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Thursday, April 3, 2008

A lot to write about!!!

There is so much to tell... I don't know where to begin! Lily turned 6 months old on March 14th and the world of "solid foods" has been opened up to her. She's been eating rice cereal since she was 4 1/2 months and oatmeal since around 5 months old, but I'd wanted to wait until she was officially 6 months old to introduce fruits & veggies. So, a few days after she turned 6 months old, we gave her avocado. After some gagging during her first try at it (which was Mom and Dad's fault... the avocado wasn't as ripe as it should have been so it was a bit too clumpy for her), we bought a food mill from Babies R Us and tried giving her avocado again, this time a much more pureed consistency. She really liked it! Since then, she's had: squash, sweet potatoes, applesauce, carrots, and green beans. She's seemed to really like everything she's eaten, so I'm hoping this means she'll be a good eater (and not picky). This was taken after her first bites of avocado:



She then moved on to messier meals:



... and now she's an 'ol pro at eating!



We took Lily in for her 6 month appointment and she is certainly a big girl now! She weighed 18 pounds (which put her above the 75th percentile for weight) and also, in Jacikas family fashion, she has a very large head (95th percentile)! The doctor started to tell us "She doesn't look like she has an unusually large head" and we were laughing... she looks perfect to us! She did so great getting her shots this time and to Fred's and my amazement, didn't really even cry after getting them. She started to cry, but we distracted her quickly and I picked her up right after she'd gotten them... within a few moments, she was back to being her smiley self. :) She also didn't seem to be affected by the shots in the days following them this time.

Just this past weekend, she has started moving - if you put her on the floor on her tummy, she scoots backwards slowly. The first time I really noticed this, she scooted from the area in front of our fireplace all the way over towards our fish tank (which is a good ~10 feet). She eventually got herself turned around and started to go under the couch, which is when she could finally go no farther. She also loves to put weight on her legs (which is another reason why I think she loves the Exersaucer and her Bouncy seat) so she likes to practice standing up without us holding her (though our hands are right there to catch her the moment she starts to tip). She is so strong!!! The pediatrician even remarked to us how strong and stable she looked sitting up on the exam table. I think it helps that she's been sitting up since she was 4 1/2 months old... she's had a lot of time to strengthen her muscles!

Lily is still as drooley as ever, but no teeth have shown up yet. She still enjoys "talking" to us and testing out her vocal range. If she's awake when I'm talking to Fred on the phone, I can pretty much always hear her in the background. The sound that she makes a lot when she's on the verge of being upset is an "Eeeehhh, Eeehhhh" sound - it's actually pretty cute. We can also read her like a book now - when she's tired, she very obviously starts to rub her eyes and pull on her hair or ears. It's at that point that we know it's off to bed! She's been doing really well with her nap schedule and goes down to sleep very easily most nights. After a rough patch a few weeks ago (around the 6 month mark), she is now sleeping pretty well at night. Last night, she went 7 1/2 hours between feedings which we can't complain about!

Fred thought it would be funny to put Lily in an old diaper box and take some pics. She really didn't mind it that much... I think she was just intrigued with the whole thing:



Grandma and Grandpa (my mom and dad) came to visit a few weeks ago and we had a GREAT time with them!!! The moment they arrived, Fred put Lily in my mom's arms and she gave them one of her HUGE smiles that just melts your heart. We can't wait to get them out here once they retire! Lily sure loved spending time with them!





We did a bunch of fun things while they were here (and I took most of the week off from work which was a nice little break)! We went to an Easter playdate, the wild animal park (where my Dad touched the horns of a Texas Longhorn and my Mom exclaimed "I've never been this close to a camel in my life!"), and Fred and I went jet-skiing while my folks watched Lily. Jet-skiing was so much fun - I can't wait to go out again! We took the jet ski out on Clear Lake and back through some of the bayou waterways that run through some neighborhoods and parks in the area. We even rode it up to one of our favorite pubs, docked it, and had lunch before heading back out on the lake. There were a couple times where Fred really scared me (one time he meant to move us one way but went the other and one side of me got totally sprayed with water!) and I think he enjoyed hearing me yelling "Oh my God!!!" while we were whipping over choppy waves and I was holding onto the back of his life jacket for dear life)! Overall, we had a great time and it was so neat to get a new perspective of the beautiful area that we live in.

Here's a few pics of Lily at the Easter playdate. She went on the baby swing at the park for the first time and loved it!






In other fun news, we also celebrated the births of two of our very close friends' babies. Hannah Laine was born to Darby & Hilary on Thursday 3/27 and Jackson Hugh was born to Missy & Chuck the following day at the same hospital. They ended up being 2 doors down from each other on the postpartum/recovery floor so it was fun to visit both of them in the hospital last Friday! Last Saturday, Fred and I got to have a "date night", thanks to our great friends' Kevin & Jess (& their 3-year-old Peyton) who watched Lily for us. We went to an awesome Italian restaurant (Nino's) where we had chianti, yummy bread and olive oil, a buffalo mozzarella & basil & tomato salad, cannelloni, mezzaluna pasta, and tiramisu and coffee for dessert. Yummm!!! The food and ambiance were amazing and it was nice to get out just the two of us and reminisce about our fun trips to Europe (and of course we still talked about Lily!). After dinner, we saw the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and it was really funny!

Well, I'd better post this before it gets TOO long. We've just been having so much fun lately and there's been so much going on that I felt like capturing some of it in our blog. On tap for this weekend... we're getting professional 6-month photos taken of Lily so hopefully I'll be posting some of them here on Sunday night. Before I sign off, here's a few pics: a great pic of Bella (and a not-so-great one of me in my PJ's!) and a great family pic taken while we were walking around with my folks and aunt (Donna) and cousin (Sarah) at the Kemah Boardwalk. We all loved that hat on Lily!




4 comments:

auntie kelly said...

this was such a good post...good work! my niece is definitely the happiest baby ever...

Jess said...

That hat is totally adorable on her!! Thanks for sharing ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Katie! Lily is just about the happiest, smiliest (is that even a word?), baby I have every seen! Her smile makes me smile every time!!

I love the pic with her cool shades!!
- Leanne

Jen said...

I love that picture of her opening wide in her high chair! Carina recently started really feeding herself, and it's so adorable. We need to get together again soon to let the kiddos (and us) play.