Saturday, October 26, 2013

Baby T standing

Baby T still only walks at most a few steps at a time, but her standing is becoming increasingly casual.  She also will take a leap of faith between two supports.  She is showing more and more confidence about her ability to stay upright.  But crawling still has its uses for rapid locomotion.

Baby T loves books

Baby T has lately been crawling over to us with board books, wanting us to read to her.  She doesn't stick around for the whole book (just two pages is enough for her), but she LOVES books.  She's sitting and squealing on a big pile of them right now.

One of her favorites is the Hungry Caterpillar book.  She gets impatient about sitting through the text.  What she wants is the "beautiful butterfly" at the end.

Now she's eating a Max and Ruby book.  Yum.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The elliptical machine came!

The long-awaited Schwinn elliptical machine we ordered has arrived!  I hear the rustling from downstairs as my husband takes it out of the box.  We have the college gym nearby, but we ordered this for the following reasons:

  • The college gym shuts down over Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other breaks when we really want it.
  • I think an elliptical machine will be safer around children than a treadmill.
  • My podiatrist encourages me to crosstrain (for instance with an elliptical machine) rather than to over-do walking
  • Back when we lived in our college rental (from 2007-2012), I ordered a terrible cheap manual treadmill for me, and despite its terribleness (it was like a big me-powered gerbil wheel), my husband got a lot out of it.  I think we'll do even better with a good elliptical machine.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baby T likes a doll

Previously, none of our kids had been into dolls (C at one point preferred to wrap trains in blankets and baby them).  Baby T, however, really likes the baby doll in a pink sleeper that I've allowed her to play with.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Big weekend

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • On Saturday, my husband and the big kids went to a parade on campus (briefly) and then he took C to her riding lesson.  D, Baby T and I walked to a hair appointment for D.  C finished her dress at a sewing machine store in the afternoon.  Later in the afternoon, we went to confession, bought shoes for D, had dinner at a Harley-themed burrito place and then in the evening, my husband put a new alternator into our car.  Big day.
  • Baby T had her 1 year doctor's appointment this morning.  She is 21 pounds 7 oz. and 29 inches long. Poor Baby T got four routine vaccinations today, a flu shot and a blood draw, for a total of six sticks.  Ow!
  • Baby T has been doing up to six steps.  She is more and more confident with her standing, but she'll often get down and crawl when it's more convenient.
  • Baby T has been enjoying her Very Hungry Caterpillar Book.  In fact, one week after getting it for her birthday, it is already noticeably chewed and bent (this is our second copy of the book).  She has been asking to have it and a Lord's Prayer book read to her, but she does tend to lose interest mid-way.  With the caterpillar book, though, it is clear that she is eagerly anticipating the butterfly page at the end, which is a big favorite with Baby T. 
  • I am continuing to wean Baby T.  I have a very exact schedule to help with tapering down and am trying to cut down at least 2 minutes every day.  I'm still breastfeeding just over 30 minutes a day, split between about 4 feedings.  Hopefully, we'll be down to 3 in a few days.  The trickiest part will be when it is time to drop the bedtime feeding, as up to now, I've been mostly just nursing Baby T to sleep.           

Friday, October 18, 2013

C works on her dress project

Here's some of what's happening:

  • After school, I took C to the quilt shop with her unfinished dress project (she missed 3/5 of the course due to illness) and C worked on it with a quilt shop lady for over 90 minutes.  If we can get in one more session, the quilt shop lady thinks C will finish.  Yay!  C has had the pieces in a box for the past three months.
  • During C's dressmaking, D and Baby T and I walked around the strip mall plaza.  We went to the Halloween store and D LOVED pushing the buttons of creepy animatronic ghosts and zombies.  Baby T was scared, though.  She hates near-human things that aren't human (like a decorative scare crow at the cafeteria). 
  • We went to the departmental potluck tonight.  My husband made pumpkin muffins.  He frosted half of them, which transformed them into cupcakes.  Baby T did a bunch of walking practice at the potluck.  I think she was doing 4+ steps at a time.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baby T is 1 and taking steps!

Here are some things that have been happening:

  • Baby T turned 1 on Thursday.  C had a volleyball game and a major birthday that night, so we confined our celebrations to handing Baby T a cafeteria cookie of her very own.  We (minus C) invited a college family out to the main green space to enjoy homemade stomp rockets, atlatl throwing, and an Aerobie.  There was a 16-month-old boy in the family we were playing with, and  D was SO impressed with his various accomplishments.
  • D really wants to see Baby T walking well.
  • I've started giving Baby T cow's milk in a sippy at meals.  She doesn't think much of it yet.
  • Yesterday, we had our real party for Baby T.  We invited a family of our neighbors and friends to meet us for dinner at the cafeteria.  Baby T enjoyed pizza and banana while wearing a red dress with white polka dots (of the sort Minnie Mouse would appreciate).  We then enjoyed stomp rockets and atlatl at a different green space and tried to get a BIG rocket up into the sky, without success.  Then it was dark and we went home for cake and prickly pear soda (C wanted to make sure everybody had some) and diet root beer.
  • I baked the cake from a store mix, but C frosted and decorated it to say "Happy Birthday T" with a pink and blue border and pink flowers (somewhat cherry blossom-looking).  She is getting to be a very adequate cake decorator.  
  • Baby initially tossed aside her slice of cake without giving it a chance, but we gave her a second slice and my husband mushed it into her mouth a little.  She eventually caught on.
  • My husband took 150 pictures yesterday.  
  • It got to be bedtime for some of our guests, so they went home.  I washed up Baby T, dressed her for bed, and then she opened gift bags (with assistance).  The big kids LOVED Baby T's new xylophone.  Everybody was up late playing with Baby T's toys.  
  • Baby T woke up this morning just after 5.  I fed her, and hung around her dark room with my laptop while she fitfully slumbered for another hour.  I handed her over to my husband once it was a decent hour and climbed back into bed myself.  She fell asleep again at 9:20 and has been down for 2.5+ hours.  I'm hoping this is not going to be a trend and that it doesn't mess with her bedtime.
  • This morning was the first time I've seen her methodically opening the cabinets in her bedroom.  I took some time this morning to move her clothes baskets to a higher shelf, as when she's running loose in her room, one of the first things she likes to do is to spread pjs all over the floor.  
  • Baby T's current feeding schedule is 16 minutes total first thing in the morning, 8 minutes total before nap, 8 minutes total after nap and 16 minutes total at bedtime.  I need to drop one of those middle of the day feedings (probably the after nap one) and shorten the morning feeding a little.  
  • As of yesterday, Baby T is able to stand for extended periods of time.  She has also repeatedly taken two steps at a time.  Most impressively, she can stand up without pulling up.  Once she can walk a little better, we should hit the children's museum.  
  • The big kids are very impressed by Baby T's standing.     


I was in the fabulous new HEB grocery store checking out when the checker (for demographic purposes, a young black guy) noticed I was buying a ham-and-cheese quiche.  He asked his two male colleagues who were helping him if that was like a pot pie.  "It's kind of like an egg pie," I explained and added, "Don't worry--back in the 80s, they said, 'Real men don't eat quiche.'  It's OK not to know what a quiche is."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two steps

Baby T has taken two steps at a time.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Walking with help

This evening, we were enjoying the green space in the courtyard of the new residence hall/dining hall complex.  D was doing cartwheels and T was doing practice walking while holding hands.  I eventually got a turn with her and discovered an interesting fact.  Instead of being towed along by her helper, Baby T is actually quite self-propelled.  She just needs a little help with her balance.  She really enjoys this.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Baby T takes a step!

Baby T is a skilled cruiser and she has been enjoying practicing her stepping while her daddy holds her hands.  She has been occasionally managing to balance while standing independently, but it's not something she can do at will or for very long.  

Today's progress was that she took one step while standing independently.  This is her very first step.  Her birthday is in a few days, so this is nicely timed.