Tuesday, August 31, 2010
"They" say that having a baby changes everything, and it most certainly does. I never thought that I could be content with the idea of staying home, full-time. However, after my three months of maternity leave was complete in May, it was oh, so hard to hand you over to somebody else to care for you, watch you grow up and get to experience all of those firsts! All of the arguments for me to stay home or go to work, came down to the simple fact that nobody- nobody!- is going to raise your child the way you would. You, Katy, are too precious to us to let somebody else raise you!
Now that I will be home with you, Katy, I'll get to experience those firsts with you. I'll get to be the one reading you the stories, feeding you and taking care of you. While it isn't easy work, and it can be frustrating, monotonous and repetitive, I truly believe that it is best for our whole family that I stay home to take care of you, Katy.
The decision for me to stay home doesn't make sense for a lot of reasons- one main reason being financial. When I was working outside of the home, I felt like I was doing too many things and none of them very well- mother, wife, worker. With me staying home, we are now venturing out into the unknown, having faith that this is truly God's path for our lives and we just need to trust Him to provide for our needs.
I am so excited to be able to stay home with you, Katy! I love seeing your baby smiles and hearing those sweet baby giggles. I love watching you learn and I love discovering the world through your eyes. I'm excited to start this new chapter of our lives!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
In an attempt to introduce you to multigrain cereal, we are trying to introduce you to a variety of grains, separately. Therefore, we tried barley cereal, this weekend. The first attempt on Friday went okay. The second and third attempts were a no go! You just ended up making faces, spitting it out and making raspberries (so that I ended up wearing the barley cereal and not much got into you!).
So, today, I gave in and fed you plain old rice cereal and you were back to opening your mouth like a baby bird, wanting more. Rice is good...
Saturday, August 28, 2010
You do hold your sippy cup pretty well, though...!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Our good friends, the Batys, loaned us a handmade Mei Tai made by another mutual friend at Kinetic Church. A Mei Tai (other than being a drink), is a quicker, easier form of wrapping your baby. After a rough night, you finally fell asleep in the Mei Tai, allowing me to get a couple of things done around the house.
After a sleepless night and lots and lots of wailing and howling (since about two Am, this morning!), I decided to take you to the doctor's to get everything checked out. Call me paranoid first-time parent, but you refused to nurse, you were running a low-grade fever (101.1 degrees F), you didn't want to suck your thumb (which you LOVE to do!), you hadn't slept/napped since the wee hours of the morning and you were tugging at your ears.
So, we had a 1:15PM appointment at Suburban Pediatrics with Dr. Greenlee. She checked everything out and NOTHING to report! All she could come up with was teething.... all that for JUST teething??!!!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
With two artistic parents, Katy, you were bound to have some creativity in those genes of yours! You made a hand print lobster, a footprint flip-flop and a thumbprint fishy at daycare, this week. Of course, we thought it was pretty cute!
Today, you are 27 weeks old, Katy!
You are babbling and mimicking sounds more and more, on a regular basis. You love to talk to the wall, the table, the lamp, the other little kiddies at daycare- whoever will listen. You even talk louder if the person you are talking to walks away or leaves the room.
On a regular basis, you are getting up on all fours and rocking back and fourth. You even did a little two-step "crawling" the other night while reaching for my hair clip. I wouldn't call what you do full-on crawling but you are oh, so close!! Every night, we put an object of interest in front of you in the hopes that you will try to reach, crawl, scoot towards it.
Tonight, you just started putting out your hand and opening and closing it. It kind of looks like a backwards wave, or "gimme."
You didn't sleep terribly well, this week- at daycare or at home. That means that Daddy and I didn't get much sleep, either. You had a bit of a stuffy nose but no other symptoms of a cold. We aren't sure if it's a side effect of teething, or not. Last night, though, you did sleep through the night- heaven!
We introduced you to yogurt, this week (separate blog post). You seem to enjoy it. This coming week, we plan to start you on carrots.
We spent all of last weekend trying to childproof the house. We already had the outlet covers and door knob covers in place. This time, we did all of the cabinet doors, medicine cabinet, etc. I'm sure there are things that you will find, Katy, when we aren't looking, but for now, we're off to a good start.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Who needs expensive toys when you have a water bottle to play with?! Katy, you seem to really like playing with water bottles. A water bottle helped to entertain you on the plane a couple of weeks ago when we flew to Philly (thank goodness!). Ever since, you have been fascinated with them; always grabbing for Daddy's or mine. You seem to like the fact that the bottle reflects light and makes a sound when you shake it!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Katy, you have strong taste preferences. You do not seem to like peas and bananas (no fault of my own- Daddy can confirm this dislike of bananas). You tend to like sweeter things- such as sweet potatoes- you LOVE sweet potatoes! You still like avocados, though.
Daddy sneaks some kisses!
On the move!
"Oh boy, did I just (almost) crawl?!"
Katy, today, you went to your six month well baby doctor's visit with Dr. Greg Guerriero at Suburban Pediatrics. You weigh 17 pounds, 12 ounces and measure 27" long. This puts you in the 90th percentile for both weight and height- Daddy and I are still scratching our heads as to where you got that tall gene??! Dr. Greg says you are healthy and, I quote, "...leaps and bounds ahead of most six months old, developmentally." You had four booster shots, today and you took them like a champ. You didn't much like them, and you did cry, but not for long.
Everything Dr. Greg told us you should be doing in the next couple of months, you already do. For example, he said that it's okay to introduce a sippy cup, now- check. You should be babbling and "talking." You will start to put together sounds such as "Mama, Dada"- check. Your back muscles will start to get stronger and you will be able to sit by yourself and stand with support- check. You might even start to scoot- check! Leaps and bounds, baby!
According to the doctor, if we can mush it, mash it and puree it (with in reason, of course), it's okay to start feeding it to you. It's a good time to introduce meats and proteins into your diet (besides breast milk). We can even start to feed you puddings and yogurt, should we choose to do so.
We asked the doctor about the fact that your right eye is bigger than the left. He said that at this stage, it isn't anything to worry about. The difference in eye size could be due to the fact that the soft spot on the top of your head is still soft, and not yet full developed (won't be until about two years old).
You were very social and very talkative with the doctor, today. You kept trying to grab for his instruments, making it a bit tricky to listen to your heart and reflexes. All in all, a very good report and a happy, healthy six month old!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Earlier in the week, we borrowed two big tubs of clothes for you, Katy, from our friends, the Batys (THANK YOU!). The tubs were filled with lots of bigger sized clothing and shoes. Today, I dressed you in a cute, little denim skirt and flower top. You looked so "grown up" in your new outfit. When you got to your classroom at King's Keep, the teachers all commented on how cute you looked and you just lapped up the attention. I believe we have a fashionista on our hands!!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
After a week of being spoiled by your Grandparents Jones, you are back at King's Keep. You've been napping slightly better so we are happy with that. All of the little kiddies in your class are growing up!
You continue to be a good eater, regularly eating all of your rice cereal, fruit and veggies, each day. We continue to offer you a sippy cup of water each evening to get you used to the concept of drinking from a cup. For now, you mostly like to chew on the spout.
After what seems to be weeks of drooling and teething, we can finally see a little white bump in your mouth where your first tooth is starting to come in. Putting everything you can get your little hands and chomping on it still seems to be the game du jour.
Currently, you seem very interested in patterns and bright colors. You will stop what you are playing with in order to look at Daddy's bright shirt or Mommy's patterned blouse. Maybe we have a little artist on our hands? ;-P
Or, maybe you will follow in the steps of your Grandpa Jones and be an engineer? More than once your grandparents caught you eyeing the lamp electrical cords! You seem very inquisitive and interested in learning how things work and move. You will study a toy for a long (in baby time) and try to "figure" it out. Grandma and Grandpa Jones got you some new toys, last week and you managed to figure out how to stop the spinning top and move the dial on your Busy box after just a few demonstrations.
Tuesday night, I went to our friends house, the Batys, to pick up two large tubs of clothes for you, Katy! Your wardrobe is set! Little girls certainly have the clothes!
You are starting to understand that if something is partially hidden, it isn't necessarily "gone." If a toy drops, you look down and try to find it. If a toy is hidden by a blanket, you know to look under the blanket for the toy.
In preparation for when you are fully mobile (and we are in trouble!) we got a child safety lock for the kitchen sink cabinet. We already had the outlet plugs and door covers in place before you were born. The gate at the top of the stairs is ready to go for when we need it. Sometimes, though, all of the child safety locks frustrate me when trying to quickly open a cabinet or door!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
You seem to really like when Daddy sings Muppet songs to you. Such as, Ernie's, 'I dance myself to sleep,' Cookie Monster's, 'C is for Cookie'. I kid you not- you really, really do like the Muppets. You may look like me, Baby Girl, but you are definitely your Daddy's Muppet Loving daughter!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
For the first time, today, we gave you a sippy cup, Katy. I've been wanting to try you out on a sippy cup for little while, now, and I've been doing a little research on what cups to try you out on, first. A lot of reviews said that Nuk was a good brand to try first because the spout is soft like a bottle nipple. We found one at a consignment sale, this morning. So, we bought it, brought it home and sterilized it and filled it with 2 ozs. of water (first time drinking water). We handed the cup to you and you immediately grabbed for it and stuck it in your mouth- you knew exactly what to do!
Disclaimer- This blog is meant to be a casual chronicle of Katy's life for friends and family around the world to be able to keep up with how Katy is doing- nothing written, mentioned or referred to in this blog is meant to be anything other than the truth/what works for us with Katy and her growth and development. Thank you!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Katy's reaction to feeding her apples (what kid DOESN'T like apples??!).
Today you are 24 weeks old, Katy. My, how time flies!
You got to spend the whole week at home, basking in the loving, undivided attention of your Grandma and Grandpa Jones. So far, you have been a very good girl for them eating all of your bottles, most of your food and taking nice, long naps! They've been having fun playing with you, listening to you giggle and entertain them.
You finally said, "Dada," much to Daddy's delight. You still don't necessarily identify "Mama" or "Dada" to either Daddy or I, but you at least say them out loud, a lot and that makes us happy.
We introduced you to apples, this week (separate blog post). At first, you didn't really seem to care for them but Grandma reported that you seemed to like them, yesterday. I guess it just took some getting used to. So far, no outward allergic reactions to apples.
We consigned some of the items we no longer need/you outgrew at the Charlotte Tot Trade, this week. We were able to go to the consignor's pre-sale, last night. We even found a Lumpy riding toy for you! You made out like a bandit in the toy department, thanks to your grandparents! :-)
We've caught you peering around corners to watch a person leaving the room and you now understand to look at the floor when an item drops. You've vocalized your "request" for more attention on various occasions and you've come to anticipate results.
You are more playful and love to explore. You play to learn- searching and exploring each toy and item placed in front of you. You now play Peek-A-Boo on your own. Grandma says, "Katy, play Peek-A-Boo" and you know to hide your eyes and then "pop" out. You smile and smile playing this game!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Yesterday, Grandma and Grandpa Jones rolled into town. They came for a week-long visit and some quality Katy-time!
Today, you were very good for them- eating all of your bottles, food and taking nice long naps for the grandparents. You played and read and giggled for your grandparents. You kept them very entertained, Katy!