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Happy Halloween!

First Halloween!

First Halloween!

Today is Grace’s first Halloween.  She’s not really sure about all of the strange people dressed up in funny costumes, and she feels that all the doorbell ringing is disruptive.  She does know that her Mom made her wear a stupid hat as a part of her costume, but Grace was very good natured about the whole thing.

Our little Ghostie!

Our little Ghostie!

Not only did Grace have a cute little Halloween outfit, but she had not one, but two Halloween costumes.  One was an egg and was made by Erin’s friend Aimee and was unfortunately a little to small for our growing girl (more than likely because she was in the 95% for length and 90% for weight at her last doctor’s appointment).  Grace only went to one house as a part of her trick-or-treating (dressed as a pumpkin) but she was invited inside and admired by our neighbor Steve and his wife Tonya and their friends.  Steve and Tonya’s son Colin was dressed as a ganster and was careful not to ‘smoke’ around the baby (he had a light up cigar that he didn’t put in his mouth for the picture because he knew that baby’s shouldn’t be around secondhand smoke).

Just Hatched!

Just Hatched!

Cutest jack-o-lantern on the block

Cutest jack-o-lantern on the block

Colin the gangster

Colin the gangster

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So the car is packed with Grace’s bouncy chair, her travel bath chair, her co-sleeper (much smaller than the pack n play) and about 15 little outfits for 2 days.  I still need to gather up her medicine, vitamins and a few other odds and ends, but for the most part, we’re ready to go.  I have the Swaddlepotomus for when she gets fussy and two different carriers just in case.  I have 5 passies so that I should never be without one.  I’m still a little nervous about this trip in the car, but it will be great to see GG & the other Parry’s.

Grace is taking this opportunity while I’m packing like a crazy person to snuggle with her great Aunt Jenny and be as cute as possible.  Think good thoughts for us as we travel, and we will be offline until Halloween unless we find that my grandmother’s neighbors have bandwidth I can ‘borrow’.

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Grace is very happy that the stream of family visitors has continued with a visit from her great grandma Emmy and great Aunt Jenny are here for a quick visit on her way to Greenville to help Emmy pack up.  Grace hopes for one more visit from them before Emmy’s big move on November 5.

Grace is really sad that her Daddy is gone to Orlando, but hopes that he’ll bring her fun presents.  She’s also a little nervous about going to Charlottesville tomorrow to visit her other Great grandmother, Ginny.  She’s been in a car for a long period of time once before, but had Mommy & Daddy to keep her company.  Mommy is planning several stops on the way to Virginia in hopes of getting there without to many tears.

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Family time!

With Gammie & MB

With Gammie & MB

 Grace was vey happy to see her Robinson grandparents again today.  Gammie did a great job feeding her and Grace loved the nap in her arms.  Grace hopes that all of the Robinsons will come back to visit her soon!

I love Pee-Paw

I love Pee-Paw

  

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Carolina girls-- best in the world!

Carolina girls-- best in the world!

Grace is so excited to meet the Nashville Robinsons!  Aunt Cathy & Grace’s only cousin, Mary Bedford, arrived from Nashville yesterday. Much cooing and adoration was in store, and Grace even smiled once or twice in honor of our guests.

Grace is excited to head to Chapel Hill today so that Aunt Cathy (a *HUGE* UNC fan), cousin Mary Bedford and Daddy can all see the Boston College football game.   Grace is not so sure that she’d like football, but thinks that Chapel Hill is a cool place and so is looking forward to checking out campus.  Go Heels!  (In the picture, Grace is showing her disappointment that she didn’t get her own ticket to the ball game.)

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At the Fair

On the fairway

On the fairway

One of the great joys of fall in North Carolina is the State Fair.  There is all kinds of good food to eat and lots of fun things to see like cows and goats and chickens, and best of all; racing pigs!  We took our annual trek to the fair so that Erin could have funnel cake and see all of the crafts and rides (we didn’t try any– if it can be taken apart in under 3 hours, you just can’t be sure how sturdy it is, really…).  We did see a poodle show, hear some music, see the animals and eat tasty food.  A good time was had by all, and we started a tradition of having Grace’s silhouette cut out at the Village of Yesteryear.  Now it’s officially fall.

Home of the racing pigs

Home of the racing pigs

Pot bellied pig race

Pot bellied pig race

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Grace Voted.

Our good citizen

Our good citizen

We asked for a third ballot, but Grace couldn’t get one.  The voting official said that she could have one 18 years from now though.  Perhaps Jenna Bush will run for office.

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ID, please

Emma Grace Robinson is recognized by the US Government.  We have the documentation to prove it.  She has her very own number which will follow her on applications for college, employment, passports and gracious knows what else.  I find it funny that the documentation in her social security card clearly told us that she is not to sign her social security card until she is 18 or until she takes her first job, whichever comes first.  Of course, when Greg saw the card and saw the signature portion, he offered to help Grace write her name for the first time…

So welcome to a world of forms and the like little one.  I’m guessing that her official birth certificates will be arriving in the mail any day now.  Of course, she won’t need those until she either changes her name or wants to get married (or, I suppose she needs the birth certificate when she gets married in case she wants to change her name?).  I guess that we’ll need one when she starts school.  While the government might see her as a number, I see her as a sweetly sleeping baby dozing on her Daddy’s chest, oblivious to the implications of those 9 numbers that will signify her for the rest of her life.

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Today, I came home and found Grace under a blanket.  Erin had draped one over her to keep her warm while Erin was close by.  I walked towards the couch, and I saw these little blue eyes tracking me as I approached.  She was kinda peeking out from under the blanket (it covered her nose to her ankles).  I knelt down beside her and placed my finger to my pursed lips (“shhh!”).  Erin looked over to see what was going on.  I whispered, “There’s a little person on our couch!”

Either Grace understands English at 6 weeks or she just spontaneously smiled.  Fun with mom and dad….

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Daddy's little girl

Daddy's little girl

a bottle with Daddy
A bottle with Daddy

Today Grace was able to enjoy some of Daddy’s home cooking.  Well, okay, I guess you can’t really say that he cooked it, but he did warm it up, and Grace enjoyed the bottle that Daddy gave her.  She also enjoyed the nap that they took together.  She now even has a pacifier that clearly shows that she is, in fact, ‘Daddy’s little girl’.  The admiration goes both ways and I want to find a bib for Greg that says something like “Grace’s ring” ’cause he’s wrapped so tightly around her little finger already…  I mean, you have to have someone pretty well under  your spell for them to coo about wiping your bottom.

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Communications

Based on my experience with this young lady, I’ve decided that the most authentic communications are non-verbal.  Happiness, Urgency, Love, Frustration, Determination, Impatience, Gratitude, and Wonder.

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Is that a dimple?

Is that a dimple?

Today I learned that some people can smile after they vomit.

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Swaddlepotamus

Swaddlepotamus

Swaddlepotamus and 'I love Grandma' bib

Grace still sometimes needs a little help calming herself from time to time and fortunately swaddling blankets help with this.  They are basically baby straitjackets, but the are miracle workers.  The one that she’s wearing in this picture is a Kiddipotamus brand and due to a slight communication error the name Swaddlepotamus emerged.  I have decided that a swaddling blanket of some sort will be my standard shower gift from here on out.

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Boo on acid reflux!

So Grace has been spitting up a lot lately, and fussing while she’s eating so we went to the doctor today and found out that she likely has baby acid reflux.  The doctor gave as a perscription for what amounts to baby Zantax and said that it should take a week to 10 days, but that Grace *should* start feeling better soon.  The good news is that she’s still gaining weight well– she’s up to 10 lbs. 10 oz. and has begun to sleep 3-4 hour stretches at night in her cradle with very little fussing until it’s time to eat.  She’s also started to take baby vitamins; although she seems to spit back as much as she swallows.  So boo on acid reflux, but yay for our healthy, growing girl.

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Here is a picture from when Grace was a week old (well actually only 5 days old) with Jessica Bear.  She does *not* look amused.

Grace & Jessica

Grace & Jessica 9.14.08

Here is Grace today with Jessica– can you see the difference?

Grace & Jessica 5 weeks

Grace & Jessica 5 weeks 10.14.08

My favorite part of this one is Grace’s smile… 🙂

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