May 19, 2011

London’s First Easter

Put this one in the books as the first holiday that London was sick on. Poor little girl came down with a fever and runny nose the Thursday before Easter. Although, London has no one to blame but herself, since she was so good at binky snatching the previous Monday while we toured a potential daycare location. Reminds me why I like having her receive 1 on 1 time with her caretakers – she’s not constantly exposed to all the germs going around.

Is it really ok for me to take this off the table?

London being sick made us adjust our Easter plans. We didn’t go up to Vicki’s to spend time with the family as we’d planned. Instead, we had a lazy day at home, taking a nice little stroll around the neighborhood before heading over to Matt & Lynde’s to have our new traditional Easter dinner: homemade pizza.

Hmm...what is this?

I know London didn’t know it was Easter and has no clue who the Easter bunny is but I couldn’t resist putting together a little Easter basket for her anyway. She was quite interested in it when I put it on the coffee table so she could explore what was inside. I bought the “Pat The Bunny” book along with another touch & feel book about Easter, some pureed peaches and Apricots with other mixed fruit and a bunny-headed silky under-sided security blanket.

C'mon Mom, help!

So far, London likes throwing around the packaged foods and opening and closing the books, but not so interested in touching the things inside. The security blanket bunny is great for a few rounds of peek-a-boo, which London has started doing on her own.

May 18, 2011

Sleeping Through the Night

At 10 months old, London was still getting up 1-2x per night, after 10 PM. We put her down at 7 PM, so really, she was waking up 2-3x a night. And while we were fine with the 10 PM feedings, as we are normally still up at that time, the other feedings were wearing us out.

When I wasn’t working this wasn’t so bad because I could always nap when London napped after a particularly rough night. But now she was waking up not to eat but just to cry unless we were holding her.

So on a Friday night, we decided we were done. We let London cry it out, going so far as to set up the air mattress downstairs, without any monitor. Saturday night we started out in our bed again, with the air mattress on stand-by just in case. London woke up and cried a little but fell asleep again before we were forced to move. Sunday night she slept until about 5 AM, and cried loud and long, enough for us to retreat downstairs.

For a week, she slept through the night with maybe a cry or two here or there, but not loud and not long enough to move us downstairs. Then she got sick from thebinky snatching which upset the new routine. We went through the process again once she was better and we've been somewhat successful, though with two new teeth coming in, we've had to get up a few times to administer numbing gel.

I think we're close to more restful nights than sleepless nights. Keeping our fingers crossed. Now if we can just get her to sleep in past 6:30 AM on weekends!

May 16, 2011

First Steps

Getting Started with Daddy's Help

London has been between 2 weeks to a month ahead with developmental milestones since she was born. When she started crawling at 6 months and pulling herself into standing positions shortly afterward, we really expected her to start walking by 8 months.

Getting a closer look

This would be the first time she would be on-schedule as she didn’t start walking at this expected time. Not because she wasn’t ready, but because the little stinker knew she could get where she wanted to go much faster by crawling. You can just see it in her face when she looks at you, looks at what she wants, and starts jamming for it before you scoop her up.

Still not sure about it

When we got back from Cancun, and my doing loads and loads of laundry upon our return, it was inevitable I’d leave a laundry basket downstairs where London plays. One day she started to use the laundry basket to walk. Cameron and I decided that night to buy her a push & ride type toy so she would actually have a toy, not just a laundry basket, to learn these first steps.

First Crash

The next night at Babies R Us, London picked out a nice, pink, Disney princess-themed Ride Along. We worked with her a little to show her how to use it and she would when encouraged by us, but not when left on her own.

This toy has a nice resting spot built-in

That was until the evening of Tuesday, April 19th. While I was picking up the kitchen, I saw London pushing the ride along and walking on her own. Shortly after, as I was shooing Melody out the back door for snapping at London, she started to walk toward me. She took a good 4 or 5 steps before squatting back down to crawl. Cameron was right there, and with a little coaxing from the both of us, she took a few more steps.

Watch the progression!

I know everyone says that you always want your first to walk as soon as possible and then you regret it, but we are just so proud of our little girl. 10 months isn’t bad – that’s when I started to walk. Almost a month later, she's getting a pretty good grasp on this walking thing and has started to attempt running - away from us!

She’s also developed a curiosity in the stairs and can crawl up them without assistance. Not that we aren’t right there behind her in case, and she doesn’t get to do this very often as she rarely is given access to the stairs.

May 11, 2011

Please Bear With Me…

While Cameron gets my new laptop up and running (what a wonderful husband to get me a new laptop for my birthday!). We have a lot more we want to share with you and we are a bit behind, but I have the posts written and just need photos to share with them. Once the new laptop is loaded, I’ll start cranking away on the posts again. Stay tuned for London’s first Easter, first steps, my 30th birthday celebration and first half marathon and more.