Sunday, May 31, 2009

This and That

K has broken her first teeth this week! After months of teething it came out of nowhere. She had stopped drooling as much and hasn't been fussing for no reason.

We are also trying our hand at sleep training, following the methods of the Baby Whisperer. This is essentially a daytime routine of Eat, Activity, then Sleep. The goal here is the baby gets used to a predictable pattern of activities and doesn't associate sucking with falling asleep. It also works to teach babies to fall asleep on their own, in their crib, so they are not reliant on mom or dad. I am hoping to avoid utilizing a CIO (cry it out) method. Turns out this method involves a lot of crying, but we are in the room with her the entire time, trying to help her learn to self soothe. Fingers crossed we get some more sleep in the near future!

Keira is 5 months, 2 weeks and 3 days old.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Evolution of Baby

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an upright baby!
This is the beginning of the end in terms of a baby I can just place down and walk away isn't it?

Keira is 5 months 2 weeks and 2 days old.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Professional Photos

My dear friend Kyla of Kyla Hemmelgarn Photography has once again outdone herself. She stopped by in April to take some photos of Keira, and as usual, they have turned out tremendously.
Thank you Kyla!!!
Here are some of my faves:

Keira is 5 months, 1 week and 3 days old

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Obsession

..are Babylegs.

These little things rock. They are basically infant leg warmers and come in all sorts of delicious designs. Very handy for quick diaper changes and protecting little knees from crawling. They match nicely with my CDs, so they make any outfit pop. And they will grow with her into toddlerhood as they are very stretchy. They keep her legs warm in the winter, and offer lightweight cover in the summer.
Here is my current stash laid out for you:

K is usually sporting them in her monthly shots, but here is another shot of them:
Again all you aunties and uncles out there, consider this as a gift for the little ones in your life. They are not a necessity, but always get a great reaction. And they do come in boy designs too!

Keira is 5 months, 1 week and 2 days old.

Friday, May 22, 2009

belated 5 month update

With a 1 or 2 night reprieve (just enough for us to get somewhat caught up, but not ahead of the game), K has maintained the sleep strike, hence my lack of posting (or coherent sentence structure). But last week we did pass her 5 month birthday!
I weighed her just this past Wednesday and she came in at 15 lb 2oz, give or take a few ounces. So she is holding steady right around the 50th percentile.

Other milestones:
  • she handily rolls front to back and back to front, though when she is tired she needs some help remembering where her hands need to go to make it happen
  • she is *this* close to sitting up on her own for longer then a few seconds.
  • she has complete control of her hands and now loves to grab onto anything we put in front of her, especially the remote control, the cell phone or my huge pint water glass.
  • if we put pressure on her feet and dangle a "carrot" (ie her chew book) out of her reach she will wiggle worm her way to it. Hasn't figured out how to push her feet down and out yet on her own.
  • she is stringing together consonant sounds quite handily (especially at 6am). We have illicited several baba's from her; Not sure what it means yet.
  • And while saying mama gets me a sweet smile, she has yet to mimic me saying it.

Without further ado, her official 5 month photo:

Keira is 5 months, 1 week and 1 day old

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sleep Strike

I believe K is instituting a sleep strike in retaliation of some sort of as yet unknown grievous act performed by her father or I.

The last 3 nights she has been up, on average, every 2 hours. Sometimes its several times an hour, occasionally we get a break for 3+. She doesn't open her eyes, just moans and cries and won't stop until one of us holds her. She doesn't have a wet diaper, isn't hungry, nor any broken limbs. She isn't even showing signs of teething. So I have settled on a sleep strike.

The lack of vocal coherency makes it difficult to negotiate the terms of surrender and the return of 2 - 5+ hour sleep stretches per night. We are attempting talks through grunts, hand gestures and a primordial laugh/shriek that I am pretty sure can cut glass at its highest frequency. Management is thinking perhaps the lack of fair wages (ie an allowance) may be the issue. The union has been reminded that since the workforce has yet to control their limbs, they cannot perform the necessary duties that would result in said wages (doing dishes, taking out the trash, fixing daddy a drink). The union has also been reminded to review the rather large benefits package on the table (free room; all you can eat milk bar open 24 hours; unlimited access to jolly jumper and raspberry kisses from management) and reconsider a truce.

Fingers crossed for us union votes in favour one night very soon.

Keira is 4 months, 3 weeks and 5 days

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Built-in BFF's

K and I spent a lovely afternoon last week with Monica and Sophia.
Sophia and Keira are cousins, exactly one month apart. They have no choice but to be friends for life!
We think they got off to a great start:

Keira is 4 months, 3 weeks and 1 day old

Sunday, May 3, 2009

As I watch my daughter eat her way through the library

K has discovered that she can hold a book this week! And place that entire book in her mouth of course.

As I sit at library group storytime and watch all the babes on the floor, collect any available book around them and then proceed to place each of those books vigorously in their mouths, I can't help but think this is the baby version of marking your territory

Since I have been so bad about blogging the past few weeks, here are some pics of the young miss:

Keira is 4 months, 2 weeks and 6 days old.