Friday, February 29, 2008
After class, Megan (Emma's mom) and I took the girls out to Perkins. We actually had both of them sitting in highchairs for a while. After that got old, Miss Alexandra had a bottle and fell asleep in my arms. As I wanted to actually eat my sandwich, I made a little nest for her in the booth (with a blockade, so she couldn't roll off). She was quite comfy, and snoozed the rest of the meal.
before- Big Girls in their highchairs
Then we went to Emma's house for a playdate. Miss Emma was very kind to share her toys. She was even kinder to loan us a shirt (after an entire morning of blowing raspberries, Alexandra's shirt was SOAKED and she was miserable). I felt like quite the unprepared Mommy, but who would have guessed? :-)
After a quick nap at home, we took Copper out for a long-awaited walk. It was 36 degrees out today!!! :-) We slogged through the slushy sidewalks (how's that for alliteration?) and had a nice excursion.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Miss Alexandra has found a new sound to make. For the past two days, we've heard a few little 'razz' noises, but today it's full force and video-worthy. I had to sneak up on her doing it, though- (which is the reason for the odd camera angle)-- if she sees the camera, she immediately stops. You can imagine how many shirts we're going through today-- when she gets done with a 'session', she looks like a little frothy rabid baby.
She's also really started watching the kitties today. Whenever they come into a room, she stops whatever it is she is doing to look at them, and try to communicate. If they're close enough, she reaches out (much to Huxley's chagrin) and tries to 'pet' them.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
She enjoyed the new perspective on the world, and was very inquisitive and curious about what was going on. Even though she had eaten a mere forty-five minutes before, she saw us enjoying our food and got fussy until she could have another bottle. It's amazing how interactive she is with her world now, and it's so exciting to see her grow and develop more every day.
Auntie Carrie came over for baby-time, laundry, and pizza this evening. She got to experience the adventure that is mealtime by feeding Miss Alex-- who was quite the sight afterwards.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
So, we were fifteen minutes late for ECFE class this morning, but it was ok because it's a relaxed group that doesn't get too hung up on firm 'start times'. Alex had fun in school-- she spent a lot of time exploring some new toys.
After class, our friends Megan and Emma joined us for a trip to the Zoo! We love it there (obviously). The Mommies had a bite to eat, and Al and Emma were so good! Then we showed them around Alex's favorite spots (the aquariums), and even splurged on a monorail ride.
Poor Alex was so tired that she fell asleep as soon as I got her snowsuit back on. She hadn't napped all morning, but she really didn't get fussy-- just really talkative.Now we're at home, and she's attempting to nap-- hopefully she'll take a nice long one this afternoon, because Daddy is going solo tonight (I have a MOMS Club scrapbooking date!)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
After playgroup, we stopped at home for a quick nap (30 minutes), and then it was back in the car for dry cleaners, the eye doctor, and Target.
Needless to say, Alex was exhausted when we returned home from our second run. She fell asleep in her carseat, and I was able to transfer her into her crib without waking her up. The only problem was that she was still bundled up in her snowsuit. Solution below. Who needs to remove the outer layer totally???
After her nap, she was all smiles.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Alex took it all in stride. Even though it was technically 'breakdown time' (4-5pm), she was a perfect little baby-- she met lots of new friends, and entertained the entire back half of the auditorium with her 'stories' (she didn't fuss, she was just talking). I was paid an even greater honor than the one my students nominated me for. The English teacher at Cristo Rey sought me out, and introduced herself to me. She said that she had been waiting to meet me, because my kids were always talking about what we did in class. She said that she wanted me to know that my kids were the best prepared group of all of the freshman class! :-) Sigh....maybe I will go back to teaching someday :-)
Oh-- and a funny little sidenote-- all of my MA students asked why I left Copper at home. Apparently, they take it for granted that she would accompany me everywhere I go! :-) I explained to them that I wasn't too sure that the other students, faculty and directors of their high school would be as excited to see a dog coming in the doors.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Because of her new 'big girl' status, we've doubled up our efforts in the sitting-up department. She was practicing all afternoon, but kept getting distracted by Copper. Alex will respond to the words "eat", and "puppy"-- you can see an example of the latter below.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The show will air in March, so we will let everyone know when we hear a specific date. For all of you non-Minnesotans, it will be available on-line soon after it airs on tv (and Dave set up the TIVO to record it as well-- just in case!).
Saturday, February 16, 2008
And now we're back home! Just in time for Alex to go to sleep, and get ready to start another day.
Oh-- other 'firsts' for the day include Daddy's first time feeding Alex rice cereal. He started off by wondering how she could get as messy as she does in some of the pictures I've taken. In a matter of seconds he found the answer. They had fun, though--
Friday, February 15, 2008
All in all, a pretty 'quiet' day for Miss Alex.
Alexandra has been sleeping about 11 hours at a stretch for the past three nights, and her schedule is pretty set. In case anyone is wondering-
7:20 wake-up; breakfast from Mom; play with Mommy; sometimes a bath!
9:00 am nap (45 min-1 hr) - depending on the day, we could have class during this morning time
10:30 6 oz. of formula; time to sing some songs and work on our sounds
12:00 noon- afternoon nap (45 min- 1 hr)
1:30 rice cereal and 4-6oz of formula; storytime- playing with Mommy, a trip to Target (or wherever our errands bring us)
3:00- late afternoon power nap (30-45 min)
4:30 afternoon snack from Mom - practice our instruments and read more stories
5:30 Daddy gets home! Time to exercise & practice rolling over
7:00 Dinner (8 oz formula) and bedtime!
(sometimes there is an early am snack between 4am and 6:30am)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Alex was confused as to why her mommy was holding another baby, but she took it all in stride. She was dressed in the cute little heart romper that Grandma Jones mailed her! Uncle Willy came with us, and somehow was able to navigate rush hour traffic and get us home safely, even with a squalling unhappy panda in the back carseat (she was very tired from a long day).
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
After playing phone tag with numerous relatives all morning, and going to our weekly workout at Burnsville Center, Alex and I ran some errands. We went to our favorite toy store in St. Paul (Peapods: http://www.peapods.com/-- I know, I've turned into a hippie after becoming a mom, but I just wanted a place to buy European toys!!) make a return, and ended up just using the store credit to buy some instruments. Alex seems to love the drum. Percy (as you can see in the photo) commandeered the egg shaker. All I have to say is don't be surprised if you see Dave as the lead tambourine-player in our family band. He'll be the one wearing the tassled leather vest. :-)Then we stopped our practice for a little lunch. Just so you can truly have the whole experience of lunchtime, I have included a "before", "during", and "after" shot of Miss Alexandra. She seems to revel in making as much of a sticky rice mess as possible!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Alex has definitely been in" Daddy withdrawal" for the past few days. At yoga on Sunday, we ended up putting our mat down next to the only father/daughter team at class. Alex spent the entire hour trying to catch that daddy's eye, and get him to pay attention to her. I felt awful that she was looking for a father figure! The instructor was laughing about it, but it really was heartbreaking!
We went to the airport in -9 degree weather to pick us her daddy that evening. She was sleeping when Dave came down to the baggage claim, but woke up a few minutes later (we waited for his baggage for 1 hour and 15 minutes!). Dave came over to the stroller and started talking to her. She was so shocked at seeing his face suddenly hovering over her that her eyes got huge and she just stared at him for a good minute before cracking a gigantic smile that lit up her whole body!
Daddy put her to bed last night, and she just snuggled right into his arms for her bottle. She seemed very glad to have her world back the way it should be. (and I was very glad not to be a single parent anymore-- that's really hard work!)
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Alex's first art project took place this morning. Miss Susan, our ECFE instructor, brought lots of crafting materials so that we could make Valentine's Day surprises for our Daddies. I don't want to give away too much of Dave's surprise, but I'll let you see the pictures and you can probably figure it out from there. Most babies cried or squirmed when paint was applied to their little feet. Not Alex-- she's either a true artist, or a very kinesthetic learner who is going to do her fair share of getting dirty while playing. Either way, we ended up with a very cute 'surprise'.
This was a funny picture. All of the moms really seemed to get into the craft (probably because it was an 'assignment' that we had to do, and it gave us some interaction with other adults), and the babies were just kind of left to their own devices. Luckily, no one is mobile yet, and Miss Susan was there to entertain the "abandoned" babes.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
At least, I tried. Today was Alex's independent day. She didn't really want to sit in my lap. She didn't want me to lay on the floor with her. She wanted to play by herself. Once I finally figured out what it was she desired, I put her in her little gym on the nursery floor and I worked out on the elliptical, calling out encouragement from the exercise machine whenever she would kick or grab at her toys. Then we went into the living room and she had independent tummy time-- I really did try to get her to interact, but she wasn't having any of it. I ended up laying next to her on the floor and reading one of my books while she played.
We also went to the zoo this afternoon, and really enjoyed ourselves. Two o-clock is the time to go. The animals that are normally snoozing are up and about, pacing around for their suppers. The volunteers have started to recognize us (we go about once a week), and Alex had the undivided attention of two self-described "grandmas" who were smitten with my little girl in pink.
Without Daddy here, we go to bed early. Alex was down at 6 again this evening, leaving me with some time to blog and do some dishes. We made sure to look at lots of photos of Daddy this morning and evening before she went to bed, and practice our handsigns for "daddy", "eat", "kitty", and "puppy" (the most important words in Alex's life).
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
We got back to the house and had fifteen minutes before we had to bring Daddy to the airport (he's skiing at Snowbird for the remainder of the week) so Alex didn't even get out of her carseat-- it would have been cruel to give her that taste of freedom and then snatch it away.
She's having a hard night-- can't quite decide what she wants to do, and there's only one parent, so its not as much fun at all! Normally Daddy does her gymnastic routines (rolling and stretching), and Mommy apparently doesn't do it 'correctly'. He'll be back Sunday evening, so we'll have to figure it out.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Well, Miss Alex had a very exciting weekend. She was a perfect traveling baby. We headed up to the farm Friday night, and arrived around 8:30-- Al had slept the whole way there, so she visited for a while before retiring for the evening. She did a great job going to bed and sleeping soundly, even when everyone else was up laughing and talking well into the night (Uncle Willy and Uncle Zach went to bed around 4am). Copper and Maggie the basset got along very well, even curling up next to each other for naps on the couch!
The next morning Dave, Great-Grandpa Ed, Alex and I headed to Superior to meet the rest of the family! Auntie Robyn, and Uncle Jon, Lauren and Jay, Auntie Kathy and Andrea were all there to meet Alexandra. Wolfgang Puck (I mean Lauren) had prepared a scrumptious feast straight out of a Food Network special for us to enjoy while we visited. We had the pleasure of hearing Alex really laugh for the first time-- Robyn was entertaining her with fake sneezes and funny noises. She seemed fascinated by Ellie-dog but was really enamored by Jay. We have a couple videos-- they're not nearly as cute as the real thing, but you'll get a feel for it.
Uncle Willy went home yesterday-- we'll miss him, although it will be nice to have my couch back (just kidding-- he was a big help around the house). Today is a quiet day at home- we don't have anything scheduled Mondays for recuperation purposes.
Friday, February 1, 2008
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That's right-- today is Alex's four month birthday! To celebrate we went to Target and bought some new bigger bottles (8 oz) and are going to formally retire the little 4 oz ones :-( For all you mommies to be out there--- just buy 8 ozers from the start. Had we done that, we could have saved a bunch of money!
After breakfast, I strapped a sleepy and protesting baby into her carseat and headed to Shakopee for ECFE Mommy & Me class. Because our breakfast was at 9am, we had to go to a different section of class than we normally do. Normally on Fridays Alex is the 'big girl' in the room-- all of the other babes are 2-3 months old. However, today she was the youngest. She amused herself watching the bigger babies (8-9 monthers) army crawl / scoot around the room and explore.
Needless to say, she was very tired when we returned home, and struggled to lay down for a 'real' nap- (car trips don't count), but she finally settled. We are packing for our trip up to Great Grandpa's farm tonight-- we won't have any blog updates this weekend from Meadowlands, but I'm sure we'll have lots of good pictures and stories on Monday.