A super fun age!  Here’s what our baby girl is up to.

  • Love.  Yes, at such a young age, Hazel has found herself deep in it.  Her infatuation is directed and intense; when he is in the room, she only has eyes for him: Miles.  That girl loves her brother and emulates him constantly.  She would follow him to the ends of the earth.  Love.  He is still playing hard to get, but does have great shows of affection at times, even on occasion ones that don’t involve sitting on her.
  • Moving: Hazel is a full time crawler now, and loves to pull up onto her knees or her signature left knee, right foot proposal stance.  She is into a lot, but not nearly as much as when her brother was this age.  Perhaps thats because we still have everything baby-proofed and put away from when he terrorized this place.  Of course, her favorite thing to get into is whatever Miles is into, and her favorite place to go is where Miles goes.  Pretty fun.
  • Communication: We have started signing with Hazel.  Miles is in on the training too, showing her the signs for hungry, more, etc. This morning, she looked very close to signing “more”.  She continues to shake her head for “no”, and say “dada”, and will rock in her chair to communicate yes (like a full body nod).  If Miles comes into the room, or we go to wake him up, she will squeal and blabber to him in excitement.
  • Mellow Yellow: Miles made up colors for each of us in the family and Hazel’s is yellow (she does look fantastic in yellow, gets it from the Bolhouse men Grandpa Bob and Grandpa Jim).  It also works for mellow.  That girl has gone from essentially hating life (and the car and being awake) at one month, to being totally composed in most situations currently.  She’s not one for extremes, meaning she is stingy with smiles and outpouring of excited happiness, but also has had very limited meltdowns or even upset crying.  Note: This is a Stelzer trait as she certainly does not get this reserved nature from her momma.
  • Food: Hazel loves food.  She moved away from so much self-feeding this month and is enjoying every combination I can come up with from potato-pea-mint mash to baby mujadara. I couldn’t even say what her favorite is, everything goes neatly down the hatch through a baby bird mouth.  The quantities she can consume are staggering.  She is still meat, dairy, wheat, and egg free at this point, which leaves plenty of options for us to use through her first year (a recommendation from her doctor, due to early food sensitivities through my milk causing congestion and eczema).  She is nursing 4-5 times a day, and I continue to limit my dairy intake for her sake.
  • Sleep: A mother’s obsession.  Things are going really well, all up.  This month, we moved her bedtime back to 7pm so we can all eat dinner as a family.  She has been getting up around 5:30 for milk, then back down until about 6:30.  Morning nap at 8:30, afternoon nap at 1:15.  We are on a really good schedule now.  All sleep happens with the comfort of the pink monkey.
  • And… No teeth, but hair!  A tiny little whisper of blondish overs her entire globe and appears to be coming in quite evenly.  I think I’ll miss the baldness, it’s so clean and sweet.  She loves swimming (especially after you-know-who) and sorting through a toy box.  She loves giving and getting raspberries.  Such a joy right now.