Monday, November 28, 2011


We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday, and that you had the chance to remember all of those things for which you are grateful for.

We did.
It's our family.

Here are family pictures we had taken of us.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

I Can Sleep Sam-I-Am

Ali sleeps in a plane, and she could probably sleep in a train.
Ali sleeps sitting up, right before she is woken up.
She usually sleeps here or there,
and she would probably sleep anywhere.

This morning, we found Ali like this...

... and yes she is asleep.
She just learned how to sit up, and 
we guess that she just decided to go back to sleep after sitting up for awhile.

She is a funny girl.

Ali went on her first plane ride two weeks ago to Arizona to visit her Aunt Jill & Kathy and their families.

Ali outside of Birmingham Airport

Waiting to take off
Ali quickly found out the best way to make time pass on the plane...

And like her sleep position this morning she had another way of doing it on the plane as well.

While out in Arizona she waved for the first time and started crawling.
See the videos below.

She has been crawling even more since then. She likes to follow us around the apartment.

She has also started babbling in more sounds than just dada. She makes the sound of b, n, t, s, k, d, m, and a.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Fun

We are doing great!

Ali has crawled for the first time!!!

Jodi and Ali went out to Arizona and as soon as Jodi put Ali down on the floor, she took 3 crawling steps forward. I did not get to see it, but I know I will  get to see much more.

We will get video posted of her steps progressing to crawling soon, but
in the mean time... pictures.

First, Halloween costumes.
We dressed up for our church's fall festival. We decorated our trunk for the Trunk or Treat as Noah's ark and we dressed up as two cows. Ali was a cat... a pink cat.

(Look at those two front teeth.)

Also, Ali, along with her cousins, went to a farm for some fall festivities.

There was a obstacle course.

A Velcro wall.

A HUGE slide.

A LONG slide.

Ali went down with her Uncle Paul.
(Unfortunately, I had to work and missed the fun.)

There was a hay ride.

There was a corn maze.

A "caterpillar" train ride... well, it's actually pulled by a 4 wheeler.

And since it was fall ... 

there were leaves.

And Ali found one. :)

And there were farm animals.

She loved looking and laughing at them all. 

And there were big tires to climb on.... or sit on.

And, a pile of hay...

To jump in.

And like I said... the corn maze.

Ali's cousin, Autumn, had a great time in the maze.

Ali directed mommy where to go in the stroller.

And here is an outfit for you to see just for fun.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

1 Year and Counting

Ali... loving life even more.

Ali went to the doctor this past week to get her synergist shot.
She will get one every month for 5 months... basically during flu and RSV season.
(This is given for RSV, but is only given to high risk children.)

She weighed in at 18 lbs and 8 oz.
She's still growing!

Her hair is coming in too.
Ali has had 2 teeth come in.
Teething wasn't so bad at our house.
There was lots and lots and lots of drool, but other than that not too eventful.

We are grateful for uneventful times.

You can see her teeth here.
Her teeth have come in more so we'll have to post a recent picture later.

Ali has had a cold already this fall but she hardly acted sick at all.
She's such a happy baby!

We recently started putting shoes on her.
She likes shoes... and other people's shoes... and other people's feet.

Future Career: Podiatrist

Ali has really started moving around more over the last couple of weeks.

She can...
rotate in circles
push herself backwards
reach really far
and get up on her hands and knees.

She scooted herself underneath the chair.
She doesn't really like learning to crawl.
She would much rather stand and walk around.

She interacts with people more these days. She and Riley (the other little girl I keep) talk and laugh to each other all the time now.
Ali is also more vocal lately. Talking by way of screaming is becoming a favorite.

Funny story...
Ali was talking to Riley. Ali screamed at Riley (her attempt at communicating her excitement).
Riley crawls away crying because she thought Ali was yelling at her.
I have to explain to Riley that Ali is not so good a communicating just yet.
Then we had a class with Ali... Playtime 101-How to Play Nice.

She is really liking bath time more all the time.

Not sure what she is going for here...
She likes to:
splash mommy
and clap because she splashed mommy and screamed.

Daddy took her to Aldridge Gardens in Hoover with his brother, niece, and dad. They had fun looking at the pretty flowers and spending time together.

Ali is turning 1!

She was amazed at all the people there... there were a lot of people.

She learned how to blow a few weeks before her party, but her cousin Jeffery had to help her blow out the candle.

Our cute birthday girl with mommy and daddy.

We made a chocolate cake and used cool whip for the frosting.
Then we used the fruit that she can eat for decoration.

She got so many fun presents and she loves all her new toys!

She really liked it... maybe too much.

Her birthday is actually Oct. 27th, so...

Happy Birthday to Ali this week!

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