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    Baby Doll

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Those eyes! 

     I've never been one to believe the nature vs. nurture argument - wherein babies are thought to already possess personality traits (including gender differences) at birth. I'm definitely more of a nurture vs. nature girl - wherein babies pick up personality traits through interaction with others and their environment post birth. However, Lucy is making me wonder if nature doesn't have something to do with who she is/who she will become. Before she was born, but after we knew she was going to be a girl, we received a few soft "My First Baby" dolls. They're all pink, but vary in color shade, texture, inner rattle, size and adorableness of the face. We hadn't made an effort to encourage her to play with these dolls, but rather they've just been laying around along with all of the hand-me-down toys we have left from the baby Benjamin years. These other toys aren't necessarily boy toys, but they're more gender non-specific than the baby dolls. Recently, Lucy has been playing with the dolls more than anything else. She cuddles them, kisses them and drags them around the house while trying to crawl with just one free hand. We really noticed her attachment to these "babies" when she refused to sleep at nap time this weekend because her baby was laying on the floor. She stood in her crib and cried and cried. When I gave her the doll (after finally realizing why she wasn't sleeping), she went right to sleep with no fuss. After she had slept for a couple hours, Mike went in to wake her up and she was sleeping on her stomach, clutching the doll. It was adorable. Here you can see her playing and crawling all while bringing her baby along -


    Tiger Tracks

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Schmitt + Andrews at Tiger Tracks 5k

    This weekend all of Familie Schmitt along with Grandma Chris and Grandpa Ed raced at the Minnesota Zoo in the Tiger Tracks 5k. It was Grandma and Grandpa's first time at a race not as spectators, but as participants! Mike and Benjamin finished the race in about 34 minutes (an awesome pace for a six year old!) and the rest of us pushed Lucy across the finish line in about 50 minutes. It was a beautiful morning and we all had a great time. I think the newbies caught the racing bug and are looking forward to finishing more 5k races.

    Ten Months

    Tuesday, August 02, 2011

    Lucy 10 Months
    How could this be? This can't be true. Lucy is ten months old. She is just two short months away from her first birthday and I refuse to believe it. My baby girl cannot be this old!! I won't allow it.

    I attempted to take some 10 month photos of her at our home this past weekend, but something funky was happening with my camera and all of the shots are very noisy and blurry. I am not happy with them. But I am happy with the smiling adorable little girl IN the photos, especially in her new Beatles onesie from cousin Erin! It is nearly impossible to take a photo of Lucy without capturing a runny nose. I swear she had 3 whole days without one last week. But now both she and her brother are dealing with an awful summer cold and we have TWO runny noses in our house. Luckily Benjamin knows how to wipe his own nose.

    Lucy 10 Months - you can really see all her teeth