Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mouth Cavity

Alas, Avery has discovered she has a mouth. Yes, this little, tiny, cute orifice is actually quite loud! She has been busy making all sorts of squeals and high pitched noises. It is the funniest thing to hear her cry in the morning and when I go into the nursery, she sees me and immediately smiles and coos. As if she's saying "that's exactly what I wanted mom, I was just fibbing on being upset. I just wanted you to come hold me!"
Dresses are now becoming a pain too with her constant motion of shoving the hem in her mouth! So not only will her hands be covered in spit, but now her dress is too! And any toy or item place in her hands immediately goes right in there too. I am dreading the days when where she puts her hands becomes a problem when they always end up in her mouth.
In addition to the mouth activity, she has been kicking lots too! When she is on her back, she kicks so hard and arches up that I can tell she is almost ready to roll! I never thought these types of milestones would really be all that exciting. Before, when people told me their kids were doing things like this, I'd just shrug, "yeah cool..." I really didn't care much. But now, it all takes on a new meaning. I simply say this to all of you who don't have kids and you give me that same reaction when I explain things about Avery. I understand you don't really care. You will one day!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Astounding August - 3 months

Avery is growing so quickly! She is trying to find her voice, which is quite comical. I've noticed that it's usually in the evenings, about 7-8:00 that she gets this burst of energy and decides to "talk" to us. She just makes all sorts of noises, squeals, yells, and cries. She is trying to laugh, which is also funny. She'll make noises when she smiles, but there hasn't been an audible "ha ha" yet, but she is oh so close! My cheeks really do hurt when I'm watching her do all of these things because I just can't keep myself from smiling so much!
She doesn't like being on her tummy much so I feel as though we are lacking in that department. She can lift her head up but she can't push herself up yet. My book says she should be able to after 3 months so hopefully she can get her push ups down. She is getting stronger though; she can sit up fairly well, especially in her bebepod. I look forward to her sitting all on her own though!
Avery has also discovered that she has hands. I don't think she knows they are her hands but she is constantly holding them together, putting them up to her mouth, and moving them around. She hasn't associated them with her body though, yet. She'll suck on it and try to fit the whole thing in her mouth, but the she'll move and out it comes. She hasn't figured out that if she leaves it there, it stays.
I can't wait for all that is still to come! I am excited for her to reach out to me to hold her, for her to say anything and know what she's saying, for her to be sitting/standing in her crib for me in the morning, and everything else in between! Of course crawling, walking, first day of school, first tooth, etc. the list is endless! But I will keep you posted as to her latest developments!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ahh...Weaning

Weaning. Being that I've never had to do this before, this first go around is a bit crazy. I have no idea how to do this, only what I've read online, which how reliable can all that be? So, I decided to make this monumental decision after a couple weekends ago... Chris and I took Avery to a fellow work associates house for a mid-evening concert. He was having a Dave Matthew's cover band play for a couple hours. Well, I had to leave the party, which meant leaving Chris alone with tons of people he didn't know. I had to go sit in the car, which was about 98 degrees being that it is August. As if this isn't a pretty enough picture, it just gets worse. I'm sweating, there isn't a breeze, and I have to duck everyone someone walks by the car so they don't see me sitting there in all my glory. Later than evening, we went to the Symphony on the Prairie. Well, I had to leave in the middle of that to go pump too! So as I'm sitting in the car, in the middle of a field parking lot, scared that someone is going to come by and break into the car while I'm in there because it's 10:00 at night, it starts raining. I freak out because I can just envision Chris trying to load up Avery, the wagon, diaper bag, cooler, blanket, etc. in the pouring rain. So I shut down the operation, sprint back to Chris (which took way too long being that I haven't done much of anything active in quite some time) to load up our stuff. It was after this experience that I decide, it's time to wean.
Which leads me to my next point...why is it that there is such a negative connotation to breastfeeding and weaning to begin with? I'm sure some of you are sitting there, reading this and wondering "Why is she talking about this? It's such a person thing!" Like pooping or farting, breastfeeding just has this taboo about it that people don't want to see or discuss. Why? Granted, I don't like seeing a woman just flop it out in public; at least use a cover up, but nonetheless, it is a natural part of life that is very healthy and beneficial for your baby. Obviously a baby, not a 3yr old...I do have serious issues with women breastfeeding more than a year old...when your kid can ask for a sip, it was time to stop 8 months ago. But anyway, I just wish it was more of a socially acceptable thing. Us women can't leave our boobs at home when we leave our baby, so therefore we must either take them or pump. Yet anytime a woman is discreetly breastfeeding her baby in public, if feel like all eyes stare, mouths are wide open, gasps can be heard! Just boobs and milk. Get over it.