Thursday, July 28, 2016

Paige: 11 Months Old and Taking Steps

RICHLAND, WASH. --  Our little Paige has gathered up the courage to finally start taking steps. She isn't walking, I wouldn't say... that would be much too frightening. But she is taking a step or two here and there.  I think the most we've counted is four steps at a time.  If she takes too many, she likes to hurry and sit herself down and crawl the rest of the way. She took her first steps about a month ago and I thought surely she'd be full on walking by now... but this girl moves at her own pace.

This past month has been filled with traveling and lots of family time.  We headed to Utah earlier this month for a Candrian family reunion in Park City.  It was fun to have family together, even though my little sister and her family weren't there. It doesn't seem to happen very much these days. It's sad to think that Paige is almost a year old and she hadn't even met some of her cousins yet. 

All the cousins in attendance... minus Lincoln who was asleep.

With Grandpa Candrian
With Aunt Brittany
Playing in Grandma and Grandpa Candrian's backyard

Family reunion number two happened this past week at the Oregon Coast with my mom's side of the family... the Thatchers. We grew up going to the Oregon coast with them almost every summer. We spent three days there, and stayed in a beautiful vacation rental in Neskowin, Oregon. Paige loved playing on the beach and digging in the sand. We exhausted both she and Marin out by the end of the weekend. 

Fell sound asleep in grandma's arms 

EATING: Everything. Especially likes fruit and veggies.

SLEEPING: Finally sleeping through the night. Usually.

WEARING: Mostly 12 - 18 month

  • Her second top tooth finally made its appearance this week. For the longest time she just had these three teeth... with just one on the top. It looked kind of goofy. 
  • She is starting to look more like a toddler and less like a baby. 
  • She tries to make some animal noises, though they still don't sound quite like they're supposed to. She now knows what owls, dogs, and cows say. Or at least I know that's what she's trying to say.
  • She likes to search her toy basket for books and then hand me the one she wants to read.
  • She loves the water and will often stick her face in the bathtub, swimming pool or water table to take a drink.
See that fourth tooth finally coming down?

Loves playing with Marin's dolls

Monday, July 11, 2016

Paige: Ten Months Old and a Top Tooth

RICHLAND, WASH. -- Cute little Paige has really got quite the fun personality. She is happy, giggly and likes to chat up a storm. She's also got separation anxiety like you wouldn't believe. If I step anywhere away from her she freaks out like I'm about to head to China or something. 

She finally has a third tooth. Finally. A top tooth decided to show itself a few weeks ago. We keep waiting for the second top tooth to appear, but nada so far. So for now, she is a three-toothed babe! 

  • no doc appointment this month
EATING: The girl loves food. Especially fruit. 

SLEEPING: Still naps twice a day.  Once in the mornings and again around 1ish. She's in bed by 7 usually and sleeps until 4:30 or 5. She goes back to sleep for a few hours after I feed her.  

WEARING: Wears 12-18 generally, with smaller sizes in some things. 


  • Got her first haircut. We put her in the sink, gave her some toys, and I chopped off those long, stringy strands.
  • Words she can say now: Ma, Daddy (sounds like Dah-eee), dog (Da), ball, and just a few weeks ago at church I got her to say Jesus (Jsss). 
  • She likes to crawl off my lap and head toward the nearest exit to try her hand at opening doors. If there is the smallest gap in between a closed door, she will weasel it open and crawl away.
  • She is SO close to taking her first steps. But she's so cautious that she'll stand for a long time and just when you think she'll step forward, she sits instead.
  • It's been this way for a few months, but she DOES NOT hold still if I try to change her diaper. It is the hardest task to complete. 
  • Loves bath time with Marin. She squeals and bounces up and down when we start the water running.

See those stringy strands on the sides? They were getting really bad looking. They had to go.

Despite how the YouTube tutorial depicted, it was actually hard to get her to hold still long enough to even trim off those few strands.

We tried to entertain her in the sink with some toys. It was a challenge. 

LOVES bath time 
My mom made this smocked dress for Marin, but it never fit her at the right season. So, this hand-me-down is brand new.