Friday, September 30, 2005

Real Interested


At least Lucy is interested in Tori

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Paul Fall

I'm sure everyone remembers Humpty Dumpty and the Great Paul Fall (click the picture for a reminder).

Imagine our surprise when it looked like it was going to happen again over Labor Day. This time Paul got a hold of Tori.


Luckily he had no blanket and his knees didn't buckle from underneath him. Paul got the brunt of it when he was reminded of what happened last time. So far he is 1 for 2 in terms of staying upright while holding our children. Tori faired much better than her brother, but I think it was due to Paul leaning against the counter.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

One in a Row

She slept all night, much to our surprise. She was still sleeping soundly when we had to get her up for the day. She was bright eyed and happy and ready to go for the day.


If we get lucky, tonight will be number 2. Maybe she'll be a better sleeper than her brother after all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Being The Little Sister

Being the little sister is going to be rough for awhile for Tori. Ollie has the size and mobility advantage. He also has an ownership issue in that everything belongs to him.

We've given Tori some of his toys to look at and play with. If Ollie wants them, he'll come over and take them. It is time for the 'sharing' issues to begin. So far Ollie doesn't share well when he wants something. Tori doesn't complain, she just bats at things or tries to eat them. She mostly ends up eating her hands.

We'll place her on his toys just to see how she'll react, he'll take over his toy if he can.


He'll learn eventually to share, she'll eventually to pop him one if he doesn't. We'll learn how to be referee's in the brawl that will ensue.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Smiles A Lot

Tori is a very happy, smiley baby. If she isn't fussy or scared she is usually smiling right back at you!


She is regularly confused for a boy and we rarely put bows in her hair, like in the picture. She doesn't mind, she just keeps smiling. Then she pounds them into a pulp with her chubby hands. Not quite lady like, but she probably will be more of a tom-boy than a lady. At 3 months, it is hard to tell these things just yet.

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Our little girl can roll both ways, hold her head up well and is getting to be a decent sleeper. She can go up to 7 or 8 hours if we are lucky. Usually it is 6, but that is better than it has been. She is very interested in the napkins and salt and pepper holder. She'll grab the napkins and shove them in her mouth. She likes toppling the holder too.

Toys have become more interesting to her. She loves the bouncy seat and swing, when she's in the mood. She also likes the toys with lights and sounds. When she's bored, she roll over, but can't quite figure out what to do next. She's not much of a tummy person yet.

We are going to try her on cereal soon. She's downing 4 ounce every 2 hours at night, so we are increasing her milk amount and going to see how she likes cereal. I'm sure the cats will appreciate her efforts to fling food.

She also loves shoving her towels and blankets in her mouth. I guess it is something good to suck on. The showers continue as she likes them better than a bath. When she's old enough, we can stick her and Ollie in the tub together, if he'll share. She's not growing up too fast, yet.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Show Me Trip

Chubby cheeks were seen by all this weekend. We made our way to Tyler's baptism in cape girardeau, mo. Tori slept most of the way there and back. She was really good making her first trip and didn't behave too differently until we got home. She freaked out her uncle frankie because she was fussing and he didn't know what to do with her. She did all the normal baby things for the weekend.

We went to the park on Saturday and Tori went down several slides with her dad. Not real sure if she was thrilled with it or not. She slept through the entire baptism, which surprised me with the loud organ. She slept most of the way home, which was a bad omen for this morning.

She slept fitfully from 9 to 3:30. We watched sports center and she practiced her rolling until about 4:45 when she fell asleep on her stomach with a binky in her mouth. She took a cat nap and she was up until 7 am when she fell asleep on the way to the sitters. Her brother was asleep as well, so I carried them both into the sitters. She was still asleep through Ollie's first crying fit. He woke her during the second. I hope they both get back on their schedules tonight. It'll be a better night for all if they do.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Streak Ends

We had 3 nights of uninterrupted sleep from Miss Tori. That came to an end when the Tori alarm went off at 3 am this morning. She was scrunched in her seat and wet. A quick change, bottle and her mobile playing sent her back to la-la land. She did her usual sleep grunting, but was out like a light until it was time to get up for the day.

She's beginning to move way too much too soon. We lay her down and 2 seconds later, she's already rolled over. She's even learned to get her arms out from underneath herself. She still needs to stay in her car seat to sleep for awhile, she is too active and can't lift her head up or turn it very well while on her tummy. She prefers not to turn her head on some occasions and just sucks on the blanket she's laying on. By Christmas she'll be ready to move and groove with the best of them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Time Out

The rolling and sitting must slow down! She doesn't like to lay down any more, she either wants to sit, stand or roll. This morning, she was laying on the counter top and decided to roll toward the edge. Needless to say, she isn't going to be left alone on top of things any longer.

When you are playing with her, she either wants to stand or sit on you. Forget being held. The only time she wants that is when she is being fed. There is also no relaxing in her car seat or swing. Her head is as far forward as she can hold it, for as long as she can hold it. While she's at it, she'll stuff fists and burp clothes in her mouth. If you are lucky, you get her pacifier to stay in, but you won't be that lucky. She'll be sitting by herself by Christmas. This spring, we are doomed.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Not Tootsie Roll, Tori Roll

2 major advancements in her early life. First, sleeping through the night twice (much to her parents delight). Second, rolling from front to back 1 month earlier than average. Here is the footage. Just click on the link and it'll launch the video. I only caught the last portion of the roll on video and from an odd angle, but it still was her first. It has been repeated several times since. She still seems to be working on getting her hand out from underneath her, but she'll get there. I guess that is an advantage of being so big, you get to do things earlier.

She also seems like she is going to be a very active child like her brother. Except, she seems to be a bit more active now than we remember Ollie being. Which probably means trouble for us when her mobility picks up. I'm just waiting to referee the first fight over a toy. I need to get my striped shirt cleaned.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

From the Farm

Here are a couple of pictures that I didn't have a witty title or post to put them with. They are from the petting farm we went to a couple of weeks ago.



You can see the real interest in her eyes at what is happening to her. At least her brother enjoyed it!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New Toys

Tori got a new mobile for her crib this past weekend. Her brother had destroyed his hand-me-down mobile, so we bought her a new one. It has lights, sound and rotates fish around in a circle. She seems to like it most in the middle of the night when she is trying to go back to sleep from her bottle.


She seems to be going to sleep better with it on while feeding. I don't know why that is, but as long as it gets us more sleep, I'm all for it. She is still a very happy, healthy girl and that is all that we can ask for...for now.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Growing Girl

Tori is trying new things all the time. A few weeks ago, she tried the slide with her parents.



She seemed to love every minute of it. She has recently started enjoying the swing and the aforementioned bouncy seat. Sitting and standing are her next priority apparently. She constantly holds her head and neck up in her car seat. She stands with ease and enjoys it for a little while. Sitting starts once her fat little legs wear out. No matter what position she is in, she is a happy baby. She smiles and talks all the time, unless she is unhappy, which isn't often. She'll hold her head up for longer periods now and enjoys looking at our faces. That'll change when she gets older, but it'll be fun while it lasts.

Friday, September 02, 2005

5 AM

Big sleeper! This little one slept until 5 am!


Can you believe it? She probably went to bed at 9 pm and slept through until 5. I'm sure it is a 1 time deal, but it is better than it has been. Tresa and I had to check with each other in the morning to see if we had gotten up with her. The only person that had gotten up in the middle of the night was Ollie and that was to come in our room with us. If we can get him into his bed for a full night (which does happen) and Tori will sleep through the night, we can get back to some normalcy and less caffeine.