Wednesday, January 29, 2014

5m 2w

This weeks highlights:

Julia can sit up with minimal support. If you get her balanced she can sit alone for a minute or two before slumping or tipping.

Her favorite toys this week are her fabric book (in German) and her v-tech sit and stand play station.

This week Julia tried out her tricycle. She is still way too small of course but we can tell she is going to be a hammerhead like her Daddy!

Solid food- we are beginning solids slowly. We are doing it a little differently than most people... The trendy name is 'baby led weaning' but really it just means self-feeding. Instead of spooning pureed food into her mouth we let her 'eat' any food she can get to her own mouth. The developmental theory is that babies should learn to eat by learning to chew first and swallow second. Either way, at this point anything she chews on is mostly for fun and her nourishment still comes from mommy milk. So far she has tried avacado, banana, and pancakes. Julia mostly likes sitting with mommy and daddy at the table like a big girl :)  The days of dinner and straight into the bath have begun! 

Those are the highlights from this week. We hope our friends and family across the country are staying warm.  It's odd watching news coverage of the 'polar vortex' impacting the country while we are in shirts and t- shirts.  We love having guests so let us know if you want to escape the cold and come visit!

Friday, January 17, 2014

5 months!

So I need to do a catch up post (but this isn't it) because so much has happened in the last 3 weeks. But for now I will just tell you that our previous girl is 5 months old.

5! Five!! FIVE!!!

How is this possible? I'm sure I just held her for the first time a month ago. I've only been snuggling her tiny cute head for a few weeks. No way I've been kissing her itsy bitsy feet for FIVE MONTHS!

A few quick facts-

She still eats 95% mommy milk (pumped) in 4-5 feedings a day. (Formula comes in handy if we are caught out longer than we expected.)

She weighs approx 13 lbs which all keeps her in the 'tiny' end of the curve.

She started crawling/scooting at 4.5 months and can get to anywhere she wants. It's not a pretty crawl yet, more of a shuffle/crawl/lunge combo but is crazy since she is so small.

She still sleeps 12 hours a night and takes 2-3 naps each day. She usually wakes up happy and 'talks' to herself in her crib until I come get her.

She does not like to wait for her bottle. When it's time to eat, it's time! She gets MAD if she sees me filling the bottle but then put it into the hot water to warm up. She wants it NOW! She doesn't however want it too cold... That contradiction seems pointless to explain.

She still looks just like her Daddy...

Overall she is a very happy, very active, little girl who seems to love life. We are so over-the-moon happy that she is our daughter!

(The last two pictures show how much Julia looks like Chad as a baby.)