Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Bedtime has become so smooth. We don't have a set time per se, but when you start to rub your eyes and get fussy, I take you upstairs and get you ready. PJ's, extra layers in the diaper, and we cuddle up. You nurse to sleep, and I'm back downstairs in about 10 minutes. Smooth. Simple.

Staying asleep is not quite as simple. Once your dad gets home from class you're awake and ready to play. So we usually have to repeat the process later. Plus, you have no problem staying up until after 1am. Nor do you mind getting up 6 times to eat. But last night you only woke up twice! Twice! So I went to the gym, came back and nursed you again and you slept for another hour or two. So maybe we've got this figured out. Maybe.

You sleep in our bed until we come upstairs. Then I slide you over into your crib. It's pushed up to our bed with out the drop side on it. So then when you're hungry, I can just bring you over into bed and when you're done (if I'm still awake) I slip you back into your bed.

Oops, you're awake. Maybe we don't have this perfect just yet.

Monday, February 22, 2010


You have teeth! Two!

I'm so proud of you. The first tooth is such a big milestone and you did it two at a time. My beautiful, wonderful girl.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

From the bath

Today I'm writing while you play in the bath. You could stay here for hours if we let you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Your newest game

Yesterday you discovered that things can be 'out.' If I fill a basket full of toys, you will carefully pull them out one at a time. It's pretty much the coolest thing you've ever seen. This is the first thing that's kept you entertained long enough for me to get anything done. Suddenly, I can set you down on the floor with a basket full of toys and go take care of whatever I need to. I have to be nearby in case you find yourself on your belly (when you realize you're on your belly you get so upset) and to replace the toys once they're all out, but other than that I am a free woman!

I love watching you discover new things about your world.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Object Permanence

Today you showed me that you've fully developed object permanence. For some reason, I hadn't thought to test it before.

But today I took your toy giraffe, held it over a basket, then dropped it into the basket. You grabbed the basket, pulled it close to you, reached in and grabbed the giraffe.

That's my girl!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oh no!

I've missed whole days in here! Like 2 of them!

Well let's see, Friday we went out to dinner. You had a blast. Your date didn't come, he stayed home with his grandma. Saturday you and your dad went grocery shopping and you had a great day.

This morning was church, and you had a blast. You've spent one Sunday in the nursery, but lately you've been sitting with us and doing a great job. Tonight you went out with Daddy to buy a new computer while Momma worked out at the gym.

Life is busy, but you seem to thrive on the busy-ness. The more you can see and do, the happier you are. Tomorrow your (giant) little buddy is coming over. We'll play and have a great time.

Oh daughter, I love you so much.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Her first pictures!

I'm just posting these because I can't stop looking at them today.

Adelaide Muse was born at home on August 26th, 2009 at 2:53pm (Alaskan Standard Time). She weighed 9 pounds even and was 21 3/4 inches long.

She was just perfect.

You know your name!

Adelaide, today you showed us that you know your name. You responded to both Adelaide and Addie. It was fantastic.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Your Growth Schedule

From the beginning, you have had your own pace.

Your pediatrician was worried when you didn't grow each week. As it turns out, you just like to maximize your growth spurts. You might not grow at all one week but the next week you'll gain almost a pound. In one month, your weight was all over and you grew three inches!

Today we went in for a check up and Daddy and I guessed what your weight would be. Momma was right on - to the ounce!

You're 5 months, 2 weeks old, 17 lbs 4 oz, 25 3/4 inches tall, and your head circumference is 43 cm. You're my growing girl.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pulling and standing up?

At 5 months old, you should not be able to pull up or stand up like this. I think you're supposed to be a little baby for several more months.


You love taking a bath.
We have a grand time. You play and play and play and eventually, I wash you. Then you play more. At some point I get worried that you might get too cold and I drain the tub, then finally pull you out. If I try to pick you up before the water is drained, you get sad.
Luckily for you, learning to eat solid food necessitates a bath almost every time. Maybe you do that on purpose. As I type this, you're eating an apple slice in a mesh feeder and growling away at it. You love apple slices, hate applesauce. Love sweet potatoes and avocado, hate banana.

New foods, more mess, and more baths to come!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Days with Daddy

Adelaide, I work on Fridays and Saturdays. I go upstairs to the study and you stay downstairs with Daddy. That way, you don't need any bottles and I never even have to get dressed. I love listening to you play with your dad, and I love coming down for lunch to play and eat with you.

But man oh man oh man! Do you ever hate diaper changes lately! Well, maybe hate is the wrong word. Whatever you feel, you feel it strongly. As soon as the dirty diaper is off you are writhing and stretching and twisting like crazy. You're loud and feisty and Dad and I have gotten good at putting a diaper on you from behind you or from your side. We use cloth diapers (for various reasons) but you acted the same way even when we were using disposables. So I don't know if you're writhing because you like the wetness being gone or just the diaper in general being gone. If it's the latter then we're in trouble. I think maybe you need more structured nekkid time. Maybe we'll have to let you play in the bath longer and more frequently. That makes for fun pictures.

I love you.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Eddie the Frog

You love Eddie the frog, Adelaide. You are fascinated by his black and green striped hands, feet, and jumper. You love to growl at his face, then lunge and eat him up. You make him bounce like you're waiting to hear him rattle, then you eat his hands.

Also, your hair is turning blonde. Platinum blonde. I thought at first you might just have gotten a lot of sun while we were in Colorado, but over time I'm noticing that your hair is growing in this way.

My little blonde baby girl, growling at a stuffed frog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Catching yourself

Recently you discovered that when you're sitting up and leaning forward, you can put one arm out to catch yourself so you don't bonk your head on the floor. You still seem vaguely perplexed by what you're doing, but it works so you keep doing it. You just watch your hand, arm, and the floor when you do. You're fantastic.

Also, spit bubbles and raspberries. They are how you express joy, frustration, exhaustion, hunger, discomfort, etc. You can (and do) entertain yourself for long stretches of time with this new skill, sometimes even when we're trying to play with you. You have no time for our shenanigans, there are raspberries to be blown. We can thank your dad for this, he taught you how to blow raspberries in the car one day, and you haven't looked back yet.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

About Sleep

Well, last night we had you sound asleep. You were just about snoring. And then, when Mom tried to take you up to bed, you promptly woke up when she laid down. Since Dad is the coolest, he took you downstairs to put you back to sleep. Then, you both came back upstairs and we all finally went to sleep. You, my daughter, are a tricky puzzle. Sometimes you will only sleep upstairs in the dark, sometimes you will only sleep on a lap, sometimes you will only sleep wrapped up in the Moby or Ergo. Tricky baby.

Since you're congested, I decided to rub some Eucalyptus stuff on your feet and under your nose to help open up your sinuses. You thought it was the COOLEST. You smiled and started grabbing the container. I even saw you lick your lips. This is not a new food.

Aunt Laura and Uncle Jason got us an Ergo for Christmas. You love it. You spend time in the Ergo every day. For some reason, peeking over my shoulder while I wash dishes is your favorite way to wind down for a nap. That puts you to sleep so fast! It would never have occurred to me to get an organic one, but now that I know how much you like to chew on it, I'm REALLY glad it's organic. I'm going to have to go get the teething pads so you don't chew yourself free. I love having you so close to me. LOVE.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Feb. 1

Today you went out with Dad for the first time. You went to have your ears checked at the Public Health Center and you went grocery shopping. Dad forgot to feed your or check your diaper, but you were having such a good time that you never fussed or acted hungry.

You love to be out and about. You love to see people and watch things, you love to be in new places and experience all that you can.

You still have a bit of a cold, so you're pretty much ignoring solid food and not drinking very much milk. Dad and I eat less when we're sick too. Soon, you'll be feeling better and back to your hungry self.

The public health nurse said that your ears are not infected, and you still have no fever. Just a cough and a runny nose. You seem mostly oblivious to your ailment during the day. At night, you seem miserable.

Last night you fussed and fidgeted until after 1am. Dad went to bed when you did and Mom stayed up to do homework. Eventually, Mom got to bed. At 3am, you woke up and didn't feel well. Mom stayed up with you until 5:30. Dad got up early in the morning and went to work at the writing center. In the afternoon, you and Dad went out and Mom stayed home to study. This evening, you and Mom are playing and talking while Dad is in class.

I love our time playing together. You're such fun.

My Dearest Daughter:

You are 5 months old. You can sit and laugh and roll over both ways. You grab things and pull them into your mouth. You pull yourself up to standing and try so hard to walk when you're on your feet.

I love watching you grow, I love watching you turn in to the person God created you to be. You are amazing.


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