Alexis is 11 months old today!!!!

January 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm (Baby, Family, Parenting) (, , )

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One more month and the first year is over – it’s incredible!!  She has gotten so big it’s hard to believe.  She is extremely active these days.  She crawls all over the place, she stands without support and she cruises a lot.  She’ll be walking soon I’m sure.  She is talking more also – she says bye-bye, leche, and sometime she says upa (spanish for “up”).  She definitely has a strong personality and knows what she wants.  She likes being on the floor most of the time playing with her toys.  She can also eat with a spoon now.  Not well, but she can do it.  When I put food on the spoon, she knows how to put it into ther mouth to eat.  She is a very good eater and I still haven’t found anything she won’t eat.  She has 8 teeth – 4 top and 4 bottom and her molars are starting to come in but haven’t yet broken through.  She’s a lot of fun and likes to giggle and laugh.  She is very vocal.  She is also very squirmy and makes changing her extremely difficult!  The minute I lay her down she flips over and tried to get away so it’s always a fight changing her.  Luckily I stopped using a changing table a long time ago and I just use the floor.  I haven’t weighed her really, but I put her on our scale and it said 21 pounds which sounds right.    That’s about it.  I’m planning her 1st birthday party now and I just can’t believe how fast this first year has gone by!!!

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There’s a fine line between cautious and over-protective

January 3, 2009 at 11:05 am (Baby, Family, Parenting) (, )

Now that Alexis is mobile and active and daring, I find myself constantly second-guessing my actions.  She has had numerous bumps and falls and accidents already.  I know this is just the beginning!! As a mom, I have a natural instinct to want to protect my child from getting hurt.  When I see her standing and about to fall, I want to steady her and grab her.  But I also know that it’s good for her to fall, it’ll teach her her limitations and she will learn how to fall.  She needs to try things on her own in order to grow and develop.  It’s so tough for me to know when to step in and when not to.  A perfect example, last night she was crawling in her room and tried to stand up on a step stool that is just her size.  It’s not extremely sturdy and I knew that it could tip over if she didn’t put her weight in the middle.  But it’s only about a foot off the ground so I also knew that she wouldn’t fall far if she did and the room is carpeted.  So I let her do it and she fell, of course she bumped her lip and it started bleeding a little.  I felt terrible!!!!!  I shouldn’t have let her do it.  But the tears and the bleeding soon stopped and she was no worse for the wear, so I guess it was ok.

That brings me to my dilemma, when is it cautious and when is it over-protective.  It is with held breath that I watch her let go and stand on her own and even when she wobbles and I want to step in and grab her, I hold back and usually I learn that she can re-gain her balance.  Not always though and sometimes she falls, most of the time on her butt, occasionally not and she will get scared/hurt, but nothing serious.  I can see into the future and having the same issue with allowing her to go out with friends somewhere without me.  I guess the worrying never stops.  My job as a parent from now on is to teach her good judgment and to instill in her the belief that mommy will always be there when she stumbles (literally or figuratively)  and sit back and hope that she can take on all of life’s challenges with me behind her ready to catch her if she falls.

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Alexis is 9 months old!

November 25, 2008 at 10:58 am (Baby, Cooking, Family, Parenting) (, , )

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These months pictures are getting more and more difficult to do! She doesn’t just sit there calmly anymore with the paper behind her.  She now wants to grab the paper and crumple it up and eat it.  So this is the best I could do but you get the idea.

Anyway, yes, she is 9 months old now!!!! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by.  It’s all so much more fun now.  First the basic stats.  She weighed 19lbs 14oz and was 28.5 inches so in the 75% for both height and weight.  She actually lost a couple pounds from her stomach bug b/c she had been at 21 pounds 10 days before when we weighed her at the ER b/c of her eye accident.  She is developmentally where she should be.  No crawling and no interest.  She gets on all 4s and she moves but not exactly crawling.  She is much more interested in standing so that’s where she spends most of her time.  She wants to pull herself up all the time on anything and anyone she can grab.  She tests herself when she’s standing.  She can easily hold on with one hand now but she’s trying to let go with the other.  Most of the time she ends up on her butt, but she has stood along for (very) brief periods of time.   She cruises when she’s holding onto the couch.  Not always successfully but she’s learning.  She can also get into a sitting position from her stomach.  She’s saying mama and dada and no no no which I think is actually no b/c she says it when she’s pissed.  She is also eating a lot more table foods.  She loves cinnamon toast it’s her favorite.  She also eats deli meats, fruit, potato, banana, yogurt and other things, I try to give her little bits of whatever we’re having so that she can get used to eating more texture and flavor.  She is a great eater though and loves to eat! She is also becoming very independent.  She doesn’t like to be held as much anymore, preferring to be on the floor exploring.   She plays a lot more.  We play peek a boo and she loves singing.  She will mimic me if I sing La La La she’ll do it back.  No clapping or waving, but I’m working on it!!

That’s pretty much it.  I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and of course Christmas!

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Alexis rolled over!!!!!!

July 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm (Baby, Parenting) (, )

I am so excited!! She rolled from her back to her belly! I had her on her tummy time mat and I went to the kitchen to get a drink, when I came back she was fully on her tummy!!!

So I put her on her back and I am waiting with the video camera for her to do it again!

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