Wednesday, July 28, 2010
And finding out during my third pregnancy that I was in fact having a girl, made me very happy.
In preparation for my daughter's arrival, my mom and aunt painted the nursery pink. I registered for all things frilly and girly. The boys even got into it--they picked out a pink and purple monster truck to give to Alexis when she was born.
And I love it. Now, every day Alexis wears a dress or shirt with little ruffles or lace or bows. Her hair is finally getting long enough that it needs glittery barrettes (non-glittery just won't do). She has flowery hats, sparkly sunglasses, a baby bikini...but I've held off on the nail polish.
It's not that I didn't want to paint her fingers or toes. Believe me I did. But I decided that if I were to paint her nails, it would only be for my own benefit and entertainment, not Lexi's. Lexi wasn't going to care one way or another how her nails looked. (This is not true for everyone. I think my niece Layla was debating between "knockout pink pout" and "tutti fruity tonga frost" polish colors before she was out of the womb.)
But then Alexis had physical therapy on Monday. Alexis has a habit of pointing and curling up her toes. It makes getting shoes on her just about impossible. She also has a hard time putting weight on her heels. We have an appointment next week to get fit for braces for her little feet which will keep her from curling her toes and help her bear weight.
And then the P.T. said, "you should paint her toe nails."
"You should paint her toe nails." Anything that will draw her attention to her toes and feet might help her notice her feet, pull them up, and keep her from pointing them. Put things between her toes, stamp her skin, toenail polish...
Whoot! Whoot! I called Layla and asked her to start looking for a bright color of nail polish that she can help me put on Lexi when we see her this weekend. Apparently, Layla was up for the task and immediately went to work looking for an appropriate color choice for her cousin. I then went rummaging through my nail polish, looking for whatever I had that was fast drying. I found a hot pink shade (I'm sure Layla will come up with something much better) and made Pop Pop hold her on his lap while I got to work.
Monday, July 26, 2010
It's such an exciting time! Alexis seems to be making great strides in so many areas. There are so many little things that Alexis is learning to do that I took for granted when the boys were little. For example, Alexis has been able to bang two objects together for quite a while now, but when it came time to clap, she wasn't able to bring her hands all the way together. She would just kind of flap them in the air. But we've finally made contact!
She still usually only makes the sounds "Dada" and "Uh-Oh" with the occasional "Mamamamama" when she's unhappy (not that it happens very often). But when we tell her something like, "can you say 'ball'?", we will occasionally see her move her lips as if she's practicing.
The only signs I've really done with her so far are the signs for "eat", "more", and "all done", and I believe she has tried to communicate "more" and "all done" a few times. And she now will shake her head "no". I get so excited when she does these things that she usually ends up clapping for herself. And then I get emotional. It's exhausting.
Alexis had an appointment with the audiologist on Friday. The audiologist was pleased. She said she didn't really respond to some of the higher pitched tones, but at this age, that can be normal and not a source of concern. When I mentioned that Alexis is scheduled to start speech therapy in August, the audiologist said that the way Lexi is engaging and babbling and mimicking now, this should be the prime time to start speech. The new ST will be at our house on August 5.
When our friends from Florida were in town a few weeks ago, Alexis started puckering up every time Debbie would blow her kisses. Then Debbie left. And the kisses stopped. Sigh. (Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who she really loves.) But finally, she has started puckering again. LOVE IT! And boy is she good at it.
Really, really good at it.
And Lexi's biggest news is that she can finally sit herself up. There were a couple of times when Alexis would be lying down, we would look away, and when we looked back, she was sitting up. But then finally about a week ago, we witnessed it. It's so exciting...all these things that she's been trying to do in therapy for soooo long... Except now it's a bit harder putting her down for her naps because she wants to sit up in her crib. But I'm not complaining.
And now, she is already so close to crawling. She gets up in the crawling position easily. She can move her arms around, she can move her legs a little bit, but it's just a matter of coordinating the crawling pattern. So close!
The girl has some mad skills! Cuteness being the number 1.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Progress. We'll take it. Alexis seems to be mimicking more and more sounds. Now she says "uh-oh". And once she gets started, she'll keep practicing. Over and over. Sometimes for the full 40 minute trip to St. Vincent. And then back again.
She's really good at it.
Obviously, we still need a bit of work on the word, "mama."
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Blake is loving going tubing. We are highly amused when he stays on the tube for hours, laughing and smiling and obviously enjoying himself, but then afterwards walks up to us, shoulders hunched, lower lip pouting, and saying in his low monotone voice, "I didn't have fun on the tube. I hurt my finger." Of course he's all ready to go out again the next day.
We were very excited yesterday when Nicholas decided he wanted to try skiing. He's always been hesitant to try in the past and we haven't pushed him. But he finally was ready and it was a success! We were so proud, as was he. He loved it and skied again today. He plans on doing it tomorrow as well and now Blake says he's going to try it too. We'll see...
I'm not sure who will be the saddest to see them go this Sunday, but let's not think about it.