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Finger food! January 25, 2010

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In the matter of a week, Lexi has gone from only being able to feed herself large things like crackers or the Gerber “wagon wheels.” Today she pretty much mastered “puffs.” We’ve been feeding them to her for a couple weeks now, but she couldn’t manage to pick them up with just her thumb and pointer finger, and get it to her mouth. She would pick it up and it would end up clenched inside her fist. But, today it was like a light bulb went off and she suddenly understood what she needed to do! I’m so proud of her!
Yesterday I spent a while making some baby food. I made sweet potatoes and carrots. Instead of putting them in the baby food maker I just heated them and then mashed them with a fork. Lexi doesn’t like her food too runny and I’ve been having to add rice cereal or oatmeal to everything. So, this left it with more texture. I also cubed up some carrots, sweet potatoes, and green beans for her to have for “finger food.” I can’t believe she’s almost 9 months old! Where did my teeny tiny girl go?!

 

Just an update January 14, 2010

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Well, let’s see. Christmas was amazing, as it is every year. But, 2009 was especially amazing. It was Lexi’s first Christmas, and it was a white Christmas in Oklahoma…that rarely happens! I specifically remember one year playing Wiffleball in Grandma Eva’s front yard wearing no coats. It was that same day that we got the ball stuck in a big cedar tree and Zach climbed all the way to the top to get it. It was hilarious seeing his red hair pop out of the top of the tree!
New Year’s Eve was unusual in the fact that we didn’t have something big to do. Lexi and I went and hung out with family for a couple hrs, but got home around 10. When the ball dropped I was the only one awake…so I snuck into Lexi’s room, snapped her first picture of 2010 and gave her a New Year’s kiss.
Since then Lexi is cutting 2 new teeth. They are both on top, but they aren’t “even.” One appears to be a front tooth, but the other one is far enough over that I’m really thinking it’s going to be a canine. She doesn’t let me look in there for very long at a time, so it’s hard to tell. She may have been a little more cranky when she started getting them…but nothing like when she was battling reflux and colic. Since Christmas and New Year’s her schedule is so messed up, and I haven’t been able to get it straightened out. She used to get her bath at 8. Eat a bottle, and usually be asleep by 8:30. Not anymore! She still gets a bath at 8, but then SHE decides if she wants to eat and go to sleep. Sometimes we’re up until 10 or later with her. Thankfully Jacob is really good about taking her during this time so I can go chill in bed and wind down so I can fall asleep at a decent hour. She used to sleep in until around 8. Well, that has changed too. Even though she generally falls asleep later she has been waking up around 6:30. Like, completely wide awake and ready for the day. The first thing I do is try to feed her. Some days she will chug down 6 oz and other days she doesn’t want to eat at all. The next thing I do is lay her back in her bed and turn on her lullaby music, and I go back to bed. Usually she’ll lay in there and play until she falls back asleep. Then she sleeps until around 10. I’m so thankful she has been going back to sleep. I don’t know how I would do if she was getting up that early every day. When she wakes up early she is in a bad mood all day, so am I, and it’s miserable! At her 6 month checkup the dr told me to start feeding her 3 babyfood meals a day, plus she should be eating 28-32oz of formula per day. There was no way I could even get her to eat 3 meals a day…she just wouldn’t do it. Until about a week ago. Then she started wanting to eat more. But, now that she’s eating 3 meals a day she isn’t taking as much formula. She sometimes only eats about 20 oz per day. I’m not really concerned about it, because I can’t make her eat if she doesn’t want to eat. But, I don’t want her weight percentile to go down at her 9 month checkup. She’s 8 months old but still wearing 3-6 month onesies and 6-9 month pants and pj’s. She’s always been about that far behind though. She didn’t start wearing 0-3 month clothes until she was 3 months old. She also has the tiniest feet ever! I picked up a pair of 3-6 month shoes at walmart and they were a good half inch bigger than her feet. She also still has no desire to crawl. I think it’s just because she’s stubborn and wants to do things on her time. She’s been like that from day 1 in the NICU. She didn’t want to stay warm on her own…she didn’t want to gain weight 3 days in a row…etc. Even though there are times when I get frustrated with her, I love her so much. I can’t imagine where my life would be without her. And I can’t believe I lived so many years without her!