10 months!

Still behind…trying to catch up! So, month 9-10 was much better than the previous month! Emily had her first hotel stay!

Chris had to go to Atlanta for business training and we decided that Emily and I would tag along.

This is where the baby goes, right?

We stayed at a swanky hotel. Actually, I felt a bit out of place in my jeans and t-shirt around all these business types and apparently even a few celebrities – Craig T. Nelson and one of the Jersey Shore guys (if you can call the Jersey Shore guys celebrities) were 2 that the concierge would tell us about. My oblivious self apparently completely missed Craig T. Nelson and some country music guy saying Emily was cute while we were checking in. Anyway, it was a nice hotel. Chris had 3 full days of training and 2 half days, so we had some dinners together, but while he was off training, Emily and I would chill in the hotel room and walk around the surrounding area. I had some great meals at the Flying Biscuit, but mostly just got takeout from Subway and stuff. Each night, I’d grab a pastry from the hotel shop for breakfast the next day. Almost everyday, we’d walk to the park and I’d push Emily on the swings. It was her first time on the swings and she loved it!

First time on the swings!

Back the next day!

And back at home

We stayed the weekend after Chris’s training was done and we visited the aquarium and the zoo! Both were great. I love animals, so I was so excited to introduce Emily to them. I’m not sure what Emily thought of everything, but she definitely was tracking the animals with her eyes, so I think she was at least somewhat interested. She seemed to like the penguins. I really wish we had an aquarium or zoo closer than 2 hours away. I’d be there all the time with Emily.

Looking at some fish

With daddy

The nights were interesting. The first night we tried putting Emily in the mini crib the hotel provided for us, but it was a long night with lots of crying. I felt terrible, not only for Emily, but for any neighbors we might have had. Luckily, we only shared a wall with one other room. The other was the elevator. The rest of the nights, we let Emily sleep in bed with us. She was up pretty late some nights. She slept better (and took up a surprising amount of space for a baby), but I think we slept a bit lightly, since we’d wake up whenever she’d make a peep or a movement. She was between us, so there wasn’t much worry of her rolling off the bed, but I wanted to make sure the covers didn’t creep up. I ended up with a crick in my neck by the end of the week. Overall, though, I’d consider Emily’s first hotel stay pretty good. I certainly plan to have us tag along to any future training trips.

Emily enjoying being up at night with mama and daddy.

And playing with the remote. She's been doing that lip thing lately - I think she's playing with her teeth.

While we were in Atlanta, Emily seemed to have a development spurt. She started pulling up to stand a lot and started true crawling. She was all over the place in the hotel room.

This was about all the mini crib was useful for.

Emily "helping" us pack

Back at home with one of her favorite toys.

In the pack n' play at home, peeking at us.

She even steps with assistance!

Emily in her portable high chair.

She’s still eating stage 2 foods, but we started trying some stage 3s. She also started feeding herself snacks. She loves the Gerber Graduates Lil Crunchies and Puffs. It was kind of funny watching her discover them. The first few times, I’d put part of a Lil Crunchy in her mouth and she’d make a face like, “Ick, what is this in my mouth!?”, move it around a little, sometimes spit it out, sometimes let it soften and eat it. After a few days, she was picking them up, going to great efforts to get them into her mouth, and happily eating them.

Eating mini raviolis

And her beloved Lil Crunchies

Here’s a few miscellaneous shots from the month:

How cute are those shoes!?!

Hanging out with some pals.

With her gigantic new Minnie doll that Gramma and Papou gave her! I couldn't get a picture of it, but she likes to grab Minnie's nose.

Asleep with daddy.

And as usual, monthly pics:

emily closeup

Different outfit since this was the night before. She wasn't terribly cooperative that night.

Not content to sit for pictures!


9 months!

Well, month 8-9 was an interesting one. Started off with a bang – a very high fever. The first night, it was about 101, so I gave her some baby Tylenol and hoped it would go back down, but it hadn’t by the morning. I took her to the doctor that day and the doctor couldn’t find anything that looked wrong, so he ordered a urine test to check for a UTI. That was fun. They basically taped a plastic bag to her and I would return when it contained something. Naturally, as soon as I got home, I noticed there was enough for a sample, plus her temp had gone up to almost 103, so back to the doctor we went. Since her temp was up and we were back anyway, the doctor ordered a blood test too to check for an infection. When we got home, I started to feel really sick too. Once I was throwing up, I called Chris home and he took over while I went to lay down. The doctor called while I was napping to let us know Emily had a UTI and that we could go pick up an antibiotic he called in for us. Emily sort of gagged on it, but took it that first night. We were up every few hours giving Emily tylenol (her temperature was up and down) and just holding her. I felt so helpless, she just seemed so uncomfortable, weakly crying and shivering a little. She seemed to be able to rest a bit while we held her though. The next day, Emily projectile vomited directly after I gave her her dose of antibiotic and threw up a little again later after her next dose, so I emailed the doctor to figure out what to do. By the next morning, he called me and said we should take her to the hospital since she wasn’t keeping anything down and her temperature wasn’t really improving. So, off we went. Emily had another urine sample taken via catheter (less likely to be contaminated than the bag) and was hooked up to an IV with fluids and periodically antibiotics. That was so sad/scary to see. I know it was helping, but no mom wants to see her baby hooked up to an IV.  So, then we just sat around while nurses came in and out taking temperatures (peaked at 103.6 I think) and taking her wet diapers to weigh her output to compare with our reported input values. Emily slept a lot. But not at night. That night was awful. Emily didn’t seem to want to sleep. Her temperature was a bit better but she cried a lot and Chris and I hadn’t slept much in the past couple days, so we were exhausted. Finally, the night nurse came and took her to check on her IV placement and came back with her bundled in a blanket, completely passed out. She slept like a log for a few hours and Chris and I tried to squeeze onto the twin bed to get some sleep too. Not that I slept much. I kept getting up to make sure Emily was still breathing – I don’t think it was really a concern, just a neurotic mama worry. The next day, Emily seemed so much better. She was much more alert and wanted to play and smile. Her temp had also stayed under 100 since around midnight. We still had to wait on the urine culture, though. Finally around midday they told us it was clear and that the first one at the doctor’s office was most likely contaminated. They said Emily most likely just had a nasty virus (which would account for my brief sickness as well), but since her temp was finally normal and she was eating pretty well and wetting normally, we were discharged! Yay! A day or 2 later, she was completely back to normal. That was a really stressful and exhausting few days. But I’m so thankful she’s ok. Makes me so nervous for future illnesses though.

Anyway, in better and more normal news, in terms of activity in month 8-9 once she got better, Emily was army crawling well, surprising us with her speed and would stand if we propped against her toy table by the end of the month.

She was also sitting well enough for us to try her out in a high chair at restaurants and in shopping carts (Walmart, Babies R Us, and our grocery store were fine, but Target’s cart seat is too wide front to back and she seems to slide).

We also started her on stage 2 foods twice a day since that’s what they gave us at the hospital to try feeding her and she didn’t complain. So, she was trying all sorts of new combos of pureed foods and liking a good deal of them. Thanks to her illness, her weight dipped a bit, but ended up around 17 lbs 2 oz. (20th percentile). Her height was 27.5 inches (50th percentile). The doctor just wanted us to try increasing her food intake to 3 meals of solids per day and 4-5 bottles of milk. She’s was also getting her first tooth! I tried to get a picture of it, but I just couldn’t hold her mouth open comfortably and take the picture, but I think it’ll show up in later pictures!

My parents also came for another visit, which was great, as usual. Chris and I even had a date night for the first time since Emily was born! We went to the Melting Pot. It was really nice to have a date with Chris. I kind of wish we could do that more often, but I’m still weird about babysitters.

And here are some other miscellaneous pictures from month 8-9:

Emily playing with her shadow

And playing with her little toy fridge

Playing with her pacifier clip

Mall trip!

Almost crawling!

A new variation of "babyhat" - "baby flower"!

Sitting with daddy!

And of course, her monthly pictures:

(sorry for the blurry/werid angle - I couldn't find the little piece that connects my camera to my tripod, so I improvised. Poorly...)

And our outtake of the month, eating Mickey's foot.

8 months!

Oh, I’m so far behind! Emily’s now almost 11 months old, so this (and the next couple) post will be quite outdated, but I do want to write it up anyway, for memory’s sake and all.  I don’t have a whole lot to write about for month 7-8, since I wrote about the trip to NJ in the last post and that was the only big event of the month (spanned over her 7 month birthday into month 7-8). For the rest of the month, we pretty much just chilled and kept up the routine.

Emily got good at sitting on her own:

She also started to just pull herself forward on her belly in an army crawl (I’m sorry for how dark the video is, my phone takes terrible video inside):

Her new-found steady vantage point and semi-mobility gave rise to more curiosity in exploring. This made the cat very wary:

Kitteh thinks "Oh no! The tiny human kitten is coming for me!"

And she started showing signs of being interested in pulling up, though hadn’t quite started yet:

And for fun, here’s another video of Emily in her doorway jumper:

Not much changed in terms of eating – Emily was still eating stage 1 foods, still loving fruits and hating green veggies (but eating them mixed with fruit). Though, if I recall correctly, I think her digestive system was kinda off, I guess due to new solids – for a few weeks she had a cycle of mild constipation, poo nuggets, poosplotion. But it got better. We didn’t have a doctor’s appointment for 8 months, but I weighed her around 8 months and I think she was around 17 lbs (though as the next few months went on, I started noticing a pretty good difference between the doctor’s scale and my “weigh with her and without her” weighing method at home, so I really don’t think any of my home weights for her are accurate). Still in 6 month clothing and size 3 diapers.

And now, a bunch more pictures.

Chomping on a bottle cap

And chomping on a teething ring

Checking herself out in the mirror

And checking her email

A morning picture

Relaxing with daddy

And finally, her monthly pictures:

This is a blurry shot of her "super scrunchy baby face" as we call it. Don't know why she does it, but we think it's funny.

7 months!

(I’m going to just start naming the posts her most recent month – it still includes info and pictures from the previous month up to the month in the title, even if I’m writing it late.)

Well, Emily is 7 months old now (by the time I get this posted, more like 7.5) and she had an exciting month! This month was her first plane trip! It actually went pretty well. We went up to NJ for my dad’s surprise 60th birthday party. On the way up, we had to leave kinda late because Chris still had to work that day. We hoped she would sleep some on the flight, but she only took a short nap in the airport and another during landing. Overall though, she was great! She only fussed 2 or 3 times for maybe 30 seconds each time. It was super handy having the TVs in the seats for her to look at, but to ride JetBlue, we had to fly into JFK. We thought it was much closer to my parents’ house than it was, so we didn’t get in till like 1 am. With everything to see, though, Emily was not ready to go to bed once we arrived and still got up at 7 am the next morning.

On the plane!

I’m surprised at how well she did the whole weekend though. She adjusted to sleeping in the pack n’ play my parents got with minimal fussing and she was great with all the new people she met. Once we were at the party, she was swarmed with people and she was totally fine. I expected her to freak out, but nope. Just stared at everyone, unblinking. I don’t know how she goes so long without blinking!

She also had her first pool experience! Actually, at home, we got a tiny blow up pool that we let her try out before we went up to NJ and she loved it:

My parents have a real pool though, so we brought her little shaded floaty and took her in. She seemed a bit unsure at first, but quickly relaxed. She was so cute, lounging in her floaty.

The flight back was earlier, but it went pretty well also. A tad more fussy, but we still weren’t “those parents” with the baby screaming the whole flight. We were able to calm her down pretty easily. That night, though, whew, she did not want to go to bed. I think she was just tired and overstimulated from the weekend. So, overall, the trip was great and both our families were so happy to get to see Emily.

Emily with gramma! (Grandma? I'm not sure of the spelling my mom wants.)

Emily with papou!

This month also had Chris’s first Father’s Day. It’s been so wonderful watching him as a dad. He’s so great with Emily and it’s so obvious how much he loves her. And when he gets back from work and she first sees him, her eyes just light up. Chris, you’re an amazing daddy and I knew you would be. On Father’s Day, Emily got him a 3DS, which he loves, and we went out to dinner at what we thought was a hibachi place, but was just a Japanese grill (he still enjoyed it!).

As far as monthly stuff, no doctor’s appointment till 9 months, but I weighed her and she was about 16.5 lbs, but I don’t know her height. She’s in 6 month clothing and size 3 diapers. We were previously using Huggies, but since size 3 changes from Little Snugglers to Little Movers, I decided to try a small pack of Little Movers, Pampers Crusiers, and Target brand diapers – surprisingly Target brand won! They fit well and were cheapest! The Little Movers were ok, but a bit snugger and more expensive, even with Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and Amazon Prime. Pampers were just awful. They need to rework that design. Whatever they put into the “drymax” smells terrible as soon as it’s wet. Like chemical terrible. I thought something had leaked in the house and was walking around trying to sniff it out, only to find it coming from my daughter! Don’t buy them! Anyway, moving on. Emily’s feet are still petite, but perhaps a bit bigger.

Emily with daddy on the 4th of July - no fireworks for us yet (I hope she'll be ok at Disney!)

And with me

She’s sitting pretty well on her own, but still topples occasionally. She’s also discovered rotating on her belly, so now she’s getting around by rolling and rotating. She’s currently enjoying cloth books, paper (I don’t know why, she just loves to tear at magazines and wave paper around!), links, and teething rings with different shape/color beads. She also seems to like when I sing to her. I need to learn some new songs. I pretty much sing the same few songs every time. ABC, Twinkle Twinkle, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and O Holy Night. Apparently all I know are Christmas songs, haha. She’s also got some toys that play classical music and I play Disney songs for her pretty often.

Emily sitting! (Also see the toy explosion and Buffy's cardboard box, lol, what a mess. And what does she play with? An edge of the mat.)

As far as food, she’s tried all of the stage 1 foods now, including different brands and a pear puree that I made. Still not a fan of the green veggies, but combo purees are a hit, so we still get them in. By the way, have you ever tried baby food? The fruits are pretty good, the veggies are meh, and Emily’s favorites, the combos, are awful. I don’t know why she likes them! Blech.We’ve also pretty much retired the snap n’ go stroller and are exclusively using the black Chicco Liteway. I think Emily likes being able to look around more. She does sometimes like to sit in rather unladylike positions though, holding one or both feet up in the air. Silly girl. I’m still carrying her in the Bjorn on grocery trips, but I’m looking forward to using the shopping cart seat cover once she’s sitting a bit more steadily!

And here’s her 7 month shots!

Month 5-6!

Wow, 6 months old. I can’t believe my baby is already half a year old. There are some tough days that I know I’ve felt like time was going by slowly, but when I look at her now, I can’t believe how big she’s gotten so quickly and how quickly she’s learning. And she’s such fun now. Her personality is really coming out. She squeals, “talks” (mostly abwahbwah, habu, and mamamama, but lots of other noises), and she laughs (or rather cackles, it’s a fantastic laugh!).

She’s also learning so much these days. She figured out rolling both ways well early in the month. This lead to some issues in her crib since she likes rolling so much, but when she’s tired she gets a bit lazy and gets stuck on her tummy, so we have to go in and rescue her or she gets upset. I’ve fixed this by laying her down near the side of her crib – she only rolls to her right so far, so this works for now. Maybe by the time she’s rolling both directions, she’ll be better at it, even when tired, and will be able to get herself back to a comfy position. She’s also doing really well with sitting. She can balance on her hands in a tripod position pretty well, unless she lunges forward for a toy or looks too far to one side, and she can even balance for a short time without her hands. She can also stand with us just holding her hands!

Emily mid-roll to play with one of her latest favorite toys. She loves to play with the crinkle leaves and find the little bug on the middle one.

"I've finally discovered sucking my thumb!"

As far as playing, she is passing toys from hand to hand, still holding on really well and shoving everything in her mouth. She’s even figuring out how to use her thumb and pointer to pick at small things like buttons on our shirts. She’s figuring out how to work lots of toys, although some are as simple as banging or crinkling (her favorite right now). She finally loves tummy time and can spend quite a while playing with the various toys strewn about our incredibly messy house. A toy store has barfed in here. Though she spends longer playing on her belly, she still gets bored if we stay at home all day, so we’re still going out at least half the days in the week. Chris and I also take her out on weekends. A recent favorite outing is to walk around the mall and get lunch and DQ Blizzards. She still does well in real restaurants, too, though.


"I like when daddy makes me fly! If he noms my belly, I laugh!"

"My foam piece!"

"My favorite time of day is when daddy comes home!"

She’s been hit and miss with people though. I think she’s had some stranger anxiety for the past month or so. People will be so nice, smiling at her and saying hi and telling her she’s adorable and she’ll get a frowny face (I’m probably terrible for thinking so, but I think her frowny face is adorable) and start crying. And the weird thing is, it’s mostly (maybe only) been women she cries at. Men, she turns on the charm, smiling away. Kids she seems ok with. She’ll stare and sometimes smile at other kids.

She’s also eaten lots of new foods. We started real “solids” this month – pureed fruits and veggies. So far, we haven’t seen any allergies, but we’re definitely seeing preferences. So far, she loves all of the fruits (peaches are perhaps a bit sour), she’s ok with carrots and squash, and she hates green beans and peas with a fiery passion. She makes her ick face (shakes her head with her eyes squeezed shut in kind of a shudder) and gags. We keep trying though. Today I mixed the peaches and the peas (wow, did that smell and taste awful to me!) and she seemed much better with it. This month, we’ll be increasing to 2-3 feedings of solids per day! Still on Stage 1 foods though. I tried making my own food for her, since it’s much cheaper than prepackaged baby food, but the cheap hand food mill I bought doesn’t quite puree the food enough (certainly no large chunks, just more texture than she’s used to) so she gagged on the apples I made. I do have a mini food processor, but something seems to be wrong with it and it won’t turn on. Oh well, we’ll try again when she’s on stage 2 foods.

"I can hold my own bottle now! I just usually choose not to!"

She’s also pretty much big enough for her next stroller. I can still use the snap and go, and I do, but she seems comfortable in her forward facing stroller as well, so I think we’ll start mixing it up. Though I still use the Bjorn or Ergo for things like food shopping trips so I can push the cart. I love using them because Emily seems comfortable and I can use both hands. And every once in a while, Emily will just look up at me and as soon as I make eye contact with her, she gives me the cutest smile.

We also had a visit from Chris’s parents this month (and we finally know what to have Emily call them! Nana and Granddaddy!). As usual, it was great having them visit. Emily showed off all her new skills and got to spend lots of quality time with her grandparents. We went out a few times, Chris made his famous spanish stew, the guys grilled, and Emily got lots of walks around the neighborhood! It was so cute, she got so excited to get in her stroller. Also, thanks to Chris’s dad, the blossom decal is finally up in Emily’s room and it looks AMAZING!! I love it so much. We just have to hang her name letters and then I’ll snap a picture and post it!

Almost asleep

Also, this month had my first Mother’s Day! It was a great day. We went to lunch the day before (Emily did wonderfully, as usual!), and the day of, we just hung out. Chris was wonderful that day – even more helpful than usual (and he’s always really helpful to begin with!). The next week, he had to travel for business again, but the week after he returned, he took Friday off, sent me to the spa for an AMAZING day of pampering, and had a daddy-daughter day with Emily. I felt so great after all that pampering. My muscles were loose after an 1.5 hr massage (honestly, the best I’ve ever had – she did amazing things to my neck and shoulders and that pesky spot in my middle back hasn’t bothered me since!), my hands and feet were beautified, the skin on my body and face was smooth and soft, and my hair was cut and really shiny! It was a beyond great Mother’s Day present. Speaking of gifts, I also got my Valentine’s Day present from Chris – a ring with Emily’s birthstone! I love it! Chris is so sweet. It was also our 4 year anniversary on June 2. We didn’t really do anything to celebrate, but I’m so thankful for another year with the best husband in the world. I’m such a lucky girl. I love you, Chris.

Last week, Emily had her 6 month well baby check up and shots. It went as expected. Same set of shots, so she didn’t really have any reaction other than taking a 2 hour nap (!) and sleeping well that night. And the doctor thinks she looks good. She was doing everything on the 6 month behavior questionnaire, except for pushing up on her hands and knees in a crawling position, so she’s hitting her milestones just fine. It also seems she had a bit of a growth spurt this month in terms of height. She was 26.5 inches tall, which was 75th percentile! But only 15.5 lbs, which is 30th percentile. The doctor wasn’t concerned about her weight though. One of the nurses said that as they get more active (and she’s been a rolling fiend lately), they might slow weight growth a bit temporarily. I did ask about her tiny, tiny feet to the doctor (she still fits in size NB/0 to 1s, whereas the charts suggest 2-3 for her age), but he’s not concerned. Next visit is 9 months!

Adorable tiny feet!

And of course, here are her 6 month pictures!

"I'm even wearing shoes!"

(Camera's battery died after 3 shots on the first day, hence the different outfit)

(Picture of her with me to be added to this post soon, I have to find my camera’s tripod connector.)

Month 4-5!

Well, this was an exciting month! We had a couple of firsts:

– She started rolling well front to back early this month.

– We also noticed that if we position her just so (so that her hands are in front of her on top of her feet), she’ll sit on her own for maybe 10 seconds or so. Not long, but it’s a start! Chris says she looks like a gorilla when she does it, haha.

– At the start of the month, at her 4 month appointment (which I completely forgot to list weights and all for – she was 13 lbs 10 oz and 24 inches, both 50th percentile), her doctor gave us permission to start solids. So, we started with a little rice cereal in her bottle, just to get her used to the taste. She didn’t seem to notice. The first time I tried to spoon feed her, about a week later, she was like, “What the heck are you sticking in my mouth?” and didn’t know what to do with it, so it was dribbling out a lot. By mid-month, I made it a bit less runny and that seemed to help. She seemed a bit unsure of the texture, but she ate it! From a spoon! In the third week, she tried oatmeal cereal and in the final week, she tried barley cereal. I think she liked the rice cereal the best. As of 5 months, she was getting 1 tbsp of cereal once a day, plus how ever many bottles of breastmilk she wants (I don’t really keep track or schedule it. I just feed her when she’s hungry).

– I think I just forgot to mention this last month, but she discovered her feet before 4 months and was loving them this month. Still hadn’t made their way to her mouth, but she loved holding them and kicking them and folding herself up like a pretzel.

– Chris’s brother came to visit, which I think confused Emily a bit. They look a lot alike, so she must’ve been thinking, “Hmm, why do I have 2 daddies? One that’s furry and one that’s not.” But she definitely liked him and the visit went well. We even took her to her first real restaurant! She was awesome!! She spent the first half quietly staring at everything. I think she liked having so many people to look at. And then she got tired and fell asleep. No crying! I was soo happy! And I got to eat yummy crab legs!

I’ve also discovered that she seems to get a bit bored at home. We spend the morning going around between her various baby activities at home, like the exersaucer, jungle mat, and other floor toys so she can practice rolling. Then, most days, she’ll take a nap. We’re still working on napping in her crib instead of the swing. It’s about 50/50 now. And then in the afternoon, we go out. We unfortunately don’t have a zoo or aquarium anywhere nearby (if we did, I’d buy yearly passes and be there ALL THE TIME), so we just go to the mall or Target to walk around, or do whatever other errands we need to do. We’ve also been to the library. When she’s a little older, we’ll go to the playground nearby and we’re hoping over the summer to introduce her to the pool, too. Anyone know of an infant floaty for babies as young as 6 months? We have 2 – one says 9 mo + and the other says 1-3 years…

Since we didn’t have a 5 month appointment, I just weighed her myself and she was 15 lbs! She’s now in size 2 diapers (on their way to getting snug) and is kinda between size 3 mo and 6 mo clothing (she fits in some of each, but some 3 mo are tight and some 6 mo are baggy).

As far as sleep goes, she goes to bed between 6:30 and 7 pm. Chris and I both go up and we have a little changing routine, where he does the diaper and “baby hat” (as he changes her from her day clothing, he leaves it on top of her head like a hat) and I do lotion (since visiting the dermatologist, her skin is soo much better). Then I go and sit in the rocker and Chris blasts her off from the changing table and flies her over to me, where I rock her for 5-10 minutes before putting her in the crib. She goes to sleep so much better these days. And as of 5 months, was still getting up once or twice a night to eat.

Baby hat!

Easter was…interesting. Chris unfortunately got food poisoning the night before (we think) so spent the night sick and the day in bed. I did show Emily her Easter basket and dress her up in her Easter outfit, but we didn’t do Easter dinner till the following weekend (a yummy lamb soup Chris made in the crock pot along with some broccoli casserole I made!).

The Easter Bunny came to visit! The first one is Emily's, the second is Chris's (minus a World of Warcraft book I'd already taken out for him) and the third is mine (minus the shirt I'd already taken out).

That same weekend, we also got together with the neighbors and they grilled for us. It was a good time! Emily stayed up way past her bedtime, but she did well. She only got fussy during dinner. And their little son, Sam, was so cute! He kept bringing things over for Emily. And when we put her on a blanket during dinner (after she was getting fussy), he wanted to get down from his highchair and sit next to her. It’s nice to have a nice couple next door who have a 1.5 year old and a little girl on the way!

And as usual here are her monthly shots (totally didn’t notice that her bow got all wonky in that second shot, haha):

Doing her best T-rex impression

Month 3-4!

Bah, time is getting away from me again! Ok, so month 3-4, Emily’s personality started to really show. She started making lots of new noises, including what Chris likes to call her “demon baby” sounds – squeals followed by almost growls. They’re pretty funny. She also starting spitting bubbles a lot, I guess for fun, and we saw the starts of a laugh – just a small “heh” kind of sound. Very cute. She’ll also smile at us or herself in the mirror. I’ve read they don’t know it’s themselves until much later though – they just like looking at faces this early on. Still cute, though!

Her energy is also way up. She loves to sit upright – she’d actually do little baby crunches, pulling her head forward, to try to pull herself up if you lay her down in your arms. She also loves to stand with support. She definitely pushes down with her legs, and if she had any balance, might actually stand on her own, her legs are so strong. She looks so proud when she does it! Speaking of her strong legs, she’s also discovered kicking. She’s a kicking maniac during diaper changes, stomping her little feet and practicing her aim for mama’s boobs. Ouch. I guess they are kind of a large target. She also kind of kicks off with her legs when I pick her up from the swing or carseat, which is kind of helpful actually!

She’s also discovered that her hands are for more than just examining intently – they hold things! Between 3 and 4 months, she started holding toys and her clothing during diaper changes (or just playing with her top when she’s just sitting there), and pulls her pacifier out (bah! Leave it in!). With her stronger neck muscles and affinity for “standing,” we decided to try out the exersaucer, which she was not so sure about at first, but came to enjoy. She was still pretty unsteady (I’d have to stuff a blanket behind her to keep her more steady), but she seemed to like to look at things and bang on things, while gripping some of the things that stand upright to keep herself steady. We also tried out the doorway jumper, but she just wasn’t ready for it. She also rolled front to back once a few days before hitting 4 months, but only once. I think I scared her with my enthusiastic response! Whoops! 🙂

While going out, we started trying out the BabyBjorn. I like it pretty well with her facing in – she seems comfortable (enough to fall asleep even) and it’s actually fairly comfortable for me too. Facing out though, eh. We took her to Ikea and I loved how much attention she got while facing out (she had an adorable purple bear-eared hat on and she’s pretty cute all on her own, though I might be a bit biased), but I’ve discovered I really can’t leave her facing out very long because it seems to cut off the circulation in her legs. So, I think we’ll stick with facing in, at least until I can find something that allows her to face out without the circulation issue. I’ve tried the Moby Wrap (despite claiming I never would) and perhaps it just takes more practice, but it seemed to kind of loosen while I wore it. Not dramatically, such that there was any falling hazard, but it just seemed that she ended up lower than where I started her out. Too bad, because it seemed ok forward facing.

Speaking of Ikea, that was our first outing where a meal was involved. It went fairly well, but I kinda felt like I had to eat really quickly so I could tend to Emily. Being a longer outing, it was also the first time we fed and changed her while we were out and we had no problems. It was a good day out, but man, Emily was a fuss bucket when we got home (and the next day, too, oddly) and we were beat.

In less fun news, it apppears our little Emlets has eczema and cradle cap. This runs into month 4-5, but it kind of arose in month 3, so I’ll write about it here. I’ve tried all sorts of baby soaps, shampoos, and lotions, none of which really helped. Around 3 months, the doctor suggested a particular lotion and 2-3 days of hydrocortizone and it helped, but then it came back. Just before 4 months, we tried a mild steroid cream on her knee pits because they were really irritated and that helped a lot and stayed clear a good amount of time with just the regular lotion afterwards, but I really want to avoid using that as much as possible, since steroid creams aren’t terribly good to use often, especially with babies. So, as of now, her body is mostly under control, but gets irritated after baths. Her face and head are a different story. Her left cheek is super irritated. It has been for almost a month. We’ve got an appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow to try to figure out what to do next. Nothing seems to help it. I’m really hoping he’s got some ideas. I just feel so bad for her. I’m sure it’s uncomfortable. And I know my feelings are not nearly as important as her health, but it makes me self conscious. I worry that people see that and her cradle cap (which might also be eczema – it acts a lot like her cheek, red and oozy and occasionally crusty) and think I’m a bad mom, who’s not doing anything to help it. But I’ve tried so many different things! And I’ve tried leaving it alone! I’ve taken her repeatedly to the doctor! And now we’re going to see a dermatologist! But I can’t just blurt that out to everyone I see. Especially if I’m imagining that people even think that, haha. But really, I just want her skin to clear up, so she can be happy and healthy. And I’m a tad worried about scarring, so hopefully this doctor visit will provide some ideas to get this cleared up quickly.

*Update: Since I’m so slow in uploading pictures for this entry, we’ve now been to the dermatologist. He prescribed some new gels/oils to try and took a swab for staph (came back negative) – we’ve been using the lotions since Thursday and her head is completely cleared up and her cheek is on it’s way! Yay!! We have a follow-up appointment next week and I’m hoping both will look good then. Apart from the prescribed stuff, I’m just supposed to keep her slathered in Vaseline. Slippery baby!

And of course, here’s her monthly shots (forgot her headband at first, which you can see on my arm in the third shot, lol)

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