Sunday, November 30, 2008

splish splash!

I'm not a huge fan of naked baby photos or anything, but this is just too cute! Lola has learned how to make sure, when it's bath time, that everyone ends up just as wet as she is.

She has always liked bath time, but she really enjoyed it yesterday when we moved her to the "deep end" of the tub and she tried to grab the bubbles. Then, she started to really splash around.

At least she likes it, right?
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday firsts

Here are a few of Lola's first holiday experiences.

Today was her first Thanksgiving meal, although she obviously didn't get to partake in any of the goodies. I actually worked on Thursday, so Ray and I - and Lola - had our own celebration today (Friday).

You can see that we had the best centerpiece ever! Ha! Seriously, she hates to not be in the middle of whatever is going on and we couldn't get her to sit still in her high chair or in her bouncy seat without screaming. But she sure like sitting on the table.

It was the first Thanksgiving meal Ray and I ever made, too. Of course, those of you who know me know that cooking is not exactly a strength of mine, although I am learning to fake it a little bit. But today's meal was positively exhausting. And it was just for two! My least favorite part, by far, was dealing with the giblets or whatever they're called. Really, I was cutting the liver and I thought the bird was going to start crying or screaming or something. Too much realism for me. I like my meat to not actually look like the animal that it once was, I think.

OK, and here is Lola's first experience with an elf. Yep, nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken-dancing elf, and snowmen, but that's a story for another day. (Short version: Bemidji sponsors a parade the day after Thanksgiving every year in celebration of the lighting of the Christmas lights in town. My work has dancing snowmen and elves.)

I love the second picture, where Lola is staring at me wondering, "What are you doing, Mama?" It's a legitimate question, I think.

Happy Thanksgiving!
- Bethany :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jumping for joy!

Check out Lola's new favorite activity! She does this for up to an hour at a time, and she screams when you take her out of it. So funny.

I can already see her asking for a trampoline for Christmas next year!

Happy Thanksgiving!
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Numbers are in!

Just a quick update from today's check-up!

weight - 16 pounds, 7 ounces: 95th percentile
height - 26 inches: 97th percentile
head - 16 3/4 inches: 90th percentile


We are starting solids! Yay!

Started this afternoon with rice cereal ... I don't know if she swallowed much, but she was at least receptive to the idea!

More details to come!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Random thoughts

Here are some things I've been thinking about, with some corresponding pictures. Enjoy!

Look what Lola learned! She still hasn't quite got the ability to hold it for very long, or if the bottle is very full, but she wants to hold it all of the time and gets fussy if you try to feed her yourself. Very funny.

She continues to find new ways to entertain herself.

She is starting to copy me, which is so amusing. Ray and I were talking about her shots, which are on Tuesday, and about the time that he ripped off the band-aids from the second month batch. Looking at Lola in her high chair, I pointed to Ray and said, "He did it." And she un-balled her little fist and pointed at me with her index finger. It was so cute.

She also has started to reach for toys when she sees one coming. Like last night, when she refused to go to sleep. I brought out her stuffed fox so she could cuddle for it and she reached up when I was still halfway across the room. She did that with the bottle this morning, too.

Think someone looks like her daddy? Seriously, if it weren't for those blue eyes...

We are preparing here for her check-up on Tuesday and making bets on how big Lola has gotten! I am guessing 17 pounds, 3 ounces. Ray is saying 18 pounds, 4 ounces. Any other guesses?

I'll update Tuesday afternoon.
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Four months old today!!!

Happy Birthday, Lola!

I can't believe she is four months old! Seems like just yesterday I was 42 weeks pregnant and very, very cranky. Time sure does fly.

Lola just keeps getting bigger and growing up. I finally had to pack up all of the 0-3 months clothes. She hasn't worn 90 percent of them in a very long time, but there were a few that she could fit into. No more. Which means her wardrobe shrunk in half, albeit momentarily. Won't be long before I start supplementing with 6-9 months.

You can't see it in the picture, but she is loving her jumperoo (third picture) because it lets her stand up and jump. Seriously, the girl already has a better vertical than I do...not that that is saying much. She is getting bored with sitting all of the time, but obviously isn't quite ready to crawl, much less walk.

Ray had a dream the other night that Lola was trying to learn the crawl, glared at him and said, "Darn it. Forget this crawling thing, I'm going to walk." And she pulled herself up to standing near the coffee table and started toddling around the room.

While we are nowhere near that right now, she certainly does love it when you hold her in a standing position. Her legs are actually strong enough to support herself, but she does not grasp the idea of balance at all.

OH! I almost forgot! I finally heard her laugh Tuesday night! Twice! I was giving her kisses on her little cheeks and she squealed! Was absolutely precious. Hasn't done it since, of course, but we'll get there!

Take care; thanks for checking on us!
- Bethany :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Baby bicycles

Ha! This is the cutest thing ever! Daddy came home with a surprise - feet rattles!

Watch Lola go nuts!

So cute!
- Bethany :)

Lola's life

We are counting down to Lola's next doctor's appointment (not for the shots, but because we're anxious to learn her new height and weight). We agree that she is over 14 pounts, but Ray thinks she has topped 15. We'll see; she goes in on Nov. 25, so we have a little while yet.

She continues to amaze us every day. Most often because she's smiling and happy all of time, but occasionally she reminds us that she can scream, quite loudly in fact.

She hasn't laughed again lately, but I'm sure it will happen again soon.

She loves being on her tummy now and doesn't seem too interested in rolling over very often, but sometimes she'll do it just to show us thta she can. But then she'll scream (she hates to be on her back unless it's sleeptime) until you put her back on her tummy.

Lola also loves fuzzy things, particularly blankets and a little pink elephant that her cousin gave her before she was born. (The above pics were taken while she was cuddling with a very large stuffed dog that Raymond gave me a while ago.) That's the easiest way to get a smile, to hand her something soft.

On the flipside, while we have been introducing her to diferent textures of leaves and plants on our nightly walks, she let us know that she did not like the feel of pine needles. (Not that we shoved them into her skin, we just let her hand graze them.) She quickly pulled her hand away and held her little fists together, making sure that we wouldn't make her touch that again. Pretty funny.

Not that everything she does in cute. She now hates it if we leave the room or don't make constant eye contact with her while she's playing. That makes it harder to make dinner or shower -- but, really, I kinda' love it because it makes me feel wanted instead of needed all of the time.

So, life continues!
- Bethany :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

First laugh!

Lola laughed for the first time today! I wish I could describe it ... It's not that I don't have words for it - I actually didn't hear it.

I've been wanting pictures of Lola outside for weeks now, and since the snow will be coming soon, I decided today would be the ideal day. It's sunny and pretty warm outside. And, since trips to the park don't seem to be her thing yet, I decided to do it here at home.

Lola woke up from her afternoon nap at 2:30 p.m. I gave her a bottle and handed her to Ray while I went outside to get set up. I was LITERALLY fifteen steps from the front door, which is about five feet down a little hill. I was only gone for half a minute, just long enough to put the blanket down and come back inside.

When I get back inside, Ray is all giddy and giggling, saying that Lola just laughed, for real, for the first time. I missed it. :(

I suppose it's only fair; he missed her first roll over - but I still feel robbed. I mean, if I was at work, fine, I could deal with that. But I was outside for thirty seconds! Grr.

I know, I know. They'll be plenty more laughs. (Not that she is doing any more yet today.) But I'm still sad...

Oh well. At least the pictures are cute!
- Bethany :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Lola didn't go trick-or-treating or even get too costume-y yesterday, but we had a good time visiting friends and relatives.

Happy Halloween!
- Bethany :)