Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Big Heapa Sleepa

Last night Tori and Ollie went to the Festival of Lights with their Aunt Annie. Tori had a fit, everything was tried and nothing worked, so back in her car seat she went. She fell asleep and stayed that way the rest of the night.

They returned at 8 pm and she barely woke when she was put into bed. She slept until 5 am this morning. We aren't sure what her problem was, but apparently, the lights tired her out. This morning she was her happy little self again. I hope it goes this well on our coming trip.

Monday, December 19, 2005

2 Front Teeth

All she wants for Christmas is her 2 front teeth! It seems like she has one poking through, so maybe she'll have 1 out by the new year. Should be a very slobbery unwrapping of gifts for her! In the mean time, she has been practicing her unwrapping skills by grabbing everything in site and pulling hard on it!

She desperately wants to be mobile. Every time we lay her down, she tries to sit up. Every time she sits on us, she tries to stand. She can only stand with our help, but she can sit for a few seconds by herself with the proper balance. She's ready to move. Big brother can do it, so why can't she?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Back and Forth

She can roll both ways, front to back, back to front. She just doesn't do it very often. For awhile I thought she might skip rolling front to back and just go right to sitting, but apparently that won't be the case. She tries to sit all the time now and wants to be sitting or standing rather than laying on the ground. Not too much longer and we will have our second mobile baby. Up with the gates!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Laundry Girl

The little laundry girl is teething. At night she gets upset because her teeth hurt. She has also taken to chewing on her teething rings, but we have to hold them in her mouth for her. The tylenol goes down easier than it has in the past. She swallows it instead of spitting it back at us. The only problem is that it knocks her out. She is still sleeping well in spite of it. She is starting to go to bed at 7 for a cat nap (for the night with tylenol), then she gets up until about 9:30 and sleeps through the night. If she goes to bed at 7, she gets up anywhere from 1 to 4.

Last night she made some noise when I laid her down for the night, but put herself to sleep. She was up at 3:30 and I put her down around 5. She moved around and made noise in her sleep, but was out until 6:30 when we got her up. She was happy to see us. It is nice to wake to a smiling baby in the crib.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hole Less Heart

Tori's 6 month check-up went well yesterday. She is 17 lbs and 23 inches. This makes her in the 75% in height and weight. She received just 1 jab in the leg this time and she is progressing normally.

This morning she went to the cardiologist for her 6 month check-up with him. He didn't hear the holes in her heart with his stethoscope. He decided to do an echocardiogram to verify it. It verified that the two pin sized holes in her heart had closed up. She doesn't have to see the cardiologist again!

Monday, December 12, 2005


The tongue shown above has been replaced by a small, white, nubby protrusion in her lower gum. It is hard to tell if she is actually teething or not because she constantly sticks out her tongue. When her tongue isn't out, it is guarding the view to her lower gum. But my extensive medical training and slobbery finger tell me that it looks like a tooth is on the way in. Combined with the fact that she is chomping a lot and bit me last night, we have a pretty good case for a tooth. We'll find out more today as she goes in for her 6 month check-up and shots! Tomorrow is her cardiology check-up to check on her holes in her heart. Then she'll have 1 more shot to get and be done for the year.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Active Girl

Active girl only got up once last night. She also went back to her bed within 30 minutes, which is better. She did get a 90 minute nap on our way home yesterday in the snow. She was still sleeping at 6:30, so we got her up for her bath and dinner. She ate quite a bit, played for awhile and went to bed for the night at 9:30.

She's becoming a better sleeper. If only she can get over the awakening at night, she might sleep from 7 to 7 as she goes to sleep most nights at 7 and gets up a couple times a night. This morning she was wide awake, so we'll see how tonight goes.

She also loved watching the snow fall yesterday outside the sitters sliding glass door. She's just to small to play in it. Maybe next year.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Past 6 Months

As far as Tori's development goes, the past 6 months have crawled for me, for Tresa, they have zoomed by. She is nearing the age of becoming her own person. In other words, we will soon have another person to tell us No and what to do. They are both smaller than us, so we can still take them for a long time to come.

She still does not sleep well, unless she is on her stomach, most of the time. Last night that wasn't true. She grabs at everything and puts it in her mouth. She'll let you know when she's hungry by either screaming loudly or continually eating you! Makes for a very soggy shoulder. She is already ticklish under her arms and laughs totally different from her brother. She can also out scream him at will.

The rate she's going and with the rate he is going, she may be potty trained before him (we really hope not)!

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Last

Tori is the lucky one so far. She hasn't gotten the same stomach bug the rest of us have. We hope she doesn't since I ended up with a light version.

It is obvious from her body language that she is ready to be mobile. She reaches, grabs, scoots, rolls and plays with everything she can get her hands on. She also can't wait to sit up. She can sit up right for a few seconds by herself, but ends up falling forward. It won't be long and we'll have to take down her swing and put away the toys for the smaller Tori and move up to the walkers and rolling exersaucers.

Still no progress with sleeping through the night, she still wakes up when she is hungry. She is also difficult to put down once she is asleep. She usually wakes up when she hits the mattress. Makes for frustrating nights when she goes down. Christmas is coming so all progress will be negated on our trip and we can start anew when we return home.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Ready, Set, Crawl!

She's gotten ready, she's getting set, but no crawling yet. She still hasn't rolled over from front to back fully. She does try to get her legs underneath her butt when she is on her tummy now. She looks like an inch worm, inching along. She'll also do a baby push-up, but not both at the same time.

Like her brother, she loves to stand and play. Sitting will not be her forte. She loves to stand and play with toys. She has also discovered her feet. She doesn't play with them much when they are in her jammies, but once they are out, she loves to grab them. It won't be too much longer and she'll be making a break for the door!