Monday, November 17, 2008

Ten-Month Tot

Okay, so these pictures weren't taken today... But they were all taken in the past couple of days. Admittedly, I spent most of today fighting with a sewing machine, threading and re-threading, dropping bobbins on the floor, forgetting to drop the foot before starting, wondering why my fabric was pulled too tight, why the stitch was muddled, etc. etc. I'm glad to say that I think the worst of my learning curve is over. My aspirations aren't too high, really. I'd just like to be able to hem my pants and sew a basic pair of curtains! Sheesh. At least the sound of the machine excites and entertains Kaiya.

Ten month highlights: more and more PERSONALITY! Lots of ape noises, wide open mouths, unfortunately high-pitched screams (yes, still), wildly flapping arms, sweet smiles, waves "bye-bye", games of peekaboo and the ever-favourite chasing game.

Kaiya spends a lot more time on her belly these days, usually by her own choice, and she's starting to scooch backwards a bit. Unfortunately, this just ticks her off because it gets her farther and farther from her toys. She's eating a wider variety of foods now, and often prefers feeding herself. Cheerios are a particular favourite. I've been having a lot of fun bundling her up in sweet sweaters, hats, and scarves. Luckily, Kaiya usually humours me.

... And if we're not eating socks, we're definitely eating shoes!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall Fun

I miss last week! We had absolutely gorgeous, warm weather for a few days in a row. I knew it was probably the last we'd see of it till next year, so I tried to take full advantage of it, going for lots of walks with Kaiya.

On Wednesday I decided to tackle raking the leaves that had fallen from our maple tree in the front yard. So, similarly to before, I plunked Kaiya down on a blanket under the tree with Mr. Panda while I went to work. She was highly amused by all the leaves and the noise of the construction on our street. I spent my time alternating between raking and pulling leaves out of her little hands before they made their way into her mouth. I got most of them in time. Oh hey, we've always said a little dirt's good for the immune system...

After seeing Mikayla's "one-sock" pictures, I had to add one of my own. We always call Kaiya our "one-sock wonder." She loves pulling her socks off and either sucking on them or flinging them around.

Poor Mr. Panda has been tossed in favour of a leaf. Kids these days... so fickle... ;) I like this picture because you can see her two little teeth!

And here Kaiya is doing her latest and greatest: putting her hands above her head. I know, I know, we must be new parents... but it's exciting to us! She's only been doing that for the past week or so.

Oh, and I may have spoken too soon about the "death of nursing." While she skipped Saturday altogether, she has nursed each day since then. One or two feedings, and with less "gusto!" than she used to have, but that's okay. We hang on to whatever we can get!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Some Saturday Night Musings...

My sweetie decided to stop nursing today. Just like that. It's made me kind of sad. I guess I knew it was coming, but I didn't think it would happen so suddenly. I'm not sure exactly why it happened. Her two bottom teeth have come in, and she's bitten me a couple of times (not so pleasant). And I know that I startled her when I said, "Ow!" But that strong reaction only really happened once, so I don't think that explains it. And then, I've been introducing her to a number of different foods. This week she's tried raisins and cheese and yogurt and Cheerios all for the first time. Doesn't like the cheese, but loves everything else. Especially the Cheerios. Maybe she's starting to dig the "adult food" more.

I don't know.

All week she was funny with nursing, but the last two days there was no biting, so I was hoping to still hold on to two feedings a day. But this morning, when I brought her into bed, she would have nothing to do with it. And it continued that way all day. So I think we're done.

Every woman feels differently about nursing. I personally really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the time spent snuggled together in our cozy cocoon, the time spent staring into one another's eyes. I know we can still do that with a bottle, but somehow it's not the same.

Yes, I'm sad.

Honestly, Jeff and I joked today that someone must have swapped our baby for another one when we weren't looking. She was just so different and independent today. I went to Tim Horton's with a friend, and when we left, Kaiya threw an embarrassing fit as I tried to put her back in her stroller. We had the back arch and the WAIL. And then later, when I fed her dinner, she didn't want anything to do with yogurt or applesauce, two former favourites. She only wanted food she could feed herself, like her Cheerios. Jeff said, "It's like we now have just a regular kid instead of the super-content sweetheart baby of the past 9 months."

Yikes. I want my sweetheart back!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Halloween etc.

Our little munchkin was a panda for her first Halloween. The poor sweetie was a good sport as I made her wear her costume for the better part of the day, even taking her shopping at Walmart in it. There was this very odd man at Walmart who I saw on three separate occasions as I cruised the aisles. Each time he smiled at me and Kaiya, looked into my eyes, and said, "You'll never forget this."

You'll never forget this.
You'll never forget this.
You'll never forget this.

He's right. I won't.


A serious, contemplative pose.

And a not so serious one! (She's probably screaming here...)

Here's our sweet softie Saturday morning concentrating on her toys. I think this is the day Jeff first discovered her "dancing." It turns out our girl really loves music. She can't walk or even crawl, but put on some tunes, and she starts bobbing up and down and swaying her arms. So cute!