First Solids

Big day at the Jensen house with T's first solids. 

Just chillin' in the Bumbo

Testing out the spoon 

Spoon's a go, now for the good stuff...

Well, at least good for her right?

 Ready and waiting...

 Ready, set...


Maybe it wasn't so bad... 

 Let's do this again tomorrow?

Aunt Sarah in the house

Nothing beats having visitors out here--especially when its family! All of us loved having Sarah out here for a weekend, and felt lucky that she fit it in among all the other things she's doing this summer before her senior year.

We really love Aunt Sarah- and hope that Tillie is like her when she grows up. I love how full of life she is, how much she loves to make others happy, how dedicated she is to things that matter most to her, and that she is the youngest in our family and really keeps us together. I have so many memories of when she was born-I was 11 years old and couldn't believe I finally got a little sister (After three little brothers I couldn't wait). I was so excited that I begged my parents to let us share a room, which we did even through my high school years. I dressed her up, pulled her around, and I think at times thought she was mine. It's so special now to me to see her love my little Tillie.    

From the start of the weekend until the end Tillie was all smiles. Seriously Tillie loved Aunt Sarah-so much so that she even rolled over and laughed for the first time with Sarah!

Since Sarah's only been to NY once we decided we would do a grand tour on Saturday and try to fit in everything we could. Pretty ambitious with 4-month old Tillie-but luckily she had Sarah to entertain her the whole time. The tour looked something like this: Rockefeller Center-MOMA-Staten Island Ferry/Statue of Liberty-Financial District-9/11 Memorial-Chinatown-Little Italy-SoHo-Times Square. She got her money's worth.

A few pics from the day. 

Waiting for the train in to the city

Sarah in Grand Central-still one of my favorite places in the city. 

Waiting for the Staten Island Ferry, Tillie was a hit with everyone in line.

On the ferry on the way over-Sarah insisted on carrying her the whole time

Both so obviously happy

Dave met up with us at the 9/11 memorial, all of us seeing it for the first time. So incredible.

Sarah took Chinese for a few years in high school and so was so excited to get to go to Chinatown. I hope the dried flying lizards, squid, and Buddhist temple gave her a good taste. 

Waiting for Little Italy's "best" cannoli's-so good.

After Lombardi's we headed to Rice to Riches for some quick dessert, where we told Sarah that the night wasn't over-and Dave was sweet to take Tillie so that Sarah and I could go to Mary Poppins

Training back. Long day. 

Sunday after church Sarah and I took a walk to the beach, when we got a text from Dave that said something like, "when are you guys going to get back, Tillie and I want to light some fireworks and want you guys to watch." So funny.

And Tillie was into it.

Thanks for the hairdo Aunt Sarah 

Nicki and I with our mini-me's. 

Loved having Sarah here, hated to see her go. I think we're going to have to do all we can over the years to keep her close as Tillie's role model, and of course to hang with us.

Five Months

5 months? I'm sure experienced moms out there would laugh, but 5 months just sounds so old to me! I decided to celebrate by going to the city and enjoying a Shake Shack burger and fries, and Tillie decided to celebrate by...teething. I can't be totally certain (I'm still pretty new to this whole process you know) but the screaming, drooling, and biting all leave me pretty sure that she's has a tooth breaking in soon. 

Month 5 has definitely brought the most milestones. Two of the big ones came while Aunt Sarah was here visiting--both rolling over and laughing (I think Sarah has been the one to make all the nieces and nephews laugh first actually). 
The giggles are one of my favorite new developments, but there are some other firsts we've noticed:

- A few days ago Dave was blowing "raspberries" on her stomach and she mimicked the noise with her mouth and now does it all the time. She gets a cute little look on her face when she does it like she's so proud of herself for figuring it out.
- She's become fascinated with her toes-and loves them in her hands and in her mouth
- She continues to get new rolls all the time, but is also looking longer to both me and Dave (we both realized the other day that we could see her neck for the first time :)
- She took her first trip overseas (and even has a passport-kind of ridiculous to see that cute little face in a passport)
- She has become totally fascinated with watching us eat. I think I might introduce her to solids earlier than I was originally planning because of all this interest
- She loves to have things on her face-blankets, her doll, pillows. Kind of scary for me the first time I caught her pulling a blanket on her face, and I rushed over to pick it up only to find her smiling and giggling.
- She loves bringing things to her mouth, and it's where every toy ends up
- She's still in the bassinet (pretty much end to end-but still works when she's swaddled), but has moved from tubbing in the sink to a real tub
-Babbles all the time. 
-And last but not least my favorite--she has started to cuddle! I don't think there is anything sweeter to me than when she lays her little head down on my shoulder. Still doesn't happen all the time but I love it every time she does!

 Love that clean baby smell

 Dave calls her his "little grinner."

 My little blueberry eyes

 Not a lot of room left in this bassinet, this should probably be the month she moves to a real crib

I put Tillie down to fix the camera, and looked down to find her gazing right back up at me

This is a look we get often, eyebrows raised with a little inquisitive look. I love her little dimpled chin.

 Loving her toes

 I love that this picture captures her chunk-the ankle and wrist rolls, the double chin, and my favorite cheeks

Love this happy girl. Especially when she's not cutting a tooth!
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