Sunday, August 31, 2008

thats the way we roll

Babies hit their milestones when they are ready - and not a minute before. Thursday Shayla rolls herself over onto her tummy, like she has been doing, then she lifted her head all the way up! It was so awesome. She just decided it was time. It did not make a flip that I was 'forced' by the doctors to put her on her tummy. She simply was not ready yet.


Yesterday she started rolling. I laid her down on the floor on her blanket and I looked away for a few seconds. When I looked back she was half way across the room! She can now roll all the way over!!

Milestones are SO FUN. It is like a daily adventure to see what she is gonna do next. I just love having this sweet baby!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

out with the old................

Sleep wonderful sleep. The Sweetness sleeps 12 hours a night. Um, yeah, you read that right - TWELVE HOURS. I rock her every night at 8:00 and she sleeps until 8 or 8:30 the next morning. It is her special gift to me. She has been doing this since she was three months old.

But, there is a problem.

She does not take naps during the day. She will sleep as long as I hold her, but the SECOND I lay her down, her BIG EYES pop open! It does not matter how tired she gets, she WILL NOT lay down and sleep. By the afternoon she gets ill cause she has not had a nap so I started holding so she would nap. I started this week just laying her in her crib and letting her cry, thinking that eventually she would fall asleep. I mean, after thirty minutes of screaming, she was no where near sleeping. This little baby never cries, so I hate to just lay her down and let her scream. One day I never held her and she fell asleep on the floor playing - (which is rare). But, she only slept thirty minutes. If we go somewhere in the car, she will take her nap then. She slept in the car today while I ran errands for two hours. sigh... I wish she would sleep like that at home.
This is my dilemma.

Do I just refuse to hold her and she does not get a nap, or do I spend an hour a day with a sweet Shayla in my arms? Its not that I mind holding her, just that I have laundry to do, a house to clean, and an 8th grader to home school. Mostly I don't want to do the wrong thing and pay for it later. Ya know, start a routine that is hard to break.... although it might be too late for that. I feel bad complaining about this since she does sleep so well ALL night long... sigh.

I am tired of this layout. I need to change it. How do I do that, does anyone know? Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated. I wanna revamp my whole page!! No more pregnant shots, that chapter of the book is CLOSED. haha. Not something I wanna relive every time I blog.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

shayla shots

Shayla in her cute outfit and hat.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

what to expect.......

I was perusing my baby bible - aka what to expect the first year- and I found the what your baby may be doing section in the fourth month. Shay is really on schedule. First I will tell you all she can do, then I will tell where she needs improvement.

She can laugh out loud. This is hands down the best sound I have ever heard!

She can follow an object that I move from one side to the other and up and down. This is how I entertain her sometimes at alysha's orthodontic appointments. She has this caterpillar teething ring that I will just move around and she will watch it for like hours.

She can roll over. Interestingly, she does not do it much anymore. I think she realized how much she hates being on her tummy and she cannot roll back over, so she just stopped. who knows?

She can hold her head steady when upright, no more bobbly head. Her head is really strong now.

She can grasp a rattle or object with her fingers when I put them there, although she has no idea she is holding it. lol.

She turns in the my direction when I call her name. It is so sweet that she knows mommy and sissy so well.

She recognizes strangers. She cried when she saw meemaw last week. She cries when strangers come up and speak to her if she cannot see me too.

She says agoo or similar consonant vowel sounds. That baby's sings all the time.

She can bear weight on her legs when held upright. She loves to stand and her legs are very
strong. She likes to be upright and she has since she was three months old.

She squeals in delight. She has this butterfly thing over her changing table that makes her just soo very happy. I wind that thing up and she will lay there and squeal at that thing for twenty minutes, or as long as I will stand there.

She cannot:

raise her chest supported by her arms while on her stomach. She still HATES being on her tummy. She still cannot raise her head while on her stomach, cause she cries after two minutes of being down there. sigh. I do however, faithfully put her on her stomach once a day.

She does not reach for objects. She does grab them sometimes, but is purely by accident.

She cannot sit without support. I do prop her up and she can sit there, but not on her own. Her head it ready, but her body is not.

she does not object if you take a toy away. She still is in that "out of sight, out of mind" stage, which I love. I remember when alysha got to where she realized the object was still out there somewhere.... haha. It is easier when they don't know.

Babies are amazing little miracles!! I just love the feel of that little body in my arms. I look at Alysha, who is twelve, and I am amazed thinking that Shay will be that big one day. (or that alysha was ever that tiny baby....) They grow up so fast, enjoy your babies as long as you have them. My advice for the day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

In her jumper

I put Shay in her jumper today. It hangs from the doorway. She liked it.

This baby is SOO CUTE in hats!!!
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

shayla shots

She sits up great!!

My Girls!!!!!!!!!!

What big eyes you have!!!!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

bath time

Shay LOVES her bath. The smiles never stop. She is super sweet!
Shay ALWAYS has her hand in her mouth. She will stick that WHOLE fist in there sometimes. And of course she just slobers everywhere.........

She is such a big girl. She is already moving into size 6 to 9 month clothes because she is so LONG. She is only 14 weeks!! She sleeps sooo good. So nice for mommy. She goes down every night between 8 and 9 and gets up sometime between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Now, she is awake every morning after seven, but she just lays there and plays until I go get her. I go in there, usually after 8, ( i like my sleep) and she sees me and she just SMILES. She is soooo happy to see mommy. This baby smiles so much, it just melts my heart every time. She is so happy in the mornings she smiles while she is taking her bottle. She just eats up any attention you give her..... and she does not have to do without it much, between me, jon and sissy. My favorite times are first thing in the morning and the last bottle at night. These are the sweetest times.

Last week she had a tummy ache for about four days and she was fussy. It was so funny, she would be fussy and red faced and she would smile. This is the only baby I have ever seen that fusses an cries and smiles at the same time!
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

sloberfest '08

This little baby girl slobers all the time! I thought the did not do that until they were teething? She goes through two or three outfits a day, not because of spit up, but because of slober. The red outfit is size 6 months!
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