Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tis that time!

Blog for preemies is November 17, 2010.

Not sure yet what I'll say. I have a unique success story for a preemie. Hopefully Elisa's story can bring hope to a new mom of a new preemie. But at the same time, our story is unusual in the world of preemies. Feeder/grower at 29 weeks. Born thousands of miles from home. Had our first plane ride at 6 weeks old.

I don't know. The wheels are turning. I feel like writing even though I have nothing to say at the moment. Next week I will. But just not now.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The countdown begins....

The countdown to 1.

Yes. We are 11 months old. Today. And wow, what a ride this has been.

We started out so little, that to see her standing next to her daddy, or her head popping up over furniture brings a special joy to my heart.





We are crawling and pulling up so well that we are into EVERYTHING.



We've even learned how to crawl up stairs...courtesy of our night at grandma's last weekend.



And we've even landed our FIRST cold. That we, of course, shared with the rest of the household.

We've also begun to cruise the furniture, not just pull up on it. We've learned the skill of using objects to help us cruise between several pieces of furniture, so we can actually get across the room in record time and on our feet. Walking before 1? Call me crazy, I probably am, but I had always hoped that my children would walk before 1. I don't know why, just had. So when Elisa came so early, I dropped that hope. But now...it actually seems achievable. Just another way this child has shown that she is, indeed, not early. Just little. A rock star.

So I'll leave you with our 11 month photo shoot. Don't expect an update on her actual birthday next month. We will be enjoying our time in DC as I will be working. Our birthday was in Phoenix. Our first birthday will be in DC. Anyone want to guess where our 2nd birthday will be spent?







Oh...and at 12 months, I think I'm going to have to stop these monthly photo shoots. It's getting too hard to get her to sit still long enough to get any pictures. These were the best I could get and they are not good.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The mashed potato experiment




=win

For the most part. We would rather have the bowl than the potatoes but I think we got about 1/2 of the spoonful I gave her in her. The rest was on her. And the tray. Still, it was fun. And now...diaper playtime as our clothes are full of potatoes.

Happy birthday Grandpa King!

On the road again!

On Friday, we decided to drive up to Andrew's home town to visit Grandpa and Grandma King and celebrate Grandpa King's birthday.







It was a long day but we had a great time! We did learn one thing though. Elisa defies the norm again in that she will NOT sleep in the car. We had hoped that when we got her all ready for bed and fed and placed her in the car seat she would sleep peacefully on the 3 hour trip home. Nope. Not our girl. She slept...as long as the car remained in constant, even motion. Once we stopped, or slowed down, or even had any sort of jerky movement, she would wake up and scream. I spent the entire trip home in the backseat with her trying different things to keep her sleeping or put her back to sleep after we woke up. Once we got home and pulled the car in the garage, she woke up again. And this time we had to work to get her back to sleep. BUT we did sleep through the night and Andrew and I were able to sleep in until 8!

I have finally gotten over my fears of new foods I think. We've been trying all sorts of different foods and even will break up pieces of our meals and give them to her. She's doing great with them all, although chicken nuggets were a big FAIL. We got every bit of those back. *yuck*

And, we are coming a long way on our standing attempts. This, of course, means we have now come across our first boo boo.





We were sooo proud of ourselves for standing up on our own and grabbing a cloth off of the chair that we decided to celebrate by waving our arms and trying to bounce. This, of course, was a bit much for our newly learned skill and we toppled forward and scraped our nose and made it bleed. Needless to say, we were NOT happy.

And our new favorite game is to chase daddy. Yes, chase daddy. She is crawling so well that she is exploring new, never seen territory, in the house. She's crawled from her room to the guest room and back. Then decided to come back and visit me in the living room. And this was after a rousing game of chase daddy. One day I'll get it on video, but right now she gets so fixated on the camera that she stops chasing daddy and poses for the camera instead. This child has no personality...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Random?



We've moved from pulling up on people....to pulling up on furniture. Several times today, we decided that mommy can't have the computer on her lap as we would pull up on the couch and bump the computer with her head until I moved it so she could see my face.

Swinging!

Look at this great new toy daddy found me!





And it was FREE!

I'm still a little bit too small for it but I sure did enjoy it. Can't wait till I'm big enough to play on the slide!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

One step closer...

Our latest accomplishment...



Eventually getting here....





I'm scared...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Playtime!

So...

I'm LOVING this new stage we are in. It really is a lot of fun. Elisa has finally learned to really crawl. We are ALL over the place and exploring this new found world. We love to be in the kitchen when mommy and daddy are in there. Thankfully we haven't yet tried to figure out the cabinets but will just crawl over and wonder around mommy and daddy's feet.

But this has led to some really neat play times. Now, as I work, I get glimpses of a little head poking around the corner of daddy's lay-z-boy and grinning before ducking back in. Or a mad dash for one of our toys that caught our eyes. We like to dodge underneath mommy's blanket as she props her legs on the coffee table and will go back and forth underneath and I occasionally she will peak up over the edge of the seat to see if she caught my attention. Or crawling over to a toy and learning how to make it work and then being shocked when we actually get it. And yesterday, after a rough day, we played peek-a-boo around the corner of the coffee table. I would crawl out around the corner, catch her eye, exclaim "boo!" and then sneak back out of site. She would crawl forward a little bit to see where mommy went and then break out into a smile when she found me.

These little joys really make it all worth it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Long weekend!

Sooooo tired!

I looked forward to this weekend for many reasons. Originally it had been scheduled to go on a trip to see some old family friends and have a reunion. The adults of the three families had been friends since probably 1991 and now, all three sets either have grandchildren or one on the way. The kids were all around the same age. In fact, the eldest of the group babysat my brother and I for a week once and I babysat the youngest in the group as one of my first "charges." One of the children just had their first child in July, the other is due next January, the eldest has two gorgeous children and then there is Elisa. 'Nuff said lol. We haven't all been in the same region since 1996 or 1997, I can't remember now. So this would have been fun! Unfortunately, things didn't work out but I decided to take the time anyway. And just relax. And spend time with my baby. And, well, we did.

Friday, well, I'm tired enough I can't remember lol. I know we slept in, spent some time relaxing and playing on the wii for the first time in a long time. We also took Elisa to the park to see what she thought about swings and slides. Both of which were epic fails. We then took a walk through the park and just lounged next to the pond and "people watched." I think more people looked and stared at Elisa than we looked at them.

Saturday was another gorgeous rest day. It started with some garage saleing, yay! Complete with more wii time and to bed early. Sunday was our labor day celebration and we left Elisa with Grandma and spent a few good hours at a friends house being "childless." It was, I think, the first time I've ever really enjoyed myself without having Elisa around. Guess I just truly needed the break. However...Elisa decided that NOW was the time to start crawling. When we weren't home to see it.



Monday was Grandpa's birthday and we took a long walk in the park complete with a picnic. Elisa finished off the day with a taste of Grandpa's pie...





I've been terrified of letting her try new foods and finally decided to just "get over it." Elisa had fun...and mommy didn't worry too much.

Tuesday became baby proofing and laundry day. Elisa helped. With the laundry anyway. Not so sure what she's thinking of all the gates up and the constant "no" she is now hearing.



Ok I think I may take a nap. Or something. Sorry for the totally un-creative post, it's entirely too hard to think at this point in time. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fall is in the air

Yes. I know it's only September. But today, a cold front came through the area and dropped the temperatures drastically. To where we've had to close the windows...and bundle up. And I am pulling out the fall weight baby clothes and excitedly thinking about when I can put her in them.

And then it dawned on me. With it being September, that means we are less than 8 weeks away from my baby

TURNING..........

ONE!

And I'm not ready. I'm rather liking my baby as she is. Little. And cute. And cuddly. Her inane chatter and random noises. Her pursed lips as she's sucking on something imaginary. Her animated conversations with the floor. Shaking her head no. Learning a new skill and looking towards Andrew or I to see if we noticed her accomplishment.

One means we are no longer a baby. Or so it seems.