Tuesday, May 5, 2009


We are so very happy to announce that Claire is going to be a big sister!!! Pete and I are due with our second child on Thanksgiving Day!

Claire's First Haircut!

On April 29th, we took Claire for her first haircut. She did OK, but dad need to hold her and she really HATED when the had to shave the back of her head. She survived without too much trauma (hopefully)! :)

April 2009

April was a great month for the Vandervaart Family. Claire is doing and learning so many new things. We were able to head to Ohio for Easter and spent some great time with friends and family. Claire enjoyed putting the eggs into a basket and then clapping for herself! Grandpa Carroll was in the hospital for about 12 days with a blood infection and Claire was not allowed to visit for a while. He is doing better now and expected to have a bone marrow transplant on May 11th. Here are some pictures from our April...

We introduced Claire the joys of a shower...

We THINK she liked it

Still loves Italian foods :)

Trying to learn to use a fork

She loves her new chair and LOVES to look at books!

She kept reaching for the lemon on our water and at first she was OK with it...

THEN the after taste kicked in!

A sleepy Claire bear

Giving Granda's newly bald head a kiss :)

She likes to bite off apples

She got a BIG chunk of apple (in her left cheek)

One cool chick!

Playing in her pool on our balcony

Daddy still throws her way up in the air

After collecting quite a few Easter eggs

She spilled her basket of eggs :(
And then clapped for herself when she put them back in her basket :)

Playing after Easter church

Family photo at Easter services

She got an Easter basket from Grandma and Grandpa Carroll in the hospital
Where do I start?

Definately loves her soft, pink bunny

Claire and Nana did some swim lessons while we were visiting

We were able to hang out with some good friends while visiting Ohio

Her first attempt at painting (the Thank You cards we sent out)

AFTERMATH of painting :)

Her new favorite things to watch on TV are "Barney & Friends" and "The Backyardigans"

Sitting at her new picnic table (Thanks Nana and Papi)
Grandpa Carroll celebrated his 59th(... I mean, 45th) birthday this month
We went to the park when the Vandervaarts visited at the beginning of the month

We also went to the zoo

Check out that static electricity!

Claire with Nana and Papi

Claire - ONE YEAR OLD!

We can't believe that Claire is already one! We have had such a wonderful year with her. She is started to enjoy little aspects on the TV like the wheel on "Wheel of Fortune" and "Price is Right". She can make monkey sounds and really enjoys books. She makes lots of babbling noises and she is trying very hard to make words - but we still can't understand any! She can point out mommy and daddy and find her juice when we ask where it is. She understands a lot and is still (of course) VERY curious! :)

Stopped dead in her tracks watching the wheel


She loves this toy, but the anticipation kills her! :)

She tries to take keys to the door knob

Showing off a new dress

All dolled up on her birthday for Chucke Cheese

Watching the PU game with Korbin

Daddy put her pants on her head:)

She did not like what she was eating, so she boycotted and climbed on the table

Thanks to grandma, this new booster seat will prevent the boycotting!

Say "Cheese"
Yeay for spaghetti!

Enjoying the view

LOVES her busy ball popper

Such a pretty little girl! (I'm not bias or anything)

Check out all those teeth

Finally! Something that reflects her mom!

Not your best poker face, Claire! :)