Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunny Days

It's so nice to finally have sunny days again.  We can go for walks, work in the garden, or just hang out on the back patio.  This weekend, we found a really cool disc golf course, had a picnic and were able to eat on the patio at the McMenamins down the street.  E loves riding in the stroller.  She looks around, giggles and squeals with delight.

Teething is the biggest issue these days.  We are waiting patiently for those teeth to erupt.  We can feel them below her gums, and when we do that, she gnaws on our fingers.  In fact, she gnaws on just about anything she can get her little hands on.  When we pull the chilled teething rings out of the fridge, she gets this crazed look on her face, which is followed by happy relief once the teether is in her mouth.

Her naps are changing as well.  Over the past week, she has been increasing her nap times from 30-45 minutes to 1-2 hours.  That has been nice.  Of course, we still never know when her long naps will strike, so we have yet to be able to do anything productive during naptime.

She's sitting up amazingly well, and rolled over with determination and planning on Friday.  All the other times she's rolled over have been by luck or mistake.  Mostly, she's been pissed being on her belly, tenses up her arms and wham-o, she's on her back.  This time, she was on her belly, saw a baby next to her, turned her torso toward him, then swung her legs over.  It was pretty cool to see.  To reward her, I put her back on her belly so she would do it again.  This really pissed her off and she put her face on the floor and cried.  She's a bit dramatic, this one.

She's getting very interested in our food at mealtimes, and her tongue-thrust reflex has lessened, so we'll be trying out some solids soon.  That should be a fun time!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Five Months

So it looks like I'm updating once a month, and if I end up getting cut off to change a diaper or nurse, I won't even finish my thought on an entry.  I will try not to do that, but life with an infant is living in the moment.

This month has been full of fun events!  E is sitting up well, her Grandma & Grampa Galli came to visit, and she has begun teething.  When those pesky teeth that wake her up in the middle of the night will show themselves is the mystery.  Until that time, we have frozen pacifiers, teething rings in the fridge, and homeopathic teething drops to get us through.

We're in the home stretch for solid foods, just waiting for her to grab ours to let us know she's ready.  I made a bunch of baby food with some friends of mine, and we have a bunch waiting for her in the freezer -- carrots, pears, green beans, pumpkin & squash, broccoli, chicken and potatoes.  It will be fun to take pictures and videos when she starts in on those foods.Smile

Spring has finally come to the NW, so we're taking more walks, which E loves.  On Saturday, we spent the entire day outside, playing disc golf and walking.  Not once did she act like her teeth were bothering her.  She is an outdoor girl!