Thursday, November 27, 2008

And it begins...

Bella has started pulling herself up on "all fours" and pushing off... we are in trouble! Pretty soon she'll be scooting all over the place. Also, this morning she mananged to pull herself up to standing using me as support. And so it begins...

Other accomplishments include her first concert:

And she won a fight with a hippo for rights to wearing the tu-tu:

Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Apparently she didn’t like my cooking

After several days of trial and error (mostly error), I’ve seemed to have success with squash and bananas mixed in oatmeal (but not both the same time!). One of the mom’s I met at parenting group suggested I try store bought food first, and sure enough she is taking to it much better than my ‘cooking’.

I’ll give her another week or so of Gerber, then try making her food again. I won’t be heartbroken if she doesn’t take to it. I was doing it mostly because it sounded cheaper and somewhat easier in the long run.

Otherwise, not too much new to report in the world of Bella. As I type she is in her jumper squeezing out a ‘present’ as Grandma and Grandpa would call it. I’d better change her diaper before we make a mess. Lovely visual to leave you with, right? To make up for it, I’ll include some cute pictures here….


Terrifying her friend Jonah

New favorite

Who is this?

Hey, she's cute!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Finally figured out videos!

(this was try #1 on Saturday... try #2 on Sunday didn't go so well either. We'll try again tonight!)

Saturday, November 15, 2008


She's got 'em. We can't really see them yet, but we can feel the bottom two teeth that have come though!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

6 Month Stats!

6 Month Stats!
Weight: 17 ½ lbs = 75th percentile (up 2.2lbs from her 4 m check up)
Height: 27” = 90th percentile (2” longer than her 4 m check up)
Head: 17.5 cm = 90th percentile (.5 cm larger than her 4m check up)
Teethers are coming in! The Dr saw a couple of white things popping through.

We get to start feeding her ‘real’ food now! This weekend I’ll start by giving her sweet potatoes and we are supposed to introduce new foods about once a week to watch for signs of allergies. Call me crazy, but I’m going to start off making my own baby food. Although time consuming, it seems easy enough and at least I know she is getting pure fruits and veggies. We’ll see how long it lasts. J

We finally got everything for her room décor! The room has been ‘done’ for a while, but I still needed to hang pictures, valance, and I ended up getting a crib bumper (I don’t care what anyone says, it’s NOT going to fall off and suffocate her and I’d rather prevent her arms/legs from getting caught). I forgot to take pictures to post, but will soon… I’ll probably wait until my latest craft project is done and hung up.

Everyday it seems like Bella is making new noises and even more alert than the day before. I swear she sings along with us now. Especially when she is ‘dancing’ with Daddy and he sings the songs on the radio to her. She’ll start to sing (ok, screech!) along!

Oh, and these PJs that Grandma H bought her were supposed to be too big/ones she’d never grow into…. Time flies!

I will leave you with a sleeping bear who loves her monkey:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New to the World

A few weeks along

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months

Five Months


Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm a Journalist

Took this from Jessie!

1. How long have you been a Mom? Six months tomorrow!

2. How many children call you Mommy? No children yet – just my husband when talking about me to Bella (Mommy or Mama).

3. Girl? Boy? or both?: Girl

4. Did you know what you were having? Yes

5. How old were you when you became a Mom? 26

6. How long were you in labor? It is hard to say! I was in the hospital for 30 hours before she was born…but ‘active’ labor was maybe 15-20 hours?

7. What’s your favorite thing about being a Mom? When Bella smiles at me. Nothing beats it!

8. What’s your least favorite thing? The constant worry

9. Do you want more kids? Sure! At least 1 more. Maybe 2 if we can expand our current house or move to a bigger one.

10. Do you plan on having more soon? Not within the next year or anything…

11. How many times have you been pee’d on? Peed on, never. Pooped on, maybe twice. Pretty good, huh?

12. Barfed on? Actually just once and it was the other day when I went down the stairs too fast after feeding her.

13. Is your child named after anyone? Not unless you could the country Ireland as “anyone”

14. How did you come up with their name? JT made a list. I made a list. We compared and narrowed it down to 2 choices. Isabella was on his original list.

15. When your child gets in trouble, who is the bad guy? I don’t think Bella has gotten in trouble yet!

16. What is the longest you have been away from your children? A full 24 hours at least. I don’t experience separation anxiety, thank goodness. Maybe because I know she is in good hands when we are away.

17. Bedtime routine? There isn’t really one…we can just tell when she is getting tired so then I nurse her and we put her to bed. It’s usually around 8:00-8:30.

18. Are your toes painted? Yeah, bright pink from Halloween

19. Last movie you saw in the theater? No Country for Old Men – I hate seeing movies in the theatre

20. One thing you will not give up just because you’re a mom? Going out and having a good time with friends!

21. One thing you did give up now that you’re a mom: sleeping in on the weekends, I guess. Otherwise I can’t really think of anything.

22. Best Mom perk: I NEVER EVER thought I’d say this…but yes, I think it’s a perk that I can nurse. Its come to be a calm, relaxing thing between me and Bella.

23. Snack, you sneak bites from your child? Gross. No.

24. When the kid is napping, you are: either holding her while she naps or just getting stuff done around the house (what kind of question is this…what is expected? That I’m training tigers while she is napping or something?)

25. Where is your child(ren) now? Back to sleep in her crib after an early morning breakfast.

26. Favorite place to buy maternity clothes? My favorite clothes came from Motherhood Maternity

27. If I could do it over…I wouldn’t have gained so much weight with my pregnancy

28. Did it turn out the way you expected? If “it” means my baby, then yes…she is perfect.

Monday, November 3, 2008