Thursday, February 26, 2009

an update sans images

We are adjusting to our new schedules, some better than others.

Ray is loving being back to work and interacting with adults again. I have gone back to working my more regular schedule and taking off about 2-3 p.m. when I have a night meeting so I can have a few hours with Lola before heading to city council.

As for Miss Lola herself, she is very slowly adjusting. She screamed pretty much all day at daycare Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, she did a little better and even took a nap and accepted a bottle. Friday she was her normal self and was happy and playing with the other kids when I picked her up.

(Although, today, she cried again when I dropped her off. So it's touch and go.)

We are loving the fact that she is, again, sleeping routinely through the night (knock on wood). She sleeps from about 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. straight. It was hit and miss -- and more often miss -- the past three months or so. But now that she is absolutely loving her solid foods (and by solids I mean green peas, sweet potatoes or squash; she won't touch anything else).

She is also learning how to move around, but hasn't quite figured out the forward motion yet.

*** This is the part where there should be videos of her trying to crawl and playing a game of "baby-catch" with me. But after one week of trying, I'm giving up on the video thing. It doesn't work. ***

So, take my word for it -- she is so close to crawling that someday we will look down and she will be gone. And life will never be the same!

Thanks for checking on us -- and I'll update some pics later this week.
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Daycare

Well, yesterday was an emotional day in the Wesley household.

Ray was thrilled to be back at work, but also missed Lola, I think, a bit more than he had expected. I was back at work, but first I had to drop Lola off at daycare. I don't know how it would have gone had she not been upset. She was happy and smily when she saw all of the kids, But, when I handed her over to the daycare lady and she could tell I wasn't staying or taking her back, Lola started crying. And then it wasn't long before I was crying on the phone to Ray, who just didn't know what to say.

She did pretty well for her first day, although she didn't nap at all. But she is getting less and less into her naps all of the time.

We had a fabulous weekend at home. We decided to buy a new couch and then subsequently rearrange the house on Saturday. And then we got ready for some company.

We had visitors Sunday and Monday morning. My "BFF" and her husband came to see us - and they brought their not-too-small Labrador puppy, who was about four times Lola's size. But she just loved him! No fear, which is kind of odd for Lola. But she was just in love with the dog, and she did great with our friends, which also is a bit out of character. We all just had a great time! It was wonderful. (And it made it easier leaving Lola at daycare!)

Lola is still working on her movement. Not yet crawling or anything, but she is getting super good at pushing herself backward and sideways. Just not forward,

Well, we have to go do it all over again - off to daycare and work!

More later,
- Bethany :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

7 months old!



Wow! How quickly things can change when you have an infant in the house. Seems like just yesterday we had this little lump of a person that would cry, sleep, scream, sleep, etc. Now we have this little person who really wants to get moving!

Lola turned 7 months old Saturday, which is just so hard for me to believe. I can't believe that she is going to be one year in less than five months. Then again, I also can't believe that it will spring again someday soon.

We had a little photo shoot at home last weekend, when I was able to have the "big camera" from work. So, we took some photos. She was in a cute mood, so we got some good ones - but she was not too thrilled with the idea of wearing her hat. Eating her hat, maybe...







She wants to play all of the time now. If she is not entertained, she will whine or scream. It is so adorable - and yet irritating. I mean, sometimes we're kind of tired (especially at 6 a.m.) and we just want a cup of coffee or seven before we get into a game of peek-a-boo. But Lola always wins.

Her favorite game, by far, is peek-a-boo, either by herself with a blanket or when Ray is holding her and I can hide behind the couch. Poor thing doesn't understand that I don't really live behind the couch, so if I am in the kitchen or bedroom and Ray is holding her on the couch, she's trying to look behind him to find me. Must be really fun when I'm at work...

She also loves to play with her blocks, although they frustrate her greatly. She needs to use two hands to hold them and she tries to hold them in one hand and gets mad. Especially when she realizes that she can't put the blocks in her mouth because they're too large. But nonetheless, she just loves her blocks. She gets so excited when you pull them out.







She is getting really close at figuring out how to crawl. One of these days, she's just going to take off. She moves around so well on her belly, creeping and rolling around all over the place. And now, if you place on her back, she'll just flip over onto her stomach and try moving around. She moves a few feet, but hasn't quite figured out how to boost herself onto her knees. She gets up there and the freaks out and goes back to her stomach.

But one of these days...

We have learned in the past weekend that we just might be using her Jumperoo a little too much. She loves her "jump-jump" and can stay in there for a while, if she is enjoying herself.

Well, we went out and bought her a walker this weekend for Valentine's Day -- and she is SO confused! The seat is made of cloth, like the Jumperoo, so she expects to be able to jump. She you put her in the walker and she plays with the toys for a whole 7 seconds before she tries jumping. But it doesn't let her go anywhere, so she looks at you with this sad little puppy face, saying: It's broken, Mommy. And this goes on in 10-15 second intervals until she just starts screaming.

But what is really kind of ironic is that the whole time she's walking all over the house. She just doesn't realize that she's moving. So, she pushes herself to the edge of one room and we push her back, all the while she's trying to jump, but can't. It's pretty funny. I should try to get a video of it...

So this is our life - entertaining Lola!

She has grown up a lot in the past week or two. She now loves her solids. All of them, except green beans and maybe peaches. She loves her green peas, but she has a new favorite in sweet potatoes. And she liked her applesauce a lot, too.

She is sleeping better at night (knock on wood) and Ray has been getting 7-hour stretches of sleep at night.

Our home life is about to change - and we are trying to get ready for that. Ray goes back to work on Monday (the 23rd), so he is trying to make the most of his time at home. I am so excited and happy for him! But, at the same time, I am feeling bad for Lola. Day care is good for her - I truly believe that - since Ray and I have a tendency to just stay home all of the time and Lola doesn't get out too much (but we did go shop[ping all day yesterday, and that went really well for everyone). But, I still feel bad knowing that her routine is going to change.

So we are having extra fun family days on the weekends and trying to get her used to getting dressed again (Ray hates changing her clothes, so she has been staying in sleepers a lot for the past 5-6 weeks).

Sheesh, this has gotten long. Sorry.

I will leave you now with two photos taken during our oh-so-brief brush with spring last weekend, when we were able to try out our "baby backpack" and take Lola on her first hike. Don't know how much she loved it, but Ray and I had a great time getting outside and enjoying the fresh air.




Have a good week!
- Bethany :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

some good news ... and some issues



Good news first: Ray goes back to work on Monday, Feb. 23! Yay!

We do have some mixed emotions about it, as Lola has really gotten used to her daddy time and staying in pajamas all day, but we know that this is best for everyone. Ray especially. So Ray is planning to make the most of the next two weeks at home. Lots of playtime. And lots of green peas!

We are having some crib issues and I'm not really sure what to do about it yet. We have an Ikea Leksvik crib. (We bought it based on consumer reviews and the fact that they have never been recalled, etc.) But in the past week, Lola has repeatedly gotten her leg stuck in between the bars. Twice, she turned around and really got it wedged in there and as a result she had some slight bruising and tenderness. And then last night, she kept waking up because she got a leg stuck, but not too badly; Ray was able to just gently remove her leg from its position.

But we don't really know what to do about it. We could put the bumpers back on the crib, but they have so much risk attached to them. I guess they sell mesh bumpers now, where they are breathable and less blanket-y, so we might try that.

I'm just frustrated about the whole thing.








Lola is now really enjoying her tummy time and we are watching to see if she is willing to try this crawling thing. She has gotten really good at creeping all over the place, but she doesn't quite understand the whole getting her butt up in the air - she has no interest in learning how to get up on her knees. But she has lots of time to figure it out.

She has gotten really good and rolling all over the place and getting a hold of toys that are just slightly out of reach. She loves to sit up and play with her blocks and noisy toys. She hates being on her back and whines until someone helps her sit upright.

This is definitely a fun age. My favorite so far.

Ray thinks he is able to feel a tooth through her upper gums. There is something sharp there, so he's probably right. But I have no idea. We'll see. She is back to chewing on everything (such as her fingers as seen in the picture atop this post).

That's about it here.

Have a good weekend!
- Bethany :)

P.S. To anyone who might read this who went to Southwest State: Can you guess where the chair came from in the background of the first photo?! :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

an ultrasound like no other...

This is off-topic, but SO cool!

Ray and I have always loved the Minnesota Zoo. We used to be members off an on for a few years, and Lola already has made one trip there, although she slept through most of it.

(Our enthusiasm has dimmed a bit in the past year in that the zoo is so crowded and people crowd the windows and such for so long that you can't really see anything too interesting anymore.)

Nevertheless, we still love the Zoo.

Anyhow, in the Pioneer Press today there is a story about a pregnant dolphin at the Zoo and the story includes a link to the following blog that chronicles the dolphin's pregnancy and impending labor/birth:

http://www.mnzoo.org/animals/discovery_bay/dolphin_blog.asp

If you scroll down to the bottom of the blog, you can see an ultrasound of the baby dolphin!!! It's absolutely amazing. The blog entries are so interesting, about how they conduct the ultrasounds to how trainers are preparing for the birth, and how the trainers have been able to feel the baby dolphin though its mother's belly.

Absolutely incredible.

Just thought I'd share,
- Bethany :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

on the road again...

We returned last night after an eventful trip "home" to the Cities. Wow! Time flies by. We had a great time visiting everyone ... and even Lola did good! Smiles for everyone!

Lola did great in her new "big girl" car seat! While we had used it for quick trips to Target and the doctor, this was her first longer trip in her seat, and she absolutely loved it. She would stare out the window, glance at me to make sure she wasn't alone, and then stare at the scenery some more. Once bored with that, she played with her toys before snoozing for a bit. She spent much of the trip back home last night singing and humming to herself.





It was a great time.

She has also, for some reason or another, began this new habit of chewing on her tongue. Constantly. She even smiles while chewing on it. It is rather bizarre, I think, but it makes her happy, so we're OK with it.




In the skills department, Lola has all but mastered the art of sitting on her own. She sometimes gets too excited and turns around and falls over or reaches for everything and topples, but that is getting more and more rare. She is now reaching for us on a constant basis and letting us know when she wants us to get out of face (she pushes our hands away, or whatever is irritating her at that moment). She is rolling all over the place and even learning to push herself around a bit.

She has resisted any attempts to learning how to prop herself on her knees, so we were pretty sure that she isn't even thinking about crawling yet, but she threw her daddy for a loop this morning: Ray put her down for a nap at 8 a.m. (she didn't sleep well last night at all and was up before 6 a.m.) Well, he laid her down on her back at the foot of the bed. At 8:20 a.m. she started screaming. Ray goes in to check on her and he find her on all fours at the head of the crib. He doesn't know if she just turned onto her tummy and pushed herself up there of if she suddenly learned to crawl or something. But he found her in a "crawling position" without anywhere to go.

So you just never know I guess.

Thanks for checking on us.
- Bethany :)

P.S. Punxsutawney Phil did not make me very happy this morning.