Wednesday, August 24, 2011

6 months!

I cannot believe half of a year has gone by already. But with this milestone also comes the end of my maternity leave. Next week I will going back to school. While I feel incredibly lucky to have had so much time home with our baby, I'm pretty sad. Gwen and I have created our own little world each day and I have been able to see each "new" thing as it comes. But this is what our family needs to do and I am going to try to make the best of it.

Now onto the happy stuff. A list of Gwen's new tricks!

  • She now has the ability to roll from one end of the room to the other in a matter of seconds. Unless she is being watched constantly she often gets herself stuck under one of the couches in the living room.

  • She can sit up unassisted for about a minute or two before having a full faceplant (see video in previous post).

  • She is eating solid foods! So far she is a big fan of everything we've given her. Avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, applesauce, pears, squash, cereal, and yogurt have all passed the test so far.

  • She babbles away like crazy. So far we've heard "da' and "ga" and the occasional "ma" when she's crying (go figure).

  • She can stand while holding on to our fingers for an indefinite amount of time.

I know we've said this before, but it amazes us how this little person has made our lives better. We laugh more and smile more and are just completely in love with this life that we have created. Happy 6 months Gwenny Bear!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A late 5 month update...

So I know what you are all saying. What happened to the 5 month update? Gwen actually spent her 5 month birthday on the western side of this country during the Haney's first real family vacation. Well the first as a family of 3 anyway.

We started out our trip by flying to Salt Lake City so that Doug could attend some meetings at the offices in Park City. It was Gwenny's first time on an airplane and she did beautifully. We had to chuckle a few times as the seats on the plane filled in around us. We got the same look from most everyone and it pretty plainly said "damn, we're next to an infant". By the end of the flights though we were hearing "Wow, I forgot she was even there" and "I wish my kids had been that good when they were young". Doug and I were pretty proud to say the least.

After a few days in Park City we drove the 7 hours or so to Yellowstone National Park for some car tourism at it's best. We did see wildlife but I just have to say that I love how you can predict the animal you are about to see by the number of cars lined up along the road.

We ended our trip with a very short stop in Jackson, Wyoming to visit our friend Jonathan who took us on a tour of Teton Village. Overall, it was a great trip.

A series we like to call "Who put that baby up there?"

Haney Family Vacation 2011. Next time we should get those matching shirts.

Some scenic shots

Stay tuned for Gwen's 6 month update...

Monday, August 8, 2011


Gwen thinks this - her eight-year-old cousin Kalib - is hilarious. Notice his t-shirt says "Why are we here?"