(Picture Notes: Last week I had a very specific image in mind and I have yet to capture it. This is close but not quite so I will have to try again. Did get some more sweet ones on this particular day though).
My little girl is making me nervous. Am I seeing sign’s of hyperactivity ALREADY? Oh my she is BUSY. Keep in mind as you read this that Tori is only four months old and technically she is only two months old due to her prematurity.
Tori cannot be without a toy or she doesn’t know what to do with herself. I have had to take the Dora Explorer doll away already because she pulls her hair out and I am afraid she is going to choke. She started rolling over from back to tummy last Saturday night (on the bed at Grandpa and Grandma’s hotel). Tanner and I discussed yesterday that it is only a matter of time before she starts using rolling as her mode of transportation to get to what she wants. We are already very impressed with how much she is getting to rolling only one direction! Her dexterity and coordination is GREAT for her age. She is continually reaching with both her arms AND her body to get to what she wants…that includes our remote control – aaaghhhhh – do you see de ja vu images of TyJo here?
Yesterday I determined I could no longer eat with her in my lap. Though I am not consistently feeding her yet (not quite ready), she does notice that everything off my plate is going to my mouth so she was desperately fighting me for my plate last night. After several near misses, I concluded that a plan b during meal time is necessary.
Another strange thing, and this has been going on for quite some time – she likes to sit straight up. If she is in your lap, she doesn’t want to lean back. If you give her just a tad bit of lower back support she can sit up on her own and she prefers it that way. In fact, about a month ago I left her sitting on the couch in a reclined position. She was sitting in the large corner of the chaise so she was safe and I was only a few feet away. Jim yells to me to look at her and I turn around and she is sitting straight up on her own. I continue to be impressed at how she pulls herself out of a recline like that. She couldn’t have held that position long without toppling over of course (keep in mind gestational age) so I made a quick beeline for her.
She has also taken to screaming as her new form of communication. She hits break glass pitches. I just KNEW that girls were louder than boys and Tori is validating my opinion daily. I have a short video clip that illustrates this quite well – I’ll have to post it soon. She screams when she is happy and talking to you, when she wants something, and sometimes when she is angry. I love that her sad cry sounds like she is crying “maaaa….maaaaaa…..maaaaaaa”. So adorable.
And whatever you do, do NOT injure our little Princess. I have yet to see a lower pain tolerance. Good grief. I had the odacity to wipe her nose (and she HATES that) this weekend and Auntie Christine got to witness her drama first hand. Actually Auntie Christine can validate the truth of my words now on several topics less someone think I tend to exaggerate these things.
And one more small detail…she is trying to feed herself. I gave Tanner her bottle to feed her in the car while I was driving. He thought she didn’t want the bottle and laid it down near her feet in the car seat. She managed to get her hands on it and next thing you know she had it in her mouth sucking away. She has done this a couple of times now. I don’t think she could sustain it real long because she doesn’t know to tip the bottle up yet but the fact that she can do it at all is impressive I think. Last night she got her pacy out of Jim’s hands and into her mouth on her own as well. She is currently sitting on my lap watching me type happy as could be but I figure it won’t be long before we are fighting for my mouse and keyboard. Reminds me…of another incident. Yesterday she was in my lap at the computer and Tanner came in to talk to me. When we were done with our discussion I turned around and realized I had lost my wacom pen. I looked all over the desk – nada. Where in the heck could it disappear? I just had it! Finally glanced down at the child in my lap who was happily chewing on it. Didn’t think to look there. Bet that is going to change VERY soon. Trouble is on the way I tell you. I feel it in my bones. This one is going to be in to EVERYTHING. She is a very curious Georgette.
She still has a very mild runny nose but she got through her first cold quite well. It has lasted awhile but never got too serious. We only had one day where she wanted to sleep a lot and she has been a tad fussier than usual but overall – didn’t fare bad.
Oh and one more life milestone – she got in the pool for the first time at Aunt Jodi’s and she LOVES it.
I took Tanner to the Dr. last week for his tummy pains. The Dr. ran some blood tests and also did a stool sample. Everything came back normal. The Dr. prescribed liquid Zantac for him to try but when I went to pick it up, it was 177.00 WITH insurance!!! Holy cow! Because he has only had two very mild incidents since I went to the Dr., I decided to try going without the zantac for now but may have to purchase it anyhow if this continues with any severity. I am not real big on treating him with meds when we have no idea what the problem is anyhow. The Dr. said it could be food allergies but he can’t retest for that for 4 to 6 months until the steroids are out of his system – they will mask the allergy. He weighed 48 pounds and I think he was almost 48 inches tall. That stuck out in my mind because we are going to Disney again this year and that is the height requirement for some of the bigger rides I think:).
Life Moment – Tanner took his life jacket off and practiced swimming in the hotel pool. BIG deal. Turns out, this kid is HIGHELY competitive and it is NOT going down well that Noah can swim and he can’t. He is pretty determined to learn.
His new phrase lately “That is crazy talk!” – he says that when he hears something he disagrees with. LOL.
So have you read The Shack yet? Dad bought about 15 copies and has been disbursing them best he can. He is in the middle of writing an informal study guide and preparing to do small group studies on the book. Within our family, the question is no longer “have you read the book?” but “how many times have you read the book”? I am on number three because I am reading it to Jim now. Yesterday Darin – YES I SAID DARIN – was on Chapter TEN. Can you believe it? Check your windows, you might see a herd of pigs flying by.
This week I have been reading a “just for fun” meaningless mindless series – that I can’t help but love. The greatest thing about this secular series for me is that the books (at least the first) are very clean. I wish books had a rating system so I would have better luck at the library.
Anyhow, this series has been at the top of the NY Best Seller’s for quite some time. The first book is called Twilight and the author is Stephanie Meyers. It is an epic love story between a mortal teenager and a century old vampire – who is all things good and decent of course. Very fun read – feeds my fantasy craving. I bought Eclipse and New Moon yesterday and the final book in the series comes out in August. Easy read and can be purchased cheaply at Walmart. I actually have a few gripes about the character development because I am used to reading deep and meaningful books where love grows out of amazing wells of deep water and this book is sorely missing that element BUT it was an engaging page turner and enough for me to want to read more.
Okay…Amanda has emailed out pictures of Blake a couple of times now so I no longer feel I will be stealing her thunder if a post a picture. This was taken 3 hours after his birth. Isn’t he beautiful? Mommy and baby are doing great.
And this for Heidi….
This is the book I printed through Heritage Makers. They did such a great job. BUT I have been doing my homework and have found other places where you can get similar book styles for far cheaper. So far, it looks like the best might be Blurb.com. Sam’s club does a decent job but they don’t have a printed cover or at least dust jacket. Costco does a nice soft printed cover but I haven’t looked to see if they have a printed hard one.
I think I will end this post now. Must clean, teach, make Michelle’s German Chocolate Cake, and prepare for a visit from Aunt Ginny and Aunt Joan. Busy day.