celticdragonfly: (Alanna 14 months)
Alanna can correctly answer by pointing at the body parts for toes, nose, eyes, and ears. And when I asked her "where's your mouth?" she crawled over to me and kissed me - then pointed at her mouth, to make sure I got that she knew, I guess. Awww, so sweet! She'll also put her hands on her head when I ask her where that is. So she can identify six body parts.
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 )

Tooth!

Jun. 6th, 2008 08:23 pm
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna got tooth #5 today, upper left 2nd incisor.

This just inspired the following dialogue here:

[livejournal.com profile] selenite: "You can tuck her up to your ear. She's newtooth enabled!"

[livejournal.com profile] fordprfct: "The trouble is, the nearest largest thing I have to throw at you is HER, and she doesn't deserve that!"

[livejournal.com profile] selenite: "Well, neither did you, but who else could I use it on?"

"Diaper"

May. 16th, 2008 02:24 pm
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna just asked for a diaper change!

I've been saying "diaper" and making the sign for it, when she's on the changing table, and she's been responding with an approximation of the word and the sign - and then she'd started to say/sign it first, always on the changing table. As if she was saying "aha, we're doing this thing called diaper!"

Just now she was in the high chair eating, and fussing some, and said her approximation of diaper and signed it - and yes, she was messy and needed changing. Yay!
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna has learned to say "No". And she has been bringing me the little baby boppy pillow, the miniature one, and holding it up and saying "nuh?" when she wants to nurse.

Tooth #3

Apr. 29th, 2008 06:50 pm
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 9 months)
Alanna's upper right incisor broke through today. And clearly the upper left one will be coming after it very soon.

Poor kid - teething is rough!
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.
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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)
Alanna was standing holding onto my knees, and turned herself, and let go, and took two steps, and then grabbed Karl's chair.

Right on time, they've all done their first steps shortly before 10 months. Not that she's fully walking yet, but she did it!
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)
Another installment of Alanna Theater:
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: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
I mentioned back on the 10th that I was starting Alanna on more solids. Well, it's gone amazingly well. So far she's enjoyed everything I've offered her. A little bit of upset as her digestive system starts adapting to it, but she's handling it awfully well. And just in time - I think she must be hitting a growth spurt. Right now she's making it clear she wants two meals of solids a day, PLUS nursing a lot during the day - she'll insist on nursing to sleep after a meal, and gets quite frantic crying for it if it's not given to her immediately - AND nursing a lot during the night. Way more than usual. Well, she'd been letting me get way more sleep than a mother of a baby can normally expect, I'll just have to get through this growth spurt with her.

So far the foods she's been introduced to, and has liked, are bread, cheerios, diced pears, bananas, mixed berry yogurt, cherry yogurt, cheddar cheese cubes, strawberry yogurt, and diced peaches. She thinks these are all great. She's doing a really good job. No teeth yet, but I'm sure they'll be along soon - certainly the lower gum in front is swollen, and she gets regular doses of the gum goo and ibuprofen when she seems to need it.

I have a couple more flavors of yogurt to introduce her to soon. I'm also thinking of trying her on cooked pumpkin.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
She ate the entire cup of diced pears. She seemed to enjoy it a lot, was eager for it. Clearly I need to be feeding her more solids more often. She had a bit of a "what took you so long?" look.

Alanna got fussy after eating - I'd laid her down with a bottle with some water (she'd been wanting to drink from a sippy cup but can't get the sucking right yet, and the bottle in the high chair she didn't understand that she needed to tip it up), and she rolled on it which hurt, then she wouldnt' stop crying, and I realized she needed to nurse to sleep, so we did. So yay, she still does need me.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
I'm starting Alanna on some more solids. Right now she's in the high chair with a bib. She has a piece of soft bread, a bunch of cheerios scattered on the tray, and I've given her a couple of bites of diced pear. Seems to be going over well.

She's been chomping down on me a lot, and showing a lot of interest in solids, I think it's time. I'm not really ready for it, but I think she is. I want to find good ways to get healthy, single-ingredient or few-ingredient foods in front of her - as much as possible just baby-friendly people-foods, not "babyfood".
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Here's a pic of Jamie and Maggie dressed up in their fancy Christmas outfits today )
Update on Alanna. She continues cute and adorable. She got through most of the service today in the nursery, then I got paged out near the end.

I'm beginning to think she may not crawl at all. We'll see. At the moment she's gotten awfully good at rolling around on the floor, and then readjusting to roll in a different direction - she's certainly accomplishing the goal of moving herself around the room. She's not quite ready to get herself into a sitting position, although she's quite stable if you put her there. She's sitting in high chairs some now, and in grocery carts, with the cover her siblings gave her for Christmas. She's great at grabbing stuff, and now gets notably upset if you take things away from her. She also gets upset if I go away, and sometimes if other people she knows go away. But mostly she's still a happy child, and even wakes up smiling.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
Alanna is 6 months old today. I sang the DemiBirthday song to her earlier. This seemed to amuse her.
Growth charts behind cut )
She's 23.8 lbs, and approximately 27.25 inches long. Hard to measure a little girl who's wiggling and grabbing the measuring tape.

She's GOOD at rolling over now - can cover a lot of territory that way. She's not crawling yet, but really getting into the wiggling around on hands and knees. She is fascinated by people and stuff, and will stare intently at things that interest her. She likes to be sung to. She babbles, usually "ba ba ba ba ba!" She likes baby toys, rattles and chew toys and such. She's teething, but no front teeth yet. I'm betting she'll get her first tooth this month. She's starting to get upset if I go out of her sight. She's INCREDIBLY lovable and adorable.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)


We're trying out applesauce. There's some definite mixed feelings going on here.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 5 mo 11-07)
Okay... Alanna does not seem to be satisfied with nursing these days. She's grabbing for everything I eat, nursing and nursing and nursing and still trying to chew on my chin and cheek.

So... I just buckled her into a high chair for the first time, and gave her a pile of cheerios to gum on.

We'll see what she thinks. I'm not really ready for her to be ready for solids yet!

Not sure what else to give her - I could make up some oatmeal for her, I suppose. Or try her on apple sauce. I should pick up a banana sometime soon.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
pics! )
We were eating out at Outback last night with the kids. Alanna was getting fussy, and possibly wanted to eat. We were in the middle of the room, crowded, no real privacy, so I didn't want to nurse her right away, especially as distracted by the room as she was - and I'd fed her just before dinner. So I handed her a piece of bread.
Read more... )
Nom nom nom! She went right to gumming it.
Read more... )
Just as well she was wearing brown, as she got crumbs all over. She gummed up two pieces of bread, and I'm pretty sure she actually ate some of it.

Part of what was so cool about this is that Maggie's first solids was also Outback brown bread, back in California!
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: (Default)
I am highly amused by this. Maggie is practicing typing on her Daddy's computer, in a Word window. Yesterday she was spelling out the names of everyone in her family - her, Jamie, Alanna, me, Daddy, Miles, Bruce, Mary. Full names where available. Today she was doing some of that, then the alphabet, now pretty random.

The one that amused me was this:
abcdefghjjklmnopqrstuvwxyznawuinomiabcnxtomwothsegwithme
Go ahead, look at that in detail and sound it out. See what she was trying to do?
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Alanna's doing really well. This morning she was sitting up on the bed with me, for a significant amount of time before going over. She's doing it now, over on the floor by [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct. She still goes over sooner or later, but it's more often looking like she's chosen to.

And earlier this afternoon, on her tummy on a blanket on the floor, she got up onto her hands and knees - got her torso completely clear of the floor, not just to her hips but actually on her knees. Very exciting! She's doing a lot of wriggling and rolling, not quite yet creeping but getting there.

And she's just the sunniest sweetest baby I've ever met.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Alanna's new onesie has "HUGS" written on it in letters made of little flowers. Maggie has just been informing us of this. She read it all by herself. Her reading and writing keeps improving, and we're very proud of her.

tooth!

Oct. 28th, 2007 02:25 pm
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Maggie has cut her first adult tooth. She pointed this out to us with great pride today.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Maggie lost her first baby tooth today.
pic of my gaptoothed grinning girl )
Why yes, the Tooth Fairy has visited our household this evening.

Maggie was quite excited to show off her tooth this evening. Karl and I had been out together with Alanna during the afternoon, while Maggie and Jamie got to spend time with their grandma [livejournal.com profile] maggieallen. I expect she'll be excited to see what the Tooth Fairy brought when she wakes up, and excited to show off the gap to her classmates.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Today's milestone, with pictures!
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Alanna rolled over from her back to her stomach, all by herself!

I knew we were on the edge of it, as a bit earlier she'd almost done so, and it seemed like only being up against the bar of her playmat had stopped her. So I'd moved her into the middle of it.

A bit later I looked over, and ta da! There she was on her stomach.

She's 15 weeks and 2 days old.

Hm, interesting. When I go look it up - because I can never remember this sort of thing - I find that typically they do front-to-back first. Man, we REALLY need to get this kid more tummy time. Bad Mama. She'd be running a bit slow for front-to-back (typical 2-3 months), she's early for back-to-front (typical 5-6 months), IMO especially as heavy as she is.

So I figure on average she's just fine, I have no reason to worry, but we should get her more tummy time.
another pic )
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.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie 9-3-06)
Maggie has a wiggly loose tooth, lower left front incisor. Her first one. My little girl is growing up.

I've been trying to find when she got her first tooth. EDIT: Found it. First tooth lower left front incisor, 12/25/2002, second tooth 12/27/2002.

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