celticdragonfly: (Alanna 14 months)

Alanna is 14 months old now. I've been meaning to get weight and other details, finally doing it today. She weighs 29.8 lbs. It's pretty hard to figure out her height, but I think it's about 30".

She's a very sweet affectionate child, with willful streaks and occasional bad days from teething molars. She loves to give and receive hugs and kisses. Her favorite word is "Up!", which she'll often repeatedly whisper at you with great intensity to get picked up. She loves to bounce. She climbs up and down from chairs, couch, bed. She loves to go explore things. If you give her something, she'll say "Taa!" in a tone of voice that sounds like she's thanking you. She loves The Itsy Bitsy Spider and will do an approximation of the motions.

She can be very shy around strangers. Today in the store I saw examples of that - if somebody she didn't know tried to make eye contact or talk to her, she would yank her head down, chin firmly into chest, and utterly not look up or make a sound.

She has good hand-eye coordination and can feed herself a lot of things. She doesn't use the spoon to eat yet, although I've seen her pretend with a spoon and cup, so she has the general idea. She's still trying to eat crayons, so no drawing yet.

This picture is of her playing peekaboo with me with the blanket.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna is one year old today!

She's 26.8 lbs and 31 inches long.

Click for the picture )
She got to see her Mamaw Linda today, and get pretty new outfits. She got to go to the church camp evening gathering tonight and be sung to and share cake with people, and then go out to dinner with the whole family. She's been made much of.

Some thoughts about her at a year old. She walks and runs confidently and well, and can bend over, pick something up, and stand back up without (usually) falling. She has a couple of times gotten down off my bed without falling. She is starting to talk, says things like Mama and Kitty and simple words like that. She can sign to nurse, and bring the boppy over, and say "nuh!" She can sign for more, and for cup when she's thirsty. She can sign for diaper, and even occasionally signs it when she needs to be changed.

She's a very loving child, cuddly, you pick her up and she snuggles in and puts her head down on you, and will often reach out and pat you on the back. She likes to give kisses and blow kisses. She thinks "foofing" is funny and will foof on our necks or arms. She LOVES "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and will ask for it repeatedly, sorta signing the start of the song and saying "Pider? Pider?" We'll sing it to her - not just the adults, Maggie and Jamie will, too - and she's started signing the song along with us for about the first half of it.

She has six teeth now. She eats solids pretty well, and is still nursing. Tonight she had cake, and bread, and a bite of meat, and a bit of potato, and some caramel apples, and a lot of steamed broccoli.

She has the most ADORABLE giggle. She likes attention, and likes to SHOW us things. She has just recently developed a really cute little angry pouting face when things don't go her way.

Growth charts )
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna is 10 months old today! So I have updates on her, and some pictures.

First, a few pictures I took in the last few weeks but didn't get around to putting up earlier:
Pictures of her still at 9 months )
And here are pictures of her at 10 months.
Read more... )

Alanna is an absolute sweetheart. She's a sunny, cheerful child, with a marvelous disposition. She's loving. She loves to give kisses, and has been learning to kiss her hand/blow kisses. She's toddling more, and gets very excited about it, and wants to clap about it and be clapped for. She will occasionally show us things, and will point at things. As well as simple words like mama she will point at a cat and try to say "cat" - it's somewhere between cat and kitty, but it's definitely a K sound. She signs for nurse, and waves hi and bye. She sorta has a drink sign. She loves playing with her sister and brother, and is a very giggly baby. She is ticklish.

Overall, she's just the amazing Adoragirl.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)

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Alanna at 9 months old. She's cruising, occasionally letting go and standing for a few seconds, and crawling very well. She says Mama, and sometimes waves and says hi or bye. She can sign to nurse, and we're working on teaching her to sign "more" and then other signs after that.
Weight chart, 9 months old Weight chart, 9 months old
Can this be right?? 27 pounds is what we got on the scale.
Length chart, 9 months Length chart, 9 months
It's HARD to measure a wiggly 9 month old with a measuring tape. I was guessing 29 or 30", but I see she was 30" last month, and I doubt she's shrunk.

celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
Alanna will be 8 months old tomorrow.

She has just started pulling herself up to a standing position all by herself. She loves this, she enjoys being vertical very much. She's getting better at crawling. If you wave to her and say "HI!" she will wave back and say something really close to "Hi". And tonight she spontaneously started waving to her Daddy [livejournal.com profile] selenite when he walked in after work.

And she's grown. Growth charts behind the cut )
We retook the weight, as the first time the jump just seemed SO huge, and then she wiggled too much, so after she fell asleep we retook it and got these numbers. We might try to re-weigh and re-measure her in the next couple of days. But as best as we can tell right now, she's 24 lbs, 3 oz, and 30 inches long.
celticdragonfly: (Default)
Alanna is 7 months old today. She weighs 23 lbs and is 28.5 inches long. Yay!
Growth charts and pictures behind the cut )

Size info

Nov. 21st, 2007 06:43 pm
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
For the record - today Alanna weighs 23.5 lbs, and is 28" long. Her head circumference is up to 17.5". Whee!
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Pics of our girls )
And here's Maggie showing off that Alanna can sit up on her own, for a while.

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Alanna is five months old today.

Our best guesstimate of her weight is 21.5 lbs, and 27" long.
Growth charts )
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Alanna is four months old. As best as we can tell with the home scale and measuring tape, she's 20.5 lbs, and 26" long.

I'd thought she'd gotten a little lighter - all that squirming around and rolling exercise she's doing burns a lot of calories, after all.
Weight and length growth chart pics behind the cut )

As you can see, she's still off the charts, albeit not as far as last month.

Milestone update (for when in the future I'm looking this up) - she rolls over back-to-front very well, front-to-back not as well. She seems to be teething back in the molars, but no teeth yet, thank goodness. She's almost up to sitting up, sits in our laps with minimal support. She reaches out and grabs stuff easily. She is highly amused by Maggie's antics, and will giggle and squeal at it.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
I was talking earlier about Alanna's size - and [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct commented that we tended to be on the right side of the bell curve. I was pointing out just how far off the charts she is. So I asked [livejournal.com profile] selenite to figure out the statistics for me.

He says she's a six sigma baby! I asked if this meant she was one in a million? He looked it up, and told me she's one of three in a million.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
growth chart images )
We had Alanna's 3 month old visit to the midwives today. We walked in and Lisa said "how are you and your toddler!" I knew she'd gained more weight, but WOW. The baby scale upstairs tops out at 20 lbs - and it wouldn't register Alanna. We weighed her on the scale they use for pregnant ladies, in the 'me alone, then me with baby, subtract' method - and she weighs 22 lbs.

TWENTY-TWO POUNDS, at 3 months. And she keeps getting longer to go along with it - she's 25.5 inches long. (She's at least 25.5 inches. They were out of the exam paper they usually lay babies on, and mark head and foot, and then measure that, which is easier.)

Leaves me wondering "can this be true?" So [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct just rigged a way to check on the home scale, and it says 22.5 lbs with her and the baby basket. So yeah, I think it is true.

I redid the online baby growth charts. Wow. I expected her to be off the charts. I didn't expect her to be THAT far off the growth chart.

I think we can stop trying to figure out why I'm having low back pain.
more growth chart )
The difficult thing is that the car seats we have for her in the two cars are rated for - up to 22 lbs. (She's too long for them, too - the straps are supposed to be above her shoulders, and they've been coming up from below for a while.) Now, we can go buy a convertible car seat, the kind that is made to be used first rear-facing and then front-facing, and those in rear facing can apparently handle up to 35 lbs. Trouble is - she doesn't sit up yet. So I've been using the car seat carrier to take her into restaurants and for the grocery carts, since she's not ready for sitting up in a cart or a high chair. This is going to be tricky to figure out.

Surely she can't keep growing at this rate. (I hear you laughing, [livejournal.com profile] bkseiver!) Surely she'll plateau for a while.


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