Happy Birthday Alexis!

February 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Wow.  One year.  That’s how long Alexis has been in my life (on the outside).  It seems surreal.  I’m writing this on Feb. 23rd but the actual birthday was the 21st.  So exactly one year ago today, I was bringing Alexis home with me.  What a huge difference a year makes.  I remember bringing her home – all floppy and new.  Eating every 4 hours.  The intense sleep deprivation.  The constant second- guessing myself.  Not knowing what I was doing with this new little person who I was responsible for!!  She was so teeny, so fragile.

Fast forward one year.  She is a bundle of energy.  She does not sit still for a second.  She doesn’t want to be carried anymore – preferring to be on the ground.  She is mobile.  In addition to crawling – she takes steps.  I don’t want to call it walking, because it’s not really walking.  She will take 3 or 4 steps at a time and then plop down.  She can “walk” when she’s holding my hand or holding on to something, but when its just her – just those few steps.  Other major accomplishments this month she can stand up by herself.  Like she can go from sitting to standing without needing to pull herself up on anything – she just crouches then stands up.   She is also drinking Soy milk – no more formula.  I wanted to switch her to Soy first since she was drinking soy formula.  But she is fine eating whole milk products like yogurt and cheese, so I think I’ll start transitioning to regular milk, instead of soy.  She is also using sippy cups for milk.  She had been using the sippy straw cups for juice and water but didn’t want to drink milk out of anything other than a bottle.  But when I stopped giving her formula, I also stopped using bottles and it was pretty easy.  She does fine with them.  I do still give her a bottle before bed but I think I’ll get rid of that one this week.  She does not, however, hold the cups herself, she still wants me to give it to her.  I tried.  And she’ll do it if she has to.  But if I put her on the couch with her cup, she will scoot herself over to me and sit on my lap – how can I possibly say no to that!!!! I actually asked the pediatrician if it’s a big deal that she doesn’t hold the sippy herself for milk and she said not at all.  (more on the Dr visit later)  And she eats just about everything.  I have not found a food that she doesn’t like.  I give her waffles, toast, or pancakes for breakfast with yogurt.  I have also been giving her a lot of fruits and veggies b/c I think it’s important that she be exposed to them so that  she can be a healthy eater.  So she eats tomatoes, broccoli, peas, carrots, corn, etc.  Fruits – really just about everything; peach, pear, grapes, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, all variety of melons, oranges, mangoes.   Same goes for cheese and meats.  I have not given her steak b/c I don’t think she’s ready.   Also the Dr said i can start giving her eggs and seafood now, so I’ll be trying those.

We had her 12 month check-up today and it was great.  She’s 22.5 pounds and 30 inches which is 75th % for height and weight.  She is doing well and doing everything she is supposed to be doing now.  The pediatrician said she’s healty, curious, has good muscle tone and dexterity, etc.  Nothing bad.  She said to wait on nuts, peanut butter, and shellfish until age 2, other than that she can eat anything.  Also this was the visit I was dreading b/c of 2 shots that I was not looking forward to – MMR and Chicken Pox.  I wanted to wait for the Chicken Pox and I was hesitant about MMR – definitely on the fence.  I spoke to the Dr about it at length and I trust her.  So final decision is that I gave her the MMR, but not chicken pox.  I will give her the chicken pox later, but not now.  She also got a TB test.  I’m skipping the flu vaccine.  I hadn’t done it yet and now flu season is almost over with no flu (knock on wood).  We’ll see next year about that one.

I will write about the birthday party later this week…

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Grown Up Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm (Family, Holidays, Marriage, Uncategorized) (, , )

No, this is no x-rated.

I was thinking the other day about how different Valentine’s Day has become.  When I was little, my dad would always get me flowers and a gift.  I was always his Valentine.  He would bring home a dozen roses for my mom and a single one for me.  I loved it.

Then in high school it was always about putting things on lockers.  Balloons, cards, etc.  I would decorate my boyfriends locker and he would decorate mine.  Walking through the halls was like a big circus of red and pink mylar!! It was fun and exciting!!

Then in my early 20’s it was all dependent on whether I was dating someone.  If I was – then I was concerend with dinner reservations and what he was getting me.  If I was single – then it was boycotting the holiday by drinking with my other single girlfriends.  I think I had more fun the years I was single!!!!!

Now, married and a mom- it’s almost an afterthought.  I feel so old, but I hate going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day.  I don’t want to wait and have to choose from a limited menu and have crappy service from a waiter who is trying to hurry me out.  Alexis is still too little to be excited about any holiday, so that’s not fun yet, maybe next year?   As for our plans – well I guess we’re going to grill some lobster tails and have a nice dinner at home, exchange some small gifts.    I know it’s supposed to be about celebrating your love and call me cynical but after being together for 5 years (5 years!!!) it has lost some of its pizzaz.   Since we live together and are married, it’s different than when we were dating and it was a special night to be together and be in love.  Ok, I am cynical.

Don’t get me wrong – i love holidays and I will wear my shirt with the heart on the front and my heart earrings on Saturday b/c that’s just me.   I guess what I’m trying to say is that the anticipation is not the same.  Although I really do like lobster tails 🙂

*Update* My husband read this and was offended b/c he felt that I was ignoring him and not acting like I was in love.  So, for him let me clarify, yes I am in love and will celebrate that.  What I mean is that things change through the years.  And it has become a comfortable love, instead of something new.   Not bad,  just different.

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