Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maryann Scearce's Baby Book Pages 5

I love a well kept baby book. It really is a treasure, and a treat for your child, as well as for future generations, to get a good peak at the past. I do wish that people wrote in them more. However, I do know why most of them are so truncated. When that little baby is born, you bring it home, and your entire life is turned up-side-down. You don't get enough rest, from all the fussing and fuming, of the unhappy spouse, whose had his sleep patterns modified, and then, you have to deal with the baby. Plus, the house work has still to be done, and after all of that, who feels like sitting down and keeping a memoir, on top of it all?!

That first baby is so new, and exciting, that it is usually the only one, that gets a well filled out book. By the time, two, three, and even four comes along, there is just no time for anything. The newness has worn off, and the mother is worn to a frazzle. If you happen to be number five, of eight, as I am, you are sunk. You will be lucky, to even get your picture taken, and future generations, will only have to go on, a couple of ragged edged snapshots.

Maryann's very first creeping, occurred when she was 9 months old. She was at home, in the kitchen, of the Scearce house on Huskey Rd., in Mosier. She had been scooting around, since she was eight months old, but this time she actually crawled, to get to her toys. Now why is it, that we will always record, things like this, but you never see recorded, all of those times, you had to rescue baby from eating some confounded little thing, dropped or crawling on the floor?! Like the ancient bean, from last weeks bean salad, or that nasty little sow bug, that you caught them with?! I swear sometimes, babies think that the floor, is their very own smorgasbord. The minutia they can find, is very astounding, and sometimes even scary.

Grandma's first step was also, at her home, with her grandparents Harry & Anne Scearce, in Mosier. She was standing at the window, and bravely took a step over to a chair. Unfortunately there is no date, so we don't know exactly, when this exciting first step occurred. We do know it was after 9 months.

Sadly, we do know, exactly when she had her first tumble. It happened on Dec 20th, 1924, when she was ten months old. She was in her "Taylor Tot, she tipped it over & bumped her head. How awful for her, but guess what, they didn't sue the company, and there was no recall of the Taylor Tot either. I guess people expected baby, to learn not to tip her toy over, instead of putting her in a padded cell. What audacity!

Ah ha! So that is the name, of the wickedly dangerous contraption she is driving! It was called a Taylor Tot.
It does look, like it would be an easy thing to tip over, or run off the edge of the porch, for that matter. But I'll bet she had a blast riding it. I wonder if the picture was taken, before or after the bump?! She doesn't look very happy in this picture, does she?!

Well it didn't slow her down, too much, because she is walking, soon after thirteen months. Now why would you want to walk sooner, when you could just zip around on your Taylor Tot, bumping into things, and running over people's toes, or maybe the cats tail?!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Maryann Scearce Baby Book Pages 4

This next page, is so sweet. It reminds me of my own tracings, that I did of my children's hands. In fact, I took tracings of them, on old Christmas cards, put zippy sticky paper to the white side, dated it, punched a hole in the palm, and used them for ornaments, on the Christmas tree. I always meant to do one each year, but other ornament making got in the way, and I forgot to do it. It is still fun to look back, and see just how tiny their little hands were.

This is so cute, even tho Matie didn't do her hand, her little foot at four months, is so darling. I think I shall make a tracing of this, and cut it out of old Christmas card stock, and use it on my tree. Every time  I see it, it will remind me, of all of the fun times we had at grandma's. Her Christmases were the best!

Just look at that sweet baby in her bonnet. The illustrations here are so cute.

For grandma Maryann, her first things are very nice, and such thoughtful gifts too. Her first Summer Bonnet was from Beth. This was Beth Gorman, the daughter of gr. gr. grandma, Mary Ann "May" Zimmerman-Roberts sister, Margeretha "Madge" "Tanta" Bridgett Zimmermann-Gorman. 
Grandma's next gift, a Winter Hood, given by Mother, is gr. gr. grandma Mae or May, as she was known. I have found both spellings for her nickname. Her grandma Scearce, got her, her first coat. This is of course gr. gr. grandma, Anne Elston Krout-Scearce. Grandma Roberts, got her, her first leggings & sweater, this is once again a reference to gr. gr. grandma, May.

I know right now these names, may be confusing, but once I have put pictures to the names, it will get better. The Zimmermans were a very large family, and they just loved going by nicknames, which made keeping the records straight, sometimes difficult.

Grandma's 1st Outing was July 29, 1924, she was just six month old. She went to Portland, with her folks. Sadly, the book doesn't say, where they went, who they saw, or what they did.

 First Conscious Notice
"Baby was 1 month old, when she began to watch me move about." 
 First Conscious Laugh
"Baby was 3 mos. While I was talking & playing with her."

Then came oodles of little teeth. Boy do I remember those fussy days!. Babies cutting teeth!

Can't you just see, grandma's bright eyes, following gr. grandma, Matie's every move?! I can just see Matie, doing house work, but being distracted every few minutes, by those sweet baby eyes, and sweet baby smile. Of course she couldn't resist her babies winning ways. I can see her playing with grandma, talking baby talk, and shaking a little rattle, just to make grandma laugh and giggle. What mother doesn't remember, those sweet moments, when she played with her wee baby?!

First Short Clothes
"All but two of her dresses were short." Probably because, by the time she was in dresses, it would have been summer.

First Shoes.
"Vera Kolstad gave baby the first pr of slippers she wore them when she was 8 1/2 mos. old. When we called on Bessie Weber." These two ladies, were residents of the Hood River Valley, and good friends of gr. grandma, Matie.

Don't you just love the illustrated shoes, with spats?! How cute is that?!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Maryann Scearce's Baby Book Pages 3

Baby books are such precious things, they give us such a sweet peek, into the past. We get to see the snippets of poems and precious thoughts, that Matie did for grandma Maryann. It is such a testament, to her love for her darling little girl.

I just love the graphics, in this book, and the adorable poems, on almost every page. The baby peek-a-boo's at us, so sweetly, tho the scale itself, reminds me of one, that my husband uses to weigh his salmon, after he has caught them out of the river. Click and enlarge, and you will see, all of Maties careful notes, on how much grandma weighed and when. You can then compare them, with you own wee ones.

Tho grandma Maryann, was not christened,  I couldn't help putting up this page anyway, just for the sweet poetry. Grandma's family went to Riverside Community Church, in Hood River.

I do like the layout for this height chart, but can see tho, that you might feel like you were expected, to get out the measuring tape, much too often. It seems Matie may have felt that way. I am just glad that she put in a few measurements, just to let us see, how fast grandma grew. Didn't Matie write tiny? I don't think I could ever write that small.