Saturday, June 12, 2010

Super Sitter

Dear Lil' Ladybug,

I am happy to announce that you have officially made your entrance into the super special world of the independant sitters! You've been able to sit for weeks now, but you still had that cute topsy turvy quality that often resulted in you looking up at me with a sweet puzzled smile.

This may seem like a very small accomplishment, and in a way it is, but it is amazing to see you view the world in different directions. Now that you can sit, you have been more in tune to touching and feeling the world around you. Just this morning you and I sat on the porch and played with Am-e, your cute black kitty. You looked at him in a completely new way, once you realized that you could put your hand out and touch him you were hooked. I did have to stop you though when you started pulling on the cat's whiskers!

Sitting on the porch was a nice little break from your mini-tantrum this morning. You are definitely teething, and you like to make every one within a 2 mile radius aware of that fact. You have always been a super happy baby, and rarely cry, but this week has been a little different. On Thursday I picked you up from daycare and you smiled and cooed as usual, but when we got home....well, that all changed. You screamed and screamed, so I made a bottle even though it wasn't time for it. When that didn't soothe you, we walked, then we danced, then we rocked, then we tried a paci, then we walked again, then we tried the bottle again, and so on... Then when I was nearly ready to surrender I laid you in your crib and simply asked, "what can I do for you?" to which you looked at me with a quivering chin and answered with a long resounding 'whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'. Seeing this, I scooped you up once again and put you back on my tear drenched shoulder, and opened the front door and went outside.

Suprisingly it worked! Just walking out onto the porch made all of the difference in the world! You instantly stopped crying, and seemed much calmer. You still weren't your normal happy self, but the tears stopped and you finally relaxed. We rocked back and forth in the rocker swatting the occasional bug until our Knight in Shining Armor came home. ...And you can never be too upset when you see your daddy! (Yes, my dear, you are officially a daddy's girl.)

It didn't help matters when, on Friday, your daddy took you to the doctor for your 6 month check up. ...yuck! You got a nice healthly round of shots, which made your legs super sore. A necessary evil, I'm afraid. You speant most of the evening sprawled out on my tummy or in my lap and going in and out of sleep.

Well, you seem to be waking up from your morning nap, so I'd better stop here.

I love you Ladybug.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mommy Loves You

Dear Ladybug,

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that I have been really busy lately, but I love you and I am so proud of all of your little developments. You are such a big girl now! You wake up every morning between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. giggling and talking to your Lamb, who your daddy and I named Lamb Bam, because you throw him around like a champ.

You are really doing well with eating solid foods. We started feeding you solids around 4 months. You started with applesauce, because, well, who hates applesauce?...answer...YOU! finally warmed up to applesauce, and now you eat it all the time! Once applesauce along with rice and oatmeal were introduced, we started getting ambitious! Soon after you started bannanas, then sweet potatoes, pears, peas, green beans, and tomorrow squash! Hooray!

You also had your first family vacation in April with Mommy, Daddy, Oma, and Uncle Cameron. We went to Destin, Florida, and we put your feet in the ocean water and the sand for the first time, and you were so brave! You didn't cry at all! In fact, the only time you cried was when we put you in the cold pool to try out your floatie. Later we realized that one of the other pools was heated. Oops! You ended up loving the water. You are really a beach babe!

You are also sitting now. So much so that when you were about 20 weeks old, your daddy put your Exersaucer together, and woohoo what a toy! We love watching you play in it, and your daddy and I know all of the sounds by heart. For instance, we have both commented on each other singing the Beatle-esq "Red, Yellow, and Blue" song, and I find myself humming it while I take blood pressures at the clinc. 'Gotta love it!

I think of you all of the time, and I love nothing more than sitting on the floor and playing with you. You almost crawled on Sunday! Not much longer! Daddy and I are trying to finish baby-proofing the house...whew...what a chore! We still need to put up a baby gate, hide electrical cords, and put baby locks on the lower kitchen cabinets.

Well, I should probably stop here. I have to get your bottles, and diaper bag ready for tomorrow, and it is an early day! We have to be at daycare right at six, so that mommy can get to a meeting.

Sleep well Ladybug! I can't wait to see you in the morning!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mini Monkey

Dear Lil' Lady Bug,

Although the road to eating solids has been a tricky one, I believe that we have turned our first corner. Thank goodness you seem to like bananas! This revelation comes after the horrific tales of "Applesauce"...truly a tragedy. Every time I would sit down to try and feed you a spoonful or two of Gerber 1st Foods Applesauce you would twist and turn your face as if you were silently screaming. You would then refuse to swallow the alien substance, and slowly let it run out of your mouth and down your chin. This act was soon followed by loud cries and demands for something you understand...a nice warm bottle full of Simlac. As always, I would then deliver the "back up bottle," and my hopes of teaching you how to eat with a spoon would die just a little more. "Oh well," I'd think, "at least she can diluted cereal through a bottle." But this morning after our routine cereal bottle, you surprised me with a fondness for bananas. I think that you ended up eating about 8 half-spoonfuls of the yellow stuff, which I consider a huge victory. In fact, you even leaned forward towards the spoon for the last few helpings, and I very happily delivered the goods, before handing you your baby doll so that you could attempt to also devour her fuzzy yellow head. You still had a somewhat confused face during the whole episode, but that is to be expected since you aren't used to the means of food delivery...a.k.a...a spoon. I have declared this a victory though, and plan to happily serve my "mini monkey" another portion of the fabulous fruit this afternoon when I get off work. Lol!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"You're getting sleepy...."

Dear Lil' Lady Bug,

You look so peaceful all curled up in your pink Boppy! I am constantly amazed at the effect that 4 small ounces of formula has on your growing little baby body. I swear it is like you have been given a tranquilizer!

I love watching you sleep, and sometimes (like this evening) you'll even give us a show. Although you are safely secured in your own private island in the Land of Nod, you still move your tiny little hands and fingers around, and make the funniest faces imaginable. Sometimes you even peek from behind your heavy eyelids and let out a weak coo or gurgle. I have no idea what you dream about, but I must say that I have reflected on the topic a time or two. Bottles? Baby Dolls? Mommy and Daddy? Who knows?!!

It feels like just yesterday, I was staying up all night in the hospital watching you sleep. You REALLY made faces then! Of course they were all just reflexes, but I had never watched a newborn sleep, and I was absolutely amazed at how your little face could twist and turn to show every type of emotion, without you even realizing that any change had occurred. I remember looking at your tiny little body and feeling so undeserving to be called your mother. Don't get me wrong I adore that title, but I had never encountered anyone or anything so innocent and sweet in my lifetime, and it seemed strange to know that you were the product of your father and I. I felt overwhelmed to know that the good Lord had trusted you with your daddy and I. It is a true moment of reckoning, and really makes everything that you once viewed as "important" seem small, and allows you to gain a true sense of perspective.

Well I should probably stop here, little one. Your daddy and I need to get some dinner so that we can attempt to you!!

Blah, Blah, Blog

Well, I finally did it. I have finally started a blog. I must admit that I've never really considered doing so until the recent birth of my daughter "Lady Bug." I always viewed blogs as an outlet for people to share their opinions about world matters, or to gab about their daily accomplishments, neither of which especially appealed to me personally. My reasoning for beginning this spiel of sorts is to keep a history of my family, much as my mother did for my younger brother and myself. She kept numerous journals on each of us through the years, that chronicled our lives and our rapid ascent into adulthood. So this blog, in short is dedicated to my Lady Bug and any other little critters that may follow her. My hope is that one day she will read these posts with fond memories, and a joyful heart, and know that her parents were real people who lived fully, and loved hard...and we're blessed to be the proud parents of a special little Lady Bug!