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Said to Baby or Dog?

Tanisha and I have started playing a game recently and wanted to share it with you.

It’s called “Said to Baby or Dog?” 

During the day we recap things that we have said to either our baby and our dog, then make each other guess which one the sentence was directed towards.

Today’s sentence is:

“Don’t lick my toes.”

Please put your answers in the comments section.

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I am 6 months old and loving life. I love my feet and hands. Also I can roll both ways now. I started solids this month and so far I love sweet potatoes, peas, oatmeal and pears. I continue to be interested in my dog and everything within reach goes into my mouth.

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Esther in Motion

I just realized I don’t think I’ve shared any of our Esther videos with our readers before. Well shoot! Let’s change that right away! Here are a few of our favorites! Enjoy.

Click Here: https://vimeo.com/channels/359063

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Dear Esther,

Where have these 5 months gone? It seems like only yesterday you were this little ball of newborn flesh and hair that we carried home from the hospital. We were overwhelmed by both anxiety and joy. We were parents and you were finally here. Those next few weeks are mostly a blur as I danced through days and nights trying to keep up with mothering and remembering to take care of myself. It was no greater gift, though, then to spend those first precious months enveloped in everything you. As I write this I am overcome with emotion. It is very bittersweet as you embrace this life and meet each milestone (rolling over, holding your own bottle, learning to love bathtime).

I am 5 months old! Last month was the month of hands, this month is the month of feet. I’ve found them and I like them! I’m getting bigger and I like to play, play, play! I slept in my big girl bed (crib) for 2 nights, but I’m back in mommy and daddy’s room. Soon enough. I found out I have a dog, and I like to squeeze him.

You’re becoming your own person-a little girl and no longer (in my eyes anyway) a baby. I watch how fearless you sometimes are as you explore new things. Gone are the days when we made sure you were warm and fed and left you for a bit to lay quietly encircled by your Boppy Pillow. Now when we attempt the same you try to either fling yourself out of its grip and onto the couch or *gasp* the floor below. Luckily we’ve caught you before the latter has happened. You are our brave dragon baby! This month we experienced your first bought of scary sickness. You ran a fever and vomited for a few days. This resulted in two trips to the pediatrician and one late evening trip to the emergency room. It nearly killed me as I wanted to take your place. If I could, I would bear all your pain forever. It is a mother’s heart to feel this way I’m sure. But, that’s not reality so my job, our job-your father and I, is to prepare you for a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world. I see strength in you little one. You can handle it. You are very brave and oftentimes you are my teacher and not the other way around. When you were nestled against my chest as I held you   in the emergency room hot, tired and sick- nonetheless – you were curious of your surroundings and smiled at almost everyone who interacted with you. I was so proud. Even while sick you wanted to be, well…YOU. You are a light, Esther. You make us so very happy and we were so lucky to get you. You are the best baby…person. That’s were the bittersweet comes in. Every day moves you closer and closer to your independence and farther away from your dependence on us. You won’t be our baby forever and so I try to hang on to every morsel of these moments, this time we have with you as our baby. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see what you do with this precious life because I know deep in my soul it will be good. No matter what though, your father and I will be there to bear witness and proclaim, “that’s our girl!”

We love you bear cub! Happy 5 months.

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“I am 4 months old! I know! I’ve discovered my hands. I can’t get enough of them. I like to look at them, touch them together and put them all up in my mouth..YUM! I love my morning time with daddy, and my snuggle time with mommy at bedtime. I love to laugh and smile and sing songs. Oh, and I love to give speeches to my toys. I hang out at daycare all day with my friends. I like that too.”

 
 
 
Esther’s 4 month appointment went well.  She is 60% percentile for weight, 50% for head circumference and 40% for height. What does all of that mean? Pretty much that she’s perfect and the smartest baby in the world, which we knew already, right?? (;  She took the shots again like a champ. Just screamed for a little, then daddy picked her up- mommy fed her and she was fine for the rest of the evening.
 
Another exciting development this month is that  Lady E can roll from her back to her belly now. I was so excited for her to learn that.  The first time she did it she looked around and was so proud of herself. It was very cute. Then I proceeded to watch her face plant and move her head back to back on the ground as if she were stuck. You see my (the) problem here, right? So I rushed to flip her over again and scared the crap out of her! That made both of us! I wanted so  badly for her to learn how to roll over and then immediately wished she couldn’t ever do that again (especially at night, which is, of course, exactly what she did later on that night). Thus begun “the great rolling over no sleep torture”. Three nights in a row I got no sleep because I’d keep staring at her to make sure she was still on her back and or side. Then I’d watch her roll over and get stuck. I’d flip her on to her back and she’d immediately roll over again. She’s a determined one. When I brought it up to the doctor he understood ( as last time my intense worry was “the choking). He said that the most important was that I was sleeping. A child needs rested and alert parents, so if that meant she’d have to sleep in her car seat for me to feel secure, then by all means she could. I tried that for 1/2  the night on Wednesday and just felt so sorry for her. She looked comfortable enough, but I know I wouldn’t  be so comfy sleeping sitting up. I took her out of the car seat and put her into the pack n play next to our bed after her 3 am feeding. Then she began to roll again and I almost threw myself to the floor and rolled around causing a temper tantrum of my own. SOMETHING had to be done. So, I took my struggle(s) to Facebook. Oh the beauty of social networking! Another Momma came up with a GREAT  idea! I altered her “invention” a little to work for us and it worked!! Esther can’t roll and momma can sleep!!
 
So here was the other momma’s solution to our problem:

Photo credit to Carla Peraza
 
Here is mine. I used a soft scarf to tie it all the way around the mattress (since she isn’t in a crib yet).
 
Also new this month was Esther’s first car trip. She went to visit her grandparents who live a little over 3 hours southwest of the Twin Cities. She did “ok”. We have to make sure to target her nap time and she’s fine to nap 1/2 the way. She slept a long stretch of time. Then we’d stop to stretch and to feed and change her, then back into the car for the second part of the drive. That was the more difficult stretch because she was awake then, rested and wanted to play but instead was strapped in. She didn’t cry the entire time, but she made it clear that she had had it! We were proud of her though for being such a good little trooper and it was great bonding time for her and the grandparents.We are looking forward to a summer of fun. She loves bath time so we will have to take her swimming so she can splash until she’s worn out!Thanks again for reading!

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Our baby girl is 4 months old and I cannot believe it. It has been such a treat to watch her little personality develop. She has preferences, different moods and it quite the talker. I will post photos sometime this week after her 4 month photo shoot with mom.

She has her 4 month check up tomorrow as well as round 2 of shots. I hope it goes as smoothly as the last ones did. She cried only for a bit last time and then enjoyed a bottle before going home and sleeping most of the evening.

Her new “thing” is rolling from her back to her belly. This is great, HOWEVER, she doesn’t know how to roll back or keep her head up. She can lift her head up, but then she gets tired. Also, instead of turning her head to the side, she face plants and tries to lick the ground. You see our issue here, right? This has led to many sleepless night because I fear she’ll roll over (which she insists on doing) and get stuck and not be able to “save herself”. So it leads to me hearing any kind of stirring from her crib, and then I have to use the light of my cell phone to shine it on her to make sure she’s in a safe sleeping position *sigh*. So, we’ve been upping our tummy time sessions with her in hopes she learns to roll the other way soon- or at least learn to turn her head to the side. Oh the joys! What will I do when she’s 16 and out past curfew. Knowing me I’ll probably alert the police and organize a search crew. Oh the joys of motherhood. What do chill moms do? Drink lots of wine? I need a chill pill!

Esther continues to love daycare and has made some friends there. I feel like on the weekends she happy to be home with mommy and daddy, but sometimes it seems she’d like more playing with little people. It’s hard during the week because I want to be there to witness her making friends. I’ve seen some of this when picking her up in the afternoons. There is a little boy there around 3 years old that has taken her under his wing! He likes to play with her, show her toys and talk to her. It warms my heart to see her look over and smile at him.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll check back in tomorrow (or the next day) to let you know how her 4 month appt. went.

Thanks for peeking in on us!

The Andrews Fam

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Life was good before too, but now it’s good  good now that I can move my body!! The doctor released me from bed rest on Thursday and I could not be any happier. I got the “ok” to start moving around and building up my strength and endurance before little girl gets here.

After out appointment we ran a few errands. We went to Amma Parenting Center  (this is where we took our parenting classes) where we purchased our Moby Wrap and a Belly Bandit for me. LOVE Amma and also the helpful staff.  After Amma we went to a nice lunch at our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilia. It felt so good to be back in crowds again. After lunch though, I was definitely ready to go home and rest a bit. I have to remember to be patient and know that I have to walk again before I can run.

I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow and that was our “make it to” date. Now, if I should go into labor before Feb 6th the doctor would not stop labor and if she looks good at birth she won’t have to go to a special care nursery. She can stay in the room with us. I like the fact that this is an area of concern for my doctor- meaning that she doesn’t like to separate the mommas and the babies if she doesn’t have to. I’m really happy to hear this because after this little one is born my main focus will be on establishing breast-feeding.

My plan here on out is going to be preparing for the little one and also getting out the house at least once a day. The little amount of walking I have done so far has done wonders for my body already. My hips feel much better. My back still needs some work but we’ll get there. I have a message scheduled on Monday and I’m really looking forward to that.

Our next appointment is on Thursday. We have weekly doctor’s appointments now that we’re down to the final weeks. At our next appointments I’ll do the Step B test so my doctor will also have a look at my cervix at that point to see if I’m dilated or effaced at all. EXCITING!! I know one can’t predict these things, but I just have a feeling that she will come sometime this month. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking though. After trying to keep her in so long, it feels odd to be wishing her out now (: I’m just ready to meet her and for the two of us (and Jim) to make it through labor in one piece.

Until next time!

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