Monday, January 16, 2012

Eatin' and Sittin' and Sassin'... Oh My!

Dear Isadora,

You are growing up so fast!  You have moved on from eating rice cereal mixed with formula to eating stage 2 (sitting without support) baby foods.   These new foods have really allowed you to expand your pallet.  These foods tend to consist of a lot of combinations (e.g., apples and prunes, chicken and rice, mixed veggies), which sometimes grosses daddy out, but you seem to like them.  Mommy has even been giving you pieces of banana rolled in graham cracker dust during meals so that you can practice chewing.  You probably get about 50% of the banana in your mouth and 50% in your high chair seat.  Practice makes perfect, I guess.

Banana Time

You've now also progressed from rolling over and crawling backward to getting yourself to a sitting position from your stomach.  Sometimes you are successful...

Trying to Sit

Still Trying

Almost There

And sometimes you end up in the splits.  If you get stuck in the splits, you whine and wait for mommy or daddy to lift you up and situate you correctly on the floor.

Success!  Splits!

You've been in daycare for a while now as we wait for your babysitter to come back from vacation.  It has been a little bit of a transition for you, but I think you're really starting to enjoy your time in daycare.  Even though you are enjoying yourself, you still haven't been able to successfully take a long nap in daycare, so you usually pass out on daddy when you get home.  (Daddy secretly enjoys that time since you haven't slept on his chest since you were a tiny, tiny baby.)

Nap Time with Daddy

Nap Time with Daddy 2

Nap Time with Daddy 3

Mommy and daddy have also noticed lately that the older you get, the more quickly you get bored.  Mommy asked daddy to pick you up some more challenging toys to play with on his way home one day.  This is what he brought back for you...

New Ball Pit from Daddy

Ball Pit!

A ball pit!  And you LOVE it.

Fun Times

Finally, the newest thing you are doing now is what I like to call your sassy face.  Observe...

Sassy Face

It's a cute face to make for now... but not when you're older.



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Things Are a Changin' 'Round Here...

Dear Isadora,

This week was your first week of daycare.  Your favorite sitter is on vacation for a while, so in the interim, we have been sending you to daycare.  On your first day, you cried a little when a stranger had to change your diaper, but you are starting to enjoy yourself a little more.  The daycare has a nifty feature of allowing me to watch you online via a webcam, and for the couple of times I've checked in you, you seem to be happy socializing with the other babies.  But by the look on your face in this picture right before dropping you off, I think you still might prefer the individual attention you get from your sitter.  Maybe when you get older (maybe when you're two or three years old), we'll start sending you to daycare full-time.  But in the mean time, there's no rush for us to change anything for you.

Cold Day in NC

This week, mommy and daddy had to use the real tub to give you a bath instead of your baby tub.  You're just getting too darn big for the baby tub.  Mommy and daddy ordered you a tub seat, but it has not arrived yet, so daddy decided to throw on his swim trunks and join you for a bath to keep you safe.  It was hilarious for mommy to see daddy in the tub with you, but I think you enjoyed having the company.

Bath Time with Daddy

Bath Time with Daddy 2

Bath Time with Daddy 3

Bath Time with Daddy 4

Oh, Izzy.  You are just growing up so fast.  You are starting to eat more foods and have started to become a little scuttle butt, scooting your way across the floor... and eventually backing yourself into furniture and walls.  This week was the first time where mommy felt like time was just passing by too fast.  Every night when I come home from work, I give you lots of hugs and kisses and sigh at how much you are changing.  It makes me proud and sad at the same time.

I love you, my growing girl.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Dear Isadora,

Akimashite omedetou gozaimasu! あけましておめでとうございます。 (That's how you say "Happy New Year" in Japanese.)  As we start the new year, I think about how far you've already come.  You're six months old and can sit up unassisted and you are starting to crawl (sort of).  When I say crawl, you are able to drag your body around the floor... backwards.  You get so frustrated because when you try to get a toy, you move farther and farther away from it and make raspberry noises to show your displeasure.

Reverse Crawling

Wrong Way, Izzy

Before the new year, you got to see your Aunt Barbara, Uncle Chucky, Uncle Grant, Aunt Megan, Aunt Megan's mom, Ann Yo, Mimi, Pop Pop, and your cousins Lennox and Piper.  You enjoyed playing with your cousins and sitting on your Pop Pop's lap.

Fun with Pop Pop

On New Year's Day, mommy made toshikoshi soba using Mimi's recipe.  Mommy makes this every year on New Year's Day.  It is believed that eating the long noodles in the soup will give you a long life.  You're a little too young to be eating long noodles right now.  But when you get older, I'll teach you how to make it and eat it.  Until then, you'll have to settle for your baby spare rib appeteether from  your Aunt Megan.

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

Enjoying Her Appeteether


Mommy and daddy's hope for you in the new year is for you to be healthy and happy.  So far, so good.  No matter who spends time with you, everyone always says what a happy baby you are.  I hope that means we're doing something right with you.  As long as you're happy, I'm happy.


I Have 2 Teeth!

Happy New Year, Isadora.  We love you!


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