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Chloe’s Ninth Month

Chloe’s ninth month was a very exciting one because she became much more mobile.  She started going from a seated position to laying on her stomach without falling as well as going from her stomach to sitting.  She also began to crawl!  That was such an exciting time for all of us.  She also began saying “dadadadada” which Daddy is very excited about ;)

Chloe got stuck between some furniture at Grandma and Grandpa Nelsen’s house on her 8 month birthday.  A sign that she’s getting more mobile.  (11/22/2010)

While we were up visiting the grandparents for Thanksgiving, we stopped over to Great Grandma’s house to hang out.  (11/23/2010)

We decided to get professional portraits done for Chloe and before we left, we got a few pictures of her in her cute outfit.  Here she is sitting in the same chair that Daddy played with when he was a kid.  (11/24/2010)

Here are the professional pictures that were taken.  (11/24/2010)

Grandpa and Chloe having a fun time.  (11/26/2010)

Chloe begins moving from the seated position to laying down on her tummy with a fair amount of ease for the first time.  (11/30/2010)

We tried giving Chloe a big glass to drink from and by the end of the video, she does get some water, but it goes down the wrong pipe.  (12/02/2010)

Chloe sure loves playing in her Jumperoo.  (12/04/2010)

Chloe loves anything technology related!  (12/04/2010)

We got together with our friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Here Chloe is enjoying some play time with Gavin, Jess and Cass (the dog).  (12/05/2010)

Jrome surprised Chloe with a wooden rocking horse that he made.  He did a very nice job on it and it was an awesome gift!  (12/05/2010)

Having fun during bath time.  (12/07/2010)

Again, anything tech related, Chloe wants to get her hands on.  (12/09/2010)

We got together with some friends to watch football and Chloe wanted to have some beer too.  Unfortunately, beer is a little bit different than milk.  (12/12/2010)

Here you can see Chloe getting real close to crawling. She gets up on all fours pretty well and kind of lunges forward. It won’t be too much longer and she’ll be crawling around all over the place.  (12/13/2010)

Here is Chloe baby talking up quite a storm as she works on filling her diaper. Hey, even though pooping is hard work she can make it a fun experience!  (12/13/2010)

After trying to crawl multiple times, she finally crawls for the first time trying to get to a PS3 controller! At first we didn’t know whether or not to officially make the call that she started crawling, but we decided to make it official after shooting the video.  (12/15/2010)

Chloe shows off crawling again. It turns out PS3 controllers are a good way to bribe her to crawl because she loves them. She also can’t resist the network cable strung across the floor.  (12/15/2010)

Here is Chloe sitting down baby talking up a storm before she crawls over to the Christmas tree to check out the presents.  (12/17/2010)

Messy face.  (12/19/2010)

Christmas Tree

We went to a nearby Christmas Tree farm to get our tree this year.  We decided to get a precut tree this year because it was really cold and Chloe probably wouldn’t have really enjoyed the “cut your own” experience.

Here we are at the tree farm.  (12/08/2010)

Here is Chloe playing with the Christmas lights while Mom was testing them out.  (12/09/2010)

Mom decorating the tree.  (12/10/2010)

The tree is up and decorated!  (12/17/2010)

Thanksgiving

We spent some time with the grandparents for Thanksgiving this year and had a great time.  Here is a nice family picture on Thanksgiving Day.  (11/25/2010)

Here is Chloe baby talking and making a bunch of noises.  (11/25/2010)

Chloe’s Eighth Month

We had a really fun time with Chloe this month.  One of the big things she did was mumble mumamumamuma.  It looks like Mom was in fact the first word she said :)  She also learned how to kiss us on the cheek which was really cute.  Baths became much easier this month too because Chloe started sitting up on her own in the bathtub.

Here are some pictures of Chloe and Daddy on her 7 month birthday.  (10/22/2010)

Chloe having fun playing in a cardboard box.  (10/23/2010)

Dad got a bloody nose working on the job.  Sometimes when Chloe gets those small, sharp finger nails where they shouldn’t be, it can really hurt.  (10/25/2010)

Chloe started being more mobile around this time.  Here are a few pictures showing her rolling to get things that she wants.  She also started turning in circles on her belly to get where she wanted to go as well.  (10/28/2010)

She also began getting up on all fours and rocking forward and backwards.  She was definitely trying to start crawling.  (10/28/2010)

Such a cute smile!  (10/28/2010)

Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Adam visited our house over the weekend to celebrate Dad’s birthday.  It looks like Chloe is really enjoying the attention from Grandpa and Adam.  (10/30/2010)

A nice picture of Chloe and Grandma!  (10/30/2010)

Adam enjoying evening bottle time with Chloe.  (10/30/2010)

Chloe having fun with the rings.  (11/05/2010)

After trying to get Chloe to eat some baby cereal, we gave her a wash cloth and she seemed to really enjoy that.  (11/05/2010)

Daddy and Chloe are playing and she gets into a laughing fit while being tickled.  (11/08/2010)

A cute picture of Chloe relaxed after drinking a bottle of milk.  (11/09/2010)

Chloe trying out some peas. She doesn’t seem to dislike them too much!  (11/09/2010)

Eating baby cereal is way too much fun!  (11/10/2010)

Daddy is proud of his little girl reaching for the laptop ;)  (11/13/2010)

Kids are reading at early ages nowadays.  (11/13/2010)

Here Chloe is showing off her swim move (on land that is). Chloe also gets tickled by Daddy.  (11/14/2010)

We tried!  (11/15/2010)

Chloe’s Seventh Month

When Chloe turned six months old we decided to start feeding her baby food instead of just milk.  Her first meal was carrots, yum!  At first she was accepting of it, but she got really tired of it soon after as you can tell in the pictures and video.  (09/26/2010)

One noteworthy accomplishment that Chloe started doing around this time was sitting up well on her own.  She’s such a happy girl!  (09/28/2010)

Grandma Nelsen came down to visit for a few days which gave Kristen some time to work on painting Chloe’s bedroom.  (09/29/2010)

Chloe getting a snooze on Grandma.  (09/29/2010)

Here’s another example of Chloe sitting up on her own while she is playing with her toys.  (10/01/2010)

Chloe riding Mommy’s shoulders, but as it turns out Mom should get hazard pay because she gets both pooped and spit up on!  (10/01/2010)

Here is Chloe demonstrating her sitting skills while playing with the stackable rings.  (10/02/2010)

Chloe and Mom went outside to do a little photo shoot in our front yard.  (10/07/2010)

Grandma and Grandpa Hanson visited over the weekend.  Chloe is enjoying being read to.  (10/09/2010)

We went to a friend’s house to watch a Packer game.  Chloe is such a good Packer fan!  (10/10/2010)

Another one of Chloe’s accomplishments around this time was that she started inching towards and reaching for objects while on the floor.  Here’s a great shot of her trying to grab Mommy’s phone.  (10/12/2010)

Chloe enjoying her musical toy while sitting on Daddy’s lap.  (10/12/2010)

Daddy is making Chloe laugh hysterically at the dinner table by throwing a cloth diaper up in the air.  Sometimes Dad can be quite the entertainer.  (10/14/2010)

Chloe is kind of a picky eater, but one thing she really seems to enjoy is bananas.  (10/16/2010)

We did another photo shoot of Chloe in her pretty dress.  (10/18/2010)

Here Mom continued the photo shoot the next day, I believe because Chloe lost patience the day before :)  (10/19/2010)

It looks like Chloe has learned to un-velcro her diaper cover.  This is where diaper changes become a little more challenging.  (10/20/2010)

Pumpkin Patch

We decided to take Chloe on her first pumpkin patch experience.  We walked around the field and picked out a couple pumpkins.  Chloe seemed to enjoy looking around and taking in the scenery.  (10/16/2010)

Camping at Newport State Park

The three of us went camping with all of our friends at Newport State Park which is in Door County Wisconsin on the coast of Lake Michigan.  This was Chloe’s first camping trip and she seemed to have a blast.  We spent the first afternoon there hiking back to our remote campsite.  It rained the first full day of camping so we tried to stay dry and warm.  Luckily we had built a shelter the night before so we could hang out together without getting wet.  The weather was fairly dry, but cool during the rest of the trip.

Here is Daddy holding Chloe in the baby carrier.  You can also see the cute hat that our friend Jenni made for Chloe.  (09/24/2010)

Chloe already wants to try beer at 6 months old!  (09/24/2010)

Here we all are getting ready to cook some breakfast over the campfire.  (09/24/2010)

We had heard that we were going to get a lot of rain the first day we were camping so we built a shelter right away.  It was a good idea because it rained nonstop the next day.  (09/24/2010)

Later in the afternoon on the second day we were camping, we all took a hike along the coastline of Lake Michigan.  (09/24/2010)

The weather got cooler so we bundled Chloe up in her snowsuit.  Doesn’t she look cute!  (09/25/2010)

Chloe was so cozy, she fell asleep on Daddy next to the campfire.  (09/25/2010)

During a nice afternoon, we all took a long hike on the state park’s trails.  (09/25/2010)

Here are all of us on the hike.  (09/25/2010)

When nature calls we have to attend to the diaper!  (09/25/2010)

Here is Chloe having fun with Jenni.  (09/25/2010)

Chloe relaxing while we are packing up to go home.  (09/26/2010)

It’s hard work watching Mom and Dad pack.  (09/26/2010)

Chloe’s Sixth Month

Here is Chloe and our friend Jess on her 5 month birthday.  (08/22/2010)

Chloe is showing Daddy her new set of teeth.  (08/22/2010)

Here is Chloe during a hysterical laughing fit when Mommy is shaking a frozen quesadilla.  Man, she is so cute!  (08/23/2010)

This is an example of how Chloe buzzes her lips when she is frustrated or angry.  It’s really hard to take her seriously when she does this!  (08/23/2010)

Chloe playing with her feet during a diaper change.  (08/25/2010)

Chloe has definitely mastered jumping on her own in her Jumperoo. This time she has a laughing fit when Mommy starts clapping for her.  It is so funny!  (08/26/2010)

During Chloe’s sixth month she started sitting up with assistance.  Here are a few shots of her in action.  (08/29/2010)

In this video, Chloe really goes to to town spinning the little toy on her Jumperoo.  (08/31/2010)

Goofing around with toys.  (09/01/2010)

Cute picture of Chloe and Daddy.  (09/01/2010)

Chloe gets a kick out of one of her toys when it falls off her head.  (09/01/2010)

Cuddling after bath time.  (09/02/2010)

Chloe sitting on Daddy.  (09/06/2010)

What a big smile!  (09/07/2010)

Exhausted after a hard day of playing.  (09/08/2010)

We visited Grandma and Grandpa Nelsen for a weekend.  Here is Grandpa making Chloe laugh.  (09/11/2010)

Chloe having a laughing fit when being tickled by Daddy.  (09/11/2010)

Grandpa just can’t put Chloe down.  (09/12/2010)

What a happy little girl!  (09/12/2010)

Hanging out in the swing.  (09/15/2010)

Chloe and Daddy reading during their bedtime ritual.  This is Chloe’s favorite book Fluffy Baby Animals.  (09/18/2010)

Mommy making faces at Chloe.  (09/19/2010)

Chloe’s first Packer game!  She seemed to really enjoy watching the game.  She’s a Packer fan through and through.  (09/19/2010)

Chloe is zonked out with paci while being held by Daddy.  When she was 5.5 months old she was able to put the paci in her mouth by herself for the first time.  (09/21/2010)

Chloe’s Fifth Month

Chloe had a big fifth month because two of her teeth came in!  Her bottom central incisors popped out four days apart from each other.  Her first teething experience didn’t seem so bad (at least Chloe didn’t cry or fuss too much).  As the teeth came in, she actually seemed in pretty good spirits.  Chloe also started splashing in the bath; a sign she is starting to enjoy it.  She started buzzing her lips together.  Sometimes she would do this just for fun, but it seem that most of the time she did it when she was frustrated or upset.  Man, it’s so cute when she does that when she’s upset, we can’t help but laugh.

These are pictures of Chloe on her 4 month birthday.  (07/22/2010)

Chloe is just chilling out in the swing baby talking with Daddy.  (07/23/2010)

Here is Chloe hanging out with the little teddy bear that Great Aunt Mary gave her.  (07/24/2010)

Looking cute in her pink dress!  (07/26/2010)

This is a short video of Chloe conversing while on her diaper changing table.  (08/01/2010)

:P  (08/04/2010)

Admiring her tiny hand.  (08/04/2010)

Daddy is carrying Chloe outside in the baby carrier.  She loves it!  (08/05/2010)

Chloe is happy to be hanging out with Daddy.  (08/08/2010)

Here is Chloe laughing at Grandpa’s funny faces.  It’s so cute when she does that high pitched squeak when she laughs.  (08/08/2010)

Drinking milk is such hard work.  Poor Chloe!  (08/09/2010)

Chloe is having lots of fun playing in her Jumperoo. Boy was this toy a good investment! Here she is starting to bounce on her own.  (08/09/2010)

Mommy gave her a carrot to chew on.  It seemed to be a great teething toy.  (08/10/2010)

Here is Chloe after her first tooth popped through.  She’s definitely still in good spirits so that is cool!  (08/10/2010)

Chloe began to drool quite a bit and liked chewing toys to comfort herself as teething started.  (08/11/2010)

Another video of Chloe playing in her Jumperoo.  This time she is actually spinning the little spinner toy by herself.  (08/12/2010)

Here is Chloe really contorting her body attempting to crawl.  She was able to reach out and grab her toy, but not crawling quite yet.  It’s cute how she balances on her stomach and flails her arms and legs.  (08/13/2010)

She is making faces.  Almost looks like she ate a lemon.  (08/15/2010)

Chloe is thoroughly entertained by Grandpa Nelsen.  (08/15/2010)

Mom did an outdoor photo shoot in our front yard.  It was a nice, warm summer day.  As you can see, Chloe found her feet for the first time.  (08/16/2010)

Chloe is being a real chatter bug in her swing.  She’s having fun just relaxing and taking it all in.  (08/16/2010)

Here is a really cute video of Chloe buzzing her lips and making bubbles.  So precious.  (08/17/2010)

Our friend, Libby, met Chloe for the first time and they had a good time together.  (08/21/2010)

Ozaukee County and Wisconsin State Fairs

We decided to check out the Ozaukee County Fair in Cedarburg.  It was a pretty small and simple fair, but just perfect for us.  We took Chloe to see all of the farm animals and she seemed to like them for the most part.  We also indulged in some good fair food like corn dogs and cheese curds.

Here is Chloe and Mommy at the sheep pens.  (07/28/2010)

All of the sheep started “baaing” at the same time and freaked Chloe out pretty good.  I think she was a little overwhelmed.  (07/28/2010)

Chloe seemed to enjoy the rabbit area.  Since Mommy grew up with rabbits, we thought it was only appropriate to get a picture by some.  (07/28/2010)

Here is Chloe and Daddy with all the fair goodness in the background.  (07/28/2010)

Our friend, Lisa, and her daughter came over to visit and we all went to the Wisconsin State Fair.  Again, we looked at a bunch of animals and had a really good time.

Chloe and Daddy after walking through the cow exhibit.  (08/05/2010)

We stopped to take a break and to eat some snacks and decided it was a good time for a photo op.  (08/05/2010)