Sierra is 10 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,photos,Sierra,video — by Lauren on October 14th, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

Sierra Claire turned 10 months old on October 6th!  The scale reported she weighs approximately 19 lbs, so it’s probably a little more.  We transitioned her to 9-12 months clothes recently.  They’re a little big, but she needed winter clothes and it didn’t make sense to buy her new clothes in a 9 months size.  The tooth count is still four.  Number 5 and 6 have been visible under her gums for eons.  What are they waiting for?

This was a big month for Sierra!  She mastered crawling at around 9 1/2 months old and is now unstoppable.  Nothing gives her more pleasure than to escape the room, especially if she thinks someone is chasing her.  She’s such a little imp, and finds trouble wherever she can.  Even though she still doesn’t put too many toys in her mouth, somehow she manages to find and try to eat every speck of dirt that is invisible to everyone else.  She also likes to “walk” while someone holds her hands.  Like many other new skills, Sierra pulled up to standing one day and then didn’t do it again for weeks.  She finally pulled up again earlier this week.  For some reason, outside the tub is the only place she can do it for now.

Our happy little imp:

Happy Little Imp

Sierra’s communication skills have really started to explode.  She has three definite words – Dada, all done, and her newest, doggie (sounds like dawdie) – and a whole bunch of others that she may or may not be saying or at least repeating; it’s so hard to tell for sure at this stage.  Now she babbles “mamama” a whole lot more, and sometimes it seems like she says it specifically to call me.  She signs more, eat, all done, and milk really well, and tries to sign apple, daddy, mommy, play, water… I’m sure I’m forgetting some.  Sierra points to things that capture her attention, and can show you where the animal picture and frog decals are in her room.  She also identifies her head by patting it, and is working on locating her tongue, belly, and toes.  She now claps and raises her hands for hooray when we sing, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and sometimes makes an “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”  Music makes her so happy.  She loves to dance!

One other cool thing from this month – Sierra has started to figure out what certain objects are for and how to imitate using them.  If you hand her her shoes, she tries to put them on her feet.  She will bring a comb or her bow up to her hair.  I showed her how to use a toy spoon and bowl to “feed” a baby doll, and now she does the same.  Hand her a phone, and she’ll “chat” away.

Here are some videos from the past month:

“Quacking” like a duck, making funny noises, and “So big!” again:

Early crawling, tearing up the play mat, eating, enjoying the escape:

Sesame Place

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lex on October 12th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

We went back.

It was awesome. See all the photos here.

Anya Spells Her Name

Filed under: Anya,baby's progress,photos,video — by Lauren on October 6th, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

For a few weeks now Anya has been telling us “A-N-Y-A spells Anya.” This morning she was playing with the letter magnets on our fridge and she told me, “Look, I’m spelling my name.” Usually she tells me she’s spelling words and she’s just put random letters together, but today I looked and she had put down A-N-Y. She was looking for another A, but there’s only one of each letter in that set, so I found her another one from a different set and she finished it. It’s me and Lex, so of course we took pictures. 😉

This afternoon we were messing around with my computer and I was showing her how she could type letter and make them show up on the screen. I asked her if she wanted to type her name, and she did.

Holy crap. I have a kid who’s old enough to spell her own name. I have a kid who’s ALMOST THREE. When did that happen?  There’s no way I’m old enough for that.

More new things, and “More!”

Filed under: baby's progress,video — by Lauren on September 24th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

Sierra pulled up to standing  – twice! – for the first time tonight.  Apparently she REALLY wanted to know what was going on in the tub while Anya was having her bath.

I was able to catch Sierra signing “more” on video the other day.  Sometimes she tries to say it as well, though she didn’t while I was recording her this time:

Forgotten and New Things

Filed under: Anya,baby's progress,photos,Sierra — by Lauren on September 21st, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

Forgot to post when Sierra was 8 months old – she plays peek-a-boo by hiding her head on someone’s chest or on the floor and then popping up with a big smile.

Forgot to post when Sierra was 9 months old – she points at things that excite her or capture her attention.

New and exciting – As of last Friday, Sierra officially mastered rolling from her back to her belly.  She had been rolling around on our bed for the two nights before that, but now she’s all over the floor.  Also as of last Friday, we have bid adieu to the high chair.  She has not been a fan from day one, and Lex and I finally had enough of listening her to scream to get out.  We decided to try her out in Anya’s booster with the tray, and she was SO much happier.

I don’t know what she finds objectionable about the high chair, but that’s that, I suppose.  I got Anya a different, very basic booster seat to help her reach the table.  Lex’s initial fix, while creative, wasn’t a long term solution:

Sierra is 9 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos,Sierra,video — by Lauren on September 15th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

Sweet and mischievous Sierra turned 9 months old on September 6th!  She had her well check yesterday morning, and the doctor says everything looks and sounds great.  She got three shots, including her first flu shot, with no tears for the one in the arm, but some tears for the two in her legs.  She was measured at 18 lbs, 10 oz and 27 1/2 inches, which puts her in the 50th percentile for both weight and height.  Her head measured in the 90th percentile, which Lex and I both found amusing.  Maybe it’s all that hair:

She’s still wearing size 4 diapers and 9 months clothes.

I’ve got a bunch of videos to post so I’ll try to keep the narrative under control (but who am I kidding, right?).  Over this past month, Sierra completely mastered finger foods.  She likes fruit, carbs, and proteins; veggies, not so much.  She’ll try just about anything, but if she doesn’t like it, it gets spit out immediately and then protested quite loudly.  When she’s had enough or gets bored, she’ll start dropping food on the floor bit by bit, then looks up to see what I think about that.  Such an imp!  She does something similar with the foam mat we have in the playroom.  She inches over to the edge and pulls up a piece of the border, then turns around with this devilish little grin to show me exactly what she’s done, and if I catch her in the act and tell her to stop, she thinks it’s even funnier.

Over the last few days, Sierra’s finally made some progress towards crawling!  She’ll now take a couple of “steps” toward something that’s nearby if she wants it, but if what she wants is too far away, she gives up and looks for something closer or sits back up again.  My one question for her doctor today was whether we needed to be concerned that she doesn’t roll from her back to her belly (she did it twice around her 6 month birthday and then never did it again) and we were assured we do not.  The girl would love to be able to pull herself up to standing, but she’s not quite there yet.

Starting to crawl:

Trying to crawl to Daddy:

“Dada” is undoubtedly Sierra’s first real word, and yes, I am jealous.  The squeal of delight that accompanies “Dada!” when she sees Lex…sigh,  and then of course she only babbles “mamama” when she’s annoyed about something!  Eh, I shouldn’t complain, I suppose, since she generally wants me to hold her over anyone else, and will actually cling to my shirt if someone tries to take her out of my arms.  Sometimes it seems like she’s saying (or at least trying to say) some other words, including duck, quack quack, and others, including those mentioned last month.  Also, a new obsession for her is clicking her tongue.  She signs “all done” really well, and her other signs are coming along nicely.  She claps along to “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and raises her arms for “So big!” when we ask her “How big is Sierra?” (See the “Crawling to Daddy” video!)  I forgot to mention last month that she shakes her head “No” – especially when she wants to refuse food – and looks for Lex if you ask her, “Where’s Daddy?”

Shaking her head no:

Her sleeping sucks.  Period.  I’ve royally screwed it up and I don’t know to fix it.  Her naps are way too short, and she’s up several times a night.  The fact that she doesn’t sleep through the night doesn’t bother me so much.  There’s lots of disagreement about how often a breastfed baby her age should want to nurse at night, depending on who you ask.  What bugs me is that she can’t fall asleep unless nursed, the only exception being the times when she falls asleep in the car.  I know it’s my fault.  Early on I made a lot of mistakes by doing what was easy in the moment, and now she’s dependent on me to help her get to sleep.  I don’t want to let her cry.  Aside from my feeling that it is not a particularly compassionate way to teach a baby to sleep (and YES, I know we chose to let Anya cry and she turned out just fine, but I never felt good about it), I don’t think it’s fair to “punish” Sierra because I didn’t teach her how to go to sleep herself the right way when she was a younger baby.  If someone is going to have to do some work for her to learn how to soothe herself, it should be me and not her.  I hope we find a solution, I really do.  I am open to any and all suggestions.

Despite the lack of sleep, she’s still my little sweetie.  She leans in with her forehead if I ask for a kiss, cuddles up next to my shoulder when she needs some snuggles, and giggles plenty.  She loves to play, especially with Anya, and has figured out how to work some of her toys.


Figuring out her toy:


I think we’ll keep her.

Sierra feeding herself!

Filed under: baby's progress,Sierra,video — by Lauren on September 1st, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

Over the last week or so Sierra has really mastered the whole feeding herself thing! It’s made mealtimes a tiny bit easier since she can keep herself entertained for a few minutes in the high chair before screaming to get out. She’ll try just about anything that she can pick up and put in her mouth, but she’s quick to spit out what she doesn’t like. In terms of quantity, she’s still not eating much, but progress is progress! It’s helpful to have her sippy cup full of water at meals; she likes to drink between mouthfuls (and lets you know quite loudly if you don’t get her the water fast enough).

Sitting Up and Open, Shut Them

Filed under: baby's progress,Sierra,video — by Lauren on August 29th, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

New videos of Sierra!  Woohoo!

Sitting up by herself:

Hello, Monkey:

Playing “Open, Shut Them” (one of her favorite games)

Sitting Pretty

Filed under: baby's progress,Sierra — by Lauren on August 25th, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

Sierra pushed herself up to sitting from her tummy tonight!

Sierra is 8 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,photos,Sierra,video — by Lauren on August 20th, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

Sierra turned 8 months old on August 6th, and once again I’m late posting an update – sorry, Sierra!  I’ll make up for it by putting lots of pictures and video in this month, okay?  Using my parents’ scale, I estimated her weight to be about 17 lbs, 12 oz, up from the 17 lbs, 4 oz I got when she turned 7 months old.  I’m not convinced that either weight was that accurate – I think she probably weighs a bit more than that – but oh well.  I haven’t measured her for length; the large roll of paper I used to use was lost during our move.  I’m know she’s getting taller, since some of her 6-9 months clothes are getting too snug.  I suppose we’ll start transitioning to the next size over the next month.  Size 4 diapers are still working out just fine.  She’s got four teeth now – the top two made their appearance the first week in August.

Teeth or no teeth, Sierra still isn’t showing much love for solid foods, certainly not if they are on a spoon.  Anya ends up eating most of the baby food I offer to Sierra.  There are a few things she likes a lot, including Cheerios, cheese, rice cakes, pizza, bread, blueberries, melon, apples, raw snap peapods, and of course, cucumbers, but “a lot” is relative.  Most of the time she eats very little (like two blueberries) before she’s had enough.  She doesn’t like sitting in her high chair for very long, BUT this past Saturday she finally fed herself for the first time!

Maybe now she’ll start enjoying sitting in her seat.  Actually, over the last few days she’s suddenly begun sticking toys in her mouth.  I guess she made that connection at last.  She may not love eating, but Sierra LOVES drinking water from her sippy cups.  She’s done the best with the Nuby cups, including the one with the straw, but she has no interest in holding it herself, other than as an opportunity to throw something on the floor.

Sierra’s long been a tactile baby – she’s GOT to grab whatever she can reach.  Now she’s started touching stuff with her index finger, almost like pointing.  It’s cute, other than when she sticks a finger in her nose or my ear.  She loves touching people’s faces in general, and gets a kick out of touching various parts of my face while I tell her, “That’s my nose, those are my eyes,” etc.

With her penchant for grabbing and her new found interest in putting things in her mouth, it’s probably a good thing that Sierra’s not crawling yet; I need time to remember that I shouldn’t let her play with things I don’t want her to mouth anymore.  She’s not even pushing up on hands and knees or army crawling yet, but she does manage to get around when she starts out sitting.  It’s kind of hard to explain what she does.  She’ll lean forward like she’s going start crawling, but she only goes on one knee and keeps the other leg tucked underneath, kind of like this:

She’ll walk her hands out as far as she can, but then bring herself back up again.  Somehow this helps her get where she wants to go.  I don’t think she could make it across the room like that, but she’s able to get to whatever has caught her interest on the floor, even if it’s several feet away.  She can push herself into a sitting position from her hands and knees, but can’t get herself on her hands and knees in the first place, so it’s not so helpful yet.  If we place her in that position, she either tries to sit up right away, or she’ll hold it for a few moments before flopping down on her belly. She does try to climb on everything she can –  especially me! – and just LOVES LOVES LOVES to stand:

I mean, she REALLY loves to stand, and she’s pretty strong and steady.  She holds herself up nicely and can keep herself steady even if she’s only hanging on with one hand:

Oh my gosh, is this girl LOUD.  She chatters all day long, and even though most of it is baby babble, it has the cadence and sound of real talking now.  Dadada is her favorite syllable to repeat and mamama is the one we hear least frequently.  It even seems that Dada is her first real word.  She’ll call me Dada, Mama, Nana, Baba, Vava, whatever, but Lex only gets called Dada. WHERE is the justice in THAT?!?  We think she’s also saying all done, hi, Anya, and maybe even bye-bye.  She’s certainly signing milk, all done, and waving hello and good-bye.  Aside from talking, Sierra continues to shriek for fun, and now she’s added screaming to her repertoire.  She’s a total drama queen – she turns it on and off in an instant:

Aside from the moments when she is loudly sharing her opinion on things like being put in her high chair or spending time on her belly, Sierra really is a happy baby who loves to play.  Sit her on the floor with a small bin of toys and she’ll keep herself busy for several minutes; let her stand by her activity table and she’ll play until she falls down!  She enjoys many of the hand-play songs, especially “Open, Shut Them” – sometimes she attempts to do the hand motions with me.  She also loves to play our “Thank You” game.  I hand her a toy and tell her, “Say thank you!” and then I ask for a turn and tell her the same.  I have no idea why this is fun, but she thinks it’s hysterical.  She hands the toy back to me without prompting now, and she’ll usually respond “Dada” with the same prosody as me.  It’s also nice to see that Anya and Sierra are beginning to be able to actually play together, at least somewhat.  No one makes Sierra laugh like Anya can.  It’s so sweet.  Sort of on the subject of play, here’s gratuitous video of Sierra in the tub:

Still no sleeping through the night – I lose track of how often she gets up and she always ends up in the bed eventually.  I expect it will improve a little once we put her back in her own room; we haven’t been able to put the crib back together since moving into the new house yet, so she’s been in the Co-Sleeper in our room.  At least most naps take place in her bed instead of on my lap, although they vary in length from 25 minutes to a little over an hour.

Anyone taking bets on how late I’ll post the 9 month update?

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