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[Kerean] The happiest baby on planet earth is now five months old! Kira, affectionately called KiKi by her big sister, is truly the world’s happiest baby. I don’t think it’s possible for a baby to be happier so it only stands to reason that Kira is the happiest and therefore easiest of all babies.

Whenever we take her anywhere, it’s inevitable that we are asked (usually by other parents with babies and/or small kids), “does Kira ever cry?” Our even-tempered, giggly baby has spoiled us rotten! Don’t tell anyone that she is also a great sleeper because then she’ll just be too perfect!

In this post I am adding both her four- and five-month pictures. I will start with the five-month picture since that’s her now. So what is Kira doing at this stage? Here are the noteworthy milestones:

  • She is mimicking! Mostly yelling when her big sister does in their game of monster.
  • She has started on solids and has developed quite the repertoire of foods she loves to eat —avocado, pear, cereal, peas and carrots. We have discovered that she is allergic to bananas. Coincidentally, that’s the one fruit Maia has never liked!
  • She is sitting up! Well, we help her into the sitting position but once there, she stays there and is elated! She just loves sitting up and looking around from that position. Great vantage point to play with her feet and toys.
  • She has total control over putting anything she is holding into her mouth.
  • She no longer stays put when put down. Recently, she was put down and within a short time ended up under her swing where she proceeded to play with it from below with her feet. That must have been so fascinating to learn that she can cause the movement of an object.

Here is our happy and youngest girl at five months old:

Kira at Five Months Old

Kira at Five Months Old

Kira a month earlier. What a difference a month makes in a baby’s growth and development! Seeing this reminds me of why we write this blog. For our own chronicling of all these wonderful milestones and experiences with our girls but also to share with them when they are older.

Kira at Four Months Old

Kira at Four Months Old

Outtake: Kira discovers her sticker. If I were to add another picture, it would be of one where it goes right to her mouth!

"What's this thing sticking to my fingers?"

“What’s this thing sticking to my fingers?”

[Matt] Let’s do a little math. Maia was born on June 24, 2011, and Kira was born on January 29, 2015. Maia is therefore 3 years, 7 months, and 5 days older than Kira.

At birth, Maia weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz (2,438 g), and when we brought her home she had dropped to 4 lbs. 13 oz (2183 g). Kira was born at 10 lbs. 10 oz (4,820 g) and had dropped to just under 10 lbs. (4500 g) when she left the hospital. Our newborn daughter is twice her big sister’s size at the same age!

This fact wasn’t lost on us the moment Kira was born, but what does that difference actually look like? I’ve recreated with Kira two of the photos we took of Maia during the first week of her life. Here are the side-by-side comparisons:

MaiaKira_carseat

MaiaKira_Tshirt

I don’t even need to say who is who!

[Kerean] “If Maia lives to 106, she’ll be able to look back at this photo and say she saw the PREVIOUS transit of Venus.”

Did you see the transit of Venus on June 5th? Since Maia’s dad and my dear husband is an astrophysicist, astronomical events of this kind don’t usually go unnoticed. Even if I have to sometimes remind him about it.

The 5th of June was a cloudy day here in Central Pennsylvania. As the sun became closer and closer to setting (optimal viewing time), we also had to contend with it getting hidden behind the Mount Nittany mountain range. We had to decide whether or not to continue hanging around Bellefonte, PA where our chances of seeing this historic event was quickly diminishing, or to make a mad dash around the mountain in the hopes of a better view.

Dear husband was not going to settle for missing it so we jumped in the car with the Maia Bear and went on a wild sun setting chase. We made it on the other side of the mountain just in the nick of time! As luck would have it, the sky was cleared and the transit of Venus was in clear view. Serendipitously, above a quarry off the main road, Andrew Sicree, a physics teacher in the area appeared just when we did and with a sunspotter in hand. We got great views via the sunspotter and also wearing our eclipse glasses.

We will never forget where we were during the transit of Venus on June 5, 2012. And, 106 years from now, Maia will look back at these photos and say she saw the previous one with her parents standing above a quarry off the main road in a small Central Pennsylvania town.

(Thanks to the resent subscribers to this blog. It’s nice to know that there are people reading it who aren’t related to me. Cheers, Kerean)

Transit of Venus

Me and the Maia Bear

Transit of Venus with Maia

“Venus is that little black dot on the face of the Sun. There are also clouds.”

[Kerean] In my quest to find the perfect picture for the email invitation and small gathering we’ll be having for Maia’s first birthday, this one struck me. There is something about it that really captures the always smiling and happy baby we are so lucky to call ours! She is 10 months old here.

[Kerean] Last week, Maia started making this face that just crack us up! Matt calls it the fierce face. This morning he had his phone in hand and managed to take this shot. She does it all the time now. It’s so much fun observing yet another of Maia’s new forms expression. I think she knows we find it funny.

[Kerean] We have been so busy traveling and planning our big move that I have not had much time to write any blogs lately. I do have a few in the queue though, so, here we go…

My new favorite Hallmark holiday (I don’t think I had an old favorite) is without question Mother’s Day. Even though Maia is a baby, I found myself fantasizing about all the Mother’s Day cards she will make me and how much I will treasure each and everyone of them! I imagined each of them residing first on the refrigerator or my desk before retiring into my treasure chest to be dug up again and enjoyed. I also day-dreamed about all the mother-daughter bonding things we will do together.

I found myself reflecting upon how much more being a mother makes me understand and appreciate my own mother’s dedication and discipline in raising me. Looking too at the beautiful man I get to call my husband, my appreciation and respect for his mother grew. As the saying goes, it’s the hardest but also the most rewarding job to raise a child/ren. I don’t want to succeed at anything more!

For Mother’s Day, my dear husband planned a trip for us to Niagara Falls, Canada. Being as close as we currently are living in Pennsylvania, we have talked about going before we move out west and this was a perfect weekend to have gone. We had a really nice time exploring the immediate area of Niagara and the American Falls and also exploring Ontario and New York. It was another smooth travel and getaway with the Maia Bear.

Some highlights:

Maia taking in the view of Niagara Falls from our hotel room.

Any opportunity to stand and hold on to something.

Maia resting on Daddy’s back during a long walk.

All ready in our ponchos to walk behind the falls.

Maia Bear was not phased in the least by the roaring falls behind us.

She was more interested in “drinking” the falls than anything else

We went to watch this very big ship navigate it’s way through this channel

Getting closer…impressive process to watch. Including the lowering of the water level to that of the river. The ship almost disappeared from view when the water level went down.

Stopped for a bite…

Me and the Maia Bear

oooh, I really want to eat this flower if only daddy would let me. (We stopped on the American side to hike around).

Dang it, I missed my mouth!

[Kerean] Maia’s Auntie Rochelle recently mailed me “B”, a poem by Sarah Kay; a young lady who started performing spoken word poetry at age 14. I think she is very talented and I love this particular poem of hers so much that read it to Maia.

Here is an excerpt:

“If I should have a daughter, instead of “Mom,” she’s gonna call me “Point B,” because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me.

And I’m going to paint solar systems on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.”

And she’s going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach.

But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.”

Here is a link to her performing it at a TED Conference last year.

Thanks Auntie RoRo for sharing this poem with me and Maia.


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