h.e.h. & baby brother
watch us grow

Haley and I joined the Vienna Babies Club on Friday. I looked around for english speaking mom’s groups more in our area and we found this group. It’s actually at different people’s houses in Vienna so a bit of a trip for us (including the U-Bahn) but I think it’s going to be worth it. They meet each Friday morning for 2 hours and it seemed to be a great time for Haley to be with some other babies her age. They have over 400 members in Vienna and they group them by the babies age. So, we were with other babies born in the late summer of 2007. There was a lot of diversity in the “english speakers” which was fun and makes all the conversations about jobs, living, babies etc. very interesting. I didn’t bring the camera on our first trip but I’ll try and snap some pictures next time. Haley did really well with the other babies and seemed to like being around them. I also enjoyed being around some other mom’s who were speaking engligh!

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On our trip to IKEA today we stopped and spent some time with Haley in the children’s play area…I have a feeling we will be stopping here EVERY time we go through now! Of course they’d like us to buy something after trying it but as you can see the little rocking Moose she was on is 29.95 Euro (about $45) so, no thanks. (We’ll just use theirs whenever we are in Ikea!)
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Well, it is official, here right now, as we speak, Haley is refusing to eat a food. This is a first! Food has always gone in, not come out with her. Maybe a little spit up when she was a baby but in her “real food” life, she have never once spit anything out or ever taken it out with her hands. She has tried sauerkraut, pickled baby corn (which she LOVES), green olives, lemons etc and never spit them out. Here is a pic of us right now at lunch…about as “live” as it gets. She just reached in there and took the food back out. Can you guess the food??
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We had our 9 month check up today (a┬álittle late). It was our first visit to the Austrian Pediatrician. She was very nice and I really liked her. Haley had a tick vaccination on this visit (not something that is done in the US). After we got back I did my conversions (Kg to lbs and cm to Inch) and put it on the chart that I had gotten from our US dr. Haley is on the charts for height and weight! This is a first! If you are comparing (Julian, G, Kristy, Michelle etc) she weights 23.77 lbs and is 29.55 Inches tall! She’ll be 10 months old in 3 days! It is impossible not to see God’s hand when I look at her each day!

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Haley and I ate exactly the same thing for dinner last night…a first! Spaghetti! She loved it and now I know why it is baby tradition to have a post-spaghetti bath! (We did that right away!)Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

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Today was my dada’s first Father’s day because of ME! So, mama helped me make him a card and we got him some chocolate too! We had a relaxing day together (with 80 other staff and students here at our Haus)! I love spending time with my dada. We laugh together, he shows me how to make funny noises, even if mama looks at him with a sad face, he still lets me taste his ice cream and I love to sit on his lap. If my dada didn’t feel good, I would even let him use Mr. Brown Bear and my blankie! We’ll see but I’m thinking about making “dada” my first official word…Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

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She was pretty proud of herself, although there was nothing in that drawer, it was a sign of things to come!
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1. Haley is on the move! She is working on a mix between the army crawl and a wiggly worm type crawl. It gets her going if she really wants. On Friday for the first time she went from sitting to crawling by herself for the first time. So, I wouldn’t call her mobile quite yet. I think some of her frustration has subsided but she will be so happy when she on her own.

2. She is LOVING the water! She just ended an 8 day swimming streak here at the Haus. It’s nice to have a pool here that we can get in for a little bit if we want and then just walk back home. She tends to try and drink the water if her face gets too close to it but she normally rides in her intertube and has a great time.

3. Haley already loves to hear herself talk! It keeps her up a bit each night and she enjoys it in the mornings too before we go and get her. It seems to range from the quite “talking to herself” to the strengthing of the vocal cords with screaming of words. I think I like it best when she is in the back seat of the car and out come some talking. What is she talking about? The things she sees out the window?

She is doing great here in Austria!Error (ERROR_STORAGE_FAILURE)

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