year) birthdays with family…we gave the Kelty baby backpack a test run with two hikes…Audrey started stepping sideways (“cruising”) while holding on to furniture…Audrey and I made new friends…Audrey fell in love with cheese…she had her first cold…I lost my voice…she went back to waking every three hours at night…Kenji and I shared countless smiles, hugs, and giggles with our sweet baby girl.
I have lots of great photos and stories to share but honestly, I’m exhausted from the early morning waking today and the fantastic two-plus hour hike. More soon, I promise.
Halloween is a fun holiday (again) now that we have a little person to dress in cute costumes!
Audrey dressed up as a ladybug (or, as I called her, “cuddlebug”) for her first Halloween. She was adorable!
Thankfully the plush costume was also cozy and warm; it’s gotten really cool here over the past few days.
We celebrated yesterday at a party with my PACE group. It was so fun to see the little kiddos all dressed up. They seemed to be overwhelmed by the staring adults/cameras and/or constrained by their costumes at first because they stayed in the line we sat them in. Perfect for photos!
Audrey partied by studying the other babies, and then showing off her pulling-up skills.
After a nap, we headed to Dupont Circle for the Halloween Baby Parade (yes, that is the official name). We (sort of) lined up for a circle around the fountain. Babies were carried and toddlers walked, gathering candy from parents on the sidelines. Audrey donned her new mittens for the occasion.
It was nice to have some family time before we head off in different directions tomorrow — Kenji to the West Coast for a conference, and Audrey and me to my parents’ house up north.