This always seems to be the busiest month of the year!

Petra advanced in puree-eating:


Petra Eats Yams (2) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She honed her present-unwrapping skills to prepare for Christmas:

Petra Opens Presents from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She sang Grandma Judith “Happy Birthday”

She encountered snow for the first time (didn’t much like it):

She also went for her first swim in the hotel pool while we were in Pittsburgh after Christmas:

Petra’s first swim from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for a separate post on Christmas.

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The weather was quite warm for much of the month so we got outside a lot. We also started letting Petra explore food.

Visiting the playground; making a style statement:

Cheerful kid!

Exploring food:

also, in video:

Petra and the Slippery Cucmber from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Petra’s first work of art:
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Petra gets an airplane ride from Daddy (anything to trick her into “tummy time”):

and, just at the very end of the month, she started sitting up on her own:

As always, more photos on Flickr.

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We had a great trip, spending Thanksgiving with Alison’s sister’s family.

Petra’s first Thanksgiving dinner:

Petra also tried rice cereal for the first time on Thanksgiving:

Petra’s First Rice Cereal-abridged from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Petra and Iris met each other now that they are old enough to interact:

The cousins “playing” together (or near each other at least):

Iria and Petra play together from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Alison with Petra and cousin Iris, and other photos from Gwyneth

And what trip to New Haven is complete without a trip to IKEA?
Petra test-drives the high chair and dishware that she is getting for Christmas:

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We can actually really play with her now – she’s such a giggler and loves peek-a-boo and other little games.

She can amuse herself for a while:

Petra Plays With Dials (Nov. 8, 2009) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

She can almost sit up without support:

Petra Sits Up (Sort Of) Nov. 8, 2009 from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

(OMG the toe wiggles!)

She babbles:

Petra says “DaDa” (Nov. 14, 2009) from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

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In addition to the visits from and to family already posted about, here are some highlights from October, Petra’s 5th month. (Click on the photos for more)

Petra’s first swing

Playing at home

We took Petra on her first “hike” at Middlesex Fells while my Dad was here. She slept through most of it despite the stroller-unfriendly conditions.

She found her toes!

Halloween costume and first play date


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A lot of traveling in October. Matt was in Atlantic City for a conference in the second week of the month, and Alison was in Denver for a conference the next weekend. We took advantage of Matt being in new Jersey to visit Alison’s grandmother with Petra.

Petra liked having her own seat on the plane.


This time she got a better chance to get to know her great grandmother.


We also caught up with some of Alison’s aunts and uncle.

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Last weekend was wonderful to have both Matt’s parents and Alison’s sister’s family in town.

Grandma McKeon with Petra

Iris “playing at” Petra and Petra almost noticing her

Petra and Iris play in the exersaucer from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

More photos of Iris and Petra on Gwyneth’s Flickr account

Iris crawling

Iris Shows Off Her Crawling Skillz from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

cousins and parents

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September was pretty much dominated by Petra starting daycare and Alison trying to start to get back to work. Ironically, the daycare schedule has meant less sleep for me, although of course I am getting some work done, which I wasn’t over the summer. We started with a half day slot at a daycare near my office, and soon switched up to full time. Petra seems to love all the toys, friends, and attention there, so we don’t feel too bad about sending her away all day at such a young age. I can get over to feed her during the day sometimes if my schedule allows.

Some highlights:
(More photos on Flickr)

First day at daycare

Contributing to the development of SCIENCE by letting the Harvard Developmental Psychologists test her

Going to daycare with Dad

Practicing to be an opera star

Petra sings! from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

Practicing penmanship

Petra writes a letter to GG from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

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The six of us Denton cousins have been on a baby spree this year – six couples, five babies this year, seven all told, and one on the way! The great-grandchildren are the 4th generation, hence “G4″s. We all got together to introduce the babies and see my grandmother in the end of August.

Petra with her great-grandma

The babies and GG

The G3s, G4s, and GG (the last G1)

Mind your Ps and Qs: Quintus is only 3 weeks younger than Petra; let’s see how they stack up

Denton Visit – Part 4 from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

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My Dad came down last week to help us with Petra. He brought an old baby nightgown that was worn either by him (late 1930′s) or his mother (nineteen-oughts). It just fits Petra, and with this hot weather, seemed cooler than her onesies (but it rides up somethin’ terrible).

Petra and the Antique Family Nightgown from Matt McKeon on Vimeo.

One of the things Dad helped with was babysitting Petra for our first night out without her. We went to see a sneak preview of the new Harry Potter movie (very good). And this is what we found when we got home:

We also met up with one of Petra’s 3rd cousins, Stephen Shaw (my dad’s cousin’s grandchild). He’s about 18 years older than her and doing a summer school class at Harvard before his last year of high school.

More recent photos on Flickr.

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