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Friday, February 29, 2008

Let's dance!

Zoe sure does love to dance! As you can see, she's also starting to learn how to stand, as long as she's holding onto something. She's even taken her first steps! The steps are mostly to get her closer to whatever it is she's holding onto at the time, but it's not a bad start!

Look at her dancing in the video below. As soon as I laugh, she looks at the camera as if she's been caught doing something. I think she learned rhythm from her Momma!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Twenty-seven degrees

Zoe's first snow experience! As you can see, she's thrilled about it! We woke up to snow covering the neighborhood. All the area schools are closed, of course. Yes, I realize it's just a dusting, my Northeastern and Canadian friends, but they are not equipped to deal with the white stuff at all. Not enough to make a snowman, but Everett made a snowball. Let's just say he's lucky he decided not to throw it at me this morning! Zoe touched it though and made a face. Too cold for her I guess. Ah, sweet Southern baby.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Let me read you a story

With all that talk about what I like to read from the last post, Zoe wants you to know that she likes to read too. She loves this book, "Where's My Nose" by Susan Ring in particular. It was one of the books we got through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It's got a mylar mirror on the last page, showing baby where her nose is located - right smack dab in the middle of her face! Zoe's face lights up when we get to that page. I wonder if she really knows what's going on.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Okay, alright, here we go

So I've been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog. The new year brought a new class for me to teach which takes up a lot of my time. The rest of my time is spent playing with the bambalino, talking with my hubby, and sleeping. Occasionally I find time to read - a pastime I truly miss. So when faced at the end of a long day after the lecture's been worked on, the baby's been fed and put to sleep, and Everett is busy with his newest obsession (which was first Guitar Hero, but now it's a new skateboard), I settle down with whatever reading material I can find. The newspaper (I love reading Ms Cheap's column), my Parent's magazine, Nashville's Parent magazine, or some book.

But enough about that - what's new with the baby?!

Oh so much! We got a video of her sitting up on her own around the first of the year and we were all excited to post it then, but she's way past that now! The first weekend in February, she started crawling (see video below)! And we're so happy for her! Everyone keeps saying, "Now it's over. She's going to get into everything and you'll have to really watch her. She's really going to wear you out now!" First, what do these people think we were doing before? Second, she loves being mobile and we love that she is! She's able to play more contentedly and loves crawling around for different toys that we scatter throughout the room for her to get. And when she starts to get fussy, I just tell her to come on over, and she crawls toward me and I give her hugs and kisses, then put her right back down and she crawls away to start to play again. It's great!

She's also eating like a champ now. She still has no teeth, but that doesn't stop her! We feed her a variety of things at "dinnertime" now. In addition to baby food, we feed her well-cooked veggies and pasta (canned soups are good for getting a variety of mushy foods), cookies, rice cakes, dried bits of fruit, string cheese, and anything else we have handy. She also loves to gnaw on apple slices. We've tried chicken, but she doesn't seem to like that yet. But I'm sure in time she will. She also drinks from a sippy cup. Not a whole lot, but she's getting the hang of it.

And speaking of drinking, although I still nurse Zoe in the morning and in the evening, I stopped pumping at work at the beginning of January. I wasn't producing as much milk anymore and so the time it took away from my work day (about 1.5 hours for 3 pumping sessions) got to be too much. When I was pumping, I was lucky enough to have access to an office with a wonderful view of campus and was able to stockpile a ton of milk (see the pictures). Now, each day she gets bottles with either formula or thawed breastmilk (stays good in the freezer for up to 6 months!).

I feel really good that I was able to provide her with breastmilk exclusively for so long as the benefits of doing so are quite numerous. That said, I do not think that formula or moms that feed their babies formula are evil. It's amazing how much criticism there is of moms who don't breastfeed. For a variety of reasons, it's not the best option for everyone, and babies who were fed formula turn out just fine.

Here's Zoe crawling along like a champ on St Valentine's day!

Finally, check out this great video of Colmar enjoying the nice day outside on the windowsill. While you're at it, check out the guy on the skateboard.