Thursday, January 24, 2008

Back to Belly!

Yesterday Amanda finally accomplished the back-to-belly rollover! We were so excited for her. She no longer stays on the blanket I've laid on the floor for her. She rolls and crawls on and off at will. We will now have to be very attentive to keeping the floor picked up and keeping the doors and gate closed. It's so much fun and the boys enjoy watching her try so hard to reach and crawl toward her toys. She makes them laugh. She makes us all laugh. Soon we'll post a video so you can laugh, too.

"Potty training" is going well. My mom was here on Monday and witnessed me taking her to the potty and then hearing Amanda go. She was impressed. Mike is always amazed when I take her in there and she goes, too.

Nursing is going fine. Amanda nurses with the supplementor and won't nurse without it. She will cheerfully take a bottle on occasion. She will reach for it and hold it. I'm still pumping after she lays down for naps and before she wakes in the morning. I'm pumping close to six ounces a day. I happy to be providing her with some fresh milk every day.

Amanda is a very good sleeper. She still goes to sleep about an hour after waking up. I wrap her up nice in snug in her blankets and she goes right to sleep. We had some challenges last month when she realized she could roll over. Then she would cry because she didn't want to sleep on her back. We let her learn that she still had to be in bed even if she was rolled over and eventually she became comfortable with sleeping in any position. We still wake her up to nurse every three hours during the day. At night she will go to bed for the night between 8 and 10 pm. Last night she went to bed at 8 pm, fussed a couple of times in the middle of the night, maybe 11 pm and 1 pm, but she fell back asleep. Then I finally woke her up at 8:30 am. Hopefully, she was just tired from all her exercise yesterday and she's not getting sick. I'm glad she is such a well-rested, happy baby.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Today is my birthday! It was 20 degrees below zero when we woke up, so we didn't go anywhere. We just stayed home, played music, read stories and watched a funny movie. My Dad called, my sister called and I called my mom to wish her a "Happy Labor Day" and to ask her if it was this cold on the day I was born. It wasn't.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Toe Grab

Amanda has taken a break from improving her crawling skills. Instead she likes to roll over, grab her toes and put them in her mouth.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Amanda's crawling!

Miss Amanda-Bear is mobile! She tucks her legs up under her belly and lurches forward. We first witnessed the event after New Year's. We have often found her scooted forward in her crib after she'd been crying but now she purposefully scoots to reach a new toy.
These pictures were from the sixth. She doesn't tuck her head down anymore, but I haven't gotten new pictures yet. On January 4th, she was 13 lbs. 5 oz. and 61 cm. I'm not sure why they switched to centimeters but I didn't catch that until we got home. That's a little more that 24 iches.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Daddy's Favorite Christmas Picture

Kate and Amanda at church in their Christmas finery.