Katie was busy at school today. She played with bubbles, took pictures to post around the classroom, practiced holding toys, performed some tummy time and enjoyed sitting in the exersaucer. That's quite an ambitious agenda for someone her age!
After Grams hit the road on her long drive back home, I blew up Katie's new purchase from the consignment sale, an inflatable duckie tub. She and Daddy tested it out on dry land first, and it seemed to fit the bill, so we took it upstairs and gave it a real spin. She LOVED it. She didn't laugh and smile like she normally does during bathtime because she was just so enthralled with being able to feel the water swoosh around as she kicked her legs. She was in heaven!!!
Don't miss out on today's videos either! I try to make all of the videos short snippits, because I'm sure checking out video of someone else's child on a daily basis isn't always thrilling. These were especially cute though.
Daddy gave Katie a pedicure while she made sure his hand was sufficiently salivated. She's in a phase where she likes drooling on things, and Daddy's hand looked as good as anything else.
I volunteered at a consignment sale in the afternoon, but before heading over for my shift, Grammy, Katie and I went to the Farmer's Market to look at plants. It was there that I capture the video of Katie playing hide-n-seek with her blanket. It's amazing to see how in control of her movements she's getting!
Plant shopping and spending the day with Grammy and Daddy is definitely tiring, so I came home to see a sacked out little girl in Grammy's arms. [How's your neck feeling? OK, good, then crank it to the right]
Nothing exciting happened at daycare, at least not according to her form. The highlight really was getting to see Daddy again. Katie really struggled with her sleep patterns this week and woke up multiple times throughout the night. I think she'll be relieved that Daddy's finally home and she can fall back into her routine of being lulled to sleep by him.
I got a call from Grammy late in the morning that she and Katie decided to play hookey from school and spend the day snuggling.
When I got home and climbed into bed to do my nightly ritual [posting on a Boston message board and IMing with my BFF, Packer decided she was tired of being neglected. Without Daddy to flop on, she turned to me for some attention.
I got to work and realized I forgot my breast pump flanges. Then Grammy was bringing Katie in and we were going to go out to eat with my coworkers before Katie's pediatrician appointment, but I was told the wrong time. She did bring me some flanges, but one of them was broken. Grammy took Katie shopping to pass the time, but there was only so much to look at, so they ended up stopping by my work to pass the remaining time. Katie got to see Mommy's pumping supply closet, and when she got fussy, Grammy closed the door to calm her down.
That was only the beginning of the fun for the day though. I think the picture of Katie's face below sums it up. "Come on, Mom, I know the shots are coming. Let's just get them over with!"
The first vaccine was an oral dosage, and she smacked her lips after that, thinking maybe this whole vaccinated thing wouldn't be so bad. Then WHAM! It's always interesting to watch for the moment of realization that she just had a needle jabbed in her. She took this round of shots MUCH better than her 2 month shots though. It probably helped that I dosed her up with some Tylenol before taking her in. That all resulted in a big long nap all afternoon.
I spoke to the pediatrican about the fact that Katie's still eating every 2-3 hours and still getting up multiple times at night to feed. He said there is no physical reason for this and that it's probably more out of habit than anything. OK, how exactly do you help a 4 month old break an eating habit??? One suggestion was to start feeding her cereal, so I made sure to stop by Walmart on the way home and pick some up. First attempt at cereal? FAIL! She cried every time I put some in her mouth. As soon as I popped a bottle in her mouth, she was happy, so perhaps the cereal wasn't being shoveled in fast enough?!
[Sorry, but you're going to have to flex those left neck muscles again]
Since Daddy's out of town, I've tried to assume the duty of taking a daily cell phone picture and sending it off to him. The only problem is that I leave the house wicked early and we haven't quite turned all of the lights on. That means the flash from my cell phone likes to blind Baby Girl and she squints her eyes.
I took in a crib mobile to daycare that I bought for Katie just like the one she has at home. On today's school sheet, it said Katie spent a lot of time on her tummy today and she loved watching her mobile with her friends. ;-)
I was going to head home from work and sneak in a nap before bedtime, following my sleep incident at work, but we got invited to a party at the neighbor's house. It was a 40th birthday bash, and Katie and I are not ones to turn down offers for cake. The party was close to bedtime though, so she wore her party tutu over her pink gumby jammies so she could immediately go to sleep when we got home.
She also got her bath in before heading to the party and while she was waiting for her bath to be drawn, I spied her coming thisclose to rolling over on video.
I called Grammy around 9 to see how daycare drop off went, and all I heard was massive crying in the background. I immediately asked, "What are you doing to my baby??" She replied that she didn't know why Katie was crying.
Me: Umm, well, did you feed her?
Grammy: But she just ate two hours ago
Me: Yeah, that doesn't matter. Girl likes to eat
Grammy: OK, I'm off to warm up a bottle
Next time we spoke, she said milk did the trick. She started telling the story to Katie's teachers once they got to school and even they knew where it was headed. You do not deprive that girl of her nummy nummy milk!