Anya’s End of the Year Show

Filed under: Anya,school,video — by Lauren on June 22nd, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

Anya’s first (half) year of preschool came to a close last week.  Her class had their end of the year show for the parents on June 11th.  It was very cute – the kids sang several songs, most of which we’ve been hearing for weeks from Anya.  Just like at her Hannukah party and Passover seder, Anya started out a little overwhelmed by the crowd, but after a hug and some encouraging words from Mommy, she joined in with the rest of her class and did a great job.  I was so proud of her!

Happy Father’s Day 2009!

Filed under: photos — by Lauren on June 21st, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

Happy Father’s Day to the world’s best Daddy, Grandpa, and Papa Ducky (unfortunately not pictured – the zoom on the camera can’t quite make it to Tucson…)!

See lots more pictures here.

Sierra is six months old (and then some)!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos,Sierra,symptoms,tmi,video — by Lauren on @ 9:51 pm

Dear Sierra,

I am so sorry your six months update is two weeks late.  Can I blame the demands of packing up an entire house for the delay (even though Daddy is doing much more work than I am)?


Sweet little Sierra is already 6 months old! That’s HALF a YEAR. Wow. She had her checkup a few weeks ago – 16 lbs, 5 oz, and 26 1/2 inches. I switched her over to her 6-9 months clothes about a month ago. She probably could have continued to wear her 3-6 months things a little longer, but I have a much better summer selection in the larger size. For reasons I don’t quite understand, she is now wearing a SIZE 4 diaper! How is that possible? Anya was bigger than Sierra at the same age, and Anya didn’t start wearing size 4 until she was fourteen months!

So much can happen in two weeks; I feel like Sierra is barely the same baby she was when she actually turned six months old. For example:

  • At six months, Sierra wasn’t at all mobile.  Now, she is pushing herself backwards (not quite intentionally) and spinning herself in circles (definitely intentionally), and she’s at least thinking about trying to crawl.  She finally rolled from her back to her belly a few days after her six month birthday, but she’s only done it a few times since then.
  • At six months, Sierra was sleeping in our room, often in our bed, and waking every two hours or more.  Since then, we moved her to her crib – which was extremely bittersweet for me – and each night is getting a little better.  Last night she slept from 8:2o pm until 2 am without waking up!  She still ends up in our bed sometime around 4 am, but we’re okay with that.  I kind of look forward to it.  Oh, and she’s been sleeping on her belly for the last week or so.
  • At six months, Sierra wasn’t eating much of anything solid, aside from gnawing on cucumbers or apple slices.  In the last week, she’s become a bit more open to eating baby food.  She doesn’t eat much – maybe two teaspoons or so.  She doesn’t open her mouth very wide, almost using the spoon like a straw, but she’s still getting something and has seemed to like everything she’s been offered so far except bananas.  It does seem that she would REALLY prefer to eat table food, but she gags on almost everything except puffed rice cereal, so she’s going to have to be a bit more patient.
  • At six months, Sierra was toothless, but two days ago she cut her first tooth!

Some things are still the same.  Sierra still loves to clap her hands, and waving is making a comeback.  I’m fairly certain she signs “milk” now and sometimes it seems like she’s trying to sign “more” (but it looks like clapping so it’s hard to tell).  She still doesn’t put anything in her mouth other than her hands.  We asked the doctor about that at her appointment, and he said that while it’s not typical, it’s nothing to cause concern.  She certainly loves to grab anything within her reach and shake it, bang it, crumple it – whatever seems fun!

She also adores jumping, whether it’s in her jumper or on my lap.  And let’s not forget shrieking!  There’s been no change in that.  She doesn’t really babble yet – we get a consonant here and there, but mostly we hear a lot of shrieks, Mmmmms, Has, and another favorite sound – Bpfffft!

Here’s a few clips of Sierra over the last month:

Sierra’s been in a bit of a Mommy phase lately.  She starts to cry if we’re in the same room and someone else is holding her, but usually if she can’t see me, she’s fine.  Lex, I really hope you believe me when I tell you not to take it personally.  You know she’s going to end up a Daddy’s girl like Anya anyway.  I think Sierra looks A LOT like Lex:

TMI About Poop Section: Last thing – and Lex and I disagree about this – Sierra’s has some tummy issues.  Basically, she consistently has explosive, giant, pure liquid poops that leak right through the liner of every diaper we try.  Part of moving her up to size 4 was because I needed a bigger diaper to contain the mess (although they do fit her better anyway and frankly, they still don’t contain it unless I change her the second after she poops).  This was my main concern at her six month appointment, and the doctor – our favorite in the practice – felt that what I described was in the range of normal for a breastfed baby.  After giving it a few days more thought, I decided I really don’t think it’s normal and we brought her back for a second opinion with another doctor in the practice, this time with a diaper to illustrate the problem.  He also isn’t particularly concerned, but he suggested that we bring her to a pediatric gastroenterologist to rule out any real problems and mainly to put my mind at ease.

Unlike Anya, who also had this problem at this age due to a colitis medication I started taking then, Sierra has had this issue on and off since birth, but without an obvious correlation to the medication (which I began taking again when she was about two months old).  Thankfully, also unlike Anya, Sierra has not lost any weight.  I think part of what contributes to how explosive it all is is that Sierra generally only goes once a day, sometimes skipping a day, even skipping THREE days.   I know that the pattern itself is normal, but I have a hard time believing that I just have to accept that every poop-filled diaper is going to leak because of how liquidy her poops are.  I spend the day dreading the inevitable deluge, especially when she holds it in until the evening.  At least when she goes in the morning I don’t spend the day waiting for it; I can put her in clothes without thinking about how easily I’ll be able to get them off of her in a public place if they end up covered in poop.  I can’t imagine taking her in the pool this summer – no swim diaper is going to contain that mess.  In my gut, I don’t think that this is normal, but if the pediatric GI tells me it is, I will believe him – but I don’t have to like it!  Her appointment is scheduled for the first week in August, though we’re on the cancellation list and may end up being seen sooner.


Filed under: Anya,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on June 20th, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

Anya has recently gotten much better at counting objects accurately. Today during lunch she told me she had six peapods on her plate, which was correct. She picked one up to eat it, and I asked her how many she had left. She counted again – five. When she ate the next one, I asked her again how many she had left, and WITHOUT counting she told me, “Four!” She got it right for the next two as well. Maybe there’s still hope that she’ll enjoy math as much as I do…

Twinkle Toes

Filed under: Anya,video — by Lex on June 7th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

Anya’s dance recital was today, and Lauren and I agree — she performed absolutely magnificently.


Filed under: baby's progress,Sierra,video — by Lauren on June 1st, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

Lex and I decided this morning to hold off on baby food for at least a week or so. Sierra’s just not into it, and she was starting to get upset when I tried to feed her (It’s the ghost of Anyas Past!). We’re okay with not rushing things.

Tonight, at dinner, Sierra was practically jumping out of her Bumbo and smacking her lips at the sight of my dinner. I just couldn’t see a not-even-6-month-old eating a veggie burger, but I held up a cucumber slice to see what she would do. I thought she was going to swallow it whole! She was ecstatic about sucking on it and “chewing” it. She even managed to get it into her mouth herself once. Then she discovered that shaking it and dropping it were also a lot of fun, but if she decided she wanted more and I didn’t get it up to her mouth fast enough, she made her displeasure known. The kid knows what she wants, that’s for sure.

After I turned off the camera, I tried cutting some into TINY pieces for her. She thought that was pretty awesome, too. She still gagged on a few pieces, but she did successfully swallow most of what I gave her. I think she ended up eating about one-twelfth of a slice of cucumber, but hey, that’s progress. I’m going to pick up some of the puffed rice cereal that Anya started out eating, and maybe we’ll try giving Sierra a few tiny bits of banana tomorrow. Still, I have to ask again, what do my babies have against eating baby food from a spoon?