Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One Month With Hope

Hope celebrated her one month birthday yesterday. It was a free for all of spit up and poop and breast sucking. Just like a party at Bret Michaels' place.

I'd like to share some of the things I have learned from/about Hope in the past month.

Many good things start out in a dramatic, scary manner. Hope did not feel like traveling out the standard way and so an emergency C-Section was needed. She had to spend a few hours in recovery to make sure all was well ...



She immediately let us know what she thought of that ...



She may be sassy, but she's sentimental too ...



Hope insists that I appreciate the color pink ...



Yet she is down to earth enough to sport the drunken sailor look ...



She maintains a view of wide eyed wonder ...



Even though she has already starred in her own TV show ...



Hope exhibits a talent for impressions ...

Elvis ...



Churchill in a pissy mood ...



the more subtle impression of a pile of laundry ...



She really is in there ...



Although she's not a diva Hope does require a small entourage ...




She appreciates Nana's shoulder ...



And shares Nana's dedication to Power To The Babies ...



As she conquers all the new things she'll learn in Month Two.

46 comments:

Hilary said...

Perfection.. what a darling.

Matt-Man said...

As cute as she is, I don't miss the sleepless nights while taking care of an infant. Cheers Di!!

Daryl said...

So sweet, so talented ... adored and adorable

Mahala said...

I can see the glow from your beaming face all the way down here in the holler. I know you're so proud you could burst :)

Jay said...

What's her position on the Cash for Clunkers program?

And, is she excited about season 3 of Mad Men starting in a couple of weeks? ;-)

A Stitch In Thyme said...

A darling child!! She may not started off in much the usual way but she sure is coming along very nicely. I like her pink.

Love your sidebar images!!

Linda said...

I believe that you are the very first grandmother that I have ever heard refer to her granddaughter as having that pissy Churchill look!

Thank you for sharing the many faces of Hope; she's a doll!

Akelamalu said...

Oh Dianne you are so lucky!

I just adore little babies but my son's won't be producing any more and my grandchildren are growing up so quickly. :(

Dianne said...

hilary - thank you :)
she is perfection to me - in all her glory

matt-man - well that is the wonder of being a grandparent, you don't have to do that - although of course I have
I can hardly wait until there's some baby calling you PopPop Matt

daryl - she sure is adored!! and all the other stuff too LOL

mahala - it is so good to see ya girl!!
my heart just swells every single time I look at her, it's amazing

jay - she believes all people should be given at least one pink tricycle
and she hopes Louie Lamb and Ellie Elephant do guest spots on Mad Men - plus she LOVES the zoftig red headed woman

stitch - thankfully nothing was wrong - she just simply did not approve of the birthing process and wanted to be picked up ;)
thank you for your kind words

linda - this kid is going to have a really good sense of humor - about the world and herself LOL
she was in her stroller for the first time and I came around the corner and was greeted by that look
it is hilarious!!
plus she sometimes growls when making that face!!!!

akelamalu - they do grow so fast
my DIL want more kids, my son has always wanted just one
we'll see what happens
I'm just cherishing every moment I spend with her

Bond said...

HAPPY ONE MONTH HOPE!

bobbie said...

Hope is so beautiful! I really do enjoy the drunken sailor look myself.
She is such a blessing.

pink dogwood said...

She is amazing, and so is her grandma :)

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Lovely presentation and no one better than grandma to tell hopes story. I want one....

Thom said...

Happy One Month Hope. You are a blessing in disguise. You have made your Nana a very happy woman, however I miss all the Blue Bellied Ranting she does. Just adorable. What's her views on the health care system? Aloha

Sleepypete said...

Lol - seeing a creature so sweet and adorable has definitely brightened this person's day :-)

And that's no mean achievement with what's outside the window at the moment ! (the weather gods are attempting to prove whether or not you can have standing water in mid-air)

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, Diane?!! All these photos just melted my heart. What a lovely, LOVELY little precious bundle! And HOPE...the name couldn't be more perfect.

Betty said...

She's adorable. Don't you just love watching her?

Raven said...

Happy First Month! Baby Power is an awesome force.

kenju said...

She's gorgeous and perfect and I want to hold her!!

Cherie said...

Now, THAT's what I'm talking about. :) Happy Month One, Hope!

Cloudia said...

As we say here in Hawaii:
"Oh! Da Cute!"

Aloha-
Comfort Spiral

Ron said...

Oh my...you deserve an Academy Award for this post for Best Photos and Captions in a Baby Motion Picture!!!

BRAVA!

The third one down made me SCREAM with laughter! You are so damn clever, girl!

Well, allow me to say....Hope is beyond adorable! And if you ever need Uncle Ron from Philly to babysit...I'm THERE!

HAPPY ONE MONTH HOPE!!

LOVE YOU, BABY!

X ya too, dear lady!

Travis said...

Power to the babies. Now that's funny!

Jacob said...

Methinks we have a rightly proud grandma here!

Great shots, Di!

Deb said...

Hi Nana ~ Isn't it amazing how much wee little ones change in one month!? Hope is beautiful and you can feel the love that surrounds her. We have been having a lovefest up here with the arrival of our granddaughter last Friday! Babies make everything all right! Hugs to all!

Grayquill said...

For a moment there I was beginning to think that maybe you were not all that proud of a Grandparent.
Now I know that was just crazy thinking. You removed all doubt.
Congratulations!

Dianne said...

bond - thanks Uncle Bond
love, Hope

bobbie - I'd love to be able to carry off the drunken sailor look myself :)

pink - we both say thanks :)

queen size funny - I waited a long time for this one :)

thom - as a believer in Power to the Babies I think all people should have good healthcare - and I spit up on big insurance companies
love, Hope

pete - the sun will come out tomorrow Uncle Pete :)
love, Hope

anni - thank you!! she melts my heart all the time :)

betty - I do love it, I notice something new every single time

raven - Hope hopes to further the cause of Baby Power

kenju - holding her is magic :)

cherie - glad to oblige!! thanks :)

cloudia - thanks :)

ron - You make me giggle Uncle Ron
love, Hope

travis - we thought so too, thanks :)

jacob - thanks so much :)

deb - Hope is a Friday child too!! Congrats to all

grayquill - I am as proud as can be, in one month I have already amassed hundreds of photos :)

Micky-T said...

What a great nana you must be.
What a lucky little girl!

Jeni said...

Oh Dianne! This post was so great -and really shows how Hope is wrapping everyone in the household around her little pinky with her many different looks -from laughing for her audience, to a bit of disdain maybe (i.e. a disgruntled Winston Churchill -loved that one!) to snoozing oh so peacefully on Grandma's shoulder! Isn't it just amazing to watch the transformation taking place -not just in her but in everyone around her too, those who cater to her every whim at this point in time.
As always, I repeat myself and tell you to just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
And thankfully, there is Hope!

jennifer said...

This was the cutest Proud Grandma post that I have ever read. She has had a busy month of personality and precious-ness.

I have a new anthem... POWER TO THE BABIES!!

Autumn said...

What a sweetie!
LOVE the Churchill impression!
And yes! Power to the babies!

Jackie said...

What a little love she is. By the way, your RSS feed doesn't seem to be working in bloglines - I thought you'd gone quiet (yes, I *know*....), hadn't seen a post from you in ages. I'll remember to check more often if they don't appear there.

Natalie said...

Beautiful montage. I can't believe it's been a month already. Keep up the pictures, I gotta get my daily dose of perfect baby! (PS - love the power to the babies, if only it were that simple!)

Granny Annie said...

Bind this post in a small booklet as a future story book for Hope. She will love your descriptions and you can use it to teach life lessons about Elvis and Churchill. It is spectacular as is Miss Hope.

RebelRevRN said...

She is beautiful!

Debra said...

What a beautiful granddaughter! And I love her name too! Great pics!

Sparkling Red said...

How lovely! I'm looking forward to the next month's photos. :-) She's just going to get cuter and cuter.

Faye Pekas said...

That is so funny and so precious. She is beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes again.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, brought back memories! She's beautiful and so are your photos! Thanks for letting us watch her grow!

Sylvia

SnoopMurph said...

Such a beautiful, strong and precious girl. I am sure all of her months will be tremendous given the support and love she has surrounding her.

Dianne said...

micky - thanks :)
I try my best

jeni - I am enjoying enjoying enjoying :)

jennifer - spread the anthem - it's Powerful and Pure :)

autumn - see you're on board! spread the baby power LOL
I love the Churchill photo - she looks so disgusted and I find that hilarious

jackie - thanks :)
I'll look into the bloglines thing, thanks

natalie - if only! hugs from all the critters - furry and not - to Auntie Babe

ganny annie - great idea!
I have been making tons of photo books for her

rebelRevRn - thank you :)

debra - thanks - I think her name is perfect for the times

sparkling - I just saw her this morning for the first time since
Saturday night and she looks so different - less hair and a fuller face

faye - happy tears my friend, happy tears :)

sylvia - thanks for coming along for the ride

snoop - thank you
I simply hope for her parents to be as wonderful as you guys are

maryt/theteach said...

Oh Dianne, the photos are incredible!! I can certainly see what's taking up all your time now! :)

Ivanhoe said...

What a sweetie! Did I mention that the name is just perfect for her?
:o)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Such adorable pictures of the Beautiful Hope...From almost the very beginning.....And I love your commentary on each picture....! One whole month! WOW!
She is a True Treasure, my dear!

Patti said...

Awww. Wonderful post from Nana. I love the photos and your captions.

Hope is one beautiful baby girl. You are so lucky.

And she can be so Churchillian!

Happy one month and a few days to Hope!

Linda Reeder said...

Our chance to learn anew through the next generation. Lovely.