Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
In EC/potty learning news, Calla's semi-potty strike appears to be ending. Now she is actually beginning to verbally communicate whether or not she needs the potty. For a week or so, she will respond to "Do you need to potty?" by repeating the word potty until we put her on the potty. Last night she actually sat on the potty (while wearing a diaper), and we asked if she needed to potty, and in fact she did.
Today was the first time she's actually initiated a request for the potty verbally; she twice said "Potty?" then peed in her potty afterwards. Very nice! I hope this trend continues.
I've been meaning to post about all her new words, but gosh there's just so many! ;) I love this stage of her development, there is so much going on!
Monday, December 7, 2009
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first steps last night! She was playing in the kitchen with Papa Bee
and took three steps toward him! He shouted out to Mama, who was
turning down the bed, to come see!
Mama tried in vain to get video of Calla walking, missing another
three steps while fumbling with her phone!
Then, finally, Calla demonstrated her new walking skills to Mama,
stepping toward her mother all on her own!
A few happy tears were shed, and cheers of "Yay, Calla!"
Also of note: First somersault today!
I'll try to post soon with a list of all her many new words! And I'll
keep trying for video of her strutting her stuff.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Saturday, October 17, 2009
We met Calla's beloved Aimee along with her little Miss Elise and Chris there. We also joined up with Calla's pretend big sister, Zoe C. and her mom, the lovely Cheryl. We were pleasantly surprised to run into the Vandiveer gang there, as well.
Calla loved seeing all the people, especially the kids. Even though her afternoon nap had been a bit brief, she was pretty chilled out and happy to be there. I'm sure Zoo Boo will become a fall tradition for our family. Next year, I hope Poppa Bee and I can find time to dress up, too!
Calla as a LOLcat. Her caption says: I can has candy?
Here's a real LOLcat. How'd we do? ;)
Best view of the costume, although she's not wearing the mask here. Look at that pretty red hair, though!
Calla with Poppa Bee at Zoo Boo.
See the entire Picasa Gallery of Zoo Boo photos!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
First, a confession: Once upon a time, I was terrified of the idea of giving birth. This terror was so severe that I even felt a bit uncomfortable being around pregnant women. I was so full of fear, I thought I would never have any children of my own, even though I have a special connection with children, and a lot of love for them. Why I felt such hopeless fear is a topic in itself, and still a bit of a mystery to me, so now is not the time to explore that question.
One thing is for certain, though. I wish I had heard just one birth story like mine when I was forming my initial impressions about childbirth.
I eventually decided I wanted to become a mother. And, after randomly discovering that the length of time between Bill's date of birth and my own happens to be equivalent the human gestation period, I had this little superstitious epiphany that he and I were meant to create a baby together. And so, a few weeks after Bill's birthday, I discovered that I was pregnant! I'm sure that the announcement of my pregnancy was the best Valentine's Day gift I will ever be able to give Bill.
About three weeks before Calla's October 13 due date, during a prenatal visit, Dr. Anderson announced, "Calla will probably be born before the end of this week." She repeated this statement at the next two prenatal visits! Her "any day now" predictions were based on her estimate of Calla's size, position in my pelvis, etc. In fact, prior to going into labor, I was 75% effaced, 3 cm dilated, and Calla was already at 1+ station. I was very lucky to already have completed a bit of the work of labor without even experiencing labor yet. And I was also very lucky that I still felt great. I really had a charmed pregnancy, with no major complaints (other than nausea during the first and second trimester) right up until the end.
And the end began with early labor mid-morning on October 10, 2008. I wasn't sure I was in labor, but I was experiencing some bleeding. I had the tiniest contractions, which were irregular and felt no different from the painless Braxton-Hicks contractions I had experienced frequently throughout my pregnancy. Bill decided to come home, just in case early labor had begun.
In spite of not being certain if I was in labor or not, I felt very calm and unworried. Bill and I made brownies and cookies to share with the hospital staff. I kept in touch with my doula, Melissa, throughout the afternoon via phone. She reminded me to eat well and get plenty of rest. And so I lounged a bit, Bill cooked a very hearty meal we enjoyed, then we went to bed.
Soon enough, around 8pm, the contractions had intensified enough that I knew the baby was coming that night. Bill was very gentle and loving as he helped me relax through the contractions. He kept in touch with Melissa by phone and timed my contractions. When they seemed to be about four minutes apart, we asked her to come over. When she arrived, I was completely effaced and dilated to about 8 cm! I was very pleased to hear that because while the contractions were intense and demanded my attention, they were not painful, I knew then for sure that I was going to be able to handle the contractions. I hadn't even used many of Hypnobabies techniques yet, out of curiousity about how contractions would feel. I didn't want to dull the experience if it wasn't necessary.
Melissa went to the front of the house, leaving Bill and I to continue in bed. Around midnight I felt nauseated. As I was vomiting, I felt a tiny gush in my underwear. Had my water broke? There wasn't much fluid, maybe it was from my bladder? Again, there was that uncertainty that continued to surface throughout the day. Using her PH-paper thingie, Melissa was able to determine that it was in fact amniotic fluid in my undies. She explained that the bag of water had probably resealed itself. She checked me and discovered that I was completely dilated. It was nearly babytime, and that meant a car ride to the hospital. Although I was reluctant to leave my quiet calm house for the hospital, I was in enough of a hurry that we left without the treats for the nurses. Oops!
I listened to some hypnobabies scripts on the way to the hospital. I remember feeling very focused. We arrived at the hospital around 1 am on October 11. I guess I was in transition.
Things got a bit dramatic at the hospital for a while, which made it not so easy to focus on staying calm and relaxed! Unfortunately, there was no copy of my prenatal records at the hospital! This made the little interview they do before they let you get started having a baby (it's a bit ridiculous, I have to say) last a LOT longer, since they didn't have any information about me. It's never fun filling out forms, particularly when you are having contractions!
I was patient. I was calm. But it took effort! Eventually I was in a room with one nurse asking me questions for the interview. These questions get ridiculous. Example: "Were you ever sexually abused as an infant, toddler, or child?" So as I was doing my best to quickly answer these baffling questions so I could push out my baby, I noticed another nurse coming at me with an IV. That's when I realized they didn't have my birth plan! I asked them to please get a copy of my birth plan from Bill or Melissa. This is when the nurses got into a spat. If only I had remembered those brownies!
Mean Nurse didn't want them in the room until she finished the ridiculous interview. Nice Nurse wanted the birth plan and to let them come in the room. It was a bit surreal. I played peacemaker and everything eventually got sorted out. I later learned that Nice Nurse had to tattle on Mean Nurse to really get it sorted out. I could have done without all that drama, but I didn't let it ruin the experience.
So after the interview and cat fight, I was very happy to be reunited with Bill and Melissa. The doctor on-call, examined me. We decided to break (re-break) my water. While she did that, Melissa phoned my doctor, who arrived within minutes. I was very pleased to see her there and know that this woman who respected and supported my birthing preferences was going to be there to help me give birth.
It wasn't very long after that until I started pushing. This was the part I had always feared the most, but it did not hurt! Go figure. It was, however, a lot of work. It required so much effort. After about twenty-five minutes (Bill's estimate), I was told "Look at your baby! You can see her head!" I tried to see, but my belly was too big! One more push and Calla Sophia was born at 3:58 am on October 11. My little flower. My early birthday gift.
We were elated. Her father was crying tears of joy and, for my part, I knew sheer bliss.
She weighed 8 lbs 7.5 oz, she was 20.5 inches long, and her head was 14.5 inches in circumference. I did not require a single stitch after her gentle, natural, unmedicated birth.
The most treasured moment of my entire life was looking into her eyes for the first time. They were so beautiful, calm, and wise, yet full of quiet wonder.
Happy birthday, Calla. You are so loved.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
She also now makes a monkey noise ("oooh eee eee" or just "eee eee"), when she sees monkeys or hears the word. That's not a word, but it's cute. As I probably already mentioned, she also says "mooo" for cows and "buzz" for bees.
No new signs, but she is showing a renewed interest in "all done" lately. I think she's been signing "cat" for a while, but it's hard to be sure.
She is refining her standing and balancing skills, along with working on getting into the standing position on her own. She's become a bit more adventurous when cruising. I've seen her go from one piece of furniture to another a few times.
She still loves her books, music, and dancing. She hums often, and sometimes sort of hums along with songs that are playing. We take her to the Levitt Shell to hear live music outdoors, and she always gets so excited. She bops her head, bounces to the music, and claps her hands.
She's also a little clown, who loves to laugh and giggle. She makes me laugh all the time.
One week until she is a year old!
ETA: Oh I forgot to mention that she says "ass" a lot, but I'm hoping that's a coincidence. She also can say "hop" because that's what her bunny does - hop hop hop.
Friday, October 2, 2009
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
sounds very much like how she says "more", but she says it when she
sees cows). Tonight, she pulled her bumble bee stuffed animal out of
the toy box and said "buzz buzz buzz".
She says the first syllable, or maybe phoneme is a better way to
describe it, of tons of words now. Upon viewing the enormous tiger
mural at an Indian restaurant, she kept pointing at it and repeating,
"Tah. Tah!". She does this first phoneme thing all the time lately.
This evening I noticed two new signs. One was "baby" and the other was
"drink". Cute, because just two days ago I remarked that drink was an
easy sign, so I didn't understand why Calla continues to just look at
her cup and whine instead of just signing drink!
"More" continues to be her favorite word and sign! I hear "more" all
day long. She's getting the R sound in there a lot more frequently,
She's a very happy baby. Standing and balancing for linger periods of
time now. Pulling up more, as well. Will she walk in time for her
first birthday? Who knows?
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Friday, September 25, 2009
First of all, I asked Calla and she said you don't have to get her anything because there is nothing she really needs and she's not very materialistic (yet?). That said, here are some things that she likes, doesn't have yet, or could use:
1. BOOKS - This kid loves books. Her favorites are the ones with lots of color photographs of babies or animals. Board books are preferred because she eats books with paper pages. This reminds me, she'd probably love a board book copy of Pat the Bunny (she ate most of her copy a few months ago).
2. Signing DVDs - She already has these: Baby Signing Times (First Signs), Baby Einstein (First Signs), My Baby Can Talk (First Signs). She is bored with the First Signs type of DVDs, she needs something with some new signs.
3. Puppets - She really likes puppets but doesn't have any good ones right now.
4. Musical Toys - She already has a drum, maracas, jingle bells, etc. She would probably like a xylophone, though.
5. Stuffed Animals - She loves cuddling stuffed animals. She is fascinated by baby dolls, too.
7. Pull Along toys
8. Cars/Toys with Wheels - One of her favorite toys is a fish with wheels, so I think she'd enjoy other toys with wheels too.
If you were interested in her clothing sizes, here they are:
Clothes - 2T is the safest bet, although 18m in some brands fits well now.
Shoes - Her feet are getting too big for her size 3s, so I would go with size 4.
Current Weight and Height: 26.5 pounds and 30.5 inches
Fall and Winter clothes. Jacket, coats, maybe some hats (which she will undoubtedly pull off her head). She could definitely use some small "training pants" too. Oh yeah, she desperately needs socks that will fit her big (but cute) feet (shoe size 4). Maybe some of those gripper socks would be nice, since I'm sure she will be attempting those first steps any day now.
Note: Since Calla uses a potty at home, dresses or t-shirts with Babylegs (legwarmers) are easier than pants or onesies. We still love cute pants and onesies, which she wears when she goes out, though.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I may have mentioned a few of these in earlier posts, but here are her more recent signs: "where", "thank you", "cat" (though it's barely recognizable at this point), "fish", and maybe "poop".
She has been mimicking or attempting to mimic some words lately, "pig" and "bunny" and "buzz" come to mind. She babbles a lot, too.
My favorite - Last week she started hugging her stuffed animals. So sweet!