Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Week 42

you were showing off your new moves.

you were happy before daycare.

And then, surprise! We took a road trip to Monroe!
It was so great to see everyone, 
seems like it's been so long since we were last there.

Friday night we actually arrived before dark!
I think this was a first for even me!!
We went out for Mexican food with Ronni & Papa
 at a new restaurant nearby, and it was delicious!

Saturday we hung out around the house, 
and the furniture store, and the main event was 
a big family dinner on Saturday night
(where you sported pajamas all evening)!

You showed everyone some new tricks...

You even got in on the baton twirling before dinner... 
you were so proud!

You were also passed around a lot!

Dinner was so delicious, that I didn't get any photos, 
but you should check out Heather's blog, for a full rundown!

Sunday morning, we relaxed with the Baker's...

Sunday we had a yummy lunch at the Lucas', 
and more family time before hitting the road to home.

Monday, it was back to work/school
and then the highlight which is getting home for dinner and a walk!

And here we are... Wednesday!
I haven't seen you since I dropped you off at daycare,
and you were already in bed by the time I made it home from working late.
Thanks Daddy, for taking care of our sweet girl, all alone. :(

I missed last week, but I'll get it up eventually.
For now though, I'll go ahead and post this one on time!
UPDATE: Just posted last week's post!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Week 41

Sweet Matilda, 
there are so many things that I want to tell you...
but then I forget to write it down, 
and I vow to put it in the next post, 
and as I drive you home from daycare in the evenings, 
or while I'm taking a shower, 
or doing mundane tasks in AutoCAD,
I think of how exactly I can write it all down, such that I will get my point across,
in exactly the way that I want to get my point across.


However, I have a confession.
I'm not a writer. I long to be.
There are beautiful words waiting patiently to flow from my mind,
but when I write. Nothing. Nada.
I want desperately to express just how much I love you.
Just how much I love your daddy, and our family we've made.
And then I realize, it's not about how I express it so that others will understand,
it's about the conversations between you and I. 
The babbles, the cackles, the finger-pointing at Rudy,
the shaking of the ball that rattles while you dance, and squeal, and dance some more. 
It's you discovering that you can explore now, 
and wanting to share your explorations and discoveries with us.

I see it sweet girl. 
I look at that mascara and tube of lipstick completely differently now. 
Those cups you play with are the coolest things ever 
because not only do they stack, 
but they hold things, and they make noise, 
and they are easy to hold while you crawl to your next party spot!

So aside from wanting to scream to the world that I have the coolest kid on the planet,
I also see that you, like me, like everyone are just trying to figure it all out. 
You're not trying to be the coolest, or the smartest, or the prettiest. 
You are just trying to be. And I love that about you.

So rock on, my love. 
Continue to be.

Alright, I've said enough.
I just needed to get that out. 
Now look at these sweet photos from our weekend.

You "hanging" out with friends Elizabeth (and George in the background)...

Walking the Ravenel Bridge on Sunday afternoon...


And you doing what you've done best the past few weeks,
getting into everything...

Continue on and explore.
And I'll keep following closely behind, 
making sure you don't pinch those fingers,
or stick that giant dust bunny in your mouth.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Week 40

Lately you have been playing with everything but your toys, 
including the nosefrida (pictured below), hairdryer, wheels on a suitcase...

You are also very curious about how things work,
flipping something over to see how it's put together.

You had your ultrasound at MUSC this week. 
You were so precious, laid back on the table.
The radiology tech said that you looked like you came for a massage.
Calm, cool, and collected, with your belly poked out.
The only down side was the ultra long wait,
but the cool thing was that mommy's firm had designed 
the Pediatric Radiology Department,
so that was fun to see!

Turns out that your kidneys and bladder looked normal,
what a relief!

We also made a trip up to Spartanburg for the weekend,
and a few highlights included
swimming on Saturday, 
where you had it made in the shade!

And then a shower for Aunt Allison on Sunday...

Here's a little snuggle time with Rudy!

I will say that this has been a pretty stressful week.
You are learning things left and right, 
and your mind is racing continuously.
The only thing that I can equate it to is 
the MC Escher painting Relativity

It's as if your mind and body are in a continuous loop,
mostly due to the fact that you can now go from laying down 
to a sitting position on your own.
You even do this in your sleep, which results in waking yourself up! 

Daddy lowered your crib mattress, 
since you are also starting to pull up.

Lots of sleepless nights,
and you decided to go on a bottle strike for about 24 hours.
Yep, you wouldn't take a bottle.

But we survived!

And you're off!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Month 9

Happy 9-month birthday!

At 9 months old, you love sitting and playing. 
You are starting to crawl, but mostly in reverse!
We still try to get out for evening walks before dinner.
And your routine is pretty much the same as last month.

You had your 9 month well check,
and everything was great.
Here are your current stats:
weight: 19 lbs 4 oz (70%)
height: 28.25 in (75%)
head circumference: 17.5 in (60%)

Food: You are no longer breastfeeding :(
The thrush was the end of that,
just in time for National Breastfeeding Month.
And I'm actually no longer pumping, as of your 9-month birthday.
You have a bottle first thing in the morning,
and you still get 3 bottles (5 oz ea) at daycare...
as well as food for breakfast and lunch!
Dinner in the evenings, usually meat and some sort of veggies,
and another bottle before bed.

Sleep: You are sleeping through the night... typically from 8:30pm to 6:30am,
although you seem restless at certain times of the night lately. Could just be the medicine.

Clothing size: You are wearing 9-month clothes,
as well as 6-12 month clothes (Old Navy).
You have started wearing a few 12-month outfits.

Toys: You are all about rolling balls or your toy car now.
You still play with the stacking bowls, and even plastic cups keep you entertained.
You have another plush stacking toy that your great grandmomma got you,
so that's been the latest craze.

Each ring makes a different rattling sound when you shake or squeeze it.

Still enjoying your exersaucer in limited spurts,
but would rather be on the floor practicing your new found crawling skills.

New tricks include:
a strange little Popeye-looking face that you do with your mouth
waving 'hello' and 'goodbye' (kind of)
clicking your tongue

Book of the Month:  Cousin Ellie let you borrow one of her old books,
that has different animals that you can feel their fur.
And you are all about textures, so it is perfect for you!

Week 39

Week 39 happens to fall on your 9-month birthday!
But we haven't had a chance to take your 9-month photo yet, 
so there will be the typical Monthly post once that's done!

Over the weekend we went to Santee to visit Granddaddy and Nana,
and Allison & Ellie were there...

Daddy stayed home so that he could work on building us a fence for the side yard!

The good news is that we are done with Thrush!
Thank goodness we survived that.

The bad news...
when we got home on Saturday, you had a pretty high fever,
so we went to the doctor Sunday morning,
and you have a Urinary Tract Infection.

It's probably just a fluke,
but we'll know more after an ultrasound
that scheduled for Friday to check your kidneys.

We've finally got you on a good medicine,
since you had a reaction to the first one.
If it's not one thing, it's another!

Thankfully Onnie was able to come stay with you,
so Mommy could work Monday & Tuesday!
Thanks Onnie!!
It was so great having her here!

We love you so much,
and just want you to be better, sweet thing!