Friday, October 30, 2015

Cecilia and Mommy: 7 Months Old

This month has been amazing.
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Peace out Mom. I'm outta here.
Genuinely amazing. Cecilia is so much more interactive and she's learning new skills at a rate that I can barely wrap my head around. Two weeks ago, she sat up on her own while I wasn't looking. It was the first time she'd done it and the following day she did it repeatedly and with ease. I could almost see the tiny light bulb go off in her head. That very same week, I unintentionally demonstrated traditional crawling to her when I went to get something across the playroom. This is what happened after:
She's also started touching the texture spots in her That's Not My Panda book and opening the book to her favorite pages when I leave her alone in the playroom. This upcoming month is sure to be filled with many more skills, given how quickly she progressed in just this last month. I'm so excited to see what comes next.
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Hey Mom, did you know there's a big weird blue thing with owls behind me?
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I got it Mom! I got the big blue weird thing!
Likes
  • Pears
  • Mangoes
  • Eating mommy's nose (ugh babyyy whyyy)
  • That's Not My Panda
  • Peas on Earth - still
  • Making weird and often creepy noises
  • Crawling 
  • Sitting up on her own
  • Pulling herself up on everything
  • Hanging upside down in Mommy's arms - the world is funny upside down
  • Charlie - still
Dislikes
  • Almost all other foods besides pears - in her quest to do the opposite of my expectations, Cecilia hates most foods. Some days she's semi-interested in them, others she won't even open her mouth. My theory is that she will enjoy them more when she can feed herself. Or at least, I hope so.
  • Naps

Mommy
Now I'm not saying this is going to happen, but I can finally see why people have more kids. After the initial baby hell, Cecilia is truly a joy. She is a sweet little baby with an adorable personality. It's so rewarding to watch her learn and progress that I can understand how someone might want to do it again.

Not any time soon though.

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3 Months
4 Months
5 Months
6 Months

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Awkward

I went for a run on Saturday.
Requisite runner feet picture. Kinda.
It was more of a walk-run, since it was day one of my Couch-to-5K app, but nonetheless I went out and there was running involved for the first time since July 2014. I was unexpectedly home from work early yesterday, so I went out for day two of the C25K app.

I felt so awkward both times.

It's not necessarily that I've forgotten how to run, but more that I'm a lot more aware of my body and how it moves through space (i.e. proprioception) and possibly also that I feel rather inelegant, plodding along at approximately 38 pounds heavier than I prefer to be. The latter doesn't bother me all that much right now because I won't always be that much heavier.

But the former? That's a little harder for me. It was brought to my attention by multiple people that my knees frequently collapse inward (go Google "valgus knees" if you are really curious and have no idea what I'm talking about) when they should be tracking straight. It's more common in women and definitely a behavior that's reinforced by society. Correcting it requires me to think about and pay attention to it while I'm walking and running, which makes me feel weird, like I'm waddling.

If you're wondering why I care about something so seemingly small, the ultimate answer is that I want to be able to run and not get hurt. Gone are the days of me just heading out the door without giving an ounce of forethought how I actually move my body through space. Ignorance was bliss at the time, but two rounds of PT and several books by Katy Bowman later I know better.  Which means, I should do and be better no matter how awkward it makes me feel.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cecilia and Mommy: 6 Months Old

Cecilia
I have a cute Cecilia story from this month, one I actually remember.

Cecilia hates her third nap. It's always a battle and she never falls asleep in the first ten minutes in her crib, so I always go in to comfort her. I had picked her up and we were sitting in the rocking chair, with my arms holding her arms at her sides. I'm sure this sounds like some horrible form of baby torture but if I let her have her arms free to grab at my hair, the rocking chair, the curtains, the pillow in the rocking chair she'll never calm down enough to nap.

Anyhow.

Since all she could move was her head, she picked her little head up, stuck her nose to my nose, looked me in the eye and licked me then giggled. Since it was pretty funny, I laughed too, which only prompted her to do it again.

Perhaps she has a penchant for mischief in a cute form. I have no idea where she would get that. Nope, none at all.
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Sorry Mom, not really into this photo shoot today.

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But I guess I can give you a smile.

Likes
  • Bananas
  • Charlie - she still loves to watch and squeal him and he is very slightly less terrified of her.
  • Frankie the Fox
  • Peas on Earth - still!
  • Sipping from a cup - I'm also encouraging her interest in this pretty strongly, so that might be part of it.
  • Sitting in Mommy's lap, facing towards her. Mommy must be in sight at all times when she is home is Cecilia's latest life philosophy.
  • Holding out her arms while she's sitting. This is not to prompt the caregiver that she wants to be picked up, no, she wants to use your hands to pull herself to standing.
  • Crawling around her soon-to-be playroom
  • Attempting to eat Mommy's FitBit
Dislikes
  • Nap number #3 - BATTLE ROYALE.
  • Getting her shots - Sorry baby, but you have to have them. I know they suck, but it's better than getting polio.
Basic Baby Stats
  • Weight: 15lbs (+1 lb 10.5 oz)
  • Length: 26.5" (+1.5")
  • Head Circumference: 43.5 cm (+1 cm)

Mommy
I feel so much more like my old self now. Both my memory and energy have mostly returned, which makes even a hard day with Cecilia not feel as awful as those first few weeks with her. It's nice to feel capable again.

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2 Months
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4 Months
5 Months