Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dear Evelyn,

Today I was having a hard day. It doesn't really matter why.

This week has been tough in general for both of us. I've been trying to help you get on a sleep schedule,  and you've been cutting a tooth, which equates to twenty-minute disaster naps and frequent night wakings.

The past two nights I've waited a few minutes when you wake up before it's time to eat again, and you've actually put yourself back to sleep within five minutes a few times.  This is wonderful. And this morning,  your first nap lasted almost 45 minutes,  while you're second nap went on for an hour and twenty minutes! By the end I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself,  I'm just not used to having that much time.

Your progress today was extremely encouraging. And the rest of your baby antics also helped me feel more cheerful throughout the day. I'm so glad to have you in my life, especially when you nap well.

Sure do love you,


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just stopping in...

Just had to post quickly to say, Evie pulled herself up today! First, I put her in her crib, sitting, while I took a bathroom break. I came back and she was kneeling,  holding onto the side of the crib. Then we were sitting in the floor upstairs just hanging out with  the family, and she pulled herself up to STANDING, holding onto a little rocking chair! And then, as she leanes into the chair, she moved her hands away ("Look Ma, no hands!").

And here's a picture of her after walking aroung Liberty Park on Pioneer Day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

7 +1

To celebrate seven months, on week, top tooth #1 has arrived. Yesterday it was barely visible,  and today I can feel it (on the rare occasion Evie lets me put my finger in her mouth). It is on her left side.

I sure hope the painful part ends soon, it has been a rough week for sleep! Poor baby girl...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Seven Months

Once again,  I can't believe my baby girl is another month older, and bigger! Has she really been around more than half a year? I feel like I blinked, and suddenly she grew up.

Well, sort of. She's got a lot more growing up to do still.

Evie still only has two tiny, razor-sharp teeth (whenever she gives me a slobbery kiss/bite, or chows down on the leather sofa or table edge, I think of Sunny from "A Series of Unfortunate Events"). She doesn't have enough hair for pigtails, but the hair she has shines golden in the sun. She is semi-mobile: no crawling yet, but scooting backward and flopping over to a crawling position whenever she is seated, and lots of wiggling.

She is no longer a quiet, serious baby (I worried about that for a time), but spits, hoots, grunts, and screeches with excitement, and is usually smiling or pulling a funny face.

She doesn't love baby food, but likes small bites of fruit in the morning (banana, nectarine, melon, etc.) and has been known to chomp on a green bean, french fry style.

She adores Baby Signing Time. She's been to four movies (Les Miserable,  Smurfs, Dispicable Me 2, and Monsters University). Evie's favorite songs are the Tiki Room and Wheels On the Bus (I'm 95% sure she dances to the Tiki Room song, by popping her little knee to bounce up and down).

She's slept through the night once since month 3 or 4, whenever she stopped. It was glorious. She will not take  a bottle. Or a binky. I feel like I might never go out again, but I know it won't last forever. Oh, and she's still sensitive to milk protein.

Evie loves to play. Lap games that involve bouncing are the best, and knocking down block towers is pretty great too. Some of her favorite toys are not toys, like a wooden spoon, old fashioned clothes pin, survival bracelet, and anything paper.

If we are somewhere noisy, Evie likes to get in on the action, and starts shrieking.  Sometimes she has shrieking conversations with her dad.

She's started to notice when I leave the room, and cries. It makes me feel pretty special,  but is not always convenient.

Evelyn really is delightful. Between the mundane and  moments of frustration, mess, and tears, I am awe-struck that this wonderful little person belongs to me. I try to cherish the times she won't let me put her down, and I have to hold her while she sleeps. I nuzzle my nose into her neck, blow raspberries on her soft tummy, hold her tiny hands, gaze at her sweet face, and kiss her chubby cheeks and little lips. Life really is a miraculous thing, and I feel privileged to be trusted with the job of motherhood.

On that note, happy 7 months to Evie. Try not to grow up too fast, ok?

Friday, July 12, 2013

(almost) seven months

I haven't done my usual weekly update in awhile. Here's what's new.

Evie sleeps on her tummy. We put her on her back, and she rolls. Sometimes when we go in to get her, she is propped up on her hands, crying. Silly girl, just rest your head! She is somewhat mobile. She doesn't crawl, but if you put her down on her stomach, she moves (usually backward).

We used to say Evie was a quiet baby. Now, she squeals, hoots, spits, laughs, and babbles all the time. It is adorable, and entertains whoever is around.

Evelyn still has some goofy newborn hairs, but the new hair growing in is very light, and sometimes looks almost blond. Her eyes are a mystery color. Not really blue, not green or hazel, kind of a mix. The outside is rimmed with black, and so they often look really dark in pictures.

Evie loves to be tickled, bounced, and just given attention. Sometimes she cocks her head to the side and looks at you until you acknowledge her.

She still just has the two bottom teeth, and we find little bite marks on lots of things.

Here are some pictures of baby Evelyn at 6 months, in her teeny bikini.

baby's first vacation

Okay, the title isn't totally accurate. We took Evie to St. George in February, and stayed one night. It was a lot of driving for one night. This last week we took her to Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole. Two days of solid driving, six nights sleeping away from home.

She really did so well. We had music in the car, plenty of "puffs" for her to munch on, Signing Time on the ipad, and a car packed to the gills with stuff. Baby girl traveled in style.

Here are highlights of the trip.

Relaxing in the shade at Yellowstone.

Playing with cousins, everyday.

 This awesome carrier and sunshade.

Hiking to Taggart Lake.

Wearing sunglasses.

Seeing these mountains everyday.

Roasting marshmallows.

This funny girl:

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