A photo for you by Kathryn. Wardrobe c/o Nana - definitely one of her coolest outfits. Naomi is sporting the ice cream cone today to celebrate Kathryn's birthday!
This video is on the longish side, but I just have to share a peek at our snuggle monster. She has to try out new textures with her thumb in her mouth. It's a fun game for mom & dad. For Naomi, it's just...necessary.
New sunglasses and hat. How cute is this? She was "rediscovering" her hands through the tint...it was awesome. I think she hates them, but she also doesn't like the bright sun, so we'll see how much use they get.
All of a sudden, she's changing daily, like the first 3 months. She started having opinions! She desperately wants to stay awake, to taste adult food, to feed herself, and may not want you to take away her toy. She still doesn't like tummy time, but she's making the best of it... Let's get moving!
Happy 6 month birthday to Naomi = Big girl food! Rice cereal was fine and so are peas!
I'll have what you're having! Did I mention she has teeth?!
After not being entirely keen on the pool in Texas, I thought it would help if I got her a better bathtub (the old one was foldable and didn't support her well). It only took one try and she was LOVING it. I offered her toys, but she was so excited about the splashing that she had no interest. Here's our little water animal:
No question this little baby is loved by her Texas Nana and Papa.
Nana watched Naomi and mom & dad took off for Tyler to do some shopping for outdoor wedding apparel. There we were - on the open road - in a pickup truck - listening to classic country - and eating Chick-Fil-A.
This is Naomi's new trick, well sort of an old trick applied to a new object. She's also big on trying combos of thumb + whatever else (bottle, shirt, etc). The day is coming when she falls madly in love with her blankie.
I had to make sure she got into this ADORABLE dress from Linda and Ray Wingerd (Julie's mom and dad-in-law). Here's how our photo session went...
Sometimes I'm not sure if she's discovering her hands by putting them in her mouth or discovering her mouth by sticking her hands in there. I'm sure she'd stuff more things in her mouth if she were more coordinated (thank goodness). Mmm, ruffles are good!
Warning, God is discussed here today. In case you haven't noticed, this blog generally takes the form of the "Hardy minutes" or factual updates with minimal commentary or opinion (for a diverse audience more interested in baby photos than in my/our opinions/beliefs). Today's big update ventures beyond neutral territory, into the realm of faith. Before I believed that God existed, discussion about God, Jesus, and Christianity was both intriguing and uncomfortable. I don't like to make people uncomfortable, but for our beloved friends and family outside the Christian community, I do want to provide the opportunity to understand the significance of this event in our lives.
So, yes, Naomi was BAPTIZED (!!), and Ricky & I made our biggest promises yet since our wedding vows. The baptism itself is a seal of her incorporation into the body of Christ (the Church). It doesn't mean that she necessarily believes in God (yet), so it relies instead upon Ricky and my belief and promises. Being a parent has many lofty responsibilities, but this is by far the greatest. Here is what we promised:
-To dedicate Naomi to God
-To bring her up in the Christian faith
-To pray with and for her
-To teach her the doctrines of the Christian faith
-To read the Bible with her
-To strive by all the means of God's appointment to bring her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
Satisfying the question of whether or not God exists was the most fulfilling experience in my life. God's goodness is too often obfuscated by his followers (Christians - flawed individuals in need of forgiveness) or not sought out because of pride (I'm fine on my own; I can make up a better system; I don't need it.). I hope and pray that Naomi overcomes these obstacles and finds God too.
For anyone that wants to know more. I suggest 3 books with authors far more eloquent than me:
- Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (A primer on Christianity and methodical approach to weighing arguments for and against it)
-The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (A journalist searching for evidence for and against Jesus as the Messiah)
-The Bible (A complete work!)
Seek with all your heart and you will find: "But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul." -Deut 4:29
This is my favorite doll ever. Dress up has never been so much fun (for me).
Unfortunately, this blurry one was my best motion shot, but look at that leap.
She's been jumping higher by the week, and going barefoot gave her the added grip for some serious hang time.
I'm sad to say that it's back to work for me on Monday.
This little girl is getting more curious by the minute, which means it's harder for plain old mom to entertain her. The MAJOR silver lining is that this is helping to push me out the door and leave her with new friends, Kathryn and Hada.