Monday, March 19, 2012

Meghan is 7 months old.

Happy Monthiversary Meghan! Seven months, seven months, how has it been seven months?! (and check it out I'm on time!!)

Weight: 18lbs 13 oz  (according to my lactation consultant friend's baby scale that she brought to a play date the other day..I have cool friends!)

Sleeping: We moved her to the crib and for the most part it was an easy transition. If Colin doesn't fall asleep right away he can make trouble for her, but she seems to enjoy being in the crib. At the very least she doesn't hate it. She will go into it not fully asleep and is happy to lay down, but I have yet to have success putting her down fully awake and have her go all the way to sleep by herself. She is still waking up 3 times at night to eat but I suspect this has more to do with her lack good nursing during the day. She is still napping three times a day  9ish, 12ish and 3ish with the first two about 50 minutes and the last one an hour or two. If its two hours she often wakes up in the middle and will either nurse or just cuddle and fall back to sleep. I often try to feed her right when she wakes up in order to maximize the amount of time before she gets too busy with life... Even sleepy she only will eat for 4-5 minutes.

  • FOOD! Holy cow, I thought Colin liked food! Meghan is a huge fan of solid food, she has yet to fully refuse anything, bananas are the hardest sell. This last week she has tried avocado and cauliflower with good acceptance. Avocado she prefers mixed with pears to make it thinner and so far I've only tried cauliflower mixed with rice cereal but I doubt full strength will be a problem. Other food she likes include squash, broccoli, apples, corn, peas, mango, oatmeal, kiwi, pears, carrots and sweet potatoes. She has already moved up to 3 meals a day almost every day. She also really enjoys baby mum mums.
  • Paper. I don't know what the obsession is but the girl loves paper in all forms, and mostly likes to try to eat it any chance she gets. She isn't fully mobile yet but she surprises me how quickly she can get a piece of paper and get it in her mouth. Maintaining a baby proof environment with a preschooler around is a full time job.
  • Her father. Watching her face light up when she sees daddy come through the door after work melts my heart. 
  • Her brother. He continues to be her favorite. If that boy so much as whispers within 20 ft of her as she is trying to go to sleep, her eyes POP open and she searches for him. This makes putting her down for a nap very difficult unless Colin is fully cooperative, but most of the time he gets it. 
  • Not being able to get to things she wants. She is days away from figuring out how to crawl and she gets so angry by her limitations. She reaches for things and typically ends up face planting from her efforts. I think she is just waiting for Daddy to get back in town before she hits this new milestone. 
  • Having things (paper or my phone mostly) taken from her. Temper temper on this one!! Holy cow. Its mostly a flash in the pan right now, but I'm not looking forward to how this grows as she gets bigger.

My head is ready to crawl but my body just won't cooperate!
New and Notable (I think I've mentioned everything already but to reiterate)
  • Temper temper!
  • New foods have been introduced and we are up to 3 meals a day. She is also eating mum mums, but can't work out getting puffs into her own mouth yet.
  • Moved to the crib. 
  • Nearly ready to crawl, she is on all fours and rocking, and she can move from sitting to a crawl position but typically rolls over from there. So far she doesn't seem to do much repetitive rolling as a form of locomotion.
She looks like me, but thankfully this child has her fathers taste buds!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recent Random Photos

I just pulled some pictures off the camera and they are a total hodge podge of activities from the last few weeks.. Not enough of any one activity to make a real post out of so I'll just toss them all up in this one random post.

Recently while I was at a baby shower with Meghan, I sent the camera with Sean while he went bowling with Colin, Chris and his father... We don't have many recent photos of Colin with Uncle Chris so I wanted him to take the camera. This would have been a great photo, but unfortunately my camera isn't the simplest to operate and it is out of focus.
 This, however is an AWESOME action shot. I just love it, and will print it for the fridge. Colin loves bowling..actually Colin loves everything involving a ball!
 I wish this was in focus!! I love the expression!
 On Saturday, we went to story hour at Barnes and Noble. "Cookie Mouse", from the "If you give a mouse a cookie.." series. Colin is holding his own stuffed "cookie mouse".
A quick trip to the zoo in the nice weather...I took this one for you Mom!
The girls with the rhino statue. (I took a similar picture with Colin the last time we went), Colin didn't want to participate in pictures at this exact moment.

The boys with the real rhino inside!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Favorite Things for the Preschooler

Colin is rapidly becoming less of a toddler and more of a child. His interests are becoming more complex and his attention span is growing by leaps and bounds. We are really enjoying playing games and doing more 'kid' stuff. Here are a few things we are enjoying right now.

My First Uno Card Game. While were at my moms house last month, my Mom and I taught Colin how to play Uno. I modified the deck a bit, removing all the draw twos, draw fours, reverses and skips. He picked it up remarkably quickly, so when we got home I looked for our deck and could only find about 30% of the I went on amazon and found these. You don't really need to buy a special deck of uno cards for kids, but he likes them. This is basically just a slightly larger sized version of a regular deck without the skips, reverses and draw fours (draw twos are in there but they don't have words on them), oh and they have Mickey Mouse on them so they are more fun.  He loves to play, but we have to work on his poker face, he really loves to show me when he gets a wild or a draw two because he is going to "trick" me.

Little hands cardholder
. I had been wanting to get him one of these for a while, but finally did when I ordered the uno cards. His little hands have a hard time holding his cards and playing with them laying face up on the table just makes me let him win which in the long run is probably not a good idea. So I got him this and within a day he could load it himself. Now if I can just get him to stop throwing it when he looses we'll be all set!

Magic Treehouse Series.  I have very fond memories of being read to out of chapter books at bedtime. For my sister and I it was the Little House on the Prarie books. My father would read to us and competently without planning it we always seems to 'line up' with the stories, (when it was winter in the book it was winter, when it was spring it was spring). All of us remember it very fondly so I knew I wanted to do something similar with Colin. He isn't quite ready for "little house" yet but we were all ready for something more complex than Goodnight Moon or Harold and the Purple Crayon.  That was when I stumbled upon this series and we have been reading the books probably since I was pregnant with Meghan. Colin loves them, and they are very educational too! We have been able to really relate activities in our lives with things that 'Annie and Jack' do in the book (mummies or knights at the museum, tigers in the zoo, being brave, etc). Since the kids in the book travel through time, it is a great way to teach him history in a way that is fun. How many three year olds do you know who discuss Mount Vesuvius erupting? They are a little on the suspense/scary side but Colin handles it very well, much better than he would if it were on TV. There are just enough pictures to keep him interested, and enough books to keep Mom and Dad interested for another year or more!

Melissa and Doug Floor Puzzle. Colin got two of these puzzles for Christmas and he really enjoys them. He is pretty good at putting them together more of less by himself. They are sturdy too, he regularly walks or kneels on the pieces and none of them are warped or bent. I'm impressed.

ORE originals Sugarbooger backpack. This little back pack will always have a special place in my heart because it has served Colin very well through his first two years of preschool. It is the perfect size to fit on a two and three year olds back, and holds his sippy cup a few snacks and a "friend". It is starting to show some wear now after being pulled (read, yanked) off a hook by little hands for almost two years, but I have been very happy with it. He will need something bigger next year as we have been told his new school will have real homework every night (yes for 4 year olds!), but I will be sad to see this little pack retired.