Making a Break for It!

August 27, 2009

Here’s my six-month-old, planning her escape. She’s actively crawling and has just started pulling up a little bit. If we stand her up next to the window, she’ll hold herself up for a while. It’s kind of creepy seeing a little baby standing up like that, to be honest.

Abby Standing 6 mos


This Kid’s Got Choppers!

August 25, 2009

I’ve probably mentioned that Abby’s teeth are coming in. Man, that’s just weird. Wasn’t she just born last week? She’s got a single awesome tooth below, with its twin about to spring forth right next to it. It looks like there’s some activity above, too. Apparently, she’s trying really hard to get to the hamburger stage of life as quickly as possible.

first tooth

Her six-month doc visit went great (except for the shots, which made her sick). The doctor’s report is what every mom and dad want to hear: “She’s perfect. Keep on doing what you’re doing.” She measured at the 90th percentile in height and 95th in weight. That’s my girl!

Shots, Stuffy Noses, and Solo Dads

August 22, 2009

After her first six months of healthy living, I hate to say that Abby got sick for the first time this week. She had her six-month shots on Tuesday, and after that developed a mild fever. Friday, that fever added an incredibly stuffed nose … just shortly after mommy left town for a quick 24-hour trip, leaving the geeky dad in charge.

Stuffy Nose, Squishy Face

Stuffy Nose, Squishy Face

I’m sure you’ve all been there. The stopped-up nose prevented any breathing through the nose at all, which means she wouldn’t take her bottle, because for some reason, she refused to have both her nose AND mouth plugged up! Silly baby. So, by the alleged “bedtime,” I had a hungry, sick, sniffling, coughing, screaming little girl on my hands. Few times have I felt so remarkably helpless.

After a few reassuring calls to the traveling mommy and¬† a few other panic-stricken, “what the crap do I do?” calls to my good friend, Holly (a pediatric nurse), I found myself rubbing Vicks on the baby’s chest, squirting Motrin and Benadryl in her mouth, and applying an extra dose of daddy love. Apparently, this potion worked, because she’s managed to sleep eight hours and counting … so far.

Parenting is hard. Parenting a poor, sick baby who can’t tell you what’s wrong and who doesn’t understand what’s happening to her normally healthy, active little body is extremely hard. I’ve definitely come to understand what people mean by, “This hurts me more than it hurts you.” It does. It really, really does. Poor kid.

Six Months Old!

August 15, 2009

Abby turned six months on Monday, and wow! What a week we’ve had. This kid is growing and changing faster than I would have thought possible. In the past ten days, she’s started crawling, sitting up, pulling up, eating solids, and she cut her first two teeth! It is unbelievable watching all of this happen.

The downside, of course, is that we had just figured her out before all this happened! We had finally¬† gotten into a bit of a routine, but now that’s all blown to bits. We’re now back to scratching our heads and wondering what the heck we’re supposed to be doing. Fortunately for me, I’m apparently married to an incredible mommy, who seems to have everything well in hand.

Quick note about pictures: My main computer is in the shop this week, and that’s the one I use to upload all the photos to our online gallery. So, the past months’ worth of pics will be late this month. However, Maryalice has been putting a lot of recent pictures on Facebook, so find her there if you’re not connected with her already.


Play Time

August 8, 2009

Abby is growing and changing more every day now. It’s unbelievable. I don’t want to take my eyes off her, because I know she’s likely to do something brand new at any moment. She’s not quite crawling yet, but she is certainly mobile. She’s developed a bit of a steamroller technique in which she covers a good bit of ground quickly by rolling over and over on her side. She can inch along forward and back like a little worm, too. Plus, every now and then while trying to crawl, she’ll tuck one leg up under her bottom and start pushing up trying to sit herself up. All of this plus her first tooth this week is pretty amazing.

The coolest thing, though, is that tonight, for the first time ever, Abby played with us. Now, we play with her all the time, but tonight, we were all laying on the bed after we made it with our freshly cleaned sheets. Maryalice was on one side, I was on the other, and Abby was in between. She was as happy as I’ve ever seen her. She was rolling and laughing and playing like crazy. She would roll up to one of us, flirt and smile, start to jabber on, and then take off for the other one. All of this was punctuated, of course, by her trying to snag the cat, who kept jumping in the middle of our little circle.

I love my family. I really, really love my girls.

OH, and Abby got a new high chair today. Here’s a pic of us testing it out with some carrots!