Saturday, June 22, 2013

Updates: Lux

Lux

(We haven't had our 9 month appointment yet, so these are from her 6 month appointment.)
Height: 27.75 inches
Weight: 16 lb 6 oz
Mainly, she is just long!!

Sleep
Sleeps 12+ hours a night!
She goes to bed around 7:15pm & wakes up around 7:30am.
 Takes 2 naps a day - and she's pretty flexible on the 2nd nap as far as what time it starts.
Sleeps in her crib for all naps and nighttime, but will sleep easily in a pack & play at other houses as well.

Play
Her favorites right now are an old calculator & remote, which I think is so funny.
She loves playing with Isis or being around any of us where we are.
She loves the pool! We've been going a couple of times a week and she loves getting in the little floats and just kicking her legs!
She loves bath time and will kick and play in there for as long as we'll let her!
She loves playing with other babies.
She does an army crawl with her arms to get wherever she wants to go. She's starting to do a regular crawl sometimes, too.

Eating
She takes 4 bottles a day: 2 8-oz bottles & 2 6-oz bottles.
She eats baby food 3 times a day. Usually a fruit for breakfast, a veggie for lunch and some kind of meal for dinner. We are using Earth's Best exclusively, although that's because we got a great deal because Babies R Us was having a sale!
She's just now starting to be able to eat puffs. She's had a hard time chewing on things. But now we are starting to offer her little tastes of things we are eating, too.
We've introduced a sippy cup with water, although she still doesn't exactly know what to do with it.
I stopped breastfeeding at 7 months and I feel really good about it. It was a little emotional, but she did fine with weaning and everybody is happy and healthy now!

Overall, she is just the sweetest, easiest little thing! I in no way expect that to continue forever, but it's really wonderful seeing how easily she adjusts to things around her. I can already tell the differences in personality between her and Isis. I love and appreciate both of them and the individuality they have. I'm excited to see how Lux's personality develops as well.

Updates: Isis

I think it's kind-of hilarious that I haven't posted since January. It's June. The end of June. I also think it's funny that the last time I posted it was to say I went back to work. Are we thinking maybe going back to work with 2 kids threw me for a loop? I'd definitely say that is a valid assumption.

But here we are, June 22. Isis is 3 1/2. Lux is 8 1/2 months. It is summer. I am home. We are all finally hitting our stride. I'm no longer scared to take 2 of them out by myself. I have started grad school to get my Masters & I'm a few days away from being done with my first 8 week session. I feel like I can finally breathe and it's time to share some updates. (I'm going to split these into 2 posts because it's been so long & I have so much to say!)

Isis
 
Communication & Emotions
Boy do we have a talker! That personality is coming out full force! Isis loves to talk. She'll even sit down and go, "Mommy, let's talk." She wants me to ask her questions and she will ask me questions. We will discuss our favorites (food, movies, princesses, books) and things we are thankful for. She is really showing her sensitive side, for better or worse. She will come up and put her hand on your cheek and look straight in your eyes with no shame and just say, "I love you. Do you know how much I love you? You're beautiful." It absolutely melts my heart. She is truly thoughtful. At the same time, she is sensitive about other things as well. We are still having some full-blown tantrums and crying fits. They aren't all the time, but they tend to happen most often when she's somehow had her feelings hurt or she's accidentally hurt someone else. She is really sensitive. I tend to view the world long-term and I am trying to help her name her feelings and sort through what she's feeling because ultimately I know that this sensitivity as a child will turn into a truly beautiful sensitivity to the world around her and the people in the world. I am excited to see that part of her personality develop.
 
Cognitive
One of my first grad school classes was Advanced Human Development and we had to create a matrix of a person's life and developments from birth to age 18. So I'm thinking in terms of that matrix now, of course, because I'm both a mom and a teacher and it overlaps sometimes. So excuse the fancy "cognitive" label for this section, but it made sense to me!
 
Isis knows her colors.
She can count to about 15 correctly and can identify numbers through 9 correctly about 80% of the time.
She can say her ABC's and is starting to be able to identify some of the correct letters and sounds.
She's understanding concepts of time, although pretty much anything in the past is "yesterday" and future is either "tomorrow" or "later." 
She's getting better at simple puzzles.
She loves to tell stories, sing and play make-believe.
She now has several imaginary friends that we are instructed to say hello to regularly.
She's understanding gender differences in conversation, such as saying "she" or "him," although the uses will be wrong frequently. "Her likes to play dress up with me."
 
Movement
She runs, jumps, tries to balance on one foot, climbs anything she can, runs, rides a tricycle, walks forward and backwards and just recently has started to love doing yoga with me! She calls it "yoga yoga" and her favorite positions are downward dog, tree pose, triangle and plow. We have signed her up for a movin' and groovin' summer camp in July where they will focus on yoga, dance and tumbling! I think she will love it and her aunt Ellen will be volunteering, so she will feel more comfortable!
 
Motor skills
She can cut along a line with child's scissors.
She can draw a face.
She can paint. 
She can copy shapes like circles, squares, and x's.
She can dress and undress for the most part without help. She can even do buttons!!
 
Other
We recently took her to the preschool program at church for the first time and then we snuck in the back to watch! She loved it!! It was really neat. They do a little community time at the beginning where they just play and get to know the kids at church, then they go in for the whole group where they sing and a woman tells a story. This time they learned that God made everything and they did a song and saw pictures about things that God made. Then they go back into the first room for life group time where they talked more about things God made and they colored pictures. I really loved it and loved talking to her on the way home about it all! We asked her what she learned and she goes, "God made everything!" And then told us about how He made her and He made flowers and snowmen and everything. It was really fun. I'm going to start doing Bible verses with her on her bathroom mirror to memorize what they are talking about at church.
 
We also have decided to sign her up for dance classes in the fall! She will go once a week and it is a kinder-dance, so they will do a mixture of ballet and tap. There will be a little holiday review at Christmas and then a recital in the spring. She's going to do it with a friend of hers, so I think they'll have a lot of fun!!

She also starts preschool in the fall at an all-day Montessori school close to our house. We went to visit a while ago and I thought it would be great for her! She keeps talking about school and we bought a backpack, so she's pretty excited!

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