Archive for May, 2010

Pictures from our Chicago Excersion

May 30, 2010
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Adventures with Aliza

May 30, 2010

Today was such an eventful, long day for baby girl and I. The day started off really relaxed and low key. Dad feed baby girl rice cereal for breakfast while I, mom, made meltaway pancakes with a melted strawberry sauces. Yum! Baby girl kept on eyeing our breakfast, like excuse me, this mush you give me isn’t cutting it! Oh, my girl is going to be a good eater. Side note: This week we introduced avacado in her diet and she loves it! Loves it! She gets upset when she’s all done.

Shortly, after breakfast around 1030, I recieved a call from a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, who happened to be in town. We had been planning on meeting up while she was in town, but hadn’t made set plans. She called to see if we could still meet downtown Chicago. Hmmm…we’re suppose to be on the train in half an hour. I told her that we wouldn’t be able to meet because I didn’t have time to plan and it would be difficult to leave the house that soon.

I went about taking care of Aliza and cleaning up after breakfast. I tried letting it go, but gosh, I really wanted to see my friend, whom I hadn’t seen in 2 1/2 years. I asked my husband to check for the next available train, and in order to make it I had to leave the house in 15 mins! Can I do this?

I find myself calling my friend back and telling her that I would be there in 1 1/2 hours. And ladies and gents, I was out the door in 15 mins! Got myself dressed, the baby changed and dressed (husband helped), the diaper bag ready, my hair brushed, my purse, and out the door I was.

Within a few minutes I was sitting with my baby on her first train ride ever. Aliza was on her way to Chicago for the first time. 🙂 It was such a joy to see Aliza enjoying the sites through our 1 hr 15 min train ride. And it was really great to show Aliza Chicago for the first time.

When we got home we had about  1 1/2 before we were out the door again. This time to Aliza’s First Bonfire, actually a Summer Kick Off for a youth group my husband and I are a part of.  I learned being out past 8:30 pm on a hot day is not for babies.  I thought she would be fine and would sleep in her carseat. However, I wasn’t planning on the many mosquito crashers. But, she’s a good sport. She enjoyed herself some, spending time outdoors and watching us eat watermelon and smores and such. Fun times

I am sure she will not remember this day, but I sure will. Today was the mark of Aliza and Mommy’s many adventures. Oh, what fun it is to share these moments with my daughter.

Baby, it’s hot outside!

May 24, 2010

Today feels like summer. No literally. It is 85 degrees inside our house. We have no air conditioning. Thank God for boxed fans. Aliza seems to like them. And this weather put her on a 4 hour nap! 🙂 I am so looking forward to the summer with a baby. Today Aliza ate the last of the roasted squash. She loves it! Now, what to make her next? We’ll find out tomorrow. Until then, stay cool!

Much Love,

Jessica

Changes, changes, changes

May 22, 2010

Big deep green eyes stare into mine, as she contemplates what she’s experiencing for the very first time. As if asking, “Mama, what is this?”

This past month was quite a milestone month for little Aliza. Or as I like to call her Allie girl. She is now a little person, experiencing the world and finding out what she likes and doesn’t. Lately she’s really been into reaching out for people and touching things. She loves to really grasp things between her hands, expecially me. Ouch. I often have to remind her not to pinch and to be gentle.

Aliza expecially enjoys nature. She is fasinated by all the beautiful colors, like pink tulips. 🙂 And feeling the wind in her hair and feet. Whenever she is cranky, and I have no idea what’s the matter, a little walk outside always helps.

She is such a joyful, happy, talking baby. As I write this I hear her laughing with her dad and sqwelling. She loves interacting with people. She is definatley a social little girl.

Recently, this past week at the mark of her 4 months Aliza had solid food. Roasted squash! 🙂 She loved it as much as I loved preparing it. She just couldn’t get enough, I had to give her double porition. I think about 2-3 tbsps. She likes to help out and hold the spoon herself, and really is grasping the concept of it going in her mouth. 🙂 Before starting her on squash, I gave her rice cereal starting at 3 1/2 months. I know alot of people and doctors say not to start until 4 months, but she had all the signs of being ready. She was eyeing our food and reaching for it, she was putting everything and anything in her mouth, and she started teething. And so, I tried it and she loved it. At first, bowel movement wasn’t as easy. I think she went without one for a day or two, but no worries. Cereal really didn’t change the consistancy, but soild food, watch out!

Developmentally, she is doing well. She rolls now on both sides and from back to stomach, and stomach to back. She can sit with support, as well as stand with support. She holds up her head on her own and will turn to follow voices and movement. She enjoys reading, and being read to. She holds books in her hands and tries to turn the pages herself. Oh, yes, my girl is ambitious. 🙂

She is still teething, yet no teeth have broken through. She is managing it better. For a while there she was having a tough time. Teething rings help, as do fingers and Humphreys 100% All Natural Teething Relief. I am thinking that this month she’ll have a tooth break through. Yay!

Tuesday she weighed in at 11 lbs 10 oz (25 percentile) and measured 25 in (75 percentile). Doctor said she was looking pretty good. And was again impressed with her ablility to really engage in converstation.

This past month I celebrated my First Mother’s Day. It was wonderful, spent with family and opening up cards, gifts, and enjoying some good chocolate. 🙂 I am still amazed at the fact that I am a mom. And amazed at the beautiful child God has given me to care for.

I am blessed.