Saturday, March 29, 2008

OMG 10 months is huge for you!

Penny did something else new today! I sometimes will give Penny the rest of Nathaniel's juice box if he doesn't finish it just to see what she will do with the straw. This is not very often, however. But today, the box was half full. I squeezed once, and Penny actually drank it, which is a step up, usually she spits the juice back out or it falls out of her mouth. THEN SHE SUCKED MORE JUICE THROUGH THE STRAW AND DRANK IT. She repeated this several times. I even put the juice box down on the table and let her drink it that way in case I was squeezing the box without realizing it. Penelope then proceeded to take the box in her hand and she continued to drink out of the box like she had been doing it for months. I still cannot get over this!!! No sippy cups for Penny.

Pictures for the Masses

"Go ahead, make my day!!!"
Nathaniel and Penny at the East Hartford Bunny Breakfast, Penny is sporting the new poncho I made her.
Penny is digging the big girl high chair that she just graduated into 2 weeks ago. She tries so hard to self-feed.
The Easter Bunny came for both Nathaniel and Penny. All right!!!
Penny saved all her chocolate for her momma and was only interested in eating the basket. :)

Wow it has been awhile!

Penny is 10 months old today! I can't believe I have gone all month. It was kind of a crazy month. Penny was stuffy and feverish for 5 days, then Nathaniel had a fever. Then I was sick and Scott was sick. It just kept going around. Then we had a Easter Candy hunt at my mom's house like I do every year. It was decided last minute, with Easter so early this year, I wanted to make sure it would be a decent day out. But that is kind of an excuse becaue I think except for the first year, it has always been pretty much last minute. Good thing Nathaniel has so many friends!
I think all the kids had a really good time. I am pretty proud of myself that I didn't go overboard with the candy this year.

Not too much to report on Penny. She doesn't see her Cardiologist until May 9 and her pediatrician in May as well, maybe even June since her birthday is May 29. We missed two weeks with the physical therapist because first Penelope had a fever and then she was on vacation. We saw her on Thurday and boy! was she impressed. Penny waved goodbye to her and I think she teared up a little bit. Dr. Yvette could not say enough great things about how well Penny is doing, "for her to know that there is a social implication behind waiving, to have that comprehension is a huge thing at 10 months!" I felt like such a proud Momma! Then later I had her on the floor to play while I was reading and we looked up at each other. She smiled and waved at me! Up until that point I thought she was only copying, but she did it this time on her own. Also, the big milestone for the week is that she is doing a great job of sitting on her own now. At least five minutes at a time she can keep herself balanced. This was brand new this week so I will have to get a picture of her when she is in a good mood and post it. I also need to get the pictures of her in her beautiful Easter dress and get those posted as well.

I hope everyone else out there had a great Easter, I know it was hard on Scott and his family to have this first Easter without their mother. I miss her a lot and Nathaniel still talks about her a lot.

Right now I am trying to get her to go down for a nap. She must be taking "no sleeping" lessons from Nathaniel or something.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

DR.'s Appt 3/04

Penny had her 9 month well baby check up on Tuesday. She is a whopping 18 lbs 12 oz at only 9 months!! She is still around 27 and 1/2 inches, and her head circumfrence grew to 40 cm. (4% on the typical chart). Scott is convinced that she says "dada" for him. I have not heard it yet, but she really loves her daddy, so I believe him. She is quite a smart baby. For her 1 year check up we will be having her thyroid checked and we are thinking about doing the check for Ciliac disease at the same time. The recommended screening tests list says that ciliac should be done at 2 years, but I though, why not? Then I started to think about how hard it is to draw blood from her and maybe that is why it is suggested to wait until 2 years. Then. . . I started to think about how ciliac is tested and if she has not been introduced to wheat, will the results be acurate. I mean, doesn't the test just confirm the presence of the body's defense to gluten and if she hasn't had gluten to date, there should be no defenses right? Does anybody know for sure? I have it on the list to call the pedi before the blood draw, but seeing as how I have 2 months, it is not on my priority list.

Right now she has one of those unexplained fevers. She has had it since Wed. morning. We took her back to the doctor on Wednesday afternoon, but all of her glands and canals are clear. Then today I noticed a stinky urine diaper. I'm sure her discomfort is from teething, but what if it is a UTI. Pretty uncommom, but I would hate to have her suffer through something so treatable. We know which antibiotics to put her on, and which ones she is sensative to.

I just want my little Penny pooper to feel better.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

More Pictures


My Little Princess

"Someone sent me a Valentine? THANKS PAPA MATT!! It sure tastes good!" "oh, I am supposed to read it. This makes more sense." "Why did mommy put me in this dress? Wow it is so shiney!"
"Who is ready to take me to the baby Prom?"