h.e.h. & baby brother
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We didn’t spend much time talking about names for the baby until it had been at least 3 months. Justin would rather wait to know the sex and only talk about 1/2 the names out there. I would think about it every now and again but not too seriously. About 4 weeks ago at McDonalds after church we actually wrote down two lists, First names and middle names. We have about 8 first names and 4 middle names, nothings really been done with the list since then. We actually spend more time thinking of funny names laying in bed at night than talking seriously.

Yesterday evening while I was making dinner Justin said that he had been coming back over and over to one of the names. I had actually been doing the same so I was VERY curious to hear his pick. When he heard that I had one “picked out” (in a loose way) also, he was nervous to tell me. Then he did and as it seems to work out most of the time with us, it was the same name! SO…maybe we have our name!?! We still have at least 3 months to go so we’ll see if it sticks. We probably won’t tell Haley when we do decide, it wouldn’t be much of a secret after that since everyone around her asks “What is your brother’s name?”. It was fun having one little secret when Haley arrived to tell everyone so we are planning on keeping this name under wraps also! Any guesses?

25 weeks, self portrait 1

25 weeks, self portrait 1

25 weeks Baby Belly portrait 1

25 weeks Baby Belly portrait 1

Equally as cute?? I think so!

Reading with her new "pig tails" Does she look like she could live in "whoville"?

Since H has been able to wear a ponytail, we have been in a constant struggle. I put it in, she takes it out. If she forgets about it, she leaves it in for a great deal longer. Then is seems inevitable that we’ll go downstairs to all the other staff and workers where someone will ALWAYS mention her pony and it’s over, she pulls it out. On Saturday I was looking at her hair in the stroller and thought of a compromise since her hairs been growing recently. We tried it out yesterday for church. It seemed to go over OK and she didn’t notice all morning! So, maybe we have a new hair style to add to the mix!

Our old stand-by, the clip in the hair

Our old stand-by, the clip in the hair

a pony tail every once in awhile

a pony tail every once in awhile

The new side pony tail

The new side pony tail

She loves “the boys” (Mark, Jacob and Taylor ~ 3 boys who’s parents are on staff here too) and I think they love her too! Some recent pics…

Mark & H, sportin the glasses

Mark & H, sportin the glasses

A fun game of dress up with Jacob

A fun game of dress up with Jacob

I have a feeling this phrase will come out of our mouths often over the years, probably with a tear in my eye. The last couple weeks H has really made some big changes in her life, 2 main ones: sleeping in her big bed and starting “school.”

She has taken some time to get used to her big bed and up until 2 nights ago one of us was having to “lay with me?” when she was falling asleep for naps and bed time. She enjoys coming out a few times a night but it is getting less and less. It is a bit interesting that “sleeping in the crib” is not a threat or punishment to her at all. There seem to be nights that she asks for it, knowing she gets better sleep there in a secure environment. We are taking our time and not forcing her to move over and I think it’s working since the crib times are becoming few and farther between. Justin said that wanting to sleep in the crib sounded like something I would have done and I had to agree, I will go for security every time over a bit of uncertainty and I think I passes this on to H.

Her Dora sheets, strawberry blanket, blankie and railing from Opa!

Her Dora sheets, strawberry blanket, blankie and railing from Opa!

Her “school” is a play-school for children who are under kindergarten age (which is 3 years old here) so she is with mainly other 2 year olds. It has been a building process over the last 3.5 weeks as she gets more and more acquainted with the routine. The first 3 visits I went with her, sat in the “mom’s corner” and watched her play. She would check on me and then go play again. The first time I left her was only for 30 min., then 1 hour then 2 hours. Each time the crying was minimal on the front end but when I came to pick her up she would just erupt in tears. It broke me heart to think that she had been holding it in the whole time I was gone, she was so relieved that I had come back. Last week she stayed for 3 hours without crying at all and now she reassures me “mama come back” just like I keep telling her. She’s getting so old…I know she still needs me but it is strange to wonder, what is she doing there? since I am so used to being with her all the time and being a part of her life at each turn. Her two teachers (Sylvia and Petra) speak enough English to bridge the gap with me and communicate but it will be 8 hours a week of German for H so we are expecting to need a translator soon to talk to her! The main routine of the mornings is: Play, crafts & books, set the tables and enjoy snack, ride bikes and sing songs, read a book (usually with a puppet involved) then more play time, going out in the garden if it’s nice outside. They have a “ball pit” and a slide that H seems to really like. We are so happy to have been introduced to this place and thankful that she got a spot this year. The opportunities for her to spend time with kids her age here at the Haus are VERY few and far between so it is a great opportunity for her!

Walking to school

Walking to school

H in the slide/bikes room, also where they sing together

H in the slide/bikes room, also where they sing together

the crafts and snack room

the crafts and snack room

the ball pit that H loves

the ball pit that H loves