Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Amelia turned 7 months old today, and she surprised us this past weekend by crawling over to the coffee table and pulling herself up to standing. She is also crawling all over the house now, and we have to watch her closely, since now it takes mere seconds for her to get into trouble.

We are off to the US on Friday, so wish us luck on our long flight from Frankfurt to Portland, and we are looking forward to seeing some of you in Oregon, DC, and NY, and we'll be in touch with the rest of you when we get back.
In the meantime, here is a little Amelia video to tide you over:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Next steps

As the rivers keep moving towards the sea, and the spring flowers are once again brightening the land around me, each day brings additional healing and peace into my heart.

Amelia has been keeping us quite busy as this was a month of leaps for her, and now it takes an ever watchful eye to keep her out of mischief. She stared the month of March with the arrival of her second tooth, and shortly thereafter was introduced to the joy of the new tastes and textures that solid food can bring. So far she loves banana, and anything mixed with banana goes down with gusto. She even decided to put her head down on her highchair tray to lick up the leftovers when it was banana, we decided she must have learned her manners from her four legged siblings, Blaze and Tazzy, who view licking things off the floor as a normal part of everyday life.

In addition, she is now able to sit on her own, and just last week she made her first attempts at actual crawling rather then just scooting or pivoting in place. She still looks a little uncoordinated, with exagerated movements of her arms and not always sure what order to move her legs in (and sometimes they both go together), but she is starting to become confident that she can see something she wants to get to, and just go there. She also is trying to pull herself up and stand on her own, she doesn't have the muscles for it yet, but this is one determined little girl, so I don't think it will be long before she can do that too.

Click here for a few more photos of her milestones this month.