Sunday, July 31, 2011

26 weeks

Dear Baby Hawley,

Here you are at 26 weeks and 3 days.

You are definitely making your presence known...I'm stretching out all over and you move a lot!  Mornings are quiet and I sometimes think that my swimming or walking at the Y puts you to sleep.  Evenings are your active time, especially after dinner when I finally start to sit down.  You still love your daddy's voice--you start to kick more when he starts talking.

Lately it's been really hot so we've stayed in the house most of the time.  Since you are heating me from the inside already, I prefer not to be heated from the outside also.  We've found lots to do, though.  Your room is painted and clothes and diapers are in the closet, Grandma Colby was here last week and she, along with Auntie Lowie and Julia, tore the carpet out of the basement.  They want you to have a clean and safe floor to crawl on one day. We've been working on sewing projects and one day I hope to have a blanket finished for you.

Keep growing, baby!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

25 weeks

Dear Baby Hawley,

We've made it 25 weeks and 3 days!  Here you are before we headed to Salem for the day.

Grandma Colby brought the little chair for you.  I remember using it when I was little.  Mostly, I put my dolls on it when I played, but I'm sure I used it as my own chair also.  In Barron, Gracie the cat loved to sit on it.  I wonder if Joey or Casey will claim it as theirs before you start to use it.

Keep up your kicking!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Minnesota Baby Shower

Dear Baby Hawley,

Crystal and Ellen hosted a shower for us this weekend.  They are really excited to become aunties!
Here are some pictures from the celebration.

Crystal had lots of fun decorating for this party.  She knows how much I love children's books and she went all out...look at all the books she bought and checked out from the library.  

The blue 'boy' outfit and the white dress that are hanging up have been in the family for a long time.  When you are big enough, you'll have a portrait made of you wearing one of those outfits.

Ellen made the cake and cupcakes to coordinate with the theme.  Notice the cake design - your aunties photoshopped the cover of the Lowly Worm Word Book to better fit with us.  This cover is even printed by Hawley House!

Lots of Minnesota Twins clothes.  We hope you are as big a fan as each of the rest of us are.

Grandma is trying on the bib that looks like a cat.

Lots of Minnesota and Wisconsin people who love you came to the party.  Grandma Elaine came with Anita and Maggie, Jeannie, Karin (with her friend Hedy), Yvonne (Bill's mom), Grandma Colby, Crystal, and Ellen all made it.  

We got lots of great presents - you are loved a lot by everyone.

Keep growing and kicking,

Friday, July 8, 2011

22 Weeks

Dear Baby Hawley,

We made it to New York and we all had a great time.  This week I discovered that my stomach now moves when you kick.  It's only a little, but it's definitely there.  We have a great time watching you move around to kick in many places.

Here's our belly update - taken while we were out hiking on the Tiedtke property.  We went up the power line path, down the hill, over the water, and to the shale bank.  It was hot, but fun.  These pictures were taken on July 4, when you were 22 weeks and 4 days.

You're getting bigger each day!