Jillian and I walked through Sears today on the way out of the mall, and I decided to breeze through their baby department. Now I've never been much of a shopper, at least, I wasn't until I had a baby girl. All these adorable baby girl clothes and awesome baby toys lure me in every time. Seriously, I love them all. So I've set myself a $5 rule when it comes to baby clothes. When I buy them, each item needs to average out in price to $5 or less. So if I buy something for $7.50, I better find something for $2.50. Today we hit the jackpot - all of the clearance baby clothes at Sears are 40% off the sale price. I picked up nine, yes nine, items for her for next summer, all size 18 months, for get this, under $28 after tax. Wow. This baby is SO ready for next summer.
The baby is really enjoying her activity center. As I blogged before, my mom picked this thing up at a consignment store for about $9. Now that's a deal. As far as I'm concerned, we've already gotten her money's worth.
Jillian has quite the collection of stuffed animals and every now and then I grab one and introduce it to her. Today we introduced Rosebearie, our super soft pink bear from Boyds Bears. Apparently, Jillian's gets to know new things by trying to eat them. First, she kindly bit the bear's nose, as her own special Jilly greeting. Then she continued exploring the bear in an oral fashion. I guess she has a new friend!
Jillian was also playing with her friend the turtle today. He's got all sorts of fun things, like rattles and crinkly paws, but the most fun (and best for pictures) is his tummy the mirror!
Today was an exciting day! It started with Jillian joining me in bed this morning, me falling back asleep, and her rolling off the bed. I was awakened by a thump and the crying that followed. All was fine though, she was more startled than anything.
After that debacle, we got to go to our first Mommy & Me swim class at the Kid's First Swim School in Jessup with some of the other moms from the moms group and their babies. What fun! While not our first time in a pool, it was our first time going under the water. Woohoo! Lindsey took pictures with her waterproof camera for us - thanks Lindsey!
Jillian was exhausted this afternoon because she only took a little snooze in the car after swimming. So we layed low and hung out around the house playing. Jillian discovered these Fisher Price Stack & Roll Cups at our friend Melissa's house a couple weekends ago, and luckily I had them at home. I just hadn't gotten them out of her toybox as I thought they were "too old" for her. Apparently I was wrong. She doesn't stack them or anything, but she LOVES playing with them...banging them around, chewing on them, etc. Thank you Aunt Betsy, for the awesome gift!
Our living room is an explosion of baby. Childproofing is in progress. We got a gift of the Fisher Price Crawl and Stand Activity Center yesterday from Jillian's Nini (grandmother). She found it at a consignment shop for around $9. I heart bargains. No doubt about it though, this thing is huge. Thank heavens it comes apart so I can hide it away somewhere fairly easily the next time we have a showing. In the meantime, the living room has officially been taken over by the baby.
Today Jillian and I went to Melissa and Sadie's house today to play in their cool playroom for a bit. Jillian loves toys and playing! I'm constantly amazed at how quickly babies change and grow. Just last week we could hardly sit up for 10-15 seconds, and now she's just about a pro. And we've gone from rocking on hands and knees and propelling ourselves backwards to moving forward and actually, yes, crawling. I'll get a video of that up soon, but right now she's only taking one or two "steps" at a time.
We had lunch there too, and despite her rejection of apple sauce again, she certainly enjoyed eating small pieces of mommy's turkey from her turkey salad pita wrap. We may be skipping the pureed baby foods, and here I was all prepared to food process our own baby food. Seriously, she's SO not into pureed stuff. She likes mashed potatoes (see previous post), hummus, bread, turkey, and other various adult food that we've let her sample.
I can't seem to get this catchy song by The Wiggles out of my head. My baby hearts the mashed potatoes. We fed her some with dinner last night, and then gave her some to enjoy on her own. Good thing it was bathtime afterwards!!!
It's time to pack up the bassinet and put it in storage, I'm sad to say. Jilly hasn't slept in it for ages, but I keep it in our room as an easy and safe place to put her when we're hanging in our bedroom and I need to run out for a minute, like to go to the bathroom, grab laundry out of the basement, etc. Yesterday, I did just that, put the baby in the bassinet for a minute and ran down to the basement to get some clean laundry to fold. And this is what I came back to. My sweet little baby kneeling in the bassinet pushing herself up. I'm quite fortunate that she didn't take a header out of it. So we will say goodbye to the bassinet. For now. Until baby #2.
So Thursday night, Jillian decided that she would NOT go to sleep alone. No matter how hard she was sleeping, as soon as we'd try and put her in her crib, it was instant wailing. Daddy went to bed, since he IS the breadwinner and it WAS a weeknight, and mommy conceded to staying up with the baby. Jillian and I slept on a makeshift bed of blankets and pillows on the living room floor. Well, Jillian went to sleep around 1am, fitfully, and mommy got bits of sleep ranging from 20 minutes long to about an hour. Ouch. After daddy got up and went to work, baby and mom took over the bed and crashed out until about noon. That helped both of us.
We ended up having a pretty big day, even though it was shorter than usual because of our late start. Jillian went up to the church with me, so I could get started on a project up there. Murphy's Law in full effect, the blanket I had in the trunk for her to play on somehow got soaked with windshield washer fluid. Luckily, I had the "Snazzy Baby" seat that her grandmother bought us. I hadn't used it before yesterday, but we had to do something. So I found a chair and attached it. And it worked like a charm! For a cranky, teething baby, she played with toys, i.e. threw them on the floor for mommy to pick up, for about an hour. Not too shabby! After our afternoon nap, we went to the grocery store. Jillian sat in the front of the cart sans shopping cart cover like a really big girl. She's just as happy like that, it appears she likes sitting as far forward as possible, and not being strapped to the back part of the seat. She hangs on, but definitely prefers the flimsy, built in "seat belt" on the shopping cart. Great.
And then we rode home in our big girl convertible car seat. I've finally had it with the car seat/base combo, or 'bucket' as we call it. I've had enough with the bruises on the sides of my thighs from lugging it around everywhere. So I stopped by our storage unit and grabbed the convertible seat that Miss Kathy from church had given us. It seems that too was a success. We're going to the beach in a couple weeks, and I really wanted her to have some time to adjust to it before riding that long in it. Well, I needn't have worried. What an eventful day!!!
Teething makes us very sad. Jillian has never much taken to her teething rings, I even bought the small ones so her little hands could hold them. Well, it must be pretty bad, because the other night she went to town with one of them. So despite what "they" say, I froze a few for her. And am I ever glad that I did! Finally a little relief for the baby!!!
Well, my "picture of the day" isn't of the baby today...though I have a couple of her that I'll put up in another blog. As I was taking trash out this evening, I saw something big and black on my hosta out front. So I grabbed the camera to see if it was a big spider or what kind of bug. Turns out it was a bee. He was completely still the whole time I was photographing him. I think he was sleeping. Ever seen a bee sleep? I don't think I had, but now I have. And now you have too.
Well, it seems we've kicked the swaddle habit. We think. So far, so good. Except this getting up and being restless thing. I'm attributing it to those top teeth bothering her, but one minute she's down, one minute she's up. And won't settle back down. Despite clearly being sleepy.
Other news of note: Jillian learned to move her hands forward one at a time while in her hands/knees rocking position! She's not exactly crawling, but each time I got her out of her crib last night, she had moved forward rather than backwards. So forward motion has been achieved, and a baby gate has been purchased!
Last week at the mall, Jillian and I sat down at a table with some other moms and babies. Turns out they're a moms group, and more specifically, probably the moms group I would have gotten hooked up with if Jillian and I would have been able to join the Howard County one after she was born. Unfortunately they met on Thursdays, and that day didn't work for us. So these nice moms invited me to join their group.
Today we met at Lindsey's house for mimosas (for moms) and play (for babies). Jillian really enjoyed making new friends. She spent some time getting to know Cadence and then made eyes at Jack for a bit. Miss Lindsey even had a rocking lamb that Jillian got to try out, and thought it was the coolest thing ever!! She has really enjoyed spending time with other babies, between her play date over the weekend and playing with these babies today, she has been Miss Happy in the evening - which is usually a pretty cranky time for her! Yay for baby socialization!!!
Today's picture is a bit out of focus, but I had a hard time getting Jillian to stay still and really had to capture her excitement. We had lunch at DuClaw with my mom today, and I got garlic mashed potatoes as a side, since I figured she was hungry and that has a consistency that would be ok for the baby. Well, apparently I figured correctly. She got SO excited about the mashed potatoes! I gave her spoonful after spoonful - what a hit!
Jillian had her first play date at another baby's house. A friend of mine, Melissa, who I knew in high school and recently reconnected with invited us over. Her daughter Sadie is older than Jillian, but the babies didn't mind. Jillian loved playing in the play room and sharing Sadie's toys! And after lunch, the girls got to play in the baby pool. Jillian loves the water, but needs to work on stability on her butt before she can really have too much fun. She played with mommy periodically catching her, sucked on the side of the pool for a bit, and then took a header onto the deck. No actual injuries to report, and all was fine after a little hugging. Needless to say this was an exciting day, and the picture above is Jillian after the play date.
Saturday we went to Prince Frederick for a surprise birthday party for a friend of John's. It was a long hot ride and we picked up some Miller Lite on the way. Not usually my favorite, but after that drive in that heat, it was cold and wet! Even Jillian wanted a taste of it. Now that's daddy's girl!
Of course today had many photo ops, Jillian eating pears, Jillian sitting in a booster seat at the restaurant, the International Space Station passing overhead tonight, etc. But alas, I only had the video camera at the restaurant, and didn't feel like getting out a tripod for the night pics. So the ISS did pass over this evening, at 9:48pm as promised. And it was quite visible, though not actually near Jupiter as indicated. It was very cool - tax dollars at work! The mosquito bites (all six of them), not as cool.
After we got back from just up the street, Jillian woke up. This is her pretending to be not sleepy and playing with her binkie. Now that she can get it in her mouth easily, she loves showing off her new skill. She is always pulling it out and playing with it, switching from hand to hand, and putting it back in her mouth. She really thinks she's hot stuff now.
Nope, she's not all smiles all the time - here's proof. Poor little girl had to stay up past bedtime since we were expecting two showings this evening. She was fine unless I put her down. Which clearly, I did. Oops.
How did I get through Jillian's six month birthday without snapping any pictures? Sometimes the days just get away from me. Well, it's official, she's now more than halfway through her first year. Wow, how time flies!
Jillian has been having fun trying foods. This particular night, we gave her Gerber Organics sweet potatoes (not the biggest hit) and hummus (HUGE hit). She's also learned how to breathe heavily out of her nose, kinda like she's trying to blow a booger out. Put nose breathing and baby food together and you have the night we had. Seriously, I never knew having a baby would be this entertaining.
I lapsed on the pictures for a couple days since my camera has a low battery and I haven't gotten around to replacing it. But I noticed the bright colors on the baby's toys today, and thought they'd look awfully cool all together. So I assembled some of the favorites and snapped a couple shots. Baby toys rock.
At some point soon, I'm going to have to start putting the baby to sleep unswaddled. Thus far, all attempts at doing so have failed. Miserably. But I'm hopeful that one day she can "handle" it. For now, though, I heart the swaddle wrap. And she looks like such a little cocoon in it.
Jillian hasn't quite mastered crawling, but she's SO close. She's trying constantly and gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth. All she really manages to do though, is turn over or scoot backwards. Imagine the frustration.
This afternoon the baby was being a cranky-pants, so we went to Lake Elkhorn to take a walk. I got some excercise, snapped some neat nature pictures, and she got a nap. After our walk, she got to swing on the baby swingset (ages 2-5...yeah, right) at the playground. It was her first experience with swinging, and she loved it!
I cooked dinner early tonight, and the baby was still up. So we sat her in her high chair and let her "have at it" with some food milled carrots. She's not sure what to make of them yet, but had a nice time making a mess. And they kept her occupied so mommy & daddy could eat their steaks!
I needed to get away for the day, so John suggested we head to the outlets in Leesburg, VA. We got some good bargains, and the flowers at the outlet center were lovely. After we shopped, we hit Hidden Brook Winery and Lost Creek Winery on the way home, and picked up a couple bottles of wine - YUM! It was a good day, and a welcome change of scenery!
I took a couple pictures of Jillian at the pool today, and couldn't decide between this one and one of the others. I settled on this one for today since she's in one of her 4th of July outfits. The expression on her face makes me wonder what on earth could be going on in her head!
This isn't my "daily photo", but I saw this ad and had to say something about it. Seriously, what is this ad actually saying? Palmer's helped her get pregnant? Don't these companies have people to proofread this stuff?
We've tried to declutter our house as much as possible since we've had the house on the market for the last almost six weeks. Here sits a wedding gift in the corner of our living room, ungifted. We keep trying to connect with the newlywed couple to give it away, and just haven't been able to. It's been wrapped for months it seems. It looks so sad sitting there so pretty and shiny.
This is what my baby does with books at this stage. I guess reading is a little ways off. I'm going to try and remember to take my camera along tomorrow and snap some pics that are NOT the baby. I swear.
I'm a funeral director turned stay at home mom who's married to a loving and very hard working husband. I knit, I sing in the church choir, I cook and bake, and I am lucky enough to be entertained daily by the antics of my two little girls!