Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Caroline absolutely loves her bath, so I guess it is no surprise that she also loves to watch the tub fill up.
She is still somewhat of a shrimp, but I think she has hit a major growth spurt. Almost over night, her pants have gotten too short. She still isn't really growing "out", but rather straight up. Still long and skinny.
I really miss the days when she wasn't mobile. These days, she is all over the place and I can't get ANYTHING done during the day. And she is fast too. She is still working on walking, but she seems to have slowed down a bit. After a couple minor falls, I think she finally got a little sense of fear (thank goodness). Now if I take her hands and try to get her to walk to me or with me, she just sits down. I can't decide if she has started to get more cautious or she has an "I'll-do-it-myself" attitude (given who her mother is, the latter would not be too surprising). But she is still "cruising" the furniture and LOVES to stand up.
Caroline has also been learning to feed herself. It is nice because I can put her in her high chair with some of her "puffs" or a Baby Mum Mum (basically a rice cake for babies) and her sippy cup and she is content for a little bit while I try to cook dinner. At first, food just ended up stuck all over her or in the high chair (for Fred to take care of), but she has gotten pretty accurate with her aim.
The other day, I taught her how to "high five". It isn't the most solid "five", but now when you hold your hand up and say "Give me five", she will take her hand and touch it to your palm, all while looking at you like "What is the big deal???". It is pretty darn cute if I do say so.
And, probably her biggest accomplishment to date is her babbling. I had noticed that Caroline would make a lot of noise, but never made an consonant sounds (i.e. bah dah, etc.). I wasn't worried (Steven will try to say otherwise), but I was cognizant of the situation. I read in several places that a lot of times when babies are early sitters, crawlers, etc., they are often so engrossed in developing those motor skills that they aren't focusing on other skills, such as language development, but they eventually catch up once they have mastered whatever motor skill they have been working on.
Well, she must have accomplished whatever she was working on because she has started babbling away. It started just this last week with "gah" which moved into "gah-gah-gah-gah". A couple days later it became "dah".............. Which turned into.......... "Dadadadada"........... Yup, she said "Dada" first. Steven won. I'm not bitter or disappointed or anything.... I mean, I'm just the one that housed her in my body for nearly 10 months, endured 21 hours of labor, and spent countless sleepless nights nursing her. No big deal. But seriously, I'm not really bothered by it because, as I told Steven, she doesn't even know what she is saying and has yet to attach any meaning with "Dada", so it doesn't count :) But for now, since she wakes up in the morning chattering away, shouldn't Dada be the first one up??? I think that should be the rule.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This being said, I knew it was only a matter of time before Fred figured out that Caroline is an easy source of food. Caroline is in the process of learning to feed herself various things. Of course, when she feeds herself, the high chair and surrounding areas don't stay as clean (I keep telling my Type A minus self that this is part of the learning process...). Fred immediately picked up on the fact that food was falling onto the floor or into the seat of Caroline's high chair. Now, whenever I go to put Caroline in her high chair, Fred is RIGHT there ready to catch any falling morsels. And, Caroline has learned to reach over and offer Fred a slobbery bite of whatever she is eating. Fred is more than happy to oblige her in this game.
"Are you going to eat that soggy puff stuck to the side of your leg? No?"
"Here, let me get that for you. No, really, I don't mind at all."
*When he is doing this, he will literally lift Caroline up with his nose to get the goodies underneath her, and usually, he pushes the high chair back and forth while doing this. None of this even phases Caroline.
Monday, November 14, 2011
And of course all of this happened over the weekend when the doctor's office is closed-I think they call that Murphy's Law of Raising Children. I called the doctor first thing this morning (Monday) and the earliest our pediatrician could see her was 4:00. Needless to say, it was a VERY long day. And, just as my BFF Darcy suspected, she had some sort of a little cold virus that then gave her an ear infection. Poor baby. The doctor gave her an antibiotic and some drops for her ear, so we should be able to kick this thing soon. It has been so hard to see my Sweet Caroline so sad and so sick, especially when she is normally such a happy, easy-going baby.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My other friends Tiffany and Emily thought it would be fun to carpool to OKC for the shower. They drove up to Wichita Falls from Dallas on Friday night and spent the night with us. We got up the next morning and hit the road for Oklahoma City. I guess this was also Caroline's first girls' road trip ;)
The pretty momma-to-be!
Monday, November 7, 2011
It wasn't too terribly long ago that I swore I would NEVER (and I meant never) have children. Obviously, I changed my mind between then and now, thank goodness. Otherwise, I would never know the joy of being a mother and most importantly, I wouldn't have my Sweet Caroline.
Once Steven and I got married and I finally wrapped my mind around the idea of having children, there were certain things I swore I would never do as a mother or things I would see "yuppie" moms doing that would make me snicker. Well, my friends, I have crossed over to the dark side. And I have to say, I kind of like it.
For starters, I joined a group called Stroller Strides about 6 weeks ago. Stroller Strides is a national franchise geared towards helping moms get into or stay in shape without having to worry about childcare. It is a group of moms who get together a few times a week to work out with our kids in tow. The class is lead by an instructor who is a mother of three darling girls, ages 4 and under. We meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m. at one of the parks here in town. When the weather is bad, we meet at the mall. I have to admit, when I first heard about this class, I was pretty skeptical and thought, "Yeah right. Like that's a good workout". Well, I have eaten my words. It is a great workout and I couldn't walk after the first week.
Since we have our kids with us (and not all of them are babies-there are several moms with 2-4 year olds), part of the class is geared towards keeping our kids entertained and happy while they're strapped in the strollers. This means singing the ABC's while doing bicep curls or singing "The Wheels on the Bus" while doing calf raises. Caroline loves it. She gets so excited, especially when we do interactive things with the kids.
It is pretty funny to see people's reaction to our group. We look like the stroller mafia. Five years ago, if some one had told me that I would be singing "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" while doing squats in the park, I would have told them they were delusional. But, here I am. I can't deny the "mommyhood" transformation that my former child-fearing self has undergone. Not only am I able to take care of myself, but I have also met some really nice people. And I have to admit, I kinda love it. Especially since I can see my abs again :)
It was kind of cold outside on this particular morning, so class was moved indoors to the mall.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
And speaking of the my little bee, here she is in all of her Halloween glory:
Checking out the Jack-O-Lantern
Caroline and I had fun seeing all of the trick or treaters. Since I was holding her on one hip, I had the bowl of candy in the other hand, and I didn't have another free hand to keep her from getting into the candy. She kept grabbing candy and throwing it. I guess she was just trying to help me out.