Monday, October 31, 2005

Activity Girl

Tori did a lot of things this weekend. She learned she has a tongue and figured out how to use it. She will stick it out at you all the time. She'll do it while eating, drinking and playing. The tongue is it!

Grabbing toys and reaching for things also has come in handy. Though it didn't help much in our trip to the orchard this weekend. Tori go the shaft with that trip. Her parents forgot the stroller, so she had to be held the entire time. We also didn't bring a hat and it was very windy. It messed with her sleep, but it tired her out enough that she slept well during the night.

Not much sliding went on for Tori, but she awoke bright and happy this morning. Tonight is Halloween, so I'm sure she will be a bit tired from all the excitement. Our little hershey's kiss could be melted by bedtime.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Little Thrasher

We've been giving Tori a bath in the bath tub. She is getting too big for the baby tub and we have time to give her one while the other is making dinner. She loves being in the tub. She splashes and thrashes the water around her. She doesn't make a sound when she gets a bit of water on her face. She smiles and kicks and flails more.

She doesn't try to roll over much. She happily plays until the water gets a little cold. The only thing she doesn't like about the process is getting her clothes back on. She'd much rather be without them.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Night Out

Tori got to spend the night with just her Mom and Dad. Her brother went to play at someone else's house. Tori had her parents to herself. We took her to dinner at Chili's, she fell asleep in the car on the way to the restaurant. We got a bit of piece and quiet and a bit of time to ourselves.

She woke up as we were finishing and was surprised at her surroundings. She was extremely interested in her surroundings and hardly made a wimper. After we finished dinner we headed home so Tori could play and get ready for bed.

She was able to play without her brothers interference. He tends to take her toys and play with them himself. His payback is coming someday soon. She will be crawling before he knows it. She is already grabbing for things, soon, she will be grabbing for his toys.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Little Girl Who Won't Sleep

Tori with Aunt Diane

The happy baby didn't sleep so well last night, but she still woke up happy. She was up every hour from 1:30 to 4:30. Grunting and groaning and not sleeping. Needless to say, the cry herself to sleep routine didn't do its job last night. We may just be stuck with getting up every night for a long time to come.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Night 2

A couple of things changed last nights sleep for Tori. The 2 hour nap she had from 6 - 8 and being fed earlier than usual. After she cried herself to sleep, she woke up around one and was actually hungry. She was up again from 4 - 6 am because she got a long nap the night before. She won't be getting more than an hour nap tonight.

Cringing at the thought of going to bed

Her sleeping has improved in general. She sleeps more soundly and isn't in the car seat anymore. We make sure she can't roll over in her sleep and if she does, she'll let us know by screaming. She doesn't like her tummy much. It'll take a bit of training for all of us. The day we all sleep all night in our own beds will be a shock to our system. I'm sure it'll come someday soon.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Little Screamer

After her usual waking at 12:30, Tori got a lesson in sleeping through the night. She wasn't hungry, just tired. So she got to scream it out. She screamed for over an hour. Then she was silent for the rest of the night. She occasionally made a peep, but soothed herself back to sleep. Tonight her screamfest will start earlier and we'll see if she can make it all night long. If we are lucky her parents will get to sleep through the night before she turns 25.

Thinking about Screaming herself to sleep again!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Doctor Appt. #2

Tori had her second check-up yesterday and everything is fine. She is 14 lbs, 14 oz. Over 2 feet and growing. She is in the 75% of height, weight and head size. Still a big girl. Her cold is subsiding, so they didn't have anything to say about that. We had to wait forever to get our appointment. We were there at 3:30 and didn't leave until after 5. Not a good sign. That is 2 times in a row that has happened, I'm hoping it doesn't happen again.

Tori got more shots and wailed through them all. I'm sure it didn't help that the nurse stabbed her with the needles. She was rough with her. Her band aids were quite bloody for a shot when I took them off for Tori's bath. Needless to say, it wasn't a pleasant experience.

The good thing is that she is healthy and happy. She's also feeling better and eating more. Sometimes up to 5 oz. in a feeding. She's also started her way to solids. Rice last week, fruits and veggies next. Pretty soon she'll have the same eating habits as her brother. That'll have to change.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Bad Daddy

The last post where I mentioned Tori only got up once and I got a lot of rest. Well, um, that turns out to not be entirely true. She was awake from 11:30 to 12:30 and I slept right through her screaming. She apparently fell back asleep until she got up at 2:30 and I heard her.

That earns me this weeks Bad Daddy Award. So Tori, if this event scars you in the future, I apologize now!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Feeling Better

Tori got back to her waking up just once during the night last night. It made for much more alert parents this morning. She seems to be feeling better overall. I hope her cold has cleared up. We'll find out for sure what is going on Monday. She has her 4 month check-up along with more shots. By our scale, she is 15-16 lbs. Should be right on track with staying in the 90 th percent. She seems to be getting back to her normal self.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Grandpa and Tori

Labor Day Weekend

Tuesday, October 11, 2005



Tori has begun laughing on a regular basis. Though what she is laughing at, we don't know. Sometimes it'll be us laughing that causes her to laugh. Others, it will be us making a noise or saying something silly. Then there is her brother, whom she finds nothing funny about him. There laughs are similar.

She is also trying to grab things, especially her bottle when she is wide awake. It is a struggle sometimes to keep it in her mouth. She is strong and forceful. She's even sent the bottle flying on a few occasions.

She seems to be feeling somewhat better, but she is mostly tired. She was up at 3 am again today. I made the mistake of trying to feed her when she probably just needed her binky to fall back asleep. Her coughing woke her and she was restless. We watched Sportcenter while she was swinging. That didn't tire her out. She was in a good mood though, which is pretty nice when you daughter smiles at you.

Friday, October 07, 2005

To Sleep Perchance

There hasn't been much of a chance to sleep the past 2 nights. Little Miss Sleepy Head here, hasn't been doing much consecutive sleeping.


Her cold has been getting her up a couple of times a night. Sometimes for several hours in a row. She isn't always hungry so it is a guessing game as to what will return her and us to slumber. Maybe it is time we take her out of the car seat and see how she fairs.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Tori loves to put her hands in her mouth. With her recent cold, she has moved up to her arm in her mouth.


Once she discovers her feet, they'll be the next appendage that goes into her mouth.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bop Your Brother

Ollie was in an extremely chatty mood last night. He had plenty of sleep and was ready to go. He was so ready to go that he was driving his mom crazy. Tori and I were in the living room listening to non-stop chatter. She was playing with rattles and an Eeyore doll. They came into the living room and I informed Tori that her Mom was going to bop her brother, while I shook a rattle.

Laughter ensued from Tori's congested chest. We repeated this scenario with varying degrees of success for quite awhile. Apparently 'Mama is going to bop your brother' is funny stuff to a 3 month old. The hilarity of the phrase had worn off by morning. Apparently, it is only funny for a limited time.


Tori has been feeling better. She's been sleeping better, but is still congested. The vaporizer works well apparently. She seems to be back to her old demeanor, hasn't regained her appetite yet and still has the symptoms. She should be done with it in a little while.

Monday, October 03, 2005

The Sickness

Little Miss Tori has her first cold and it is pretty nasty. She sounds like she is going to cough up a hairball. She has a bit of croupy cough and seems to be very congested.

The good thing is that she didn't get a fever like her brother did. No trip to the hospital this time. She seems to be taking it fairly well. She's tired and crabby as most people are when they are sick. We hope she doesn't give it back to her brother who has recently gotten over it. If we are lucky, this will be the last illness for both of them for awhile.