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I didn't realize how Maya had gotten so good at going up the stairs. We went to Grandma Becky's one day and Maya went all the way up the stairs. Here is a preview of her progress with one step at Grandpa Mac's house. What I'm not ready for this!

First pictures of Imaya outside.


While we were in Missouri visiting Daddy, I decided to go outside for some pics. It was a little bit windy, so we needed to leave our jackets on. But who could resist taking pictures in Maya's beautiful lamb coat she got! It is just too precious. I love it even more after we washed it because it really looks like matted lamb skin...too cute!
I want to take a quick moment to point out Maya's cute, adorable eyebrows. It is so fun to watch her facial expressions. She is just like mommy, if she is mad, you will know by her eyebrows!



Maya loves her eating times.
Ever since Maya was a little baby she has enjoyed eating. It seems that she can't get enough food. I have had to learn how to distract her after her meal is completed so she doesn't cry. Usually at night, I will feed her half a container of veggies and half of desert. Yummy...momma loves part of the meal. Sometimes, there is no meal...just desert. Anyway, after the meal Maya will need to have her pacifier, eat some sweat potato or cheddar puffs, or play a game. Then, usually before bed Maya will have another three ounces of milk to drift her off to sleep. The other night when I was snuggling with her I hear her giggling. I wonder what babies dream of? Bottles and Cheese puffs? If we only knew!
Started eating pureed foods: 6 months
Started eating table food: 7 months
Started drinking from a sippy cup with help: 7 1/2 months
Figured out how to drink out of sippy cup by herself: 8 months
Sat in high chair at restaurant: 8 months
Used high chair at home: 6 months

I don't know how I missed it...

The other day I realized that Maya has been pushing herself up to a sitting position. I remember awhile back when she still had her arm propping her up...but I guess I missed when she officially was able to sit up herself. There are so many moments that I guess I just missed that, I have been camera crazy lately so I don't miss anymore!!
Maya loves to look out the window. Since it has been so nice the last couple of nights, Maya has been looking out the patio door watching all the kids ride their bikes back and forth. I should have taken her outside today but by the time groceries were put away it was time to start settling down. Can't wait until the weekend so we can go for a walk!

This evening the fun event was the kitchen...yeah! Not exactly sure how you keep kids out of cupboards that don't have handles. Maybe I'll have to look into that one!
Maya is almost 9 months old. OMG...where did the time go. She is a lot more chatty now than a month ago. dadadada is her favorite. I'm trying mamamam...but that doesn't come out quite so easily. I have noticed that if you say ya, she will usually respond with something that sort of sounds like ya. It is kind of cute because recently her big cousin Jackson has starting saying ya. Not sure that his momma is too excited about this as you hear yes, Jackson, yes shortly following the "ya." Too cute. Big cousin Jackson has become Maya's best buddy. Jackson started attending daycare with Maya and second cousin Nolan and Grady about a month ago. I like to think that Jackson is Maya's bodyguard at daycare. I do have to say how cool it is that Maya goes to daycare with her cousins. Something that I never got to do...jealous. Who wants to sit and play with cousins all!!

Maya's a big girl now!


Look at me...I can sit in a high chair.
This was actually the second time she sat in a high chair but momma forgot her camera yhe first time. I have to say it is so much fun for her to sit up and interact with us at the table! I am still really leery of solid foods so we are still eating Gerber graduates at the table.

This whole high chair bring up something that I want to point out to all mom's out there. If a restaurant tries to tip one of these high chairs over to use as a car seat not do it. These high chairs are not level and your baby could easily fall off! I don't know how many times someone tried to bring one for thank you!

Window lighting photo shoot


Maya was watching out the patio doors at a dogie going to the bathroom. It was so cute that I just had to get the camera out. It is moments like this that I am glad that I have my camera.
My camera is my new baby and I bring it just about everywhere I go. I am getting really excited for it to get nice outside so I can take pictures of Maya with the natural light. No flash photography for this girl. Maybe in the future I will get into lights and flashes. It is just so difficult to figure out where to put the lights and etc. Plus, I really like the random posed...light photos.

Maya's new hairdo.
This was accomplished by saturating Maya's hair with water and oil. I just took a water bottle and put a little bit of oil in it. Then, when she was eating a bottle I just started taking small sections and winding them around my finger. The ringlets were much longer before they dried. It look about an hour to dry all the way through. It is best if she doesn't lay on it before they dried...but she didn't quite make it this day.
It doesn't look like Maya's hair is very long here...but it is! I can't wait for her to have beautiful long, curly locks! This was so much fun and looked so cute. I will be doing this hair style more often!

Maya's First Friend Birthday Party


Happy Birthday Riley
Maya was invited to her first burthday party for a friend. I know I was excited...not sure what Maya thought of the whole thing. On Friday, March 5th, Riley Minar, son of Jamie Minar, celebrated his first birthday. The night was filled with birthday cake, presents, and swimming. Yes, Maya had her first bite of frosting. I decided to hold back on the actual cake as I am still very cautious of feeding her table food. Athough, I shouldn't be because everytime she is with grandma Elbert or nana (great grandma McDougall) I get reports of Maya eating lots of table food. Maybe I am not ready for my little girl to grow up yet...I'm not sure. Then, Maya helped Riley open up his presents. Of course, Maya went right for the tissue paper as paper is one of her favorite things. Get her near a magazine, newspaper, toilet paper, or anything of the sort and she is after it. Maya also helped Riley break in all of his new we had to taste them all to make sure they were o.k. to play with. Then, we all headed for the pool. It was Maya's first time in the pool. I think she was unsure of herself as she wasn't too playful as she is in the bathtub. I believe I will be starting swimming lessons this month so I hope she warms up to the water :) We had a great time and can't wait to go to our next party.