Anyway, I have a few pictures to share, but I can't post them....gotta give you links because they're too big to put on here. I made them on www.picnik.com (same site I did my header on). I love this site!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Brooke is working on becoming (more) mobile! She now gets up on her hands and knees. She also has been working very hard on (somewhat) gracefully going from sitting to all fours. And I think she's getting pretty close to being able to get up in to a sitting position on her own. She will army crawl short distances, but only if there's something somewhat close that she REALLY wants. Otherwise she just rolls to get to where she wants to go. Hey, whatever works, right? ; )
I just updated on her eating in my post from earlier today, so we'll skip most of that. I do want to add that she LOVES the Gerber Fruit Puffs and does great with them. She can pick them up in her fist, but hasn't yet figured out how to get them in to her mouth from there, lol. (So we put them in her mouth for her, but let her practice with them, too.) It will be nice when she figures out the pincher grasp! She loves baby food and has eaten a good bit of table food recently, too...she definitely prefers that. You can no longer eat in front of her without giving her either something off your plate or a fruit puff or cracker, etc.
She is a social little creature and loves attention! She's a big flirt and is always smiling and squealing at people. She absolutely lights up whenever she sees her Daddy....and Ryan, too! Yes, I think I come in 3rd in her world, lol. Well, sometimes anyway.
She loves to be down on the floor to roll around and play now. Unless she's tired. Then she's very clingy!
She's made me want to rip my hair out at times, but I can't remember what life was like without her! : )
On to the pics!
First, I just want to mention that the kids and I are back home. I don't really want to post details on the situation here, but just know that we are all doing fine : ).
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
I also just wanted to tell you that Brooke slept for almost 12 hours straight last night! She went to bed a little after 9 and woke up around a quarter to 9 this morning. I woke up around 5:30 this morning and couldn't believe it when I realized that she hadn't been up AT ALL. I can't believe she didn't even wake up shortly after she went to bed because lately she does that every night (except last night!). I'm not expecting her to sleep straight through again tonight....but it would be very nice ; ).
And this just goes to show you that what a baby eats before s/he goes to bed does not necessarily mean they will/won't sleep straight through. Normally she drinks about 5oz. before going down for the night, but last night she only took 3.5 before going to sleep and I couldn't get her to wake up to eat anymore. So there ; ).
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yesterday afternoon Brooke had her 9 month visit. She weighed in at 14lbs. 14oz. and the nurse measured her at 27in. (but I think she's more like 26.5in.). Her head was, I believe, 46cm. Those measurements put her in the 10th percentile for length and not quite on the chart for her weight or her head. She's a long little thing!
Remember last week I posted about her synagis appointment and I was a little concerened that she'd only gained 5oz. in 4 weeks? Well, yesterday's weight put her at a 4oz. gain in one week. So no worries anymore (at this point, anyway) : ). Her next synagis appointment is on the 4th and hopefully she'll have another nice weight gain : ).
The doctor was pleased with her development : ). No concerns at this point! Poor baby had 3 shots. She was pretty fussy last night, but I think it had more to do with the fact that she didn't get much napping time yesterday.
Her sleeping habits are really sucking these days! For the longest time there I thought she was going to start sleeping through the night consistently, but that went out the window over a month ago. She now wakes at LEAST once a night 9 times out of 10. Sometimes she goes right back to sleep and stays asleep and other times I'm up with her for an hour or more trying to get her to stay asleep. She isn't fussy when she wakes up, so I don't know what the deal is. Sometimes she seems hungry and will drink some of a bottle, but other times not. It's extremely frustrating, though. She slept through the night Saturday night for the first time in a LONG time and I got pretty excited, but it seems it was a one time thing : P. Last night I was up from 1 to 2 with her. She actually woke again at 2:30, but surprisingly went back to sleep without my help. I just wish I could figure out what the deal is!
So I uploaded some pictures and they uploaded out of order (not that it really matters, I guess).
E.T.A. - I wrote the word "snail", not Ryan...he can write, but not *that good yet : ).
Brooke after we got home from her appointment yesterday. She was wiped out.
Brooke on her hands and knees the other night. She used to not be able to hold this position, but she can now! Probably won't be long before she figures out how to motor that way, lol.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'll leave you with a couple pics I took of the kids in their Steelers garb on Sunday. Go Steelers!!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
If you want to see Brooke's 6 month pictures to compare, click here. She's changed alot and gotten a ton of hair since then!