Well, my last post was a bit premature- we ended up taking Natalie to Prompt Care again today, as she has developed a rash on the back of her legs and faintly on the back of her neck and a few other places. Added to that, she has been poking at her ear (which she an infection in not long ago), and has been more fussy than usual the last couple of days. Turns out it’s a viral rash. The poor thing has got a low grade fever, runny nose and a canker sore in her mouth on top of the rash. She’s a trooper, though. By looking at these photos of her bathtime tonight, you might be surprised to find out that she’s sick again!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well, all three of us have been sick lately, but that still doesn’t excuse our lack of posting on the blog! Having said that, Nickie is feeling sick again with a fever. I’m finally almost 100%, and Natalie seems to be completely better.
It’s been an exciting few weeks as Natalie continue to discover new ways of impressing us and endearing us. She’s added quite a few “words” to her vocabulary. She regularly says book (booh), dada (coincidentally, most likely), mama, yeah (clear as day), bye (buh) and hi. I haven’t heard her say “booyah!” for a while.
She is SO close to walking. I believe she is capable, but needs to overcome her fear of doing it solo without that tangible support from us. But it’s so adorable to see her strolling quickly across the living room floor with her shopping cart.
Natalie is loving “real” food- she always wants what we have, and sometimes throws a little tantrum if she doesn’t get her way. She is definitely communicating what she wants more clearly, for better or for worse!
Natalie got to make up for last weekend and stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Saturday night and Sunday morning. Nickie and I had fun at Baby E (Elliot Lanter)’s 1st birthday party and then went out to eat at an…interesting restaurant, then hung out with Jason at home.
I promise I will post some photos soon. Speaking of which, we need to get Natalie’s photo into the Beatiful Babies contest that the Regis and Kelly show are running! In the meantime, here’s a cute one to tide you over. You can see her teeth peeking through her coy smile.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Today was the big day! Natalie's first birthday party! We had it at the church to accommodate our guests. Our theme was "Winter One-derland" with lots of snowflakes in shades of blue and purple. (Side note- it was an excellent theme to have right after Christmas because then I got all of our decorations 50% off!)
Our party began at 1 with some socializing and visiting. We then sang to Natalie and allowed her to have her first piece of cake! Natalie liked treating the cake like play-doh instead of food. She didn't attempt to eat any of it for the longest time and was quite content with smearing and smashing it between her fingers and hands. It wasn't til the end that she licked a bit from her fingers.
After that we opened all of the presents that people brought! Natalie is one lucky girl! She got so many things! (3 things of diapers, 5 outfits, a bib, sippy cups, 3 stuffed animals (one of which is interactive), 3 stacking toys, 2 bath toys, 6 books, and some monetary gifts!)
We also had all of our guests write messages to Natalie for her first birthday scrap book. We ended up with some amazingly touching messages, that have made me cry. I love that we will have a scrapbook of all of these memories for Natalie.
She was a great girl the entire time. She began battling quite the runny nose and the desire for a nap towards the end, but she was as pleasant as can be through it all!
She fell fast asleep as soon as she was in the car. When we got home, I was able to get her into the house, out of her coat, and onto her changing table without having her wake up. We decided to take advantage and get a picture of her with her dolly so we could actually have a comparison shot for her birthday.
I am still not ready to be reflective yet. That will still have to be another day.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Natalie has changed so much, even just within the past couple of weeks. She has become stronger when she walks. She still has to hold onto your hands/fingers, but she is getting closer and closer to being able to do it on her own. She can now stand by herself for a minute or two before she gets nervous and wobbles. In the past couple of days she has begun to let go on her own (before we would have to stand her up and let go to have her try). She is also starting to attempt to walk while holding onto tables and such to get around. She doesn't get far, but she tries.
She had her second ear infection and she had a rough go with a severe diaper rash that was caused by the antibiotics she was on for her bronchitis. The doctor said that she will probably be prone to that happening each time she is put on an antibiotic, which is good to know so we can be prepared.
We have begun to have Natalie try more and more "real" food. She loves cherrios, any kind of bread, cheese, noodles, and she is willing to eat anything if Mommy and Daddy are eating it. The other night I had her eat small bits of my pizza and she was so excited to be eating with us! We are making the transition to milk instead of formula. Currently she is drinking half formula/half milk. She has done great with that so far, and I don't think it will be much longer before we are fully on milk, Soon I will begin trying to slowly wean her off her bottles.
Natalie got three top teeth (her two incisors and her right front tooth) all in a week's worth of time this past month. Her left front tooth just broke through this week, so she suddenly is up to 6 teeth!
We think that suddenly a switch went on in Natalie's mind this week. She went from not saying much (not really even babbling much) to have full "conversations" almost constantly! She suddenly puts inflection in her voice and you can truly see that she is trying to communicate. She now says book and she loves saying bye. Sometimes she sounds like she is trying to imitate what we are saying, but there aren't many other words that she says completely on her own. She recognizes many words though and reacts. She continues to sign milk and she has begun to sign eat. I am still not sure if she is signing all done or if she is just moving her arms around.
She loves having Joel or I sneak uo on the other person with her and "scare" them. Her sense of humor continues to develop and we have so much fun laughing together.
Natalie loves a couple of her books now. She does not want to read all of her books, but she has two books that she likes to read over and over and over. One of them is called Dog- It has a bunch of photographs of dogs and some textures and movement that she likes. The other book has farm animals in it and some textures as well. Her last favorite is Moo, Baa, La La La. She will pick those books up and hold them up, say book and want you to read them to her several times in a row.
I am going to refrain from any reflections on Natalie turning a year in this blog and save that for later.