Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Little Abbey Update

Little Abbey is eleven months old today. Here is what she has accomplished so far.

It wasn't that long ago when she cried every three hours to be fed and often in-between from colic. That ended around three months of age and turned into silence unless she was hungry but the time in-between cries was much longer. Now she hardly cries and when she does, they are crocodile tears as she tries to manipulate us into giving that rubber band that she found who knows where back to her.

She went from being completely immobile to the point you could leave her on the bed for hours on end and always be assured that she would still be there when you got back to now when if you leave her alone in a room, you have to find which room she is now in when you get back. Little Abbey has two speeds to her crawling, fast and 'you have to run to catch her in time' fast. Because 'you have to run to catch her in time' fast is too fast for me all the time, I finally broke down and baby proofed the stairs going to the basement. Now it is a royal pain for any of us heading down that way.

Until about a month ago, baby proofing meant only about 18 inches high. Then when she found out she could stand, it meant about 28 inches high. Lately she has learned that using her tippy toes can gain her another couple inches so we are at 30 inches high. Frankly, I've just learned to find my newspapers, books, journals, keys, wallet and everything else on the floor because that is where it ends up. Besides, there are only so many places in your house that are above 30 inches and have flat surfaces to store things.

When she was born, Little Abbey had no teeth. Today, she still has no teeth. Since I didn't get my baby teeth in until I was fourteen months, I'm not holding my breath that she will get them soon. That also means that she will probably hang onto them longer than most. I still had baby teeth as a junior in high school when they were finally pulled so that I could get my permanent teeth in and braces on before going to college. I still ended up with braces for two years of college.

One would think that without teeth, she would be behind in the eating department but there, she truly shines. She eats anything, literally. Just last night she had a couple pieces of my ribeye steak along with a half cup of cubed cheese and a handful of green beans. On a typical day at daycare, she eats what I prepare her, what the babysitter prepares for the other kids' lunches and then will eat a snack later. Broccoli caused her much colic as an infant and now less than 8 months later, she loves broccoli. In short, she eats what we eat and I've only once seen her to refuse something and that was a Ritz cracker that was a little too salty for her taste. She even shared in eating morel mushrooms last night and loved them.

We have all but given up trying to feed her food from a baby spoon. She just wants to eat with her hands from her tray or my plate, whatever is closer. We have given her a spoon, which she is still learning to master but she can eat from it as long as one of us loads it up for her first. She also has learned how to drink from a straw, which makes giving her something to drink while at restaurants a whole lot easier. She is a pro at drinking from her sippee cup and can feed herself with the bottle. Next up is weaning her to drink all her milk from a sippee cup.

Now that summer is fast approaching, clothing is easier. Gone are the socks and long pants she has outgrown anyway. I bought some sandals for her last weekend that were for a two to three year old that fit her perfectly. Most of her clothes are now for 18 month olds mostly because she is so tall. What clothes we do put on, including diapers, is done only with a lot of time and frustration. Getting Little Abbey to lay still is like telling a landslide to stop for four minutes while you get out of the way. It just doesn't happen. I can't wait for her to outgrow this phase of her life more than any other phase.

Sleeping is one aspect of her life that has changed little. We put her in her crib about 7:45 and she gets up at 5:30 when we are getting ready for work. This is fine during the week but since she doesn't yet know her days, it also happens on the weekend. Occasionally she dreams a lot and wakes up a few times during the night but not often. But all this has been the same since she was about three months old. About the only change is that during her daytime naps, she sleeps in the football position with her knees tucked underneath her facedown and with her butt in the air. At night for some reason, she still sleeps on her back. My only complaint is that I can't sleep in on weekends but my wife and I have solved that by one of us taking care of the baby while allowing the other one to sleep in, one day of the weekend.

Last week, I broke out the set of blocks that I bought her for Christmas and soon regretted waiting too long. She enjoys stacking them and unstacking them before throwing them back in the box. She has also mastered putting objects back together. Up until about a few weeks ago, she mostly just took things apart and scattered them. Despite having a boxful of toys already, her favorite toy is whatever you have in your hand or the computer keyboard. She loves to stand next to the computer keyboard and 'type' away sometimes for a half hour at a time. Yesterday she spent ten minutes rolling the mouse around and clicking the various buttons. Tomorrow she will be upgrading my DDSR2 RAM on the motherboard.

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