Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lucy Moving

So, I'm going to try and post this video of Lucy moving around that I took with my phone. For whatever reason it is too big to email, won't compress in .zip files and is generally being a big pain--especially for such a SUPER CUTE video. Also, it is sideways. I was holding the phone vertically like you would think you should, but this is how it came out and I can't figure out how to change it, and I've tried a bunch of different things. So, hopefully the darn thing will upload and play! Because really, it is just so much fun. :-)

Monday, March 29, 2010

6 Months Old!

Well, our little girl is 6 months old! If you can't believe it, imagine how we feel! How is it possible her first year is half over? Okay, enough of that talk, it's making me sad.

First, the stats:

Height: 24 3/4 inches
Weight: 14 lbs. 4 oz.
Head 41 cm.

That's all in about the 25th percentile. So, if you're thinking, um. . . did she shrink since last month? Of course not, but apparently someone (or maybe 2 someones) wasn't real good with the measuring tape. The doctor seemed to think the 4 month measurement may have been the outlier, but this seems a little short to me too. I'm guessing the right answer is somewhere in between. Maybe we'll try at home and see what we come up with.

Lucy is rolling all around, all directions. She has also recently started to "revolve." While lying on her tummy (which except for while sleeping is pretty much her standard position these days--remember how mad it made her just a little while ago?), she lifts her feet off the ground, pushes up with her arms and spins herself around to whatever she needs. She can also do a little scooting in this position by digging her toes in and pushing herself forward. The rear end is starting to get up in the air too, so I'm sure it won't be long that she will be completely on the move.

We've started a few foods: rice cereal, oatmeal, and wheat cereal. We've also tried green beans, squash, sweet potatoes and bananas. Of course, bananas were the only one of those (besides the cereals) that she even seemed to like at all. She seems to like to eat, especially if we're all at the table, and reports from daycare are that she thinks she's "hot stuff" sitting at the table with the "big" kids. She is moving in the right direction with sitting up too, and can do it for a very short time on her own if she's got her legs in the right position.

As for the sleeping. . . we've taken quite a few steps backward in that area. Since her ear infection, which took nearly a month to get over, and the bad cold that came right after that, we just can't get back to good sleep. She wakes up 3-4 (sometimes more) times a night. Sometimes nursing, other times just screaming and carrying on with no way to comfort her really at all. Many nights she wakes up between 1 and 3 am only to stay awake for 2 hours. We don't play, we keep trying to let her cry a few minutes before going to her, etc. but it isn't working. Every night we just hope it is better than the night before and that at some point we can get back to the great sleeper she was from 3-4.5 months! (Naps are a mess too--we can't get in a schedule to save our lives.)

Even though the sleeping is a big frustration, Lucy is as sweet as can be. Big brother Ethan continues to amuse her to no end, and he is as sweet as a big brother could be. I love watching them together. Here are a few other pictures of the last month.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lucy's Baptism

Last Sunday we celebrated Lucy's Baptism. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Rick flew my mom in to surprise me (she got here Wednesday), and his folks joined us Friday afternoon. We celebrated after the service with lunch at our house for 16 (counting Lucy, who slept through the meal), and everyone had a great time. It was a very special day. Here's the slideshow of the pictures we've collected from various sources (lucky for us a professional photographer/friend was taking pictures of the service that day for other purposes, so we got some great shots from him).

Some of my favorite things to watch for:

Lucy's hand on Ethan's shoulder in the picture of the 4 of us.
Ethan trying to peer into the font to see the water during the baptism.
Ethan clapping at the conclusion of the baptism.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ethan and the Finger Counting Song

Ethan's finger counting song. Hadn't heard this one ever before until tonight. In case you can't hear/understand him: "1 finger points; 2 fingers walk; 3 fingers stand up, talk, talk, talk; 4 fingers count, 1, 2, 3, 4; oh look! I've got one more. 5 fingers up, 5 fingers down, 5 fingers, all around; 5 fingers here, 5 fingers there; 10 fingers to wash my hair."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Hankie Hat

We're getting ready for Lucy's baptism in a couple of weeks and there was one thing for her that I wanted but hadn't been able to find recently. And that is a hankie hat. I had one (given to me by my aunt I think), but it seems to have disappeared. So, my mom agreed to make one for Lucy. Basically, it is a little bonnet made out of a hankerchief that the baby wears for their baptism. Then, when she grows up and gets married, she just pulls the ribbon out and it becomes the hankerchief to carry. Her "something old."

Lucy is wearing a gown that was worn by my grandfather when he was a baby, and my mom had some others of his also. So, she used that material to make the hat. Basically that means this really is a family heirloom, and the fabric is nearly 100 years old, as he was born in 1915.

Here are some pictures of Lucy modeling the bonnet, along with the poem that goes with it.

I'm just a little hankerchief,
Quite square as you can see,
But with a stitch or two they made
A bonnet out of me.

I'll be worn home from the hospital
Or on the christening day;
Then neatly pressed and folded,
I'll be carefully packed away.

On her wedding day a bride must have,
Traditionally, something old--
Good luck, good health and happiness
It brings her, so it's told.

Then what could be more pleasant
Than to unpack little me,
To snip a stitch or two and find
Her hankerchief I'll be.

And if I'm first worn by a boy
He'll surely someday wed;
Then he can give his lovely bride
The hanky once worn on his head.