It's been a while since I've posted anything of importance. . . A lot has happened in these past few weeks with my little princess - I don't know where to start.
When we got home from our vacation, Emmersyn learned how to actually JUMP in her jumperoo. . . Rather then sway back & broth, side to side. And oh my does she love it. We were also able to remove the pillow from under her feet and she just gets more air. She would jump in that thing all day long if we let her!
Eating. . . This kid can eat. We're now up to 3 'meals' a day plus anywhere from (5-7) 6oz bottles a day. Unbelievable. She will easily eat a full stage 1 container of food and 15 minutes later, chug 6oz.
And she *loves* her food. To this day she's had:
The only thing she wasn't so sure about was the alvocado. So we'll try that again in a couple days.
She is also REALLY holding her own bottle now. She's been able to do it for some time now - But was just lazy. But now I can plop her on the floor in her boppy pillow & give her her bottle and she'll grab onto it and suck it down. Of course, we're still working on perfecting it. And we're still working on picking it up by herself once she drops it, but we'll be there soon. She's a smart little chunker!
Speaking of being chunky. . . When she was sick last week, I took her to the Dr on Monday to make sure it was nothing bad - She sounded horrible when she was breathing [turned out to just be a cold]. Yeah, the kid weighed in at 17lbs! That was 2lbs gained in a month - Which honestly shocked me. She's growing up way too fast!!
After 2 weeks of not going - We went back to Gymboree last Tuesday. We were so happy to be back and to see all our friends. And they all just loved Em and loved all her new rolls. I am sad to say, though, that we will be moving up to level 2 next month & leaving our friends behind. . . Until they catch up to us. She's coming up on 6 months - And she's working on perfecting her sitting up. Once she is sitting up perfectly - We'll move on up.
I am excited, sad & nervous. I am excited to see what more we can do. . . She's in between being a level 1 and a level 2 right now. Some of the things we've done in our class since getting back, she's just past that. For example: We're using our blankets as props for the week. One exercise we do is lay our babies in the middle of the blanket & then grab the top corners and pull our babies to a sitting position, supporting their heads & necks with our blankets. Yeah - Em is past that. . . Not to mention, too heavy! So I just pull her up by her arms. Another one is putting them close to the edge of their blankets, and rolling them to their side - And eventually over to their belly. I barely lift the blanket, and of course Em is flopped over to her belly. So I am excited to get into a new class to see what new things we'll learn & do!
I am sad because well - She's growing up WAY too fast!! And we'll be leaving our friends behind. I was just getting really comfortable with the moms in our class. And I've actually become friends with another lady & her little boy, who started the same day we did. Little J, though, is a month & 2 days younger then Emmersyn - So they won't move up for a while still. She did tell me to let her know what day we decided to go so she can join our class, so that makes me happy. I am also sad because it just goes to 1 class a week with 3 days of free play we can go to. I'll miss having 2 classes a week!
And I am just as nervous as I was when we 1st joined Gymboree. Hoping I fit in with the class and the other moms. Jumping into a class with moms & babies that already know each other, ect. . . And now, instead of being one of the ones with an older baby in class - I'll have one of the youngest babies in class. We'll be fine and Emmersyn will love it, I am sure. Not to mention we'll still have our awesome Tuesday teacher!
She is still such a happy baby. She's always smiling, talking and squealing. She still has no interest in laughing - And it makes me sad. Let's not lie here - It worries me that she isn't laughing yet & she is a week and a half away from 6 months. She CAN laugh - We have heard it before. But it's been soooo hit & miss. It worries me.
She seems to be on track with everything else, though. She rolls back to belly all the time still. She knows how to roll belly to back, though she never does that, either. We're just about sitting up fully, ect. . . But I want her to laugh!
I think the best news I have to share has to be: Her reflux has gotten SO, SO, SOOOOOO much better in just these last 2 weeks. She still spits up, but it's so rare now compared to before. Normally it's if she's on her belly right after eating. Some days she'll have a bad day - But our bad days now, were our good days when her spitting up was bad. It's amazing. I can take her out without a bib. I've walked around a store without a spit up cloth before. It's awesome. And I love that we can see all her cute little outfits now!
In some more exciting news - DH and I can see her 2 bottom teeth just waiting to pop through! And I think I can feel a little tip of one. She's such a trooper, you'd have no idea she's got teeth trying to make their way through her gums. Aside from the drool. . . And the fact that EVERYTHING that touches her hand goes to her mouth (which could have nothing to do with teething, but in our case does). I looked in her mouth yesterday and was SHOCKED to see white in her gums. I had to show DH and he saw it, too. So I'm not crazy. And now I've been feeling her gums like crazy! LOL. It won't be long now before our gummy smiles go away.
We are so off our schedule that I had got her on, and it's driving me nuts. But there is no way to get her on one until Will goes back to the ship. These past 2 weeks he's been going to school for his job. . . He doesn't start until 8am and most days is done by 11pm. So there's just no way to get her back on a schedule. We're working on her naps, though, being longer then 30 minutes. We can get an hour out of her now, which is nice. And sometimes after Gymboree, I'll get close to 2 hours!
I just turned 22 a week ago. I don't feel any older then I did. Though I can't believe I am 22 with a 5.5 month old. Wasn't I just 18 and getting married? Yes, we got married young.
Hubby sent me out to shop. . . And then I got a pedicure on my Birthday. We tried to have a BBQ the day after - And that failed massively. I was bummed, so the next day we went to PF Changs for dinner. Over all, it wasn't the best Birthday I've had. But I got to spend it with my husband & daughter - So I can't complain! [DH has only been here for 1 other Birthday in the 4 years he's been in the Navy]
That's really all that we have going on around here. Nothing too exciting. Just a kiddo who is growing up way to fast for her mommies liking!!!