Friday, June 29, 2007

Break on through to the other side

Yesterday, Haven's first tooth poked through at the front of her lower gums.  She was clearly very aware of it.  For the past 2-3 weeks she has very vigorously gnawed on her and others' fingers whenever she has the opportunity.  Yesterday and today, she still grabs my fingers and puts them in her mouth, but she chews on them very tentatively, and mostly tries to avoid using the tooth area.  I don't think she is trying to be kind.  I assume that the experience of having the tooth is weird, and it is less comfortable to gnaw with it than on the gums part.

Monday, June 25, 2007

In the Corner

Haven got herself into this corner.  We are not sure if it was a self-imposed time-out or interest in testing the structural integrity of the house.  The behavior suggests the latter.  I love this clip as a comparison to clips from 1 and 2 months ago.  Select a couple older ones at random and compare the subtle improvements in her socibility and the dramatic improvements in her balance (sitting up), dexterity (grabbing the soother), and active engagement in exploring the environment (err, scratching the wall?).  Okay, she may not be genius caliber, but her grin at the end had Bethany and I replaying the clip a few times.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Time to nerf the house

Right before the Europe trip, Haven got up on all fours a couple of times. In Europe, she mastered this talent getting up at every opportunity. She has not, however, broached the next steps of crawling behavior. Clearly, she is right on the verge.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


After 1,035,567 kisses from her parents, Haven starts 'kissing' back.  


Since birth, Haven has been very responsive to tactile experience.  Not surprisingly perhaps, she turns out to be very ticklish.  This is very fun for mom.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Six months in Stockholm

Stockholm is beautiful.  The weather is perfect, and Haven discovered grass.  She loves it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

First Crawl

While packing for Paris, Haven engineered her first crawl.  She has been building up to this for a couple of weeks.  She mastered pushing up her upper torso and head.  Then, a few days ago she finally figured out how to use her legs to elevate her stomach, if only for a moment.  This afternoon, she elevated her stomach and slid back into a crawling position.  She seemed pretty surprised about it herself and collapsed.  Five minutes later she was back in the position and, this time, managed to lunge forward before collapsing.  In a unanimous vote, judges deemed it the official first crawl.  Unfortunately, the event was not recorded for posterity.  Instead, you get this:

I'm ready for Paris

We leave for our Europe trip tomorrow.  First to Stockholm for a conference, and then to Paris for vacationing.  Haven is ready.