Words words words

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on August 29th, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

Anya has added some new words to her vocabulary recently.  She says “hi” and “bye-bye” perfectly (and usually waves while doing so).  She tries to say “Charlie,” though it comes out more like “Harley.”  Tonight at dinner we realized she says “peek-a-boo.”  She kept covering her eyes and then saying “a-boo” or “ba-ba-boo,” and when we figured it out and starting doing it back to her, she got very excited.  Also, she now signs “water” and sometimes tries to say it.  Such a chatterbox!  The only weird thing is that “more” has gotten a little messed up.  Her sign has become less defined, and she’s been saying “mah! mah!” instead of “moooore” for some reason.  Hopefully that’ll correct itself soon.

Day Care

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on August 28th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

Anya started going to day care this week. She went for an hour yesterday and two hours today. So far, it’s been a little rough on both of us, but more so on her. Both days she cried when I left. When I called to check in on her yesterday, the teacher told me that she had cried for a while, but they eventually got her interested in some toys and she calmed down. Today, though, she wouldn’t let any of the staff put her down or she screamed. She did let them put her in the feeding chair, and she actually ate half of the baby food bananas I sent, as well as some of the table foods. When I came to pick her up, she was still eating lunch, and though her eyes were red, she wasn’t crying and seemed happy. However, as soon as she saw me, she burst into tears and it took a few minutes for her to calm down.  After that, she was all smiles, waving and saying “Bye bye” to everyone.

I feel so sad and guilty that she’s so upset while she’s there.  They actually asked me if she’d ever been around other babies before, since she seemed so overwhelmed!  She can be pretty slow to warm up to new experiences and environments, but usually within a half hour or so she’s ready to explore.  This seems pretty extreme for her, but then again, she’s never been in a situation like this, away from Mommy and Daddy with people she doesn’t know.  I hope she starts feeling more comfortable there soon.

10 months update

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos,video — by Lauren on August 21st, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

10 months!  So big!

Anya turned 10 months old this past Sunday! Hard to believe our little baby girl is almost a year old! She went to the doctor today, and aside from having laryngitis (AGAIN – 4th time!), she’s doing fabulously. She weighed 20 lbs even (60th percentile) and was 28 1/2 inches long (70th percentile). Hooray, she grew! Right now she’s somewhere in between her 6-9 month and 9-12 month clothes, and I realized this morning that I need to go out and get her some pants that fit; it’s gotten much cooler in the last week, and she doesn’t have too much in 9-12 months for the fall season. 

Happy is THE word to describe Anya. Whenever she’s excited about something or hears some music, she does what we call her happy dance – shaking on her tush with a big grin. She loves to play with her toys and chase Charlie around the house, and I think she must sing to herself. She knows all of the motions for “Open, Shut Them” now and sometimes I catch her doing them even though I’m not singing the song to her. She’s a total daddy’s girl – no one gets smiles from her like he does, but she still comes to mom for cuddles and hugs (and milk, of course).

Anya’s crawling, pulling up, and cruising all over the place. She’d like to stand on her own, but she’s not quite there yet. She continues to be a big chatterbox, and her verbal skills are really starting to bloom. Aside from signing and some talking (see the video!), she’s also pointing at lots of things and saying “Ooh!” when she’s excited about what she sees. She still knows “So big!” and now can answer both “How much does Mommy love you?” by lifting her hands up in the air and “Where’s your head?” by putting her hands on her head.

So now Anya’s willing to eat some baby food, but only when we’re out of the house. I think the distraction of being at a restaurant or with other babies keeps her from remembering she doesn’t like being fed. At home, she often won’t let us feed her even finger foods anymore. She only wants to feed herself, and she’s starting to insist on big chunks of some foods instead of small pieces: 

Mmm!  Canary melon!

Given the choice, I think Anya wouldn’t eat anything other than steamed peas, American cheese, blueberries, and Cheerios, but as long as she can feed herself she’ll eat at least a few bites of whatever we give her. Anya loves to share her food with others and enjoys feeding her mom and dad (By the way, do you know what’s not delicious? Half-gummed veggie bologna that’s covered in bananas). The only thing she will not share is her cup – if you dare to try to take her water away before she’s finished, you will incur her wrath in a big way.

Another great month! This next month should be interesting – I’m going back to work part-time and Anya starts daycare. I said it before, but I think it’s going to be good for Anya to spend some time in a group setting with new people. Hopefully she’ll learn to be a little more flexible.

The art of distraction

Filed under: funny — by Lauren on August 18th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

Anya is not particularly concerned with her personal hygiene. She does not like it when we clean her face or hands after she eats and often tries to escape during diaper changes. Lucky for me, Anya is easily distracted (as are most babies, I bet), and I exploit that whenever I can. Yesterday after a rather messy banana I needed to clean her face, and she was not having it. It didn’t help that her nose was runny and I needed to deal with that as well. She was batting my hands away and turning her head every time I got close (while screeching, of course), so I handed her the lid to a tub of cottage cheese, and at once she was fascinated. I was able to get her face and hands cleaned up while she examined and tried to eat the lid, and even after I was finished, she still wanted to play with it. Ah, the simple life of babies.

Speech! Speech!

Filed under: baby's progress,news — by Lex on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

A little over a week ago, Anya spoke her first official word. Drumroll please…

And the winner is: More!

If Anya eats the last Cheerio, grain of rice cereal, or other bite of tasty food whilst in her high chair, she will often now say “more” to indicate she’d like — you guessed it — more. She generally pronounces it something like “mowuh.” And to make a cool thing even cooler, Ani usually signs “more” while she says it.

“More” joins “Uh-oh” as a Frequently Heard Anyaism. Originally, Anya had mastered the sounds of “Uh-oh,” but not the appropriate context or usage. This past week, she’s started saying “Uh-oh” in situations where it really applies (though she still sometimes just says it for fun).

What other words does Anya speak, you ask? Good question.

She days “duck” — uniquely. She generally says it in a sort of growl, and usually eschews the “k” consonant sound at the end: “Duhhhhhhh!” She loves to exclaim it in our duck-themed bathroom, or when playing with one of her rubber duckies. When asked to find her duck, she knows exactly what to go for.

When Anya’s thirsty, she finds her mommy and says: “Mih! Mih! Mih!” while aggressively signing milk.

When she’s full, or bored with whatever she’s playing with, or frustrated with the slowness of a diaper change, Anya will sign “finished” quite clearly. When she’s hungry, she’ll sign “eat.”

And while she hasn’t perfected “Mommy” or “Daddy,” she does know which sound goes with which parent. “Ma ma ma ma” and “Da da da da” are the versions she uses.

Besides being able to find a duck, Anya also knows what you’re talking about when you mention “monkey,” “water,” “cheese,” and “Cheerios.”

And perhaps MOST AMAZINGLY OF ALL, Anya actually dictated this very blog post. Dah dah dah dah blooo.

Look how much I’ve grown!

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

Anya tried climbing into her swing yesterday, so I put her in it for a little while. Even though she hasn’t used it for weeks, maybe months, she still had fun, and I was struck by how huge she looked in it. I found a picture of her in the swing from November 30, when she was about a month and half old. Look how much she’s grown since then:

1 1/2 months old almost 10 months old

Cruisin’

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on August 8th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

The couch is no longer a safe haven for things we don’t want Anya to have.  Anya can pull up on practically any surface (including the back of my knees earlier today) and is cruising all over the place.  She’s not too fast yet, thank goodness, but not even Charlie can escape her grabby hands anymore.  She transitions pretty well from one piece of furniture to the next, and she’s getting the hang of getting down from standing by plopping on her tush.  I don’t think she’ll be walking on her own anytime soon, but it won’t be for lack of trying on her part.

On a side note, she also learned how to click her tongue and finds it hysterical when I do it back to her.  Very cute.

2 pieces of good news

Filed under: news,symptoms — by Lauren on August 5th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

#1 – I am going back to work in September! A fantastic part-time teaching position in the Manalapan school district (where I attended elementary and middle school) more or less fell into my lap. It’s a resource position in a 6th grade classroom, teaching only two periods in the afternoon. I wouldn’t need to be at work until noon, and I’ll be able to leave by 2:30. I’ll get to spend the whole morning and most of the afternoon with Anya, but I’ll still be able to teach. My mom is going to watch her two days a week, and we enrolled her in one of the local Goddard Schools for the other three. A lot of what I’ll take home from my salary is going to end up paying for day care, but that’s okay. I don’t consider the real benefit of this job the money; it’s more about getting my foot in the door so that when I’m ready to go back full-time, I already have experience with the district. The job doesn’t provide any insurance benefits since it’s considered a .372 position, but it is on a tenure track and it applies towards a pension. I’m very excited about this, and I think day care is going to be a positive experience for Anya.

#2 – Anya is finally back to nursing 100% of the time! No more formula! I’m still taking the medication that had been upsetting her stomach, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering her anymore. We decided awhile ago to try introducing breastmilk on post-medication days very slowly, one breast, one feeding at a time. We started with the last feeding of the day and worked back to the morning feeding. Well, as of last weekend, we finally cut out the last bottle of formula, and Anya has been doing wonderfully. Poop Watch 2007 is officially over – and I hope I never need to see my breast pump again!