One Year Old

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Wow – turns out, one year goes by REALLY fast! Our baby girl is a whole year old! To celebrate, we decided to take Bella on her first trip to the zoo. She really enjoyed it, and in fact, we decided to get a membership, so that we can go back anytime we want over the next year and really explore. There were two big highlights of the day. 1> the polar bear: It was playing with a big ball in the water – dribbling it, actually…and we got right up close to the glass. His paw was SO big – Bella was in awe (as well as everyone else watching…you really couldn’t help but be fascinated) 2> A baby gorilla: I love the chimpanzees, and in my quest to find them, we came up the the gorilla viewing area (which is equally entertaining) There happened to be a baby gorilla goofing around in the camp, and it came right up to the window to take a peek at all the people looking in. It was strolling along, not really paying all that much attention to anyone, but when it got to Bella, it stopped right in its tracks as if to say hello! It was really cool. There happened to be a zoo volunteer nearby, and she told me that the gorilla always stops to look at the babies. What a treat for us!! We only spent a few hours at the zoo, but we saw lots of primates, zebras, polar bears, elephants, condors and even meerkats. We came home and ate cake with the neighbors and Bella opened her presents. Overall – it was a great day!

Bella went to the Dr. this week for her one year well checkup. Here are her stats:
Height: 32.25 in (off the charts)
Weight: 19 lb 12 oz (25%)

Dr says she is doing great and right on track. I started the weaning process last week, and she likes whole milk well enough, so hopefully it won’t be to painful for her. Here is an example of our current routine:

7am- wake & nurse
11am-big morning snack
 2:30-big afternoon snack
6:45-bath/bedtime routine

We are in the transition phase for naps right now, so sometimes we have a short one at 11 am and another around 4 – but I am really working on one long nap per day so that we can stick to a 7:30 bedtime. Bella is having some separation anxiety at night right now, and seems to want to be held a bit more to be calmed to go to bed, but that is ok – I figure it is just part of the weaning process. It is quite an exciting time, as we are trying new foods (tried eggs this morning – she seemed to like them), she is becoming more independent (for the good and the bad – sometime it would be so much easier if mommy could just do it – especially around mealtimes…but I guess that they have to learn somehow), and she is understanding and responding so much more. It seems she learn a new word every week (this week was car…), and her favorite thing to do right now is blow kisses (at everyone and everything). I gave her a baby doll for her birthday that she can feed with a bottle and it makes a sucking sound – and she LOVES to do that (as well as feed every other stuffed animal in the room, even though they don’t respond!) 

I created a (psuedo) baby book for her for her birthday (it doesn’t have all the stats- those are here, but there are lots of fun pictures) – please feel free to take a look – click here!

More adventures coming soon….

6 Month Dr. Visit
Happy Half-Birthday!

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Wow – I can’t believe Bella is already half of a year old! We went to the doc today – and she is still doing great. Here’s some general info for our records:

Height: 27 in. 93%
(I think they made a mistake on the measurement at the last appt, cause I know she has grown!)

Weight: 15 lbs. 12 oz. 45-50%

She is currently sleeping 11 to 11.5 hours/night, taking two naps a day plus a catnap sometimes that equal 2-4 hours.

Started solids about two weeks ago – has had rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas (the only thing she didn’t like very much – we’ll try ’em again in a few months), sweet potato, butternut squash (her fave) & pears – I’m making everything but the cereals homemade – it’s been fun, and good for Jeremy and I – because I make sure to make some for us as well for dinners (can’t we all use a little more fruits & vegies!) – I really like this book Sheri lent me, Super Baby Food – it gives great tips on nutrition – that I’m hoping to incorporate into my diet as well. I had the Doc look over it today, and he made a few modifications – but seemed to like her schedule for introducing foods.

Still breastfeeding – can’t decide when I’ll wean her…my goal was 6 mos…now I’m thinking maybe I’ll try to make it to our Mexico trip so that I don’t have to pack formula (or maybe not…we’ll see. 🙂 Doc says I can wean her to whole milk instead of formula if I make it to 10 mos.

She took her shots like a champ – cried during, but was pretty easy to calm afterwards.  I did not like the nurse (she was a temp, the regular lady was out) – so I don’t really blame Bella for being upset – the bedside manner was definitely lacking.

I’m so proud of our little girl!

4 Month Checkup

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Bella had her four-month checkup today. All is going great! Here’s the info:

Height: 27 in (off the charts for a girl)
Weight: 13 lbs 7 oz (perfectly average at 50%)
Head Circ: 42 cm (soft spot still great)
Temp: 98.3 degrees

She had all of her shots, and even though she cried pretty hard for a few minutes, she relaxed and went to sleep on the drive home. Doc says she is doing GREAT! He wants us to wait until 6 mos to start solids, unless she starts seeming dissatisfied and unfulfilled with breastmilk – for the time being she seems fine, so I’ll follow his orders. The only thing he is requesting is that we train her to sleep a little longer at night (she currently sleeps about 9.5 hours, Doc wants 12). I guess we will have to figure out a way to get her to bed earlier…I think this will be more of a challenge for Jeremy and I, than it will for little Bella. It is just SO hard in the evenings to get it all together before 9 o’clock… 🙂 As soon as we get back from Austin, I am going to make it my goal to move her bedtime down to at least 8 o’clock consistently…

I’ll keep you posted on her progress!

2 months and growin’…

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Bella had her two month doctor’s visit today. She weighs 11 lb 8 oz, and is 25 in long. (at 1 mo she was 10lb/22.75in). Her weight is in the 75% and her length is off the charts (she must get that from her daddy – as I’m only 5 foot 2) Doc says everything is looking great overall! She had to get her 1st round of shots today – it was so sad to see her cry – she turned red in the face almost immediately (which she barely ever does). We got a record of her battle scars…Good thing babies have short memories. 🙂