Friday, July 17, 2009

What Did Leah Do This Week?

After receiving two letters from The Division of Health and Senior Services about getting Leah's hearing tested, I scheduled it. I was not thrilled with completing this task. I was told if I could not get Leah asleep for the test I would have to rescheule and they would sedate her for it. This was very distrubing to me. Who wants to sedate their child for a non-emergency prodecure?

So, Monday morning, bright and early I awoke. 6:30AM, Leah and Mommy were awake in the house. Leah watching tv, and Mom nervious about getting her to sleep for her test at 8AM. Grandma came by to help, and we headed out to Cardinal Glennon. We were in the waiting room by 7:30ish, and Leah was asleep by 8ish. The nice woman doing the test hooked all the wires and cords up to the computer, and stuch electroid sensers on Leahs forehead, back of neck, and shoulder. Then she stuck these little earphones around her ears. Thank goodness Leah stayed asleep! By 9AM the test was complete and Leah had passed in both ears. Lesson learned! When the doctor's suggest to get a testing done within the first month of life - do it! Since babies sleep most the time the first month, it would have been no problem getting her to sleep three months ago. But, I was blessed to have a cooperative baby Monday morning.

Then, Monday night Leah got to taste APPLESAUCE for the first time. We hardly needed a bib for that yummy meal!

Then, after dinner, Leah watched a little of the Home Run Derby!


This Week's Precious Moment

I have finally found time to update the blog for this weeks activities. Some people have asked how I find time for this. It certainly is a challenge.

I have learned there are very few things I can not do with a child on my hip. These things I am unable to do include using the restroom, showering, and doing the dishes. Let me tell you, when it comes time for me to do any one of those things, I hand Leah over to Rick and tell him he has got to be Mr. Mom for a few minutes. Most often I can use the restroom before she gets cranky and wants Mom back. But for something that takes more time like the shower - well, lets just say Rick tries. Sometimes Leah cooperates and is a good girl, and sometimes it is too close to bedtime to be cooperative. There have been many times when I am showering and can hear Leah crying, Rick trying to entertain her, the dog barking (usually at nothing), and the cats running through the house...and I think "Thank God for a few minutes of peace here in the shower". Unfortunately, once I get that thought out I hear Leah's cries become more intense, Rick hollers at Lily for barking at nothing, followed by yelling at the cat's that they already had dinner and they complain more then anyone in our house. About this time, with shampoo still being worked out of my hair, I shut off the water, towel dry in record time, throw clothes on (still wet), and open the door as I inquire "WHAT IS GOING ON OUT HERE". So, the peace is really only a glimpse of what was before Leah was born, and what, some day, will be again.

My most precious moment this week was one in which Rick took over caring for Leah as I cleaned the kitchen after dinner and got her bottles ready for the following day. I handed Leah over to Rick Sunday evening about 8pm and he took her to the rocking chair while I cleaned the kitchen. After about 10 minutes of cleaning up, I realized that Leah was not crying, and it seemed awfully quite for being so close to her bedtime. As I peeked around the corner I could see Rick in the rocking chair with Leah. Both were facing the tv in the living room watching some silly pre-school cartoon on Noggin. Leah was dozing off. It was such a heartwarming moment. Leah asleep in the rocking chair with daddy...and daddy left watching some silly pre-school cartoon with bright colors, and a talking yellow moose asking "Do you see the big red ball?" I couldn't help but think about how funny that moment was. From having been in bed at this time a year ago watching Forensic Files to rocking in the rocking chair, with baby blankets and toys haphazardly strewn throughout the room, watching pre-schoolers television, and holding precious Leah is his arms.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Leah turns 4 months old TODAY!

7/9/09 - Leah is 4 months old today.

We started the day going to the doctor for a 4 month check up. Leah was so brave! She got 4 shots, and didn't even cry until the 3rd shot. Then, seconds later, she was happy as can be. You would have never known anything happened. On the way home from the doctor's office she was in the back seat just talking away and making little baby noises.

Leah spent a good part of the day resting off her big morning.
Then, hungry baby got a bottle AND SWEET POTATOS! At the direction of Dr. Spewak, we could start baby food once she has caught on the cereal. Well, as you can see from the recent past - Leah has gotten pretty darn goood at eating cereal.

The first spoonful of sweet potatos delivered a few odd looks to Momma. But after that, WIDE OPEN MOUTH until it was ALLLLLLL GONE!

And of course she managed to get her fingers in there to squish around that new orange stuff!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Daddy Feeds Leah Cereal For The First Time

Even though Leah turned out more messy then ever - I would say Daddy did a good job feeding her cereal today.

I think he learned it isn't as easy as Momma makes it look.

Not only are you trying to get the cereal in her mouth, but your are trying to keep it from coming out, trying to keep her hands from going in, and if they do happen to get in the mouth with all the cereal, you need to keep them from touching everything until you get her cleaned up!


Happy 4th of July - From LEAH


Monday, July 6, 2009

Today's Quote

To keep one’ voice sweet, one’s face bright, one’s will steady, one’s patience unperturbed, in the arena of the home, in the light of one’s own family, is no light task.
– Margaret Sangster


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Are you a happy baby tonight?

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And we move on to cereal!

Last night Leah tried a little rice cereal for the first time. Well, really, two nights ago was the first time, but I don't know that I can really count that. Two nights ago Momma read the directions on the box and followed them word for word putting 1 tbsp of cereal to 3 tbsps of milk...and all that made was milk. The cereal dissolved in the milk and Leah had a really hard time eating liquid milk with a spoon - but wouldn’t you?

So, last night I decided to just add the milk in the bowl first, then the cereal to the consistency I wanted. And that worked! So, about 7:30 last night Leah was introduced to her first spoonfuls of baby cereal. And I think she liked it. She also liked sticking her hands in her mouth right after a spoonful of cereal...causing a complete finger, hand, mouth, to whatever else she touched mess!

Again tonight, after Momma got settled with getting in the house after a long day at work, we tried it again. If there is anything that can relax a person, it is watching a baby learn to eat from a spoon. We both had a good time. I am still not sure she loves the highchair. She is strapped into it like an astronaut leaving for space... I don't know where the makers of the highchair think these kids are going. And all the straps and locks are just more to wipe down after a messy meal.

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