but also hears & sees daddy moving his mouth. I think daddy enjoys listening to himself make up stories. She has a couple bath time puppets & some dry playtime puppets as well.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
but also hears & sees daddy moving his mouth. I think daddy enjoys listening to himself make up stories. She has a couple bath time puppets & some dry playtime puppets as well.
I think Isabel & I will go check it out right away on Friday evening. I don't have any immediate needs for her, but you never know what you will find.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
We stayed inside all weekend. We didn't get as much snow as some, but between ice, wind, cold & snow it was just smarter to stay inside.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
It's weird today because we have so much ice covering everything. All of our windows to the east are covered with ice, so it's like looking at those privacy windows that let in light but no one can see through. It started snowing about an hour ago, which isn't good on top of all the ice.
Check out the position of her mouth. She put those new teeth to work and bring her puff snacks and cereal or just about anything to the front of her mouth so she can chew them with her teeth. It's very cute to watch her eat and figure out her new teeth.
She's 40 weeks old today. I haven't gotten around yet to taking her weekly picture. She's napping right now, so maybe later.
Friday, February 23, 2007
She is starting to be more of a cuddler now. She likes to cuddle a little bit when I first get her out of bed and if she starts getting sleepy she likes to cuddle, or if I read her some stories (sometimes she is a cuddler, sometimes she is not.)
She was just relaxing with dad and reading while I finished getting ready. He's still in his jammies.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
This doctor visit was pretty short once the doctor got in there. Everything looks good & normal. Next time we go to the doctor is for her 1 year appointment and then she will get two shots and they also have to draw blood to do blood tests.
That gives her a growth of a half inch within the last 2 weeks. That must be her 9 month growth spurt. I'll have to measure her length again next week to see if it jumps up anymore like that. Obviously she is off the charts on her length.
Mommy: At 10 months, mommy weighted 20 pounds 3 ounces and was 28.25 inches long.
Daddy: At 9 months, daddy weighed 22.5 pounds and was 30 inches long.
Isabel: Well, obviously she is longer than both of us at 9 months of age, She weighs more than mommy did at 10 months, but considering she is at least 2.25 inches longers it seems right. It's interesting that she has now surpassed daddy in her length. Up until this point she was always just a little shorter but kept growing fast to catch up.
Tomorrow is her Gramps's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAMPS!
They always read the blog in the morning, so the stuff they see is from the previous day, so if I type Happy Birthday today then he will read it at the appropriate time.
I have this "kit" that I was supposed to make footprints or handprints with and then they go in a frame with her picture. I tried doing the footprint thing and it didn't take very well. Then I got the bright idea to scan in the prints made at her actual birth and have those made into photos.
A little bit of photoshop work and several copies printed off to make sure I had made them the actual size and I had beautiful footprint photos to hang in the frame with a picture from her birth.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
She got her 6th tooth today. The corresponding top one. I don't see any others coming in yet, but who knows when those other bottom two will pop on out. She was pretty cranky last night and today and I knew that it had to be cutting through. Although, so far, she has handled getting her six teeth in much more pleasantly than others have described it. Knock on wood!
I took this picture of her just as daddy was walking in the door and she saw him. Tonight he came to swim class with us and came in the water with us too. She was loving all the attention from both of us and kept paddling her arms (so much more than ever before) to get to each of us. We tired her out. Hopefully she sleeps well tonight (last night she got me up 3 times, which she had not done in a few weeks). She always seems to sleep well on swim class nights.
Daddy, how did you get so tall?
He was standing above her and she was just staring up at him in awe.
Next week is our last week of swim classes for this session. I don't know if they are offering any other classes in the next few months. We may have to wait until summer to take classes again. At least we have the water park wristbands we can use some afternoons and we will go swimming (if the weather is cooperative) when we go to Texas for a vacation at the end of March.
Thursday is her check-up w/ her doctor. So, then we will get a nine month weight and length. Friday is her Gramps's birthday. And Sunday her grandma and grandpa and cousin Travis are coming to babysit her in the afternoon so that mommy & daddy can go see a play at the local theater.
Monday, February 19, 2007
This was the first time she didn't get upset and cry when we went to a portrait studio. I was a little frustrated that they once again changed the package type/size. It was much smaller and I didn't have enough of the right size pictures to give out. I'll have to make some minor adjustments. They also had a special going on for 20 picture cards for $10. I asked how big the picture is on the card and they said it was about a 3.5x5....Hmmmm....just the size I was going to get more of, but I was only going to get 4 of that size for $10. I mentioned this to the lady and she said I was the 2nd person to figure that out, but that most didn't. So, I ordered the package of the "first" pose and ordered cards of another pose. It's weird how they do the "pose" thing, but I work with it. We got some nice smiling pictures this time. I am glad she broke out of the "I'm Serious Baby" thing. She was probably not smiling much for a while because of her teeth coming in.
Speaking of teeth -- I forgot to mention yesterday that she got in her 5th tooth. This one is the 2nd one on the top left. The corresponding right one will be following shortly I am sure.
The outfit she is wearing is what she wore for pictures. I was a little worried that she would get it dirty since I put her in it first things this morning and out appointment wasn't until 3pm.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Last night I gave her some leftover Tombstone pizza. The crust gets soft when you reheat it in the mirowave -- so that worked out well. It had pepperoni on it and she liked it just fine. Yesterday at breakfast, we tried pancakes again. It was the same pancakes I tried last time. This time she was loving it, where last time she didn't care for it.
And today for breakfast I made crockpot apple cinnamon oatmeal (w/ whipped topping) and she really wanted to share mine with me. She liked it just fine. Although she did learn that the middle is warmer than the outside. She likes to touch her food now and was touching the outside and then decided to shove her hand in the middle. It wasn't hot, just a little warm, but enough that it scared her a little. It's nice that she is really wanting to eat stuff that we do. In the morning she also likes to share pieces of my bagel w/ cream cheese with me.
On the happy meal bag it said that toys for kids under 3 were available upon special request. So, I sent daddy to exchange out toy. They should have seen that we had a baby and offered that right away -- but the guy was an idiot that took our order. I took this picture just as we were leaving. She was very pleased with her new toy. I am glad they offer baby toys because she was trying to get at the other toy and I didn't want her to have it.
Speaking of rock-n-roll.....she's still not crawling, but this morning she rolled over halfway across the living room to get from where she was sitting over to the chair I was sitting in. It was very cute. She would roll over and then look to see how much further she had and then roll again and then when she got to a point that she couldn't roll anymore without rolling into the foot stool she yelled up at me. So, she certainly is figuring out ways to get around. She starting to show interest in pulling herself up, but hasn't done that yet.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
She was super excited when I first opened it and the baby turtle went straight in the mouth. The problem is that there are 3 baby turtles and she only has one mouth. She was playing with it in the living room last night (before we brought it upstairs for bath time.) She got super pissed when we tried taking them away from her. This girl could possibly throw some wicked tantrums when she gets older.
She loves taking a bath, but it the getting ready for bed that she's not that fond of. It's not all that fun to get jammies on and she is so tired. She goes to bed around 6:30pm on the average night and will normally sleep between 11-12 hours. The last couple of nights she has slept 12.5 hours and also added some extra time to her nap(s) as well. I was trying to find if babies sleep more during growth spurts or what. She is 9 months this week, another growth spurt time and she hasn't gone through it (as of my measurements on the 7th) yet. From what I have been reading, then get fussier - which she certainly has this week, but her sleep has also increased and it's been good sleep (so far!) So, who knows. We have her 9 month doctor appointment this week Thursday. I'll see what she says.
We had Auntie Razz help us with the bedtime routine. This is what her night looks like ona normal night: 5pm - Dinner, 5:15 Play in Room/Crib, 5:30 Bath, 5:45 Lotion; Jammies; Diaper; Brush Hair; Brush Teeth, 6:00: Nurse, 6:30: Asleep in Crib
So, Auntie Razz played with her. Isabel seems to like her and she makes her smile, so she seemed to have fun playing with her. Auntie Razz is pregnant with her first so we were just walking her through what we do.
How Come None of these Look Like Me?
They had a little play area in the Race Exhibit. This was the special exhibit that I wanted to see. I certainly did not learn as much while having Isabel with. By time we got to the Race Exhibit she really wanted to get out of the stroller and play and move around. So, I carried her and she seemed super excited about every area we moved to within the exhibit. I was glad they had a little kids play area ni that exhibit.
I tried finding one that would look like her or her friend Luis, but no such luck. No blond hair white women or girls or any Hispanics at all.
So, What You're Saying is Race is a Relatively New Concept.
We were smart and went there in the morning. By the time we left in the afternoon, parking spots were at a premium and our spot was very desirable.
It was like she was purposely fake yawning to make me yawn and then she would laugh about it when I started yawning. But then it got the best of her and she would end up really yawning too. She thought it was hilarious though. Good picture of her top teeth here.
Yawning Contest w/ Mom.I can't even type up this post without looking at the picture of her yawning and yawning myself. Can you look at the picture and not fight back the urge to yawn?
The outfit she is wearing today is a Christmas present from Auntie Razz & Unce Shane. It's a little big on her, but Auntie Razz really wanted to see her in it. It has a leoprint caplet that goes with it as well.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Apparently her little boyfriend at daycare was giving her lots of kisses today. The daycare lady took lots of pictures of them and showed them to me this afternoon. I asked her to get me a copy of the one where they are both kissing each other. I'll have to scan that in for all to see.
Happy Belated Birthday to Uncle J!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
This is so much fun!
She's playing "Where's the Baby?" with dad. He would swipe a towel over her briefly and say "where's the baby?" and pull it off of her and say "there she is." She loves it. she loevs having things swipe over her. Daddy will distract her when she gets crabby at bathtime/bedtime by swiping her jammies over her as I put her diaper & onesie on. She thinks its fun.
You can see her top two teeth in this picture. Click on the picture to enlarge it to see th teeth bigger.
Just one more time! Please!
We spent a good couple of hours today playing on the bed. Rolling around, falling down, playing "upside down baby", playing "where's the baby", giving her zerberts, playing "bouncy", and some quieter times playing with toys.
We think she has eczema on her torso and a little on her arms, nothing on her face or legs. It looks like what eczema is described as. Not sure if daddy or I had it has a baby. I am not sure if the Burts Bees stuff I have is hypoallergenic and their customer service line is only open during the week. So, we are going to switch to using the baby Aveeno stuff we have that says it is hypoallergenic. From what I read it says that it gets worse in the winter because of the dryness. We do have a humidfier running in her room at all times. It seemed to get irritated today while we were playing pretty physical on the bed and then I rubbed her in with lotion and we calmed down for a while and it got better. It also gets more irritated during bath time, but that might be because of the temp of the water (or it coudl do with the soap we are using, whish we are going to switch for a while and see if it helps) and we'll make the water more lukewarm. She doesn't seem bothered by it at all. She used to get heat rash easily when she was just born, so maybe she has a hyperimmune system.
Friday, February 09, 2007
She really likes her teething biscuits, Ritz sticks, puff snacks, Clifford Crunch, and sliced cheese. She tried some of my bagel with cream cheese this morning and seemed to like it. I also gave her a partial Oreo yesterday - boy did she make a mess with that. It was a good thing it was right before bath time.
She pretty routine on when she likes to have her meals, snacks, and beverages. She really likes routine. I read books on putting babies on s schedule before she was born and in her first few weeks. But that didn't really jive with us. I knew I needed some sort of schedule, but we let her dictate her own schedule. Some people can't believe that she goes to bed at 6:30pm. Often she doesn't see daddy in the evening because she is already asleep. She would be a bear if I tried to keep her up. She sleeps 11-12 hours every night. The days she sleeps less she usually takes a short nap in the morning and always take a 2-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon. We have the same routine most days after I pick her up.
Her daycare lady is starting a preschool program at her place. It will officially start this coming fall. She has hired a licensed teacher to come in twice a week for a couple hours to teach the pre-schoolers. She figured it was the best thing to do since it is inconvenient for her parents to get their kids to daycare at the public school.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
When we went to the hotel last month she wanted to play with the travel toiletries more than the bath toys I brought a long. So, I used up this larger travel bottle of conditioner I bought from Bath & Body Works and then gave it to her to play with. It has been a favorite bath toy the last few weeks.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Whole Body Length - 30 inches
Head Circumference - 18 inches
Chect Circumference - 18 inches
Foot Length - 4 inches
She is just going into a size 3 shoe. Her foot is the size of an average 6 month old now (she's 8 1/2 months.) Her feet just recently grew here in the last couple weeks, otherwise they were in a size 2. Actually a 4 inch foot takes a size 2.5, but I am not messing around with the half size right now. It only needs to grow an eighth of an inch to be a size 3. Check out the shoe sizing here.
Her length has not increased much in the last 3 weeks. Only 1/4 inch in the last 3 weeks. Her head increased by over a half inch. Daddy did say the other day that it looked like her head got bnigger.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
There are 5 families in the class. Daddy was the only daddy there. I like that daddy wants to be so active in doing things with us. Makes me proud to have him as my hubby. One family was missing and the other babies are 4.5 months, 5 months, & 9 months (Isabel is 8.5 mo.). I am not sure how old the missing baby is. It was fun to watch her interact with the other 9 month old girl, Annette.
Annette started taking away all Isabel's toys in the beginning and she just watched, as Isabel is kinda slow to warm up to people. But once she got warmed up she started stealing toys back.
She did really good at class even though it threw her sleep schedule off my an hour. She seemed to like it. She likes being around other babies.
One of my hopes with this class is that I will get to know some moms that might want to do some playdates this summer, since Isabel will not go to daycare much at all during the summer. I guess two of the moms are teachers at the school there, so they should have the summers off too. So, I guess we'll see.
The thing I found very interesting is that we were getting to know some of the families & kids that will eventually be in her class. Our town is small, so we will already know about 10% of her classmates just from taking this one class. We'll probably get to meet more through the years of taking local ECFE classes & local pool swim classes. Actually, now when I think of the kids ages the 4.5 month old probably misses the age cutoff for her and depending upon when the birthday of the 5 month old is she may or may not be in her class. Next year her classes will be different because her ECFE classes will be 1-3 year olds.
It was a nice class. I learned a couple new things.
1) How to float (she used to curl her legs up to her chest - now she put her legs out.)
2) Starting to learn how to kick (previously she would never even move her legs, now she will give a few kicks.)
3) How to hold onto the floaty kickboard thingy (before she would just rest her hands on it, now she will grab the sides of it and hold on as floats around.)
4) Grabbing rings a few inches down in the water (I don't let them sink to the bottom, but the water distorts the image of where they are at, so it can be tricky to grab them. Before she had to fish around a little bit to grab it, not she can accurately grab it.)
5) Going under water briefly is ok (everytime we do it she gets more and more ok with it and has never cried from it.)
Of course, I am in there holding on to her the entire time.
There is a 2 year old girl in our class and I talked to her parents tonight about how long they have been taking her to swim classes. They said they just brought her swimming in a pool a couple times before she was 1 and then at 1 years old they brought her to a class and she learned things slowly (much like Isabel) and now she is 2 and she loves swimming all over the place and going under water. She's a little fish. So, it's encouraging to see so much improvement in such a short amount of time.
The water was REALLY cold tonight. Apparently, the boiler quit working and was not heating the water. Really, they should have just cancelled classes. A co-worker of mine takes her daughter to the same swim class and she complained to the management after class (& kinda dragged me into it as well) and we ended up with free wrist bands that we can come back and use anytime we want in the waterpark. So, that was very nice of them. We got wristbands for all three of us and we'll use it some day after swim classes are over and we want something to do. The cost for the wristbands are $9 during the week and $12 on the weekend. So, the 3 wristbands themselves cost about as much as our 8 weeks of swim lessons (less if we go during the week or more if we go on a weekend.) Crazy.
We have 3 more weeks of swim lessons. I am not sure if we will sign up for them again at the waterpark. The changing situation is less than ideal and it's pretty noisy. Although I am sure daddy likes the concession stand. He has snacks and watches us as we swim. The Tennis Center doesn't offer classes unles 1 1/2 years old and another hotel does swim lessons, but I am not sure the changing situatio would be much better. This summer we will take swim lessons at our local outdoor pool, plus we'll buy a family membership to the pool and go there during open swim times. I hear we are supposed to have a scorcher of a summer, so we may be using that membership a lot.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
No crawling yet, but she's working on it. She getting that butt in there air. Daddy almost made her crawl to get the pacifier she really wanted.
This Kitty Will Let Me Pet It.