Sunday, July 25, 2010

Impulse items

Our inpulse items at the grocery check-out have changed. Instead of gum and magazines, yesterday we bought a ball. For 1.69 we made Sophia the happiest girl in the world:)
And what is up with the "almost" splits. Do we have a future gymast on our hands:)?
Re: peeing while sleeping. It's happened for the past 3 nights in a row. Actually last night, she peed straight through in 1:40 minutes! Thanks for all the tips. I'm not sure that going up a size diaper will work. SHe's in size 3 now, on the low end of the weight. Size 4 just seems WAY to big, doesn't it?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Things are going well, I think. I was so happy that Sophie's been sleeping so well, only to be told by Dan that "she was up 3 times last night." Apparently, I'm sleeping through her short periods of whines/cries. He said at most, she whimpers for about 5 minutes, and then it's right back to sleep, but I still feel bad. However, I feel GOOD that I'm getting decent, solid sleep.

The new development is that she ends up sleeping on her tummy now. No big deal, and no worries on my part. The issue is that she has been peeing through her diaper (and sleeper, and sheet) for the past several nights. We're using the 12 hour Pampers, so I'm not sure what else I can use. This has just become a problem since she's been tummy sleeping. I used a sheet protector 2 nights ago, but she is so active now that she peed not only on the sheet protector, but also the sheet.

Looks like we'll be doing even MORE laundry...
I also need to figure out how to lower her crib mattress. The directions are not clear, and she's starting to grab on to the rail and want to pull up, like this...
I'm afraid it's only a matter of time.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Splish Splash

I figured out why Sophia suddenly didn't like bath time. Since we moved her to the regular bathtub for baths, I've been using the incline seat so she can lie down. She's really been fighting to stay sitting up, so I let her. Viola. Issue fixed. She is back to loving it, and loves playing with her duckie and other bath toys. The new problem now is that her little bum slides all over the place, and it's a bit of a work-out for me to make sure she keeps her head above water! So far, she hasn't thought twice about face-planting in the water, if it means she can get her toys that are constantly floating away. Looks like I need to invest in a slide-proof tub liner.

One of my fave pics. Dan won't let me put it on Facebook:(

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7 months!!!

Yesterday, Sophia turned 7 months. Time is flying! Her "unofficial" stats.
1) about 18 pounds.
2) Still about 25 inches long (basically no vertical growth since last pedi visit!)
3) We've moved up to Size 3 diapers
4) She can still fit in some 3-6 month sleepers/onsies. However, she must get her hips from me b/c she cannot fit in a pair of shorts unless they are at least 12 months in size!
5) She has started trying to imitate what we do with our lips. VERY CUTE:)
6) SHe's using her right hand more, thanks to our excercises.
7) Can roll back to belly, belly to back, either side.
8) Sits up easily for about 30 minutes. Only falls over every once in a while.
9) She is still refusing a bottle.
10) She doesn't quite get what to do with a sippy cup yet (we tried again this weekend).
11) She has NOT been into getting a bath lately.
12) She now fusses when we take a toy away from her.
13) She's started moving on her belly to change positions. I'm not sure what to call it, not scooting, but sort of gliding into a new position.
14) She knows Sierra now, and "talks" to her.
15) Her new song this month is The Wheels on the Bus but she ADORES the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
16) She tried applesauce a few days ago. Winner!
17) She can bear weight on her legs for about 30 seconds, as long as we are holding on to her.
18) She is officially in her crib and doing well!!!!!!!!!!!!!
19) Her new "toy" is her pack and play. We moved it out of the bedroom, took off the bassinet and she sits and plays in there:)
20) She is holding strong at 2 teeth.
Our bedroom looks completely different without the pack and play! Unfortunately, we just moved it to the living room where it continues to take up a ton of space, but at least we have a new place to put her, safe from Sierra's paws (and fur). Crib transition is going well. She typically wakes once and needs a pacifier and then at about 6 am to eat and then will sleep for a few more hours. I feel *sort of* bad b/c I'm sure I'm missing some of her cries (that I didn't miss when she was sleeping right next to me), but it sure makes for a more solid night of sleep for me:)

Some pics from the weekend...
She started on the sheet...
As good as I could get for her 7 month picture:) And that sleeper is my new fave!
First time in the bottom of the pack and play. Go figure that of all those fun toys, she'd go for the tag.
This cracks me up. Wubbanub in the mouth and links in both hands. In her left hand the links are connected to an elephant. She doesn't seem to mind:)

Friday, July 2, 2010

bottle strike!

It's officially a bottle strike. Yesterday, I got home from work and Sophie hadn't eaten since 8:30 (it was almost 5). Dan was frustrated, and had been trying to feed her to no avail. I thought I would have the magic mommy touch and she'd eat for me no problem. Not quite. She pushed the bottle out with her tongue, spit, gagged, everything imaginable to keep me from feeding her. Unfortunately, I had pumped right before I left work, which is what I always do b/c she typically eats her bottle about 3 pm. So, I tried to nurse her, with no luck. Although she jumped at the chance to nurse, she got fussy b/c there was no milk. This same thing happened several days ago, except that I was able to nurse right after she refused the bottle and all was well.

I googled a bit and one of the thoughts was that it might be teething. I suppose that could be true. But it just seems like the pattern with bottle usage has been going, going, gone. The new plan is for Dan to give Sophie 2 solids during the day, and then I'll take over all nursing duties. He is completely fine with this plan, since bottle feeding does not mesh well with his impatient personality.

We attempted the sippy cup last weekend, but she's not quite getting it yet. She grabbed with both hands, stuck it in her mouth and turned it up, but that was it. I'll try again next weekend. Hopefully she'll pick it up soon, so I don't feel like I'm her main source of food. I don't mind really, but it's odd to think that outside of work, I can't be away from her for more than 5 hours at a time. Quite honestly, I don't want to be away from her for that long, but the idea that I CAN'T be feels odd to me.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

a really good day!

Yesterday was a vacation day for me. For Dan's birthday back in April, I gave him Cardinal tix for June 30. I've been looking forward to it, knowing we were going to take Sophie. I got the tix off of Craigs List and they were incredible. We had access to an air-conditioned club with our own private concessions and bathrooms (including a family bathroom!). The weather was so nice that we really didn't need to take advantage of the A/C, but we did just to give Sophie a change 0f scenery. It was 80 degrees with a light breeze...can't beat that in the heart of an STL summer:)

This was her 2nd game and she was definitely more lively. I also managed to track down FredBird for her. Doesn't she look soooo excited??

Dan was taking a picture of me and Sophie when a very nice man offered to take one of the 3 of us. He ended up taking 6, b/c he couldn't get it "just right." Here's one of my favorites.

It was just a really great day. Dan and I both said it. We don't get much time to be together anymore, outside of our condo...having fun. It doesn't hurt that Sophie is such a dream baby and always acts so great when we're in public. We love spending time with her.


YAY me, I got a blog award from Rebekah, although I feel I've been lacking in the substance department. I started this blog as a therapy of sorts, to deal with the emotions of struggling to get pregnant. Lately, it seems very superficial, which is probably a direct result of the amount of time I have to devote to it (and the mental energy I have left at the end of the day). For me, I continue to post updates more as a way for me to remember the day-to-day with Sophie. I don't take her for granted, and want to do my best to record the memories (good and not so good) as I possibly can.

Thanks for the shout-out, Rebekah!!

And b/c I suck at making things "clicky"...http://to-infertility-and-beyond.blogspot.com/

The Rules:

•Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
•Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words
•Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.

**My blog can be summed up in five words: Struggles, Miracle, Memories, Gratitude, Family**

I don't have 10 other blogs to pass on, which probably gets back to me having no time to do anything, lol. I think it also has to do with the fact that alot of blogs I followed for the longest time have drifted into oblivion, understandly so. The women who wrote daily about their IF struggles are now mommies, and just have no time. In that sense, I'm happy they don't blog anymore/rarely:) I have recently started checking out Blog Frog and have found alot of great blogs there, but aren't familiar enough with them yet. Plus, Rebekah stole one that I *would* have listed!!! So, those are my excuses for not having 10:)