She is doing great at daycare and loves watching all the action in her classroom. She is definitely the nosiest baby there! I've begun weaning her, after her first full day home with Daddy - it went so well with him feeding her formula from the sippy and she ended up sleeping 7 hours that night! I'm now nursing her 3 or 4 times a day and the rest of her "milk" comes from the sippy. She is still very strong-willed about it though and frequently refuses to drink so we'll just see how this whole process goes!
It has been a crazy few weeks in our house but mostly good. I've started back to school and am getting used to our new routine which includes earlier rising, daycare three times a week, and trying to get organized with my work! Olivia is doing well in daycare. I really like her preschool and the caregivers in her infant room. She really enjoys being around the other babies and the different toys they have there. We've found a sippy cup she'll use (the Nuby cup from the dollar bin a Walmart - go figure...) but she's still not taking very much from it. I spoke with our pediatrician and she assures me that as long as Olivia is having at least 6 wet diapers in a 24 hour period, she'll be fine.
We've had lots of family in town the last little while, some from previously planned visits but several due to Hurricane Gustav. Thankfully, everyone is well but not everyone has electricity. It was so much fun to see Olivia interact with family members she doesn't get to see every day.
Olivia cut her first tooth last weekend and then three days ago we noticed that her second tooth has broken through as well! Add that to the runny/stuffy nose she's had lately and it's been superfun around here during the night. Her hair is really growing quickly now that it's finally coming in and I just love to rub her fuzzy little head.
We had a day last week of wonderfully cooler weather and it made me realize how ready for fall I am. We have so much to look forward to!
Olivia turned 7 months old on Friday! Incredible, huh? She continues to grow, learn and amaze us with her new skills. Most recently, she's scooting all over the place, rocking on her hands and knees, and she's started to say "ba-ba-ba." Just yesterday, she started making a new face when she's happy or excited with a big smile and she wrinkles her nose. SOOOOOOO CUTE!
That's all I have time for right now but I promise to post more soon about going back to work, beginning daycare, food stuff, and all with pictures, I promise!
*Being sung to - especially the Alphabet Song
*Having her ribs tickled and kissed
*Watching the dog run around the house
*Being independent in her exersaucer
*Grabbing her feet and trying to get her toes into her mouth.
*The 5 to 10 minutes before she finally falls asleep
*Getting her fingernails clipped. (Mama has resorted to biting them - it may be gross but totally effective!)
NOT SURE ABOUT
*Baby food - especially apples. She much prefers sweet potatoes at the moment.
She is a sweet, happy baby and a total joy to be around 99% of the time. She is still not a great sleeper - taking an average of 2 short naps during the day and only sleeping 3 to 3.5 hours in a stretch at night. Her refux has really seemed to be much better. She still throws up sometime - but more and more it's just a normal amount of spit up rather than the huge projectile pukes we used to get.
She rolls quite a bit now but still has a preference of which way she rolls. I don't know what constitutes "sitting up" for a baby, but she can prop herself up without tumping over for about 10 seconds. I wouldn't say she's upright so much but we're on our way there! :)
We've started a little baby food - some sweet potatoes and most recently apples. We'll try some oatmeal cereal mixed with breastmilk next. I'm also excited about making pureed avocado for her to try. I read here that the LLL recommends it as a good food choice for breastfed babies.
We've settled into our new house and it's wonderful. About 20 minutes from where we previously lived but close enough to everyone and everything in our daily lives. When the school year begins again, it will be the first time that I've had a commute longer than 5 minutes! I know, I've been spoiled.
I've been researching and visiting daycare centers. Since I work 2.5 days a week, I'll be putting Olivia somewhere for 3 days each week. The fact that someone else will be caring for your child certainly seems more real when you visit the centers and see all the babies there! I'm doing o-kay with the idea at this point but I'm most worried about the fact that Olivia still isn't taking a bottle right now. I've bought the Breastflow bottles available at Target but we really haven't tried it yet. Since I'm home with her all day it's so easy and convenient for me to just nurse her. I really don't have a plan to make this work, y'all - have any of you mommies out there dealt with this? Help!
Olivia had her 4-month checkup today and here are her stats: Weight: 12lbs. 14oz (27 %ile) Height: 25in. (72 %ile) Head: 16.25in. (52 %ile)
She's hitting all of her developmental milestones so everything looks good! Instead of posting new pictures, I decided to go a step further - video! Here is Miss Olivia showing off her mad rolling skillz. The still shot that Blogger picked for the video screen is a little odd, don't you think? My mouth was too close to the mike on my camera so beware of excessive volume. :) Enjoy!
Thank you Jesus for the amazing gift you have given me in my daughter.
- Focus in on people's faces - especially their lips when they speak to her
- Focus on and intently watch the light-up sun on her activity mat
- Smile when someone talks to her or when she recognizes Mama's face
- Hold her head up almost all the time - when you hold her or when she has tummy time
- Roll over from her tummy to her back
Each day she continues to grow, change, and develop. She has increasing control of her head and holds it up often to look around. Her legs are really strengthening as well. Now when you hold her up she'll press down and hold some of her weight. We notice now that she can really focus in on our faces rather than just scanning around. It's just amazing when she turns and nails us with her serious little stare.
We'll be going for her 2-month checkup soon where she'll get her first big round of immunizations. I'm glad she'll be building her immunity but I am definitely not looking forward to her distress at getting the shots.
The next few weeks will be very busy - including St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Olivia's baptism. I can hardly wait for all the hreat memories we'll be making!
Our doctor has reserved a spot for us at the hospital on the night of Feb. 11th if Olivia hasn't arrived by then (as a backup plan) but stated that she was dubious that we'd last that long. Somehow I think Olivia will be coming sometime before then.
Tonight I got my hair trimmed & a pedicure. This weekend, we're installing the car seat. Bags are packed & ready to go. At this point, I just need to wrap things up at work and we'll really be as ready as we can be. Wahoo!!!
As of today, Olivia is estimated to weigh 5 lb. 2 oz. and is about 17.5 inches long! Totally amazing. She's head down, facing my right side which means that her bottom is in my left ribs and her feet are in my right!
It was great to see her again and it's hard to believe that we've got only a month or less to go! Wow!
David and I took advantage of the nice weather and went to the Dallas Arboretum. Despite the significant wind, we had a nice lunch and a great time walking around the gardens.
Olivia's nursery is now complete - her glider has been purchased and is in her room! Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, we now have the vast majority of items we'd need for our hospital stay or first few weeks. We still have to get some miscellaneous nursing supplies, the diaper pail & stroller frame, but we have her diaper bag (packed), her car seat (not yet installed), and thanks to a wonderful baby shower this weekend, she now has three new pairs of shoes! What else could a girl possibly want?