Saturday, December 30, 2006

Monster Baby Squashes Toddler

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Carrot face

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Dahlia moves all about the house these days. She's been doing this special slide-crawl combo. It gets her around pretty quickly. One knee crawls, the other walks and slides the knee along. She clims onto everything with little success at diverting attention. She gets quite a temper when she realizes that you are trying to thwart her goals. She's a hazard to her own health!

Dahlia does some very cute things. She likes to play with my hair while she nurses. Sometimes she pulls it. Ouch! She likes to pull my glasses off. When I'm holding her, she likes to push her little finger into my side. Dahlia does not like to have her nose wiped. She does not like to get dressed or have her diaper changed, ever! She's cute and all, but can be very grumpy!

Dahlia really did not like Santa. His big fuzzy beard was just too weird for her, but she did like opening presents. Among her favorites were a new xylophone, a baby from nana, and, of course, anything Elias is playing with that he is not ready to share with Dahlia.

Dahlia likes quite a bit to play with her big brother's new basketball! She squeals with excitement and actually is a pretty good catch!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dahlia had her first "Dahlia only" playdate today with a new friend, Astrid. The two are about a week apart in age and seemed to really hit it off smashingly! Dahlia broke the ice with an eye poke and Astrid started conversation with a few loud-pitched squeals! Fun was had by all, so much so that Dahlia passed out near the end of the rendevous while reading Fuzzy Bee and Friends. :-) We're going to make a thing of it and meet again next Thursday.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I just can't keep up with all this little one is doing! Today, she actually stood during Elias's music class for about 5 seconds completely free-standing! I as well as other onlookers were shocked!

So, she's crawling, no problem, and about a day after she started that, she started pulling herself up on anything. She has also been spotted heading for the up-stairs. NOT GOOD

Yesterday, I could have sworn Dahlia made the "more" sign when I was feeding her some cheerios. All day long today, she is putting her little hands together like that whenever I talk to her. And, I think she understands the "milk" sign and when I ask her if she would like some milk, she climbs up into my lap and grabs at my shirt.

On Thanksgiving, Dahlia was saying lots of "momma's" Sometimes, it sounds like she is saying her name, too. I don't know. Seems a little early for talking.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I was feeding Dahlia this evening. It was the third night of rice cereal. She didn't like it last night and after the second bite tonight, she was literally howling at me about it! So, I went back to the bananas. She liked them a few nights earlier, and what do you know? She liked it! So, lesson learned here, it's not too early for Dahlia to have food preferences. She is so funny at expressing herself, yelling at me like a banshee until I get it.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

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Dahlia has two cute little teeth now. Her second tooth popped out just five days after the first. She's crawling like a champ these days. AND, today, she showed me that she can sit up from crawling position. WOW!

On Monday, Dahlia started eating some cream-o-wheat and bananas. She definitely seemed interested, but kept her cool. She insisted on holding the spoon and putting it into her mouth.

Her main concerns to date are trying to avoid getting squished by her big bro.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Baby Dahlia is growing up! Today, while tooling around on the futon before bed, I believe she took what qualified as her first crawls! She was really so proud of herself!

Dahlia is very sweet. We seem to make a pretty good match. I don't know how, but I really seem to know what gets her going. She likes to play peek-a-boo and LOVES it when I pretend to eat her, as any human being does.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dahlia is a mellow baby. After going to sleep, she will often stir a little and fall back to sleep. I listen to wait for a distress call before I intervene, or if she is definitely awake. Tonight, she stirred for a bit, no crying, then, I hear her messing with the monitor. She's been moving around in circles pretty good these days. I go upstairs, open the door, and there is my little angel, holding the monitor in both hands on her belly, the monitor night light lighting up her cute little face. Too cute!

I spied her first tooth today...bottom left.

Monday, October 16, 2006

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Monday, October 09, 2006

On October 3, Dahlia began threatening to crawl. I woke up and looked over to her up on all fours. She's been doing that periodically ever since and is showing no signs of stopping.

She's soon to sprout some chompers, too. My, how the time is flying.

On October 1, Dahlia proved that she could in fact sit alone for a considerable amount of time. She still loses balance from time to time, but overall, can be classified as a sitter.

Let's see, let's see, what else, oh, she is a super squealer, although I'm not suprised! She is just a lover of life and it is beautiful!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Another genius with the rings

Bath cute

Just call me spikey!

Another month passed, I'm not very good at keeping up on Dahlia's accomplishments. Shame on me. Let's see, she's rolling like mad and not only just back to belly, but belly to back, although she's not too keen on this roll. She has been pushing her little legs and body up, like she wants to crawl. I think Elias was crawling at five months. It's going so fast with Dahlia. She has started playing more with toys and of course, wanting to put everything in her mouth. She's really an intense player. Also, she's started these silly squeally little noises...I wish I could get it recorded. It's great...really silly, she does it in joy and to express frustration. Her favorite toys, to date, are the school bus, pumpkin head (after all these months), and now the wooden puzzle pieces.

It started raining yesterday. I decided we wstill needed to walk daily. So, instead of carrying Dahlia, Elias has really taken to riding in the backpack. I cover him with a raincoat, and push Dahlia in the stroller. She really likes the stroller. She plays with her toys and scans the radar for friendly faces to flash a cute little smile to through the rainshield.

What makes me smile about Dahlia...alot of things, but how she laughs after a sneeze or a cough.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Dahlia will be four months on the 29th of August. Today, she weighed 15 lbs and was a whopping 27.5 inches the charts! Her new list of mastered tricks includes sucking her thumb, rolling from back to belly and pivoting on her belly in a circle!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dahlia's brother officially turned two today. In honor of his special day, Dahlia decided to roll over and scoot across the bed a little ways tonight after her shower.

Dahlia continues to be an avid fan of her toys. She is seen here tossing around one of her favorite mixed media clutch boxes.

Dahlia is also sucking her thumb lately,and I've got to tell you, it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Why would people be against the thumb or binky? Today, I set her down to lounge in the play jungle mat and she fell asleep with that little thumb in her mouth. It's nice that she has something nice hooked right to her hand to help her sooth herself. Always there when she needs it!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dahlia rolled over yesterday...from back to left side to belly.

Monday, July 17, 2006

dahlia had a real laugh on saturday, 7/15/06.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dahlia now plays with her hands and with toys. She also surprised me by rolling from back to side, both sides. How long has she been able to do this? It made me think for a minute what else am I missing?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dahlia is in her 10th week of life and it is just flying by. She is so sweet and engaging, alert and observant. She seems to enjoy a good oogle and holds a very persistent, steady gaze of faces in front of her. She smiles very easily with most happy faces. Dahlia likes to coo and does such girly things like raising her shoulders slightly and squinting her eyes with a big smile and squeak. Her eyelashes curl up on the sides just like the eyelashes in children's drawings that distinguish girls from boys. She has a very subtle dimple in her right cheek, just like Brad, and when she isn't being super smiley, her eyes look just like his, too. She spends most of her days tucked inside the sling while I chase Elias around. We enjoy time gazing at each other and chatting during Elias's nap and at bedtime. She's really quite a baby, she also seems like an old soul.

Her baby acne has thankfully cleared up. We are battling with some insidious yeast at present. A few days ago, she donned some stunning purple lips! Purple people eater is what we told others. Brad teased her quite relentlessly which made her coo and smile all the more. Elias thought I painted her lips purple. I feared this might have planted some interesting ideas into his little mind involving his favorite purple marker.

Dahlia likes to do this thing where you hover over her and she reaches up her arms to your face. She likes it when you give her little fists a big kiss, she pulls them away and then swings them back up high for more kisses. She has also started to make friends with some of her toys with particularly smiley faces, she laughs abd coos at them and bats at them with her fists, too.

Yesterday, Dahlia went in her for first glamour shots! She was a natural! She smiled right on cue and looked absolutely adorable in every shot! The photographer couldn't believe she was only 10 weeks. You can see some of her posing skills and arm action in these shots.

When I was putting her to sleep tonight, I was just in awe of how truly wonderful our family is and how much I am looking forward to all that is to come with us.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Yesterday, Dahlia did something that was amazing to me. I was holding her at her hands and she was pulling up to me and as I tilted my head from side to side, she followed me with her head. She is really strong to do this. WOW. So, basically, she can move her head side to side as she wants to. Very strong.

Dahlia is a very smiley baby. She continues to be a very screaming baby, too.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dahlia smiled today. :-)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Dahlia is just on the verge of smiling. She has started to coo and be a very sweet and cuddley baby girl in so many ways. She has started to look more human and less space know how new babies have that weird, glazed-over look to their eyes. I'm glad. I am searching for the little person back there. She's gonna bloom soon, I can tell. Brad thinks she'll be very assertive and selfish. That she won't take any junk from anyone. Could be. She's not shy about letting us know fast when she's not happy. And she's loud about it. I worry sometimes that my hearing might be damaged after a particularly lengthy spell of shrieking.

There are several challenges physically that Dahlia may need to overcome in time. The first being that she is tremendously gassy and smelly. I have never experienced such a stench! And such voluminous toots! They wake us up from deep sleep! Pauline would be proud!

She also has an awful case of newborn acne. Elias never had it, and it is alarming. It pretty much covers her chubby little chrrks and is around her neck and hairline. Sometimes it looks quite red and blotchy. Often, just when it seems as though it is going to go away, it's back, full force. There's noting to do about it. I think it bothers me a bit because of my own issues. Nuissance!

Oh, and she has had her first cold already, thanks to Elias. Poor thing, fortunately not that serious.

She's very loveable. I think she's nice and squishy, with skin like velvet.

Friday, May 19, 2006

These pictures are the latest of our little chub.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dahlia is quite amazing at 2 weeks and 5 days. She is very strong. She can already turn her head from side to side on her belly. She lifts it strong, just like her brother. Also, at her 2 week check, she gained almost 2 lbs. Wow! weighing 9 lbs. 10.5 oz. and measuring 23 3/4 inches! What a big girl! She even looks kinda chunky to me, in good way. Things are going very well. She's got some great dimples, too.

Ain't she pretty!?! Dahlia at one week.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dahlia was finally born April 29, 2006 at 9:12 PM. She came without being forced, which is a good thing. Actually, up until the last hour, I had questioned whether I was truly in labor. Might be kinda silly. Anyhow, on that day, I had mild cramps all day. We started the morning goin gto class academy to check out their program for Elias. Then to the library for a spanish celebration. Then home, I took a nice long nap with Elias. Brad had called Duane and Jim to come over. We had been timing the cramps and it seemed as if they were at least getting closer together. Brad was getting nervous. Good thing, because I was not.

Duane and jim came by, and Brad and I went for a big walk. Things progressed a bit. We ordered a pizza and just as it arrived, I decided I wasn't hungry. Jim took ovver timing contractions. They were definitely getting closer together and more intense. Could this be it??? At 6:45pm, I decided that we would go to the hospital after Elias fell asleep. By 7:30PM, I knew we had to go. When we got there, I was 6 cm dilated and the midwive and nurse both commented that it won't be long. And, boy, wasn't it. I think we arrived at the hospital 7:45/8:00PM, and I was pushing you out by 9:00PM. Crazy fast. No complications. You came out yelling and with an instant latch! 8lbs 5oz. Big baby! 20 inches long and with some nice fat rolls!! Yeah!!!!! We love you so!

Thursday, April 27, 2006


Ugh, 6 days late. I have never felt so big, so tired, so ready for my body to be free again to bend and run and to do all of those wonderful things! To feel my fingers and to be able to sleep on my back without suffocating. And, it's very stressful to be late, it brings up a whole new ball of worry and anxious anticpation. Not at all fun. Last night, I started having some contractions and I was sure that I'd wake up later with the "real thing" in play. But instead, I just woke up in the morning, as if nothing had changed. And I guess nothing had, man o man. Tomorrow marks the completion of my 41st week of pregnancy. I have a midwife visit and hopefully, she can stir something up! Otherwise, I think I start having to go in every other day for NSTs and AFIs. NOT FUN! Come on, baby girl! Get your little booty out here!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I feel like the little boy in Waiting for Baby. Come out, come out, come out! I'M TIRED OF WAITING! Techinally, you're not even due until Friday. If you could pick up the pace a bit, I'd sure appreciate it! Much Love!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Two weeks and three days. I am really counting down. Today, I went to have more blood work. I waited forever in the waiting room, teeth unbrushed, in my "pajamas," ugh, it could not have taken longer. The phlebotomist asked when you were due and I gave her the countdown and then said that I couldn't wait to have this part over with. She didn't really seem to catch the sarcasm of it and stopped talking to me. I guess it was too early for her, as well. She must have thought I'd be the worst mother ever and should've been far more excited. I am excited, you know that. It'll be good to meet face to face. :-)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

You've given us quite the scare over the past few weeks, first with the itching and now the liver. Ugh, I think we both just want the uncertainties past us. Just come out already and be here and be healthy, you little squirt! 8 centimeters to go and alot of effacing. We just can hardly wait!

You were funny today, such a little squiggler. Our last NST today (let's hope) and you would not sit still for the nurse. Moving all over the place, anywhere but near the monitor. UGH! It took forever, poor Daddy and Elias had to play in the park for nearly 2 hours! I enjoy hearing you and having you play little games with the nurses in the office, but I'm glad that we can not do that anymore, it's hard on all of us!

3 weeks and one day. Come on little girl, get out here!

Monday, February 27, 2006

I can't believe it is already February 27! You'll be here before we know it. Anyway, currently, you are doing well, very active and busy, although gentle. You are very sweet, I can tell. But, you are killing my back. I've been in great pain for the past three weeks, mostly likely caused mostly by my inability to sit still, but let's not idscount your role, either. The DO said today that you must be kicking your feet against my sacrum or something. It is getting better, but getting around, especially with your little brother in tow, is still very challenging. I've been thinking about you more and more, wondering what we will name you and how the delivery and adjustment following will go. It's beginning to feel very exciting, scary, and above all real. Much love to you. Be healthy.

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