Happy 7 months, Linnea!
I know my posts are few and far between. Maintaining this blog is not quite the labor of love it used to be, but I know we have lots of family out there who like our updates, and I know it will be wonderful to have these little stories to look back on as time goes by. I try, also rather unsuccessfully, to write Linnea letters on a weekly basis about what we’ve been up to (the number of pages filled in her little journal is quite small…). But here I am, despite a long absence, with more news!
Linnea reaching for Mommy. That started happening last week and it just warms my heart.
Visit from Nana! I’m lame and don’t have any pics of that…but we do have a pic of the Raggedy Ann doll she brought! She’s a fun friend. Thanks Nana! :)
Sitting up so well! She’s really stable now when we sit her up. I still put a pillow behind her to cushion falls.
Inklings of a crawler. Linnea now pushes waaaay up on her hands and has started bending her knees in what I can only think is a pre-crawling state. She’s also quite good at moving around in a circle on her belly to get to various toys. She still surprises me with rolling over at random times; I’ll leave her in the crib for a few minutes on her back, and come back in the room to find her on her belly, looking a mixture of proud and surprised!
Two teeth! Count ‘em. Two. We noticed the second one surfacing when my mom was here to visit last week. They are two cute little peas in the pod of her lower gum. Hopefully that’s all for this batch (I hear the come in spurts of 2 or so) because I’d really like to get some sleep again. She’s been waking up 1-3 (most often 2-3) times a night since the last week in February. Naps have been somewhat better, but yikes, it’s been tiring.
Facing forward in the stroller. Tim discovered this as a way to help her sleep better, figuring looking out at the great world around would bore her more quickly than our smiling faces. Obviously it’s fun to look out but it seems to have worked…although I miss smiling at her on our walks. And we’re still on our way to getting her to take an afternoon nap WITHOUT the aid of the stroller. Warmer, sunnier days made for exploring the beach park and farmers market will soon be upon us! Not a time for sleeping!
High chair. Yay! This has been the most fun thing! We drove down to IKEA and got her this cute little chair for 20 bucks. It is all plastic and can pull right up to the table, which has been so much fun we haven’t even used the tray with it yet. L-bug eats SO MUCH BETTER when she’s in her own seat (we were using the Bumbo for a bit but returned that to our friends) and has become an eating machine. Plus, it’s super fun to have family mealtimes now when she can sit at the table with us in her own seat! Makes me a little teary to think how fast she’s growing from a baby into a little kid. Which brings me to…
More food! And the sippy cup! Linnea has been a star eater and now enjoys squash, pears, carrots, rice cereal, oatmeal, peas, sweet potatoes and applesauce. I made my own peas and sweet potatoes this week and it was easier and more fun than I’d thought. The peas were funny because they still retained little bits of skins after I pureed them in the food processer, and though L-bug would eat them she made a funny face with every spoonful, being used to perfectly smooth puree with other foods. So I strained them, cutting the amount of food about in half and wasting a bunch of time. But she liked the pure pea puree so much better. Will have to come up with a better way to do peas, but bananas and some other fruits are next on my list!
The sippy cup is just the cutest thing. I gave it to her first in the bath without the valve when Mom was here, and she got a mouthful of water that surprised her. Put the valve back on, and I’ve learned that I need to fill it up to the top for her to get the idea. But after a couple tries she’s really caught on and now loves drinking water while sitting in her high chair! It really is the most precious thing to see her grasping the handles and sucking away, water dripping down her chin. :) Oh I love her. It is the most wonderful and amazing thing to watch her learn and grow.
No more humidifier. Two words: it stinks. And I just don’t have the time to clean it. (Mineral deposits and, presumably, bacterial from the heating element and standing water in the base). So we’ve moved back to just the bathroom fans for white noise and will be ordering a white noise machine in the near future. We don’t want L to be totally conditioned to have to fall asleep with a white noise machine, but she’s done fine without it the last 3 nights and we wanted to phase out the humidifier anyway, since it’s now warmer and less dry. Mostly the white noise is for my own benefit so I know there’s some cushion in her room from sound we make in the rest of the house. Which leads me to…
Linnea’s own room. That’s right. Her own room. As in, a room that we own. For her. That’s all I’m saying for now since I’ll need to dedicate a longer post to this in the future!
And a few more pics…
Linnea and Daddy love to sing songs together. Most nights before bed we sing quiet little tunes with the guitar, like Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Jesus Loves the Little Children.
Check out her two teeth!
She likes to dangle her sippy cup off the side of the high chair and look down on it. And yes, she plays the drop-it-and-mommy-pick-it-up game.